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HOW HE LOST HIS MONEY.
A RICH MAN OF BUSINESS TAKEN IN.
Be Onsht to Have Known Better. Hut He DirtH't A
Sharp Trick. Hut fl Oiu?ht In Hare Sus
pected Something Wrong.
Prom the Philadelphia. Timer!.
A. P. Mitchell, who was connected with a
"bunko operation " by which Isaac ITazlehurst,
the lawyer, while a delegate to the Episcopal
Convention last fall, was deluded into giving a
check for $2,940 to an impostor who represented
"himself to be a son of Anthony J. Drexel, of this
city, has cropped up in connection with another
operation of a similar kind, in which John A.
Sheets, the well-known lumber merchant, is the
victim. The circumstances of Mr. Sheets's adven
ture arestrikinglvsimilar to those which attended
that of Mr. Hazlehurst. In both cases the name
assumed by the swindler, the amount of the
check and the means resorted to for the purpose
of deceiving the intended victim were the same.
Mr. Sheets was formerly a member of the lumber
firm of Norcross & Sheets. Mr. Norcross retired
3onie years ago and left the business entirely in
the hands of his partner. Mr. Sheets is a man of
considerable wealth and is widely known in busi
ness circle,-. He lives at Haddonlield. New Jersey.
TX ELEGANT STYLE.
Early last inter he went to Jacksonville, Flor
ida, for the benefit of his hearth, which had been
failing for time. He led a quiet and retired life,
making few acquaintances. "While standing on
the pier one day, in the beginning of March, he
was surprised to have an elegantly-dressed young
man, a total stranger so far as he knew, approach
him, shake him familiarly by the hand and make
earnest inquiries about common friends in Phila
delphia. In response to his astonished gaze the
young man said, with assuring heartiness, and
still shaking the merchants hand:
""Why, my dear Mr. Sheets, surely you havn't
forgotten me. I am Mr. Anthony Drexel's son.
My father has had the pleasure to discount a
:good deal of your paper. How is our friend Mr.
Xorcross & Sheets, like many other business
men, had had extensive dealings with the bank
ing house of Drexel and Co., and the cursory
"mention of the fact impressed the alleged son of
the banker in Mr. Sheets's favor.
"Mr. Narcross is very well,'' the merchant re
plied. "And cut up well, too, I presume?" the young
man said, with an insinuating smile.
"He is pretty comfortable." Mr. Sheets an
swered. A few moments of such small-talk served to
place the old gentleman at his ease, and he ac
quired rather a liking for the young swindler.
The conversation gradually drifted towards art
"By the way, you are still living in Haddon
lield, I presume," the young man continued: "and
as elegantly as ever, of course. "What exquisite
taste you have in household arrangements : every
thing so cosy, don't you know? You have acres
of pictures, no doubt."
"I have a few."
"A few! Bless my soul! I live in pictures.
I adore them. I have just imported two master
pieces from Havana. Step over to my residence
and look at them. Remarkably cheap they were,
too ; only $10,000."
"Ten thousand dollars! Isn't that extra va-
"Extravagant! Not at all for such superb
beauties. What is that to what Stewart paid for
By the time the men reached an elegant house
that " Mr. Drexel " pointed out as his residence
Mr. Sheets had acquired
A DECIDED ADMIRATION
for his recklessly art-loving banker's son." The
blinded victim was courteously shown iuto an
elegant apartment. A nother young man entered
from an adjoining room. ".Mr. Drexel" intro
duced him as "his friend." After the usual ex
change of compliments " Mr. Drexel " continued :
"I have just brought Mr. Sheets over to look
at those pictures. "Where are they ? "
"lam very sorry," the "friend" replied, ' hut
the fact is, I have just shipped the paintings to
your father's house in Philadelphia."
"Mr. Drexel" and his friend were profuse in
their regrets, but to make up in a degree for the
disappointment "Mr. Drexel" placed a box of
superb cigars before Mr. Sheets and engaged him
in a conversation about far-away friends. He
essayed in a quiet way to draw him into a game
of cards, but Mr. Sheets declined all the time,
but had become thoroughly charmed by the
young swindler's tongue. "The friend" had
been all the while running up columns of figures
on a paper before him. Telegraph and messenger
boys were flying in and out, giving the "resi
dence" something of the appearance of a busi
"By Jove!" said the friend after awhile, "I
am j ust 2,940 short here, Drexel. J list lend me
the money for a few moments. The boy waits."
"Drexel" searched his pockets hurriedly, but
the cash was not forthcoming.
