a tipsy but ultimately charming intellectual

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HORACE LUGN ESQ. FRIEND AND CONFIDANT OF ATTORNEY JOE HARDY


Horace Lugn is a tipsy but ultimately charming intellectual. His is a fellow Marylander like Joe Hardy and a congenial companion and a decent lawyer, if not as ambitious or far sighted as Joe Hardy is. He wants to quietly support Joe Hardy in his principled stand, but he himself has never taken a principled stand in his life. He is not that kind of man but self-aware and not claiming to be anything he is not. Lugn’s motto could be, get along to get along, yet he still is a good friend to Tom Hardy, if not the bravest one. Even with his weak character, Horace Lugn still plays a vital part in this saga.


Below we see a scene between the two that reveals Horace Lugn’s character faults and personal charm. 


INT. HARDY LAW OFFICE LOS ANGELES 1850 - NIGHT 

  

Hardy is sitting at his desk studying a law book in front of him with a very serious expression on his face and his friend and fellow attorney Horace Lugn is sitting across from him and produces a bottle of whisky in front of him and two glasses he has in his coat pockets.


HORACE LUGN 

Why do all the Californios have to be here before 5 AM Hardy?  Doesn’t give those hard riding vaqueros much time for breakfast does it, or anything else.   


ATTORNEY JOE HARDY 

Think about it Lugn, what would happen if the Yankees in this town got wind that a hundred armed Vaqueros, armed and motivated Californios were coming into town to attack the Red Barber gang and rescue the Bravado boys out of the jail?


HORACE LUGN 

(pouring himself a drink) 

By the way, would you like a drink, this is good stuff that I have here.

 

ATTORNEY JOE HARDY 

Lugn, you timing is one of your best attributes.

  

Lugn Pours and hands Hardy a drink and they both take the moment to taste it.   


ATTORNEY JOE HARDY

 (CONT'D)

That stuff is really smooth, what do they call it again?   


HORACE LUGN 

It's new stuff that I got from a clipper ship captain for a will that I wrote for him.  It's called "blended whiskey" remember. The great thing is its not made locally.  It's stamped. Wait a minute, I know what would happen if the Yankees saw the Californios sneaking into town armed to the teeth. They would immediately go loco raving distracted crazy three ways from Sunday and lynch the boys and start a war, that’s what they’ll do if they see Californios sneaking into town armed to the teeth, no doubt about that.

   

ATTORNEY JOE HARDY 

That’s exactly what they’d do, and that's why everyone must be here but dawn in the cover of darkness. 


HORACE LUGN 

Those Yankee wouldn't think twice about starting a war either.  A lot of them would say it's about time to settle things and it wouldn't take much convincing either.  All they would have to see is one Californio with a rifle behind a rock wall to raise their bristles. And so Hardy, if this does start a war what side will you be on?

.

ATTORNEY JOE HARDY 

My clients side, I am a lawyer.

 

HORACE LUGN 

That's it and that's all?

 

ATTORNEY JOE HARDY 

As far as I can see I have the high ground.  I am not going to let anyone kill my clients before I can get them into court, period. You should have seen Lugn.  Mrs. Bravado cried and begged me to save her boys and if I did not do everything in my power to do that, I swear I couldn't live with myself.

 

HORACE LUGN 

And what about the Yankees?

 

ATTORNEY JOE HARDY 

They are flat out wrong.  What can a decent man do in the face of that?  This incredibly stupid and misplaced race feeling is going to make this town into a little hell hole instead of the paradise. I am sick of it.

 

HORACE LUGN 

You have some pretty strong feelings about all of this don't you.

 

ATTORNEY JOE HARDY 

Its the same feeling that I've had all my life, nothing new about this its just about am I going to abandon my beliefs when the pressures on, or not.  I've had to do a lot of thinking about this Lugn and my old jurisprudence professor at Columbia would be smiling now if he knew that my beliefs were finally being put to the test.  But, then I think about it Lugn.  These Yankee act like they are surrounded by a hostile force when they are not.  It is like they're seeing phantoms in their minds.

.

HORACE LUGN 

Maybe they are, that's a good one Hardy, maybe they are just seeing phantoms in their mind's.

 

ATTORNEY JOE HARDY 

Someday soon they will be forced to decide on the rule of law instead of phantom fears, but I can't go along with them now, because if I do that means going along with their lynching's doesn't it.  Let's be honest that is what they really want to do. The Yankees I mean.  They want to lynch the boys.  They really believe that is the answer to every difficult legal issue every time you have competing interests and I can't do that.  Then, every time they don't like the courts ruling then what?  Then they go with their race feeling instead of disciplined inquiry and legal process that's fair to all, is that really going to be it with them? There is really no place for me in that kind of world.   If it is that way then count me out.  If that is the way we do things in Los Angeles, then there is no law and Los Angeles is not where anyone will want to be.

 

HORACE LUGN 

Okay, you've convinced me, now what can I do to help short of picking up a gun and hitting the barricades?

 

ATTORNEY JOE HARDY 

I told Angel, for obvious reasons, to tell the Californios when they show up to sneak in behind those garden walls and to stay behind them until we are ready to strike. What you can do to help Lugn, that doesn't require a gun, is just stay here and help to hold down the fort.  I have to take a look around, but if Angel comes by get a count from him as to how many Californios have shown up. 


ATTORNEY JOE HARDY 

(CONT'D) 

I figure it will take at least seventy-five Californios to successfully take on those forty robbers that Red Barber has with him and if we can maintain the element of surprise we have a good chance to overcome them before they know it.  That way we will avoid a lot of needless blood shed on both sides.

 

HORACE LUGN 

Let’s hope so.