ILLINOIS: Germs & Gems

In a rare spirit of hospitality, the Chicago Tribune's Colonel Robert Rutherford McCormick opened the doors of his high-paneled office last week to an inquiring visitor. The visitor: New York Timesman Felix Belair Jr. Because he had a cold, the Colonel kept Reporter Belair at a respectful 15 feet to protect him from germs. But he let him have some gems of McCormick wisdom.

The topic was Republican politics. Said Bertie: "I won't have anything to do with that fellow Stassen. He is no Republican, never was, and the same thing...

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