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The Australian Lawyer

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The koenness of the Philadelphia lawyer has passed into a proverb. The following, f rom the Melbourne Ar gun, shows that ho has a rival in his Australiau brother: "A gentleman of the profession, .t one of the great mining centers, having spent a gaudy eveniug at a leading hotel, found the fresh air too much for him. "Instem! of reaching the bosom of his family, he gravitated to the lock-up, with the much-needed asRiatance of a servant of the Queen in fiül uniform. The lock-up keeper didn't know him, and consequently couldn't send for his friends to bail him out, as is frequently done by those tender-hearted oflicers of justice. "So he wa3 allo wed to sleep un til seven in the morning, when he was arouKed and asked his name which he promptly said was 'Johnson.' He obtained soap, water, and a clothes-brush, and was refreshened by a cup of tea. He tlien proposed to the lock up keeper that the oöicials should walk beside him to the pólice court. When the time carne this was done, and by keeping the offlcer in earnest converse, it appeared as though the lawyer was engaged upon some business bef ore the court, and when the name of Johnson was called, he cahnly rose, and said, 'I appear for the prisoner, your worship.' 'What I' said the pólice magistrate, 'do you deny that he was driink 'i' 'Oh, no,' he replied, 'he was very drunk, and is very sorry for it. ' 'Five shillings or six hoiu-s' imprisonment,' Raid the pólice magistrate. 'I will pay his fine myself,' said the ready-witted gentleman, who, in this inetance, nhowed that the man who is his own lawyer hasn't always a fooi for hin cliënt. "


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