Ex-President Von der Ahe, of the St. Louis Club, after a week of distress, humiliation and physical and mental agony, is to be again a free man, thanks, not to his former fair-weather friends and neighbors at home, but to his fellow League magnates, headed by lovyal and generous Frank Robison, of Cleveland. These gentlemen, when all others failed, decided to advance the funds to liberate Mr. Von der Ahe, thus placing one more noble action to the credit of the rulers of base ball. This will end the disgraceful Von der Ahe kidnapping case for the present, but Mr. Von der Ahe will doubtless not rest until all the instigators and participants in the flagrant outrage have been reckoned with. Though the abduction proceeding has been declared legal under common law, in itself a relic of mediaeval barbarism, nevertheless, the violent abduction, handcuffing and incarceration of an ordinary debtor like a common criminal will remain in the public mind a flagrant perversion of the spirit of the law and an outrageous subversion of citizen right, incompatible with boasted American nineteenth century civilization. If there is any way to obtain satisfaction for the ignominy heaped upon him Mr. Von der Ahe should leave no stone unturned to obtain it, if only to discourage future outrages upon others, to which the decision in this case opens wide the door.
-Sporting Life, February 19, 1898
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