Books: Human Being

MR. JUSTICE HOLMES—Francis Biddle —Scribner ($2.50).

One day in 1911 Mr. Justice Holmes of the U.S. Supreme Court welcomed a new secretary just out of Harvard Law School. "My son," said Holmes, "my philosophy is divided into two parts, each equally important: the first—keep your bowels open; and the second—well, the second is somewhat more complex and a part of your duties is to hear it during the next nine months."

The secretary so humanly addressed was young Francis Biddle of the Philadelphia Biddies, now U.S. Attorney General. He has made an offering in...

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