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In one of those long: low, one-story, unpainted The son said something about every man's having houses which succeeded the log-houses in Vermont the right to have his case presented in the best light as the second generation of human habitations, lay a he could. sick woman. She knew, and all her friends knew, "I know what you mean,” said she;" but I know that her days were numbered, and that when she left that if a man has violated the laws of God and man, that room it would be in her winding-sheet for the he has no moral right to be shielded from punishgrave. Yet her face and her spirit were calm, and ment. If he has confessions and explanations to the tones of her voice, like those of the dying swan, offer, it is well. But for you to take his side, and for were sweeter than those of life. She had taken an money, to shield him from the laws, seems to me no affectionate leave of all her children, in faith and better than if, for money, you concealed him from hope, save one-her eldest son-a mother's boy and the officers of justice, under the plea that every man a mother's pride. By great economy and unwearied had a right to get clear of the law if he could. But industry this son had been sent to college. He was I am weak and cannot talk, my son; and yet if a mild, inoffensive, pale-faced one; but the bright you will give me the solemn promise, it seems as if eye did not belie the spirit that dwelt in a casket so I should die easier. But you must do as you think frail. He had been sent for, but did not reach home best.” till the day before his mother's death. As soon as The young man bent over his dying mother, and she knew of his coming, she immediately had him with much emotion, gave her the solemn promise called to her room, and left alone with her. Long which she desired. Tender was the last kiss she and tearful was their conversation. Sweet and gave him, warm the thanks which she expressed, tender was this last interview between a mother and and sweet the smile which she wore, and which was son who bad never lacked any degree of confidence left on her countenance after her spirit had gone up on either side.

to meet the smiles of the Redeemer. “You know, my son, that it has always been my Some months after the death of his mother, the most earnest wish and prayer that you should be a young man left the shadows of the Green Mountains, preacher of the gospel, and thus a benefactor to the and toward a more sunny region, in a large and souls of men. In choosing the law, you are aware, thrifty village, he opened his office; the sign gave you have greatly disappointed these hopes."


name, and under it, the words, "Attorney at " I know it, dear mother; and I have done it, not Law.” There he was found early and late, his because I like the law so much, but because I dare office clean and neat, and his few books studied over not undertake a work so sacred as the ministry, con- and over again, but no business. The first fee scious as I am that I am not qualified in mind, or body, which he took was for writing a short letter for his or spirit, for the work. If I dared do it, for your black wood-sawyer, and for that he conscientiously sake, if for no other reason, I would do it.”

charged only a single sixpence! People spoke well “In God's time, my dear son, in God's time, I of him, and admired the young man, but still no trust you will. I neither urge it, nor blame you. business came. After waiting till “hope deferred But promise me now, that you will never undertake made the heart sick,” one bright morning a coarseany cause which you think is unjust, and that you looking, knock-down sort of a young man was seen will never aid in screening wrong from coming to making toward the office. How the heart of the light and punishment."

young lawyer bounded at the sight of his first client !



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What success, and cases, and fees danced in the vision. The coarse young man snatched up his bill, and in a moment!

mullering something about seeing Squire Snapall, “Are you the lawyer ?” said the man, hastily left the office. taking off his hat.

So he lost his first see and his first case. He felt “Yes, sir, that's my business. What can I do for poor and discouraged, when left alone in the office;

but he felt that he had done right. His mother's “Why, something of a job, I reckon. The fact is voice seemed 10 whisper, “Right, my son, right.” I have got into a little trouble, and want a bit of The next day he was in old Maj. Farnsworth's, and help.” And he took out a five dollar bill, and laid it saw a pile of bills lying upon the table. The good on the table. The young lawyer made no motion old man said he had just received them for a debt toward taking it.

which he expecied to lose, but a kind Providence had “Why do n't you take it ?" said he. “I do n't interposed in his behalf. The young lawyer said call it pay, but to begin with-a kind of wedge- nothing, but his mother's voice seemed to come what do you call it?''

again, “Right, my son, right.” “Retention-fee, I presume you mean."

