From the New York Times, 11/28/1892

WAR RELICS FOR CHICAGO.
TO BE EXHIBITED IN THE RECONSTRUCTED LIBBY PRISON.

PHILADELPHIA, NOV. 27. – Four trunks full of war relics and two distinguished men were at the Continental Hotel for a few hours this afternoon. C. F. Gunther and the Rev. F. W. Gunsalus of the Plymouth Tabernacle, Chicago, stopped over in town on their way back to the Windy City from the far South.

They have been collecting the relics for the World’s Fair, and neither time nor money has been spared in the effort to gather in for the exhibition everything that was worth exhibiting. The stuff that was too bulky to be packed in the trunks was shipped by express.

Three years ago Mr. Gunther bought the old Libby Prison for $14,000, and at heavy expense had it shipped to Chicago, where brick by brick and board by board it was put up exactly as it stood during the war. The relics collected now are to be arranged inside the structure, and the whole thing will be open to World’s Fair visitors.

Mr. Gunther wanted to transfer Independence Hall to Chicago, too, but to-day he admitted that the transfer was a physical impossibility, even if Philadelphians would let it go.

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