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'The Bar Of Chariton' Attorney Col. Warren Dungan ~ Iowa
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: November 16, 2004 at 20:58:42
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The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, February 7, 1907


As They Appear in Court in the Interest of Justice.

Lawyers have existed since the memory of man runneth hot to the contrary
some with a bare existence while others have been elevated as corporation
attorneys, lobbyists, and finally cabinet ministers and members of the
supreme bench during reform administrations. But Chariton attorneys do not
belong to either of these classes. Several of them have made races for
congress, held high positions of profit and trust, but there is not one of
them who could distinguish a free railroad pass from a ticket to a seat in
the ampitheatre -- since the first of January. Lawyers are divided into two
great general classes -- sacred and profane -- which revelation we hope will
not startle anybody before we get time to explain. The sacred lawyer lived
during the theocratic regime and his shingle adorned the walls of Jerusalem
and his chief business was to practice before the divorce courts and
establish domestic tranquility among families wherein the wife and mother
wanted to rule the ranch and do the voting for "daddy." St. Paul thought
that "an honest lawyer was the noblest work of God" but he was too cautious
to mention it for fear somebody might accuse him of insinuating that God had
not devoted much time to that department of animal industry. The profane
lawyer is of more recent origin. He does not swear himself but makes
everybody else swear -- except his clients. They always go away repeating
the Lord's prayer, so near prophetic has this attorney been in
prognosticating the rulings of the court or the verdict of the jurors. The
modern lawyers date their advent to the days of Blackstone, who seems to
have known as much as all the other lawyers put together, including the
supreme court of the United States and the Chariton bar, and it would take a
preponderance of evidence to convince the world otherwise. The modern or
profane lawyer has inherited all of the sacred lawyer's wisdom but none of
his tricks, so Blackstone says and what he says the balance will swear to.
This may be a libel, but if so they have ample recourse in law, as The
Leader has never been impeached in courts or excluded from circulation in
the mails. The motto of the Chariton bar is "United we stand at the head of
the profession."

The oldest attorney in Chariton is COL. WARREN DUNGAN. He has perhaps,
caused more juries to weep than there are victims recorded in Fox's book of
martyrs. He began practicing in the old log court house and addressed
juries there until the logs became hollow and held the echos for six months
after each term, like a phonograph. He defended and presented cases in the
brick court house until the walls no longer resounded to the appeals of
justice when it was torn down to give place to the present structure. He
helped dedicate it. At each term of court he appears before the bench with
ample preparation and presents his case with the same apparent vigor as of
yore. He is eloquent before a jury but does not permit his eloquence to
obscure the facts. He impresses it upon the minds of the twelve that they
are the flower of our citizenship and that to render an adverse verdict
would be equal to committing the unpardonable sin.

To Be Continued . . . T.A. STUART.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
November 14, 2004

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