of circulation away from their homes. It vvas a continual
exercise of matters of judgment and decision on which large,
large questions of the welfare of our country depended. They
had to be decided quickly, and I was getting very tired.
Then they started some new business—first it was "How
ele, vou spell Medina?—R-A-T; How do you spell Medina?
R-A-T!" All those pickets out in front of the Courthouse
chanting all day long vvilh big signs that they carried around.
Well that didn't bother me at all. I just went on and then
after about a week of that, they started a new one. "Judge
Medina is ei blaiikelv blank." I won't tell you what they said,
but they kept that up, the use of that obscene language, all
el.ev chanting, hundreds of them, "Judge Medina is a Blank-
etv blank, .judge Medina is a blankety blank"—you could
here it all the way up there in my chambers. I soon began
to see the ingenuity of these fellows.
They didn't think I was going to get angry at the names
thev called me. Not after what they had been calling me all
along through this trial. That was not the point. They were
Irving to get me to slarl some contempt proceedings againsl
these pickets. Mind you. it had already been demonstrated
thai no judge would touch this trial or any part of it with a
ten-foot pole, and thus take part of the responsibility. I
don't ihink lhat ihey should have and I don't blame them
for thai, but these fellows saw that one man was running
lhe show. If they could only get him to slart a few contempt
proceedings, they could finish him off. I was tired, tired.
tired. 11 was hard to keep going. Then I began to get what
thev planned I should get^telephone messages from other
judges in New York—friends of mine—"Harold, can you
-laud this? Haven't you got any guts? Are you going to
let these fellows get away with calling you these names right
here in public—right here in New York—what will the
people eill over the country think of us?" And there were
Idlers from all over the country saying I had to do something about this, which is exactly whal llicse Communists
were up to. which is what they knew would happen, and so
lhe pressure was on. The pressure was not from their call-
in.' me names. The pressure was coming from my friends
and from my well-wishers, from the people who love
America and love American justice, and who just don I gel
the point that if I once started a few contempt proceedings
eiL'ainsI these fellows, with all the gelling of the evidence and
the having of the hearings and doing this and that, I
wouldn't have lasted a week.
It was not long after ibis lhat I was sitting there in court
on,- afternoon and I began lo feel dizzy and weak and I was
afraid I would faint on the bench. I did not know what to
el.i and finally I said, "I have got to take a recess; I don't
feel well and I am going out to lie down."
If you could have seen the look on those Communists'
faces when I said that, as much as to say—"We have gol
him now. we have got him now," and I thoughl they did
hen e- me. I really did nol ibink I was ever going to be able
lo go back. I went out into the same little room where we
heul the colloquy about the questions that Judge Lybell had
Formulated, and I lay down there on a couch. I tell you. I
did some praying there lhal afternoon. You know, faith is a
wonderful thing. When I prayed, I really meant it. emd
there were ei lot of Other people praying for me while that
trial wenl on. Don't ever underestimate thc power of prayer.
You never know when lhe crisis will come for you. When I
wa- practicing as a lawyer. I never dreamed that I would
ever gel into such a thing as that. I don't know why I was
ever selected. I guess no one knows. But ten or fifteen minute- in thai little room and I felt stronger. 1 went back on
the bench again and I continued on to the end.
When this trial was all over I sentenced the lawyers to
jail and sentenced all the defendants to jail, and I was getting ready to go away for three or four months, and get a
little rest. I came down to the courthouse to say goodbye to
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