You wouldn’t want to lose the baggage claim

Imagine your boss asked you to run a simple errand for the bank while on holiday in New York: simply pick up $70,000 in banknotes and bring it back to your home branch. Of course, you would pack the money into an old tea chest to avoid attracting attention. What’s one more piece of luggage, right? This was one of the stories told by accountant Henry Dupuy, one of the original seven Bank of Montreal employees. According to Henry, the most nerve-racking part of the trip was the journey by steamboat up the North River (now the Hudson), “where there are so many stoppages (with people getting on and off), it was necessary to be constantly on the watch at the baggage room.”


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