Joseph Homan, Homan Manufacturing

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v ORDERS Taken From Mail Were Withheld By an Official of Company. Unusual Situation in Of fice at Homan Plant Where aTrasted Employee Did Strange Things. Bought a Defunct St. Louis Plant and Was Planning To Start Competition on a Big Scale. The Homan Manufacturing Company, at Western avenue and Flndlay street, makers of electro-plated electro-plated electro-plated hollow ware, has just undergone a remarkable experience with an employee who, Instead of misappropriating misappropriating .money, abstracted from the malls and withheld .thousands of dollars worth of orders and other business correspondence. The members, of the concern ar at a loss to understand the motive for the act other than a belief that the orders, Ac-, Ac-, Ac-, were taken with a view to be used by a new company which the employes was promot ing. About the middle of September the busi ness community was pussled by the unusual unusual announcement made by the Homan Company In connection with the retirement of Thomas A. Mac kiln, the Vice President and general confidential man in charge of the office. This announcement went to 'the company's customers and merely stated that the office affairs were in such condi tion as to require confirmation by customers customers of orders, correspondence, sc. A week or so later a second circular was mailed to the company's customers in which this explanation of the affair is failed to report at the office. The next day as attorney appeared for him and arranged arranged to surrender the suit case of papers. .The inventory of this suit ease dlscloead orders, some of them JO months old, hundreds hundreds of letters, remittances and corre-spoBdenca, corre-spoBdenca, corre-spoBdenca, While this has replaced many of the missing papers, many orders are known to hsve been lost. , Just before Mr. H omen's discovery of the Irregularities In his offlos affairs his attention attention had been attracted to the purchase of the plant of the defunct St. Louis Silver Company, which bad been sold "under the hammer" by the Sheriff there last June. Proa Information that cams to Mr. Homan ha soon learned that the names of the purchasers purchasers were fictitious and that Macklln was the man behind the deal. In fact. Macklln had taken a practical man out of the Homan factory to St. Louis to took over the plant and pass judgment on the machinery. Ac A Losing- Losing- Ventura. Subsequently It developed that Madeira had others associated wlrh aim In this deal for the St. Louis plant, and that they had put up most of the money, but they were unaware of his actions k u ny. As soon as they were apprised of what he hmA . I . I . . . . . - - ..-,w ..-,w ..-,w in, him. The plsnt they bought at St. Louis - Mwnwaniiea ana most or tee m- m- v.,,rrj sum. ine experience, however, for Mac kiln's partners has been a sad one. for Ul.V Inmt mwimUt ii i A large part of the misapplied business of """n v-ompany v-ompany v-ompany was in their export accounts. This operated to assist Mac kiln in his ftecullar actions because of the long time correspondence is In transit. While the Roman Company knows that it has lost much business through the peculiar actions of Macklln.' It has already paid out hundreds hundreds of dollsrs in warehouse chars, where Macklln failed to expedite snip-menu snip-menu snip-menu which he allowed to run Into warehouse warehouse costs and demurrage. "This affair has about been straightened out." said Mr. Joseph Homan. yesterday, "and I had hoped that It would not find Its way Into the newspapers. However, I cannot cannot deny that Macklln did abuse our confidence, confidence, appropriate orders. Intercept correspondence. correspondence. Ac He has done the company company a great Injury. "The system that Macklln had of abstracting abstracting letters was so On that he even had them forwarded to him while be wss out of the city. The employees ef the office, of course being directly under and responsible responsible to him. obeyed his Instructions. They hsve since -mads -mads frank statements to me about the affair. It is certainly a most remarksble experience, and we never want to go through it again." POLITICAL GOSSIP Surrenders Many Orders. "Mr. T. A. Marklin. formerly Vic Presi dent of this company, and recently la charge of our office, hss conducted his de partment with gross irregularity. This man enjoyed the full confidence of the com pany, and for this reason ws wsre slow to givs credence to his misconduct. Some days ago the postoAce suthorlties called