Letters to a Young Lawyer

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General Books, 2013 - 22 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... LETTER XVII NE of the attractions of the practice of lawis the pleasurable feeling that some day you may find a good windfall that will make you rich overnight. In this respect the practice of law has all the zest and excitement of prospecting for gold. You never know but that over the next hill, or in the next gulch, a fortune may be lurking, just waiting for you to stumble upon it. Your door may open any day, and somebody creep in with a cause of action that will be worth thousands of dollars to you. From the life of an anchorite and the diet of an ascetic, you may suddenly find yourself arrayed in purple and fine linen and dining like Dives in the height of his prosperity. They may not know it, but this is just the reason that keeps many a good man plodding hopefully along through dusty years of near-poverty. Your good luck may come to you in strange ways, in ways you will not at first recognize, and you may even shut the door in its face. Let me illustrate: One day .I was sitting in my little office wondering how I was ever going to get enough money to marry your mother and do all the things I wanted to do. The door had just closed on the agent for the building, who had come to remind me that the rent was a month in arrears; a fact that I was unfortunately only too well aware of. This agent was a mighty decent chap. He explained, however, that he had reached the point where he could not carry any more of these infant industries, as he called them, on his rent roll. He said he had carried a young architect for over a year, hoping that the tide would turn and he would be able to pay the rent. Two or three young dentists had worked out their indebtedness by filling his teeth, and a young doctor had won the right to a month's office rent...

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