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<hi rend="smallCaps">MESSRS. C. F. GILL</hi>
<hi rend="italic">and</hi>
<hi rend="smallCaps">H. AVORY</hi>
<hi rend="italic">Prosecuted, and</hi>
<hi rend="smallCaps">SIR EDWARD CLARKE</hi>,
<hi rend="largeCaps">Q. C</hi>.,
<hi rend="italic">with</hi>
<hi rend="smallCaps">MESSRS. CHARLES MATHEWS</hi>
<hi rend="italic">and</hi>
<hi rend="smallCaps">TRAVERS HUMPHREYS</hi>,
<hi rend="italic">Defended.</hi> </p>
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<hi rend="italic">At the close of the case for the prosecution</hi>,
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<hi rend="italic">stated that he should not ask for a verdict on the Counts for Conspiracy; and the</hi>
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<hi rend="italic">were directed to find a verdict of</hi> </p>
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<hi rend="smallCaps">NOT GUILTY</hi>
<hi rend="italic">as to those Counts, and also as to four of the other Counts, charging acts of indecency with certain of the witnesses. As to the remaining Counts, the </hi>
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<hi rend="italic">being unable to agree, were discharged without returning any verdict, and the case was postponed until the next Session.</hi> </rs> </p> </div1></div0>
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