Femier court case 1879
JCEFVSA I TO FIND A YJS RDICTAS DIRECTED Front tkt Po'UzilU (Penn.) Wars' Journal, March 1. A somewhat extraordinary ease came to an extraordinary close yesterday. Th case has long been known to court habitues as the ' Brandon case," Thepartljato th uit of ejectment appear upon the record a plaintiffs. Nelson Brandon and Edward Slllyman, alienee of Henry Snyder ; defendants, defendants, Andrew Frits, Henry Fermler. William Klliean, Frederick Diebel, and Jacob Fermier. Tha ease haa now been la court almot 20 years. It haa beea tried three time. On the first trial a verdict for the plaintiffs was returned. A new trial was granted, and with the aame result. Th ease waa carried to tbe Supreme Court, and there tbe decision ef th lower court was reversed. The third trial began ' on the 20th of January, about six weeks ago. Three hundred acres of Green Mountain coal land are ia dispute, and as they represent represent a good deal of money with coal at $5 i ton, toe fight for their possession was desperately contested. contested. Messrs. Ryoa and George R. Kaercher made very long addresses on behalf of the defense, while Messrs. Hushes and Beehtel did the same for the plaintiffs. Mr, Hughe alone pok for over 11 hour. Th charge of court was aot considered long. Th court directed the jury to find a verdict in favor of tbe defendanta. The jury heard the order, but when the Clerk of tbe eourt aaid: "Oen-tlemen "Oen-tlemen "Oen-tlemen of the jury, hearken to your verdict the court has recorded it," ice, not a man in tbe bog atlrred or opened hi mouth. The eourt again directed the jury to find a verdict for the defendanta. ' No attention was paid to this order either,"' whereupon Jndge Perahieg intimated intimated to tbe Jury that they abould do as directed. One of the jury. Mr. Godfrey Leonard, then stood p and aaid, "Well, if we are here for nothing, I snnpoe we have nothing to say." He then eat down, and the verdict was recorded as the eourt di rected. Th verdict waa decided on law points by the eourt. who intimated that it waa not necessary to place the ease in the band of the jury. The de fendant' counsel state that Judge Pershing decided the case Inst as th Huprero Court did when it re versed this court. Plaintiffs' counsel say that th questions at issue, then and now, are entirely differ ent, im latter wui carry tne case to tne supreme lout.