Miscellany, May 29, 1944

Hotbed. In Aiea, Oahu, the Plantation Health reported the case of an innerspring mattress that caught on fire during an electric heat-therapy treatment.

Cropped. In Murphysboro, Ill., an optimistic barber overheard Farmers Bill and Arthur Guetterslau complaining about their sour luck, promptly traded a haircut and a shave for 150 acres of flooded wheat.

Pony Express. In Detroit, police arrested a pony suspected of being the hit-&-runner who ignored a red light, ran down two pedestrians.

Pungent. In Manhattan. Magistrate Peter Abeles fined Harry Marrin $250, sent him to jail for five days — because...

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