Herman Asendorf, 5 Dec 1901
ALLEGED MNTERFEIT LIQUORS SEIZED HEBE. Shipment of Goods From Chicago House Claimed to Be of Spurious Character. 918 BOTTLES OUT OF MARKET. Wine Dealers' Association Uses Herman C. Asendorf 's Name to Buy for Alleged Counterfeiters. As the result of a clever scheme on the part of the Wine and Spirits Dealers' Association of this city, it is claimed, one of the largest counterfeit brewing establishments ot the country has been located at Chicago. The concern. It is alleged, has been operating for several years and has been sending counterfeit goods in various quantities, not only to the metropolis, but also to other parts ot the country. Hermen C. Asendorf, a liquor dealer, at 983 Manhattan avenue, a member of the Wine Dealers' Association, recently ordered a large assignment of goods from the Chicago brewing firm, which does business under the name of O. Sinnensheln. Mr. Asendorf had no direct connection with the purchase of the goods from Chicago, other than that he allowed his name to be used and the bill to be made out to him and the goods shipped to him. The association of this city had previously endeavored, at numerous times, to purchase goods from the Chicago firm, suspecting that they w;ere counterfeiters, but in every instance were unable to do so. On Wednesday afternoon, Revenue Agent F. O. Thompson of Manhattan directed Special Gauger Fellows to visit the rectifying house of Mr. Asendorf, in Manhattan avenue, and to take possession of the goods. The agent found stored in the stable occupied by Mr. Asendorf in his business 588 bottles of Vermouth, 56 bottles Angostura Bitters and 174 bottles of Jamison's Scotch whisky. At least, that was what the labels and caps on the bottles purported the contents to be. The investigation, however, easily established the fact, it Is alleged, that the goods were all counterfeit. The counterfeit was, however, a clever piece of work and the only way in which the fraud could be detected was by testing the contents. The bottles and the labels were facsimiles and only one competent to judge on the relative merits of such goods could detect any fraud. The liquors were of a very Inferior quality, it is claimed, and the intrinsic value, it is thought, is not much over half that of the real articles. The profits in the goods are, therefore, big. It Is thought that these goods have been on sale at numerous places in the city for a considerable time. The goods were shipped to Mr. Asendorf from the rectifying house of O. Sinnensheln, 157 West Washington street, Chicago, by a man who gave his name In the shipping bill as Joseph, but, in all probability, it is said, he is only an agent of the firm. The entire assignment of goods, amounting to 918 bottles, was seized by the internal revenue ofllcials. The sale of the goods is in violation of section 449 of the Revenue Code, which specifies that the shipment of any liquors under any other than the proper name is unlawful and punishable by ?500 fine and the forfeiture of the goods. This is the first large seizure of alleged counterfeit goods of this class in Brooklyn since January 19, 1897, when Revenue Agent Brooks seized from W. M. Mahland, 7 Fulton street, a largo quantity of whisky and brandy. The seizure was one ot the first In the administration of Colonel Frank R. Moore as Internal revenue collector.