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I. A (Gwtfiikttry.1* tTHB GREAT SOLD COIN COUNTER' :&&& TBRPSITINO CASK. OTJNTBRFEITING to prac tically a lost ark Is Amer oa.Wllllam J.Flynn,head of the United States Se cret Service in New York, dedans that not a sin- gle sans whose work to compar able to that of Andy BUm and hla crowd, the Bosoobel oolners, or any om oi dMM gangs that flourished a generatloaago, Is operating In the country today. Chief Flynn declares that he does not know of a single spurious •Old eoln In circulation In tho east In the fair westwbere goldlsa more active circulating medium* some at tempts may be made, to counterfeit }i It, hut none Important enough to oanse the secret service more than mshic annoyance. With this Introduction I will let V'. Andy Bliss, the king of the gold coln !'era, tell his story, Just as he told It to me. 8TATEMENT OP ANDY BLI83. No man of sense, said Andy, would ever become a thief. If he would stop for a moment and think. I will admit that there Is a fasclna .. tion In thievery, which grows upon what It feeds, until It la overpowering, -and stealing then becomes a habit, the same as tobacco smoking and drinking rum, and It Is very hard to break off. But the practical lesson of my life is very clear. I have been a thief for forty years, spent twenty years in jail,-made over $2,000,000 In forgeries, counterfeiting schemes and bank rob beries, and today I have not a dollar to my name. It's the old story over again—easy come, easy go. I will tell you about the counterfeit ing scheme, which gave me a reputa tlon among crooks and honest men as well, of being a star performer In my line. It all grew out of a little trip which I made to Washington to meet Tom Cannon, an old friend of mine, who had planted a place near the "White House which promised a re ward of about $40,000. I would have gone anywhere for a lump of money half that size in those days. Well, I looked over the scheme and saw that It was very dangerous, but Cannon would not give up the Idea. I did not want to be looked upon as a fellow without nerve, so I consented to go :lnto the Job, which was to rob the safe of a paymaster. The paymaster—I think his name Was Hoffman—drank pretty Ehrd, and slept near the safe, but the plan was to attack the strong .box while the pay master was In a drunken stupor. We got to the sate without much Itrouble. The box was an old-fash ioned affair, and we got to the bills by simply knocking out the spindle In the handle. I nailed the money when the door flew open, and started away. Cannon was behind mo. The paymaster was aroused, and Instantly fired a shot from his revolver. The ball went through Cannon's neck and struck me In the shoulder. Cannon was killed, but the ball did not stop me. I ran end got away with the boodle. I knew that it would be unsafe for me to try and get out of Washington then, for the alarm was promptly giv en, and every street and outlet was guarded by Uncle Sam's men, as well as the local police. I went directly to the home of Big Jim FarrelL Ho was an old-time thief, and then was run ning a faro bank to win the soldier iv money with crooked dials. I told Jim i: I- I was hunted, and he put me away In the care of Louise Jordan, who after %ward shot Farrell In Chicago, through i: Jealousy. I kept under cover In the Jordan house for about two weeks, and then Darby Jones and his gang, consisting of Billy Wallace, FTenchy Kline, George Keene and Warry Mo Gee, turned up They had come to Washington to do business with,me. I left Washington with the gang dis guised as a negro. There was a re ward of $10,000 for my scalp, but I won out easily. I left the train in Newark and drove to New York In a cab. I kept under cover for a few days in New- York, and then moved over to one of the Old houses In Ravenswood, L. L, which had'been practically deserted for sev eral years. The house was near the water, and we stuck out the sign ofa fishing club on the mansion, and hired & sloop to glvO color to the fake. Then the counterfeiting scheme wis put In motion. Frepchy Kline and BUly Wallace were the experts and Biliy had earpected to have a, die for elther*$10 or a $30 gold piece deliv ered, to hfan in Washington. Hailing makethe $10. and flOdiee himself, and I put up I#i The Detective Stows How WillOut '"J! not suit him. The money that was made Aram these rejected dies would have passed anywhere exoept among experts, but Btity was In the game to beat experts. In my opinion he had not hls equal In the world as an graver and tool maker. But the fiihlng was good, and we couldaffordto live on the fat of the land sO the whimsof Billy did not bother us much. If BUly was a crank in his way, he was an angel compared with Frenchy Kline, who was the most mysterious man I ever met, and I have seen a lot of curious specimens. Freochy was a dangerous fellow to go with, tor his manners were so strange that he was sore to attract