Bloomington Republican Progress, Apr 13, 1897, Clipping File, Monroe County Historical
Society, Bloomington, Indiana.
THE BROWN DAMAGE SUIT
Circuit court was occupied a day and a half last week in the trial of the damage suit of
the estate of Sanford Brown against the Consolidated Stone co. The suit was for $10,000,
because of the death of Brown some 18 months ago. He was on a moving stone train after
night when by accident he fell to the track and was killed. It was alleged against the
company that Brown's death was the result of the stone not being properly placed on
the car. The estate was represented by Henley & Wilson, and the stone company by
Duncan & Batman. The case was tried in the December term, '96, and a verdict
given for Brown for $1,500, but by agreement because of error the verdict was set aside.
A struck jury was selected to hear the case as follows: Samuel McWylie, Solomon E.
Carmichael, W. T. Hicks, Omer Bunger, Gee Eller, John H. Koontz, George East, Fletcher
McConnell, W. B. Baker, Barton Armstrong, William P. Koontz, and H. J. Feltus. The jury
was an exceptionally good one, being com!
posed of representative citizens and businessmen. The jury got the case at noon on
Wednesday and staid out till next morning at 9 o'clock when they came in and reported
that they could not agree upon a verdict and were discharged.