The Month That Was – July 1947

All articles originally appeared in The Oshawa Courier

Oshawa Harbour Must be Developed as a Port Without Delay

This season’s prospective development of Oshawa’s harbour as a port-for which most residents have devoutly wished for years- would seem now to have been post-poned indefinitely. The supplementary estimates of the Department of Public Works of the Dominion government recently introduced into the House of Commons contain no such item. This is certain proof that no work such as the dredging required for Oshawa harbor will be undertaken this year. When the Hon. C. D. Howe, Minister of Reconstruction in the King Cabinet addressed the Chamber of Commerce here recently, he had impressed upon him by several local Liberal stalwarts and others the urgent need of something being done by way of Oshawa’s harbor development as a port. Mr. Howe promised to take the matter up with his colleagues in the Cabinet, but temporarily at least his efforts have not been crowned with success. This negative result shows that it is never advisable to build too high hopes upon any imminent harbor development here.

Possibly the King government at Ottawa will pretend to be more deeply interested as the federal election date approaches more closely.

The present delay should occasion no feeling of intense disappointment. Unfortunately, some governments can be impressed, only by pressure political and otherwise. City council and the Chamber of Commerce must strive to press their suit at Ottawa until the government is forced to lend a willing ear.

Even a government must not be permitted to stand in the way of Oshawa’s harbor development as a port which is so linked up with commercial and industrial progress of Oshawa as a city.


Flying Saucers are Merely Figments of a Vivid Imagination

These are what may be termed “dog-days.” Because of the intense heat, things generally are in doldrums, and people turn to anything and everything with a view to extracting something novel and sensational.

That was the only basis for the so-called “flying saucers”. Many of us are still so ignorant, gullible, and superstitious that we are eager to believe anything and everything, and agree with others with sheep-like acquiescence.

This applies with even greater force to the people of our southern neighbour where any hair-brained theory is seized upon with avidity; the more absurd it is, the more popular it becomes. But the seeing of so-called “flying saucers” was not confirmed to any one country. Some residents of many countries were certain they had witnessed this strange phenomenon.

But it would seem that our senses, which are far from perfect, deceive us occasionally, if not more frequently. Those individuals who are blessed with vivid imaginations can indulge in much wishful thinking and wishful seeing. And there are those who wishing to agree with the adage that “great minds run in the same direction,” always see what somebody else pretends to have seen.

At any rate no vestige of evidence worthy the name has been produced to justify the existence of the so-called flying saucers.

Perhaps those individuals reported to have seen them were “in the cups” or just victims of “tea-cup reading”. The dog-days have arrived in earnest, so do not be unduly perturbed about the many strange things that you may hear or even imagine that you see.

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Will Consider Possibility of New Collegiate

Possibility of erecting a new 20-roomed collegiate on the former Bishop Bethune property will be considered at a special meeting of the board of education next Monday evening.

The school designed to meet the needs of the southern section of the city will provide a full high school education and will comprise 18 classrooms, one home economics room and a general workshop. The building will be a straight collegiate with no effort being made to combine it with vocational institute facilities.

The department of education at Toronto has approved the suggested site of the old Bishop Bethune property on Simcoe Street South as the site for the proposed school. The department pointed out however, that it did not consider the three and a half acre property as large enough for a complete physical training program. With this in mind, the board will meet with officials of the C.R.A. and Rotary Club to determine it a portion of Rotary Park playground cannot be used for this purpose.

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Miniature Car Derby is slated for August 9th

Get ready kids, Oshawa is going to have another miniature car race again this year. The big event is carded for the evening of August 9th and will be run off under the auspices of the Community Recreational Association.

Plans are under way at present to have the winners of each of the events and also those finishing second and third to take part in a much longer competition that will take in Whitby and Bowmanville.

Regulations governing the contest state that each contestant must build his own car. In each class the entry will compose a team of two boys. The boys must also build their own cars and the total cost of each is not to exceed $6.00. The ages of the contestants will be between 11 and 12 years inclusive in one class and between 13 and 15 in a second classification. The ages will be taken as of August 1st this year. All work done on the cars must be done by the contestants themselves.



