is generally most difficult to get at the bottom of thing where darkies are concerned. They will ^^ and swear to the very contrary of what they with such an air of trusting simplicity, that you ^^ bound to believe what they say. The place to good up-and-down lying is in a police court, and an amusing hour have I passed in them. One lady brings up another for using language ^^Ich certainly requires inventive, genius to string ^°Sether, and in giving her evidence will repeat to the with infinite gusto, the long list of this remark-vituperation. Both ladies are dressed out in their ^st frocks, orange with green spots, or violet with
Quashie in Court.
blue bows, and handsomely painted handkerchiefs on their heads. Numerous witnesses will be called, each giving most varied accounts, and at each statement the injured complainant or defendant will cast up her eyes to the ceiling, and audibly ejaculate, "Oh me God, hear how she lie," until sternly repressed by the magistrate. Finally, tho defendant may be awarded a month's gaol without option of a fine, and the unfortunate dame will, on her way to the cell downstairs, express her conviction to her sympathizing friends, that the magistrate is only sending her down to gaol because a woman is required there, just now, to wash the prisoners' clothes. Her character will in no way suffer in the estimation of her friends by her month's imprisonment, and on her return to the bosom of her family, her temporary absence will only be referred to as, " when she was staying with her friends in town."
But a gala day for Quashie is the occasion on which ho is summoned to give his evidence in favour of a neighbour. All the friends and relatives of those interested in the case will attend the court, dressed in their Sunday best, and will listen with admiration to the answers and speeches of their friends--" en evidence." So fond of litigation is the Grenadian, that he would spend his last farthing in the courts and lawyer's hands, for the sake of having a case and the notice it attracts to him from his friends and neighbours. They will willingly bring up a trumpery case, and pay the fees, to have the occasion of making a speech in court, and will not rest satisfied unless there is an appeal to a superior court, which would give tbera another chance in town. So full are they of this idea of appeal, that I once taw a man, who was certainly going to gain his case, jump up, and before the magistrate had even summed up and given bis verdict, excitedly give notice of appeal against the decision, whatever it might be !
Darkies are just as iond as their ignorant white brethren of peering into futurity, or of hearing their fortunes told. Besides Obeah men and women, to whom they refer for spells and philtres, there are others, who have great reputations for tho discovery of thieves and other malefactors. I am sure good, pious old Thomas á Kempis little dreamt to what use his admirable book "Imitation de Jesus Christ" would be one day put. Say Quashie loses a bunch of plantains or a basket of yams, and is not quite sure on whom to fix the theft; he forthwith goes to some old woman, who has a little more education than the rest of her neighbours, and enjoys a profitable reputation for ferreting out thieves and robberies. This sybil will have provided herself with a copy of Thomas á Kempis's book, and, presenting a pin to the person consulting, will ask him or her to thrust it into any place between the pages of the closed book.* The volume is then opened at the place marked by the pin, and she will proceed to read put the verse indicated;
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