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Bushell v. Japan Times [1867]


Bushell v. Japan Times

United States Consular Court, Japan


Source: Daily Alta California, 11 January 1867


Last November, one Lllewellyn Bushell, who will be remembered by many Californians as a "Professor of Electro-Biology," or Magnetism, travelling and delivering lectures thereupon in this State during the year 1862, was in Yokohama, Japan, at his old business. His lectures were not satisfactory to the editor of the Japan Times, who charged him with being a humbug and imposter.  Bushnell prosecuted the editor for libel, before the Consular Court, and the details of the trial appear in the Times of December 8th.  The editor justified the truth of his assertions, and the upshot of it all was that he was acquitted of the libel, and the Professor mulct in costs.  During the trial, one of the witnesses - a compositor, or type-setter, in the office of the Japan Times - testified that he did not know who was the editor of the paper on which he worked.  He said he had worked as a compositor on the London Times, on which there were one hundred and forty compositors, and he did not think one of them, or one hundred people in all London, would ever have known who the editor was, but for the correspondence between Cobden and Dr. Delane.

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