The Press: Tale of an Upstairs Maid

Maryland McCormick, wife of the Chicago Tribune's Publisher Robert Rutherford McCormick and writer of a weekly column for the Trib and Washington's Post and Times-Herald, had what seemed like a stroke of bad luck. Laid up with bronchitis, she could not get around to scout up subjects for her column, passed the time talking to her upstairs maid, who has worked in the household for more than 30 years. The result was a lively column about Prime Minister Churchill, when he was the house guest of Anglophobe Colonel McCormick 25 years ago.

Churchill's entourage,...

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