• Wanted – A man to sleep nights at my undertaking parlors. Chas. W. Harris, 51 Court St., Auburn.

• GREENVILLE – Two men suspected of being cracksmen who blew the safe in the Canadian Pacific Railroad station, but failed to plunder it, were arrested at Milo Junction and taken to Dover today. They boarded an afternoon train at Shirley, purchasing tickets for Dover. At Milo Junction, they were apprehended by the officers who had been notified. It is reported that one of them has confessed.

50 years ago, 1958

An advisory committee to revise Maine’s election laws held its first meeting Monday and decided to propose that the Legislature drop voting disqualification of paupers. Deputy Secretary of State Paul A. McDonald said barring paupers from voting is decreed by the state constitution, so an amendment would be needed. But he said welfare laws have changed so much since the law was written that it is no longer realistic.

There are “10 persons receiving public assistance for every one legally a pauper,” he said. The federal-state public assistance programs specify that recipients shall not be deemed paupers. The chief purpose of the revision is to bring the election laws up to date and make them easier for officials and the public to understand.

25 years ago, 1983

Joan Benoit, a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1979 and the 1983 winner of the Woman’s Division of the Boston Marathon, will receive a special award at the Bowdoin Alumni Luncheon on Friday. On behalf of her many friends at the College, Bowdoin President A. LeRoy Greason will present Benoit with a pewter Bowdoin Plate. She will also be presented with a framed citation.

Benoit, who held a joint major in Environmental Studies and History at Bowdoin, won the 1979 Boston Marathon during her senior year. In April, she set a new world record by completing the Boston Marathon in 2:22:42, beating the previous record by two minutes and 47 seconds. She currently serves as Woman’s Distance Track Coach at Boston University.


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