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THE OLD MEMBERS OF THE CALHOUN AND KALAMAZOO COUNTY BARS

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

Pratt was lying on a lounge in the back part of the room taking his ease. "Sow, " said Turner, "Dr. Lamborn, I would like to hear your opinion concerning three prominent democrats of Michigan. First, what do you think of Judge Ransom?" Doctor—"What do I think of Epaphroditus Ransom? I will tell thee. He is not a great man; but I think him an honest one, and a good judge. In politics he is a mere boy. " "What of Judge Felch?" "Alpheus Felch has proved himself to be an excellent judge. He is a man of culture, but too honest for a politician. " 'Turner'Sow, doctor, what is your opinion of Abner Pratt, of Marshall?" Doctor—"Well, I will tell thee (raising his voice and accenting as only the doctor could), when Abner Pratt was born they were destitute of souls, and they gave him a gizzard. " At this point Turner and Hughes became convulsed with laughter. The doctor looked first at them, then at the stranger on the lounge, who was getting red in the face, and seemed to ask what this boisterous merriment meant. At last Turner, sobering down, said: "Dr. Lamborn, permit me to introduce you to Abner Pratt, of Marshall. " Then it was the doctor's time to get red in the face. But he proved equal to the emergency. Extending his hand to the judge, he, remarked: "Abner Pratt, what I said of thee I only meant politically. " The judge swore, but the stern features finally relaxed, and he acknowledged "beat. " During the rest of their stay in Cassopolis Hughes was master of the situation. This anecdote is given substantially as George B. Turner gave it to the writer.

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