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The Railroads In Trouble

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The circuit court has been engaged in the railroad business this week, in every case that has beeu tried this week the defendanthaving been a railroad Corporation. Sorne time ago Mathew Jensen, oL Lima, was driviug across the tracks of the M. C. R. R. in Lima township when his wagon was struck by the engine of a west-bound train, Mr. Jensen being thrown out and having his left arm broken and his back liurt. He claimed that he was injured through the negligence of the employés of the company and brought suit for $10,000 damages. Af ter hearing the evidence and deliberating on it several hours, the jury Tuesday eveuing brought in a verdict of no cause of action. A minor, Florence Stevenson, was injured some time ago by falliug through a M. C. R. R. bridge at Ypsilanti. On Tuesday, George Stevenson was appointed next i'riend for the purpose of settling with the railroad j pany, and a judgment for $750 damages was entered by consent of both parties. On Dec. 17th, 1889, Elmer L. Van Dusen, a brakeman on the T. & A. A.. was killed in the Michigan Central yards in this city. He was engaged in transferring cars from the T. & A. A. to the Michigan Central tracks, and was struck by a Michigan Central yard engine and killed. The administrator i of his estáte, Charles Farmer, commenced suit igainst the M. C. R. B. in the Clinton county circuit court for $20,000 damages. The case was tried twice, the ürst resultingina verdict for the plaintiff and the second for the defendant. A third trial and u change of venue to this county has been granted. A. J. Sawyer, who novv takes hold of tjie case, didn't like the original deelariition in the case and was granted pennissionto amendthe same. On Dec, 5tli, George E. Darrovv and Samuel McMullen boarded the local freight train on the ï. & A. A. to go to Milan. They went to tlie depot to procure tickets, but the office beingclosed, I they were unable to do so. They then went to the yards and got into the caboose. A brakeman there asked them if they had tickets and on being informed that they hadn't, they gave him a dollar to pay their fares. As the train arrived near Pittsfield Junction, the conductor demanded their tickets, and told them that they would have to be provided or they couldn't ride. Darrow got out and tried to buy tickets there but the station agent told him that he didn't have time to get them, and Darrow again boarded the train. Wbftn the train had gone about a mile the conductor stopped the train and orderèd them off, as it was against the rules to curry passengere without tickets, even if they offered to pay their fares. Darrow and McMullen walked ■back- the Jiuict:"ii .and v ,iiu . i'or ■jhe train to bring the: in hou began a snit against the company lor damages, and Darrow's snit being tried he was awarded $100 by a jury Wedneaday. The case of Fred S. Schaible against the L. S. & M. 8. Ey Co. was oommenced Wednesday. On May 81st, 1S90, Schaibie w:is in the employ of the company and while working on the track at Manchester he was struck by ii car which waa being shunted on to a side-track. He was knocked down and had his right leg and left heel crushed and was luid up lor ten months, for which he commenced suit for $10,000 as damages. The jury awarded him a verdict of $900 last night.


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