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ONCE TRACK WALKER,
NOW GREAT LAWYER
The Career of Martin W. Littleton
Selected at Leading Counsel for Harry K. Thaw, It
Predicted That District Attorney Jerome Will Find
in Him a Worthy Opponent at Coming Trial
V orK. It. buck ill tSSSj
v v :i .i following di.ilocm lmk place
U i- m lie form.i!i of a little rail
i ;'! dotMi l Tpi sml losy
'K"1. siiiilifc oung trackwalker
h . .ihk1 iritui'o grid ready tongue
l i ! earned Mm a reputation extend
i.-j ! ar arto-s a Tcvi.s township.
V' U I'' ,t n.-'ty blight o-tn? man."
V i the fiireii.n. "I Mtptiose some day
. i 'i"'t to b" the ronl'tctor of a
. : ti t train, don't yo-t?
.No. tr," r.'j.Ii-l the t:i'chui'.cr, ;
1 1,'UT expert ll IM- tllHt " I
Vihi don't Von might li usiiic to
o::.-thini; 1 1 - that. What do ou
Ive.e T(i lie?"
I expect to be a big laaer in Xi
V r ii ."
.'."'i the foreman had iccot'C'iwI
i v.i) his laughter he said:
' Pretty far cry frotn tra hwalker In
a mr n i it :tn lawyer, isn't it?"
Yes. t-ir. Inn no further than liotn
j . i I splitter to pm.hlent."
Martin V. Littleton was the ro-
:. k-il trackwalker. A few yoatfe
ji ir when tin- whole country was
titiKing with his pcech at ln St
I. "Hi national convention In which
he nominated Alton It. Parker for the
j i sidency, Mr. Littleton went hark
t i his oM corner of TrAas. anil met
ii ' iailro.nl f iriTii-in v.!k had skcii heil
i t for him the irMK?nt fuluie of a
f-elfht coikI k tin .
Part of Ambition RejtieJ.
Wi I!. Martin." said il.e fniemim.
f'iM- -ltitnKl son" bi !. I v.as
i':: linK, ain't you'.'"
Nnd you'i" a leg N'i w York lawyer,
l-vt. ain't you? "
Well. I don't knoA- about the 'big,'
le t I'm a New York !ii w i r. anyhow."
!t probably caused .-o:i.e talk down
in Texa.-. when It wa.s (earned that
"M-ri" Littleton had been .-elected as
rVikf counsel for Hairy K. Tl.aw. It
tawsed some in New York. While he
has been recognized for several ears
a-; ;in able trial lawyer, be has not
...e.) prominently Identified with the
c 'initial branch of his profession, al
tln'irh he has been many times ad-vi-e-i
that ho could bi-comc supreme
in ;t.at field if he would enter it.
His t-uecess since he lelt his old
home in Texas has been iiliuott phe
fonjenal, and it has been due largely
lo these things detenr.iuattrn. af
faoiMtj of manner, a gift of oratory
M'i'1 conciseness of expression. There
hh; few men In New York who can
ixr him in making a plea before a
Jury: there are fewer who ran make a
tv.ii'e i leasing after-dinner speech;
i here are few wjjo can eipial h'.in in
rharly stating a complex proposition;
there is none who can excel him iu
iea!i;jg a telling verbal blow at an op
oitii:ie time. And. ndtled to it all,
he is a thorough student of the law.
I!e is an expert at r rossexiunination.
i :i lighter for what he thinks is rUht
a id he !as a forceful way wi'b a jury.
Becan-e Famed as Orator.
Hack In his bovhood days iu Texas
he was known as an orator a:id stmy-teller.-
He could recite a!! the old
tiliii A'fV masterpieces with a lire
ih.it stirred the "boys" iu the tillage
s'ore, and. a short tlu.e late:, when be
was active In politics but net old
eiioiuh to vote, ho run 1.1 rouse the
old timers down !n Weatlierford to
bursts of applause with his oiatorical
i wai due to no choice of his own
that Littleton went to Weatlierford.
Hi was; horn Iti a log rahin In Uoane
county, in the eastern part of Tenneu-
3" yean act last January, and
when Just a youngster wan taken by
111 father to Wcatherford. After
blay of a few year there the elder
Littleton decided to move hack to
Teti'ieKiW-e, hut the son. then under 16
Mars of a ileelined to actompnny
littn. He preferred Texan. Kven at
ihat tender age he had begun to dream
of a life in New York city. The Idea
of studying law hadn't occurred lo
him, hut he wait determined lo get
ia the "midst of things" and to make
hi. way at something.
