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SECTION D FAYETTEVILIE, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1974 Memories Of A Meat Market Tis That Season To Be Sneezin.' I hate to have to report this-particularly with the city having recently dons such a nice job- on roadside planters along north Hwy. 71; the county having finally arranged to replace the steeple on the courthouse;, the'citizenry having risen up on behalf of preserving the Old ^Post Office Building; the opening of ah imposing new Federal Building; 'and our annual Flaming Fall'Revue of colored leaves now coming into season--but.'..,' \ · According 'to several ' spot checks in recent weeks city drivers are suffering a serious relapse into an old habit. I have reference to the picking-of one's proboscis. . I was : wained of the situation some few weeks ago by a pair of comely village matrons, who recalled this column's anti-nose- picker campaign of several seasons ago. The ladies advised me that 'things were getting to a regrettable stage once again, and sure enough, an alarm needed to be sounded. Basic to . the problem, of course, :is that people are subject to an odd -psychology quirk upon entering their car, slamming the door, anc cranking up their: .'several hundreds of horsepower. They fee' like they are in the bathroom (This, although it is , not generally known, is one reasor for a great many unexplainec accidents; people forget that driving a car, and their conduct therein, is a very public matter). I recognize, of course, that this is the goldenrod and nasa drip season..These are hazards that may distort, to some extent, my latest set of N-Picker statistics. "The ' abundance of evidencej however, suggests that it is both time and timely to once^ again remind citizens that if . Fayetteville is" to lay serious-iclaim to''.begin- t.h "Athens of the Ozarks," anc the cultural mecca'of the state we must all acquire either the Hanky -Habit, or a modicum more of self-restraint; By DAVID ZODROW TIMES 'Staff 'Writer The little -meat market in Sentry stayed open until mld- ight Saturdays so that people, cross mainstreet at the movie :;eatcr, could come in to . buy Sunday's meat after the show. The country people would mble in talking of Monroe, and Bogart. and Greenstreet. The nen would huddle at the pot- ellied stove . in the center of tic store as the women selected he sausage and bacon slabs for omorrow's after-church break- ast. The market echoed the talk if the movie goers for over hree and one-half decades. And hen, like Monroe, and Bogart, and Greenstreet, it passed into ond remembrance. A shoe shop novy occupies the meat market building on the I HAVE HUN a majority .'o! my checks this late summer and early fall along Dickson Street. ; As a general rule drivers V concentrate on ac celeration and speed in thundering 'past the Dickson-East Street intersection; only those p a u s i n g on East Street awaiting their turn to enter Dickson, are in fault. Here, I find, almost 30 pe: cent (127 out of 311) are picking either nose or teeth. (It is in teresling from a "cultural poin of view, too, that if one adds the drivers who also peer intr the rearview. mirror in order to poke at their hair, tht per cenlage runs well above 50 per cent. Things at East and Dickson I find, are nowhere near a offensive, however, as at tin Post Office corners of Dickson St. Charles and Black. There "pickin" is virtually epidemic. On a recent Wednesday '. counted 31 of 54, with at leas a dozen flagrantly so. (There is this, of course, fo 'he said for the Post Office street cor ners: A trip down to the PO and back up town, can often produce a tic that might bi misconstrued by the amateu demographer, as .something les accountable). I regret; needless to say having to make this report, anc do so only in the hope tha steps can be taken to remed: the situation. It is possible perhaps,, for the city Ap pearance Committee to put thi on its agenda as a fall or spring project, (there is little question according to my research, tha these are the danger seasons) I wouldn't suggest at this time in other words, an ordinance on the matter. At least not imli the new board is elected and sworn in. If things don't improve spring, though, it would strike me as perfectly proper for th mayor to pick out a day am proclaim it citywide Kleenex Day. Ambassador Honorec WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -The U.S. Military Academy a West Point has given Its high est award, the Thayer Award to Ambassador Robert D. Mur phy, a .19-year veteran of Amer lean foreign service. The award, named for the fa ther ot the military academy Sylvanus Thayer, has gone tc such notables as Henry Cabn Lodge, Dwight D. Eisenhower Douglas, MacArthiir, Francl Cardinal Spellmnn, Bob Hope Neil Armstrong and Dear Rusk. : Ambassador Murphy wa; U.S. politicnl adviser for Ger many ln1914 and has served a, ambassador to