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February 1, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(5):233-235. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430570035003

We have heretofore adverted to the case of Dr. J. N. Dixon, of Springfield, Ill., and in our issue of April 13, 1895, we published in full the opinion of Judge Creighton. Our readers will recall that this case arose in a suit for damages for injury caused by a defective sidewalk, brought by Olive Purdy against the city of Springfield, Ill. Dr. J. N. Dixon being called as a witness by the city, having no knowledge of the facts in the case, was called as an expert, and when asked a hypothetical question declined to answer on the ground that an expert witness is entitled to a different and greater compensation than an ordinary witness is allowed, and that an expert is not required to give expert testimony without compensation as an expert, unless a reasonable compensation shall have been paid or provided for; that he had not been