The Month That Was – June 1919

All articles appeared in the June 13, 1919 edition of The Ontario Reformer

Oshawa Complimented on Her Great Industries by Gov.-General of Canada
A felicitous occasion long to be remembered in the goals of the town

June was in her brightest and happiest mood on Thursday, the 12th last, to greet the Vice Royal party who made Oshawa its first gubernatorial visit. Central Ontario and Oshawa, the centre of this district, looked their best dressed in Nature’s luxuriant given, adorned with a profusion of flowers and foliage, when Oshawa enjoyed her first visit from a Governor General of Canada. The Duke of Devonshire, and party, consisting of his consort, Her Grace the Duchess of Devonshire, and party,  consisting of his consort, Her Grace and Duchess of Devonshire, and two daughters, Their Honors Lady Dorothy and Lady Rachel Cavendish, Miss Egeren, Lord Richard Nevill and three A.D.C.’s- Capts, Cator, Harold MacMillan, and Lord Haddington.

His Excellency and suite arrived about 10:15 a.m. in the Governor-General’s private car, over the Grand Trunk Railway. They were received at the depot by the Mayor and Council, War Veterans, Citizens’ Band and a concourse of representative citizens in all walks of life, many of whom met him in their autos.

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Crowds are thrilled by a Bold Airman

Lieut. Locklear, a former army instructor, was the flashing comet across the aviation sky at Atlantic City recently at the aerial field staged by the Second Pan-American Aeronautic Congress. The crowds were thrilled by his daring aerial acrobatics, which included changing planes in mid-air, 2500 ft. up, and crawling all over an aeroplane speeding at 80 miles an hour.

Lieut. Locklear first went into the air with Lieut. S. Short, who rose to a height of 3000 ft. They were closely followed by Lieut. M. Elliot, who mounted just above them. The air was found too bumpy at that level, and the machine descended 500 ft. Lieut. Locklear here crept out over the cockpit, climbed up on top of the upper wing. Standing up he rode across the field 2500 ft. up until over the grandstand.

Then as Lieut. Elliott, by clever jockeying, hovered overhead with a rope ladder dangling from beneath the machine. Lieut. Locklear suddenly stretched his full length, clutched the rungs on the second effort and the next instant was a human pendulum swinging in space beneath the upper plane. The machines were making more than 80 miles an hour at the time. For two minutes he swung there and then was seen to climb the ladder and into the cockpit behind Lieut. Elliott.

When he had descended to a lower level, he proceeded to do stunts all over the plane, standing on top of the wings, hanging head down from the landing gear clinging to a skid by one hand beneath the tin of the right wing and crawling out to perch on the tail.

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Don’t want any Boom in Oshawa

Because the prospects for industrial expansions in Oshawa are bright at the present time, a real estate boom threatens. In fact, it has already begun. Here is one instance which has come to our notice within the last month or two, which indicates, the somewhat general, movement towards a real estate boom. A front street property, which was offered for sale at $8,500, jumped to over $10,000, when it became more or less generally known that a considerable increase in the capacity and production of our great industry was pretty well assured. Dwelling house prices have been boosted accordingly.

If this has resulted from a rumor, what will be the outcome of an authentic announcement, such as was made in the Reformer last week. It is likely to precipitate a disastrous real estate craze and cause residential property prices to soar out the reach of the average Toller with the brain or brawn, making this too expensive a town to live in, directly interfering with the expansion of the industries, which everyone so much desires. The reaction, which must follow, is self-evident. Therefore, anyone having a property to dispose of should not put the price at an exorbitant figure if they did not wish to balk the town in the promised progress coming to it, if property owners do not thus close the door on those who would otherwise come in, and who are needed to make good the contemplated development.

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Don’ts for Children

Here are some warnings, which safety campaigners have prepared for parents and teachers to impress upon children whenever the opportunity offers:

Don’t step off the sidewalk without looking in both directions. The left is most important, because traffic should be coming from that direction.

Don’t walk behind a street car without looking carefully for automobiles or other street cars coming from the other direction.

Don’t run. If others are with you hold hands tightly and don’t separate. The driver can miss you if you become confused, providing you stay together, but if you separate one of you is almost sure to be struck.

