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People, Feb. 3, 1936

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“Names make news.” Last week these names made this news:

In 1881 a disagreement in the University of Cincinnati chapter of Sigma Chi fraternity ended in the expulsion of one sharp-tongued law student. Last week Sigma Chi decided to reconsider the expulsion, found the offense “trivial,” reinstated Brother Willis Van Devanter, 76, Associate Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court.

In a Washington, D. C. drive on speeders police arrested big, burly President John Llewellyn Lewis of United Mine Workers on a charge of driving 42 m. p. h. in a 30-mile zone. Laborman Lewis posted a $10 bond, left town. On Pennsylvania Avenue a patrolman stopped Mrs. J. Borden (“Daisy”) Harriman, famed Washington hostess and member of the Women’s Safety Committee of the American Automobile Association, charged her with driving 32 m. p. h.. carrying an expired license. Next Socialite Sportswoman Mrs. John Hay (“Jock”) Whitney, was picked up for driving on the wrong side of a bridge at 40 m. p. h. While Mmes Harriman and Whitney awaited trial, the police stopped a fourth speeder, collected $8 from Professor Anton Lang Jr, of Georgetown University, son of the one-time Christus of the Oberammergau Passion Play.

Producer Morris Gest announced in Manhattan that the only native actress in the old Chinese fantasy Lady Precious Stream, which opened this week in Manhattan, would be Yuen Tsung (”Maimie”) Sze, daughter of Chinese Ambassador to the U. S. Sao-ke Alfred Sze. Pretty, bang-haired “Maimie” Sze has not seen China since she was 5. Educated in the U. S. and England, she was president of her Wellesley class (1931), has since spent most of her time painting. Of her forthcoming stage career she said: “It’s not entirely fun. … I feel honored.”

Timed at 68 m.p.h. on a highway near Auburn, Mass. David Rockefeller, Harvard senior and chubby youngest son of John Davison Rockefeller Jr., lost his Massachusetts driving license for one week.

Off to Oakland, Calif, from Washington went Texas’ chubby Representative Wright Patman, loud friend of the Bonus, loud foe of chain stores. At the invitation and expense of the Allied Independent Merchants & Home Owned Businesses of California, Representative Patman crossed the Continent to get into a hot fight over California’s new chain store tax. The Independent Merchants understood that, in the absence of the Press, Mr. Patman would give their annual convention a fighting speech against chains. Mr. Patman understood that he would be met at the station by a delegation of Independent Merchants and a band. Stepping expectantly out of his Pullman, he looked in vain for delegation or band. At length one man rushed up, pumped his hand. He turned out to be General Manager J. T. Young of California’s biggest grocery chain, Safeway Stores. Indignant, Representative Patman proceeded to the convention alone, brushed aside apologies. Behind closed doors he eyed the Independent Merchants coldly, delivered an eloquent speech about the Bonus, collected his expense money, walked out.

While inspecting his company laboratory, Board Chairman Herbert Watson Alden of Timken-Detroit Axle Co. fell to monkeying with the apparatus, became entangled, suffered severe lacerations of the head.

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