Joe Neal of Auburn has just purchased a new car which his friends say is the fastest gasoline machine in the state today. It is a Jackson racing model with a double rumble seat behind, giving it a seating capacity of four. The engine is a four-cylinder, thirty-five horse power. The car is a pretty model, long and rangy and will flirt dust on almost anything but the steam racers.

50 years ago, 1958

Undercover nearly a month, Lewiston’s “flashlight burglar” pulled off another job early yesterday morning and made off with about $400 in cash. He entered the fashionable ranch-style home of Lewiston grocer Roland Gauthier, 47, of 45 Androscoggin Ave., and emptied his billfold and his wife’s pocketbook while they slept soundly in their bedroom.

It was the 17th house break carried out by this nervy thief in the past several months and it was the first since June 7 when he was chased out of the home of jeweler Henry Nolin after awakening the occupants.

Police detectives were out in force again after yesterday’s break and theft was reported but, as usual, the investigation was hampered by a lack of clues.

25 years ago, 1983

• Twin Cities residents were plagued by condensation on cold water pipes and refrigerators, eggs frying on sidewalks and wilting garden vegetables as Independence Day temperatures climbed to 93 degrees with nary a cloud in sight.

The forecast for Tuesday is for hotter more humid and less humane weather, so be prepared for overheating car radiators, drooping pansies and more of those crispy brown patches on lawns.

• On a day when the New York Yankees gave away virtually everything but Yankee Stadium – a car, a TV set, sports equipment and more – Dave Righetti gave the Boston Red Sox nothing. Well, the 24-year-old left-hander did allow four walks, but when the July 4 fireworks were over, the scoreboard showed no runs and no hits for the Red Sox, the first no-hitter by a Yankee pitcher since Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

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