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A CURIOUS COURT
It l« Htkl Annually Whan Franoa Pays Tribute to Spain. PRICE OF AN ANCIENT PEACE. After Mere Than Five Centuries Tkrae Calves Are Still Humbly Presented ■aeli Vssr te the Haughty Descend ants a# the Vieterisus Spaniards. Every year there takes place In the Pyrenean highlands a remarkable fete. It Is bald at the boundary atone of San Martin, which separates the French valley Bareton from the Spanish valley of Boocal. Every year the representa tives of the French peasants assemble there in order to pay the Spaniards a tribute, which consists of three calves of the same age and the same color, and the delivery of the calves Is ac companied by ceremonies which suflte dently Indicate that the old inhabit ants of the ftoncal valley were once victorious over their neighbors. At 9 o’clock In the morning the may ors of the various villages In the Bare too valley, bravely adorned with their blue, white and red scarfs of oAce. march up to the boundary stone. In front of the column walks a lad. with a pike, from the point of which flutters, a tittle white pennon as a gage of peace. The three calves are dragged in the rear of the procession at the end of long ropes. Calvee and scarfs take op their position by the stone and await the arrival of the Spaniards They are soon visible In the distance, to front walks a man clad In sheep skins, who waves a red pennon at the end of a pike as a sign of war. Behind him walks the alcalde of Isaba, the principal village in the valley of Ron oai. and following him come the a cables of the other villa gee, their staffs of oAce in their hands. The bulk of the procession consists of shepherds, atom looking fellows armed with old sabers and matchlocks. The alcalde of laaba is all glorious to behold In a long black garment fas tened by gold buttons, a tall white raff, tight fitting knee breeches, red silk stockings and buckled shoes. A som brero covers hie head, and In his hands he holds the staff adorned with silver knobe. the emblem la Spain of magis terial dignity. As soon as the Spaniards reach the rend serous the alcalde of laaba steps to the front and addressee them la sol emn ceremonial style: “Are you come to pay tribute s i.J oweer friendship according to old cus tom end tradition?" "That Is the reason of our coming." answer the French. Then the two standard bearers ap pvngeh the boundary stone sad Isy thstr pikes ernsewlto spun ft. After s flbw moments the Spaniard takas his Sp again, sticks It into French soil and then places It as before on -the stone. On the crone formed by the two shafts the representatives of the two valleys swear to keep the peace with loyal artad. Then follows the delivery of the throe calves to the Spaniards. They are ex amined by a veterinary Burgeon and accepted, after which all present take op their stations under e shady oak. and, following the example of the good St Louis of France and Alfonso the Wise of Spain, the alcalde of laaba en throoee himself among the gnarled rents of the oak and proceeds to set an A magistrate. Shepherds and neatherde pane before him and prefer their International com plaints. The Judge listens to both aides, bide them bring forward their witness es and delivers Judgment without de lay. inflicting a fine on one. awarding compensation to another, punishing one and affording satisfaction to hla victim. After all the quarrels see settled the alcalde undertakes the appointment of the pasture guardians for both valleys, so that be enjoys even greater author ity In the township of Baretoo tbaq the president of the republic himself. Fi nally. they all betake themselves to Spanish soil, where a Homeric feast is set out. and till late in the night the banquet goes on. the descendants of the old warlike mountain peoples drink ing together in brotherly unity in com memoration of the conclusion of the peace of 1375 and the installation of the above ceremonies. About 3UO years after this treaty had been made the French began to refuse ‘to pay the tribute, hut after some nego tiations they consented to continue It la more modern times they tried to get the tribute commuted to e sum of mon ey. but the Spaniards declined, but agreed to forego the firing of guns la the direction of France ar being a wound to French amour propra.—Lon don Spectator. Hard Luek. Mood—Beatrix has lost twenty pounds lately—her new gowns are perfect sac ceases, bar sweetheart proposed to her last night her rich unde died yester day and left her a million, and now ah# has to go to hie funeral today and try to look sad.