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The late cashier of the Philadelphia customhouse having embezzled over sixty thousand dollars of the funds and decamped, Collector William B. Thomas has paid the amount out of his private fortune, so that the Government loses nothing. Mr. Thomas says he cannot see that he is bound, either in law or in equity, to make good the defalcation of his subordinate, but that he "has been prompted to make payment by an anxious desire that the present Administration — with the good name of which his own is to some extent identified — should not be chargeable (in consequence of any circumstance which may have occurred in the department consigned to his care) with having lost or squandered the public money."

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