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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 41 [newspaper clipping], June 1860

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Identifier: DX02694062

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 41 [newspaper clipping], June 1860

Description: Newspaper clipping regarding Frank Cahill's embezzlement of Mrs. Levison's funds and subsequent flight from the country.


DEFALCATION AND FLIGHT.—We have been very much pained to learn of an occurrence which seems to be a very decided case of predetermined embezzlement. The victim is a very estimable lady. Mrs. W. H. Levison, the present publisher of Nick-Nax, and the offending party a Mr. Frank Cahill, the assistant editor and general manager of that entertaining monthly.

It appears that on Saturday last Mr. Cahill took his carpet-bag from the house where he boarded, after filling it with every portable matter of his own that it would well hold, and went out stating that he was going off upon an excursion with some parties belonging to the Vanity Fair office. He went to Ross & Tousey, the periodical agents, and obtained from them a check for the amount due that week to Mrs. Levison, about $300; and had it drawn to bearer, instead of her order, alleging that he had to pay the hands and it would save him the trouble of going up town. As he was the responsible business man no objection was made to this. He then left, and has not been seen since. It is farther found that other money is missing—though trifling—the whole defalcation thus far only amounting to less than $500.

Mr. Cahill was quite esteemed by a number of friends and acquaintances, some of whom will not believe that he has committed any offense, especially for such a petty sum, and expect him to turn up suddenly. It is to be hoped that their conjectures may prove correct; but the circumstances of the case scarcely warrant it. The general belief among his friends is that, even if he has gone, that neither the defalcation nor the flight was premeditated; but that he may have gone on a spree, and spending or losing the money, have feared to return through exaggerated notions as to the consequences.

In any way it is to be regretted. Mr. Cahill is a young man of some talent and agreeable manners; and it is a pity that he should have thus deprived himself of attaining that position to which his abilities and address might have led him.

[Gunn’s handwriting] N.Y. Courier.

coverage:New York, New York, Cliff Street; Franklin Square; Pearl Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-06

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Smith, James L.

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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