LEWISTON – “Thewlis,” the Bowdoin medical student who has appeared in Lewiston at various times, came up here from Brunswick Friday afternoon and did another of his jail-breaking stunts. He was first stripped naked by Deputy Marshal Pettingill and was then handcuffed and locked in a cell. In an adjoining cell his clothing was locked up. In exactly two minutes “Thewlis” was out in the corridor, completely dressed, and the police were again wondering how he did it.

50 years ago, 1958

• WASHINGTON – Several of the nation’s top business executives agreed Thursday that the current recession is the worst of the post-World War II economic slumps. Fourteen of these industrial and financial leaders, responding to a Senate Finance Committee questionnaire, gave more support to a tax cut as an anti-recession measure than to public works. But most of them urged caution in applying any government remedies, citing a continued risk of more inflation and contending it is impossible to smooth out all economic ups and downs.

• LEWISTON – Former Boston Red Sox Manager William F. Carrigan of Lewiston was said to be in “very good” condition last night by his physician. The 74-year-old Lewiston banker is at the Central Maine General Hospital recovering from a Monday operation as result of an undisclosed ailment. He is well known as the manager under whom Babe Ruth broke into the Major Leagues, and he led the Bo-sox to pennants in 1915 and 1916.

25 years ago, 1983

There are now 32,000 people in this country who are 100 years old or older, and three-fourths of them are women, the Census Bureau reported Sunday. The middle-aged and the elderly are the fastest growing segments of the population, the Census Bureau said in its new study.

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