attention and arouse suspicion. I have known him to go for weeks and never speak a word. He was an expert chemist, and could have made a fortune In the business by going on the level, but he preferred to be a crook. There were two things he could do better than any man in the world. He could make genuine paper, for use as money, and a com position of metals which resembled silver and gold so closely that It would require an analysts in the assay office to prove they were spurious. While Billy was making dies, Kline was mix ing up pots of metal and turning out bars of yellow gold. Billy finally finished his dies, and then had the parts of a stamping ma chine built in different foundries and machine shops. We brought the sec tions to Ravenswood on our truck, and they were put together in a barn on the place. We got an engine and boiler to run the stamping machine, and were ready for business. But very few people ever passed the old house, and we were just as safe in our work as if we were in a wilderness. It requires a heavy pressure to stamp a coin, and our machinery was not quite as weighty as the machine In the mint, but our $10 and $20 coins were Just as good as any that ever left the mint, with the exception that the impression made on the front and back of the coins was not quite as heavy as the genuine. After the stamping the money was put into milling machine, to corrugate the edges, and an oiled roller, to give the coin the appearance of age. The coin, as fast as it was made, was put into kegs, and when we got enough the kegs were shipped to Sing land, and after satisfactory arrange ments had been made upon the other side, were reshipped to this country through a regular broker. Gold was at that time selling at a premium of from 180 to 240, and the kegs of gold were consigned to Wells ft Co., repute able brokers In this city, to the credit of Nathaniel Storms, the representa tive of a foreign syndicate. There were any number of bidders for the gold when it was offered tor sale, and we got rid of tho whole lot for about $420,000. It was one of the prettiest deals ever run off in this country. DETECTIVE ADAMS' STORY. There never was a job, said Detec tive Adams, worked in this country, which could match the great gold coin swindle so successfully carried out upon the expert dealers in money in Wall street No class of people are easier to beat than Wall street men, provided they are met upon their own stamping ground by fearless men who deal with them upon an apparently solid platform. As I recall it the bogus coin dis posed of was worth, face value, about $200,000, and the thieves were kind enough to go in and get the premium upon this sum. The firm which han dled the gold In this city was Wells ft Co., and they were above suspicion. The coin was sent to them from Frlnk ft Beaman, an honorable London firm of bankers, and every connection from start to finish had all the marks of a genuine transaction. There was nothing to arouse suspicion except the gold Itself, and. that was not critically examined at the time, because It had been shipped In a perfectly regular manner. Inquiry would probably not have been made Into the transaction for a long time if ft had not been for the disappearance of Nathaniel Storms, who had completed the tran saction with Wells ft Co., and collect ed the money for the gold. Storms came to this country with the gold and had letters of Introduc tion equal to the best certificate of character. He represented that he was the agent of a syndicate of for eign capitalists who had been quietly gathering up all the gold they could get hold of in Burope at their own fig ures, and had got together several tnll* lions of dollars which theynlntebded to put upon' tho American faarket to get the benefit of the large premium. When Storms oolleeted tho money for thegold, hemade an appointment tomeet 3f#i' 'flfr-ttt, Bec6 Hgr upon andhe tajjrttai the 914 Asto»Hopse fad aletter was tmt there by HwMl Hit lifrrft tie hired a the hotel to get Storms had told one of tho members of tbo £rm that W had gtna din* ned to some OC kls BBglish friends at tho Aster House and retated some of the. storles which were told by his friends of Amerloah life. It was eon* sldered very strange that Storms, who burled all the marts of honesty In his face and speech. Should have fred about such an unimportant matter and, considering all the circumstances, a doubt was raised about his veracity In other matters of lmportanoe. Several days passed and nothing was heard from 8torms. Wells ft Co. became a bit uneasy and sent a cable to Wink ft Beainen, asking for In formation about the further shipments' of gold. Prink ft Beamen replied that they did not know anything about shipments of the precious metal, and would be delighted to find any of It Then the direct Inquiry was made by Wells ft Co. of Prink ft Beamen if they had not consigned $200,000 to Wells ft Co. The answer came back that they had not This news turned things upside down In Wells ft Co.