Traffic was blocked for over an hour yesterday in the neighborhood of Broadway and Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, by an excited crowd, which scanned every inch of the sidewalks and streets in a vain search for $8,850 in new bills. The money was dropped by Mrs. Marie Slavin of 57 South Sixth Street, who had just drawn it from two Williamsburg banks, with the intention of depositing it elsewhere. She carried the bills in the bosom of her shirtwaist.
Mrs. Slavin was taken to her home in a hysterical condition after hours of vain searching, and she was reported last night to be in a very precarious condition suffering from shock and heart failure.
Mrs. Slavin is about thirty-five and lives with her husband and children at the South Sixth street address. A few years ago some property in South Fourth street was left to her by a relative. About a week ago Mrs. Slavin sold the property for $8,750 and deposited the money with the Nassau Trust Company of Broadway and Bedford Avenue. She had previously deposited $100 in the Dime Savings Bank, at Broadway and Wythe Avenue.
Yesterday Mrs. Slavin decided to withdraw her money from both banks and deposit it elsewhere. Shortly after 1 o'clocK she went to the Nassau Trust Company and received her money in eight one thousand-dollar bills, one five-hundred-dollar bill, two one-hundred-dollar bills, and one fifty-dollar bill.
Mrs. Slavin says she carefully placed the bills in the bosom of her shirtwaist then walked two blocks along Broadway to the Dime Savings Bank, where she received another one-hundred-dollar bill. She says that she took out the whole amount there and folded it together, but is certain that she replaced it in the shirtwaist. She then crossed Broadway and Wythe Avenue, close to which, on South Sixth Street, is her home. When she reached her apartments she found that the $8,850 was gone.
She rushed to the corner of Broadway and Wythe Avenue screaming at the top of her voice. A crowd gathered and Policeman Farrington of the Clymer Street Station, hearing what had happened, began a search for the money. He was assisted by hundreds of citizens. A number of newsboys were the most ardent fortune hunters. The crowd was every minute swelled by persons coming off the Broadway ferry, who stopped to learn what had happened and immediately joined in the hunt. It finally became necessary for the police to drive away the mob.
The teller at the Nassau Trust Company convinced the police that the woman's story was true, verifying the denominations of the bills as she had describe them. At the Dime Savings Bank, it was said by the cashier that he saw the woman take a roll of bills from her shirtwaist, carefully fold in the $100 bill which she drew there, and replace the whole in the bosom of the waist. This brought the search-down to very narrow limits, as the woman lives but two blocks from the savings bank.
Women friends of Mrs. Slavin had an idea that the money might have become lost in the folds of her apparel, but a search of her clothing failed to reveal it.
At a late hour last night the police were still searching for the money. Mrs. Slavin is not a strong woman, having suffered from heart failure for some time. It is feared that the loss of the $8,850, which was all she had, may result fatally.
New York (New York) Times, May 6, 1905.