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LOVE AND LAW
By Justine Wickersham
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
"The day of your success, Ransom,
dear!" - -
"You hopeful helper and uncon
querable optimist!" returned the
brother of Nettie Baird. "Don't
build your hopes too high. Instead,
fhis may be the day of my downfall"
"0, never that, brother dear!"
,ed the loving sister, turning quite
i e it the set, anxious, face of hei
"Nettie," he said gravely, "this is
the crisis. You know the unheard
of sacrifices we have both gone
through to enable me to quality ior
the bar. You remember the years of
starving alone, waiting for clients
who never came. Finally there
comes to me the great Wyford case.
The plaintiff is poor, the fee con
"But a little fortune if you win the
"It has taken my last dollar to
meet the court costs and expenses,"
continued Ransom. "And I am go
ing to lose the case."
"Oh, Ransom!" uttered his sister
in dire distress.
"Yes, I feel certain of that. You
must never lisp what I am going to
say to you, but Judge Allison is a dis
honest man and an unscrupulous
"You shock me!" said Nettie.
"The fact is notorious among those
who have suffered through his
bought and paid for unjust decisions.
I have been warned of this." pursued
Ransom gravely. "They say he will
never again be appointed to the
bench, but that the truth as to his
rejection may not come out, as he
has been shrewd and clever in cover
'ng up his nefarious deals."
"Ransom, it seems impossible that
a high servant of justice could be
"Did you notice yesterday, Nettie," ,
proceeded Ransom, "that when the
opposing counsel tried to deny a
i point of law I made, the judge sus
' tained him, for it greatly weakened
my case. I knew I was right, but I
never dreamed that they would deny
an established point in legal juris
prudence." "But the jude gave you until this
morning to submit your authorities
in your contention," suggested Net
tie. "Yes, because he knew it would be
next to impossible for me to prepare
The Witness Gave a Great Start.
them on that prescribed limit of time.
The law library of the bar associa
tion was closed. As you know, I
have few reference books myself.
Besides, it would have been an all
night task gathering up the informa
tion I needed."
"Oh, brother!" exclaimed Nettie,
T forgot to tell you. When I was in
the gallery of the courtroom yester
day listening to your case, a beauti-