The Press: Sir Bill

One day in 1924, Sir Willmott Harsant Lewis, the wise and witty U.S. correspondent of the London Times, was waiting for a spent and deadlocked Democratic convention to make up its mind between McAdoo and Smith. To a fellow newsman he remarked: "I've been around here so long I'm impinging on eternity." By last week his crack (like many he had minted) had become legendary among Washington correspondents, and Sir Bill, willing to impinge but not to intrude upon eternity, was getting ready to retire (at 69) from a career no living newsman could...

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