Lincoln article 17 Dec 1873
DECEBEK 17. ?1873.' ( sup-pose 'health- to to abili-ty a of of -t;-t- -t;-t- -t;-t- -t;-t- -t;-t- TRAFFICKING IN CORPSES. Washington Cemeteries Bobbed of Their Dead The Bodies Sold at Forty Dollars Each. Washington Correspondence New York 'Sun.) A gang of body-snatoners. body-snatoners. body-snatoners. .who nave been doing an extensive business in this neighborhood, were captured by the police last night. The party consisted of two men, one colored and one white, and a white woman. They were caught driving away In a covered carriage from one of the oemeterlos. Tbe white man gave his name' Dr. George C. Archer. He was searched,' and a loaded six-barrel six-barrel six-barrel revolver revolver was found in bit pocket, with papers . and memorandum book, from which it was ascertained that his Tight name t George A. Christian, formerly a clerk In tbe Burgeon-General's Burgeon-General's Burgeon-General's office, but now residing on Capitol Hill, and that he has been carrying on an extensive busi ness as body-snatcher body-snatcher body-snatcher for some time. The dates show his transaotiona with several medical institutions in Cleveland, Ohio, Virginia, and tbe District, to which be has sent bodies for about six months. During tbat time he must have sent away several hundred. A recent order from an Institution Institution In Virginia directs him to pack two bodies In whisky barrels, and use sawdnst lor packing. One from Cleveland tells him to use strong boxee instead of barrels, as the barrel beads get loose and might po- po- oasion suspicion. Ono memorandum shows that he went to Potters' field for the body of Henry Young, woo was reoentiy Banged, and was disappointed disappointed by digging np the body of a woman. The book shows that be baa taken bodies from the graves In almost every cemetery in the District Ilolman's Monnt Zlon, Potters' Hold, and the Young Men's Catholic Catholic Burial Grounds being frequently noted and that the Virginia University and tbe medical aepartments of other colleges ave been customers of his. Christian's diary contains notes for every day in this year, from January to December 8, from which it seems tbat ne bas been attending medical lectures, but no referenoe Is made a subject until August last, and then there Is a referenoe to the body of Beau Hickman. Under the date of Monday, Monday, December 1. it is stated that he visited visited Potter's Field and shinned two sub jects in whisky to Virginia. December 4 ne visited me i oung jien's catboiio Burial Burial Grounds and failed. December 0 he visited Ubenezer Cote and got a subjoct. Tbe entries of this sort are numerous. Under date of Tuesday, September 9, Is written: "Dr. and I went out this evening and succeeded In getting Beau. It was a lovely moonlight night, and every thing went off lovely." Under date of SeDtem- SeDtem- ber 10 tbe excitement caused by the discovery discovery of Beau's body having been tarn- tarn- pereu witu is reterrca to, ana ne states: "I have found no one who Is suspicious who did it." A correspondence shows that the prloe demanded by him of 140 per corpse was considered too much by some of his customers, customers, who thought $30 "should be enough to satisfy him. In his pocket was also found a card of membership In the Young Men's Christian Association. Tbe woman who waa with him Ls young and keen-look- keen-look- keen-look- keen-look- ng. She gave aer name as Margaret liar. rison. The oolored man, who is doubtless hired by Christian, ls slender built with dark hair and complexion, and. it is said, naa a wiie ana cnuaren living in mis city. tie gives bis name as Chas. Green. Tbey are all in custody at police bead-quarters. bead-quarters. bead-quarters. inis morning early me station was besieged besieged with many persons who were much excited, and later this morning some four or five hundred colored and wblte people were In front of the doors, and had to be driven away by me police, it is under stood that, as there Is no local law cover log tbe caso, the old Maryland law will be oiougat into requisition. ; ABRAHAM LINCOLN.' Wm lie an VafeoUover, aad Waa He Born Out of Wedlock? Sprlngflold (I1L) CorretpoiulenGe ol' New York ueiaio, un. Colonel W. n. Herndon, late a law part ner of the late President Lincoln, this evening delivered a most remarkable lecture lecture in this city, in answer to a lecture de livered here In July last by lie v. James A lieed, wbo claimed 1 that there is well authenticated evidence of Lincoln having mo en corn in weaiocx ana being a he 'never in Christianity, and published in sorioncr s .uoiuniy ior juiy. me follow- follow- Ing passages contain the gist of the lec ture: i I have never aald that Mr. Linooln bad no religions sentiments no Christian sen timents. Un tbe contrary, i admitted then, opinions, ideas and sentiments. But the Ueciaration mat sir. uneoin naa religious sentiments does not meet tbe proposition proposition that Mr. Lincoln died a theist an Infidel especially in tbo orthodox sense of tbe term. Much "believing," "much hearsay," "many convictions," "many changoa of heart," much twaddle is auancea to snow mat air. L.inooin was a Christian. Proclamations of Mr. Lincoln, while President of tho United States, are quoted to show that be was a Chris tian. Mr, Lincoln was the President ef a Christian oeoplo, and he but used their ideas, language, speech and forms. So would Tom Paine have done bad bo been President of this free people. 1 am met with tbo assertion that if Mr. Lincoln had lived be would - have become an evangelical Christian. No one knows this; It is mere speculation, mere guessing. Again, I am met with the assertion mat Air. Lincoln's addresses at Bible and Sunday-school Sunday-school Sunday-school Societies were emiuently Christian. When a man Is invited invited to address such societies it it implied, unless tbe man reserves the right to any what he pleases, tbat ho confine himself to their Ideas, notions, feelings and philosophy. philosophy. To do otherwise would be an insult and an ohtrago on the society. society. No doubt that Mr. Lincoln used polite, courteous and general language on such occasions, from which Christian Inferences might be drawn. Mr. Lincoln was very politic, and a very shrewd man in tome particulars. When be was talk Ing to a Christian bo adapted himself to tho Christian. When he spoke to or Joked with one of his own kind he was Indecently vulgar. Hence the different opinions about .Mr. uucoin a Christianity aud vulgarity. Mr. Lincoln was chaste In his Ideas and language when It was nocessary, and when not so he was vulgar in his Jokes and stories. He was at moments, aa it were, a great Christian through politeness, courtesy or good breeding to ward the delicate, tender-nerved tender-nerved tender-nerved man, the Christian, and In two minutes after, in the aosenceoi sucn men ana among bis own kind, the same old unbeliever. 1 have wit nessed this, It may be, a thousand times This conduct of Mr. Lincoln was not hypo critical, but sprung from a high and tender regard for the feelings of man. When men speak of Mr. Lincoln's religious sent! ments tbey call them his Christian senti ments and combine One with tbe other. I have often and often said that Mr. Lincoln was by nature a deepl religious num. and 1 now repeat it. have often said he was not a Christian. and 1 now repeat it. He was not an unbe liever in religion, but was as to Christian ity. Mr. Lincoln was a thclst, as I said lh my Abbott letter. 1 have never discussed the nuestion of Mr. Lincoln's leiritliaaov in writing, publio or otherwise, and it la probable probable 1 never shall. I do not think It be comes me to do so, whatever may be my opinion. 1 feel this, and I shall obey my feeling, I should not even have said what I intend to say, but tor Mr. Heed's lecture. 1 can disouss one thing, however. and it la this: The Reverend defender boldly and positively asserts there Is "well authenticates evidence' of tne marriage oi i nomas Lincoln ana Annoy uancs. anu that It ls now to be found in the bands of Hubert Lincoln; that tbe said reoord evU aences, Historically marked thus: rirst, Dennis Hanks had ft: second. Hanks cava it to J. C. Black; third, it was sent by J. f Mln.k -f -f f 'l,.mnlri tn Wn f Dl.nl. I attorney at law, Ao. ijl Lasa'lJe street Chicago, and duly delivered by him t iv. Historical Association of Chicago 2 tbat 'it thence naaanrl tntn th. 0l1 banas of I state on m heat, hollnf th.t .k . 