Miscellany, Jul. 9, 1956

Coup de Grâce. In Poitiers, France, stuck with a 32-room chateau he could not sell because of high repair costs and real-estate taxes, Louis Vuilleumier despairingly bought 130 sticks of dynamite, blew it up.

The Back Way. In Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, after householders reported that a car was tearing around the neighborhood in reverse, Assistant Police Chief Reine Schmidt investigated, found behind the wheel a teen-age girl who explained: "My folks let me have the car, and I ran up a little too much mileage. I was just unwinding some of it."

End of the Line. In Long Beach, Calif., after being sentenced...

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