In Case No. 159 Andrew C. Haase and his wife, Hazel Haase, joined as plaintiffs in bringing an action against the defendant Employers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of Wisconsin, as the automobile liability insurer of Fred Lemke, deceased, to recover for damages sustained by each plaintiff as the result of alleged negligence of Fred Lemke in operating his automobile, which collided with Andrew C. Haase's automobile, which he was driving. Fred Lemke died as the result of injuries sustained in the accident. The defendant insurer filed an answer denying negligence on the part of Fred Lemke, and also filed a cross-complaint against Andrew C. Haase demanding judgment against him for contribution of fifty per cent. of any amount which it may be compelled to pay Hazel Haase. In Case No. 154 the plaintiff Anna Lemke, as special administratrix of the estate of Fred Lemke, deceased, brought an action against Andrew C. Haase as defendant, charging that Fred Lemke's death was caused by defendant's negligent operation of his automobile, and seeking to recover from him damages for pain and suffering sustained by Fred Lemke; and likewise seeking to recover Anna Lemke's damages for the pecuniary injury and for the loss of the society and companionship of her husband, Fred Lemke. Andrew C. Haase filed an answer denying plaintiff's allegations as to negligence on his part and as to the damages sought to be recovered therefor; and demanded judgment dismissing the complaint.