February 5th, 2007

FBI Training & Recruitment Pre-Quantico

Time: 1935.

Place: USA.

Searches Tried: "FBI", "FBI training pre-quantico", "FBI history of training", "FBI recruiting Hoover" and a multitude of synonyms thereof on Google, Wikipedia and answers.com. Also poked around the electronic reading room and FAQ/history pages on the FBI website.

I really, really need information on where and how FBI agents were trained before the opening of the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, in 1972. My character is a young man, about twenty-five or six, who came from a relatively poor family in the Midwest and joined the FBI. J. Edgar Hoover took office in 1934, and when he did so, he totally revamped the training process that the BoI (predecessor of the FBI) had had in place. I can't find anything on this yet, and it's bugging me bad. Any information you can point me toward, I would be very grateful!
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contracts and probationary periods

I have a character who is in public relations/media consulting. Think big time-high powered, influential companies. She can literally name her salary, and is sought after by all the top companies. She definitely knows her stuff. So she's going to LA to work for a company. Is it possible that they would put her on a probationary period, even though she's so sought after? Or would it be phrased in her contract that she's taking this position for a 3 month period, after which she can evaluate whether or not she wants to continue in this position? She has a lot of personal/family/relationship reasons for wanting to leave before the 3 month period is up. Would they withold salary or benefits if she left before the period ended?

A reference book for all who are planning journeys.

May I recommend The art of travel, shifts and contrivances available in wild countries written by Francis Galton. It is available from Project Gutenberg.

It gives details of how to organise an expedition, how much food will be needed, speed of travel and much more. Based on his travels in South Africa later editions added tips sent to him by other travellers. Read this book and you may never need to ask how far a party can cover in a day with a horse (or an ox cart)

Small animal wound care, early to mid 1700s

Time and place: Roughly in the 1720s, Caribbean, taking place on a ship while at sea.

Searches tried: animal care+1700s, animal medicine+1700s, pet care+1700s, veterinary medicine+1700s, veterinary medicine+history, cat care+1700s

The situation I have is that the ship's cat has been grazed by a pistol shot - could be changed to being cut by a knife or cutlass. No vital organs damaged or anything like that - in today's world, a vet would likely sedate the cat, clean the wound, verify no organ damage, then stitch up the cut, prescribe antibiotics. This guess is based on my own personal experience when a cat I had years ago was accidentally burned by hot water, my vet could easily tell that the damage was just to the skin and that no infection had set in, but that the skin was damaged enough that it needed to be removed and the wound stitched up. No skin needing to be removed in the fic, but what I want is for someone to decide to doctor the cat much like a person would be with such an injury, which would be to stitch the wound up.

The scenario I would like to use is to have rum poured on the wound to cleanse the area and/or numb it, then for the wound to be stitched up, and for the cat to have his side bandaged up. The cat is valued by the ship's captain, hence taking the steps to treat the cat. I'd also like for the cat to be offered a small amount of rum to lap up so that he won't try to claw and bite the person who is trying to treat him half to death. I know that the rum of back then isn't like the rum of today, so I'm hoping that that is also feasible. My searches have pointed me more towards to when various veterinary schools were started, when a few certain breeds of cat started, and to the fact that some Quakers had a version of an animal shelter, a basic enclosure where livestock which had strayed off would be kept until the owner paid a fee to get them back. I've learned that cats started appearing in portraits as companions in the 1700s. But any mention of actual animal care in the 1700s that I've found has been about horses and cows. I can easily change the wound to a scratch that doesn't require stitching, just bandaging, but if I can still use the cat being stitched up - and surviving - I'd like to do that to show just how much the captain cares for the cat, that he would take such measures for an animal. Hey, I like drama. :)

ETA: It sounds like I'll be leaving out having the cat stitched up and the use of rum, and simply lessen the extent of the injury, that seems to be the safest route to take here for the cat's sake. Thank you all for your help!
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