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Gebhardt Has Gone

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Parent Issue
Day
14
Month
April
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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Ju riio village of Saline there is great exoiternent over the unaccouutable disappearance of Bernard Geohardij, wbo had made arrangernents to open a uew hotel Moiiday. He left on Thursday for Detroir to buy some goods for the hotel, aud iuformed bis wife he woald be home Friday evening arid if anything prevented bis coming tben he Viould snrely be back Satnrday niorning. He came not aud telephone messáges were sent. From these and the visit of Sheriff Gillen to Detroit, ;he following facts are gleaued. Mr. 5ebhardt called at the saloon of Wiliiam Gaffney and left some packages ;here saying he woi'ld cali' for them on lis way home. He theu called at A. Koch's grocery corner Fort and Beaub ien sts., where he said he was on his way to see soine wholesale grocers to jny goods for his hotel. He was isked to stay all nigbt. He auswered that he would visit Adolph Frank, a cousin of bis wife, and thonght he wonld stay there all night. If he did uot be wonld come back ro Mr. Koch's. He seerus uot to bave gone to Mr. Frank's at all. Here all trace oí Gebhardt disappears. Mr. Gebbardt came to Saline about a year ago and rented the bakery of John Frank. He proved to be a most expert, up to date baker. He was very iadustrious and workd np a very large trade. He seemed like au houest, hard workiug Germán' speaking English a little brokenly. He was a very pleasant talker and made friends with everybody, and was universally liked. He understood how to make himself particnlarly agreeable to John Frank and his estimable daugbter. This resulted in an engagment and bis marriage sonie six weeks ago to Miss Rosa Frank. His inflnence was so great with Mr. Frank that the latter fitted up bis bakery building into a hotel, wbich was to have been called Hotel Saline. All modern improveraents are to be fouud in this hotel. There is a large restaurant room, large diniug room, each bed room was lighted by acetylene gas, hot and cold water bath rooms, closets, steel ranges in kitchen and a fine uew furnace are in place. In fact everything that goes to make np a modern hotel was in the building. It had beeu arranged to open the hotel Monday. The Saline Band was to be present, and a general gathering of everybody expected. Mr. Gebbardt claimed his age as 48 years, hut many who knew him tbought üe was over 50 probably 51 or 52 years. He was a glib talker and spoke of his interests in African goldmines. He also claímedto o:?n real estáte iu New York city. He told of his travels in Australia and other parts of the world. He had spent two years in Cuba and cooked for surveying parties oa the Nicaragnan isthmus. He also claimed that at one time he rau a large restanrant in New York city. He was an industrious man, woririug 15 hours the day he left Saline. He seerned to bave no bad habits and treated bis six weeKs' bride with affection. When he carne to Saline he seemed to be flush with money and spent it freely. The reason he gave why he settled down in Saline was that he was tired of the turmoil aud excitemeut of the world, and wanted to end his days iu a quier it.t.le villaee like Saline. His mauy creditors natnrally feel worked up at Lis sudden disappcarauce. How mnch his fathér-in-law has advanced aud is liable tor bas uot ver been fully ascertained. Bcfore leaving S&line Gebhardt drew $235 out of the oauk. He borrowed at least 20 in cafjh from Mr. Frank who signed fcwo nejes aggregating SSOO. Art Glasier, aud each saloonkeeper of the village loaued hiui $20. He owed Fris? & Mirjnette, miJlers, f400 for flour, Charles Olarke the furniture dealer for furuiture iu the hotel, hardware aud lamber dealers and plumbers, iu fact everybody with whom he had business relations. Tbe estiraates of the money he took with him, vary from 1,000 to $2,000. üu Thursday ou his way to the depot Gebbardt oought .& horse from H. C. Lambkiu for $70 ' He offered 60 for the horse aud Lambkiu wanted 80. After some argnmeut they split the differeuce. Gebhardt told Lambkin to put the horse iuto his stable aud he would pay him for the horse when he got back from Detroit. If Lambkiu could not wait he should cali at tbe bakery aud the mouey would be paid him. On Satnrday evening.Mr. Frank levied ou Gebhardt's stuff to try and protect himself asfar as he could. Mrs. Gebhardt is heart brokeu and nutil Saturday uight bejieved her busband would returu. Sbe bas the sympathy of eveyque that kuows her There were at flrst snspicions of foul play, but all the circumstauces seem to indícate that this was uot the case. It ís diflicult for tbose that kuew Gebhardt to believe that he was au adventurer, who stopped in Saline to amuse himself and get what mouey he could out of the honest people. His hard workiug, industrious babits seem to deny this. Fnrther tidings are auxiously looked forward to, but may not come as he seerns to have left uo trace whatever bebind him. The whole story seeru3 like an oíd time novel. A stranger carne, made hiinselí' liked, loved, married a fair bride, and just before reachiug the fnllest measnre of bis snccess he disappears. LATER. No new developrnents have apppared in the Bernard Gebhardt case in Saline. Why Gbbhardt left is more inexplicable fchan ever. In no way can it be learned that Gerbhardt has done anything in violation of law exoepfc, jf true, that be has inteutionally deserted bis wife. His condnct since coming to Saline has been closely investigated and his leaviug is as rnuch a seven days wonder as ever. As uear as can be ascertained Gebhardt arrived in Saline with more stnff than he tuok away. He biought f700' worth of flour as well as many other thiugs from New York. It is believed he took away with him only 360 in cash leaving everything evt-u his best suit of clothes. He was canful and frugal to the last. ün the inorning of the day he left he got up at 1 o'clock and worked uutil S o'clock in the afternoon. He gave his wife mouey to pay tbe help. She spoke of putting down a carpet. Qebhardt anewered his wife that they had better wait until after the opening of the hotel as the carpet was too goodSo be soiled. He left everything in charge of nis wife giving her directions as to wbat she shoukl do duriug his absence. He had gained the confldence of all tbe business men in Saline and could if he had desired pulled tbeir leg for a large aiuount. The hotel will be opened by Mr. Frank's son-in-law Mr. Alber. The whole trouble is wearing on Mr. Frank who is upwards of Ï0 years of age. Mrs. Gebhardt is heart broken and has the sympathy of everyone.