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- The By onco of tho to additions to tho items additions how-ovor, any oor-roctnoss of the print of a succeeded ono Tho pros-suro a top The into nnd It for a tho purpose. bank of unsuspecting Ingenious und and and to on false his to a conductors, machines a of of miu simplest sots or A to a bo go 1 j E. F. the to i 6, ha to In NEARLY A MILLION STOLEIV. A TACOMA BANK SKH.FUI.LY RODtlED BT A TltUSTXD BMfZOTEB. Ilia Jagaalaaa Scheme t Export m Pleals tVam taa Maak OMelaJa Net ta Proaecnta nim-Caasht at Kat la the 'Waea'a-Faeu 'Waea'a-Faeu Which Read Like m Kemaaea. Buttxje, Wash., Oct a Tho fact recently camo to light that on Aug. 22 the Fidelity Trust Company, one of the best-known and strongest banking institutions of Taooma, was robbed by its secretary. Edward Albert-son, Albert-son, ot $020,000 in securities and monoy. Tho bank nt tho tlmo aoknowlodged a loss of $0,000. but tho full details havo beon brought out in tho trials hold in this olty and Taooma. The thoft was planned with remarkable cunning cunning and executed with groat boldness, but though tlio nows has beon publlshod in ploce-moal ploce-moal the complete story of the. orlmo has never yet beon told. Tho principal, Edward Albortson. Is 34 years old. Whon a young man he removed to Council Council Bluffs, and thoro married a Miss Cohoon. Ho was bookkeopor tor the Citizens' Bank and chlot bookkeopor for tho Council Bluffs Insurance Insurance Company. Throo yoars ago ho cams to Tacomaand readily obtained a position with the Fidelity Trust Company. At first he acted as bookkoopor, but later that work was given to two assistants, and Albortson, though his salary was only $1,600. acted as teller and did most ot the doallng with customers. His habits wore supposed to ba exoellont and ha was not known to gamble. His accoinplloo. Fred N. Chandler, formerly formerly livod at Council Bluffs, and there took care of Albertson's house, lie followed Albortson Albortson to Taooma. and kept up some acquaintance acquaintance with him. but the two never appeared appeared very Intimate. Ohandlor was Indolent, his tastos ran toward horses, and he was something something of a gambler. John h. Cohoon. who la charged with complicity complicity In the crime, is a brother of Mrs. Al-bertson. Al-bertson. Cohoon and his wife oama from Council Bluffs about a yoar ago. and were living living In the samo house with the Albortsons. Mr. Cohoon Is a spoctal agent ot tho Northern Pacific Insurance Company of Taooma. An Ineffectual attempt has beon macfb to Implicate It B. Albertson of this city, a well-known well-known lawyor. It. B. Albortson Is a cousin of Edward. In 1833 he camo to Seattle nnd hn. gan work In a sawmill, then took a turn as newspaper reporter, and finally went Into law. He has risen in the profession steadily; at one tlmo he was City Attorney, nnd'ho Is now a mombor of ono ot tho reputable firms of Bcattlo Preston. Albertson A Donworth. Whon Edward Albortson settled in Taooma. It B. Albortson called on him and thoy have Boon each othor halt a dozon times slnoo: butthe intimacy of boyhood has nevor beon renewed. The plot was mobt clovorly laid. On June 18, two months beforo tho robbery was committed. committed. Fred Chandlor. who was unknown to It 1J. Albortson. walked Into tho ofHoo of Preston. Preston. Albortson A Donworth. In this city, and inquired for Albertson. The latter was in his private room, and Chandler, who gavo tho assumed assumed name of itoss. was ushered in. When tho two men wero closeted Chandler said: "I havo como In behnlf of a common friend, whoso name I cannot tell you. For some time he has been the trusted omployoo of n Inrge company, but ho got behind in his accounts, nnd became so involved that ho could not make himself square. How all this happened does not matter now. " Well, to make a long story short our friend has be-i'ii taking from time to tlmo amounts from tlie funds of tho company aggregating in nil about $15,000. Now in order to protect himself our friend has also taken from the safe of the company securities worth about $100.-000. $100.