PRESIDENTIAL EPISTLES Andrew Johnson's Letters Are the Rarest of All. One of Johnson's Tailor Account* JIow Collectors Are Strivini; for Full Sots of I-rcslilentUULcttcrs-Thcrrlccs Which Tin-so Treasures Command. Many persons in this country are just now vicing with each other in the collection of the letters of historical Americans. Some have- a fad for those of artists: others for authors; some for millionaires, and still others for statesmen or politicians and generals of the revolution or rebellion. Expense on a somewhat extensive scale attends the satisfying of an ardent desire for a full list of any of those. For instance, sample letters of all the presidents, from Washington to BcTVJamin Harrison would be worth upward of $400, and there arc very few persons who possess such a treasure. The information on this subject contained in this article was given me by Walter E. Benjamin of Twenty-third street, Jfew York, who is a professional denier in autograph letters, and has a stock embracing a very wide range of notable persons, and valued at over S50,000. Mr. Benjamin possesses some remarkable treasures in his line of business, including letters of some of the most noted people of history, such as Henry VIII., Marie and Catherine de Medici, 'jlazarin, Bonaparte, Napoleon III., Luther, Wesley, and others _ of equal fame. His American collections are even more noteworthy and interesting-: since they include those-of nearly all the famous characters of early ATJTOGBAI'HS OF PRESIDENTS. American history, the heroes of colonial days, the founders of the republic, statesmen and generals and famous men in every walk of life. Since the great Washington centennial celebration was held in Kew York there has arisen a voracious demand for Washingtoniana of every kind, and above all for Washington letters. A collection once begun the possessor is hard to satisfy until he renders it complete. The craving for old, faded, worm-eaten letters grows on one just like that for old china or bric-a-brac, manuscripts or pictures. Many persons, after having acquired one or two Washington letters, find it impossible to advance any further on that line and set about acquiring a presidential collection. Hundreds are now setting their hearts on this task, and it is likely to cost them many a dollar and many a heartache before they accomplish it, as the following facts will show. It is thought that there are about 9,000 Washington letters in' existence. He always wrote with care and on good paper, and as he ivas prominently before the people even in his twentieth year, great numbers of his letters were preserved by the friends to whom he sent them. His handwriting changed greatly, but his signature was virtually the same at all periods of his life, and in spite of their number his letters range in price from S35 to S250. Some of them referring to striking historical matters have brought even more than the lost sum under the hammer. Jefferson is also costly, but much cheaper than Washington. His letters are more readily obtained. A very characteristic one of the "Philosopher of Monticello" is the following to General Benjamin Lincoln of revolutionary fame on the latter's retirement from the coUeotorship of the*port of Boston. It is dated November 27, 180G: -DEAB SIR: I Save received your tavor ot •tte ]2th inst. proposing to resign your office o! collector at the end of ttie present year, and I receive It -n-ith real concern. No one respecta you more than myself, none Is more deeply Impressed -with the value of your revolutionary services, nor does anyone more earnestly wish your personal happiness. You aro one of those who deserved well of your country, and I have seen with pleasure you convenience allied to Us sen-ices. How far it may now be more desirable for you to separata yourself from the office depends on circumstances into which I have no right to enquire, and of which yourself alone can judge. It