The Local Court's and Municipal Gazette Volume 5-8

The Local Court's and Municipal Gazette Volume 5-8

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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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ... Human nature is alike all over the world, in all times, in all stations. Man is a disputatious animal, and logically dies hard. Adam must needs dispute with the archangel. Therefore we must not blame our judges for taking sides. The Irishman's hands itch for a "shillalah" when he sees a "free fight" going on between a few of his friends, not so much for love of cither party as to gratify an innate pugnacity, and if his own skull is cracked in the encounter he bears no malice. So the judge, when he sees so much fine logic flying about the heads of the jury, yearns himself to have an intellectual whack at them, and sometimes in his ardor his reasoning recoils, like the eastern boomerang, upon his own reverend head. But finally, the most remarkable sensation that courts of justice are subject to, is experienced at the sight of a pretty woman. Let a comely and well-dre sed woman enter the court room, and at the first rustle of her silken gown every man present seems to lose his head. Talk of the equality of the sexes! A man stands no more chance in a lawsuit against a good looking woman, especially if she is in weeds, than he does of being saved without repentance, or of being elected to congress without spending money. Portia would have been even more potent in petticoats. The lawyer who should undertake to crossexamine a woman sharply would be considered a brute. Even to ask her age is a hazardous experiment. When she testifies to hearsay, or what she said herself, or what she thought or thinks, or anything else improper, the judge merely lays down his pen and smiles, and the jury believe every word of it. And whether partr or witness, let her take out a blackbordered white hankerchief, and put it to her eyes, or nose--it makes...
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  • Paperback | 676 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 35mm | 1,188g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236489187
  • 9781236489180