1, . HE CRACKS JOKES IN THE DOCK AND "CHEEKS" A JUDGU. Edward Fay is almost as clever a comedian as ho is a burglar. When he was committed for trial at Westminster he "tipped" Ambition for the City nnd Suburban, and at the Clerkenwell Sessions when he pleaded gu'lty to burglary at C^'onel Fcoorn's houso, at Keusington Gate, he mads the Court voir with laughter. After the judge hid been bold that Fay hnd been in prison for robbing houses belonging to tho Duke cf Norfolk and the Bishop of London, Fay whs asked if he had anything to say. " I atu too much overawed l>y the role mnity of the occasion," be replied s :rcn3tically. " I think i bat a very impertinent remark/ said tVio judge. "Havo you over done any honest work ? " Fay hesitated a imrnont, an>l than replied : " Yea, I tliiuk I can conscientiously say I have. For the last five yoar3 T have been working for tho Government chiefly, and I've learnt a very useful trade—mat making. "I didn't live anywhere in particular," he continued, in reply to another quest'oa. •T. waa co glad to be out in the open air that I only wont to bed one night out of four. The other nights 1 had a stroll round—after I cuina out of a public-house with a drop of ruin and water in a bottle." "Do you desire to oxpress any contrition for what you h>ve done?" asked Ihj judge. " I'm sorry 1 never got away wich ir," replied Fay. " That's ail the contrition I have got" "Very well. Tbrea yeird' penal servitude/ said tho judge. Fay fmi'od, wished his lordship " Farewell," and disappeared from the dock.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6617, 10 July 1905
Humorous Burglar. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6617, 10 July 1905
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