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pose, were about his only armaments ed him to make Trinidad his home. for the battle of life.
From 1871 to From that day to this his history is a 1876, he was pursuing his studies and part of the history of that city, and gradually acquiring a practice in of the State of Colorado.
He not Kansas City, Mo. The rugged path only grew as a lawyer, but very soon of the struggling young attorney was developed excellent financial abilility, smoothed by that reciprocated senti- and as lawyer, jurist and banker, his ment whose smiles of hope lift the career is among the impressive ones clouds from future's sky and find a of the State. He has from the bepresent wealth in love.
ginning exhibited a high regard for It was in 1876, that Harvey Yeaman, the ethics of his profession. His a distinguished lawyer of Louisville, manners have ever been marked by Ky., sought the pure atmosphere of that becoming courtliness that has Colorado, in quest of health. At the had a marked influence upon the invitation of this devoted brother, professional atmosphere in which he Caldwell soon joined him. The two has moved; yet these characteristics brothers settled in Trinidad as law did not deter a remunerative clientpartners. It was not many months, age from his office.
To these perhowever, until that pathetic event sonal accomplishments were added transpired which forever dissolved the combined qualities of counselor that relation. Harvey died at Trini- and advocate. Devoted to his prodad in August, 1876. Though his fession, he regarded learning as the career was so short in the Centennial surest step to success, hence he drank State, his name is yet luminous. A deep and joyously at its fountains. single effort in the chief court of the He sought not political honor nor Territory, his magnetic presence, his emoluments. His sole aim was procharming conversational powers, suf- fessional proficiency. His adventures ficed to embalm his name in the in public life have all been at the hearts of his professional brethren. bidding of his fellow citizens. The
It was the intention of the young first call upon him was in 1878, at a and now bereft attorney to leave the time when he had just returned from regions whose mountain shadows a protracted absence from the State, seemed only the adumbrations of an and, without his solicitation, he was unpromising future, and return where nominated by the State Democratic more than business allured. His ar- convention at Pueblo, for attorney rangements to depart were about general of the State. The next sumeffected, when a number of citizens mons was in 1882, when he was electwho had become impressed with his ed Judge of the judicial district, empersonal and professional worth, and bracing the counties of Custer, Bent, assuring him of a clientage, persuad- Fremont, Las Animas, Huerfano and
Pueblo. He served the full term of spirit superior to that of the timesix years. In this district he had serving office-seeker was required to been preceded by the learned Judge make and enforce the rule. Such a Hallett. Judge Yeaman left no stain spirit was present and undaunted. upon the ermine preserved spotless The mere politicians were not slow to by Hallett. Judge Yeaman not only avail themselves of the animosity of early evinced eminent law qualifica- non-English speaking elements of the tions for the bench, but it is conced- population, and found ammunition ed the character and manners of the for loading their mountain-howitzers. man silently but surely wrought a But Judge Yeaman's party, more change in the decorum and business concerned for principle than influencmanners of the court room. Upon ed by policy, soon tendered him the the expiration of his term, he was nomination for justice of the Supreme urged to enter the race to succeed Court of the State. This honor he himself. Many Republicans assured declined. him not only of their support, but In 1890, when nominated for govthat the party would have no nomi- ernor, no words of declination would nation of an opposing candidate. be taken by his party. He made a With high appreciation of the honor gallant canvass of the State. The imthus proffered, Judge Yeaman de- mense majority of the opposing party clined, and promptly resumed the was reduced by thousands. Retiring practice of his profession in Trinidad. from the field before the forces of asHis large and remunerative business cendant partyism, the gallant leader attests the public estimate of his of Democracy was a stronger man ability
than when he entered the contest. While upon the bench and in the Such was the personal and political exercise of his discretionary author- estimate in which he was held that ity, Judge Yeaman ruled that the the members of his party in the Legpanel of the petit jury should be islature unanimously cast the Demomade up of men who could speak cratic vote of the Eighth General Asand understand the English langu- sembly of Colorado for him for United age. The spirit and intent of the States Senator, as against the present rule was right. The delays, uncer- Senator, Hon. Henry M. Teller, who tainties and expenses of the adminis- was by superior party numbers chostration of justice occasioned by the en to succeed himself. All persons necessity of interpreting pleas, testi- and parties concede that the ability, monies and advocacies to a jury un- integrity and elevated bearing of derstanding only imperfectly a cor- Judge Yeaman, eminently fit him to rupted Spanish, are too obvious to adorn the Senate of this mightiest of need explanation or argument. A Republics.
Increase of business, requiring fre- Roberts, of Independence, Mo., bequent attendance at the capital of came the wife of Caldwell Yeaman. the State, necessitated a change of The varied accomplishments and office to Denver. He thereupon as- genial spirit of Mrs. Yeaman make sociated the Hon. Charles C. Parsons, her the fit companion for a husband an eminent lawyer from Leadville, who adorns a great profession, and with himself, and as the firm of who is sought for the high places of Yeaman & Parsons, they have fitted public service. Over their elegant up elegant offices in the Boston home in Denver, Mrs. Yeaman preBlock.
sides with that winsome grace that In October, 1879, Miss Adelade makes her the admiration and favor. Roberts, an accomplished daughter ite of all. of the eminent citizen, Col. Preston
HENRY DUDLEY TEETOR.
When Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated Illinois, and was summoned to Springfield President of the United States on March 4, by Governor Yates, to aid the State in arming 1861, there were five men yet living who had and drilling its men who were preparing to held that high office before him. These were go into the field. Rutherford B. Hayes was Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, Milliard Fil- a lawyer in Cincinnati, where he was making more, Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan. arrangements to go to the war as major of Nor did these six comprise all who were then the Twenty-third Ohio Infantry. James A. living, who were destined to go into history Garfield was principal of Hiram Institute and as occupants of the Presidential chair. Since a member of the Ohio Senate, both of which 1861 we have had seven presidents, Andrew he soon after left to go to the war. Chester Johnson, U. S. Grant, R. B. Hayes, James A. Arthur was practicing law in New York A. Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Grover city; Grover Cleveland was managing clerk Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison. Adding for a law firm in Buffalo; and Benjamin these, and we have a total of thirteen, who Harrison was acting as official reporter of the · would indeed have made a memorable group Indiana Supreme Court. could they all have known their destiny, and been brought together.
When James Buchanan was elected Presi
dent of the United States, there lived in Nor does the list stop there. As babes, as Goshen, Ohio, one Benjamin Brown, who boys, and as young men, there were doubt. was so gratified over the result that he preless somewhere in America in 1861 at least pared a letter of congratulation to the new ten or a dozen more who are yet to sit in the executive, and kindly allowed it to be copied chair of Washington, of Lincoln, and of before transmission in the mails. After some Grant. Who are they, and where may they earnest expressions of happiness, the wily be found ? Time only can answer that ques. writer proceeded to show that he was a true tion. Some of these future Presidents may son of Ohio, in the following lines : “ It was be even now dreaming of their future honors, a dooty i oad to you and my countrey to sebut the greater portion of them are doubtless port the democrat party, as I was rased in going ahead faithfully with the work of every Cumberland Co. pa. I felt it my dooty to day, with no suspicion of being called to the save my countrey from Ruin. But I clame highest honor within the gift of the people. of you an answer to these few lines from the When Lincoln was inaugurated, Andrew presdent and would Receive a Small appointJohnson was a member of Congress from ment from you Sutch as Superintendent of Tennessee, laboring to keep his state from the patent office or something Required no secession, and facing many personal dangers Scolership as I only studyed Dilworth Speling in defence of the Union cause. U. S. Grant Book about 45 or 50 years ago and that not was a clerk in his father's store at Galena, very well or I would be a beter Speler. I
who made him a good wife, and helped him to hoard up much silver in later days.
HERE is yet another Ohio story, told in an extract from an address delivered before the Early Settlers' Association, at Cleveland, on July 23d, 1883, by the late Judge Robert F. Paine: I drove stage from Nelson to Hiram -used to meet the Judge (Rufus P. Ranney) occasionally. I then took a notion that tavern-keeping would be a good institution in that country. I got an acre of land and built a tavern myself, the entire thing, sash, doors and everything, and in 1836, I guess it was, I was running that tavern, and I got sick of it in about two months, concluded it was not adapted to my capacity, although it might fit my taste well enough. I rented the tavern, went to Warren sleigh riding with a young lady of Judge Ranney's acquaintance, and there I met a man that had staid over night with me when I kept tavern, and he says: · You would make a splendid tin peddler; what are you doing?” “I am doing anything." He says, “I will give you $18 a month, bear all expenses, and two dollars extra, if you will peddle tin for me.” “Well,” says I, “when?" He says “Tomorrow.” I got my brother to take my girl home, and I staid and took the load of tin, and soon after I had engaged I met Judge Ranney; he was then practicing law in Warren, and I told him my situation, and he asked me to stay with him till my tin was ready, and I went and stopped at a tavern where he boarded, and I managed to put it off a day later just because I enjoyed Judge Ranney's society. Well, I went through that tin business. I tried to sell to some Judge Tilden once; but he had nothing but hen's feathers and credit to buy it, and I would not let him have the tin. I fell in with Judge Ranney afterwards, and was riding with him I remember from Ravenna to the north part of the county somewhere. He was going on to Ashtabula, and I was going to Garretts
wish not from my roaming to be considered an imposter reference can be had to Sam Medary or a number of our leading den.ocrats. I expected to try and be in washington when you took your sete but my menes wont allow me as I am a Small Farmer but a large man I have a good little Farm of A Bout one Hundred acurs But a large family therefore I doe not Expect to see you this Side of the barr of God then I hope to see you and My self crouned with glory at his rite hand. I hope you may live to fill your office with Honer to yourself and to the satisfaction of this Grate Nation that you may Haurmize the Difficultes between the North and South and then your life may be protracted to good old age that you may Dy happy and get to heven at last.
“N. B.-I should be pleased to Spend a year with you at Washington as I am A Bout 58 years old and Can not work much."
Mr. Brown changed his opinions after a time, and grew cold toward the administration. He did not resent the loss of the desired office, nor his failure to spend a year at the White House; but he did think that Buchanan should have answered that letter.
Gad BARTHOLOMEW was a son of Farmington, Ohio, in the pioneer days, and as he needed a wife and there were none to be had in the wilderness, he donned his homespun coat and buckskin breeches, and set out on foot to Connecticut, to find one. He carried all his worldly wealth in silver in his pockets, and as he tramped through the woods on the second day, a heavy storm of thunder and lightning came up, and set him to thinking. He had heard that metals were sure to attract lightning, and after some consideration he made compromise with danger in the following fashion : He cut a long pole, tied to its end the leather bag containing his coin, slung it over his shoulder, and went on his way rejoicing. He not only saved his life, but brought back with him a rosy-cheeked girl