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SATURDAY, September 23, 1205
Being an Account of the Operations
and Conviction of the Band of Land
Thieves Operating in Missouri in
the Early Seventies.
(Copyright, 1905. by Marion G. Scheitlin.)
Here was a pretty now-aye-ao. Arter
a year's hard work had revealed a crime
involving the clear theft of from 6,000,
OOo to 8,000,000 acres of valuable land
from the government and thousands of
individuals had been robbed, the pro
moters of the plot were to be restored
to liberty and their former places in
society because a judge claimed to have
discovered a possible construction of
the federal law that would attain this
result. There was no claim that the
land leaguers had not committed the
acts with which they stood charged, but
their friends claimed—and unfortunate
ly they found ready support among gov
ernment officials—that the discovery of
this technicality justified the dismis
sal of the cases.
My position was that merely of the of
ficer who had been largely instrumental
in planning and carrying out the inves
tigation at the orders of my superiors.
But I was determined that the criminals
should not escape if it was in my power
to prevent. I had seen all the august
power of government arrayed against
malefactors whose crimes had been in
flnitesimal compared with that of these
kid-gloved conspirators, and to me it
seemed a violation of every tenet 1
eternal right to allow these men to gc
free because they were strong in the
oouncils of their political party.
I was also convinced that the judge in
question was in error legally, and in
support of my view I had a letter written
by Assistant Secretary of State Bell to
John Sherman, secretary of the treas
ury, calling attention to section 5403 ol
the statutes, which provided that anj
person stealing or destroying any pa
per, record or document from any fed
eral office could be fined and imprisoned,
This section covered fully the thefts
There was but one recourse. In the
perpetration of the big crime numerous
individual offenses against state laws
.- had been committed, such as forgery,
perjury and obtaining money under
false pretenses. We might find justice
In these state courts. This was sug
gested, but my superiors in Washington
doubted the probability of our being
able to convict in the state courts on the
theory that they were even more sub
ject to influence than the federal courts.
Most fortunately there came to the
rescue bf justice at this critical moment
a man with splendid fighting ability and
a deep sense of duty—Circuit Attorney
..... Harris, of St. Louis. He possessed in a
marked degree the qualifications that
,: the federal prosecutors lacked. With
him I went over the evidence. He leaped
into the breach with a vim that was re
freshing. He^was invulnerable to po
litical or other influences and soon
mastered and marshaled for use the
freat mass of evidence.
In the meantime a touch of romance
had been added to the drear details of
the case in Cleveland. In the office of
Orlando Van Hise there had been em
ployed a clerk named Mary A. johji
•on. Her sister had married George
•A Linn, another member of the ring. She
was also a notary public, and had taken
many fraudulent acknowledgments for
her employer. The government had in
,•/, tended to use Mary Johnson as a witness
against Van Hise, but Cupid took a hand
Boon after the arrest and Van Hise and
the girl were married, thus giving the
government a serious setback in the
prosecution of Van Hise, for a wife could
Dot be used as a witness against her hus
The dismissal of the cases in the fed
eral courts and the institution in the
state courts of course necessitated the
rearresting of the defendants and the
turnishing of new bonds. When we
went to Cleveland we found that Van
jHise and Linn had decamped for parts
unknown, presumably Europe. The
others were secured, however, and the
trials were held in St. Louis, Mo. Steu
.benville, O., and Clarion, Pa.
Circuit Attorney Harris had mastered
the evidence so thoroughly and had all
the cases so well in hand that he went
to Steubenville to assist in the prosecu
tion of the Ohio conspirators. Robert
Lindsay retained the most able lawyers
he could find and every artifice known
to them was employed. At the end of
the first battle in court Robert L. Lind
say was sentenced to serve nine years
1n the penitentiary. This term he
served, minus the time allowance for
good behavior. I do not know if he be
alive or dead. Far be it from me in these
M—ativea to seek to follow any mau
land patents. Besides, it had been held
by the supreme court that the actual de
iliTery of a patent, as with a deed, was
necessary to pass title.
So far as the use of their technicality
"was concerned the defendants gained
their point. On the construction re
terred to the cases were allowed to die
In the federal court by the judge who
Had made the strange construction of
the law.
past the point where he expinted his
crime in the manner prescribed by the
courts. I hope he learned well the les
son that education, a good position in
society and poweriul political affilia
tions do not palliate crime. Crime in
broadcloth is still crime.
