MANNERS & MORALS: Americana, Jan. 31, 1949

¶ In power-short Portland, Ore., utility officials observed a sharp drop in the use of electricity every working day at 4:57 p.m. Their deduction: office workers were snapping off lights, skipping out on the boss three minutes before closing time.

¶ Deputy Sheriff Pat Bliss, of Seattle, read that King Abdullah of Transjordan was a chess fiend, promptly challenged the king to a match by mail. Last week, after 21 moves each, Bliss thought he had "the king over a barrel now." CJ In St. Louis, Jean Klein, 23, was charged with...

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