MANNERS .& MORALS: Americana, Feb. 7, 1949

¶ In the county jail at Lawton, Okla., a man charged with embezzlement passed the time by hacking away his wooden leg with a razor. To questioners, he retorted shortly: "It's mine, isn't it?"

¶ Split 20 to 20 between Democrats and Republicans, the Massachusetts Senate was deadlocked for 22 days and 114 ballots over the election of a presiding officer, finally compromised by electing a Democrat for 1949, a Republican for 1950.

¶ Confessing that she beat her sick seven-month-old son to death because she "couldn't stand his crying," pudgy Georgette Brucks, 21, was sentenced to from one to...

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