Washington – Paper money will carry disease germs for one month; metal money will carry such germs only 24 hours, according to the conclusion of Dr. Thomas Darlington, President of the New York City Board of Health, who has been experimenting with bacteria on money, and who presented the result, today, to the House Committee on Banking and Currency.

The germs of only two diseases have been experimented upon – consumption and diphtheria, and both of these may be communicated from one person to another on money. The hearing was before a sub committee which has consideration of several “clean money” bills. No action was taken.

50 Years Ago, 1955

An armed bandit this afternoon held up a clerk at the Leblanc’s Cleaners and Dyers office at 6 Spruce St. and escaped with $40.95. The gunman, according to Police Capt. James F. Murphy, held a nickel-plated revolver at Mrs. Hector Blanchette and forced her to turn over the money to him. When last seen the bandit was heading, on foot, towards Lisbon and Cedar Sts. Police were alerted throughout the city to be on the lookout for him.

Alaska – The Air Force’s newest strategic bomber, the all-jet B52, may soon be brought to Alaska for tests under brutal weather conditions their pilots would expect to encounter in case of war.

25 Years Ago, 1980

The state Board of Education has approved a Lewiston woman’s proposal to annually honor Maine’s 10 brightest high school students as “state scholars.” Recognition afforded the select group of students would include a medallion or plaque, and visits with the Governor, Legislature, and state Board of Education. The Maine State Scholars Program, as it has been designated, is the first of its kind in the nation, according to Gerda Haas of Lewiston, a state education board member and Bates College librarian.


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