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He was on the side of the defense, and had occasion to question rather closely the complaint in the case. The complainant's answers did not suit the interrogate, and he picked up a cane which was lying on a table at which he was seated and dealt his client's opponent a heavy blow on the head. Justice Winship fined him, but Guiteau made such a piteous plea that the penalty was removed." "I arrested that fellow once," the "Colonel" continued, "for collecting about $60 from one of his clients and appropriating the money. The charge was, I think, larceny as bailee, and he was held over to the Criminal Court. I escorted him to the jail and saw him locked up. He remained there only two weeks as the Grand Jury refused to indict him. The last I knew of' him he was in trouble with a Wabash avenue landlady to whom he was considerably indebted. Getting up one night he let down from the window a satchel containing his clothes and other worldly effects and then skipped, leaving the irate housekeeper searching for him." The interviewed continued by saying that he regarded Guiteau as possibly a lunatic to a certain degree, and still possessed of much method in his madness. He was unsociable except with those from whom he thought he could get money. In all business dealings he was what is known in certain circles as a "wold," -a man always trying to get the upper hand of somebody else. He never so far as was known forgot even in his most erratic moods, to see that his financial interests were carefully guarded, even though practices which would not bear the closest scrutiny were brought into use.
TOO MUCH PRAYING.
Understanding that Guiteau at one time boarded with Mrs. Ray at No. 221 Ontario street, an emissary of the Tribune was ordered to investigate the matter. The report proved correct, and, in response to the inquiry as to what she knew of Guiteau, Mrs. Ray said: "About four years ago, during the Moody and Sankey Tabernacle meetings, Guiteau came to my house, and furnishing satisfactory references, was admitted into my family. He claimed to be a lawyer doing business at some place on Randolph street. I forget who his references were or where his office was. He conversed incessantly upon religious topics; said he was writing a Life of Christ. From the very start I considered him a monomaniac on the question of religion. He was quite pleasant in his manners, thought unprepossessing in personal appearance. I thought he had been a pretty hard man in days gone by, and was inclined now to behave himself. "Well, I was going to tell you Guiteau behaved well in the house, but a lady boarder who roomed next to him came to me one day and complained of his conduct in his room; he prayed so much, so long, so loud and so incessantly as to disturb everybody on the floor. They could not sleep on account of his excessive piety. The lady said either she or Guiteau must move. He had little or no baggage, and was owing at the time two weeks' board. My husband, called upon him to settle. I believe he offered to make a small payment on account; this was not satisfactory, and his room was taken away from him. I believe he sent his night-key to us after he left." "Did you consider him to be of sound mind, Mrs. Ray?" asked the reporter. "No, sir, I did not," she answered. "In common with all the members of my family. I considered him insane, and was quite glad when he left the house."
L. P. SCOVILLE.
"Mr. Louis P. Scoville, a young Iawyer and son of George Scoville, the brother-in-law of the assassin, said to a Tribune reporter: "This man, Guiteau [it was easy to see that young Scovillie held him in great contempt, is my uncle on my mother's side. I believe him to be crazy. He has never done anything but knock about the country. I have known him since 1870. The last time I saw him was three or four years ago when he was in the County Jail, where he was held for failing to account for money which he had collected as an attorney. He had begged me to bring him a clean shirt, and I obliged him. After he got out of his trouble he went to lecture on the second coming of Christ. The Tribune published some time ago a very interesting account of how he was arrested at Detroit on account of his Jackson. Mich., fiasco. He was no good. He spouted at Hartland, at my father's place, for over a year and then I got tired of him and bounced him. He was no good, and I was glad to get rid of him."
Judge Bradwell said: "I knew the crazy fool, Guiteau: became acquainted with him in '78 or '78. At his solicitation I published a book for him entitled " The Truth; a Companion to the Bible." After I had complied with my part of the contact, I found to my amazement that Guiteau, previous to entering into an agreement with me, had copyrighted the book in the name of and had published by another house in the city. This, of course, destroyed any hopes I might have of realizing the balance due me from Guiteau, as I could not sell the book without infringing on the copyright. I tell you, Guiteau was crazy, sure, and his actions and talk clearly showed it."
About fifteen years ago Charles Guiteau, who was at that a resident of New York City married a young lady named Aunnie Bunn, and was divorced from her in the same city a few years later. Mrs. Jane Bunn, the mother of the divorced wife is an inmate of the Old People's Home in the city. Yesterday afternoon a reporter of the Tribune presented himself at the home, corner of Indiana avenue and thirty-ninth street and asked to see Mrs. Bunn. He was ushered into the parlor of the institution and the old lady was sent for. In a few moments she entered the room. She is a slight active old lady of about 65 years of age remarkably quick in all her movements and possessing a ready flow of language. When she learned that her caller was a newspaper reporter she arose and carefully closed the door leading into the hall, evidently thinking the the old question of the Home management was to be broached. "Mrs. Bunn," asked the reporter, "did your daughter marry a man named Charles Guiteau some years ago in New York City?" "yes sir, she did. What of it?" "do you know what guiteau has done?" "I'm sure I do not." "He has shot President Garfield." At this the old lady seemed perfectly dazed. She passed her hand across her face and murmured, "Well, I though he would come to no good and " but she did not seem to realize the enormity of the crime. "What I desire," said the reporter, "is some information regarding Guiteau." "Well, I'll tell you all I know about him, providing it won't injure my daughter." She was assured that her daughter would not be harmed, and she then consented to answer all questions about Guiteau the reporter might put.
"WHAT IS GUITEAU'S NATIONALITY?"
"He is of French descent, and a New Yorker by birth." "How old is he?" "I couldn't say exactly, but I think he is about 45 years old. I first saw him a few nights after he married my daughter, and he appeared well along in years." "Has he any relatives living?" "He has a brother and sister living, that I I know of. His sister married Mr. George Scoville, who lives on the West Side, and his brother, whose first name I have forgotten, is a real-estate dealer and insurance agent doing business in Boston. His father, who was the President of the Second National Bank of Freeport, ILL., died at that place not alive to bear of this crime of his son." "When did he marry your daughter?" "I don't know the exact date, but I think it must have been at least fifteen years ago. They were married in New York City and resided there. Charles was a smart lawyer, and had all he could do. He made too much money, and then he began to run with fast women and to abuse my daughter. She was a perfect martyr while she lived with him. The divorce was obtained in the New York courts on the grounds of cruelty and adultery." "Did he lave New York then?" "No but he lost all his practice, and sank very low. He boarded around and beat people out of board-bills, and he was finally locked up in Ludlow Street Jail for his sharp practices. I think this drove him crazy, as he always was a nervous, excitable man. While he was confined in the jail his brother-in-law went on to New York and secured his release, pledging his word that Guiteau should be taken away from that sty, and kept away. He then brought him on here, and took him to his residence, on Loomis street, where he was given a good home in return for which he did little chores about the house. Mrs. Scoville his sister, kept boarders at the time, and she told me that Charles made her more trouble then all her boarders."
"IS HE A DRINKING MAN?"
