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The Daily Dispatch: April 8, 1861., [Electronic resource], Forging Virginia State bonds. (search)
Forging Virginia State bonds. --Detectives King and Slowey, on Friday, arrested a young man calling himself James Elliott, charged with having forged and uttered Virginia State six percent. bonds to the amount of several thousand dollars. It appears that three weeks ago the accused, who was then in Washington, sent to Livermore, Clews & Mason, brokers, at No. 29 Wall street, several of the above bonds to negotiate, which they did, and returned him the proceeds. A few days ago, these bonds to the amount of $3,500, were again sent them by the accused, who, however, in his correspondence, signed himself "R. M. Barbour." The brokers were desired to sell the bonds and retain the proceeds subject to his draft. From some informality in the correspondence, they were led to suspect the character of the bonds, and on making the necessary inquiries, ascertained them to be forgeries. In the meantime, Barbour alias Elliott, drew for $1,000 on account, but the brokers allowed his draft to