At the time, dismayed by this
misfortune, I could imagine nothing else than that the magistrate had wronged me
and tampered with the box. Now, however, from what I have since learned, I find
that the defendant Stephanus had filched the document away in the very presence
of the arbitrator, when I had got up to put a witness on his oath. And to prove
that I am speaking the truth in this, depositions shall first be offered you
from those who were present at the time and saw it; for I do not think they will
choose to take an oath of disclaimer.