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<hi rend="smallCaps">THE SOLICITOR-GENERAL (SIR FRANK LOCKWOOD</hi>, Q.C.),
<hi rend="italic">with</hi>
<hi rend="smallCaps">MESSRS</hi>. C. F.</p>
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<hi rend="smallCaps">GILL</hi>
<hi rend="italic">and</hi>
<hi rend="smallCaps">HORACE AVORY</hi>
<hi rend="italic">Prosecuted</hi>;
<hi rend="smallCaps">SIR EDWARD CLARKE</hi>, Q.C.,</p>
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<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">appeared for Wilde</hi>;
<hi rend="smallCaps">MR. J.P. GRAIN</hi>
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<hi rend="italic">Upon the joint application of</hi>
<hi rend="smallCaps">SIR EDWARD CLARKE</hi>
<hi rend="italic">and</hi>
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