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THE OLD MEMBERS OF THE CALHOUN AND KALAMAZOO COUNTY BARS

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

Being a man of keen observation he had acquired that kind of learning that sharpens the wits. Abner Pratt had I in him much that made up the character of Gen. Jackson. In temper, iron nerve moral courage and faith in democracy, he and the hero of the Hermitage were kith and kin. A self-made man, he was unencumbered by the formalities and stiffness often engendered by the training of the schools. He was ready equipped for almost any public occasion. Sarcasm was a trusty weapon in his armory, but invective—that "javelin of rhetoric"—-was his keenest lance, "and those who would know how he gave it point" should have seen him fully aroused in debate before the bar, at the hustings, or in the halls of legislation.
While Pratt was examining a witness, in a trial at Marshall, Judge Miles presiding, he could get no definite answer. The question was repeated. The witness, who was a prominent member of the bar, did not remember. "Don't remember such and such facts?" "No. " "Well by-----------I do!" exclaimed the exasperated lawyer.
Pratt hated abolitionism as John Knox did popery, and always went armed to battle it on every occasion. Nothings daunted him in this controversy. If circumstances were in his way so much the worse for circumstances. Rev. Mr. Cleveland preached this political heresy in Marshall. Pratt was»aroused, and, like "old Put, " seized his gun—so to speak—and started out after this abolition "wolf. " He assailed him the first chance he had in getting before the public. Cleveland came to Battle Creek and preached the "heresy" there.

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