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his honor postponed the case. Pending its decision the umbrella was left in the judge's private room.
Later, as he left the court to go home, the judge found that the weather was rainy. He returned to his room, took the umbrella that was in litigation, and proceeded on his way.
Half way home he entered one of the stores of the town, there to make a purchase for his wife. When he was ready to leave the place he found that the disputed umbrella had been taken away by an unknown person.
He then bought another umbrella, wbich, in due course, he took to the courtroom with him the next day. When the case came up the litigants were confronted with it, and neither was able to identify it as his own. The court thereupon fined them both for invoking the law on a frivolous pretext, and they departed empty-handed and decidedly "nonsuited."
The New York Law School, for the past ten years located at the corner of Nassau and Liberty streets, New York City, is about to move into new quarters. The school has been exceptionally prosperous since its organization, and its increasing enrollment of students has necessitated the securing of larger accommodations. The school recently purchased property on Fulton street, near Broadway, and has erected thereon an 11-story office building. The location of the building is particularly desirable. Overlooking St. Paul's Churchyard, permanent north light is thus assured. Three stories in the new building have been constructed for law school purposes, while the remaining floors will be leased for ivate offices. Its close proximity to the Subway Station at Fulton street and Broadway, and the Terminals Station of the Hudson River Tunnels at Fulton and Church streets, which connect with the Pennsylvania, the Erie, and the Lackawanna Railroads, and the Central Railroad of New Jersey, make it one of the most accessible buildings in New York.
A lawyer, whose eloquence was of the spread-eagle sort, was addressing the jury at great length, and his legal opponent, growing weary, went outside to rest.
“Mr. B. is making a great speech," said a countryman to the bored counsel.
"O, yes; Mr. B. always make a great speech. If you or I had occasion to announce that two and two make four, we'd just be fools enough to blurt it right out. Not so Mr. B. He would say:
“'If, by that particular arithmetical rule known as addition, we desired to arrive at the sum of two integers added to two integers, we should find-and I assert this boldly, sir, and without the fear of successful contradiction-we, I repeat, should find by the particular arithmetical formula before mentioned-and, sir, I hold myself perfectly responsible for the assertion I am about to make-that the sum of the two given integers added to the two other integers would be four!'
As Gen. Benjamin F. Butler entered the lobby of the Boston State House one morning he saw two men whom he knew engaged in a heated argument. "One moment, General,” said one of them to him, “can't you settle a dispute? We are arguing as to who is the greatest lawyer in Massachusetts, and, as we can't agree, we will leave it to you."
“That's easy; I am,” said Butler, with perhaps more truth than modesty. The two
were somewhat taken. aback.
“Er-er---but, General, of course you know-but-but-how can we prove it?" the first speaker managed to get out.
"Prove it? Prove it?" growled Butler., "You don't have to prove it. I admit it."
The second annual summer session of the Law School of the University of Wisconsin will open June 22d and continue until August 29th, a period of 10 weeks. Courses are offered in Property, Common-Law Pleading, Torts, Constitutional Law, Bills and Votes, and Quasi Contracts. The instructional force for the summer will consist of Professors Cook, Gilmore, and Smith of the regular faculty, and Professor Harold D. Hazeltine, lecturer on law at the University of Cambridge, and reader in English Law at Emanuel College. Professor Hazeltine will conduct the course in Property. The summer session in the University of Wisconsin Law School was established in May, 1907, and the first session was held in the summer of 1907. Notwithstanding the short notice of this session, 40 students were in attendance. The work is conducted in the same way as during the regular session, and full credit toward the law degree is given for all courses successfully completed.
Perhaps no law school professor has ever enjoyed the varied experience in law school work that has lately fallen to the lot of Roger W. Cooley, of the St. Paul College of Law. This year Prof. Cooley has given his wellknown course of instruction on "How to Find the Law" to the senior law students in the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the John Marshall Law School, the Detroit College of Law, the Pittsburg Law School, the University of West Virginia, the Dickinson College of Law, the University of Virginia, the University of Maryland, the George Washington University, and the Georgetown University. Before the present law school season is over Prof. Cooley's engagements will take him to the law schools in New York City and Boston, as. well as to Cornell University and the Unicversity of Indiana.
