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was to be applied on the purchase price and credit given
in addition to thirty thousand dollars which the Company
advised was being expressed to Spencer for first payment
on the land.
I went with Spencer to the express office, where he
received the money. He came out of the express office
carrying a small suitcase. After reaching the hotel we
opened the case and counted out thirty thousand dollars
in currency which he replaced in the case together with
sale contract, saying he would take it to the bank and
deposit it in a safety deposit box pending examination
of abstract of title to the land.
Spencer left for Austin that afternoon to dispose
of the Liberty Bonds, and Stetson took the seventy thousand
dollars and left for Dallas, asking me to be sure
to meet him at the Cadillac Hotel the following morning,
Tuesday, at 10 o'clock sharp. This would give him time
to confirm the bid at the Dallas Exchange and take care
of his Company's business.
I went to Dallas that same day, and the following
morning went to the Cadillac Hotel, arriving there about
9:30 in order not to miss Stetson in case he came before
the appointed hour. Upon arriving I inquired of the
clerk if Stetson had registered there and being informed
that he had not, my fears of the previous day again
I waited. Stetson failed to show up at the appointed
Fearfully, I waited another hour. I left the hotel,
telling the clerk I would be back in a short time and
asked him to have Stetson wait for me if he came in.
I went hurriedly from one hotel to another endeavoring
to locate him. I failed. I returned to the
Cadillac and was again advised that Stetson had not
Conviction that I had been swindled out of my life
time's savings swept over me.
I immediately went to Pinkerton's Detective Agency
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Norfleet, J. Frank, 1864-. Norfleet: the actual experiences of a Texas rancher's 30,000-mile transcontinental chase after five confidence men., book, 1924; Ft. Worth, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5864/m1/35/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .