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There's a bull for ye!" cried the voter-"if you will make a street of a lane, I am done with
This was a poser for the barrister; but he recommenced the charge, determined to run the buck from the top of the house to the bottom ; accordingly, he asked “how much rent he received for the attic?"
There, again,” said the voter, appealing to the sheriff; “ after telling him I had no tenant there at present.
Well, how much do you get for the firstfloor ?”' continued the barrister, there, at least, you have lodgers.”
" I said no such thing," retorted the buck.
The barrister here appealed to the sheriff, who decided in his favour.
“ By the rod of St. Patrick! then," said the voter, “ I'll hould you a sneaker o'punch I never gived any such answer :-how could I say lodgers, when I have only Mister Kagle, the blind piper, in my chamber?”
“ How much rent does the piper pay, then?” demanded the barrister.
By the holy St. Proker !—find that out by yer larning," answered the buck.
Colonel Hutchinson now addressed the sheriff, observing, that “ he saw no necessity for so strict a scrutiny; for, that the voter was ready to take the freeholder's oath, which was all that could be required of him.” To which the barrister replied, that “when so flagrant an imposition was attempted, as to tender a vote out of a slated house, three stories high, in Maypole Lane, it was the duty of the sheriff to reject his vote, or call upon the assessor for his opinion.”
The assessor gave judgment in favour of the scrutiny, and the barrister began again ; saying, with a smile, “Come, now, my honest fellow, do tell us how much ground-rent you pay for
your house ?"
The voter replied—“By the powers of daicency! ye art so cruel civil, that I'd be sorry to be out-done in that line to tell
the plain truth, then, the divil a penny I pay at all, at all, for it."
Upon my honour, I believe you,” said the barrister; “but, regarding this tenement of yours; I think I must pay you a visit in Maypole Lane."
In troth, I'll be happy to see you,” returned the voter ;
"will ye now give me the favour of your company to dinner on Sunday ? — you shall have a leg of mutton and turnips, done to a tanzay.”
“Let me, first, be better acquainted with your residence,” replied the barrister, " lest I lose my way :-once more, then, if you please.”
“ To it, my hearty,” rejoined the buck.
The man of law, now looking very wise, and raising his voice, said, “You have told us that you occupy the ground-floor yourself ; that your first-floor is let to Mr. Kagle, the piper; and that your upper story is empty ?”
The buck, casting a look of indescribable archness at his examiner, shaking his head, and gesticulating with his hand, exclaimed, in reply, * By the full moon! counsellor, I am afraid your own upper story is empty!
The learned gentleman was floored, and the auditory, who had all along laughed heartily, now burst into a general roar.
The buck, however,
gave his vote : and the dexterous man of the robe gained his point of spinning out the time until the hour of adjournment, which enabled his client to be prepared for the next morning.
At another election, for the county of Cork, the contest between Lord Kingsborough and Mr. Townsend was sharp, of long duration, and conducted with every species of trick and manoeuvre. One of the methods adopted for obtaining votes was, by inducing Protestants * to swear to tenpound freeholds, who never, in their lives, were owners of a single rood of land!
One of these bucks, or gentlemen-freeholders, being brought up for Lord Kingsborough, Roger Barratt, the counsellor for Townsend, examined, and cross-examined him, most minutely, and abused him most vehemently; but, maugre every legal objection, the buck gave his vote.
his vote. Whilst he was doing this, Townshend's agent pointed out to Barratt's notice, a chain and key which hung from the voter's fob, to give him the appearance of respectability; and remarked, that he had taken notice, that these very identical appendages had been worn by the last score of Kingsborough's bucks; "and that he was positively certain there was no watch attached to them.”
* The Catholics had not then the elective franchise.
We'll see to that,” said Barrett ; and calling to the buck as he was descending from the polltable, he said, “My good friend, what was your reason for taking up so much of our time by your crooked answers ? You have been on that table for at least two hours."
“ More shame for you, counsellor,” replied the voter, “ to be after keeping a jontleman from his 'musements and his 'creaitions, whilst you was but following yer trade of talking all the while ! But aren't ye 'shamed o' yerself, Mister Barrett, to tell sich a big thumping lie in the face of the court, as to say that I ha' been here two hours ?”
“ What time was it, then," returned Barrett, “when you mounted the table ?”
I don't know,” replied the freeholder, “ I did not look at my watch.”
“ Well," continued Barrett, thinking that he had the buck in his trap ; “ I can tell the very