MANNERS & MORALS: Americana, Dec. 1, 1947

¶ Mayor William O'Dwyer of New York, faced with the prospect of boosting subway fares, told an audience: "[It] isn't my fault that the nickel got grey-headed and bald. It has lost its teeth and hair ... it can't buy anything any more."

¶ Reuben P. Snodgrass, pilot of the Flying Automobile (TIME, Nov. 4), ran out of gas over Chula Vista, Calif, and landed in a mud flat. Snodgrass was unhurt, but the newfangled contraption was wrecked.

¶ In San Francisco, two gunmen, loaded with $5,230 they had just lifted from a department-store watchman, obligingly held open a door...

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