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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.               
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