Some days after this a man called in the evening, “Just so, and by your taking it, you are my and asked the young man to defend him in a trial lawyer. So take it.”

just coming on. “Not quite so fast, if you please. State your case, " What is your case ?” and then I will tell you whether or not I take the “ They accuse me of stealing a bee-hive." retention fee.”

“A bee-hive!-surely that could not be worth The coarse fellow stared.

much!" “Why, mister, the case is simply this. Last “No, but the bees and the honey were in it.” spring I was doing a little business by way of selling “ Then you really did steal it ?" meat. So I bought a yoke of oxen of old Maj. “ 'Squire are you alone here-nobody to hear ?" Farnsworth. I was to have them for one hundred "I am all alone." dollars."

“Are you bound by oath to keep the secrets of Very well-what became of the oxen?

your clients ?” " Butchered and sold out, to be sure."

“Certainly I am.” By you?”

“Well, then, 't wixt you and me, I did have a dab " Yes."

at that honey. There was more than seventy pounds! “Well, where's the trouble ?"

But you can clear me.” “Why, they say, that as I only gave my note for “How can I ?” them, I need not pay it, and I want you to help me “Why, Ned Hazen has agreed to swear that I to get clear of it."

was with him fishing at Squanicook Pond that night.” “ How do you expect me to do it ?"**

“So, by perjury, you hope to escape punishment. "Plain as day, man; just say, gentlemen of the What can you afford to pay a lawyer who will do jury, this young man was not of age when he gave his best ?" Maj. Farnsworth the note, and therefore, in law, the The man took oul iwenty dollars. It was a great note is good for nothing-that's all!"

templation. The young lawyer staggered for a mo"And was it really so?"

ment-bui only for a moment. Exactly."

"No, sir, I will not undertake your case. I will “How came Maj. Farnsworth to let you have the not try to shield a man whom I know to be a villain oxen ?

from the punishment which he deserves. I will “Oh, the godly old man never suspected that I was starve first.” under age.”

The man with an oath bolted out of the office, “What did you get for the oxen in selling them and made his way to Snapall's office. The poor lawyer

sat down alone, and could have cried. But a few dol“Why, somewhere between one hundred and lars were left to him in the world, and what to do when thirty and one hundred and forly dollars—they were they were gone, he knew not. In a few moments noble fellows !"

the flush and burning of the face was gone, as if he had “And so you want me to help you cheat that been fanned by the wings of angels, and again he heard honest old man out of those oxen, simply because his own mother's voice, “Right, my son, right." the law, this human imperfection, gives you the op- Days and even weeks passed away, and no new portunity to do it! No, sir; put up your retention client made his appearance. The story of his having see. I promised my dying mother never to do such refused to take sees and defend his clients got abroad, a thing, and I will starve first. And as for you—if I and many were the gibes concerning his folly. wanted to help you to go to the state's prison, I could Lawyer Snapall declared that such weakness would take no course so sure as to do what you offer to pay ruin any man. The multitude went against the me for doing. And, depend upon it, the lawyer who young advocate. But a few noted and remembered does help you, will be your worst enemy. Plead it in his favor. minority! No; go, sir, and pay for your oxen honestly On entering his office one afternoon, the young and live and act on the principle, that let what will man found a note lying on his table. It read thus, come, you will be an honest man.”

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and requests, il it be not too much trouble, that he | and scanning every point, weighing every circumwould call on her at his earliest convenience, as she stance, pointing out the weak places, tearing and wishes to consult him professionally, and with as throwing off the rubbish, discarding what was irrelemuch privacy as may be.

vant, and placing the whole affair in a light more Rose Cottage, June 25th.

