Education: St. Mary's Auction

On the steps of the Alameda County Courthouse in Oakland, Calif., at 10 a. m. sharp last Friday a group of 40 people, including several newshawks, photographers and sidewalk loungers, assembled for an auction. Bespectacled Trust Officer Sylow Berven of Oakland's Central Bank began to read in a low drone from a thick typewritten sheaf of papers. In 15 minutes his audience had dwindled to ten people. An urchin went around begging nickels, got only one. At 10:49 Mr. Berven finished his reading and called out: "Do I hear any bid for Parcel No....

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