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on one occasion, when he was subjected to some little embarrassment by the wit of his friend John W. Willey, of Cleveland. Mr. Willey was charged with the defence of a person who stood indicted for some petty misdemeanor, and though a very astute lawyer, he found it difficult to clear his client without a single witness in his favor. There had been, the night before the case was called, a fire in Ravenna, and a small house had been burned to the ground, which excited much commotion in the village.
When the case was reached for trial, on the call of the docket, Mr. Willey rose, and with great gravity asked the court to continue that cause until the next term.
“For what reason, Mr. Willey?" said the benignant judge. “May it please your Honor,” said our facetious friend, "one “of our principal witnesses was burned up in that fire last "night, and we want time to supply the loss.”
"Judge Tod was almost convulsed in endeavoring to restrain his laughter, but finally was enabled to say, “ your “motion must be granted, Mr. Willey. The cause stands con"tinued.”
The Associate Judges of the Common Pleas were, at the time of which I speak, Hon. Thos. Card and Hon. Samuel Williamson. Horace Perry was clerk, and Jas. S. Clarke, sheriff. The lawyers attending court were Alfred Kelley, then acting Prosecuting Attorney for the county, Leonard
Case, Sam'l Cowles, Reuben Wood and John W. Willey, of Cleveland, Saml. W. Phelps and Sam’l Wheeler of Geauga, Jonathan Sloane of Portage, Elisha Whittlesey, Thos. W. Webb and R. P. Spalding of Trumbull County. John Blair was Foreman of the Grand Jury.
No one of them all, except myself, is alive to-day. I very much doubt if a solitary individual who attended that court in 1823, whether judge, juror, attorney or witness, is left to greet you here to-day, other than myself.
And so with almost the whole of my Companions at the commencement of life's journey: They are gone.
"I feel like one
The Rev. A. S. Hayden, of Collamer, formerly President of Hiram College, was called upon to address the meeting, and responded as follows:
REMARKS OF MR. HAYDEN.
My remarks, as I am called at the instant, will be very brief, and chiefly for two reasons: The approaching lateness of the hour, which some may feel, and the other fact that, though not amongst the youngest men, I am perhaps the youngest born member of the association, and it does not become young children to talk long in the presence of age. But I take pleasure, for a reason or two that I will try to mention, in standing before you and with you in this relation, and as a member of this association. I was in this community long enough ago to know quite a number of its earliest members—far enough back to have had a very intimate acquaintance with Judge Samuel Starkweather, whom your whole city delighted to honor; in like manner, an acquaintance with the lamented and recently departed Judge Andrews, whose name amongst you will be cherished green as long as your memory continues. I do not forget, either, in a farther back period, my acquaintance with one of the first and most efficient sheriff's of your county. I mean David L. Wightman, who for quite a period carried the key of authority for the whole county; and still farther, I was here long enough ago to be acquainted with that distinguished physician, Dr. David Long, who passed away in early days, and was not known perhaps, even to a large number of the older persons before me.
I merely say, in addition to these reasons for gratification for standing amongst you, and being reckoned amongst the early settlers, this: To congratulate the community on the formation of such a society as this. It cannot but be that
the memories and the experiences of the older men of the community carry within them treasures of too vast importance to be forgotten; and the formation of this society will form a storehouse, a reservoir, where these early experiences and memories will be gathered together, and where they will be sifted and used, unquestionably, for profitable ends in years that are yet to come.
I merely take your time a little further to say that, whilst feeling very greatly the advantages likely to arise from this society in the way just now alluded to, there is another consideration which with equal hope inspires my heart. I venture it as a prophecy, if prophecy you may regard it, that many an instance of grand virtue, hid away behind the curtains, secluded, not wrought out upon the historic page, will in this society find mention and a memorial. Why is it that the sturdier virtues and the stronger powers of man are celebrated and the grander and finer elements of womanly character have been so long left in the shade? Why is it that our discerning and intelligent press of this city, whilst doing all it may to honor a citizen whom the whole town and the country are delighting to honor-I refer to him who has made so magnificent a bequest to the city, Leonard Case, Esq.,-why, in bringing out all his history, and the history of the toil and ability of his honored father, has his mother found no mention whatever? So far as my own observation has gone that quiet
excellent woman has not been referred to. I have eaten bread more than once at her table, and her bread was not the bread of idleness, nor was it ever salted with the salt of hypocrisy. Of noble virtues, but quiet, serene, contemplative, she filled well her measure and has passed away honorably. And how comes it that no mention of her has been made? In that group which we shall form in honor of the family, I would assign to her a conspicuous and honored place. And in like manner would I those excellent pioneer women who accompanied their husbands. and who became the founders by their virtue of the strong good sense and virtue which rules and pervades society here.
Hon. John W. Allen: Mr. President, I want to call upon the most popular man in Cleveland, a man who knows about three-quarters of all the men in Cleveland, and about all the women-Judge Tilden.
JUDGE TILDEN SPEAKS. MR. PRESIDENT AND FRIENDS:
It was the last business that I expected to attend to, to be called in here to-day to make a speech. I came here for the purpose of witnessing the proceedings, at the earnest request of a particular friend of mine, and I am very much disinclined to talk. There is nothing that embarrasses me so much as to get up before an intelligent audience like this, and after I have said one word, don't know what to say next. (Laughter.)