The entire 22 were convicted and
were sentenced to serve from two to
nine years. These were the conspira
tors, big and little:
Robert L. Lindsay, Addison F. Burns,
William Burns, Orlando Van Hise,
Attorney Bliss nolle prosequied in St.
Louis while Lindsay was on trial in
In the little courtroom at Clarion, Pa.,
was laid the pathetic closing scene of
this memorable crime. William Burns,
the gray-haired father, and Addison, his
son, in the prime of manhood, were tried
together. Their lawyers fought a good
fight but lost. After they had been
found guilty by a jury they were called
before the bar for sentence. I can give
the exact language of the judge, for it
was stenographically preserved—not a
general custom in those days:
"The offense committed by you is a
very grave one. It was committed un
Father and son were led away to
solitary confinement and the curtain
was rung down on the greatest con
spiracy of its kind of the century.
Being an Account of the Capture and
Conviction of That Notorious Band
of Counterfeiters of Which Fred
Biebush Was the Leader.
by Marlon G. Sohettlln.]
Rev. Andrew Jackson Thomas had
delivered a strong sermon at the Mor
gan street Methodist church in St.
Louis, and at its close extended an
earnest invitation for sinners to come
to the "mourners' bench," seek Divine
forgiveness and forsake the errors of
their past lives. In the good old-fash
ioned Methodist way Rev. Mr. Thomas
left the pulpit at the close of the ser
mon and, in a fine barytone voice, took
the lead in the ringing song of invita
tion to the unrepentant. The lines of
the hymn as he sang them were fre
quently punctuated with short im
passioned appeals to those who were
not known as church members. Then,
to render his appeals more direct and
personal, the minister started down
the aisle, shaking hands with the "un
profeseed," speaking an earnest word
to this one and that one as he went.
Rev. Mr. Thomas was the type of
minister familiarly known as the re
vivalist. He was about 45 years old,
almost six feet tall, of robust physique.
His hair and beard were brown, and
his eye open and fearless. He was a
I vigorous and magnetic, if not polished
speaker, a fine singer, a good "mixer"
among all classes and apparently im
bued with a sincere desire to bring
sinners to repentance. He had not
been in St. Louis long at the time of
which I am writing. 26 years ago, but
during Is residence there, by his de
votion to his ministerial labors, had
endonred himself the little floclr of
Bingham, J. F. Richards, Benjamin F. minister importuned the wayward to
Picker, Herman E. Schuster, Charles repent.
Vassell, Charles Newman, John F. Nor-
ris, H. R. McClellan, George W. ^elson, Thomas left the building with several
Cyrus Smith, J. S. Wolfe, John Brady, members of the congregation, chat
Jr. George L. Brown, Samuel C. Clark
Christian men and women worshiping
in the church at Morgan and Ttwenty
•fourth streets.
While he was passing among tho
sinners in his congregation the ght
on which I introduce Rev. Mr. Thom
as to my readers he stopped at a pew
well toward the rear of the church.
The visitor was a plainly dressed man
of middle age, evidently a workingman.
The minister spoke a few words to
I him, still grasping his hand, and there
was some response by the visitor. The
singing was in progress and the con
versation held in undertones, so that
I the words -passed between the two
I were not distinguishable by those near.
The incident was no different, to all
George Linn, John K. Corwin, John appearances, from a score of others
F. Gardiner, Samuel L. Carter, David S.
in the
and Leo Whybark. There were 61 in- homeward paths diverged.
dictments against Lindsay, 52 of which No attention had been paid the vis-
der very remarkable circumstances and over the sidewalk on the east side of
church that night when the
church services ended, Rev. Mr.
of religious matters, until their
itor at the church after the minister
apparently had failed in inducing him
to come to the "mourners' bench," but
he had left before the services closed
and had taken a rapid westerly course.
As soon as the pastor separated from
the members of his flock he walked
well out of their sight and hearing in
a leisurely way and then suddenly
adopted a quick, business-like gait.
Walking rapidly west to Grand avenue.
ly the night, casting deep shadows
seldom is crime committed which is so Grand avenue. As he approached this ^'SS'SS^PP^ valley. Personally he dealt
deeply imbedded in perjury as this crime point Rev. Mr. Thomas slackened his
has been. In order to make this forgery pace and became alert, peering ahead treme caution and keenness of discern,
effectual, to impose upon the persons
victimized, it was necessary to resort
to falsehood, to impose upon notaries
public and to Impose forged papers upon
the officials of the United States in the
land office. The evidence showed that
this single transaction was interwoven
with many othefs of the same kind.
