Contributed by Gigimo
Description: He Would Sell Whiskey. B. C. Kistner, of Cleveland, Attempts to Go into the Bootleg Business. Is Detected and Sent to Springfield.Date: February 3 1900
Newspaper published in: Carbondale, IL
One B. C. Kistner, a stranger hailing from Cleveland, O., dropped into town one day this week, and observing that one of our saloons had just closed its doors, he proceeded to invest his spare cash in bottled goods and to peddle the same around at a slight profit to himself. The profit, however, is supposed to have come from the gentleman's way of handling the goods, as by dividing the contents of one bottle into two and then filling the remainder of both bottles of water and adding thereto some tobacco he doubled his stock and profit. He disposed of one bottle to Pete Usselton and the fact soon came to the ears of Marshal Robertson. U. S. Marshal T. L. Dowell also happened to be in town and they took the would be merchant in charge. He was given a preliminary trial before U. S. Commissioner Caldwell Thursday afternoon and confessed and was taken to Springfield where Judge Allen will assess the penalty.