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His Life Blasted

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Loïtdon, June 10. - The great baccarat trial is over, and the result is the blasting of the Ufe of one of the most brilliant and daring soldiers of the British army. The Prince of Wales was not present at court yesterday, preferring to attend the races at Ascott. The sensational feature of the day took place early when Geu. - Owen Williams, in a voice husky with emotion, asked Justice Coleridge's protection against the imputations made by Sir Edward Clarke that the general was sacrificing an innocent man. Sir Edward vigorou.sly protested against the general being permitted to speak, but the latter persisted and in a very angry manner repudiated the insinuations made in Sir Edward's speech. Finally Justice Coleridge peremptorily ordered the general to sit down and hold his peaee. The Lord Chief Justice' Charge. Justice Coleridge's charge was distinctly against the plaintiff. He particularly warned the jury to confine themselves to the evidence, and pay no attention to the claim by plaintiff's attorney that there was more in the case than appeared in evidence. This claim the justice emphatically denied. He said the jury had the whole case before it in the evidence. He spoke of Sir William's services in the army, and credited him with a career of bravery that did himself and the country honor, and remarked that Sir William was a sort of lion at Tranby Ooft, a guest of honor, of whom the Wilsons were proud, as they had a right to be. A Verdict Quickly Kendered. It did not take the jury more than fifteen minutes to come to a conclusión, and when they returned to the court-room the foreman, in reply to the question of the clerk, pronounced the sentence of Sir William Gordon Cumming in words to the effect that the jury found for the defendant. So, in the opinión of the jury, with the evidence before them, it was no slander to say that Sir William had been guilty of cheating at cards. Nothwithsianding the terrible nature of the finding to Sir William, he seemed unmoved by it. He sat cool and calm, and looked straight at the jury, without change of color or tremor of muscle. When he left the court-room the crowd outside gave him a cheer. Crushing Eect of the Verdict. This verdict raeans much to the plaintiff. It is his social ruin. It means that he must be cashitred from the army, expelled f rom the clubs, warned off the race courses, and socially ostracised where heretofore he has been a welcome and honored guest. [t means that he has but two alternatives - suicide or a life out of England; an obscure existence on the continent, or somewhere else where those who once knew and met him will know and meet hini no more. V luit a Juror Says. One of the jurymen has been interviewed, and says that from the moment they entered the jury room there was no doubt as to what their verdict would be. They were all for the defendants. Only one inclined toward the plaintiff, and he was not at all inclined to prevent unanimity. Personally, all would have liked to find a way to vindícate Sir William, but the evidence was so strongly against him that they could not conscientiously decide in his favor.