Foreign News: Blow Cold, Blow Hot

Next to ice in his whiskey & soda, the thing an Englishman dislikes most is a draft from an open window. So last week when barristers and jurors complained of drafts to Mr. Justice Humphreys at the Winchester assizes, the bewigged justice gave heed, dismissed court. In 20 hours, at a cost of £100, a crew of 22 carpenters and electricians equipped the room with a new heating system, screens, air ventilators, false ceiling. Next day the session was resumed. The room was sweltering. One juror fainted. "Now," bellowed the exasperated justice, "the...

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