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IF Supreme Court Justices ever wish they had a more interesting way to make a living, then the thought must have occurred to them frequently during the October, 1948 term; for as terms go, it was rather dull. If a social, an economic, and a political historian were each to write a volume on America in the decade of the 194o's, it is highly possible that, without being careless draftsmen, none of them would include any reference to the work of the Supreme Court at the 1948 term. The sole event certain to be chronicled is the tragic death of Justice Murphy shortly after the close of the term. Termination of his judicial work is of considerably more importance in the history of the Supreme Court as an institution than any other event of the year.

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