Belgium and Jn pan nnthas/Under Secretory o Slate for: Politicnl Affairs. Ho I currently the chairman of thi Commission on the 'Orgnn iztllon of the Government fo the Conduct of Foreljfn Policy. entry mainstreet. And the small theatre where tha Saturday night sausage-buyers' convened is now a : juhk shop i which specializes in used and abused clap-trap.. - , : John and Jeanelte 'Binns '.of Route 3, Gentry, owners of the Gentry Meat Market, closed the business April '1,1969, ilie date which the market closed is coincidental, for .the statistics of 'the little shop seem as incredulous as the tallest, April Fool's Day yarn. The Binns estimate that 22,464 steers, 12 per week, were butchered, cut wrapped and sold in the 36 years that they were open. Figuring the saleable meal from a 1,000 pound steer at a little less than 50 per cent ol total weight, they calculate thai about 6,000 pounds of beef were sold in a week at the market and,that.abqut 1,031,760 pounds of choice- beef was marketed in'the 36'year period. ' : The market was open for 36 years, seven days a week, a regular 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and in that steady 13,140 day -, 137,970 hour run it was only closed for five days, so that, as John says seriously, "I could get damn-good and drunk." John, 64. says that he and Ms father, Marshall ' Binns, founded the enterprise in June of 1938. Furs, truck crops and hogs were the main trade of Gentry, then a growing railroad town complete with three cafes, a hotel and an auction barn. "Dad was only ' i n ' 'the operation for about three years. He loved to fish and hunt, anc was never much for business He went up to Colorado to the Six UA Concerts Are Scheduled The University of -Arkansas Arts and Concerts Committee las scheduled six attractions 'or the fall and spring Jerome Rappaport, chairman of the committee, said the entertainers include two artists who have given concerts on the UA campus in the past. Benita Valente, soprano, who is now a member of the Metropolitan Opera Company, will be returning in November for a second concert. Also, Leo Smit, composer : pianist who will 30 -remembered here by many for his past concerts, will return in the spring for a three- day residency. The concerts are co-sponsored by the Department ot Music." All of the programs will take place in the Arts Center Concert Hall. "There is a group of seats designated for sub- scripers to the Fine Arts Series and they are held until" "10 minutes of curtain time . (8 p.m'.)," Professor Rappaport said. "At thai; time, those seats not occupied will be released for others/* Admission is by season tickets of $5 for the general public and S3 for high school students,- or by the presentation of I.D. Cards by 'University students. Individual tickets will be sold at the door. The Fine" Arts Series attractions are The Manhattan String Oct. 25; Benita soprano, Nov. 3; Quartet, Valente, James Fields, pianist, Nov. 25; Leo SmU, composer-pianist, Feb. 17; Daniel Domb, cellist, March 26; and Francesco Trio, March 29. I'Round About Town! By RICK PENDEHGRASS Of the TIMES Staff The Great Mills Scandal strikes some of us as something short of a truly sobering scandal --· perhaps more like something out of a Charlie Ruggles flick, with good ol' Charlie playing good ol' Wilbur. And maybe · Carmen Miranda as Annabel Battistella, alias 'Fanne Fox.' The whole merry scene,, as reported by Washington press corps veterans, still hot from the long Watergate scandal campaigns, seems to have been custom written for the old situation comedy movies. First, the central-, character -- a respected, mature, proper congressman who, being only human, allows himself a little leasure time fun. After all, even congressman shouldn't be expected to wear charcoal - grey three-pieces to bed, , should they? Anyway, that's Charle.. SECOND, the fast set-couple who makes, friends with our hero. Remember, variety Is the spice,' etc...Here, we have Carmen in the.middle of a party, drinking a little 'and taking on the.personality of Doris Day. Add a few bit characters, say, Donald O'Connor as the flustered :cop who leads a victimized Charlie to safety as other officers clamor to 'save Carmen from sure drowning in the three-foot deep tidal basin. So, we start with Charlie and his wife (equally as proper) and Carmen and her husband along with others at a private bon ;es the - revelers to party on for the night is young, and;sc n . - ' : · .