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In spite of a firm decision that my writing and speaking days were at an

end, it is not possible for me to refuse the invitation of the editors of the Kansas

Law Review to contribute to its pages. Long absence from my native state has

never weakened the "ties that bind." My span of life, now covering one half of

the history of the United States, began on a Kansas farm only nine years after

the death of Abraham Lincoln. My father settled in Kansas in 1857, taking an

active part in making Kansas a "free State," and serving throughout the Civil

War in the 12th Kansas regiment. For twenty-five years my mother was a

successful teacher in the country schools of the state. My sister, for whom

Corbin Hall was named, was a professor of German in the University. It is

now seventy years, last June, since I received my bachelor's degree from the

University of Kansas, and for three years thereafter I taught in the high schools

of Augusta and Lawrence. My forty classmates in the class of 1894 were dear

to my heart; four of them still survive. In all of my subsequent seventy years

of experience, including stretches in four of our greatest universities, I have

found no abler teachers than Templin, Carruth, Williston, and Snow.

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