"No he neither smokes, drinks, nor chews. In that regard his habits are exemplary. But the Scovilles thought he was crazy, he acted so queerly, and they tried to get him into an asylum, but the doctors who examined him told them he was too cute for them." "When did he leave Chicago?" "I think it was about tow or three years ago. I didn't know much about his actions while he was here. He went from here to Boston and stayed with his brother a while. Then he spent a year in Brooklyn, after which he was in New York a time, and then he went to Washington." "Well did you know of his whereabouts?" "Well, you see some time last fall I had a letter from him. After my daughter divorced from him, she married a man named Dunneler, who is a hard working, steady man. They live in Leadville, and are happy with a family of two children. Their divorce provided that guiteau could not marry again in New York State without the consent of my daughter. I learned this fact when I visited Leadville last summer. I returned to the Home about September, 1880 and received a letter from Guiteau, who had heard in some way that I was here asking for the address of Annie, my daughter, and stating that he was soon to be married to a young lady in New York City and desired to get my daughter's consent. I handed the letter to the Matron to answer, and she wrote him, giving my daughter's address. I was afraid he wanted to find out where she was in order that he might persecute her and I wrote her a letter of warning, telling her what had been done. Soon after I heard from her, and she stated that he had written for her consent to his proposed marriage, which she was only too glad to give him. In a joking way she said she would charge him $500 for the privilege." "Do you know whether his marriage took place?" "No, I know not." "Did your daughter have any children by Guiteau?" "Only one, and that died very young." "What sort of a looking man was he?" "Well, as far as I can remember he was rather heavy set, and had bushy hair. He was a good-looking, stiff-made man, with bright, restless eyes." "What is the correct spelling of his name?" "Wait. I'll go upstairs and find out from a letter." and the little old lady bustled out of the room. She returned presently with the name "Charles Guiteau" written on a slip of paper, and said that was the way he spelled his name. "Well that does does beat all!" sighed the old lady. "To think that he should shoot President Garfield. He was such a good man, and I hope he won't die. I suppose they will hang Guiteau if he does, but that will be a small loss." The reporter gave the old lady a copy of an afternoon paper, as she said she would like to hear about the shooting, and she bid him good-day and settled down to read the story of her ex-son-in-law's crime.
About two years ago Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd printer and published for Charles J. Guiteau—"lawyer, theologian and lecturer "- a small volume entitled "The Truth: A Companion to the Bible." During the afternoon a reporter called upon Mr. Alex. T. Loyd, and from him received the following description of Guiteau: "About two years ago a man of about 30 or 32 years of age, slim built, and plainly but neatly dressed, came into your office and made a preposition to our firm to print a book on religious topics, which he seemed to think would be productive of great wealth. He was very excitable in his manner, and always acted as if somebody were trying to beat him out of the book. On several occasions while the book was being set up he caused considerable trouble and was very abusive. At one time, in the course of one of his disputes with Mr. Gassette he called that gentleman a liar, whereupon Mr. Gassette promptly ran him out of the office. Afterwards, and until the book was published, all business matters between him and the firm were conducted by, me." "Did he seem to you to be ,in any mental trouble?" "Well, we thought he was a half-crazy sort of a fellow; queer in his manner and very excitable. " "Did you at anytime know anything about him?" "Nothing at all outside of our business relations. He had an idea that there was a fortune in his book, and, as I said before he was fearful that somebody would steal it away from him." "Do you know anything about his family relations?" "No. On one or two occasions, while his book was in press, a handsome and prepossessing young lady called here and requested that if any, money were coming to Guiteau out of the book it be paid to her, as Guiteau was indebted to her for board, or on a debt—I do not now remember which." "Have you had anything to do with him since the publication of his book?" "No, I don't think he has been here since, though I may have seen him two or three times on the street." '"Was he vindictive in his manner?" "No. I think not. He appeared to me to be brooding over something, whether it was religion or money I don't know. He was very visionary, and frequently spoke of the value of his book and the profits that would accrue from its sale." "Did be carry a pistol?" " Not that I know of." "By the way, do you know who was the lady you spoke of?" "No, I do not remember. She seemed to be a lady who had seen a great deal of trouble."
HIS INSURANCE RECORD.
Mr. John D. Bristol, of, Milwaukee, special agent to the Northwestern Mutual Life-Insurance Company, when questioned as to his acquaintance with Guiteau, said: "I knew him a few years ago, I first learned of him from his brother, who was then connected with a prominent life-insurance company in the East. Guiteau, the assassin was a large-brained man, but totally unbalanced. I looked upon him at being slightly insane. A few years ago he came to Milwaukee delivering lectures on the Second Coming of Christ, on which subject he seemed to be totally unbalanced. He had just four people to attend his lecture. He is known to many people of Chicago as a collector of overdue accounts. He once collected a claim for me and failed to give up the money. Another time he had an account against me, after I had left the city for Milwaukee. It was the balance of a grocer's bill for of which I had overlooked and which I paid directly he presented the account in Milwaukee. Some years afterward I met the grocer in Chicago, and he tackled me about the amount, which he said I had never paid. I told him I had paid it, and when I got back to Milwaukee I sent Guiteau's receipt. There is no doubt that Guiteau was in money matters, perfectly irresponsible. Mr. Dean, of the Northwester Mutual Life-Insurance Company, said that the brother of the assassin was a well known and very able insurance man, at present in charge of a very important general agency of the Equitable Life-Insurance Company of New York. Charles J. Guiteau, the assassin, was in the employ of Dean & Payne, general agents in Chicago of the Northwestern Mutual Life-Insurance Company for several months about three years ago. His occupation was that of a solicitor, and he was discharged for incompetency and financial unreliability,—that is to say, he failed to give up funds which did not belong to him. Mr. Dean knew of one case in which Guiteau had an account of $300 to collect—a good account too— which he offered to settle at $150, his intention being to gobble that amount. Amongst other of Guiteau's failures was that of women. He was constantly on the lookout for young girls, whom he would follow home, and it was often the case that the day after he had thus followed a girl home he would call the next day and make her a proposal of marriage. He often got himself in to trouble in this way, and on one occasion he so pestered a family on account of a daughter-a mere child—to whom he had taken a fancy on the street that they had to resort to server measures to keep him away from the place." Stearns & Dickinson, resident agents of the Connecticut Mutual Life-Insurance Company, had a story to tell about the assassin Two to three years ago he brought in a number of applications for policies in that Company. The "risks" were good ones and were unhesitatingly accepted, Guiteau drawing his commission there on. But after a short time it was learned by private letter from the country that Guiteau had been at his old trick of annoying women by letter, and Stearns & Dickinson bounced him. The class of orders he brought in was very good, but they did not care to have anything more to do with him.
"Guiteau is crazy." "Do you know him ?" "I have, seen him. He used to come to the Journal office in 1876-77, when Mr. Shuman was at Springfield and I had charge of the paper, with an article on the Second Coming of Christ, which he wanted published. He left it and I read it and concluded that it was the production of a lunatic; and I said so at the time. I refused to publish it. He was very persistent, and I remember him particularly on that account. I have seen him occasionally on the streets since. Last spring I saw him in Washington in somebody's office, and asked what he was doing around there, and was told that he was looking for a Consulship. I said I knew him, and that he was a lunatic, and if he wanted assistance not to give it to him. I think he claimed to have been a Consul when he came to see me. "There is no political significance in the assassination. Everybody feels sad. Even those who thought they were anti-Garfield men will now have sympathy for him. Their sympathies will be stronger then any factious feeling, and they will forget it. The shooting is the greatest possible calamity. Guiteau mixed up Stalwartism with his insanity, but he is not the tool of anyone. The most appalling part of the matter is that there is but one life-Vice-President Arthur's-between the people and anarchy, there being no President of the Senate or Speaker of the House for the first time in the history of the country."
W.W. VAN ARSDALE.
Mr. Van Arsdale, the well-known Secretary of the Young Men's Christian Association, had known Guiteau more or less for several years, and in reply to the reportorial questions, said: "Some two or three years ago Guiteau frequently came into the noonday prayer-meeting and at times made a talk on religious matters. He frequently talked on religious subjects, or rather he frequently talked to me on them. After the first one I came to the conclusion that he was more or less cracked and very erratic, and on his second interview I discovered he was a great bore. From that time on I never encouraged him." "Did he ever talk on politics?" " No. He spoke on the subjects treated of in his book,—particularly the second coming of Christ at the destruction of Jerusalem." "'Did you ever engage him to lecture?" "No: he came to me on one or two occasions to rent Farwell Hall, but as he could not or would not pay the rent in advance I would not let him have it." "You probably had heard something about his eccentric manner of paying hall-rent?" "Well, yes. There were some stories about his failing to pay at Milwaukee, Racine, and "Was be much given to talking outside of religious subjects?" "He spoke frequently about a libel-suit for $100,000 damages which he had begun against the New York Herald. "How was he in other respects?" "He seemed to be well educated in his talk and conversation, but, as I said before, be acted strange and cranky, and I had no confidence in him.
F. H. REVEL.
Mr. F. H. Revel, a prominent member of the Young Men's Christian Association, and proprietor of the religious bookstore in connection with the Y. M. C. A. rooms, had known Guiteau for about thirteen years. "Well, what do you know about him?" "If my memory servers me right, he was arrested shortly before the fire on the charge of stealing books out of the Y. M. C. A. Library. He was arrested, but as the offense could not be clearly proved he was discharged. He subsequently sued the Association for, damages and won the suit." "Have you seen him frequently since?" "No I can't say that I have. He came in once or twice a year." "Did he ever ask you to publish his religious writings?" "Yes, he was in here and was very urgent that I should publish a pamphlet which he had written." "Did you do it?" "No, I did not. I had no confidence in either him or his book. He subsequently went out on a lecturing tour, and I remember that on one occasion he lectured in Evanston in on of the churches there, on the Second Coming of Christ. I was told that on that occasion he moved out without, paying his rent." "What else do you know about him?" "Very little indeed. He came in here occasionally, but, as I said before, as I had no confidence in him. I never gave him any encouragement."
State's-Attorney Mills, upon being spoken to on the subject, said: "The affair is startling and terrible, and cannot but evoke the deepest-sympathy and sorrow of the American people. The occurrence seems to be the freak of a diseased mind, whose individual legal responsibility remains to be determined, but the act of the assassin has no further apparent significance than that of lunacy. As we look back over the last few months and see what Mr. Garfield has suffered from all the troubles of politics, which he, as a strong and individual character, peculiarly experienced, and appreciate the fact that he was fast approaching in his Administration a time of peace and quiet, a strange pathos colors the great calamity and the mind of our people in an instant of time, universally appreciates the strong manhood of the President.—His history as a soldier and statesman, his wisdom and scholarship, and the heart of the whole Nation vibrates in sympathetic appreciation of the gentle and generous characteristics of his nature. But, if the President should die from the act of the assassin, the integrity and stability of the Government would, of course, be unaffected. The patriotism of the citizens and the protection of Providence being the guaranty of its welfare." "I understand that you knew Guiteau ?" "Yes, if he is Charles J. Guiteau, formerly of Chicago. Some time ago, I think in 1877, he was confined in the County Jail on a charge of embezzlement. I then saw for the first time, Some months afterwards he came into my office to sell me a book he had written on Second Adventism, or some similar subject, and dilated for nearly half an hour on what, appeared to be his hobby. I bought the book, but, having heard his talk, never read it. While I would not call him an insane man then, be impressed me as peculiar and erratic in his ideas and almost wild at times in his speech. Further than what is stated I know nothing of the man, except as I have heard of his vagaries from reports.
J. S. JOHNSON.
Mr. J. S. Johnson, an architect having his office at Room 90 Republic Life Building, was called on by the reporter, and, in answer to questions, stated that some five years ago he had occupied an office in the HavvleyBuilding, Dear-born and Madison streets ,in which Guiteau, who claimed to be a lawyer, had desk-room. He acted in a very queer way, and Mr. Johnson always thought that his mind was impaired. He used to talk a great deal about a libel suit which he had instituted against James Gordon Bennett, of the NewYork Herald, and from this he expected to reap quite a sum of money. While not of a violent temper he was cranky and unreliable. In money matters he was inclined to be a dead beat, and Mr. Johnson, frequently accused him of being so. While he was officing in the Hawley Building he went to New York to look after his libel suit and before going bragged a good deal about the amount of damages he was going to receive. He was not communicative except on the two subjects named, and Mr. Johnson had very little conversation with him. He was rather quiet and somewhat moody at times, but occasionally spoke of visionary schemes for making his fortune by instituting libel suits. Mr. Johnson had seen very little of him during the past four years, outside of occasionally meeting him on the streets.
Joseph McDonald, of the Board of Trade, who was seen last evening at his residence, 35 Chestnut place, informed a reporter that he knew the assassin very well. It was about 1870 when he first met him, and at that time he wrote his name simply as Charles Guio. He applied to Mr. MoDonald for employment as bill-collector, and was sent out with a bundle of what were considered bad debts. Mr. McDonald reposed no confidence in him from the start, but he so vigorously advocated his ability to realize on cases of chronic indebtedness that he was given a sample lot of those that had been already given up as dead. By dint of threats of various kinds if the debtors did not come down, he succeeded in collecting some of the bills, which he duly turned over to his employer. A second batch, he reported his inability to realize anything more than, his expenses, though Mr. McDonald was of the opinion that some of the collections were actually made and pocketed. Guiteau continued to haunt the office until he became an unendurable nuisance, and was invited to stay out. But even this summary treatment did not discourage the enter-prisms collector, whom Mr. McDonald describes as having a cheek the like of which he bad never seen, either before or since. As an instance of this, Mr. McDonald was standing in B. F. Allen's Cook County National Bank one day, when he was spied by Guiteau, who asked for an introduction to Mr. Allen, which was reluctantly given. Guiteau represented himself to Mr. Allen as the lawyer for a building scheme in Iowa, which was going to improve real estate throughout that State. Mr., Allen owned considerable property along the Rock Island Railroad and was so pleased with the glib-longned young man that he readily feel in with the scheme. Guiteau called the next day, according to appointment, but instead of talking about, the building project, he asked, Mr. Allen for a job at collecting. When asked about the scheme, he said he wasn't prepared to talk about it just then, but would like to collect some bills. Mr. McDonald had in the incentive told Mr. Allen that Guiteau was a deadbeat, and that he should look out for him, the result of which was that the banker did not give him a job. The summit of his monumental cheek was reached at this very interview. Gen. John A. Logan was sitting in the private office of' the bank, and Guiteau begged the lawrr of an introduction on the ground that he was intimately acquainted with some of the General's relatives in another State. So plausible was the rascal's story, like all his others, that Mr. Alien introduced the fellow, who ever after had the General's acquaintance,—-distant thought it was— though it does not appear whether he ever imposed upon anybody by means of it. Mr. McDonald further said that Guiteau was a genteed young man, smart, and active, and possessed of ability which, if turned to proper use, would have made him a success in almost any calling. It was a mistake that he was in the habit of hanging around saloons. He was of a literary turn of mind, was fond of talking about books and various reforms, and was always found at any lectures that might be going on. At such places he was usually accompanied by respectable young ladies. About 1872 or 1873 he again sought Mr. McDonald's office, and wanted an introduction to Keith Bros. He said he had mended his wicked ways, and had joined the church and the Y. M. C. A., but the letter was not given him. Soon afterwards he wanted Mr. McDonald to endeavor to secure for him the rooms of the Union Catholic Library Association, in which he proposed to give a course of public lectures, but that gentleman refused to have anything to do with him. In reply to the question as to Guiteau's mental condition, Mr. McDonald said he considered him perfectly sane, but thoroughly unscrupulous,—a blackmailer and | a shyster, determined to accomplish his ends whether by fair means or foul.
