Foreign News: Champion Pinner

Loud plaudits, transient fame, and sometimes lasting wealth are deemed the typical rewards of champions. Men honor perhaps too often and too eagerly their strong, enduring or dexterous brethren. Yet this is not always so. Last week, during one sweltering London afternoon, a little man of 61, whose brown beard is turning white, set what is believed to be a world's record, yet reaped no plaudits and no pelf.

He had assumed the task of pinning safety pins upon stiff cloth. A ribbon was fastened to each safety pin. That made the task harder, but...

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