Jim Perry in the city for a few days’ to visit. . . Several dozen little “Brownies” in the news office yesterday afternoon to see how a newspaper works. . . They are little girls under 12 years who are Junior Girl Scouts.

. . . Miss Hildur Sylvan, Dr. Chapman Milling, and Mrs. Jack Bell among those enjoying the last day of the Crowson exhibition in the Wade Hampton hotel ballroom . . . Also, Douglas McKay Sr., Dr. Leonard T. Baker and J. T. Gittman, three stars of the show, arriving together for a last look at their better selves.

Receiving a Chinese “baffle box” from a friend as a present and going about mystifying our friends . . The trick consists of putting a dime, marked for identification, into a tiny bag inside a small match box which is also securely closed with rubber bands and which, in turn, is inside a small wooden box which is fastened shut tightly by rubber bands.

. . . The thing is done in a twinkling of eye and seems impossible but it’s really very simple . . . Nope, we ain’t tellin’ . . . Fred Stout, donor of the gift, leaving in the wee sma’ hours o’ th’ morn’ for Washington, D. C., to await his call back to the army. . .

Lots of folks with the sniffles . . . Better button up that coat collar! . . . Reading where slot machines were being scrapped for use as shell casing . . . Imagine hitting a jap (note the lower case “j”) between the eyes with a jackpot!

Drova Crapps, the tombstone tycoon, running into one of life’s most embarrassing moments . . . Just before entering a theater yesterday afternoon, he bought a bag of peanuts . . . Settled down in his seat, shelled and ate them as he watched the show, putting the shells in his hat instead of throwing them on the floor . . . When he got up to leave the theater, one of his shoes, a little too tight, hurt him and he waled out with a slight limp, still holding the hat partially filled with peanut hulls. . . Some kind soul, observing the outstretched hat and limp, dropped a dime among the peanut hulls. . . Mr. Crapps, embarrassed and astounded, accepted the donation with a gulp and silently fled away.

Earline Truesdale, Columbia collegian, knitting a baby-blue sweater for her own use. . . Hopes it will turn out like the one Roommate Beverly Taylor wears. . . These sweater girls.

Wallace Martin inviting us to the preview of “Pacific Blackout,” a motion picture to be shown here soon that shows what a practice blackout on the West coast is like, and also offers a interesting story of the love and intrigue that can flourish under such conditions.

Speaking of blackouts, Mae Barton doesn’t like ’em. . . She is employed along with about 200 other young women at the filter center here and yesterday she and four chums appeared before city council and asked that a street light be installed on Blanding street near the center. . . The volunteer workers, she said get that uneasy feeling in the hush of the night walking to and from the center in darkness . . . As to the request, it shall be done. . . The girls melted the councilmen down with little effort.

Local lady saying the rubber shortage had given her a worried mind not because it would end tire sales, but because she wouldn’t be able to buy any more corsets. . . “I can do without my car, but I can’t do without a figure,” she said. . . Charlie Lynn observes, though, that if they quit riding and starting walking, they won’t have to worry about their figures.

South Carolina men who are now in service and their present and former address: At Wichita Falls, Texas; Johnnie J. Able, Jr., of Leesville, Adolphus R. Kelly of Blaney, Fred M. Gardener of Holly Hill, Henry C. Price of Gilbert, James C. Ruff of Newberry, Thomas S. Sawyer and James K. Willis, both of Batesburg; Lewis F. Anderson and Ralph E. Stevenson, Jr., both of Camden; John T. Creighton and Robert L. Corley, both of Mullins; William V. Davis, John S. McElveen, John W. Conyers, Austin Davenport, Charlton N. Motley, George W Gissendanner, Adrian D. Hallman, William R. Harris, Joseph A. Shea, Jr., and Hazel P. Davis, all of Columbia.

At Fort Francis E. Warren, Wyoming: Euford L. Mathews of Hodges, and James D. Riley, Everett Reese and Cromer D. Spires, all of Columbia.

Observing a birthday, Mrs. Cecil S. Lee of Orangeburg, the former Miss Dollie Mae Brownning, a sister of Miss Margaret Browning and Arthur Browning of Columbia.

Although he lives in Minnesota, Walter Finke, the national Jaycee head, saying he felt at home in South Carolina, because he knew so many young men living here.

BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARIES TODAY: Dr. F. L. Parker of Charleston, Dr. Hugh Wyman of Columbia, W. C. Hodges of Lake City, Rufus E. Jennings of Edgefield, J. R. Penn of Johnston, P. B. Garner of Hartsville, James Crouch and Thorton Crouch of Hartsville, Mark T. Turner of Johnston, Dr. J. R. Funderbunk of Lancaster, J. E. McDonald, Jr., of Chester, Bailey H. Theus of Estell, Dr. Jesse W. Bell of Walhalla, C. P. Hamrick of Columbia, F. L. Marchant of Greer, John H. Price of Seneca, William Elliott, Jr., of Columbia, James F. Hane of Fort Motte, Oscar Lee Gordon of Charleston, Wilson Carlisle White of Chester, Henry T. Prowitt of Beaufort, Julius B. Eison of Columbia, E. H. Bowman, Jr., of Columbia, E. P. Hutchinson of Columbia, Mrs. Sallie A. McNab of Barnwell, H. R. Gudmundson of Columbia.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Dowling of Timmonsville.

BIRTHDAY: Late Albert Victor Edward, King of England, 1864; Hans Kindler, 1893; Senator Bennett Clark of Missouri, 1890.

Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson’s victory, January 8, 1815 . . Ben N. Duke, creator Duke Power company, died January 8, 1929, born April 27, 1855.

LINE FOR TODAY: Experience is what you get while looking for something else.

January 8, 1942  State (published as The State)  Columbia, South Carolina
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