- . ' · ' · . . ; WELL, CARMEN, being little tipsy, and thinking Char voyage friend. party for a · mutual Well Charlie, who's really a nice guy and normally' a beer drinker, is pressured into a few social drinks --a martini or two. The g o o d cheer spreads and soon Charlie's wife slips and hurts her foot. Embarass- ed, but with certain presence of mind, Mrs. Charlie nobly ur- lie's an a.b o u t old-' cutie, our' hero. buzzes flirting harmlessly. Charlie, of course all little flustered this, h a v i n g abou been dragged away by all the reve! ers, hilt worrying all the whil about Mrs. Charlie,back horn with an aching ankle. - Suddenly, ,;as · Mr. Carmen Charlie arid the'rest are ridin through town in the wee hour of the morning, with Mr. Car men at the wheel, Carme squeals and exclaims. "OOooh Senaor Charlie! I theenk I mus for to jump In that waters!" Of course, noble Charli thinks' Carmen has flipped: an struggles to keep her from sur death in the fathomless water guarding Jefferson Memorial. But to no avail. She jump from the car -and tosses he purse back, hitting Charlie o the nose, runs to the edge the lake and jumps in, wettin her knees. Up RUNS ROOKIE Dona 1 . : 0.'Cpnnor - and reinfprcemen and the whole thing ends \ very little serious problem. Now, if this had really bee a Charlie Ruggles- movie, m thing rriora would have- com of it. The clever partygoer would have successfully evade the press and the" police in series of close calls and a would have turned out happ in the end, with Charlie vowin 'never again," as an ice pac rested on his head. But, of course this isn't Charlie Ruggles movie, and doesn't have a happy endin -- amusing, perhaps, but nc happy. Perhaps if-more people dran beer instead of martinis the wouldn't do silly things 1 i k that. ennonito settlement and was me 18 days hunting for quail, guess that's when I lost my artner," John says about the arket's origin. John gained a new partner the business when ho arried Jeanelte in February '. 1950. As John says, "She was eautiful, charming, debonair; id a very, good meat wrap- er." . : LOST LICENSE "It was icy roads the day e got married," Jeanette ecalls, "and I darn near ackecl out. Not because of ohn, but because of the ice. nd when we got to the readier, we found we had for- ot the marriage license." Besides the meat market, the Jinns owned a 260 acre farm wo miles West of 'Gentry. They ept 25 to 30 steers in a feedlol t the farm at all times anc purchased steers from local armors to balance out the' yearly kill.' John butchered the steers in a small slaughter house he built on the farm. Ely Williams, who also served as the town policeman for a number of years, lelped John with the butchering. Jeanette displayed the unwrapped cuts of meat in the outer coolers of the store for customer inspection. "When a customer had selected a cut of meat, we would wrap it in butcher paper without strings or tape. Wrapping it for freezing was up to the customer. With no fancy frills, we could give people good meat at a reasonable price. We never tried to make too much profit. It was mostly just a big turn over," Jeanelte says of the operation. The market which was ocated between, the drugstore and a cafe, specialized in "beef and pork and did hot. sell chicken. A limited supply 6t groceries were stocked for cus- .orncr convenience but ^ p a c k aged food items were not promoted. OUT SOLD JIMMY "We sold more sausage than Jimmy Dean," Jeanetle recalls humorously. · "Fay Twiggs who still runs a grocery,'store in town used to haul sausage seasoning in a wheelbarrow up to the market. The wheelbarrow would be loaded with 10-pound boxes ol seasoning and he'd make two or three trips a week." '· John recalls a coal-oil explosion in 1945 which nearly endec the lives of the meat market and its owner. - · . THE MARKET IS ONLY A MEMORY TODAY -...Mrs. John and Jeanette Binns can relax on the jront porch Group To Offer Aid to Erring Parents An informal organization is being formed in Fayetteville to help parents who know they whip their children too hard and those who fear they may be falling into a child abuse pattern. Joe and Karen DeOrdio are coordinators for this new approach, which will provide parents an opportunity to discuss problems they encounter. DeOrdio, director of the counseling center at the University of Arkansas, said the loosely knit group is really not an organization at all but merely a way to get parents together. "Much of it is to encourage learn they are not alone and that everyone has problems," he said. The group will be called Parents Anonymous and - the anonymity will be preserved ,lhe DeOrdios said. Anyone interested may call 521-7971 or '143-4567 to learn more about the group. Even the place of meetings will not be revealed. There are few guides for being a good parent .and in today's society, where families are separated from relatives, there is no one to turn to advice a n d support in child raising. "Being a parent is not an parents to get together ancljo easy job and adjusting to a hew Planning Key To Forest Future By PEGGY FRIZZELL TIMES Staff Writer What will the · Ozark-St. Francis National Forest at Lake Wedington look like in two years? In five years? In 10 years? The answer depends on a 10- year unit plan to be prepared by national forest officials under the direction of Gordon Small, unit planning director. The forest dergo