Miscellany, Feb. 18, 1952

Inflation. In Richfield, Minn., after the State Bank celebrated its fifth anniversary by passing out wooden nickels that had cost it 8¢ each, local merchants accepted the coins at face value.

Love Story. In Fairfield, Calif., Rancher Ralph Fong explained to the sheriff why he had tried to hire two men to kill his wife so that he could collect her $10,000 life insurance: "I loved her so much I couldn't shoot her myself."

Cylinder Head. Near Webster, S. Dak., after his radiator hose broke and let all the water out, beer-truck driver Henry Becht...

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