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VOL. XXXV. No. 102





LEGISLATulRE PAYS A Brilliant Career Co
T IBUTETOB RTONWith the death of President Marion L. Burton, a brilliant c
untimely conclusion. From the time of first assumption of a place in
ITmen, he has been a significant influence in fostering the finest institution
TH ESOLUTIO N ions have been many-far more than those of most men allotted th
an educator one of international prominence. Yet he was ever strip
PIIISE STANDARDS A1ND IDEALS It is this characteristic which made for his true greatness. H
lIE IMBUED IN FUTURE larger and finer things for the future. Early in life, he was for a sh
(AENE RATI0N personal magnetism and oratorical ability to further the interests of
CAREER LAUDED however, opportunity for greater service in helping to guide the de:
story of his accomplishments in this field is part of the histories of suc
Fie Members of Horse and Five of University of Minnesota, and the University of Michigan. Though
Senate Appointed to only a few years, President Burton had already earned for himself
Attend Funerai r leaders.
Lansing, Feb. 18.-(By A P.)-The Unceasing in his work for the institution, he made possible its
following resolution presented by of which can be found nowhere. But he was not satisfied with thi
Rep. Loomis A. Preston ,of Berrien ness was initiating a campaign which should not halt until Michigan
county, was adopted by the legislature I capable faculty body obtainable. In addition to these two major proje
this afternoon: re4other tasks, designed to further the welfare of the University and its st
"Whereas, It is with profound re- fication of that ideal man of the poets, always striving for something,
gret and sincere sorrow that the j his reach for the time was worthy of the effort.
legislature has. received the informa-
tion of the death of Marion Leroy It is not necessary, however, to examine his accomplishments
Burton, president of the University of character. This is discernable in the deep respect and love with which
Michigan; and associates and thousands of friends. Those who knew him best, who
"Whereas, President Burton's career I ing last years of his life testify to his infinite patience, his never-ceasi
was marked by a refreshing courage,'i labors for the University. The very size of student and faculty b
prophetic vision, and inspiring devo- everyone coming in intimate contact with the President; but those w
tion to principles reinforced by a e
dynamic personality, a pure heart, and a sympathetic confidant and a real friend.
an active mind and body, all of which The University is desolate today because of the loss of a
lie combined to elevate and strength- will be impossible to fill. We have lost a revered friend and a rei
en the standards and ideals of true
manhood and womenhood; and man has gone from our midst. We join with the family in mourning





"Whereas, His voice and act have
done so much to promote and stim-
ulate the youth of this future genera-
tion along the pathway of clean liv-
ing, intellectual development, respect
for authority, physical upkeep, re-
ligious tolerance, and patriotic devo-
tion; and
"Whereas, All Michigan has a prop-
er sense of the great conceptive serv-
ice President Burton has given to
mankind as an eminent educator and
as one of our foremost and most dis-
tinguished citizens and having desired
to give, expression to this common
feeling of. a great and honorable
name; therefore be it ,
"Resolved, By the house of repre-
sentatives, the senate concurring, that;
a committee of five members of the
house and live members of the senate
be appointed to attend the funeral and
that these resolutions be spread upon
the record and a copy be. transmitted
to President lurton's family at Ann
Following this action Governor
Groesbeck announced his intention of
attending the funeral in company
with the members of the legislature.
In respect to the memory of Presi-
dent Burton, classes will not meet to-1
morro w afternoon.
lihe Feld roue will be closed to-
morrow afternoon and all day Satur-j
day, and all athletic contests scheduled
for the weekend have been postponed.i
This includes the basketball gameI
with Purdue, the wrestling meet with
Ii1nois, Saturday, and the freshman-
Varity swimming meet Saturday af-
Dances at the Union and Granger's
tomorrow night and Saturday haveE
been called off, and the dinner danceI
(, for Wednesdey evening has been
pot poined indefinitely. This super-
c:des previous announcements. All
fraternity dances during the weekend
hL:ve also been postponed.
The Army and Navy club banquet
will not ,e held today, as scheduled,
and the meeting of the Chamber of
Come merce tonight has been indefin-
itely postponed.
It was announced last night by Wal-
terI M. Simpson, president of Alpha
Omegpo Alpha, national honorary med-
ical fraternity, that the lecture whichj
was to have been given last night byI
Prof. Frederick A. Coller of the sur-
S dcal department has been postponed.
The probable (late of the lecture will
be Feb. 25. Last night's meeting ofE
La Sociedad iispancia was postponed
until some time next week, the exact
date to be announced later.
A resolution asking the board of pol-
ice commissioners to establish "no
purking" regulations on the south side,
of IIuron street between Ashley and
Thayer streets was passed unanimous-
ly by the Common council at a meet-
ing held Monday night. It is expect-
,, that the police commission will act

