GREAT BRITAIN: Battle of Bedlam

Roy B. Smith was one man who hated noise. Whenever he moved about his new "luxury" apartment in Baling, London, his neighbor's dogs barked. No man (at that time) to create an incident, Bachelor Smith took to mincing about his apartment on tiptoes. After six years of tiptoeing, the habit had become so natural that he was surprised, and impressed, by the routine noises made by some friends to whom he once sublet his apartment. Said Smith, a robust mechanical engineer: "I decided that my timorous manner was unnecessary. I decided to live a more normal life."

Once he...

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