That these several transactions have
extended oyer a period of several years
during which falsehood was continually
resorted to that one or the other of you
have repeatedly forged instruments,
imposed upon the officers of the land
office and that you have repeatedly vic
timized the citizefts of this common
wealth is proved. In the history of the
crimes of this country, there Is no one
that I know of that has developed so
complete a system and so skillful an
intertwining of falsehood, perjury and
"You had abundance of time to re
flect you are both men of mature years
You knew the effect of your conduct
You knew that you were imposing upon
the men who indicted you. You. knew
that you were reaping gains in this un
lawful way and that you were imposing
on the department at Washington and
deceiving the officials in Missouri. You
knew you were unsettling the land titles
in that state and giving to the citizens
of this commonwealth an entirely
worthless title and were getting from
them as much money as you could by
a system of false dealing. We regret
the position you are in, and that the
evidence was not such as would have
warranted the jury in doing otherwise
than they have. We do not desire to
continue our remarks in a way to lacer
ate your feelings, but it is our duty to
administer the law as faithfully as we
can. William Burns, I sentence you to
pay a fine of $500 and to serve seven
years at hard labor in the Allegheny
penitentiary, and Addison Burns, the
same sentence is imposed on you."
into the shadows as though looking for
some one. He was hot disappointed.
From the opposite direction, timing his
pace so that he would meet the min
ister in the deepest shadows of the
church, emerged the man who had oc
cupied the rear pew at the evening
church' service. There were no other
pedestrians in sight.
"Hello, Harry," said the minister
in a low tone, halting.
"Hello, Andy," responded the other,
swinging about and falling into the
preacher's stride.
Glancing furtively around him, Rev.
Mr.' Thomas thrust his hand under the
skirt of his ministerial coat and, draw
ing forth a small, heavy package,
passed it quickly to his companion.
No band of dealers in "coney" or
counterfeit money ever gave the United
States secret service more trouble than
did the "Biebush gang," that operated
in and trom St. Louis for more than
25 years. In fact, long before there
was such a government institution as
the secret service division of the treas
ury department the name of Biebush
was a proud one in criminal circles.
It had been carried to distinction in
the annals of crime by Frederick Bie
bush, who was born in Prussia in 1823
and emigrated to this country when he
was 21 years old. Prior to his arrival
in America nothing is known of him,
but his history since is a romance of
he turned north. His home was in silverware, plate and jewelry. There
Finney avenue, west of Grand avenue,
and near the intersection of these
thoroughfares the "Rock" church, an
imposing Catholic edifice, loomed black-
The readers of this narrative who
read my recent account of the events
leading up to the attempt to steal the
body of Abraham Lincoln will recall
that I then made clear the different
hands through which counterfeit
money passes before it reaches the
public. The engraver, printer, dealer,
is said to have been found a good
sized sack of watches. He was ar
rested, but escaped punishment. At
this time his permanent headquarters
were established in St Louis, but his
"Harry" pocketed it as quickly as it rency, he would invariably deliver the
had been passed to him. "coney" through the hands of a third
"Wh-en'll I see you again?" asked party. So far as I know there is no
the receiver of the package. man who can say he ever received
"I can't say now be at the church "coney" from Fred Biebush except his
in a few nights," replied the minister, time-tested personal agents. His rule
All this had transpired in less timo against doing business with any ex
than it took to crfcss Grand avenue.
On the other side therfe was a low
spoken good night, the minister turned
into Finney avenue and his companion
continued in the main thoroughfare.
An hour later he was in his small room
In North Sixth street. The minister
went direct to his home and let him
self in with a latch key.
crime. His whole life was devoted to _.
crime as a chosen profession, and hU. ly been an agent. McCartney was an
principal pursuit naa Deen tne exact- engraver of, high rank and the new
lng one of a wholesale dealer in coun
terfeit money. In this business he had
gained the soubriquet of the "great
southwest koniacker."
roeot ior tne sale oi very large quan
tities of his wares.
