ost brilliant flights, the empyrean heights into which he soared seemed to be his natural element, as the upper air the eagle's.
Among the most powerful of his jury efforts were his speeches against Bird for the murder of Cameron, and against Phelps, the notorious highway robber and murderer.
Both were convicted.
The former owed his conviction, as General Foote, who defended him with great zeal and ability thought, to the transcendent eloquence of Prentiss.
He was justly convicted, however, as his confession, afterwards made, proved.
Phelps was one of the most daring and desperate of ruffians.
He confronted his prosecutor and the court, not only with composure, but with scornful and malignant defiance.
When Prentiss rose to speak, and for some time afterwards, the criminal scowled upon him a look of hate and insolence.
But when the orator, kindling with his subject, turned upon him and poured down a stream of burning invective, like lava, upon his head; when he depicted the