"The Radio Patrol."
By James Perley Hughes (1883-1969).
First appearance: Blue Book, June 1934.
Short short story (6 pages).
Online at Archive.org (HERE).
"A stirring drama of metropolitan police work."
It's great when you can outwit the bad guys by remote control . . .
~ Operator Harry Cassidy, Joe Halpin, Captain Michael McNab, and the Commissioner.
|Photo by Berenice Abbott.|
- "It's another Lindbergh or McMath case.": Sensational kidnapping crimes of the era. Lindbergh (1932): Wikipedia (HERE); McMath (1933): The Boston Globe (HERE) and
eFootage (HERE; good luck).
that can be used to send and receive typed messages through various communications channels, in both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint configurations. Initially they were used in telegraphy, which developed in the late 1830s and 1840s as the first use of elec-
trical engineering, though teleprinters were not used for telegraphy until 1887 at the ear-
liest." (Wikipedia HERE and The History of Policing in the City of New York HERE).
were used by officers that 'walked a beat.' Officers were required to 'pull a box' every
hour to confirm they were on patrol, to report crimes, to request a 'paddy wagon' for
the transportation of prisoners and to receive information from dispatch. With the
invention of two-way radios and most recently cell phones, police call boxes have
become a thing of the past. Police call boxes utilized two technologies: telegraph
and telephone." (Law Enforcement Services HERE).
- The FictionMags Index (HERE) lists a large collection of stories by James Perley Hughes starting in 1921 and ending nearly thirty years later in 1952; in between he was published in both the slicks like Blue Book and the pulps, including Argosy All-Story, War Birds and Sky Birds (he produced quite a lot of aviation yarns), and Western Story Magazine, but relatively few crime stories. Among the last he had a couple of series tecs who didn't last long: Mort Holborn, 4 adventures for Gold Seal Detective, 1935-36; and Ted Bosworth, 2 stories for Secret Agent X, 1936.
- Hughes's grave is in the United States, but his remains are elsewhere: "Although his third wife had a headstone placed here [Bay County, Florida], he actually moved to Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico and married again to Berta Solis. He died August 10, 1969 and was buried
at the cemetery general, Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico." (Find a Grave HERE).