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Entered By 62
in Ilopwoods
Increased Interest Shown
In Freshman Contest;
Spring Deadline April 17,
Freshmen interest in the Hopwood
contest increased this year as 62 con-
testants submitted 70 manuscripts to
the judges Friday, signifying an in-1
crease of 13 contestants and 17 manu-
scripts over those turned in last
Sixteen entries were marked up in
the fiction division as against nine for
last year, 38 in the essay section con-
trasts 28 for the corresponding con-
test a year ago, and the number of
poetry entries remained at 16. Last
year 49 contestants contributed 53'
pieces of writing.
In each of these three fields, three
prizes of $50, $30 and $20 will be
awarded. Judges are Prof,. Arno
Bader and Prof. Louis I. Brevold of
the English departmen and Dr.
Frank E. Robbins, Assistant to the
Names of the winners in this com-
petition will be announced in The
Daily early in the second semester.
Prizes may be redistributed in the
event that merit in a particular field
makes such redistribution desirable.
Manuscripts for the spring Hop-
wood contest are due April 17.
Swiss Start Spy Cleanup
BERNE, Switzerland, Jan. 27.-(1)
-Swiss police today arrested a re-
tired Swiss army officer of the high-
est peacetime rank and said the ar-
rst was the first to be announced
in the cleanup of a large German
espionage ring working in both
Switzerland and France.
'Four Out of Five'
Main floor reserved seats $1.00
Mail orders to Lydia Mendels-
sohn Theatre. Tickets will be
given out at box officc after Feb.
26th or will be mailed if postage
and return envelope are included.
FEB. 28, 29, MAR. 1, 2.
Matinee Mar. 2nd.

Evolution Of
In Stearns

Collection Of

Ancestors Is Featured
Musical Instruments

Ancient Tibetan 'Swing Band'
Displayed At Hill Auditoriuml

Dr. F. S. Onderdonk
To Talk On Tolstoy

If Louis Armstrong played in the
real original swing band (the one
made up of the ancestors of present
day instruments) he would probably
"ride" with his lips bent over the
copper mouthpiece of the "Leg-Bone"
trumpet of Tibet made from the
thigh-bone of a Buddhist priest.
About the only place he could se-
cure such a rarity would be the
Stearns Collection of Musical Instru-
ments located in Hill Auditorium.
Equally interesting and, historical are
the myriad of other musical mon-
strosities and art-pieces that are ar-
ranged in one of the world's most
comprehensive collections. Rivaled
only by collections in New York and
the British Museum, the Collection,
donated by Frederick K. Stearns of
Detroit, illustrates almost completely
the evolution of all kinds of musical
Should Mr. Armstrong be a little
squeamish about human bones, he
might prefer the ivory Oliphant dec-
orated with portraits of Francis I of
France. Gene Krupa would probably
swing on No. 273 of the Stearns Col-
lection which is called the Ketobong
from Borneo and is constructed of a
lizard skin stretched over a vase-
shaped frame. He might also rap
out a few rhythms on the Mo-kug-yo,
an 11th century gong taken from a
Buddhist temple.
The bass player may alternate be-
tween a wind and a stringed instru-
ment, the latter of which might be
the Halbass of Germany. It was also

known as the Bierbass because of its
frequent environment. For his wind
bass the player could use the Ser-
pent in C which is a large figure-
eight-shaped distortion that was used
in the 17th century to entertain kings
and which, although it was never
called C Serpent, did frighten chil-
Tommy Dorsey probably knows
that his trombone belongs to the
sackbut family, but he might hesitate
to recognize Kontrasbassposaune as
the name of a German slip-horn.
And if confronted with the trom-
bone a Coulisse Double, one with
two slides, he may very properly ad-
mit frustration.
'Boxwoo' Clarinet
With a slight expression of con-
sternation on his face, the clarinet
man of the mythical band would
receive a Klarinette in F made of
"boxwood" with a maximum of five
keys. Doubling on saxophone, the
reed player could alternate his "klar-
inette" with a Tenor Sax in C signed
by Adolphe Sax himself.
When the sax man gets sore of
lip, he can oodle a restful chorus
on the nose flutes from Jeypore,
India. These instruments are made
of two bamboo cylinders so bound
together that the left nostril does
not necessarily have to know what
the right nostril is doing.
The guitar strummer would be at-
tracted by the Korro of the Mandi
Mandingo Trine, N.W. Africa. Con-
structed from a half gourd and a
complicated arrangement of wooden
bars and bark strings, this aboriginal
banjo is quite apart from the mod-
ern world except for a tin sounding
board inscribed "Palmer's Biscuits."
Violin's Origin
The fiddler who likes to call his
fiddle a fiddle is gratified to know
that the word "violin" is a corrup-
tion of the original Italian Fidicula.
An even earlier type is the Crwth
(pronounced crooth) of about 609
A.D. which had four strings to be
bowed and two extras to be thumbed.
Madagascar contributed a fiddle
made of half a cocoa-nut shell cov-
ered with "a belly of bladder."
Choosing from an ample variety,
the pianist might select a Cravicem-
balo, a Spinetta, or even a Klavier-
harfe. A cream-colored, harpsichord
with pink-winged cherubs cavorting
about on the case would be par-
ticularly fetching, and equally dis-
'tracting to the performer.
Concert-goers who do not find the
usual cigarette necessary during the
intermissions may spend an interest-
ing and informative few minutes
scanning the Stearns Collection
show cases.

Dr. Francis S. Onderdonk, former
member of the architecture school
faculty, will lecture on "Tolstoy, ver-
sus Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini" at
the meeting of the Westminster Stu-

dent Guild at 7 -pm. today at the
First Presbyterian Church..
His description of the power of the
totalitarian rulers will be accom-
panied by movies. In his interpre-
tation of international affairs he will
present his proposal for the esab-
lishment of a world fellowship and
a new basis for a world common-

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SUNDAY, JAN. 28, 1940
VOL. L. No. 92
Federal Income Tax: The Collector
of Internal Revenue, Michigan Dis-
trict, advises that:
1. Deductions made by the Uni-
versity from salaries for the purpose
of creating old age retirement pen-
sions or annuities are not deductible
by the individual in arriving at tax-
able net income.
2. Additional contributions by the
University for the purchase of old age
pensions do not affect the individual's
income tax returns until such time as
he retires and begins to receive the
pension. Shirley W. Smith
Faculty, College of Literature, Sci-
ence, and the Arts: It is requested
by the Administrative Board that all
instructors who make reports of "In-
complete" or "Absent from Examina-
tion" on grade-report-sheets give
also information showing the char-
acter of the part of the work which
has been completed, This may be
done by the use of toe symbols, I (A),
X (D), etc.
Students and Faculty, College of
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