J. M. HITCHCOCK.
Mr. J. M. Hitchcock, Superintendent of the Labor Department of the Young Men's Christian Association, was next calledupon to throw some additional light on Guiteau's assumed connection with the Association. "Guiteau never was a member of the Association." said Mr. Hitchcock, "though he was in the habit of frequenting the rooms very often before the fire. He there met Annie Bunn, who was at that time Librarian. He became in love with her, and after a short courtship they were married." "Was the marriage a happy one?" "As I understand it was not. They only lived together a short time, when she was obliged to leave him." "For what reasons?" "He became very flighty in his conduct towards her, as I have been told, and she was unable to stand his peculiarities. He made life unbearable for her." "Did you see much of him after his marriage?" "Not until some three or four years ago, when he came to me on day and wanted me to obtain for him several agents to canvass for a religious book he was about publishing." "Did you get the agents for him?" "No, I did not. I had a long talk with him, and I judged he was altogether too flighty. He did not seem to be well-balanced, and, after listening to all he had ti say I came to the conclusion that it would not do for me to enter into his scheme." "What do you remember about his having been arrested on the charge of stealing books from the Y. M. C. A. library?" "I remember that before the fire two or three persons were arrested on that charge, but whether he was one of the parties or not, I cannot now say. It is a long time ago, and I do not recollect the details." "Well, what do you remember of his marital difficulties?" "Very little, if anything I, only know that his wife separated from him and, with the exception of the occasion when he called upon me for agents to sell his book. I met him but very few times, although I heard that he was practicing law and getting up religious essays." Gen. Martin Beem said: "I first met Charles J. Guiteau several years ago. He was then rattle-brained, impecunious lawyer. The first that I learned of his real character was by being sent for by a young lady of the North Side, who asked me if I know him. She had been most grievously and mercilessly persecuted by this fellow, who, besides proving be a fool, turned out also to be a knave of the darkest character. He wrote letters to this young lady, —anonymous communications,-professing affection for her, and wanting to convert her. He would call at all unseemly hours of the day and night. The lady asked my service in the matter, in order to get rid of him. I sent him word to call at my office, and he came. I told him that this persecution must cease, and he quietly informed me, rising in his might that it was none of my business. I took him by the collar and choked him well, until he promised never to trouble the young lady again, and he kept his promise. Now, I thought the fellow comparatively charmless, but, had l not thought that he was crazy at the time I would have crushed his head to pulverized pulp when he assailed me, as he did, in my own office." "So far as the shooting is concerned, it is too bad. Its effect, if President Garfield dies, cannot help but prove a calamity of alarming proportions to the Nation. But my heart rises within me when I think of that poor, darling and aged mother, who saw her boy step to the top round of the ladder of fame, and then to be so suddenly and ruthlessly cut down, in the prime of his success and fame, in the midst of a healthy and useful life; and his poor wife, who has just risen from her bed, of sickness, over whose couch Mr. Garfield so tenderly watched. What will become of her? Poor soul, I pity her."
MRS. NETTA G. ROOD.
The lady superintendent of the female help department of the Relief and Aid Society, Mrs. Netta G. Hood, was called upon by the reporter, who inquired: "Have you ever seen Chareles J. Guiteau?" "Yes; he has been in here several times." "Do you know anything about his domestic relations?" "Some three years ago a lady dressed in black called here and inquired for help to obtain a situation. She said she was the wife of Mr. Guiteau, and bad been obliged to leave him on account of his cruelty and ugly disposition. According to her story he had treated he shamefully. I became very much interested in her case, and did all I could to get a situation for her." "Did you succeed?" "Yes; I secured her a situation as teacher in Denver, where she went some two years ago. I understand she got a divorce about the time she went out there, and has since married again, and is now quite well-to-do." "Whom did she marry?" "I don't remember the person's name. As she was no longer in any sense dependent on the Relief and Aid Society I did not charge myself to remember anything more about her." "And as for Guiteau?" "He came in here frequently, and insisted on knowing where she had gone, but I always declined to tell him. I was afraid he would go to Denver and renew his persecutions."
THE POLICE RECORDS.
The police records of this city show that Charles J. Guiteau was arrested for embezzlement July 16, 1877, by Detective Bartholomew Flynn,-who was then connected with the West Madison Street Police Station. The following day he was held by Justice Scully in $500 bail to the Criminal Court and being unable to furnish bond for that amount was sent to the County Jail. On the way to the Jail he, like any other criminal, was taken into a photograph gallery, where, his picture was taken. This photo is yet in the Rogue's Album, and is No. 322 in Volume D. At the same time a description of his person was taken down. In this he is said to be 35 years old, five feet five and one-forth inches tall, light brown hair, blue eyes, light brown beard and mustache. He gave his nationality as American and his occupation as lawyer and theologian. The complainant who caused Guiteau's arrest at this time was Mr. E. C. Davison, then residing at No. 31 Avon place. Detective Flynn is at present with the Central Detective Agency at No. 113 Randolph street, but be remembers little concerning the case save that Guiteau laid for a long time in jail, and was finally acquitted. The following dispatch was received at police headquarters yesterday afternoon: WASHINGTON D.C., JULY 2.-W.J.McGarigle, Chief of Police, Chicago, ILL: Charles Giuteau. lawyer of your city shot the President this morning. Learn if anyone left your town with him. Give me full history. William G. Brock. Chief of Police. To this the following answer was dispatched as speedily as the facts could be searched out: CHICAGO, July 2.- V. G. Brock, Chief of Police, Washington, D.C.: Guiteau left, here about six months ago. It is not known that he left with any one. He was arrested here in 1876 .for larceny. His father died at Freeport a short time since. He was cashier of the Second National Bank at Freeport, ILL, Think there was no plot: W. J. MCGARIGLE, Chief of Police.
A BILL AND A REVOLVER.
