Washington, D.C., Jan. 4. - Chris Von der Ahe and his attorney, William Kinnerk, arrived in town last Friday, and immediately summoned President Nick Young, of the National League, to appear before Notary Reilly in Edward A. Neuman's office to give testimony with regard to the franchise granted to the St. Louis Club. Mr. Kinnerk wants to prove by Mr. Young that the franchise was issued to the St. Louis Base Ball Association and not to the Sportsman's Park and Club. Sportsman's Park and Club, Mr. Kinnerk claims, has only had the use of the franchise by the sufferance of Mr. Von der Ahe, and no transfer, he says, was ever made.
Mr. Kinnerk encountered a stumbling block in Mr. Young. When the League president appeared before the notary he refused to be sworn. He said he had the advice of the best attorneys that he could not be compelled to give his deposition for use in an action pending in a State Court, and as he had trouble enough of his own, he did not desire to get into the St. Louis muss. Mr. Young's refusal ended the proceedings before the notary...
On Saturday Mr. Kinnerk went before the Supreme Court of the District to obtain an order which would compel Nick Young, the president of the League, to give his testimony in regard to the ownership of the St. Louis Base Ball Club franchise. After hearing Mr. Kinnerk's argument the judge issued a subpoena for Mr. Young to appear before Notary Reilly...Mr. Young failed to make his appearance at the time set.
To Force Uncle Nick.
Mr. Kinnerk went to the Court House to have an attachment issued for Mr. Young's arrest for contempt. He found the Court closed...until Tuesday...Mr. Kinnerk took the train for St. Louis Saturday, leaving the case in the hands of Attorney Thomas Rodgers...
Mr. Rodgers went into court yesterday to ask for an attachment for President Young to bring him into court and either compel him to give his deposition or be punished for contempt. The hearing developed the fact that there has been a slight technical error in the service of the subpoena and the statement was refused. Mr. Rodgers then asked for another order for a subpoena commanding the appearance of President Nicholas Young today, at 2 P.M., which the Court ordered issued.
Rodgers' Erroneous Conclusion.
"The more I study the case," said Mr. Rodgers last evening, "the more thoroughly am I satisfied that there is a deliberate attempt by the majority of the club owners of the National Leauge, aided and abetted by Receiver Muckenfuss, to freeze Von der Ahe out."
-Sporting Life, January 7, 1899
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