Foreign News: Caudal Capacity

The President of France's High Court of Justice pondered a broad question: how wide are the average newspaper correspondent's buttocks? The answer was crucial, for it was desired to cram as many reporters as possible into seats at the trial of Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain, which opens this week in Paris. Estimates ranged from 15 to 25 inches of seating space required per correspondent. But at last the middle way (an allowance of 20 inches) was decided upon—a figure which should seat 40 French and 40 foreign newsmen.

At the preliminary examination of evidence for the Pétain trial, documents were adduced showing...

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