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"it Is Simply Ridiculous"

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Parent Issue
Day
3
Month
November
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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Alonzo Raiies, the law student against whom sueh a seusatioiial snit lias been started in the circuit conrt by Mrs. Mary Aim Fields, of Howell, was seen by the Argus in regard to his side of thej story, and he told it very clearly. He does not appear to be a man who would be guilty of so criminal a thing as Mrs. Fields sets up in her bill of I. complaint. , . Says he : ' 'It is simply ridiculons. I was rooming here at Miss Prescott's house during her last sickness. I knew that she fairly hated Mrs. Fields and had cut her off in her will so that slie would not get a cent. Mrs. Fields came on here to care for Miss Prescott, and I did I what could to smooth over the family disagreement. Finally Miss Prescott consented to have another will drawn iip.and Mr. Burgess, a law student, prepared the document. Now, you couldn't get Burgess to do anything wrong any more tlian - why, tlie best person on earth. Now, the fact is that Miss Prescott was so weak and was in such a condition when she executed the will that I had to hold her hand and pen up when she made the mark. After her death, Mrs. Fields came to me in all gratitude,and said she would not have got a oent but for me. Then she made a proposition. All she wauted, she said, was $1,000 clear out of the property. She told me if I could get it for her she would give me f 100. I tried and failed. . Then I figured up tne cieots uu founu thtu if sne paia all claims against the estáte, by giving her 3,260, she would just clear $1,000. She gave me a land contract for it at that amount. ' ' ' ' Was there a former will leaving all to a church?" he was asked. "Well, I won't say anything about that until the time comes. Mrs. Fields is a very suspicious woman and has been led into this by others, I presume. At least, she never made any demands on me. Any story of fratid r intimidation is simply false. Her whole bill is ridiculous. "