Reflections of a Lawyer

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Press of Goldman & Steinberg, 1911 - Justice, Administration of - 144 pages
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Page 50 - There is a time to keep silence,' saith Solomon ; but when I proceeded to the first verse of the fourth chapter of the Ecclesiastes, 'and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun, and beheld the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter...
Page 135 - It is no more than justice, quoth the Farmer, to be sure : But, what did I say ? — I mistake. It is your bull that has killed one of my oxen. Indeed ! says the Lawyer ; that alters the case : I must inquire into the affair ; and if — And IF ! said the Farmer — the business, I find, would have been concluded without an IF, had you been as ready to do justice to others as to exact it from them.
Page 143 - Did you ever hear my definition of marriage ? It is, that it resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated ; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing any one who comes between them.
Page 134 - One of your oxen, continued he, has been gored by an unlucky bull of mine, and I shall be glad to know how I am to make you a reparation. Thou art a very honest fellow, replied the Lawyer, and wilt not think it unreasonable that I expect one of thy oxen in return. It is no more than justice...
Page 132 - said the two cats, who began to be alarmed for the event, 'give us our respective shares, and we are satisfied.' ' If you are satisfied,' returned the monkey, 'justice is not; a case of this intricate nature is by no means so soon determined.
Page 132 - Upon which he continued to nibble first one piece and then another, till the cats, seeing their cheese gradually diminishing, entreated him to give himself no further trouble, but deliver to them what remained. 'Not so fast, I beseech you, friends,' replied the monkey; 'we owe justice to ourselves as well as to you. What remains is due to me in right of my office.
Page 132 - CATS having stolen some cheese, could not agree about dividing the prize. In order, therefore, to settle the dispute, they consented to refer the matter to a Monkey. The proposed arbitrator very readily accepted the office, and, producing a balance, put a part into each scale.
Page 77 - ... that is made to improve character in this city, every effort to make men respectable, honest, temperate, and sexually clean is a direct blow between the eyes of the Mayor and his whole gang of drunken and lecherous subordinates, in this sense that while we fight iniquity they shield and patronize it ; while we try to convert criminals they manufacture them ; and they have a hundred dollars invested in manufacturing machinery to our one invested in converting machinery.
Page 134 - At last, a poor penitent Ass, with great contrition, acknowledged that once going through the parson's meadow, being very hungry and tempted by the sweetness of the grass, he had cropped a little of it, not more however in quantity than the tip of his tongue ; he was very sorry for the misdemeanour, and hoped . "Hope ! " exclaimed the Fox, with singular zeal; "what canst thou hope for after the commission of so heinous a crime?
Page 134 - Hope!" exclaimed the Fox, with singular zeal ; " what canst thou hope for after the commission of so heinous a crime ? What ! eat the parson's grass ! Oh, sacrilege ! This, this is the flagrant wickedness, my brethren, which has drawn the wrath of Heaven upon our heads, and this the notorious offender whose death must make atonement for all our transgressions.

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