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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 15, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 13

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Grand Rapids, Mich. Twenty
square inches of the skull bone of
Vincent Marek, sign painter, is silver!
Out of the metal plate under the
sign painter's skull a'"" silversmith
could fashion many .articles. He
could, f.or instance, shape such things
as the .following:
Thirty-five silver dimes and have
left enough silver to fashion a nine
inch hat pin, an ordinary band ring
and a watch charm, or '
Three napkin rings, one and one
quarter inches in diameter and one
and one-half inches wide, or
A small-sized nut cracker, With a
half dozen nut picks, or
A silver watch case, complete, and
a pair of spectacles.
Marek works as he always did. He
climbs dizzy heights. He wields a
paint brush. He lifts and lowers his
work scaffold and his nerve is as
steady as ever. f
Yet a babyMarek's own babe in
their play on the floor vat home, for
instance could easily kill him. It
wouldn't take much more than an
ordinary tap on the head.
Marek fell from a 14-foot scaffold
to a cement walk. His skull was frac
tured and it was,necessaryto remove
a strip six inches long and four and
a half inches wide at the widest point.
In a week he had recovered con
sciousness, and the news of the birth
of a baby at his home gave him a de
termination tove for that child. His
defiance of death, say his physicians,
was a strong factor in his recovery.
The silver plate was inserted, and to
day he declares that heis as strong
as ever and is back on his old job.
Physicians say he has the record
for living with so large a portion of
the skull gone. k
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Stained floor boards may. be
cleansed by scrubbing with chloride
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Vincent Marek.
The bishop was talking about small
"Boy nature," he said, "shows itself
in numberless ways. I once said to a
little boy:
" 'Po you know the parables, my
" 'Yes, sir,' he .replied.
" 'And which of the parables' said
I, 'do you like"best2'
'I ixke the one, he answered, after
of ttme. Use a tablespoonful to. a pail J a,, moments, thought, 'where some-
of w&tert -v - nfafmm&imti&?'"' -

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