Accomac, Virginia

Newspaper Abstracts

  • Peninsula Enterprise (Accomac, Va.), June 23, 1906, p. 4, col. 1
    "The Young Lawyer in New York.
    In a lecture before the College of Law Henry W. Sackett said:
    "When the young practitioner first starts out in the great metropolis on his own behalf or in partnership with other men in the same position as himself he meets with one of the hardest tasks of his whole career—getting business for himself. As a noted lawyer once put it, he must have 'constitutional fitness for the job.'
    "High scholarship, lofty principles, profound knowledge of the law, integrity, combined with up to date business methods, are the necessary qualities. Men of incorruptible integrity are now the leaders of the profession in the metropolis, men who are clean not only in private life, but also in connection with their clients. Contrary to the general belief, lawyers for big corporations prevent more wrongs than the corporations commit, and those committed are, I know for a fact, almost without exception done in direct opposition to the advice of counsel. The young lawyer need have no fear of contamination from city practice. There never was a time when the moral and ethical standard was higher in the New York bar than it is today among the leaders of the profession."—New York World."
  • Peninsula Enterprise (Accomac, Virginia), 9 February, 1907, p. 4, col. 5.
    A Sociable Companion.
    The Chatty Traveler Who Charmed Ralph Waldo Emerson.
    It is related that Ralph Waldo Emerson was once on his way to California when he was joined by a man who was altogether so sociable and chatty that an otherwise tedious journey was rendered quite cheerful. This man's name was Sackett, and he told Mr. Emerson that he resided in San Francisco. Mr. Sackett indicated all the points of interest along the way, related a lot of amusing anecdotes and, best of all, was also an attentive listener. The consequence was that Mr. Emerson came to the conclusion that Mr. Sackett was as charming a man as he had ever met, and it was in this positive conviction that he accepted Mr. Sackett's invitation to dine with him immediately upon their arrival in San Francisco. The next morning Mr. Emerson was astonished and annoyed to find in all the local papers this startling personal notice: "Professor Ralph Waldo Emerson, the eminent philosopher, scholar and poet, is in our city as the guest of J. Sackett, the well known proprietor of the Bush Street Dime Museum. Matinees every half hour. Admission only 10 cents. The double headed calf and the dog faced boy this week!"

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