1895 Lawsuit Gets Heated at Times


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 6/25/1895.

The law suit between Dr. I.C. White and R.F. Hickman, which has been attracting so much attention for some time was brought to a terminus before Squire Elliott, on Leading creek, last Tuesday night about midnight.  It was tried by a jury who found for defendant Hickman.  The history of the case briefly told is about as follows:  During the early days of May, last, forest fire got into and burned some fence for Dr. White.  About the same time Hickman had fire in a clearing and the fire which burned White's fence came from the direction of Hickman's clearing, after which the Dr. and others made an examination of the premises, and believing he had sufficient evidence to prove that the fire did come from Hickman's clearing, suit was brought for damage.  There were about thirty witnesses examined in the case and from the deportment of some of them it was apparent that some bitter feeling existed, and the bouts between Attorneys Ferrell for the plaintiff and Stevenson for the defendant, looked at times like there might be bloodshed, provided some one else would do the fighting.  Ye Editor who was a disinterested spectator at the trial spent a pleasant day in the leafy grove, met a number of acquaintances and friends, secured several new subscribers, collected some money, enjoyed the hospitality of Wash Freed and his estimable lady, and last, but not least, ate the greater portion of a fine pike for dinner, which was duly appreciated.  After the verdict of the jury, accompanied by J.T. Waldo and Attorney Stevenson, we hit the path for home, rounding into town between three and four o'clock a.m., feeling that we had been well paid for our journey.  We hope to meet the good people of Leading creek and vicinity, but we also hope it will be under more favorable circumstances or, at least, when they are not in a throes of excitement over a law suit between two neighbors.