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"Roscow" on Evidence.

In the early days of the West Coast the following incident occurred: —Mr Inspector Broham was conducting some charge which had been preferred by the police against a prisoner, when, requiring a legal work to assist him, he turned round to one of the constables and desired him to go for ' Roscoe on Evidence.' The constable not hearing the precise words made use of, took it to mean that a Mr Roscow was required in Court to give evidence. There happening to be only one Roscow in Hokitika ; who was the proprietor of the Manchester Hotel, the constable hastened out of Court, and making up to Hamilton street with all speed, he soon reached the establishment and inquired for the landlord. "Is it Mr Roscow you want?" asked the barman. "Yes, certainly," was the answer ; "he is wanted to give evidence at the Police Court. Where is he?" " You will find him at the barber's across the street being shaved," said the barman. The policeman ran over and fouud Mr Roscow little more than half shaved. " You are wanted at once, Mr Roscow, at the Police Court. lam sorry I can't wait till you are finished; you are to come at once." The jolly host naturally wished to know who wanted him, and what he was wanted for. " Don't know anything about it," said the constable, "all I was told was to bring Roscow at onoe; and you must go without waiting any longer, shaved or unshaved." In obedience to the stern commandments of the law, Mr Roscow only shaved in part, and the lather still clinging like a fringe of hoar frost along the edges of his whiskers, accompanied the policeman, and soon reached the Court. Upon putting in an appearance Mr Broham smartly demanded of the constable if he had found Roscoe. " Yes, sir, here he is," replied the man, producing the landlord of the Manchester Arms. Mr Broham saw the mistake at once ; so did the Magistrate ; so did all assembled in the body of the Court; and there was such a laugh as has seldom been heard beforo within the walls of a Magistrate's Court, —' Timaru Times.'

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"Roscow" on Evidence., Evening Star, Issue 7940, 22 June 1889

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"Roscow" on Evidence. Evening Star, Issue 7940, 22 June 1889