"Ah, Mr. Sheets," said he, turning to the Phila
delphia merchant, "may I trouble you for a check
for the amount? I will
'TO CARE FOR HIM
RETURN IT IN FIVE MINUTES."
The merchant, acting on a generous impulse,
filled up a check on a Philadelphia bank for the
amount desired, made it payable to "the friend,"
and turned it over to " Mr. Drexel." " The friend "
handed it to a messenger boy in wailing, who
disappeared with it and a number of other
papers. A moment after Mr. Sheets saw that he
had done a foolish thing. Five, ten, twenty
minutes, a half hour passed, but "Mr. Drexel"
did not give any sign of any intention to return
the check. After waiting a little longer Mr.
Sheets demanded a return of the check. The
men laughed in his face. Mr. Sheets began to
"Here, now." said one of the men, significantly,
"don't make so much noise. You might wake
Mr. Sheets saw that expostulation was useless
and took the first opportunity of making his way
out of the place. " 1 thought it was a respectable
place of residence," he mournfully says in his affi
davit of defense, "but I found to my sorrow that
it was a gambling hell."
The check worked its way to New York and
got into the hands of Mitchell, who, when pay
ment was stopped, brought suit for recovery.
Questions having been raided, counsel bluntly
said in court that the check was given for a
gambling debt, an assertion which was denied by
Mr. Sheets. Detectives have been employed for
several months in an endeavor to run the con
spirators down, but so far without auy decided
AN INCIDENT OF LIBBY PRISON.
An officer who was present when the incident
occurred furnishes The National Tribune
with the following:
In April, loM, Judge Robert Ould, confederate
commissioner for the exchange of prisoners, and
Captain Hatch, his assistant, were arrested and
thrown into Libby, charged with withholding
from Union prisoners of war money in letters and
clothing, books, needles, thread, &c. &c., in boxes,
sent to them by the folks at home. It was still
cool weather. General Mulford was our agent for
.exchange; he frequently visited them in prison,
having become very well acquainted in the ex
"General," said Captain Hatch to Mulford on
the occasion of one visit, "this place is d d cold
can't you have some of the glass put in?" "It is
cold, is it," said Mulford : " well, 1 latch, for more
than two years I have endeavored to get that
idea into 3'our head, and I am heartily pleased
that you are aware of the fact at last. I begged
and plead with you to have that glass put in
that our prisoners were suffering from cold, but
you turned a deaf ear or neglected it. Now,
Hatch, I'm d d glad that you are positive as to
its being cold in Libby Prison."
FROM THE FAR NORTH.
The Esquimaux at Point Barrow informed
Captain De Livron, of the Russian frigate Stre
lock, that this spring they had seen four white
men traveling along the northern coast of
America in the direction of the Mackenzie River,
and that they had found some huts of snow
where they had been living during the winter.
At these places they had also found several dead
bodies, and had seen sledge tracks, with the
tracks of dogs and men, traveling along. Cap
tain De Livron added that he had been informed
that the impression prevailed that these poor
stragglers were from the Jeannette.
A SAD BEREAVEMENT.
General C. II. Van Wyck, United States Senator
from Nebraska, accompanied by Mrs. Van "Wyck,
reached Port Jervis, N. Y., on the 23d with the
remains of their two and only children, wiio died
in Nebraska of diphtheria. A few hours later,
on a train from New York, the remains of Col.
John H. Brodhead, of Washington, father of Mrs.
Van Wyck, also arrived. The funeral took place
on the 24th at three o'clock, at the old Brodhead
homestead, near Mil ford, now the residence of
D. M. Van Auken.
COLONEL CHAS A. HAMILTON.
Among the visitors from Wisconsin to the
Yorktown celebration was Colonel Charles A.
Hamilton, of Milwaukee, formerly Lieutenant
Colonel of the Seventh Wisconsin volunteers, of
the Iron Brigade. He is a grandson of Alexander
Hamilton, the soldier and statesman, who was
Washington's aid-de-camp, and led one of the
charges against the British works at Yorktown
one hundred years ago. Like his grandfather,
Colonel Hamilton was a true and brave soldier,
and Wisconsin is proud of having such a repre
sentative at the centennial of the great surren
der. Last spring Colonel Hamilton was elected
circuit judge of the Milwaukee and Waukesha
circuit, where his fine legal acquirements will
have full play.
