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Note: "ELLIOTT' refers to Brother Worker Tom Elliott
1913. No. 2164.
In the High Court of Justice in IRELAND,
KING'S BENCH DIVISION.
BETWEEN EDWARD COONEY, Plaintiff
WILLIAM DENIS WILSON
and WILLIAM HENDERSON, Defendants.
Statement of Claim.
Delivered this 17th day of April, 1913, by Messrs. Clarke and Gordon, of 13 Wellington Quay, Dublin,
Solicitors for the Plaintiff.
The Plaintiff says:
1. The Defendants falsely and maliciously caused to be printed, published and posted in the County of Fermanagh and elsewhere certain libellous placards or posters referring to the Plaintiff as follows:
re ELLIOTTS CAREER OF CRIME.
I, WILLIAM DENIS WILSON, of Cretingham Rookery, near Framlingham, in the County of Suffolk, in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Farmer, do sincerely and solemnly declare:
To MOTHERS and all Persons interested in the Welfare of YOUNG GIRLS
To the POLICE
To the Directors of Public Prosecutions in “All Nations.”
re WHITE SLAVE TRAFFIC.
Elliotts Career of Crime.
MODERNISED MORMON PROPOGANDA.
A Thin Veil of Blasphemy falsely called Religion.
HEAD QUARTERS is/was at Mullaghmeen, and/or Crocknacrieve, and/or Ballinamallard, near Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Ireland.
BRANCHES. Stowupland and Debenham, Suffolk, South Brewham, Somerset.
Club Rooms, Boiestown, New Brunswick, and "All over the World," with evil intent in the unlawful way.
HIGH PRIEST. John Elliott.
PRIESTS. Thomas Elliott, William Snadden, W. McClung, J. Gill, Walker, Quinne, Weir, Carrol, Gibson, Armstrong, McColister, William Irvine, Edward Cooney, Samuel Cole and Company, with evil intent in the unlawful way.
PRIESTESSES. Mrs. John and/or Thomas Elliott, F. A. Hughes, Carroll Sisters, Alice Pipe, Emma Gill, Annie Smith, Mrs. W. McClung, A Mistress of Witchcraft and Co-Workers in the lawless way.
HONEST DUPES. Mrs. and Mr. E. W. List, Mrs. and Mr. E. A. Leader, Mrs. and Mr Devlin, Misses Pennie and Sussie Barton, and others widely spread in “All Nations,” kind-hearted, without evil intent, under strong delusions in the lawless way.
VICTIMS. 70 girls cajoled to Crocknacrieve. 36 girls kidnapped at Belfast, deported at Londonderry without the Lawful Show money of their own, breaking immigrationLaws.
Who witness of monstrous blasphemies, trickeries and cruelties of "The White Slave Traffic," propogated by deceivers and perjurers, and outlaws posing as "Martyrs, Pilgrims, Persecuted," and a dozen other titles, who are of the most impolite and worst title that can be found.
Possessors of profane tabernacles about 25 by 15 feet, threacherous tents about 60 by 25 feet, traitors hymn books, void of composers, compilers and printers names, tracing back 20 years to Enniskillen to A.D. 1892, who are known as "Cooneyites" with anonymous (wanting a name), literature in the Unlawful Way.
I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true, and by virtue of the provisions of the Statutory Declaration Act, A.D. 1835, declared by me, the above-named declarant at Ipswich, in the County of Suffolk, in England, this second day of July, A.D. 1912.
W. D. WILSON, for many aggrieved parents and kinsfolk.
Before me, CHAS. R. STEWARD, Notary Public.
N.B.—Please see "The Times," London, June 25th, page 3, column 6 ; June 27th, page 3, column 6, re Bill giving the powers that be "Power of Arrest without Warrant."
Witness to our sure and certain knowledge of the correctness of declaration re "Elliots Career of Crime." With all decivablness of Unlawfulness they did all they could to ruin us, they failed in their attempts. We hope these Elliotts will soon be safely secured in prison cells, and Mullaghmeen set as a grazing stock of the cankerworm house.
MARY J. HARPUR.
Tullyhogue, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, Ireland.
