Disaster in New York Harbor
June 15, 1904, a day meant for sunshine and picnics, is the date of one
of the most senseless disasters in maritime history.
With almost 1,400
people on board, most of them women and children, a fire broke
out on a paddlewheel steamboat.
At least some of them might have been saved, but for useless fire-fighting
equipment and the refusal of the boat's captain to put to shore to allow passengers to escape. Though it was never far from
shore, a thousand lost their lives during the half-hour ordeal.
Read about how this terrible disaster which claimed more than a thousand lives occurred,
and how those who were responsible never saw justice in Disaster in New York Harbor.
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Disorder in the Court
"Heaven knows insanity was disreputable enough, long ago; but now that
the lawyers have got to cutting every gallows rope and picking every prison lock with it, it is become a sneaking villainy
that ought to hang and keep on hanging its sudden possessors until evil-doers should conclude that the safest plan was to
never claim to have it until they came by it legitimately. The very calibre of the people the lawyers most frequently try
to save by the insanity subterfuge ought to laugh the plea out of the courts, one would think." ~ Mark Twain: Unburlesquable Things, The Galaxy Magazine,
July 1870Courtroom Quotations
A thoughtful collection of quotes from the U.S. Supreme Court regarding
our most precious liberties. Link to a virtual tour of the Supreme Court.
My Lawyer's OK -- Lawyer Quotes