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2015-01-08

Courier's History Corner

Newspaper copy courtesy Waverly Lewis

A story from The Bandera New Era
Feb. 15, 1934
Newspaper copy courtesy Waverly Lewis

PROFESSOR FORGETS
Berkeley, Calif. Feb. 13 - J. Robert Oppenheimer, 30 professor of physics at the University of California, took Miss Melba Phillips, a research assistant, for a ride in the Berkeley hills Monday night. He parked his automobile, made Miss Phillips comfortable by wrapping a blanket about her and said he was going for a walk.
Time passed and policeman Albert Nevin went by.
"My escort went for a walk hours ago and he hasn't returned!" Miss Phillips tearfully told him.
Nevin turned in an alarm and police, on a hunch, went to the Faculty Club. There they found the professor in bed asleep.
"Miss Phillips!" he exclaimed. "Oh, my word! I forgot all about her. I just walked and walked and I was home and I went to bed. I'm sorry!"
GOVERNMENT CANCELS
AIR MAIL CONTRACTS
Washington, Feb. 9 - The government Friday took the business of flying mail from all the 12 concerns with which it held domestic contracts and ordered the agency which first flew it, the army, to again take up the work.
The blanket abrogation of contracts, effective Feb. 19, followed presentation to Mr. Roosevelt of evidence gathered by a Senate committee in a long study of the circumstances surrounding the letting of the contracts during previous Republican administrations.
Mr. Roosevelt instructed Postmaster General Farley to end the contracts and immediately issued an executive order placing the army air service at the disposition of the Post Office Department. He also arranged with Secretary Roper to make available to the army mail ships all landing fields under the regulations of the Commerce Department.
MISSIONARY SOCIETY MEETS
The ladies of the Methodist Missionary Society met at the church Tuesday afternoon for their regular meeting. A very interesting program was carried out with Mr.s JO Butler as leader. Those in attendance were Mrs. Ed Coughran, Mrs. John Langford, Mrs. AF Haynes, Mrs. AP Carlton, Mrs. DO Tallman, Mrs. Chas. Ross, Mrs. Ashley Rugh, Mrs. JO Butler, Mrs. George Howland, and Rev. W. Vasco Veer.
BRIDGE WORK PROGRESSING
Work on the Privilege Creek bridge is now well under way, and the concrete and grading program is going forward with utmost dispatch. Two crews of about 40 men each are employed. The favorable weather of the past few days has been a great help.