I have known ambition, when cured at court by frequent disappointments (which are the only physic for it), to break out again in a contest for foreman of the grand jury at an assizes
; and have heard of a man who had so far conquered avarice, as to give away many a sixpence, that comforted himself, at last, on his deathbed, by making a crafty and advantageous bargain concerning his ensuing funeral, with an undertaker who had married his only child.
Under these circumstances the young man was instantly arrested, and a verdict of 'wilful murder' having been returned at the inquest on Tuesday, he was on Wednesday brought before the magistrates at Ross, who have referred the case to the next Assizes
. Those are the main facts of the case as they came out before the coroner and the police-court."
Hetty's trial must come on at the Lent assizes
, and they were to be held at Stoniton the next week.
My trial was to come on at the approaching assizes
; when, on the 8th of September -- that is to say, precisely three months and five days after the events which had perilled my life -- the Abbe Busoni, whom I never ventured to believe I should see, presented himself at the prison doors, saying he understood one of the prisoners wished to speak to him; he added, that having learned at Marseilles the particulars of my imprisonment, he hastened to comply with my desire.
He spoke to him as before, over his shoulder and in the same tone of voice, rather high, so that all the room might hear, but perfectly calm and steady: "If you do not put that knife this instant in your pocket, I promise, upon my honour, you shall hang at the next assizes
I know what it is, for Mr Musgrove always attends the assizes
, and I am so glad when they are over, and he is safe back again."
She tried to inveigle the young barristers at assizes
and encouraged Jim to bring home friends with whom he went out hunting with the H.
It was part of Rosamond's cleverness to discern very subtly the faintest aroma of rank, and once when she had seen the Miss Brookes accompanying their uncle at the county assizes
, and seated among the aristocracy, she had envied them, notwithstanding their plain dress.
In their eyes, crime belongs to the assizes
or the police-courts; but the socially refined evils escape their ken; the adroitness that triumphs under shield of the Code is above them or beneath them; they have neither eye-glass nor telescope; they want good stout horrors easily visible.
I should say that was worth full twenty pound at the next assizes
, without the honesty, sir.'
A visit to Reading or Abingdon twice a year, at assizes
or quarter sessions, which the Squire made on his horse with a pair of saddle-bags containing his wardrobe, a stay of a day or two at some country neighbour's, or an expedition to a county ball or the yeomanry review, made up the sum of the Brown locomotion in most years.
Such lawing also shall be done by the assize
commonly used, and which is, that three claws shall be cut off without the ball of the right foot.