Mr. Von der Ahe last night [February 12] was sent to jail for the first time since his abduction last Monday night. He and his attorneys waited long and patiently, either for some one at arrive from St. Louis to release Chris or to send the money which is needed to square up the judgment against him. Neither arrived and Von der Ahe will stay in jail at least until Monday, when, he thinks, the money will arrive, as Attorney Glover wired that it would be here by Monday sure. Von der Ahe when searched by Deputy Warden Soffel gritted his teeth. His watch, rings and diamond studs were taken from him. He had very little money.
Whether Chris will be allowed to breathe the air of liberty on Monday is a debatable question. A demand was made Saturday in legal form that when Baldwin's money arrives W.A. Nimick's expenses will be paid out first before the Baldwin claim is settled. This bill of expenses amounts to exactly $917.25, the cost of bringing Chris from St. Louis against his will, and paying all fees connected with that operation. Von der Ahe's lawyers will stoutly oppose this claim and will proffer the Sheriff the amount of Baldwin's claim. Should it be refused another legal fight will be made and while it continues Von der Ahe may have to remain in durance vile.
A second complication has arisen over the fact that the Sheriff has no authority to satisfy the Baldwin claim. The Prothonotary, as custodian of the records in the case, is said to be the proper person and some legal difficulties are said to intervene. It is said that the Sheriff's duty ceased when he executed the writ by placing Von der Ahe in jail, and that to get him out the Baldwin claim must not only be paid, but considerable red tape will have to be unwound.
Chris' Lawyer's View.
Scott Ferguson, attorney for "Der Poss," said: "If the money arrives Monday morning I shall make a tender of the amount of Baldwin's claim, and if it be refused on the ground that Mr. Nimick's bill of expense is to be satisfied first, we will make a big legal fight, one of the hottest this country has ever known."
Mr. Von der Ahe was almost heart-broken when told he would have to spend Sunday behind bars. He is worried over the estrangement with his wife. If they were living together he might be able to get her signature to the sale of some property and realize the amount of the pressing claims.
-Sporting Life, February 19, 1898
It's the definition of tragic.