Mark Baldwin, the ex-professional pitcher, on Aug. 2, at Pittsburg, Pa., entered suit for $1,000 against W.A. Nimick. The action grows out of the damage suit of Baldwin against President Von der Ahe, of the St. Louis Club, for false arrest, in which he got a verdict for $2,525. Baldwin issued a capias for Von der Ahe's arrest, and entered judgment against him for the amount of the verdict. Nimick went bail for Von der Ahe in the sum of $1,000 on the capias proceedings. Von der Ahe has appealed to the Supreme Court, but Baldwin alleges that he has not given bail to obtain the supersedeas. The plaintiff claims Von der Ahe has never appeared to pay off the judgment, and Nimick is responsible for $1,000 which Baldwin's counsel holds should be paid on the judgment. W.A. Nimick was some years ago president of the Pittsburg Club.
-New York Clipper, August 14, 1897
Earlier in this little series of posts, we learned what a capias warrant was and now we get to learn about a supersedeas bond. Wikipedia, quoting Black's Law Dictionary, defines a supersedeas bond as "[A] bond required of one who petitions to set aside a judgment or execution and from which the other party may be made whole if the action is unsuccessful." According to The Law Dictionary.org, supersedeas is a "writ ordering the suspension or superseding of another writ previously issued. It directs the officer to whom it is issued to refrain from executing or acting under another writ which is in his hands or may come to him."
The capias warrant, for which Nimick posted the bail, was issued to force Von der Ahe to appear in court to face Baldwin's charges. Von der Ahe did appear and I have no idea why that money would have to be forfeited. The money wasn't paid as a supersedeas bond, as even Baldwin admits. But I'm not a lawyer and don't know much about all of this.
What I do know is that Von der Ahe hadn't paid Baldwin his money by August of 1897 and Baldwin wanted his money. Von der Ahe, however, was still appealing the decision. He had tried to reach a compromise with Baldwin, although you have to think that they were way too far down the line for that, and it's obvious that he wasn't going to pay Baldwin until he absolutely had to do so.