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Fitchburg Sentinel (MA)
Thursday - 4 Feb 1892
Town's Cash Gone - So is Treasurer Albert Johnson of Wilmington, Vt. - was Held in High Esteem - But his Small Salary Proved Insufficient to Meet Expenses, and so he "Borrowed" - Talk of Domestic Infelicity and Hints of Suicide
Brattleboro, Vt., Feb. 4 - Albert M. Johnson, town clerk, treasurer and tax collector of Wilmington, is missing, and with him quite an amount of town money. Johnson, who was also a dentist and jeweler, kept the town funds in a safe in his store, and it was while in the act locking this safe that he was last seen Monday night. The town auditor gained an entrance to the store yesterday and found the combination of the safe changed. A pocket-book containing some money was discovered on a desk. The safe was forced open. An investigation disclosed a shortage of between $1200 and $1600 which amount may possibly be increased by further investigations. Johnson who is about 50 years old, is a veteran of the Sixteenth Vermont volunteers, and has been held in the highest esteem. He was an attendant of the Methodist church and popular with his associates.
The theory is that, being unable to meet his expenses on his small salary and the proceeds of his business, he had, from time to time, used the town's funds and had succeeded in covering up his shortage.
His domestic affairs are said to have been somewhat troublesome, and many townspeople are inclined to think he has committed suicide.
Whatever the shortage, the town will be secured from loss by bondsmen. The missing treasurer has a wife and four children.
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