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Batching de Luxe McLEAN, Va. The female sex Is crafty. A mere husband never knows what's going on behind those big, round eyes, but I do believe I'm beginning to catch on. I told you about my bride taking off for Mexico a couple of weeks ago. Well sir, I figured I'd f probably be lonesome and to take care of that I had thoughts of joining some of those whisky-drinking, poker-playing old men at the Press Club. She didn't say anything, but I think Hilda read my mind. Shortly before she caught that flying machine for Aca-pulco, . she installed in our kitchen a Mexican cook named Maria Caranza, with instructions to take care of m. "Si, senora," said Maria and I haven't seen the Inside of the card room yet This obviously is a plot. Like Othman's Bride Her meals have been so good that I'd be a fool to eat in a restaurant and Maria knows it. One night I did stay downtown in Washington on a day that she had slaved over a hot stove for hours. She was like my bride. She said nothing, but I've felt guilty ever since. One evening, I suggested inviting a bachelor and his best girl over to dinner. "Por que no?" agreed Maria. A superb meal it was, too. But a little embarrassing. I got the best pieces of chicken. The bachelor got the second best, while his poor girl got the wings. Steve Hannagan by Robert c. Rwk NAIROBI, Kenya, East Africa Steve Hannagan died here last month. I don't know what they made out of It at home, but I hope somebody realized the importance of the man and wrote him a fitting farewell. Steve flew out here to check on one of his clients, which happened to be Coca-Cola. He had had lots of clients prize fighters, railroads, glass companies, firearms manufacturers, Miami Beach, Sun Valley, and who knows what all. Steve was what you would call a press agent. At least that's what he called himself, when he was actually a public relations counsel whose annual billing ran into astronomic figures. Steve flew out from Cairo with my wife, and he was going to join us for a few days of safari in the Southern Masai. He would have loved it, I think. He loved anything new, because his curiosity was insatiable. He went to the hotel, and when I called him to come and have something with gin in it, he said he had asthma, was feeling rocky from the trip, arid would see us in the morning. He was found dead shortly thereafter, fun-loving, checkgrabbing, big-living Steve, dead at 53 in a strange town in which, thank Cod, he had at least two people who loved him. The Hannagan Era While I was doing some of the things you have to do for dead friends, I kept thinking of the era that Steve thrived in an era where a Hoosier newspaperman could create a city like Miami Beach by telling people about it. Steve lived in the Miami era when his friend and my uncle, Dr. Tommy Adkins, was pulling a ruptured appendix out of Tex Rickard, the biggest promoter of them all. This was the Jack Dempsey, Bull Flrpo, Babe Ruth era the Bill Tilden, Helen Wilis, boom-bust era. This was when a man could make a quick million and spend it on hot horses, funny real estate, and bootleg hooch flown into the Florida Keys from Bimini or made on the premises. This was the time of the big hoodlums, when Al Capone had his castle at Miami. This was when everybody went bust in Ebenezer Denny The first mayor of Pittsburgh, Major Ebenezer Denny, was quite a boy and quite a man. The fact that this is a mayor's election year In Pittsburgh, and that the Republicans are still fiunting a suitable candidate, has nothing to do with this Statement about Mr. Denny. It just happened that while hunting through an old history for information about Twelve Mile Island the city's first chief executive. And it was a revelation. Boy and man, he was a two-fisted frontiersman who left his mark wherever he hap pened to be. Described as a "slender, fair, blue-eyed, red-haired boy," Major Denny at the age of 13 was entrusted with dispatches for the commandant at Fort Pitt which he had to carry across the mountains from Carlisle, where he was born. Traveling alone through a wilderness infested with hostile Indians, the boy Denny never failed though twice he was chased into Fort Louden by the Redmen. Bravery Wins Promotion Working in his father's store in Carlisle at the start of the Revolutionary War, he learned a fighting sloop was sailing from Philadelphia for the West Indies and he hastened east to ship as a volunteer. His bravery in action won him promotion to commander of the quarter deck and he was about to ship on a second voyage when he was commissioned an ensign in the First Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Army. Participating in the siege of Yorktown and OFF THE RECORD ro Reet "I'll try child psychology just the daylights ro (j HI! W&1 jm w and the brave ones got some of jt back. This