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INTERESTING FACTS FOE BUIM1 MLS.
S. S. Packard, notctLa.-. a skillful pen
man, writes to the New York JIail con
cerning " signature experts," the occa
sion being the late "Taylor .will case,
which turned in a great measure on the
genuineness of the testator's signature.
More than twenty rears ago in Cincin
nati I copied the .Declaration of Inde
pendence appending fac similes of signer's
names. Mr. Thomas Stevens, at that
time editor of the Cincinnati Atlas, took
occasion in a pleasant wav to doubt my
assertion that I had copied the signature
with a pen. To convince him, I asked
him to sign his name on a hliect of pa
per, which he did. I immediately wrote
ten copies of his signature, above and
below the original, and handed him the
paper for him to svlect his own. After
a careful examination he selected one of
his own. He was wrong.. He tried
again and 'again, with the same result,
and finally by mere guess work he hit
the right one. And it was a remarkable
f.ict that after he had really discovered
his own, he could sec the most aston
ishing absurdities in all the others.
Some six j-ears ago I was speaking
with a well known publisher of this city,
who sat at his desk signing some cheeks
that the book keeper had; prepared for
him. The signature was ol the firm, and
was a peculiar one, as he wrote it. 1
casually remarked that was an excel
lent signature for a forger. He prompt
ly responded that there was no forger
could sign that name so as to deceive
"Oh, ves, there is," Said I.
" He is standing at your elbow."
" J)o you mean to hay," aid he, "that
you can imitate this Mgnatitre so I can
not detect the forgery ? "
"I mean to say," said I, "thaf I think
1 can do it, and am willing to try it."
" It you will write that signature,, he
replied, ".so that I can not distinguish it
from my own, I will"
"There, thore, don't be rash ; I should
dislike to take advantage of our present
excitement. If you will just write the
, signature at the Ion of that letter sheet,
we'll see what a little impudence can do."
He did as requested. I took the sheet
and went to the book-keeper's desk.
Here I exchanged it for another of the
same relative position. I imitated the
signature in a very free, careless waj-,
not attempting a servile copy, but pre
serving the characteristic strokes. I then
very carefully wrote underneath it three
faithful imitations, making four signa
tures, all my own. These I took to the
proprietor and told him to select his own
signature. With surprisingly little ef
fort he pointed out the first signature,
and once, began to criticise with severi
ty, my base imitations.
"Aell,"saidl, "I will confess they
arc not as well done as I expected to do
them, or as I could do them if my nerve
were steady. .But, rcallv," said I, " don't
yon think that if one of these bignatiires
were placed at the bottom of your ordi
nary cheek your hank would "honor the
"Well, no," said he, "I don't think it
"I suppose," said I, " there is no douht
about the top signature that would
bring the cash ? "
."Oh, yes I should like to cc our
hank refuse that signature for uu ordina
I then went to the book-kccper'a tlebk
and procured the original bignaturc.
" IIow about this ? " said I.
He looked at the bit-mature then nt
my "base imputation "-then at the
crowd of interested spectators who had
quietly gathered around and who were
joke, and finally ho burst out in an ex
pression which was a mixture ol aston
ishment, chagrin, merriment, vexation
and perplexity,, and holding out his hand
with unconditional surrender written all
over, his face ho excaimed, " Sold ! "
That was the onlv word in the Amer
ican language that could adequately ex
press mo situation.
llut the sell was a very easy one and
roqured no skill at all. The fact is that
when the original signature was compar
ed with ;the forgeries the di.-crcpncics
were so palpable that " a wayfaring man,
thought he be a fool," need not be taken
in; and 3-ct, if my friend had not been a
deacon, which ho was and is and it I
had been as mot forgers, I could have
won a very nice sum, had I offered to
take it on the issue.
