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The Railroad Case i Sunday afternoon, the jury brought in a verdict of $5,000.00 inj favor of John Ohman against the Union Pacific Railroad Co. The trial commenced on Wednesday of last week. A crowded court room listen ed to all the proceedings. From point of interest and the amount involved it was the biggest lawsuit ever tried in this county. Plaintiff was injured on August 24, 1920, in Hermosa Tunnel be tween Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyo ming. Both bones of his left leg were broken. He was rushed to Iver son Memorial Hospital in the Jatter place for treatment, and there he re mained until April of last year. Then it appears he got a ticket by wire from his attorney; Charles Stephens, Columbus, Kansas. There he receiv ed medical attention from a doctor at Girard and from another doctor at Pittsburg. In June he come to this city and submitted to an exam ination by Drs. Anders and Betthaus er. A damage suit for $50,000 was filed against the railroad company. It filed three answers and abandoned two of them and they were intro duced in evidence against the com pany. Depositions were read from a number of witnesses from Wyoming. Some of these witnesses appeared in person and the depositions were used as a basis for cross examination. Plaintiff claimed that he was told to get up "Higher" in the tunnel so that he could .better pry loose some rocks in the roof. That he did but said to his foreman, "It's a bad roof up there I will do it if you will tell me when any trains come." He climbed on top of the concrete lining already finished and got busy. All of a sud den he said he felt a jar. A big rock struck him in the head and a big heavy pieie of timber hit him on his left leg. Both bones in his left leg were broken. The crew quickly con structed a stretcher and lowered him to the ground from "high car" on which he had fallen. No. 3 had clear ed so a work train had to take him to Laramie. At the hospital he got the best of treatment. The leg was so swollen that it took several days be fore anything could be done for him. An X-ray was then made and the leg put into a caste. Observations were made daily by doctors and nurses, but only disappointment met them to the chagrin of all of them, and espe cially the patient. There was no "union." The doctors said there was something unusual about the make up of the husky inlander, lhe joy of his life had been that of hard work, hunting, fishing and dancing. The railroad company produced twenty-five witnesses. Some of them said no one ever promised to keep on lookout for trains. That trains did not cause even "a quiver. That plain tiff was just hurt accidentally" and no one was to blame. The bad condi tion of the leg was charged up to the fact tha the had left the hospital and had not received any care for eight months. One set of doctors said there was "nothing doing" except amputation. Another sat said "grafting" was the thing to do, and in the course of ten months John Ohman would 'be able to work again. 1 Thomas Lillard, de fendant's attorney, also said in his argument, "The doors at the hospital are open to him and he is welcome - as ever 'and the doctors and nurses will help him to get well and it will not cost one dollar." Hbrmoaa Tunnel where plaintiff was injured, was lined "years ago with timber. Two years ago the com pany decided to tear out the timber and line the tunnel with concrete Ohman's work was to "help to tear out the timber and pry loose any rocks that were loose. The instructions to the jury were voluminous. A great number of special questions were also submit ted and both sides instructed the jury what answers to make. Insinuations were cast on Attor ney Stephens for spending so much money on the tcase. He came back and said plaintiff never was among "friends" in the hospital, even for .the doctors and nurses reported reg ularly to the claim agents of the road but never to the Hospital assoc iation. This question was hummed and rammed often, "Why was not this case brought in Wyoming?" Claim agents and their methods were aired. Not one signed statement was ever introduced in evidence. The defend nX brought witnesses from eight states. u . John -Ohman, the plaintiff, is a na tive of Ishpeming, Michigan. Went to Vasaj Finland when a mere child, back when he was thirteen. Has worked at timbering, mining and " railroading all his life. Is a giant in strength. During the late war he was at Camp Lewis in Washington. Speaks English with the accent of a Scandinavian. Always drew top wa"-es for he was a good worker and vras known in the camps as a cheer- rl-iir nf fOttlDailT. XXXX ABOUT INSURANCE Fire insurance companies doing business in Kansas have secured an order of court at Topeka, setting aside the order issued by Insurance Comissioner Travis in January, forj an adjustment of rates on March l.j This action was based on the claim that the hearing provided for by the ! rate regulation law of Kansas had I not been given, that the statistics 1 upon which the order was based were j inacurate and the method of comput-j ation faulty, that the companies had I not made more than the reasonable j profit contemplated by the law, and that in other ways the statues had not been complied with.' The insur ance department is required to make I answer on March 18. J The order of the insurance depart-1 ment, which was set aside, declared that the rates on certain classes of rsiks were inequitable, unjust and not commensurate with the character and hazard of such risks. It ordered reductions in rates ranging from 15 to 20 per cent on over 100 classes, including those producing the largest volume of premiums, and increases on a smaller number of classes, rang ing from 15 to 75 per cent. These increases, as well as the decreases, were resisted by the companies as not justified by the experience and as not made in conformity with the law. Among the increases were 15 per cent on public buildings, school