--Some time ago there was a trial for trespass in cutting wood from a neighbor's premises without authority.
One of the plaintiff's witnesses was a plain old farmer, whose testimony went clearly and directly to prove the charge.
The defendant's counsel — a blustering man of brass — thought to weaken the force of his evidence by proving idiocy to be a trait of his family.
He therefore interrogated him thus: ‘"Mr. Hodge
, you have a son who is an idiot, have you not?"’ ‘"Yes, sir."’ ‘"Does he know anything? "’ ‘"Very little."’ ‘"How much does he know?"’ ‘ "Well, almost nothing, not much more than you do."’ The witness was allowed to retire, without further question.
A small boy at school, somewhat defective in his upper story, was often bantered by one of his schoolmates calling him a fool, and observing how strange it was that his mother should have but one child, and that he should be a fool; when the weak boy appeared to be inspired, and replied: ‘"Not half so strange as that your mother should have ten children, and that they all should be fools."’