The Columnists

The Columnists

The Columnists

The Columnists

Excerpt

ON ANY GIVEN DAY some twenty-five million Americans reverently fold back their newspapers to the Brains Page and gasp in unison over the diverting, although conceivably apocryphal, report that Miss Millicent Rogers sleeps in a night dress lined with chinchilla fur.

Ten million other citizens of the Republic seek more portentous disclosures. They turn to another columnist and discover that the State Department is a dull and uninformed establishment, with only a rudimentary knowledge of what is going on in Europe.

Other groups examine other areas of type and learn that the national administration still persists in blind and wayward muddling, just as they suspected all along. Or that the labor movement is composed entirely of thieves and scoundrels. Or what Premier Stalin really thinks when he selects a magazine, excuses himself, and retires for a time into the privacy so rarely accorded the Great.

Some readers attend upon the military experts, who make heroic surveys of the field from un-armored swivel chairs and offer advice to the armed forces of the earth. Some study the gravely omniscient essayists, seeking to share their privy knowledge of unwritten treaties or the ideological ferments which will wrack . . .

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