. . . wife to that effect. When news of this transaction reached Patterson he told me that I had performed the most meritorious Boy Scout act of my whole career. Everyone liked Nelson, but everyone concerned was glad to see him go. I suggested that he be given a farewell dinner, and this was done on Good Friday evening, April 3. Wagner presided, and Patterson and I made the only speeches, both very brief. The scene was the Elkridge Foxhunting Club, and the fourteen diners all went home sober. Nothing of the sort was ever seen in Murphy's time.
Patterson made several efforts of his own, during 1928 and 1929, to improve the Sun's editorial page. Some of them, such as the lightening of its typography and the removal of the Bentztown Bard's countrified column of prose and verse, were excellent, but their effect was largely vitiated by the heavy plodding of Owens and his editorial writers. The page simply lacked life. In its point of view it was opportunistic and irresolute, and in its execution it showed both a lack of sound information and a woeful want of forensic capacity. Early in July, 1929, Patterson RTC asked me to undertake a survey of it as it stood, to be followed by a report and recommendations. My report, which went to him on July 21, was a reaffirmation of the principles set forth in his White Paper of 1920, with glosses suggested by the current political situation. It is given in full in Appendix X, and is followed in Appendix XI by John Owens's reply. The two documents well set forth the vast gap separating his notion of the function . . .