On Trial; The Story of a Woman at Bay

On Trial; The Story of a Woman at Bay

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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. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...as a shock. That is, I did not think it possible that he had never entertained the idea himself. Rather was it the confirmation of his own secret fear that broke down at last his stony self-control. Heartless as the statement may seem, I was glad to see it. Might not the thought of his child, now alone in the world but for him, impel him to make a tardy fight for his life? Might he not, at the eleventh hour, break the silence he had so obstinately maintained? And I had yet another blow for him. One that I felt certain would strike him in the heart! I felt almost as much of a brute as I did when dragging her story from poor little Doris' reluctant lips, or when patiently going over and over her testimony with her until it should be in a form in which it could be presented in Court. "I did succeed," I went on, speaking slowly and distinctly, "in finding Doris, the little daughter of the defendant. When you have heard her story, gentlemen, you will agree with me that to-send Strickland to his death would be a gross miscarriage of justice. That is all for the present, gentlemen." I had not miscalculated the effect of my closing words. At the mention of his child's name, for the first time Strickland had opened his eyes fully. Amazement and indignation were in his face. The glance of reproachful scorn that he gave me would have seared me, had I not felt buttressed by the conviction that what I had done, and was about to do, was for the best. The last word had hardly fallen from my lips before he was on his feet. Leaning heavily against the table, he addressed his appeal to the Court. "Your Honour, I won't have it! I won't have my little girl dragged into this case. I've pleaded guilty," he went on with growing passion, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236487877
  • 9781236487872