• With all the present talk concerning fire escapes and doors swinging out at the school houses, I wonder if it has occurred to anyone that it would be a good idea to give special instruction to the teachers regarding what to do in case of fire,” says an Auburn man. Many of our teachers are young girls and although our teachers are good, still we all know that all are not born leaders to be looked up to in case of such a tragedy as was enacted at Cleveland.

• The common schools of Auburn closed yesterday for the usual two weeks spring vacation.

50 years ago, 1958

PORTLAND – A long, wooden shed containing 5,000 tons of china clay was badly damaged today in Portland’s most spectacular waterfront fire in years. Fire Chief Carl P. Johnson estimated the damage at $275,000.

WASHINGTON – The highest unemployment figure in 16 years will be announced next week, officials said today. The new figure of 5,100,000 jobless in February represents an increase of more than 600,000 over January.

• Most gasoline stations are now selling regular grade gasoline at 29.9 cents per gallon with high test at 33.9. One sign of 27.9 cents a gallon for regular gasoline was noticed on Cedar Street.

25 years ago, 1983

• Paris Manufacturing Corp. of South Paris is undertaking what should prove forward-looking diversification in its purchase of a Greenville, S.C., manufacturer of flotation devices and sleeping bags. The Maine company is the world’s largest producer of sleds and toboggans. It also turns out cribs, safety gates and high chairs. Last year, Paris Manufacturing acquired a West Virginia glass marble manufacturing concern, so its product line, with this latest acquisition, will be substantially increased.

• As thousands of arms control supporters rallied outside the Capitol, the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday called for a “mutual and verifiable freeze” of U.S. and Soviet nuclear arsenals.


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