MANNERS & MORALS: Americana, Mar. 17, 1947

Notes on U.S. customs, habits, manners & morals as reported in the U.S. press:

¶ In Manhattan, red-haired Renee Carroll, "the best-known hat-check girl in America," celebrated 20 years of profitable (about $200 a week) tip-taking at famed Sardi's Restaurant by tipping the customers. Her tip to each: 25¢. Total cost: $50. The most astonished customer: English actor John Gielgud, who recoiled and cried: "Is this the custom here?"

¶ In Atlanta, state legislators learned that an old law required locomotives to go toooooooot-toooooooot toot-toot when approaching Georgia grade crossings, brought it up to date and in conformity with the laws...

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