*s establishment The gold which they had sold had been broken up into smaller packages and pretty widely distributed. Some of the coin was found and it was pro nounced genuine by bank experts, but the deep Interest of Wells ft Co. aroused the suspicion of some of their customers, and they sent several sam ples to the assay office for analysis. This examination showed that there was practically only a trace of gold on the face of each coin, and the metal was worthless. Then there was the deuce to pay. The customers of Wells ft Co. de manded the return of their money and the firm was forced to suspend tem porarily. I was called into the case at this Juncture and I must confess that It looked like a mountain. Ad vices from London showed that all the papers which had been used by Nathaniel Storms in this country had been forged, and the Investigation made by Wells ft Co. was Just ten days too late. The plot would have been Exposed If they had made Inquiries concerning Storms at the start Pri vate letter blanks and secret marks of identification had been obtained from Frlnk ft Beamen in some way, show ing that some one In their employ had been giving information. There was nothing in this country but a good de scription of Storms. He wore a full beard, and I knew that he would shake this at the first opportunity, so that a description of him was useless. I was sent to London to work up that end with the Scotland Yard peo ple. I brought them the Information about the letter blanks and seoret marks, and a watch was put upon everybody in Frlnk ft Beaman's of fice. They had twenty clerks working for them, and it took some time to pick up our man. We found a young fellow named Sinclair who had money to burn on $15 a week, and pinched him. He squealed without delay, and said that he had been Induced to give up the secrets of the business by two men who claimed to be Englishmen. They gave him $B90 for his work. He heard them call each other Andy and Warry, and this gave the first tip on the gang. I was satisfied that the two men were Andy Bliss and Warry Mc Gee, both crooks. I learned that the bogus coin had been brought from America on the Cunard line In casks of white lead, and had been returned by the same line. As it had been airanged that the money should be paid in New York, I knew that it was oertaln that Warry and Andy would be on board to get their whack, and I came back. I could not imagine who this Storms was, and my only hold was to keep the pipes running for Bliss and McGee, who naturally would not be much alarmed over the robbery for the reason that every end was covered. I knocked around among men and women I knew to be crooked for about a month before I got a good tip. It was In Nat Cunningham's saloon on the Bowery that I overheard a con versation between a couple of bankj sneaks, who were telling a friend about a trip they had on Andy Bliss" yacht and the sport at the fishing club in Ravenswood. It took me a couple of hoars 1q Ravenswood to locate the clubhouse^ It was in an old deserted mansion. Ij went there after dark, and was aston ished to hear a regular and very hard thumping in one of the outhouses, could not see Into the place, but I heard, the sound of several yoloes, and when some one came out I caught a glimpse of some moving machinery through a door. I waited till after daylight, and I knew that there was crocked work going on, fen: there was, no-sign of a smoke pipe anywhere. I: made'all my arrangements for a raid, and the next night I had ten picked men In Ravenswood I kept tab on the clubhouse and saw that there were at least five men there. About 8 o'clock four men left the clubhouse and went to the barn. Soon the machinery was going, and I went to the barn with five men, leaving the Others to watch the house. The. men felt so secure that the barn door had ncit been locked. I flung it open and Jumped ljuddo with xpymen. Every taook was oovered oy agon and threw *P Us hands except Prenchy Kiln* *ho was hit on the head and died afterward from the Injury* ja the housa, hearing tho to A A WISH king, a bad father an cruel, spend !t and miser, VA -ps 'military mad, yet ^avoiding war a Just ruler of his kingdom and bru !tal tyrant In his 'home. These are •a few of the thou- FREDERICK WILHEU* sand contradictions ihat made up the nature of Frederick Wiliam L, second king of Prussia, and father of Freder ick the Great Perhaps it Is not whol ly fair, in one sense, to call him a blackguard, but in other respects few men have had better claim to the Vord. His father had been extravagant Mid had left the newly-formed kingdom in bad financial state. Frederick Wil liam began his reign in 1713 by cut ting down official salaries and dis charging many state employes. He also excited anger and ridicule by hundreds of other harsh economies. Yet this miserly course had good ef fects. It paid his father's