Sunday, November 28, 2010

Postcards to the Chief of Police about Stolen Items and a Wanted Man

Police Department
Lynn, Mass.

Stolen in Lynn, Massachusetts, May 10, 1907
One Gold Plated Cornet "Lehnert Maker" name of Joseph Gove engraved on the bell, A and B combination on bell.  Number 257 on Cornet in several places.  Valued at $125.00.

One Dark Colored Violin, name De Casper on same.  Number 1,556 or 1,536.  Value $200.00.  One Weichold and one Louis violin bows, valued at $60.00.  Kindly look over pawn shops, and second hand stores, and make inquiries of musicians, and especially Theatre Orchestras.

Send all information to,
Thomas M. Burckes, Chief of Police

postmarked on Feb. 28, 1908

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Wanted for Embezzlement
Fred Neef, 56 years of age, 5 ft. 4 in. tall, 180 lbs., dark hair mixed with gray, light mustache turning gray.  Wart on right side of nose, bow legged, little finger of left hand crooked.  Is a wire and iron worker.  Nationality German.  Speaks broken English.

I hold warrant for the above named party, who is charged with embezzleing $1,500.00 from the Red men's Lodge.  This, however, he is supposed to have squandered, but before he disappeared he drew about $1,000.00 from the bank in which he had his private funds deposited, leaving a balance of one dollar.

If located, arrest, hold and wire, and I will send officer at once.

Columbus, O. Jan. 8, 1910

John F. O'Connor, Chief of Police.

postmarked on Jan. 12, 1910

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Both cards are mailed to the Chief of Police in Malden, Massachusetts with a one cent McKinley stamp pre-printed on the postcard (no other address than: Chief of Police, Malden, Mass.)

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