Printed and Published by W. D. Wilson, Cretingham, Suffolk.
re THE WHITE SLAVE TRAFFIC.
Underneath a Cover of Co. Fermanagh's
Cooneyism - Snares for Girls - Devlinite.
He was a wolf in clothing of the Lamb that stole into the fold of God, and on the Blood of souls which he did sell to death, &c., &c., &c.
MARY J. HARPUR.
To W. D. WILSON, Esq., Cretingham, Framlingham, Suffolk, England .
We, Arabella Harpur and Mary J. Harpur, do hereby give notice that Devlin, Cooney and Irvine go from house to house to "deceive if possible, the very elect;" they took counsel together against us, "they devised evil to take away our lives" by delivering us up to shame, &c., &c.
MARY J. HARPUR.
Tullyhogue, Dungannon, Jan. 18, 1911.
To him that knoweth of the needful necessity to lay information to stop this Lawlessness and doeth it not.
To him it is neglect of imperative duty and a cover of the uttermost Unlawfulness.
Printed and Published by W. D. Wilson, Cretingham, Suffolk, England.
THE WHITE SLAVE TRAFFIC.
"ONE MAN'S WORD IS NO MAN'S WORD,
Justice demands two shall be heard,
What is known to three is known to everybody."
FOUR MEN KNOW THAT A COONEYITE GIRL IS SLAUGHTERED BY AN UNSEEN FOE!
WHERE ARE THE SEVENTY GIRLS CUDDLED AT BALLINAMALLARD?
BENEATH THE COVERLET OF Co. FERMANAGH'S BENEFACTIONS, A.D. 1912, LIES THE SECRET!!
W. D. WILSON.
N.B.—The ringing sound of the uttermost lawlessness of the PETTICOATED BLACKGUARDISM OF COONEYISM should be listened to, by patriots disregardful of Party from end to end of Enniskillen amplifying indictment on a charge of privy conspiracy and women stealing and MURDER!
Printed and Published by W. D. Wilson, Cretingham,
D I S G R ACE TO ENNISKILLEN.
AWFUL SHAME IN COUNTY FERMANAGH.
The Greatest Fraud in the Whole of Ireland.
INTERNATIONAL SCOURGE ALL OVER THE WORLD.
The Foulest Stain on the Century.
50 Girls Cajoled! 50 Girls Deported! 2 Girls BRUTALLY ILL-USED!!
By the "Enniskillen Cooneyites," off-shoots of Mormonites.
OTHERS UNACCOUNTED FOR!!!
N.B.—Is it not high time to arouse the Director of Public Prosecutions???
W. D. WILSON
That they should believe a lie.
… when he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own…
re “ EXTRAORDINARY TRANSACTIONS WITH WOMEN."
Adorning the Crimes in Veils of Respectability that have not
borne investigations of the uttermost atrocities that are not
uncovered, in persistent affectation, puppetry and unlawfulness
—worse than Capital Crimes, punishable with death.
re PUBLIC NOTICES.
The Rookery Farm, Cretingham, Framlingham,
Nov. 20th, 1912.
To G. Fetherstonhaugh, Esq., M.P.
I see through "The Fermanagh Times" the notice or question which you have asked, or intend asking, in the House of Commons that you are still a believer in the "No sect, no denomination, no Church go-preachers, pilgrims," and their excellent intentions. I was originally deceived by them, but owing to certain facts which they let out I quite changed my views with regard to them.
I would ask you as a person who I know desires to ascertain and be guided by the truth to make inquiries as to what became of 50 girls who were led by these pilgrims and invited to volunteer to emigrate. As far as I can learn the kinsfolk of these girls do not know about their last movements.
I would suggest also your inquiring what has become of a girl whom Mrs. F. A. Hughes, whom there is every reason to believe is a procuress, received and upon whom she spent £13.10s.10d for dressing; also where is another girl who fell into the clutches of a Modernised Mormonite and became a mother, the mother and baby are or were living apart from this Modernised Mormonite; where is the girl that was taken to Toronto and turned adrift. The first and third were beguiled at the age of 22, the second in her teens.
There were nineteen girls deported by S.S. "Virginian" via Londonderry, and there were also 17 girls deported per Steam Ship " Numidian " ex Belfast Mission Rooms.
