Man steals lamps from Hemingray


Publication: The Penny Press

Cincinnati, OH, United States
vol. 2, no. 68, p. 3, col. 3

The Late Heavy Breach of Trust

News from the Dishonest Porter

Singular Revelation by the Aid of

a search warrant.


Our readers doubtless remember the fact that, about two weeks ago, a porter belonging to the establishment of Henry Laner & Bro., No. 166 Pearl-street, being sent to the bank with a check for $1,038.83, suddenly disappeared, and carried the money with him. Since that time extraordinary exertions have been made to discover his whereabouts, but until yesterday they were without success.

Yesterday the firm had a warrant issued for the purpose of searching the house, located on Sycamore-street, near Liberty, in which his family reside. Upon visiting the premises they found his wife and children quite comfortably situated, and the woman betrayed no discomfiture when informed of their errand. They proceeded at once to their business and at every step, almost, found ample reward for the pains they had taken.

It appears that Curtis Gille this is the name of the dishonest party was formerly engaged with Gray, Hemingray & Co., and also with W. B. Smith, and although they knew it not, he had treated them in the same manner that he had Laner & Bro.; for they found an immense number of lamps and articles of that nature which he had stolen from the one, and a large box completely filled with books, stationary, &c., he had taken from the establishment of the other.

Among the other things they discovered a couple of letters from Gille to his wife, the most important of which was written on the 31st ultimo, and dated at New York. It stated that after he received the money upon the check he immediately left the city, and after walking about ten miles, and riding with a farmer, by whom he was overtaken, about fifteen further, he took the cars for the city in which he then was. The epistle further stated that he had sent $100 to Doctor Koehler, in Louisville, and requesting his wife to sell her furniture, and after getting the money from Doctor Koehler, follow him to Germany; for said he "before this letter reaches you I will be many miles out upon the ocean."

His wife, Rosa, was then arrested and committed to the Ninth-street Station-house. She said she knew nothing of the manner in which her husband came by the goods which they asserted had been stolen, and that they must have been taken to the house, while she was absent. She will probably be examined before Judge Lowe this morning', and it is possible that some further revelations will be made. Gille bore quite a good character with all his employers, and must have been engaged in this thieving business for the last four or five years.


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Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:April 10, 2014 by: Bob Stahr;