Somewhere between Bismarck and Fort Lincoln, Lieut. Josiah Chance, of the Seventeenth Infantry, who left this city Wednesday morning, since which time he has not shown up. His disconsolate brother in law will pay a liberal reward for the return to The Tribune office, and for the conviction of the felons who are supposed to have stolen him.
Bismarck Tribune, 3/1/1879
Don't worry about Josiah Chance; although I found nothing more about his disappearance and suspected kidnapping, he won the Louisiana Lottery in 1883.