Eight seniors representative of the
various colleges and schools on the
campus were chosen last night by the
Student council to serve as active
pallbearers at President Burton's
funeral. Following a request of Mrs.
Burton that representatives of the
student body be chosen to fill this
capacity in the belief that such action
would be in accordance with the
wishes of President Burton the fol-
lowing seniors were selected by the
council: George C. Dillman, William
M. Goss, Charles Reinke, Thomas Ca-
vanaugh, Charles Merriam, Eugene L.
Dunne, Robert Wilkins, and Edward
M. Fox.
At 8 o'clock tomorrow morning the
President's body will be escorted by
pallbearers to Alumni Memorial hall,
where it will lie in state under the
massive dome throughout the day. The
entire R. O. T. C. unit under Major
Carpenter acting as an honor guard
will form two lines from the Presiden-
tial residence to Alumni Memorial
At 2 o'clock Saturday the students
of the University will form on both
sides of the line of procession. After
the funeral cortege passes, a line of
march to the cemetery will be formed
in the order of colleges and schools.
The literary students will assemble
along South University street to East
University street; students enrolled
in the School of Business Administra-
tion, the School of Education, and the
Law school will form along South
University street from the corner of
East University to the junction at
Church street. The engineers and
Ithe architects will gather on Church
street from South University to College
avenue. Students in the medical
school, the School of Dental Surgery,
and the School of Pharmacy will form
on Church street from College avenue
to Washtenaw avenue. All women will
gather on Geddes avenue from Wash-
tenaw avenue to the Forest Hill cem-
The Student council requests that
the students co-operate with them by
forming in a single line, as requested,
in the march to the cemetery.

Engineering Problems Discussed By
Connell and Slhirley At
E'ening Session
Tribute to the memory of Burton
was paid last night by members of
the Michigan Assaciation of Road
Commissioners -and Engineers during
their banquet at the Union. The high-
way men, who are gathered at the
University for the 11th annual con-
ference on highway engineering, ad-
opted a resoltion eulogizing Presi-
dent Burton as an educator and lead-
er and including an expression of
sympathy to the surviving familly.
Copies of the resolution will be sent
to Mrs. Burton and the Board of Re-
gents of the University. As a fur-
ther indication of respect the engin-
eers eliminated the musical program
scheduled for the evening.
Following a tribute voiced by Hon.
Frank F. Rogers, State Highway Com-
missioner, William H. Connell, engin-
eering executive, Pennsylvania State
Highway department, Harrisburg, of-
fered the opening address of the even-
ing session. Mr. Connell treated the
"Economic Value of Highway Re-
search," (iscussing in particular the
need for a highly developed National
council of highway research. tIe point-
ed out the need for growth in the scale
and methods of research to keep
abreast the phenomenal development
of vehicular traffic, and characterized
the present need as demanding a cen-
tral agency for the compilation and
distribution of research data and in-
vestigation conclusions. Such an4
agency, he indicated, would allow the
coordination of results from research
work conducted in all sections of
the country and allowimg instant re-!
ference by engineers nee.ding infor-
mation upon particular problems.
H. G. Shirley, chairman of the Vir-
ginia State Highway commission,
Richmand, spoke comprehensively on
"The Development of Highways in the
Southern States." He traced the tech-s
nical and financial history of public'
highways and bridges in the territoryJ
now known as the sixteen southerns
states; from the initial settlement
of Virginia to the present day.
Discussing the present situation
among the states of the South, Mr.
Shirley indicated that they are now
planning an ambitious construction
program. The increasing industrial
and agricultural activity throughout
the South,- he continued, demands the
construction of new roads. The high-f
way systems have been laid out and
wait upon a solution of the prob-
lems of financing and construction.
The conference will adjourn with

