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This book is not an attempt to present in a summarised form a number of notable trials, civil and criminal. The reader who wishes fully to follow, and completely to understand, the comlexities of such famous cases as for example that of " The Claimant ", who represented himself to be the lost heir to the Tichborne estates, or of the murderers Crippen and Fox, is referred to the admirably compiled volumes which set out the whole of the facts and deal in extenso with the evidence in each particular case
The object of this book is rather to let the cross-examination of one or more of the principal witnesses, in each case dealt with, speak for itself, with only such notes added as may be needed to clarify what might otherwise be obscure. In almost every trial a considerable part of the evidence adduced, though essential to :ie proof of the case, is less dramatic than that of the principal parties concerned.
Each case referred to here is therefore prefaced by an attempt very briefly to explain the chief matters at issue; 'indicating, rather than setting out in detail, the points which the witnesses whose cross-examination is cited had established, or endeavoured to establish, in their evidence in chief.