Don’t read letters or books when crossing the street. Keep your mind on the fact that there is danger and you must be on guard.

Don’t take a chance, if the streets are slippery because an automobile is approaching slowly. A quick step is impossible, and the machine may skid.

Don’t run after a ball f it goes into the street without stopping first at the curb to make sure there are no machines approaching.

Don’t be a “jay-walker.” Cross the street at street corners.

Don’t play in the streets.

Don’t “hop on” for a ride on someone’s spare tire. The greatest danger is getting off without being able to see in all directions.

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The Month That Was – May 1944

The Times Gazette: May 2, 1944

Oshawa Airman Member of the Caterpillar Club
Sgt. W. L. Smith in Many Raids on Nazi-Dominated Europe

Shot up by a Junker 88 over France… Chased by a Messerschmitt 410… These are the experiences of an Oshawa airman, Sgt. Wilbert Lyle Smith, who has just returned from overseas. Being forced to “bail out” by parachute and saving his life in the process, he automatically became a member in that exclusive world-famous organization – the Caterpillar Club.

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert-Smith, 15 Yonge Street, received word that he was to arrive at the railroad station Sunday morning but, actually, he did not arrive until evening. To his wife, the former Mary Emma Manning, his homecoming was a complete surprise for she did not receive his telegram until after his arrival. When he stepped in the door of their Rossland Road East residence, she was thunderstruck. Although Sgt. Smith has been in Britain since last October, his young son, jimmy, who will be two years old in August, had not forgotten him. Giving his father a warm welcome, smilingly greeted him at night and “beat him up” the next morning.

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They Do Not Fight Alone

Our purchase of Victory Bonds does not line us up as an active participant with the Canadian in battle dress in the grim battle being waged in Europe. We cannot fool ourselves on this point. For there is little or no sacrifice here in Canada that can be related even remotely to the hazardous life or death work in which our boys are engaged overseas.

Yet the purchase of Victory Bonds is vital to the wellbeing of our men in battle for two reasons. First the cash we thus provide maintains the flow of necessary material to the fighting forces. Secondly, and perhaps more important, the enthusiastic support which Canadians at home give to a Victory loan informs the boys overseas better than any other method we have at our command that the hearts and minds of the overwhelming majority of folks back home are with them.

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Oshawa Blood Clinic Eighth in Dominion
15,023 Donations were Received Here During 1943

Official records of Blood Donor Clinics across Canada during 1943, which have just been released, show that the Oshawa Clinic was fifth in the province and eight in the Dominion in the matter of donations and only three clinics outside of Ontario, namely Montreal, Winnipeg, and Vancouver, had a larger number of donations during the year.

The report paints an encouraging picture of the progress of blood donor work across Canada. During 1943 536,311 donations were given as compared to 181,091 in 1942. The Oshawa total was also very commendable as 15,023 donations were given during 1943 as against only 4,912 in 1942.

A total of 361,045 of donations were given at clinics in Ontario of which 279,295 were given at regular clinics and 81,770 at mobile clinics. The donations at the three clinics outside Ontario, which exceeded the Oshawa clinic, were Montreal 34,183; Winnipeg 19,950 and Vancouver 17,338.


John Brockman Prisoner of War
Had been Reported Missing Since January 20 Last

Glad news reached the home of Mrs. John Brockman, the former Norma Westron, 321 Jarvis Street, and late Saturday evening in the form of a cable informing her that her husband, Pte. John Brockman is now reported safe and a “prisoner of war in Germany.”

The name of the camp where Pte. Brockman is being held a prisoner is not yet known but it is reported to be a transit camp in Germany. The cable stated that further word would follow when available. Pte. Brockman has been reported missing since January 20.

Pte. Brockman was born in Oshawa on April 12, 1918, and lived here all his life. He received his education at St. Gregory’s Separate School and the O.C.V.I. and was an employee of General Motors Ltd. prior to his enlistment in the army on July 14, 1942. After his enlistment he received his training at Niagara Falls and Debert, Nova Scotia, before proceeding overseas.

