When a reward has been offered for the apprehension of a criminal, arrest is frequently effected by the combined efforts of persons acting independently of each other. Action among the captors is necessarily independent when apprehension depends upon the contribution of bits of information in the possession of persons who are scattered over a wide area and who have no acquaintance with each other. Furthermore, in the nature of things information is apt to be scattered because a criminal attempting to cover his escape will leave only a few tell-tale clues along the path of his flight. When arrest has been accomplished through the efforts of persons acting severally, the question arises as to what basis such persons have for claiming a reward offered for the apprehension of a fugitive?

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