houses and sprinklered risks and mine properties; 20 per cent on crop insurance; 40 per cent on steam rail road property, tobacco risks and street railway and traction proper ties; 50 per cent on automobile fire, property damage and collision haz ards, and 75 per cent on automobile theft rates. In opposition to this order the companies filed sworn statistics covering a period of eleven years, since the enactment of the rate regu lation law in 1909. They show, l based on the fire and tornado prem-j iums earned and losses and expenses icurred, a loss ratio for the period of 55.34 per cent and an expense ratio of 41.81 per cent, or a total of 97.15 per cent, leaving an underwriting profit of only 2.85 per cent. These figures make no allowance for the setting aside of any conflagration re serve, which has been agreed upon at 3 per cent of the earned prem iums. These figures show that the companies did not make 5 per cent profit on the eawed premiums, which has been agreed upon by the Nation al Convention of Insurance Commis sioners as a reasonable profit. Appended to the bill was a letter written by Insurance Commissioner Travis to the legislature in 1921, ask ing for an increased appropriation, in which he admitted most of - the contentions made by the companies in their bill, and declared that the Hays City Transfer Line The best Dray and Transfer Service in the City. Phone 18. I P. F. FELTEN - HAYS. - - KANSAS BeoeescQOScosooGesooeGoseseseoscsaooscaisecoecGeos .?rii We buy POULTRY EGGS FURS HIDES Call us for Prices companies were not making an exces-! sive profit in Kansas. Unfortunate Human Trait. "De knowleiijze f le human race, said Uncle Iben. "is handicapped by de fact dat so many f us would rather hear a" passable banj" player dan a tirst-class Inert:! r." "El Dorado." VA Dorado means iu Spanish "the j golden." and was the name bestowed on a fabulous -ity believed to, exist j in the interior of South America, j Many fruitless expeditions set out In ' search of it. Reason Ice Floats. Ice floats because, as it expands tn freezing, its density decreases. Two separate pints of water weiyh the same and possess the same bulk space, but If one of the pints freezes it will expand and become specifically lighter than the other. HIS WIFE A SPENDER My wife had .her own checking ac count from the first week of our mar riage. She went through a private school and has all the accomplish ments of a child of fortune, although her family never had money until her father made it. The men of my family have strict ideas about financial integrity. Our credit in the community is the basis of our family pride. Imagine my shock when I found that my bride was destroying my credit! Like thousands of girls today, she set out to spend, as a bride, the total earnings of her husband without any training in the art of spending! She overdrew her account and then she concealed .her bills fro"m me. The milk bills amounted to $50 be fore I discovered them! I never have been able to find out how she expect ed to get away with the situation. I tried to teach her a little busi ness sense but finally gave up. I closed her checking account, and had all the bills sent to me. I gave her a cash allowance for spending each month. Did I acquire any peace of mind that way? . I did not. My wife immediately developed symptoms of appendicitis. She neglected our baby. The sweet little thing looked like a dirty mop when I got home at night. My wife was quite helpless in bed. I sent for her mother and the doctor. He watched her a week, then recom mended exercise, preferably house work! ' But he can't beat her. Now she has a weak heart! And so what's th euse? I might stand for the bluff had I not seen my own cousin pull this neurotic stuff and deceive her husband by it for months. I honestly loved this little girl when I married her three years ago, but if I don't three years hence, who can blame me? Ex. e Co. I o o I) ! iS o tl 8 Interesting Calculation. It is estimated that if a simple grain of electrons (a pea weighs a grain) could be isolated at the South pole, they would repel each other with a force of 112,000,000 tons. Catarrhal Conditions Catarrh is a local disease greatly influ enced by constitutional conditions. It therefore requires constitutional treat ment. HALL'S CATARRH MEDICINE is taken internally and acts through the Blood upon the Mucous Surfaces of the System. HALL'S CATARRH MEDICINE gives the patient strength by improving the general health and assists Nature in doing its work. All Druggists. Circulars free. F. J. Cheney & Co.. Toledo. Ohio. I BUSINESS CARDS 1 WANG WANG FIVE ORCEESTRA Open for Engagements Lowest Rates Special Rates to Parties or "Wedding Dances. For information write or call R. P. ROTH, Hays, Kansas. REA & FLOOD Attorneys-at-Law Office over Citizens State Bank Phone 129 - Hays, Kansas DR. H. B. NEISWANGER Dentist Citizens State Bank Bldg. Phone 294 DR. JOSEPH F. DREILING DENTIST J. S. Dreiling Building Victoria, - - Kansas J. R. BETTHAUSER, M. D. ician and Surgeon Successor to Geo. P. Hemm Office Phone 485 Res. Phone 257 DR. O. A. HENNERICH Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat 106 East Juniata Street Hays, - . Kansa ing. Isaac Zeigler Uz Son Fresh and Salt Meats Groceries and Coal A Fresh Line of Groceries always on hand. Also 8 Fruits and Vegetables in Season. Free Delivery. g Phone 1 . - Hays, Kansas i Your Table with food products from our store. Fresh meats and Vegetables, Staple and Fancy Groceries. T. G. Beed ($X Sons I HAYS, m Hires and lite are very reasonable in price with latest price in effect. 30x35 N.S. 6000 mile - $10.85 other sizes priced in proportion We also specialize in Auto Radiators for all make cars. OLDHAM'S GARAGE One Block East of Chestnut on East Juniata Street vUJuu Wants to look his best and yet wear his old suit a few more weeks will call us and have our car get it. We will deliver it I looking just like a new one. Phone us first thing in the morn o TTT) PHONE 208 KANSAS TL . 8