areer-s brought to an abrupt and JO IN
the active conduct of the affairs of
ns of American life. His contribu-
e full span of life-his position as
ving to make his part a bigger one. L O S
is ambitions have always been for
Tort time a minister, using his great A
an intelligent religion. He saw, HAD ACHIEVED PROMINENCE
stinies of the nation's youth. The IN EDUATONAL
Fh institutions as Smith college, the
active head of the institution for RISE WAS RAPID
a place with Michigan's greatest
Acted as President of Smith College
magnificent equipment, a duplicate andUnivers tyoMin esoa
s, and just previous to his long ill-
should be provided with the most Education has lost one of its fore
cts, he had carried on innumerable most leaders in the death of President
udents. He was a living exempl- Marion L. Burton, whose ability gain-
:udets.He as livng xemli-ed him nation-wide prominence in ed-
which though it might be beyond ucational circles. Only thirty-four
years of age, he was elected to the
presidency of Smith college, subse-
to find the greatest tribute to his quently to become president of the Un-
h he was regarded by his immediate iversity of Minnesota, leaving this post
worked with him through the try o tassume his dutiesas the fifth presi-
workd wih hi thrugh he r- dent of the University of Michigan
ng kindness, and his almost endless His rapid rise merely strengthened
odies precluded the possibility of his vision of the greatness of educa-
ho had this privilege found in him tion. His work to attain his ideals
was the primary cause of the illness
which led to his passing.
man whose place in our life it President Burton was born fifty
markable administrator. A great years ago, August 30, 18 in Brook-
marabl adinitraor.A geatlyn, Iowa. He was the son of Ira
his loss. John henry Burton and Jane Adeliza
Simmons Burton.
His parents moved to Minneapolis
Al .F'rinclsshortly :after his birth, and his early*
any Frends education was gained in the Minne-
r -apolis. public schools. The youngest
LaudA b tyheof four sons, financial conditions in
the family conpelled him to go to
Of President work at the end of his first year in
high school. His ability soon placed
him in a position of practical man-
Townspeople, faculty members and agement of the drug company by
alumni joined in their expressions of ( which he was employed. Previous to
grief over the loss to the University this work he had raised and sold
of President Marion Leroy Burton as pigeons and sold newspapers on the
shown by statements issued yester- streets of Minneapolis to help in the
day. support of his family.
"Ann Arbor has lost her greatest In 1893 President Burton entered
citizen, who was also one of the na- Carleton Academy near Minneapolis,
tion's greatest men," declared Mayor graduating in 1896, and in the same
George E. Lewis, in a proclamation. year entering the Carlton college.
"As a recognition of our esteem and His work while in college was
our sorrow, I therefore call upon the marked with excellence in all depart-
city to observe a period of municipal ments. One of his professors wrote
mourning extending from now until of him: "In scholarship he has made
after funeral." an ,unusually strong record. He is an
The tribute of the alumni to Presi- exceptionally strong, clear thinker; a
dent Burton is contained in a state- careful, thorough and ac.curate stu-
ment by Wilfred B. Shaw, '04, ex- dent; a man of fine enthusiasm In all
ecutive secretary of the Alumni asso- his thought and study." His scholas-
ciation. "The death of President Bur- tic record was of such high standing
ton will come as a profound blow to that in his senior year he taught
the alumni of the University," he classes in Latin and Greek at the
wrote. "They will be affected to the academy--a rare honor at that time.
same degree as at the death of Presi- In June, followng his graduation
dent James Burrill Angell, but in a from Carleton in 1900, he married
different manner. Miss Nina Leona Moses of Northfield,
"Although President Angell was a Minnesota, and in the following fall,
man they loved personally, most of i took up his work as principal of Win-
them, the late University head was dom Institute at Windom, Minnesota,
one who moved their imaginations, holding this position until 1903. From
as well as their emotions." 1903 to 1907 he studied at Yale uni-
The tribute of the faculty to the versity, receiving the degrees of
greatness of their leader is shown by bachelor of divinity in 1906 and doc-
statements of Dean Alfred H. Lloyd, for of philosophy in 1907 from that
of the graduate school, Dean Henry institution.
M. Bates. of the Law school ,and Dean Remaining at Yale during the year
John Effinger of the literary college, following as assistant professor, lie
"A man whose greatness and ideals accepted a call from the Church of
will long survive him," was the the Pilgrims in Brooklyn filling the
description by Dean Lloyd of the late pulpit there until 1909.
President. As president-elect of Smith college,
"Not even the long period during Professor Burton spent the year 1909-
which President Burton's death had 1910 touring in Europe, returning in
been feared and dreaded, has lessened the fall of 1910 to take up his duties
the shock and the loss to the Univer- as head of the college. He remained
sity caused by his going. The Uni- in this position until 1917 when he
versity and hosts of friends are sad- became president of .the University
dened by a great loss," said Dean of Minnesota, which position he held
Bates. until his transfer to the University
of Michigan in 1920.
- Both branches of President Burton's
I wHERE TO ASSEMBLE family came of sturdy English-Amer-
SATURDAY AFTERNOON ican stock, both having come to Amer-
ica in the eighteenth century. From

