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meeting could take placo at Mr. LalK>uclwro'H. Pigott fell into the trap. On October *25 ho called at Mr. LabouchoreX to find himself confronted by Panic!!.
Farncli and Mr. Labouchcro charged him point blank with forgery. He Raid the accusation wan false. Then Mr. Lewis entered the room. Parm*H and Mr. Labouchere withdrew, and the lawyer and the journalist were left alone. * Pigott,1 said Mr, Lowi«t 'you have forged these letters; we have abundant proof, wo want no help from you. It is a quefttion for youraolf, What will you do? Will you con font* your crime*, tell the ** Times/* and lot your bo withdrawn,
or will you brazen it out, go into the box, commit perjury, and be sent to penal servitude ?f a show
of fight Pigott collapsed,, and admitted his guilt. It was arranged that he should see Mr, Lewis day
and make a clean breast of everything in writing. But next day Pigott was in a different frame of mind. Ho repented his confession, denied bin admission, refused to put anything on paper, and determined to braxen it out. On Wednesday, .February UO, 1BB9, ho wcmt into the box an a witness for the * Times.1 On Thursday ho was cross-examined by Sir Charles Kusst'll. Tho story of Pigott's cross-examination belongs rather to the lifo of tho Lord Chief Justice of England (Lord Uutwell of Killowen) than to the life of Charltm Btuwart ParmtlL Those who witnessed tho remarkable performance will never forget it. But to give a brief account of tho scene would bo to do an injustice to tho great advocate, Some day tho story will be told fully in tho proper place. I am, unfortunately, obliged to over it
lightly, 1 went into court that 21st of February^ with, I am afraid, a joyous feeling, for I wished to see Pigott —whose history was not unknown to me—pilloried. (Annual Register* p. 144).to a pretty in this country when ft