Worked and Studied Law.
teiendent on hla own efforts af'er
his father moved back to Tennessee
i:e (lid odd Jobs about Weatlierford
for a time and then, for want of
Moniothlng lo do. obtained a Job aa
trackwalker. It wasn't the sort of
work hi preferred, but he wasn't par
ticular and lie stuck to It for several
months. It was during this servitude
that ambition In become a lawyer
seized liim. Ills ready wil and hit;
i-.hilliy lo say things better than the
other men on the read caused some
of his associate to suggest the law
I'.y way of shot tciilni; Ills path some
what to bis chosen Held he left the
railroad and got a job as "devil" in
t'l" office of the I'ark County News,
wiikh was published in Weatlierford.
lie ilidn'l like ink nnd pressroom eti
quette, so afUT a short term here he
Ki'i a Job as baker's helper. Mixing
dough and reading law didn't prove us
delightful a combination us he had
hoped and he resumed his old job of
trackwalker because It gave him plen
ty of time to i.tu'ly nights and to think
about his btudk's during the dayt'uit;.
While he was ' using up tallow
candles in his attacks upon Hlackstonu
he realized that It might be helpful to
him if he had a short term of schoof
ing In the rudiments. He had never
been inside a sehoolhouse. although
he had received some Instruction nt
home and had picked up a good bit
of information on general topics. To
tarry out his plan he weiu to Sprlng
tnwn. and there for eight months he
did chores and farm work and studied
with an old lierman who numbered
anions his pupils the children of most
of the aristoe: ats of Parker county.
Entered Attorney's Office.
In the olnht months Littleton
learned as much as he felt was neces
fary for the time being. He could do
fractions a-t well as a:iy one; he could
parse everything that could he pHrrd;
he could wri'e as fust and as plain as
any boy In the toitnty. and he could
recite better than any actor wjjo bad
evtr struck Weatlierford or tiny place
in that J art of Texas. He knew the
history i f the I'nited States like a
bock, and he had a pretty good idea
of the history of other nations, which
iu his youthful opinion didn't amount
to nuieh ai.yhow.
Thus equipped, he entered tin office
of the district it'omey ot Weather
ford comity as a clerk and law stu
dent. As expressed by u mr.n who
knew him in those, days, "he fairly Hte
the law books." He t.wept through
them with ilghtiing upeed, nnd in
IMil. at the ae of 11), be was admit! yd
to the bar. Ho was then on.: of the
leading young citizens cf the ccni:i
seat. As soon ns be waa admitted s
practice he hung out hla shingle In
Weatlierford. and forthwith ha began
lo win eases in the local courts. The
suavity of manner that distinguished
him proved lo be one of his chief as
sets, and Ihe quick wit which glvs"
him 'advantage over his opponents at
thu present lime aided him then In de
feating his older adversaries. Twu
ytau In Weatlierford put him at Ihe
head of the profession there, despite
the fact that he was still a beardless
youth who had cast but one vot.
Bright Career in Dallas.
Dallas was the scene of his next en
deavors. He was unheralded, but it
was only a short time before he be
came recognized as a lawyer of ability
and boundless ambition. In two years
he became assistant district attorney,
and In that cupaciiy he made a reputa
tion as a prosecutor which extended
pretty well all over Texas. His grasp
of criminal law was described as re
markable and his handling of a Jury
was said to be tittle short of mar
velous. There, was Just enough of the
old southern fire In his oratory to
make Juries bow before him.
During his career In Dallas he was
conMunfly fondling his ambition to
come to Now York. He had never
leen east of the Texas line since his
father had moved over from Tennes
see, and be had never met more than
a half dozen men from the metropolis.
Hut be bad read of it and dreamed of
It and he was determined to make a
cletin Jump across the continent as
soon as he could scrape together
enough money to pay the expenses of
himself and of Mrs. Littleton.
There wasn't any Mrs. Littleton at
that time, hut he was determined there
should be. It has been said that the
greatest oratorical effort of his life
was that put forth when he induced
his wife to marry him, give up MFr lux
urious home In Texas, and come to
New York with him. He bed made a
splendid success as a lawyer, but had
little money; he bad no friends In New
York, and not even a suggestion that
he might obtain work. Mr. and Mrs.
Littleton, nevertheless, bade good bje
to Dallas In 18 and a short time
later arrived In the city, which the
youthful bridegroom he was then but
21 years old had dreamed of conquer
lut;;. The young lawyer, despite his Texas
la t. els, did not make the strides here
he had made iu the southwest, hut he
whs neither surprised nor disap
pointed. He sought work in the of
fices of various lawyers and finally ob
tained a iioEltlon with the firm of
Peck & Field, ljiter he found a place
with Sheehnn & Collins. Still Liter he
became attorney for tlie Hrooklyn
Heights Railway company, and It wat
while there that his star began to
rise. He attracted attention In the
trial coir.-s and was regarded as a
"comer" in criminal law.
