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On coming into the Court House on the morning after the disaster, and taking a survey of the building in which the Courts of Warren county have been held for forty years, many were the thoughts of the thrilling scenes of the past. Our first thought was, what judges and what jurymen attended and presided in the early history of the county' Judge John. R. Porter with his two aids-the associate judges-sitting on the judgement seat dispensing justice to the first settlers of the county, who could not otherwise be quieted; and around the Bar sat many eminent lawyers, among the number we recolect the witty Thos. J. Evans, the eloquent E.A. Hannegan, the classical Albert S. White, the stern Rufus A. Lockwood, the energetic and persevering Robert A. Chandler, the original Daniel Mace, and many others, all of whom have passes away. Other judges and lawyers occupy their places, but the ancient castle still stands in which many a thrilling appeal was made to promote the ends of justice and swell the lawyers pocket. The suggestive thought comes to our mind when we look around the old castle and see the marks of doors cut out and changed, stairways remodled, plastering tumbling, and general decay marking the same-the work of our ancestors who have all passed away-would it not be well to let the old building also pass away with appropriate honors, and let the present generation erect a new one in its place, sufficient for the wants, health and life of those who have to attend the Courts of their county? We think it much better to submit to a reasonable amount of taxation, than that any tax payer, lawyer or judge, should be seriously frightened, hurt, maimed or killed. While it is charitable to provide for the poor, it is alike our duty to provide for the comfort, and health of the people.

Date: 5/5/1870
Origin: Warren Republican
Record ID: 00003049
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 3/20/2011
Collection: Newspaper Clipping Scrapbook
Entered By: WCHS

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