Is. on my own account therefore that I ask some respite ot your detcr- • initiation so as to give me a more enlarged scope of time to fix on a successor, and that I . -oarticularly request that your resignation may relate, not to a fixed day, but to the actual appointment-ot a successor, on my assuring TOU It shall not detain you beyond another Quarter, sa7 beyond tho last day o! March next. Accept my friendly salutations, and assurances of creat esteem and respect. . Ta: JEFFERSOK," • • Taken at random, these are some of • the current prices for the letters of other presidents: Pierce is fairly rare and brings from 55 up to S20; Tyler is common and ranges from S3 to S3; Taylor is very rare. He did not shine as a penman and wrote few letters, and very few of his missiv.es have fallen into the lands of collectors. His letters, there- lore, arc worth from 625 to §100;. Van Buren is not rare, and fetches only $2.50 to S5; Arthur is scarce and dear. Friends who have, his letters hold on to them, and Mr. Benjamin says they will te more common in twenty years, as they will then be brought out from their niding-places. They are now \vorth about S10 each; Monroe letters arc qv.it? ceinrjcn. Jitnl :iro readily boii'rht rt. tVisin ,-' fi 8">. Here is an on- publisbtvl o-.U' ^ '•'.'.!••> Mr !V x -iv]'nin' v collection, written while secretary, oi war to Gov. Snyder, of Pennsylvania, dated September 10, 1814. It is of interest in view of current war scares: "SIR: The enemy having left Baltimore and passed down the bay. I have deemed It advisable to alter the destination of .the Pennsylvania rniliita assembled, at Yorl;. General Watson has been ordered to march thosa troops to the neighborhood of Philadelphia and dispose of them agreeably to such arrangements as may have been mivde (i-r tao defense of that city, should It be aitaclted by the enemy. It is hoped, however, that our late brilliant success 01, Lake Cuamplaln, and pressure en tto enemy on that frontier generally, may contribute to relieve our eastern frontier." Garficld letters arc scarce and hard to obtain, as arc those of Gen. Grant. Hayes letters are worth from S3 to S3, and ai-e not very plentiful. Letters of the elder Harrison arc very scarce, and are worth from 812 to 320. The following unpublished letter of this president was found in Mr. Benjamin's presidential collection, and is given here as showing something of the character of the hereof Tippecanoe, the grandfather of the present president of the United States. Under date of Franklinton, O., March 12, 1813, Gen. Barrisan wrote to Isaac Shelby, governor of Kentucky, as follows: "DEAR Sin: Having secured the posts at the rapids of the Miami in a manner to bid defiance to the efforts of any force that the enemy can bring against it, I left the command with Brie. Gen. Leftwitch and came on hero for the purpose of superintending the arrangements for the organization of the force which is to compose the army that is Intended to operate ia this quarter the ensuing season. I found the roads in such a situation as to render it in my opinion altogether impracticable for the troo'ps which are to relieve thoso now at the rapids to talte the route heretofore pointed out for those which are to come from Kentucky. I must therefore request your excellency to give such directions to the detachments you may be now sending off as will bring them with the greatest facility to Piqua and St. Mary's, in this state, at which latter place they win be embarked la boats and pro. ceed to the rapids by water. I will send an officer of the quartermaster's department, to Limestone to procure boats for such as may have progressed thus far to proceed to Cincin- I left the Miami rapids on Friday last 1 had some days before organized » detachment for the purpose of crossing Lake Erie from the Sandusky bay to Maiden for the purpose of destroying the enemy's vessels at that place. I have the most