JUDICIARY: Drowning Man

Surrounded by newsmen, Republican Senate Leader James Eli Watson last week threw his hands despairingly above his head, closed his eyes, gave an imitation of a drowning man sinking for the last time. By these gestures the Senator meant to convey his feelings about the news that the Senate Judiciary Committee a few minutes before had voted ten-to-six against the confirmation of Judge John Johnston Parker to the U. S. Supreme Court (TIME, March 31).

The Judiciary Committee's adverse report on Judge Parker was a hard blow to President Hoover who had...

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