I cannot but think that you will feel that these are cases which require investigation, and I shall be happy to give you such further particulars as may assist you in making the inquiries if you will let me know if you will do so.
W. D. WILSON.
Since writing the foregoing I learn without any particulars, that a notice of this Crusade is placed before Parliament.
CRIMINAL LAW AMENDMENT ACT ( IRELAND).
Answer. "Mr. Birrell: I have seen a copy of the poster referred to. The police inform me that there is no truth in the statement that Enniskillen is a centre of the White Slave Traffic. I understand that Messrs. West instituted proceedings last year against Mr. Wilson and that the case was settled by consent, Mr. Wil son making a public apology and paying £100 damages. I am advised that this is not a case in which the police should prosecute; the matter would appear to be one for civil action."
Parliamentary Debates, 14th November, 1912, page 2070 and 2071
FERMANAGH "PILGRIMS" AND THE "WHITE SLAVE" SLANDER.
Mr. Fetherstonhaugh has given notice of his intention to ask the Chief Secretary whether his attention has been called to a poster sent by post to members of this House, and purporting to be published by one W. D. Wilson, of Cretingham. Suffolk, imputing that Enniskillen is a centre of the white slave traffic, and that 50 young girls had been exported from Mullaghmeen, the residence of Mr. J. West, Crocknacrieve, the residence of Mr. W. H. West, and Ballinamallard, the adjoining village, and that the Cooneyites, a Christian sect of which Messrs. West are leading members, are actively carrying on the traffic; is he aware that Messrs. West recovered damages by action in London last year against this W. D. Wilson for a similar imputation; and has he inquired through the police whether there is any foundation whatever for the charges made by Mr. Wilson, and with what result; and will he consult the law officers as to a prosecution of Mr. Wilson, if sane, for criminal libel.
From “The Fermanagh Times,” Enniskillen, November 7th, 1912
MISSION TENT BURNED
What is looked upon as a malicious act was perpetrated at Makeny, some two miles distant from Irvinestown, on Monday morning. It appears that Mr. Edward Cooney, the leader of the sect locally known as "Pilgrims," has been holding a series of Gospel services for the past three weeks in a tent them. The service on Sunday evening was attended by a large crowd, and after the service the lamps, three in number, were extinguished in the usual way.
Early on Monday morning Mr. Irvine Stewart, on whose land the tent was placed, noticed a volume of smoke issuing from the field in which the tent was. On going to investigate he discovered that the tent was burned to the ground. On examination it was found that the oil had been removed from one of the lamps, and it is supposed part of the canvas saturated with it. Several of the seats were slightly charred. It is understood that the owners of the tent have lodged a claim for £25 compensation.
From "Irish Daily Telegraph," Dublin, October 9th, 1912.
THE ROOKERY FARM, Cretingham, Framlingham.
Dec. 7th, 1912.
[To the Editor of "The Fermanagh Times."]
I see that Mr. Birrell, in answer to Mr. Fetherstonhaugh, is reported to have said that I made a public apology to the Messrs. West and paid £100 damages. This is not correct. It is quite true that I, believing as I do still believe that Messrs. West did not wilfully do anything that was wrong, and that their motives were throughout good in their dealings with the Go-preachers, gave them a written apology and they accepted that, with the costs, in full settlement. Mr. Birrell is therefore mistaken in saying that I paid £100 damages.
W. D. WILSON."
From "The Fermanagh Times," December 12th, 1912
THE WHITE SLAVE TRAFFIC.
THE NEW ACT IN OPERATION.
The Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1912, is now in operation...The power to arrest on suspicion without a warrant conferred on the police by the new Act will enable them to take prompt action in dealing with what is known as the "White Slave" traffic…As a matter of fact, the gravest offences in procuration have been committed by foreigners of both sexes, and, according to the statement of an experienced police officer yesterday, the procuress is more difficult to deal with than the procurer…Those who have not already left the country are believed to be apprehensive of the future.
From " The Times," London , December 14th, 1912, page 6, column 4.
SIR J. MACDONNELL ON THE FLOGGING PROVISIONS.
