The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Thursday, February 7, 1907
'THE BAR OF CHARITON'
As They Appear in Court in the Interest of Justice. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Lawyers have existed since the memory of man runneth hot to the contrary some with a bare existence while others have been elevated as corporation attorneys, lobbyists, and finally cabinet ministers and members of the supreme bench during reform administrations. But Chariton attorneys do not belong to either of these classes. Several of them have made races for congress, held high positions of profit and trust, but there is not one of them who could distinguish a free railroad pass from a ticket to a seat in the ampitheatre -- since the first of January. Lawyers are divided into two great general classes -- sacred and profane -- which revelation we hope will not startle anybody before we get time to explain. The sacred lawyer lived during the theocratic regime and his shingle adorned the walls of Jerusalem and his chief business was to practice before the divorce courts and establish domestic tranquility among families wherein the wife and mother wanted to rule the ranch and do the voting for "daddy." St. Paul thought that "an honest lawyer was the noblest work of God" but he was too cautious to mention it for fear somebody might accuse him of insinuating that God had not devoted much time to that department of animal industry. The profane lawyer is of more recent origin. He does not swear himself but makes everybody else swear -- except his clients. They always go away repeating the Lord's prayer, so near prophetic has this attorney been in prognosticating the rulings of the court or the verdict of the jurors. The modern lawyers date their advent to the days of Blackstone, who seems to have known as much as all the other lawyers put together, including the supreme court of the United States and the Chariton bar, and it would take a preponderance of evidence to convince the world otherwise. The modern or profane lawyer has inherited all of the sacred lawyer's wisdom but none of his tricks, so Blackstone says and what he says the balance will swear to. This may be a libel, but if so they have ample recourse in law, as The Leader has never been impeached in courts or excluded from circulation in the mails. The motto of the Chariton bar is "United we stand at the head of the profession."
The oldest attorney in Chariton is COL. WARREN DUNGAN. He has perhaps, caused more juries to weep than there are victims recorded in Fox's book of martyrs. He began practicing in the old log court house and addressed juries there until the logs became hollow and held the echos for six months after each term, like a phonograph. He defended and presented cases in the brick court house until the walls no longer resounded to the appeals of justice when it was torn down to give place to the present structure. He helped dedicate it. At each term of court he appears before the bench with ample preparation and presents his case with the same apparent vigor as of yore. He is eloquent before a jury but does not permit his eloquence to obscure the facts. He impresses it upon the minds of the twelve that they are the flower of our citizenship and that to render an adverse verdict would be equal to committing the unpardonable sin.
To Be Continued . . . T.A. STUART. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert November 14, 2004 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.rootsweb.com/~ialucas/Main.htmhttp://www.rootsweb.com/~ialucas/Main.htm