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Chapter 77: Aftermath

May 27, 1904Jacksonville, Florida Oh, God, my head. I awoke gripping my head between my hands, in a fetal position on the bed. Somewhere, there was this loud pounding that was echoing and resonating on the inside of my skull. The pain was so intense; I opened my eyes a […]

Chapter 76: Sworn-in

May 26, 1904Jacksonville, Florida Two days after the ceremony at Stetson, on May 26, seven of our eight-member, freshly graduated class went to Jacksonville to be admitted to the Florida Bar. After we were sworn in at the Duval County Courthouse by Judge Locke, and were officially lawyers, we decided […]

Chapter 74: Valedictory

May 23, 19049:15 pmJohn B Stetson University AuditoriumDeland, Florida The auditorium was crowded, hot and stifling, with guests in finery and suits, students, and graduates wearing three-piece suits under silk robes. Even though it was after 9 pm, men were fanning themselves with their straw hats and ladies who had […]

Chapter 62: My Grandfather

February 10, 1903 Dr. F.C. Wilson’s Home Chipley, Florida I’m in Chipley for a few days visiting my father, stepmother, and Grandfather Maxwell. He now lives with my father; Grandfather Maxwell is  frail these days.  Although Grandfather has been living with my uncle Evelyn Maxwell in Pensacola, Grandfather prefers to […]

Chapter 61: The Goal

January 4, 1903 East Hall Men’s Dormitory Stetson University DeLand, Florida I love where I am at this moment. This is different than the Seminary, and the Business College; this is about joining in active discussions with my professors about something I am entirely interested in, and this all makes […]

Chapter 59: I Begin at Stetson

September 25, 1902Stetson UniversityDeLand, Florida I stood outside Science Hall at 7:30 am Thursday morning, September 25; it was a clear day, a cool morning, but I was sweating and nervous. I hadn’t had anything to drink since I arrived on campus day before yesterday; I’ve been too busy getting […]

Chapter 51: Inauguration Blues

January 7, 1901 The Leon Hotel Tallahassee, Florida Cephas and I met his friend and former law partner, Walter Kehoe, in the lobby of The Leon Hotel right before supper. Walter had come to Tallahassee ahead of us by a day or so. “Legal business with the Governor-elect,” he said […]

Chapter 49: Following Clues

September 10, 2016 University of Maryland Research Carrel College Park, Maryland If Emmett didn’t go back to WFS for the second half of the sophomore term (1901), what did he do? Knowing Emmett’s father, I doubt he  lounged around on the porch swing or his father’s hammock smoking cigars, contemplating […]