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FRACAS IN THE DUBLIN EXHIBITION.

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FRACAS IN THE DUBLIN EXHIBITION. Captain. John St. George Cuffe, the Canadian com- missioner at the International Exhibition, appeared before Mr. Allen, at the head police-court, Dablin. on Saturday afternoon, to answer the complaint of Mr. John Frederick Iselin, general superintendent of the exhibition, for having assaulted him. Mr. Sidney, Q.C., appeared for the complainant, and Messrs. J. A. Curran and Beytagh for the defendant. After some preliminary remarks and an excited dis- cussion, John Frederick Iselin said: On the 22ud August the defendant came to my office about a quarter to five o'clock in the afternoon. Mr. Wylde, the secretary of the juries, who is also my clerk, was present. He came to me to ask a pass for an extra, attendant in the evenings. I directed Mr. Wylde to write the pass. After this he spoke of the exhibition being open in the evening, and of the expense he was put to in consequence. He added that he had counsel's opinion that he would have an action against the committee I told him that that was a matter which I should bring before the com- mittee, as it might affect them hereafter. Up to this the tone of the conversation was quite quiet; but sud- denly be got into a passion, and accused me of spying after his department, and of making inquisitorial visits to his attendant respecting his losses. I denied this. He repeated it, and when I told him that he must leave the office he refused, and said he would not do so. I said to him again, I must ask you to leave my office." He said he would not. I answered that he should. I repeated again that he must leave, and he answered, "I dare you to put me out." I then rose from my chair and went across the room. As I did so I passed him, and was about to open the doer and look if there was an attendant or a policeman in the neighbourhood. Before I got to the door Captain Cuffe got in front of me raised the stick which he held in his hand, and struck me several times with it on the head, neck, shoulder, and back. As soon as I could think a little for myself I rushed over and caught him by the arm, and a gentle- man who was in the room, but whom I do not know, seized him from behind to prevent him from further assaulting me. A policeman came up and said, "Do you give him in charge ? I said, I do." In a few moments I went to an adjoining room to get my hat and umbrella, as I was going to the country, and on coming out into the corridor I saw Captain Cuffe with the policeman. The latter told me that it would be necessary for me to go to Lad-lane station to prefer the charge. I was not then prepared to do that, and accordingly I said I would proceed by summons. The policeman released Captain Cuffe, who followed me, and said, You are a coward, sir, and I shall drink your blood." He then went out by one turnstile and I went by another, and that is all I saw of him. I did not make any such overtures to any woman in the Exhibition. I told my clerk, Mr. Wilde, to write the pass when Captain Quffe asked for it. He com- plained of the Exhibition being open untill a late hour at night. I did not tell him that that was a lie, nor make use of the word liar." There was one case of profligacy reported by the police. I never was in com- pany with people of loose character in the Exhibition. I did not say to Captain Cuffe that the letter he had written to the committee about his losses showed what sort of fellow he was. The cross-examination of the witness was directed at great length to alleged acts of incivility on his part to Willie Pape, pianist; Messrs. Allison and Son, of London; Mr. Strahan, of Henry-street and Clare- street, Dublin; and other parties. He denied the allegations made against him in each instance. Mr. John James Wilde and Police-constable 87 B »ave corroborative evidence. Mr. Sidney, Q.C., said this closed the case for the prosecution, and called on Mr. Allen to send it for- ivard for trial. Mr. Curran having addressed the magistrate, the atter said the case would be sent for trial to the city lessions. On the application of Mr. Curran Captain Cuffe was tdmitted to bail, himself in < £ 20 and two sureties in £10 eaoh.

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