The Press: Thickening Plot

It was the kind of story that Eleanor Medill Patterson, who liked her news on the dramatic side, would have enjoyed telling—on someone else. Her death had plunged her Washington Times-Herald and the seven employees to whom she left it, into a confusing legal tangle, with overtones of violence.

Last week the plot thickened in the mysterious suicide of Charles B. Porter, Cissy Patterson's onetime treasurer (TIME, Sept. 27). In Manhattan, Roland de Corneille, 21-year-old divinity student, and protégé of Porter, told an eye-popping tale. Porter had been offered a $50,000 bribe, said...

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