He's an old offender, and I think we have a power to transport him.
FIRST JUSTICE. I don't know that. We must have a care of informations above, Mr. Cramp. We can't be too wary. A burnt child, you know. Call in the Head Borough. Call in Joseph Harrow.
CLERK. Joseph Harrow! Come into court.
THIRD JUSTICE. What think you, Brothers, of setting our hands to his10 pass and having him whipped from constable to constable?
FIRST JUSTICE. But where must we pass him to, Mr. Justice Spindle? This fellow is a vagabond, 'tis true. But he is son to nobody, setvant to nobody, belongs to nobody, comes from nowhere and is going to nowhere. And we none of us, no, none of us, know nothing at all about him.
[(3) Harlequin and Constables] Enter Constable P.S.
FIRST JUSTICE. Well, Mr. Constable, where is your prisoner?
CONSTABLE. He's without. And, please your Worships, I wish we were well rid of him. For, under favor, I don't think he's of this world. He is certainly something, as I may say, of the magical order20 about him.
FIRST JUSTICE. Ay, how so?
CONSTABLE. Why there's Simon Clodby of Gander Green says as how this blackamoor man has cut off a tailor's head and sewed it on again.
SECOND JUSTICE. Did you ever hear the like. Why, he has cut off all your heads, I think.
CONSTABLE. I think we are all in some danger, aye, and your Worships, too. For I heard him say myself that he could cut off all your Worships' heads and no harm done neither.
FIRST JUSTICE. He'll cut off our heads, will he? We'll lay him by the30 heels first. Bring him before us. He'll cut off our heads, quotha? And now we have got him.
Enter Harlequin and Constable P.S.
FIRST JUSTICE. Let us first examine the prisoner. I hear, Sir, that you have been doing a great deal of mischief about this country.
HARLEQUIN. Yes. A great deal.
FIRST JUSTICE. Very well. He confesses it. Set that down, Clerk. And I hear that you cut off people's heads.
HARLEQUIN. Yes, to cure the toothache. Is your Worship troubled with it?
THIRD JUSTICE. You impudent vagabond! How dare you talk to the40 court so? Did you tell this honest constable here that you would cut off our heads?