The frontier judge was sitting in an improvised court room, surrounded by the various lawyers and other members of the community. The room was of modest size, the day hot, and the afternoon wearing on. The judge was clearly growing impatient with one lawyer's tedious arguments and began making rulings designed to move the trial along. The lawyer, an exceedingly wordy and self-important representative of his profession, bristled at the judge's actions and tempers grew hot.

At last, after yet another round of detailed argument, the judge pointed to his ear and said,

"Counselor, you must be aware that, at this time, everything you say goes in one ear and out the other."

"Your honor," replied the lawyer, "that goes without saying. What is there to prevent it?"

----------------A Final Thought ...

"Trial. A formal inquiry designed to prove and put upon record the blameless characters of judges, advocates and jurors."

- Ambrose Gwinett Bierce (1842-1914?), US author, editor, cynic: The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906)