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F.L. Rossbach, manager of the Washington Shirt Company located in Chicago, is charged with violating a law against using the American flag in advertisements.

Rossbach insists that his use of an image of the flag is not only not disrespectful, but is in fact lawful because he had registered his company's trademark — which included the flag — in 1898.

The judge dismisses the case and challenges defenders of anti-desecration laws:

"Wherein is the flag desecrated by making a lithograph or a picture thereof as a trade-mark? If the common use of the flag is to abate veneration of it, why did our solons pass a law making it compulsory upon those in charge to fly the national emblem from the flagstaff of every school house."
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