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WALTER SCOTT.

Walter Scott was born at Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, April 19, 1868, and died, unmarried, at Colorado Springs, Colorado, October 24, 1907.

His father, John Scott, was a senator of the United States, and a man and lawyer of national prominence.

Walter Scott was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1889 and practiced law in Pittsburg until 1897, when failing health brought him to Colorado Springs, where he devoted himself to his profession with a high order of success until his death.

CHARLES I. THOMSON.

Charles I. Thomson was born in Newburg, New York, March 3, 1838, of Scotch parentage. At an early age he removed to Ashland County, Ohio, and attended Oberlin College. He studied law in the office of J. K. Hord, at Tiffin, Ohio, and was called to the Bar in 1861. In 1865 Judge Thomson began practice in Kansas City and there resided until 1878, when he removed to Leadville, Colorado, and remained actively engaged in practice until 1884. Afterwards he removed to Aspen, Colorado, from where he was appointed judge of the Court of Appeals for a term of six years and was reappointed to that office at the expiration. of his term.

Judge Thomson was a student not only of the law, but also of literature, history and science. He brought to the Bench a handsome and imposing person, graced by manners of a true-hearted gentleman, but above all, he brought the judicial quality and an earnest desire to rise above the influence of passion, prejudice and interest and to rule in all the causes submitted to his judgment according to the right.

He was twice presiding judge of the Court of Appeals of Colorado and his opinions are found in volumes 3 to 20 inclusive of the Colorado Court of Appeals reports. His opinions are marked by elegance of diction, ability and learning.

He died in the closing days of the year 1907 and was laid to rest near his old home at Kansas City, Missouri.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

JOHN B. THOMPSON.

John B. Thompson, a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia, died at his home in Washington, D. C., on May 1, 1908, after an illness of a few days.

Mr. Thompson was born in Baltimore, November 7, 1845, and removed to Washington in 1861. He was graduated at the Columbian University, now George Washington University, and for thirty years was in active legal practice.

About fifteen years ago he formed a partnership with S. S. Burdett and Frank A. Law, which continued to the day of his death, his eldest son, Morven Thompson, being also a member of the firm. He represented several railroads and large mining interests, and was regarded as one of the best-informed lawyers on mining laws.

Mr. Thompson married Miss Ida McClery, of Washington, January 17, 1872. She, with two sons, survives him. He was a nephew of Richard W. Thompson, Secretary of the Navy during the Hayes administration.

Mr. Thompson was a member of the Sons of the Revolution, one of the oldest members of the Cosmos Club, and identified with the National Geographic Society, the Anthropological Society and other organizations.

FLORIDA.

WILLIAM JAMES BRYAN.

William James Bryan was born in Orange County, Florida, October 10, 1876. He died at Washington while attending to his duties as a senator of the United States March 22, 1908.

Sent forth to represent the union's southernmost state, he seemed in life and form and deeds the fairest product of its genial climate. Bred to life in the open, he developed a splendid stature and healthy mind. After preliminary training in the public schools and at Emory College, he brought to his professional

studies eminently sound and well-developed mental and physical faculties that early gave promise of great things. He was regularly graduated from the law department of Washington and Lee University and soon thereafter settled in Jacksonville, Florida, where broader opportunities were presented than in his native county. A natural gift of winning speech brought him into prominence almost immediately and in 1902 he was chosen county solicitor for Duval County. It became at once apparent that a new order was established. From time out of mind Sunday liquor selling had been carried on, not without protest from the better element of the community, nor yet because of any lack of law to prohibit it, but because of a tradition that the law prohibiting it was practically unenforcible in the metropolis of the state. Mr. Bryan was no sooner elected than he enforced the law, and the selling of liquor on Sunday became a thing of the past.

A little later he gave proof of his courage by instituting prosecutions against a number of the most prominent and influential citizens of the state for maintaining combinations in restraint of trade, not because of any statute imposing upon him that duty, but because he believed those combinations to exist in contravention of the common law. At the trial of those cases and upon the preliminary hearings he brought to the presentation of the case a masterly marshalling of the testimony and a wealth of recondite learning that readily placed him among the ablest advocates at the Bar of the state. In January, 1908, the governor of the state appointed him a senator of the United States, and the sure proof of Mr. Bryan's attainments is found in the fact that although but thirty-one years of age his appointment was generally looked for and approved by the Bar who knew him best. It has been noted that Mr. Bryan was the youngest member of the Senate since Henry Clay. His career as senator evidenced great reserve power and gave promise of an increasing future usefulness. Of magnificent presence and knightly carriage, high strung and chivalrous, he was withal gentle and sympathetic as a woman and ever ready to extend a helping hand.

Mr. Bryan took an active part in everything representative of the better life in his city. He had a wide acquaintance among

the young men of the state and no nobler or more enduring monument can be reared in commemoration of his life than exists in the influence he exerted among them. Of singularly pure heart himself, his influence utterly free from cant was quietly but potently working toward better things. He was a communicant of the Episcopal Church.

In 1903 he was married to Miss Janet Allen, of Lexington, Virginia, and she and a son born in 1904 and a daughter born a few days after his death survive him.

GEORGIA.

FRANK HARVEY MILLER.

Frank Harvey Miller, the son of Andrew J. and Martha B. Miller, was born in Augusta, Ga., October 13, 1836; was admitted to the Bar November 20, 1856, and after rounding out a full halfcentury of active practice, died in Augusta, Ga., January 7, 1908. The son, like the father, was an eminent lawyer.

Of him the Committee on Memorials of the Augusta Bar Association, in their report of his death, said among other things the following:

"Lord Coke says: When a learned man, long in making, dies, great is the loss.'

"The Holy Scriptures say: 'Seest thou a man diligent in his calling; he shall stand before princes, he shall not stand before mean men.'

"These observations of the law and the prophets were singularly verified by our dead brother. He stood in his time before the princes of the law. The Bars of the highest courts of the land knew him, and not only on this continent were his legal activities manifested, but in the old world, on the soil of Scotland, and dealing with one of the most intricate questions of the intricate jurisprudence of that ancient country, he achieved victory and won renown.

"He was diligent in his calling and stood in the highest places of the law; he was deeply learned in his noble profession, and when he died great was the loss.

"To gild the refined gold is superfluous; to say of the accomplished lawyer now gone that he was a profound juris-consult would be a vain waste of words. The mere statement that death has summoned away Frank H. Miller is to let every man know that one of the brightest legal ornaments of his native state is no more."

Mr. Miller was at one time President of the Georgia Bar Association and Vice-President of the American Bar Association for Georgia. For many years he was a member of the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States. During the latter years of his life he devoted a great deal of time and attention to ecclesiastical law, and at the time of his death was the Chancellor of the Diocese of Georgia.

IDAHO.

CHARLES AUSTIN MERRIMAN.

Charles Austin Merriman, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, a member of the Local Council for Idaho, and a member of the Association since 1901, died March 29, 1908, at Boise, Idaho, while in attendance upon the Supreme Court. He was born January 20, 1851, in Knox County, Ohio, educated in public schools of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and after being graduated from the law department of Michigan University in 1876, began practice at Mt. Vernon, Ohio, where he remained until 1888, during which time he was city solicitor and county attorney. In 1888 he located in the southern part of the State of Colorado, where he continued to practice his profession until 1902, and where he was district attorney of the Twelfth Judicial District and held several state appointive offices. In 1902 he located at Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he continued to practice law until the time of his death. He was married while in Ohio, and his wife and daughter, Elizabeth L. Merriman, survive him.

At each place of residence he became a useful and respected citizen, and an able and influential lawyer. In the Masonic order he reached high station.

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