The Press: Death in the Antiques Room

At 7:45 one morning last week, Reporter Malcolm Johnson was awakened by the jangle of the telephone. The boss was on the line. Edmond Bartnett, city editor of the New York Sun, wanted Reporter Johnson to hustle right down to the office, two hours earlier than usual. "Mr. Speed has an assignment for you," said Bartnett mysteriously. "It's a tough one."

Promptly at 9 o'clock, "Mike" Johnson, 45, winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his investigation of waterfront crime (TIME, May 16), walked into the office of courtly, white-haired Executive Editor Keats* Speed, 70,...

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