A reporter ran across G. H. Bryant, now with B. F. Norris & Co., but who in 1875-76 was in the, printing business on Clark street. He knew Guiteau very well, and had an experience with him similar to that of many other people in this city. "I knew him," said Mr. Bryant, "about the time he came to Chicago. He opened an office in the Otis Block, on La Salle street, and represented that it was a branch of his New York office, and that his business was general, law and the collection of desperate accounts. He came into my office to have some printing done, and left an order for cards and note-head-ings, with the understanding that the bill was to be paid as soon as the work was finished. He called later in the day and got some of the cards and headings, and told me to send the others to his office and he would pay the bill. The goods were delivered, and he kept the stock and returned the bill unpaid, stating that he wanted more printing done, and would drop in in a few days and give the order. I demanded payment, and he said be would pay when he got the other printing. I refused to do it, and sent the bill to him several times, but he insisted on staving me off. There were references on his cards—leading firms and capitalists in the city—and I sent for him, and he came to the oilier. I told him if he didn't Jay I would see his references in regard to his character. He threatened to sue me for defamation of character if I did anything of the kind. Whereupon I told him I didn't care anything about his threats. He became very insolent at this, and I told I did not think he intended to pay the, bill when he gave the order, and kicked him downstairs. He went across the street to Justice Meech's office to get a warrant for assault, but none was ever served on me. I turned the bill over to a collector, but he was not successful in getting the money." The collector referred to is Frank T. Berry, who is employed in Justice Prindiville's office. He sad: "I presented the bill a number of times to Guiteau, and he promised to pay it, but never did. Every time I met him I would call his attention to the matter. He finally left his office, but used to slip in and get his mail once or twice a week. He used to lay around the Sherman House a good deal, and one day I held out the bill to him in the presence of a couple of gentle men. He refused to pay it. The following day I presented it again, and he drew a revolver and told me he would blow my brains out if I presented that bill any other time. But I presented it to him every time I met him as long as he staid in the city. He never paid it.
GEORGE H. SCOTT.
Being informed that George H. Scott, Librarian of the Young Men's Christian Association, knew well the insane assassin, Charles J. Guiteau, a reporter sought that gentleman and obtained an interview with him. "You knew Guiteau quite well, Mr. Scott?" asked the reporter. "Yes; as soon as I saw the account of the assassination I said to Mr. Hemingway Secretary of the Young Men's Christian Association that Guiteau who used to be around our rooms was the assasin, and Mr. Hemingway remembered him." "What sort of a person was he?" "He was a dark-complexioned man with a prominent nose, and was always well-dressed when here." "Did you ever have any conversations with him?" "Oh, yes; he often talked to me and was very bitter on some of his expressions about the Federal Administration—that of President Hayes. It was about a year and a half ago when I saw him." "Can you recall any particular expressions that Guiteau made about that time?" "Yes he said the Government ought to be reformed, and he would show up someday." "That would seem to indicate that he contemplated taking President Hayes life?" "He was very bitter in such expressions, and I told him he could wait for four years, and vote for another man." "Was he intoxicated?" " I never noticed that he had been drinking but once he appeared to be sober with that exception. "Do you know anything more about him?" "He was put out of the inquiry-room at the Tabernacle one evening during the Moody and Sankey meetings for making objectionable expressions, and was very disorderly." "Do you know of any wild schemes about which be expresses himself?" "He got out a book, bound in cloth and pamphlet form, And gave me a copy, but I don't know what became of it. It was a future, so far as the sale was concerned. It purported to discuss political subjects." "Anything more concerning Guiteau?" "On one occasion he wanted to hire Farewell Hall to lecture in, but he could not get it, and went somewhere else." John Morrison, who has charge of the evangelical work among the railway men for the Y. M. C. A., came in at the close of the interview with Mr. Scott, and corroborated that gentleman's statement about Guiteau.
A CHEEKY BAD-DEBT COLLECTOR.
Edwin C. Davison, bookkeeper with Woodruff , & Trunkey, coal merchants in the Borden Block, had an accurate and unpleasant recollection of Guiteau. He detailed the story of his acquaintance with the fellow to a TRIBUNE reporter, and it ran as follows: " Know Guiteau? Should think I did. About four years ago I sold wood and coal on the corner of May and Carroll streets in this city. Guiteau came to see me a number of times, claiming to be a first-class collector of debts. He presented, a card giving the names of any number of good people as references and I took some stock in him on that account. I gave him about $800 overdue paper for collection, and right there l made my mistake. Guiteau, had desk-room in an office in the Ashland Block, corner of Clark and Randolph streets, and, although I called there any number of times I received no satisfaction. Guiteau collected about $500 in money on my accounts and ran away. The next I heard of him he was billed to lecture on the Second Coming of Christ, in Waukegan. I dropped a decoy letter to the gentleman, which brought him to Chicago, and Detective Flynn arrested him on a warrant sworn out by myself, charging him with larceny as bailee. He was examined before Justice Morrison, and sent to the County Jail to await the action of the Grand Jury. I appeared before that august body, gave my testimony, and was informed by the foreman that nothing more was needed, although I had summoned as witnesses W. N. Stanley and Cyrus & Miller, commission merchants, whom Guiteau had swindled in the same way. They were not heard before the Grand Jury, however. A day or two afterwards I received a begging letter from Guiteau, requesting me to come to the jail and he would settle up with me. I went to see State's-Attorney Mills about the matter, and he told me to take the money if I could get it, but to make no promises of settlement. I made up my mind to see Guiteau on Monday, and on Sunday night he was mysteriously released from the County Jail, the Grand Jury having returned "no bill." I saw him once afterwards and, by threatening to lick, him, I got a $10 bill from him. But neither my papers nor the balance of my money have I seen to this day. I do not know how much he did beat Stankey out of, but I do know that Stanley chased him through the Sherman House one day, and Guiteau, while on the wing threw, all of Stanley's papers and notes to him. I tell you this Guiteau was a pretty cunning rogue. The parties named as references on his business cards knew him not. He is a fraud of the first water, and more knave than fool." The flies of the Tribune contain the following report of Guiteau's dealings with Mr. Davi-son, in the issue of July 20, 1877:
A HIGH-PRICED LAWYER IN TROUBLE.
Charles J. Guiteau, a lawyer of this city, who is now in jail on a charge of embezzlement, filed a petition yesterday in the Superior Court asking for a writ of habeas corpus. He says that on the 16th inst. he was arrested at the instance of E. C. Davison on a charge of collecting moneys and failing to pay them over. The facts, according to his statement, are as follows. In April last H. H. Hamer & Co., of which firm Davison is a member, entrusted him for collec-. tion with a claim for $7.16 against Parker B. Mason, another for $39.01 against W. H. Hutchinson, another for $105 against George W. Hurris, and a fourth for $40 against one Brown. He stated that his price varied according to the amount of trouble, but was generally 10 per cent. He soon found that these were desperate claims, and told Hamer & Co. that he would charge 50 per cent on some of the collections, to which they in effect replied that that would be all right. He collected the Hutchinson claim, retaining $8 for fees, and he got $3.50 of the Mason claim. He also obtained $60 on the Harris claim, of which he kept $40, and this, he thinks, was a reasonable percentage. His defense is that no demand has been made on him for the moneys he holds in his hands, over and above his fees, and he therefore alleges that he has not been guilty of embezzlement, and asks to be discharged.
SWINDLING A GERMAN.