was a raw-beef time, where the children and ribbon clerks stood aside for the men to pass by. The first man I cabled when they told me early that morning that Steve was dead was Joe Copps. Unless the obituaries back home mentioned Joe Copps, the Hannagan story never got told correctly. Half of Hannagan was Joe Copps, a white-haired, bright-faced, blue-eyed man who had been Steve's other half since the early '20s in Miami, with never a contract between them. Joe and Steve formed a fabulous team that could make you believe that oranges were pure gold, but never told you that oranges were anything but oranges. They sold Miami to the world on a basis of semi-naked women surrounded by citrus, but their news breaks were always honest and their news judgment was sound as a good city editor's. Press agents they called themselves, but unpaid assistants to journalism they were. Stocked with Irish Charm Steve, big, gray, breezy, and stacked with Irish charm, was the fast, out-front, hit-and-run genius. Copps stayed more behind the scenes, filling in the necessaries and making the vehicle run. I never knew two guys who liked each other better after an association of 30 years. I never knew two guys who shared as much niceness and kindness between them, and who were so willing to spread it around. There was a gal in the act whom Steve loved, and whom I love and for what it's worth the last thing he talked to my wife was about his gal and some plans for spending a long leisurely three months with her in Haiti. Maybe the gal will wish to know this. When somebody has been very kind to you, even when you can't help him or hurt him, It always bites a .little deeper when he dies unexpectedly, especially when he's got so much left to enjoy. There is a feeling of frustration when people with a capacity for enjoyment are suddenly divorced from the imminence of great and. measured fun. I do not mean to maunder over Hannagan. He died and is dead and a lot of people will mourn him, but none more than me. So long, O'Toole. Wherever you're at, I hope there are the depression some laughs in it, By Tress Staff Writer surrender of Lord. Corwallis, Major Denny afterwards thus described the event: "A drummer mounted the enemy parapet and beat a parly. Immediately an officer holding up a white handkerchief made his appearance. An officer from our lines met the other and tied the handkerchief over his eyes and that great event, the surrender of Cornwallis, soon was accomplished." When the, terms of capitulation were finally agreed upon, Major Denny was designated to plant the first American flag upon the British parapet . Tofd Washington of Disaster Later, in a campaign against western Indians, Major Denny was present at the defeat of the army under St. Clair and was dispatched to notify President Washington of the great disaster. The President was entertaining at dinner upon his arrival and a secretary sought to take the message. But Maj. Denny said his orders were to deliver the message only into the hands of Washington, and that he finally did. In July, 1793, Maj. Denny married Nancy Wilkins, daughter of Capt. John Wilkins, and for a time resided on a farm on the Monon-gahela River. He was elected a commissioner of Allegheny County in 1796 and first treasurer of the county in 1803. When the War of 1812 came, Maj. Denny was appointed commissary of troops on the Erie and Niagara frontier. After the borough of Pittsburgh became'a city in March, 1816, Major Denny was elected mayor. In the summer of 1822 while on a visit to Niagara Falls with his daughter he was stricken ill and was hastily returned to his home, where he died July 22 at the age of 61. i h" 1 By Ed Reed once more and then out of him!" 'II scare By Fred Olhman Maria hasn't mentioned this, either, but I have the impression she does not believe this young woman will return. The other evening In a drizzle I strolled down to the barn. I was ordered back on account of no hat. The senora said to take care of me and care was being taken. This care reached its grand climax this morning, while I was dawdling over my coffee. I had The Washington Post in one hand, and awkwardly, I was putting jelly on my toast with the other. Maria gasped. She grabbed my knife, the toast, and the jelly and rushed them all to the kitchen. She returned shortly with jam neatly spread on each piece of bread. This is service such as I haven't had since I was eight years old. And I must confess that I like it Forgets Women's Names Maria does all the shopping. She answers the telephone and if men call she gets the message perfectly. If a woman, by chance, has phoned, Maria somehow manages not to remember her name. No chances are being taken. Still and all, this bacheloring under these circumstances is pretty de luxe and I am wallowing in it. I'm also getting fat. These facts I am jotting