Mark Baldwin, of the Pittsburg Club, returned Nov. 16 from Philadelphia, where he had gone to attend a hearing in his suit for false imprisonment against President Von der Ahe, of the St. Louis Club. Baldwin says he and his attorney were ready to proceed with the case, while Von der Ahe was absent, and his attorney present to plead for another delay. The case was again postponed to January on motion of Von der Ahe's lawyer. This time the St. Louis people set up the plea that during the time which had elapsed since the last postponement of the case the senior counsel for Von der Ahe, McKinley, had died. Brady, who was to continue the case stated that in the trial lists published he had not seen his name, and, therefore, wanted time to prepare the case. Baldwin is determined to make Von der Ahe pay for his imprisonment, and has about given up the idea of compromising the suit. Shortly before McKinley's death, that lawyer went to Baldwin's counsel and wanted to settle the matter for $1,200. On being informed of this Baldwin consented to a settlement for $3,500. Baldwin is certain that he will win and get heavy damage.
-New York Clipper, December 3, 1892
Regardless of all of that, the most interesting thing we learn here is that there were talks of a settlement between Von der Ahe and Baldwin's lawyers. One would imagine that if Baldwin wasn't so intent on getting revenge against Von der Ahe, this thing could have been settled for two grand.