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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 10, 1913, NOON EDITION, Image 10',
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the editor. Anybody in Toledo would have said the editor was by far the .
bigger man in every way. But he -wasn't. The little old. dnjyman "was
naturally a bigger mag-than the editor he was the boss, the master.
I haven't seen that drayman since, but have often thought of him with
admiration and with gratitude. He helped me probably even more than
I will eyer know God bless him!
Eeally great men sometimes hide themselves in strange clothes and
I like to sit in one of the swell cafes and enjoy a quiet chuckle at i
.guests who are trying to look superior while being waited on by men who
are wiser than they. Appearances are often deceitful, and the servant may
be the-master and the master the servant.
When a waiter waits on me I wonder if he isn't a much wiser man than
I am and more of a philosopher. I am sure he is a good judge of manhood.
I've seen rich and successful business men in a hotel dihingroom all of
a nervous tremble for fear they might use the wrong fork for the salad and
thus expose their ignorance to tEe wise waiter. They don't want the waiter
to find out that they are not really so worldly-wise as they pretend to be.
Really ins a common thing for1 cafe guests to find out from the waiter
what they want io atj And the wise waiter has a bo6h sized tip before Mr.
Boob has taken his seat. And a tsoob and his money are soon separated.
Personality doesnt influence a hptel waiter as it' does a lot of folks.
A waiter wouldVt be awed by a justice of the TL S. supreme court, but he'd
feel some real pride in waiting on. John L. Sullivan, Jim Corbett, Hans
"Wagner or Ty Cobb or even a. well-known gaJmbler or saloonkeeper. For
they are human beings and a judge- is only a judge which in most cases
I never heard of much of a crowd following a judge togeta look at
him but-Tve seen big ones f ollofr .Sullivan, Corbett and Fltzsimmons. ,
But really when you come to think of it, a judge doesn't amount to
much, because he doesn't know much. 0, yes, he knows what he read in
some law books; he knows what some judge who has been dead a hundred
years or more thought about something or other a longtimeago; he's well
posted on tradition, superstition, authority and precedent. In fact, that's
what makes him. so aH-fired ignorant he!s saturated with them. His mind
is in the jiast. And there are more educated fools on the bench than any
I guess that's why contempt of court is so popular now. Fool judges
are trying fi:make us live "as other' fool judges ages ago thought people
ought to five then. '
The average man is much more interested in the successful criminal
lawyer. And Pm an average man. I find criminal lawyers the only ones "
that interest me. They sometimes save people's lives and keep them -out of "
I hnew a very learned and dignified judge once. I had known him and
his wife hefore they got married. He was a church vestryman, and looked
perfectly lovely on Sunday with his silk hat and long-tailed coat
He was very awful and very severe on the bench. He once sentenced
a man to 15 years in the penitentiary for stealing one chicken. " -
But I had heard from triends something mighty Interesting about that
judge when he was only a two-legged man at his own fireside. He had
married a rich girl, and the house they-lived In was HER house. She didn't
allow him to smoke in HER house and sometimes he would plead business