Miscellany, Dec. 31, 1945

A calendar of triumphs, defeats, and contortions of the human spirit during 1945:

January. In Portland, Ore., John R. Polioudakis, proprietor of a grocery store, answering a stranger's query, was hit over the head with an iron pipe when he uttered the fighting phrase: "Sorry, no cigarets." February. In Providence, State Labor Director William L. Connolly reached for an aspirin, swallowed a pill for his wife's petunia plant instead, grew panicky, was calmed by an agricultural expert who informed him that he had merely taken the equivalent of 18 bushels of horse manure and had nothing to worry about.

March. In...