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His Eye In The Right Place

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What is the chief characteristic of a "born lawyer?" Sonie people fancy that it is audacity; but audacity has, perhaps, Bpoiled a lanyer's success as of ten as it has made it. Craftiness, another quality often attributed to lawyers as a class, is as likely to get them into trouble as it is to win them cases. The real master quality of a good lawyer, according to many modern authorities, is a "genius for details" - an abílity to see through a case to the uttermost particular, and keep everything in mind ready for use at the right moment The following story has probably been told by more than one lawyer to illustrate this fact: A lawyer advertised for a lerk. The next morning his office was crowded with applicants, all bright and many suitable. He bade them wait until all should arrive, and then rangcd them in a row and said he would teil them a story, note their comments and so judge whom he would choose. "A certain farmer," began the lawyer, "was troubled with a red squirrel that got In through a hole in his barn and stole his eeed corn. He resolved to kill the squirrel at the flrst opportunity. "Seeiug him go in at the hole one noon he took his shotgun and flred away. The first shot set the barn on flre." "Did the barn burn?" said one of the boys. The lawyer, without answer, continned, "And seeing the barn on fire the farmer seized a pail of water and ran to put it out. " "Did he put it out?" said another. "As he passed inside, the door shut to and the barn was soon in ñames. When the hired girl rushed out with more water" "Did they all burn up?" said another boy. The lawyer went on without answer, "Then the old lady carne out, and all was noise and confusión, and everybody was trying to put out the flre." "Did any one burn up?" said another. The lawyer said, "There, that will do; you have all shown great interest in the story." But observlng one little bright eyed fellow in deep silence, he said, "Now, my little man, what have you to say?" The little fellow blushed, grew uneasy, and stammered out, "I want to know what became of the squirrel; that's what I want to know." "You'll do," Baid the lawyer; "you are my man. You have not been switched off by a confusión and a barn burning, and the hired girls and water pails. You have kept youreyeon the squirrel. "- Youth'a Com pasión.


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