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An Esthetic Correspondence

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Some few weeks ago, Louis Halliday was tried in Justice Pond 's court for carrving concealed weapons. He and kis attorney, C. J. O'Flynn, of Detroit, were inuch aggrieved at his conviction. In the course of time a long communication, without signatura, appeared in the Journal, reflecting on the eonduct of the case in which appeared thefollowingsentence: "When Mr. O'Flynn entered the court room and found that nobody, justice included, wore a necktie, and that the crowd generally had an unwashed appearance, he regretted his fine clothes, and so kept himself in the background." ['Apropos of this paragraph some correspondence ensued between Mr. Pond and Mr. O'Flynn, which is too good to be lost: Ann Arbor, AuLustl9, 1891. Hon. C. J. OFlynn, Detroit, Mich.: Dear Sir: I regret exceedingly that my appearance in court minus a necktie- on a hot day and with comfort in view- should have shocked the proprieties or done violence to your esthetic taste. I solemnly promise, the next time you have occasion to come before me, to have my court room cleansed, decorated, garnished and gilt-edged; to take my seat on the bench in f uil dress, a spotless white necktie included, or in gown and wig, if that shall please you better; to, so far as my judicial authority will warrant, have jurors and attending officers follow snit; and will direct and insist that all spectators be first put through a washing machine and then arrayed in broad cloth and fine linen. If that is not sufficient, O, teil me what I can promise more. Yours, E. B. Pond.