He has two brothers, Sgt. Donald Brockman, overseas, and Bobby, Oshawa, and one sister Betty of Oshawa. His parents Mr. and Mrs. L. Brockman, reside at 174 Church Street.

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No Children Wanted

We recently received a letter from a woman with three children who was unable to rent a place in Whitby. Everywhere she went it was the same “no children wanted, they do too much damage.” The situation is not peculiar to Whitby by any means. It prevails everywhere and one cannot help but feel sorry for soldiers’ wives in the city who must face this difficulty alone. It is even hard to rent a place with one child, let alone three. If landlords feel that their property is worth more than the lives of little children they are entitled to their opinion, but one wonders what the ultimate solution of the problem will be. We recall a story of the woman, looking for an apartment, left her three children in a Toronto cemetery until she returned from interviewing a land lord. Arriving at his place she was asked if she had any children and she replied that she had but they were in the cemetery. She rented the place and then went and got her children and moved. Deception it is true, but it was not too bad a move after all.

The Month That Was – April 1939

Oshawa Daily Times, April 10th 1939

Fascism Meets Armed Resistance

Fascism has struck again. This time the south end of the Berlin- Rome axis flung troops across the Adriatic Sea into Albania and for the first time in the totalitarian eastward drive armed resistance was met.

A look at the map of Europe shows Albania is opposite the heel of Italian boot and the country juts into Jugoslavia and Greece and could easily form a link in the Berlin-Rome drive towards the Black Sea. The bordering states of Jugoslavia, Greece and Bulgaria do not take kindly to this threat, neither do the democracies.

Mussolini’s ambition to grab the small and weak country was not born overnight but is calculated to be a well planned scheme to head off the Democracies’ “encirclement” and continue in these checkerboard movements eastward.

While Mussolini has not met with instant success such as has occasioned the goose-stepping Hitler moves, it is expected that even with the determined resistance of the Albanian guerillas, Albania will sooner or later come under domination of the “Big Boot” west of it forty miles across the Adriatic Sea.

Just what the latest Fascist move will lead to is only a matter of conjecture at the moment. It can hardly be said that the invasion justifies Mussolini’s expansion program when all things are considered. It may be he and his Nazi partner are together planning a daring coup that may startle the world for its sheer selfish audacity. It is just one more step that may lead to dreaded conflict for which the nations have been preparing but hoping would not be necessary.

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Easter Ski-ing Sets Record for Lateness

Going Excellent on Good Friday but Slightly Sticky Sunday Falling Fresh Snow

Eight members of the Oshawa Ski Club have definitely classified the winter of 1938-39 in the “old fashioned” category- one that they will be able to talk about to their grandchildren long after they themselves have abandoned the hickory runners for canes and rheumatism cures. The reason is that these eight ski “bugs” set ski-ing records over the week-end which will probably stand long after they have skied their way across the frozen Styx.

Five of the eight spent a good part of Good Friday darting over the “sugar snow” covered slopes at Ragian and then to make their ski-ing records even more imposing, two of the Good Friday skiers returned on Easter Sunday with three different companions to enjoy the newly-fallen snow.

Although ski-ing did not rank among the major sports with the “old-timers,” none of Oshawa’s oldest residents can recall any winter when ski-ing would have been possible at such a late date. Accordingly Oshawa’s ski men are laying claim to doing the latest ski-ing in history in the Oshawa district. It should stand for decades. Ski-ing on Good Friday and Easter Sunday is in itself unique, but when it is considered that the ski-ing was done on April 7 and 9, more than two weeks after Spring made her official bow, then there is simple reason for telling the skiers “You’ve got something there.”

Late snowfalls which would have permitted ski-ing are not unusual, but the fact that the ski-ing was done over the week-end on “old snow” it is certainly extraordinary.

The Friday quintet consisted of George Howden, Sam Cooper, John Bentson, Ron Luke and Dean Patte, newly-elected president of Oshawa Ski Club. They found the ravine at the club’s property well blanketed with snow on both sides of the stream which runs the length of the ski club territory. There was still some snow on the open slopes and the quintet were able to ski on the practice slope which is also in the open. The surface was a frozen sugar snow which made for very fast travelling, a surface which is rated excellent among skiers generally.

