HOTELS: Housewarming

Railroader Robert R. Young had something new to show off. His Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Co. had paid the Government $4,000,000 for the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., famed watering place for pre-Civil War Southerners and resort for U.S. Presidents (13 had slept there). It had spent another $4,200,000 refurbishing it.

Last week, Bob Young gave hotelmen a splashy hang-the-cost exhibition of how he thought a hotel should be opened for business—and publicity. To 300 of the biggest wigs he could find, he sent invitations to his hotel-warming. In planes, automobiles and 14 private railroad cars they trooped...

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