MANNERS .& MORALS: Americana, Jan. 24, 1949

¶ The Federal Alcohol Tax Unit announced that fewer than 3% of New York's 20,000 bars water their whiskey.

¶ After years of wrestling his bull fiddle in & out of taxicabs, a Newark musician named Peter Ruggiero invented a collapsible bass viol which folds into a package no bigger than a saxophone case.

Texas Oilman Jack Wrather and some well-heeled friends decided to make a contribution to the local Boy Scouts; they spent $22,000 in drilling a well near Longview, struck oil, turned the operation over to the boys. Expected income: $900 a month, plus...

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