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____THE MICHIGAN DAILY THURSJ2

Crite Detention Laboratory Is Unique 'Hall Qf Death'

Display Auto Chassis 'Melting'
As 'Kids' Go On Stealing Parts

(Associated Press Photo)
Firearms in sufficient number and variety to thrill the most expert gun-collector are racked in the room
shown here, the arsenal of Northwestern University's crime detection laboratory. They range from the tiniest
pearl-handled pistol to sub-machine guns. Autar S. Kapur (left) of Punjao, India, is holding a tiny Ger-
man creation while Joseph Wilimovsky holds a .57 caliber revolver such as is used in the diamond mines of
Kimberly, Africa.

Hauptman's Works
Placed On Exhibit
In Library Cases
Celebrating the seventieth anni-
versary of the birthday of Gerhart
Hauptman, the German dramatist,
the University Library has placed in
the cases on the first floor corridor
an exhibit of his works taken from
the private collection of Prof. Fred-
erick B. Wahr of the German depart-
ment, who is now on leave.
Mr. Hauptman was born in the
,province of Silesia Nov. 15, 1862. He
began writing before finishing his
education, and was able to support!
himself on the proceeds of the sale
of his publications a very short time
after he began to write. He also in-
augurated the realistic movement in
modern German literature.
Some of the earliest and rarest
editions of the works of Mr. Haupt-
mnan are contained in the exhibit.
A copy of his first literary effort,
writen in 1881, is shown. This was!
not published for sale, but as a gift
for friends and relatives.
Wisconsin Man Placed
On National Committee
MADISON, Wis., Nov. 23.-(Big
Ten)--John G. Fowlkes, professor of
education at the University of Wis-
consin, has been named to a com-
mittee of five members of the Na-
tional Society of College Teachers of
Education, which will have as its
purpose to prepare a yearbook for
1934 on the subject "Improving the
Work for the Doctors Degree in the
Field of Education."
Dr. Edward H. Reisner, of Colum-
bia University, who had been asked
to assemble the 'committee by the
National Society, recently named Dr.
Fowlkes and four other nationally
known educators.
Besides Prof. Fowlkes, others on
the committee are: Elwood P. Cub-
berly, dean of the college of educa-
tion at Stanford University; Prof.
Frank Freeman of the University of
Chicago; Prof. Clyde Hill of Yale;
and Prof. W. S. Peik of the Univer-
sity of Minnesota.
Mines in Kentucky employing
fewer than six men are not under
the jurisdiction of the state depart-
ment of mines.

'Dynamniting f
Hoover Tr ain
Proves False
Right-Of-Way Official Tells
Railroad Chief He Made
Up Tale To Get Publicity
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 23.-(IP)-
An alleged attack on a guard of
President Hoover's special train the
night of Nov. 7 has been proved a
hoax, Southern Pacific Railroad Co.
officials announced.
Dan O'Connell, chief of theroad's
special agents, said Charles E. Fish,
a right- of - way man who flagged
the train at Palisade, Nev., and told
a story of being shot and stabbed by
two men, had confessed he fabri-
cated the tale to gain publicity.
Fish was a guard at a bridge over
which the train, bearing- the chief
executive, Mrs. Hoover and an official
party to the Hoover home in Palo
Alto, Calif., was to pass.
O'Connell said Fish told him he
slipped and fell, his pistol accident-
ally discharged, wounding him in a
finger, and he received the idea of
gaining nation-wide attention.
According, the agent reported Fish
as saying, he ripped his clothing with
a knife, placed dynamite sticks from
a nearby abandoned mine along the
right-of-way and then flagged the
train.