flattering prospects of the success of the enterprise, as it wns conducted byacofflcerrCapt. Langham. of distinguished valor, at the head of about 250 men that were selected from the whole army. Their route across the lake was in the direction of somt islands which in common years afford a safe passase to the opposite shore. Unfortunately, however, the detachment found the lake beyond Bass island entirely open for a very considerable distance and was obliged to return to the Miami bay, where I met them on the 6th inst with 130 volunteers with which I had marched from Camp Mcigs to cover their retreat should they be pursued. Finiing that tho original design was rendered- abortive I had determined to proceed to the river Raisin for the purpose of burying the remains of our •unfortunate countrymen who fell in the action of the 23d January. This design became also impracticable fiom the weakness of the ice, which continual;y gave way under our horses. Almost all the gentlemen who wore with me broke In, and my own horse was saved with much difficulty. To have attempted the expedition by land to the river Raisin would have subjected the detachment to certain defeat. 1 have the honor to be with great respect and regard, dear sir, your humble servant." Of the later presidents, the letters of Abraham Lincoln are by far the most sought after, and the most expensive. Enthusiastic collectors -will p*y almost as much for a Lincoln as for a Washington, and here is a reproduction of one which brought S50 at a recent sale: ig-ht'SSO at a sale in Boston recently, and every scrap of his writing- is worth money. In this collection are several curious extracts from one of his account boo 1 .;;-, when he worked at his trade us \i tailor Those show that he t.tT-v': -^ ' ' " ' ' a "pair of pants, "he put it down "pare," and he spelled thread "thredd." The following Jac-simile is taken from a page of this account book: old Doy, h6w did the little shindy come off to-night?' Then he'll think he knows you und will tell you the whole story." "He sure you crack him on the back," was repeated. "Oh, trust me," said the young 1 reporter, with a confident smile. Down the aisle he jyvent and reaching the "president" he gave him a terrific thump on the back. For one second- there was an awful calm. Then "Jenkins, old buy," raised his umbrella and started fi.r the offender. It was a chase for the door, the young man yelling out his apologies, the old man frantically brandishing- his uf-nbrella, and making violent whacks at the head of his assailant. The younger man reached the door in advance, however, and darting- through it slammed it in the old man's face. As 1 the wrathful old gentleman was returning to his seat, red and panting, three young- men without consciences were letting out howls of laughter.—N. Y. Tribunf. * Among- the early presidents the letters of none are more rare than those of John Adams. The following is a reproduction of a scrap of writing in hia hand bearing his autograph, which sold readily for $25: Brought lack to health—sufferers from the worst forms of Skin and Scalp Diseases, Scrofulous Sores and Swellings, and all manner of blood-taints. It's done by Dr. Pierce's Golden Medical Discovery, which purifies and enriches the blood, and through it cleanses and renews the whole system. Even Lung-scrofula (known as Pulmonary Consumption) yields to it, if taken in time and given a fair trial. It's guaranteed, to benefit or cure, in every case; or money paid for it is refunded. Only a medicine that does what is claimed for it, could be sold on such terms. No other medicine, besides _the "Discovery" has undertaken it. So positively certain is it in its curative effects as to warrant its makers in selling it, as they are doing, through druggists, on trial!