down for your edification, of course, but I've also got an ulterior motive. The mails to the far south of Mexico are what you might call erratic, and I do hope the editor of The Mexico City Daily News will make a special point of printing this dispatch. Hilda reads this newspaper regularly on the beach and I'm a crafty fellow, myself. She'll take one look at this essay on the joys of being a part-time bachelor, is my guess, and make reservations on the next plane home. William A. White SIDE GLANCES 'That looks lik Margie they How'd she ever get so o & It The Pittsburgh Press PAGE 25 TB Needn't Be Big Shadow Hunt' Opens Doctors to Peek Into Your Chest Third of a Serie$ By JOHN TROAN To the X-ray expert, you are a shadowy character. Beginning next week, doctors here are going to be chasing thousands of shadows in the biggest disease-hunt in our history. The shadows will show up on the X-ray pictures which are to be taken of about 1,000,000 individuals in Allegheny County between March 25 and Aug. 22. Getting an X-ray will take just a few minutes of your time. As you leave the utjit, a volunteer worker will pin a badge of civic honor on you. It will be a green-and-white button, saying: "I've Had My X-ray Have You?" They'll Mail Report The shadows of your chest will be studied by a team of four Public Health Service physicians headed by Dr. B. E. Bennison, the medical co-ordin-ator of the X-ray survey. In two to three weeks after you take your X-ray,. the postman will deliver 'a report to your door. In 96 out of every 100 eases, this will he a postcard saying: "We are pleased to report that the X-ray picture of your chest appeared satisfactory." It also will advise you to get a new X-ray about once every year, as a good health precaution. By the way, you should keep this card. Your film number will be listed on it, and if your doctor ever should want to check back on this X-ray your picture could be located without trouble. When you get a card like this, you can be sure the survey doctors are certain there's nothing wrong with your chest. For if there is any doubt at all, no matter how small, you won't receive such a card. Instead of a postcard, about 4 out of every 100 who get X-rayed will receive a letter. This will direct them to the "retake center" for a second X-ray. The letter will carry a small map, showing how to get to the retake center at 203 Market St., just off the Boulevard of the Allies. It also will specify what day, and what time, the person is to report for the new X-ray. Those who can't make it are to phone for a different appointment. Now don't get upset If you receive a letter calling you Pittsburgh's No. 1 Headache $200,000,000 Visitors to City Finally Will Escape Downtown's 'Chamber of Horrors' Tenth article By EDWIN BEA OILER Biggest and costliest highway construction program ever, centered on a single, target is rolling in the Pittsburgh area. Now being assembled is of expressways, bridges, tun- nels and roads. It is aimed relieving the City's tort ured traffic system, crack-i n g the that extend Many century-old traffic ailments will be cured. The 7- long-dreamed expressway East and West over the City's maze of twists and turns, that have been a "Chamber. of Horrors" mmsm By Gaibraith pushed into the mud puddle! popular with the boys?" at i '4 ,w Mr. Beachler TUESDAY, MA KG I 17, I (- EXIT s l ir-vHONLY' I ft ,W.5 ' t r Jkiei iN rttSSOTf 'X:' - ! -Ml 111 :1 flu 1 1" tii iiImwiiM in r in l in r V i,i i ffiu fc mm wmiir',ilMfa After you get an X-ray, In for a "retake." This does not necessarily mean there's anything seriously wrong with your chest. In fact, there may be nothing at all wrong. Actually, about 40,000 persons who get X-rayed here in the next five months are going to be summoned for retakes. But most of them will wind up with a clean bill of health. Survey officials expect to find about 12,00(1 to 13,000 individuals who will need some kind of medical attention. That's quite a number, of course. But on the basis of 1,000,000 examinations, the odds are heavily weighted in your favor. In some instances, a person will be called back because Expressway to Ease Triangle Jam of geria. a $200,000,000 network of for visiting motorists especially, finally is coming true. But planners are asking, Will the increase in traffic brought on by the improvements lead to new and bigger headaches? That has been the pattern of many other roads. Liberty Bridge-Tunnel and Banksville Road led to bottlenecks. As modern as is the Boulevard of the Allies, its 3fi-foot width isn't wide enough for big buses and trucks in four lanes. Con ft Absorb Load? Specifically, planners are wondering will the cramped "Golden Triangle," with its pattern of narrow, irregular, streets be able to absorb the added load. Key project Is the $100,-000,000 PennLincoln Parkway. It will provide a "magic