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[enclosed newspaper clipping]
  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 stat-
ing 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, espe-
cially 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 circum-
stances of the case scarcely warrant it.  The gen-
eral 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 mo-
ney, 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 man-
ners; 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

[Gunn s handwriting]
N.Y. Courier.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page forty-one
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding Frank Cahill's embezzlement of Mrs. Levison's funds and subsequent flight from the country.
Subject:Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Crime; Embezzlement; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Levison, William, Mrs.; Sunday courier.; Nick nax.; Publishers and publishing
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.