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October 12, 1941 - Image 20

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The Michigan Daily, 1941-10-12

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High-jinks Of Students Daily Founded Displays In Library Illustrate University History
The University of long livs present University Hall and a like
C l N ,/fix Years Ago once more in 'Ihe glass enclosures ness of the old medical building.
Softhemainibary Grazing on the campus are a few
a assorted cattle and in one corner
arte( B iOn display in the corridor of the of the painting a driver is whip-
B y Ooperatlve first floor may be found every- ping up speed from an unwillig
baring Undergraduates spectator on the sidelines, was Organization thing from five-dollar receipt to horse.
Daringd Undergraduatesf thein
Of 1850 Resort To clubbed and later died of the in- juanitor's account book, from Pres- An early print of Ann Arbor
juries received. In this instance In 1890 the first Michigan Daily, ident's first report to "Critick of looks out from its corner apertute.
Muskets In Feud ,he students were not at fault, and an unrecognizable ancestor of to- Pure Reason" by Immanuel Kant The hands of the clock in the Old
the governor disbanded the mili-
tia for its conductn day's paper, went to press under -all relics of a Michigan which Library tower are pointing to 2:10
University students about the tafriscnut was contemporaneous with the Ipm.-and it's a cloudy day.
1850's were a small but "spirited" With the turn of the century the the editorship of a group of pro- oeinporae Thep e a peits alo a p
group of young.men between their relations between townspeople and gressive students who wanted to Ahorseand-buggy age.cahsrepy pteasal shotgstat
g A painting of the campus in copy of the act establishing te
jokes and fun, and because of the students gradually quieted down. publish a newspaper representing 1885 depicts two wings of the University, dated August 28, 1817,
desire of the townspeople to have Sign stealing, and street-car raids student opinion. ---_ _ _- _ _ __ __ _ __
something left of the village, many continued for a time, but nothing Not a few obstacles stood in the
disputes, -some serious, broke out of the former serious nature has
between the two factions. happened. way of the University Independ-
Opening the past of 1856, the Last of the major student pranks ent Association, the cooperative I
event of the day was a squabble was the apearance here of Wil- uganizatiun wsich first published
between the town Teutons and the hiam Jennings Bryan. When he The Daily. Competition from two Ce n te n ia g ra tu I tion
student body known in the annals rose to speak a roaring cheer was lival sheets published by rival fra-
of town history as the "Dutch set up. For the first fifteen min- ternity groups was strong. With
War." utes. Bryan was obviously pleased, capital lacking and advertising to the
It began when two students but when the noise continued with hard to obtain for a paper not yet
made themselves unpleasant, 00 let-up he raised his hand for published (difficult to sell), little
while under the influence of hard silence. Immediately every stu- more than an idea was behind the Colege of Literature
liquor which was forbidden - to dent waved in response and this new paper.
undergraduates, in a downtown waving went on or some time, It wasn't an easy Job to build
saloon. The proprietors threw The police appeared and dragged the modern community newspaper Science, n t
the two out, but the next night a students on the edge of the crowd of today from the four page Daily
body of students returned to the to jail and when Bryan was fin- of yesterday. The editors spent
place and demanded free drinks, ally able to make himself heard, all of their spare time and too
When this was refused a gen- his remarks were not appreciated, much of their school time in work
eral 'riot followed, in which fists, for he said that if he were an im- for The Daily. Often an editor
zlubs and even knives were used. perialist, he would have called out found himself soliciting advertis-
The upshot of the affair was a an army to suppress the students. ing, writing news and editing the
chase to the outskirts of town, The increased student body in paper on the same day.hoograher
with the unfortunate owners in recent years was a source of fear The Daily soon outgrew its of-
front, pursued by yelling students. to the town, but the continued fices in University Hall and moved
Bad feeling created by thisin- good relations between the former its headquarters to offices over a 332 South State Dial 5031
cident was increased when six enemies has thoroughly convinced store on Maynard Street. Today
students-univited-broke into a Ann Arborites that students can The Daily has a modern building
ball and helped themselves to re- enjoy themselves without neces- of its own with its own press and __
freshments of an alcoholic na- sarily sabotaging the city, printers.
ture. One of the six was captured-- - - -----. -
by the crowd and was anot re- -....
leased until planks were brought
to batter down the brick walls and
agroup of medicalstudents arrived T H E C E N T E N N I AL C E L E B RA T ION
on the scene with muskets,
Warrants were sworn out for
the arrest of the six, but they es-
cdped detection by exchanging
clothing, never eating in the same.A1
place twice, sending substitutes for
class recitation, hiding in the Ob-
servatory, and three even con-
cealing themselves in a regent's
In order to bring the extended
and determined chase to an end,
two students went down to the
original scene of the dispute and
purchased liquor. Since this was
against the law, the charges on
both sides were equalized and both
withdrew their complaints.,g
Speaking now of "rolling up the3'3
sidewalks" had a different conno- -
tation back in '73, Then, the stu- K ' "
dents who disapproved of the '' *".t '-,-
condition of the wooden planks
used, regularly gathered them up
and had huge bonfires. In one
instance Acting President Frieze d
was forced to pay $225 out of his This picture taken from a style plate used by Wagner's dur-
own pocket to make up the dam-
age. This sum was later paid back
o h e offan enforcgc ollection ing the Civil War period indicates the long period during which
The police of the nineteenth
century and the student of the
same period had more than one this store has served Michigan Men. Our pride in the Uni-
axtended fight. One of the major
affairs was over the local post-
office, which the student body e $ nd $t chievement$ a$ ncreasedeach $$sn
"rushed" every day wlen the mail
came in. The officers attempted
to allow only one student in they r.
building at a time, but they were y
so unsuccessful that the fire bell
rang calling out the state militia.
. A dozen students were arrested
indiscriminately, but the next day
no one could be located who would
prefer charges against them. Suits '

of false arrest were brought against
the city and mayor, but they were
dropped on the advice of Judge
Several years later, the sound of
gun shots brought students run- /Sg8 8
ning to the scene. The noise was ~
only a wedding and the students
shouted for a speech by the groom. S I N CE 1
Their intentions were misinter-
preted, and the militia was called
out from the hall where they had-
attended the ceremony. The stu-
dents roundly booed them and the
militiamen lost patience.
The armed men charged with
clubbed rifles and one student, a


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