Monday, June 16, 2008

The Obstinate Juror Sustained


"There is living in this city," says a Bangor gentleman who thinks jurors have rights of opinion as well as judges, "a man who is very proud of a little experience he had as a juror. It was in Judge Cutting's day, and that excellent jurist was on the bench. The jury had heard an important case and failed to agree because this particular juror refused to consent to what he believed to be an unjust verdict. Judge Cutting asked how they stood, and the foreman replied, 'Eleven to one, your honor.' 'Who is the one?' asked the judge angrily. 'Let him stand up.' The juror arose and received a scathing rebuke from Mr. Cutting, who peremptorily discharged him from further duty. The case went over to the next term and was again tried, resulting in accordance with the views of the one juror. It was then taken to the law court on motion for a new trial and was upheld by the full bench as manifestly right." — Lewiston Journal.

Very Wakeful

"I am devoted to you," said the languishing young man.
"I see you are," she sighed, glancing uneasily at the clock.
"You do not doubt my love?"
"Oh, dear, no!"
"You seem perfect in my eyes. Do you believe that love is blind?"
"I—I'm sure I don't know, but there is one affliction he undoubtedly has."
"What is that?"
"Insomnia." — Washington Star.


"Tenting On the Old Camp Ground" was written by Walter Kittredge, a New Hampshire man who was drafted in 1862 and while preparing to go to the front wrote the words and music. It attained immense popularity almost instantly.

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