_ It's especially potent in curing Tetter, Salt-rheum, Eczema, Erysipelas, Boils, Carbuncles, Sore Eyes, Goitre, or Thick Neck, and Enlarged Glands, Tumors and Swellings. Great Eating Ulcers rapidly heal under its benign influence. One of Andrew Some of Pillmore's Betters are -worth a good deal, letters bearing- his autograph ranging in price from S3 to 540. The following extract is from a letter of his in this collection, dated Buffalo, April 23, 1S4C, and addressed to Horace Greeley: "I think much may and oug-ht to be done for the improvement of society. I am for progress gnided by experience, and regulated by sound discretion, but opposed to all mere theoretical speculations and wild experiment." Probably Mr. Greeley had been talking- Utopia, but Mr. Filknore -was evidently not a believer in the dreams of idealists.' Ex-President Cleveland is not quoted in the market, as he is reputed to be'so obliging that he will send an' autograph letter to anyone who applies. A full set of the signers of the Declaration of Independence fetched S10.K50 in Boston the other day. The late Senator Hearst's son and heir, W. R. Hearst, is an enthusiastic collector and will pay almost any price for a letter he sets his heart on. At the Boston sale above mentioned he paid S450 for a letter of Capt. William Munson, describing the execution of Maj. Andre, and STOO for a letter of Andre's. The fad for autograph letters is one which is extremely attractive and exciting- after a person g-ets fairly started in the race and it is not devoid of instruction. It certainly furnishes a true intellectual delight, and if prudently managed costs much less than many other pursuits to which men of money and leisure devote themselves. SLAPPED THE WRONG MAN. An Interview That Was a Revelation to » Reporter. It was not a kind thing to do, but he was a young- newsapaper reporter and was, whether justly or unjustly, regarded as "fresh." His city editor sent him up to a meeting-, and he started out a little too eagerly, for he got the address wronff. He was not so familiar with New York as reporters generally are, and by the time he got the address straightened out and found the correct one the meeting was over and he looked only upon closed doors. On 'the elevated train he met three other reporters going- down to their offices, and he told them of his d' lemma, "Oh, it's lucky you g-ot on this train," said one brotner newsg-atherer. "The very man you want to see is on this -train. There he sits down there in the cross-seat—the old man" with the umbrella and the gray beard." "And he's a peculiar old chap," said a second man. "You have to know how to treat him. He's the president of the- society, you know." "You want to be diplomatic," put in the third conspirator. "You've g-ot to let him see that you know him. You. want to come up. behind him, clap him on the back—a-.good, rousing-, whack, you know—and sayj 'Hello, Jenkins. \ A funny paper has this neat little story pictured out: "A hunter went out to hunt At the same time a bear went out to eat The hunter saw the bear. Quoth the hunter: 'Ah, there's my fur overcoat.' He fired. The bear jumped behind a tree and was not hurt. Quoth the bear: 'Ah, ther's my square meal.' Whereupon the bear ate the hunter." Ergo (by mutual arrangement), the hunter got his fur overcoat and the bear his square meal.—Evening Wisconsin. —Looking Ahead. —"Young- man," said the stern father, "do you realize that my daughter is in the habit of wearing dresses that cost all the way from fifty to one hundred dollars?" "I do," replied the young- man, firmly, "and, sir," he continued, an exultant ring 1 in his voice, "it was only the other night that we took an account of stock and found that she had enough of them to last three years ahead. "—Cloak Review. —"Chollie is in great glee to-day." "Why?" "He owed his tailor SSOS'for five years, and the tailor got mad and put the account up at public auction." "I should think that would make Choi- lie mad." "Oh no. He went to the sale and boxightit for eighty-five cents." —Harper's Bazar. THE