public participation before the final unit plan is accepted, Small said. Unit planning is a name the forest service has given to an intensive land use planning project. The 10-year manage- 11,800 acre-section of at Wedington will un- research, analysis and process ment units direction of land for areas or with similar characteristics is formulated using available information and planning procedures, Small said. The unit planning project originated in the late 1960s' and early 1970's with the formation of the "System for Managing the National Forests in the East." This system recognized the need to plan the use of forest lands according to the changing social and economic needs of the time. One of the key points of the system was that master planning be paramount. A master plan for an area consists of an area guide and a unit plan. The Ozark Highlands Task Force completed work on the Ozark Highlands area guide in spring, 1973. Unit planning began in summer, 1974, and the area guide was published In February, 1974. Small outlined the steps taken in the unit planning process. First, he said, the unit under study is defined. Then all available data on its resources, its locality, and its resources is is compiled for analysis. The analysis looks to resolve conflicts 'between possible uses and resources. Small said, in order to define what the best choices, are. At this point, various alternatives to how the land-will be used and preserved are drawn up. Then comes the public response session. At this listening or workshop session the people find out what's going on, Small explained. Then forest officials ask for the public's participation through . discussion and their response to the various alternatives. Small emphasized that while the forest officials study the people's ideas and- information, the final decisions are still made by the Forest Service. B'ollowing the public response session, forest officials analyze alternatives,--select a plan and submit 1 -ah environmental impact statement on the proposed land uses. Smith noted that this final step is required by the National Environmental Policy Act. If the environmental impact statement is okayed, the unit plan receives final approval and is carried out. The unit plan Is a work plan, telling forest service employes exactly what to do. Small saicl. Minor changes can be made in the plan to reflect changes in society, Small said. But any major diversions from the original plan require a new environmental impact statement and, so, public review. At the Wedinton area, in B e n t o n and Washington Counties, forest officials are now gathering :information. Newspaper releases announcing the beginning of the unit planning process for Wedington were sent out over the wire services this past summer, Small said. He noted that citizens from throughout the entire state, anc neighboring states also, are invited to participate in the public workshops for all 13 areas of Qzark-St. Francis forest. He estimated it will take seven years to complete the unit plans for the forest system in Arkansas. area, without the support df imp mediate family . members fo help, makes it more difficult," DeOrido said. "Frustrations and tensions mount and in some cases an isolation builds up making parents feel they are completely alone in trying to *eep the family going." DeOrd- io said. "It is ail right to talk about problems. Members will give each other support a n d encouragement. They can become comfortable with each other and when things go wrong they don't have to face it alone," he said. : The group, patterned on a Little Rock innovative approach in discovering ways to , handle frustrations of parents, will meet on a weekly basis. There will he no set programs, but there will be an opportunity to discuss specific problems. PROBLEM CENTER Many times problems center around discipline of children. "Parents' only have the experience they had with their parents to fall back upon'in dealing with their own children. Many were raised on the. adage of.spare the rod and spoil the child. They , feel the only: approach \vhe-ndiseipline fail sis more severe' discipline. Failure results in'more frustration and this escalates," DeOrdio .explained. Parents will exchange ideas that have worked for them and substitute ways to discipline are to be explored. "The meetings are in no way therapy sessions, just parents with mutual problems helping each other," DeOrdio said. The group will work hand in glove .with SCAN (Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect but is not part of that organization. "We had a big pot-beUJeil stove in the center of the storel- People would ' come in : 'iit' around 1 it-and talk all day. 6n« cold morning at opening lima [ t h r e w , some coal oil into the old stove" 'and, went off to h'iifit some matches. I guess the" 511 built ;up a gas and when Flit it. the explosion blew out th'e door and alt the windows:'^ wasn't hurt bad 'but it did ruin a damn good hat I was wearinjj at the time," John says of'that cold winter morning. "' : ; The explosion caused a fife which burned the roof from 'thi building.