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"The writing is small, in a cursive hand, made by a blue ball-point pen, fine-tipped. The words are of varying length, but they spell nothing"
On October 4, 1953, Earl Warren was conducted to the seat of the Chief Justice of the United States, a high-backed chair in the center of a raised bench in this nation’s most majestic courtroom. The former California governor and state attorney general had never before presided over a courtroom, knew little about Washington affairs, and was largely unacquainted with other members of the Court. Even so, he inherited and rapidly brought to resolution a series of cases that profoundly altered the course of American history.
President Carter has many demands and challenges before him. Here is another one, a plea that he lead the way to a real nourishment of the arts and humanities in America.