Sir John Macdonnell said…a crime which was the most detestable known to the law, more hideous in his mind than many murders for which men had suffered. It was a crime marked by every possible evil when a person deliberately, in cold blood, destroyed a fellow creature body and soul…
From " The Times," London, December 14th, 1912, page 6, column 4.
N.B.—Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. A faithful witness will not lie, but a false witness will utter lies. And before the mighty Triumph of the Truth, every work of lies will one day vanish. He that telleth lies shall not tarry.
Printed and Published by W. D. Wilson, Cretingham.
"THE LAW IS GOOD.
THE LAW IS FOR THE LAWLESS.
To ALL THE SOLICITORS IN ENNISKILLEN,
You are invited to Mullaghmeen to justify or otherwise the language of that little poem:
"Mormonism, Mormonism, Mormonism,
The Mormonism of Cooneyism,
The seventy girls they cuddled them so
To Ballinamallard they were forced to go.
The Modernised Mormonism of Cooneyism,
Meantime, Yours respectfully,
Irvineism, Walkerism, Weirism,
McClungism, Quinneism, Devlinism."
Because the time is come when similar action should be taken by the Government of this Country to that which has been taken by the Government of other Countries to forbid, in the Interests of Morality, the dissemination of Mormon teaching; The same call The Truth, Untruth ; and Untruth, the Truth; adding Lawlessness to Lawlessness in an Unlawful way; breaking Immigration Laws, i.e., taking girls without the lawful show money of their own; repudiating Lawful Marriage Laws.
And further, because it is very necessary all mothers and those interested in the welfare of young girls should be warned against the pernicious teaching of these so-called "pilgrims" who come amongst us with their mouths full of pious words, seeking to draw away young girls after them.
And further still, because it follows that any of us, who knowing this and not warning the unwary are conniving at Unlawfulness and are traitors to their Country.
See "The Fermanagh Times," Enniskillen, Aug. 4, 1910; Jan. 25, 1912 ; Feb. 22, 1912.
Your co-operation is most respectfully invited to act in the way you think proper to check this lasciviousness and Unlawfulness.
W. D. WILSON, Cretingham, Suffolk, Feb. 29, 1912.
N.B.—Cooneyism underlies a coverlet of Co. Fermanagh's benefactions. "If one seen one's fellow creature following damnable error by continuing in which the devil is sure to get him at last, are you to let him go towards such consummation or are you not rather to use all means to save him?" Carlyle.
Mothers and persons interested in the welfare of Young Girls to demand the abandonment (or at least the partial abandonment)
DISGRACE TO ENNISKILLEN
AWFUL SHAME IN CO. FERMANAGH.
The Bishop of London said he did not believe one person in ten knew how this traffic had spread all over the World. It was computed that for one Great City alone 5,000 girls were procured every year. Procurers he would treat as incorrigible rogues, and have thoroughly whipped. No man or woman deserved whipping more than those engaged in this infamous traffic for money and for money's sake." See "The Times," London, October 7th, 1912, page 2 column 6.
70 girls cajoled by the Cooneyites, including girls under age, under pretence "Sunday School Classes for Children" at Leadbetter Street, Modernised Mormon Mission Room, off Old Lodge Road, Belfast, and elsewhere; at Old Catholic School Rooms, Norwich, &c., &c., &c.
General Bingham, Head of the New York Police, says "A low estimate shows that 15,000 fresh girls were imported into the City in one year. One syndicate of trafficers alone is making an annual profit of £40,000,” from the U.S.A. official report, New York Police, which is sufficient to silence any doubters on the matter.
50 young girls exported ex. Mullaghmeen and Crocknacrieve and Ballinamallard, Enniskillen, in Co. Fermanagh, Ireland, and are unaccounted for! See "Pitfalls for Women," Success publishing Co., 3, Plough Court, Fetter Lane, London.
Tullyhogue, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, Ireland.
October 9th, 1912.
N.B.—If flogging will bring home to them the heinousness of their guilt, will it not be mercy to them as well as to the girls and women whom they have marked down for their victims?
Printed and Published by W. D. Wilson, Cretingham.
