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The Press: Romeo & Juliet

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Last November Manhattan’s tabloids fished up a new Romeo & Juliet tale for their yearning millions. George Lowther 3rd, 30-year-old café socialite, and pretty, 20-year-old Eileen Herrick were in love. Eileen’s father disapproved of George, kept Eileen locked up at home. On a writ of habeas corpus George haled Eileen & father into court (TIME, Nov. 27), got legal sanction for his courtship. But Father Herrick spirited Eileen away, frustrating George, delighting Manhattan’s millions.

Last week, three days out of hospital after an operation for appendicitis, Eileen Herrick stole away from home, met George Lowther. Shepherded by a Daily News reporter, with two Daily News cameramen in attendance, they fled to Conway, N. H. by plane and motor. While rival newsmen gnashed their teeth in impotent rage, Romeo & Juliet wrote a happy ending (exclusive in the Daily News), were married at last.

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