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and as whichever way I rule I suppose the case will go up on exceptions, it will make no difference which way I rule except to myself. If you will consent, I will reverse the decision and have the jury give the verdict for the plaintiff, no business having intervened since. The counsel seemed surprised, but consented. This comforting thought passed through my mind: If you do not admit me now, judge, I will tell on you. That thought was an unworthy one. The next thing that he said was: Mr. Clerk, Mr. Butler was. examined by me for admission to the bar, and you can administer the oath and enter his name on the rolls. It is due him to say that the matter of my ruling came up in the course of his examination, and his suggestions led me to examine the matter further, and change my ruling. He was one of the few judges I have known who was big enough to do such a telling as that. From that day to the day of his death we were fast friends. If any one should desire to see the case,
in good stead. One of his first cases being called in court, he said in the usual way: Let notice be given! In what paper? asked the aged clerk of the court, a strenuous Whig. In the Lowell Advertiser, was the reply. Now, the Advertiser, being a Jackson paper, was never mentioned in a Middlesex court; and of its mere existence few there present would confess a knowledge. The Lowell Advertiser? said the clerk, with disdainful nonchalance, I don't know such a paper. Pray, Mr. Clerk, said the lawyer, do not interrupt the proceedings of the court; for if you begin to tell us what you don't know, there will be no time for anything else. He was always prompt with a retort of this kind. So, at a later day, when he was cross-questioning a witness in not the most respectful manner, and the counsel interposing, reminding him that the witness was a professor in Harvard College, he instantly replied: I am aware of it, your honor; we hung one of them the other day. I tr