Edmund Lester Pearson: Another "Edwin Drood" Trial

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John Jasper, whose neck was saved from the En­glish hang­man through Mr. Bernard Shaw's de­sire to make an epi­gram, is again to be put in jeop­ardy of his life. This time it is in Philadel­phia, where a mock-tri­al of the al­leged mur­der­er of Edwin Drood will be held on April 29.

It is a won­der they did not hang him in Lon­don. Fore­man Shaw of the jury had his lit­tle joke about finding him guilty of manslaugh­ter "in the spir­it of com­pro­mise." But it is pos­si­ble that all the ju­ry­men would have voted for a ver­dict of mur­der in the first de­gree if it had not been for the pros­e­cut­ing at­tor­ney. Mr. Cum­ing Wal­ters, who “led for the Crown," arose at eleven o'clock in the evening and de­liv­ered a long, very earnest, and rather dull ad­dress. In short, he bored the jury, the Court, and the au­di­ence, “full of holes."

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