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was correct, for the former had 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, in which Lincoln secured the acquittal of the defendant, was one of the gratifying triumphs in his career as a lawyer.
Lincoln's defense, wherein he floored the principal prosecuting witness, who had testified positively to seeing the fatal blow struck in the moonlight, by showing from an almanac that the moon had set, was not more convincing than his eloquent and irresistible appeal in his client's favor.
The latter's mother, old Hannah Armstrong, the friend of
served, filed Saturday at 11 o'clock A. M., April 24, 1856, stricken from the files by order of court.
Demurrer to declaration, if there ever was one, overruled.
Defendants who are served now, at 8 o'clock, P. M., of the last day of the term, ask to plead to the merits, which is denied by the court on the ground that the offer comes too late, and therefore, as by nil dicet, judgment is rendered for Pl'ff.
Clerk assess damages.
A. Lincoln, Judge protem.
H. C. Whitney, Ms., letter, Nov. 13, 1865. The lawyer who reads this singular entry will appreciate its oddity if no one else does.
After making it one of the lawyers, on recovering his astonishment, ventured to enquire, Well, Lincoln, how can we get this case up again?
Lincoln eyed him quizzically a moment, and then answered, You have all been so ‘mighty smart about this case.
you can find out how to take it up again yourselves.
During my first attendance at court in Menard County, relates a lawyer who travelled the circ