26 JULY 1919, Page 3

Lord Newton gained a handsome verdict in his libel action

against the Daily Mail on Friday week. Sir John Simon, for the defence, though he ingeniously tried to make the jury follow false scents, could not offer any serious justification for the gross abuse which the Daily Mail persistently showered upon Lord Newton. Lord Newton is well known to have a caustic wit, but whatever use the Daily Mail and its counsel tried to make of this or that phrase did not prevail against the solid sense of the jury that Lord Newton had spent himself in the publics service and had done an enormous amount of hard work on behalf of the British prisoners of war, and that to accuse suoh a man of jeering at the prisoners was an outrage.