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6 Am. L. Times: Published in Connection with the Law Times Reports 1 (1873)

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By the time the present issue of the Law Times reaches its Southern
readers we presume they will have discovered the hopelessness of any
attempt to secure the passage of the bill to refund the cotton tax.  The
measure was one that naturally enlisted their liveliest interest, and in prin-
ciple, at least, merited the considerate attention of Congress. The effort
to effect the object of the bill in the courts failed, perhaps, through accident;
while its defeat before the legislative branch will be found to be attributable
to a cause that has been productive of very frequent disappointments, some
of which have approached the magnitude of public calamities. No sooner
was the fact known that such a measure was in contemplation than the
adventurers of the Capital seized upon it as an opportunity of rare incidents
and proportions. And by the time it had assumed a practicable form
substantially every merit seemed to have passed out of sight. From a just
and righteous claim the demand became a monstrous job, and as such
will inevitably fail. Its history is a striking illustration of a fact which
every honorable attorney owes it to himself to recognize.
The National Capital is, in respect to its professional citizens, wholly sui
generis. It contains the best and worst representative lawyers of the
nation-the ablest, safest, most learned, and, as an off-set, a class of whom a
proper estimate can hardly be formed. The former occupy a place of their
own, and are known chiefly in connection with judicial questions of a national
character. The latter are ubiquitous, and are seen by every one who comes
in contact with the surface of Washington society. They are gentlemen of
desperate remedies and unlimited intellecual resource, many of whom have
occupied governmental positions of profit and influence. They are invari-
ably men of the largest experience, and, in some instances, of marked lite-
rary or social, and not unfrequently legal, acquirements. Generally pos-

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