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Story Of Champ Hitch-Hiker
Bigger Than Editor Expected
Freshmen,.Read This Sad Tale
Of Poor Willie Vanderbilt, '44
By HERVIE HAUFLER
The Daily just wanted a little
story, not a book. We heard that
Bob Friers, one of the University's
Inore famous young men, was arriv-
ing in New York after adding a little
more lustre to his title of the Hitch-
hiking Champion gf the World, and
we wrote to a couple of papers there
Just a minor, insigniificant under-
taking, see? Sort of like throwing
a pebble into the sea-and then hav-
ing a tidal wave come back gand
smack us in the face.,
Friers Vs. Hedy
For here's what young Mr. Friers
encountered when he stepped down
the gangplank of the liner Santa
Elgna: Flashbulbs popping in his
face, causing him to look around to
see if Hedy LaMarr was behind him;
reporters from all the New York pa-
pers, the Associated Press, United
Press, International News Service
and what have you there prepared
to take down whatever he said.
That night. Friers' name and deeds
were spread, via the news trunklines,
throughout the country. , Over the
AP wire from Detroit came the note
"Attention Ann- Arbor" and so the
story we so humbly requested was!
given to us-almost as long as the
report from London or the descrip-
tion of the Tigers' game.
Friers is pretty well known around
the campus. He pays his way through
school by lecturing throughout the
state about the odds and ends of
experience he has picked up during
his twelve years of hitchhiking.
Annie Didn't Live There
His latest junket -one of a mere
6,000 miles-was through Mexico,
Central America and Columbia. It
included a 170-mile ride on a burro
from Oaxaca to Tehuantepec, Mex-
ico, to see a girl he had met a year
before. And this included the dis-
appointment of finding out that the
girl had left on her honeymoon the
week before his arrival.
During the trip he was arrested in
Mexico and was stricken with ma-
laria. He started his trip with $95
three months ago, traversing the
projected Pan American highway
route as far as Cali, Colombia.
Discussing Latin American politics,
he had this to say: "They're good
people down there. A few are pro-
Nazi, though, especially in Mexico;
but that's just because they don't
like Great Britain."
Dozen Years At It
A graduate student, Friers began
his hitchhiking a dozen years ago at
the age of twelve. Beginning modest-
ly he used to take jaunts around the
state, then neighboring states. In
1938 he tried to hitchhike to South
America-in order to win a five
dollar bet from his roommate. When
he was within 100 miles of his goal,
theAmerican consul in Panama put
him on a boat and shipped him back
to New York, so he lost the five.
But his roommate was a good win-
ner and a year later gave him a
chance toawin his moneybacl. The
odds were pushed up a little this
time-the roomie was to pay off only
if Bob hiked around the world. This
time Bob won.
You guessed it, he's writing a book.
Hasn't a title for it yet, and is offer-
ing a prize of six beers for an ac-
Returning from his latest jaunt,
which boosted his total to 114,000
miles by the thumb, Friers will re-
enter the University for post-grad-
uate work in Latin-American history.
"Then," he told the New York re-
porters, "I'll look for a job selling
U. S. products in South America."
Yearbook Will Sell
At Reduced Price
Early purchasers of the Michigan-
ensian, official University yearbook,
can save as much as $1.50 and buy
their copies of the book on a deferred
payment plan, Business Manager
John Corey, '41, announced yester-
Price of the book has been set at
$3.50 until October 12, when a $4
price will go into effect until Jan. 11.
The price has been set at $4.50 for
the period from Jan. 11 to April 28.
The full price, $5, will be charged
after April 28.
Featured in the 'Ensian this year
will be pictorial coverage of all im-
portant Michigan sports events and
other campus highlights, in addition
to individual and group pictures of
graduating seniors and campus or-
Smith Aids In Defense
Prof. Frank H. Smith of the De-
partment of Mechanism and Engin-
eering Drawing, who holds a cap-
tain's commission in the Army Or-
dnance Reserve, has been granted
a leave of absence by the University'
to assist the government in its na-
tional defense program. He will leave
for his post at the Rock Island Ar-
senal in Illinois at once.
(Editor's Note: This article is intend-I
ed to be exclusively for freshmen. Tos
any upperclassman it isn't news.)
Though acknowledged to be su-
perior to the average person in some
few respects, the University fresh-
man can no more than anyone else
convince himself that a broken bone
is not a broken bone or that a stom-
ach ache is only a nervous disorder.
And so . .
But hear the story of poor Willie
Vanderbilt of the Class of '44 who
moaned. Confidentially, doe. it's
beer. Just a little friendly beer. I
need a good shot of ExL-X.
Of course, doc agreed, of course.
And sent poor Willie Vanderbilt, '44,
to the laboratory to have his finger
Blood tests. Huh. Willie snorted.
And me with a gut ache.
One-half hour later Willie was ly-
ing in a health service bed awaiting
the answer to a telegram dispatched
to his parents asking permission to
proceed on an urgent appendectomy.
Twenty-four hours later Willie was
recovering from a surgicai operation.
Now the moral, if there is one, is
that it isn't everyone who can be a
competent physician. And that is
why last year the University erected
a million dollar health service build-
ing for the exclusive use of Michigan
students. And if you have a stomach
ache or a two week old cold remem-
ber that. The advice, like the service,
S pervision Work
Presiding over campus elections
and honor societies, the Men's Judi-
ciary Council will begin its second
yea' of service this fall under the
direction of Ward Quaal, '41, pres-
The seven-man Council was inau-
gurated in 1939 to replace the Men's
Council, abolished because it was
considered "unwieldy and ineffec-
The new Council was established
in the second of two shake-ups in
students' government on the campus
in 1938. In the first the Men's Coun-
cil, composed of representatives from
leading organizations on the campus,
abolished election caucuses and took
the power of making nominations for
the various class posts.