-, A .small fire truck!' then the only piece of equipment/in the Gentry Fire De-' partment, was-,unsuccessfulVin putting out the blaze. ?·"·':·' "The only t.hjhg that saved the business . lay inside 'fli'e walls"..John says..- ' . . . :'."'.: "The original builders had stuffed buggy axles,- bed springs and scrap metal into the walls for support.. The, .fire just couldn't make it through -all that junk." , . '. !£. HIGH COST. HIT Si- John- · who'. still · butchers ' part- time ,for. a;.Siloam. Springs slaughterhouse; ' - deplores the high cost of meat'tod ay m ,the stores arid blames union costs and middlemen for" the price inflation.- ' 7' "Markets today could cut 'out the middlemen. They don't have to buy ·'beef from expensive packing houses. They could buy stock right' off the farm and 90 per cent of their beef could be locally butchered. It could be hung up in the market 'for,. 45 cents a pound," John sayj with over 40 years experience in the butchering field. I'.'.J John says that a choice liOJg pound steer will dress outi;J 600 pounds of meat and by-products, About 75 per cent of th'it sided : beef, about 450 ' pounds' when bones and · fat 'are removed, is saleable' meat.'He also says that there is a thres per cent shrinkage of meat-;pn the first night in the freezer;";. : "Even though the overhead has gone;up,-, electricity; steers grain and everything:,else, £ji?e could damn sure sell choice-'sfrr loin; T-bone or round steals today for less than one dollar a pound, running the operatic/^ the same way" John says with a definite certainty in.his : voice, Jeanette says that the marKfet concentrated -solely on 'f. selling, of top quality meat. '-" .FANCY PACKAGING '"_' "Grocery.- stores today sell' everything from bras - to lammers'.' They're concerned with fancy packaging and customer- appeal, which is one cause of inflation. .You can't do a good job with anything when fou. generalize too much. We ;et our sights on one target: o ;market .the .highest quality meat at prices which family men could afford. And we damn sure did it" Jeanette described :he purpose of the market. T- The Binns, now semi-retired, raise cattle on 120 acres of land on the old homestead two milei west of Gentry. f ~ ' -John is an avid coon hunter and garden raiser. Jeanett* tools, with Ozark crafts and chores around the farm. -':: After the 13,140 days spent in the meat market, they now enjoy a leisurely hour spent on the front porch of the new 1 . house which they planned arid i)uilt themselves. '.,.. John leans back in the wicker rocker and stares out over their well-kept fields, new barn and 40 head of mixed-breed cattle. He closes his eyes and projis his hands behind his head : in lazy contemplation. "You .want to tell'them sotrte- thing." John says with a quiet smile. "Tell the folks that we retired in comfort on 25 cent hamburger." ' . ', . · :Jeanette smiles- and .nods approval. She reaches over and touches John. · - · The Binns banter' between each other, joke, and often reminisce about the countless local people and places they have been acquainted with ^in their lives together.' ' You get the impression, beina around them, that after all those years as partners';,!!) the meat market, they, are Still partners In a more important Pawnbroker's Life Is Not Without Drawbacks By CHARLES WARD The glass door of the Cameo Jewelry Pawn shop opened. A man wearing a military field jacket entered and headed toward the counter in back. He walked past the well lighted, curio ridden shelves with his eyes straight ahead. The owner of the shop, Alan Miller, glanced up. "Hello Pete, Do you want to extend i t ? " No. Pete wanted to take his automatic pistol out of hock. Did he have his slip? No, he lost it. Could Pete remember the due dale? , No, not exactly. Miller found the right-slip In his files. Ho romoyed the tagged pistol from the huge safe and hegnn to record the transaction on his books. Pete dug his hands In his coat pockets nml m u r m u r e d piteously, "I've paid enough on this to buy ono like it." Such A mild lamentation -is not likely to shake Miller, who has been In and out of tha pnwn business for around eleven years. "You really hear some hard luck stories," he said, adding that the business tends to harden you after a while. Listening to the hard luck stories is one of the drawbacks of that kind of work. And although inured to most of the standard tales of woe, he speaks regretfully of some exchanges. Such as with the elderly people whose social security or welfare checks won't ciiiite stretch till the next check. Or the rings, bracelets, and watches inscibeci with endearments nnd promises of eternal fidelity. "The first thing they do when they get a divorce