The judge was instructing the jury that a witness was not necessarily to be regarded as untruthful because he changed
his statement from one which he had previously made to the police.
"For example," he said: "when I entered my chambers today, I was sure I had my gold watch in my pocket.
But then I remembered that I left in on my nightstand in my bedroom."
When the judge returned home, his wife asked him, "Why so much urgency for your watch? Isn’t sending three men to get it a bit extreme?"
"What?" said the judge, "I didn’t send anyone for my watch, let alone three people; what did you do?"
"I gave it to the first one," said the wife. "He knew exactly where it was."