Keelys Sunday in Jail


NYT - PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 18, 1888 - Lawyer Charles B. Collier will make application to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania at Harrisburg to-morrow for the release of Inventor John W. Keely, who was committed to Moyamensing Prison by Judge Finletter yesterday for contempt of court. Lawyers Collier and J. Joseph Murphy will leave for Harrisburg early to-morrow morning, and it is expected that Wayne MacVeagh will accompany them. Mr. Collier expects to be back in Philadelphia with the writ and have the inventor out of jail some time to-morrow night. The three lawyers who represent Mr. Keely express themselves as feeling confident that the writ will be issued.

Inventor Keely spent quiet Sunday in Moyamesing prison. He was awake early in the morning and cheerfully saluted Keeper Giading. The night was chilly, but Mr. Keely said he had slept as comfortably as he could expect under the circumstances. When the trucks with the breakfast bread and coffee rumbled along the corridor and the wickets in the doors were thrown open to hand in the loaf of bread and pour the coffee into the tin cups which were held out by the prisoners inventor Keely's cell was skipped. He had a little heavier breakfast half an hour later. When the outside iron doors of the cell were thrown open and the religious services of the morning began the imprisoned inventor listened with deep interest. The soft peals of an organ and the melody of a mixed choir singing "Nearer, My God, to Thee" floated into the narrow cell. He sat near the grated door while the minister preached his sermon and read selections from the Scriptures and the notes of the organ and the voices of the singers died away. Mr. Keely ate a late dinner, but he appeared in a cherry mood, and chatted at his cell door with two of the keepers for some time, when he took a brief nap.

While the inventor was trying to fill out his afternoon nap up in his cell, a number of persons were making anxious inquiries at the untried department facing Passyunk-avenue. A few friends turned away when they were told that nobody could (go) into the prison on Sunday, "not even Gov. Beaver or any of the Judges," but a pallid-looking young man wouldn't be turned away so easily. He said he was an inventor himself, and has been waiting eight years for a patent from Washington. He had read of Keely's commitment to prison, which he told the gatekeeper reminded him how Galileo was thrown in a dungeon when he said the world was round. The young man wanted to see Keely or have him released. He did neither. [The New York Times]

Upon this ground, I concur in the opinion of the Court that the order for inspection was premature, and the commitment for contempt in not obeying it was therefore improvidently issued.

Keely vs. Wilson.

January 28,1889. Opinion bv Paxsox- C. J.

For the reasons given in Commonwealth ex relatione John W. Keely v. The Superintendent of the Philadelphia County Prison, ante, the order of the Court below, of date of November 17th, 1888, committing the said John W. Keely to the county prison for contempt, is reversed and set aside." Legal Intelligencer.

Lancaster Law Review.

Vol. VI.] MONDAY, APRIL 1,1889

See [Law Suit]

See Law Suit wherein Keely was sued by Bennett C. Wilson to reveal proprietary information about his work; did so according to original court order; refused to do so when too much was later ordered to be done and revealed; confined for contempt for failing to obey court order; spent one night in jail; released the next day when said commitment was reversed.

See Also

Bennett C. Wilson
Helpers on the Road and Hinderers
Inventor Keely in Jail
Keely - Historical Documents
Keely Chronology
Keely in Contempt of Court
Keely in Contempt of Court2
Keely Motor Company
Keely Motor
Keely Not Yet In Jail
Keely Out On Bail
Keelys Sunday in Jail
Law Suit
Mr. Keelys Contempt
The Keely Motor Experts
The Key to the Problems. - Keelys Secrets
The Motor Gets Into Court
Was Keely a Fraud
Was Keely Imprisoned for stock fraud

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