Keep to the Point

: Laws And Lawyers.

Lord Tenterden contracted such an inveterate habit of
keeping himself and everybody else to the precise matter in hand, that

once, during a circuit dinner, having asked a country magistrate if he

would take venison, and receiving what he deemed an evasive reply, "Thank

you, my lord, I am going to take boiled chicken," his lordship sharply

retorted, "That, sir, is no answer to my question; I ask you again if you

will take venison, and I will trouble you to say yes or no, without further