01n. Lincoln. arm i such well-authenticated well-authenticated well-authenticated rgoordj showirT . ' . . - Mia la n,. the marriage of Thomas Lincoln ani Nancy Hanks, now, or ever was. in th hands of any ol those gentlemen. I saw leaf of tbe Thomas Lincoln Bible whiiK Dennis Hanks tote cut. The writing of tha marriages, births and deaths was liwh handwriting ot Abraham Lincoln, or niostir so, as I now remember. . The record w. badly worn, broken np into sqnares of about two inches, having been donhu .. 1 and worn out thus in the pockets of som one. I bad great trouble in taking zo copy. oorrowea tne recora of Denni Hanks, or Mr. Chapman, his son-in-law son-in-law son-in-law son-in-law son-in-law and while In my possession I took a con' aniral verily believe, a corroct one. That record wholly falls to state or to roenrrt . marriage of Thomas Linooln and XnPZ Hanks. While looking over it ad oopjiua: ii, a yvus sirucx wiiv, astonishment at the omission . I tbe marriage of Thomaa .. N ancy, whon I saw that most of the record if not I toe wnoie oi it, was in tbe handwrit Ing of Abraham Lincoln, wbo would have recorded the marriage if true, r then thought that this omission link in tbe chain of evidence in favor of those who thought and argued that Mr Lincoln waa illegitimate the child of Abra bam uloe. Can the Reverend gentleman and myself be talking about two records-different records-different records-different and distinct ones F There is a w ar of finding out the truth, thus: First, the record was torn from a Bible. Second the record is in the handwriting of Mr. Lin coin, or mostly so. Third, it commences" or opens as louowsr '"a ancy Lincoln was born February 12, 180T," and concludes thus: "Nancy, or Sarah Linooln, daugh ter of Thomas Linooln, was married to Aaron Grigsby August, 1830." I took a copy of this Bible shoe t, this "well authen. ticatea recora," September 9, and now have it In my hands. I suppose these records records are one and the same identical - and if so, I aver that tbe Reverend gentle! man misrepresents the record, falsified it, for It wholly, I believe, fulls to state that Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks were eer uiurrieu. ioi but one Compare the opening and conclusion, as afmva given, and lie will find tbe record ana n.i the same. What is more astonishing u that the eald "well, authenticated record" doea not fail to state the marriage ot Thomas Lincoln and Sarah Bush, Thomas Lincoln's second wife. Why not record tbe first marriage? Mr. Lincoln in that record says: "Abraham Lincoln. son of Thomas Lincoln and Nancv Lin. ooln, was born February 12, 18u.' Again he aaye: "Nancy Lincoln, wife of Thomas Lincoln." How a wlfef But the record wholly fails to reoord or to state tbe marriage marriage of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks by whom, bow. when or whereif it ever took place, was it by "Jumping the broomstick t Was It by mutual content content and agreement between the two, somewhat after tbe fashion oi tbe free-lovers, free-lovers, free-lovers, without form or ceremony f Tbe gentleman boldly asserted that there was well authenticated evidence of the marriage marriage Of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks. i aver tnat mere is no such record. 1 aver. oil my belief, that the gentleman misstates tne recora. FRANKLIN'S WATCH. A Curious Belle of Revolutionary Times. . . I From the Sow York Times. 1 L6vl W. Groff, one of the stanch old Pennsylvania farmers and stock-growen stock-growen stock-growen in Lancaster County, hae In his possession possession tbe memorable "Benjamin Franklin watch." which he politely exhibited to some friends in this city recently. The time-piece time-piece time-piece ls a curiosity in Itself, it It manufactured of silver, in the old bull', eye pattern, with open face, and on lit back bears the following Inscription, in lettering still well defined, notwithstanding notwithstanding iu extreme age and, no doubt, extensive, extensive, handling: "Bon Franklin,. 