—Harper'a Baser. Making Antiques. An expert cabinetmaker can take a new piece of furniture and make It took as if It was 200 years oIA-and so can the average small hoy.—Chicago News. HaanH Been Mode. "Do you give your wife all the mon ey she wants?" "There Isn’t that much."— Washing ton Star. ■very man la occasionally what he ought to be perpetually.—Dr. Johnson. The Scrap Book Ne Flees Far a Sailer; The Rev. Mr. Paysou was Invited by the Marine Bible society of Portland. Me., to address the seamen who hap pened to be in port on a certain Son day. and aa be waa famous aa a preacher and there were several of Code Sam’s warships In the harbor the church was overcrowded with Jack tors. Temporary seats were erected In the aisles and It the rear of the pews by patting dry goods boxes here and there and string ing boards across them like rads circus Beats. The preacher waa describing the day of the last Judgment and In an en deavor to nee language suitable to hla audience waa closing his sermon with the words. "Then our world, driven by the last tempest SLID DOWN TO TVS LOWED FLOOR. will strike and be dashed to pieces on the rocks of eternity." * The laat words were hardly attend when one of the boards gave way un der the weight of Its occupants with n resounding crash. "She has struck r yelled a sailor In the gallery, and be promptly threw himself over the rail and. wrapping one leg around a pillar, slid down to the lower floor. "I ain’t going to be on no hurricane deck In a wreck!” he cried aa be ran for the street—New York American. Our Surpass Here. You ask me. oh. elneereet friend. What Is our purpooo hero While paaetog daya may oaward trend And yaar supptentsth year? What purpose iarseet piaeo should boM In hoart and Ufa and plan? What la a eoul’a moat tresaurad goM la thla the ephere of man? The answer la not hard to aeo. Haa It aaoapad your view, And have you learned ao aoant of mo And 1 ao small of you? Oh. kindly friend, the answer assn. Lika aura that shine above. Is this, and only this. 1 ween: We live that we-may love. —Douglas Dobbins. An Intelligent Beet In the old days, when New York's Harlem waa mostly rock and waa known as Ooatvtlle after some of Its moat conspicuous inhabitants, the New York Central rail road trains wfUdf past bowlder after f bowlder painted 1 over with adver-1 tisementa in vivid | colors. I J. Pierpont Mor-1 gan. younger then " than be Is now. waa riding oot of the depot with a , friend when his « hat blowing off. waa seised by a vagrant goat which began to devour It The < friend was too much amused to offer aoy sympathy. "an bow hb OBEYS.” "Deuced Intelligent goat that!" he said, "flee how be obeys the orders of the owner of the Held." And ha pointed to a large sign that read, "Chew Morgan’s Plug."—New York Tribune. An Interested Listener. When Claude Orahame-White, the fa mous aviator, waa In this country not long ago. he waa spending a week end at a country home. The first night tbht he arrived a dinner party was given. Feeling very enthusiastic over the re cent flights, he began to tell the young woman who was bin partner at the ta ble of some of the details of the avia tion sport. It was oot until the dessert wee brought that be realised that he bad been doing all the talking; indeed, the yonng woman had not uttered a single word. "I am afraid 1 have been boring you with this shop talk," be said, feeling aa If be should apologise. "Oh. oot at all." she murmured. In very polite tones: "bat would you mind tell ing me. whet to aviation?" He Made Sure. A Harvard student, who tor obvious reasons does not care to have his name appear, passed op this one: "A cousin of mine In the western part of the state came to Boston for a visit and dropped out to Cambridge to call on me. He asked if be conUI share my room with me that night and I told him be could if he came In early enough. He atarted for a theater, and when midnight came without any trace of him 1 called In my regular room mate. who had sought quarters else where to make room tor my cousin. 1 decided that my relative was going to make a night of It In town. "We trad hardly got to sleep, how ever. when be came la. bringing a highly flavored breath. We eaid noth ing. and be Boon climbed Into the bed with us. Everything was quiet for a tow moments, when suddenly he sat up. pat hie mouth doss to my sar and whispered. ‘Jim. there are six feet In thla bed! - ‘Forget It.’ I said. 