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[newspaper clipping]
   He was unfortunate in the selection of some
of his associates,  says the reporter, in speaking
of the defalcation of Frank Cahill, whereby a
needy widow and her children are robbed of
about five hundred dollars.  How many young
men there are in our midst for whom the same
apology may be truthfully raised; so true is it
that  evil communications corrupt good man-
ners.   Frank Cahill was a promising young
man, who had for some time past been engaged
on the New York Picayune as one of its editors.
He was in the employ of Mr. Levison before his
death; and naturally enough, Mrs. Levison, after
the death of her husband, reposed confidence in
Frank, and employed him to transact her busi-
ness.  He took advantage of this position of af-
fairs, collected moneys to the amount of five hun-
dred dollars, and the last that was seen of him he
was making tracks down town with his carpet-
bag in his hand.  For several days previous to
his leaving, he associated pretty extensively with
some of the fast men of the town, and doubtless
became involved to such an extent that it drove
him to the dishonorable steps he subsequently
took.  This is the most unfortunate for all concerned,
and should serve as a warning to young men to
beware of evil associations.  Once drawn into
the whirlpool of dissipation, there is no knowing
at what moment they may be hopelessly swal-
lowed up in the gulf of despair, dishonor and

[Gunn s handwriting]
N.Y. Weekly. (Smith & Street)
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page forty-five
Description:Newspaper clipping with speculation that Frank Cahill's association with ''fast men'' in New York led him to defalcation and flight from the country.
Subject:Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Crime; Embezzlement; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; New York weekly.
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.