The Press: Sleep, Baby, Sleep

Greedy photographers for weeks had been circling silently, hungrily around a little house in Manhattan's tangled Greenwich Village. They had prowled darkly through abutting houses, peering out of windows, climbed walls, offered bribes. The bait was a baby. The baby's mother was Grace Mailhouse Burnham. The baby's father was unknown. Baby Vera had been eugenically conceived and born. Intelligent, well-to-do Mother Burnham had wanted a baby. These facts she admitted freely (TIME, Jan. 30). Newspapers empurpled columns with the history, speculated as to papa, collected opinions from bigwigs and gumchewers. To...

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