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, His 'Black Magic' Libel Dismissed Author Loses Appeal Against Publishers in Sensational Court Case. LONDON The appeal by Edward Edward Alexander (Aleister) Crowley, the author, against the dismissal of his action in respect of an alleged libel In "Laughing Torso," wss dismissed dismissed In the Court of Appeal. The defendants were Constable snd Company, Limited. Chsrles Whittinghsm and Brines. Limited. and Miss Nina Hamnett. the pub lishers, printers snd writer ol the book. Mr. Crowley complained that in "Laughing Torso" Miss Hamnett said he had had a temple at Cefalu. Sicily, where he was supposed to have practised black magic. It was contended by Mr. Crowley that the words of which he complained complained imputed to him a practice that waa not only foul but waa for the moat part criminal, and that the statement that one day a baby had disappeared mysteriously Imputed that he killed the child by black magic. Lord Justice Greer, giving Judg- Judg- Calls for Homes Before Tanks HEANOR, Eng. Speaking at Heaner, Derbyshire, Maurice Webb, propaganda officer of tbe Labor League of Youth, said State ownership and control control of the armed forces had for yeara been an established principle In this country. The Labor Movement maintained maintained that it waa better to apply the principle of com-snsnal com-snsnal com-snsnal ownership to purposes af creation and life than to deatraetlen ami death. The State should ergsnlse the supply supply of bread, homes and clothing clothing instead of tanks, battleships battleships snd poison gas. They wanted to see the aame energy and co-operative co-operative co-operative activity activity put Into the task of maintaining maintaining a condition of prosper- prosper- Hy and peace aa waa put Into ; tbe conduct of war. ment, said there might be something something to be said in favor of the summing-up summing-up summing-up of the judge (Mr. Justice Swift) not being sa full ss it ought reasonably to have been, and that it contained one or two statements which were not Jn accordance accordance with the law. .