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The Iron Pot Still a Mystery
By a Former Secret Service Man
Ex Operative Tells o! Cleverest o! Counterfeiting Plots
MC Y7) M7 a
HERE are fow mysterlos
which nro never cleared
up," commenced Capt.
Dickson, as ho sat be
fore the cheerful wood fire
of his cozy study one
night last winter, "al
though somo of them Blum
her for years among the
things forgotten, tintil the
denouement Is accident
ally developed by somo
person who, perhaps, never
heard of the original matter. Such
was the case which I havo como to
remember as that of 'Tho Iron Pot.'
It was a vessel of this humble charac
ter that Anally cleared up a great mys
tory and brought the guilty to Justice.
"A St Louis gang had their plant
in a cleverly constructed cava in a
suburban district. It was an artificial
cave, dug bnck in tho face of a clay
and gravel bluff. Tho entrnnco was
through tho shanty of a poor Irish
family, a clrcumstanco that diverted
suspicion from it and ono to which is
partly duo tho long immunity tho
"Thero was no scrap of metal, no
coins, chemicals, or other thing used
In tho art. Only tho machine and a
fow wrenches and similar tools. The
gang had skippod out. Tho Irishman
was half-witted, and Ills wife was too
clover to bo caught in tho traps wo
laid for her. Wo had made a water
haul, except for tho machino, which
was destroyed. Tho cavo was filled
up. Acting under orders from Wash
ington wo maintained secrecy about
tho entlro matter and nothing of It
got into tho nowspapors.
"I. found ono thing in the shanty
which might or might not offer a clow
to tho counterfeiters. It was an omply
envolopo bearing tho postmark of an
obscure railroad station in tho sunk
land district of northeastern Arkansas
I had long ago learned that it in tho
seemingly Insignificant things that
lead to tho discovery of criminals, and
whllo this envelopo might mean noth
ing, on tho other hand, It might bo of
tho gravest Importance It had been
found beneath tho shcot of motnl on
which tho cook stovo stood, tho tip of
ono cornor, discolored and grimy, at
tracting my attention. I had secured
it nnd pocketed It without attracting
"If tho gang had nevor existed It
could not havo disappeared moro effec
tually. Wo wero face to faco with a
blank Wall. This mado us tho moro
anxious to capturo tho counterfeiters.
As nothing bettor offered, tho chief
' .v 'jmniiv.t ihu&l. Bs??vig? szs naiuiimftrm
ir&rt-, -j&.k "Zim rmm m
s- ' ci - s. -. r, -KBtivjrKrvi r tin
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suggested that I follow up tho clow of
tho empty envelope.
"With as cumbersome and comploto
an outfit ns every city sportsman
carries Into tho woods with him, I loft
tho train ono day at tho waysldo sta
tion which boro tho name of tho post
mark. Securing a guide and cook, in
tho person of a lanky native, I hnd my
truck hnuled out to the St. Francis
river, only two miles distant, where I
pitched camp and made preparations
for an indefinite stay.
"By making Inquiry of my visitors, I
learned that about flvo miles down the
river wero camped, in a suug cabin
built by themselves, three gentlemen
from pnrts unknown. Thoy maintained
tho place as a sort of club and hnd
spent tho spring season there. They
loft about March and wero gone until
October, when thoy returnod ono night
and again took possession of their
cabin. Our raid on tho cavo had been
made on tho 15th of October, and this
caused mo to think that perhaps tho
empty envelopo was making good.
"As tho three gentlemen did not
dolgn to visit my camp, I decided to
mnko a call upon thorn.
"I stnrted out in a folding canvas
canoe, Into in tho afternoon, nnd ar
rived in tho vicinity of tholr camp Just
at nightfall. With a sharp cypress
tree, aided by a Jagged cut from my
hunting knife, I succeedod in punching
a bad hole In tho bottom of tho canoe,
and with tho boat rapidly filling with
water, I landod Just after sunset at the
very door of their cabin. Tho three
men wero nt homo and they welcomed
mo with tho open hospitality of camp'
ors, insisting that I spend tho night
with them. This was Just what I had
been playing for.
