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Section Four



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Ann Arbor Of

50 Years Ago





Germans Miss
Old Traditions,
Heidelbergers Bitter
Passing Of Duels Mourned,
As Are Study Habits
Of YoungGermany
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Miss Gies spent
last year in Germany as a graduate
student at the University of Heidelberg,
and is enrolling in the graduate school
here this semester.)
O, alte Bursenennerrlichkeit, wohin
bist Du entschwunden!" is asked by
every disappointed visitor to Heidel-
berg who has seen the "Student
Prince" and expects to find romance
lurking in every Weinkeller. A pil-
grimage to Heildelberg is no longer
what it was in the days when Mark
Twain sojourned up in the Schloss-
hotel and used to wander over to the
Hirschgasse to admire the undaunted
appetites brought to^ bear on a round
of rare steak smothered in fried po-
tatoes and onions during the progress
of a gory duel.
The splinters no longer fly in the
Hirschgasse, the traditional duelling
Lokal of Heidelberg, and the pools
of. blood on the floor are slowly being
worn away by the pious feet of Amer-
ican tourists. There ,hasn't been a
duel there for almost two years, and
the floors where innumerable gen-
erations of blood-thirsty students
have spilt beer and blood is gradually
being scrubbed into prosaic tidiness.
Even one of the magnificent old oak
tables carved and engraved by about
four hundred years' successive crops
of lusty sportsmen has recently been
sold to an American breakfast-food
Alumni Complain
The old alums who came back in
aune for the 550-year jubilee of the
University were audibly bitter. No
caps and colors, the corps houses
closed, and not even a delinquent
student to get ridden through the
Hauptstrasse tied onto a mule back-
wards. In the old days the jubilee
would have been celebrated with tre-
mendous formal banquets and dances
in every corps house on the Schloss-
berg. An old waiter in one of the
Wirtschaften, once the housemaster
of a Verbindung, began reminiscing
about the good old days. Why, he
could remember when they drank a
hundred bottles of champagne in one
evening, and then hailed up a case of
wine to finish off with. Those were
the days! Students were really stu-
dents then, and didn't believe in tak-
ing life so verdammt ernst.
The corporations and Verbindun-
den - the duelling fraternities - are
formally abolished. But .their mem-
bers are still none the less corps stu-
dents, and still believe the true badge
of a red-blooded man is a gash diag-
onally across the cheek from eye to
chin, technically known as a "Zie-f
her." The corps are a collapsed tra-t
dition as far as the National Studentt
League is concerned, but their mem-I
ory still lingers very vividly among
the older students, and the old grads
stick to their colors with true Teu-
tonic tenacity.t
"The Good Old Days"t
On the night of the Jubilee when
most of the high officials had gath-I
ered in Heidelberg to greet the for-
eign delegates, these old gentlemen
gathered down in their traditional
Bierstube in the Hotel Ritter and
began resurrecting old times. They
just couldn't see any sense at all
in the way young folks were being!
suppressed nowadays-made to keep!
their noses to the grindstone. Never
heard of such a thing as expecting a
student to study before his tenth or

twelfth semester. (There's a hallowed.
fable of a student who spent 40 se-r
mesters at his beloved alma mater).-
Tonight all the students were lined1
up in Studentenbund uniforms clos-
ing off the streets for the guests,
and not a Stiftungsfest in tuwn.-
There were a dozen brown-uniformed
S.A. men at neighboring tables, butj
they obligingly ignored the loud and1
straightforward criticism of the gov-
ernment'on this particular point. The
honorable old gentlemen had been,
discussing the situation for some;
time, and naturally quenching theiri
indignation with steins of Munch-
ener. Finally one old reactionary1
stood up and shouted in the voice1
of a Prussian field-marshall "We
want our corps-and anyone who
doesn't agree can get out!" I think
everyone in the room applauded, in-1
cluding the brown-shirts.
Political life and thought of the
nation has become an integral part
of student life as it has of every


