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A CROQUET PARTY AT FRIMLEY-HALL.

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A CROQUET PARTY AT FRIMLEY-HALL. In the Court of Queen's Bench, last week, the case of Thomas v. Shaw was heard. This was an action to recover .£35 Is. 6d. The defendant pleaded never indebted except as to about .£20, which sum he had paid into court. Mr. Browne, Q.C., and Mr. Philbrick were counsel for the plaintiff; Mr. Huddleston, Q.C., and Mr. Dowdeswell were counsel for the defendant. The plaintiff is a captain in the army, and the defen- dant is the messman at the Staff College, Frimley. In August last the officers of the college were desirous of giving a croquet party, followed by a ball, and the plaintiff was applied to to furnish the tea and supper for about 150 persons. The plaintiff's case was that he agreed to supply the tea at 8d. per head, and the sup- per, which was to be cold, and consist of poultry, veal pies, pigeon pies, lobsters and lobster salads, ale. brandy, soda-water, cigars, &c., at 3s. 6d. per head, The croquet playing commenced shortly after three o clock, and also the consumption of tea and coffee; and as the play appeared to stimulate their appetites, the consumption of tea and coffee, cakes and biscuits continued until between eight and nine o'clock. Plaintiff not having bargained for such an extraordinary demand on the tea and coffee pots, wished to remove the things at an early hour, but he was told the supply must continue until nine o'clock- the time fixed for supper. At that hour the party took their places at the supper table, and the dancing appeared to have the same effect on their appetites at supper that the croquet had on the tea, and the supply had to be repeatedly replenished until two o'clock in the morning, when the party broke up. All the guests appeared satisfied, and from the enormous quantity that was consumed the plaintiff was induced to believe that many of the visitors must have come before dining. The plaintiff claimed for 150 persons at 3s. 6d. per head for supper and 8d. per head for tea, but he was told that only 100 persons were present, and for that number the defendant was ready to pay. The defence was that this was a most unjust claim or it would have been immediately discharged when it was sent in. The defendant had paid .£19 18s. Id. into court, which was sufficient to cover the plaintiff's demarid. The members of the college were obliged to study economy, and they accordingly applied to the plaintiff, who sent them in a bill of fare for sixty per- sons for X7 15s., and 6d. a head for tea and coffee, amounting to 41 10a. The plaintiff was then told that he had better provide for a larger number on the whole, and 99 was the number of visitors on the occa- | sion referred to, and who partook of supper. Plaintiff's son at firet sent in a bill of X19 18s. 8d., but that he said was incorrect, and then sent in the bill now claimed. After hearing the defendant's evidence, The learned judge said the plaintiff had evidently made a mistake. I The jury concurred. Verdict for the defendant.

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