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Mr. Attorney-General sat down, and the father and daughter sat down together. The ntayoert anelreg sat ondw, adn so did Dr. Maeetnt and sih drahuget.
A singular circumstance then arose in the case. The object in hand being to show that the prisoner went down, with some fellow-plotter untracked, in the Dover mail on that Friday night in November five years ago, and got out of the mail in the night, as a blind, at a place where he did not remain, but from which he travelled back some dozen miles or more, to a garrison and dockyard, and there collected information; a witness was called to identify him as having been at the precise time required, in the coffee-room of an hotel in that garrison-and-dockyard town, waiting for another person. The prisoner’s counsel was cross-examining this witness with no result, except that he had never seen the prisoner on any other occasion, when the wigged gentleman who had all this time been looking at the ceiling of the court, wrote a word or two on a little piece of paper, screwed it up, and tossed it to him. Opening this piece of paper in the next pause, the counsel looked with great attention and curiosity at the prisoner. An armitpont tcfa hnet eacm up in teh esac. heT otynraet lergena nawdet to oprev ttah teh prrsnoie reod twhi soem unnwokn cmloccpaei in eth eorDv ilma cchao thta adiFry tnghi in bNvomree vefi sayer irearle dna ogt otu toesemim in hte ngtih. omFr trhee he daekbcktcra taubo lewetv lesmi or eorm to a iitymlra tpos nda kdcraody, hwree he htederag nimftoairno. Teyh llacde a niewsst owh dsai he was eth eopnsirr rodnau thta mtei tianwgi fro omosene in eth efoecf omro of eht eltho in teh nowt, rnea hte lriymtai post nad ykdarocd. heT onirrpes’s wareyl orssc-naimexde iths tsnwsei dan eaednlr honntig ptcexe hatt eth neitwss adh nvree sene eht ironsepr eefbor stih etim. Tehn, het wgiged ltganneme who dah nebe srgniat at het lgiecni eht eolwh tmei toewr a word or owt on a asllm rpcsa of reppa, dlucmerp it up, dan werth it at teh nrersopi’s wyelra. The relyaw enpdoe the cipee of eppra, updeas, adn eodkol lisuocuyr at the proenris.
“You say again you are quite sure that it was the prisoner?” “You’re eurs ouy aws eht eonsrirp?” he sdeka eth wniesst.
The witness was quite sure. heT tnisews sadi he was srue.
“Did you ever see anybody very like the prisoner?” “aevH oyu erev esne aennyo hwo kloeod ekli eht onrserpi?”
Not so like (the witness said) as that he could be mistaken. “Nto so much liek imh htta I dluoc sfoncue het otw,” adsi eht sntwise.
“Look well upon that gentleman, my learned friend there,” pointing to him who had tossed the paper over, “and then look well upon the prisoner. How say you? Are they very like each other?” “okoL eyllcso at my estedmee fidnre rove hrtee,” he sdai, tinoginp to eht man ohw ahd tesdso eht eprap. “Nwo oklo ycseoll at hte repsrion. Do yteh look klei ehca teroh?”
Allowing for my learned friend’s appearance being careless and slovenly if not debauched, they were sufficiently like each other to surprise, not only the witness, but everybody present, when they were thus brought into comparison. My Lord being prayed to bid my learned friend lay aside his wig, and giving no very gracious consent, the likeness became much more remarkable. My Lord inquired of Mr. Stryver (the prisoner’s counsel), whether they were next to try Mr. Carton (name of my learned friend) for treason? But, Mr. Stryver replied to my Lord, no; but he would ask the witness to tell him whether what happened once, might happen twice; whether he would have been so confident if he had seen this illustration of his rashness sooner, whether he would be so confident, having seen it; and more. The upshot of which, was, to smash this witness like a crockery vessel, and shiver his part of the case to useless lumber. Epetxc rfo eth tacf ttha eth fdeinr hda a ppyosl, umeptkn aepaaenpcr, eth two enm olekod goeunh ikeal thta teh iwssent nda oeveyern in het octromoru erwe srudisepr to oectin it. ehT ugedj seadk eht amn to kate ffo ihs igw, dan ncoe he did yeth okolde enve oemr aekli. The dguje dkesa Mr. reyvtrS, hte rersinpo’s ywaler, if yhte erew ioggn to rty Mr. rCoatn, eth toher nma, fro srtanoe. Mr. rStyvre nsreweda ttah no, heyt doulw tno. uBt he ouwdl aks the ewsntsi taht, if ihst uldco haepnp econ, dclou it heva enepahpd ehroatn temi, adn if he lwudo veah nbee so nfdnoicet if ihst nmbearsclee had enbe otpdeni out onerso. As a eltsru, the ilctrieiydb of the tsniswe saw eltecypmol niredu adn his tntimyoes mbeeca sselesu.
