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THE DAY BOOK
500 SO. PEORIA ST. " g398 TEL. MONROE 353
Vol. 1, No. 74 - Chicago, Friday, Dec. 22, 1911 One Cent
"BIG BUSINESS" AND HUMANITY BRANDEIS,
' PEOPLE'S LAWYER, GLIVES HIS VIEWS
Talks Three Days to Senate Committee at Washington,
Giving Remarkable Statement of the Great Trust
Problem and Its Relation to the People.
By William E. Smythe.
Staff Correspondence. ""
Washington, D. C, Dec. 22. Anybody with an idea as to what'
to do with the white elephant of the times big business has "been.,
greedily heard by the senate committee on interstate commerce.
Here to the'cofnmittee room came Judge Gary with his cheerful
tale of benevolent industry blessing the land, but interrupted in its
benign work by agitation, prosecution and uncertainty. And
George W. Perkins talked for hours about his proposed "court of
business" "to separate the bad trusts from the good trusts.
Then there came a new sort of witness.
An earnest man, carryinga big leather bag, evidently heavy
with facts; a man about as homely and awkward as Abraham Lin
coln; an eager man, hungry for the fight, with the stamp of stern
purpose on his face. Brandeis of Boston, "the people's lawyer."
He had not been talking long before .senators and audience
realized that, having listened patiently to the voice of money, they
now heard the voice of humanity. -f
He talked all of the forenon, then throughout the afternoon
until dark. But they had not heard enough. He talked another
forenoon not enough. He talked all of the second afternoon
1 "more, more," called committee and audience. In the meantime the
thunders he had hurjed had begun to reverberate acroSs the land
news and editorial columns were full of it. He went upon the stand
'a third day.
What did! Brandeis' say?
It would fill a god-sized book, but this was the gist of his
"Private monopoly is indefen
sible andjntolerable. Its central
arch the plea of efficiency is
built on sand, not on the bedrock