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EARLY RECOLLECTIONS

BY WM. C. HOYT
June 7th, 1873

We were engaged on opposite sides, and appeared before a justice of the peace. The day was a hot one, in the month of July. I think at that time he weighed about 225 pounds; at any rate he was a fat man, and had the appearance of being a jolly good-natured man. We examined each other for a few moments before proceeding to business, and photographed each other's dimensions. His first solution was nearly in the following language: "Young man, where are you from?" I answered him according to the facts. "I would advise you to return to your parental roof. " I retorted by saying that the present "Roof" was a sufficient shelter, and seemed to cover a large space. Our clients were good chequer players, at any rate had that reputation. After a short conversation they agreed to let the controversy be decided by this game, the winner in the game to win the suit. Clients, counsel, and court consented, and the matter was settled in this manner. The litigants were satisfied, counsel nodded assent, the justice entered the proper judgment, and a happy crowd dispersed. There were practicing between the years 1842 and 1852, in Oakland county, several men who were eminent as lawyers. Gov. Richardson, Alfred H. Hanscom, Father Draper, Charles Draper, Judge Hunt, A. C. Baldwin, George Wisner, Moses Wisner, Thomas J. Drake, his brother Morgan L. Drake, Judge Crofoot, Calvin C. Parks, last, but not least, our mutual friend Henry C. Knight. These, with few exceptions, have gone to that bourne from whence no traveler returns.

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