SKIN. Is an important factor in keeping good health; if it does not act In th« way intended by nature, its function* we performed b7 other organs,— the Kidneys and the Lungs; and th« result is a breakdown ol general health. Swift's Specific ; b the remedy of nature to the EMn to proper action. It never fails in this, and alwayi accomplish* the purpose. Send f or our tr»*tUe on the BUxd Mid Skin Disease*. SWETT SPKCTTUJ Co., Atlmnt*. O* PUREST 'AND BEST LESS THAN HALF THLr PRICt OF OTH&R BRANDS -i-POUNDS,20<f 4- HALVES,IQ* QUARTERS^* SOLD IN CANS ONLY HARMLES; HEAPflCHE POWERS. Dr, C. McLane's Celebrated LIVER PILLS WILL A few doses taken at the right time will often save a severe spell of sickness. Price only 25 cents at any druq store. B-3 sure and see that Dr. C. McLANE'S CELEBRATED LIVER PILLS, FLEMING BROS,, Pittsburgh, Pa., is on the box, None other is Genuine. TJsa IVORY POLISH for the Teeth, Tint BREA.TH." UDIES \ P EERLESS; i DYES »o Your Own Dyeing, nt Home. • Th-y "ill dye «verythins. They are sold everywhere. Price iOc. ft package. Tlieyhuvenoequil for Strength, Brightness. A.mount in Package* or for F .Ktn>-»« of Color, of no- fn-liDK Qualities. ThejdOT.'f •' - *"- •-' Torsalotr B«n Wsher. 311 Fonrffi street. till Best CURE ALL HEADACHES. rheyarenotaCtthartic For Sale by Bed Fisher. Q^rm.co-nES'xSUSHED 186H 186 So. Suieuiresij chicag o, in 8 . 1 cmrkst. T&e Regular Old-Estaillsliea (PHYSICIAN AND SUHCEON la still Treating with tho Greatest •Wood's THE GREAT_ENGLI8iL!lBMEDT forms of Nerroufl Weakness, Emls- tlons, Spermator- rhe». Irnpotency: Addro*. The.wioit Ch«mlo» kve.. Detroit, Mich. Sold by Ben Fisher. Ccrtrfccm. COMPOUND d of Cottar Root. Tsnir and yal—» reowt discovery by »n 1 ( W .vurT T i<., sealed. ladles, ask y« Cotton Boot Compsjma and UOIEOEI AUVi. vjuuiyv«"« —- T _i4_^|-«. as i s^ it a& < «sKg« Block, 131 Woodward are., Berrott, JHoi. SoldbyBeornher. - 'or DrU SCOTT'S beautttni ElflCtrlO L Corset*. Sample free to those b«- nw~» • comincngentn. Ne risk, qnlck ulM. Territory given, smislsctlon puirint£«l. Addreil Dff.seOTT.8a2 Broadway SUM.Y. mm TO WEAK MEN Bnflerinefrom the effect* of yontliful error*, ettly BUWUI» ^ ( — ^ io«tmiHiliQO<l, etc., I will for home cure, medicalwort: .b t who U oervoua »nd deblllUted. AddreM. Trot' f- C. FOWIEB, Moodus, Conn. ana-Private Disems, .BSrNERVOUS DEBILITY, Lost Manhood, Failing Memory, Exhausting Drams. Terrible DrMms, Head and Back Ache and all the effects leading to early decay and perhaps Con- -.umption or Insanity,' treated scientifically by new melhcxfe with never-failing success. «S- SYPHILIS and all bad Blood and Skin Diseases permanently cured. *g>- KIDNEY and URINARY complaints, Gleet, Gonorrhoea, Stricture, Varicocele and all diseases of tho Geaito-Lnnary Organs cured •promptly without injury to Stomach, Kidncjs or other Orcans. , aS- No experiments. Age and experience important. Consultation free and sacred. «S"A11 correspondence is sacredly private. Forty Years' Practice enables Dr. Clarke tnGvar- antes Cur-s in -•>'! r.,,nr,lr> Case* pf Eczema. Scrofula, Svphilis. Bladder anil Kidney Bis- e'ises. LiMirorrhii-a and Female Troubles, Liver Co'mpliunt. Catarrh, all Blood. Skin and 3>er- VOUK Diseases. No matter who bss failed to cure you, wrne Dr Clarke a full history of yotir case. Hours, B to 3; Sundays, p to 12. Call on or address F. D. CLARKE, WI.D., (86 So. Clark St., CHICAGO, ILL, Winslow.Lanier&Co., 17 NASSAU STREET, New York, BANKERS, FOR WESTERN STATES, CORPORATIONS, BANKS AND MERCHANTS. INTEREST ALLOWED ON DEPOSITS 'AND LOANS NEGOTIATED. lean b« earned atourNK^ line of work, rapidly and bamirnbly. by those of '«ltt)tr *cx, youap or old. <md In their own JocaliUc8,Tvln:r<:vcr t Jn-y HVP, Any • • • -^ m v fJPB • one CftU do tile w«rk. l'>»y 10 It-am. Wo furnish everything. We start you. No risk. You "in devote your spare mottieme, ot all your time to the work- Thin i* an entirely new laid ,iind bringiw<mderfu\ success to every wotkw. arc earning- from *23 to *So per week and upwardl. MONR anil more aft*r R Iktl ploymcni And tench yoa can fumiMi you ibe em- _ ..