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AN OPIUM EATER IN THE WITNESS-BOX,

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AN OPIUM EATER IN THE WITNESS-BOX, An opium eater was recently being examined in the Bombay High Court (says the Bombay Gazette). At about four o'clock his powers of endurance seemed to fail him, and he told the chief justice, who was on the 1 lench, that he was an opium eater, and wished to get away to eat his daily id7 "a The Chief Justice Unless I am satisfied that it is dangerous to his health not to eat it at this time, I will not allow him to do so. If a medical man comes and tells me it is dangerous to his health that he remains here he may go, but not otherwise. Mr. Marriott (who was examining the witness): I believe the want of it produces very great prostra- tion. The Advocate General (who was to cross-examine): It may affect his evidence. (A laugh). The Chief Justice Tell him that other witnesses may suffer here i ri-.m the want of something they wish to take at certain hours. If he gets any medical evi- dence that it is dangerous to his health I will allow him Mr. Pigot (with Mr. Marriott) He can do without it for an hour, surely. The Chief Justice Yes, I think so; go on. The witness was here supplied with a chair, and went on with his evidence for a time, but afterwards, in reply to a question, witness said: I don't know. Its my time of eating opium, and I am not in my senses now- I feel giddy. I don't know what I am about now. I kD< m that opium-eaters eat at regular times, and they never fail to take it. The Chief Justice: Well, but other people never fail to take other things at regular times, and still we don't allow them. In reply to the Court, the interpreter stated that the witness had hitherto been answering very well, end so the examination proceeded. Then at the commence- ment of the cross-examination, the Advocate-General piled up the agony on the luckless witness by asking him if all the evidence he had given was part of the result of his dreams after eating opium-to which wit- ness replied that the cause of his present physical diffi- culty was, not opium, but the want of it.

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