THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD: THE TRIAL OF JOHN JASPER. Original Photograph of the Jury Being Sworn, gelatin silver print, approximately 5 3/4 x 8 inches. Charles Dickens.

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD: THE TRIAL OF JOHN JASPER. Original Photograph of the Jury Being Sworn, gelatin silver print, approximately 5 3/4 x 8 inches. N.p. [London?], n.d. [1914?]. "In January 1914 the Dickens Fellowship organized a dramatic 'trial' in the King's Hall, Covent Garden. John Jasper (played by Frederick T. Harry) stood trial for the murder of Edwin Drood. G. K. Chesterton, best known for the Father Brown mystery stories, was the judge, and George Bernard Shaw was the foreman of the jury, which was made up of other authors. J. Cuming Walters, author of THE COMPLETE EDWIN DROOD, led the prosecution, while Cecil Chesterton acted for the defense. Proceedings were very lighthearted; Shaw in particular made wisecracks at the expense of others present. For instance, Shaw claimed that if the prosecution thought that producing evidence would influence the jury then "he little knows his functions". The jury returned a verdict of manslaughter, Shaw stating that it was a compromise on the grounds that there was not enough evidence to convict Jasper but that they did not want to run the risk of being murdered in their beds. Both sides protested and demanded that the jury be discharged. Shaw claimed that the jury would be only too pleased to be discharged. Chesterton ruled that the mystery of Edwin Drood was insoluble and fined everyone, except himself, for contempt of court." - Wikipedia. Image a bit of tarnished, several light creases, very good overall. Newsprint caption worn, frayed and chipped with loss of several lines of copy. Number "2033" in crayon on verso as well as remnants of "N. Y. Publishers Book Clearance Co." shipping labels at edges. (#158491).

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