Monday, June 9, 2008

Capt. Bunce's Loss

New York, 1895

Thieves Take $100,000 in Two Lots — Unsigned Haytian Notes.

Capt. Henry C. Bunce of Cold Spring Harbor is puzzled over a robbery that took place in his house Sunday night. Some one got away with $50,000 in notes, but not in good and lawful money of these United States. They were unsigned Haytian notes, and worth just what they would bring for waste paper. The captain had $110,000 of them at face value, and a short time ago some one entered his house and relieved him of $60,000 worth of them.

He valued the notes because they represented an experience he had in Hayti in 1876. At that time he was in command of the schooner Ann Dole. His mate was George S. Keen, and the cook Foster Van Ausdall of Cold Spring. He had agreed to carry away from Hayti President Domingue and Rameau, the Prime Minister, and bring them to the United States. The two officials were to sign the notes that had been given to the captain for their passage after they got aboard of the schooner. Before the two runaways could get on board they were shot down by the mob.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, March 15, 1895, p. 8.

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