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The Michigan Daily-Friday, January 29, 1982-Page 9
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Eononni health improves;
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WASHINGTON - The most sensitive
economic indicators climbed last mon-
th for the first time since July, the
government reported yesterday, but
cautious administration spokesmen
infused to say the recession is coming
The Commerce Department said its
,.index of leading economic indicators -
'esigned to foreshadow changes in
economic trends - went up 0.6 percent in
COMMERCE Secretary Malcolm
Baldrige said his department's report
was "welcome news...and suggests that
the recession may soon touch bottom."
Baldrige said parts of the report
"signal possible further declines in out-
put in early 1982 and some further sof-
tening in labor markets."
The Labor Department came up with
a mixed report on productivity, a key to
economic progress and declining in-
THE DEPARTMENT said produc-
tivity tumbled a record 7.2 percent
during the last three months of 1981.
President Reagan, the first to declare
the economy was in recession, told the
nation Tuesday night that recovery
would come in the latter half of the
But Michael Evans, president of
Evans Economics in Wshington, said
continued high interest rates threaten
to keep the recovegy from amounting to
"The slide has stopped, but I don't see
that big boom that the Reagan people
are talking about," he said.
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WARSAW, Poland - Polish officials
charged yesterday that CIA agents
working under cover in the US Em-
bassy had aided Solidarity trade
unionists and helped push Poland to the
"'brink of anarchy."
Col. Zhigniew Wislocki of the Interior
,Ministry's counter-intelligence service
told foreign journalists that U.S.
,'special services" helped extremist
members of the independent union
Solidarity, suspended since martial law
Swasimposed Dec. 13.
THE CHARGES by Wislocki, who
named seven Americans in other coun-
tides who allegedly sought to ,recruit,
Poles for intelligence activity here, ap-
peared to be in response to U.S. aid
sanctions and a U.S. government
program attacking martial law which
is planned for worldwide telecast Sun-
Wislocki spoke for more than an hour
after reporters were shown five special
TV programs on spying in Poland. He
was flanked by a museum-like exhibit
of gadgets and publications, including
special radios, cameras, ink and tape
recorders taken from alleged spies.
The programs contended two former
employees of the U.S. Embassy here
were involved in intelligence activities,
and a thuied American diplomat for-
merly stationed here had been "trained
by the CIA" and was forced to leave af-
ter receiving a dissident document.
THEY ALSO named Alicja
Weslolwska, a Pole sentenced to prison
in 1980 here for allegedly spying for the
CIA while working for the United.
Asked if he blamed intelligence work
for the rise of Solidarity, the first union
free of Communist Party control in the
Soviet bloc, Wislocki said that some
"negative" successes of extremists
'aiping to destroy the state could be
blamed to "a large extent on the actions
iof special services."
'THE POLISH charges came-as unof-
ficial sources said some top leaders of
Solidar-ity are being treated more har-
shly than other Poles interned since
martial law was declared Dec. 13 and
may be put on trial.
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Old Haven fire memories
rekindled by Econ blaze
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'scene. "We emptied the barn," Brown
said. He said he was at the fire con-
tinuously for 17 hours.
", Prof. Dean Baker of the com-
munication department was a jour-
nalism instructor at the University in
1950. He recalled the fire clearly.
"I WAS AT home and a neighbor
:came over and said'Haven Hall is bur-
n;0g" Baker said. By the time he
airived on campus, he said the blaze
was "pretty far along."
Baker confirmed there was a large
-rowd of spectators, but said "20,000
sounds on the high side." He said
students helped professors bring out
typewriters, exams, and an Associated
One student was overcome by smoke,
and had to be treated at University
Health Service. Several firefighters
were also injured.
It was final exam time at the Univer-
sity when the fire started; and several
tests had to be rescheduled to Hill
Auditorium. Students who lost papers
or tests in the fire were not required to
make them up.
"According to Zahn, automatic
sprinklers would have extinguished the
fite before it got a chance to spread,
had they been installed. Ironically, the
Fire Marshall that year listed the
Economics Building as a fire hazard.
Unlike the situation this year, the
state legislature then took immediate
action. Within two weeks, an initial ap-
propriation of $1.5 million was granted to
get construction of a new building un-
The old building, which occupied a
site between N. University and Angell
Hall, was neverrebuilt.
It wasn't until autumn of that year
that police apprehended a suspect in
the case. Robert Stacy, 30-year-old
Latin teaching assistant who was
studying for his doctorate, was arrested
at his rooming house Oct. 10,1950.
Teachers described Stacy as an ex-
cellent, though moody, student. He
made academic honors every year at
Police broke the case on a tip from a
nurse, Zelda Mae Clarkson, Stacy's
former girlfriend. Clarkson had filed a
petition asking that Stacy be committed
to a mental institution. She said he had
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admited setting the Haven Hall fire
and had threatehed her life.
Stacy confessed shortly after being
arrested. He twice tried to take his own
life, but was prevented from doing so by
police officers. -
Despite the fact that he later
repudiated his confession, Stacy was
found guilty of arson after a four-day
trial in December 1950. He was given a
minimum sentence, five to ten yearsnin
Haven Hall housed several depar-
tments of the Literary College at the
time of the fire. The journalism depar-
tment was the hardest hit, losing vir-
tually all of its records, 'including the
complete files of The Michigan Jour-
"The Departmherits of History 'and
Sociology, also housed in the old Haven
Hall, lost most of their records as 'well.
Doctoral dissertations and research
materials, many without duplicates,
History Professor Palmer Throop
lost the entire manuscript of a book he
had written on the Italian Renaissance,
plus the books on which the research
was based. Professor Dwight Dumond,
also of the history department, lost
more than 15 years of research on the
southern anti-slavery movement.
The blaze also destroyed the exten-
sive Bureau of Government Library.
Only 1,500 of nearly 50,000 classified
items dealing with city,. county, and
state government were salvaged.
Most items had been painstakingly
collected over many years.
Zahn said the fire apparently started
in the northeast section of the building's
attic. It spread rapidly and engulfed
the library in the south wing shortly
The Haven Hall fire was not the only
blaze to strike the campus before the
Economics Building burned. On Aug.
12, 1911, the west wing of an old medical
building burned all night, causing
$50,000 damage. The south wing of old
University Hall caught fire on May 28,
1913, resulting in $54,000 in damages.
The most spectacular fire prior to the
Haven Hall outbreak occurred on Feb.
1, 1927. A blaze destroyed the con-
valescent section of the University
Hospital, causing $66,000 damage, but
278 patients were safely evacuated.
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