Filially, to convive the deacon that he
was not the only fool in the firm, I called
up one of tho other partners, for him to
decide which was tho genuine. With a
great show of real discernment he selec
ted the top one, and begun at once to
point out the weak points in the others,
simply by comparing what he considered
to be the genuine. " Yes," said he, they
arc pretty fair imitation", hut don't you
see tho length of this '9, and the turn of
this n f Now, look at xhe original, ami
see wnere tins capital J sweeps around,
. There is an attempt at it in tho imita
tions hut it is a very weak one."
"Then you couldn't be imposed upon
by one of these lower bignatures," said I.
"No, notl. They bear forgery upon
tiieir face." r
" Yv ell, how about the Jirt one ? Xo
mistake about that ? You would reudilv
cash .1 check with that signature ? "
"Uh yes, that is all right. Anybody
who cer saw the deacon's sign manual
could tell that at a glance."
rlh lnu ljacon divided up his chagrin
r with the junior parner, and felt better
cr worse, I have forgotten which.
'The fait is no man is tafe in swearing
to his signature not even Horace Gree-
' -- -ley to hi own for no man writes a ig
n:4ure twice alike, although he may pre
tervo tho characteristics. Audi would
give very little for the tc:iiiioiivof 'ex
ports," nuk'ss bat.ked.bv prettv strong
t '.'collateral evidence. It would not bedif-
- ficult, ordinary, to identify a liody of
wrjfing, such as a page.cven of a doren
. XSIKJf hiitJolecide as to the genuineness
of a slnirle word or riiiriKiturtt i mora
fc," than 1 blioiild like to do if either life or
happiness dejKuided upon it.
Tlicre is a curious custom at U.oJJun-J
simi, court. Every Jusian jaiullnke
nntl .rmrfT1liflitfi 1iia flirt tT.li t,; Al.-
r J! 1 i ?i "it
v jlfiiiii uii iuiuuii auuu;.iij lur lllivt! (.1111-
viftoti fciOni-, Iv sponkmjx to tho czar
about It oil holiday. Tlijs citxtom has
cSFJfed. 3ilfc6 the roiu of Catharine I.
,. The Aruhdudiens Sopliisi of Au.trii, '
the mother of tho Archduke 2axiiiiiii;ni,,
btill pajs regular pensions, to upward'
nftti'tfuyf iinpovcri!-hcil adherents ami
attendants of her ill-fated n. i
Dru (Bcotis, (Groceries, &c.
Hurrah for the New Railroad !
BECAUSE SAID BAILROAD
Is Bringing Such a Large Share
OF THE TRADE TO
J. M. & B. L. WILSON,
SOT ONLY WHOLESALE
But the Gars stop even in the Oity
And Take'Maxy Whosk Waists
TAED of RIBBON TO ADBESS
"PATTERN, FBOM A PAIR OF
Slippers to a Nice pair of Gaiters,
Fair of Boots to a bran New Suit,
AXOKVENfOME WHOSK WANTS AKE THE 8TANDABD
WANTS OF IIUMlMTY. VIZ:
ZkESTBXZflrG- TO U.A.T,
And bow Die effect 1 toej ire all sultel and
Are Determined to Come Again,
Tell their frlcn.lt and their f rlmd Metitlf to come and
J. M. & B. L. Wilson's Store,
Is Crowded Most of the Time,
ASD THET 11AVK
V LARGE TRADE,
WHICH IS DAILY INCEEA8INQ.
THKUKFOKE BU IT KEMEMBEKED
J. M. & B. L. WILSON,
Wholesale ana Retail Dealers in
GROCERIES, DRY GOODS,
BOOTS AND SHOES,
HATS, CAPS, AND NOTIONSJ
' ' - i- T
Xext Door to the Banking House,
Hare lb f jllnt and moat complete rtock of good, crcr
brought to Western Kaneaf soil that
THEIR PRICES ARE LO WER
Than th lowest, and although they do not adrerlWe to aril
at coil tbejr can .hanie the prlcei uf than that do.
AD of jou alio nerd any thing In Ik line of Clothing and
Ttftl tbry can tell you better eo.lt for leca none than
jou can 1 oy ai any oinrr place a U9 mcii, ana mai iiity
can aell jou an ttdtig from a
Neck Tie to a Bran New Suit
Of the flnrt texture cNciier thmn the cheapest, and all of
the vnit of humanity fomettlnj to cat.
