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THE AKGUt. SATUltDAT. MAKCH. 21. 1891.
Joseph Perrien, of Detroit, De
luded and Kidnaped.
THE VILLAINS DEMAND A RANSOM.
And Falling to Oct What They Want
Convey Their Prisoner Nearly Homo
and Release Him Thirty Thousand
Dollars Demaudcd and the Victim
Forced to Write the Recjnlsition Mr.
Torrien's Arconnt orthe Affair Details
r a Bold bat 1'onaccessful Stroke tor
DSTROIT. Mich., March 21. Detroit has
a sensation ivhkh promises to be a nine
day wonder. One of her richest and best
known citns has apparently been kid
aaped and held for a ransom. It was no
small sum which the supposed abductors
demanded for his release, but the respecta
ble amount of $&J,000. The victim of the
outrage which is liberally sprinkled with
mystery is Joseph Perrien, a well-known
and prominent miller of this city whose for
tune has never been doubted to be less than
$500,000. Mr. Perrien is a bachelor whose
home on the outskirts of the city is ele
gantly and expensively furnished. His
private life, so far as anybody knows, has
always been exemplary, and although he
has no family he spent all of his evenings
How the Plot was Worked.
Mr. Perrien was sitting in his library
Thursday night reading by the aid of ;i
soft drop-light wbea a loud ring at the
doorbell startled him. Going to the front
door he saw before him a young man
whose Fedora hat was pulled well dovn
over his eyes.
'Dots Mr. Ferrieri live here?"' lie in
quired. He does," answered the millionaire.
"I am Mr. Berrien. What is wanted
"I have a note for you from Dr.
Spranger," said the visitor, handing him
a paper. Dr. Spranger is Mr. Perrien's
physicsn and intimate friend. The miller
turned to the hall light to scan the mis
sive, (t read:
Joe: Ooire at on.-e. Era?st has met with a
had accident. SpaxoER.
Ernest Perrien is Mr. Perrien's nephew,
and thrusting the note in his pocket the
millionaire hastily donned his overcoat
and s-ilk hat mid inquired: -Is he at
Spranger's office ?''
Had the Cab at Hand.
uSo,n replied his caller; ''lie is Iv.n a
the hospital." " "
Mr. Perrien thought this was some
what stranue.biit iu the hurry he attached
no great importance to it. He said, how
"Then wo ought to take a Carriage."
"I have n cab at the door," was the re
sponse. In the meanwhile Mr Perrien's
man servant had come up. and it was
from hint that the police gleaned the dia
logue which passed between Mr. Perrien
and his visitor, "Lockup Dan." said Mr.
Perrien. "1 have my night kev. I can't
tell what time I'll get hack."
"All right, sir," said th:j man-servant,
and Mr. Perrien entered the cab, the
young man with the Fedora hat slammed
the door and jumped on the driver's box,
and the vehicle whisked away.
Next Step in the Conspiracy.
That was the last seen of Millionaire
Perrien. He did not return. John C.
Hasselberger, an intimate friend, lives in
the same house with the miller. Here
turned home about 11 o'clock. Dan. the
man-servant, had not yet retired. 'Where
is Mr. Perrien?" asked Mr. Hasselberger.
"Gone out," was the reply. '-Dr. spranger
sent word that young Mr. Perrien had
hurt himself." Mr. Hassel lie rirer went to
re 1. It was about 1 o'clock in the morn
ing when Mr. Hasselhergar was awakened
from a sound sleep by the furious jingling
of the doorbell. The bell continued to be
violently rung while Mr. Hasselberger
threw on his wrapper, went down, and lit
the hall gas. He opened the door but no
one was there.
The Demand for Ransom.
His eye alighted on a small package of
badly mussed papers, which fell in as the
door was opened and which he picked up
and opened. One was a note from Mr.
Perrien. It read:
HAKsr.i.BKRCiER; I have leen kidnaped, but
am not permitted to tell yon where I am.
Thirty thousand dollars ransom demanded. In
closed Is a promissory note for SLUM) on which
raise that sum at once. A.lao a check for 51."),
(XM, which have cashed and send money to
Here follows the designation of the
place to which the money was to be sent,
but the police declined to give the location
to the press, making public only the part
of the note quoted. The letter was evi
dently written in a great hurry and in
great fear and ended, "I am entirely in
the power of my captors."