carpet" ride over the City, from the approach to the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the East, to the Greater Pittsburgh Airport in the West. Almost DO per cent of the 27-mile, State-built expressway is expected to be finished and opened this year. The seven-mile eastern end, from Route 22 in Churchill to Bates street in Oakland, was to open this month. It has been tied up by an electrician's strike affecting work in Squirrel rlill tunnel. The new opening date is May 1. The major 9'j niile western end Is expected to be ready by Labor Day. J. Paul Ambler, former district engineer for the State, now assistant director in charge of engineering for the Allegheny Conference, sees the 19"3 you'll receive a button to show you did your part. his first X-ray was spoiled. Maybe he moved. Maybe the light wasn't just right. Maybe the technician fouled up the film, as has happened in other surveys. All X-rays in Miniature All of the initial X-rays will be miniatures, taken on 70 millimeter film. In some cases, a doctor won't be able to make out some of the shadows on this tiny picture well enough. So he'll order these individuals to report for retakes. The second X-ray, in most cases, will be a big one 14 inches by 17 inches. This will bring out the shadows more satisfactorily so the doctors can "read" them better. Remember: If for any rea-Ron the survey physicians aren't completely satisfied with your first X-ray, you'll Parkway having this effect: "It will take through traffic off Downtown streets and bring local traffic into the Downtown In a hurry. Whether the streets (Downtown) can take it is a question but I don't look for any more confusion than any other new roads brings." Hve-Year Delay Mr. Ambler estimates that it will require five years to hack out the final two miles of the Eastern Parkway, from Bates St. into the Golden Triangle. The B. and O. railroad relocation, Point Park and Grant St. interchanges are major headaches. Four contracts on the Bates St. section now are under way. Work on the new Point bridge is to start late this year. The double-decker span over the Monongahela river is to be known as Fort Pitt Rrklge. It will resemble the West End bridge in type of construction, and run Inbound on the upper deck and outbound on the lower deck. A similar double-deck span is planned to replace the Manchester bridge over the Allegheny river to the North Side. It will be called Fort Duquesne Bridge, running outbound on the upper deck, Inbound on the lower deck. Water Street also will be renamed Fort Pitt Boulevard, and Duquesne Way will become Duquesne Boulevard. If the proposed toll tunnel under Duquesne Heights is approved, the final mile of the Parkway West can be completed during the same five-year period. Otherwise, Mr. Ambler estimates it will take 12 to 15 years. Work on the final Bates St. lap poses a severe problem with the closing of the Blvd. of the Allies for six months. The closing wasn't expected until the end of the year, but the contractor is ready to move on it now. With the rest of the Parkway opening soon, the problem U what to db with the load FTBRt'AJtV USS 1 I J I i 1 9 in it U n l U IS 17 IK 11 20 71 '2 2i 21 2t 2S 27 21 1 H T 12 1.1 14 19 20 21 26 27 28 SECTION TWO Here Next Week be called back for another. Yet more than two-thirds of those who are called back will have nothing; to worry about. On the other hand, some abnormal shadows will be discounted by the doctors as unimportant. People with such X-rays will receive a "satisfactory" report card and won't be recalled for another picture. Many Bear Sears For example, many individuals will be found with lung scars which have obviously healed. These are leftovers from previous bouts with tuberculosis, pneumonia or other lung infections. You ran have such a scar without knowing it; indeed, you might not even suspect that at one time you had TB. Some persons have curved that will be dumped in the Oakland area. Another long-sought Downtown project, ihe Crosstown Blvd., finally is in the design stage under Engineer George Richardson. It is expected to get into construction next year, with the City building and County sharing the cost. This will he the key link in the circumferential route Downtown crossing over the top of the Triangle (Liberty Bridge to Blgelow Blvd.) and hooking up with the Water and Duquesne expressways. Tying In with it Is the proposed new bridge over the Allegheny river, with extension and widening of East Street to complete the free route to North Side. Other jam-busting projects are: Etna-Sharpsburg By-Pass Engineer Richardson now designing state plans for first section by July, contracts to be advertised this year; Mc-Knight Rd. Extension in North Hills by state, now underway, to hook up with Route 19 above Pine Run to Turnpike; Ohio River Blvd. Extension through North Side