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John G. Farnsworth, Receiver of the Bankers' and Merchants' Telegraph Co. vs. Western Union Telegraph Co. Robert G. Ingersoll's Opening Speech to the Jury. Delivered May 21st, 1886.

Ingersoll, Robert G

Published by N.P. (? Privately Published), New York, 1886
From Gadshill (Providence, RI, U.S.A.)

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40 pp. 8vo. Pamphlet. Salmon Printed Paper Covers. 267 NUC 0080223 The beginning of an important court case involving the major telegraph companies in the east. The receiver of the bankrupt Bankers' and Merchants' Telegraphic Company was trying to recover its property from the rapacious Western Union Telegraph Co. and the devious fiinancier Jay Gould. This opening speech of the lawyer for the receiver outlines his view of the history of the case and the reasons the jury should decide against Western Union Telegraph Co. and Gould, who is called impudent, malicious, avaricious and greedy by Ingersoll. Gould allegedly had sent a violent gang to take over the receiver's property. The mob, at Gould's instigation, allegedly, cut all the telegraph wires of the Bankers' company. A very important incident in the business history of the 19th Century and in the history of the telegraph in America. Ingersoll, a noted lawyer , debater and orator, was especially known for his views as an agnostic, frequently attracting criticism on the part of advocates of religious thinking, particularly in the aftermath of Darwin's "Origin of Species." Ingersoll authored numerous essays and volumes, including "Some Mistakes of Moses," which was parodied by James Neil Bethune in his "Some Mistakes of Ingersoll." Stains on Front Cover. Chips from Edges of Cover, Not Involving Text. Else, Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 8109

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Title: John G. Farnsworth, Receiver of the Bankers'...

Publisher: N.P. (? Privately Published), New York

Publication Date: 1886

Edition: First Edition..

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