luminous and clear than even she had ever seen it How his hand trembled while he read the nole. It before. Her color came and went as her hopes rose might lead to business-it might be the first fruits of and sell. After he had laid it open to her, he added, an honorable life. But who is Mrs. Henshaw? He with unconscious dignity, only knew that a friend by that name, a widow lady, “Mrs. Henshaw, I think yours is a cause of right had lately arrived on a visit to the family who resided and justice. Even if there should be a failure to in that cottage. “At his earliest convenience.” If convince a jury so that law would decide in your he should go at once, would it not look as if he were favor, there are so many circumstantial proofs, that at perfect leisure? If he delayed, would it not be a I have no doubt that justice will be with you. If dishonesty which he had vowed never to practice? you please to entrust it to me, I will do the best I He whistled a moment, took up his hat, and went can, and am quite sure I shall work harder than if I toward “Rose Collage” On reaching the house, were on the opposite side." he was received by a young lady of modest, yet easy “What do you say, Mary?" said the mother to manner. He inquired for Mrs. Henshaw, and the the daughter. “You are as much interested as I. young lady said,

Shall we commit it to Mr. Loudon ?" * My mother is not well, but I will call ber. Shall “You are the best judge, but it seems to me that I carry your name, sir?"

he understands the case better than any one you have “Loudon, if you please.”

ever talked with.” The young lady cast a searching, surprised look at Loudon thanked Mary with his eyes, but for some bim, and left the room. In a few moments the mother, reason or other, hers were cast down upon the figures a graceful, well-bred lady of about forty, entered the of the carpet, and she did not see him. room. She had a mild, sweet face, and a look that “Well, Mr. Loudon, we will commit the whole brought his own mother so vividly to mind, that the affair to you. If you succeed we shall be able to relears almost started in his eyes. For some reason, ward you; and if you do not, we shall be no poorer Mrs. Henshaw appeared embarrassed.

Ihan we have been." "It is Mr. Loudon, the lawyer, I suppose,” said For weeks and months Loudon studied his case. she.

He was often at Rose Cottage to ask questions on some At your service, madam.”

point not quite so clear. He found they were very “Is there any other gentleman at the Bar of your agreeable—the mother and the daughter-aside from name, sir?"

the law-suit, and I am not sure that he did not find “None that I know of. In what way can you occasion to ask questions oftener than he would command my services, madam ?"

have done, had it been otherwise. The lady colored. “I am afraid, sir, there is some The case, briefly was this. Mr. Henshaw had mistake. I need a lawyer to look at a difficult case, been an active, intelligent and high-minded man of a man of principle, whom I can trust. You were business. He had dealt in iron, had large furnaces mentioned to me-but-I expected to see an older at different places, and did business on an average man."

with three hundred different people a day. Among “ If you will admit me," said Loudon, who began others, he had dealings with a man by the name of to grow nervous in his turn, “so far into your con- Brown-a plausible, keen, and as many thought, an fidence as to state the case, I think I can promise not unprincipled man. But Henshaw, without guile to do any hurt, even if I do no good. And if on the himself, put all confidence in him. In a reverse of whole, you think it best to commit it to older and times—such as occur once in about ten years, let abler hands, I will charge you nothing and engage who will be President—heir affairs became embarnot to be offended."

rassed and terribly perplexed. In order to extricate The mother looked at the daughter, and saw on her his business, it was necessary for Henshaw to go to face the look of confidence and hope.

a distant part of the land, in company with Brown. The whole afternoon was spent in going over the There he died-leaving a young widow, and an only case, examining papers, and the like. As they went child, Mary, then about ten years old, and his busialong, Loudon took notes and memoranda with his ness in a condition as bad as need be. By the kindness pencil.

of the creditors their beautiful home called Elm Glen, “He will never do," thought Mrs. Henshaw. “He was left to Mrs. Henshaw and her little girl, while takes every ihing for granted and unquestioned; and the rest of the property went 10 pay the debts. The though I do n’t design to mislead him, yet it seems widow and her orphan kept the place of their joys to me, as if he would take the moon to be green and hopes in perfect order, and everybody said “it cheese, were I to tell him so. He will never do;" did n't look like a widow's house." But within four and she felt that she had wasted her time and strength. years of the death of Mr. Henshaw, Brown returned. How great then was her surprise when Loudon He had been detained by broken limbs and business, pushed aside the bundles of papers, and looking at he said. What was the amazement of the widow to his notes, again went over the whole ground, sisting have him set up a claim for Elm Glen, as his pro

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