Colonel Starbottle's Client and Other Stories by Bret Harte Page 1 of 179
COLONEL STARBOTTLE'S CLIENT.
THE POSTMISTRESS OF LAUREL RUN.
A NIGHT AT "HAYS."
JOHNSON'S "OLD WOMAN."
THE NEW ASSISTANT AT PINE CLEARING SCHOOL.
IN A PIONEER RESTAURANT.
A TREASURE OF THE GALLEON.
OUT OF A PIONEER'S TRUNK.
THE GHOSTS OF STUKELEY CASTLE.
It may be remembered that it was the habit of that gallant "war-horse" of the Calaveras democracy, Colonel Starbottle, at the close of a political campaign, to return to his original profession of the Law. Perhaps it could not be called a peaceful retirement.
The same fiery-tongued eloquence and full-breasted chivalry which had in turns thrilled and overawed freemen at the polls were no less fervid and embattled before a jury.
Yet the Colonel was counsel for two or three pastoral Ditch companies and certain bucolic corporations, and although he managed to import into the simplest question of contract more or less abuse of opposing counsel, and occasionally mingled precedents of law with antecedents of his adversary, his legal victories were seldom complicated by bloodshed.
He was only once shot at by a free-handed judge, and twice assaulted by an over-sensitive litigant.
Nevertheless, it was thought merely prudent, while preparing the papers in the well known case of "The Arcadian Shepherds' Association of Tuolumne versus the Kedron Vine and Fig Tree Growers of Calaveras," that the Colonel should seek with a shotgun the seclusion of his partner's law office in the sylvan outskirts of Rough and Ready for that complete rest and serious preoccupation which Marysville could not afford.