Chief Justice Taft went to his home town, Cincinnati, and made a speech on the Supreme Court. His text was Salmon P. Chase, a former resident of Cincinnati and Chief Justice. The occasion was the unveiling of the Chase monument.
Mr. Taft made no reference to the recent vitriolic attacks on the Court. But his speech was accepted as-an answer to attack.
The point: Chase was Chief Justice after the Civil War, when the Court was bitterly assailed by radical Republicans, but the Court outlived its assailants. Its decisions, under Chase,...