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Shadowing an Actress.

Considerable excitement was created in the City Court, Melbourne, on the 20th ult, in connection with a charge against a man named Bichard Beattie, who was proceeded against by summons for following Miss Nellie Stewart, the well-known actress, and causing her to fear that he intended to do her some bodily harm. Miss Nellie Stewart'did not appear in Court, but was represented by her father, who explained to the Bench that the accused haunted her like a shadow. It made no difference whether she walked, rode or drove, he was continually beside her, If she stayed in the house he leant tip against the outside wall or gazed into the back yard from a neighbor's house, which he rents, for that particular purpose. She even tried visits to the other colonies as a means of getting rid of him, but without effect—he always turned up at the most unexpected time and place. He had never been actually rude to her, but he was^ afraid that if his vagaries were not checked he might do her some injury. Detective-Sergeant Ward informed the Bench that he knew the man, who was a hard-working stonemason, though somewhat weak in i intellect;.' He had previously indulged in these extraordinary antics, and he had been confined in an asylum in consequence. That was when he fell in love' with -the Premier of Queensland's daughter. The main defence was that the man meant ho harm, and that even a cat was privileged to look at the Queen. The Bench did not consider that the case came within their jurisdiction, and discharged the defendant.

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Shadowing an Actress., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2391, 2 April 1890

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Shadowing an Actress. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2391, 2 April 1890