Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Today -100: February 17, 1916: Of hearings and letters


The confirmation hearings for Louis Brandeis’s nomination to the Supreme Court are set to drag on and on. That group of Boston Brahmins headed by A. Lawrence Lowell, president of Harvard, have even hired a lawyer to question witnesses before the Senate Sub-Committee, which will allow him to do so. The US Attorney for Boston will do the questioning on behalf of Brandeis. This is very unusual, there usually being no hearings at all, much less public hearings.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s letters are being auctioned off. One written when he was two sells for $5.50. One written in the Samoan language to the King of Malie sells for $195.


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