The Press: The Countess' Cut

Washington could hardly wait for the trial of Countess Felicia Gizycka's suit to break the will of her mother, Publisher Eleanor Patterson of the Washington Times-Herald (TIME, Sept. 27). It promised to rattle many a family skeleton. But one afternoon last week just twelve days before the trial date, attorneys for the Countess summoned newsmen. They were handed an announcement of an agreement by all parties to settle out of court.

The settlement was to everybody's advantage. The seven executives who had inherited the paper from "Cissy" Patterson did not want their new regime hamstrung by months of legal wrangling. Countess...

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