The scene was the State Law Library in Jefferson City. A young man was studying one of the many reference books when an older man walked up to him.The elder man asked the younger what he was doing. “Trying to learn a little law,” replied the younger man.”Well,” said the older man sarcastically, “if that is true, you certainly should not be looking among some of the recent reports of the Supreme Court of Missouri.”The younger man was North Todd Gentry, later Missouri’s Attorney General. The crusty old lawyer was an outspoken man and an outside jurist. In fact, he was a member of the court he had just maligned.
Henry Whitelaw Bond was his name.

AOWM January 27, 2005