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Mr. Chancellor, Mr. Dean and Members of the Graduating Class: I am well aware that what I have to say this evening cannot prove of general interest to the audience which is here assembled. But I am confident that the friends who grace this festival with their presence recognize the fact that this occasion belongs to the graduating class, and that any words spoken to-night should be addressed to them. If I can say anything which may be helpful to these gentlemen who now have completed the preparation which the Law School affords and are about to assume the heavy responsibility which active practice of the law imposes, I shall feel that this evening has been well spent though my words prove to be silver and not gold, and my speech be ungarlanded with even "the humble flowers of the mountains."
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