Among the cargo of the steamer Leipsig, which
arrived at Baltimore on the 23d from Bremen,
were 8,000 heads of cabbages, imported from
Oldenburg, Germany. This is said to be the first
importation of vegetables ever brought to that
port, and is due to the high prices of home-raised
There are 50 widows now residing at Liver
more Falls, Maine.
WHO HAS BORNE THE BATTLE, AND FOR HIS
D. C, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1881. NEW
CABLED FROM EUROPE.
i SUMMARY OF A WEEK'S FOREIGN NEWS.
Confederate Bonds Trying 10 Stop 'Kimiiisrnitlon The
Lfairuers in Ireland The French in Tunis.
Consul -General Wolf, r., Ac.
From Berlin. Freiderich Yon Bodenstadt is
about to publish a volume entitled "From the
Atlantic to the Pacific," containing recollections
of a visit to the United States.
Confederate bonds have been dealt with and
quoted at the Frankfort Exchange at two to two
and a half per cent., the demand coming from
Last week the police of Frankfort-on-the-Main
seized and confiscated all the posters and bills in
the restaurants which give information to those
intending to emigrate to America.
From Paris. The negotiations for an Anglo
French treaty of commerce have been resumed in
The President of the French Republic receives
$200,000 per annum.
Via London. The French papers waru Ire
land agaiust rebellion.
October 20th England and Scotland were swept
by heavy gales from Land's I-'ud to the Orkneys.
Much damage was done along the coast and in
land, and the shipping suffered greatly.
The Leaguers in Ireland continue to hold secret
meetings, and the determination to pay no rent
seems to be spreading among the farmers.
France is having a hard time in Tunis. Some
two thousand soldiers have ahead' died, of whom
it is alleged not more than three hundred per
ished in the field. Short rations, want of proper
accommodations and medicines are making
greater ravages among the troops than the ene
The Fenians and Land Leaguers all over the
world seem to be up in arms on account of the
recent arrests in Ireland.
In Cairo, Egypt, Octoher; -2& Consul-General
Simon Wolfe was formally received by the Khe
dive, who offered him a thoroughbred and richly
caparisoned Arab stallion and a Damascus scimi
tar. The former was declined, the latter accepted.
The whole of the Cairo garrison was under arms.
The American national airs were played, the
American flag hoisted, and a royal salute fired.
The Khedive made a touching address, referring
to the death of General Garfield. The ceremony
was of the highest interest, Mr. Simon Wolfe be
ing the first diplomatic envoy in Egypt of the
Jewish religion since the days of the Pharoahs.
Special services were held in the synagogues.
The jury of the International Electric Exhibi
tion have made awards as follows : Diploma of
honor to the United States Signal Office for Amer
ican Telegraphic Administration, the United
States Patent Office, and the Smithsonian Insti
tution. Gold medals To Messrs. Gray and Tain
ter, and to the United States Electric Lighting
Company. Silver medals To Messrs. Connelly
Brothers, of Washington, D. C, and fourteen
The steamer Clan M'Duff was recently wrecked
on the Welsh coast. Thus far only three out of
the sixty-one persons on board, of whom twenty
two were passengers, are known to be alive. It is
probable that the others were all drowned.
There was another earthquake at A gram, iD
Austro-Hungary, on Sunday night last, by which
some houses were overthrown.
The Government of New Zealand has accepted
the services of three hundred volunteers in view of
the threatened troubles with the natives.
A dispatch from Rome to the London Times
says : " Two small villages Claudio aud Velatti
have been destroyed by fire. Three persons were
killed and eleven seriously injured during the
conflagration. Forty families were rendered
Berlin orders a statue of Garfield.
Irish tenants beginning to pay rent.
Parnell and Dillon refused the freedom of
Thirty thousand French troops marching to
Right Hon. E. Dwyer Gray will move in the
town council of Dublin on Tuesday next that
the freedom of the city be conferred on Mr.
The steamer Alexandra, of Malmo, Sweden,
bound for that port from Newcastle, with a crew
of twenty men, six adult passengers and four
chrildren, all Swedes, returning from America
on visits to their friends, is now a week over
due and it is feared she has been lost in the
A growl from the British lion at the Monroe
TEL-O-PHONE TELL THE GOVERNMENT.
The Russian Government is determined to keep
control of the whole telephone system in Russia.
As telephones are being gradually introduced into
all houses in St. Petersburg, the police will over
hear everything that the Czar's subjects may say
to each other. However, they are not likely to
be much wiser if it once becomes known to the
inhabitants that all they say is being said in the
ears of the Government.
WIDOW AND ORPHANS."
