In 1913, the skunk was this day added to the list of natural resources which should be conserved or protected before extermination. The department of agriculture qualified this animal as of "great economic importance" in a statement made public, and asked that it be given the same protection that the federal agents were compelled to exercise in the prevention of bird slaughter. "Some of the most destructive insects in agriculture do their work below ground and out of reach of any method that the farmer could apply. It is against many of these that the skunk is an inveterate enemy," the statement asserted. "Not withstanding all of this," it continued, "there is probably not an animal that is as ruthlessly slaughtered as this one."
Important changes had been made in the description of automobile number plates, which were about to be issued by the state of New York license bureau for the registration year effective Feb. 1, according to a statement issued by Mitchell May, secretary of state. He had just completed an interesting review of the official colors and insignias designated by the several states having motor vehicle laws. The owner's registration plate in New York would be of the same size and quality as the current year, although the color scheme, which the law required to be distinctly different each year, with marked contrast between the plate and the numerals or letters, had been changed from dark blue and white to a dark brown background with white figures and letters.
In 1938, people in the United States might be going at too fast a pace to make their sanity certain. Dr. John W. Thompson of Harvard University told the American Association for Advancement of Science that both physical and mental work appeared to be wearing down the nerves and reflexes of human beings who worked too hard in any activity. Fatigue of the mind and nerve cells was apparently one of the major causes of mental illness, which kept about one out of every 10 persons in the country under medical and institutional care, he declared. In a recent experiment at the University of Chicago in which students were kept awake for two days by violent stimulation, the students appeared to go partially crazy and kicked and bit each other on the slightest provocation.
Barcelona fishermen reported that the recent storm on Lake Erie was the worst in more than 10 years. The sea was so high that water covered the beach for several hundred feet back and cottages on the cliffs more than 50 feet above the beach were drenched with water from the waves. One of the Barcelona Fish Co. tugs was torn loose from its moorings and pitched onto a cribbing with the result that a number of holes were punched in it. At great personal risk, the tug was rescued by some of the men and the holes temporarily plugged. All of the boats had a large number of nets out on the lake and it was doubtful if any of them would be salvaged.
In 1988, the Federal Aviation Administration mystified at how a bomb got aboard Pan Am flight 103, began searching for possible security lapses by U.S. airlines abroad and directed tighter screening of passengers and baggage. Government officials acknowledged that a week after the Pan American World Airways jumbo jet exploded over Scotland, killing at least 270 people, there were no hard leads on who put the explosive device on the jet or where the deed was done. U.S. officials said there was a wide range of terrorist groups that might have been responsible.
A rescue worker comforted a woman trapped inside her car Wednesday on Kortwright Road in the town of Harmony after her car slid into the path of a feed truck that overturned on top of her vehicle. Kay Sechriest of Bear Lake, Pa., was listed in satisfactory condition at WCA Hospital. The driver of the truck was unhurt. Two others lost their lives on local roads that turned treacherous with snowfall. Margaret E. Olson, 33, of Jamestown, died after her car was struck by a delivery truck on the Fredonia-Stockton Road. Donald F. Woodard, 36, of Gowanda, died as a result of a crash on Route 39 in Perrysburg just past the county line in Cattaraugus County.