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United States v. Addy and Bower, 1866

[ship's crew, assault of]

United States v. Addy and Bower

United States Consular Court, Shanghai
Source: The North-China Herald, 25 August 1866



Before G. F. SEWARD, Esq., U.S. Consul General,

W. O. BLANCHARD, Esq., J. H. VARE, Esq., Associates.

August 20th, 1866.

The defendants are respectively master and first mate of the ship Christopher Hall.  Mr. Eames prosecuted, and Mr. Mitchell defended.

The principal charge lay against Bower, who was accused of having knocked down one Thomas Bell with a belaying pin, and drawn a revolver with which he threatened to shoot certain of the crew.  The captain was charged with inciting and ordering him to perpetrate these outrages, and threatening to drive the crew out of the vessel.

The case occupied nearly three hours, and after eight witnesses had been closely examined on both sides, it was proved that the charge against Captain Addy was completely rebutted, and that the ship, up to this unfortunate occurrence had been truly and well disciplined.  The charge against the Mate was admitted, under circumstances of extenuation and provocation on the part of the man Bell, who was an extra hand shipped at Hongkong for the voyage to Shanghai and not one of the original American crew.

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