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Walter Wla chill
On Broadway
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.
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, stack and had to be withdrawn.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
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 . .
"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
111 East 48th St., New York 17
William H- Fork*, General Manages
Member Realty Hotels, Inc., N. Y.
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
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
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
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
Napoleon was a nail-biter. (If yoc
don’t believe it—ask Joel Kupper
348 Scribes
Meet T ruman
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
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,
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.
Final Scrap Drive, Father*
Son Hike Arranged at
Recent Meeting
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
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.
Grace Methodist Church
Singers to Conduct
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
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
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
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
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.
from the General Electric annual report
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.
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
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
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
'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.
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
Orders received $1,609,600,000 $1,360,600,000
Net sales billed $1,353,000,000 $1,288,400,000
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*
Number on December 31 234,782 229,127 + 2%
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.
•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 «
• 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."
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
Offer good durinf brief shipping period only. Send your request,
enclosing 25 cents to:
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.

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