Involved in "Big" Cases.
In lfcM he was made an assistant
district attorney of Kings county, and
while tervlng in that capacity he had
charge of some of the most notable
cases in the borough avros the bridge.
He prosecuted "Five Hundred and
Twenty I'er Cent" Miller anl was
chief prosecutor in many other prom
inent tapes. And during nil this time
he was giadually earning a reputation
as an orator and after-dinner speaker.
He i.ttr.'icted ' particular attention be
cause he was of a different school
from his competitors. He brought
east with him a southern charm of
manner that. Invariably made frlcuds
for hi i) i.
His real debut aa an orator came
during; the campaign of 1'JttO, in the old
Acadtmy of Music, In ll-ooklyn.
Knov vi as a i.uui who could make a
fall- speech, he wa3 put down on the
programme as one. of Ihe talleiidrs.
Three Democrats of national promi
nence were f hcduled for the chief ad
dresses, nnd David II. Hilt "was her
alded ai the principal attraction. When
his turn came Mr. Littleton thea a
man of but US years created a sensa
tlnn Irom die start, il is nu exag
geration to kj.v that he really elec
ttJflcd the audience. His speech was
vUort, clear mid to the point, and his
eloo,ii! nee stirred the crowd to storms
of applause. Instead cf leaving Ihe
hall everyone stayed and still others
lummed their way In.
l.lttlr'on became known out aide of
Hrookb after that. It was that effort.
In fact, whlcfi led to,hl selection M
ihe niHu to nominate .Alton B. Parker ,
lor the presidency ai- the St. Ixiul -convention
of 1V04. William F. Sliee-
bsn heard his Academy ai Music '
speech.-and In looking for some one
to make the supreme effort at the fit.
Iuls convention he suggested Little
ton. Studied Address Carefully.
It Is not necessary to recall the sen
sation caused by Mr. Littleton's speech
In St. liOtils, but It Is Interesting to
recall tbn preparation made for the
address. Unlike most orators, Mr.
Littleton does not profess to be an
Impromptu speaker. He can make an
Impromptu speech, but be never does
so If he can help It. He prepares bis
sentences with great care and then
commits them to memory. In fact, be
does not have to put forth any effort
to memorize them. When he has writ
ten a speech he has learned It. He
can repeat It with practically no varia
tion. He prepared his St. Louis speech
weeks ahead of time. He rehearsed It
at home, and when he needed a larger
place In which to train his voice he
went out to the cathedral In Garden
City and practised for hours. After be
rcVhed St. Ixiuls he went to the con
vention hall one Sunday afternoon,
and in the presence of two or three of
tits friends went through the speech
two or three times to get the proper
pitch for his voice. His oration
created a sensation and put him In
stantly in the front rank of American
Never a Seeker for Office.
Although possessing the attributes of
a successful politician and having po
litical ambitions, Mr. Littleton has not
been a seeker for office. He was perman
ent chairman of the Democratic state
convention In 1902 and was borough
president of Brooklyn In 1904 and
1905. He was urged to accept a renotn
Inatlon for borough president, but be
declined. He had two reasons for do
ing so. One was that he wanted to
leave the office before he had been
criticised; the other was that he was,
as he publicly expressed it at the time,
"unable to make both ends meet."
He retired from public life to build
up a law practice, and he has been
busily engaged In doing so ever since.
lie left Brooklyn a couple of years
ago and set up In Manhattan, and he
has been prominently before the public
since In his legal capacity. In the mat
ter of earnings he is said toVank with
the leading lawyers of the city.
Not yet 36 years of age, be may
truthfully be said to have a glowing
future, and his close friends intimate
tlia- it will not be alone In the field of
law. After he has accumulated a com-
M 1 II. , I . 1 I I .
ioriauie ioriuno u is nam ue may been
again to re-enter public lire.
Younger by many years than any
other lawyer who has In recent yea.
been In full charge of a case bo Im
portant as the Thaw trial, Mr. Little
ton will be eagerly watched during his
conduct of that trial. His f nerds say
that lils experience as a prosecuting
attorney In Texas and in Brooklyn will
greatly aid him in bis fight, and they
predict that the pitting of his ability
against the cool, unerring methods of
District Attorney Jerome will furnish
one of the most interesting contests of ,
Its kind seen la New Yo.'!; in many
It's Chief tlse.