'You’re crazy.* With that be climbed out grop ed his way around to the foot of the bed and began to paw our feet. ’You’re right.’ be said, after a minute. Tvs counted ’em. and there’s only four.’"— Boston Traveler. PUMPED HIM DRY. No Wander Llneeln Always Had a Fund e# Stories an Hand. Lieutenant David B. Parker, anther of "A Chautauqua Boy of ’81.” abode some light on the question of where Lincoln got hie stock of stories. Lieu teuaut Parker was In the offlee of the provoet marshal at City Point when an Irishman presented himself tor a pa as through the Onion lines. The Irishman waa dreaaod In wit rays, with hobnailed shoe*. He had a humorous, ruddy face,, and Mte eyne sparkled with fun. He handed out a card, but bold on to one corner of It The card read: “Pass the bearer. —— —. to General Meagher’s brigade In the Army of the Potomac and retuiu to Washington, with free tranajiofta tlon. A. LINCOLN.". "All right" aald Major Beckwith. "1 will give you a pane, but I want ydu to tell me how you got the card." The Irishman raid: "I bad three none In thla countbry who were in the ar my. One was killed. The others sent me money to come over and visit them. They told me to come t* Wash ington and I could git a pans. I came V Washington, but I could git no pass. 1 wlnt Iverywhere. ■ I' pushed me way In to that old Turk In tb’ war depart ment and 1 thought tor a minute he would pot me In prison for giftin' Into bis room. Then I hung around tbs White Hones and went into the gar den and talked with the gardener, wbe waa a kind fellah, and toM him me story. He aald: ‘Come tomorrow morn ing early, and I will put you at work here. When Mr. Lincoln comee to walk la the garden yon can speak to him.’ "So in the mornin* ! wint there and fussed wid some plants along tbs walk. Pretty noon I aaw the master cornin'. As be aaw me he stopped and spoke. He aald: " ‘New man here?* "I said. *1 am helpin' the gardener a tittle.' And be eaid: " 'Are you a gardeoerY " Ta Just come from Ireland.' aald I. " ‘But are you a gardener? 1 said he. “*1 am.’ said I, hut that Was a to f r I’m a groom. "Then be stopped there and talked to me, and I told him my story. ‘Come Into the offlee.' he aays. ‘and I will fix you out* So the gardener told ate what door to go in and what to toll *im, and I walked past those fellahs aa If I owned the place. "When I come In. Mr. Lincoln aside 'Have a seat sir. and warm your fast by the Are.’ He eat wiltin' and a maa was shovin’ papers before him. and be would sign them. He aald. *Yoe meat know lots of Irish stories.' and I eaid: " ‘1 know some.’ and be eaid: ' “ ‘All right; talk to me. talk te mar "Well. 1 could always talk If I hadn't much to say. but 1 hep* talkin' and talk in’. and a man cams In to eee 'lm an business, and be aald, 'Never you salad) alt where yoa ere.' and be hep* tod there. When dinner time came he tow the man to take me down and see that I had aom 4 dinner. Then I came back again. I stayed with him day aftbsr day. I waa given a dinner of turkey and Iverythlng. but there waa no whis ky. Finally be aald. 'it ta time tor you to go to the boys, and 1 will let you go.’ But be hud pumped Ivery story out of me that 1 had Iver heard." ■gyptlan Justice. In ancient Egypt ell court btrainees was carried on In writing In order that tbe decision might not be Influenced by oratory or personal appeal. Tbe laws lay before tbe Judges upon a table, and tbe accuser declared in writing bow be bad been Injured, whereupon tbe de fendant stated to writing what he bad to say. Then came a rejoinder from each party to tbe case, after which the Judges deliberated among themselves until they had hit upon tbe proper le gal penalty for tbe party who bad In the meantime been adjudged guilty. This point being reached, tbe president of the Judges touched with an Image of Thmel tbe "Goddess of Truth." tbe manuscript of the guilty pleader, and tbe cess waa over.—New York Ameri can. What a Mange Tastes Like. Tbe first thing to do when you reach Ceylon la to eat a mango. Will It be as good, aa you are told It Is? Yes, It la —bettor. First you think It's an apri cot. and then you think It’s a banana; no. fresher—a peacb. a strawberry—end then comes a delicious sharp, fresh, aromatic after teats slightly tinged with turpentine, but not bitter. Then you get all the taste at once, and you know that the mango la like nothing else but tte own Incomparable.seir. It ban all these different tastes at once, simultaneously.