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On Broadway KNEW TIU. at odd names of Americans. But other have had curious mon VrUample: Allerton Love Humility Cooper, De Mlnberg, Resolved White. t are the tags of people who over on the Mayflower!) are orange, pink and red that taste like apples, and pears. (Just roll up my pants and call me a Quiz Kld!> Scientists have discovered that playing classical music on the violin demands faster thinking than any other activity. (You’re welcome, Mr. Benny.) The secret of success for some people is infinite patience. Gibbon worked 20 years on his “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire." (Noah Webster spent 36 years on his dictionary.) Washington lost more battles than • he won. In 1B07 the U. 8. Mint coined eagles and double eagles fatter in the middle than at the rim, with the result that they would not , stack and had to be withdrawn. , (Don’t stop here, this colyum gets better as it goes along.) In the past five U. S. population censuses, far more men than wo men refused to report their ages. (My age? Twenty-one plus.) People who are sensitive to the cold can protect themselves by cultivating immunity. The treat ment si simple: The patient im merses a hand in water chilled to 50 degrees Fahrenheit one or two minutes a day for three weeks. This gives systematic or general dcsensitization. (How dull can a columnist get???) Only onc-tliird of the people in i he world cat with a knife and fork. Another third use chopstickcs. And the final third .still rat with their lingers. (This item will give Emily Post a sleepless night.) Centuries ago, the Japs believer that bees were their common an cestors. (In short—sons-of-bees.) The sky isn’t blue. It is deep purple. (Yes it is, John Kieran.) Cigar bands were originally used to prevent the nicotine from stain ing the smoker’s fingers. (Today i.icotine stains are a sign of af fluence.) The youngest paternity case known to medical science is that of a boy who v.as only 13 years of age. while the oldest is that of a man who was more than ZOU. You can live on ordinary grass. It contains all the vitamins the human body requires. (Waiter, some C'ntrrl Park on toast!) Caesar didn't coniine his con quests to the military field. He was quite a gay blade and was in volved in 30 different romantic episodes. (Egad, Caesar was one of Errol Flynn's ancestors!) The deaf-mute sign language is ideographic; its gestures do not represent words but mental images or pictures. Pitchmen (who hawk their wares on street corners) are highly or ganized. They have a national or ganization with lodges in various cities and headquarters in Los An geles. The organization devotes it self to fighting laws which ban fehmen from certain towns. For many years Shakespeaic ■ uldn't live on the paltry income What they say about . . the BARCLAY "ltVbcen such a long time since I've encountered the satisfying ser vice I enjoyed at The Barclay . . . "Those of us who are often required to travel .. .are amazed, to s :y the least, to discover a staff such •3 yours —still adhering during diffi cult times to a standard of affable, efficient service. “Thank you again for a very pleasant stay in New York.” brochure sent on request BARCLAY 121 NEW YORK 111 East 48th St., New York 17 William H- Fork*, General Manages Member Realty Hotels, Inc., N. Y. Attention— MOTORIST! WE DO VULCANIZ ING AND ALL TYPES OF TIRE AND TUBE REPAIRING WE HAVE NEW TIRES FOR CERTIFICATE HOLDERS HMITfin GQSIEhEEEEubD 36 Jefferson St. M. 1-1141 be derived from hi* play*. Fiay wrtghtlng was lust a sideline lor him. (His regular Job consisted of managing a theater.) At Chinese funerals the guests are given kerchiefs to weep Into. ITie Naval Oosertatory In Wash ington, which determines and broad casts the correct time, has an un derground room for Its clocks. Con gress has passed an act forever pro hibiting the building of any publlo thoroughfare within a radius of 1, 000 feet of this room. These meas ures were taken to protect the delicate works of these clocks from tlie Jars and vibrations of traffic (Time Marches On!) New fork's Fingerprint Bureau has a • reincarnation file” In which a considerable number of persons have recorded their fingerprints. (So they’ll be able to prove their Iden tity upon returning to earth.) Woo! made from cheap metals Is one of the plastic miracles planned lor the post-war world. Gals might wear gowns that were originally tin (And every wolf will have a can opener!) Because many experts believe that modern streets noises will be unknown in the cities ol the luture, records of typical