The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 21, 1953 · Page 11
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 11

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, December 21, 1953
Page 11
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MONDAY, DECEMBER «, 195S BLYTHEVTU.K fARKT COURIER NEWS ?AGK BI.EVBN US Employe Claims Cost Plenty- But Have Their Lighter Moments By GEORGE TRA1NOR NBA Stiff Corre»pondent WASHINGTON — (NBA) — During a recent forest lire out West, & tourist was stopped by a U. S. Forest Service Ranger and pressed into the fire line to fight the blaze. Because of his inexperience, th« tourist sot klonked on the head with a burning tree limb. As a result, he became one of the estimated 80 thousand Federal employes who will be injured on the job this year while working for Uncle Sam. Claims adjusters who process all Federal employes accident reports in Washington's Bureau of Employe Compensation admit that most of. their work is rather grim and serious business which costs the taxpayers more than $23 million per year. But occasionally claims turn up which, while legitimate for the most part, prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that man is his own worst enemy. One case in point is that of a government stenographer who transferred the contents of a bottle of ink eradicator into an empty bottle of eye wash. Yup, you guessed it. The next time her eyes got tired she washed them out with ink eradicator. When asked why she ever made the switch in the first place, she replied, "I liked the shape of the eye wash bottle better." On -another occasion an electrician working on a scaffold decided to do a little social drinking on the job and got'his circuits overloaded. Being afraid to climb back down the ladder, he stretched out on the feet from a pole on which he w working snd got up imharnu>d( HiRht below it in the pile was the case of a (ruck driver who slipped on the running; board of his parked truck and suffered R disabling buck injury for six months. But the Ki'and-daddy of them all came in just the other day. It was a claim from a mailman who had been bitten by th« same dog six times in the last nine months. In the space reserved on the claim form for "Remarks" the postman had written with just a touch of malice, "One of these . mornings I'm gonna see that dawg before he sees me ..." World's Largest Globe Planned WELLKSLKY. Mass. (/PI — Con- ••st ruction wns well under way today on ft Klfiantlc globe nearly 28 feet in diameter—designed to bo the world's largest revolving globe. A $"00. 000 project., it is pxperled ; lo be finished late in 1055 after j welders complete the 21'--tnn steel ! skin, a ccosraphcr maps the ron- [ tinents and orean. 1 ? and painter; translate his work to the steel sphere. The clobe, on a scale of 24 miles lo the inch, Is being construclec by Bnbsoii institute o( Business Administration at its campus, Babson Park. No Light Matter ALBUQUERQUE I/TI—This is no light n City Ion foi | MO a i si reel ntler: raffle, engineer Francis Bur. id the city has been payins ear since about 1949 for a Kht — In the country. scaffolding and decided to sleep It off. During the course of his siesta he rolled off the platform, fell 18 feet and crashed through the floor. The falling; plaster, laths and debris injured four people in the room over which he had been working. When they revived the electrician, he shook himself off and walked away muttering, "I thought I was dreaming." Sometimes by pure chance two claims will show up on the same day from widely scattered parts of the country dealing with the same type of injury. Only the results of the accidents make the adjusters shake their heads and wonder. One routine accident report told how a telephone lineman fell 80 Iceland has no Illiteracy and publishes more new books per capita than any other country in the world. Got a suit of armor? Got a Sherman tank? Just beginning shopping? You've only you to thank. 100% TOP QUALITY and The Lowest Price for Kentucky Straight Bourbon Wtijskey '"**» In 6 years Old 86 proof HEAVEN HILL* O'nlilltd O"d Sallied in Old Kenludy fc HfAVfN Hill OISTIUERIES INC.,... 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