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Court and Legal

Samuel A. Phillips
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (MN) Tuesday, August 18, 1908; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Says it is a Pretty hard Dose for Man Who Has Lived on Fat of Land - Says Goodbye to Friends.

St. Paul Dispatch: Bidding good-bye to his office companions, and shaking hands with every one of them. Samuel A. Phillips, former promoter of the Chicago-New York Electric Air Line railway, surrendered himself late Friday afternoon into the hands of Deputy Sheriffs Hanson and Blonick to be taken to the state prison at Stillwater.

He was called on by the officers at his desk on the sixth floor of the New York Life building, just as he was finishing up a letter he had been writing. "It is a pretty hard dose," he remarked, "after living so long on the fat of the land, but I will make the best of it," and he turned to bid goodbye to his office friends, both men and girls. All shook hands with him cordially.

Phillips was quietly taken on a Stillwater electric car to the prison city the same afternoon and entered among the prisoners in the usual manner. There he is to serve seven years at hard labor for grand larceny in the first degree. He was convicted of retaining $2,693.40 belonging to the Hancock company, of Boston, for which concern Phillips was agent. The evidence showed that he had made three sales which he failed to report to the company.

Phillips is 42 years old and his hair is a trifle gray. Twenty years ago he came to St. Paul from his parental home at Mazeppa, Minn., near Zumbota, and became a newspaper reporter. From that he drifted into the business of selling stocks. He has been at St. Paul off and on ever since. He has a brother and other relatives living at Mazeppa. He is single.

Phillips is also under federal indictment on the charge of using the mails to defraud. The trial has been set for the October term of the federal court.

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