In Missouri at that time there was
a state law which provided that the
testimony of no man who had served
a penitentiary term was admissible in
the courts of the state. Fred Biebush
enover and boodle carrier each has his doubtedly so that the offioers making
distinct function to perform In the the arrest could "bleed" him. Never
process of robbing the people. The was a malefactor more adroit In the
dealer is the circulator, and, if he has use of money with public officers, po
suitable plates or dies, can flood.the lice and court officers than Fred Bie
country with counterfeit money long bush. One of his favorite methods of
after every engraver or die cutter in escaping conviction was to "railroad"
the business is behind prison bars. the state's witness out of the way by
To the business of dealing in "coney" use of money or his secret power over
Biebueh had devoted His time and them. After one arrest there was
genius, yet he found leisure to act as found in his possession letters from
a receiver of stolen goods, and was the different members of the secret service
patron and financial backer of thieves offering to stand by him and help him
and burglars. He furnished the en- out of trouble, of course for a consid
gravtvs of counterfeit plates with oap- eration. I am glad to say that such
ital, helped produce the plates,' bought operatives in the service, rapidly grew
plates, bought presses, ink and paper, fewer.
and then found trustworthy men to His wealth and power were also ln
act as his agents in the circulation dlcated by the finding In his possession
of the spurious currency. For 30 years at another time of notes for an aggre
he had followed his chosen calling with sate amount of $60,000, signed by prom
unequaled success, his bold and profit- inent citizens of St. Louis. He could
able operations extending from Illinois command the most powerful politicians
•to Texas.
Within a year of his arrival in the
United States Fred1 iBebush began his
criminal career. He was then a broad
shouldered man of fine physical ap
pearance. The year 1850 found him
keeping a saloon called the War Eagle,,
after a famous steamboat of ante-1
bellum days, in Third street, St.. Louis.!
His place was frequented by river men
of the better class, for he was a jovial
ohap and a good business man as well.
I am not familiar with the way in
which suspicion first attached to him,
but one day the St. Louis police raided
his saloon, and, buried in the walls,
they found an immense lot of stolen
worked throughout the entire
at wtolesale
negotiating with ex-
was familiar with this provision and 'n
business as the laws of the Medes
and Persians—never to deal directly
with any man vfho could not prove
he had been a convict. And he went
even further toward the extreme of
caution, for while he would negotiate
in person for the sale of counterfeit
money with an ex-convict and would
receive from such a one the honest
money in payment for the bogus cur-
cept ex-convicts was the thing that
rendered it practically impossible to
convict him. Besides observing the
precautions mentioned, he usually suc
ceeded in bringing his subordinates
under his power so that his safety was
theirs. For 25 years he pursued hia
criminal career unpunished.
Before the present system of n&tMMp
al banks was established Biebush fiouiw
ished wonderfully in his operations in
the counterfeits of the bills of the old
state banks. He did no manufactur
ing in those days, but from his head
quarters in St. Lruis he jobbed the
"coney* ii# enormous quantities all over
the country through such distinguished
dealers as Nelson Driggs, Louis Sleight
and others, the amount of representa
tive dollars running into the hundreds
of thousands. In this way he accumu
lated a large fortune. Then he went
into the manufacturing business hi my
Not being an engraver nor a printer,
he had to hire these artisans, and soon
formed a partnership with John Peter
McCartney, for whom he had former-
criminal team was a strong one. Mc
Cartney^ did the engraving and Bie
bush superintended the printing and
circulating. Later he acquired, plate%
and state officers.
followed one rule—as Immutable in bis 's'an^' °PPos'te the town of Venice,
in the Mississippi river. There she met
her husband in a corn field. Biebush
retiring to a hut in which he had
taken shelter. The hut was surround
ed and several shots fired to frighten
the fugitive out. The shots were re
turned by the counterfeiter. Then the
hut was fired. Biebush rushed out
and made a mad dash for liberty, but
7**"^ .-? f7.VC W vvv. SO Vr "*b TO -rp
At the eed of the civil war Col. H. C.
Whitley was appointed in charge of
the newly organised secret service and
determined to bring such criminals as
iTred Biebush. "Pete" McCartnev. John
Hart, "Bill" Burney, Thomas Hale and
other notorious counterfeiters to jus
tice. Operative John Eagan was put
in charge of the St. Louis district, and,
after much work, arrested Biebush for
selling counterfeit money. Tagan
pushed the case with a vi« or unknown
to Biebush, forced the prisoner to early
trial, and succeeded in having him sen
tenced to ten years hi the penitentiary,
The wily old German stayed behind the
bars exactly one-half that many
months, when he returned to St. Louis
and resumed operations.
