Compiled by London swaminathan
Date: 14 APRIL 2017
Time uploaded in London:-6-56 am
Post No. 3817
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One day George W Norris sat taking stock of the situation and puffing cigar. A visitor came in looking rather smug. He had called because Norris was on the committee on public buildings and grounds. Washington was still in the mushroom stage with land developments in progress. The man wanted to see him about a “little matter “. Norris jumped up and grabbed him, vigorously pushing him out of the room.
President Wilson was scrupulous to the degree of fanaticism on the point of avoiding any personal or family favouritism in appointments or awarding of war contracts.
A caller at the White House quite casually mentioned that a firm headed by a distant relative of the President had received a building contract . Although it might have been readily accepted as a legitimate and a purely coincidental transaction, the president said in a great agitation , ” it must be stopped at once”.
The nation could well have used, in his successors administration, so high a degree of integrity, yet the action, created a family breach that was never healed.
While visiting his prison at Potsdam , Frederic William I listened to a number of pleas for pardon from prisoners who had grievances against the law’s injustice. All said they had imprisonment on account of prejudiced judges, perjured witnesses, unscrupulous lawyers. From cell to cell the wronged innocence continued, until the king stopped at the door of one cell inhabited by a surly inmate who said nothing. Surprised at his slime Frederic said jocosely,
“Well, I suppose you are innocent too”
No, Your Majesty, was the startling response, “I am guilty and richly deserve all that I get”.
Here, turn key, thundered Frederic ;”Come and get rid of this rascal before he corrupts this fine lot of innocent people that you are responsible for”.
All clients knew that, with old Abe as lawyer, they would win their case- if it was fair; if not that it was a waste of time to take it to him. After listening some time one day to a would-be client s statement with his eyes on the ceiling, he swung around in his chair and exclaimed ,
“Well, you have a pretty good case in technical law, but a pretty bad one in equity and justice. You will have to get some other fellow to win this case for you. I couldn’t do it. All the time while standing taking to that jury I would be thinking, “Lincoln,you are a liar”, and I believe I should forget myself and say it out loud.
There is a story that tells of a rabbit being chased by a dog and the people following and telling the rabbit to run hard and escape.
“Thank you for your kind encouragement”, said the rabbit, “but for goodness sake shoot the dog”.