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October 22, 1935 - Image 6

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Originator Of
'The Gumps' Is
Killed In Crash
Sidney Smith First To Get
Million Dollar Contract
For Comic Strip


Cartoonist Killed

CHICAGO, Oct. 21.- Sidney Smitt
58, creator of 'The Gumps,' speller
out "good night" with the eyes, ear:
and whiskers of "Old Doc Yak,
stepped into his automobile and drove
down a highway to his death.
The car, a light machine, collided
with an automobile driven by Wende]
Martin, Watseka, early Sunday, just
south of the Wisconsin line, hurtled
off the road and crashed into a power
line pole. Smith was killed outright.
his head nearly severed. Martin',
hip and jaw were fractured.
Smith made the pencil sketch of
"Old Doc Yak" a goat used in an
earlier comic strip, for the proprieto:
of the Bubbling Over Tavern where
he stopped at 3:30 a.m. while en.
route to his 2,200 acre farm near Shir.
land. It was his last drawing but
the Chicago Tribune announced the
artist had prepared "The Gumps'
for three months in advance and that
the cartoon would be published day
by day.
Funeral services will be held Wed-
nesday at the Chicago residence.
The Tribune revealed that "The
Gumps" cartoon was conceived in 1917
by J. M. Patterson, then active in
directing the affairs of the paper
It has appeared daily since. Patter-
son used the word "Gump" to refer
to an odd sort of character as the
head of a "typical" family.
Smith signed a new three-year con-
tract with a two-year option with
his syndicate Saturday night and was
planning a western vacation. He was
to receive $150,000 a year. In 1922
he signed what was said to be the
first $1,000,000 contract ever given a
comic strip artist. It was for a 10-
year period.
Born in Bloomington, Ill., Smith
began his career as a cartoonist at
the age of 18 on the Bloomington
Sunday Eye in 1895. He worked for
newspapers in Indianapolis, Phila-
delphia, Pittsburgh and Toledo before
coming to Chicago.
Coroner C. H. Cook of McHenry
county postponed an inquest until
Oct. 30.
(Continued from Page 4)
the Hillel Foundation are asked to
meet at the Foundation at 8:00 p.m.
Michigan Dames Homemaking
group. will meet at 8 o'clock in the
Russian Tea Room, Michigan League,
instead of at 1133 Forest as was pre-
viously planned.
The wives of all students and in-
ternes are cordially invited to attend
this meeting.


-Associated Press Photo.
Sidney Smith, noted cartoonist
who created "The Gumps," was
killed in an automobile accident
near Harvard, Ill., while returning
to his summer home at Lake Ge-
neva, Wis.
Justice Sharpe
Dies Suddenly
At State Capital
Michigan Supreme Court
Dean Succumbs To Heart
Attack Late Sunday

Henderson Dies
Without Hearing
Of African War
72-Year-Old Crusader For
Peace Never Knew His
Dreams Were Shattered
LONDON, Oct. 21. - (P) - Arthur
Henderson, implacable foe of war,
died without knowing his great dream
of world peace had been shattered
by the boom of guns in East Africa.
Attaches of the west end nursing
home where the president of the
World Disarmament conference died
last night disclosed today that Hen-
derson -whose indefatigable crusade
for peace was inspired by the death
of his eldest son in the World War -
had not seen a newspaper for six
Nor had the 72-year-old statesman
been told of the mounting European
crisis for fear the shock would prove
too great.
Scores of the nation leaders intent
on forging Great Britain's foreign
policy where he left off in 1931, when
the labor government fell, paid him
tribute as a gentle, beloved idealist
known as "Uncle Arthur."
George Lansbury, who succeeded
Henderson as chairman of the par-
liamentary party in 1931, said: "I
wish his passing might induce states-
men of the world, even at this late
hour, to call a halt in the mad race of
The death of Henderson, who start-
ed life as an iron moulder in Glasgow, !
Scotland, marks the passing of the
first of a coterie of humble born Brit-
ish workmen who dedicated their
youth to the upbuilding of British l
labor in the pre-war years.
They made labor a powerful force
in British public life during and after
the war androse to power on labor's
forward surge.
His death brought expressions of'
sorrow in Geneva. An -attempt to re-
vive the world disarmament confer-
ence was made last month, but it was
abandoned on the ground that the
Italo-Ethiopianiconflictsand other
reasons made it hopeless so far as
achieving anything was concerned.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 21.-
(AP) - Apprehension was felt in the
screen colony today over the condition
of Buster Keaton, somber-faced fun-
maker, who lies seriously ill in a hos-


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LANSING, Oct. 21. - (P) - Death
today had claimed Justice Nelson
Sharpe, dean of the state Supreme
Court, who had written more than
1,000 opinions and participated in
7,000 more penned by his associates.
Justice Sharpe, 77, of West Branch,
a jurist in Michigan for 42 years, died
suddenly at his home here late Sun-
day following a heart attack last
week. He was appointed to the State
Supreme bench by former Gov. Albert
E. Sleeper in 1919 after serving 26
years as judge of thirty-fourth ju-
dicial circuit.
Chief Justice Howard C. Wiest said
today: "Justice Sharpe left an im-
press in the judicial history of Mich-
igan. He was strong in the sense of
equity. His loss is personal to each
member of the court and his col-
leagues found him a wise, helpful and
agreeable associate."
Suffered Heart Attack
The senior justice suffered a heart
attack while working Wednesday and
was removed to his residence here.
Relatives believed him to be recover-
He is survived by two sons, Donald
B. of Kalamazoo and Leo N. of Phila-
delphia; a sister, Mrs. Sarah Broatch
of the province of Sasketchewan,
Canada; a brother, Albert E.tSharpe,
city attorney of Sault Ste. Marie; four
Grand children, Nelson III, a senior
at Yale University, Craig, a student at
Haverford College in Pennsylvania,
Mrs. David M. Hudson of Pittsburgh,
and Anne of Philadelphia.
Funeral services will be held here
at 2 p.m. Wednesday with burial at
West Branch. The body will lie in
state Tuesday.
society meeting Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.,
Portia room, fourth floor of Angell
Hall. Members must be present. Oth-
ers interested are cordially invited.
Pi Lambda Theta Tea Wednesday,
October 23, the University Elementary
School Library, rfrom, four to five-
thirty o'clock.
League Merit System Committee:
All members must be present at a
meeting Wednesday at 4:00 o'clock in
the League Undergraduate Office. If
unable to attend call Ruth Sonnan- j

Academic Notices
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this week. Price 50c.


ComingE vents
Orientation Lecture: Prof. Earl V.
Moore will speak on "Music" at the
lecture to be held from 5:00 to 5:30
o'clock on Wednesday, October 23,
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. This is
the first in a series of three lectures
on the cultural opportunities afforded
at Michigan.
Luncheon for Graduate Students
on Wednesday, October 23, in the
Russian tearoom, Michigan League
Building. Cafeteria service. Carry
trays across the hall. Professor Jesse
Reeves, Chairman of the Department
of Political Science, will speak in-
formally on "Graduate Study Forty
Years Ago."
All men interested in archery will
meet Wednesday, October 23, 4:15 p.
m., Intramural Sports Building.

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