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[enclosed newspaper clipping]
  AN ABSCONING AGENT. A young Englishman,
named Frank Cahill, lately employed by Mrs. Levison
to conduct a comic paper known as Nick-Nax, ab-
sconded recently with about $500 belonging to his em-
ployer.  Cahill is a young man of considerable lit
erary ability, having for some time previous to its de-
cease 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 ex-
cursion.  It was not till Mrs. Levison ascertained that
he had obtained $300 from Ross & Tousey on her ac-
count 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 ab-
sconding.  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 col-
lected 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]
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page forty-two
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.; New York tribune.; Nick nax.; Publishers and publishing
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.