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Maitre Fernand Labori, the renowned French barrister, gave a short talk last evening in the Living Room of the Union. He was given a most flattering ovation by the audience of law students and and members of the College who crowded the room and balconies to their capacity.
President Lowell introduced Maitre Labori as the head of the French bar giving a recapitulation of the Dreyfus cases, in which M. Labori figured so prominently. He was counsel for the defence when Captain Dreyfus was granted a new trial, and during the course of the case was shot by a would-be assassin. President Lowell extolled his bravery in facing adverse public opinion because he deemed himself in the right.
On rising, Maitre Labori was greeted with a second hearty ovation. He assured his audience in his charming English that his purpose in coming before them was not to deliver a lecture, his lack of strength did not permit that, but merely to talk in a friendly way. "My experiences have been so varied," he said, "that I can talk, not only of the law but about doctors and surgeons."
He spoke of the admiration that he felt for the American youth,--his physical prowess, his mentality, and his splendid athletic games. "And I consider it a great honor," he said, "to be received among you, the founders of whose University have so inseparably joined it with the older institutions of Europe. I only wish that relations between Paris and Cambridge might be more extensive, not only that you should have intercommunications with the Sorbonne, but that we might exchange representatives of the law."
M. Labori expressed his regrets that his strength did not permit him to speak further, but the applause was so urgent that he again rose and spoke shortly in French-"ma langue pardroit,"-expressing again his deep appreciation of his warm reception.
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