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PUBLICATIONS' OFFICES-1. The Pressroom where The Daily is printed.

2. The Editorial board in session.

3. The Night

Editor's desk. 4. A corner

of the composing room. 5. The Business office of The Daily. 6.
-Photos by Jacobs and Zim

torial offices of The Daily.

7. A corner of the Publications' offices.



Reached In 1921

History of The Michigan Daily Marked by Professional Achievements; Rep-
resented at Olympic Games in 1900; Printed First Sunday
College Paper and Supplement
(By hluglhston 1W. McBain)
Delving into the historic past of The Daily-a past full of joys, sorrovs,
hopes, ambitions, sacrifices, struggles and finally conquered difficulties-
many interesting things long since confined to the grave, yet eager to be
divulged by those elite few who were here in the early days, once more find
their way into print.
Back in 1900 when Michigan was represented at the Olympic games in
Paris, many newspapers sent special correspondents to the meet. In those
days that was almost an unheard of thing. Few newspapers could afford
it, but thefortunate few who were individually represented at that time
were the London Times, the New York Herald, the Chicago News, the Paris
Figaro, the Berlin Blatt-Staat, and The Michigan Daily, which was repre-
sented by Otto Hans, 'OOL, who is now president of the Ann Arbor Press
company, printers of The Daily.
First Known as U. of M. Daily
Getting back to the origin of the paper, one finds that the first issue-
a little four column, four page newspaper-was thrust upon the campus
Sept. 29, 1890, entitled The U. of M. Daily. The U. of M. Independent asso-
ciation published the paper and it was not until 1895 that fraternity men1
were allowed to work on the: publication. When The Daily first came out,{

1891 ABOUT 1921
Ralph Stone, '92L, who was managing editor of Tihe Daily 30 years
Eago, and who is now president of the Detroit Trust company, in 'a re-
cent interview said:
{ "The avowed object of The Daily editors from the very start was
to furnish the news of the University promptly and accurately, likewise
to promote clean athletics and sound morals among the student body. =
"It was a strenuous task to blaze tWe trail for the first two years, E
but the news servicewas complete and The Daily was a positive inilu-
ence for good during the period of which I have knowledge from my
connection with it. It is a source of gratefulness to its founders to e
° note that The DPaily's high standards have been maintained and that'it E
has greatly progressed in appearance, in the thoroughness with which
it covers the news and .i its advocacy of everything that makes for
wholesome student life..
"Hearty congratulations upon your thirtieth anniversary, and best E
wishes for your future success:"
Air. Reporter Rnemarks About
AttitueOf Hm Who Seeks

The Daily Keeps
Pace WithCamp
Growth of University in Past 30 Years Has Placed Severe Demaw
Publication Must Face Peculiar and
Exacting Problems
(By Jack Dakin)
This is the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of The Daily.
Most people -'- women especially, of course - are prone to beliti
significance of birthdays-after the novelty of such reminders wea
But three decades have served merely to establish The Daily as a, po
youth of journalism, which all the same points with significant pri
yearly milestones of accomplishment.
Rather severe have been the demands made upon The Daily in tb
30 years, for it has been forced to keep pace with an absolutely unpar
development of the University. Both, according'to present indicatioi
going to do a lot more growing.
Faces Peculiar, Exacting Problems
The Daily, like all college newspapers, faces rather exacting and pe
problems. Its subscribers are composed of about the most conflicting
imaginable. This is characteristic of the University community. T:
six days in the week a sheet that is equally agreeable, and that means s
-to English professor, sport enthusiast, woman student, forge assista
ligious worker and music lover is a task which, if not impossible, is c
perturb even the most seasoned and hardy editor. Patience and callou
to abuse are prime requisites to The Daily worker, for some reader is a

various opinions prevailed as to
whether it would succeed, but the
editor truthfully prophecied, "The
Daily is its own excuse, it has come to
stay." It has. As far as records .are
obtainable, it has not missed .ppear-
ing on scheduled publication days
since the memorial first issue.
Otto Hans, whose name for so many
years has almost been a synonym for
The Daily, cahe in 1895. For five
years he managed the finances of the
paper, was managing editor one year,
and ever since has been associated'
with The Daily. When he came The
baily was near financial ruin, but
Hans secured personal credit and bor-
rowed money so that The Daily might
live. In those days, merchants gave
trade for ads, printers were paid with
due bills on local stores, and as the re-
porter of old said, "a rough time was
had by all."
In the summer of 1901 The Daily
merged with a prospective newcomer,
The Varsity News, .and The Michigan
Daily-News was published. This last-

