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TITE IICO-YFESSIOIVAL UNMASKED"…

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TITE IICO-YFESSIOIVAL UNMASKED" CONSIDERED AN INDECENT WORK. At Marlborough street Police court, on Monday, William Reach was charged by Lieutenant F. Sandys Dugmore, of her Majesty's Royal Canadian Rifles, with selling indecent books and with obstructing the public footpath. The complainant said he was passing through Tottenliam-coart-road when he saw the defendant selling a work called the Confessional Unmasked," published by the Protestant Union. He wished to direct the attention of the magistrate to one or two points which would prove the work to be indecent. Mr. Tyrwhitt, having looked at the passages referred to, said the book was certainly a very dirty book," and he should now ask the defendant what he had to say. The defendant stated that he got the book from the secretary of the Protestant Union he sold it with- out knowing anything of its contents. The com- plainant, however, must have known more about the work than he chose to avow, because in a few minutes after the purchase he brought a constable and gave him into custody. Mr. Tyrwhitt wished to know how the complainant came to hit upon the indecent pas- sages so readily. The complainant said he had seen in the newspapers an account of the seizure and condemna- tion of the work by some magistrates in the Midland Counties. He had not read the work before he bought it of the defendant, and was unacquainted with its con- tents beyond what he learnt of them from the news- papers. Mr. Tyrwhitt said it was certainly odd that the complainant should know so much about a work which he had never read. As for what appeared in the newspapers, he could not take anything of the kind into account, unless he had placed before him an authentic and impartial report of what really occurred. The work sold by the defendant might be different from the work condemned by the magistrates. The defendant said he got the work from the secretary of the union, and his only object in selling it was to get the price of a day's work for his family. The complainant said he was an officer in her Majesty's service and he hoped he should be believed on his oath when he stated that he had only given four hours' attention to the work since the de- fendant had been in custody. Mr. Tyrwhitt said the work purported to consist of translations of questions asked of women in the confessional. He pronounced no opinion upon the accuracy of the translation, but cer- tainly nothing could be more objectionable than the matter. The defendant might have known nothing about the work he was selling lie had, however, created an ob- struction by carrying a large placard, and for that offence he fined him Is.

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