street and side walk sounds were sealed in the cornerstone of a New Yorok build ing. (Voice from the balcony; ‘’Sc what?’’) An electric glove. Insulated to the wearer’s hand, provides police with an effective means of sub duing criminals who resist arrest. A touch from the glove results in temporary paralysis. (You didn’t know about that, eh, Dick Tracy?) One of tlie most curious divorce suits took place in a London court. A woman sued her husband fo. damages because she had had six children. What mast insomniacs suffer from is not sleeplessness itself, but the fear of sleeplessness. And this is why you continually change posi tion while snoozing: The muscular arrangement of the human body is so complex that the sleeper rarely succeeds in resting all his muscles at once. As the muscles in one position grow tired, the sleeper moves arrd allows other muscles their turrr to relax. In ancient Rome there was a king named King Stinkey. (What about it? They now have a king in Italy who is also:i The hatred of Empress Anne of Russia for a bridal couple attached 1 o her court resulted, in 1740, in i history's most grotesque honeymoon, She made them spend it in a large house built of ice and equipped with ice furniture—constructed in the center’of a frozen lake. (Wonder how the honeymooners kept warm —tee-hee.i Napoleon was a nail-biter. (If yoc don’t believe it—ask Joel Kupper mann.) 348 Scribes Meet T ruman By FREDERICK C. OTHMAN Washington, Apirl 18—(UP)—To day I can report that (1) the win dows of the White House are cov ered with with grade-A, insect proof copper screening which could stand a washing, and (2) President Harry S. Truman has a fine, warm uauusuuKP. I encountered screen and shake at the president's first press con ference, but if you want to know what he had to say, you'd better read some other section of this newspaper. X don’t know. I was on the outside, looking in. It was a weird business. Three hundred and forty-eight reporters showed up for meeting number one with the new president The secret service was flabbergast ed The oval office, which had been used so long by President Roosevelt, could hold 200 and then only when one man was standing on the toes of the next. A genius who will be unnamed here said, how's about letting the other 148 stand outside and look in the window? So be it. I was one of the 148. We were escorted to the back porch, near the Roosevelt swimming pool There on the lawn, two enormous dogs, one black and one yellow, were chewing each other's ears. Somebody wondered where they came from. "Roosevelt dogs," said a secret service agent. Came then down the Portico Jimmy Byrnes, the current mystery man around Washington, and Ad miral William D. Leahy. They banged on the president’s screen door and got inside. "Okay,” secret service announced The 148 reporters sprinted down tht front porch and ended up short at the screened doors. I want my boss to know that I was on the job, working hard. I was number one at the screen. I got black on the end of my nose to prove it. That’s about all I did get. Inside was a wal of perspiring humanity, furiously taking notes Somebody was saying something and it must have been the Presi dent, but all I heard /as a kind of mumble. Those Roosevelt pups kept on growling playfully and e lady reporter, who should havs known better, got to talking about ; how pretty the White House roses i v'ere. I got black on my ear and I still | couldn’t hear and then the Presi i dent must have got off a good crack, because everybody iaughed. This went on ior nearly 20 min utes and all I could see of the con ference was the celling (apple green and white) and the picture of boats on the wall. These belong to Mr. Roosevelt, accord! ngto my pal ol the secret service, and probably won’t be there long. Then some body shouted: “Thank you, Mr. President.” That ended the press conference, Everybody inside got in line to shake hands with Mr. Truman. The screen doors swung open and we AJ Fresco reporters also lined up. I Anally got to see the Presi dent. He looked exactly like hli pictures. Gray hair, dam ptorow, i Truman Sign* Lend-Lease Extension Act (NEA Telephoto) President Harry S. Truman signs the Lend-Lease Ex tension Act with government heads looking on. His name appears twice. He originally signed it as presidi ng officer of the Senate, then again as President. From left to right are Sen. Arthur Vantfenberg, Rep. Charles A. Eaton, Sen. Tom Connally, FEA General Coun sel Oscar Cox, Leo T. Crowley, Secretary of State Stettinius, and Rep. Sol Bloom. BOY SCOUT TROOP PLANS ACTIVITIES Final Scrap Drive, Father* Son