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his effectiveness in managing a law suit entirely on the stimulus and inspiration of the final hour.
He paid but little attention to the fees and money matters of the firm — usually leaving all such to me. He never entered an item in the account book.
If any one paid money to him which belonged to the firm, on arriving at the office he divided it with me. If I was not there, he would wrap up my share in a piece of paper and place it in my drawer — marking it with a pencil, Case of Roe vs. Doe.--Herndon's half.
On many topics he was not a good conversationalist, because he felt that he was not learned enough.
Neither was he a good listener.
Putting it a little strongly, he was often not even polite.
If present with others, or participating in a conversation, he was rather abrupt, and in his anxiety to say something apt or to illustrate the subject under discussion, would burst in with a story.
In our office I have known him to consume the whole forenoon relating stories.
aracteristics as a lawyer.
one of Lincoln's briefs.
the Wright case.
defending the ladies.
reminiscences of the circuit.
the suit against the Illinois Central railroad.
the Manny case.
First meeting with Edwin M. Stanton.
defense of William Armstrong.
last law-suit in Illinois.
the dinner at Arnold's in Chicago.
A law office is a dull, dry place so far as pleasurable or interesting incidents are concerned.
If one is in search of stories of fraud, deceit, cruelty, broken promises, donned a new shirt, and by mistake had drawn it over his head with the pleated bosom behind.
The general laugh which followed destroyed the effect of Logan's eloquence over the jury — the very point at which Lincoln aimed.
The trial of William Armstrong
This incident in Lincoln's career has been most happily utilized by Dr. Edward Eggleston in his story The Graysons, recently published in the Century Magazine. for the murder of James P. Metzler, in May, 1858, at Beardstown, Illinois, i