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THE SUIT OF A COLLECTION AGENCY Blyal Corporations Abont to Begin an Interesting Battle The Merchants Retail Commercial Agency of Chicago whose Pacific coast office is at rooms 31 and 32 Chronicle building has bfuught snit against D K Oleason and Robert Vance the general secretary and manager of the American Commercial and Collecting Agency of the same city whose local office is at rooms 51 and 52 Donohoe building Both agencies are incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois and their business is to collect outstanding debts for commercial houses and to furnish lists of delinquent debtors to merchants to protect them against giving credit to irresponsible parties The complaint alleges that D E Glea COPPKR - COLORED PARENTS ou w once in tue employ o the Merchants Retail Commercial Agency and becoming indebted to the agency was obliged to sever his connection with it He took with him copies of the companys abstracts of unsettled accounts for a large number of States including Iowa Illinois Nebraska and Missouri and also tbe combined abstract for the cities of Council Bluffs Omaha and South Omaha These abstracts were the lists of unpaid accounts which bad passed through the system of the Merchants Retail Commercial Agency Gleason also took copies of uupyrigntea letters Deionaing to the agency On opening their office In this city Gleason and Vance took the covers and title - pages from the abstracts which the former had procured and had new oorer printed stating them to be abstracts of the aeency they represented and alto had substantial copies of the letters reprinted and are now using them in their own business The abstracts would indicate that the American Commercial and Collecting Agency was doing business in the States mentioned when in fact their patrons are confined to this city and a few small interior towns The Merchants Asncy was incorporated in Chicago in 18S3 and the American many years later Tbe complaint calls for 10000 damages and an injunction to restrain Gleason and Vance from using the system adopted by the Merchants Retail Commercial Agency

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  1. San Francisco Chronicle,
  2. 11 Mar 1892, Fri,
  3. Page 4

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