Hanging Judge

Counsellor Grady, in a late trial in Ireland, said, he
recollected to have heard of a relentless judge; he was known by the name

of the Hanging Judge, and was never seen to shed a tear but once, and that

was during the representation of _The Beggar's Opera_, when Macheath got a


It was the same judge, we believe, between whom and Mr. Curran the

following pass of wit once took place at table. "Pray, Mr. Curran," said

the judge, "is that hung beef beside you? If it is, I will try it." "If

_you_ try it, my lord," replied Mr. Curran, "it is sure to be hung."

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