debts and gave Prussia a full treasury. More over, Wilhelm had full share of the national German honesty and stanch uprightness. His chief faults were un governable temper and parsimony. Stingy as he was in other ways, William lavished huge sums on the army. His great joy in life was to play at soldiering. He had a scheme for collecting a corps of giants and would pay unheard-of prices to induce tall men to serve In his ranks. In spite of his craze for military af fairs, Frederick William managed to reign 27 years with only one little war to mar the peace of his realm. He sneered at all sorts of education that were not absolutely practical (even forbidding his son to learn Latin.) He also choBe vulgar and illiterate men and women as his boon companions, rather than such persons of intellect as happened to be at the court He used to walk the streets, beating with his cane any one who chanced to be Idling. His rule was one of iron, and he firmly believed in the "divine right of kings" to do as they pleased with out considering the rights or feelings pf others. Frederick William held his wife. In bontempt and more than once publicly biade her the object of brutal jests. Of A S E E N TEEN-year old boy, In 1350, cast aside his advisers and guardians (who had been placed in charge of Mm and of his realm during his minority) and de clared himself his PEDRO THECRUEL own master. The lad was Pedro L, king of the Spanish states of Castile and Leon. He Is known to history as "Pedro the Cruel." Many acts that would nowadays be regarded as barbarous cruelty were then looked upon as mere deeds of jus tice and necessity. It was an unbe lievably brutal and cruel age. For a man in that century to win the title of "The Cruel" implied a monstrous character. Pedro, as a mere boy, fell under the influence ot one of the most beauti ful, clever and unscrupulous women of all history. She was Maria de Padilla. It was she Who prompted him to cast aside his counsellors and to declare himself king. Her next step was to induce him to give her rela tives the highest court offices. The crafty old prime minister, Albu querque, had strengthened Maria's in fluence over Pedro in the hope of ad vancing his own interests. But Maria made Pedro dismiss Albuquerque from service. Courtiers who failed ,to pay her all sorts of extravagant compli ments were put to death by the king's orders. A money lender who refused advance money for her expendi is said to have been boiled in oil. When Pedro was twenty it was ar ranged that he should marry a gentle and lovely French princess, Blanche of Bourbon. Maria, fearing to lose her own power over the young king, hit on a truly devilish trick for mak ing hlm hate Us sweet young wife. Blanche gave Pedro a splendid Jew eled girdle as a bridal gift Maria, by a sleight-of-hand feat stole the girdle and pnt in its place a poisonous snake. She thin woiked on Pedro's superstitions by telling him Blanche' was a sorceress and had sought to kill him by means Ot the "bewitched" girdle. In terror, Pedro sent his in nocent wife to prison. (They had been married just three days.) For this and for other acts of era* jslty and misrule the people murmur ed.' They took Blanche's part* 80 did Pedro's half-brother, Don 1M- Pedro assured them that he Blanohe and would set her free. he pot h«r to death. Bi jfe Fadrique to tho p«rJ iTlir Mm M'-thS- sfssswsS ALBERT PAYSON TERHUNE Frederick WflKam, Wise King, Brutal Father his ten children he had a positive hat red for his clever daughter Wilhelm lna and for his eldest son Frederick. Young Frederick was brought up in a strict, cruel manner, such as few modern boys would endure. He was sensitive and high-spirited. The pris on-like discipline and harshness might well have broken a weaker spirit It merely strengthened Frederick's. At length Frederick William's cruelty to ward the lad became unbearable. Fred erick, in 1730, when he was eighteen years old, planned to escape from bondage and to take refuge with his uncle, King George IL of England. He needed a confederate to help him es cape. So he chose his dearest friend, Lieut von Katte. The plot was discovered by the king. Von Katte was thrown Into prison and was sentenced by military oourt-mar tial to remain there for two years. Frederick was also arrested and taken before his father. The king was mad with rage, heaped vile insults on the helpless youth, then rushed fiercely at him, beating him almost to death be fore bystanders could drag him away. But this did not check Frederick Wil liam's wrath. He declared that his son, as a colonel In the Prussian army, had been guilty of attempted desertion in trying to escape to Eng land. He had him placed In solitary confinement In the fortress of Custrin and ordered him beheaded. Only the stern protests of other Eu ropean sovereigns prevented the king from carrying out this unnatural threat. But he chose another punish ment almost as cruel. Condemning Lieut