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WOMEN'S CHAT.

A GREAT RAILWAY MAKER.

GLASGOW SOLICITOR'S DISAPPEARANCE.

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GLASGOW SOLICITOR'S DISAPPEARANCE. The reports current in Glasgow on Friday of last week as to the disappearance of a well-known local lawyer took definite shape on Saturday afternoon, when a sheriff's warrant was issued for the arrest of Alexander Younger Peattie, solicitor, on a charge of embezzlement of trust funds. The firm of which he was senior partner, Messrs. Peattie, Mclntyre, and Laird, 175, Hope-street, issued to their clients a circular stating that Peattie had absconded after abstracting from the firm's safe a quantity of easily negotiable securities. It was stated that the books of the firm had been placed in the hands of Messrs. Kerr, Andersons, Main, and Macleod, chartered accountants, whose inquiries are not ex- pected to be completed for a week or 10 days. It is said that a preliminary investigation has already disclosed a deficit of £ 40,000. Much sympathy has been expressedwith the partners. One is Mr. John Mclntyre, a well-known elder of the Church of Scot- land, who has been a familiar figure in the General Assembly and other ecclesiastical courts. The junior partner is Mr. James Laird, son of Sir William Laird, of the firm of William Baird and Company, ironmasters. Peattie was originally a bookkeeper with Messrs. Ritchie and Maclean, by whom he was afterwards taken into partnership. Some years ago Mr. Peattie purchased a large mansion at Spring- boig, near Shettleston, and there he was well-known as a church member. He was law agent for Sir James Bain, ironmaster, a former Lord Provost of Glasgow, who died recently, leaving several hundred thousand pounds, and it is sail that that estate is a large sufferer by the alleged defal- cations. The warrant, which was applied for by Mr. James Hart, the Procurator Fiscal, after a con- sultation with Mr. Mclntyre and Mr. McLeod, does not specify a sum at all commensurate with the missing securities, and the police believe in the mean- time their ends will be best served by reticence. A description of the missing lawyer has been exten- sively circulated, but as to his whereabouts no trace has yet been found. It is not known whether he had much ready money in his possession. One circumstantial account as to the discovery of the state of affairs is that Peattie's partners, immediately on their suspicions being aroused, in- sisted upon an examination of the books of the firm. After some pressure he agreed to this course, but re- marked that the dissolution of the firm would ensue. He then left the office, apparently in a state of indig- nation, and has not been heard of since. Unsuccessful speculation on the Stock Exchange is given as an ex- planation of his disappearance. A Glasgow lawyer, Mr. Archibald Ross, of the late firm of C. K. Clark and Ross, solicitors, 208, West George-street, Glasgow, was on Saturday committed for trial on a charge of embezzlement. The firm was dissolved, but Mr. Ross kept on business at the above address.

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