Put the Police on the Cane.
Instead of doing as he was bid Mr. Has
selberger donned his clothes and routed
the chief of police out of bed. To him he
told the story and gave the letters. The
chief lost no time iu sending out his en
tire staff of detectives on the case. They
very soon found themselves entirely ut
sea, and working almost without a clew.
It was soon hinted that there was a wom
an in the case, but exactly in what way
was not stated. This Mr. Hasselberger
indignantly denied. Perrien's check at
the bank would be honored for $2.V),000,
but the check sent Hasselberger was
made payable to the latter's order, the
miller's captors evidently being afraid to
THE GAME DIDN'T WORK.
Failing to iet Their 30,000 the Kid
nupern Set Their Victim Free.
LATER Mr. Perrien retured home last,
night safe and sound. He says that upon
entering the coupe Thursday night, his
suspicious were not aroused until he
noticed the vehicle turn in the opposite
direction to his friend's house. He then
threw open the door and attempted to
Jump out. He was met by two masked
men who held revolvers to his head and
forced hi ji back into tiie cab, they follow
ing. They then hound, gagged and blind
folded him, the cab keeping on what
seemed it's intermiuablecour.se the while,
under which circumstances Mr. Perrien
was unable to keep any idea of the local
ity in his mind.
The Cash Was Not Forthcoming.
He was finally removed from the cab to
a room where his captors released him
from his bonds, and, covering him with
revolvers forced him to write the check,
promissory note, and letters. The letters
were dictated from type-writteu copies in
the bands of his captors, who remained
masked and disguised. Late yesterday
afternoon bis captors informed him that
their game was up, but that they would
"get him next time." He was then re
bound, gagged and blindfolded, and con
ducted from the room. Their course
seemed to lay over a ploughed field, after
passing which they entered a cab and
another long, roundabout drive was
A Free Man Once More.
At last Mr. Perrien was unloosed and
thrust from the cab in a dazed condition,
and before he recovered himself the cab
had disappeared. He finally located him
self at the corner of Myrtle and Thirteenth
street, and boarding a street car reached
his home at 8:30 p. m. His captors did
not harm him iu any way, nor touch his
valuables. He was furnished with good
food and treated with consideration dur
ing his captivity. His story is accepted
as absolutely true, and the police are mak
ing every effort to locate the perpetrators
of the outrage.
DEATH OF LAWRENCE BARRETT.
The Eminent Tragedian Dies Snddenly at
"ew York, of Pneumonia.
NEW York, March 21. Lawrence Barrett,
the actor, died last night at 10:45 o'clock at
the Windsor Hotel. The death was due
to heart failure,
and was quite sud
den. His wife and
his physician were
w ith him when he
died. Mr. Barrett's
illness dates from
when he was com
pelled to leave the
theatre where he
was eneaared. It
was said at the
'i.'M fha lima t h a f Kia
Lawrence Barrett, was merely suffer
ing Irom a severe cold, and would be out
in a few days. Even yesterday the reports
of his condition were very favorable. Late
last evening, however, his physician, Dr,
Chambers, was .summoned. Heart failure,
superinduced by pneumonia, was the di
rect cause of the great tragedian's death.
Dr. Chambers says that pneumonia set
iu Thursday morning. Mrs. Barrett, who
was in Boston, was sent for, and arrived
A Rapid Change for the Wore.
Dr. J. P. Oliver, of Boston, Mr. Bar
rett's family physician, was also summoned
and came on at o:ice. A consultation was
held and it was d-chled that Mr. Barrett's
case was serious, b,:t that if uo ot her com
plications appeared tiie sick man might
pull through. Between 5 and P o'clock
last evening there was a rapid change for
the worse n ad at the latter hour Mr. Bar
rett was hi a semi-conscious condition.
About fifteen minutes before the end
came Mr. Barrett was entirely uncon
scious and so he remained until he died.