—Metropolitan. Warmth In Anew. Snow la warm by virtue of Its light and woolly texture. But It te elan warm on account of Its whiteness. Rad snow been black It would bare absorbed tbe beat of the sun and melted quickly. Instead. It reflects beat and tbe reflect ed beat fall* npoo bodies above tbs enow, while tbe warmth of the earth Is preserved beneath It A Watch Under a Tumbler. Placing a watch under a tumbler near tbe bed of a sick person will give biro relief from tbe ticking which Is frequently very trying to highly sensi tive nerves.—Woman's Home Compan ion. Jealousy. Marjorie—He proposed aa soon aa be beard me warble. Edna-I'd hate to admit I got my husband tor a song.— Exchange. Aa small letters weary tbe eye moat, so also tbe smallest affaire disturb as most.—Montaigne. SCARES IN LONDON When Cranks Predicted the De struction of the City. TERROR RULED THE PEOPLE. Ball, a Lunette, Had the Entire Papu lation In a Freitsy ef Fear Awaiting the And by earthquake In 17*1—The River Themes Fanis of ISM, Men. It has been well said, think In herds. It will be seen that they gu tuad In berda, for Innumerable In stances can be gtren of a whole people suddenly shaking off tbe trammels ot reason and running wild under the da 1 1 is ion of soma Impending calamity. A panic terror of ,tb# end of tbe world spread over London In 1736 by the prophesy of tbe famous Wbleton. who predicted that the world would be destroyed on Oct 18 In that year. Crowds of people went out on tbe ap pointed day to Islington. High gets. Hampstead and tbe Intervening fields to wltdess the destruction of London, wblcb was to be tbe "beginning of tbe end." Agalo In the yeer 1761 tbe citlieos of London were plunged Into excitement by two earthquake shocks, and the prophecy of a third, wblcb was to de stroy them altogether. Tbe first of these shocks was on Feb. 8 and tlfrew down several chimneys: tbe second was on March 8. Public notice was directed to tbe fact that there was ex actly a month's Interval between tbe two a bocks, and a crack brained fel low named Rail was so Impressed with tbe Idee that there would be a third in tbe fortJ>comlng month that be com pletely loet bis senses and ran about tbe streets predicting tbe destruction of London on April 5. As tbe awful day approached tbe ex citement became Intense, end - great numbers of credulous people resorted to all tbe villages within a circuit of twenty miles, there to await tbe doom of London. Black heath. Islington. Highest a. Hampstead and Harrow were crowded with panic stricken fugitives who paid exorbitant prices for accommodations In these secure re treats: Such as could not afford to pay tor lodgings at these pieces encamped In the surrounding fields.* As Is usual in panics, the fear be came contagious, and hundreds who bad laughed at the prediction a week before pecked up their goods and chat tels when they aaw others doing so and hastened away. The river waa thought to be e place of greet security, and accordingly all the available mer chant veeeets and barges were packed with paapte. who passed the night, be tween the 4th-abd Bth ea board, ex hMctiag every Moment to nan Jit Paul’s totter and tbe towers ef Westminster abbey'rock and toD amid a cloud of dust But on tbe following day the greater part of the fugitives returned, convinced that tbe prophecy was a false' one. A few months afterward Bell was cooflned to a lunatic asylum, where be died. Greet consternation was caused to London In 1524 by a prediction that on the Ist dey of February the waters of tbe Themes would overflow tbe whole city or London and wash away 10.000 bouses. Tbe prophecy wee Implicitly believed, and many families packed up tbelr goods and removed Into Kent and Eaaex. Aa tbe time drew near tbe number* of these emigrants Increased. In January droves of workmen might be seen, followed by tbelr wives and children, trudging on foot to the vil lages within fifteen or twenty miles to await tbe catastrophe. People of a higher class were also to be seen In vehicles bound on a similar errand. By the middle of January at least 20.000 persons had quitted the doomed city, tearing nothing but tbe bare walla of tbelr homes tq be swept away by the Impending floods. Many of tbe wealthier clean took up tbelr abode on the heights of Hampstead. Hlgbgate and Blackbeatb. and some erected tents ae tor away as Waltham abbey on tbe north and Croydon on the south of tbe Thames. On tbe fateful morning the wonder ing crowds were astir af an early hour to watch tbe rising off the waters. It was predicted that the inundation Would be