He was detained for a moment, to answer questions, and got out just in time to see Bart, apparently pleased, get into Greer’s carriage and ride away. The Judge looked thoughtful at this; and a close observer would have noticed a serious change in the expression of his face.
Of course he was well and intimately known to all parties present, and his frank and cordial manners left him always open to the first approach. He listened to the comments upon the trial, which all turned upon Bart’s efforts, and the Judge could easily see that the young advocate had at once become the popular idol. He was asked what he thought of Bart’s speech, and replied that one could hardly judge of a single effort, but that the same speech in the higher courts would undoubtedly have gained for its author much reputation, and that if Bart kept on, and did himself justice, he was certainly destined to high distinction. It was kind, judicious, and all that was deserved, but it was not up to the popular estimate, and one remarked that “the Judge never did like him”; another, “that the Judge was afraid that Julia would take a liking to Bart, and he hoped she would”; and a third, “that Bart was good enough for her, but he never did care for girls, who were all after him.”
How freely the speech of the common people runs!
Two or three things occurred during the Autumn which had some influence upon the fortunes of Barton.
Five or six days after the trial, he received a letter, postmarked Auburn, which read as follows:
“Beware of Greer.
Don’t listen to him.
Be careful of your associations.”