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from Called to Account (formerly The Poor Law Inspector) by Frank Parker

Chapter 2
First Intimations

The court room was crowded, the viewing gallery at the back a jostling mass of humanity. I had been surprised by the size of the multitude outside the court upon my arrival. Surprised, and my heart gladdened, by the considerable number that wished me good luck as I passed. There had even been a cry of “three cheers for the Captain” as I dismounted and handed the reins to a stable lad. Now the cacophony of voices was silenced at the command of the judge.

An usher administered the swearin...


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