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Posted Jan 24 2013 12:59am
The old gentleman bowed respectfully; ash outlet and advancing to the 
magistrate’s desk, said, suiting the action to the word, “That is my 
name and address, sir.” He then withdrew a pace or two; and, with 
another polite and gentlemanly inclination of the head, waited to 
be questioned. 

Now, it so happened that Mr. Fang was at that moment 
perusing a leading article in a newspaper of the morning, 
adverting to some recent decision of his, and commending him, for 
the three hundred and fiftieth time, to the special, and particular 
notice of the Secretary of State for the Home Department. He was 
out of temper; and he looked up with an angry scowl. 

“Who are you?” said Mr. Fang. 

The old gentleman pointed, with some surprise, to his card. 

“Officer!” said Mr. Fang, tossing the card contemptuously away 
with—the newspaper. “Who is this fellow?” 

“My name, sir,” said the old gentleman, speaking like a 
gentleman, “my name, sir, is Brownlow. Permit me to inquire the 
name of the magistrate who offers a gratuitous and unprovoked 
insult to a respectable person, under the protection of the bench.” 
Saying this, Mr. Brownlow looked round the office as if in search 
of some person who would afford him the required information. 
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