JUDICIARY: A Well-Lighted Arena

Whittaker Chambers and Algeu Hiss had been silhouetted dimly for ten months against smoky fires which smoldered at the foundations of state. The baleful glow did not light them sharply; as they swayed and grappled it was only possible to tell that they were locked in a strange and merciless combat and that one, or both, would inevitably suffer a total and deathlike disgrace.

Last week the Hiss-Chambers case was formally brought before a bar of justice in a Manhattan federal courtroom. In a strictly legal sense, only Alger Hiss was on trial. But in a larger sense both men...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!