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In an era of great orators, Mr. Evarts became one of the foremost, if not the
foremost, orator of his time. But, above all, he was a lawyer and such was his
ability that he was slated to become Chief Justice of the United States Supreme
Court. This honor was denied him, however, due to political enmities incurred when
.he successfully defended President Andrew Johnson against impeachment charges.
Granted that Mr. Evarts was a remarkable man, it seems incredible that he could
have accomplished so much in one lifetime, albeit it was a long one! He was Secretary
of State, Attorney-General, Counsel at Geneva where the Alabama claims were
settled, authority on international law, corporation lawyer and in between times, he
found time to oppose the ablest lawyers of the day and to win favorable decisions
approximately three-quarters of the time! He also helped crack the Tweed ring, was
a charter member of the Republican party and was first president of the New York
His learning and his capacity to learn he attributed to the formal discipline
instilled in him in the Boston Latin School and his later studies at Yale and Harvard
under Professors Story and Greenleaf. But it was really his intense love of the law
plus his remarkable gift of oratory that made him the most outstanding lawyer of
the nineteenth century. Excerpts from a few of his great speeches show his
farsightedness, e.g., his advocacy of Pan-Americanism, his concern with national problems
and his desire to perpetuate the America way of life. In fact, these words "held to
a strict measure of accountability", framed in 1879 when American interests were
threatened, and used again by Woodrow Wilson in the Lusitania note of 1915, could
again be used today.
The biographer cleverly weaves quotations from the more famous' speeches into
the story and holds the reader's interest to the end. Lawyer and historian alike
should acknowledge this work of Chester L. Barrows; the former, for the able telling
of the tale of a great lawyer; the latter, for an insight into the politics and political
scandals of the day, authenticated by an extensive bibliography. From either viewpoint
the American public is properly introduced to a great man-William M. Evarts.
ARBITRATION IN ACTION.
pp. ix, 412. $3.50.
By Frances Kellor. New York: Harper & Brothers. 1941.
"Arbitration in Action" was, the preface says, written "... in response to an
overwhelming number of inquiries ... by men, organizations, companies, and unions who
want to know how, when and where to arbitrate disputes. . . ." That the work
accomplishes this with eminent success is obvious. It goes, however, much further
in that it proves itself to be of value to the legal profession.
Today the nation is engaged in a gigantic effort to immunize itself against
aggression. Production time lost in dispute may be as costly a defeat as one suffered on the
battlefield. Arbitration assures the speedy solution of disputes. To those who would
arbitrate, "Arbitration in Action" is an indispensable primer. Starting with the
nature and purpose of arbitration, Miss Kellor takes the reader in hand and step by
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