ITALIAN OFFICIAL ABSCONDS WITH ' ,'.'- • » , £20,000. An Italian railway official employed in the valuables "department at Chiasso Frontier Station lias decamped with £20,000. The ' man, who had occupied his position for 14 ,' . years, had access to the office safe in which, ,'>'' at the time of the theft, was stored a suck filled with gold, silver, notes, and money ■;:.'. orders, and weighing about 401b. This big packet had just been prepared by the- Italian authorities to be handed over to the ? St. Gothard administration for the settlement of the current fortnightly account. • Tt is stated.that the. thief will have diffii culty in disposing of more than one-third of his booty, as the remainder consists of cheepjes and coupons. All the. cash was stolen down to the smallest copper coins. ; : The missing man is an ex-vice brigadier of ~. carabineers, and,though 50 years of age " and a married man, was the lover of a 1 girl ;,.,' who is believed to have aided him to carry :; out:.the crime in the early evening, after : which they donned disguise and escaped by the -Basle express. - The affair was not discovered until 16 ;-•'■ hours later, so the couple had time to get c iway. The existence of a cleverly organised as- ' .' jociution of railway thieves among the cm-. ployees of the goods department has been .' discovered at Brescia, where robberies have been going on for over a year, and the local ■ ' station-master has already, paid out more . than. £1000 in compensation. '