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§§ 23—25. First as to the alleged leak. That must be false, because the ship got safe to Rhodes, and is even now sea-worthy. No! the leak only let in water when the ship was wanted at Athens! Secondly, as to the hiring of other craft. Why, he asks, did I do that if the ship could have made the rest of the voyage? Because, gentlemen of the jury, neither he nor his partner was the owner of all the goods: there were passenger-merchants on board who were obliged to forward their goods when these men chose to stop short at Rhodes. As for their own goods, they sent on such only as would fetch a higher price. Otherwise, why was not the corn sent on also? Because corn had got cheaper at Atheus. So that this hiring of other craft proves to have been done only in their own interest.

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