Old Book of
Clement s Library
Gets Croker Papers
"It is always a satisfaction to be
able to enlarge one of our manu-
script collections by the addition of
material which once we could not
obtain," said Dr. Randolph G. Ad-
ams, Director of the Clements Li-
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brary, in an interview yesterday.
"That has just happened in regard
to our collection of the papers of PATROL LEADER-Capt. Bro
John Wilson Croker." Norman of Seattle, Wash., led1
first Army patrol which joi
The Croker papers are the letters Third Army in Belgium. The c
received and drafts of the letters tact was made south of Laro
written by the man who was secre- without enemy opposition.
tary of the British Admiralty from ------------
1809 to 1830 and who was a minor
literary figure among English re- f .j f, Ii
viewers for a period longer thanK
that. He was one of the critics who ._9
could see neither talent nor me ri( '
in the Romantic school of poers
flourishing early in the century. ASLE M eeti oy
Letters From King
"The Croker papers were first put
up for sale at Sotheby: auction Highest Award Given
house in London in 1924. and the To FaculLy Member
late Mr. Clements bought the larg-
est and most important group of Prof. Horace W. King, a membei
them," said Dr. Adams. "The Brit- the College of Engineering fac
ish Museum bought some lots, the from 1912 to his retirement in 1
Pierpont Morgan Library in New was presented with an Honor
York another lot, and the Univer- Membership in the American Soc
sity of Chicago another. A year of Civil Engineers yesterday in
later a London book dealer offered impressive ceremony at the Ann
one of the volumes, a group of 51 Meeting of the Society in New Y
letters from King William IV to Honorary Membership is the hi
Croker, for sale at 250 pounds, or est honor awarded members of1
about $1200. That seemed too ex- Civil Engineering profession. P
pensive to Mr. Clements and he did King becomes one of 37 men in1
not purchase them. nation who have received the awa
Bought For $80 Among these are former Presid
"We heard no more about, th,0, Herbert Hoover and General B.
particular volume until 1936, when Somervell of the Army service for
it turned up in New York at the A native of Big Rapids, Mich., P
auction of the Getz library. We didKmg'; careerl has closely parall
not bid on it, although it apparently important developments in his fi
was sold at a much lower figure than In the early part of this century,
it had once been priced. This win- took part in surveying the propo
ter the volume turned up again in Nicaaguan canal route, and l
the catalogue of a New York deal- was United States assistant engin
er, and we purchased it for $80, in charbor in the Philippines. He i
onable after its once inflated price. specialist in flood prevention, irri
This group of letters helps fill out isitn, adthyorof-eetral trets, w
our very large collection of Croker'si hae hecthor tseveraltexts w
papers and brings us a King'. cor- the field.
respondence of political importance."
The letters are tipped in a hand-
some binding of blue morocco stamp- Editor To S pea
ed with an anchor device in gold.
Bill To Repay
Loss Estimuated a
30 Million Dollars
n The Associated Press
LANSING, Jan. 17.- Legislation
which would force the state to repay
municipalities for the loss in taxes
resulting from Veteran's Homestead
exemptions was introduced today by
Senator George N. Higgins, Ferndale,
State tax commission has esti-
mated the loss in revenues might
total $30,000,000 annually if all en-
titled to the exemption obtained it
after the war.
Higgins said $8,352,610 worth of
real estate now is exempt in Detroit.
$903,200 worth in Grand Rapids and
$329,075 in Pontiac.
The senate withdrew its confirma-
tion of Lester S. Moll, former Wayne
County circuit judge, as a member
of the State Civil Service Commis-,
sion.hMoll's appointment had been
challenged on the grounds he was
constitutionally ineligible for the po-
sition until a year after his judicial
Actually, the senate's move was an
empty gesture since the appointment
did not need confirmation in the first
place. To accomplish it, the chamber
also withdrew its unnecessary con-
firmation of William Palmer, of
Grand Rapids, to the Civil Service
Commission, and its necessary con-
firmation of E. W. Nelson, as State
Banking Commissioner. The last is
expected to be re-confirmed again
To Speak at
Dean S. C. Hollister of Cornell
University will be a guest speaker of
the campus chapter of the American
Society of Civil Engineers which will
hold a joint meeting with the Mich-
igan section of the A. S. C. E. at a
dinner meeting Jan. 26 in the Union.
He will be followed by Dr. W. C.
Steere of the Dept. of Botany who
will present an illustrated talk,
"Searching for Quinine in the An-
Certificates of life membership in
the A. S. C. E. will be presented to
six Michigan civil engineers, three
of whom, former Prof. Horace W.
King, Hugh K. Hood, and Egre C.
Shoecraft are Ann Arbor residents.
Alleged Threat to Solon
Is Being Investigated
LANSING, Jan. 17.-(W)-Investi-
gators moved on many fronts tonight
in search of the "ride" slayers of
Senator Warren G. Hooper, one of
the key witnesses in the Carr grand
jury investigating charges of state
Police in Jackson disclosed they
were inquiring into the story of a
witness that a man had threatened
Hooper in a Bay City drinking house
because of theSenator's companion-
ship with a woman, while special
grand jury prosecutor Kim Sigler
announced here that officers planned
to bring in for questioning two wit-
nesses whose testimony may be ma-
Meanwhile, he said, a search of
underworld haunts proceeded in sev-
eral cities for known gunmen who
might have been hired as profes-
sional killers to seal Hooper's lips
In circuit court here, counsel for
Floyd Fitzsimmons, Benton Harbor
lobbyist, read into the court record
a statement that he believed the kill-
ing of Hooper has cast "a cloud of
suspicion" over Fitzsimmons "to the
extent that no charge any court
could make could clear the mind of
the jury of suspicion and prejudice"
if he were brought to trial as sched-
uled Jan. 29 on a charge of attempt-
ing to bribe a legislator.
