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Were These The Chaps?

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Last Tuesday a brace of welldress young fellows, fashioned in long-tailed vestments, were very busy n this city, endeavoring to secure :ash on a draft, concerning which :hey had a most ingenious story - one calculated "to deceive the very ;lect" into cashing the paper if he fiad happened to have the money ibout him. Several merchants and :he postaiaster were invoked in behalf of the accommodation, but as Ear as is known, the trick failed to work. One of the men claimed to be a newspaper reporter. Similar parties had endeavored to cork Adrián two or three days before; and here is a Toledo narrrative under date of July 30, that probably liso refers to these two men: A very neat attempt at diamond robhery was detected here, but the birús have flow. Two men, claiming to be Britton O. Danberry, of the New York World, and L. D. Guthrie, respectively, carne to this city last week and the latter soon secured a position as telegrapher with the Western Union. The alleged reporter, like his companion, was very well dressed and seemed to have plenty of money. After Guthrie became installed in the telegraph office Danberry entered the store of M. Judd, a local jeweler, and picked out diamonds to the amount of #1,700 and endeavored to pay for them with a draft on the Deshler National bank of Salt Lake. To back up his statement that he had a large account at that bank he had Judd and the Merchant's National bank wire to Salt Lake, and a full descnption and identification was returned promptly, too promptly in fact, for the bank refused to accept the draft. Taking alarm, the swindlers slipped away. Later dispatches show that no telegrams had been sent to Salt Lake from this city, and that the messages were all forgeries.


Ann Arbor Argus
Old News