An accomplished Rascal.
--Mention was lately made of the fact that Samuel W. Wyvill
had been examined by Commissioner Watson
and ordered by him to be removed from Castle Thunder to the city jail, for trial before the C. S. District Court, on the charge of perpetrating sundry forgeries, by which he was enabled to defraud the Government
out of various large sums of money.
Wyvill was formerly a Lieutenant in the army, and by reason of that fact became possessed of a knowledge of the minutia of drawing officers' and soldiers' pay. This knowledge, it appears, he turned to good account Getting, by some means as yet unascertained, a large number of blank commissions and descriptive lists of the soldiers, he would select the name of some Colonel
whose regiment was in a distant field of service, and draw on the paymaster for the largest amount that would be allowed.
He would then order the money to be paid to his nephew, and send a man to personate that individual, with another one to swear to his identity as the relative of the bogus Colonel
The money would then be paid and the artful dodgers would depart to concoct new schemes of plunder.
In this way the names of some dozen Colonels
, and even a larger number of Majors
were made use of to the pecuniary emolument of the parties concerned in the fraud.
By means of the soldiers' descriptive lists a considerable amount due various of them was also transferred to the pockets of the keen operators from the paymaster.
We are informed that in these transactions Gilmer A. Lumpkin
acted the part of nephew to Wyvill and — Tankersley
the witness to prove his identity Lumpkin
, it will be remembered, was sent a few days ago before the Hustings Court for examination on the charge of forging S. H. Owens
& Son's name to a check for $5,000, payable to the order of West
at the Traders' Bank.--Tankersley
was some time since incarcerated for his connection with Wyvill.
All of the above parties boarded at the Powhatan House
, and the officers who arrested Wyvill found in his room preparations for forgeries even larger and more daring than those he had formerly perpetrated.
It is supposed that he and his associates cheated the Government
out of at least $40,000. The man Tankersley
, named above, was formerly an actor at the Varieties Theatre
, Franklin street, under the name of Percival
was also employed there in some capacity.