On Sunday Luke and Patte went out again accompanied by Ben Fallman, H. Hayball and Lee Rolson. The snow which had fallen during the night made ski-ing a bit sticky, but with proper wax it was highly enjoyable. All trails were run by the Sunday quintet, there being an average of four inches of old hard snow covered with about an inch of the new fall.

Ski-ing started the first week of December, so that the enthusiasts have had a good four months of their favourite sport every week-end. Interruptions which thaws might have caused occurred mid-week.



Motor City Fans Whoop it Up Big as Their “Generals” Win Thriller to Retain Eastern Canada Puck Title

Geo H. Campbell- Sports Editor

On April 7, 1938, down in the Ottawa Auditorium, the Oshawa “Generals” defeated Perth Blue Wings by a score of 7 to 5 to capture the Eastern Canada Junior hockey crown and the handsome silver trophies which go with the laurels, The trophies remain in Oshawa and the championship also will be held in the Motor City for another year for on April 7, 1939, at the Maple Leaf Gardens, Oshawa “Generals” defeated Verdun Maple Leafs by 4 to 2 and thus successfully concluded this season’s Eastern Canada title series.

Now the puck marvels of Motordom stand on the threshold of another Memorial Cup series, one that promises to be almost as hostile and perhaps as thrill-packed and amazing as the memorable title with St. Boniface Seals last year. This season it is hand-picked Edmonton Roamers, rated as the best Junior team to come out of the Western Canada in years, who stand in the path of that coveted Junior hockey crown, the Dominion championship. The first game of the series will be played tonight in Toronto, with the second game on Wednesday and the third next Saturday night.

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Among the Latest Styles: Pattern 4087

fabric 4087 dress 1939Here’s the type of dress a matron needs most, since she’ll soon be practically living out of doors! There’s such fascinating chic in every slenderized line of this brand new Pattern 4087… And it’s suitable for everything from motor and shopping trips to bridge parties on the lawn. Consider the refreshing note in the panel fullness stemming from waist and shoulder seams, an effect flattering to every bosom. And make a mental memo that this panel is nice in self-fabric, as well as printed contrast or lace. The waist is “slimmed” by a wider-at-front girdle band. The sleeves are puffed at top, and long ort cut off above the elbow. Semi-sheers or supple crepe are perfect fabrics.

Pattern 4087 is available in women’s sizes 34, 36, as printed contrast or lace. The waist is “slimmed” by a wider-at-front girdle band. The sleeves are puffed at top, and long ort cut off above the elbow. Semi-sheers or supple crepe are perfect fabrics.

Pattern 4087 is available in women’s sizes 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, and 46. Size 36 takes 3 yards 30 inch fabric.

Send TWENTY CENTS in coin for this pattern to The Oshawa Daily Times.



The Month That Was – March 1926

The Ontario Daily Reformer
Bus Enters Ditch to Avoid Auto
March 4, 1926

Bus Owner Lays Charge Against C. H. Read for Recklessness

A Whitby-Oshawa bus ran into the ditch on the Kingston Road at Gibbons street shortly after seven o’clock this morning, when Harold Dalton, the driver, attempted to avoid striking a car driven by C. H. Read, 96 Gibbons street, when it turned on to the Kingston road off Gibbons street. The bus went on its side in the ditch. There were about 18 passengers in the bubs at the time, but none suffered injuries, outside of one man who sustained a scratched hand.

A charge of reckless driving has been laid against C. H. Read.


The Ontario Daily Reformer
At Local Theatres
March 4, 1926

Meighen in “Irish Luck” Opens at Regent Tonight

The famous Blarney Stone – heralded for many years in song, poem and Irish tale – has been kissed by Thomas Meighen, the Paramount star who went to Erin to make “Irish Luck,” the Emerald Isle romance which opens a three-day engagement at the Regent this evening.

Such an event in of sufficient importance as to have the exact time of its accomplishment recorded. Hence be it noted that the kissing took place at five minutes after two o’clock on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1925.

