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[885] We unite our vows and chants to those of this new magistrate. His words have won our favour and we are convinced that he loves the people more than any of [890] the young men of the present day.

Xanthias brings in two persons costumed as dogs, but with masks that suggest Laches and Cleon.

If there be any judge near at hand, let him enter; once the proceedings have opened, we shall admit him no more.

Who is the defendant?

This one.

He does not stand a chance.

Listen to the indictment. [895] A dog of Cydathenaea doth hereby charge Labes of Aexonia with having devoured a Sicilian cheese by himself without accomplices. Penalty demanded, a collar of fig-tree wood.

Nay, a dog's death, if convicted.

This is Labes, the defendant.

[900] Oh! what a wretched brute! how entirely he looks the rogue! He thinks to deceive me by keeping his jaws closed. Where is the plaintiff, the dog of Cydathenaea?

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