-000. and has changed the combination in the lock of the safe. " Tho I'resldont of tho company gave our friend full control, 6o that this could easily bo done. 1 f thoso securities aro not returned and tho safe opened, tho institution will be wrecked. Of eourso tho company Is anxiousto have the matter hushed up, and Is ready to compromise." Lawyor Albortson at onco supposed that some Seattle bank was Involved, and that one of the many bnnk clerks ho knew was tho criminal. When Albertson questioned Chandler Chandler the latter replied: "I cannot toll tho namo of tho man. but ho is a friond of yours, for he knows of tho days when you piled lumber In a sawmill here, when you wero a reporter on the Clirnniclr. when you wero studving-law. "Hero is tho sort of agreement that our friend wishes, to have put in legal form." and Chandlor showed Albertson a rough draft In Ink uf u gunranteo ot immunity from prosecution prosecution in ease certain securities, forwhicb blanks wero left, were returned nnd tho combination of tlio safe revealed. lSlunks wero also left for the names of the parties to tlio transaction. Albertson explained thnt such un agreement would hnvo no legal force, but Chandler declared declared thut the company could bo trusted to live up to it. Albertson had strong doubts as to whether he had bettor draw the ugrcoment und ho consulted Georgo Hydo Preston, his partner, who advised him to havo nothing to do with it. Then Albortson reflected that ho ought to stand by his friends, nnd that woro tho agreement not drawn nKeattle bank might go to the wall, ninny Innocent pooplo he ruined, and much hnrmbodnnn tho oommunity. Ho. noting by impulse rather than by judgment, ho consented to draw up tho paper, and told Chandler to call for it tlio next day. As Chandlor went out of tho olllco he said: l.n. I.Ia.I tn l,i.l........In... .l ,, a,,,. t,ti, iiua liiu uuijiviui 11IUUU, UI1U has also booomo Involiod: so you may draw up tho agroemont to protect both partlos." i hen Chandlor had gone Lawyer Albortson dictated the form In blank totho stenographer, and had it done in typewriter, with the notarial notarial acknowledgment, "County of King, Btato of Washington" tho county in whioh Seattlols situated. Tueomols in Pierce county. The next day Chandler roturned. ond. still giving the namo ot Itoss, took the blank agroo-ment agroo-ment and insisted upon paying $10 fur it. ftothlng moro was heard of the matter for weeks, und Albortson supposed that the affair had been settled and bushed up. The next thing was the robbery at Tacoina. On tho night f Hunday, Aug. 23, word was telephoned to tho AmerioanDistrictTnlograph at Tncoma that nmui In loom SO at tho Fife Hotel wished to bo called at 4:15 Monday morning. Wlllio llllams, a night messenger, was sent to muke tho cull, but whon ho was noar tho hotel ho met a man whoaskod: "Aro you going to call 8J at tho Flfo ?" IPS." " Well, I am tho man. so you needn't bother nbout that. Horo is 50 conts. I want you to hire n gurnoy and tako this package to Mr. Wallace ut 10 Pad Mo avenue." At 5 o'clock that Monday morning T. B. Wallace. President of tho Fidelity Trust Company, Company, was awakened hy a ringing nt his door bell. Ho si ppodon his clothes and wont to tho door, whoro a mossengor handed him a large envelope addressed to him in tho handwriting handwriting of Ulwurd Albertson. tho bank's secretin secretin y. Within, on tho paper of the company, under date ot Aug. 22. was tho following astonishing astonishing letter: T. II. Wallart PrwMnl. Pi-ah fm. I nm Hhort In my acrounti 111,760 belni nn iiKii'xato of unpin aquaniteriKl liy rao at illfferent time sou e oiui ) ear 440 thin month In speculation, anit I haven't n 'lnllar left. Itcallrlnx t!ni lnipoIWIIty nt eM-rrciiUuiilt, nnd ho'ruln conitunt ilrcH'l or ilrtc tlnn, I Imve uecutn deimrnte, taken enoftvh moro to uinko l.'ii.0(Xi anil Irft. The aiiiuiiiil or securltlea taken from tno nare. In ad-alllnn ad-alllnn tuthUraiih, I over, which IhcIu'Im nil the rumpan)' nntm, ciillntirnl. unit laml roinp.iny runtrarl. In nJJlllon t thin I have ihanirM alt the roui'jiintlon. nrter lockiui; up all the hank booki In the ateel wiull. Jr you will alga the three napen triplicate herewith herewith fn the presence of tiro ultlieine. har the aame Inly ai'kuiiK Icilirc.l, ami ilrllver nil tnive to Krr.l N. CUunillerHt llruwn'rt 1'iiuit im nr h'frire!in'i!o"lc Mon lay inr.rnliu (nee iltrretirinH tielos' lunv In meet hlin). he will itellvrr tn Jnil nil the Above tiM-iirltloi. Ac , aluflutiiouiiikj.aiii1 tec to nil the -if! iloor. i yn 1 can eamnieiue InLlnem. at the uhuhI hour, ewupt my perMinat mil., si, mm, with h I i multiAtroji J, hit the coiuternl. fort) pltai-ni uf Atnck, vim will zet If you will meet I'han.llrr nilh the paper ilnlye. eeutert jou will nn.i tho company' el imlraiver nt onu of Penman ilek nny tlio. he 1 ween 11 ami P o'clock on Monday luorulm; you x III net all the ahove uh Htateil anil ho read) for nulnt'-thc tner hut nr swoon, itefuae In esucute and deliver thtrif papi ra hy the huur named, and nil the paper and reeuritiea valued at over $iKW.