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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 21, 1913, Image 13

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LOSING TWO ARMS DOESN'T KEEP THIS MAN
FROM SUPPORTING HIS FAMILY
Alex Semereux at Work.
Minneapolis, July 21. When Alex
Semereux, a railroad switchman at
Odessa, Minn., lost both arms in a
railroad accident two years ago, he
didn't go to begging.
"Guess I'll have to talk myself
Into a living sales or something like
that," he pluckily told his wife.
He secured agency rights on a line
of automobiles. He soon found,
however, that driving a car was
necessary to his business. He
couldn't afford an extra man for
"demonstrations." He decided to try
himself. t
Semereaux's left arm was com
pletely severed at the shoulder, so
he had a leather and steel contriv
ance, bearing a steel hook, fastened
to his left arm. Then he conceived
the idea of fastening a huge spool on.
Jhe steering wheel as a means of al-
lawing him to guide the car with his
"hook."
At first driving was a painful pro
cess in low gear; how he thinks
nothing of a speed of 45 miles an
hour. Two days ago Semereaux
breezed into Minneapolis, bought a
new car and arrived in Odessa, 200
miles away, in nine hours. He drove
every inch of the way, and averag
ing more than 22 miles an hour over
rough country roads is "some" driv
ing, any motorist will tell you.
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Unappreciated Help.
A doctor called in to treat the
spoiled child of a family -complained
to' the mother afterwards that he had
been very rude to him. "Oh, mam
ma," replied the child, when charg
ed with the offense, "he's just an old
foggy! He got angry because I put
my tongue out before-he asked me!"

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