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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]
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