The Press: Wreck of a Friendship

One of the most remarkable friendships in the newspaper business last week went on the rocks. Rare anywhere, let alone among publishers, has been the 35-year friendship of Tory Colonel Robert Rutherford McCormick and Liberal Samuel Emory Thomason. Pals at Northwestern University law school, they founded the big law firm now known as Kirkland Fleming, Green, Martin & Ellis. McCormick took over management of the Chicago Tribune in 1913; Thomason followed him five years later as business manager, rose to vice president and general manager. Thomason left him in 1927, started the tabloid Chicago Times in 1929. Chicago's only New Deal...

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