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96                          MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GBIMALDI.

eumstances as they had actually occurred, and produced his
young acquaintance, who, as it appeared, was the son of a most
respectable gentleman in the neighbourhood. The young gen-
tleman confirmed the account of the affair which had been given
last; deposed to the accused not having been in the field more
than two or three minutes altogether; to his never having been
near the ox-hunters; and to his having gone to the theatre by a
route much longer than his ordinary one, for the express
purpose of avoiding the ox and his hunters, Mr. Lucas and his

The magistrate heard all this conflicting evidence upon an
apparently very unimportant question, with a great deal more
patience and coolness than some of his successors have been
in the habit of displaying; and after hearing it, and various
audible and unreserved expressions of opinions from Mr. Dubois,
and others, touching the respectability and probity of Lucas,
turned to the accused, and saidó

" Mr. Grrimaldi, I entirely believe your version of the affair to
be the correct and true one; but I am bound to act upon the
deposition of this constable and his witnesses, and accordingly
I must, however unwillingly, convict you in some penalty.   I
shall take care, though, that your punishment is one which
shall neither be heavy to you nor serviceable to the com-
plainant.   I hereby order you to pay a fine of five shillings, and
to be discharged.   As to you, Lucas, I would recommend you
to be careful how you conduct yourself in future, and more
especially to be careful as to the facts which you state upon oath."
After this decision, which his friends and himself looked upon
as a complete triumph, they bowed to the magistrate  and
quitted the Police-office, Grimaldi previously paying the five
shillings which he had been fined, and an additional shilling for
Ms discharge.   It was then proposed and unanimously agreed
that the party should adjourn to a tavern,* called the King of

* In St. Join. Street Head.tated the cir-ents I have to thankBeard, Mr. Grimaldi; Mynheer Bed Beard, Mr. Gomery ; Dutch