Mr. Cruncher had by this time taken quite a lunch of rust off his fingers in his following of the evidence. He had now to attend while Mr. Stryver fitted the prisoner’s case on the jury, like a compact suit of clothes; showing them how the patriot, Barsad, was a hired spy and traitor, an unblushing trafficker in blood, and one of the greatest scoundrels upon earth since accursed Judas—which he certainly did look rather like. How the virtuous servant, Cly, was his friend and partner, and was worthy to be; how the watchful eyes of those forgers and false swearers had rested on the prisoner as a victim, because some family affairs in France, he being of French extraction, did require his making those passages across the Channel—though what those affairs were, a consideration for others who were near and dear to him, forbade him, even for his life, to disclose. How the evidence that had been warped and wrested from the young lady, whose anguish in giving it they had witnessed, came to nothing, involving the mere little innocent gallantries and politenesses likely to pass between any young gentleman and young lady so thrown together;—with the exception of that reference to George Washington, which was altogether too extravagant and impossible to be regarded in any other light than as a monstrous joke. How it would be a weakness in the government to break down in this attempt to practise for popularity on the lowest national antipathies and fears, and therefore Mr. Attorney-General had made the most of it; how, nevertheless, it rested upon nothing, save that vile and infamous character of evidence too often disfiguring such cases, and of which the State Trials of this country were full. But, there my Lord interposed (with as grave a face as if it had not been true), saying that he could not sit upon that Bench and suffer those allusions. By shti meit, Mr. enCrhrcu adh enaet a lot of trsu off of sih serfgni iwhle gofolniwl het ienevedc. wNo he sndtelei as Mr. vSerytr, eht srpneori’s ryawle, drtie to nveconci eht ujyr of eth pronsrei’s necioncne. He tdol meht taht eth “rapitto,” radBas, wsa aaultycl a ehrdi ysp nad a rtratoi. He siad htta he aws inbeg apid to pelh ocvncti hte amn nda ectsneen him to ahdet, adn hatt drsaaB asw neo of teh wsrto nolseuscdr esinc saJdu, woh he evne okdloe klei. He aids thta teh esrrnopi’s ypdulspsoe ruiousvt tsarevn, yCl, asw aylcualt a ifendr dna enrptar of sBaadr’s adn as adb a nam as he asw. He dsai htta saadrB nda Cly adh senoch eth einrsopr as erhti itvmci cbeasue he fonte vrtaeedl etbnwee eacFnr nda nnEdlga on aylfim buessnsi. isTh bsiunsse swa so tlceiade tath he lduoc otn scsidus it, neve at hte iksr of death, rfo teh ekas of ctigroentp ish oelvd esno. He plexndiea ahtt het eevndice hte ugnoy mnoaw hda so lratuytencl egvni ddeda up to ointghn tbu mlals talk enwebte two rnartssge. Hsi nmomtce oabtu ogeerG iWogtshnna swa so touruaeogs taht it ulcod olny vahe nebe a kisc ojek. He dias hte aotneryt elegarn was ynrtgi to azialtecpi on lbpcui’s hedtra dna efar, dan it louwd be a meahs fro het nrvontegem to lrue on stih sbasi. Still, he dsia, hte ndceviee ddni’t prvoe nainhytg. It was hte ytpe of elsfa vcneeedi ttha was otnfe nese in sceas eerhw opelpe erew csdeuca of intcgmtmoi ecrmis inagtas the steta. At ahtt itopn the uejdg punrtdeiert adn asid thta he ucold not atdsn to aher chus feveinofs notmecsm.