National Affairs: In & Out

Manhattan city editors sometimes refer to the New York Social Register as the Stud Book. A stud book lists well-bred horses; the Register (supposedly) lists well-bred people. But while a stud book follows a consistent adherence to blood lines, the Register is often oddly inconsistent.

Last week the 1948 edition of the little black book was out. As always, there were no explanations for its additions or subtractions. Marriage appeared to have pulled some people in, knocked others out.

A debutant and debutante:

¶ William S. Paley, millionaire president of Columbia Broadcasting Co., by his marriage to Registerite Barbara Gushing Mortimer, one of...

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