August Geck Ft Sisseton Bone collector

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Tho storv of the life of August Geeks, who killed himself in the' National' Hotel,. Washington, a short time since,, would spem more' like fiction than truth o jtcoum now. oe discovered and made pcblic. -Enough of it is already known, sflivs-a Washington snociftl. to .excite u- t-in.iitv a.s to tho remainder, nnri t.bn-fanti disclosed after the man'3 dead body was fnr' a rrimiinfie. Tt Jinnnars from Rtnt- ! inents made- by those who knew Geeks I thnthe. came to this country in 1867 from Germany.- He -was- then about twenty, vears old. of pood -address 'and tb'orour'ri eaucation- r-f was-aiterwara Qi3coverea that he had been educated in Paris and Keidelberg, For. some reason which is unknown, lie enlisted 03 it -private in the 17th infantry, and served' as a -private until 1871, when -it- was' discovered that he had a' good medical education, and he was lifted from the ranks and madeTios-pital' Steward . No one was 'able, it 13 said, to get any information from him about his early-life or his family. . He-had liior.ey; and he used it in' various wnys. Ha accumulated a library. He became deeply interested, .'in several branchesof science,especially in American uretiffdOt-y. Tie nnnd iti'iuive Cica- vutiOns in the Ohio and Mississippi valleys in-the pursuit of his 'study in relation to the mound-builders. In this way he became known to several "prominent scientific, men, and relics collected by him can be found in several museums. He invested his money Carefully, for the most part in land. A terrible accident almost destroyed him eight months ago. While stationed at Sort Sisseton. Dakota, in March last, lie started on a journey to tt neigiiDonng post, accompattieu uy- a-driver. The two men and their mulos were struck by a severe snow-storm. Trie mules becamo exhausted, the' men lost sight of each other, and Geeks at lust began to tramp in a circle, around a telegraph polo to save his liTe.' He soon became- unconscious, and when, rescued was so badly frozen that tho surgeons were forced to cut off both legs below the knee, Lis left arm, and part of his right' This horribly maimed man came to Washington last fall with an attendant, ami went to the Soldiers' Home. He was discharged from the army, and several prominent officers endeavored to get him a pension. He seemed to havo money in abundance. On Thanksgiving Day he went to the hotel with tho intention of going to New York. ' There he remained unulhis death, which was caused by the use of cyanide of potassium. He left no scrap of paper which could furnish a clew to the location or names of his relatives. Everything had been carefully destroyed, except an account-book, containing entries of the receipts of considerable sums of,' money. No names appeared in these entries except those ' "of ''Smith" and "Edith." In other cases-initials were used.. He seemed to have received money from Edith, and Smith ' was the name of an. apparently mythical person, whom he described to his attend-dants as his man of business. Soinetimes-he sent his attendant away, saying that Smith was coming to talk with him, and after his attendant's return he would say-that Smith had been there; but the hotel clerks sav that no one ever called to . see Geeks, and no one, so far as is known, has ever seen Smith. The account-book indicates that Geeks had at least-820,000 invested, but there ib nothing . snow o.-hr.' t.hf InYcsMnwi'n are. exceut ah entry about the recent payment of 3600 in interest upon coupon bonds. No one icnows now tins payment was matie or where the bonds .ire or where Geeks' land lies. No one has been able to find tho mythical Smith. Thn Hhv licfnrfl thf. suicide Gcck.l Oaid his atteu'dant and I113 landlord. That night an intimate friend culled upon him. Geeks said he was going to hew' York tho next day, and hoped to get .artificial legs with which he could; walk. Ho was soon going to Ohio to superintend lurtner excavations oi uie pru-mutum; mounds, and he spoke enthusiastically cf. the probable results of the new researches he would make. He had friends in New York whom he had not seen sirice'.the' ac cident on tho plains. He shrank from meeting them, and especially from some children whose pity and caresses ho feared. Attempts have been made to find out who these friends are. A tele- Citn has been.se'ut to an. address in St. uis to which Geeks had telegraphed a message about Smith. No answer has oeen received, usckssuiu mv lived near Cologne, aud that ho had relatives in the. South' of Franco. . He had had no communication with liis father since 1807; . 'This i: about all that his' friends were ever able to get from him in relation to his family.- At the1 time of tys suffering in Dakota he was engaged to bo married. The account-book purports ' to contain entries for the period :sinco 1B08, but it is said that all of the-nnt.rinq gram to havebeon made on one day with one pen and the same ink. There is an nbundance-of mystery about tho case, and some things indicate that Geck.g was not content with concealment during his life, but toot pains to ueuune the world after hi3 death. The usual vm-rlict was found -to-day bv a coroner's -jury, WanhingtonPvst. Willful Way and Wondrous Kiiiieuy. 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  1. Janesville Daily Gazette,
  2. 15 Jan 1883, Mon,
  3. Page 4

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