Trainer Persse Generous, Daily Racing Form, 1922-06-28


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j i J j I j j . ■ I . I j . 1 I "• ; ] • ?l " 1, B| teainer peesse generous BY FRANCIS NELSON. TORONTO, Grit, June 27.— It is not uncommon n~ for persons in the public eye to be - ; the subject of scandalous letters and state-menta, I - which, in this country, are usually !v ■ anonymous, as might be expected, from the p I | 1 Character of their contents. Trainers of D m j race horses are not exempt from this irre-i, e- sponsible vilification, bat the cowardice of °f the letti-r writers prevents their detection. n. An Englishman of this type wrote a scurrilous r- letter to a prominent trainer in thai aI I j ! country recently, but made the mistake of nf j i signing uis name, and thus disclosing his id identity. It was the first feeling of the ie trainer, H. S. Persse, his counsel stated in in the Westminster magistrates court, to seek k out the writer and administer a sound e? thrashing. Instead, the author of the lettei was brought up on a charge of circulating *T a gross libel. It was found that he wa3 an "out-of-work," having no means, and not in position to pay damages in a civil action. n- Mr. Persscs lawyer explained to the court rt that the man desired to make a complete te apology and retraction and to declare that he did not realize the serious nature of what he had done. On this ground he escaped fi- punishment. The magistrate remarked ed that the accused was fortunate in being BO so leniently dealt with, for he had committed a a grevious offense. Nothing could be wo:s? pel than unjustly impugning the honor of those ° dealing with racing and in tliis instance the 1 trainer aggrieved had been very generous us to the man charged.

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