Robert A. Pinkerton Dies at Sea: Head of Noted Detective Agency Had Thousands of Friends on the Turf, Daily Racing Form, 1907-08-18


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ROBERT A. PINKERTON DIES AT SEA. Head of Noted Detective Agency Had Thousands of Friends on the Turf. New York. August 17. Cablegrams from Plymouth, England, today announce the deatli of Robert Allan Pinkerton, the noted detective, on board tiie steamer Bremen August 12. Mr. Pinkerton, in search of health and accompanied by Florence Sullivan, a well-known local politician and sportsman, sailed from this port August 12. The Manhelm baths in Austria was to have been his destination. According to the physician on the steamer Bremen Mr. Pinkerton was taken ill on the morning of August 10 and suecumliod to fatty degeneration of the heart two days later. The body was taken to Germany and will be put aboard the steamer Kaiser Wilhelm II. , sailing from Bremen next Tuesday, to be transported to this city for interment. Robert A. Pinkerton was born at Dundee, Illinois, in 1S0I, and lie and his brother, William A. Pinkerton, of Chicago, have been equal owners of the agency, with its branches in all the large cities of the country,, since the deatli of their father, Allan Pinkerton, July 1. 1SS4. Robert, witli headquarters at New York, managed the eastern business of the concern, while his brother looked after the west. Among the features of the agency work which brought Robert Pinkerton into prominence was the supervision of police arrangements at all the big eastern race tracks. Mr. Pinkerton leaves a widow and three children. They are Allan Pinkerton, who is assistant superintendent of the eastern office; Mrs. May Carlisle, and Mrs. Anna Gibbs. All are residents of New York City. Mrs. William J. Chalmers of Chicago is a sister of Robert A. Pinkerton. William A. Pinkerton is at Saratoga. The news of his brothers death was a sad blow to him. The brothers were devoted. When William celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of his birth at Hot Springs last winter Robert bad his brothers room decorated with sixty American beauty roses as a surprise. When William entered his room he wept for joy, and there told a number of friends that if Robert should die lirst he would retire from the business.

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