JUDICIARY: The Dissenting Court

This week the nine justices of the Supreme Court donned their black silk robes and marched in through the crimson-draped entrances behind the mahogany bench. The Court's 154th year began.

Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone, 71, had spent the summer in a shingle house in Bethel, Me. There he leafed through legal briefs, examined a stack of art books, but mainly just puttered. Justice Owen Roberts, 69, weeded and hoed on his 700-acre farm in Pennsylvania.

Some of the younger justices were more active. Hugo La Fayette Black, 58, met his sons (Lieut. Sterling...

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