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The Colfax chronicle. (Colfax, Grant Parish, La.) 1876-1877, July 15, 1876, Image 1

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maI y require your mttlt, always
to bie ihot,
Your solik,, a4nl Vyor shirtl L,. whole;
beqnire your heart to be as true as
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piiU' s Hllis heaven your isoul.
lire it 4.44k for your mutton
and tw..l'
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i , , atltilg for socks
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A loving "nn; . n or hell
in the d i.y , 3. bride.
I reaireall tL,! g,. izh ' grand and
All thing that a ri . ,.i be;
1( you give this all. I I stake my
To be allt. -,u demanin ati u4e.
you cailinOt be this--a laundress and
You can hire, and a little to pay;
t a woman's heart and a woran'
Judah P. Benjamin.
Hlii Career in London as an Advocate
Cases in Which he Has Appeared
Hi Saeocess.
We take the following well con
sidered criticism of the legal ca
ir,,r of our l.,t:m=uished fe, .
itizen, Jndah P' $1nj:unin, .l. in
the London corrt-pondenl e (i :
(Cincinnati Commercial. Ti.e ,, u
c.ha cter .of t lp Pmi.,. nt ut"* .-
man and jurist ireeds no coument
at our hands, and the article
will speak for itself; suffice it to
say that no greater mind has ap
pearvd before a legal forum for
the last half century :
Mr. Judah P. Benjamin, Q. C.,
ex-United States Senator and ex
Confederate minister, must be re
garded as the most famous advo
cate at the English bar at the
present moment. Having heard
Mr. Benjamin speak in the Senate
in old times, I can bear witness
that, vigorous as he then was, he
has greatly improved since his
residence in this country, in man
ner as well as power. He is very
eagerly sought for in all great
cases, especially those which in
volve questions of foreign and of
international law. Two weeks
ago he made a-speech on the qubs
tion of the liability to the English
criminal law of a foreign seaman
passing through English waters,
having left one alien port and
bound to another, which, whetil, i
the case be ultimately decided in i
his client's favor or not, will have
gained him a reputation for power
no English ,'rister. Mr. Ben
jamin maintai that if his client
could be puni. I1 by English law
for an offense coennitted in English
waters while merely passing thro' i
them, then English sailors passing
through Spanish waters might be
seized by the government, taken
ashore and punished for heresy by 1
Spanish law. The same able
pleader has been retained in the I
most important cases which have,
been heard in the highest courts
this week, and I think I can see
that he is being selected as the
best defender of forlorn hopes. I
do not know his Confederate ex- 'j
periences have had anything to do t
with this repute, but certainly he
has been appearing in some des
perate cases. He will presently t
have to cbnsider that question 1
which so many before him have
had to ponder-whether it be a
greater advantage to be famous for
defending the indefensible than to
incur the .o"- of a reaction by
losing so maI cases of ti. ,I
as must he ho.t wh(h a t' is
art as learncl and ., t , mi
they are hi this cou .. e- a
fore yesterday Mr. B, of
three severe falls, mct:aphi, Ily
speaking, of which two at sst
were such as one wouli hay,: jp
posed so clever a gent uman ut as
have for,.ky)wn. One was i1 the
Court of the lHouse of Lorld the
others r *rnc in the Supreme urt I
of JuI. ,Iloc. Moreover, 'ere E
were ,.;, ::dher unpleasan' fea- c
turen. :. proceedingsin ae of j
thee - ' hich may pre. ably h
sugli. \l.. Benjamin th:.t he b
may be in danger of suffering n
tion in the judicial and
Sthe country which
such exceptional I
t that the tone e
even be- a
dthe i
I !j
the late President Lopaz. The
- money claimed by Mrs. Lynch and
- by the Republic is is, the hands of
a Mr. Currie, who claims a lien of
several hundred pounds out of the
large amount involved, and says
fter that is paid he' is willing to
. ay the money as the courts may
irect. The Exchequer court,
i lerefore, ordered Currie to de
. t a ~lim' of' eiOt hundred
t pounds in court, and thereupon all
e proceedings against him should
o be stayed pending trial of the main
issue. Subsequently the same
r court was asked by Mrs. Lynch to
vary the order so that Currie
should make- discovery of certain
documents in his possession which
would cast light on the issue be
tween Paraguay and herself. This
e order Mr. Currie resisted on the
I ground that the stay of proceed
3 ings put him out of the case alto
s gether, even to the extent of ex
e empting him from making discov
ery of documents, however mate
riaL When Mr. Benjamin, as
Mr. C urrie's counsel, made this
plea, the three judges at once
manifested their disgust, and the
master of the rolls said: "Surely,
you must have some other reason
for resisting this claim than that
put forward; it is absurd." Ben
jimin having urged again that
Currie was dismissed from the
suit, the master of the rolls broke
iu on him sharply, saying : "He
is not dismissed from the buii No
one over heard of a man being
dismissed from a suit before he
said that there seemed to be an
effort to take advantage of a'mere
defect in form, it not having been
provided in it, as ought to have
been the case, that discovery
should be made of whatever either
party needed for their case, and
the result would be to leave Mrs.
