and I must tack opinions to them before I see my country clients again. So I will take the evening before me--and then currente calamo, as I say--eh, Traverse!
TRAVERSE. True, Mr. Serjeant.
FLOWER. Do you expect to have much to do on the home circuit these assizes?30
TRAVERSE. Not much nisi prius business, but a good deal on the crown side, I believe. The gaols are brimfull--and some of the felons in good circumstances and likely to be tolerable clients. Let me see. I am engaged for three highway robberies, two murders, one forgery, and half a dozen larcenies at Kingston.
FLOWER. A pretty decent gaol delivery! Do you expect to bring off Darkin for the robbery on Putney Common? Can you make out your alibi?
TRAVERSE. Oh, no! The crown witnesses are sure to prove our iden tity. We shall certainly be hanged; but that don't signify. But,40 Mr. Serjeant, have you much to do? Any remarkable cause on the Midland this circuit?
FLOWER. Nothing very remarkable except two rapes, and Rider and Western at Nottingham, for crim. con.--but on the whole, I believe, a good deal of business. Our associate tells me there are above thirty venires for Warwick.
TRAVERSE. Pray, Mr. Serjeant, are you concerned in Jones and Thomas at Lincoln?
FLOWER. I am--for the plantiff.
TRAVERSE. And what do you think on't?50
FLOWER. A nonsuit.
TRAVERSE. I thought so.
FLOWER. Oh, no manner of doubt on't--luce clarius. We have no right in us; we have but one chance.
TRAVERSE. What's that?
FLOWER. Why, my Lord Chief does not go the circuit this time, and my brother Puzzle being in the commission, the cause will come on before him.
TRUEMAN. Ay, that may do, indeed, if you can but throw dust in the 60 eyes of the defendant's counsel.
FLOWER. True. (To Trueman.) Mr. Trueman, I think you are con-____________________