von Katte to death, he had a scaffold erected just outside Freder ick's prison window and forced the wretched prince to witness his friend's execution. As the lieutenant mounted the scaffold Frederick called out to him, sobbing: "Oh, forgive me, dear Katte!" The lieutenant answered bravely: "It is a pleasure to die for so gal lant a prince." The king next tried in vain to force Frederick to give up his claims as heir to the throne. Failing in this, he kept him long in semi-imprisonment and forced him to marry a princess he greatly disliked. Yet at the time of Pedro the Cruel, the King Too Brutal for a Brutal Age hiB own death, In 1740, the old king's last words were: "I die content, having a noble son to succeed me!" signal from Pedro, Fadrlque was stabbed to death by an assassin. A second half-brother was disposed of by Pedro in like manner. So were many noblemen. At last under a third half-brother, Henry of Trasta mara, the nobles rebelled against Pe dro. The pope excommunicated him for his series of black crimes. He was driven out of Spain by Henry and by the tatter's allies, the "White Com panies" (soldiers of fortune). Taking refuge in France, Pedro fell In with the "Black Prince," heir apparent of England, who was ravaging the French lands. By making certain glittering promises of reward Pedro induced the Black Prince to help him regain his throne. At the head of an English army they marched into Spain. There, In the fierce battle (Navarete, 1367), they beat Henry. Pedro was once more king. He failed to keep any of the prom ises he had made, and the Black Prince left Spain In disgust As soon as the dreaded English troops were gone the war broke out anew. Henry gained many victories. He could not wholly conquer the king. At last in 1369, he induced Pedro to come to his tent for a peace conference. Scarcely had the two half-brothers met In the tent than they flew at each other's throats like angry dogs. Henry stabbed Pedro with a dagger. But the blade broke off against the coat of mail the king wore under his cloak. Pedro then, by main force, caught Henry in his arms and hurled him to the ground. But one of Henry's followers tripped Pedro and sent him sprawling. Before the fallen Mng could scramble to his feet Henry drove a sword through his throat Thus perished Pedro the Cruel in his thirty-sixth year. Henry seised the throne, put the slain monarch's two sons in a cage and starved to death. Scoundrel though Pedro was, he had been loved by the common peo ple. Many of them prospered under his reign, and a whimsical sense of fairness on his part had MB them to nickname him "Pedro the JustV4, •SI *r^k,B9" °*nt,y-" Oswald—Myrtle, I have an impor tant question to ask you. Myrtle—Oh, Oswald, this Is so sodh den! Oswald—What I want to know la this: What date haVe you and your mother decided upon for our wedding. —Pack. "*w*T1«rohe Ntafr-4io yon-ve had a falting ovt Pith Jack. I thooght he lffTrt wt »u Itfsfcard __ tn pMtacthealSr^^ww^J^ Is weak, tired and surorihg all the time with an acfclng lMCK has a heavy harden to carry. Any woman in this condition has good oaase to snspect kidney trouble, espedaliy if the kidney aetlon seems disordered at alL Doan's Kidney PIUs have cared thousands of women saOansg in this way. It Is the bestrsooi mended special kidney remedy. AMerthOafeotaCue ••mssrm How He Left The servants were discussing the matter below stairs. "Master and mistress 'ad something of a row last night I 'ear," said the butler ponderously. "You should have heard 'em," an swered the parlor maid in a shocked tone. "Scandalous Is what I calls it!" "They tell me 'e ran out, cranked 'is motor car and left in it" "No," said the maid, positively, "he didn't leave In his machine I dis tinctly beard the mistress say he left In a huff."—London Answers. INTERESTED IN HIM. Natica—You aren't thinking of mar rylng Reggy, are you? Evelyn—Of course I am. Hasn't he a future? Natica—Yes, to be sure. But why Jeopardize it? Is often said of when eaten with 1P fs" sarsn 0^ eMiaaeisMt oaaeeraafter the-itUaoy •m K2 «M t»W ON Get Doaa'a at soy Dng Store, Me. a Box Doan's r,^rnji. raa,«llM*Mt«. SraallM*, AA.SU MINM. Job Not Satisfactory, a self-made man," said "I'm '-.S the proud individual. "Well, you are all right except as to your head," commented the listener. "How's that?" "The part you talk with is too big for the part you think with." Births In the Air. The International Congress on Ae rial Legislation, sitting at Geneva, Switzerland, is evoking a very de tailed code of laws. One of its sug gested paragraphs reads: "In the event of a birth occurring in an air craft the pilot is to enter the event in his log book and must notify the v-* fact to the authorities at the first 'v\ place at which he descends." cream or rich milk and a aprinUe af sugar if denied. That's the" cue for house keepers who want to please die whole fsmiljr. 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