“How did you come to go into the spy business, Mr. Rosenbaum?”
“Well, I was in St. Louis in the Clothing pizniss, unt you know it was purty hot there. All the Germans were for the Union, unt most of the Americans unt Irish seemed to be Secessionists. I sided with the Germans, but as nobody seemed to think that a Jew had any principles or cared for anything but the almighty dollar, everybody talked right out before me, unt by keepin’ my ears wide open I got hold of lots of news, which I took straight to General Lyon. I got well acquainted with him, and he used to send me here and there to find out things for him. I’d sell gray uniforms and other things to the Secessionists; they’d talk to one another right before me as to what was being done, and I’d keep my ears wide open all the time, though seemed to be only thinking about the fit and the buttons and the gold lace.
“Then General Lyon wanted to find out just exactly how many men there was in Camp Jackson–no guesswork–no sup