By the said Posters the Defendants meant that the Plaintiff had been guilty of Criminal offences, and had abducted girls for immoral purposes and was a conspirator, who under the guise of religion had conspired to procure girls to have carnal connection with men, and was assisting the White Slave Traffic, and was a member and the head of a community or band of persons who under the guise of religion abducted girls for immoral purposes, and was a grossly immoral person.
2. The Defendants falsely and maliciously caused to be printed, published and circulated in the County of Fermanagh and elsewhere a certain libellous leaflet, pamphlet, or placard referring to the Plaintiff as follows:
"He that hinders not a mischief is guilty of it." "If one sees one's fellow creature following damnable error by continuing in which the devil is sure to get him at last, are you to let him go towards such consummation or are you not rather to use all means to save him"—Carlyle.
TREASON AND PLOT.
THE FOULEST STAIN ON THE CENTURY. AD 1910.
A Lamenatable Note of Alarm. A Blot on Humanity.
IT'S SO CRUEL.
Motherless and Fatherless Girl—Alice Pipe.
Fatherless Girl—Annie Smith.
Other Girls—Carroll Sisters.
QUOHOURNE, EMMA GILL, and 86 others are VICTIMIZED,
Netting by them large sums in Dollars and Sovereigns.
Modernised A.D. 1892.
HIGH PRIEST: William Irvine.
PRIESTS: EDWARD COONEY, Snadden, Robb, Gibson, Rooney, Cook, Blair, W. Armstrong, W. MacCoalster, &c.
PRIESTESSES: F. A. HUGHES, ANNIE IRVINE, &c.
Printed and Published by W. D. Wilson, Cretingham, Suffolk, England, Aug. 22nd, 1910.
meaning thereby that the Plaintiff was a procurer of girls, and an aider and abetter of the White Slave Traffic under the guise of Religion.
3. The Defendants falsely and maliciously printed, published and circulated in the County of Fermanagh and elsewhere a certain libellous pamphlet which contained inter alia the following statements referring to the Plaintiff:
An Exposure of Crimes by The Cooneyites
Sometimes styled Go-Preachers, NO Church,
NO Denomination, NO Sect, Sect, Pilgrims, Martyrs, etc., etc.
50 girls entrapped
Band of Women Criminals caught
Tullyhogue, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, Ireland,
May 8th, 1909.
A series of mysteries seductions have recently occupied the attention of the Press in various districts, including Ballinamallard, near Enniskillen, in Ireland, the destination of several girls having been discovered under circumstances which pointed unmistakeably to foul play.
There was no definite clue to work upon until, acting on certain suspicions, a detective was employed, disguised as one of the fraternity, attended upon the kidnappers: Alice Pipe; Annie Smith; May Carroll; Emma Gill; J. Hughes; McClung and Co., Unlimited, in their Chapel in Leadbetter Street, Belfast; he was at once struck by highly offensive blasphemy emanating from these women during the temporary stay, which was with difficulty concealed, but hearing sudden conversations behind the scenes, glanced around and saw the very girl, of tender age, of surprising good looks, who had been decoyed, that was previously sought for in vain. The detective dodged these, seducers and obtained other detectives, who on searching found that other 50 girls had been entrapped.
A quantity of doggerel literature was found on them, and shortly after three of this woman tribe were arrested, who, according to their statements, constituted a Band of Robbers under the leadership of patronage of J. West, W. H. West, A. H. Robb, W. Irvine, E. Cooney, W. McClung, S. Gibson, W. Snaddon, J. Dunlop, S. Hines, R. Walker, E. W. List, S. Coles, E. Quinton, Rooney and Company, Unlimited.
Most of these are enormously strong and masculine-looking, and have terrorised girls, silly as young geese, harmless as doves, into their traps during the last 17 years, who, of course, were unaware of the misdoings behind the scenes. So far these 50 seductions and others also have been traced to the gang, who netted by them a LARGE SUM OF DOLLARS.
