Away back, Harry Truman's Senate War Investigating Committee had taken a couple of quick sniffs at the war contracts let to Howard Hughes, the West Coast plane builder, movie producer and bachelor millionaire. Last February, the SWIC, now headed by Maine's loud and mistrustful Owen Brewster, sniffed at Hughes again. The committee was still sniffing cautiously last week when a rank outsider, slight, swarthy Society Columnist Igor Cassini (Cholly Knickerbocker), suddenly lit on an angle that took the sniffing out of congressional back rooms and into the headlines. The Hughes probe was loaded with girls.

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