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which grasp not only the facts, but the law. “The vision of the truth,” both of tangled and perplexing facts and of controlling legal principles, presents opportunities which did not frequently exist in earlier days.
The "admirable counsel" of the lawyer of today, his well equipped armory of legal and business experience, his quickness, his breadth and aptitude, his integrity, his prosecution of purpose, his methodical application, all combined, make him, in my judgment, superior to those who have been painted “so white that the present may look black.” Themistocles meant to claim the crown for himself when he erected near his house a private chapel in honor of Artemis, and inscribed thereon, “That admirable counsel.” No such opportunities for counsel, for legal action day in and day out, quick and ready preparation, and the thorough mastery of details, ever presented itself to the lawyer of by-gone days. The good lawyer of today is pre-eminently and necessarily a man of quick and decisive action, subject to attacks from all sides, and at all times, until he may say, with Macbeth:
The flighty purpose never is o‘ertook
We may not at all times be prepared to parallel the meteoric legal orator of days gone by in the dull rounds of our present professional lives, but even there, the meteor returns, multiplied in number, and when it does, it is stronger, more erudite and comprehensive, bearing a greater "jointure of real acumen and consummate deed."
The strong and tempestuous ability of our forerunners is more than equalled by the weighty, all round sagacity and penetration of their sons. It is an easy fashion to extol the former and to scold the latter. Some may find excuse for this play of wit and sarcasm to throw vials of choler at the legal generals of today, but the latter advance under burdens and
dissipate and clear away the mists of worldly complications as Napoleon is said to have done when surrounded by the Austrians in Italy. What lawyer of former days required or possessed the executive and decisive force and mental habili. ments to counsel as do many of today, the vast interests of corporate enterprise that traverse over and through forty-five states, five territories, Cuba, Guam, Hawaii, the Philippines and Puerto Rico? not to mention the high seas and foreign countries. Single corporations, whose legal affairs are now
. directed by counsel, exceed in extent and magnitude the entire trade and capital of the original thirteen states. And yet the flippant fling of commercialism, tradism and materialism occasionally chirps from the captious lips of our legal censors. No, gentlemen, it seems to me that we may justly say with Timon, of Athens: “Crack the lawyer's voice that he may never more false title
JAMES B. BRADWELL.
REPORT OF NECROLOGIST.
JAMES B. BRADWELL.
Under the Constitution and By-Laws of the Association it is made the duty of the Necrologist to provide for preservation among the archives of the Association, suitably written or printed memorials of the lives and characters of the deceased members of the Bar of this state, and to report to each annual meeting of the Association. In pursuance of this duty, your Necrologist respectfully reports for the year ending July 1, 1900, the deaths of the following members of the Illinois bar:
CHAS. E. McDOWELL, of the Carmi, Ill., bar, died July 21, 1899. Was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1861. State senator from 1876 to 1880; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1884, and and served continuously for seventeen years as Master in Chancery. He was totally blind for fifteen years previous to his death. (See 6 Obituary Memoranda,
ROBERT G. INGERSOLL died at his summer home in Dobbs' Ferry, N. Y., July 21, 1899. He was admitted to the Illinois bar October 1, 1855. He opened an office in Shawneetown. In 1857 he removed to Peoria. In 1862 he was commissioned Colonel in the 11th Illinois Cavalry. In February, 1867, he was appointed by Governor Oglesby the First Attorney General of the state under the new law enacted that year. He was one of Illinois' ablest lawyers, an eloquent orator, a man of excel.
lent character, and the greatest agnostic of the age. He died an unbeliever in revealed religion. (See 6 Obituary Memoranda, page 285.)
FRANCIS CLARKE, for fifteen years County Judge of Lake county, died July 29th, at Waukegan, aged eighty-one years. Judge Clarke was a graduate of Dartmouth, and began the practice of law in 1855. (See 6 Obituary Memoranda, page 286.)
RICHARD PRENDERGAST died August 17, 1899. He was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1877. He was examined before the Appellate Court, and after a thorough examination passed at the head of his class, being the only one who obtained the highest possible score of 100. Judge Prendergast served as County Judge for eight years. He was noted for his ability and presided in the court with a strong hand. Every one was not only made to acknowledge his power, but to respect his ability. After leaving the bench he was successful as a practitioner at the bar. (See 6 Obituary Memoranda, page 286.)
JOSEPu T. KRETZINGER died on the 11th day of September, 1899. The deceased was an able and successful lawyer, and in the pursuit of his practice accumulated a comfortable fortune. He was for many years the law partner of his brother, G. W. Kretzinger. (See 6 Obituary Memoranda, page 287.)
EDWARD R. JEWETT died in October, 1899. He was admitted to the Illinois bar March 24, 1884. Was a son of our veteran and distinguished lawyer, John N. Jewett. He was associated with his father in the practice of law for the past sixteen years, and was a gifted young lawyer. (See 6 Obit. uary Memoranda, page 287.)
PERKINS Bass died October 9, 1899, at Petersboro, V. H. Mr. Bass was admitted to the Illinois bar April 19, 1856. The Perkins Bass School was named after Mr. Bass. He was one of the founders of the Illinois Humane Society, and its vice president in the year of its organization. For a number of years Mr. Bass did not give much attention to the practice of
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law, his time being devoted to the care of his own property interests. (See 6 Obituary Memoranda, page 287.)
CHARLES A. DIBBLE died October 22, 1899. For gallant conduct during the civil war he arose to the rank of major. After the war he entered Girard College as a law student and graduated therefrom two years later. He came to Chicago and was admitted to the bar March 13, 1873, and commenced practice in Chicago. (See 6 Obituary Memoranda, page 287.)
HOPE REED Cody died November 7, 1899. Mr. Cody was prominent at the bar, and as a political leader in Chicago gained prestige enjoyed by few men of his age. He was a member of the well-known law firm of Hiram H. Cody & Sons, and his great ability won for him distinction among those who had long been practitioners at the bar. He held many positions of trust. His genial temperament and uniform courtesy made him popular with all with whom he came in contact. (See 6 Obituary Memoranda, pages 288 to 290.)
COL. HERMAN JACOBSON died in November, 1899. Col. Jacobson was admitted to the bar in New York, settled on the west side, and practiced there for fifteen years. (See 6 Obituary Memoranda, page 290.)
Calvin DEWOLF, one of the pioneer lawyers of Chicago, died November 28, 1899, aged eighty-four years. He was admitted to the Illinois bar March 1, 1844, and practiced until 1854, when he was elected justice of the peace for the town of South Chicago, and served in that capacity until 1879. He tried over 90,000 cases, was a great abolitionist and an expert conductor on the Underground Railroad. (See 6 Obituary Memoranda, pages 290 and 291.)
John W. E. THOMAS, a colored lawyer and politician of Chicago, and said to have been one of the wealthiest men of his race in Chicago, died December 18, 1899. He was admitted to the Illinois bar February 2, 1880. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1877, and served for three terms.