Hike Arranged at Recent Meeting WOLCOTT Correspondent: Alms P. Cota Tel. 3-2803 Wolcott, April 18—At a recent meeting of the Billy Peterson Boy Scout troop committee, Albert Ker win of Central avenue was named to the committee and Homer Wooster, Sr. was named assistant scoutmaster. Albert Kerwin was ap pointed secretary and Emil Groscli, treasurer. Edward Butler, field ex ecutive of the Mattatuclf Council held a school instruction for the board of review and the court of honor. The committee appointed Carl Mattson, chairman of the board of review, and he in turn appointed Albert Kerwin secretary, and re quested that all members of the troop committee be present to act on the board of review. Other mem bers are Albert A. Affeldt, Edgar Upson and Emil Grosch. On April 23, Comsr. Butler will meet with them at the South school and give a demonstration for the troop in cooking, fire building and the use of knife and hatchet. All scouts are to bring the food for their individual supper. At 8 p. m. the board of review will meet at the school to consider the advancement of some scouts from tenderfoot to second class scouts On April 29 the scouts will conduct their final scrap drive and hope to collect enough to win the General Eisenhower award. On May 6, the scouts will hold a father and son hike. All are to meet at the Copper Kettle at 2 p. m. with box lunches. Plans for a naturalist to accompany them are being made. Games Party A games party will be held at the South school Friday night by the South School Parent Teacher's As sociation. Bingo etc. will be played and prizes given. Mrs. Carl Mattson is chairman of the party. Children are requested to have all tickets in before Friday. Begins Boot Training James Fraser left Monday to start his boot training at Sampson Naval Training center at Sampson, N. Y. JUNIOR CHOIR TO MEET TOMORROW Grace Methodist Church Singers to Conduct Rehearsal WATERVILLE Correspondent’s Phone—3-6611 Waterville, April 18—The Junior : Choir of Grace Methodist church will meet tomorrow afternoon at 3:30, immediately following religious instructions. The Swedish Weaving Club met ! last night at the home oi Mrs. John ; W- Platt Jr., the business and sew ing meeting was followed by a social time. Those attending were: Mrs. J. M. E. Johnson, Mrs. Bertha Platt, Miss Ruth Norton, Mrs. Ralph Ben son, Mrs. Lattimer, and Mrs. John W. Platt Jr. The Student’s League of Many Nations will meet at the Waterville Union church at 7:45 on Saturday evening. The mid-week prayer meeting of the Waterville Union church will be held tomorrow evening at 7:45 at the home of Miss Elizabeth Weeks of 83 Wheeler street. Henry Bendell of 72 Lone Oak av enue has been inducted Into the armed forces and has reported for duty. Mrs. Wesley Rood, Mrs. Richard Lane and children George and Julie Ann visited at the home of Mr. and steel-rimmed eyeglasses, double breasted suit and pleasant smile. He was standing behind the Presi dential desk, swept clean of all the Rooseveltian keepsakes. Truman had six pencils (including a blue one), a blotter, two ashtrays, a clock and a glass of water. He shook my hand and he said he was glad to see me. That’s what he told all the boys, and the girls, too. I think he meant it. I really think he did. And if you’ll pardon me now, 111 wash the and of my nose. Mrs. Mark Scars 'in Reynolds Bridge yesterday. A meeting of Casper Davis auxil iary will be held this evening at 8 o'clock in the Drum Corps rooms, Thomaston avenue. Rev. and Mrs. Evan Bergwall of Grace Methodist church will be ten dered a farewell party this evening at the church by the members of the parish. They leave in the near future for Mr. Bergwall’s new post. Dry Lake Texcoco, near Mexico City, will soon produce 10 tons of commercial salt daily. t from the General Electric annual report EMPLOYEE EARNINGS UP. The average G-E employee earned $2,772 in 1944. Employees also shared $234,000 in Suggestion Awards. Top award was $2,000 for an idea that speeded production of G-E gun control for B-29 Superforta. G-E employee suggestions aid the war effort. 4735 WAR VETERANS HIRED. By the year’s end 4735 returned service men and women were working at plants of General Electric and affili ated companies. 