In the second, the old Council,
considering itself "unwieldy and in-
effective," established the new board
and passed on all administrative an-
gles of its work to the staff of the
Garg To Offer
Editor Announces Contest
For Short Vignettes
Prizes for the three best vignettes
of 250 to 300 words will be awarded
by the Gargoyle staff. Dave Donald-
son, '41, editor in chief of the campus
humor magazine, announced yester-
The vignettes, which will compose
a new regular feature of the maga-
zine, are to present a short story or
sketch, Donaldson said. The deadline
on them is Friday, Oct. 4, which is
also the deadline for other contribu-
tions to the first issue, which will
appear Wednesday, Oct. 15.
Other high spots of the initial
edition will be eight pages of pictures
and a number of special depart-
ments, and a record page and sports
page, which will run every issue.
A staff meeting vill be held 4:45
p.m. today to discuss plans and or-
ganizational ideas, Donaldson said.
All those interested in working on
the staff are urged to come out then.
J. RALEIGh NELSON
Social and cultural life of the Uni-
versity's foreign students will be cen-
tered in the complete program
planned by the International Center
to help adjust foreign-born students
to campus life and to make possible
contributions representative of their
Under the direction of Prof. Ra-
leigh Nelson and his staff, registra-
tion, housing and general hospitality
have been highlights of the Center's
I orientation schedule during the past
month. Teas and campus tours have
acquainted new students from abroad
with students and University facil-
Plan Sunday Programs
The year's program of Sunday
night, suppers inaugurated Sept. 29
will feature informal entertainment
and recreation at the Center located
in the south wing of the Union. Ping-
pong, records, and a library of books
on American life are housed in the
lounges and game rooms of the Cen-
Classes will be held for students
desiring instruction in English and
American customs directed by mem-
bers of the staff and other foreign
students. Students may exchange
instruction in one or more foreign
languages with other through regis-
tration at the Center. Among the
languages listed are Portuguese,
French, German. Chinese and Ja-
Folk dancing representative of the
various nations will be conducted
throughout the year culminating in
several programs to be presented at
various Center functions.
Hold Holiday Events
The traditional Thanksgiving din-
ner and Christmas events have been
noted for their color lent by national
costumes of the several hundred stu-
dents which take part annually.
An athletic program is scheduled
regularly each week for the men stu-
dents taking part in the program.
Seasonal sports and special contests
will be planned for all men students.
Holds Meeting In Union
The American Railway Engineers
Association's standing committee on
the economic and mechanical fea-
tures of railway location convened
here last Thursday and Friday at
the Union. This committee, which
dealt with numerous technical as-
pects of the subject, was under the
chairmanship of H. M. Stout of
The meeting was held here at the
invitation of John S. Worley, Pro-
fessor of Transportation Engineering
and Curator of the Transportation
danced until midnight Friday with
a freshman woman whom he had
lured away from Stockwell Hall, then'
topped the evening off with a col-
legiate can of sour beer.
Saturday morning he woke up at
six o'clock with a fire burning in his
stomach. Beer, said his roommate
wisely. Beer. And what you need is
a' good shot of ExL-X.
Beer, thought the freshman proud-
ly. Beer and I'm sick.
You, the sophomore advised, had
better visit Health Service for a shot
Yes. Yes, indeed. A shot of ExL-X.
And poor Willie Vanderbilt, '44,
groaned into his trousers and sport-
coat, put on his saddle shoes, and
bore himself painfully to the new
University Health Service Building
over on Twelfth St. to get a shot of
I've got stomach trouble, Willie
Vanderbilt, '44, moaned to the nurse
behind the glass window. And, Willie
whispered, I want a shot of B&L-X.
Thank you for the information,
the nurse said. And here is your
health service card. Down the aisle
for a doctor.
I got a stomach ache, doc, Willie
Honorary Science Degree
Conferred By Winter
Dr. Tinsley Randolph Harrison was
awarded the honorary degree of
Master of Science at the annual
Medical Convocation held in Ann Ar-
bor last night at which all members
of the School of Medicine were pres-
The degree was conferred on Dr.
Harrison by Prof. J. G. Winter of the
Latin Department of the School of
Literature, Science and the Arts.
Dr. Harrison received his bacca-
laureate from the University of
Michigan in 1919 and continued his
studies in the School of Medicine for
three years, later, in 1922, to grad-
uate from the Johns Hopkins Uni-
versity School of Medicine. For the
past fifteen years he has been asso-
ciated with Vanderbilt University.
A prolific scientific writer, Dr. Har-
rison has written numerous articles
and one book, "The Failure of the
Circulation" which has become an
authoritative work on the subject.
He is a member of the Associa-
tion of American Physicians and of
the American Society for Clinical
Investigation. He was president of
the latter society in 1938-39.
Upon conferring the degree, Pro-
fessor Winter said of him, "He has
shown to a remarkable degree an
ability to inspire others and to ob-
tain the cooperation of his associates.
Although under forty years of age
he has done work of vast importance,
and still greater accomplishments
may be -expected of him."
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