The funeral will probably take place iu
Boston. Edwin iJoth was deeply moved
when he received the uoiieeof Mr. Bar
New Naval College.
Washington' City, March Cl. Uuk-r
authority of a sectiou of the naval appro
priation bill, the bureau of navigation of
the navy department has begun the pre
paration of plans for the re-establishment
of the naval war college. The prepara
tions are being advanced rapidly and
within a few months the college will prob
ably be in operation. The appropriation
bill provided for the construction of new
buildings, and the navy department in
tends to erect suitable lecture rooms and to
purchase all necessary apparatus. Coast
ers Island, off Newport, will be tti? site of
the college, and this selection is con
sidered particularly advantageous be
cause the nearuess of the sea will allow
practical demonstrations to ba made of
naval warfare theories.
Will Explore " Death Valley."
Kansas City, March 21. J. Clory, of
the signal service, stationed at this place,
started Thursday evening for California
under orders from headquarters, lie is
directed to proceed to 'Death Valley," in
the southwestern part of the California
desert, and to there make a minute study
of the atmospheric conditions aud phe
nomena. The signal service has long been
endeavoring to collect statistics regard
ing Death Valley," but on account of the
danger of residenca there has never or
dered any one to make the investigation.
Mr. Clory volunteered and his services
The Utopia Catastrophe.
Gibraltar, March 21. Twenty-eight
adults and three children, victims of the
Utopia disaster, were interred in a trench
dug for the purpose yesterday. The
divers recovered ten bodies, some of them
so firmly clasped together in the la3t
struggle for life tiiat it was impossible to
separate them. Captain McKeague, of
the Utopia, has been arraigned before a
magistrate, and remanded on bail.
Falling off in Eevenne.
Washington CiTr, March 21. The re
ceipts from internal revenue sources for
the month of February show a falling off
of 44,716 from the month of January. Col
lections of internal revenue for the first
seven months of the fiscal year show an
increase of $7, 152,695 over the correspond
ing months of List fiscal year, the as;a;re
gate receipts being 9for 1 SSI. $'$!,,3l4.4.rj9
aud for 1S9D, W.WT.l.Vl.
A Characteristic Texas Item.
Dallas, Tex., March 21. Ike Allen cut
Jim Weatherford's throat Thursday
night during a quarrel at a dance at Mos
quito, this county. Bud Weatherford,
brother of the murdered man, then opened
fire upon Allen aud shot him dead. Bud
is in jail.
Newfoundland May Rebel.
London, March 21. The Pall Mall
Gazette says: "Unless something is done
quickly to bring about a rapprochement
between the colonies aud the colonial office
we may fiud the Newtouudlaud kettle of
fish go the way of the Boston packet of
Vavitt to Jiu:; Against Parnell.
Duulix, March 21. The Freeman's
Journal says that a rumor prevails that
Michael Davitt will appear us a coudidate
in opposition to Parnell at the nest
election iu the northern divisiou of Cork,
which the latter now represents.
Death of a Wcll-Kuown Mason.
BoSTOX, March 2 . Alfred F. Chap
man, proprietor of the Liberal Free
Masou, diod yesterday in the Glendon
hotel. He was years of age aud was
widely known in Masouic circles through
out the country.
ti-Cnv. Itobinson Will Iie.
ELMIRA, N. Y., March 21. Ex-Governor
Robinson was stronger yesterday. There
Is no hope, however, that he will recover,
and death may ensue at any monent.
DIAMOND JO'S WILL.
A Document Drafted on His
SIGNED WITH A. DYING SCHAWL.
Determined to Show His Appreciation of
Faithful Service He Iimists on One of
the Keneficlaries Drawing Up the
Fapor and Will Take No Denial Laige
Iteq tests to His Trusted Kmployes ai d
alloys Training School Provided fcr
His WUhes to Be Observed.
Cp.fcAGO, March 21. An inventory of
the estate of "Diamond Jo" Reynolds,
who died a short time ago in a tent on
one of his mining claims in Arizona, is
being prepared iu this city and is about
completed. The inventory shows the
estate to exceed tS.OOO.OOO and to reach
almost to $10,030,000. "Diamond Jo" died
before be had time to sign his will, but
his wife will carry out his dying wish.
