The Press: Society Reporter

The richest gossip of his time died last week. On his deathbed, fat, vain little Maury Henry Biddle Paul, "Cholly Knickerbocker" of the New York Journal-American, could well reflect that he had made himself more famous than most of the puppets he wrote about in his quarter century as a society reporter.

A Social Registerite himself, he knew more about Manhattan and Newport society than any other man, including his famed predecessor, Ward McAllister, who invented "The 400." Paul coined the phrase "Café Society" and made a fat living insulting it. But he differed from other society reporters in being able...

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