GOVERNMENT: Enter the House Detectives

Conrad Hilton did not know it, but almost since the day he began courting the Statler company's nine hotels, the house detectives have been snooping into the affair. Last week they broke right into the bridal chamber, crying that the Hilton-Statler marriage (TIME, Aug. 16) was illegal. Attorney General Brownell and his antitrust assistant, Stanley Barnes, filed a civil antitrust suit charging that the merger 1) eliminated competition, particularly for convention business, between Hilton and Statler; 2) may give Hilton a competitive advantage over other hotels; 3) "substantially increased" concentration in...

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