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ofthe past and the marvelous opportunities of the present, our long- I
, ings and expectations are ever summed up in our eager desire to lift the §
1 shadowy veil and discern the coming events that are already casting  
  V their shadows before them. °
i t It` ever an occasion demanded a prophet to foretell the future fame ·
I and honor of those who participated in its exercises, certainly this oc-
¥ ‘casion justifies me in telling you of the future achievements and occu- Q
  patious of the class of ’96, the highest intellectual product that has been i
' evolved since the dawn of time. I am sure that you will agree that  
I. the forces of evolution since they iirst began to operate have been en-  
  gaged through all the ages in the special task of evolving the class of  
_? ’96. In placing before you this brilliant array of brain and beauty, the  
  hope of Kentucky and the expectancy of the old State College, we are g
X sure that you will not be disappointed, we are certain that when the l
members of this class lay siege to the great questions that are perplex- L r
ji, _ ing the statesmen, philosophers and scientists, that their mighty brains- 1
  " teeming with original space"——will afford an easy and just solution for K
— them all. I see through the parting folds of that mysterious veil that e
· separates the 19th from the 2(lth century, the class of ’96, each member
reigning supreme, the monarch of all he surveys in the realm of his
chosen profession, efiieient and useful actors in the eventful scenes of V
life, sharing the honors and blessings of a glorious triumph a11d so act-
_ ing and distinguishing themselves, as to reiiect honor on themselves .
and the institution from which they graduated.
at I see Dean standing forth a mighty champion in the profession of
law, by his gifts and aequirements he is naturally one ofthe leading at-
torneys of the state. I can see him as he stands before thatjury plead-
if ing earnestly for the life of some great criminal, and as he becomes
° - greatly interested in the welfare of his client he waxes eloquent and ad-
  dresses the jury in this manner :
ig · " Gentlemen of the jury, the wreck of God’s image is now before
I you, under trial for murder; he entered the threshold of manhood with
the hopeful prospects of a long, useful and honorable life, richly
W blessed with personal graces and mental gifts; he cast his lot among
you and began his professional career as you all know, under a clear
·. ‘ sky beaming with gilded promises, but how deceitful often are the i
I brightest hopes of men. Already he whose horizon was recently so.
bright and promising hangs on the precipice of a yawning gulf doomed `
to an ordeal rare, if not unexampled in a land of Justice, Liberty and
. Law," and so he goes on pleading with such force and eloquence that