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A few years ago I read an article in the paper about a senator or something back in the 1800s that went to court for a neighbor defending said neighbor for attacking another neighbor in defense of his dog. It was a famos person who did the defending and the article was the entire testimony he gave in court. It was about the worth of a dog. I saved it but since moving cannot find it. I have searched the internet, but with limited memory, apparently am not putting in the right search words. If anyone can help me, I would really appreciate it.

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From the Wikipedia entry on Sen. George Vest:

Gentlemen of the jury: The best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name, may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it the most. A man?s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.


Gentleman 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.

A Google search on Senator Vest + dog pulled up tons of entries.


[How come I can remember trivia like this, but can't remember where I left the keys to the truck...? :rolleyes: ]

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How come I can remember trivia like this, but can't remember where I left the keys to the truck...?
LOL. A couple of years ago, I had a sweatshirt made up for DW, one that has become her favorite (and invariably sparks humorous comments when she wears it). On the front, it says, "Have YOU Seen My Car Keys?"; on the back, it says, "Now That I Found The Keys, Where Did I Leave The Damned Car?".
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