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ful young lady sat nest to me. She
seemed as interested as I was. And
who do you think it was?"
"How can I tell, Nettie?"
"It was Miss Honoria Adams. She
is a daughter of the dead judge
Ephraim Adams. Don't you know
how you admire him? I told her we
had his portrait here at home and
how you made him your model. She
says she helped her father a great
deal in his home legal work and loved
still the legal atmosphere. When
that point came up in your argument
when the judge demanded prece
dents, she- said that it was a pity you
had not availed yourself of the splen
did law library her father had left
Nettie walked with her brother to
the courtroom, as she had done dur
ing the trial. Just at the door she
met a young lady also entering the
place, who smiled, advancing and
shook her hand. r
"Ransom dear, this is the young
Jady I told you about Miss Adams."
"I am glad and prQud to meet you,
Miss Adams," said Ransom. "Your
father's 'works on3law have been
great sources of help to me."
"Thank you," bowed the young
lady and then she flushed slightly as
she went on. "I hope you will pardon
my presumption, but I was so inter
ested in your case that after I got
home last evening I looked up the
reference on the point in dispute. You
were right and the judge is wrong.
I have taken the liberty of bringing
you a memoranda of the -authorities,"
and she handed Ransom sever
al folded sheets of paper closely
An hour later when the case was
reviewed and Ransom cited his au
thorities, the opposing counsel looked
flustered and the judge positively
angry. The latter was more cen
sorious and unfair after -that than
eve?, Tiowever. Finally .the attorney
for the defense introduced an unex
pected witness. He swore to investi
jating certain points in- the case,' de-
t cidedly .adverse to Ransom's client,
From the start Ransom discerned
that the man was a base perjurer.
He-was unable to oppose any con- 4
tradictory testimony. The odds of rf
knavery and falsehood were tqo f
many for him, he realized From that
moment Ransom was sure that the "
case was lost. ,
He looked surprised as a bailiff. r
came from beyond tiie railing and
handed him a' folded note. Involun-'j.
tarily he glanced up at the two young
ladies in the gallery. From there his
sister smiled and Miss Adams seemed
to,bow encouragingly. Ransom knew ,
that the note must be from the latter.
He opened it, to read the puzzling u
"Ask the witness if he was an in-
vestigator five years since in the y
Evans bribery case. Then tell himtg
that is all. Then say to the judge w
that you intend to recall the witness 0
in the sur-rebutal testimony."
When the opposing attorney had L
completed his questioning, Ransom
arose to his feet,
. "Your honor," he spoke, not sure '
of his ground but resolving to obey n
thisnew friend of his extremity, "1
wish to ask the witness only one'rj
question. Were you an investigator
in the Evans bribery case?" j-
The witness gave a great start.
"His face paled. .He grasped the arms a
of his chair in which he sat to steady
"Yes!" he choked out, like one un-
der some fearful spell of terror.
"That is all," bowed Ransom calm
ly. "Your honor, I wish to announce w
that I will recall this witness in theJ(f
sur-rebuttal testimony."' j(
"The judge Is ill!" cried a bailiff jj
and rushed to the side of the jurist, tt
who had turned deathly pale and had $
fainted suddenly on the bench. ,Y
The court was adjourned in some n
confusion. The next morning the ,
judge, looking as though he had
passed a night of intense suffering, ft
announced that the defense had de- jj,
cideu to witnaraw irom tne case ana .,
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