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The Drunkard; or, the Fallen Saved
Adapted by W.H. Smith
New York: WM. Taylor and Co.1850

SCENE III.—Broadway, with a view of Barnum's Museum.

Enter ARDEN RENCELAW, L.; crosses to R.—Bank messenger enters after him, L.


Mess.

  Mr. Rencelaw, Mr. Rencelaw! I beg pardon for hurridly addressing you, but our cashier desires to know if this is your signature. [Produces check.


Rencelaw.

  My signature—good heavens, no!—five thousand dollars. Is it cashed?


Mess.

  A young boy, sir, whom I saw just now, recognized, and sent to the bank immediately; but the cashier, Mr. Armond, arriving directly afterwards, doubted it, and I was despatched to find you.


Rencelaw.

  Run to the bank directly; call for a police officer as you pass. I am rather infirm, but will soon follow; do not be flurried; our measures must be prompt, and I fear not for the result. [Exit Messenger, L.

Enter WILLIAM DOWTON, R.

Ah, honest William; I have been searching for you. Edward desired to see you.


William.

  Thank and bless you, sir. How is he?—where?


Rencelaw.

  Comparatively well and happy, at my house. His wife and child will be here immediately; I have sent


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a carriage for them. Their home—their happy home—is prepared for them in the village, and have obtained almost certain information of his grandfather's will.


William.

  Thank heaven! But, sir, you appear alarmed, excited.


Rencelaw.

  A forgery has just been committed, in the name of our firm, upon the Mechanics' Bank.


William.

  Bless me! the Mechanics' Bank? Who gave the check, sir?


Rencelaw.

  A boy, William.


William.

  A boy; how long ago?


Rencelaw.

  Not half an hour! Why this eagerness.


William.

  I—I'll tell you sir. Mr. Middleton told me that Lawyer Cribbs, when the poor fellow was in poverty and drunkenness, urged him to commit a forgery. Not half and hour since, I saw Cribbs give a boy a check, and tell him to take it to the Mechanics' Bank, receive some money, and bring it to him somewhere near the Pearl Street House, where he would find him with a gentleman.


Rencelaw.

  So, so! I see it all. Come with me to the Tombs, and secure an officer. If you should meet Middleton, do not at present mention this—come. [Exit, R


William.

  I'll follow you, sir, heart and hand. If I once get my grip on the old fox, he won't get easily loose, I guess. [Exit hastily, R.