The Blarney Stone is located, as everyone should know, at Blarney Castle…

“Irish Luck,” a romantic-drama against a background of modern Erin, has a swift-moving plot, suspense, thirlls and heart-interest – and more – it has Tom Meighan in a duel role. Tom Geraghty adapted the story from Norman Venner’s Saturday Evening Post serial, “An Imperfect Imposter.” Victor Heerman directed the production, which features Lois Wilson at the head of a strong supporting cast.

Arthur Stone in a rollicking comedy creation and “Call of the Game,” a short sports film will be added attractions as will Sam Collis and his Regent orchestra.

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The Ontario Daily Reformer
Second Annual High School Play
March 4, 1926

Those Taking Part Are Working Hard To Make It A Great Success

On Friday evening of this week the students of the Oshawa High School are presenting their second annual play and concert in the auditorium of the school. The first part of the entertainment will consist of selections by the Glee Club of the school. The club have been practicing faithfully and well since early fall and under the able tuition of Mr. Lyonde of the Hambourg Conservatory of Music have developed wonderfully. This part of the programme will be made up of solos, duets, quartets, and choruses and should be highly entertaining.

The second part of the evening’s entertainment will take the form of a play put on by students of the school. In the presenting of plays the local students have won themselves a place in the hearts of Oshawa people by their stellar work in the comedy “Mr. Bob,” which was put on last year. Probably no play given by amateur talent in Oshawa has attracted more favorable criticism and well-deserved applause than this play and on their reputation won last year the students should have a large audience on Friday night.

…The play is being directed by Ms. Adams who was in charge of last year’s production and o whom much of the credit for the excellent showing of the students last year was due. The details regarding costumes and setting are in the hands of Miss Tuttle, MissArmstrong and Mr. Holme, all members of the High School staff who had charge of this work in the presenting of “Mr. Bob.”

The principal parts are being taken as follows: Mr. Pickwick, Maurice Hutchinson; Mrs. Bardell, Miss M. Hart; Mrs. Cluppins, Miss M. Anderson; Mrs. Sanders, Miss L. Mundy; Mr Winkle, Donald Crothers; Sergent Buzzfuzz, Manning Swartz; Sergeant Snubbins, Hartland Callaghan; the Judge, Irwin Deyman, and the Clerk, James Kinnear.

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The Oshawa Junior Reformer
Children Help Children
March 6, 1926

We wish to call the attention of all our readers to the special article (on the front page of this issue by Mr. George Speedie of Toronto, Superintendent of the Missionary Department of the Upper Canada Tracts Society’s Mission to Soldiers, Sailors, and Lighthouse Keepers etc.

I am sure all of young Oshawa feel proud to have had the chance to bring happiness to so many people and to merit the hearty thanks of Mr. Speedie.

Everyone of us knows the pleasure to be gotten from the reading of books. Living, as we do, with well-stocked libraries at hand we cannot realize what it is like to be without books and magazines to read.

To my mind, the most pleasing feature of this donation of books by the girls and boys of Oshawa is that a great many of the books have been given by girls and boys to girls and boys.

This readiness to help others is what we admire. A.S.


The Oshawa Junior Reformer
St. Gregory’s School Rink
March 6, 1926

The boys of St. Gregory’s School made a fine little rink which was enjoyed by not only by our own school but also by others. There were many hockey games played on it. In some of the games, the players looked like professionals. But some of the smartest games were those played by the Primary Classes; in one game the latter won by a close score, after a hard fought game.

The girls also enjoyed the rink. They held a skating party on Feb. 8, and skated until they were tired. Then they went to the hall where they were served a lunch. At last, they returned home tired but happy after their outing.


The Oshawa Junior Reformer
Games to Play and Tricks to Preform
Edition 06, March, 1926

A Magic Trick

This clever mathematical trick, by which you can tell the month and the year of a person’s birth, will startle many of your friends says “The American Boy Magazine” Tell your friend to put down the number of the month in which he was born, multiply it by two, then add five, multiply by fifty, add his age, subtract 365, and then add 115. The two figures on the right will tell you his age, the REMAINDER will be the number of the month of his birth. For example, if the total is 615, he is fifteen years old and was born in June.

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