The case of Charles L. Slavens, on trial yesterday in common pleas court, was given to the jury about five o'clock in the evening. The jury remained out only about five minutes, when they returned, reporting a verdict of guilty. There has been enough money spent in this already to have maintained the child in luxury, and the end is not yet.
At the last term of court a case of bastardy was instituted by Miss Dora Brown against Charles L. Slavens. Slavens then denied the parentage of the child. The jury at that time, however returned a verdict of guilty. The court then passed sentence that the defendant should enter into a secured bond of three hundred dollars for the maintenance of the child, and stand committed until paid. Slavens could not procure the required bondsmen, his father refusing to sign it. He was then compelled to go to jail, remaining there three months. The law allows in such cases, where a term of three months has been served, the party may take advantage of what is known as the insolvency act, and be liberated. Slavens did this and was set free.
At the present term of court followed this case of failure to provide for the child. The case was again stubbornly fought from start to finish, ending with a verdict of guilty. In such cases the law provides that at any time during the present term of court or before sentence has been passed, the defendant may enter into a bond with approved security of one thousand dollars for the maintenance of the child, and pay costs of the court. Last evening, Slavens gave an appearance bond signed by his father. This gives him a few days in which to procure bondsmen for maintenance, etc. Should he fail in this, the law imposes a work house sentence. While the father of Slavens seems willing to sign appearance bonds to give his son an opportunity to prove himself innocent of the charges, he does not seem inclined to sign any bonds after the son has been found guilty, and while the defendant has already served three months in jail as a punishment for his folly, he now can see a possibility of a work house sentence ahead of him. Should the bond of one thousand dollars be given the parties will then bring suit to recover on the bond, thus beginning a civil litigation. Truly "the way of the transgressor is hard."
Portsmouth (Ohio) Daily Times, October 1, 1898.