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Prof. Bartlett Says Life with
Ex-Cannibals Is Interesting

SDIfTOR'S NOTE: This is the 73rd or
a series of weekly articles on faculty
Three months of life with an ex-
cannibal Sumatra tribe as their
deputy chief-"Person Having
Important Business" - was "an
intensely interesting experience"
for Prof. Harley H. Bartlett, retir-
ing chairman of the botany de-
partment, but it was only an inci-
dent in his richly varied career.
Prof. Bartlett has, however, al-
ways shown a willingness to do the
unorthodox and a determination to
get at the root of things which in-
terested him. He decided as a
youngster to make botany his ca-
reer; but when an undergraduate
at Harvard. he majored in chemis-
try, since he wanted to do work in
fields where the two sciences over-
lapped. His love for botany was
satisfied by serving as an assist-
ant in the famous Gray Herbarium
at the Cambridge school.
Chemistry Invaluable
His chemical background proved
invaluable during his employment
for the next six years as chemical
biologist with the federal Bureau
of Plant Industry.
Prof. Bartlett came to the Uni-
versity as assistant professor of
botany in 1915; he was named
chairman of the department in
1923, two years after being made
a full professor. He never limited
Travelling has been the rule
rather than the exception in Prof.
Bartlett's life, although Michigan
is the only American university'
at which he has taught. He has
visited tropical areas all over the
world-in Central America, the
Philippines and the East Indies.
Sumatra Sojourn
In 1918 he served as botanist
with the United States Rubber Co.
in Sumatra, developing improved
strains of rubber trees with high
latex yields.
It was during his return trip to
Sumatra in 1927 that he spent the
summer living with one of the Ba-
tak groups of the East Coast. Here
he fulfilled his work-hopby-col-
lecting botanical specimens, espe-
cially climbing palms, studies of
which he expects to publish soon--

and his special hobby, study of
Indonesian languages.
Rubber Experiments
His work with rubber was re-
umed shortly before the late war,
when he introduced improved
strains of rubber trees from the
Orient to Haiti. Soon after the
war broke, the Chilean and Ar-

gentine governments requested his
services in a program of experi-
mentation with the growing of a
rubber-bearing plant, Mexican
guayule, operated in cooperation
with the American State Depart-
Exchange Teaching
.Prof. Bartlett's personal inter-
est in the Philippines and its peo-
ple was intensified by his appoint-
ment in 1935 as exchange professor
at the University of the Philippines
in Manila.
Explaining his decision to step
down from the department chair-
manship, Prof. Bartlett said, "I
decided I had been in the saddle
long enough, and that it was time
to give someone else a chance."
But the most important reason
was that "I wanted to be able to
devote more of my time to doing
what I like to do-botanical re-

1948 Autos
Will Feature
New Designs
Shortages Hinder
Current Production
DETROIT, May 17-UP)-Most
of the nation's car manufactur-
ers have their 1948 models fairly
well blueprinted but few, if any,
have closed the door to last min-
ute changes should competitive
factors suggest such action.
Before the war the car design-
ers frequently complained that
yearly model changes did not per-
mit enough time to implement the
things they would like to put into
new cars. If this be true the ve-
hicles to carry the 1948 labels
should be truly impressive in ap-
pearance and operation. Certain-
ly the designers have had plenty
of time to try out their ideas since
the industry last brought out a
really changed model.
Ready Last Year
It is no secret that the car mak-
ers originally planned 1947 models
should be the "real postwar mod-
els," With this end in view they
had a number of mechanical and
styling changes ready to intro-
duce-after they had sold some
5,000,000 or more of the postwar
"stop gap" models.
But instead of selling 5,000,000
of them they shipped only about
2,200,000 from the factories last
year and never did get into the
poruction gait that made high vol-
ume output economical and pro-
Operating At Profit
But the 1947 prospect is differ-
ent; already most manufacturers,
particularly those who produce the
bulk of the nation's vehicles, are
operating at a profit. Despite
production cutbacks currently be-
cause of sheet steel shortages, the
prospects for the year's aggregate
operation are good.
Paul Hoffman
To Talky Here
Paul G. Hoffman, Detroit auto-
motive official, will be the prin-
cipal speaker at the business ad-
ministration school's 17th annual
Alumni Conference, to be held Sat-
urday, May 24, Dean Russell A.
Stevenson announced.
Approximately 400 alumni of the
business school are expected to at-
tend the conference for an all-day
program which will include a se-
ries of round table discussions of
various fields of business, a cor-
ner stone laying eeremony for the
new Business Administration
Building, and a report to the alum-
ni by Dean Stevenson.
The round tables will be in the
fields of accounting, marketing,
finance and industrial relations,
with leaders ii each field serving
as speakers..