"It was eaBy to see that tho men
wero crooks. There is always some
thing to dlscloso tho countorfoltor, it
tho observer Is only sufficiently vorsed
In their ways and mannerisms to rec
ognize tho telltale signs, I wns pretty
suro, boforo tho evening was over,
that those wero tho men who had done
thp Job in St. Louis.
"Nothing nbout tho cabin was tho
least b'lt suspicious. A largo Iron pot
bubbled Invitingly over tho open flro,
tho fragrant odor of boiling meat is
suing from under its lid when the
stoam pushed it up on ono sldo. A
steaming haunch or vonulon, cooking
with somo vegetables and dumplings,
was produced from tho pot for our
supper, which was served Boon after
my arrival. In tho contor of tho room
was a big table, crudely constructed of
heavy oak timbers, Tho cabin was woll
lighted, tho lamps being of expeuslvo
character and great brilliancy. Guns
and fishing tackle and hunting tog
gery of every kind gavo the cabin the
atmosphere of a sportsman's club.
"Tho men talked freely of everything
but themselves. They spoko of many
cities, but never of their homes. They
told me thoy wero collcgo chums who
had always mado It a custom to spend
a fow months togothor ench fall In the
woods. They wero clever mon and
readily passed for tho lawyer, the doc
tor and tho merchant, tho characters
thoy respectively protended to bo. Tho
ono to whom tho other two deferred in
everything was a largo, powerful man
with clean-shaven faco and a Jaw like
a bulldog. His faco was too shrewd to
bo ploasant. Ho watched mo furtlvoly,
a sinister, amused sinllo playing nbout
tho corners of his mobile mouth. That
smllo spoke volumes. It mado mo lie
awake all night It seemed to say that
he know my real character, and thore
foro I thought It best to keep on tho
watch. Tho man seemed capable of
offering me personal violence. But
tho night passed away without Inci
dent. After breakfast, I repaired tho
leak In my canoe nnd paddled slowly
up-stream, trying to figure out where
I had seen tho big man with the square
"Whllo I was smoking a last cigar
boforo retiring that evening, It came
to mo whoro I had soon him. It wns
on a street car In St. Ixnils, on ono oc
casion when I was shadowing the
shanty at tho cavo. Ho had been on
tho same car and had kont his seat
when I alighted nenr tho hut. Ho had
looked at mo then as If ho wanted to
know mo tho next tlmo ho saw mo. I
was assured that ho was ono of tho
counterfeiters, and mado up my mind
to arrest tho threo of them tho first
thing noxt morning.
"Hero I learned a lesson in procras
tination. While I hastily gobblod down
ray breakfast tho next day, a trappor,
who camped near by and who had gone
to tho village tho night boforo for sup
plies, happened along and told mo a
most disconcerting bit of news. The
threo men hnd taken Fronch leave.
Thoy had caught a through freight
about midnight, taking Httlo or no
baggage with them. IJiastonod to tho
village, and although I worked tho
single telegraph wlro to Us utmost
cnpnclly, tho threo mon succeeded In
making tholr escape.
"Sending a full cipher report to
Washington, I ropalrod to tho cabin In
the swamps and mado a careful search
rf it. Everything within was In tho
Captain Dickson Relates
Tale He Tolls of En
Gang and the Ultimate
Consequences Man with
Bulldog Jaw and His Dar
ing Escape from tho Grip
o! tho Law. 3 $ $ $
greatest confusion. Clothing nnd
fcholla, guns and fishing-tackle wero
strewn about tho lloor, evidencing a
precipitate departmo. It was tantaliz
ing to ngaln allow tho criminals to es
cape. I felt deeply chagrined, and to
polvod never again to put off a matter
of this kind. Tho men had forestalled
mo by only a fow hours, for I had In
tended arresting llioin that morning,
and there had been' nothing in tholr
conduct during my visit to their cabin
to Indicate that they thoughrof lllght.
"In ono corner of tho cabin, beneath
tho very bunk on which I had slept,
thero wns an excavation threo feet
square and as many deep. Tho covor
was down and dirt was strewn over It
which gave It tho sumo nppcarnnco nB
tho dirt floor of tho house. I discov
ered It by a hollow hound when I
tapped over the spot. It was empty.
"1 noticed tho absence of tho pot
which had supplied my supper, but It
wan rather a subconscious notice of It.
