Conspicuously absent from all last week's super-functions in Washington was the fine, bearded figure of the U. S. Chief Justice. Stricken with a duodenal ulcer, Charles Evans Hughes, 77, lay in his bed at home, so sick that his friends regretfully concluded he would never again take his place upon the Supreme Bench.

Flu forced Mr. Hughes to stay away from the Court from March 6 to April 17, but when he returned everyone commented on what an amazing comeback he had made. His step was firm and vigorous, his color high, eye bright, voice strong. Then he began to fail....

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