Sale of glass works off; man purporting to represent the U.S. Glass Company in Pittsburgh has left town


Publication: The Cadiz Republican

Cadiz, OH, United States
vol. 72, p. 3, col. 3

The Sale of the Glass Works

Declared "Off."


About three or four weeks ago a gentleman arrived at this place, giving his name as John White, and representing himself to be the agent of the U. S. Glass Co., of Pittsburgh. He made the acquaintance of the Directors of the Cadiz Glass Works and entered into negotiations with them for the purchase of their Works. After negotiations pending for two or three weeks he finally entered into an agreement for the purchase of the Works, at a certain sum agreed upon, stating that the object of his company was to change the Works here so as to manufacture table ware.

The contract was entirely straight, and although no money had passed Mr. White took formal possession of the Works and employed several men and set them to work in making necessary repairs on the grounds and buildings. But he never paid them a cent. Mean-time the gentleman had rented a dwelling house and moved his family here, consisting of his wife and six small children. He made numerous purchases of groceries, shoes, clothing, &c., all on trust. He contracted for a suit, of clothing for himself, of Timmons and Lloyd, bought a gold watch from Mr. John Carmody, engineer on the Branch, for which he gave his check for one hundred dollars, stating that he had no money in the Bank at the time, but he would have plenty as soon as the Works started up, and made himself at home in general. If he succeeded in borrowing any money from any one in town the fact is not known to the public, though he made some efforts in that direction.

On last Friday morning the gentleman hired a carriage and team from Mr. J. W. Grimes, took his family and trunks, and drove to Bloomfield station on the P. C. & St. L. Railroad, taking the train there for Pittsburgh, having the team hitched to the fence, without any directions for its care to any one. Mr. O. Slemmons, who went to Pittsburgh the following day, could find no trace of him, nor of the firm which he pretended to represent, but learned that a man and family answering the description of this one had taken a train there for Baltimore.

Mr. White was about thirty five or forty years of age, medium height and build, and slightly crossed eyed. The impression here is that he had some game in view, some scheme for making a big haul of some kind, but finding that he couldn't make it work, decided to leave suddenly for other fields. All that he got in Cadiz wouldn't pay him even cheap wages for the time occupied. With the exception of the watch, he got nothing of any considerable value. He bought a bill of goods at Wright's store amounting to thirty-five dollars, but Mr. Wright instructed his messenger who delivered the goods at Mr. White's house, not to leave them there unless paid for, and as they were not paid for they were brought back. His successful purchases on trust were groceries and shoes.

Although Mr. White and family were apparently "keeping house," they went about it in an unusual sort of a way. They had no bedstead, nor cooking stove, nor chair nor table. all their household goods were packed in a few trunks, which they took away with them. Just why they came here, whither they came, and whither they went, are mysteries, which are not likely ever to be fathomed.

Meantime the Glass Works are still here, and are for sale on reasonable terms.


Keywords:Cadiz Glass Company
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Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:January 17, 2009 by: Bob Stahr;