Mr. A. W. Windett, attorney-at-law, was seen at his office, 156 Washington street. Mr.Windett said that he first learned of Guiteau in 1868, at which, time he was a very swell young man of perhaps 30 years of age, claiming to be a lawyer from New York City. He made great claims to social rank, and passed himself off for an American Frenchman. Mr. Windett put Guiteau down as an unprincipled adventurer, and a scheme soon after put on foot by the dapper little Frenchman proved that such was the case. He laid claims to some valuable real estate in the South Division, owned by Charles Stose, one of the old German citizens of Chicago, now residing at 2440 Indiana avenue. Guiteau claimed to have a tax title to the property, and by collusion with the tenants, got temporary possession of the property. Having secured possession, which, however, did not prove to be nine points of the law, he endeavored to blackmail Mr. Stose, offering to vacate the premises for a valuable consideration. The rightful owner did not tamely submit to the indignity, but employed Mr. Windett as counsel, that gentleman advising him to take the case to the courts, as it was an undoubted fraud. This was done, and the title was set aside by judgment of the Court as fraudulent. Mr. Windett knew nothing of
Guiteau since that time.
MR. BRAWLEY'S RECOLLECTIONS.
Mr. F. W. S. Brawley, attorney-at-law, was called upon last evening at his residence, 1907 Michigan avenue. He had known Guiteau from early boyhood, and described him in language more forcible than elegant as being half fool and the other half lunatic. Guiteau came from a most estimable family, and was probably born in Freeport, this State, about the year 1842. His father was Luther W. Guiteau, who came from the State of New York, and who was engaged in the mercantile business at Freeport, this State, from 1838 to 1849. The elder Guiteau figured prominently in the public affairs of Freeport, and served with honor and distinction. He was highly respected for his integrity, as also for his social and business qualities. He was connected with the organization of the Second National Bank, and was its a Cashier from 1865 until his death, which occurred about a year ago. In 1833 he was married to Jane Howe, daughter of Maj. John Howe, of Antwerp, N. Y., one of their children being the chief actor in yesterday's tragedy and daughter who became the wife of George Scoville of this city. There was nothing especially noticeable about young Guiteau's boyhood except that he was an overbearing disagreeable youth, and thoroughly disliked by his companions. When about 16 or 18 years old, his father having married Maria Blood, Julius—the members of the family called him by his middle name changed under, the restraints of a stepmother's influence, and left his home never to return, and cast in his fortunes with the Oneida Community in the State of New York. Having reached his majority he became tired of holding property in common, as was the custom, and cut loose from the Oneida people, bringing suit against them for services rendered during his years of residence there. This was about 1868, and the affair was fully written up in the Chicago papers.. The New York Herald at the same time handled Mr. Guiteau pretty roughly and he brought suit for damages in the sum of $100,000. Neither of the suits ever got any further than being published in the newspapers. It was stated in the street yesterday morning that the would-be assassin was at one time a member of the French Republican Club of this city, and a reporter called on Henry Zimpel and August Faure, of the County Clerk's office, who are both members of the Club, to see what truth there was in the rumor. Mr. Faure stated that when be had heard Guiteau's name in the morning he thought be had seen it on the Club roll, but he had found since that he was mistaken, and he knew no Frenchman of that name. He was a member of the prominent French organizations in the city, and if the man Guiteau was at all prominent here he would surely have met him or heard of him. He said he had called in the morning to ask Mr. Gerardin about the man, but he did not know him and had never heard of him. As Mr. Girardin had been President of the French Republican Club of Chicago for twenty years and had been a resident of the city for a long time, he would be apt to know Guiteau if he amounted to anything. Mr. Zimpel knew nothing of the man, and made a statement similar to his colleague.
A prominent lawyer said of him: "Charles J. Guiteau is known to have been insane for years. He pretended to practice law in this city, and engaged in schemes that showed he was an insane man. He attempted to lecture on the Second Coming of Christ a topic of such a character, but, having made no arrangements for his hall, he was closed out, and wrote very indignant letters to the newspapers, which were published at the time. This was several years ago. He also published some curious theological theories. He went to New York and presented to open an office there. He got into some trouble, and my recollection is he was there arrested. H has been during all this time characterized as an insane man by everybody who knew him or came in contact with him. Last fall he wrote a political speech, and in some way got it printed. He hung around the rooms of the National Republican Committee in New York until they had to get rid of him. He then hung around the State Committee-rooms in New York until they had to dispense with him there. He had no business whatever. Shortly after the inauguration of President Garfield he went to Washington, seeking a foreign appointment, but his pretensions were so preposterous that he was at once discovered to be insane, even by those who had known nothing of his previous history. He was tolerated simply because he was pitied. He annoyed people, and was continually seeking audiences with the Secretary of State. Everybody supposed him to be insane, and his conduct justified everybody in that belief. He claimed he was entitled to the English or the French mission on account of what he had done for Garfield through his speech, which was exactly two brief pages in length, had never been delivered, and yet he claimed converted the whole, country. He besought prominent Grant men for letters of introduction to Secretary Blaine, and made his claim on Garfield's gratitude on account of what he done for his Secretary of State previous to the Convention. In conclusion I will say there is no man who has had anything to do with Guiteau for years past but knows him to have been insane."
Mr. Guiteau was, unfortunately, too well known about the Tribune office. The first mention that was ever made of him in that paper was in October, 1876, when an announcement was published of the fact that Mr. Guiteau the lawyer, who had sued the New York Herald for $100,000 was officing on Clark street. It was not very long after this that his religious peculiarities came to the surface. On the 4th of January, 1877, the Tribune was in receipt of a message and certain accompanying documents from Guiteau. The letter was written on a letterhead indicating that the writer had a law office in the city, which brought to mind the fact that a man by the same name had, a few weeks before, brought the above-mentioned suit against the New York Herald for $100,000 for libel, the allegation being that he was in the habit of collecting money for clients and retaining one-half, for fees. Referring to the documents received, the Tribune said: "The enclosure is in the shape of five galleys of proof from the type of a morning newspaper of this city, the whole covering an argument to show that the second coming of Christ, which the Evangelical Church is expecting some time in the indefinite future, is an accomplished fact and that it took place A. D. 70, at the time of the burning of Jerusalem. Mr. Guiteau has collected all the texts in the New Testament having reference to a second coming, and the main reason which leads him to this conclusion is that Christ Himself, in all the references which he makes to His return, used it in connection with the words 'this generation.' meaning thereby His contemporaries. Besides this, John, Paul, and Other evangelists stated, without qualification, that the Savior would come before the end of the first century. The only witness who takes the contrary view, says Mr. Guiteau, is Peter, who states in one of his epistles that, at the time of Christ's coming, this globe which we inhabit is to be burned up. Mr. Guiteau upsets this, however, by the statement that Peter was a bold, impulsive, unlearned man, blameworthy in many things. He thrice denied his Lord and once rebuked his Master. It is nearly I,900 years since Peter wrote, and yet this globe has not been, burned up. Hence, Mr. Guiteau concludes, that Peter's opinion that Christ's coming and the burning up of the earth were to be simultaneous events savors of the things of man and not of God. Mr. Guiteau objects to the testimony of Peter, and puts him out of court. He also fortifies his conclusion that Christ came the second, time at the siege of Jerusalem, by stating that the locality of His coming was necessarily the place oh His greatest early agony. He was crucified at Jerusalem. There are in addition other points drawn from Josephus, the American Encyclopedia, and other publications, which confirm Mr. G. in his conclusions.
