ABDUCTION OF CHARLIE BREWSTER ROSS/ ON JULY 1ST, 1874, AT ABOUT FOUR O'CLOCK, P.M., CHARLIE BREWSTER, AND WALTER, THE LATTER ABOUT SIX YEARS OLD, SONS OF CHRISTIAN K. ROSS, WERE TAKEN FROM THE SIDE-WALK IN FRONT OF THEIR FATHER'S RESIDENCE, ON WASHINGTON LANE, GERMANTOWN, PA., BY TWO MEN IN A BUGGY. WALTER WAS CARRIED ABOUT FIVE MILES, AND THERE LEFT UPON THE STREET; BUT OF CHARLIE NO SUBSEQUENT CLUE HAS BEEN OBTAINED;; it is earnestly solicited that every one, who shall receive this circular, make diligent inquiry, and promptly furnish any information obtained, and if the child be found, cause the detention of the parties having him in custody.This circular must not be posted up, and care must be exercised, that suspicious persons do not obtain access to it.Members of the press are specially requested to refrain from publishing the interrogatories hereafter given, so that the parties having the child in custody may not obtain the means of training him regarding his answers thereto.On the discovery of any child, who shall be suspected of being the lost one, a photograph should be immediately obtained, if possible, and forwarded; and photographs of the parents will be sent for identification by the child.$20,000 REWARD has been offered for the recovery of the child, and conviction of the kidnappers; all claims to which, however, will be relinquished in favor of the parties giving the information which shall lead to this result.
Philadelphia: Wm F. Murphy's Sons, Printers & Stationers, 509 Chestnut St., Philada. August 22, 1874. Single sheet, folded to 8 3/4 x 5 1/2 in., 3 pp. of text. Albumen photo of Charlie laid down at the top of the first page. Archival tape reinforcements at edges, along the center fold, and one horizonal fold, no lettering affected. This is believed to be the first kidnapping notice to include a photo. Item #63161