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Against A Law Student

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Mrs. Mary Arm Fields, of Howell, has ftled a 'bilí of complaint in the Waslitenaw Circuit court agaiust Alonzo H. Ranes, a law student from Taylorville, 111. , and Henry A. Weaver anotlier student, who is a brotherin-law of Ranes,and Henry E. Burgess, who is also a law student. Waever aud Burgess seem to be brought into the case mereiy as a matte)1 of form, but the most sensational charges are made against Ranes. In fact, it is so very sensational, the charges are of such a serious character, that the public is advised to withhold any opinión until the answer is filed and the trial of the cause is made. In the bill of complaint, Mrs. Fields sets forth that she is the sister of Sarah Prescott, deceased, of the city of Ann Arbor, and by the latter's death she was entitled to property on State st valued at between $6,000 and $10,000. After paying all debts and for a $500 family monument, the rest was to go to Mrs. Fields. She says that Ranes aud Burgess wcre appointed appraisers with a purpose to defraud, and that they set the lavue of the estáte at $3,500 subject to a $1,200 mortgage. She then alleges that Ranes, who was rooming in the house, fraudilently pretended that the decdent had made another will leaving all her property to the church and cutting her off, and that he read her a paper vüwhich he claimed constituted the will and informed her that she was in his power and unless she made a conveyance, he would hand over the will to the church. That her last will would be set the deceased was incompetent aud all depended on his testimony. She says she consented, and he asked her to burn the will. She complied. As a fnrther intimidation, Ranes represented to her, she says, that the people of Ann Arbor believed that she had occasioned the dt ath of her sister by administering too much medicine and if he should add his testimony to this, the public would have her arrested for murder. Next she alleges that he wrote to her that a Chicago man had presented two $500 notes for collection which Miss Prescott had given for the woman's building at the world's fair. She says that she came here and Ranes told ther hat he would get himself appointed agent, and if she would sell him the real estáte for $3,260 he "would burn up the notes and the smoke would teil no tales. ' ' On July 15 she sigiied the land contract, the amount to be paid on March 1, 1901. There is also a charge in the bill that Ranes tried to beat her on the lease of the property and for the cost of the monument. She asks that all the papers be set aside.