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A DOCTOR'S BILL.I

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A DOCTOR'S BILL. An action was brought in the Court of Common Pleas, on Saturday, by Mr. Ladd, a surgeon, against Mr. Fennimore, to recover Y,21, being the amount of a doctor's bill, under these circumstances: -The de-1 fendant was a clerk in Somerset-house, receiving a salary of X93 18s, a year, and maintaining his mother, who lived in Sutherland-street, Pimlico, whilst he him- self lived at Pimlico. In April last the defendant's mother broke both bones of her leg and dislocated her ancle, and she was attended for a week by a medical gentleman in the neighbourhood. She, however, was desirous of being placed under the care of the plaintiff, Dr. Ladd, who lives at Brixton, and what passed at this interview was the main point at issue. The plaintiff s case was that he declined to undertake the case on the mother's responsibility, beoause she could not pay him; that the defendant was told that the charge would be 20 or 25 guineas, and that he undertook to be responsible for the amount. Dr. Ladd and also his wife, who, it would seem, was in as adjoining room, deposed to these facts. The defendant, on the other hand, denied that he had undertaken to be responsible for 20 guineas. He however, admitted that the doctor did say that he would not undertake the case except on witness's account. Witness made no remark upon this. No sum was mentioned. Witness said he would pay any reasonable sum, but the doctor knew his position. In cross-examination the witness said he did not know that his mother owed the plantiff 460. The plaintiff asked him if he should attend his mother, and witness said, Yes." The plaintiff wrote to witness for some money, and witness answered, I am unable at present to comply with your request. I will do my best for you about the middle of the next month." Witness thought the charge was excessive, and his intention was to offer the plaintiff some smaller sum when he took his salary. In pursuance of this intention the sum of 4-7 7s. was paid into court. The jury found that there had been a specific agree- ment for 20 guineas, and returned a verdict for the plaintiff for the balance, X13 13s.

SUPPOSED EXTENSIVE FRAUDS.

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