The White Slave Traffic, re Den of Thieves, money stealers, food stealers, women stealers, conjurers, traitors, grievous blasphemers, worse than assassians, perjurers, who love and make a subtle lie "born again," who are born and acting the Great Apostles list of Crimes, spurning the honour roll of Virtues, carrying bags without bottoms, Vagrants without visible means of earning an honest livelihood, dishonest, robbers of Widow's Cupboards, professors, not possessors, of holiness, condemning the just and innocent, justifying all manner of Crime, Breaking every Commandment of the Ten, and all this in the Name of our Lord, which proves them to be as black as black can be, bad as bad can be, blacker than coal, etc, re Devlin…William Irvine…Edward Cooney…and Company, who combine and confederate together in conspiracy and commit frauds, etc."
"To all Ministers and Congregations...
These self-styled Saints then imported an Edward Cooney Wooden moveable Chapel going on wheels…I pray you put the question to the powers that be and to the police; Will you institute new powers to deal with the White Slave Traffic, especially the Crocknacrieve disorderly House of Ill fame and bad repute.
I am,Yours faithfully,
W. D. WILSON,
An Overseer of Cretingham."
"Now his or your oath have you or have you not abandoned the practice of decoying girls away across the seas for Cooney or Irvine or McClung or Hughes or other dealers in human flesh? "Reply Paid." WILSON, Cretingham.
Let us pray without ceasing, let this be no dead letter, let this be very much alive, let none of them escape, including Edward Cooney, who wants girls for bogus Missions for "China" and all Nations, teaching them it is according to Matthew 10, verses 9 and 10, and Matthew 28, verse 19.
"Of all the Catalogues of Crime Cooneyism is found to be the most abominable."
W. D. WILSON, an Elector in the Parliamentary Division of Wye.
To W. D. WILSON, Esq., Cretingham, Framlingham, Suffolk, England.
We, ARABELLA HARPUR and MARY J. HARPUR, do hereby give notice that Devlin, Cooney, and Irvine go from house to house to deceive if possible the very elect." They took counsel together against us."They devised Evil to take away our lives" by delivering us up to shame, etc., etc.
MARY J. HARPUR.
January 18th, 1911
4. The Defendants falsely and maliciously printed, published and circulated in the County of Fermanagh and elsewhere a certain libellous leaflet which contained inter alia the following statement referring to the Plaintiff:
"It is necessary to put the police and powers that be in remembrance of Crippen, who mutilated one of the weaker sex, and received his reward; Cooney has beguiled 50, how many more is known to himself. What is fair for Crippen is fair for Cooney, of Crocknacrieve disorderly house of ill fame and bad repute.
W. D. WILSON, Cretingham, Framlingham, England."
5. By reason of the premises the Plaintiff has suffered damage, and has been held up to hatred, ridicule and contempt, the Plaintiff claims £2,00.
W. E. WYLIE,
DENIS S. HENRY.
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1914 Letter from Wilson's Solicitor to Cooney's Solicitors re Wilson's non-payment:
VULLIAMY & SON, SOLICITORS
L. H. Vulliamy
1 Great Colman Street
Ipswich ( England)
19th Jan 1915
Messrs. Clarke & Gordon
Cooney v. Wilson
With further reference to your letter of the 12th instant, our Client has seen us today. He states that is would be extremely difficult for him to make further payment until after next Harvest.
You may like to have some idea of our Client’s position. His over-draft at the Bank is about £1400 and his Bankers have been pressing him to reduce his over-draft. In addition, he owes to Trade Creditors about £2000.
We may mention that he further owes us between £300 and £400 for costs incurred in defending proceedings instituted by your Client and others, and we have not been able to obtain from our Client any payment on account of these costs, nor are they secured in any way.
Our Client, moreover, shortly before the outbreak of the War entered into heavy contracts which the War has rendered it difficult for him to perform. The fact that our Client got together so substantial a sum as £90 as a payment on account of your costs is, we think, evidence of his anxiety not to shirk his liability in this matter.
We are satisfied that if you decide to proceed to extremeties and apply for leave to issue execution, we shall be able to satisfy the Judge that there is good cause for leave not to be granted.
Signed: Vulliamy & Son
NOTE: It appears Wilson obtained an extension of the Judgement. Per Solicitor's correspondence dated March 25, 1915, April 15, 1915, and April 19, 1915, Wilson paid Cooney £204:15:1.