That side of the case, however, has been very fully and ably discussed in a carefully written brief prepared by Messrs. E. W. Grant and Julius Cohn, students in the law department of the State University, who did so as friends of the court. We acknowledge our obligations to them for the assistance thus given."
During the present scholastic year 487 students have registered in the Law Department of Georgetown University, in Washington, D. C., an increase of 61 over the registration of last year.
The increase is probably due to the fact that in recent years a large number of college graduates have been employed in the various departments of the government, and many others are present during the sessions of Congress in the capacity of secretaries to members of the House and Senate.
Many of these young men take up the study of law for two reasons: First, that they may be prepared in the future to leave the service of the government and engage in active practice; and, secondly, because their legal knowledge induces promotion under the government.
A man employed by a farmer living in St. Lawrence county, N. Y., was arrested and indicted on a charge of grand larceny in stealing a watch from his employer.
At the trial Hon. A. B. James presided. James was sternness itself in appearance and manner, but underneath his stern exterior there existed, it was well known, a dry humor and a subtle sort of wit.
The defendant was convicted and was told by the judge to stand up for sentence.
“Prisoner," said the judge, "why did you steal that watch ?"
"Well, you see, judge," replied the prisoner, “I went into the bedroom and saw it lying on the bureau, and the devil tempted me to take it, but I didn't. I went in again, and the devil tempted me again to take it, and I did."
“Yes?” said Judge James, somewhat quizzically. “Well, now, sir, I will give you one year and seven months-seven months for stealing that watch and one year for slandering the devil."
George Enos Gardner, professor in the Boston University Law School, died December 17, 1907, at his home in Worcester, Mass., after an illness of several months, at the age of 43 years.
Professor Gardner was born in East Brookfield, Mass., in 1864. He was the son of Enos and Caroline (Porter) Gardner. His parents removed to Worcester when he was but a boy. He received his early education in the public schools, and was graduated from the Classical High School of that city. After receiving his degree from Amherst College in 1885, he taught in the schools of Gouverneur, N. Y., for about a year. Then he went to Elgin, Ill., and took up the study of law. He was admitted to the bar in Illinois in the fall of 1887. In 1888 Professor Gardner married Mary Knowles, of New York. He returned to Worcester and began to practice his profession. He gave up his practice, however, after a short time, to accept a proffered position as teacher in the Worcester Olassical High School. He remained there ten years, and then went to Illinois, where he taught law for a couple of years in the University of Illinois. He left Elgin to accept a call to the Deanship of the University of Maine Law School, and for four years he held that position. In 1901 he came to the Boston University Law School.
The progress of the College of Law of the University of South Dakota, at Vermillion, in that state, is to some extent indicated by the new law building now in process of erection. The building in its general architecture is modeled after the law building of the State University at Columbus, Ohio.
Its dimensions are about 120x75 feet, and, including basemenit, will consist of three stories. The basement rooms, being well above ground and thoroughly lighted, will make excellent recitation and lecture rooms.
The building, with its equipment of lecture, moot court, assembly, literary society, and office rooms, will be complete and after the most approved plans. The cost of building and equipment will be $50,000, and the structure will be completed according to contract and ready for occupancy by September 1, 1908. It will be built throughout of Bedford, Ind., stone.
At the request of parties interested in the questions involved and in the fate of the accused, who was too poor to employ counsel, Prof. Wm. E. Higgins, who is in charge of the practice courts of the School of Law of the University of Kansas, appointed two students, who, by permission of the Supreme Court of Kansas, appeared and filed briefs as friends of the court in the case of State v. Rhodes, 93 Pac. 610. In the opinion the court adopted the reasoning of the young gentlemen and said:
"This case was presented here by counsel for the state only. The defendant did not appear.
