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THE MfLWR DRAINAGE BILL. I

KEN SIT LEADERS FRANCE.

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KEN SIT LEADERS FRANCE. CHESHIRE VICAR SUMMONED A TRIVIAL CASE. The caae came on for hearing at the Birken- head Police-court on Wednesday, when great in- terest was evinced in the proceedings. The mag-- strates were Mr. Bancroft Cooke and Alderman Getley. Mr. Cecil Hcldfcn represented the com- plainant (Mr. Thompson) and Mr. Cuthbert Smith (instructed by Messre. Masters and Rogers) ap- peared for Mr. Chasshire. Mr. Holden said he had done his utmost to get the case settled on reasonable terms, but t: e de- fenda.nt had absolutely declined to oonie to an amioable arrangement. As the Bench decided not to have the correspondence read, Mr. Hoiden proceeded to relate the circumstances of the case. He said defendant turned to oomplainant aggres- sively and said, Get out," pushing him ,n the chest, and although it was not of a violent cnarao- ter that act amounted to assault and! battery. Complainant then walked out, and Mr. Ches hire after him, pushing him repeatedly in the back, and repeating the injunct.on to him to get eu;. Defendant was never properly requested to leave, In the pulp;t on Sunday, the defendant announced that if he were convicted he wculd go to prison rather than pay the fine; but, ii the magistrates found the case proved he (Mr. Holden) asked them to infliot such a penalty upon him as they would upon any other person, irrespective of social posi- tion. Thomas Major Thompson, of Woodvilie-terrace, Liverpool, the oomplainant, related the circum- stances of the assault, in accordance with the open- ing statement. In describing the first push which the defendant gave him, complainant said that he was" s.aggere-d" by it. The Chairman Do you mean mentally or physi cally?—CompLinant: Well, I was surprised, of course, and I was pushed back by it. Proceeding, witness said that when he was told to go he turned and walked out, and when he reached the door he was given a somewhat stronger push. In answer to Mr. Cuthbert Smith, oomplainant said he attended the meeting to hear the Bishop of Liverpool, and to put a question to the Bishop of Chester as to why he d.d not prohibit one of the Cowley Fathers from preaching in St. Mary's Church, Chester. As chairman of the Prot-e-start Truth Society, he thought he had a right to ask the question. He had not attended with the ob- ject of inoommoding the Bishop. A recepiion had been arranged for the Bisncp, but that took place outside. Further cross-examined, complain- ant; admitted that although "Major" was an in- tegral part of his name, and almost invariably used, h s ticket was endorsed Thomas Thomp- son." The omission was not intended to deceive the stewards, and he did not know that they were specially on the lookout for him. He obtained the ticket in question from a Mr. Clymore-, and other tickets which, he received he distributed among: his friends. George Richards, Chatham-road, Rock Ferry-, who accompanied the ocmplaiiiant on the occasion in question, corroborated. It was witness w:.o gave the ticket to Thompson. He had in turn received it from Clymore after it had been en- dorsed "Thomas Thompson." Clymore had got the ticket from a lady, and she from another lady, who had received it from Mr. White. As to the alleged assault, witness said that if complainant had not been a strong man the push would have knocked him over. (Laughter.) (j, aug Detective-Sergeant Mountfield, who witnessed the affair, testified that he saw Mr. Chesshire slightly push complainant as he was leaving the building. Edward Williams, 74, Dacre-street, stated that Mr. Chesshire shook the complainant like a wild tiger." (Laughter.) Mr. Cuthbert Smith, in addressing the magi- strates for the defence, said that as there had been riotous soenes at churches and meetings, especi- ally the lamentable incident at the Church Pastoral Aid Society's meeting, when the Bishop of Chester was interrupted, special precautions were taken by the conference authorities t:) keep out the disturbing element. Mr. Chesshire was one of the stewards, and it was in that capacity that he prevented the complainant from making aa entrance. Remarking on the statement made about the suggested settlement, Mr. Cuthbert Smith said that the vicar of an important parish would naturally prefer to publicly vindicate his character when a charge was brought against him by the leader of a mob. The Rev. Howard S. Chesshire, in the course of a lengthy examination, stated that he pushed the complainant only once to arrest his progress. and then turned him slightly round to give him direction." He did not push him as he followed after him, nor did he tell him to leave until he had explained that the tickets were not transfer- able. He entertained not the least ill-feeling for Mr. Thompson, whom he had encountered in a friendly debate. Mr. Holden Did you instruct your counsel to call the bodv Mr. Thompson leads a mob." i Mr. Smith: No, he did not. The words are mine. Aldiern-lan Getley: Personally, I think the ex- pression should be withdrawn. Mr. Smith I used it unintentionally, and with- draw it unreservedly. Mr. Holden quoted a passage from defendant's sermon last Sunday, in which he stated that no effort was made by the authorities to check the action ot the Crusaders during the earlier part of the movement, with the result that a condition of absolute lawlessness and anarchy prevailed in certain parts of the town. Defendant said he did not y hat mean that the police had been re- mi-9, f wugiit the police arrangements most excellent.. ° 7?;!en,,what did you mean by say- ing "t''orit:es were responsible?—I mean the authorities responsible for law and order—I don't know who thev are_ jt may the Hon.H, Office or the Watch Committee. Perhaps you can Tyjp. Holden I can, at the usual rate. ^T^'hri Davies, Thomas Haragan, and Frederick ? j three of the conference stewards, corro- ted Mr- Chesshire's account of the affair. h°23 magistrates announced that they considered technical assault had been committed, but it a l.e of a trifling character as not to merit was°niction. The summons would therefore be » °°? eCJ on pavment of costs, amounting to dlSlM Although it was no part of their bun- 13s- op- nIefend tjie Watch Committee or other ne?i cities they felt it their duty to express thei- authori Chesshire should have used the Tegr arrf he did in the course of his Sunday's languag d;,ig. th(J authorities and the main- serm of peace in the borough. tenance () PC

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