President Von der Ahe was greatly surprised at the verdict of the jury in the Baldwin damage suit. Mr. Von der Ahe says he has made no attempt to compromise the case with Baldwin, nor does he intend to make any. He will fight it out if it takes all summer and several winters.
"One of Baldwin's witnesses by the name of Hoffman testified that he was in St. Louis between March 1 and 15, 1891," said Mr. Von der Ahe, "that he stopped at the Laclede Hotel continuously during his stay in St. Louis. The managers of the Laclede Hotel inform me that no such man ever stopped there; that his name does not appear on the register This ought to be sufficient to show cause for a new trial. If a man stops at a hotel any time it is a pretty easy matter to find his name on the register."
After A New Trail.
President Von der Ahe has instructed his attorney to proceed with the application for a new trial. Mr. Von der Ahe says that the judgment will not be collected until the higher Courts have affirmed the verdict. The defendant's attorneys are already securing depositions to carry up the case. A motion for a new trial has been made. Attorney J.S. Ferguson, in his motion, declares the verdict indicates not only by its amount, but by the fact of the verdict, either gross inattention to the evidence and charge of the Court on the part of the jury, or partisanship or bias in favor of the plaintiff.
-Sporting Life, June 1, 1895
The other thing that stands out to me here is the extent to which Von der Ahe was willing to fight. It is very similar to his behavior during the St. Louis Muddle in 1898, when he was fighting to keep control of the Browns. You can say what you want about Von der Ahe but the guy was a fighter. I referred to it, not that long ago, as stubbornness and there's no doubt that was a part of it. But Von der Ahe was willing to fight and use every avenue available to him in order to get his way. A different man would have just paid Baldwin off but Von der Ahe fought him for a good part of a decade.