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Examining a witness.

Everybody knows Mr. R., the rather successful criminal lawyer of Philadelphia, says the Mercury, and the peculiar that with which he usually succeeds in eliciting the truth from a witness. He once and a while, however, meets with a queer customer, with whom he can do nothing whatever. Such a one turned up before a committing magistrate on Thursday last.

A Mr. Doyle was complained of for keeping a disorderly house in Shippen street. The complainant engaged R. to attend to his case, and put Doyle through a course of sprouts.--The first witnessed examined was Cornelius O'Neil. We give his examination by R.

‘"Do you know the defendant?"’

‘"Niver a man better."’

‘"What kind of a house does he keep?"’

‘"A brick house."’

‘"I don't mean that; what are its pecullarities?"’

‘"Two stories, with a back kitchen that joins out to McGarry's fence."’

‘"You still misunderstand me; I wish to know the reputation of the house. Is it good or bad?"’

‘"Bad, entirely."’

R. called the attention of the Court to this answer, and desired the magistrate to take a note. The magistrate did so.

‘"What do you mean when you say the reputation of the house is bad?"’

‘"That it has the devil's own chimney, and a roof that leaks like a sieve."’

‘"You still misunderstand me, O'Neil. Let us try again. What kind of people visit the house?"’

‘"Men and women principally; at least that's the only kind I ever met there."’

‘"Well, what kind of women are they?"’

‘"Female women, as near as I could judge."’

‘"Well, what is their character?"’

‘"Only one of them has the article."’

‘"The Court will please note that. Only one of the females has a character. And which one is that?"’

‘"A young lady by the name of McShane."’

‘"She, you think, has a character?"’

‘"Think! I know it. I saw it on Monday."’

‘"Saw what?"’

‘"Her character. It was written by Father Daley, with a good pen."’

‘"You still persist in misunderstanding me. Let us try once more. Have you ever seen women of the town at Doyle's?"’

‘"No, sir, not of the town, but a raft of them from the country."’

‘"By women of the town, O'Neil, I mean common, vicious women."’

‘"What do you say?"’

‘"I say bad women. Have you ever seen such women drinking and dancing at Doyle's?"’

‘"Ah! musha! listen to that! An is it the likes of Doyle that would allow such people to misuse his shop? By the powers of Cromwell, if his boy Mick was here, but he'd twist yer nose till you could use for a gimlet!"’


‘"Arrah! go away wid ye, ye blackguard, to say that of a dacint man. If it were not for molestin' the Court, I'd peel me coat and make a flounder of ye in less time than a donkey could eat a thistle!"’

Here O'Neil became so excited that R. told him he could stand aside to make room for the next witness.

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