Press: Comics & Courtesy

Most metropolitan newspapers keep heir private squabbles politely hidden from public gaze, but Washington, D. C. presents two notable exceptions. One is the Washington Post, published by bald, scholarly Eugene Meyer, onetime Governor of the Federal Reserve Bank. The other is Hearst's Washington Herald, run by saucy, red-haired Eleanor ("Cissy") Patterson.

They quarrel about everything, rudely finger-point each other's blunders in derisive front-page jibes. Their longest-standing squabble, concerning comic strips, reached a ludicrous end last week. It began immediately after Banker Meyer bought the decadent Post at auction from the...

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