Miscellany, Feb. 2, 1948

Critic. In St. Johnsbury, Vt., Henry Placey, a woodchopper, finally saw his first "talkie," walked out on it after 15 minutes.

References. In Great Falls, Mont., Tobie Desjarlais was jailed for beating his wife after the disappearance of his character witness—one Pete Gopher, wanted for wife-beating himself.

Tribute. In Sydney, Australia, copper nameplates in the Old Commodore Hotel's bar marked the spot where Customers Roly Collins and Stan Warren had drunk 7,000 gallons of beer since 1912.

Miscue. In Omaha, Detective Inspector F. Franks secured a confession from a woman who had passed a worthless check that she had signed F. Franks.

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