Tho fact really made no appreciable
Impression on mo at the time, nor did
It, In fact, until more than a year had
passed. It. was then recalled by n
newspaper dispatch under dnto of tho
"Somo of the lioyti In tho village had
appropriated the cabin as a sort of
clubhouse, after tho threo men hnd
Hod. Thoy would spend Saturdays
thero, ll3hlng and Hwlmmlng and hunt
ing. Immediately In front or tho cnhln
wa3 a steep bank, and tho river wi
dened out into a broad, deep pool
which afforded good fishing nnd swim
ming. Tho boys would throw whlto
pebbles Into tills holo nnd dlvo for
them from tho bank. Ono of them
had struck his head against something
hard at the bottom or tho river and
had been pulled up a corpse, his skull
having been fractuied by the Impact
of tho blow.
"Tho others Investigated and round
a largo Iron pot hair burled In tho sort
mud. Its cover was sealed down and
Its weight had been so grcnt tho boys
couldn't lift It from Its oozy bed. Tho
dispatch stated that tho pot was to bo
raised and Its contents examined.
"1 was tn Llttlo Rock when I read
this dlspatcii and, without waiting for
Instructions rrom headquarters, I
boarded tho first train and set out for
tho vlllnge. I was in a state of fever
ish excitement, fearing I would arrlvo
there after tho pot had been secured.
I wanted to bo the llrst to view Its con
tents. I felt suro I kndw what was
"After n Journey that soemed Inter
mlnablo I nrrlvcd at tho vlllago and
Inquired about tho pot. My foars had
boon groundless. With tho Indlfforenco
so churactorlBtlc In country peoplo tho
villagers hnd forgotten, after tho
funeral of the unfortunnto young man,
tho Incident of tho pot. Whllo thero
hnd been somo talk of Talslng it, no
ono hnd taken tho lead, and thero tho
matter had rested.
"Securing a team of mules and somo
strong ropes and chains, I drovo out to
tho cabin. By dint of much diving I
succeeded In fastening, tho chains
nbout tho pot and had my asslstaant
drag It out upon tho bank. It wns tho
vessel which had hung over tho flro
when I had visited the counterfeiters
in tholr lnir. Then I remembered its
absence, when I had searched tho hut
aftor their departure. It was soaled
with paraffin nnd sealing wax, and not
n drop or water had passed the lid.
"I contained a comploto Bet or on.
gravers' tools, several bottles or power
ful nclds, glass stopped and scaled, n
number or bars or silver, somo threo
hundred odd counterfeit sllvor dollarB,
and tho dies with which thoy had been
stamped out. Tho d!6s wero thickly
coated with wax and woro as bright
and rresh ns when thoy beat out tho
falHo coins In tho secret cavo.
"After swearing my assistant to
secrecy, I returned to houdquartors
with my booty.
"Not many weeks later two of tho
mon woro captured. I had glvon tho
department a mlnuto description of
them, after their unceremonious do
parturo, nnd Its vast machinery had
been set in motion for tholr apprehen
sion. It la a mnxlm of tho sorvlce
that a man onco a countorfoltor Is al
ways a counterfeiter. This rule hold
good with roforonco to two or tho
mon, at least, far thoy woro captured
and convicted or another Job. Tho In
cidents I havo Just related woro not
Introduced In evldci.co against them
and consequently escaped tho pross.
Tho man with tho bulldog Jaw oscaped
completely nt that tlmo, hut I met with
him, yours after, under circumstances
neither or us will forgot so long as
tCopyilBht, 1903, by W. O. Chapman.)
(Copyright In Qruat liiituln.)
Magistrate (to witness) Ami whoro
Wero you when this assault occurred?
Witness Just ncioss tho street,
Mnglstrnto Then why didn't you go
to tho plnlnllft'B nsslstuncj when you
Bnw him attacked?
