From the Richmond Dispatch,
THE LIBBY-PRISON SALE.
Expectation that the First Payment Will Be Made To-Day.
Mr. W. H. Gray, the chief mover in the scheme to purchase
Libby Prison and remove it to Chicago, had several conferences yesterday with
Messrs. Rawlings & Rose, the real estate agents, and the arrangement is that
the sale will be concluded to-day by the payment of a considerable portion of
the purchase-money. If that is not done a large sum will be paid down for the
extension of the option.
Mr. Gray and not Mr. Hallowell, the architect who came with
him from Washington, were busy yesterday figuring on the cost of taking down and
shipping the building. Notwithstanding the fact that a great deal of the
material will have to boxed up or shipped in box-cars (to save it from the hands
of relic-hunters), it is ascertained that the sum necessary to be expended for
freight will be less than was at first supposed. It will not exceed $8,000. Mr.
Rawlings confidently expects that the transaction will be closed to-day, though
the exact form in which the deeds will be drawn cannot now be stated.
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