te12 the original family home in New
Literary college-South Uni- York, President Burton's parents were
versity to East University aye- the first to make their way to the
n y E suey - middle West. In writing of his rela-
L S. . tives in a letter to a friend some time
I Law school, School of Busi- ago, President Burton wrote, "None
I of Education-,East University of either family has ever been either
o Edurch t ret Un er Ity famous or notorious."
I to Church street. e aFrom the time of his graduation
I College of Engineering and from Yale University with the degree
Architecture-On Church street of doctor of philosophy in 1907, Pros-
Sfrom South University -to Col- ident Burton received many honorary
lege street. degrees from six institutions: doctor
Medical school, School of Den- ( of divinity from Carleton college in
I tal Surgery, and School of Phar- ( 1909, and doctor of laws from Tufts
f macy-College street to Wash- college in 1911, Western Reserve Uni-
temnaw ave. Iversity in 1911, Amherst college in
Women I 1913, Hobart college in 1913, and the
On Geddes avenue from Wash- | University of Michigan in 1920.
tenaw avenue to the Forest Hill He was trustee of the Carnegie

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Robert A. Falconer, president
of the University of Toronto,
was yesterday informed of the
cancellation of the University
convocation planned for Monday,
February 23, to commemorate
Washington's birthday. It was
decided yesterday morning in
the dean's meeting to call off the
gathering due to thecdeath of
President Marion L. Burton.
A committee appointed by the
deans is now working on plans
for a Burton memorial convoca-
tion to be held in the near fu-
ture, the date and speakers yet
to be announced.
Special Meeting Passes Message of
Condolence at Death of Presi-
dent Burton
In an effort to voice the sympathy
and sorrow of the student body in
the loss of President Marion L. Bur-
ton, the Student Council passed the
following resolution at a special meet-
ing held yesterday morning. The mes-
sage of condolence follows:
"In the death of President Marion
L. Burton, the University has lost it
-most loyal servant, the nation, one of
its noblest sons, and the student body
of the University, its firmest friend.
By his untiring zeal in the administra-
tion of the University, whose material
advancement was his life's work, by
his keen interest in all things that
affected his country, by the impulsive
sympathy which he at all times bore
toward his fellowmen, his boundless
patience, and limitless understanding,
he had endeared himself to all who
knew him, and had won a firm place
in the community of academic inter-
ests whose destinies he directed.
"His work for the University is
measured, not only by the tremendous
strides it has made since his coming
but in an Increased consciousness of
its important destiny, which his in-
terest and indefatigable zeal made
apparent; his intelligent interest in
all things that affected the nation
brought leaders to seek his council;
whiledthe value that the student body
placed upon his friendship and loyal
support in all things, the love and
respect they bore him, is immeasur-
able, save in their reaction during the
impotent, breathless moments in
which they waited news of his im-
provement, and the sorrow which they
feel at his death.
"His was a fine and gentle spirit,
welded in a school of strenuous life,
into a nobility and dignity, unsurpass-
ed. , A figure of national importance, a
collossus among educators, but among
his friends, by reason of his quiet,
reasoning humor, beloved, and mourn-
ed in death.
"The Burton home is quiet now,
quiet with the stillness that always
follows in the shadow of death. The
campus, and the student body, extend
to the saddened family, their keen
sympathy in their hour of sorrow.
They too mourn the loss of a leader, a
counsellor, and a friend."
Norman Johnson, '25, was chosen to
lead Alpha Nu, campus debating so-
ciety, for the next semester, at the
mid-year election, held in the club
rooms of the society in Angell hall

last night.
Theodore Hornberger, '27, was elect-
ed vice-president, Luis Gibson, '26,
secretary, and Hubert Williams, '26,
treasurer. H. LeRoy Selmeier, '27,
was chosen as the delegate of Alpha
Nu to the national convention of Kap-
pa Phi Sigma, the national literarya