gradual, not sudden, so that they expected to have plenty of time to escape ns soon as they aaw tbe wa ters rise beyond the usual mark. The day grew older, and the Thames flowed on quietiy as of yore. Tbe tide ebbed at Its usual hour, flowed to Its usual height and then ebbed again. Just as If twenty astrologers bad not pledg ed tbelr word to tbe contrary. Blank were tbelr fac-w as evening approached, and aa blank grew tbe faces of tbe cltisens to tblnk that they bad made aucb tools of themselves. Night net In. and tbe obstinate river would not lift Its waters to sweep away even one borne out of tbe 10,- 600. Still, however, tbe people were afraid to go to steep. Many hun dreds remained up till dawn of tbe nest day. teat the deluge should come npoo them like a thief In tbe night. On tbe morrow it was seriously die ceased whether It would oot be advis able to duck tbe false prophets In tbe river. Lucidly for them they thought of an expedient which allayed tbe popular fury. They seeerteil that by an error they bad fixed tbe date of this awful tnundatioo a century too early. The present generation of corkneys were safe and Loodoe would be washed away, not In 1024. but la 1624.—London Family Herald. There la no witness ao terrible, ae accuser so powerful, as conscience.— Poly Irina. SNUBBED THE KING. But George ef Greece flaw the Hu mar ef the flituatien. An amusing story Is being told of King George of Greece, one of tbe combatants to tbe war or tbe Balkan states. When be goes to Als-tea-Halna, Me favorite holiday resort la Ka me. be very often visits tbe casino In tbe even ings. On these occasions one of the hotel omnibuses Is sent for bis private use. and In tbls be always drives back to ttie hotel. One evening a lady who was tearing the casino Immediately to front of him stepped into tbe omnibus. Tbe king’s equerry made a motion as U to prevent bar. bat tbe king stopped him. "Never mind." be said; "abe’e not In tbe way." The lady, having noticed tbe attempt to stop her progress and over hear lug tbe king's remark, glared haughtily at tbe two men. elevated her shapely eye brows and tilted her pretty nose rather high In the air aa tbe two gentlemen took tbelr seats. Tbe omnibus started, and after a minute or two tbe king addressed eoiee ■ADI A MOTION AB IV TO MOVENT 808. remark to hla equerry. Tbe letter re plied. using tbe term "Your majesty" rather more emphatically than usual. Tbe lady suddenly realised who they were and. banging on tbe door, tried to attract tbe driver's attention, apparent ly with tbe idea of making a hurried exit* "Ob. wbat have 1 done?" she walled. "Heavens, wbat have 1 done? Atop, stop! Let me out!” “Calm yourself, madam. I entreat you." King George aald reassuringly. "Even a king Is not an epidemic dis ease!" An Art Artetaaral BT"German Memories" Mltoey White man telle these delightful stories of Lenbacb. the famous portrait painter: Once when asked bis price for a por trait Lenbacb answered: "That all de pends; from 20,000 marks, which 1 may ask. down to 5,000. which 1 may he willing to pay for tbe privilege of painting an exceptionally Interesting face." If be did not want to undertake a commission Lenbacb would quote an extravagant price as a simple way oat This happened In the case of a Berlin banker. "But surely that Is too much.*' said the close fisted millionaire. "I bought a portrait wblcb you painted of Prince Bismarck for less than half that price." "That may be." nulled Len bacb quietly. “It was a pleasure for me to portray him. But surely, Herr X.. without offense, you do not Imag ine that It would be an equal pleasure to me to paint you?" Retribution. A young woman went into a city re*- taurant for ber lunch, but after a glance at tbe tablecloths and a sniff of tbe close air she decided to eat else where and started to go out Tb* pro prietor thongbt that sbe was tearing without paying for a tueal and stopped ber. In order to avoid hurting bis feel ings the girl said: "1 And that 1 have forgotten my pock etbook. ao 1 can’t eat here now." Hb* was hurrying away, but tbe proprietor waa kind hearted. "My dear girl." he said, "you sit right down and eat! No young women Is going oat of my piece hungry be cause sbe hasn't ber money with ber. You eat now. and tomorrow yon can come in and pay me." Tbe young woman aat miserably down and tried to eat. and ae sbe left hiding ber pocket book, sbe mused: "That’s wbat I get for fibbing! And to tblnk that I must come here again to morrow too!"