Three Views Of Student Life At Heidelberg

1oe's',re t
Were Unknown
To '84_Students
Gives Michigan Lore
T oy' Of Il oyd )ouglas'
Book Was Modeled
After Tutts' Tuttle
Days when students received limit-
less credit with no questions asked,
when the property next to the League
used to be a common, undignified to-
boggan slide, and when one could get
all the pie he wanted at a single sit-
ting were fondly recalled by Prof.-
Emeritus Edwin C. Goddard of the
Law School, who has been connected
with the University for a half-cen-
Those who have read Lloyd Doug-
las' novel, Magnificent Obsession, will
remember Tony, the old man who.
ran a restaurant where students
could order what they wished and
then sign their names in a book
which was hung on the wall of the
restaurant with a pencil hanging by
a string beside it. .Mr. Douglas wrote
for The Daily and said that Tony was
modeled after a character he en-
countered in Ann Arbor a long time
Recalling Tutts
Mr. Douglas could not remember
the name of the restaurant proprie-
tor but Professor Goddard immed-
iately identified him as a man named
Tuttle, who formerly conducted an
eating establishment on State Street,
in the sAme building where Swift's is
now located.
"Everybody used to call him
'Tutts'," said Professor Goddard.
'Tutts' is not, however, the equivalent
of the modern 'Toots' and was not
pronounced with the flippancy us-
ually accompanying the rendition of
"Hi, Toots."
All The Pie You Can Eat
"Tutts' used to be very popular
with the students," recalled Profes-
sor Goddard, "especially since one
could eat there whenever he was
broke or short of cash. One could
eat in there and go over and sign his
name and the amount in the book
and pay whenever he liked. Tutts
never quibbled about anything or
pressed anyone to pay his bill. Often
years would elapse before an account
would be settled by an old grad who
happened to drop in at Tuttle's."
Professor Goddard did not re-
member the actual date of Tuttle's
presence on State Street but said that
it was not far removed from the turn
of the century. Professor Goddard
came to Ann Arbor first as a student
in 1884, then joined the faculty of the
Law School in 1895. He was ac-
tively teaching until just a few years
ago when he retired to the quiet of

University Campus In Days Of Prof.

Goddard's Youth

!.. ,.. . r: ..

Airplane View Of The Campus As It Ih Today

The above pictures were taken during Miss Gies' stay in Germany.
The upper photo, showing Miss Gies at the extreme right, pictures the
university's court with the inverted swastika and "golden Hen" above
the door at the rear. The center picture shows "music in the Mensa,"

man's boarding house, which was
located, according to Professor God-
dard, on Washington Street, near
It was at Prettyman's that one
could get all the helpings on pie that
he could eat for no extra charge.
Three was an old legend connected
with Prettyman's, Professor Goddard
said, which held that a Japanese stu-
dent at the University used to take
one piece of the six flavors of pie
that were always on the table.

by a German band and the lower p
to Rothenburg.
but at the same time they have
fought and will fight to hold together
the almost despairing fragments of
their own country. How important
politics are to the great majority of
students is evident from a remark of
a student, who is, I think typical of
seventy per cent. I had asked him if
the endless meetings he was required
to attendsweren't a bit irksome. Well,
he explained, after all, I'm first of all
an S.A. man, and only secondly a
Corps Disbanded
Practically every student is in some
one of the political organizations, and
all are members of the General Stu-
dent Organization. It is only recent-
ly, with the decree of last spring, that
there has come a division in the stu-
dent ranks. The corps students were
among the first and most ardent
of the National Socialists, and they
-have been the backbone of the sub-
sequent political organizations. Then
for some more or less obscure reason,
the fraternities were ordered to dis-
band. Some say it was because some
nooty Saxo-Berussia from Heidel-
berg gave a demonstration in public
af how Hitler ate asparagus with his
fingers; some preferred the story of
the Rupperter who named their bull-
pup mascot after Baldur von Schi-
rach, the national organizer of stu-
dents. The real and underlying rea-
son for the wiping out of the fra-
ternities lies, however, in their anti-
democratic principles and organiza-
tion. They formed an exclusive aris-
tocratic clique which clung to the
ancient prestige of a "von," and prac-
ticed a tolerant noblesse oblige upon
common philologists. Their brother-
hood formed an*'impenetrable closed
circle to all outsiders; they might be
among the most loyal of the Nazi ad-
herents-but then again they might
not be, and there would be no way of



icture was taken on a seminar trip

ing seen the rigorous training arid
perfect manners of the fraternity
members can you appreciate their
The National Student League is
(Continued on Page 24)

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his home on Hill Street. Prettyman was also the first mar.
Another eating place that was on to build a tobogan slide in Ann Arbor,
the campus long before students ex- continued Professor Goddard. "There
pressed the desire to be taken back to was a deep hollow off of Twelfth
Joe's and the Orient was Pretty- Street, right next to the present site

World's Largest Cyclotron Here May Help
In Medicine's Long Struggle Against Cancer

