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"PECULIARITY" OF LOUIS D. BRANDEIS
No man of this generation has. struck harder blows at criminal
Big Business and social injustice than Louis D. Brandeis. In re
centhearings at Washington he literally "hurled the thunder?' and
it reverberated across the land.
What shall Big Business do about Brandeis? It can't answer
his tremendous facts. Its sharpest lawyers are unable to cope with
him on points-bf law;. What shall be done,?
Somehow, he must be ch"scfredited, or he will tunuthe thpught
of the nation against private monopqly and against the heartless
exploitation of defenceless labor in vast industries where no union
is tolerated. -' 2 z
. They are after him with private circulars sent boadcast, and
with flaring advertisements in eastern newspapers. 'Peculiar
Practices of the 'People's Lawyer "' is the head-line.
The charge is that he was once attorney forthe shoe machinery
trust, and that in that capacity he advised the Massachusetts legis
lature not to'pasVcertaini measures designed to restrain his client's
That is true. It occurred in 1906. Brandeis then believed the
shoe machinery company might prove the possibility of such a thing
as the "good 'trust". He thought its method of leasing valuable
machinery to men of small means, on equal terms with men of large
means, would foster competition among shoe jnanufacturers (as to
some extent it has done) and he had his client's assurance that the
abuses complained of wonld be 'remedied without legislation.
The event proved that this was" a delusive'hope that the com
pany insisted on doing business jn a way not only destructive of all
competition in the making of shoe machinery, but in a way intoler
able to free mep'. ' (- -
He resigned as counsel and director, sold his few shares of
stock, put his services at thedisposal of the oppressed manufac
turers, and. openly fought the 'all-powerful trust before congress
and public ppinion.
Such a course is indeed' a "peculiar practice" f on the part of a
lawyer in these days. But if is peculiarly characteristic of the great
patriot, the great lover of mankind, Louis D. Brandeis".
xney cannot dispute nis lacts. iney cannot turn 'tne Keen
blades of his logic. What CAN they do? Nothing! j
They're "up against it." ' ?
Well, let Norway take her lit-1 the North Pole, and its lonerer.
le old South Pole. We've got J with more iceSa it.