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From: peter heck <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 1997 17:32:07 -0400
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Twain used fingerprints (thumbprints, to be exact) in an episode of =Life On
the Mississippi=, the 'Richter" story about hidden treasure in Napoleon,
Arkansas. According to the various histories of police work I have read,
that is the earliest mention in a literary text of fingerprint evidence to
find a criminal.