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THE

AMERICAN LAWYER

AS HE WAS-AS HE IS-AS HE CAN BE

BY

JOHN R. DOS PASSOS

OF THE NEW YORK BAR

Author of “The Law of Stock Brokers & Stock Exchanges,”
“ Interstate Commerce Act," Commercial Trusts,"

“The Anglo-Saxon Century,” &c., &c.

THE BANKS LAW PUBLISHING CO.,

NEW YORK

1907

Copyright, 1907, by
JOHN R. DOS PASSOS

THE

AMERICAN LAWYER.

CHAPTER I.

INTRODUCTORY.

It is assumed that what the people of the United States really think or want, as citizens, is expressed through the ballot box. In the interim of these official utterances, public thought is reflected, and more or less created, by the four great organs of public opinion,—the Pulpit, the Press, the Bar, and the Stage. I shall not undertake to estimate the relative value of each of these organs, as creative forces, in shaping the course and destiny of the nation, but it is impossible to discuss one without keeping them all in view. They are parts of a whole. They bear the same close relationship to each other that the nose, the ears, the eyes, and the throat, do to the head. Still each is capable of separate,

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