JUDICIARY: De Senectute

Behind their walnut bench in the square inner chamber of their great marble temple, the nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the U. S. looked down upon an attorney arguing. Had a New Jersey school board impaired the obligation of contracts in reducing the salaries of school teachers who had fixed tenures of office? Through the chamber's marble columns, Court Clerk Charles Elmore Cropley—he who held the cellophane-covered Bible on which Franklin Roosevelt renewed his oath of office (TIME, Feb. 1)—appeared and laid some mimeographed sheets before Chief Justice Charles...

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