ECCENTRICS: The Hughes Mystery Deepens

THE Howard Hughes affair, already one of the more mysterious episodes in publishing history, grew still more bewildering last week. New questions surrounding the reclusive billionaire's supposed autobiography arced between Manhattan and a Swiss banking house on Zurich's Paradeplatz. For the moment, the puzzlements were sufficient to persuade McGraw-Hill and LIFE to announce that they were "holding in abeyance action on the publication of the Howard Hughes manuscript"—which had been scheduled to be excerpted in LIFE'S Feb. 11, 18 and 25 issues and to appear in book form on March 10....

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