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15. The Story Of The Trial. The Preliminaries
LET me confess another weakness, on my part, before I begin the Story of the Trial. I
cannot prevail upon myself to copy, for the second time, the horrible title-page which
holds up to public ignominy my husband's name. I have copied it once in my tenth
chapter. Let once be enough.
Turning to the second page of the Trial, I found a Note, assuring the reader of the
absolute correctness of the Report of the Proceedings. The compiler described himself as
having enjoyed certain special privileges. Thus, the presiding Judge had himself revised
his charge to the jury. And, again, the chief lawyers for the prosecution and the defense,
following the Judge's example, had revised their speeches for and against the prisoner.
Lastly, particular care had been taken to secure a literally correct report of the evidence
given by the various witnesses. It was some relief to me to discover this Note, and to be
satisfied at the outset that the Story of the Trial was, in every particular, fully and truly
The next page interested me more nearly still. It enumerated the actors in the Judicial
Drama--the men who held in their hands my husband's honor and my husband's life. Here
is the List:
THE LORD JUSTICE CLERK,}
LORD DRUMFENNICK, }Judges on the Bench.
LORD NOBLEKIRK, }
THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mintlaw), } DONALD DREW, Esquire
(Advocate-Depute).} Counsel for the Crown.
MR. JAMES ARLISS, W. S., Agent for the Crown.
THE DEAN OF FACULTY (Farmichael), } Counsel for the Panel
ALEXANDER CROCKET, Esquire (Advocate),} (otherwise the Prisoner)
MR. THORNIEBANK, W. S.,}
MR. PLAYMORE, W. S., } Agents for the Panel.