Witness Fnlx, I wasn't Btiro then
that ho wouldn't bo tho defendant,
Ucwnrc of Ointments for Catarrh
that Contain Mercury,
m mrttiry will curdy ilrMroj- tho txr.m of nmrll
mil completely iirrnmio tlm xiliolc ntcm illicit
inttTliu It Ihrcvuli tlm niiicuin mirlnira. I'mli
nt Helen elioull neur he tivil except nil iirwirlu- I
I.. .11 ....... ...... nl.li. ..t....ll. ... . .U. .1..-.... al . '
in"', inmi it , mi... 'ir i .u i tun, n inn iiamacr iiiry
Mill (In Ix trn fulil tn III.' roimI Jlill ran lxwsllil)- lie
rlvo from them. Ilnll'9 fntorrh dtp, in.iiiutnrtiirril
by I". J (t.rnry A (M. In'iilo, O.. ronmlnt no mrr-
urj. mill r iiir.il. imriutu), ne-inui uinciiy llHm ,
he IiUkkI nnd mm inn rurlan-i of Ifcn njtlrm. In
l)U) ln Ilnll'i Cntnrih I'urp ba curii yon ra Hip
.-mump, u 11 i3Kin iiurrniiiy "i iniur in luittlOi
Olili, 1- 1' J. Clirncy A i, lcMlininlnl frrc,
hilil liv PrtiYCM. l'rlrp, T'r. vr ImiIIIp.
'Inke Hall's I amllr Tills tor coast lp.it Ion.
The Land of Ennlnnd.
Twelve tliouetind seven hundred nnd
nlncty-ono pcisona own fyr-fifths of
the soil of Knghind, their agsronnto
property, cxcluslvo or that within tho '
metropolitan boundaries, being -lO.lSO,
775acios. In point of fact, tho imm- J
ber of owners of four-fifths of tho Kng- j
llsh land Is nenrer fi.000 than 1U.000.
Of theso COO nro nobloincu, and four
or flvo of theso swallow up tho rest. I
Now York A met lean.
Tho extraordinary popularity or lino
whlto goodn thlB summer makes tho
cluilco or Starch a matter of great Im
portance. Defiance Starch, being freo
from all injurious chemlcnls, Is tho
only ono which 1b snfc to use on fine
fnbrlca. Its great strength as n stlfron
cr mnkoH half tho usual quantity of
Starch necessary, with tho result of
porrcct finish, cqunl to that when tho
goods wero now.
Llttlo Johnnie hnd Just learned tho
heartbreaking fact that thero wasn't
a "really" Santn Glaus, and ho felt that
tho world hnd collapsed about his earn.
"I d-don't bcltovo n-nothln nt all," ho
nobbed. "I dd don't bu belIevo
thqro'a any (Jcorgo Washington neith
Rain or Shine.
Small Wallnco accebtcd an Invita
tion to a parly, as fallows:
"Dear Louise I will come to your
pnrty ir it don't rain" (then thinking
that ho might havo to Btay homo in
that case) "and ir it does." Tho De
lineator. That an nrtlclo may bo good as woll
ns cheap, and givo entlro Batlsfactlon,
s proven by tho extraordinary salo of
Deflanco Stnrch, each packago con
taining ono-third moro Starch than
can bo had of any othor brand for the
A Perfect Gentleman.
Codling Why did you speak to that
howwld tramp, dear boy?
Softy Why shouldn't I, old chap
plo? Ho Isn't In twndo, and ho doesn't
work faw a living. Penny rictorlnl.
STiatU liAXATlVn IllUniU QUININH. Look foi
tlio 1.1 una I urn uf K. W. OltOVIC. Unit tho World
OTr Ui Utiro a Cold In Ono ltoy. '.3c.
It Ib bettor to begin lato doing our
duty rthan nover. DIonvslus.
Lewis' Single -Binder Cipfr him a rich
taste. Your dealer or Loa' Factory,
Ho Isn't much or a baker who oats
all tho broad ho kneads.
Let Ma Send Yon a Paekage of
with your next order of groceries and I will guarantee
. WIHtHl ...
Positively cured by
tli'csa Llttlo Tills.
Tlifjr alio relle.ro DIs
(llRrHtldun ml Too llonrty
i.nunx. , iierroct rem
edy for JlzliiriM, Nun.
M1, JlrouMiiren. Ilnii
'Canto In UicMiiiitli, Coat
til Tongue, l'uln in the
Hl.lA. 'I'dlMMM T.tVTMF
They repulato tlio IJoneln. Turcly W'aetnblo,
SMALLPILL. SHALL DOSE. SMALL PRICE.
