This extraordinary case continued yesterday.
The first sensation came when Mrs. Tasker submitted a list of over seven thousand people whom she wished to call as witnesses. Council for the defence, Mr. Bastin Hermitage, was about to read the list when Mr. Justice Cocklecarrot intervened.
Mr. Justice Cocklecarrot: Is it necessary to call all these people?
Mr. Hermitage: I believe so, m'lud.
Mr. Justice Cocklecarrot: But surely they cannot all be connected with the case. For instance, I see here the name of a Cabinet Minister. Also a well-known film actor. What have they got to do with these dwarfs?
Mr. Hermitage: I undersytand that some of these dwarfs claim to be related to the Cabinet Minister.
Mr. Justice Cocklecarrot: And that distinguished sailor Rear-Admiral Sir Ewart Hodgson?
Mr. Hermitage: I understand he knows one of the dwarfs.
(Sensation in court)