It is reported that the number of students in attendance at the National University Law School, at Washington, D. C., has greatly exceeded that of the previous year. The school now has 300 students registered in its first, second, and third year classes, which ranks it up among the first ten in point of size of the law schools of the country. An interesting feature of the enrollment, with which the faculty are greatly pleased, is the steadily increasing percentage of college graduates among the students, As this school piece, which he offered to Col. Hopkins, with this remark:
"No time like the present. Take this, sir, tell us what you know, and give me the change.”
has persistently resisted the tendency toward the requirement of even a high school education as an essential prerequisite to admission in those cases where the applicant was of sufficient maturity and experience to guarantee earnest application to his studies, the fact that the percentage of college graduates seeking admission increases each year is regarded by the faculty as highly complimentary.
Harold Emmons of the firm of Maybury, Lucking, Emmons & Helfman, of Detroit, Mich., has been appointed a professor in the Detroit College of Law. He will have charge of the work in Bailments. Mr. Emmons is a graduate of the literary and law departments of the University of Michigan and has been engaged in practice in Detroit for over twelve years.
Among the nonresident courses of lectures to be given this spring in the University of Michigan Law School are those on Irrigation and Mining Law, by Hon. James B. Clayberg, of Helena, Mont.; Admiralty Law, by Hon. H. H. Swan, of Detroit, Mich.; Copyright Law, by Edward S. Rogers, of Chicago; Trade-Marks, by Frank Reed, of Chicago; Legal Ethics, by Otto Kirchner, of Detroit; and Patent Law, by Albert H. Walker, of New York City. The complete enrollment of the Michigan Law School this year is 856 students. The entering class numbers 308 students, 84 more than the entering class of last year.
Prof. Henry A. Morrill, who has been connected with the Cincinnati University Law School for 39 years, has been granted a pension by the Trustees of the Carnegie Foundation, and has tendered his resignation from the faculty to take effect the 1st of next June. Prof. Morrill's resignation has created a vacancy in the chair of Constitutional Law, which is specially endowed, and Hon. Judson Harmon, of the Cincinnati Bar, has been elected to the chair as his successor.
William H. Hotchkiss, of the Buffalo, N. Y., Bar, has been appointed a Lecturer in Bankruptcy for the present year in the Cornell University Law School. His course is to be given late in the spring. Mr. Hotchkiss has been referee in bankruptcy since the passage of the present bankruptcy act, and is the editor of the latest edition of Collier on Bankruptcy.
A canny Scot was brought before a magistrate on the charge of being drunk and disorderly. “What have you to say for yourself, sir?" demanded the magistrate. "You look like a respectable man, and ought to be ashamed to stand there."
"I am verra sorry, sir, but I cam’ up in bad company fra Glascow,” humbly replied the prisoner.
“What sort of company?"
"A lot of teetotalers !” was the startling response.
"Do you mean to say teetotalers are bad company ?" thundered the magistrate. “I think they are the best company for such as you."
“Beggin' yer pardon, sir," answered the prisoner, "yer wrong; for I had a bottle of whuskey an' I had to drink it all myself.”— Chicago Law Journal.
Alfred C. Coxe, United States Circuit Judge, who for many years has given the course on Admiralty Law in the Cornell University Law School, has found it necessary to withdraw from the work. He will be succeeded in the law school by Hon. George C. Holt, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York. Judge Holt will deliver his course of lectures during the month of May.
law school duties. During his absence his classes have been under the charge of A. M. Dobie, of St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Dobie graduated from the University of Virginia several years ago, and practiced law in St. Louis until last fall, when he was appointed to fill the vacancy in the University of Virginia law faculty caused by Dean Lile's temporary absence.
