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The greatest living authority in this country on constitutional law is Judge Thomas M. Cooley of this city. Hisgreatwork on Constitutional Limitations made his reputation nut only in this country but ■wherever the English tongue is spoken and English law enforced. It is quoted as authority in all the courts of this country and is almost the only American law book of ing American authors quóted as ■authority in the decisions of the higher courts of England. Tudge Cooley has devoted much of his life work to the study of constitutional points and the words of no man go so far in settling such points in dispute in this country. In an interview recently with ex-Mayor Hodges, of Baltimore, on the obstructive tactics adopted in the U. S. Senate to prevent the repeal of the Sherman law, Judge Cooley said: "It is a fundamental principie ol representative government that the majority shall rule. It was the intention of the founders of our constitution, and embodied in the constitution, that the majority in each house of congress should control the deliberations of that house, any exception to this rule being specifically stated. Now for a majority of the senate to concede, for any reason, that a rule of practice in debate, or of senatorial courtesy, makes it possible for a minority to prevent legislation by indefinitely protracting debate, is equivalent to revolution. It is as much revolution as though accomplished with arm and violence. "If the minority can postpone legislation for one session they may for a second, and so on. The mijority cannot constitutionally concede the existence of a rule or custom which is subversive of their right and duty of legislation." The published interview formed the topic of the leading editorials of most of the great papers of the country. Nowhere has the real point at issue, the right of the majority to rule, been more succinctly stated. The few words above quoted cover the whole ground. The majority in this county shall rule, and to recognize and enforce a doctrine which puts the policy of the government in the hands of a minority is nothing less than a revolution in the fundamental principie of our government.


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