Under the direction of Col. Whitley
a "stool pigeon" named McCnbe was
sent to Biebush and succeeded in pay
ing him marked money for "coney."
Biebush was arrested again in 1869, re
leased on bail, and brought to trial. He
had, as usual, "fixed" the government's
witnesses and thought he was again
to escape. In the meantime, however,
William Shelley had been caught in
the act of engraving a plate. The se
cret service learned that he had re
cently come from St. Louis, where he
had made some plates for Biebush.
Shelley was induced to return to St.
Louis and tell his story in court. When
Biebush appeared in court he was sud
denly brought face to face with Shel
ley, and his bravado failed him for the
first time. He escaped from the court
room, forfeiting $20,000 bail, and dis
Secret service operatives were put on
his trail. A close watch was kept on
the movements of Mrs. Biebush, who,
a day or so
engraved by such high-class cutters as ppr\ T) rPTnrATT niro
SSne'Swt trTS? KtMUtK 1 JjJtj
His fortune grew by tremendous leaps. irAliLD
He was arrested 50 times in all but'
the early arrests never resulted in con
victjcin for two reasons—his caution
with whom he dealt and his wealth.
Many times he *was arrested un-
traced to Cabaret
was caught at a high fence, and, after
being manacled, taken back to St.
Louis. Once more he was tried, and
in December, 1870, he was sentenced
to 15 years in the Missouri peniten
He ser.ved five years and was again
pardoned, returning to St. Louis to re
sume not only his old calling, but to
set up as a dealer in high-class bur
glars' tools. John Eagan had retired
from the secret service to private lifs
and I was transferrd to the St. Louis
district from Chicago to manage the
pursuit of Biebush.
Was 87 Years of Age—George Norton
Dies at His Home in South Ottumwa
—Funerals of Late Enos Lewis and
Thomas McGlothlen Today.
From Friday's Daily.
John Proud, for twenty-three years
a highly esteemed resident of Wap
ell county, passed away last evening
at 5:30 o'clock at the home of his
daughter, Mrs. Joseph Rowell, two
miles east of Ottumwa, at the age of
87 years. The funeral services will be
conducted from the Methodist Episco
pal church at Kirkville Saturday after
noon at 2 o'clock and interment will
be made in the Westview cemetery.
Mr. Proud was born in England on
March 14, 1818, and was married to
Miss Hannah Walker at Gretna Green
in 1842. They located in Illinois in
1881 and the following year removed
to Kirkville where Mrs. Proud died in
1883. He is survived by two sons and
four daughters, Henry and Thomas
Proud, who reside north of Ottumwa
Mrs. Catherine Griffin, Wyoming Mrs.
Joseph Rowell, Mrs. Dorothea Light
on and Mrs. Margaret Richardson, of
England. At the funeral services Sat
urday, the pall bearers will be six of
the grandsons of Mr. Joseph ProUd,
Joseph Proud Jr., Glen Proud, Edwin
Proud, Ernest Proud, Matthew Row
ell and William Rowell.
George Norton Dies.
George Norton, a well known and
esteemed resident of South Ottumwa
passed away at his home corner of
Ferry and First streets at 12:30
o'clock this morning, at the age of 45
years. The funeral services will be
conducted from the residence Sunday
afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. E. J.
Shook, pastor of the Willard Street
Methodist Episcopal church officiat
ing. Interment will be made in the
Ottumwa cemetery.
McGlothlen Obsequies.
The funeral services of the late
Thomas D. McGlothlen, who died at
the home of his son Jacob L. Mc
Glothlen, corner of Mary and Webster
streets, yesterday morning at the age
of 88 years, were conducted from the
Davis Street Christian church this
morning at 11:30 o'clock, Rev. W. J.
Lockhart, pastor of the First Christian
church, officiating. Interment was
made in the McGlothlen cemetery, five
miles east of Eddyville.
Funeral of Enos Lewis.
The funeral services of the late Enos
Lewis, who died at the home of his
adopted son, E. G. Allen, 351 North
Clay street, Thursday morning, were
conducted from the residence this aft
ernoon at 1 o'clock, Rev. W. J. Lock
hart, pastor of the First Christian
church, officiating. Interment Was
made in the Smith cemetery ten miles
west of Ottumwa.
Funeral Today.