Alfred Hayes, Jr., of New York City, was appointed professor of law in Cornell University in September, 1907. Professor Hayes was born in Lewisburg, Pa., October 15, 1873. He received his education at Bucknell Academy and Bucknell College, and at Princeton University, where he took the degree of A. B. in 1895, and the degree of A. M. in 1898. He graduated from the Columbia University Law School in 1898, receiving degree of L. C. B. He was for a time in the law offices of Edward C. Whitaker, Gould & Wilkie and Coudert Bros., New York City, but since 1901 bas maintained an independent practice, and has recently been the junior member of the firm of Dayton & Hayes. From 1902 to 1907 Prof. Hayes, in connection with his practice, taught in the Columbia Law School.
She paints no more on china plaques,
With tints that would have crazed Murillo, Strange birds that never plumed their backs
When Father Noah braved the billow. Her fancy limns, with brighter brush,
The splendid triumphs that await her, When, in the court, a breathless hush
Gives homage to the keen debater. 'Tis sad to meet such crushing noes
From eyes as blue as Scottish heather; 'Tis sad a maid with cheeks of rose
Should have her heart bound up in leather. 'Tis sad to keep one's passion pent,
Though Pallas' arms the Fair environ, But worse to have her quoting Kent
When one is fondly breathing Byron. When Lillian's licensed at the law
Her fame, be sure, will live forever; No barrister will pick a flaw
In logic so extremely clever. The Sheriff will forget his nap
To feast upon the heavenly vision, And e'en the Judge will set his cap
At her, and dream of love Elysian. -Samuel Minturn Peck, in “Cap and Bells."
The University of Minnesota Law School library has received many valuable addi. tions this year. Another entire set of tbe National Reporter System has lately been put in the library, and nearly $1,000 worth of text-books have been added. Ten thousand dollars has been expended this season on the library alone. The lengti. of the course in the day law school is still three years, while the course of the night school has beeu extended to four years. Beginning in Septeinber, 1909, one year of college work in addition to a four-year high school education will be required for admission to the regular course leading to the degree of LL. B.
Tulane University Law School, situated in the city of New Orleans, is in the sixty-first year of its existence, and in its first after increasing its courses of study from two to three years; also in its first after the adoption of an educational entrance requirement. It is now provided that upon matriculation in the first year of the Law School the applicant must show scholarship and mental training which are sufficient to admit him to the freshman class in the Academic Department of the University.
These radical changes, coupled with enlarged demands for class work, most of which is done in the lecture room in the daytime, bave brought some lessening of enrollment; but the administrators of the University seem to be firm in their opinion that these requirements tend to ultimate good for the law school, and that there will be an early increase of patronage which will justify these advances.
William Hoynes, Dean of the Law Faculty of the University of Notre Dame, has completed his twenty-fifth year of service in that capacity. His record of unwavering attention to the duties of the position is remarkable. It happens sometimes that a whole year passes without his missing a single lecture or recitation in the regular order of work. Notwithstanding his strenuous duties, he still maintains the energy, enthusiasm, and appearance of comparative youth, so that strangers sometimes doubt, much to his amusement, that he was a Wisconsin volunteer in the Civil War and severely wounded in battle. He is a firm believer in combining practice with theory in the work of law students.
Alas! The world has gone awry
Since Cousin Lillian entered college, For she has grown so learned I
Oft tremble at her wondrous knowledge. Whene'er I dare to woo her now
She frowns that I should so annoy her. And then proclaims, with lofty brow,
Her mission is to be a lawyer.
A sunny waif from Eldorado;
That coming sorrow casts its shadow.
I felt some hidden grief impended ; When she declined a caramel,
I knew my rosy dream bad ended.
Hon. John Campbell, Judge of the Colorado Supreme Court, having presented his resignation as Dean of the Law School of the University of Colorado, the regents at a recent meeting formally invested Prof. John D. Fleming with that office, a position which he has practically filled as Acting Dean since his connection with the school some four years past. Judge Campbell's name now appears in the new catalogue, along with Judge Hallett's, who was the first dean and founder of the school, as Dean Emeritus.