DECLINE OF AMERICAN SHIPPING.
While every other department of our industry
is growing at a rate which is the marvel of the
world, the shipping interest, according to the of
ficial figures on the subject, coutinues to sink
lower and lower. Twenty years ago three-fourths
of our commerce was carried in American bot
toms. The war unfortunately lost us a large
portion of this trade. Seven years after its close,
however, the statistics showed that while we
were advancing in every other department of
business, our old-time supremacy on the ocean
was still fading away and becoming more and
more of a tradition. Then we had dwindled
down to the humiliating position of doing only
one-fourth of our foreign transportation business.
Taking the figures of to-day it is found that we
are carrying only one-sixth. At this rate of de
cline the day is not distant when, as pictured by
one of our humorists, foreigners will look upon
the American flag abroad as a national curiosity.
What are the natural or artificial causes which
are contributing to this almost ignominious re
sult? Why are we driven from a field in which )
we have wan so much honor and renown in war
and in peace? The American flag was the first
carried across the Atlantic by steam. We, in
fact, invented steamships. Why have we fallen
behind in the race? New YorJ: Herald.
THE IRISH TROUBLE.
The Herald's London correspondent telegraphs,
The government has made another swoop on j
the League in the arrest of Dr. Kenney. He is
a popular Dublin surgeon and has taken no pub
lic pare in the agitation, but was one of the hon
orary treasurers of the League, and gave medical
advice to those imprisoned. The cause of his ar
rest was the desire of the government to cripple
the financial department of the League. It is
considered a mistake that the government has
not arrested Mr. Eagan, as the League would be
powerless if the flow of money were stopped.
There is still, however, a sufficient number of
members free to sign checks. At a quarter past
eight this morning Detective Simmonds knocked
at Dr. Kenney's residence. He being in bed, the
detective sent up a letter to his bedroom by one
of the servants. The letter contained Mr. Fors
ter's warrant. Dr. Kenney sent down word in
timating that he. would be ready after a short
interval. Mr. Reed and some personal friends
were sent for by Dr. Kenney, who breakfasted
and wrote a few farewell messages to his rela
tives. Mrs. Kenney, his wife, is at present in
Paris, and has been communicated with by tele
graph. At ten o'clock Dr. Kenney was ready to
accompany Mr. Forster's agent. The party drove
on the outside of a car to Kilmaiuham. The fol
lowing additional arrests have been made : Mr.
Griffin, at Loughrea; Messrs. Kelly and O'Toole,
at Baltinglass, and Mr. Brennan, at Sligo. All
are active organizers of the Leauge.
FINAL PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN.
Calcutta and other dispatches corroborate the
statements of a fort-night ago concerning the suc
cess of the Turkestan army and the probable fall
of Herat, which almost completes the Ameer's
success. Abdul Kudas Khan, who October 13
announced two partial defeats of the invading
army, now announces to the Ameer the capture
of Herat and a disastrous defeat for the already
demoralized armyofAyoob Khan. The battle
seems to have taken place outside the walls of
Herat. It was so fatal that Ayoob's army had
not even time to re-enter the city and continue
the contest there. Abdul Khan's army took pos
session of the city of Herat without opposition
after the battle. There was great rejoicing in
Candahar in honor of the event, and the Ameer
has issued a proclamation announcing his belief
in the entire pacification of Afghanistan. It is
believed this victory will render unnecessary fur
ther interference by the English in Afghan affairs.
REVIEWED BY GENERAL GRANT.
The Ninth Massachusetts, on their way home
from Yorktown, stopped over in this city for a
day and were reviewed by General Grant, a com
pliment which would not have been extended
them had there been any truth in the reports of
their alleged misconduct.
THE AMERICAN AHEAD.
October 24th Dr, Carver shot a pigeon match at
Herndon, England, against Mr. W. Orashay, one
hundred birds each, thirty yards rise, for 200.
Dr. Carver made the unprecedented score of
ninety-three killed, his opponent killing eighty
The case of Captain Howgate, charged with the
embezzlement of Government funds, was under
consideration in the Criminal Court last week, the
District Attorney having applied for a bench war
rant against the accused. After considerable dis
cussion by counsel on both sides Captain Howgate
was formally arraigned, and the clerk read the
indictment ;igainst him, consisting of seventy
four counts. The question of releasing him on
the same bail given before United States Commis
sioner Bundy was then argued, but to this the
prosecuting attorney would not consent. The
court then fixed the bail at $30,000, in default of
which the accused was committed to jail.
