JUDGE L.L. MACK

 

DECEMBER 24 , 1909

THE DAILY SOLIPHONE


TRANSCRIBED BY : TINA EASLEY

TINA@GRNCO.NET


A DISTINGUISHED JURIST

ONE OF PARAGOULD'S MOST DISTINGUISHED CITIZENS WAS JUDGE L.L. MACK , FATHER OF A.P. AND MISS DELLA MACK , WHO MOVED HERE FROM GAINESVILLE ABOUT THE YEAR1887. JUDGE MACK WAS FOR SIXTEEN YEARS CIRCUIT JUDGE OF THIS JUDICIAL CIRCUIT , RANKED HIGH AS A LAWYER, WAS A LEADING LAYMAN IN THE METHODIST CHURCH AND A CITIZEN WHOSE MENTAL AND MORAL WORTH HAVE LEFT AN IMPRESS UPON THE COMMUNITY .

JUDGE MACK WAS A NATURAL WIT. HE WAS A CRIPPLE FROM INFANCY AND HAD ONLY SHORT STUBS FOR FINGERS. HE WAS RIDING HIS CIRCUIT ONE DAY , BEFORE THERE WERE ANY RAILROADS AND WAS GOING FROM HARRISBURG TO WITTSBURG . HE WAS OVERTAKEN BY A STRANGER WHO SEEMED TO BE VERY TALKATIVE. THE JUDGE WAS A LITTLE MOROSE AND UNCOMMUNICATIVE AND TOLD THE STRANGER HE DID NOT CARE TO TALK. AFTER RIDING SOME DISTANCE IN SILENCE THE STRANGER SAID : "SAY MISTER , I DON'T WANT TO BORE YOU IF YOU DON'T WANT TO TALK BUT IF YOU WILL EXCUSE ME I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW YOU LOST YOUR FINGERS." TO WHICH THE JUDGE REPLIED : " I WILL TELL YOU IF YOU WILL PROMISE NOT TO ASK ME ANOTHER QUESTION , AND THE STRANGER PROMISED. THEN SAID THE JUDGE "THEY WERE BIT OFF ." THE ANSWER ONLY INTENSIFIED THE STRANGER'S INTEREST , BUT HE WAS UNDER PROMISE TO ASK NO MORE QUESTIONS . THEY RODE FOR SEVERAL MILES AND NOT A WORD WAS SPOKEN , THE INTEREST OF THE STRANGER ALL THE TIME BECOMING MORE INTENSE. FINALLY THE STRANGER COULD HOLD IN NO LONGER AND HE VENTURED ANOTHER QUESTION AS FOLLOWS : "SAY , MISTER , I DON'T LIKE TO BREAK MY WORD BUT BEFORE WE PART I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT IN THE H--- BIT THOSE FINGERS OFF ?"

JUDGE MACK BUILT THE HOME NOW OCCUPIED BY HIS DAUGHTER , MISS DELLA , WHICH IS ONE OF THE FINEST RESIDENCE PROPERTIES IN THE CITY AND WILLED IT TO HER. SHE HAS HAD EXTENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS MADE ON IT IN RECENT YEARS.