Briefs and Papers; Sketches of the Bar and the Press

Briefs and Papers; Sketches of the Bar and the Press

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...of the negro's opinion that, 'if you floggee, floggee, and if you preachee, preachee, but no preachee and floggee both') is not disposed to listen to any more of the learned Baron's remarks. 'Ten years! take him away!' responds the unmoved Bounderby (making no attempt to resume his lecture), and the ruffian in the dock speedily disappears. Another case is instantly called on. But what is this? Baron Bounderby, you hear, is sternly rebuking that young counsel, who is on his legs, for putting what the learned Baron describes as 'a most improper question' to the witness who is under examination. Ah! Rusticus, the learned gentleman who is being so sternly rebuked by Baron Bounderby, is but an inexpert practitioner of the famous Old Bailey rule, 'No case, so abuse the other side.' He has, I gather from the learned Baron's remarks, dared to ask the witness under examination--without his having, be it understood any instructions in his brief to authorise him to put such an insulting question--whether he (the witness) had not been at some remote period of his life convicted of some offence? That style of question, I may tell you, Rusticus, is often put on pure speculation by certain disreputable Old Bailey barristers. 'What an abominable shame!' Rusticus responded, and so speaking, he began angrily to elbow out of the Old Bailey. When we had passed into the street, I observed that the countenance of my honest friend was flushed with anger. 'What's the matter with you, Rusticus?' I enquired. 'What's the matter!' angrily rejoined Rusticus, 'I'll soon tell you what's the matter, only I suppose I shall vex you if I do?' 'Pray say whatever you wish, ' I politely replied. 'Well then, ' answered Rusticus, 'since you are so monstrous civil, I will tell you what more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236576578
  • 9781236576576