[When Homer Cummings took the oath of office as Attorney General, the Department of Justice was centered in a leased building at Vermont Avenue and K Street, N. W., with groups of employees scattered among several other buildings in the city. In the latter part of 1934 the Department moved to its new home, a magnificent establishment of some 1,500 offices erected by the government in the area between Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues and Ninth and Tenth Streets, N. W. The Attorney General's address at the dedication of the new building tells the story of the wanderings of the department. Ed.]
IT AFFORDS me great happiness to welcome you to the dedication of the new abode of the Department of Justice.
Truly, at last, we have come home and, in saluting this magnificent edifice, we indulge the hope that it may always be a house of Justice, a temple in which judgment, compassion, and understanding may ever find habitation and in which that fire "which burns at the heart of the world and whose name is "Justice" may never die.
It is interesting to recall that during the greater part of its 145 years of existence the legal department of the United States has been a governmental wanderer, with no local habitation of its own and, for more than half that period, without an authoritative name. This has been due, no doubt, to the rather unusual manner of its development. Every other executive branch of the