Miscellany, May 15, 1939


In Lewes, Del., Birdy, a parrot, died. When President Grover Cleveland first took office, Birdy was taught to shout: "Hurrah for Cleveland!" For 54 years Birdy cheered for Cleveland.


In Manhattan, one John Bowie Carter wanted $1,000,000 so he could get started on a "humanitarian play" covering events from 1649 to the 1940 Presidential election. He wired to the New York Daily News: "Will hold up J. P. Morgan's Wall Street headquarters at 11:07 a. m. . . ." Police met him there right on time. In his pocket they found a bag containing six lollypops.

S. P. G. E.

In Tampa, university undergraduates...

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