Title: The Mystery of Monastery Farm
Author: H. R. Naylor
Release Date: April 7, 2004 [EBook #11931]
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The Mystery of Monastery Farm
By H. R. Naylor
A GREAT BANK ROBBERY
On the eleventh day of April, 18—, the officers of the Bank of England were greatly excited on receiving notice of a special meeting called for that night at ten o’clock, an unusual hour, and indicating, surely, something of great importance. Promptly at the hour appointed fifteen directors occupied their usual places in the council chamber. There were also present two paying tellers, which was not usual. Besides these two bank clerks was observed Major Andrews, the well-known chief of the Bow Street detective service, and by his side sat two of his assistants. As yet, there were only five persons present who knew the cause of this meeting—the president, cashier, and the chief and his assistants.
No time was permitted to waste. The president of the bank in a few nervous words asked the cashier to state the object of the call. Mr. Bone at once stated that there were strong indications that a robbery of the bank had been perpetrated; that a large amount of currency had been abstracted from the paying teller’s room. Hence this sudden call for consultation; this, also, accounted for the unusual presence of Chief Andrews and his colleagues. He then called on Mr. Roe, the senior paying teller, to make a statement of what he knew of the matter.
Mr. Roe arose, and told that at nine o’clock that morning in his preparations for business he had brought from the vault a quantity of currency and placed it with other moneys on a side table conveniently situate for ready use. And that when, about two o’clock, he had occasion for its use, it was gone. Everything possible had been done to gain a clue, but there was not the slightest thing upon which to hang the faintest suspicion.
Major Andrews, stepping in front of the table, then requested permission to ask Mr. Roe a few questions simply for information. This permission was at once granted.
“Mr. Roe,” asked the chief, “what was the general appearance of this money? Was it loose or in a package?”
“It was a neat package,” replied Mr. Roe, “wrapped in brown paper, with its character and value marked distinctly on the wrapper.”
“You say,” said the chief, “’character and value distinctly marked on the wrapper.’ Please to explain what you mean by these terms.”