John H. Wigmore, dean of the Northwestern University School of Law, sailed on March 14th for Naples, and will spend spring and summer in Italy and France, partly for health and partly on behalf of the Gary Library of Foreign Law. During his absence abroad Dean Wigmore has been authorized by Judge Gary to make purchases that will increase the present Gary Library by 3,000 volumes, and in addition to strengthening the departments of Continental Law, Ancient and Oriental Law, International Law, and Eng. lish Legal Historical material, will add departments of Anglo-American and Mexican and South American Law, and also a department of Philosophy of Law.
sions had officiated as chairman in political meetings. At the close of the evidence a wag, knowing of an absent-minded tendency on the part of his honor, arose and said:
"I move you, Mr. Chairman, that the defendant be discharged.”
"I second the motion," chimed in another spectator.
The trial justice thereupon put the motion, and declared it carried.
The prisoner was out of the room and gone before the prosecuting attorney recovered his breath sufficiently to interpose an objection.—Lancaster Law Review.
Since the decision rendered by Judge Battle, of the Supreme Court of Arkansas, Baalam's ass no longer has an unrestricted right to "spake.” That distinguished jurist said, in Ex parte Foote, 65 S. W. 706, 708 :
“As a rule, a jack is kept for one purpose only, and that is the propagation of his own species and mules. He has a loud discordant bray, and, as counsel say, frequently ‘makes himself heard, regardless of hearers, occasions, or solemnities.' He is not a desirable neighbor. The purpose for which he is kept, his frequent and discordant brays, and the associations connected with him, bring the keeping of him in a populous city or town 'within the legal notion of a nuisance.'"
A Northern judge riding through the West Virginia mountains, came up with a mountaineer leisurely driving a herd of pigs.
"Where are you driving the pigs to?” asked the rider.
"Out to pasture 'em a bit."
“Isn't it pretty slow work to fatten them on grass? Up where I come from we pen them up and feed them on corn. It saves a lot of time."
“Yaas, I s'pose so," drawled the mountaineer. “But, h- what's time to a hawg?"
The Yale University Law School has received from Mrs. Townsend, widow of the late Prof. William K. Townsend, '71, a portrait painting of Prof. Townsend and a valuable part of his law library. The gift includes about a thousand volumes of State and Unit. ed States Reports and some text-books. This addition brings the number of books owned by the Law School Library to over 32,000 volumes, exclusive of the pamphlets.
The John Marshall Law School has added to its library the past winter the National Reporter System, the Century Digest, the Federal Reporter, the L. R. A., and the Illinois Cyclopædic Digest. The school has now one of the best private libraries in Chicago.
The debating team of the school defeated the Chicago-Kent College of Law team in a debate on Lincoln's birthday on the question: “Resolved, that centralization of government would be detrimental to the United States." The John Marshall team supported the negative. The judges of the debate were Judge Seaman of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Ex-Mayor Dunne, and Judge Smith of the Superior Court.
One of the most encouraging features with respect to legal education in the District of Columbia is the remarkable change in the sentiment which existed some years ago among the government officials with regard to the desirability of having the civil employés of the government take up the study of law while in the government service. There has been a change of front in this particular, and the recognition which is being given in the government departments to those who hold degrees in law has had a very marked effect upon the increased registration of the law schools in Washington.
The Summer Quarter of the University of Chicago Law School opens June 15th and closes August 28th; the second term beginning July 23d. The following courses will be given: Torts, by Professor James P. Hall; Agency, by Assistant Professor Edward R. Keedy, of the University of Indiana; Criminal Law, by Professor Roscoe Pound, of Northwestern University; Wills, by Professor Henry M. Bates, of the University of Michigan; Damages, by Professor Harry S. Richards, of the University of Wisconsin; Suretyship and Trusts, by Associate Professor Wesley N. Hohfeld, of Stanford University; Equity (III), by Professor Henry Schofield, of Northwestern University; and Quasi
The trial was before a justice in a country town, who had been whooping up things for his party, and for several successive occa