1176." An old paper on the Inside Indicates tbat it was "repaired by Thomas Parker, of Philadelphia, on the 24th of January, 1317." The watch, it ap- ap- Eears from another paper, was made in ondon, by W.Tomllnson, and ls numbered oil. it would be a matter of ouriosity for antiquarians interested in such matters to learn the history of its sale and purchase by the great American philosopher. It was probably bought by tranklin when he represented tbo independent colonic at the British Court in London. There ap pears to be no doubt about tbe authenticity of this interesting relic of the past. Mr. Goff bas a letter from tbe late William Du-auo, Du-auo, Du-auo, of Philadelphia, dated Augut IT, im, which states that Dr. Franklin's watch was worn after hU de cease by his son-lii-law, son-lii-law, son-lii-law, son-lii-law, son-lii-law, Richard Bacho, the grandfather of Mr. Duano, who resided during the latter years of bis life in Bensalem Township, Bucks County, Penusylvania, who mislaid It while on a visit to Philadelphia, and ail traces of It were supposed to have betn lost until Mr. Groff became its fortunata possessor. The watch will 'probably bu one of the moat curious relics on exhibi tion at tbe coming Centennial in Philadel phia. That Mr. Groff is one of tbo sturdy old "Dutch" farmers oi Pennsylvania may be realized from tbe fuel tbat prom inent among nis vaiuabio historical collec tions Is the original grant deed conveying tbe land he now lives upon from the son of William Penn to bis great-grandfather. great-grandfather. great-grandfather. Senator Mitchell's Name. Senator Mitchell's change of name H making more trouble for blm in Orogon, as appears from tbe following paragraph in the l'ortiaud aews or Novembers: "i" Hippie-Mitchell Hippie-Mitchell Hippie-Mitchell medley has finally got Into Court, to tho annoyance and perplex ity of lawyers and Judges. In the Circuit Court of the State for the County of rolls, now in session, there is a suit of foreclosure foreclosure nendlnr mhereln J. If. Mitchell and '. N. Dolnh are nlulnt fla. ami Kira bcovim, Harlow Barry et al. are defendant. And now como tho dofondants and Uio their plea in abatement, on the ground tbj: there hna been a mlsiolndcr of partiei plaintiff. They make the roint, in sbori, that thore is not any such a man aa J. ' Mitchell, and they therefore decline to defend defend lu a suit brought by this my tbiccl personage. personage. Tbe argument of tbe matter will couio up before Judgo Bonhuui, at Dall-next Dall-next Dall-next Monday: and, in the monntimo,U attorney for the defendants is in this cut procuring transcripts of the unheard-oi, unheard-oi, unheard-oi, unauthorized and farcical proooedlngs,bAa last summer In the Multunmah Coumj Court, for tbe purpose of adjudging tw the man's name was wnat oe saiu it The features in this suit are rare." Tin art, musical and dramatic critic the New York World ( Mr. Wbecler) Is said to be tho authority on those subjects in that city. He has the best selected library In those departments in the country, an besides that has a scrap-book scrap-book scrap-book which retains retains all the criticisms aud notices wortn) of attention that have appeared in w most prominent reviews, magazines s newspapers for fifty years past, oollecw' bv successive persons, Mr. Wheeler diw-solf diw-solf diw-solf having carefully edited this srrr book for many years past. It Is said by reference to It he can tell the date nn.t tit eanh now drama or mmra SS It appeared in Europe or New York. U .ill, kl. m.lUI tnn. clVlns 1 ail luu Bri anu urainuiiu n i ivu. - - . York mil liberty to consult his invalo"1 treasure at their will, helping them on( where newspaper rivalry would ehi, suggest to blm the exclusive use ' own property. But think of a WW old scrao-book scrao-book scrao-book of that kind, carefully " lated and indexed! Tne steamer Ohio, from Philadelphia' Liverpool, on her last trip, took out i. car-wheels. car-wheels. car-wheels. American oar-wheels oar-wheels oar-wheels are knowledgcd by English makers to be oi-perlor oi-perlor oi-perlor charaoter, their excellence. attributed to tbe poculiar method oi w . ufaoture, n,:vlug the ute ,of c""" 11 vu.