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willows ami orphans of dirty dollars: and thoy sought com-fori by drowning their sorrows in shallow nips.”
The devil Menus to lake s| ccinl intmwt in tolling about a hum'll of crooks. As wo advance on tlioni. deep down in a pit. into which hot rosin is conducted and out of which issue direful groans and revengeful oaths, one can hear a voice which sounds familiar: ” I 'll make a fuss for two hits. That’s fair enough.” “Why. that is John Sibley and his Imiv. Uols'i’t .lenkins.” Sihiey was the victim of circumstances. lie east his lot with a had crew. Nenrhv stand “Skinnie" Alsbrook—called “Nettles” in Spartanlnirg and old “S|M»t" Strickland. These laiys reprcsciil the lludwoiser (’liih. Holier! •lenkins didn't have any trouble in making a living Is-oausc lie could uoturally out-talk any man in the country. When lie was in college he received notice from the executor of his father’s will that it would he necessary for him to come home and do some work on the farm for then- was a condition precedent to the estate, that lie should work six months on the laud lieforc he look it over. The only reason the testator did not make it nine months was. lie had too milch respect for the land.
••Skinnie” was an ordinary sort of fellow until he cairn' to college and got to going with Hob Jenkins. After that lie got to Ik a s|Miii. Vet. he was a jolly good fellow. His business at college was unascertained. At one time lie looked old Spot squarely in the eye and said: ”lt will cost you one dollar to see what I have. I’ve got von limit.’’ "Spot.” you know, was the doubting Chancellor.
At this time a long train of men came hv holding their heads high, assuming a considerable degree of dignity. We sis- first. Tom .Marshall, then (iraliam Wright. Waller .Man-gum. Jim Palmer and "Sunny Jim” laiyd. The devil then turns and says. “I have not admitted these men absolutely. Im-vuiikc I have no need of them. They have no recommendations and display little talent. They are not fit for this place, hut tlieie is no other. Tom .Marshall had but one redeeming feature, that is. he was conversant with sailor brogue: Craham Wright was serviceable to the extent that lie bought a pool room: Jim I’almer furnished t« stimonv in a case and failed to charge a double fee; ”Sunny dim” Loyd combined magnanimity with under-handed art : but
Mr. .Minimum—oil. my—lie figured so prom in -ii 11 y in poli. ties tIml lit- always rmi. ami the runny port almtil it is. he never won; thru. too. In v:ix over-affectionate in liis proffers of fi'icutlsliip iitul squeezed tin medium of exchange from those wlm f«nn within linns' reach—‘’I'll take him un-« «Hi lit iomilly.
"Look lion . l« vil. didn't tlmt mysterious uuiii. .Milliml Itowia. fonii tlown here?" "Yes. that is just wlml I was fixing to tell you. lie auul Unit fellow .liiu Hroaeli. came here with tin best emlorsenu’iHs I Imve seen. Kewis. you know, whs saturated with rommerrhilisin. The st mien Is who emne in eontnet with him will reitiemlkT how In yearned for the touvh of gold. lie was n passing gissl 111:111: hut I eouhl not keep him. After some time lie whs token iiwh.v from me mnl went—I'll lift you can't guess wliere—to Wingliehl's. the idol of his dremns."
"And Jim Hroaeli. how ulMiut him?”
"lie is ;i queer fellow, lie was nlwnys attempting something. Imt never neeomplislted anything, in other words, he was not on the jnh. lie passed hv me this morning and I hailed him with "Hello there. Jim Broach.” He looked at me a moment, made a characteristic shrug of the shoulders and sai«l. "Why. I don’t think I've met you. What is your name?” This makes his presence very uiulesirahle. He told me that the Clmneellor was the proper man to issue a distress warrant. I don’t like this man. I think he ought to go to the little farm of Whilenen on the Manor of Dale."
"Did you find anything for those other fellows: Kd Carter. Hill (iiguilliat. Charlie Adams. Howell Itrooke and Cicero Dohlis to do?"
"Y« s. Kd and Hill ‘shot billiards on a |m oI table.'something alisolulely niipardonahle. as Jim Hroaeh will tell you.”
"Those other men. Howell Hrook. Charlie Adams, and Cicero Marion Dohlis. what an you doing with them ?"
"They tried to set the woods on tin in Rabun county, v I must give them tin White Veil Degree.”
Kverynne has some concept of hell. The law class of Nineteen Hleven ought to lie able to speak authoritatively on this theme. If mv dream comes true certainly this class will some time Ik nhje to speak with authority.
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OW for !i long tiitif 1 Ik cry lots pmc up from those interested in tin Lnw Class of Nineteen Hundred mill Klevcn. what kind of ;i lawyer will Franklin or Fori or some other student make! This has been made to ring in tile ears of all. And now. while the interest is still high. I have thought jf pro| er to give a detailed aeeoutil of what eaeli member of this elass is going to do within the next twenty-five or thirty years, the course he will pursue, the methods lie will employ, his failure, and the disposition finally made of him.
To accomplish this it will Is necessary for one to pro-jn-t himself into the future for a little while and s« c just Imw these men have fared.
No longer than last night I heard a familiar voice hid me come to the regions infernal. Itesidc the Stygian waves, then to discover just how much hell the lawyers « f this clnv could play. I was with the devil himself and the first thing he said to me was. •• I hail a hill of sale on every one of them. I did not lose a man."