Students Will Serve as Pallbearers;
Grosbeck and Regents to Act
in Honorary Capacity
Hushed voices bore mute but poig-
nant testimony yesterday that in Ann
Arbor not only his intimate friends,
but the entire campus,'realized the
immensity of the loss which all had
suffered in the passing of President
Marion L. Burton. Scores of tele-
grams and letters of condolence show-
ed only too clearly the esteem in
which the nation at large had held his
generousand human personality. All
through the day and far into the night
these messages of sincere and heart-
felt sympathy poured into the sadden-
ed household.
Among those who offered their con-
solations were President Calvin Cool-
idge and Mis. Coolidge, Gov. Alex J.
Groesbeck, President Donald Cowling
of Carleton college, Dr. Burton's clos-
est friend, Senator James W. Couzens,
and many others prominent in educ-
ational, professional, and political cir-
But in spite of these messages of
cheer, the square old dwelling which
has housed Michigan presidents since
1840 had an air of almost human mel-
ancholy as though grieving over the
loss of a beloved master.
President Burton's funeral, which
will be held Saturday afternoon, while
not strictly private, will be limited to
a few personal friends. The services
will be held under Reverends Lloyd C.
Douglas and Herbert A. Jump, former
and present pastors of the Congrega-
tional church. Reverend Douglas will
arrive here from his home in Akron,
Ohio, to collaborate with Reverend
The pallbearers will be chosen
from among the student body, while
Governor Groesbeck and members of
the Board of Regents will attend as
honorary pall bearers.
The body will lie in state from 9:30
until 5 o'clock Friday in Alumni Mem-
orial hall, and will be attended by a
military guard of honor. It will be
escorted from the Presidential resid-
ence to Memorial hal by a military
guard from the University R. . T. C.
Classes will be dismissed Friday af-
ternoon, and the student body and
members of the faculty are requested
to visit Memorial hall between 1 and
5 o'clock, while the general public is
requested to attend before 1 o'clock.
The fatal illness was largely influ-
enced by over-work, which had so
weakened his nower of resistance that
a determined fight against pneumonia,
followed by complications, was of no
avail. By dint of his own spirit, Pres-
ident Burton gained ground upon his
illness, only to be further weakened
by a series of rclarses After a glan-
dular throat operation, brought about
by a relapse in November, he appar-
ently was on the road to recovery.
Influenza, contract^-l during the
Christmas holidays, renewed difficul-
ties of the situation, to which was add-
ed the later burden of complications
involving the heart and kidneys.
Each new development increased
the strain upon his endurance, but
those near him marvelled at his will
to rally against them. Slight hemor-
rhages, described by the physicians
as "non infectious infarcts," occurred
from time to time. They were caus-
ed by the bursting of small blood ves-
sells ,with a premature relaxation of
the heart muscle, which allowed part
of the blood to 'return to the lungs.
Monday, Feb. 16, streptococcus
pleurisy arose, and from that time the
decline began. Despite increased ef-
forts, the end came at 3:20 o'clock
Wednesday morning.
Dr. Burton's death came quietly and
at an unexpected moment. The night
nurse, had taken the patient's pulse
and finding it continuing to show sat-

isfactory strength, turned from the
bedside for a moment to arrange some
material on the tahle. Scarcely had
she turned away when a deep sigh
from the bed caused her to call hur-
riedly to the doctor in attendance.
By the time-only a few seconds-

Dr. Manne Siegbahn, professor of
physics at the University of Upsala,
Sweden, who arrived in Ann Arbor
yesterday, will speak on "The Reflec-
tion and Refraction of X-rays" at 4:15
o'clock today in room 1041 new physics
Dr. Siegbahn, who is internationally
considered one of the foremost au-.
thorities on X-ray spectroscopy, came
to Ann Arbor at the request of Prof.!



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