The Press: Death at the Wheel

Traffic safety is a subject which most newspapers regard as worthy but unexciting. But it has long been a favorite topic in the New York Daily News. For nine years Cartoonist Clarence Daniel Batchelor has drawn a macabre series of traffic don'ts called Inviting the Undertaker. The subject was closer than ever to Publisher Joseph M. Patterson's heart after the Sunday afternoon in 1939 when his brilliant managing editor, Harvey Deuell, suffered a heart attack while driving to work, swerved his car into a cable fence and was killed.

One morning last week...

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