The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Thursday, September 21, 1905
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Employed at a Trial in Squire Keith's
Court Last Night.
          A traveler finding himself in the court of  Squire Keith  last night would probably have thought that by mistake he had chosen the wrong stopping place and had landed in Germany.
          For one hour and thrity minutes, the pure, unadulterated German, unmixed with Anglo-Saxon and guiltless of Yankee occupation, flowed in an irresistible stream.  All attempts to check the flood of Teutonic nouns and adjectives with verbs annexed at the tail end resulted in failure.
          The occasion whch called for this tremendous display of oratorical ability was a trial in the court of the genial Squire.  And as an apple lay behind the first trouble which ever befell Man, so in this instance an apple limb was the cause of all the woe.
          Elmer Seeleman  was arrested on a warrant charging that he had assaulted  Albert Geiger.  In the yard belonging to the step-father of  Seeleman  is an apple tree and one of the limbs hangs over the gence between the lot and that of Geiger.
          The latter has complained frequently because the fruit was inclined to drop on his side of the fence.  So, last night he obtained a saw and proceeded to remove the offending branch.  It is said that the language he used while he was performing the amputation was unparliamentary to say the least.
          Seeleman took offense at the language employed and immediately went after the old gentleman.  He groped for a brick, but in the dark his hand grasped a block of wood and with this he proceeded to batter up the visage of Geiger.
          He was arrested and taken before Squire Keith, who fined him $9.80 for assault and battery.  It was here that the language of the Fatherland was brought into play.  In order to understand the testimony it was necessary to secure an interpreter.  George Schoelch  kindly took the job, but had a great deal of difficulty in driving a word in edgewise, so great was the desire of some of the witnesses to elaborate.
          After Seeleman's case was disposed of, he filed against the old man, charging him with provike.  The latter paid $9.80 for his share of the fun.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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