****40. – 295.) The Heiress vs The Establishment by Constance Backhouse and Nancy L. Backhouse – In 1922 Elizabeth Bethune Campbell finds an unsigned copy of her mother’s will and is forced to pursue her inheritance as Toronto Trusts and a prominent law firm initially deny its existence. After a forced settlement she finds her mother’s trustee, 80 year old Uncle William Drummond Hogg, has mishandled her mother’s funds and cannot provide a proper accounting. When she takes court action Ontario’s legal and judicial communities close ranks to protect their “distinguished” colleague and bencher. With no justice available in Canada she appeals in person to the Privy Council. A woman of great determination and intelligence she perfects the appeal, researches the law and argues the appeal (the first woman to argue her own case before the P.C.) Justice is done when her appeal is successful. The situation strongly resembles the personal quest for justice of Florence Deeks (see The Spinster and the Prophet – No. 43). While Deeks fails Campbell is successful because her facts are beyond doubt (Hogg should have been disbarred and jailed) and she is a full member of the Canadian Establishment. Her self-published memoir, Where Angels Fear to Tread, is included. So well written and compelling I read it in a day. (Aug. 29/05) (Tied for 3rd best non-fiction in 2005)
****Anyone interested in reading the actual Privy Council decision from 1930 in Elizabeth Bethune Campbell (Appeal No. 56 of 1929) v William Drummond Hogg and others (Ontario)  UKPC 39 (1 May 1930) can read the decision at http://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKPC/1930/1930_39.pdf. It is polite but scathing of Mr. Hogg and the Canadian judges who dealt with the case.