The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, July 29, 1910, Page 15, Image 15

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JULY 20, 191
The Commoner.
Protest Against Hughes
Following is tho protest filed by
the American anti-trust league with
the United States senate against the
confirmation of the nomination of
Governor Hughes to bo justice of the
supremo court:
Washington, D. C, May 1, 1910.
To the Honorable, the Senate of the
United States and the Committee
on the Judiciary:
The undersigned respectfully peti
tion the members of "the judiciary
committee and tho senate of the
United States to proceed with espe
cial deliberation and caution in the
matter of confirming the appointment
of Charles E. Hughes of New York
as a justice of the supreme court of
the United States.
Our reason for so doing is that we
desire to protest most emphatically
against the confirmation of said
Charles E. Hughes, on the ground
that in several respects his appoint
ment to the supreme court is highly
improper and unsafe for the best in
terests and welfare of the people of
the United States.
Wo make our protest to your hon
orable committee with no personal
bias or malice whatever toward Mr.
Hughes and solely with the view of
performing a public duty in the pub
lic interest.
It is now universally recognized by
citizens of every state and of every
calling that a grave crisis exists in
tho conflict of interests between the
great lawless combination known as
trusts on tho one side and the people
of these United States on the other.
We protest against the confirma
tion of Charles E. Hughes as a justice
of the supreme court for the reason
that no one familiar with Mr.
Hughes' public record can believe
that his mental leanings are other
than friendly to the purposes and
plans of the men at the head of these
great trust conspiracies against the
people, which are now so menacing
to this country.
Wo 'protest against his confirma
tion for the reason that it is a matter
pf public record that many of the
men of the greatest power at the
heads of these trusts and who con
trol the unlawful monopolies in the
"ocessaries of life as well as those
ersons who control the transporta
tion trusts and tho money trusts
were his active supporters and large
contributors to the campaign funds
used to elect Mr. Hughes as governor
of New York.
Among those trust officials who
contributed most heavily to elect
their friend, Mr. Hughes, to the gov
ernorship of New York and who un
doubtedly are now favoring his ap
pointment to the supreme court
bench, were men prominent in the
control of the tobacco trust, the
standard Oil trust, 'he coal trust
and the railroad trust, who are now
on trial for their offenses against
the laws of the United States, and
their cases will be among the very
nrst which Governor Hughes will be
caned to decide if he were con
"rmed by and with the advice and
consent of the senate to sit as a
justice of the supreme court of tho
United States.
The specious claim of the friends
or Governor Hughes, who are mak
ing such an active campaign for his
J a.mPagn, that he would only decide
wnat he thought was henestly right,
no sufficient warrant for his con
ciliation .when we realize that the
records of human history are full
nnoiH names of men who, when in
iosmc.ns of great power, performed
acts which they thought were hon-
m,H;.igllt and yet th0SQ acts re
suited in terrible and Irreparable in
jury and suffering to their fellow
One of the most dangerous of all
men to intrust with great power is
tho strong-headed, able and deter
mined man who thinks he is right
when he is wrong. And in no public
office in these United States are there
greater possibilities of public injury
than in having men so constltntori
sitting for life on the supreme court
We protest against the confirma
tion of Charles E. Hughes because
we are convinced that a thorough in
vestigation by the judiciary commit
tee and tho senate will disclose tho
fact that he is a man of the typo
above described, and that his precon
ceived views, to which he holds most
tenaciously on public questions such
as the income tax, the two-cent faro
law, the propriety of accepting large
amounts of money for campaign pur
poses from trust officials whoso cases
are now pending, in sums which may
practically decide an election, show
that much beside his legal learning
and amiable personality should be
taken into consideration in deciding
on his confirmation.
We especially protest against his
immediate confirmation to this life
position of great power which in the
ordinary course of events he will fill
for a quarter of a century with un
limited opportunity to affect the weal
or woe of the American people, for
the reason that he has announced
that he will not undertake the duties
of the office until after the first of
October, so that no public injury can
possibly arise from the senate taking
time to make a mos,t thorough in
quiry into Mr. Hughes' qualifications
and fitness for the supreme court.
We protest against the appoint
ment of Governor Hughes to the su
premo court for the reason that,
should ho prove as we fear he will, a
judge friendly to the pretensions of
the great lawless trusts, then all the
ground that the people have won
against the trusts in the last twenty
years of struggle will be practically
lost. We respectfully 'ask a reason
able time to present to your honor
ably body the evidence which will
verify the statements contained in
this protest.
Vice Chairman Executive Commit
tee, American Anti-Trust League, H.
J. Schultis.
National Secretary, H. B. Martin.
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