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PRACTICAL JOKING, In the Lord Mayor's Court, on Tuesday, before the assistant-judge and a common jury, an action was brought by Mr Edward Dring against Mr Perry Judd, the part proprietor with Mr Joseph Simmons of the Cogers Hall public house, Little Bride-lane, to recover compensation in damages for an assault he alleged the defendant had com- mitted upon him, and also for the value of his clothes, which were damaged at the time.—Mr Sims was counsel for the plaintiff Mr Wildey Wright for the defendant.—-The plaintiff said that on October 27 last year he went into the defen- dant's house with a friend named Green at about eight o'clock in the evening, and was looking through the door which leads from the bar to the billiard room when the defendant, who was fond of practical jokes, threw a bag of flour at him. It struck him on the hat, and fell all over his clothes, causing jeers to be bandied about, such as Old Father Christmas," "Old booser,"&c. (Laughter.) On turning round to see where it came from, he was met with a second bag of flour and a dirty swab full in the face, delivered by the defendant from behind his bar, he having taken the trouble to stand on a settle to do so, immediately after duckiug under the table and running out into the street. The plaintiff followed him out, when a third bag y/.i-s thrown at him, but missed him, catching his friend, and placing him in a similar plight. That gentleman, on returning into the house, was attended to and brushed down by the billiard-marker, but he was a laughing- stock for all. (Laughter.) He was over 60 years of age, and did not like such a joke being played upon him. He therefore instructed his solicitors to claim £5 for the damage done, and an apology but the defendant refused to take any notice of their letter, and the present action was brought.—The defendant, his partner, aud several witnesses were called, who swore that he (the defendant) was not in the house at the time of the throwing of the swabs and flour.— One of the witnesses said all the flour that was actually thrown was thrown by himself. When the plaintiff came into the house some one said, Here comes old born drunk." (Roars of laugh- ter.) Almost immediately someone took his hat off his head, and, after putting a lot of flour in it, replaced it on his head. The old gentleman at once pulled it off, and the flour fell all over his clothes-in fact, he was smothered with it from head to foot. Witness's clothes were covered with it also, and he took up a hand- ful and threw it at the old man— (laughter)—who rushed out into the street amidst a shower of swabs, and returned with a large stone, saying if ho knew who it was that had played the jake on him, he would "put it through his eye." (renewed, laughter.) The stone was taken away from him and ultimately he departed. —Mr Wildey Wright How did he look when he discoverd the flour—savage ?—Witness I can't say. He looked remarkably white. (Loud laughter.) —Mr W. Wright Perhaps that was the outward and visible sign of an inward spiritual belief. (Roars of laughter.)—Witness That I know nothing about. — The learned assistant- judge, in summing up, said the question for the jury to decide was whether the evidence suppor- ted the plaintiff's case that the defendant com- mitted the assault, if so he was entitled to sub- stantial damages. If they believed the defendant's witnesses he could not have committed it.—The jury found a verdict for the defendant.

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