The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ontario (Steamboat), 23 Aug 1856

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The Robber Caught. - We mentioned the fact on Wednesday that a young man was robbed on the steamer ONTARIO, on the night previous, of his wallet containing $180; which was taken from his pants, under his pillow. The name of the young man was Nicholas Smith of Shelbyville, Ky., who was on his way to Cambridge College, Mass. Every effort was made here on the discovery of the robbery, Tuesday, but nothing could be found of the robber, and the young student went on his way, with a sad heart.
Yesterday forenoon Chief of Police Stowell, saw a man go in the Post Office, who answered the description of the robber. He took out a letter and opened and read it in presence of the Chief. He then went out and proceeded to the City Bank and tried to get some Kentucky money changed.
The Teller directed him across the river to the Bank of Ames, Howlett & Co., and also informed the Chief of Police, who followed , and arrested him, while he was in the act of getting the money exchanged at the Bank counter. He was immediately taken into a side room and searched. A letter was found in his pocket addressed to his wife, containing $80, and other money amounting to all to $120; also a pair of "jimmys," or nippers, for burglarious operations.
He was taken to the Munger House where he had put up; his carpet bag was searched, in which was found a few articles of apparel and a large bowie-knife.
We suppress the name of the culprit at present, as the officers have gone to find his wife and make other disclosured if possible. He says he is a printer by trade, but we think he belies the profession. Printers are not caught in such scrapes.
      Oswego Palladium
      Friday, August 23, 1856

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Ontario (Steamboat), 23 Aug 1856