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OLAF FUB SEZ: It was British statesman Edmund Burke (1729-1797) who observed: "Superstition is the religion of feeble minds." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1782, the United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War . . . In 1804, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase went on trial, accused of political bias. He was acquitted by the Senate . . . In 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens -- better known as author Mark Twain -- was born in Florida, Mo. He later had the good fortune to live and work as an editor in Buffalo . . .

Happy Thoughts
Smiles don't get sweeter if you

save them

Good intentions aren't as helpful

as the deed

Be a spendthrift with kind words,

thoughts and actions,

They will return to you when

you're in need.

-- Dan Kublitz
"MAKE TWAIN LIVE" will be featured at the 6th annual Mark Twain Birthday Party & Symposium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in Dunleavy Auditorium at Niagara University. Twain will be played by Channel 7 TV personality Mike Randall. His critically acclaimed show is so good that he can make listeners think Twain is in the room with them.

Errol Craig Sull, coordinator of the event, said Victor Doyno, an English professor at the State University at Buffalo and author of "Writing Huck Finn," will read some passages found in the recently discovered first half of the Huck Finn manuscript.

And local literary hero, who saved the Huck Finn manuscript from the auction block, Bill Loos, curator of rare books for the Buffalo & Erie County Libraries, will use slides to illustrate his story.

Joe Keogh, an adjunct English professor at Niagara University, Lewiston, will share his story of how Twain came to wear his trademark white linen suit, and Sull, an adjunct professor of writing at Niagara University, will premier his "Huckleberry Finn Rap." In case you forgot, today is the birthday of Twain, who was editor of the Buffalo Courier from 1869-71.

Free food, soft drinks and a birthday cake will be available. Call Sull at 882-3456 or fax him at 716-882-7053. . . .

A BENEFIT for Bobbi Jo Wolf of Springville, who is undergoing treatment for thyroid cancer at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Seneca Hose Fire Hall, 2801 Seneca St., West Seneca.

The 14-year-old daughter of Matt and Linda Wolf was diagnosed in July and underwent surgery at Children's Hospital. She is receiving radiation and chemotherapy treatments at Roswell Park. She's a student at Springville Middle School, but there are days when she doesn't feel up to attending classes.

A $15 donation at the door covers food, music, beer and raffles. Donations also can be made through any M&T Bank branch in care of "Concerned Family of Bobbi Jo Wolf." Call 677-0359 or 646-0297. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Tommy Slomka Jr., Donald Lewecki Jr., Kayla Mavourneen Truisi, Laura Taylor, Adam Urbanczyk, Pat Dziewa, Robert Gunn, Michael Wojciechowski, Emma Marie Steever, Alycia Palame, Kimberly Mann, Timmy Wroblewski, Kimberly M. Pagano, Stefanie Caie, Alex Eye, Greg Chatham, Andrea T. Scire, Dolores Schoedel, Eva Schubert, Bill Hager, Carol Singer, Michael Yoerk, Jimmy Badaszewski, Frank Messina, Dale Paradowski, Barbara Jasinski.

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