A Good Example

: Laws And Lawyers.

Chamillart, comptroller-general of the finances in the
reign of Louis XIV., had been a celebrated pleader. He once lost a cause in

which he was concerned, through his excessive fondness for billiards. His

client called on him the day after in extreme affliction, and told him

that, if he had made use of a document which had been put into his hands,

but which he had neglected to examine, a verdict must have been given in

his favour. Chamillart read it, and found it of decisive importance to his

cause. "You sued the defendant," said he, "for 20,000 livres. You have

failed by my inadvertence. It is my duty to do you justice. Call on me in

two days." In the meantime Chamillart procured the money, and paid it to

his client, on no other condition than that he should keep the transaction