"Kids swipe some of the stuff we
miss every year from the labs and
the hall but it's the big fellows who
always remain kids that cause most
of the trouble," commented the
anonymous keeper of the tool room!
yesterday in explaining the systema-
tic looting of parts from the auto-
mobile chassis on "permanent" dis-
play in the West Engineering build-
ing. These cars are supplied in mo-
dels with various parts cut away for
a study of their operation and are
loaned by prominent manufacturers.,
Just Melt Away
Once complete, they gradually melt
away as they stand there on exhibi-
tion and the many un-sectioned parts
are appropriated for personal use,
until they look even more skeleton-
like than their designers planned.
"Only the 1931 Chrysler has a radia-
tor cap now. We welded it on along
with the hub caps and fooled 'em,".
commented the Keeper, "but they got
one of the hub caps in spite of us."
The last part to join the missing
was the entire starter motor of the
Chrysler. The Cadilac has long
since lost its stop lights, its gasoline
cap, a gasoline gauge, and a distribu-
tor cap, he said. The batteries are
all dummies, cut away to show the
construction of the plates, and do not
make a strong appeal to souvenir col-
lectors or impoverished motorists.
Tires Stay, Strangely Enough
"Don't know why the tires are still
left; they're in good shape too," add-
ed the keeper, who prefers to avoid
publicity. "Last year we came in one
morning and found all but one lug
missing from one of the Cadillac
tires, though. Something must have
scared them away, so we fixed it
up again and it's all right now. I
wouldn't dare say how much of the
three cars over in the R. O. T. C.
headquarters there is left by now."
The Keeper, who proudly informs
you that he has been on duty since
1909, "before those motor cars were
ever here," also has charge of the
Williams To Address
Physicists At Chicago
Prof. Neil H. Williams of the
physics department will address the
annual Chicago meeting of the Amer-
ican Physical Society to be held at
the University of Chicago Friday and
Saturday. The subject of his talk is
to be "Modes of Oscillation of Piezo
Electric Crystals." Professor Williams
will be the- only Michigan faculty
member attending the meeting, the
purpose of which is to present orig-
inal researches made during the past
year.
The society meets four times a
year-once at Washington, D. C., in
early spring, at Atlantic City at
Christmas, at the University of Chi-
cago in the fall, and once on the Pa-
cific coast. The official organ of the
Society is the "Physical Review"
which is issued twice each month.

repairing and replacing of laboratory
instruments in the East Engineering
Building which are broken or stolen.
According to him the breakage and,
pilfering runs in streaks. Often in1
a six weeks' period more laboratory3
material will turn up missing thanj
in the two years previous. "The big-!
gest theft I know was when a set of!
two-ton hoists was stolen from a
workshop over one week-end last
year," he declared.
Teaches, Too1
Besides serving as tool-room keep-
er, the services of this congenial vet-
eran on the University staff would
seem to include not a little teaching.
Hundreds of laymen visit the exhibit
every year to look carefully over the
chassis and learn exactly why their
own family cars are not up to par.
Young ladies, and men, too, are often
tutored by the Keeper in the anatomy
of thecars by means of his skeletons
just before they apply for their driv-
ers licenses and while they are learn-
ing to drive.
"Maybe if the motor companies
knew how many people saw these
cars every year and how interested
they were they'd replace their models
every year or so like they used to,"
he mused. "But I guess none of them
have got the spare $15,000, a good
cross-sectioned chassis costs; not in
these days."
JAILS DECLARED OBSOLETE
SYDNEY, Nov. 20.-(IP)-No more
jails are to be built in New South
Wales, Justice Minister Martin hav-
ing declared them obsolete.
This is because of the success of
prison honor camps where convicts
have been graded by intelligence,
sent to forests and given hard work
and ample food.
A greater percentage than for-
merly "go straight" after release and
besides the camps are cheaper to run
than penitentiaries.

American Indians
Need Self-Reliance,
Commission Says
WASHINGTON, Nov. 23.-(.')- A
campaign to hasten the time when
American Indians will "stand on
their own feet and hold out their
hands to their white neighbors in
fellowship, instead of in supplica-
tion," was urged today by the Board
of Indian Commissioners.
In its annual report to Secretary
Ray Layman Wilbur, the board said
"self-support and self-reliance must
be not only the ultimate goal but
also the touchstone by which we test
all plans and policies."
The board, appointed by the Presi-
dent to act in an advisory capacity
without pay, deprecated what it call-
ed "the constant presure of a mis-
taken public opinion which sentimen-
talizes about Indians and demands
that because of the wrongs done to
them in the past generations they
should now be spared all the healthy
discipline through which self-respect
and self-reliance are won."
Special
Thanksgiving
50e
Dinner
The Parrot

- f
panellenicbreakfast--
will be served at
the the
hut den
- no reservations needed -
ingerle operated

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You'll enjoy dancing at The League
..a perfect floor . . . smooth
music, with MIKE FALK conducting
..-featuring, this week, CHARLES
NIXoN in those Xylophone numbers
that you'll want to hear again and
BARBARA BATES, '35, singing. Pan-
Hellenic decorations Saturday, too.

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