A Maori Maid
[handwritten annotations on author]
A few days ago Mr Harry Benjamin Vogel, son of the late Sir Julius Vogel, appeared at the Windsor Magistrate's Court to answer a summons for driving a motor-car at eighteen miles an hour. The defendant asked to see the stop-watches used by the police, but the head constable said they were borrowed from a local jeweller. Mr Vogel here interjected: "If you can give me a certificate that my car was going eighteen miles an hour I might be able to sell it." "If it will assist you in selling your car" replied the Clerk of the Court, "I will give you a copy of the conviction." The Magistrate imposed a fine of £3. On the defendant paying his fine the Clerk said: "for another 2s 6d I will give you a certificate for the purpose of selling the car." Mr Vogel instantly tendered a half-crown, but the Clerk explained rather lamely and shame-facedly: "it was only my joke."