The National Druggist Volume 51

The National Druggist Volume 51

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...plaintiff is taking the matter entirely too seriously---in short, that it is an instance of making the proverbial mountain out of a mole hill, and that it is a strained attempt to import a' sinister meaning and purpose to what was intended only as innocent persiflage or good-humored raillery. And it is altogether probable that the authors of the play, when they introduced in it the objectionable scene, were entirely innocent of what the law calls "actual" malice--that is, of a deliberate, malevolent intent to injure the plaintiff in its good name and reputation. But, it should be borne in mind that to constitute libel, "actual" malice is not a necessary ingredient--that, in fact, it is immaterial what was in the heart of the offender or what meaning he purposed to convey, He may have used the defamatory words without the slightest design of doing injury to another's reputation, yet, if he has in fact done so, he must compensate the injured party. If a man, even in jest, conveys a damaging imputation upon another, he does so at his own peril. And he will not be permitted, like the fool in the Proverbs, who "casteth firebrands, arrows and death," to be heard to say in excuse of his recklessness, "AM 1 NOT IN SPORT 9' If he chooses to indulge in his little joke he must be prepared to pay for it. The fact is, the average person, even in social life, is entirely too reckless of speech anyway. And in trade and business there are some who, under the stress of competition. exercise no restraint at all upon their tongues or pens. To dispose of their own wares is their only aim and purpose, to accomplish which they do not scruple to traduce their competitors and run down their products at will. A man's...show more

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  • Paperback | 484 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 857g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236796101
  • 9781236796103