The remains of Warren B., little son
of Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Hawthorne, 122
Cherry street, who died last Wednes
day, were taken to Prescott on Burling
ton No. 3 this morning, where the fu
neral services were held at the United
Brethren church at 2 o'clock this after
noon. The following accompanied the
remains: Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Haw
thorne, Miss Bessie Brown of Aledo,
111., Miss Grace Claypool of Creston,
and Burt Davidson of Joy, 111.
Irene Sayler Dead.
Word has been received in this city
of the death of Irene Sayler, the 13
year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Sayler of Tecumseh, O. T. ^Vtr.
and Mrs. Sayler formerly resided in
Ottumwa and the relatives and friends
in this city extend to the family their
sincerest sympathy.
Mrs. Cunningham Dies.
Mrs. Bertha Cunningham wife of
E\ Cunningham of Eldon, died at 9
o'clock last evening. She lately re
turned from Chickasha, I. T., where
she had gone for her health. She died
at the home of her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. H. W. Enyart. Interment will be
at Agency Sunday September 24.
This market is furnished by the Cas
sidy Commission company, members
Chicago board of trade. Local office
rooms 28 and 30, Hofmann block. E.
C. French, local manager.
Wheat Open High Low Close
Sept. .. .84% .85% .84% .85%
Dec. .. ... .84% .85% .84% .85%
May ".. ... .86% .87% .86% .87%
Sept. .. .52 .52% .52 .52%
Dec. .. ... .45% .45% .44% .45%
May .. ... .44% •45% .44 .44%
(Continued in Next Issue.)
The old settle^ do not call it lying.
Sept. .. .28% .28% .28% .28%
Dec. .. ... .28% .29% .28% .29%
May .. ... .30% .31% .30% .31
Sept. .. .15.50 15.50
Oct. .. .14.95 14.95 14.90 14.90
Jan. .. .12.35 12.40 12.35 12.37
Sept. 7.70
Oct. .. 7.65 7.72 7.C5 7.70
Jan. .. 6.77 6.80 6.77 6.77
Short Ribs—
Sept. ..
Oct. .. 8.67 8.67 8.65 8.67
Jan. .. 6.47 6.50 6.47 6.50
Northwestern Receiots.
Today. Last wk. Last yr.
Duluth 395 259 386
Minneapolis .568 490 525
Receipts Today.
Wheat, 50 cars corn, 347 cars oats,
223 cars.
Estimated Receipts Tomorrow.
Wheat, 35 cars corn, 345 cars oats.
271 cars.
Primary Reoelpts.
Wheat today, 1,255,000 bushels and
last year 1,244.000 bushels corn today.
621,000 bushels, ai\d last year 644,000
Chicago Poultry Market.
Chicago, Sept. 22.—Poultry, live,
steady turkeys, 16 chickens, 11%
springs, 11.
Peoria Produce Market.
Peoria, Sept. 22.—Corn No. 3. 529i.
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aged father of a. w. i.ee
Death Occurred Wednesday Night
After a Short Illness—Came to Iowa,
in 1853—Was a Pioneer—Funeral
at Muscatine.
From Friday's Daily.
John B. Lee, father of A. W. Lee,''
father of A. W. Lee, publisher of tho
Courier, died Wednesday night at It
o'clock in Iowa City hospital, to which
place he was tauen early yesterday
morning. Mr. Lee had been ill but a
short time, although his health has'
been poorly for some time past. He was
taken seriously 111, however, in the
afternoon of Tuesday, and his removal
to the hospital yesterday was thought
necessary. The remains will be taken
to Muscatine Saturday morning, and
the funeral services will be held In the
Musser Memorial chapel at the ceme*
tery there in the afternoon.
Born In Maryland.
John B. Lee was born in Hartford
county, Md., in 1820, and comes of pa
triotic and fighting stock. His grand
father, Parker, Hall Lee, was captain
of a cavalry company in the Revolution,
ary war and his father, William D. Lee
was captain of a cavalry company in
the war of 1812.
In 1837 John B. Lee, a stripling
youth of seventeen, was attending.
school at the boarding academy at the
country town of Belair, Md. One Sat
urday evening he went to his home
six miles distant and there met two
young merchants from the Ohio river.
In talking with these visitors at hia
Maryland home, the youthful Lea
caught the western fever and in less
than a week started for the then fron«
tier settlements of the Ohio river.
Came to Iowa In 1850.
