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At one end of the Chief Magistrate's house, there used to be, when I was last at Maubin, a long room thus defended, in which he sat daily to dispense justice ; and great activity in entering was expected of the prisoner under trial, the assembled witnesses, and the counsel employed in each case. Many a sentence, it is whispered, has fallen with enhanced severity from judicial lips ; many a prisoner has come away with a lighter punishment, as the consequence of his manner of entering the court. And the same circumstance has
played, and, it is hinted, still plays, no little part in the rise and fall of advocates ; in the lifting of one man to some giddy pinnacle of honour, in the degradation of another to depths of official displeasure.
It is not to be expected that a career at Maubin
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