"These," said the Inventor proudl,
"are photographs of the finest aero-
lane the world has yet seen."
We studied the remarkable-looking
"And how U it supposed to work?"
we aiked. "
"Oh." he rejoined, "It lan't supposed
to work at all: but you can sue what
Kpiendld newspaper and magazltio
articles it will make."
Mrs. Evans' Claim.
Mrs. , Evans. of Richmond on
Tnames, England, claims she Is the
only woman entitled to wear the Alma,
UnktclHviw and Inketmun medals, per
mission having been granted on the
death of her husband, whom she ac
companied through the Crimea. Sho
waa'nfiea under fire. -
DlscQverd Prehistoric Ruin.
In Spruce canyon, near Cliff palace,
C'olortdo, Prof. K. L. Hewitt has dis
covered a prehistoric ruin six
stories high, one of the finest examples
of the -)ll IT dwelling ever found.
The Doctor's Case
By Minnie W.
(Copyright, by Joseph B. Dow lea)
The spring bad been miasmatic, and
all the portents prophesied . an nn
bealtby summer; but notwithstanding
these facts, "the times were out of
Joint" with Dr. Bruce Pendleton. His
diploma, embellished with plate glass
andgirt molding, stared dumbly from
the wall ot his office, with nobody to
read It. His smart-looking sign, on
which the paint was fresh and ths gold
leaf very new, volunteered to pilot an
Invalid populace to the spot where
he dealt out tablets, powders and
tinctures, vainly entreating them to
"turn In hither" nnd be saved. For, In
spite of Its persuasions, when teeth
ing babies went Into spasms, small
boys had green-apple colic, or despond
ent adults took Hough on Rats or Paris
green, the messenger in search of a
medical Samaritan, like the priest and
Levlte, passed by on the other side.
L'nder the circumstances. It Is not
at all to be wondered at that Dr. Pen
dleton fell behind In his rent; that bis
landlady gave him cold shoulder with
cold coffee at breakfast, because of an
unpaid board bill, and that polite but
pressing duns formed the nucleus of
One day, when bis creditors were
more exigent than usual, it occurred
tv him that be would go down to
Litchfield, a green country hollow
among the hills, and pay his respects
to his Aunt Penelope.
During his college course and the
struggle with short rations incident
to bis medical curriculum, she bad
"put up" for him time and again, al
ways assuring blm that this was the
very last time she should do so. But
what soft-hearted old lady, susceptl
ble to the mutations ot tender flat
tery, could withstand the compliments.
insinuating and clever, of a silver
tongued youth in whose favor her af
fectlons were enlisted T "
He would go and see, and recon
quer bis Aunt Penelope.
Not a bad place to go Into retreat
for awhile; not at all bad. This was
his thought as he lifted the old-fash
ioned knocker. Dr. Pendleton had,
until this moment, almost forgotten
the existence of Dorla Hadley bis
"Cousin Dorla," be bad used to call
her, who answered bis knock. She
was the orphaned daughter of one of
Miss Penelope Stannard's early
friends, and had been raised by Miss
Stannard as her own child would have
been, bad she ever been a wife and
Ten years ago, Dorla bad given -ao
promise of beauty, but here she was
now, with a color on her cheek, a
light in her eye, a grace of contour
rnd charm of espresslon that went
through the doctor's ready sensiblli
ties with a shock like the galvanic
current of bis own electric battery
And the air of her! It had the un
conscious dignity of a Juno or Diana,
What a stunner she was!
Before he had a chance to say a
word. Miss Stannard came and stared
at the Intruder for a moment beforeJ
exclaiming In astonishment:
"I declare to goodness If it isn't
Aunt Penelope was duly embraced,
the doctor and his grip-sacks taken In
and the hired girl for Litchfield
knew no "maids" and the fatted fowl
immediately had differences to be set
tled.' Meanwhile the aunt and nephew
"Still raveling your web by nlghC
Aunt Penelope? Still keeping the
'suitor crew' in uncertainty? You
look as young as you ever did, and are
Just as much of a beauty.
Miss- Stannard shook her bead and
sighed a little.
"No, Bruce; the Infirmities of the
flesh are foes to good looks.
"Infirmities? 1 believe you could en
ter as contestant at an Olympian race
and come out winner, this very min
"No, Bruce," still more energetical
ly. "My sleep is reor and I have lit
tle appetite; that isn't the worst of it
either, for I have a terrible case of
the blues. I had about made up my
mind to call In Dr. Somerset and get
The young man sniffed contemptu
"Somerset? He'd have given you
blue mass or Jalap, and bled and blis
tered you In true antediluvian style.