ed but a short time, when under the
supervision of the Board in Control of
Student Publications, The Michigan
Daily began its career.
Mentioned by Journal
Looking back over the accomplish-
ments of The Daily, it is interesting to
note the Chicago flter-Ocean's com-
ment of Oct. 7, 1900, on Hans' inno-
vation of Sunday publication. Devot-
ing two or three columns to the story,
the article says in part: "The print-
ing of a Sunday edition of a college
paper (The Daily) is a bold departure
from all college precedent and custom.
No university or college in the United
States, or in all the world for that
matter, ever made such a daring
stroke in the direction of the great
metropolitan Sunday dailies before,
although all universities from one end
of the country to the other issue daily
papers." It is to H'ans also that The
Daily owes its existence as a morn-
ing paper, instead of being published
(Continued on Page Two)

(By Barney Darnton)
The research student in the 100-
proof spectacles and the bat-wing
collar entered the office of the Daily
with a belligerent tread. He bad
blood in his eye and a splotch of the
breakfast egg on his shirt front. Also
he had a copy of yesterday's paper in
'his hand.
He looked neither right nor left, but
kept his stern, foreboding glance fixed
on the door of the sanctum sanctorum
(which, among the cultured journal-
ists, is the familiar name of the office
of the M. M), and moved first one foot
and then the other in a measured
tramp, tramp of determination. Hav-
ing moved his feet in this manner long
enough to reach the office, he entered
the doorway on one side and came
out on the other.
"Why, in the name of all that is
holy, do you fill your paper with pif-
fle about baseball games and dances
and never give me a chance to explain
my great scientific discovery?" he
;orated, pounding the desk so hard
with his fist that the space bar on the
typewriter began to shimmie like a

debutante with four older sisters who
haven't been caught in the platinum
The young reporter who comes
from old .Scotch stock (and he's al-
ways late in returning after vacations
because he hates to leave it) perked
up his cauliflower ear and asked,{
"How do you make it?" After they
had carried the young reporter out
and poured water down his shirt
front, the research student continued
his tirade. It seems he had come to
make a complaint.
Now complaints are the one thing
a newspaper is sure to receive. It
gets news some of the time, and sub-
scriptions occasionally, and a new
friend about as often as a poor white
washes his neck, but when it comes
to regularity the stream of complaints
has got Old Faithful looking like a
graph of the morals of the bird who
quits cussing every Sunday.
Complaints range in density from
the "missed my paper yesterday" va-
'riety to the assortment that comes
from the populace with the Eiffel tow-
(Continued on Page Three)

feeling slighted. Yet this newspaper
must always be conducted with its
most important function in mind-that;
of chronicling in bulletin board styleI
all University events past, present, and
future, with reference to the demands4
of the average subscriber.
Staff. Changes Often
Added to such often tantalizing trib-
ulations are the difficulties of a peren-
nially changing staff, most of whom
write without any monetary remuner-
ation. New men must continually be
in the process of instruction. Like all
institutions that are conducted by
amateurs, The Daily loses something
in the way of efficiency. J@rrors are
bound to creep in.
But this "amateur standing" is not
all pure loss. Perhaps because of the
very fact that most of the students
who work for The Daily do it for pure.
love for and enjoyment in the work,
there is a certain "esprit de corps"
about which the staff is very conscious
and very proud. Of all the non-ath-
letic outside interest, The Daily is the

one which has least of all the stat
a mere activity-something whic
participated in merely because
sense of duty or desire for studeni
ognition. Daily men are proud of
distinction, and they take a rea
in their work.
It is this spirit among the men
work on The Daily that has give
paper a distinct personality-a
acter of its own. The faces
change but the motives which ac
the staff members remain essen
the same. It is not entirely ill
after two or three years of con
companionship for a Daily ma
number the paper itself as one
best friends.of college days.
Has Bright Future

No powers of clairvoyance are
essary to predict the future of
Daily. Greatly increased advert!
and circulation, those two magic
to the door of newspaper progress
expansion, may be considered as
(Continued on Page Two)





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