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THE MAGISTRATE'S COURT.

TO THE EDITOR OF THJB PRK3S. Sir, —Recently, and for the first time fc my colonial life, I attended this Court to aid justice. I was impressed with the i ra , portance of my position, and the duty I was about to discharge. During fouvteen years' residence I have noticed the great rush of our citizens after godliness, whether ex. pounded by Ciampct or those above mediocre .talent or advanced ideas.

Perhaps, to my disadvantage, I have studiously avoided these elements, and have gone in for the next best to godliness, and thus, in support of my adhesion thereto, J respectfully tender to you my impression of the condition of this public building. No doubt some of the cases brought her* for consideration are of. a very dirtj' nature and herein appear to have leit their mark. The doors to the several offices are black with dirt and grease; the angles of passages used as supports by those in attendance are in the same condition—in short, the place is a disgrace to the city. .Throughout the world there is a growing distaste to the old form of oath, and it is fair to infer thai where filthiness is so conspicuous, as in Court, that the Testament so largely used by witnesses must be in keeping therewith. For my part, I henceforth prefer making declaration to incurring risk of typhoid or the plague.—Yours, &c, w.c

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Press, Press, Volume LIV, Issue 9733, 22 May 1897

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THE MAGISTRATE'S COURT. Press, Volume LIV, Issue 9733, 22 May 1897

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