There's been a renaissance in the art
or healing since his day. Why, he
hasn't yet admitted the existence of
the microbe, and swears bacteriology
1b all gammon. I've beard blm talk
i jtow fortunate I came in time to save
you fron Ms tender mercies."
And then Dr. Pendleton's finger was
on the old lady's pulse; he was In
spectlug her tongue, and auscultated
tier heart by placing his ear lightly
above It. Meanwhile, having no more
idea than the man in the moon as to
her ailment, his shrewd glance had dc
tecred a few liny pimples on her soft
old wrist. Blood out of older, con
But, having a point to carry, bo
kept his own o.iiirscl, and did not,
therefore, declare the nature of the
caw. I'e remembered the maxim:
"All's fair In love and war," and added
to It, "and when you're down on yo-ir
Miss Stannard was startled by bis
"Is Is it anything serious?" fal
He looked at her tentatively for a
moment. "Ycu must not be alarmed,"
Bames - MiUer
"N-a-o," she quavered faintly.
Tor really, there la ao occasion.
But I And reason lor believing, with
out the shadow of a doubt that there
Is at present In your blood a substance
Aunt Penelope gave a gasp.
"And this, with other constituents
forming the corpuscles, is now floating
In a colorless liquid called 'plasma'"
This sounded terribly like miasma,
and Miss 8taunard groaned. "This
plasma gives your blood a watery con
sistency and contains some albumin
ous substances called fibrin and fibrin
Ob, Bruce, this is awful," cried bit
Not necessarily with proper treat
"Can't It be stopped? Can't you do
something for It?"
It took some effort on Dr. Pendle
ton's part to partially soothe and allay
the fears he bad of set purpose, ex
cited, but by -and by he succeeded, by
dint of bis persuasive tongue, la bring
ing his aunt to that desirable point
'There Is in Your Blood a Substance
where anxiety concerning results be
came, to a certain extent, lost sight of
In a sense of present Importance as a
wonderful "case." .
That evening DorJa saw the doctor
pacing to and fro under the trees out-'
side and went out to question blm.
"Are you sure to cure Aunt Pene
lope?" "There's no reason to doubt it,
Dorla. Dorla! I like that name so
odd and qaint. No one would even Im
agine what to expect In a girl named
She looked at blm furtively. He
was of the type that melancholy en
hances and for the first time, Dorla
realized that be was not ot,ly distinguished-looking,
There was only a brief half hour of
this exquisite companionship, for when
Dorla rose to go, he did not attempt to
detain her. But be knew, as be laid
his head Uon the pillow that night,
that something out of the ordinary
bad befallen him. He realized that -the
former desultory chapters of his
life had come to an abrupt and sudden
close, and its real story had begun.
In the days that followed, when
Aunt Penelope began to experience
the Joys of returning bealtb. Dr. Pen
dleton's fame, trumpeted by her, went.,
abroad through all that region.
One day, weeks later, when the
three were together In the sitting
room, and the doctor bad pronounced
her discharge from treatment, adding
that he "roust soon be getting back
to town," Aunt Penelope cleared her
throat preparing to make a bold and
daring speech, and screwed her cour
age to the sticking place as be contin
ued: "People'll call me 'AnanHia'
after reading the card on my door
that says, 'Back soon.' "
"I suppose no one has read your
card." said'Darla with a painstaking
frown contracting her brows as she
counted the stitches In her wild rose
embroidery, between the words.
Dr. Pendleton turned scarlet at this
pert little remark. No man wishes to
be considered a failure by the wom
an be lores.
"And ihelr own loss, too." Inter
posed S'isa Stannard. soothingly.
"Bruce," began she with some little
trepidation, "why go back at all?
The towns are crowded with doctors
of established reputation, who seldom
go away and never die. What room Is
there for you younger fry? Why not
settle down here, marry Dorla and all
of us live together? There's plenty to
support us all."
Vp to this tiino Dr. Pendleton never
had had the courage to pteaci uu ease,
but his aunt's words seemed to Inspire
blm. Then iu a few words, with
mighty force, he submitted to her his
Not until a half-smile touched her
face dared he to draw her shrinking
figure toward him nnd lift, to meet his
kiss, the blushing faco she strove to
cover with her banJs. '
And at supper time everybody In
cluding Aunt Peneloie looked si ra
diantly blissful that Pomona, whoso
right name was Auretia. declared to
herself In confidence: "I'll be I a comity
there's t-ometbJug udS"