MANNERS .& MORALS: Americana, Dec. 13, 1948

¶ A private investigator tracked Mrs. William Pratt, 37, mother of three, to a dingy $14-a-month shack in Binghamton, N.Y., notified her and her unemployed husband that oil had been discovered on an Illinois farm which her grandfather" had once owned. She could expect an income that might run to $18,000 a year. Grandfather had sold the farm but kept the mineral rights, and willed them to his heirs.

¶ A genial Santa Claus paraded in front of the Denver Dry Goods Co., carrying a placard: "Please Don't Shop Here. Help Santa Bring a Christmas Pay Raise to Denver Dry...

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