Chris Von der Ahe, principal owner of the St. Louis Club, of the National League and American Association, was kidnapped at St. Louis, Mo., on Feb. 7, and taken to Pittsburg, Pa., by a couple of detectives from the latter place. The arrest was made at the instigation of W.A. Nimick, former president of the Pittsburg Club, who went on Von der Ahe's bond when the latter was arrested at Pittsburg on the charge preferred by Pitcher Mark Baldwin. The litigation between Baldwin and Von der Ahe was commenced in 1891 and grew out of a suit between the National League and the American Association. Baldwin was connected with the Pittsburg Club, of the National League, and Von der Ahe was president of the St. Louis Club, of the American Assocition.
The former went to St. Louis to see Pitcher King, and was arrested on a charge of conspiracy preferred by Von der Ahe. When the case was tried Baldwin was discharged. He then brought suit against Von der Ahe for malicious prosectuion and asked $10,000 damages. Von der Ahe was arrested in Pittsburg and Nimick became his surety. The case was tried twice and verdicts given both times for $2,500. Von der Ahe appealed to the Sumpreme Court, but the lower court was sustained. As nothing was secured on an execution issued against Von der Ahe and the sheriff made a return that the defendant could nto be found in the county, his bondsman, Nimick, decided to have him brought to this city to forestall proceedings for recovery on the bond.
Von der Ahe and the officers arrived at Pittsburg on the evening of Feb. 8, and was released inside the jail door by means of a writ of habeas corpus secured late that evening by his riends after a lively altercation between the detective and Clerk Gamble, of the United States Circuit Court. J. Scott Ferguson, Von der Ahe's attorney, went his bail in $2,700 for his appearance in the United States Circuit Court on the following day. Half an hour after his arrival at Pittsburg Von der Ahe was again a free man, and walked down the street with his lawyers.
-New York Clipper, February 19, 1898
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