He leaves 50.000 apiece to six or seven of
his trusted employes, and a large sum to
found a magnificent training school for
A Goofl Man to Work For.
Before going went west Mr. Reynolds
had indicated some points around which
a will was to be drawn. He was solicitous
particularly that the men whom he had
especially trusted the half dozen men
he regarded as his confidential lieutenants
Hichnrdson, for instance, of the Green
line; Pi-'rce. in charge of his mining prop
erties Dickey, manager of nuances, and a
few oth.-rs, should be remembered hand
somely. 1 l.tn lie contemplated a magnifi
cent tra iniug school. When he was over
taken w ith I. is f;.tal sickness in his tent at
the miie. apprehensive of the rapid fate
which overtook him, the messenger who
was hu ried oil for a physician was also
instructed to bring a lawyer. Neither
doctor tor lawyer reached tiie old man in
time, lie had Lsen dead thirty hours
wheu they arrived.
Did the Heot He Could.
As the hours passed during that lot g
wait and as his strength waned belts
came more impatient. Finally feeling
that he had but little strength or time
1 -It, he determined to wait no louger. He
then ma le an effort to draft a wiii. It
was too late. The strength was wanting.
He direc ed one of his meu to write one
of the meu to whom he was most at
tached a:id whom he w ished especially re-intmb.-rtd.
The man refus-.'d to take so
equivocal a part. "Diamond Jo" in
sisted. .V w ill was then drawn as the
dying m.-.n desired. Ho seized the pen to
sign it, but lie was too weak. Tiie name
was noih ug more than a scrawl.
Will Carry Out His Wihi.
Then hi called out to tlioso around him
that the document was his last testament.
The widow proposes to carry out "Dia
mond Jo's" dying as well as living sug
gestions. Mrs. Reynolds, the widow, is a
delicate old lady, who lives in Aurora.
She is (IS years of age, and as unlearned in
worldly ways as a child. Iu stating her
wishes to her advisors she has told how
her sole desire now is to carry out the
plans which her husband use 1 to discuss,
but which, overestimating his vigor, he
left unformed. To each of the meu nam-d
by her husband tdie will give .jC.Oik).
Entirely Free from Debt.
The '-Diamond Jo" estate comprises real
estate, steam packets, grain elevators, the
railroad from Malvern to Hot Springs,
Ark., and some of the best mining prop
erty in the country, distributed over
Colorado, Arizona, Iowa, Missouri, Kan
sas and Illiuois. Although "Diamond Jo"
died miles away from the center of his
activity, with no means of preparation on
his part for his end, the estate was found
to owe not a single dollar.
THE GIRL LACKED NERVE.
She Goes luto a Meat Kobbcry Scheme
but I,atr Makes a Confession.
Beaveu Falls. Pa., March. 21. Last
Wedesday during the absence of Mrs.
Bradley from her house on College Hill,
Miss BertLa Bork, a neighbor, who was
left in charge was found on Mrs. Brad
ley's arrival home in the evening iu the
cellar, bound hand and foot, and the
house robbed of mouey, jewelry and
other articles. The girl when untied said
a tramp entered the house, stole the goods
mentioned and then ate his dinner and
left. Yesterday Miss Bork, who is but 16
years of agi, made a confession.
The Bobber Promptly Arrested.
She said that t!.e alleged tramp was J.
H. Withers poon, a superintendent in the
employ of the Pleasant Valley Street rail
road of Allegheny City, who entered the
house disgLised as a tramp. Miss Bork
and Witherspoon planned the robbery, ate
dinner in the house aud, to give credence
to the tramp story, Witherspoon, on leav
ing tied the girl. Witherspoon, who has a
wife and si: children, was arrested in Al
legheny Cit v last night.
They Har.ed the Wrong Man.
New Haves. Conn., March 21. Several
Yale sophor tores speut Wednesday even
ing in conviviality at one of the clubs aud
closed the n ght's jollity with the descent
upon what t hey supposed to be the rooms
of uu iuoflelisive freshman in Yale's "Old
Brick Row.' Their plan was carried out,
but instead of beholding a struggling
freshman ariuse from sleep they waked
a well-know a tutor. They dragged him
out of led and iuto the hallway aud be
gau to haze him vigorously before the
tableau came. Wheu tbey heard his sten
torian voice they fled before the tutor
could ideutity his assailants.
