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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT.

A WONDERFUL BLIND CARRIER.

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WESLEY AN MISSION TO OHINA.

A WILL CASE.

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BURNING A PUBLIO MAN IN EFFIGY. In the Court of Queen's Bench the decision, of the Queen in the prosecution of Leversage v. Lucas Mar- shall Bennett has just been given. In this case a conditional order for a criminal infor- mation was granted on the last day of Hilary term. The afficravit stated that the prosecutor was possessed .of certain property which was charged with a certain sum which had been bequeathed for the purpose of distribut- ing bread once a year to the poor of Winterton. The prosecutor is a.n attorney, and clerk of the Board.,of Health of that town, and the defendant a surgeon, and one of the churchwardens of the parish of Winterton. The charge against the defendant was that he 1,.a(l, given out that prosecutor had distributed the charity, not amongst the poor people who were its proper objects, but amongst those who had voted for him when lie was a candidate for a public office; that on the 31st December las defendant called a public meeting of the poor of Winterton. at which he distributed bread, tea, and tobacco amongst them that he then produced a large doll, dressed in a velvet coat, check waistcoat, large turned up collar, and white hatâmeant to be an effigy of the prosecutor âand burned it; that thereupon the crowd proceeded to the prosecutor's house, and shouted and created a disturbance, greatly to his annoyance and that this conduct was calculated to. bring him into contempt. Mr. Keane, Q.C., appeared in support of the rule. Mr. Bennett showed cause in person. He said he -had made an affidavit, in which he stated that only a few loaves were distributed that, instead, of bread, '.nut- megs, candied peel, and tea were given that over .100 poor people, who had for thirty years before received bread came to him to complain that they had been refused that he invited them to meet him at the Tem- perance-hall. which was his private property, and that lie there gave them bread and tea. Mr. Justice Mellor And tobacco. Mr. Bennett: I deny the tobacco (laughter). Mr. Justice Blackburne Was it a public meeting ?â Mi'. Bennett Oh, no, my lord it was a quiet, meeting of myself and 134 poor people (loud laughter). Mr. Justice Lush Was the effigy burned .as com- plained of %âMr. Bennett: I'll explain what took.place, my lord (laughter). Mr. Justice Blackburne Answer the question. Was a doll produced dressed up with a white hat, velyctceit, check waistcoat, and stand-up collar ?- Mr. Bennett: Oh, not at all, my lord. There was a small cardboard thing produced. Mr. Justice Mellor: With a turaed-up collar and white hat ?âMr. Bennett: I distinctly deny both- the collar and hat (laughter). The Lord Chief Justice Then how was it dressed ? âMr. Bennett: Not dressed at all, my lord '(loud laughter). The Lord Chief Justice Was it meant to bean effigy of Mr. Leversage ? Mr. Bennett It was not. It was a cardboard representation of Sir John Barleycorn, who is often tried and burned (laughter). Mr. Keane said that there was no allusion to that fact in the affidavit. It was finally arranged that Mr. Bennett should enter into recognisance in £ 100 to keep the peace towards the prosecutor, and not in any way to molest. or annoy him. Mr. Keane applied for costs against the defendant. Mr. Bennett: Oh, I object to that (laughter) The Lord Chief Justice We cannot forget that the most serious charge was that the defendant. burned a doll. If I were Mr. Leversage, and that Mr. -Bennett intended to burn a doll again, I would ask him ,to send me word when he intended to do so, that I might be present at the fun. Rule discharged.

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\ SERIOUS CHARGE AGAINST A…

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CONVICTION OF ~A GANG OF BURGLARS.

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