In Blyth, Ont., John Cowan got a job as police chief, street inspector, sanitary engineer, weed inspector, Memorial Hall caretaker, trusty clerk, liquor law enforcement officer, clerk of the weigh scales, school bellringer and Town Council handyman. Salary: $600 a year.
In Budapest, Count Edmond Zichy of aristocratic lineage challenged 13 members of a swank sporting club to duels. Reason: they had expelled his wife. Reason: they had caught her in a game of rummy marking the joker by scraping her hennaed fingernail across it.
In Carbon, Ind. (pop. 476),...