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Medical Controversy

corsetThe Summit Herald of February 1, 1924 published letters from several prominent physicians on the controversy surrounding the Schick test, a medical test to determine which children had no resistance to Diphtheria, and would need a vaccine. This was in response to parents who were concerned that the test, which contained Diphtheria toxin, might harm their children.

The new YWCA building on Morris Avenue opened. A movie review praised "Where the North Begins" (coming soon to the Lyric Theatre), in which a French-Canadian trapped is attacked by outlaws. He is saved by a wild dog , played by the famous Rin-Tin-Tin. The Heraldings for Housewives column provided a recipe for codfish croquettes and tips on making smooth, lump-free icing. In the classifieds: Lost, a pearl necklace between Overlook Hospital and the trolley car barns; a gold knife and chain at the skating pond; a green and plaid automobile blanket, near Gospel Hall. For sale: a spinning wheel, a six-foot davenport, and a man's Siberian dog overcoat. Mah Jongg lessons: $4 for a table of four people.

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Alien Enemies

wanamakerThe Summit Herald of January 25, 1918 reported that Chief of Police George Brown would begin registering German Alien Enemies, as instructed by Federal authorities. Alien Enemies were any German-born males, 14 or older, who were not naturalized American Citizens. They were to sign affidavits vowing to peaceably abide by U.S. laws. The U.S. Marshall reminded registering officers that registrants were not to be considered "persons of evil disposition" and should be treated in a courteous and friendly way.

Local businesses (except for essential services) followed the new instructions of the U,S, Fuel Administration to close every Monday. Many people who had day off work chose to go to the movies. The Lyric Theatre was open Monday, and closed Tuesday.

A stereopticon lecture by noted western photographer Mr. Clatworthy on the scenery of the Rocky Mountains was scheduled to take place at the Lincoln School Auditorium. Tickets were 50¢ for adults and 25¢ for children 12 and under. All proceeds would go to the Junior Red Cross Fund.

Blind children from the Arthur Home were invited to participate in a special exhibition of finger-work by the blind at the State House in Trenton. They set up a miniature cottage (the size of a large dollhouse), fully furnished, and with a barn and garage. The roadway outside the cottage was equipped with a red automobile, express wagons, and go carts, as well as a fire truck.

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A Corn-y Luncheon

thriftThe Summit Herald of January 18, 1924 reported that many businesses and organizations in Summit were observing National Thrift Week, beginning on January 17, the birthday of Benjamin Franklin.  Stores offered Thrift Week sales, Local banks distributed free budget books. At the D.A.R. meeting, Mrs. R.H. Reeve read a paper on the life of Franklin.

A violent rain and windstorm caused property damage and several auto accidents. At the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, the airship Shenandoah was ripped loose from its moorings by the wind, and was later seen flying over Westfield.

The Women's Alliance of All Souls' Church enjoyed a demonstration luncheon, in which most of the dishes were cooked with Mazola, Argo, and Karo corn products. The menu included Veal Croquettes (fried in Mazola oil), Fruit Salad (with Mazola mayonnaise), Apple Pie (presumably thickened with Argo cornstarch), Hot Tea Biscuits (shortened with Mazola), and Karo Fudge. The 60 guests left feeling "well content in mind and well filled in body".

The New Jersey Legislature returned to work with a large number of proposed bills. These included: renaming the Amboy Bridge "Victory Bridge" in honor of the veterans of the war, allocating $7 million to the Hudson tunnel project; a prohibition against mask-wearing in public, aimed at the KKK; and a one cent tax on gasoline to pay for road building.

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