|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 8/19/1915.
For the first time in several years a conviction in an unlawful retailing
case was secured. Sam Kelley, who stood indicted for selling rhubarb
wine, was found guilty after a jury trial lasting several hours.
Court adjourned for the day Tuesday evening with the jury out and unable
to agree. The jury was held over and Wednesday morning it brought
in a verdict of guilty. But during the time between sessions Kelley
left town, he not being under bond or in custody of the sheriff.
When the judge called for Kelley to stand up for sentence it was found
that he was gone evidently fearing an adverse decision. The offence
was committed at the Farmers' Institute at Mt. Zion last year and the only
witness for the state was Isaac Hersman, of Jesse's Run. It was shown
that the rhubarb wine had a powerful kick and would bring the results.
A capias was issued but the sheriff was unable to locate Kelley before
adjournment of court.