The Nation: Chicago's Great Bank Heist

One of our millions is missing, says the mighty First National

For 24 hours the officers of Chicago's First National Bank could not believe its calculating machines. Precisely $1 million in $50 and $100 bills was missing from one of the bank's subterranean vaults, and auditors kept combing the records to see if a bookkeeper had erred or a computer had skipped a digit. Finally, with much embarrassment, the bankers called the FBI to report that someone had made off with their greenbacks over the long, languid Columbus Day weekend.

On Friday night, as the weekend was beginning, the chief teller—standing in a...

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