(iOO, none of which, except the company' note, hu the company any record of wljl ho turned hy nre, and it will iol )ou ss.imo tofinwin to open and replace vault and anfe dior and four to alx moid ha' time in which to do It aim! 51m youraelf well know nt tlieloueiteatlinale It will cnt you not le thnn from luo.ooutns'.'on.oooof the ilmt, beldn the trouble to yet the balance and bealde thla loa In actual money. Juatluiaiflne the In to the company through Ion of confidence of the public and the atwoluta f upeo-alon upeo-alon of limine for at leaat a month. To aura up. accept the condition and loat 120.000. which the people need not know; reject them ana ioae make your eitlmate out of the IUO0.0O0. and be compelled compelled to abiolutely depend bualneaa. You cannot pay ny ehecka, a you hare no balance hooka to o by and you dare not draw on New York and Ban Kranclico, for both account are wrong. I hare made a memoran dum, and left It In (he aatcof Jutl bow tho hortaaa lie. Keipectf ally, I!. Ahit05 Tho onvelopo also oontalned tho duplicate of the agreement to refrain from prosecution, and tho following Instructions to President Wullnce; flet a ruwhont and one nan to row for you (If you want him) o(er to Hruwn'a Point Before rn indiux tho point, and about forty rod till elde, )ou will eu a pole Ucklnj In the hind (uear the top) and a white handkerchief handkerchief attached to it. At thla place, between the hour of (land wucluck Monday u.nrntntf, Aua- 21, laud your boat nnd lento )ouroariunu In It, You will at once eeo Chandler, wtio will direct you how to reach him. When there hand hhn the thrc paper, and If duly ilgned. wltneed, and acknowledged, he will place In your hand tho article mentioned In the agreement, when you will at once aign receipt for them. Any attempt to intimidate or parley with CnanCler wlU be of no avail, and win only retail to yoar disadvantage, disadvantage, and if yon come with mora than oae man or have any boat to follow or precede too, or ahould Too. fall to belutr by 0 o'clMk, ibarji, cLUdler WuTba rone, and all the book and paper will b deetroyed by Your only hope of recovering thoie paper, valuable, ao, will be for yon to carry outthete fnitrnctlont to the letter. Mr. Wallaoo was dumfoundod. In four hours itwould bo tlmo to opon tho bnnk, hut all tho books wero locked up in tho safe and tho combination combination changed. , But oven were the snfo open tho bank could not do buslnoss, for thoro was no money in tho vault nnd all tho securities securities woro misting. There was but one thing to do nnd that was to compromise with Albert-son Albert-son and Chandler. Wallace sent for.TudgoL. D. Campbell, tlio company's attorney, nnd lifter lifter a short consultation tho two went to K. 1). Powoll, n notary, and tho ngn-emnnt was signed in triplicate. Wallace then hired a skiff and a boatman named Maislmlt to take him to Brown's Point. Tncoma lies on Com-moncomcntliay, Com-moncomcntliay, one of thunrmsof tho sound. Two miles or so across is Brown's Point but tho distanco around by land Is throo or four mllos. Tho point Is part of tho Puyallup In-dlnn In-dlnn reservation and Is thickly wooded. When Wallace and Marshall came near the bank they saw Chandlor standing nn 11 bluff about IHty feet above tlio wator. At his direction direction Wallace took the winding path up tho hill. Ab the blink Prosldont enme. near tho top Chandlor shouted: " Aro you Wallaco ?" " I am." " Hnvo you tho papors ?" Yes." "Thon follow mo," and tho thief lod tho way to a point about a quarter of a mile Into tho woods. Hero he loft Wnllaco and soon ro-turned ro-turned with a paokago dono tip iu brown pnpnr. Wallace oponod it and found WOO.OOU In Tncoma Tncoma Land Company contracts, notes amounting amounting to Jl'40,000, S70.O0O In stock eottlltfiitos. and a lot of other noourltlos. Chandler delivered delivered them up. recolved the signed ugroo-ment, ugroo-ment, and, after expressing regret at what had occurred, disappeared In tno forest, while