Singular and Afflicting Case

On the first of March, 1843, small drawer disappeared from the secretary of Mr. William Conrad, of Williamstown, Grant county, Ky.  It contained money just received for a lot of cattle, and valuable notes and papers.  It was supposed to be stolen, and the theft was charged upon Clary, a slave he had raised from infancy to adulthood.  Her master and mistress thought she showed signs of guilt, and threatened her to extort a confession.  She did confess she took it, and told, successively, different places where it might be found; but these later statements proved false.  Her master then sent her to Lexington and had her sold.  Nothing was heard of the money or drawer until the2nd of April, instant, 1851 – more than eight years afterward – when Mrs. Conrad found the drawer with all its contents entire behind some other drawers in the secretary where it had slipped by accident!  Mr. C. has published s statement of the above facts, and says now that he has no doubt that he, himself, in haste, and by accident, thrust the drawer into this place where it was found.  His object in making the publication does honor to his heart as a kind master.  .  .  .

In a postscript, Mr. C. begs the favor of the owner of Clary, or of any person who may know, to address him a letter, and inform him whether she is living, and where she may be found.



From the Covington Journal, May3, 1851