The Press: Vanderbilt Truth

Last week, just as the fuss over Major General Smedley Darlington Butler's "Mussolini Speech" had nearly died away. up popped Cornelius ("Neely") Vanderbilt Jr. in Los Angeles. Mr. Vanderbilt stated that it was he who had supplied the rambunctious General with the anecdote of Il Duce's alleged hit & run motor drive, for relating which the General was reprimanded by the Navy Department (TIME, Feb. 9; 16). But the imaginative young publicist was very wroth because General Butler "took a story of mine, twisted it around to score a point for himself, and made me the goat." Mr. Vanderbilt then gave...

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