20 Apr 1900 James Grunden
INDICTED FOR BLACKMAIL, A Serious Charge Preferred Against "Well. Known People. ' TSpeclal to Th Indianapolis News.) NEWCASTLE, Ind.. April W. - Rufus R. White and his wife, and 'Squire Dtlle, well - known people, near Maple Valley, have been Indicted by the grand Jury for alleged blackmail. Last fall, at the story runs, Ruf us R. White accused James Oiunden. a neighbor, of paying attentions to his wife,, and he decoyed Grun - den to his home, where he placed a revolver under his nose and told htm that he must either deed to him all of his property or be placed behind prison bars. Grundea says that he was compelled to deed to White his farm, valued at U.BOO, and aive him $500 cash and one hundred bushels of wheat. - 'Squire DIHe. a kinsman of Orunden. urged him to give up his property, and the deed was made and the personal property was surrendered. After this Grun - den brought suit to pet aside the "deed. fnd for personal Judgment, on account bf fraud. The case was tried, and some startling things developed. The evidence showed that Mr. Grunden had never paid Improper attentions to Mrs. White, and that White went to the county assessor and to the county auditor to ascertain what property Grunden reported for taxation before approaching him for a settlement of damages. White, is a music teacher and Grunden is a well - to - do farmer. 'Squire Ullle Is trustee of Wayne township. When the court found In favor of Mr. Grunden, giving him a personal Judgment against White for fl00. and setting aside - the deed to th1 farm, the grand Jury took up the case. The parties arrted have given bond.