Issue 15 and Volume 1884 13.

AFTER THE RIOTS. A Cincinnati man was arrested for stealing chickens and was tried by a jury of his peers. “Gentlemen of the jury,” said the judge, on their return from the juryroom, “are you agreed upon a verdict?” “We are,” replied the foreman, solemnly. “What say you?” Do you find the prisoner at the bar guilty or not guilty?” “Guilty of murder in the first degree.” “ Guilty of murder in the first degree !” exclaimed the judge in the utmost astonishment. “Why, the prisoner is only charged with stealing chickens. What earthly reason have you for bringing in such an outrage ous verdict as that?” “ Your Honor,” replied the foreman of the jury, looking timidly over the crowded court room, “ we plead self-defense.”

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