The first important case decided by the Supreme Court since its return from its Summer recess, on Oct. 1, was its decision on the Washington and California anti-alien land laws. The Pacific Coast states have made a succession of efforts to exclude Orientals, especially Japanese, from citizenship and from the possession of farm land.

During its last term, the Supreme Court upheld the laws denying Japanese citizenship. The present decision covers the laws of Washington and California which prohibit land-owning by aliens ineligible for citizenship or by aliens who have not declared...

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