our attention to the fact that Mr. Macklln was intercepting our mall, and this was confirmed by some of our employees. A few days sgo ws were able to bring pressure to bear on this man, and he delivered over to the company a suitcase containing let ters which he had intercepted In the mall and also documents taken from this office. Among these papers we And considerable correspondence that has never been replied replied to, as It was taken from the postoffice or the carrier by Mr. Macklln and concealed. concealed. W also found among these papers orders amounting to thousands of dollars. and which had never been entered. These orders have all been placed ia work and will have our best attention. "We nave every reason to believe that other correspondence and orders have been destroyed by this man. The object of this letter Is to ask whether you nave ad dressed us any communications that have failed to nave attention, or whether you have sent us any orders that hare not been filled or acknowledged. If so, please send us copies of such, correspondence or orders. We regret to nut you to this In convenience, but we feet It best to investigate investigate these matters thoroughly sad prompt ly." The surrender by Macklln of the suit-ease suit-ease suit-ease referred to above has enabled the Ho man Company to stralghtsa oat the tangled es In their orders and general books, ana It Is understood that the Incident has been adjusted between the principals invoivea. Customers Wer Complaining;. The first Intimation that Mr. Homan had of any Irregularities In his office came about the middle of July when on a business business trip be got many complaints from customers about his office system with a request that better service be given to correspondence, correspondence, settlements of accounts. Ac A short time later a caoiegrsni rescues his desk Inquiring why an order had not been filled. The office tile did not contain this order, and when Mr. Macklln was asked he naively replied that there was no such oraer m so tar as no new m the customer was promptly cabled tnat in order had gons astray and requested that it ba duslicated. By this time Mr. Homaa naa Become suspicious that tne company's mall was being tampered with and he issued Instructions Instructions to ths mall carriers to deliver an the man to his desk. Instead or to Mr. Macklln. H also went to the Postoffice station "S." st Linn and Liberty streets. where the company's mall Is handled, and requested thst no more of the company's mall be delivered to Mr. Macklln. who had the habit of stopping there eaca morning on his way to the office.' What Mr. Homan learned at the postoffice strengthened his suspicions that something was wrong, lor the agent there said thst ne naa neen expecting expecting soma such order; that Macklln would can for the man each morning and then go into a aids room ana open some of the letters, which he afterward re seated. ' Office Employees Confess. At this juncture several of the office em- em- nlovees volunteered to Mr. Homaa startling Information relatlvs to Instructions that Macklln had given them to abstract certain certain letters from the mall each day before It got to Mr. Homan's desk, and how these letters were then turneo over to aaacejin. icvan outsolna mall that had been signed hv Ur Homan and sent to clerks for seal ing and stamping bad been abstracted as It passed through Macklin's hands. As Macklln waa an official of the company, with nower to "hire and fire" over the office force,- force,- these employees explained that thev obeyed his Instructions without ques tion, even though they did admit that tne thins was a Mt queer. The first batch of letters that came to Mr. Homan produced complaints about non delivery, of roods, correspondence about orders, remittances and letters In reply to matters that had gons out of the Homan establishment without his knowledge, and on. matters that h personally should have attended to. He at ones confronted Macklln with the situation, and while he confessed being a bit behind In his books he strenuously de nied any. misapplication of the company s orders or correspondence. Expert Accountant on th Books. An expert accountant was put on the books, and after he was there a few hours he disclosed hundreds of missing ledger pages, letter flies rifled, entries In arrears and a general chaos fa his department. Marklin agreed to assist la straightening out the affairs m the offlos and worked for several daya In. the meantime tnslstaat demands were being mad of him ts nro due th missing papers. On morning be When th Board