THE COMING OF ANTICHRIST
is also proven, and Mr. Guiteau promises to develop the theorem that the antichrist part of the primitive church and its successor, modern Christianity, are one and that same. While admitting that many righteous people, himself included, have lived since A. D. 70, yet Christianity, as a church organization, has been a mockery. These views Mr. Guiteau is ready to defend at any time and place, and proposes to renounce the law and devote his life to preaching this particular gospel, which he believes will shake Christendom worse than Martin Luther did three centuries ago. His eye, he says, is upon eternity; and he expects to go abroad this spring. If he can convert Great Britain to the gospel of the Second Coming, he can soon get America, the rest of Christendom, Africa, and the islands of the sea under his thumb. Persons desiring his services as a preacher of this special creed can address him at No. 144 Dear-born street, car-far enclosed. Mr. Guiteau explains in his letter that this is a great discovery, and that he has sent copies to the other city papers for simultaneous publication. He adds that be would be pleaded to have Moody, Swing, Cheney, and others of the clergy, as well as Storrs, Reed, and other lawyers interviewed about the matter, ,which, he believes is destined to turn Christendom upside down. " Following this, and ten days later Mr. Guiteau made an effort to reach the public to ventilate his peculiar ideas as a lecturer. The Tribune of Jan. 14 contained the following advertisement: A RELIGIOUS LECTURE. CHARLES J. GUITEAU. The Lawyer and Theologian, Will Deliver for the First Time His Lecture on CHRIST'S SECOND COMING, A. D. 70, at this Clark-st. Methodist Church, Saturday Evening, Jan. 20, 1877, at 8 o'clock. Doors open at 7. Admission 25 cents; free to all who can't spare 25 cents, (as he is working for the Lord and not for money. The presence of clergymen, Biblical students, and all interested in a sound theology, is requested at this lecture. It is full of live ideas. which are destined, it is believed, to shake Christendom. If Christ came A. D. 70—i. e. at the destruction of Jerusalem, he never will again, and the sooner Christendom know it and adapt their faith and conduct to the fact, the better. The lecture is based on the work of Jesus Christ, the expectations of Paul, and the primitive Christians. The lecturer proposes to deliver this gospel in all the principle cities in Europe and America. He is, it is said, "a vigorous and pleasant speaker," and begs leave to request a large attendance. The report of the much-herald lecture, which appeared in these columns Sunday, Jan 21, 1877, was interesting reading at the time, and is doubly so now. His audience, it appears, consisted of seven ladies and fifteen gentlemen, notwithstanding the bills announced that it was free to all who could not spare 25 cents,—the admission fee. The receipts were only $1.85, the report set forth, but the lecturer was by no means discouraged, and saw that the reporter was provided with every facility to do his work. Starting out by quoting the prophecies of the Bible about the coming of Christ, which was proof of his position, he addressed himself especially to the scribe, who was apparently his most attentive hearer, in the following words: "This argument is based, Mr. Reporter, on Matt. xiii., 24, 29, 30, 31, and I should like you to make a note of it. And I desire to call your attention, Mr. Reporter, to the pestilence, war, and famine that followed His coming. Josephus speaks of Christ as one Jesus, a country fellow who went about. I desire a special note of this, Mr. Reporter. People say the Bible teaches the Gospel must be preached before Christ shall come. I show that the Gospel was preached, and I would like you to take down that fact, Mr. Reporter: and He foretold the end would come. This is important, Mr. reporter, for the end did come, By the way, I wish you would give these references, Mr. Reporter, for these references show that the Antichrist has come." At this point the reporter stopped to sharpen his pencil, it appears, and the lecturer indulged him, and the audience tittered. Resuming he said, after numerous quotations from Revelations: "These show that Christ has been here, but why has not Christendom known of it? This is especially important, Mr. Reporter, and I desire that you would take it down. For nineteen centuries, Mr. Reporter, Christendom has been kept in ignorance of this event. All the ministers and Biblical students ought to have come here tonight, but they didn't. You will find the Apostles' explanation of this also important, Mr. Reporter, but I shall defer consideration of it until another lecture. Nineteen centuries have been afraid to face this thing, but after I have been abroad and shaken them up a little they'll come and hear me. Moody could only raise 300 people until he went abroad. Here is an item about Paul, Mr. Reporter, for Paul said Christ, would come again. Peter did not know what he was talking about. Please make a note of that, Mr. Reporter. The Christianity of Paul's Church has been a mockery, Mr. Reporter, and I wish you would note that fact. That is the reason the ministers are not here tonight. Moody shook them up a little, and maybe I will before I get through. Now, Mr. Reporter, I will give you the Biblical references only, because you will not have space for this argument. [Reads references.] They will only take seven or eight lines, Mr. Reporter: can't you put them in? Then these ministers can look them up tomorrow. I have only two more items, Mr. Reporter, and I'd like you to take them.' Please take these references also, Mr. Reporter. [Reading from I. John. ii,. 18] Thus you will see, Mr. Reporter, the antichrist has come. Now, Mr. Reporter, if you will note down I. John, iii., 2, and I. John, iii., 19, we will be almost through. "We will now examine Revelation in relation to Christ's coming. After I have read the references to the reporter I will explain them to the audience. I will give you the, references, Mr. Reporter. [Reads.] The substance of this is that Christ told them that He was coming quickly. The last words of John were that Christ was coming. Now I am almost through, Mr. Reporter: can't you take the rest? It is short. I told Mr. Hall if he wanted any money he could have it, for I want a good report of this lecture. This is going to turn Christendom upside down. I think this is destined to combine the Christian churches take that down, Mr. Reporter. By the way, I will give you the latter part of this, Mr. Reporter, if you don't want the trouble of writing it down. Here after we shall roam up and down history, sacred and profane. I'll have more people here that I have now. Corpernicus said the world was round, and everybody believed him mad. There may be some who will say I am mad." This report of his lecture was not satisfactory to Mr. Guiteau. He came to the office in person and professed to be outraged at the way in which he had been dealt with and the alleged injustice done him. He had been in before, with the lecture in full, which would have made a page or so of the paper, and was very angry because he couldn't get it printed. In addition to coming personally to complain of the report, he brought in an immensely long letter which he wanted printed. That favor was refused him. He then proposed to cut it down, but was informed that he was an unmitigated nuisance, and that nothing: whatever coming from him would be printed. He was furthermore, told to get out of the office and to stay out. Notwithstanding these repeated rebuffs he came up from time to time with copies of his lectures which he had succeeded in getting printed, and finally with his books. Soon after he was arrested in July of the same year for alleged embezzlement he again showed up, and insisted upon the publication of several columns of matter in proof of his innocence. He was again ordered out, and since then has been in the office only once or twice,-the last time about a year ago.
CHARLES M. FULLER.
