GREAT BRITAIN: First Act

Rough as thistle and dour as dominie's broadcloth is the Scottish Presbyterian who last week took over as Great Britain's Minister of Information. No government but Britain's would put direct wartime control of newspapers and newspapermen in the hands of a man who hates newspapers and newspapermen as much as does Sir John Charles Walsham Reith. He is said once to have had a reporter fired for flying an airplane over the Reith house to take pictures. In one of his rare interviews he flatly declared that he never looked at a newspaper.

Last week newspapermen were anxious to find...

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