Chris Von der Ahe, principal stockholder in the St. Louis Club, was taken into the United States District Court at Pittsburg, Pa., Feb. 24, to hear Judge Buffington's decision in the habeas corpus case. The Court found that the prisoner was legally detained in the custody of Warden McAlleese, but at the same time was entitled to liberation from jail on suitable bail pending an appeal from the decision of the United States Circuit Court to the United States Supreme Court. There was some delay in fixing the bond for the reason that C.W. Ashley, representing Mark Baldwin, insisted that it should require the payment of the claims against Von der Ahe in Allegheny County, in default of the surrender of his body in case the decision against him by the Supreme Court should be adverse. At his suggestion Judge Buffington required the bond to be amended so that it not only requires the appearance of the defendant when wanted, but would also agree to pay the Baldwin judgment and costs, and guarantee that the appeal would be prosecuted in good faith. A new bond, covering this point, was finally drawn up, and Von der Ahe was given his freedom. the bond is furnished by the Mercantile Trust Company. There will be no necessity now for kidnapping Von der Ahe should he forfeit his bond. He can be arrested any place in the United States, and brought to Allegheny County on a simple order of removal from the United States Judge in whose district he is taken. To secure the Mercantile Trust Company, President W.H. Watkins, of the Pittsburg Club, gave Attorney Potter a check for $2,500. That evening Von der Ahe left for his home at St. Louis. "The matter now goes back to the original case," said J. Scott Ferguson, Von der Ahe's attorney, "and I will go to Washington next week to file an appeal, if the papers are ready by that time. We will push the matter at an end now, and if we are successful, as I think we will be, somebody will spend ten years of his life behind the bars of a Missouri jail for the forcible abduction of Mr. Von der Ahe."
-New York Clipper, March 5, 1898
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