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Objectionable Literature

Post by Karen on Wed 27 Apr 2011 - 10:30


John Ashley, otherwise Gray Tindall, described as of no occupation, was indicted on Tuesday for selling and uttering to William Henry Campbell, of 39, Lyster-street, Hull, chief of the Hull Dock police, a certain obscene book, to the corruption of morals and good manners. The defendant, a tall, well-dressed person, surrendered to his bail. Mr. Mead, instructed by the Treasury, prosecuted; Mr. Besley appeared for the defence. The prisoner pleaded guilty. From instructions received from the police authorities of Scotland-yard, Mr. Campbell communicated with the prisoner, and after some correspondence received from him a very improper book, for which he sent the defendant a post office order for four guineas. Inspectors Marshall and Swanson, of Scotland-yard, obtained a warrant and apprehended the prisoner, and on searching his rooms found several indecent prints. The book the accused sent Mr. Campbell contained very low coloured prints, and the letterpress was in correspondence with the illustrations. Mr. Besley urged in the defendant's behalf that he was not a regular dealer in pernicious literature, and that the sale of the book in question was but a casual one. He had been in very good circumstances, and was most respectably connected; but unfortunately had met with misfortune, and it suddenly occurred to his mind to realise this book, which he had had by him for years. Several witnesses gave the prisoner an excellent character as a moral, well-conducted person. The assistant judge at first past a sentence of six months' imprisonment, with hard labour, but Mr. Mead suggested that under the Act the Court had no power to include hard labour. The assistant judge said that the Act 14 and 15 Vic., c. 100, made the public selling of obscene books punishable with hard labour. Here the defendant kept a library and advertised his wares, and in the indictment he was charged with the sale and publishing of an obscene book. He would, however, consider Mr. Mead's points with relation to the facts, and postpone sentence until next sessions. The defendant was admitted to bail.

Source: Weekly Dispatch, January 3, 1886, Page 10

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