That the r&pU rate at vhlch Ih-y pour forth ratlins over
ihetr omntcn la a emu t tun ttcd 1m. v they :an aCnl to rell
ml ucb very low ffcuri- la m ny-tcry.
Those that Want Jloots and Shoes,
That t!T harr a tlr Mock, tint tier "' "iK To to a T
and tbai the can diiu Deal in tiiacr in rnc or qiuiuj.
Last but not Least, Ladies, Please
IT.-, all .4 joar wnl can te npliet at Vi!m', tbat
jour rcrj want thai) rrceltr Ihclr carncrt illmlioo ami
jou Ul bay rrrj cla lLat la fauro joa will alaa
call UK-rr firft.
An.I illpilUr. lcriringt3bl7 at vholcaalr, RBcatxr
that Uiclr atwck Ii cvuplctc. that Uirj hate a
il&aarrd br car vh nnJcrnanlit tac bmarneti. that tfcer
ate not afraid to cna4are villi iftarttivoftli pi leva, adaiaf
TTaolr- AXotto ia.
Cheap 1StSlt Pl'ICCS
'which U tore to .
.tlioaU WcciKaauf, plcarereoeuhet thatwt
WILL NOT BE UNDERSOLD,
Aad that"w IptiIc op.-ttiilloa bat
J. M. 4 B. L, Wikon.
Boots ano f)ocs.
TO THE PEOPLE!
flow Money Can. be Saved !
BOOT AND SHOE STORE,
AMD THE SUBSCRIBER WILL, BV SELLINO TOU
BOOTS ANDSHOES CHEAPER
(80 MCCn CHKAFEB!)
Than You Have Been Buying Them
IjV the city,
THAT TOC WILL at OHCB
COME TO THE CONCLUSION
Is the Place to Purchase Goods
IX THAT LIXE.
MADE TO OttDEB IN TUB
Latest and Most Approved Styles
And guaranteed to give ntltfactlon In Ut. neatnesi and
DONE NEATLT ANO AT REASONABLE BATES.
atoor- tXxo FXcioo X
Sign of the."IBig Boot,"
No. 99 Santa Fe Avenue,'
- JLiberg tables.
l. XB A.VS BfftT.21,
The andcrtlmcd Intrlte their frlenils and the Dablla In
aeneral to call aa4 are tbeai at tbclr ataMe. located ou
tke writ aide of Saala I'c Aretwe, near Prvben'r do
tore, proailaug utem
The Best Turn-Oats
IX THE CITY.
Boarded by the Day or Month,
Good Care and Careful Grooming.
St l-a lager
rnrnaabrw! CoaiTrraorra tnumj Part mt the
A. G. Cocse,
LIVERY, FEED AND SALE
The noJcrtlgnrd 1 dov prrpr4 to npplr Die long
Mf4M deuubud forLWery Mock ta Sallaa. lv!nc et
Urrd mj iUbI aod parckMvi
t -A. 3NEAV OUTFIT,
Saddle Horses and Vehicles
Of an dearrlptWRato atfl at
I Will Please Patrons.
REMEMBER THE SIGN.
No. 91 Santa Fe Avenue,
Lager Beer and Lunch Saloon !
Wr alwiira krrpoa fcia.1 rh- twit lrtirm I Jrrr IletT
madealwIllRkmbranibofilcarl l.laafh caa lie fca-1
iJatfctoaw , Stobrs, &c.
EVERY DESCRIPTION OF
House Building Goods,
And Agricultural Implements,
AMONG WHICH ARE
THE CAY JIG A CHIEF
REAPER 6, MOWER,
SELBY CORN PLAXTER,
Macomb and Galesburg Cultivators,
GRAND DE TOUR PLOWS,
And PEORIA PLOWS.
THE BEST KIXDS OP
Stoves, Tinware and Sheet Iron
VTOKK ON HAND AND MADE TOOBDKE.
