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PAGE IX THE MICHIGAN DAILYR N

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Van Oosten To Discuss Fisheries Fifth British Destroyer Is Sunk In The North Sea

Dr. John Van osten of the United
States Bureau of Fisheries here willj
be a representative at a conference
to be held in Bay City to consider the
problems brought about by the deple-
tion of the commercially important,
species of fish in the Great Lakes
waters of the State of Michigan and to
discuss measures for the rehabilita-
tion of the' commercial fisheries. '
Sponsored by the Michigan Jun-
for Chamber of Commerce, the con-

ference will be attended by conserva-
tion officials, by representatives of
sportsmen's groups and commercial
fishing interests. According to Dr
Van Oosten, the sponsorship of the
conference by the Junior Chamber of
Commerce is particularly significant.
since it indicates a growing realiza-
tion on the part of the general public
of the critical condition of Michigan's
once prosperous commercial fisheries.
Only the concerted efforts of an in*
formed and interested public, he
pointed out, will make possible the
success of any program for the pres-
ervation or restoration of the Great
Lakes fisheries.
There are 160 college cooperatives
doing an annual business of $2,700,-
000.

Engineerinig Fellowships,
Assistantships Offered
Students who have completed un-
dergraduate courses and shown ex-
,eptional ability, and promise have
been offered teaching fellowships
and graduate assistantships in Civil,
Electrical, and Mechanical Engin-
}ering, and Aeronautics by the Cali-
fornia Institute of Technology, for
he year 1940-41.
The fellowships will be awarded
>nly to men who have had at least
ne year of graduate work, and will
provide tuition, board and lodging
amounting to $760.

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THE BRITISH ADMIRALTY announced in London that the destroyer Exmouth (above) had been sunk
by a torpedo or mine in the North Sea with the loss of all hands-nearly 200 men. It was the fifth de-
stroyer and 23rd British Naval vessel acknowledged as sunk since the start of the war.
Tahiti Is Economical Vacation Spot
According To Explorer Earl Schenck

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Tahiti is probably one of the most
economical vacation spots in the
world, but it's no place to make a
living, Earl J. Schenck, lecturer and
explorer, said yesterday in an inter-
view.
Living expenses on this French
island are so low that a fair sized
house may be built for ten dollars,
Mr. Schenck pointed out. "Two
young fellows that I knew in Papeete
lived like kings on twenty dollars
a month," he said. Of course it is
impossible to eat the same foods you
would in America, Mr. Schenck
warned, but native and French foods
and drink are practically to be had
for the asking. Champagne, for ex-
ample, he indicated, sells for one
dollar a bottle, and is drunk as Ameri-
cans drink beer. That isn't the only
liquid refreshment, however; as rum,
a favorite of the Tahitians, is propor-
tionately cheap.
French Hold Positions
When asked about the possibilities
of forsaking the Northern Hemisphere
for a job in Tahiti or any of the
Polynesian islands, Mr. Schenck re-
plied that all professional positions
are held by French citizens, and that
there are very few really remunera-
tive jobs outside of those. "You have
to have your own money, if you ex-
pect to live in Tahiti." Moreover,
the French authorities require all
visitors to either have return passage
to their homes, or else post bond for
the amount of the passage.
Because of the requirements set up
by the authorities, Mr. Schenck said,
the beachcomber, that colorful figure
of the South Seas, is a thing of the
past. Not only are drifters discour-
aged from visiting the islands, but
even tourist trade has been held in
check. Some time ago, Mr. Schenck
explained, two Americans went to
Tahiti with the idea of building a
large tourist hotel, for they realized
that Samoa and Hawaii had lost

their native appeal because of the
gradual introduction there of modern
ways. But the French government
wants to keep the islands just as they
are--unspoiled by the tourist and by
trade. So they refused the Ameri-
cans a license.
One Lucrative Trade
There is one lucrative trade in the
islands, though, Mr. Schenck said,
and that is the buying and selling of
copra. Since the beginning of the
war, the price and demand for this
cocoanut product which is used in the
production of nitro-glycerine, has
gone steadily up. But in order to
carry on trade in the islands requires
not only a knowledge of the Poly-
nesian tongues, he said, but also a
very thorough acquaintance with the
ins and outs of navigation. In the
first place, a large boat with a power-
ful diesel engine is necessary. And
the risk of losing the boat is great.
Reefs abound in and about the islands

and the currents are not to be de-
pended upon from day to day, he ex-
plained. But the most destructive an
most frequent danger is the preva-
lence of sudden squalls. The only
preventive measure that can be taken
against the wind, Mr. Schenck pointed
out, is to run the boat with hurri-
cane rig all the time.
But, outside the difficulty of navi-
gation, lies the even more difficult
obstacle of language, Mr. Schenck
said. "The Polynesian languages are
probably, as a group, the second most
difficult in the world." According
to Mr. Schenck there are only three
white men in the world who have
mastered the Tahitian tongue to any
extent.
Natives Are Brilliant
The natives themselves are bril-
liant but fatalistic to a marked de-
gree, Mr. Schenck explained. Those
who have been away from the islands
to school inevitably surpass their
classmates, but they return in the end
to Tahiti to take up the work of their
fathers. Education is not necessary
in such a simple civilization, he said.
The introduction of religion to the
islands has probably done more harm
than good, Mr. Schenck declared, but
quickly qualified his statement by
saying that it was not religion that
has caused discontent, but the num-
ber and variety of religions that the
missionaries have visited upon the
natives. "One Tahitian chief once
asked me when the white man is go-
ing to make up his mind about God."
But the islands are truly a para-
dise, Mr. Schenck concluded, and
for a group of young men with some
time and money, provide an excellent
and economical place to vacation.

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Last Sunday the University Or-
chestra rendered Respighi's picture
music in "The Pines of Rome" ex-
tremely well. So well, in fact, that
Broadcasting Service thought record-
ings of it would be well received. They
have been very well received, but not
sufficiently ordered to incur the re-
duction in price that is offered, that
would subsequently make them re-
ceived even better.
On the 12-inch discs, everything
was' recorded-the gay, -swift sweep
of the first movement's "Pine Trees
of the Villa Borghese," the more sol-
emn and mysterious penetration of
"Pine Trees near a Catacomb," the
clear, sheer beauty set forth in "Pine
Trees of the Janiculum," and the
magic, rhythmical, glorious brilli-
ance brought out in "Pine Trees of
the Appian Way."
While 20 may have this set for
$3.25, the price would be but $2.25
if 40 place thir orders for "The Pines,"
by calling or coming to Morris Hall
this week.
Incidentally, some recording of
"The Messiah" still await their own-
crs n Ptof. Waldo Abbot's office.
s1portscasting, t "Michligan Far'
'ar'" ensues for the last time this
,alW~.fWa 2:4,5 p.mx. today, through
VWCHA' and WMBC. Stan Swinton,
'40, Mel Fineberg, '40, and Tom Har-
mon, '41, officiate.

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