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Th8 city is gaining some notoriety for furnishing cases in whicb false imprisonment plays a part, and thejuries whioh are to decide these cases are gaining an equal notoriety by reason of their inability to reach a verdict. Last term, the case of Kate L. Moore against W. B. Thompson had a claim of false imprisonment about 't as well as the other charges, and the jury were unable to agree. On Monday, the case of L. M. Stevens against Col. H. S. Dean came on for trial, and the result was the same. The attorneys for the defendant were Col. Atkinson, of' Detroit, and B. M. Thompson and D. Cramer, of this city. The plaintiff was repre?ented by C. H. Kline and M. J. Lehman, Mr. Sawyer having withdrawn froon the case last week. The case was one of peculiar interest, and the court room was crowded. The testimony was contradictory. Mr. Stevens claimed that on the 14th of last October he received a note from Col. Dsan esking him to cali at his office at nine o'clock that eveninjr. He went and was confronted by Col. Dean and Z. P. Kinp, who charged him with writing an insulting letter to a young lady friend of Dean's. He denied this and says that Dean and Kiag kept him thereover an hour, threatening him and displaying a revolver to intimídate him. Col. Dean denied that any such aflfair happened. He ackuowledged that he invited Stevens thereand that he carne, and after denying having written the letter in question, they sat there and discussed in a triendly manner the best method of discovering the writer of the letter. He said that when Mr. Stevens wacted to go, no objectiou was interposed. The revolver episode he explained by saying that he put the revolver in his pocket intending to take it home, but as it was heavy he took it out and laid it on the table. The charge of the court was fair and impartial, and the arguments on both sides were well made. The only argument for the defendant was made by Col. Atkinson, who spoke for three qiu.rters of an hour. The jury retired at 9:30 Tuesdsy morning and stayed out until five o'clock in the afternoon. It is understo d that the jury stood six to 8ix, although it is said that at one time nine were in favor of giving the plaintiff a verdict.


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