Grover Cleveland, of Buffalo, N. Y., was beginning his second term as U S President when a man named Walter Platt Cooke, recently come of age, put his legal services in the Buffalo market. He knew Buffalo—it was about the only city he did know. It had supplied his crib, his rattle, his roller skates, his education— everything except an LL. B. degree which he had obtained from across the hills, at Cornell University.

Grover Cleveland was leaving office never to return when Mr. Cooke—now married to a Buffalo girl, May Louise Perry—was...

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