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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 42 [newspaper clipping], June 1860

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Identifier: DX02694796

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 42 [newspaper clipping], June 1860

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


AN ABSCONING AGENT.—A young Englishman, named Frank Cahill, lately employed by Mrs. [Mary] Levison to conduct a comic paper known as Nick-Nax, absconded recently with about $500 belonging to his employer. Cahill is a young man of considerable literary ability, having for some time previous to its decease edited The N. Y. Picayune, beside contributing many stories and other articles to the weekly papers. He was recently engaged by Mrs. Levison to conduct Nick Nax, and was entrusted with both its editorial and business management. He had not been seen since a week ago last Saturday, when he was observed going down Broadway with a carpet sack in his hand, he having given out that he was going on a fishing excursion. It was not till Mrs. Levison ascertained that he had obtained $300 from Ross & Tousey on her account that his prolonged absence excited any suspicion. It subsequently appeared that he had collected various advertising bills, swelling the amount stolen to about $500, and the inference now is that he departed on the steamer for Europe.

Frank Cahill is a young man who, during his stay in this country, had made many friends among literary persons and gentlemen of the press, and although he had, by his conduct, on several occasions, given them much pain, there was not one among them all who thought him capable of so dishonest and mean an action. Even now they are unwilling to believe that the act was long contemplated. He was unfortunate in the selection of some of his associates, and had been on a spree for a number of days previous to his absconding. When he became sober again, and thoughts of his neglected duties forced themselves upon him, not having the courage to meet his true friends and associates, he probably hastily determined upon the course he has taken. When he was missed, those who knew him thought nothing worse of his disappearance than that he had absented himself for a few days to have his spree out. Having been gone now for ten days, and it having been ascertained that he had collected the amount of money mentioned above, there can be no doubt but that he has gone to England. We understand that no effort will be made to secure his arrest.

[Gunn’s handwriting] Tribune.

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

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-06

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: New York Tribune

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Publishers and publishing


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