Twenty-Five Years Ago He Was a Prominent Merchant Here.

St. Louis relatives have been advised that John F. Slevln died in Salud, Cuba, on July 21. He was 72 years old, and twenty-five years ago was a prominent wholesale dry goods merchant of this city.

Mr. Slevln was a first cousin of E.C. Slevln, attorney, Lincoln Trust building, and Louis R. Slevln of the Norvell-Shapleigh Hardware Company. His wife, who died several years ago, was formerly Miss De Laureal, a member of an old French family, and was related to President Hornsby of the City Council.

The father of John F. Slevln was one of five brothers, who owned a chain of wholesale dry goods houses in New York, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Louisville. For many years, until 1877, the stores were among the larerst establishments in the country. The St. Louis store was owned by Bernard and his nephew, John F. Slevin, and was located on Main, between Pine and Olive streets.

John F. Slevln removed to Florida, where he owned large orange groves, and also had extensive interests In Cuba, where he died. He leaves two sons, Louis and Laureal Slevln, and two daughters, one of whom is the wife of a naval officer. They were with him in Cuba.

St. Louis (Missouri) Republic, August 6, 1903.