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JEROME K. JEROME CHARGED WITH LIBEL. I The Editor if To-Day" and a Leeds Inventor. In Baron Pollock's Court on Wednesday, the case of Fox v. Jerome came on for hmriug before a special jury. The plaintiff is Mr. Sampson Fox, of the Leeds Forge undertaking, and the defendant is the well-known journalist and author, Mr. Jerome K. Jorome, the controlling spirit of To-Day." The libel complained of appeared in the financial columns of "To-Day," in which, of course, serious reflections were made against Mr. Fox and his inventions. A SERIES OF ARTICLES. Sir Edward then made a mysterious hint as to previous proceedings against Mr. ttox, winch had ignominiously failed; and while not charging Mr. Jerome vrith the actual- writing of the al- leged libels, the eminent counsel suggested that the same hands which had shown themselves in that. case might be detected in the present in- stance. The libels, it was asserted, extended from 1894 onwards, and ono of the articles was headed The Water-gas fraud," and another "The Water-gas Bubble," and in regard to an- other, Mr. Fox was alluded to as a promoter who foisted tue concerns on the public, while it was further aseerled that he had managed to swamp the boats of the victims. Would," ons of the articles asked, Mr. Fox eo into the witness-box?" and the answer to that, Sir E. Clarke said, would be given after he had concluded his speech. MR. SAMPSON FOX. THE INVENTOR HIMSELF. Mr. Sampson Fox then went into the box. He is a portly, intelligent-looking man, with a long brown beard just tinged with grey. to He was examined by Mr. A sqnith, m reply to whom he said that he now lived at Grove House, HarroWgate, of which town he had been twice mayor, and was a justice of the peace for Leeds He was also a member of several engineering societies, and the recipient of foreign orders, among which were tl, "1..eopold oi Belgium" and the French legion of Honour." He was now 58 years old, but had commenced to work for his living at eight years of age, and gradually wcrked his way upward, until, years afterwards, he became an engineer of some standing, and patented several inventions, among the most lmportant of which was the corrugating of tubes, which increased their strength from four to ten tirrvjs, according to the metal employed. From the first, this particular invention was a com- mercial success, and his tubes were now used in the British Navy and in foreign ships, as well :ta in most of the ocean-going liners. Other inven- t Ions of hia were a 0, bogey for railway carriages, mad a of compressed steel plates, and axle-boxes I of the same manipulated material, which he Raid had been taken up by the foremost railway coin- pauif^i in the world. In the manufacture of these a.t:t.c:1es he had tried, every ageocy, until he «iamp j ipon watcl'-¡;as a,'i thy most v&Juabie.—-H MR. JEROME 1\ J EROME. OVE LIGHTER STUDIES. Mr. Fox went on to say that he had varied his mechanical studies by cultivating an interest for music, and in 1887 he invited Sir Uvoxge Gro,,e, of the Roy&l College of Music, to pay him a visit a.nJ. in comivieinoration. of the 5uth year of his offered to subscribe L50,000, in t!lree Mmual uutainMnts, for me action of a. nw h,7i?in<? for the ?uthoritiM of that institution. HK DINED WITH THE PRLNOE. In consequence of repre?nt?tions ma^ie.X) him he agreed to increa? his gift to ??5?.00.0?, and 'in 11 he was invited to dino with the Prince, and then bandad over chequell for the amount promised. Aiter this there was & OerC- ruonv in connection with the undertaking, and Mr Fox was publicly thaj?? for his benei?- t?a bv hia Roval HighrL- I SEVERAL D-ENLKLS. I In 1888 Mr. Fox had consulted Mr. bottom, a London financial agent, with reference to the iorming of a syndicate for working the patents, and several thousand pounds were eventually subscribed. It was altogether untrue to state that at this time Mr. Fox's affairs were in such a precarious condition, that he could not com- Lnajid ;010,000. Neither was it true that after offering a bonus of B100 to the members, he coerced them into taking shares instead of money. As a matter of fact, they all accepted shares. The hearing was adjourned-

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