^pe. d tench you KKKK. No imnce to explain hftr*. Full FUBK. T—*IE «fc CO., MXiUSTA, JUISK. A. -YE ATI '. I underwit 1° briefly tcncli Bry fairlv liilellipililliiTiiin ofclilii-r H« wlio vitn'rcud Jind ^-rfu-. fvnd wlio, nflrr in«lraction,wi]I »ort InduBlrioutl)-. huw to Pnrn Tlirct Tluiuhund Dolljin. if Yliirinttieirown localllic»,wlifr^vcrthe.v!lv<;,l will nine furnish the Mtuallou ort>ni|ilovinent,at which you cwv c»™ thntamount. Ko nionnv for meunl.'.i auKfiaful us »l>uve. Ea.ilynnJ quickly Icnrm'd i dcniro litit ono worker from Cflcri diBlricl or county. J h.,.,l™dyw.. P l.t «... provided .vUh «,,j,lo™™t. IJI^P. nuinbur, who arc making over *S(H1,I n yi-iirmch. » » !H'- *V and SUI.II>. Full-.j.nlcU.niF'KEK. Addrej,, «t once, IS. C. Al>I.Esr. Ko*. *»0, jxuieuit4>, Maine. HROTAGON J J _ _ w K i ••n^r-Kir^ M r^ll'f* , RQF.DIEFFENBACHS SURE CURE for SEMINAL, NERVOUS and URINARY TROUBLES 1° YD UNO, MIDDLE-AGED nnd OLD MEN. NO STOMACH MEDICATION, NO UNCERTAINTY OR DISAPPOINTMENT, but positively rollevcfl tho worst CMCB in 2* boum, Hud iiermnncntly cures In 100d«y«. 154s.)-s treatment on Irlol oj rcturj..m.n ^u^'^'gb., Solo agts. for the U.S. 189 WIS.ST..MILWAUUE, WlS. Lake Erie & Western Railroad Co. "NATURAL GAS ROUTE." Condenses Time Table Is Eraser MAKCH 1st 18SO Solid Trains between Sandusks and Peorla and Indianapolis and Michigan City. D1BECT Connections to and from all points In the ^__^mmm - ii-urr- United stoles and Canada Trains Leave Logansport and connect with the L. E. & W. Trains as follows: WABASB B. E- LeaveLOBmsport,-l:13p.m.*n:20a,m... Arrive Peru 436p.m..ll:Ma.m... L. E. <t W. S. E. Leave Pern, North Bound 4rfSp.m SouthBound U:50a.m WABASH S. R. Leave Logansport, S:«p.m.. 7:50 a. m ArriveLaFnyette, 4:55 p.m.. 9:2oa.m L. E. & W. E. H. . Leave LaFavette, EastBonnd l:50p.m West Bound 5:10 p.m H. C. PAEKEB, Traffic Menager, C. F, DALY, Gen. Pass. * Ticket. A«t. VNDIAKAPOL1S, INC. . 8:19 a.m 8:55 a.m 10*) a. jr F Cktollotoi'. E«U.k DlR»od< Br-«4. ENNYROYAL PILLS ~J~^ Orlrln«l«'" !On lJ' c « nuln<v k A. -(STJW «»Vr ai"i-« reliable. LUDiCEMk.*^ ^ ,/TRTS "- D c In K*sd and Col<J T»ke . for partlcalara, t taidle*." in I For Sale by B. P. Keesling, Druggist. A Chicago druggist retailed 2000000 of B. F. Keeping and Cullen & Console Agent-? in Logansport. Lost Discharges Quickly Duplicated. !« Years EXAMINER U. S. Pension Bureau. "~ D. I. MURPHY, P. O. Box 534. Washington, D. g TABU I CURE RUPTURE TRAINS LOGANSPORT EOUKD. New York Express,dally %—•.— i : ?|jo5 Ft Wayne (Pas.) Accm., excpt Sunday 8:lh a m Kan Jlty A Toledo Ex., exept gandwll:15 a m Atlantic Express, daily «« P ™ Accommodation Frt, excpt Sunday.. 9:26 p m WBST BOUND. Pacific Express, dally '*? am Accommodation Frt., excpt Sunday.. 12Jo p m Kan City Ex., except Sunday......... 8:45 p m Lafayette (Pas.) Accm., excpt Sunday GfS p m St Louis Ex., dally 10:8Zpni Eel Hirer DIv., I.PK«i»»port, Went Side. JJetwecn JL»ean*port and CliHl. KAST BOD1TD. AcoomoOaMon,Leave, i «ce»t 8anday.lO^O a m Aec»mt<utlon, Leave " ", 4:40 pm DR. HGRNE'S ELECTRIC TRUSSES Have Cured 10.00" Knpturen in 15 Tears. ! •1 suffered with n (loul'lo rupture 5 years. Your EleO-'j trio Truss cured me In SVi months. .1.0. PttrLPOr." Sept 24, '90. Chauanooea, Tone. "Tour J5r«t-!o Trass cured mr rnntiirr! after snffsrliMr 15 roars. MBS. A. Doueim." Absecnn, K. J. Oct. 8,'SO. •Tarn cured srmnrt and well by wearing your Electric Truss. S. HAKVET." Da-fls City, iown. Auc. 17, '90. The only irenulne Blrotrlo Truw nni! Belt ComMTC". inthnworld. «0-[vi!Z('ll)"«frat<-rl lir.olocntfrx-c.w-Rl M. HOME, INVENTOR, ISO WABASH AYE., CHIM W. L. DOUGLAS $3 SHOE OUU Other nw^w™ tt«s for Gentlemen. Ladles, etc., are war- on bottom. A<ldrese, j. B.
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