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Plain Talk By A Judge

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The Bridgeport, Coimecticut, Standard relatas the following : Two brothers named Adams, of Westport, have been on unfriendly terms for several years, and a short timo ago they carne to blows, ü-ach of them complained to a justice and each of them was found guilty of a breach ot the peace. Both appealed. Their cases carne before the Superior Court last week, and one of them was found guilty and in the case of the other the jury' could not agree. Friday morning Judge Foster called both of them before him, and talked to them in a most serious inanner, and after a short review of the affair told them it was shameful for them to conduct themselvea in such a manner toward each other. "Even strangers live in peace and why should not you ? You have not even the excuse of youth and hot blood, but have arrived at an age when the passions should be under control." He then appealed to one of them in a slightly sarcastic mauner : "You have always used your brother well '("- "yes"- "and he has always abused you 't"- "yes." He then turned to the other with the same questions and received similar answers. "Then," gaid he, "you are both to blame. There ia t'ault on both sides, and I don't know which is the worse." He then showed them the follv of thpir nrnaanf rli'an.ifn and admonished them if they had any grievance in the future about property to oither settle it araong themselvea or to cali in their neighbors to help them, "but do not go tolaw. Law is an expensive luxury." Then he appealed to them both to be friends hereafter, and turning to one of them he put the question soleninly as in a marriage service : "You Adams - do promise on your part that you will be frieuds in the future with your brother." The response came ringing out, "I will." Then to the other the judge put the same question, "You - Adams- do promise, etc, to which came an equally prompt "I will." "Then shake hands !" said the judge, and as they did so there was not a dry eye in the court room. One of the brothers sobbed out : "By the blessing of God I will try and live peaceably with my brother." The other signifled the same. "Theu," said the judge, addreising the one who had been found guilty, "I impose upon you the lightest sentence of the court, one dollar, and I discharge your bond." During the closing scènes of thig ietnarkable address of the Judge, the State Attorney and the members of the bar weve all affected to tears.


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