The New York Times 04 Sep 1896 Palmer
ALLEGED swindlers caught; M Portaarnese Jae" and W. S. Palmer Scaesnea far Getting; Maney. " Portuguese Joe " Is again In a cell, now under the name of Tbomas Kartell, for attempted grand larceny.. Another prisoner at Police Headquarters, and an ex-convict. ex-convict. ex-convict. Is Frederick William Stokes Palmer, forty-eight forty-eight forty-eight years - old. ef Port Richmond, S. L The charge aalnt him Is trying- trying- to swindle Piatt A Co. of UT Cedar Street out of . Palmer -waa -waa arrested yesterday In the office of Piatt c Co. He went to that place on Saturday and.' told Mr. R. H. Thorp, a member of the " firm, that he wanted to engage Mr. Piatt at once to go to Chicago with him on expert mechanical mechanical business. He said he represented a syndicate of Englishmen who owned a large and valuable mining property in Colorado, near Denver. He also said ha was a member of the Society of Mechanical Engineers, and said he knew Mr. Piatt well. Mr. Thorp told Palmer that Piatt was on his vacation. Palmer Induced Mr. Thorp to send a telegram urging Mr. Piatt to come to New-York New-York New-York not later than Wednesday Wednesday or Thursday of this week. When Palmer was leaving he tried to borrow $5 from Mr. Thorp, but the latter waa suspicious suspicious and refused. Mr. Piatt came to the city and saw Palmer. He arranged to go to Chicago with him. Palmer was to pay htm 2. aa a retainer and was to receive S0O as expenses; expenses; nnal terms were to be made la Chicago. Mr. Piatt was made a little suspicious by Mr. Thorp's story of Palmer's attempt to borrow money. He called on James Free-man Free-man Free-man of fc! Broad Street, and told him the story. Mr. Freeman knows much about mining schemes, and he said Palmer was the Very man who had swindled a friend of his out of ti:t). Mr. Freeman said Palmer had served fifteen months for this. , Mr. Piatt communicated the matter, as It stood, to Capt. O'Brien of the Detective Bureau, and detectives were put on the case. Palmer telephoned to Mr. Piatt Thursday morning that he would be at the Cedar Street office in the afternoon with a checK for which he would give to Mr. Platt, who could return $.") In cash. Palmer called and handed Mr. Platt a check for $: on the Bank of the State of New-York, New-York, New-York, signed by E. C. Rock, who, he said, was a member of the syndicate. He was then arrested. arrested. Palmer la well known to the Scotland Yard men. and has represented hjmself at times -as -as one of them. He has been out of the penitentiary only three weeks. He has served several terms for swindling. Martell has posed as Morrill ana William M. Lane, G. A. Thomas. B. Corenso, and " Portuguese Joe." Sometimes he -fives -fives addresses, and at other times he does not. Martell called on Allen & Jonassohn, importers of diamonds, at 14 Maiden Lane, on Wednesday. He presented a business card of Tarrant A Glsmond of 15 John Street, on which was the name of W. M. Lane, one of Allen & Jonassohn's salesman. He said he was Morrill of Boston, and asked to be shown some loose stones. He was put off, as he acted suspiciously, and said he would call again. Mr. Jonassohn Jonassohn found that Morrill was not personally personally known at Tarrant & Glsmond's. Morrill called again on Allen A Jonassohn and selected three lots of fine stones, valued at $0,500. He said he would like to get more, and he was told to call again. He said the whole transaction would amount to about $13.0)10. He told the Arm that he was a member of the Boston firm of Morrill Morrill Brothers. He did not call again. He called on several other Jewelers, and his doings were reported to Capt. CBrten. Detectives were put on the case, and he was arrested yesterday in Maiden Lane. When arrested Martell at first refused to tell anything about himself. He was photographed photographed for the Rogues' Gallery and then said he Is Thomas Martell and fifty years old.