Lynch without remedy. The lord
chief Justice and Judge Mellish
having agreed with the master.
iMr. Benjamin urged that the ex
chequer judge had not meant to
order a discovery, but this excited
the master of the rolls still more,
and he said, "with warmth," as the
Times puts it, "Oh, really, that is
to impute to Baron Pollock a far
greater absurdity than Mr. Mur
phy (Mrs. L.'s counsel) imputed to
the court of exchequer." Much
laughter followed this, and the
judge said, "Really, the case is
against you." Mr. Benjamin said,
"Your lordships have in mind the
practice of the courts of equity,"
(now abolished) whereupon the
master cried, "Oh, but I hope com
mon sense prevails now in all the
divisions." Having then used
again the ugly word "absurdity,"
the master saiT, "the ,tlaiman't is
clearly entitled to discovery, and
the exchequer judge ought to have
enforced the order as a matter of
common sense and justice."
The scene amounted to almost
as much of a humiliation to Mr.
Benjamin as the compliments he
had received frem the bench in the
case of the liability of aliens in
English waters had been honors
ble. I have ilready intimated a
belief that there was something
more than the weaknessof his case
which gave to the master's severe
words an undertone of insult, and
I suspect they presage a thunder
elap not unlikely to fall upon the
same lawyer and two others from
Lord Coleridge. The last-named
judge remarked lately on the case
of Twycross vi. Grant that in the
oourse of tl, case things had
been said and done of which he
Bad never ard nor read, and one
of them it would become his pain
ful duty to remark. In the case
in question Mr. Benjaminiis chief
counsel of the notorious Albert
Gxni, and the ominous remark
made by the judge can hardly have
any other reference than to tri'wk
and dodge by which Grant has
been saved from a heavy loss by
)tlOk'ftiua '.ýý sb-ion of v;ooiuj..ra
tively small ones. There are
eighty suits for various amounts,
some very large, on file against
Grant and other directors of the
Lisbon fraud, and the whole eighty
depend on the same principle as
the one now on trial before a spe
cial jury. Mr. Benjamin, seeing
that the cases couldnot be defendl
ed, hit upon the clever trick of
refusing to defend it, so that the
judgment could be applied to the
other cases. So Grant's counsel
leave the court, saying as they go:
"We reserve our defense for the
next case." They know full well
that it will. take twelve months to
get up another specimen case, and
heavy expense; and when that
next case is got up Mr. Benjamin
need only get up with his fellow
counsel, walk out of court, reserv
ing his defense for the third case,
which may come. up in 1879, and
so on indefinite4y. It being against
English usagr; that a judgment on
an undefend case shall cut off 1
the right of "efense in any similar
case, it is obvioua that the inven
tion of Mr. Benjamin enables his
client to pay £1,000 a year only
instead of the am unt of all th
require eighty years for the suffer
ers of Grant'A Lisbon swindle to
recover from him and his heirs
their losses, and their expenses in
getting up annual cases would
swallow up all they can wring out
of Gottheimir, alias Grant. The
procedure is very smart, and the
only question is whether it may
not prove to be a trifle too smart.
Judges and lawyers generally
agree that it amounts to a defeat
of justice, and the opinion of Lord
Coleridge, at the conclusion of the
present case, in looked to with an
excited interest. It has been
postponed by theillness of a juror,
so that a verdict cannot be reached
until the middle of June. From
time immemoria it has been the
necessary custom English courts
to co-operate with counsel in mak
ing up test cases, otherwise it
would hardly be possible for the
enormous legal busine's of Eng- 1
land to be accompli, ad. Mr.
Benjamin has found a w. to set
aside this usage for the tin being,
and it remains to be deter dined t
whether the bench can fin any
way out of the dilemma. The
genial belief is that the to-o
astute Israelites will be defeated.
At any rate the three lawyers are
playing a very dangerous game so
far as their professional position
is concerned, and if I am not mis
taken there was a portent of this
in the tone with which Mr. Benja- t
min was received by the judges in
the Paraguay case, that being his
first appearance before them after c
the last sitting in the Grant case.
The incidents to which I have re
ferred cannot yet be remarked
upon by the press or public, as I
ach a course is here a contempt a
of court until a case is decided, J
bat the excitement is great in
egal circles and extends to the
general community.
It would be natural to.a suppose i
that'with so many, large cases as a
he has recently been employed in, .
