The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 64, No. 21, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 2, 1936 Page: 3 of 24
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By FLOYD GIBBONS
Famous Headline Hunter
TI^ ELL, sir, you boys and girls seem to have had adventures with
VV about everything there is, but here’s a bird with a new one He
is Morton Greenbaum of New York city, and he had an adventure
with the English language.
Of course, that wasn’t all of the adventure. There was a dark,
sinister looking man in it—a man that frightened Mort almost to
death. But the English language certainly played a big part, and to
my mind it deserves most of the credit for the affair.
Mort came to this country from Hungary in the fall of 1921 and
made his home, at first, with a sister in Cleveland, Ohio. His sister
conducted a grocery business there and she and Mort lived in rooms
upstairs over the store. He stayed with his sister while he was learn-
Mort worked hard over his English, for he realized that the sooner he
had it learned, the sooner he could get a Job and take his place in the com-
munity. Every evening he went to night classes at the Central High school
and In between times he brushed up on his class work by reading the news-
Mort Believes Stick-up Guys Were Real Peril.
And from those papers, Mort got a mighty funny conception of what
these United States were like. The post-war crime wave was on and the
papers were full of stories about holdups. Mort didn’t stop to think that
those crime items were gathered from all over the country and from all over
the environs of Cleveland.
He thought of them In terms of the small towns In Hungary which
he knew. And the result was that he began thinking of America
as a place where law and order had broken down completely—where
bandits ran wild all over town—something like our own conception
of the banditry in China. He felt that, almost any minute, he might
run across a stick-up man. And the thought wasn't very comforting.
Then, one day in October, it happened. Mort had been plugging along
on his English, and had learned a bunch of words that he recognized when
he saw them on paper. But when people pronounced them, or when he tried
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Healthier and Live
Longer, Study Shows
Death Rate Is Highest
Among Single Persons
The Colored Man's Right Hand Was Hidden in His Pocket.
to say them himself—well—that was a different matter. Pronunciation wns
the thing that was bothering him most when, one day, as he was watching
the store while his sister had gone upstairs for a few minutes, a man came
This Looked Like an Honest-to-Goodness Hold-up.
He came In silently, and that frightened Mort right at the start. He was
a huge colored man and he stood in front of Mort with his right hand hidden
in his pocket. “The pocket bulged,” says Mort, “and something in it gave out a
metallic sound. The man looked straight at me and, in a depressed but en-
ergetic tone, hissed one word: "Hands'p.”
The Colored Man’s Right Hand Was Hidden in His Pocket.
Hands up! Mort knew that word all too well. He had seen It in
the newspapers too many times not to know what it meant. “Strange-
ly enough,” he says, "I didn’t seem to be afraid to die. True, my legs
gave way and I could hardly rise from the stool I was sitting on, but
the prospect of my own death was not so disturbing as the thought
that my only sister, a mother of five little children, might come down
"Accordingly, with all the self-control I could command, I began retreating
along the counter toward the stairs so that if my sister appeared 1 might
give her a sign to apprise her of the danger."
Black Man Has a Single-Track Mind.
At the same time, Mort felt that he ought to say something to keep that
bird’s mind off such ideas Tls shooting Mort. But the only tiling he could
think of was a feeble “Wh-a-at?" The big colored man seemed to be losing
patience. “Hands'p!” he growled, this time loudec and more Insistently than
"I had nearly reached the stairs,” says Mort, “when the man
seemed to lose his patience entirely. He brought his hand from his pock-
et—without a gun in it, to be sure—ana gesticulating savagely in a eer-
tain direction above my head, bellowed from the depths of his lungs,
And at that same moment, Mort heard his sister coming down the
stairs. The thing he most feared had happened. His brain reeled and his
knees began giving way under him, but he pulled himself together and whis-
pered to his sister in Hungarian: “Honey—man snys, ‘Handsopi’”
This Hold-up Has an Extremely Happy Ending.
But the dread warning didn’t seem to make any impression on Mort’s
*lster. She kept right on coming down those stairs. This time, Mort lost all
sense of caution: “Honey,” he almost shouted. "Don't you hear? Handsopi’’
And Mort’a slater looked at Mort as if to say, “Well, what are you
yelling about.” What ahe did aay, was: “All right. Give him one of
those red cans on the second shelf.”
Puzzled, bewildered, Mort turned in the direction she was pointing. "And
°n the sides of those little red cans.” says Mort, “my alien eyes spelled out
tl«; logond hand soap I 1 had tripped up on nothing more dangerous than the
niceties of pronunciation of the syllables ‘up’ and ‘op.’ And the metallic sound-
ng thing in the colored man's pocket was only the Jingle of a few pennies
uitij which he paid for bis purchase.”
