In a small Texas town, an ex-Country Judge is a cashier of the bank.
"The check is all right, sir," he said to a stranger, "But the evidence you offer in identifying yourself as the person to whose order it is drawn is scarcely sufficient."
"I've known you to hang a man on less evidence, Judge," was the stranger's response.
"Quite likely," replied the ex-Judge, "but when it comes to letting go of cold cash we have to be careful ..."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes: From The Pocket University Volume VII, Part I, American Wit and Humor, Edited by Thomas L. Mason, 1925.
----------------A Final Thought ...
"The advice of their elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935), U.S. jurist. Speech, 8 January 1897, Boston