Mr. Charles H. Fuller, an advertising agent, said of the assassin: " I knew Guiteau very well. When I was connected with the Chicago Post, in 1875, he came to me with a proposition to found a great daily newspaper, to be called the Chicago Globe. He issued a prospectus, and said he had made a contract with the Atlantic & Pacific Telegraph company for dispatches. He also showed me some correspondence relating to the purchase of presses. He talked loud about his resources, and said he had offered $75,000 for the Inter-Ocean. He also wanted to invest in the Post." He was about 35 years old, rather short, and not bad looking. He had a French accent, but not very marked. On some subjects he scorned rational, but I finally concluded that he was insane, and dropped him. After that I did not see him for years."
The description of Guiteau telegraphed from Washing brought to the mind of Miss Ada Sweet, the Pension Agent in this city, the image of a man who threatened to shoot her because she declined to give him a position in their office. This happened about three years ago. One day she received a letter begging for a place, but as it was one of many similar missives she paid no particular attention to it. Subsequently the writer whose name she does not now recollect as the letter was destroyed) called upon her at the office, then in the Marine Bank Building, and renewed his application verbally. She, however, gave him no encouragement. Several days afterward he came upon her rather suddenly while in her private room, and as he looked so haggard, and worn out, and disconsolate she listened to his story patiently, but told him she could do nothing for him. He suddenly jumped up from his chair and said to her: "Miss Sweet, if you have the love of God in your heart, look me straight in the eye." She was, of course, somewhat alarmed at his manner, and told him that the conversation must end. He told her 'that he carried a revolver, and she would hear from him again. This threat led her to believe that the man would do her bodily injury, so she called for one of the male clerks and had the man shown to the door. She never saw him afterwards, but for a Iong time expected that he would meet and perhaps shoot her. The description she gives of this individual agrees with that of Guiteau, even to his nose, which is slightly out of line. Guiteau was certainly in Chicago at that time and people who know him and have heard Miss Sweet's statement as to her encounter with him, have no doubt that he is the man who intimated that he could put her out of the way.
Mr. Manning, an attorney doing business in the Major Block, said: "A man by the name of Guiteau had desk-room in my office five or six years ago for about a month. He was a lawyer and a beat. He gave me his note for the month's rent, but never paid it. I put him out at the end of the month, and the next I heard of him, he was in the revival business with Moody and Sankey. He became prominent in the Young Men's Christian Association, and could make a very pathetic prayer. I have seen him on the street in front of Farwell Hall frequently, trying to induce people to go in. He was a small, slim man about 35 years of age."
June 4,1877, Guiteau issued a pamphlet of twenty pages containing his religious ideas that date the following "ad " appeared in a local evening paper: JUST OUT. CHARLES J. GUITEAU'S Great Lecture on CHRIST'S SECOND COMING, A. D. 70. There be some standing here which shall not taste of death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.— Matt., xvi., 28 When ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies then know that your redemption draweth nigh.—Luke. xxi., 20-23. Christ's second coming was an instantaneous event, in the clouds of Heaven directly over Jerusalem, the place of His greatest earthly agony. He came like a thief at night, snatched the righteous part of the primitive church and the righteous dead of the passed ages, and hurried with them into glory. Perhaps the memory of His,sufferings here haunted Him, and He tarried not.
A little late on Guiteau was told yesterday by a gentleman as a fact. Guiteau went to Mr. Blaine shortly after that gentleman's appointment and demanded the place of Consul to Vienna. Charles B. Farwell was standing near, and Guiteau referred to him, saying, "Farwell knows me for twenty years." After Guiteau, had left, Blaine asked who the man was, to which Farwell responded, " 0, he's only a Chicago man who is a little bit off. George W. Barrows, of No. 48 West Randolph street, informed a reporter that he had distinct recollection of Guiteau, who was a pettifogger in the Justices' courts about 1867 or 1868. He was known as the shyster French lawyer, and had only a small clientage. He was 30 years old at that time, wore light chin whiskers, had rather dark complexion, and had a very dangerous eye. He was thoroughly unprincipled and figured in numerous dishonest schemes. He had a partner named Marsh, and remained in this city four or five years. It was at this stage of affairs that he came to Chicago and passed himself off as a lawyer, though it does not appear that he ever studied Blackstone. He did not amount to anything as a lawyer, and figured only as a pettifogger in the Justices' court. The free-love doctrines which he had imbibed at Oneida manifested themselves on his return here by an amour in which he lived in marital relations to a woman who was not his wife. He left town soon after the fire, but returned periodically to weary with his visionary schemes the lives of those with whom he came in contact. Mr. Brawley said it was with reluctance that he spoke thus freely, for he was a warm friend of the elder Guiteau, but the son was unprincipled, and the black sheep of a most worthy flock. It was a mystery how he eked out an existence, for he never had any money, and seemed to be a natural-born deadbeat. As the reporter was leaving the house, one of the ladies showed him a letter of sympathy written by Mr. Garfield to a member of the family. The following extract will be of interest at this time:
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
WASHINGTON D. C:. Jan 15, 1875.— I have just heard of your great bereavement, and write you to say how deeply my heart goes out in sympathy for you in this crushing sorrow. I know how poor and weak are my words of condolence, and I know too, that I cannot measure the depth of grief which my own life has not experienced. I could never feel strong enough to confront the loss of a wife. J.A.G. MR. A. C. HESING said he believed he had known Guiteau for several years. The man used to haunt him, demanding recommendations to heads of departments in the.County and City Governments, so that he could get a position. Mr. Hesinig could not positively place the fellow, but felt almost certain that he (Hesing) had recommended him for a position under Gen. Herman Lieb, when the latter was County Clerk. Guiteau made himself prominent in ward politics as far back as 1873, and was everlastingly demanding rewards for his suppositious services. He took some part in the organization of Republican clubs among the French-speaking citizens, particularly in the Seventh and Eighth Wards. Finally he became so obnoxious that Mr. Hosing had to cut his acquaintance.
MR. JOHN DICKINSON,
who was found at the office of Frank Peabody, on Dearborn street, told the story of one of Guiteau's manifold love-scrapes. This partic ular manifestation occurred in, the summer or fall of 1879 and was only the outcome of an affair which had been spread over two years and more. Guiteau became enamored of a young lady, the daughter of a physician, and although the young woman by no means reciprocated his passion, he chose to assume that she did do so. He made frantic efforts to get a foothold in the house of her parents, and, when refused, wrote threatening letters to them. His claim at this time was that the girl was dead in love with him, and that only her parents stood between him and all that was worth having on this earth. Finally Mr. Guiteau one night attempted to force his way into the house where the young lady lived and a gentleman (the native modesty of Mr. Dickinson forbade him giving the name) was called in to eject the obnoxious intruder. This he did, at toe of boot, Mr. Guiteau not offering any resistance Again the lovesick swain called at the house, and this time he was compelled by threats of varied evils to promise never to offend in a similar manner. Notwithstanding this solem promise he again prowled around, and finally visited the house once more. This time there was a violent personal conflict in which the gentleman (whose name Mr. John Dickinson's modesty did not permit him to mention) was, as usual, successful. Once more Guiteau was pounded and kicked, and this last experience so powerfully affected him that he abandoned the demonstration of his amatory proclivities in this direction. Austin J. Doyle, the Secretary of the Police Department said: "I know Guiteau quite well. He came to Chicago in 1867. He was tall, dark complexioned and had very long black hair and a very heavy black mustache.
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