NEW YORK – The Cunard liner Mauretania broke the record over the long course from Queenstown to this port, covering the distance in four days, 20 hours and 15 minutes, with an average speed of 24.88 knots, according to a wireless dispatch received by the Cunard line company from the steamship late tonight.

The Mauretania’s record is seven minutes better than the high record held by her sister ship the Lusitania. The Mauretania passed the Sandy Hook light vessel at 7:50 tonight. Her log showed that she made 635 knots yesterday, which is the best record ever made by a trans-Atlantic steamship.

50 years ago, 1958

• Reports of shooting in the Walton School area were well-founded yesterday afternoon although the source of the noise was easily tracked down. Schoolboy track coaches were using a blank starter’s gun to put their charges through their paces in preparation for today’s schoolboy track championships at Waterville. Patrolman Howard W. Ireland investigated the complaint reported by a woman resident of the neighborhood.

• Vacationers began crowding the roads yesterday and traffic flowed on the Maine Turnpike at a volume of up to 1,100 cars an hour, most of them northbound.

25 years ago, 1983

Forty area children will see the Red Sox play the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park on Aug. 1 as winners of a coloring contest sponsored by the Boston Red Sox and Food Town Stores. Food Town is featuring the contest through June 11. Children 9 to 12 are eligible to enter the contest, and may use any medium imaginable to complete their entries. Judging will be based on imagination, neatness and use of color.

As a special bonus, Food Town will present the grand-prize winner with a bicycle, and will display the winning entry in the store for two weeks. In addition, the grand-prize winner will attend a special luncheon at Fenway Park with Red Sox personalities on the day of the game and receive a Red Sox souvenir memento.

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