to Point Fark project study now beirfg made by Engineer Richardson, state to consider this year; Negley Run Parkway from Washington Blvd. to East Libertyplanning by city. Belt System Working To speed suburban travel and relieve Downtown congestion, the Allegheny County Traffic and Transit Commission has set up a systrm of five "spider-web" belt routes circling the city. Designated by blue, green, yellow, orange and red markers (in order, extending out from City), they provide circular by-pass routes over 301 miles of highways and streets. With the Downtown nearly in the center of the County (actual center of population Oakland), the Triangle is like the "hub of a huge wheel with valleys and ridges radiating out like spokes," as Allegheny Conference's Park H. Martin describes it. This has added to the prolv MARCH T W'T 17 1.1. 1 23T4V 8T 6j 7 8 9ail!12!l3 14 15 16(1 7118 19 20 21 I 3 M ID 11 H W 17 IS 22 21 24 25 29 30 22 23 24 25,26,27,28 2930,31 X Marks Spot County Is On Bplnes. Some were born with a defect in a chest bone. Some will show a minor abnormality of the diaphragm, the muscle which walls the stomach off from the chest. None of these will be called back for new X-rays. They'll simply be told their chests are okay because they are. Now, what happens If you are asked to report to the retake center for a second X-ray? At the center, a public health, nurse will talk with you first. She'll ask a few routine questions, to get a short medical history. She'll also try to answer any questions you may have. But don't ask her why you're there. SShe won't be able to tell you whether you have been called back simply because your first X ray was ruined or because the doctors suspect something. And don't fret if she asks you questions that make it sound as though you might have tulterculosis or cancer. She has to ask everybody the same questions. Among other things, you'll be asked for the name of your family doctor. If you don't have one, the Allegheny County Medical Society will supply you with a list of physicians in your area and you'll be asked to pick one. If you can't afford a doctor, you'll be referred to a free clinic for any follow-up treatment that may be required. To Hotify Doctors If your second X-ray proves nothing wrong, you'll get a letter within a week telling you so. But if there's any doubt, the new X-ray will be sent to your doctor, and a couple of days afterward you'll be notified to get in touch with him. In about half of these cases, it will turn out that there'a nothing seriously wrong. If you should fall into this group, you'll be told to go see your physician but only because it's impossible for the survey doctors to render a . clean bill of health on the basis of the X-ray picture alone. Your doctor will do any other tests that may be indicated. And only then will a diagnosis be made again by your own family physician. On the basis of this diagnosis, your doctor will prescribe your treatment if any treatment is needed. NEXTSupnose It's tubei culosis; what then? Sketches By BEN BURROUGHS Irish Eyes I extend to all the Irish . . . wishes for true happiness . . , hoping God above will bles them . . . giving them His fond caress ... to the folks who smile through teardrops . . . Rose O'Day and all the rest ... on this day when hearts are cheerful ... I send them my very best . . . may good luck be always near them . . . may they sing out loud and clear . . . songs revered the whole world over . . . melodies I love to hear . . . matters not where people gather . . . Irish stand for tender love . . . little is it any wonder . . . that their songs come from above ... so it is when I feel weary . . . and darkness fills my skies ... I always find a trace of blue . . , in smiling Irish eyes. lem of circular routing, developed a complicated series of ribbon-type communities and stunted growth of deep or dense population along many lines of travel. Even the slightest drizzle or glaze, flat tire, trolley or truck breakdown causes a traffic jam on hilly, narrow city streets (onethlrd less than 30 feet wide) that lack by pass through routes. Win or lose, Pitt and the Pirates usually manage to chalk up another jam in Oakland. The Jams keep growing with increased travel. The Pennsylvania Highway Planning Commission estimated in 1950 that there are 28 autos for every six that used the highways in 1920. Motor trucks and trailer traffic increased 15 times since 1929, and doubled since 1941. The 25,000,000 miles of travel on State roads in 1950 is expected to increase 55 per cent by 1960. More and more money Is pumped into street and road expenditures a record $4,000,-000.000 in 1950 throughout the nation. Meanwhile, not a cent of public money goes to the stricken mass transportation system. NEXT The plight of man transportation.

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