By ARNOLD S. DANIELS range of the powerful forces within. In the field between the two poles
Startling advances which may be During the summer the cyclotron of the electro-magnet there have been"
made in the fields of medicine, chem- reached a limit of 6,700,000 volts, the placed two hollow electrodes, andt
istry and physics through the use of greatest voltage which has ever been particles of matter placed between1
the University's great atom-smashing attained. Prof. Cork stated that by them move back and forth from one
cyclotron were suggested recently by shaving down the poles, so that the to the other until they have attained
Prof. James M. Cork of the physics space between them is increased, it terrific speed. If one of these accel-
department in discussing his plans for may be possible to reach a voltage of lerated particles strikes another dur-
research during the coming year. 15,00,000. For controlling the elec- ing the "bombardment," the force of
According to Prof. Cork, radioac- trical apparatus of the cyclotron, their speed will smash the atomst
tive elements which can be created in there are more than 80 connections within the particles.1
the cyclotron will be more powerful between the board and the instru- C At present, "heavy" hydrogen is be-
than radium in the ing used in the cyclo-
treatment of tumors and tron. This hydrogen is
cancers. In this connec- made from a special wa-
tion, he said, the Univer- ter, imported from Nor-
sity of California is now way. From the vessels
planning a huge cyclo- - in which it is made, the
tron which will be so hydrogen is conducted
large that a room in through a slender tube'
which patients may be to the chamber in the3
placed can be built be- cyclotron. With the ob-
tween the poles of the servers at the control'
electro-magnet which is board, the effects of the
the center of the instru- electricity upon the hy-
ment. A cyclotron of this drogen can be carefully
size would require an W Watched in highly-sensi-
electro-magnet weighing tive instruments. Work
about 250 tons. The k will be carried on with
present University cyclo- ten assistants.
tron contains a magnet The articles of the
which weighs 95 tons, 80 particles within the
of them steel and 15 cop- bombardment chamber
per. can be watched through
The force of the ra- a small round window.

of the League. This was called the
"Cat Hole." Down the side of this
hollow Prettyman used to go with
nis toboggan."
The Cat Hole, Professor Goddard
added, was the place where legend
had it that an old bell from one of
the University buildings had been
buried years before. The old bell had
never been seen again, and stories
were told that it was buried in thet
Cat Hole.
In 1884, when Professor GoddardI
'irst came to Ann Arbor, Prettyman's
was being operated by Jen McName,
and her daughter, Prettyman ap-!
parently having no connection with
the establishment at this time.
Asked where the students of the
nineteenth century usually went
when they wanted beverages other1
than those served in restaurants and
boarding houses, Professor Goddard1
replied that Drake's wasnthen theI
favor j te alcohol dispenser in Ann Ar-
"Drake's was located on Huron
Street and was very popular with
th e students at one time. But it hasf
been completely forgotten by almost
everyone now," Professor Goddard
One of the most interesting and
amusing characters on the Uni-
versity campus during Professor God-
dard's early years here was "Doctor"
Nagele, janitor of the Medical De-
partment. He was an old gentle-
man who never responded to any
other name than Doctor, and was
consequently bestowed this official
title by everyone at the University.
According, to Professor Goddard,
Dr. Nagele had an old bell which he
always rung when the class hour was
over and the next one ready to be-
"Old Doc persisted in shaking this
old bell with the large tongue even
after the University had installed in
one of its buildings the official bell
which sounded every hour," Profes-
sor Goddard said. "This proved quite
amusing, and sometimes a bit an-
noying to some in attendance at the
University. So on one occasion
someone stole the old doctor's bell,
Doc Nagele was like a man without
a country without his bell, so one of
the professors purchased him an-
other hell and evervthin-r aain h-.

A n Inside' Gets

The Job, Radio's
Cap. Henry Says
In order for the young person of
today to get started in any type of
endeavor, whether in the business,
technical or entertainment world, he
must be a stylist and must also know
someone on the "inside," in the opin-
ion of Frank McIntyre, who for the
past five weeks has been just an ordi-
nary citizen of Ann Arbor but who in
the winter months has been a radio
luminary and an important figure in
the Maxwell House "Showboat"
"People speak of getting a job at
the bottom of the ladder and then
working their way to the top," Mr.
McIntyre said, "but nowadays you
have to know someone to even get a
hold of that bottom rung."
Started 30 Years Ago
Mr. McIntyre himself, now in his
fifties, started his career on the stage
30 years ago after deciding that the
newspaper field was not meant for
him. The greater part of his life
has been spent on the stage, having
turned to radio only three years ago.
He has become known throughout the
country for his characterization of
the amiable "Cap'n Henry," skipper
of radio's mythical showboat.
The mastery of some extremely
specialized work is deemed absolutely
necessary in present day competition
by Mr. McIntyre. "There is an over-
production in almost everything to-
day, including talent and skilled la-
bor as well as material products," he
added. "This means that only the
very best in each type of occupation
get jobs."
Engineers Underpaid
Mr. McIntyre considered that the
technician and the engineer are par-
tially themselves to blame for hav-
ing to work for lower wages than
their training merits. He declared
that if the engineer could not get for
his efforts as an engineer what he
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