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George Graham Vest (December 6, 1830 – August 9, 1904) was a U.S. politician, born in Frankfort, Kentucky, he was known for his skills in oration and debate. George Vest was a lawyer in Sedalia, Missouri, a Congressman and then a US Senator. He is best known for his "a man's best friend" closing arguments from the trial in which damages were sought for the killing of a dog named Old Drum on October 18, 1869. Vest was asked to represent Charles Burden the owner of Old Drum in the case that would make him famous, Burden v. Hornsby.

In the trial Vest was the lawyer for Burden whose hunting dog, a foxhound named Drum (or Old Drum), had been killed by a sheep farmer, Leonidas Hornsby. The farmer (Burden's brother-in-law) had previously announced his intentions to kill any dog found on his property. During the trial Vest stated that he would "win the case or apologize to every dog in Missouri." Vest's "Eulogy on the Dog" is one of the most enduring passages of purple prose in American courtroom history (this partial transcript has survived):

  • "Gentlemen of the jury: The best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name, may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it the most. A man's reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads.
    The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog. A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.
    If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies, and when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death."

Qui male agit odit lucem.
(He who behaves badly hates the light.)

“Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear their deeds will be exposed.” - John 3:20

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” - Edmund Burke

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer 

“Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32

“All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

“The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die." - Martin Luther King Jr.

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters." - Albert Einstein

“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true." - Soren Kierkegaard

“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light." - George Washington

“The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it." - Ayn Rand

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

“Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It’s easier to fool people… than to convince them they have been fooled." - Mark Twain

"The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie." - Ann Landers

“A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal." - King Solomon, Proverbs 12:10

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant

“From beasts we scorn as soulless, in forest, field and den, the cry goes up to witness the soullessness of men.” - M. Frida Hartley

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France

“Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled." - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“He who feeds a hungry animal, feeds his own soul." - Charlie Chaplin

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." - Josh Billings

Tribute To A Dog by George Graham Vest nemmar.page.link/161 

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