Chris Von der Ahe wants $50,000 for being kidnapped. Yesterday afternoon [February 14], in Judge Withrow's Court, his attorney filed a counter claim in the Baldwin suit against the man instrumental in having him abducted. Some time ago Baldwin filed suit against Von der Ahe for $2797.09, on the judgment recovered in Pittsburg. Von der Ahe, by his attorney, now files answer and counter claim that on Feb. 10, 1898, Von der Ahe was forcibly seized and illegally and with the consent and connivence of Baldwin taken out of the State. He prays for $50,000 and costs. Von der Ahe denies all the allegations in this additional suit and bases his counter claim on an averment that Baldwin instigated the kidnapping affair.
To Be Investigated.
The kidnapping of Von der Ahe was brought officially before the St. Louis Grand Jury this morning. John M. Glover, the base ball man's attorney, was at the Four Courts bright and early. He was loaded down with legal documents and was surrounded with an air of mystery. Though he was seen in the Grand Jury ante room, Mr. Glover declined to state whether he was going to ask the Grand Jury to investigate the case or not. Assistant Circuit Attorney Hodgdon said he was not at liberty to discuss the matter until the Grand Jury had reported on the case.
An Old Judgment.
A brief decision in an old case against Chris Von der Ahe was handed down yesterday by the Court of Appeals. Clemens Whirlwind, an Indian who exhibited at Sportsman's Park some years ago, obtained a judgment for salary. The Court of Appeals affirmed the case in 1896. The question of jurisdiction was raised and the Appellate Court sent the case to the Supreme Court, which decided that the Appellate Court had jurisdiction.
Mr. Soden Misquoted.
According to a dispatch from Boston President Soden was misrepresented in the dispatch which made him appear as unwilling to contribute his share toward helping Chris Von der Ahe out of jail. Mr. Soden said to-day that he had wired Mr. Young that the Boston Club would give its share provided the other clubs did the same, but he was decidedly opposed to taking the money out of the guarantee fund of the League because he considered that it was not strictly a base ball matter.
-Sporting Life, February 29, 1896
Here's something interesting to consider: As Von der Ahe was sitting in a Pittsburgh jail, on a level of 1 to 10, where do you think his hatred of Mark Baldwin rated? Easily a 10, right? Probably an 11. I think Von der Ahe's hatred easily went to 11.