Contributed by Gigimo
Description: Lee DEFORD Surenders.Date: February 27 1904
Newspaper published in: Benton, MO
Lee DEFORD, the defaulting cashier of the Bank of Altamont, for whom a reward of $300 was offered by the governor, surrendered to J. BRITTON, the bank's attorney, at Gallatin. BRITTON says he will claim the reward, and will pay it into the assets of the defaulted bank. Neither he nor DEFORD will talk of the latter's whereabouts since he disappeared. Mr. BRITTON says it was on his inducement that DEFORD returned after he had gone as far as he could very well get. Mr. MEAD, receiver of the defaulted bank, says that efforts have been made by some of the bank's customers to defraud its owners. The case will be brought before the grand jury. DEFORD refused to talk other than to say his shortage was due to helping friends out of trouble. He says he will not "peach" on them if they want to send him to the penitentiary for fifty years. He will not state where he has been since leaving Altamont.