—Woman’s Home Coro panioa. They Didn't Need the Water. "In tbe days or tbe old volunteer firs department there was more queocblog of thirst tban quenching of conflagra tions." said Fire Chief Kentoo of New York. "Tbe volunteer firemen. I'm afraid, were a sad lot of roisterers. There's a story they tell about a fire back to 1809. "It was a Ore at an outlying farm, and when tbe firemen srrijed with en gine and hose tb* buildings were pretty well destroyed. "The fanner met them at tbe gate. He said bitterly: " 'No use yer cornin' to. boys. There hnln*t a drop o* water within two miles of us.' "But the firemen, mindful of the usual merrymaking that accompanied every fire, pushed right on with tbelr apparatus. ’* Oh. that’s all right.’ they told heartily. *\Ve don’t mind drinking It itralgbt’ Boston Herald. SOMETHING WRONG. But It Wasn't the Patient's Fault Thai He Ceuldnt Hear. A man went to a physician and aald "Doctor, I've got trouble with my right ear. Wbat can you do for me?*’ Tbe doctor held his watch a fool away from the patient’s ear and asked. "Can you heat the tick?" "I can barely bear it." The physician got out some Interest tog looking Instruments and removed a large lump of wex from the ailing member. "Now, you ought to bear better," he said and held tbe watch aa before. The man listened. "Don’t you hear it better now?" "No; I don’t hear It at all.” "That’s queer," said tbe doctor and took another look. "Are you sure you don't hear now?" "1 can bear you, but I an’t hear the watch." "Let's try your well ear. Can yoa hear?" “Never a tick.” The doctor looked puxkled. The pa tient looked alarmed. “See here, doctor, when you dug me that time you didn’t destroy my hear ing, did you?” "I couldn’t have done that," said the doctor. “Yet something is certainly wrong. Listen again.” Tbe man listened with the intentnesa of a suburbanite trying to hear a street car at 11:30 o’clock on a stormy night But be shook bis head at laat “If you have wrecked my eardrums, doctor,” he began, "I’ll” But be did not finish his threat for Just then the doctor put hla watch to his own ear, grinned foolishly and said: "I guess 1 forgot to wind the blamed thing last night."—Newark Nawa. Nets* From the Nursery. Despite the chill wintry blast tbe two young men decided upon an after noon’s fishing from a punt moored to the swift running river. When they returned tbelr noees wqre shrammed with cold, but through it ell they had a smile—and a creel containing some very small and de cidedly immature flab. The young lady—she waa slater to one of the fishermen and the apple of the eye of the other angler— met them as they were wriggling out of their overcoats. "Ah,” she remarked teaslngly, “ao you’ve been fishing again despite the cold wind! Let me see. Fish go in schools, don’t they?" “But why do you ask?” asked the angler who was not brother to the lady, but who would have liked to be something else. "Br—nothing,” she replied demurely. "I was'only thinking. Br—you’ve been fishing in the infants' class, haven’t youY’—London Telegraph. Misplaced Prestelen. “Oh. 1 Just love cake, and it'll Aw fully nicer cried little Dorothy, re garding ber chocolate frosted dessert with high approval. “You should not say you love cake,’" reproved her mother; “say you like’ 1L And don’t say ‘awfully;’ say *rajJ Don’t say •nice,’ but ‘good.’ And, by tbe way, tbe word 'Just* should be omitted, and also tbe *oh.* Now, my dear, repeat tbe sentence correctly." "I like cake. It is very good," re peated Dorothy. "That is much better," aald her mother. But Dorothy was far from beteg sat tsfled. "It sounds as if I was speaking of bread,” she said with an air of dis gust—Youth’s Companion. Literally Speaking. Tbe geography class was to session, and tbe teacher pointed a finger to the map on the classroom wall. “Here on one hand we have tbe far stretcblng country of Russia. Willie," sbe asked, looking over ber pupils and settling on one small boy at tbe end of tbe class, “what do w* aee on the other hand?*’ Willie, hopeless with fright, hesitated a moment and then answered: “Warts f’-Short Stories. Get Off Easy. Caller- -How much for a marriage li cense? Town Clerk—One dollar. Caller—l’ve only got 50 cents. Town Clerk—You’re lucky.—Phila delphia Bulletin. Easiest Way. “Why did Farringford ever marry the oldest of those Heatbcoto girls? She's tbe homeliest one of tbe five too. 1 can't understand why be didn’t pick out one of the younger and prettier ones.” “He probably preferred to pursue the line of least resistance."—Chicago Bar ord-Herald.