Mission: Find This Cartoon

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June 25, 2015 12:13 p.m.

Calling all law and research librarians. In his majority opinion today, Chief Justice Roberts makes a reference to an old law review article which itself makes reference to a cartoon from that time. Here’s the citation:

Cf. Frankfurter, Some Reflections on the Reading of Statutes, 47 Colum. L. Rev. 527, 545 (1947) (describing a cartoon “in which a senator tells his colleagues ‘I admit this new bill is too complicated to understand. We’ll just have to pass it to find out what it means.’”).

Can you help us find that cartoon? No special significance beyond its mention in today’s opinion and my own curiosity about it. If you find it, scan it and send it, along with details about when and where it was published, to the TPM tips line at the top left of the page under the TPM logo. Thanks in advance.

Late Update: Many immediate responses. Will post the cartoon shortly. Thanks for the help!

Later Update: Here’s the cartoon:

The good folks at Language Log have the backstory. Note the slight error in what the cartoon actually says. The last line is “… we’ll just have to pass it to find out how it works!” not “We’ll just have to pass it to find out what it means.”

(Thanks to the many readers who went on the hunt so fast.)

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