of Elections adjourned at S o'clock last svenlng until to-morrow to-morrow to-morrow morning the official returns of IS wards had been counted, but not tabulated. Few changes were found from th original returns returns In "Form 21" There was an occa sional error of one or two votes for or against a particular candidate, but so tar the result has not been affected la any ay. - Ia Precinct Z. of the Twelfth Ward, Judge Caldwsll gained 43, as b wss cred ited with U In "Form 23," white th poll book showed that ha had M. Th board notified election officers of Precincts B and R. of th First Ward: D, of th Second. and C and O, of the Third Ward, to appear ana explain certain dlscrepaaotss la thesr ngurea The Democrats still claim th election of their entire leglslattv ticket. Instead of Thorns s M. Gregory, for Senator, being aeieated be Baa on the face of th returns up to data run ahead of his colleagues tor that omce. cnarte i. Fltxgerald. candi date for Common Jleaa Judge, still Insists that the official vote will show that be has won Instead of Nlppert, It may be Thurs day of this week before the entire count la completed and to votes added. A rumor was current la local Democratic circles yesterday that aa amalgamation of th Duckworth, Clnoianatl Democrat le and Wuson-MarshaU Wuson-MarshaU Wuson-MarshaU Clubs Is la sight, the Duckworth Club to ratals lis nam and th other two organisations to be marshaled under Its banner. For a year or more prop ositions bars been mad by th officers of th Cincinnati Democratic S3ub, from time to time, looking to a merger of (hat organi sation with ths Duckworth Club. The offl cars of the Duckworth Club have always received these advances in ths friendliest manner, and th good feeling la evidence wall th negotiations, car bees pending was accentuated by the two organisations turning out together and escorting candj dates and speakers to Music Hall meetings la the campaigns of the past few years. Friends of th "Oreater Duckworth Club" movement believe that the negotiations will be terminated satisfactorily at th regular monthly meeting of the Duckworth Club to-morrow to-morrow to-morrow night. This belief Is based on the fact that th greatest harmony exists la ths Hamilton County Democracy, and that there seams to be a demand from all quar tors that the activities of th party be cen tered hereafter la one club. Helping along this feeling In no ordinary degree Is th general desire that the party shall be rep resented In creditable fashion at tn inau guration of President Elect WUsoa. One big marching club, organised from the veterans veterans and "first voters" of th parry, wtth th purpose in common of massing a good showing. It Is believed, can put Hamilton County on th map la tetters of job-type job-type job-type Harry R. , Pro base o. candidate for Common Common Eleas Judge, has filed his expense account account wtth ths Board of Elections. He says be spent sag for literature and th distribution distribution of ths same, railroad fare. 85 cents: oar fare. S2 SO: "liquid nourishment.'' nourishment.'' 16 cents: tobacco, estimated, 11 cents, or a total of ICS Is. Many frlsnds of former Senator Alfred M. Cohen would like to see him elected President of th Ohio Electoral Co 11 era when It meets at Columbus to cast the M votes of this stats for Wood row WUsoa in January. The electors will choose on of their number aa messenger to carry ths returns to Washington. He la allowed 20 cents a mile each way for expenses. The messenger from California will get several nundred dollars for bis servlcea. The Eighth Ward Democratic Progressive Club test night swarded the prise offend at Ite recent contest to Miss S. Mueller, of 1SS Central avenue. It was a spirited con test, but Miss Mueller wss th lucky one. Th Regular and Independent Committees Committees of the Blaine Clu met yesterday to prepare tickets for the next annual election, Squlr George Tibbies presided, and. after a discussion, U waa agreed that PreahMnt Ray Hillenbrand should head both tickets, thereby re-eiectlng re-eiectlng re-eiectlng him for another term- term- It was also agreed that the following snouia appear on born ticks ts: secretary, Ed Morrissey: Treasurer, August Klrbert. and Commandsr. Hugh Conway. Th mitt see will meet agala Wednesday go coo plot th ttehte. 1 At the regular monthly meeting of the Duckworth Club to-morrow to-morrow to-morrow night It Is ex- ex-

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  1. The Cincinnati Enquirer,
  2. 10 Nov 1912, Sun,
  3. Page 12

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