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42 TEXAS AND TEXANS FIFTY YEARS AGO.
loose. Harrison recovered the horse, but never had the satisfaction
of encountering the robber.
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CHARLEY STEWART, as everybody called him, became a resident
of Marlin in the early fifties, and a member of the Falls county
bar. The writer first met Stewart at Old Springfield, the then
county seat of Limestone county. He had come up from Galveston
and settled to practice his profession at Marlin. He was a young
man, tall, gawky and loosely jointed, and looked younger than he
really was. While Charley's personal appearance was somewhat
against him, he was really a live, bright, brainy man, worthy and
meritorious, and the people of the Thirteenth Judicial District
were not long in finding it out, for they elected him district attorney,
which position he successfully and ably filled. After the war
he moved to Houston, did a good. practice as a lawyer there, and
soon the people of that congressional district transferred him to
Congress. Charley Stewart was a pleasant, companionable man,
and had the art of making everybody in his company feel that he
was their friend and they did not forget him. He, too, has passed
over the river and joined the army of the great majority. His life
was useful to his countrymen, and the good he did survives him.
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D. M. PRENDERGAST, of the Limestone county bar, in 1851, resided
in the old town of Springfield, the then county seat, not a
vestige of which now remains. It, in the early fifties, was a busy
place. Besides being the county site, the district land office was
located there, and it was the general headquarters of land locators
and surveyors. Prendergast may be said to be the Nestor of the bar
of the Thirteenth District. He settled in the district at a very early
day, and he had the entire confidence of the people, both as a man
and lawyer. His practice extended to every county in the district.
While he was not an orator or what is termed a genius, he was a
man of solid attainments and practical common sense. He spoke
clearly and plainly and presented the law of his case to the court
in a forcible and pointed manner; his facts to the jury with the convincing
force that always accompanies a clean and truthful statement.
In the practice of the law he acted on the maxim that the
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