SERIES. Yt L, N. n.
m SPECIAL SESSION.
SUMMARY OF SENATE PROCEEDINGS.
Sherman's Resolution Th Count de ICochiunbea's
Historical Papers Xominations, f. '(in Urina
tions, and Investigation-!.
At the present writing (Thursday ) the labors
of the Senate are about ended. The nominations
sent in have been pretty generally acted upoH7
aud but a few more remain to be made at this
Last week Senator Sherman introduced a reso
lution calling upon the Secretary of the Treas
ury for the report in the Pitney investigation,
which, after some little discussion, was adopted.
Subsequently he called up the resolution au
thorizing the Librarian of Congress to receive
and carefully preserve the papers of the Count
de Rochambeau to await the action of Congress
on the proposition to sell the same to the United
States Government. He stated that the papers
were now in the city, and consisted of about
1,400 original letters and military papers from
the hands of Washington, Rochambeau, and
others, of which not more than fiftv had ever
been published. They contained also fifty-nine
original maps of forts, canips, &c.
In reply to a question by Mr. Cockerell, Mr.
Sherman stated that the cost of the papers was
Mr. Cockerell said that he had no objection to
the resolution, provided that no obligation, moral,
legal, 6r equitable, should thereby rest upon the
Senate to purchase the papers.
Mr. Voorhees said that he would vote for the
resolution if the highest obligation should rest
upon the Government to purchase the papers. He
regarded them as of inestimable value. They
contained rich mines of historical literature. The
papers were now in Washington, in the posession
of the Marquis de Rochambeau, a descendant of
the Count de Rochambeau. The Marquis would
willingly make a gift of those papers to the Uni
ted States if he could afford it, but he could not.
The value of the papers $20.000 was in his (Mr.
Voorhees') opinion very low.
Mr. Edmunds expressed his doubt as to whether
the Senate had, at the present session, any au
thority to direct the Librarian of Congress to do
At the suggestion of Mr. Anthony the resolu
tion was modified so as to instruct the Commit
tee on the Library, instead of the Librarian, to
attend to the preservation of the papers.
Mr. Ingalls opposed the resolution, but it was
finally adopted as amended.
Mr. Sherman also offered the following resolu
tion, which was laid over at the suggestion of
Mr. Davis, of West Va. :
Jiesolved. That the Finance Committee be au
thorized and directed to investigate the accounts
for the expenditure of the several appropriations
for the contingent expenses of the Treasury De
partmet since July 1, 1871, including the meth
ods of making such disbursements, the character
and disposition of the purchases made, and the
employment of labor paid from such appropria
tions, and to report on the subject at as early a
day as practical, and what further legislation is
necessary to secure the proper disbursement of
such appropriations; and that the committee
have leave to send for papers and persons.
Mr. Butler offered a resolution directing the
Committee on Printing to inquire why the agri
cultural reports for 1880 have not been dis
tributed to Congress. Adopted.
The Senate also authorized its Chief Clerk,
Mr. Shober, to act as Secretary until that officer
should be Tegularly appointed.
The Senate has confirmed the following ap
pointments : Hans Mattson, of Minnesota, con-sul-geueral
at Calcutta: Willard B. Wells, of
Michigan, consul-general at Dundee; John F.
Winter, of Illinois, consul-general at Rotter
dam: John M. Bailey, of New York, consul
general at Hamburg ; Mark S. Brewer, of Michi
gan, consul-general at Berlin; Hon. Jacob H.
Ela, of New Hampshire, Sixth Auditor of the
Treasury for the Post-Office Department; Henry
Cox, of California, U. S. pension agent at San
Francisco ; Robert S. Foster, U. S. marshal for
Mr. Scoville has received a copy ef Guiteau's
book, entitled " Truth : a companion to the Bi
ble." It is published by a Boston firm. It is of
little interest even to those who seek comfort in
religious literature. The copy which Guiteau
had annotated in order to have a revised edition
published is in the custody of the court, it hav
ing been submitted in evidence to the grand jury.
INDIAN AFFAIRS IN ARIZONA.
A special dispatch from Camp Thomas says:
A corporal and seven men have been assigned as
a guard for the Texas Pacific surveying party.
Captain Jeflerds has gone on a diplomatic expe
dition to the Chiricahuas, promising them im
munity for all their deeds if they will return to
their reservation A special dispatch from Casa
Grande says: The Indian gathering at the Pima
agency on Monday resulted in the peaceful dis
persion and return to their homes of tne Pimas