is to get rid of stuff like that." Another drawback is his 70- hour week. "When I go homo to my family, I don't feel like hearing their Imrd luck stories." Finding qualified help is difficult. "No one wnnts to do this kind of work. Too depressing." Ho resents the misconceptions people have of the pawnbroker, He theorizes that most people have never been in a pawnshop and think of the pawnbroker as a hardeyed, hardhearted cynic who wears cycshailes about his shadowy shop. "Sure, I make money on other peoples misfortunes. That's how I make a living, nut so clo finance companies and a lot ot others." Miller, a former high school history teacher, speaks softly, almost Inaudibly, His approach to anyone entering is low key. He lends to minor tasks such ns dusting or repairing merchandise and waits for the customer to state his business. He originally is from Kansas, where he once had B pawn shop. ..... All a person needs to. open ,1 pawn shop is a license, which Is purchased from the city, nnd a lot of capital. "You cnn lose heavily at first," he warns. Here is a hypothetical transaction: A person takes n pistol In fo pawn. The broker hastily Inspects It and estimates the minimum It would sell for If the owner does not reclaim it. He then asks the customer how much he needs. If the customer's request is exorbitant the broker simply hands the pistol back and says he can't take it in. If the request is reasonably near the mark, the broker will make a counter offer. Assuming they agree on the money, the customer Ihcn signs two slips. Ono is to be shown when the gun is taken out of hock. The oilier is a bill of sale which enables the broker to sell the item if the customer does not return for it. If the person received 20 dollars for the fim, he would pay $22 lo gel it back. The f u l l amount is cine 10 days from the dale of the loan. (The amount of time given nnd the amount of interest charged varies from shop to'shop.) If at the end of 10 clays the person cannot pay the $22, he may pay two dollars, which extends the loan for another 10 dnys. A special constitutional provision exempts ,pawn shops from the Arkansas usury law. Miller says that loan interests and extensions account for the majority of his income. Extensions have been carried for as long as six months. About 10 per cent of all pawned items are never reclaimed. About 75 per cent of his pawners come back. "They all say the same thing when they come in the first time. T h e y say they've never done t h i s before. When they reclaim the merchandise they say it's the last time. But most of them come back occasionally a n d some become habitual pawn- ers," Miller saicl. In the three year's that Miller has been at his present location, on Highway 71 south, he has recorded over 11,000 pawn transactions. Many of'his. customers are factory and construction workers. Business Is always heavier around the first nnrt last of each month. Winter is busier than summer.. These ' are the limes when people slnrt running out of money. Miller attributes Ihls In part to out-of-work constuclion workers. He says that the inflation during the past year has resulted in an increase of business, but the increase is forcing him to lend less on each piece of merchandise. Although he will accept practically anything that can be resold, he sometimes turns people down. For instance, two different men have been refused when they tried to pawn their mules. "Didn't have any place to put them." Also whenever he gets overstocked on a particular item, such as televisions, he stops loaning money oh it. Diamonds and firearms .are the easiest items to pawrt because they ore the easiest to dispose of. Firearms are the most commonly pawned. Miller looked through , the counter glass at the assortment ot pistols. "I u s e d 1.6 sell ammunition with the firearms, Then one clay In Topeka a man bought a pistol and a box of shells. He walked up to the front door, loaded the pistol, walked back and held me up." The shop is the anthises r 'of order. Items lying side by side bear no relationship to each other. Guitars and boat paddles hang together and sway w h e.n the door opens. Harnesses hang over battered trunks and Boy S c o u t canteens. Commando knives lie darkly beside abandoned wedding rings. Antiqiiel and bona fide Junk peaceful;/ co-exist. There are carpenter joiners, cameras,' desks, ,sn»ke bile kits and Items that cijn't be identified by the unlnitlaten. All these things bring in '.ffi» browsers, the souvenir huntifti, the "just lookers."-They handle and twist and poke and sqU.tnt and sometimes even buy »o?«- thing. · ' a But all these things W« superfluous. They are the ac4l- dontal and incidental furnishings of Miller's waiting rcx)fli. His facade. The real ouslrwii lies in the hugs safe behind tho counter nnd In the small fw boxes filled with yellow (ind pink papers. . -.·;.'

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