“There’s a queer photograph,” said a local physician the other day, pointing to an X-Ray photograph of a hand. “A woman came here with a hand swollen to the size of a ham. She had suffered pain in it and ascribed it to rheumatism. I had an X-Ray taken of the hand. You will notice that line across the bones of the palm. Well, that’s a needle. We cut in, took out the needle and no more rheumatism. The singular thing is that she sat on that needle some years previously. It had worked thru her body to the hand.”

50 years ago, 1958

Lewiston Police Chief Roland C. Amnott last night strongly opposed the closing of any streets for sliding. The Police Commissioner received a letter from the Board of Mayor and Aldermen saying that the latter board has approved the closing of Towle Street for sliding.

The commission voted that the police department would have to enforce the decision of the aldermen but added that the commission does not encourage the use of streets for recreation.

25 years ago, 1983

Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston has awarded about $20,000 in special endowment fund income to 72 area residents who have outstanding bills at the hospital. CMMC Assistant Director of Finance Robert E. Buchanan said the awards were applied to the accounts of former patients who have made “bona fide efforts to pay their bills but are clearly having financial difficulties.”

Each year before Christmas, CMMC uses the interest income from 20 “free bed funds” to lighten the financial burden of selected persons” who are deserving of assistance.”

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