Springfield Daily Leader
Springfield Daily Leader
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Description: A Fast Young Man. J. S. B. Berry, of Forsyth, a Fugitive - A Reckless Career.

Date: December 1 1886

Newspaper published in: Springfield, MO

Page/Column: 1

News has reached this city that the store of Berry Bros. & Co., at Forsyth, was on the point of failure and would be attached by creditors today or tomorrow. The assets and liabilities are small.

It has leaked out that J. S. B. Berry, one of the members of the firm, has been leading a "fast" life for some time past. A Leader reporter, by diligent inquiry and hard work, this morning obtained a clue as to his recent movements. Berry came to Springfield about the 9th of last Juy and boarded the train on the 10th for Toronto at the time of the Knights of Pythias excursion. After taking in the sights he went to New York and purchased a quantity of counterfeit money which he passed and has been selling to parties in Taney county. On his way home he attempted to pass a ten dollar bill on a well known young man of Springfield, who was on the Frisco train at the time, but he observed that the signature of the bank president was not on the bill and refused to bite at the bait. It transpires that Berry's father passed a bill on old man Dykes, a merchant on Swan creek. Dykes paid it to another party, who in turn passed it on Berry's father. Berry's father had the party arrested, when he proved that the bill came from Dykes, and Dykes proved he got it from Berry. Berry, doubtless getting wind that the United States deputy marshals were on his track, skipped and has made himself scarce around Forsyth for some time. He is supposed to be hiding in the woods and hills near that place.

Berry doubtless has been in Springfield recently; for we understand he has "done up" his brother in law, George Carney, for $75 on the "sawdust" racket. Another man here, whose name we failed to learn, was also victimized.

It seems that Berry made arrangements to elope with a married woman who resides in this city, and has been intimate with her quite a while. Her husband is a hard-working, highly respected citizen. She was in Forsyth a few months ago at Berry's house and when she returned home Berry was missing. He was probably within easy distance of her. This is all that we have been able to unravel in his career so far, but he has doubtless "shoved the queer" on a number of unsuspecting people in the lower counties.

Submitted: 06/05/18

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