W'al-laeo W'al-laeo took tlio boat back to tho city. Tho matter might hnvo boon ondnd thero but for the fidelity nnd Cisunlty Compnnyof Now jork, which had gono on Albortson's bond for $10,000. Ho had already secured himself against tho bank, and ho took tho only stopposslbloto prevent notion by his bondsman bondsman In sending tho bond company tho following following Icttor: ., Fidiutt Tacit Cohcakt. Tacoma. Aug. 23. "91. Jfr. K. ftrmor Knit (! .S Kni IV. DrA Si' There la a dl.pnle of ome $20,000. which tola company haa lot. an! they will try to recovorSK).. Oixinf it under the bond which waa luaned to them guaranteeing my lldellty, ac. 51,08. To ve you the monoy ami ut the namo time to leen chance nfiuy beliw proiecuted, I herew ith return to you the bond and renewal, neither of which hue been out of my pome. Their record do not how that they paid thli. o all you will bare to do 11 to refute payment, else deny ex Ittence; or ele declare aame haa been cancelled several months. ou know ) our bmlness. If you want to get out of this you know what to do. Yours truly, It. Aiaaimoa. I have written to Patmer A Son that paper are repelled repelled and shall have attention. 1 with you to write to B B. Albertson. attnrney-at-law, Seattle. Wash., and ad vlre him of our notion on the within, lie may be able advise ou fn the matter. Whatever you write him will be strictly ronndentlil. Mr. Ball, howovor, was too honest to fall into this cunningly laid, trap, and In behalf of tho fidelity nnd Casualty Company sot dotcctivos on the track of tho robbers. IMibllo Interest was not vory much rousod ovor tho matter, bo-jauso bo-jauso the loss of tho bank was unnouncod us The detectives secured, as they thought, enough evidence to warrant tho arrest of Cohoon. Albertson's brothor-In-law, and also the Innocent cousin. It 11. Albortson of this city. Tho detectives, howovor. planned to got hold of the men. and. without a public arrest try to extort Information out of thorn by throats. Cohoon was entlcod Into a room on tho top floor of tho Flfo Hotel nt Taooma and kept thoro a prlsonor for flvo days. Tho detectives detectives said thoy would let his family know of his whereabouts, but this promise was not car-riod car-riod out For some reason bost known to himself himself Cohoon submitted to this imprisonment without process of law. The samo plan was tried with B. B. Albortson, Albortson, but In Ids case a warrant was served in thlscitypn Sept. 10 while he was walking on thostreot An otllcernnd two private detectives tried to get him to go Into a carriage Ha refused refused unless they would go into his oniee.whoro ho could mako arrangements for procuring bond. The detectives. If. C. .Sullivan nnd Mo-hay, Mo-hay, consented. It 11. Albortson nnd W. E. Bailey, a friend who was with him. stopped In. J hen tho detectives drew tho cui-talns. and ordered ordered tho driver to take tho road to Tacomo, Albertson had no reason for submission, and bo ho und Bailoy fought like tigers until tho detectives gave up tlio idea of kidnapping them and extorting Information. The carriage, accordingly, stopped eight miles below Seattlo at a railroad station to wait for the train to Taooma. Tho abduction caused tremendous excite-mont excite-mont hpre in Sonttlo. not only on acoount of Albertson s prominonco but because Bailey, who was tafcon with him. Is n millionaire, a newspaper proprietor, and banker one of the loading mon of the State. Tho thief. Edward Albortson. and his accom- 8 lice. Chandler, wero caught down in western rogon. near Coa Bay. on Sept W. After leaving Brown's Point in Taooma on tho morning morning of Aug. 2-i thoy took a train for Portland, and then mado for the woods. Tholr plan was to roach tho coast, buy u small steamer, put to sea and cruise doivn the coast to Mexioo. They 'tramped through tho forest und at ono place encountered a bear, which Chandler shot The officers got on their trail and located thorn by means of ahnudkerohlof Albortson had carolossly left at tlio point he slept tho night bofora tho capture. Tho two fugitives wero surrounded by tho officers, who ordorod thorn to throw up tliolr hands. Albertson tried to draw his revolver, and was shot but not seriously wounded. When captured captured they declared that they alone wore concerned concerned in tbo thoft Albortson had over $10.-000 $10.