Mr. Benjamin must be getting a
ery rich. Nodaiqbthe is making c
a great deal of money for a mem
e ber of the English bar, but it must
;f be borne in mind that even the
t greatest lawyers here do not re
k ceive such fees as are frequent in
America. Mr. Sergeant Parry
,t.-i] me recently that the feesahe
heard of in America were such as
almost took an English bar4iter's
')reILk erwp ! The E,~kHe stltý
gant hast o pay two firms in each
case-the solicitors who prepare
and the barristers who conduct
his case-and the payments are,
therefore, divided. There is not a
barrister in England who gets
more than seventy-five thousand
dollars a year-which is about Mr.
Hawkin's income-and there are
only two, or at-mo4;, three, that
make over fifty thousand dollars
a year. A thousand dollars for
one case is considered a fancy fee.
Probably the low average of fees
paid for the every-day legal work
done here is due in a large part to
the survival of the old theory that
the lawyer is a learned friend of
humanity in its difficulties whose
advice is given solely for the re
ward of virtue. Theoretically
they are supported by honoraria,
as the Pope receives Peter's pence.
They are not supposed to restve
fees, that being too gross a form
in which to reward learning and
Dat Grubbing Hoe.
Many years ago there lived in a
beautiful little town is North Ala
bama, a genial, warm-hearted old
known throughout the State as
well for his distinguished ability
as his marked generosity and con
geniality. Among his chattel poe
sessions-for the time we are
speaking of was long before the
war-was an old negro named
Jake, or as he was more familiarly
called, Uncle Jake, and there
never lived a more provoking old
darkey; for Uncle Jake, although
a favorite, had many weaknesses,
and amongst others he was par
ticularly regardless of truth, to
-nch an extent in fact that occa
sionally the good old Judge found
it necessary to punish him. ss was
customary in those days for the
town constable to administer a
flogging for a consideration when
ever the ma,.ter was disinclined to
officiate, and the constable pf this
particular town had a severe re
putation for proficiency amongst
the darkies who had now and then
been so unfortunate as to come
under his hands. Jake, although
he had never been there, was well
posted and had agreat repugnance
to Massa G., who was the incum
bent at that time. On one occa
sion, during the Christmas holi
days, while the old gentlbman was
severely indisposed, Uncle Jake
had been guilty of a misdemeanor,
and punishment was deemed ne
cessary, so the Judge wrote a note
to the constable about as follows:
MIr. G.-Please give the bearer
thirty-nine lashes, and charge to
me. JUones H.
Calling up Uncle Jake the Judge
ordered him to carry the note to
G., who would give him a grab
bing hoe.
Jake started off up town, but
his suspicions were aroused. He
couldn't understand what the
Judge wanted with a grubbing
tt Christm.as time, and as his oos,"
·cience was not as clear as
should have been, the reat
his suspicion was that the
suddenly flashed upon
apn to be whipped.
school boy
out the note
"Massa Bob, what is in dis note,
got so many dis mornin, I
The boy read;the
plained its contents to
whistled and laughed
a bright idoea struck
a negro boy who
quarter ?"
"Of course I does."
"Well, take die note down dar,
to Massa G., an'4get; a grubben
hoe, and I'll wait here till yeaou
comes back,'an'~den!I gives you a
The boy hurried off to] secom
plish his errand, and in,'due course
delivered the note to G., who took
him into the yard, locked the gatets
and proceeded, despite the; boy's
protestationsot, innoeee,|to ad
minister the desired flogging
while Jake hurried off home,
chuckling over the happy result of
what mighthave been serious bo -
iness to him.
That evening the Judge called
him up and enquired :
"Jake, did you get that grab
bing hoe r
"No, mama; I gave a boy a
quarter to take dat note to Masmm
G., an' I spec he got dat hoe"
Not . amiss-A jrih and lovely
Flash,writers-Telegraph open
A round of pleasure-A prom
enade concert.
What elaua of people the t
most? Sluggards.
Men who have violated theylaw
are always open to conviction.
When a widow Pithj childrea
marries, she boomes., pa-taker
at the wedding foate
It is a thin exuse,fol a young
lady to lie abed until nine o'clock
in the morning because this ii
sleep year.
A "receipt" to get married, was
wha .a ag man ap~ed for to
the clerk of a oodt' m orth
Pacific town.
"Astonishing cure for oonump
tion," as the old lady said when
she sprinkled snuff on the victuals
of her boarders.
Swinging is said by the doctors
to be good exercise for the health,
but many a poor' wretch has eoe
to his death by it.
As this is leap year, a good
many young men are procurin
bogus marriage certificates
carry about their persons a' a
A family in Philadelphia have A
dog twenty-five years old.- He was
originally a hound, but he has
stayed with them so long that "
they call him a tarrier.
Old Moneybage sajys that a gil
with aaincome of three thouuaml
dollars year or more is always
object of interest, becuse she has
so much pinaipul.
Why is phying chess a more
exemplary occupation than phyin
cards? Beease at his youpbals
two bishopsu-a
with four

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