Al Johnson and the League.
Cleveland, March 21. At a meeting
yesterday betweeti the League committee
aud Al John sou a perfectly amicable un
derstanding was arrived at, and there will
be no war ncr trouble. The draft which
Johnson holtis against the League will
not be protested. On the contrary John
S.'U will get his money, but will give a
bond protpc.iug the League from any
Kpiscopal Church Burned.
St. Louis. March 21. SU George's
Episcopal, church, situated at the corner
of Beaumont aud Chestnut streets, was
completely destroyed by fire last night.
The church was one of the finest in the
city, and va built at a cost of $115,000.
It was iusurei for $00,000.
Held the Uallroad Responsible.
IKDIANAPOLIS, March 2L The coroner
in his verdict on tha people killed in the
railroad wreck on the Panhandle road at
Hagerstown, hays that the train was run
at an uusafe r te of speed at curves, and
therefore holds the road responsible for
the deaths cat.sed.
We have jast received the first shipment of oar new stock of
FOR THE EARLY-
Spring season of 1891.
JgT'VVe invito everyl y t. call an ! xamiii there
The Pioneer Clothier and Hatter,
115 and 117 West-Second Street, DAVENPORT. IA.
ARRIVING NOW. -
We are opening tae most comp'.eto line of Hardwire specialties ever oS.toI in Fork
Island beide our riraUr s-oeitof stap'.e and builders liar J wire
an J Mechanics' tools. .
Pocket, Table Kitchen Cutlery,
Nails, Steel Goods. Tinware Stoves, Etc
SPECIALTIES Climax Cooks and Bange. -Florid" and Wllbrr Dot Wst.-r Dealer.
Florida Stesm Bailers, Psateur Germ Proof Filters, Ecocomy Pornice. Tin
snd Sheet Iron work. Plomtinj. Copprrwuithinr scd item P.tUog.
BAKER & HOUSMAN,
1823 Second avenue, Kock Island
J. M. BEAKDSLEY,
ATTORNEY AT LAW Office with J. T Ken
worthy. 17 Secood A venae.
JACKSON & HCKST.
TTORKET8 AT LAW. Office In Rock Island
XtNstiupfcl Bank Bailding. Kork Inisnd. 111.
S. D. SWTtKIT. 0. L. WALEIB.
SWEENEY & WALKER,
ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELLORS AT LAW
O'Bce in Bengston'slock. Rrek island, ni.
McENIRr & XcESlBY,
ATTORNEY'S AT LAW Loan money on eood
security, make collection. Reference, Mitch
ell & Lrnde. bankers. Offioe In Postofflc block.
THE DAILY ABUU8.
R SALE EVERY EVENING at CramDUm's
ews Stand. Five cent per copy.
DRS. RUTHERFORD & BUTLER,
GRADUATES OF THE ONTARIO VETERNA
t y college, Veternary Physicians and Surgeons.
Office! TindaH's Livery stable; Residence: Over
Asters Bakery, market square .
WM. 0. KULP, D. D. S.
OFFICE REMOVED TO
Rooms 86, J7, 88 and s!t.
Take Elevator. DAVENPORT, IA.
iW are the Manufacturers.
Do not fail to pet an Es!;mate Before Contracting,
104100 Franklin-S., Chicago.
Sacot8or r Adamson & Ruick.
Hock Island. Ill
Shop Nineteenth St., bet. First and Second Ayhdu-,
General Jobbing and Repairing promptly done.
tSF8econd Hand Machinery bought, sold and repair"i
NL. E. IVTURRIN ,
Choice Family Groceries
Cor. Third Tenue ud Tweotj-flret St., Rock I:iin
A llrsKlass stock of Groceries that will be sold at loweet Uvlrf price. A stare of J '
House and Sign Painter.
Flnt-elaat Graining and Paper Hanflng.
P. O. Box 672
Shop FoartA A, kei. t'.st and tid