National Affairs: Countess v. Princess

A deep-rooted Washington belief is that Mrs. Nicholas ("Princess Alice") Longworth, wife of the Speaker of the House, exercises a potent backstage influence on U. S. politics. When Mrs. Eleanor Medill Patterson (onetime Countess Gizycka) became editrix of William Randolph Hearst's Washington Herald last summer, she attracted notice with a signed front-page declaration to the effect that the only political assistance Mrs. Longworth could render Senate Nominee Ruth Hanna McCormick in Illinois was posing for photographs. It appeared that the Countess was out to explode the "Princess" legend, for business or other...

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