Отправлено 26 окт. 2013 г., 4:35 пользователем Sven Karsten
обновлено 26 окт. 2013 г., 4:35
John Jasper, whose neck was saved from the English hangman through Mr. Bernard Shaw's desire to make an epigram, is again to be put in jeopardy of his life. This time it is in Philadelphia, where a mock-trial of the alleged murderer of Edwin Drood will be held on April 29.
It is a wonder they did not hang him in London. Foreman Shaw of the jury had his little joke about ﬁnding him guilty of manslaughter "in the spirit of compromise." But it is possible that all the jurymen would have voted for a verdict of murder in the ﬁrst degree if it had not been for the prosecuting attorney. Mr. Cuming Walters, who “led for the Crown," arose at eleven o'clock in the evening and delivered a long, very earnest, and rather dull address. In short, he bored the jury, the Court, and the audience, “full of holes."
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