-000 on his person. This in outline is the story ot a robbery whose details would fill a volume. OAFFNEY AND TTB BREASTPLATE. Ho Snya thut It Canaea III Ilc&Ith, aind It WlU Uitee to Co. John H. Oaffnoy was tho first umpire to wear a pad on his breast tor the purposo of prolonging prolonging his life. It may be explained that tho molanoholy individual who for seven months of each yoar hoars nothing from his fellow mon but dire throats against his physical well bolng does not woar a pad to protect his lungs nnd othor vital organs from chilling draughts, but for provontlng that deadly missile known as tho foul tip from ploughing Its way through his Internal economy. After sevoral exciting collisions with foul tips, the quostlon with Oaffney rosolvod Itself into two propositions. One was to abandon abandon umpiring, or olse Invent something to bufllo tho bono-breaklng tips, no decided on the latter oourso, and tho result was a oork breastplate. It gavo tho umpire a surprising appearance, but ho doos not caro much how he looks providing he is allowed to livo. Now.aduys Hourly all umpires wear breastplates. breastplates. Thoy also put tholr hands behind them, stand sideways, and present ns llttlo Biirfuee to tho bull as possible. Despite these precautions tho malignant foul tip continues to bump against them with a thud that can be heard all over tho ground. Whon an umpire is struck by u foul tip it Is seldom that he stops to rub tho injured spot. He usually grinds his teeth, and says "foul" in a voice choked with ungulsh. A playor who is hurt usually lies down upon tho grass for 11 few minutes, then makos an effort to rise, nnd limps painfully toward his position, whllotbo spectators loudly applaud him for his heroism. Ou the other hand, when it bo-comes bo-comes apparent t the snoctulurs thut an umpire umpire has Peon severely Injured, thoy immediately immediately set up u yell of delight. After having invented the cork breastplate there was eenslilei.iblo surprise when UalTnoy appeared in this city in the II1111I championship games wearing nothing on his breast except the llanuel that composed his slilrt. When atkod concerning tho omission hn said: "I htiiipnd wearing tlio breastplato on tho advice of a jihy lelnii. You see. in hut weathor nn umpire wearing 0110 uf those thick breast-lilutes breast-lilutes perspiivd freely. A player gets a cluinco to rest frequently during a game, but un umpire umpire Is on a constant jump from Mart to Mulsh. 'I ho result was that w lieu I got through a game I was dripping, with wrriilrntiin. 1 wnild I hen throw olT th tiroustplntnund put on my Btrcet clothes. The net thing I knew a hard cold nettled on my clioit. und tnis o-jurred so often I dually consulted a physician, who advised advised me t st ui wearing the breastplate. A cuteher certainly should have sonin MiMd ugaiiist foul tips, and 1 am now thinking about potting up some sortofawlro uatriruucu for that purpose." (inffney In a peaceable, mild-mannered man, but his coiiuteiiancii in like that of an experienced experienced pugilist. This Is due to the fact that a more than usually vicious tljiHinashed in tho wires of his mask, cutting 11 deep uueh In his noso and cheek. A wide sour was loft Gaff-noy Gaff-noy hus ulso had his collar bone broken by a tip, nnd sulTored other little Inconveniences. tfalTney has received nn offor to umpire In tho National League noxt season, but lb considering considering a lluttoring offer from the American Association. Mm. u'a Railroad I'aaa. Vom (A JCiMAflj CXty Ewig Tim. A tall, angular-looking woman walkod up to Conductor Joe Collins of tho Southern Kansas road at tho union depot yesterday and attempted attempted to hoard tlio t rain, "Let me see your ticket, ma'am." said tho conductor, in his chuructoiUtically pollto inunnor. "i won't do It; I know whero I'm going," replied the w 11111111 latlier tartly, "Oil, but you must. You cannot pot on tho train unless you do; it's thu rule," said Col-lllis. Col-lllis. " lmi must let mesei) your ticket," "I don't travel un a ticket I have a pass," exclaimed she loftily, andugaluehu attempted to pass. ' 1 must sea your pass then." "Well, you havou't uenso enough to tell whether it's a pass or a ticket I guess." ButBlio showpd him the pass. It was all right an annual pass. It was Issuod to Mrs. Mary Lease, denouncer of monopolies, fomulo orator, tho oroclo ot the Formers' Aillanc. to to Bl

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