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PARIS FASHIONS.

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AFFECTION, INTREPIDITY, AND…

I AN EXCITABLE NEWSVENDOR.

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AN EXCITABLE NEWSVENDOR. At the Bow-street Police-court, John Wells, news- vendor, 76, Theobald's-road, answered to an ad- journed summons before Mr. Flowers, calling upon him to show cause why certain .books, namely, the "Wild Boys of London," which were seized on his premises, should not be destroyed. Mr. Collette, solicitor to the Society for the Sup- pression of Vice, appeared in eupport of the sum- monses. The defendant was not represented. As reported on the last occasion, there were ori- ginally 11 summonses, ;but the other 10 defendants consented to the books being destroyed, and expressed their regret at having sold them at all, which they said they would not bave done if they had known their nature. The present defendant alone refused, i and in a very excited manner said he would not be treated like a child. The case was accordingly adjourned, in order to await the result of a summons against the proprietor and publisher of the book in question, which was pending at the Guildhall. Mr. Collette now said that at the Guildhall neither the publisher or the proprietor appeared, but a letter had been received from them which indicated that they would eventually agree to follow the example of the retail tradesmen, and consent to the destruction of the work. If the present defendant still resisted, and refused to give his consent to the destruction of. the work, he (Mr. Collette) should ask that the case be sent for trial. Mr. Flowers: Well, Mr. Wells, what do you say now? Defendant: I wish, first of all, to apologise for my unseemly behaviour last week. Mr. Flowers: Oh, that's nothing. Defendant: Oh, but it is. It was my first appear- ance in a police-court, and I felt the injustice of my case. You, I believe (turning to Mr. Collette), say you represent the society. What society ? Mr. Collette: Never mind. Defendant: But I do mind. Are you the treasurer? Are you the committee? Are you the chairman? What is your system ? Mr. Douglas (the clerk): Keep the man quiet. Defendant: But I have suffered severely through a false report getting into the paper. Who is the re- porter of this court ? Mr. Flowers: If you don't mind, you'll have it all down and will have to complain again. Defendant: And this man, too, who represents the Socieiy of Do Nothings—he has done nothing, for I hold in my hand Lord Campbell's Act, which says -Did you ever (turning again to Mr. Collette) have a man in your employment named Mathirim ? Mr. Flowers: This is nothing to do with the case. Defendant: What I was going to say is that the "Wild Boys of London has been sold for twelve years. What has this man been doing all that time ? I have had these books bound in cloth, for 10ld" for a woman who wanted to keep them for the benefit of her family. I admit it is filthy, but it is classical. (Loud laughter.) In the Bible you will find the same things. Mr. Flowers: Oh! I see what this means now. Defendant: Yes, and in scores of books. The publisher in Shoe-lane wants to equare it. Mr. Flowers: If you go on much more I shall have you removed from court. Defendant: Then burn them. Mr. Collette: And will you promise not to sell any more ? Defendant: I wouldn't sell such filthy things. (Loud laughter.) Mr. Flowers I am very glad to hear you say so. Defendant: Quite right. I'm always glad to take your advice, your worship. You told me once that alcohol was the deadly drug of the country, and I took your advice, and have been a teetotaler ever since. (Loud laughter.) Mr. Flowers: Very well, then. Pay the 2s. costs. Defendant: Ob, net that, sir. I have only 2s. in my pocket, and I promised to take my children home sixpenny worth of oranges. Mr. Flowers You must pay the costs. Defendant: Then I have had enough of you. The defendant was then taken out of court, when he discovered he had only got Is. in his pocket; but to avoid being locked up, he borrowed Is. of the "beadle of the parish, who happened to be in court on other business.

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THE EXTRAOR DINARY CHARGE…

REWARDS FOR SAVING LIFE.

NOVEL FIELD SPORTS.

HORRIBLE SCENES IN PLEVNA.

A THRILLING SCENE.

TOUGHENED GLASS TYPES.

IA COLOURED BABY SHOW.

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ADDRESS OF THE EASTERN QUESTION…

TOWN AND COUNTRY.

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