y any nice technicality or legal subtlety.
The case was opened to the Court and Jury by Richard Cooper, nephew and attorney of the plaintiff, in a speech of decided pertinence and force. * * * MrMr. R. Cooper has had much experience in this class of cases, and is a young man of considerable talent.
His manner is the only fault about him, being too elaborate and pompous, and his diction too bood will, and perhaps never wrote a line to us in his life till now.
The next step in Mr. R. Cooper's opening: We had, to the Declaration against us, pleaded the General Issue—that is Not Guilest under the imputation of being hatched-faced and having mouse-colored whiskers, retains Mr. Richard Cooper—for he could not do better—and commences an action for libel against us. We take the best ts can be shown, and maintain that the matter charged as uttered by us is not libelous.
But Mr. R. Cooper meets us there and says justly:
How is the court to decide without evidence that this ma<