The Press: The Colonel Carries On

High up in Chicago's Tribune Tower, the door to Colonel Robert R. McCormick's sanctum flew open. Out strode the colonel's niece, 30-year-old Ruth McCormick Miller, editor of his Washington Times-Herald. Mad as a wet hen, she took the elevator to the lobby, hustled off to her suite in the Ambassador East Hotel. There Newshen "Bazy" confirmed a fast-spreading rumor: she had just had a "heated showdown—not loud but emphatic"—with Bertie McCormick. Furthermore, she was all washed up as boss of the Times-Herald.

Only 19 months before, the colonel had proudly installed Bazy in her...

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