The Press: In Washington

One day last fortnight Eleanor ("Cissie") Patterson was reading an early edition of her Washington Times-Herald. She called her office. Said Cissie: "Martha Blair bores me — kill the column." So pressmen ripped open the forms, jerked out These Charming People by Martha Blair, a column about Washington's social stratosphere.

Martha Blair's copy for next day was already written. Meanwhile, volatile Cissie Patterson had suffered a change of heart: the column stood. But Martha Blair (who is also the wife of the New York Times's Arthur Krock) had had enough of Cissie's whims....

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