MANNERS & MORALS: Americana, May 16, 1949

¶ Proud citizens of The Bronx offered gifts of food, clothing, scales, cribs and even a house after 27-year-old Mrs. Ethel Collins, wife of a $72-a-week statistician, gave birth to quadruplets (two boys, two girls) at New York's Lebanon Hospital.

¶ An investigator for the House Appropriations Committee traced the bureaucratic travels of an order of dehydrated onions for the Army. It was date-stamped, time-stamped, examined, routed, copied, receipted, underlined, described, key-punched, card-punched, coded, abstracted, indexed; inspected, noted and vouchered through 288 separate steps—and it took a month to get the onions.

¶ Ogden, Utah celebrated the 80th anniversary of...

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