WICHITA, Kan., June 23-- Forty thousand dollars, or a rehearing of a long trial of a case involving that sum, depends on whether a stenographer can be found who can read the shorthand notes of Miss Belle Slaven, who committed suicide here Wednesday night. Mrs. Sarah Williams of Texas sued the receiver of a defunct Arkansas City bank, of which John Watts of Newton was receiver and secured a judgment for $12,000 in the federal district court. Ex-Congressman Sam Peters, of Newton, was the attorney for Watts, and he appealed the case. Miss Slaven was the stenographer in the case, and the entire proceedings were left to her to transcribe. Judge Peters was here today searching for the shorthand notes and found them, but expert stenographers say that it will be absolutely impossible for any one to transcribe them, as Miss Slaven had gradually grown into a shorthand system of her own, as nearly all stenographers do. Great interest is manifested in the outcome of the muddle her suicide leaves the case in.
Nevada (Missouri) Daily Mail, June 24, 1899.