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opponent, but which was manifestly incongruous. "Now this," said Mr. Swett, at the same time bringing his right forefinger down upon the palun of his left hand, “is mixing things.” We can imagine Abraham Lincoln, under the same circumstances, saying and doing precisely the same thing.

Mr. Swett may still be considered in the prime of life and in the zenith of his intellectual powers. He has a commanding influence among his professional brethren and before the courts, and is in the best and highest sense representative of the Chi

cago Bar.


The winter of 1872–3, was passed by the writer in the Sandwich Islands, and while there he became acquainted with the relatives of David B. Lyman, of this City, who was born in that country. Various members of his family there occupy high official positions, one of them, being at the time spoken of, Governor of the Island of Hawaii, the largest of the group.

David B. was born March 27, 1840, at Hilo, in the said Island of Hawaii. His father, Rev. David B. Lyman, was formerly of New Hartford, Connecticut. Having graduated at Williams College and studied theology at the Andover Theological Seminary, Mr. Lyman sen, married and sailed, in November, 1831, for the Sandwich Islands, as a missionary of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.

Young Lyman acquired his education by his own efforts. having maintained himself since early boyhood, and applied his leisure hours to study. At a very early age he held several important positions under the government of the Sandwich Islands, thereby obtaining means to procure a university education.

In the year 1859, he left Honolulu, sailed around Cape Horn, and arrived in New Bedford, Connecticut, in May, 1860. He entered Yale College in September, of that year, and graduated in 1864. After leaving Yale, Mr. Lymay attended Har

vard Law School, from which he graduated in 1866. While enrolled as a student at Harvard Law School, in the years 1864 and 1865, he was connected with the sanitary commission as hospital visitor. He was then in charge of the 5th corps hospital of the Army of the Potomac, and the Point of Rocks hospital in Virginja, and for the last few weeks of his service was in charge of the sanitary commission connected with the forces around Washington.

In 1866, after finishing his course at the law school, Mr. Lyman, having been admitted to the bar in Boston, removed to Chicago, and entered the office of Messrs. Waite and Clark, as a clerk, where he remained two years. On the first of July, 1869, he formed a partnership with Huntington W. Jackson, under the firm name of Lyman and Jackson. This firm is still the same, having continued twenty years. The office is at 107 Dearborn St. (Portland Block.)

Mr. Lyman is a good classical scholar, and has fine literary attainments. He has been highly successful in the practice of his profession. He has devoted most of his time to real estate and commercial law, but is well versed in every department of general practice. He is a. careful and prudent manager, and a safe counselor. He has the confidence of his clients, because they know he will not advise them to commence a suit unless the law as well as justice is on their side, and even then, when there is no remedy save litigation.

Mr. Lyman is noted for his indefatigable industry, for his painstaking preparation of his cases, for his unvarying courtesy toward every one with whom he comes in contact, and for the thorough and conscientious discharge of his duty to his clients. These qualities, added to his well known ability and learning, have given him a high standing in the profession.

He was married October 5, 1870, to Miss Mary E. Cossitt, daughter of F. D. Cossitt, of Chicago.


Mr. Leaming may be considered as a representative of the "solid” element of the bar of Chicago.

He was born at Dennisville, Cape May County, New Jersey, January 20, 1831. He studied law at Bordentown, Burlington County, New Jersey, and in June, 1856, was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New Jersey. In August, 1856, he was, on certificate, admitted to the Supreme Court of Illinois, and about that time commenced practice in this City.

It will be seen that Mr. Leaming is one of the oldest practitioners at our bar. For many years the firm was Leaming and Thompson, the partner being our well known townsman, Col. Richard L. Thompson. Office, 142 Dearborn St.

Fully thirty years ago, we knew Mr. Leaming well, and often met him in business relations. What he was then, in mental and moral characteristics, he is now; the only difference is in intellectual caliber and acquirements, and in the position which he holds in the profession, a position which he basattained, not by any sudden flight, nor by any combination of fortuitous circumstances, but by constant, steady labor, by holding every advanced position, and making it a stepping stone to one still higher.

Mr. Leaming has paid particular attention to the law of real estate, and to the examination of titles. Probably no attorney's opinion upon an abstract of title would be considered more reliable.

In preparing his cases fór trial, he leaves no point uncovered, no position unguarded.

The story is told, that a young advocate, traveling in England once with an experienced barrister, famous for winning his cases in court, offered him £5 to tell him the secret of his

The offer was accepted, and the secret was imparted in a confidential tone, thus: “Good witnesses.” When, as


they were drawing to their journey's end, the barrister asked his young friend for the £5, he was met by the reply, “Where are your witnesses?”

Mr. Leaming always has his witnesses. If he has not got them, he keeps out of court.

He enjoys the most unlimited confidence of his associates and friends. He was a candidate of the democratic party for Circuit Judge in 1886, but was defeated by a certain combination of the labor and other elements inside and outside of his party; a combination made with reference to other candidates, but with whose defeat he became involved. He is considered by the bar available for still higher judicial position, having been frequently mentioned as candidate for the Supreme Court.

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The introduction of ether and chloroform for artificial anæsthesia, added a new class of cases to legal medicine,

At first there was not only a want of more than superficial knowledge of the action of the drugs, of the proper methods of administering them, and of the patients to whom they might be obnoxious, but the criminal classes at once saw in them the means for, or aids in, the commission of crime.

In the early days of their use, the surgeon and physician must have employed them with fear and trembling, both for the safety of the patient, and for his own safety in case of accident to the former. But now the anæsthetizer in using the common agents, ether, chloroform, nitrous oxide or the a. c. e. mixture, begins his work almost with temerity. The action of the drugs being well known, and the physical condition of the patient having been ascertained, the physician must use, as in all his work, “ordinary skill."

If suits for damages have hacome less frequent, in consequence of the knowledge of anæsthetics, gained from years of experience, and by a knowledge of the extent to which they can be used for criminal purposes, they have not disappeared, and still are of great interest in medical jurisprudence. The subject may be considered in two general divisions:

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