Genuine Must Bear
MORE DIG CROPS IN 1008
Another 60,000 set
tiers fi om tl-c United
Slntcs. N. w dis
tricts opened for set
tlement. 320 ncrea
of land to i-iicli act
llisr. ICO freo
homestead and 100 ut $3.00 per acre.
A vint rich country nnd n contented rros
peroun pcoplr." rit,u Jrexi i stxultnn
cf iVtitlrtil J'iitiir, tcAi'W iltii tJ il'tllrtn
C'.ii,i.,i, in taunt, l0oS, st an iustil'titiDii.
Many have paid the entire cost of their
fnnna nnd hnd a balnnco of ftoni J J0.G0 to
$20.00 per acre nu n result of one crop.
Spring wheat, winter wheut, oats, bnley,
flax and pcai are the principal crops, whllo
the wild grutses bring to perfection tho
best cattle that l-.avc ever been told on
the Chicago nniiket.
Splendid climate, school nnd churches
in all localities. Kailwnys touch meat of
thoscttlcd disttlcu, and prices for produce
are always good. Lands may also be pur
chased from railway and land companies.
For rmmplilctK, umpn nnd Information re
anrdlni: low rullwny rnlen, npply to Hupcrln
temlctit of Immlurntlon, Ottuwn, Cunuiln, or
the authorized Cunndlnn Government AgenU
W. V. DENNETT,
801 Hew York tlio DullJInj. Cmitia, Netraili.
But It connot moko n Fair Skin or a
Women with good
Ik) homely. Creams,
lotions, washes and
powders cnunot inako
a fair skin. Every
horseman knows Hint
tho Brit in cont of his
from tho animal's
Let tho Iiorso got
"off his feed" and his
coat tuma dull. Cur
rying, "omening nnd rubbing will glvo
him a clean coat, but cannot produco
tho coveted smoothness and glos.4 of
tho horse's skin, which is Inn com
plexion. Tho ladies will sco tho point.
Is tho bottt preparation for ladies who
desiro a pontic laxatiro medicino that
will glvo tho body perfect cleanliness
internally nntr fho wholosomtncsa
that produces such slrlnn as palntora
lovo to copy. At druggists', 25c.
"3 Stroke Self Feed Hay Prew"
Two men onn run
It. Record, 3 tons
In one hour. Easy
MfKBpKrr inou. abu ror
"TfX&Z catalog No. 70.
,r THE AUTO-FEIIAN HAY PRESS CO.
IK! W. IIIU Street, lUnexa Cjfr, Ho,
I)lt. SIcINTOSH coleuratud
B!TCltnmollat relief. Hold brail Burwlrol Inrtrn-
'i'VP' doulorsond luadlmt ilnigiilmii I
M'l 1 IS Hi
HA8TIMJH" A MrlKTOSU TltUUH CO,
limit St., 1'hllfiitrlptilii, J'tt., mnnufactarera o?
..u.-of.?.,H,,0) pru-o llht tent
IntltHf... I'tlllnrlMnhl,. I... n.,
iiKLt-cnton nu nil can on.
""" WIIIWl UUIWI
HI J Walnut 8t
lT1ltMR nnd lUllO mnknm nf thA irnnln. .lumu
iii.iMTiVSir.tS,""",-,L " ' """" MBinwia
A flavorine that It used Hie samo at lemon or
vanilU, liv dissolving trauuluteil sugar In wa
ter and adding Maploinr, a delicious syrup li
made and a yrup better than maplo, Maplclna
Is old by grocers. Send ta stamp for sampls
and recipu book. Crescent M!g. Co., Seattle.
lCT HUH RiirVf
that you will he better satisfied
with it than with any starch you
have ever used.
I claim that it has no superior
for hot or cold starching, and
No cheap premiums nro Riven
with DEFIANCE STAHOH,
but TOU GET ONE-THIltD HOllB
roil voun uohitY than of pay
DEFIANCE BTAROn costs
lOo for a 10-oz. packago, and I
will refund your money If it
sticks to tho Iron.
The Grocery maa
jtu,. .'. ll,.,1 p.,
nii 11 if 1 win ifni'injni'iww, Jtpwtumgpg?3
niaiiii 1 a r-7 1 tjim r ' "tyvaaaqftabrt
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