[Los Angeles, California]: Office of Chief of Police, 1899. Unbound. This broadside wanted poster for Franklin W. Thornton measures 5.5” x 9”. Stamped in the lower left corner: “Office of Chief of Police / Feb 7, 1899 / . . . / San Francisco, Cal.” The poster features a photograph of Thornton along with a full description. Lower right corner chipped. Soiling along the right margin. Old tape reinforcement on the reverse. Good. Item #009526
Thornton, a 42-year-old Stamp and Registry Clerk at the Pasadena, California post office absconded on 29 January 1899 with $792 from his account. A report in the February 7th San Francisco Chronicle notes he was probably head for Mexico and had left a wife and children behind. A follow-article from July 4th reports that Thornton was taken into custody in Columbus, Ohio after a U. S. Marshall recognized him – from the widely distributed wanted poster – entering a boarding house.