THAT GOES TO MAKi UP A
Complete Hardware Store,
TIN WARE! TIN WARE!!
Specialities of Trade
rarehars look to jour iMereit and tiamtne the rellow
ng Hat of STOVES:
1 SLASH KM PIUS,
BAD I A ST,
lc.t ., ,
SEW PRAIRIE .
ISSIDK PBACK ,
K ASS AS,
at., ct t4.
All the different Tarlellea of Brit clau
are reprearnted In the atoee U. They are all aarranled
aid 9oll to low that noluxlj need be without oae.
We manafactme all kloda of
Tin, Sheet Iron and Copper Ware
and keep a constant aapfl cn hand foe rale at
Wolesale or Retail.
Wc pj apecUI ftltestloo to alt kind of
and attend prompllr toBirilain.
BLILBINO A9IB HeimK-FUalMISHIJIO
alwavt en hand.
Thankful for part farore we Intend to deterre a Con
tinuance of the earne.
I SALTA FK A TESCX,
I DESIRE TO STATE FOR INFORMA
TION OF ALL CONCERN
ED TIIAT I
HAVE IN STORE,
AND FOR SALE,
300 SACKS FALL WHEAT FLOUR,
500 " SPRING " "
100 " CORN MEAL,
2,000 BUSHELS CORN.
500 " BARLEY.
800 '.' RYE.
300 " POTATOES.
AIM A ITLL ASD CO MET! ATBOmUTT Of
GABDEN AND FIELD SEEDS.
wauaxteb rwa am ocstixk.
Grocer and Provisioo Dealer,
3ro. 93 and 100&uita Fe Aten
Drg '(Goorjs, (Krormrs, t.
Cor. Santa Fe and Iron Avenues,
WHOLESALE AND RETAIL
BOOTS AND SHOES,
Hats nd Caps,
tftyC9 tfeOatf CfeO
All Kind ol'
Produce Taken in Exchange
HAMLIN fc WOOLLEY,
"VVliolet-ale and Kctnil
BOOTS, SHOES, HATS, CAPS
Groceries and Provisions!
EAGLE DRUG STORE.
Wholesale and Retail
D R UGGIST
'No. 101 Santa Fe Afenue,
Faints, Oils, Vaniithesi
JIXR.Y STUFF'S, ETC
Fancy and Toilet Articles.
A LA&GI ASO COHTUTC AMOmTW twTf OS
BRUSHES OF ALL KINDS.
Choice Wines aid liquors
CABUTUT COfVlWW 4T Alt MCW.
c. w. tressin's
U the OlJrtt, Larj-it aixl Best Auortrd in Wretn
Kaaaj. and will kurp op the n-uttiun fur
Superior Goods and Low Prices.
OF KVEUV KKSCKimoX AKE DAILT ABK1V
Will llil it to their inlrit'st t ramliw mj gowla anJ
prices before liujin rLcwbrrr.
GANG PLOWS, '
TRUCK AND BREAKING PLOWS,
OfCic following trau.l
JAIIUKX CITY l'LOWS.
f ilo not lirvtrlt! In mnitr unnrrs tth the rhran.
worlhlo.. plow Iliat an- in tin- niarkrt this m an, ami
win rii none vm n-uiiiLrmiami rritablr ilo(.
l'artlculjr attention b chIKtI Ui Hie
For uhUh I am thu ph armt In thf fount v. Th arr
mtlor iIrrlr. haplmnl ly a im-h, n--u.Ur inrrM.
ami will itrrual.y rut pla-. I umrrunt rrr on nf
th in t. KCimr in any pn-uml. ami I w ill Ulr tck aojr
iluv thut ilovs nut gt Jlifjcthtn.
Mowers and Reapers,
OX YOKES AND BOWS,
AMES AND OTHER SPADES,
Shovels and Forks,
HOES AND RAKES,
Locks and Latches,
BUTTS AND SCREWS,
AH warrsa.totStuxlrMar Otna t -my oftrrjl
t nauiofartare ahl at prW rMI n tmA lit
Of Dijr naBnrtBrr al -trjrWnl tiei,
Lime and Cement.
