Day in Court, Or the Subtle Arts of Great Advocates by Francis L. Wellman

By Francis L. Wellman

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This is in no experience a legislations booklet. the final reader cares little for attorneys and their dry ideas of legislations, or the prosaic kinds of perform and process in our courts. each person, although, is attracted to the drama of a superb trial, the place the valuables, acceptance, liberty, or lifetime of a person is frequently at stake. This has been strikingly exemplified lately through the good curiosity taken within the trial of Madame Steinheil in France, money owed of which have been released in all of the prime newspapers of the world.

The Tichborne case, the Beecher trial, the Parnell inquiry, the Dreyfus case, and numerous others are nonetheless clean within the reminiscence as extra illustrations of the in demanding curiosity taken during the civilized international in arriving on the fact or falsity of any vital felony controversy.

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There is no time for an advocate to ponder upon a thought and turn it over in his mind and master it by degrees. He must grasp it faster than speech can convey it. It is by this faculty of intuitive perception that the advocate reads the thoughts of the witnesses. It shows him the bearing of every fact as it is developed at the trial and enables him to adopt suddenly a course of action although it may be entirely different from the one he originally started out with. D 33 Perception has been DAY IN COURT called the corner-stone of the mental faculties of an advocate.

The follow- ing is an abbreviated account, as told by himself, of the circumstances to which he owed his celebrity: "I had scarcely a shilling in my pocket when I got my first retainer. navy. It was sent me by a captain in the It was to show cause at the next term of court against a rule to be obtained against him, calling on him to show cause why a criminal action for libel should not be filed against him.

And I would urge those young men who aspire to greatness in advocacy, to read. Read everything. ' I remember well in my student days that the biographies of the great men of all ages had the most stimulating effect upon me. I used to keep nailed to my bedroom door a long sheet of paper on which was written every book that I read during the winter. The list, would gradually grow until the paper reached to the floor, such was my effort to cultivate my intellectual faculties and to improve to the utmost what little of that magnificent instrument called the mind nature had seen fit to bestow upon me.

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