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<p>Mr. Purcell, who prosecuted, intimated that he would put the case as one of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.</p>
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<interp inst="t19090907-name-192" type="given" value="FRANK"/>FRANK RHODES</persName> </hi>, labour master at the Strand Union, Edmonton. On August 3 I was in the room where prisoner (an inmate of the union) was working. I asked him what he meant by his conduct on the previous Monday; he replied, "What the hell is it to do with you"; I told him he had better see the master; lie said he did not care a b——about the master; he went on, "I will knock you rab——head off with one of those weights," attempting to pick up a weight from the floor. I pushed him away. He slipped out into the yard and picked up a chopper (produced); he said he would chop my b——head off. I walked away from him; I heard his footsteps behind me; I turned round quick and he was just in the act of striking; I caught the chopper on my arm and prevented the full delivery of the blow, but I was stunned and fell to the ground; prisoner got on top of me and punched and kicked me and bit my fingers. Assistance came and prisoner was arrested.</p>
<p>Prisoner cross-examined witness, suggesting that, in consequence of a quarrel prisoner had had with another officer of the workhouse, witness, a more powerful man than that officer, had been put on by him to annoy and assault prisoner; witness denied the suggestion.</p>
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<lb/>nessed the assault and went to the rescue, corroborated prosecutor's account.</p>
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<hi rend="smallCaps">ERNEST</hi> Cox, 88 N. On August 3, on being called to the Strand Union, I saw prisoner in the receiving ward struggling with prosecutor. I said to him, "I am going to take you into cus
<lb/>tody for the assault; are you going quietly?" He replied, "Yes, guv'nor; the f——g bounder has pulled my nose; I have had enough. "On the way to the station he said, "I expected some trouble this morning; I was going to get some tobacco last night; we are not allowed to have that; I saw the f——r there, and I put my fingers up to my nose I let go with the chopper; I wonder I did not knock his b——head off; the other chaps are a lot of b——curs; they set you on to a chap, and then wont help you when they see you are getting a good hiding; I have got as much as I give, only I don't show it."</p>
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<interp inst="t19090907-name-194" type="given" value="FRANCIS EDWARD"/>FRANCIS EDWARD CANES</persName> </hi>, divisional surgeon, who examined prose
<lb/>cutor after the assault, described the injuries, which were consistent</p>
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<p>with an assault with the chopper produced; considerable force must have been used; prosecutor is now entirely recovered.</p>
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