Hire a M at aar rrnfc aa4 e-urjiHv tar trW.
jooaiU Serf that
twi or kaaa,4 irrr
Farmers, AtteMtis I
PLOWS! PLOWS! PLOWS!
nTl'.VJ-""1 "' nttMt tm IMmwn mat
Plows and Farm Machinery
toW5 SttKK -- -
Celebrated JOHN DEERE.
Moline, Rock Island, lUsbtwaka
Silver Steele and Canton Clipper
W ala lata larg
Garden Implements and Seedi,
Garden Drill and Cultivators,
or VAEIOIB IUIN,
Walking and Snlkj GnltiTaton,
till TAXDITCS ASD OELIBBAKV ECT ITOM:
Am MISSOURI HAND PL-XNTEliS,
DOTY'S WASHING MACHINES.
YOKES. CIIAIXS. AXES, SPACES, HMOVELS,
&CYTUES, FVISKS, BAKES, ETC.
Reaping and Mowing Machins.
A Urea rtnok of the JU3TLT CILKBIATIO
Fish llro.'s and Bain's
Atvtjtoa hacul l botlMa price. KTrryoa vtmiWi
A$ rata tot
7. 7 Quae to Oot
All of .Mch w DI Mil at WHOLESALE OR aKTAIL
j low flvarva.
ThaukLnc blle fr ft pUriff, rnlUlly In
.t ftll In wftnt of may kln4 f Trm IIb.U rWo.
chlbcrj. Waxoni or ftjr . la r lltM w 9U Wfvf
purrlipiDc lherf bb4 HI coavIbcv thcUi
mctm b.av. Ad4 l Ummbrr4 txM v
WILL NOT BE UNDERSOLD .
In Wnuin Kan.ae la an Cr.t clue arlldr In oaf Uae,
E. B. FISH & CO.
Oor. OtlX aVaSACt A "tl OlrMtai
A Liberal Discount to (licTrado.
H. II. itnnr.
A f) M.i.r
Bishop & Norton,
GENERAL REAL ESTATE
Ha Ik Onljr AMnel Ttftawa MmI
Kaaalw la allae timmmtf. Oraen Mail
lmDlle atlea.le4 til.
HAVE FOR SALE
Or IMl'COriD AMD CXIMrBUTKP LAKU.
Agents for the National Land Co.
Iaxim or tiik
Kansas Pacific Railway Comp'y
ao or Tin
Mo., Ft S. &Gulf R. W. Comp'y.
At AotMTs roa tiik rotxowisa
.ETx.,tr IlARTrtHtu, Com.
AM.C'rvntAL,ir St. Ix-im, Mo.
.RTfmi, or llARTrmii, C'os.i.
Kash.w, or Leavichvoiitii, Kaj
PinKtix, or llAKTroMijt'osx
Pltsam, or jlARTTtmu, CVlMX.
Sasoamo, or SnuxonKUi, lix.
Los&ea Liberally Adjorted and
SALE AND FEED STABLE,
). n ta
D. F. DONEOAN. Proprietor.
All iimaa wVa t te Ml aaa eaeee t
at reaaale aw are loebe a aatt I aae ea kaae a
aaer f wf tease ieai a4 avl.) raw I will
Sell Cheap for OmA or TnuU
t4B.rraVK. COBS, 0r a4 MAT Ut eale.
X. F. aTotic8Tn
CONTRACTOR and BUILDER,
tleaawlei la a enetwawMaa aal
ftravelaar kt-ta a w aatt awear4 a. .
tlavav4 W aaa ".
UOCiE MOT 19 A fKCIJU.Tr.
Donogan A Dysr,
FLOUR, FEED AND GRAIN
OF AM. lvixnu.
aa4 Urn mm wt a asa4 at aw aaw we
; boom tocrr r '
tntf. JUSTA VE Aft MCE.
at all honr of I tie iUy