Animals: Minnie Esso

Minnie, the cat which Standard Oil of New Jersey pays $3.20 per month to keep its Bayonne testing laboratory free of rats and mice (TIME, April 12), is on her way to becoming as valuable a publicity asset as Chesapeake & Ohio's imaginary "Chessie." Released to the press last week was a letter which Standard's president had written April 1 to Minnie's boss. Full text: "Dear Dr. Dean:

"That we may have the record clear, will you let me know what provision has been made for providing for Minnie Esso's declining years under the Social Security Act? And how are you handling...

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