"The Brooklyn Daily Eagle" dated
Friday February 19, 1897.
DeWick was partnered with one of
the Dobson's in New York in the late 1890's
There is a Lamentable Dissension in the Dobson Family.
The Dobson family, teachers of the banjo in the city of New York, has divided on a question of business and C.E. Dobson, with his
partner, William H. DeWick, has brought suit against George C Dobson for alleged libel, claiming $5,000 damages. Lawyer Horatio C. King this morning
appeared before Justice Dickey, in supreme court, special term, and asked for an injection in the libel suit to restrain George C. Dobson, the defendant,
from publishing in a New York newspaper certain notices. It is alleged by the plaintiffs that these notices are false and defamatory. The plaintiffs say
they have advertised free instructions on the banjo and that there will be a public concert on May 2 next at a local theater. The advertisements have been
put out by plaintiffs in good faith. To their surprise and great grief the plaintiffs saw published in the said newspaper on February 9.10,11,12,13 and 14 certain
notices complained of. One of these notices follows:
"Free instruction. Banjo, guitar, mandolin. Can you be taught free? No! Don't take part in Sunday night concerts; don't buy concert tickets. You can't sell them to your friends for a show that comes off in midsummer. Invest your money for a regular course of lessons. George Clifton Dobson. 564 State stereo, conner of Flatbush avenue:
only Dobson teaching in Brooklyn. 1,276 Broadway, city between Thirty-second and Thirty-third streets."
All the notices were of the same tenor. General King said to the court, that such publications should be discontinued.
Lawyers Abraham L. Fromme of New York city opposed the motion. There was a competition between plaintiffs and defendants and it could be shown that the plaintiffs business was not carried on in good faith, as advertised.
"The plaintiffs say your client is not responsible." said his honor.
"We are responsible for any verdict the plaintiffs can get." said Mr. Fromme.
"Well," said his honor, "It seems to me that your alleged healthy competition goes a little too far, especially as to your claim to being the only Dobson. I will take the papers and reserve decision."