“Well, what position i|ck s that man over there hold, and what is his name!" I asked. “He is uiv right hand Imwcr. 11 is name is .lames I . Jon ex. lie is absolutely indispensable to this kingdom. He took two degrci s at the I'nivcrsity of (ieorgia. li.X. and M.l,. Ilis classmates, however, made him strike the li.L. off his list, deeming tin former more appropriate. Yon sec he wai a clever fellow, lie smoked his friends’ cigars and drank their whiskey. The distinguishing feature about him is his untiring lip."
“Jim. old l oy. I can’t sav that I am surprised to si e you. hut explain your pre.anee hen . I note that your face dis-s not display that old familiar smile. Your mustache, too. is much abused, dm . I xup|Misc. to the extreme heat of this climate, for it has much to do with the existence of all combustible substances «, that now yon have nothing more than a mass of crisp wlicic that beautiful growth of hair once was."
“HI toll you Imw it was li ni’. ' Siiys Jim. "I used my knowledge in running rough-shod over my fellow men. I did not practice law very long. IVdly soon after I pit a wav from the Fniversity I directed liv energies along the line of rilhlwr manufacturing. I fnmid that field tun much for a man of my acquirements. I resorted to unfair means in the hope of keeping pace with my eom|ietitors. I was well advanced on the mail to destruction when I stole a Ikist of |H-anuts from a hliiul man a ml put him oil the wioiig road home. "
The devil now conducts me to a III rye rock-pile where men lire hard at work, some at crushing n -k. others at paving a long stretch. Here we sis- old Omar Franklin. John Fort. Kvims Heath. Kill Hill. 'Father" laiuliiim. and Koh l.umsden. These wen- all good Imivs so their punishment was light. When these men left college the (|iiestioii was. not what they would do at practicing law. hut what the country was going to do when they invaded it.
"John Fort." I called out. "How came von heref" "Ask (liner Franklin. I just haven't got the heart to tell you. I don't know." "How nl mit it. . V.!" "Well. I'll tell you. we got the idea fixed crosswise in our heads, way hack yonder in our ■ollege days when we were mere Imivs. that in spite of anything S. .Morris or Fitz (Srceii might have thought to the contrary, we were going to succeed in the practice of law. We did not show any disposition to work then, thinking that hy a little effort in later days we would Is aide to bridge tin- gap over. This was tin- idea cm I ki lined in the hearts of all. and each one-fully intended to give his life to an unending search for 11nth; lint you have heard Sylvie charge that indisputable 11 util: "The road to hell is jwtved with good intent inns."
"Is that all they did. devil f"
"No: Ollier Franklin is the biggest liar in seven stall’s, thus- territories, and one icservatinu. They handed out this stuff technically called "hot air" to the unsusjHs-ling: they stole funds belonging to their clients: they rnhlicd
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History of the Law Class of 1912
UK Junior U r class has come hut nut truin'. We came into existence alxmt the twenty-first ihiy of Septemlx-r. 19111. ami while we are still rather youiur. we have made a lot of history during the eight short months we have Im-vii together, in this brief sketch it is nnmss'ssary as well as inex| cdiciil to attempt to ntoimt in detail all the events which go to make up this history, and Is-sides a goodly part of it is written in the form of circles in certain class-lxxiks to which the historian has not a ready access.
'Pile elnnt is composed of men ranging in age from eigli-t« « ii to fifty, and coming from four states: Georgia. Alabama. Florida, and Kentucky. We are remarkable in that we have among our munlier a representative from the faculty of the I’niversity and also one of the lemling uiinisteiN of Athens. Our clasw is not perfect, as it is as ditlictil! fur a Law class to attain perfection as it is for anyone else. However, it may Im- truthfully said that we possess all the virtue as well as all the faults that arc found in a college. Among our numlier some are brilliant, while with others the intellectual lamp shines with a dimmer light, some are what might lx- termed hard-working students, while others find plenty of time for “loafing": some attend class-es very regularly, while others attend occasionally. We have all attended classes enough and doth1 work enough.
however, to k s-p from getting “fired." and f«-el that we are able to face the responsibility and uphold the dignity of the Senior class of next year.
While here we have In-come acquainted with such men as Mr. lilackstone. -Imlgc Lawson, .fudge Cooley, and many other famous law writers, all of whom have endeared themselves to our memory ). Such expressions as i ni finil « r alium faril wr si. trespass nit initio, ami absi ui
injuria have put us in tile attitude of saying with some finding, “damn the whole business." The real meaning of these maxims will doubtless dawn upon ns some of these days, and when they do. to use words some of us have heard Ix'forc. "it will blow off the tops of our heads."
Perhaps we all rememl or the loginning if not the end of our banquet. For the benefit of any who may have only a hazy recollection of the whole affair we will say that said banquet Itcgan on the first day of April, nlxuit nine o'clock I'. M.. and ended the same night.
In dosing this short account, it is only necessary to say that the greater part of our history is yet to lx made, and of course yet to lx- written. We have within our ranks men whom the writer of state history will have (■ notice. This may lx in the nature of a prophecy, hut in the future, watch the Law class of 1!»12.
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