Circuit Judge Leland W. Carr,
whose one-man grand jury had in-
dicted Fitzsimmons and announced
that a "confession" by Hooper in
another case had made the Senator a
valued witness, denied the defense
motion for postponement of the trial,
The defense attorney, Fred R.
Walker of Detroit, later filed with the j
county clerk a formal notice that he
would attempt to establish an alibi
for his client as of Feb. 20, 1941, the
day on which former Rep. Gail Han-
dy of Eau Claire contends Fitzsim-
mons offered him a $500 bribe.
Murphy Proposes -
'Tell Time by Stars'
LANSTNG Jan. 17-UP)-Ren
PATON- Forces under
command of Lt. Gen. George 8.1
Patton, Jr., shown in a portrait,
made in France, were prominent
in checking the Nazi counter-'
F i J I F I G H T E R S R E A C H S E A-Ending a five-day march, three advance scouts of the Fiji
regiment attached to the U. S. Marines reach Bouganville's western beach.
To Talk Today
Prof. E. T. Vincent of the Depart-
ment of Mechanical Engineering will
speak today on "The Critical Analy-
sis of the Modern Diesel Engine" at
a meeting of the Western Michigan
section of the Society of Automotive
Engineers in Muskegon, Mich.
Prof. Vincent recently led a dis-
cussion. on "Developments in Piston
Research" at the national meeting
of the S.A.E., held in Detroit.
11 ere J arn. ZJ
Eliot Janeway, prominent young
jouvnc list and student of foreign and
domestic affairs, will speak on "New
Horizons for Democracy" at 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 23 in Hill Auditorium.
Janeway, a. former editor of Time
magazine and now one of the editors
of Life and Fortune, has recently
interviewed leading industrial, labor,
and political figures throughout the
country. With the information ob-
tained through these discussions as a
basis, he will talk about the domestic
N E W S P A R' H A T -While Spar Eileen Van Dree (top)
wears the old style hat, Spar Elizabeth Hall models the new gar.
rison cap authorized for optional wear in the USCOWR.
W A R'S P A T H IN ATH ENS -Greek civilians pick
their way between a wrecked building and some of the barbed
wire defenses set up by British forces in Athens,
Artillery, Nature Makes 1 ,a
German Warfare Different
By WILLIAM F. BONI
PARIS, Jan. 10-(Delayed)--(AP)-
Changes in wartime sometimes, are
made too swiftly and completely to
be accepted with total equanimity.
One afternoon you may be crouch-
ing in a shallow slit trench at a
Belgian crossroads watching Ger-
man shells burst in the village just
beyond American troops working
their way up a hill.
The next afternoon you and your
driver, Gordon Confrey, Milford,
N. H., are bucking four-foot snow-
drifts in an open jeep with a balky
distributor and chains which break
four times in the 10-hour ride from
First Army Headquarters to Paris.
Only 24 hours later you are sit-
tinig in the American Red Cross
"Rainbow Corner" listening to an
AEF band beat out familiar rhythms
for a crowd of soldiers and their
Thinking of sharp contrasts, your
mind drifts to another-that between
the war against the Japanese and
this war against the Germans. In
broad aspects it's the same war
against aggression; in individual
parts they are two separate and dis-
War of Contrasts
The difference lies largely in ar-
On the Western Front-any time
you are merely as far forward as
division headquarters-you are like-
ly to come under shellfire.
In New Guinea and Burma and
with a far lower chance of casualty
than on the Western front.
"There's a hell of a lot more stuff
flying through the air around here,"
explains Australian correspondent
Geoffrey Hutton, who came here from
Western Front Is Stable
On the other hand, the Western
front from day to day is usually a
fairly stable proposition. Accurate
maps permit you to reach division
or regimental command posts with-
out straying into trouble.
They have situation maps in the
Pacific, too, but generally they are
dotted with question marks or terse
notations that Japanese patrols and
snipers have been active here or
there along the jeep lanes.
The first two weeks of Von Rund-
stedt's push brought conditions on
the Western front closer to those
encountered in the Pacific war.
From the correspondent's view-
point, the two wars are entirely dif-
ferent in personal comfort.
This is a winter war and for the
fighting men it is bitterly brutal
business. But, while the correspond-
ent may get half-frozen and dirty,
in his quest for news, generally at
night he returns to a hot meal and
sometimes a hot bath-and some-
times even a bed with a real mat-
tress and sheet.
Correspondents in the Pacific tra-
vel lighter than those over here. The
jungle hammock, with perhaps one
blanket, is ample on the island
fronts. Also in island warfare there
IBO N D S E L L E R-Gertrude
Niesen (above), who plays a
strip-tease artist in a Broadway
musical, personally sold more
than $850,000 in bonds during
the sixth war loan campaign,
Y E A R ' S F I R S T S U 8-uss Stickleback, first sub of 1945 launched at Mare Island navy yard,
Shield shows Yakima county, Wash., citizens' war bond purchases financed it.
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