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A THIN SKINNED RADICAL DOCTOR.—ACTION FOR LIBEL. The case of Morris v, Railing, which was before the Court of Queen's Bench last week, was an action for libel by a surgeon residing in Colchester against the proprietor of the Essex Stan- dard. Defendant pleaded not guilty. Mr. Coleridge, Q C., and Mr. Philbrick appeared for the plain- tiff; Mr. Sergeant Parry and Mr. Bridge appeared for the de- fendant. Mr. Coleridge, in opening the case, said that the libel of which the plaintiff complained arose out of the election for Colchester which took place in ISliï, and in which Mr. Karslake had been successful. A petition was presented against his return, and plaintiff was one of the petitioners but, owing to some inform- ality in the recoguisauces, the petition fell to the ground. Shortly afterwards a document was published by the defendant, and sold extensively for 2d each copy. It was a kind of a parody on The House that Jack Built," and some persons might consider it a humorous production but it was one which caused great pain and anno) ance to tho plaintiff, and not the less that he had been for years, and then was, medical attendant to defendant and his family. The document was headed, "The Little Peti- tion tho Cliqun Sent." In the margin opposite each verse was a grotesque figure purporting to represent the several petitioners, and amongst others the plaintiff, who was called "the Apothe- cary. It opened thus This is the petition, Now sent to perdition, By those who were wishin* To unseat the new member we've chosen. "This is the man with the auburn hair. Who, in his great rage and his wild despair, Persuaded the others to sign the petition, Now sent to perdition, By those who were wishin' To unseat the new member we've chosen. This is the man who mended the chair For that other nice man with the auburn hair, Who in his great rage and his despair, Persuaded the others to sign the petition, Now sent to perdit on, By those who were wishin' To unseat the new member we've chosen." Not content with selling this production, a copy was placed as a placard in front of defendant's newspaper oflice, and was daily read by crowds, who jeered at the plaintiff whenever he passed by. The defendant having declined to apologise, the present action was instituted bnt plaintiff was not proceeding with it when he was forced into court by the defendant, who obtained a rule of the court fur that purpose. Even now, if the defend- ant expressed regret, he (Mr. Coleridge) was willing to accept a nominal verdict. The Lord Chief Justice.-What do yon say to that, brother Parry: Mr. Sergeant Parry submitted that there was really no libel in the production in question. Now that the Liberals had achieved a triumph, he thought they might consent to withdraw the re- cord. The Lord Chief Justice said he looked over the libel, and al- though a great number of people might be content to treat such a production with contempt, yet, there were others whom it would sting and annoy. Mr. Sergeant Parry.—It was only an election crow. (A The Lord Chief Justice.—You cannot with impunity put a man in a grotesque attitude for every passer-by to laugh at him. Mr Sergeant Parry.—There is scarcely a number of Punch, my lord, in which public charactors are not so placed. The Lord Chief Justice.—Oh, Mr. Punch ia privileged. (Laughter.) Mr. Sergeant Parry.—I should be sorry to say he was not. The Lord Chief Justice.—Most of us have appeared there one time or another. Mr. Sergeant Parry,—I am sure your lordship never appeared there except in a complimentary form. The Lord Chief Justice.—I am not so sure of that. (Laughter.) I saw myself there on one occasion, and if I could have appear- ed in such a form I should have been ashamed of myself. I think in this case your client ought to apologise. The plaintiff was then called, and, in the course of his examin- ation in chief, Mr. Sergeant Parry said he was prepared to yield to his lord- ship's suggestion. The publication in question was only a mere electioneering squib, and there were few who would not have been disposed to laugh at it. There had been no desire on the part of the defendant to give the plaintiff pain, and if such had been the result he had now only to express his regret for it. The Lord Chief Justice.-That is a very proper termination 01 the case. Mr. Sergeant Parry —I hope the Liberal party in Colchester will not make too much of my concession, or can it. a II gloriou. triumph of the Liberal party." (Laughter.) Mr. Coleridge.—I think I can assure my learned friend that the Liberal party are just now disposed to be liniformly gener- ous, (iteliewed laughter.) A verdict for the plaintiff, damages 40s., was. then entered.


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