In 1850, accompanied by Mrs. LeeJ
he moved from Ohio to Philadelphia
and in 1853 they decided to again take
up their home on the frontier by emi
grating to Iowa. They arrived in Must
catine on Sunday, Jun'e 28, 1853.
Was In Government Service.
Mr. Lee belonged to the southern
branch of the Lee family and his fath
Since that time Mr. Lee has been
making his home with his children.
Three sons, Joseph J. Lee and Isaaa
.Lee, of Iowa City, and A. W. Leej
of this city, and two daughters, Mrs.
John Manin, of juvanston, 111., and Mrs
L. J. Loomis, of Chilllcothe, Mo., sur*
Mrs. Mahln arrived in Iowa City last
evening shortly after the death of hep
father. Mr. Lee, who has been visit-'
lng In various parts of Canada, will
arrive in Iowa City tomorrow. Mrs^
Loomis is in Anaconda, Mont., and it
is thought will not be able to attend
the funeral.
The loss of John B. Lee will
keenly felt by his many friends in this
city. His was the lue of a true Christ
tian man, quick to give sympathy
where necessary, a kind man (to hii
friends and neighborly with his every
acquaintance. He had been a consists
ent member for many years of th«|
Methodist Episcopal church.
Chicago Live Stock.
Chicago, Sept. 22.— Cattle, receipts,
5,500 slow, steady beeves, $3.60®,
6.25 cows, [email protected] stockers, $2.40
Hogs Receipts, 15,000 strong,
shade higher mixed butcl.ers, $5.20©
5.80 good heavy,. [email protected] roug'i
heavy, [email protected] light, [email protected]
bulk of sale, [email protected]
Sheep Receipts, 12,000 steady,
[email protected] lambs, [email protected]£5.
Chicago Produce Market,
Chicago, Sept. 22.—Wheat No. 2 red,
86%@87% No. 3 red, [email protected]% No. 3
hard, [email protected] No. 3 hard, [email protected] Dec
opened, 84% highest, 85% lowest,
84%@84% closing, 85%.
Corn—No. 2, 52% No. 3, [email protected]%:
No. 2 white, [email protected]%: No. 3 white, 52%
@53 No. 2 yellow, 53% No. 3 yellow,
E3%@53% Dec. opened, [email protected]%:
highest, 45% lowest, 44%@45 clos
ing, 45%.
Oats—No. 2, 27% No. S, 27 No.
a slave, holder, owning twenty
slaves at the time of his death in 1823^
but it is a notable fact that these
slaves were all given their freedom
by the will left by the deceased.
Thought he had numerous relatives in
the confederate army, Mr. Lee was a
strong union man and ah abolitionist.
At tho breaking out of the war he went
to Iowa City to the recruiting office ta
enlist, but was rejected on account ol
physical disability. Being determined
to serve his country during that trying
period, he -*vent to Cincinnati, Ohio.,
and entered the government transporl
service on the steamboats plying tha
Ohio, Wabash, Cumberland and Ten«
nessee rivers. He passed through
some dangerous and exciting experi'
ences in this service and was absent
from home about three years. Mri
Lee removed to Iowa City from a farm
close by, having been elected to tha
office of recorder in 1865. He after
wards went into business. Then he
removed to Muscatine where he lived
until the death of Mrs. Lee, which oo
curred July 15, 1904.
white, 30%@30% ..No. 3 white, 28%©.
29% Dec. opened, 28%@29 highest,!
29%@29% lowest, 28%@28% clos
ing, 29%.
Pork—Sept., $15.50 Jan., $12.37.
Lard—Sept., $7.70 Jan., [email protected]
Ribs—Sept., $8.65 Jan., $6.50.
Rye—Cash, 70%.
Flax—Cash, [email protected]%.
.Clover—bash, $12.00.
Barley—Cash, [email protected]
Timothy—Sept., $3.55.
Chicago Butter and Egg Market.
Chicago, Sept. 22.—Butter, steady:
creameries, [email protected]% dairies, 17®
Eggs—Steady, 15%@17%.
New York Poultry Market,
New York, Sept. 22.—Poultry, weak!
chickens, [email protected]% fowls, 14 turkeys
[email protected]%.
St. Louis Produce market.
St. Louis, Sept. 22.—Wheat, Cash,
85% @88% Dec., 83%.
Corn—Cash, 53 Dec., 42%,
Oct—Cash, 28 Dec., 27^.

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