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This Land is My Land

Land is the only source of the material life of the people. It provides food and shelter. It furnishes work and wealth. It is the basis of all production, of all development, of all security, of all growth. It is in very truth the root of our being.

Norman Manley Public Opinion May 1943

On 28 March 1923, Norman Manley took his seat in the Supreme Court. Behind him sat the Mandeville-based solicitor, Godfrey G. Gunter, who had been close to the Manley family, having replaced John Thompson Palache as Thomas Manley's legal adviser when Manley had sued Palache for negligence as his solicitor in 1892. When Gunter had briefed Norman Manley on the special jury case which was about to be heard, the bright young barrister had been caustic:

"It's a waste of time; the case should not be brought at all."

Gunter explained that the plaintiff was a Chinese shopkeeper in Williamsfield, Manchester.

"A fire?" asked Manley, looking up in that odd, quirky way he had.

"No. Well, not directly," said Gunter. "He's claiming damages from my client, Mrs Alice Jones, a rival shopkeeper, for slander."

"Slander?"

"She accused him of having burnt down a previous shop he rented from a Mr Heron."

"Ha!" Manley scoffed.

The special jury case of Isaac Lin Kin Chow v. Alice Jones to recover damages for slander got underway in the Supreme Court on 28 March 1923 before His Honour, Mr Justice R.T. Orpen.1

Barristers John St John Yates and H. M. Radcliffe, instructed by the Hon. H.A.L. Simpson, appeared for the plaintiff; Manley instructed by Godfrey G. Gunter represented the defendant.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • List of Illustrations viii
  • Table of Cases x
  • Foreword xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgements xxiii
  • Series Introduction xxv
  • I - First Time Up 1
  • 2 - A Litigious Charmer 13
  • 3 - A Chinese Controversy 21
  • 4 - An East Indian Affair 33
  • 5 - A Soap Opera 41
  • 6 - This Land is My Land 47
  • 7 - Money by Menaces 59
  • 8 - Of 'Panya Jar' and Drop Pan 65
  • 9 - Motor Madness 71
  • 10 - Compelling Evidence 79
  • 11 - A Rum Letter 91
  • 12 - Cutting the Cotta 95
  • 13 - The Spalding Murder Trial Part 1 the Bowden Hill Tragedy 103
  • 14 - The Spalding Murder Trial Part 2 Message from the Grave 125
  • 15 - "Re Garvey: I Am of the Opinion . . ." 141
  • 16 - The Louise Walker Murder Trial Murder Between Intimates 149
  • 17 - Ksac Under Fire 181
  • Notes 185
  • References 195
  • Index 199
  • Lawyer Manley: Supreme Defence 207
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