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<p>701.
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<p>On the 1st of June, looking out of the compting-house at
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<p>PRISONER's DEFENCE.</p>
<p>I was looking for work on the key, and I saw a man that I had worked with, and I asked him for a little rice for my own use, and he put a little in my apron, and this gentleman came after me, and I thought I was in an error, and I went and put it into a cask.</p>
<p>Mr. Gascoine. He did not carry any back again to the cask, that I am sure of.</p>
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<p>Tried by the London Jury before Mr. ROSE.</p> </div1></div0>
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