Coincidence? I think not...

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Ran across this intriguing pair of articles about the Schenectady Savings Bank that were published in the New York Times on June 15, 1894. First, a dispatch from Albany stating that the Superintendent of Banks had found a shortage in the bank's accounts upward of $10,000. And then, immediately below, offered without irony or explanation, a story from Schenectady telling us that August Henke, chief accountant of the Schenectady Savings Bank, was found dead at the aqueduct. He had apparently long suffered from heart disease, and there was certainly no reason, not even simple typographical proximity, to think these two stories had anything to do with each other.

The next day, the Times reported that "Three experts made an exhaustive examination today of the accounts of the Schenectady Savings Bank, whose head accountant, August Henke, killed himself Wednesday night. The investigation disclosed that Henke's method was to make false entries in the transfer of accounts from the individual to the general ledger. The peculations were in small amounts."

If you wondered why Mr. Henke felt the need to wander all the way up to Aqueduct to take his life -- he was the treasurer of the Schenectady Canoe Club and presumably familiar with the Mohawk River in that stretch, which is still popular with canoeists.

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