Miscellany, May 15, 1950

Judge Not. In Caracas, Venezuela, the nationwide drive to stamp out illiteracy got off to a good start when the director of justice fired two judges who could neither read nor write.

Vox Populi. In Mankato, Minn., Mrs. Shirley Moore got a 90-day suspended sentence and a fine of $108.50—the exact amount it cost the telephone company to trace the 630 calls she had made to the sheriff's office to give him a big Bronx cheer.

Payment Deferred. In Greensboro, N.C., Hotel Manager J. L. O'Ferrell received 75¢ with a letter: "Some 20 or 30 years [ago] I carried away one of your...

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