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1905 - No Suspicions. H.S. Cheney Will Drop Stolen Box Matter. Securities Returned to Home of Father-in-Law. Family Away at Time They Were Left.
"I am as much mystified as you are," said Herman S. Cheney of Southbridge to a Globe reporter yesterday afternoon, "concerning the way in which my property was stolen from me last winter. I am equally in ignorance of the identity of the person who left the box of securities in the house where I found them more than a week ago. No one was present in the house as far as I know. But I have the missing securities.
"I wish to say, however," Mr Cheney went on, "that the securities were not worth $285,000 as reported. About $150,000 would cover their value. I do not care to say more as to the manner in which the stolen bonds were returned to me. It is enough to say that they were placed in a house in Southbridge and that when I visited the house the box was shown me and I recognized it. That was a week ago Thursday. The box had all the securities in it that it contained when it was stolen. All the bonds and stocks were found intact."
Mr Cheney was in the office of his attorney, Benjamin D. Hyde of 50 Congress st., when he made this statement. He was unwilling to tell where the stolen box had been found. It developed later that it was in the house of Frank L. Chapin, Cheney's father-in-law, who is cashier of the Southbridge national bank, that the box was found. How any one could get in there to leave the box was a mystery, for the the Chapin family was away.
"We found this box in the house after we got back from vacation," one of the members of the Chapin family said. "Does it look like yours?"
It was examined. It was found to be the box which Mr Cheney had lost. He had a key to it and readily opened it.
Many of the securities could have been safely negotiated had that been the object of the person who took the box.
The box was usually kept in the Southbridge bank vaults. But it had been carried to Mr Cheney's house for inspection of certain of the contents. While it was away from the bank the theft occurred. Who carried off the box no one knows, though the state police and a private detective agency were called into the matter.
"I have never accused any one of taking the box," said Mr Cheney, "and I shall not now. I do not have the least idea of the identity of the person who took it. I admit I have had suspicions against several persons, but they have been proven wrong. I can say now that I have no suspicions against any one. I have got back my property. I shall not seek a warrant against any one, for I know of no one I think guilty of taking my securities."
Mr Cheney was in consultation yesterday afternoon with his counsel, Mr Hyde. He admitted he was highly elated over the recovery of his securities. But he said he did not desire to discuss the matter because it would bring in the names of persons he did not think should be mentioned. He thought it time, he said, that the whole case was dropped.
The Boston Globe
August 15, 1904
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