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The Michigan Daily-Friday, July 28, 1978-Page 5
Israeli officials
leave Egypt

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - Israel's
only direct negotiating link with Egypt
was severed yesterday while
America's Mideast mediator moved to
get the two countries talking face to
face again about a Mideast peace set-
tlement.
An Israeli military delegation, in
Egypt since January, was thrown out f
the country on the order of President
Anwar Sadat and flown back to Tel
Aviv in an Egyptian jet liner.
"THIS IS NOT the end, only the
beginning of the process," delegation
commander Col. Yaacov Heychal told
reporters after arriving at Ben Gurion
airport and receiving an enthusiastic
hug from one of his daughters. The
group, which stayed in Egypt after
peace talks broke down in January, was
said to be used occasionally to transmit
peace feelers.
In Washington, a spokesman for the
State Department said "we would have
preferred that this step not be taken
because of the interpretation that may
be placed on it."
But the spokesman, Thomas Reston,
declined to interpret the Egyptian ac-
tion in any way. "I don't believe it is
going to be useful for me to charac-
terize such development," he said. He

House cover-up
This peaceful painter seems nearly enveloped by clouds overhead.

To have Albert Einstein's brain ...

NEW YORK (UPI) - In an office in
Wichita, Kan., in a cardboard box
stashed unobtrusively in a corner, in a
mason jar nestled among rumpled
newspapers - floats the brain of Albert
Einstein.
Like a Grade B Hollywood thriller
come true, the bizarre fate of the brain
was disclosed this week, from its
removal after Einstein's death in 1955
to its 23 years of dissection and scrutiny
by scientists seeking the biological
basis of genius.
"YES, IT'S TRUE we're studying it,"
Dr. Thomas Harvey, who has custody
of the precious gray matter, said.
"We're comparing it to normal, looking
for any differences we can find."
The brain - or what's left of it - of
the man who changed our concept of the
universe was tracked to Wichita by
Steven Levy, reporter for the New Jer-
sey Monthly, who chronicled his hunt in
the magazine's August issue.
But followup efforts ran into a scien-
tific stonewall.
APPLE APPEAL
NEW YORK (AP) - For centuries
apples have been associated with
Halloween celebrations.
"Maybe it's because apples ripen
at Halloween time, and were sacred
to the early Druids," says Hallmark
researcher Sally Hopkins. "They
also figured in the Roman equivalent
of Halloween, a festival honoring
Pomona, the goddess of fruits."
The Halloween game of bobbing for
apples or biting at apples suspended
by a string originated generations
ago in Ireland, Scotland and parts of
England, according to Miss Hopkins.
Sometimes a riskier variation was
played by fixing an apple and a
lighted candle at opposite ends of a
suspended stick. The stick was
rotated and the object was to bite the
apple without getting burned by the
candle.

"THE ONLY THING I can say is that
it's a study that the Einstein estate
wants done, and that it also wants kept
in scientific literature rather than in the
lay press," Harvey said.
Harvey said the research team was
"close" to winding up the study, con-
ducted intermittently over the years,
but he would not specify when or where
it would be published. He told Levy it
might be some time next year, the cen-
tennial of Einstein's birth.
Einstein, known mostly for his theory
of relativity, died in Princeton, N.J.
Hospital of an aneurysm on April 17,
1955. He was 76. His-brain was removed
and study began under the auspices of
Harvey, the hospital's pathologist who
presided over the autopsy.
WHAT HAPPENED to the 2.64-pound
brain remained a mystery for 23 years.
But Levy said Harvey told him how
he packed the brain in a jar filled with
formaldehyde and drove it - "very,
very carefully" - to Philadelphia
where it was sectioned at the Univer-
sity of Pennsylvania.
It took six months and the specimens
were sent to various researchers across
the country. Harvey moved in 1975 to

Wichita where Levy found him working
as a medical supervisor in a bio-testing
lab.
LEVY DESCRIBED how Harvey
reluctantly decided to let him take a
look at the unsectioned "gross
material" of Einstein's brain, kept in a
mason jar placed in a carton with the
logo Costa Cider on the side.
"Floating inside the jar, in a clear
liquid solution ... several pieces of
matter. A conch shell-shaped mass of
wrinkly material the color of clay after
kiln firing. A fist-sized chunk of
grayish, lined substance, the apparent
consistency of sponge. And in a
separate pouch, a mass of pinkish-
white string resembling bloated dental
floss. All the material was recognizably
brain matter."
It was a sight enough to send any per-
son into raptures about the mysteries of
the universe and the miracle of human
achievement, Levy said. But scientist
Harvey is less poetic.
Asked if years of studying Einstein's
brain has turned up any differences
from the ordinary run of mankind,
Levy quotes Harvey as saying: "So far
it's fallen within the normal limits for a
man his age."

added that he still expects new Israeli-
Egyptian negotiations to be held next
month.
IN CAIRO, Sadat called the Arab
territories occupied by Israel since the
1967 war "stolen land." "Today I call it
stolen land, not just usurped land,"
Sadat said in a speech that was broad-
cast nationally.
U.S. Ambassador Alfred Atherton
Jr., the roving Mideast mediator,
pressed ahead with his Mideast shuttle,
meeting with Israeli, Prime Minister
Menachem Begin and Foreign Minister
Moshe Dayan.
After the meeting, Atherton said
there still is a chance to make progress
in Mideast negotiations but declined to
comment on Sadat's decision to kick the
Israelis out of Egypt.
"THERE WOULD be great utility in
having further tplks and the oppor-
tunity to make progress in these talks is
still here," Atherton said.
The U.S. envoy, on the third stop of
his cujrrent Mideast shuttle, said he
brought no messages to Begin from
Saudi Arabia or Jordan, where he held
talks earlier this week. He is to go to
Egypt Friday.
Washington hopes the mission will
lead to a resumption of direct Israel-
Egypt talks in about two weeks, when
U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance is
to travel to the Middle East.
THE AMERICAN aim is to get the
foreign and defense ministers of both
Israel and Egypt together with Vance
as chairman, probably at a U.S. sur-
veillance station in the Sinai Peninsula.
The American aim is to get the
foreign and defense ministers of both
Israel and Egypt together, with Vance
as chairman, probably at the U.S. sur-
veillance station in the Sinai Peninsula.
Begin dismissed the expulsion of the
delegation asa minor matter.
"THEY DON'T have a central role,"
Begin said on television Wednesday
night after the Egyptian decision was
announced. But observers here and in
Egypt saw the expulsion as a signal of
Egyptian impatience for a change in
Israel's negotiating position.
In Amman, King Hussein of Jordan
and Egyptian Foreign Minister
Mohammed Ibrahim Kamel met to
review the latest developments in the
Arab-Israeli conflict.
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