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THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN
LITTLE OLD NEW YORK
New York, July 26. Are there
really grown-up folks in this country
who don't read newspapers?
It seems hard to believe. But,
when one thinks of the columns and
columns of stuff that have been print
ed in the papers of this country, in
the last ten or twenty years, about
the "wire-tapping swindle" and then
considers the remarkable experience
of Mr. Edward Lee Baxter Davison of
Charlotte, N. C. well, listen to it.
Mr. Edward, etc., stopped off in
New York en route from Charlotte
to Europe. He had some $800 in reg
ular money and a draft for $10,000.-
He stopped at one of the choicest
hotels and while he was peaceably
taking in the splendors of the lobby,
human and architectural, one warm
afternoon, a man whom he did not
know addressed him.
When one is addressed by a man
one does not know, in New York, the
customary and advisable procedure
is to place one hand on the wallet,
the other on the timepiece and scan
the offing for a;cop.
But Mr. Edward,. etc, did not know
this. He conversed fearlessly with
the stranger as one converses fear
lessly with a stranger in Charlotte.
Mr. Jones; for that was the stranger's
name, soon introduced a Mr. Harris,
who had a scheme for making money
by tapping the wires which run from
race tracks arid betting money on
horses which had already won.
Mr. Jones and Mr. Edward, etc., J
gave Mr. Harris money and he won
some wagers for them. After cash
ing several bets of varying size Mr.
Edward, etc., saw a chance to make
a fortune at one fell swoop. He
would wager his $10,000 draft Jones
and Harris demurred at the draft.
They said it was bad business hand
ling drafts in the. wire-tapping busi
ness. Wouldn't Mr. Edward, etc.,
go back to Charlotte, get his draft
cashed and bring them the money?
He did. Believe it or not, he DID.
But in Charlotte he happened to
speak to Frank Osborne, one of his
neighbors and a brother of James W.
Osborne, a prominent New York at
torney and former assistant prose
cui.jr, about the get-rich-quick enter
prise. Frank advised him to see
brother Jim before he put up the
As soon as Jim Osborne could con
trol his mirth, after hearing the
story of Edward, etc., he directed the
Charlotter to the office of Deputy
Police Commissioner Dougherty.
The latter telegraphed to Frank Os
borne, instructing him to telegraph
to Jones and Harris, who had given
a New York hotel address, and advise
them that Edward, etc., would arrive
in New York on a certain day over
the Pennsylvania railroad.
On that day Edward, etc., went
over to Newark and took a train back
to New York. When he got off the
train Detective Vancott got off just
behind him and nabbed Jones and
Harris even as they stretched out
hands of greeting to their friend from
Charoltte. They proved to be a well
known pair of con men.