2986 of these were former G-E employees. As of December 31, 1944, a total of 50,228 employees of General Electric and its affiliates had entered the armed services. FOR VICTORY...BUY AND HOLD WAR BONDS GTS HELP PORT KEEP SUPPLIES 60INC OVERSEAS San Pedio. Cal., April 18— fUP' — Port authorities here have revealed why they are getting Pacific war supply ships loaded out of this overburdened port on schedule, in spite of terrific manpower short age. The hot, stinking holds are being loaded by sweating “pink-pants" lieutenants and GI Joes, working beside stevedores and murly long shoremen during their well-earned fourloughs for civilian dollars and patriotism. Last year GIs stuffed a million furlough-job dollars into their poc kets for 500,000 man-hours of cram ming the holds with vital cargo. Eager to Work This vast manpower reservoir would have drained away unused had it not been discovered and tapped by the U. S. Employment Service, the aWterfront Employers Assn, and the CIO International Longshoremen’s and Warehouse men’s Union. The servicemen are happy about it. They are eager to stack up their chips for coming furloughs. Many spend off-hours on ’ the essential work. Others come on a three-day pass or furlough. Merchant sea men temporarily “on the beach” work day to day to keep out of the red. 'We encourage and welcome serv icemen,” said William S. Lawrence, JET PROPULSION. General Electric developed the world’s most powerful aircraft engine for the world’s fastest plane—the G-E jet propulsion en gine for the Lockheed P-80 “Shooting Star.” It is more than twice as powerful as previous models produced by G. E. for the Army Air Forces. PRODUCTION INCREASED. In 1944, for th* fourth successive year, General Electric turned out a new record quantity of war goods and services, despite an average of 2 per cent fewer employees.' G. E. produced more'than 8,000,000 horsepower of ship propulsion turbines for the Navy in 1944. 234,732 STOCKHOLDERS. Ownership of the company was divided among a larger number of stockholders than ever before. Dividends were $1.40 per share—same as in 1943 and 1942, less than in 1941 and 1940. Net income was less than in 1940, while sales billed were times greater. + 18% + *% + 18%' + 18% 1944 1943 W VOLUME OF BUSINESS Orders received $1,609,600,000 $1,360,600,000 Net sales billed $1,353,000,000 $1,288,400,000 NET INCOME AND DIVIDENDS Net income for the year $ 60,800,000 $ 44,900,000 Per share $ 1.76 $ 1.56 Dividends declared and paid $ 40,300,000 $ 40,300,000 Per share $ 1.40 $ 1.40 TAXES % . _ Total taxes $ 176,000,000 $ 163,000,000 + 8* STOCKHOLDERS Number on December 31 234,782 229,127 + 2% EMPLOYEES Average number on payroll 167,212 171,133' — 2% Total earnings of employees $ 464,000,000 $ 472,000,000 2% Average annual earnings "$ 2,772 $ 2,756 + 1% Hmt the G-E radio program*: The Q-K Alt-girl Orchettra. Sunday iO pm. EWT, NBC—The World JWijy namm. Monday through Friday 6:46 p.m. EWT, CUS-The O-K Haute Parly. Monday through Friday 4:00 pan. EWT. CBS. General Electric Company, Schenectady, N. Y. GENERAL H ELECTRIC •Our union men work with them on the Job and they all get the acalr. We ask them no IntU ation fee if they Join us after dis charge " Nearby high-octane refineries and the 60 harbor employers find the casual labor pool acts as a cushion when essential war work snows under tl sir regular crews. A phone call to the longshore men’s union Is as good as a rub on One reason for the servicemen is that it to safer to check a serviceman's ord Military Intelligence and FBI examine carefully the of everyone who worts « docks. • Whether it Is the pay er otism that makes these Qts - all day on their Job and half tls night on ours,” Lawrence said. “ wish we had more of them." FREE 3 New Rose Dawn Plants Please enclose *5 cents to help cover pectins, postage, handling and advertising expense. To advertise our unique method of selling direct from nuisery to you through the mail, ye’ll send you three well-rooted Rose Dawn perennial flower plants, ready to set out in your yard. These are the new flowers you have been hearing about through radio Sta tions and the garden magazines of the country. They grow two to three feet high and bear loads of silver pink flowers from April to August. Fine for cutting or for yard decoration. Ideal planting time now. We want you to have three of these plants to transplant In your yard, so you can see what strong, healthy flowers we raise. Current catalog value 60 cents. Now you may have three selected hardy specimens, shipped postpaid for 25 cents incidental expense as above. Offer good durinf brief shipping period only. Send your request, enclosing 25 cents to: CLARK GARDNER ROUTE 1, BOX 875 _OSAGE, IOWA. NEW DEVELOPMENTS. G-E research and eng* neering played a part in such recent develop ments as radar, silicones, jet propulsion, rocket weapons, remote gun control for B-29 “Superfort,” A-26 “Invader,” P-61 “Black Widow.” GJB. worked on hundreds of new war problems.