STAR'S DAUGHTER INJURED-Sharon Harmon, 22-month-old
daughter of football star Tommy Harmon and Actress Elyse Knox,
gets a drink of water from her mother after being treated at a
hospital in Los Angeles, Calif., (May 15) for minor injuries re-
sulting from a backyard fall. She sustained a slight concussion.
Burton Tower Timte Clocked
By U.S. Naval Observatory

W est Ldge Events .
The West Lodge social commit-
tee will hold a coffee hour and
record dance at 5 p.m. and show
films of the Michigan-Northwest-
ern football game at 8:30 p.m. to-
d(hy in the West Lodge gymna-
The committee has invited all
students in the village to attend
the events.
SBA Speaker .
Dr. Franklin H. Littell, direc-
tor of the Student Religious As-
sociation, will speak on "Chris-
tian Discipline" at a meeting of
the Michigan Christian Fellow-
shin at 4:30 p.m. today at Lane
Di)(tIs erĀ°erin fl,
Deutscher Verein will hold a pic-
nic on the island at 3:30 p.m.
Those planning to attend should
meet on the steps of the Rack-
ham Building at 3 p.m.
Zubi ranu To Speak . .
Dr. Salvador Zubiran, presi-
dent or the University of Mex-
ico, wills peak on "The Univer-
sity of Mexico," at 8 p.m. to-
morrow in the Rackham Amphi-
theatre under the sponsorship
of Phi Sigma.
Piano') leCital , . .
Beverly Solorow, pianist, will
present a recital at 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday in Rackham Assembly
Her selections will include
Sonata No. 1, by Scarlatti; Son-
ata in B-flat major, Schubert;
Promenades, Poulenc; Funer-
ailles, Liszt; Quejas o la maja
y el Ruisenor, Granados; and
Toccata, Prokofieff.
Radio Techniques . .
Techniques of radio production,
from handling a microphone to
devising sound effects, will be
demonstrated in "Expert Opin-
ion," a play to be presented by the
speech department at 4 p.m., Wed-
nesday in Lydia Mendelssohn
The performance is open to the
Operatic Concert . .
A concert of operatic arias
and ensembles will be presented
by students of the Opera Work-
shop Course at 8:30 p.m. Wed-
nesday in Hill Auditorium.
7 r U Ring.
S717 North University Ave.

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Campus Highlights

The concert, under the direc-
tion of Prof. Wayne Dunlap, will
be presented in conjunction with
the University Orchestra and
members of the Orchestral Con-
ducting Class.
The program will be open to
the public and will include se-
lections from the Magic Flute,
Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, La
Traviata, Aida, Samson et De-
lila, La Boheme, Madam Butter-
fly, Faust, Orpheus, La Gio-
conda, Martha, Carmen and.
Jeanne d'Arc.
Carillon Program ..
Percival Price, University caril-
loneur, will present an all-Mozart
program at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.
His concert will include selec-
tions from Le Nozze de Figaro,
Don Giovanni and Die Zauber-

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the perfect graduation remenbrance

For the past ten years, Burton
Tower's clock, with its four stain-
less steel faces, has told time to
University students pretty faith-
According to Oscar A. Prieskorn,
chief University electrician, the
Burton Tower clock, like all other
University clocks, operates on elec-
trical impulses which are carried
on wires through underground
tunnels from the Physics Build-
There are two master clocks in
the Physics Building which are
set by Arlington Naval Obsehra-
tory time three times a week.
"Our time is pretty accurate,"
Prieskorn said. "It varies little
from day to day. If 'a clock is one-
or two-tenth of a second fast, we
weight it down by dropping
weights on the pendulum." He
explained that these weights are
extremely light.
Several years ago, the clock was
stopped when steam escaped from
a pipe in the S. University St. tun-
nel, condensed on the wires car-
rying the clock current, soaking
Dr. Lapides Gets
$500 Essay Prize
Dr. Jack Lapides, resident in
surgery at the University Hospi-
tal, was awarded $500 in a prize
essay contest sponsored by the
American Urological Association.
This award is made for out-
standing research by a young doc-
tor who is serving or has completed
his residency in Urology within
the last two years.
The American Urological Asso-
ciation established this award
several years ago, but during the
past five years, no award has been
given because the essays present-
ed by the candidates were not of
sufficient quality to merit recog-

through the insulation and causingI
a short circuit. At that time all
University clocks were stopped for
a couple of days, he said.
Dave Rossbach, janitor of Bur-
ton Tower since it was built, re-
calls the time when the automatic
mechanism which operates the
bell stuck, and the hour was struck
about 110 times without stopping.
The huge bell is usually struck
only 95 times a day, on the hour,
from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Frank L. Warren. a University
electrician, has the special job of
making sure that the Burton
tower clock keeps on receiving its
motivating electric impulses from
the master clocks. James A. Mann,
a plumber by trade, has for a
"sideline" ti-Ic job of greasing thel
gears cf the clock, which move
the steel hands at one-minute in-
Pliy sieiat111s To
An estimated 45 physicians from
17 medical schools will attend a
conference on graduate and post-
graduate medical education to be
held May 19 to 21 at the Univer-
Sponsored by the W. H. Kellogg
Foundation, the purpose of the
conference is to discuss how best
to train hospital resident physi-
clans, and how to continue train-
ing of general practitioners and
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Cornerstone Will
Contain Microfilm
A complete history of the School
of Business Administration pre-
served on microfilm will be placed
in the cornerstone of the business
school building at a ceremony
May 24.
The cornerstone ceremony will
be held in conjunction with the
17th Annual Alumni Conference
of the business school. Included in
the microfilm history will be pic-
tures of the school and students.


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