Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Hi Everybuddy -
Today Mom received a mailing which contained the following statement. She thought it was definately worthy of sharing:
The following is Senator George Graham Vest's closing argument in 1869 at a trial in which a man was charged with shooting "Old Drum", his neighbor's dog. The man was found guilty within minutes and was reportedly required by the jury to pay damages in double the amount originally asked for.
"Gentlemen of the Jury: a man's dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens. If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies, and when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death."
How very true.