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              [newspaper clipping]
      EFFECTS OF EVIL ASSOCIATIONS.
  �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
crime.

[Gunn�s handwriting]
N.Y. Weekly. (Smith & Street)               
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