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Lawyers Who Are Poor

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Parent Issue
Day
2
Month
April
Year
1880
Copyright
Public Domain
Editorial
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A good deal has been said, and said with severity, about tho nuuiber and rapaoity of lawyers, but there is another side to the matter, which a correspondent of tho New York Times presenta. Af'ter referriog to the "oft snaps" f young gentlemen, sons of wealthy parents, who enter the profession more for pastime than for anything else, the correspondent raakee this btate ment and givea some sound adviet; : The privations and tstraita of hundreds of members of the legal profesión in tbis city would hardly be creditcd f told in detail. Yet, in spite of this, aud of the supply greatly excecding the demand, the burning desire to join the ranks of the profusión is so great as to be called fanatioal. The truth is that only one-fifth of the 6,000 lawyers of the city earn their livelihood and do something botter than ezist. The ri'st are half the time doing nothiag, dunned by their landlords, tailors, shoeDiakers, and every class of tradesmen. Like Cain, everïbody's hand is against them. I am not giving too high a color to tact, and it would atford me no little happiness to know that I have been the means of di-couraging at least a few out of the many who are contemnlating a choice of the legal profession. Keep away gentlemen, ifyou haveany respect for youraelves. Ambiiion and f'ame asido, you must be piepared to suffur greatly in body and uiini, and to have frequent recourse to slnt'ts which you would gladly avoid but that the wolf is at the door. I advise parents and guaidians to deSpise agricultuie and the mechaniotl pursuits no longer. There, at least, their children can earn a decent livelihood, and be respected and honored just as muuh - nay, more than -the half-btarvod shyster.