Judge Abbott's Stalwart Character
Eulogized by Waller at Funeral

Life Can Be no Blind Alley, Contemplating His Life, Declares Minister

"One of the noblest, greatest, sweetest men I have ever known," was the unreserved tribute to the late Judge A. J. Abbott uttered at the funeral yesterday afternoon at the Abbott home on Federal place by Dr. Waller, Methodist minister. "There was an invisible halo about him that convinced one of the reality of goodness and of God," said the speaker,"There was a massiveness as well as benignity about his character, his personality, his influence; his utterances were always measured, deliberate, clear and well considered. I never, even in the heat of political controversy, heard him say an unkind word about a fellow-creature; his was a stalwart character amid fluctuating things. In his presence you always felt that here was a truly great man. Although his head was crowned with Winter, Spring was in his heart. Looking upon such a character, one was more than ever convinced that the soul is immortal. Contemplating his life, we know in our innermost hearts that death does not bring the human soul to a blind alley."

Dr. Waller's tribute was one of the most feeling ever heard at a funeral in this city, and struck an answering chord in the heart of everyone of the large throng which filled the house at the exercises; a crowed notable for the variety of walks of life represented, a variety in itself significant token of the place Judge Abbott held in the community.

The services were very simple: the minister read a few verses of scripture and a sketch of Judge Abbott's life, and paid his own personal tribute informally and briefly. Then the flower heaped casket was taken to Fairview cemetery followed by a long line of autos, and the body consigned to earth with a scriptural reading and a prayer.

The pallbearers were J. C. Ca????? Jr., Charles H. Jennings, F. L. Wo???, Carl Gilbert, Henry Dendahl and B. ?? Thomas.


[Note: From an unidentified newspaper clipping. The clipping was partly folded over when xeroxed, obscuring part of the right-most column so that some of the pallbearer's names could not be deciphered. -- B. B. A.]