THE “TELEGRAPH” LIBEL CASE.
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case Mr Treadwell v. James publisher of the Telegraph er, for libel, came off yesterle R.M. Court, Christchurch. 1 complained of was alleged to lined in the following paragraph g in a letter, headed “ The atical carpenter,” and signed, ibare Velveteen ” :—-The next which memory whispers in !e to the life of this remarkable ianing J. W. Treadwell), is his with me at the Queen’s Hotel |g the gaol) at Port, to which : had an introduction through lence of the Queen’s represen-
meaning the police), and where ; furnished with a gratuitous !e (meaning prisoners’ clothes), e boarded at the country’s exwhich was a very convenient
we wer wardrot! and wei pense,
arrangement for both of us,” and “ the next ti ne I met this skilled workman ([meaning J. W. Treadwell) was at the Moonyside Hotel, Lincoln Road (meaning the Sunnyside Lunatic Asylum). I heard, however, that the
friends jof this studious tradesman (meaning J. W. Treadwell), had recommended him to reside there for the same object (meaning softening of the brain), : too much study having weakened his intellect.” James Willway Trliadwell deposed that he had formerly been a stock-broker, at London ; he was now a “ mathematical carpenter,” living at Christchurch. He had told defendant he was a “ mathematical ; carpenter,” as he had never learned the trade, but had taught himself by his knowledge of mathematics. After some further evidence, Mr Holmes addressed the court for the defence. He admitted that the letter did refer to the plaintiff. It was, however, onjly an electioneering skit, and if the plaintiff had been a successful candidate, iiothing more would have been heard of it. The defendant was committed Jo take his trial at the next session jof the Supreme Court to be held at Christchurch. Bail was allowed, defendant in Lioo, and one surety in Lxoo. I
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 536, 17 January 1882
THE “TELEGRAPH” LIBEL CASE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 536, 17 January 1882
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