NEW YORK.—If you want to
live long and be healthy, get mar-
Eigures showing that the mar-
ried state, whether blissful or not,
is at least a healthy one are re-
ported in the current issue of the
Metropolitan Life Insurance company’s
“Marriage, apparently, Is conducive
to long life and good Health,*’ the re-
port states. “At any rate, married men
and women live longer than do single
persons, and married people register
lower death rates from nearly nil the
important causes of death than df
bachelors or spinsters.
Results of Study.
“We would expect these findings to
emerge from any statistical study of
mortality according to conjugal condi-
tion, for married persons constitute a
selected group. ‘The lame, the halt,
and the blind’ do not marry, as a rule.
Nevertheless, the differences between
the respective death rates of wedded
and single persons are so large that this
factor of selection can be only a par-
tial explanation of them.
“It would seem that the relatively
staid and regular course of married life
is more conducive to health than are
the comparatively free and easy ways
of the unmarried.
Bachelors’ Death Rate.
“Among males over fifteen years ol
age, the standardized death rate for
bachelors is 1,218.2 per 100,000 as com
pared witli 855.9 for married men.
“Among females the standardized
death rate of spinsters is 1,039.1, as
against 85G.G for the married of all
The death rates for influenza, pneu-
monia, tuberculosis, chronic heart dis-
ease. kidney disease, apoplexy, ulcer of
the stomach, alcoholism and suicide are
appreciably higher among the single
than the married, showing tiiat ways of
life among the single are not so
May Be “Crutch” for
SEATTLE.—A simple and “in-
fallible” help for the color-blind
automobile driver who gets into
difficulties because he cannot dis-
tinguish between green and red traffic
lights is suggested by Thomas Boss of
i lie University of Washington here. In
a report to the current issue of Science,
Mr. Boss describes a eontrivnnee that
can lie fitted to the windshield of the
color-blind driver’s car.
The deviee consists of small pieces
of special glass which can filter out ei-
ther red or green light. With the
red filter placed above tho green one.
the driver will know that when lie sees
a light through the top piece of glass
he is seeing a red light.
When lie sees the light through the
bottom piece in this arrangement it is
a green light. The device is Improved
by placing a prism over each filter in
such a way that the traffic signal will be
visible through both filters at the samo
Device is FravWcai.
Tills icien has worked In actual trials,
Mr. Boss reports. It could be adapted
to persons suffering from other types
of color-blindness besides the red-green
A variation of the red nnd green
filters is nlso suggested. One of the
color fillers, snys Mr. Boss, might be
perforated and parts of the other set
in it like poikn dots.
“Thus, If the red filter were perfor-
ated and the openings were filled with
the green material, a red traffic light
or other red object viewed through the
resulting filter would appear bright
with dark spots, A green object, on
the other hand, would appear dark with
Revolutionary War Trick
Mnj. David Zeigler, who upon ap-
pointment by President Jefferson be
came the first marshal of the Ohio dls-
,rlct. was taken prisoner in Phliadel
Pina during the Bevolutlonary war to-
gether with two other American otll
CPrs- Soon afterward the three men
escaped and, In fleeing, stopped at the
house of n German family near the
city. Major Zelgler, who had begun
his military career In the army of Fred-
erick the Great, posed as a Dutch doe-
♦°r to gain the friendship of the Ger-
tiian fnmlly. Making some pills of
'•read nnd wuter, says the Cleveland
♦’lain Dealer, he cured the wife of
some minor ailment and the three men
were thereafter not only treated cor-
dially but did not have to pay any bills
lor board and lodging.
“Feather in Your Cap"
The phrase, “fenther in your cap,”
means that something is an honor to
you. The allusion i to the very gen-
eral custom In Asia and among the
Amerienn Indians of adding a feather
to the headgear for every enemy slain.
The ancient Lyclans, and many others
had a similar custom, nnd It is still
usual for the English sportsman who
kills the first woodcock to pick out a
fenther and stick it in his cnp. The
custom In one form or another seems
to be nlmost universal. In Hungary at
one time none might wear a fenther
but he who had slain a Turk, and it
will be remembered that when Gordon
quelled the Talplng re clllon he was
honored by the Chinese government
with the "yellow Jacket and peacock’s
Hairpin Goes Traveling;
Reaches Woman’s Appendix
FLINT, MICH.—A hairpin here
has really carved out a career for
It wandered so far that it prob-
ably will ho mentioned In the pages
of a medical Journal one of these days.
Strange to the doctors Is how the
hairpin happened to end its travels in
a woman's appendix.
“That is an amazing thing,” said Dr.
J. C. MacGregor, who removed the np-
pendlx after It had ruptured. lie has
never seen n report of such a large ob-
ject getting Into an appendix. It is
not unusual to find tiny objects of for-
eign matter In amputated appendices
The woman recovered.
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Cooke, W. H. The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger (Rockdale, Tex.), Vol. 64, No. 21, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 2, 1936, newspaper, July 2, 1936; Rockdale, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth694310/m1/3/: accessed October 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library.