DURING the reading of an affidavit at the Supreme Court, Townsville, it was stated that a certain person was a strict teetotaller.
Mr. Justice Chubb thereupon said: “I very much admire him. I wish I were a teetotaller too. I would rather be a teetotaller than a publican, of the two. Of course I speak generally.”
Mr. Jameson: “Well, I think, your honour, I should prefer to be a wealthy publican than a poor teetotaller.”
His Honour (laughing): “But, then, you have no conscience, Mr. Jameson.”
– The Week (Brisbane, Qld.) Friday 26 February 1897.