Mans Best Friend

Have you ever wondered where the Phrase
 "Man's Best Friend" Originated?

The Phrase "Man's Best Friend" originated in a court of law.
Back in October 28, 1869, a man's dog (named Old Drum),
was shot to death by a neighbor.  Animals had no rights back
in those days, but the man wanted justice and so he hired 3
lawyers to sue the man who shot his dog.  One of these
lawyers, named George Graham Vest, is given credit for
originally coining the phrase "Man's Best Friend" during
his final summation to the jury.  By the time he was finished
with his speech, the jury only took 2 minutes to reach a verdict.
The jury awarded the victim $5
(a very large amount of moneyback then).  The jury also wanted
the man to be sent to prison, but there were no laws governing
this type of incident back then so the judge was not able to
honor the jury's request for prison time.  

This is a record of the final summation given by the lawyer................

Gentlemen of the Jury 

The best friend a man has in the world may turn against
him and become his enemy.  His son and daughter that
he had reared with loving care may become ungreatful.  
Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom
we trust with our happiness and our good name, may
become traitors to their faith.  The money that a man
has, he may lose.  It flies away from him when he may
need it most.  Man's reputation may be sacrificed in a
moment of ill considered action.  The people who are
prone to fall on their knees and do us honor when success
is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice
when failure settles it's cloud upon our head.  The only
absolutely unselfish friend a man may have in this selfish
world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never
proves ungreateful or treacherous is his dog.  

A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and poverty, in
health and sickness.  He will sleep on the cold ground,
when the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely,
if only he can be near his master's side.  He will kiss
the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds
and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the
world.  He guards the sleep of a popper as if he were a prince.  
When all other friends desert...he remains.  

When riches take wings and reputations fall to pieces,  he
is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through
the heavens.  If fortune drives the master fourth an outcast
into the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks
no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard
him against danger, to fight against his enemies, and when
the last scene of all comes, and death takes his master in its
embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter
if all other friends pursue their way, there by his grave side will be
the noble dog be found, his head between his paws and his
eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness faithful and true even to death.


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