The Press: Hearst v. Smith

To the inhabitants of New York City, ''Diamond LiP' means only one thing and that is a smart, scheming, successful harlot. Mae West, buxom actress, is chiefly responsible for making this meaning a household word. Her play, Diamond Lil, in which she performs the leading role of a dive-keeper's mistress, has been a smash-hit on Broadway since early spring.

The Democratic Party, as exemplified by its Presidential Nominee Alfred Emanuel Smith, has been christened "Diamond Lil" by the New York American (Hearst daily). A series of political cartoons† depicts her as part donkey,...

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