Radio: Hushabaloo

"Second for Santa Claus, first for me, thirteen for wreath, seven for tree. Bring me an auto, a book and a ball, and I'll say 'Merry Christmas' in spring, not in fall."

Six weeks ago "Miss Hush," an unnamed but "famous American unmarried lady," murmured into a microphone these Orphic clues to her identity. Millions of Americans, feverishly jotting them on cuffs, newspapers and old paper bags, remembered that the winners of Truth or Consequences' contests on Mr. Hush (Jack Dempsey) and Mrs. Hush (Clara Bow) had won $13,500 and $17,590 respectively. Soon the...

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