A Lady in Boomtown: Miners and Manners on the Nevada Frontier - Page 97
could be repealed by popular vote, the public clamor began to demand the recall of judges who were accused of interpreting the laws to the advantage of powerful interests. Hugh sympathized with pleas for justice to the West, but he was alarmed by the danger to the judicial system inherent in any move to recall judges by popular vote. In 1912, when he was invited to make the commencement address at the University of Nevada, my husband took the opportunity to express his opinions on this grave matter. The following year I accompanied Hugh when he went to the American Bar Association meeting in Milwaukee. At the opening session a gentleman rose to make an announcement from the floor. Hugh whispered to me that he was chairman of the Committee on the Recall. When he began to speak, I glanced at Hugh with indrawn breath, for, holding a small pamphlet above his head, he said: “ Mr. Chairman, I wish to call to the attention of the Association this address given by Mr. Hugh Brown of Nevada on the dangers of the recall of judges. It is the most competent and comprehensive treatment of the subject that has come to my attention.” After this commendation, Hugh was inter-viewed that day by many lawyers. During the session he was appointed to the Committee on the Recall, and membership on other important committees followed rapidly.
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