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Early Graduates Carried
Canes, Sported Derby Hats

There was once a Commence-
ment time when seniors could
look forward not only to the priv-.
ilege of wearing a cap and gown
and receiving a diploma but also
to wearing a derby and carrying
a Senior Cane.
In the 1850's, according to an
early story, when abolitionists
were carrying the fight against
slavery throughout the North,
Wendell Phillips, an outstanding
abolitionist, was scheduled to,
speak in Ann Arbor.
Political Talks Barred
Then, as now, political talks
were generally barred from Uni-
versity buildings so the students
put their heads together and hired
a church in which Phillips could
The night of the speech dozens
of students arrived armed with
canes and sticks. They scattered
throughout the church and hid
their weapons under their seats.
During the speech someone
hissed. A dozen Seniors jumped up
with their canes brandished
th.reateningly. The hisser couldn't
be found. The church became dead
quiet. Phillips talked for two
hours. When heafinished there
were wild cheers inside and out-
side the Church. Ann Arbor had
gone abolitionist.
This is the earliest story of
many about the Senior Cane.
Canes in Civil War
During the Civil War students
training for the fight in some
southern marsh carried canes on
their shoulders for the lack of a
But the favorite story of old
timers concerns the origin of the
extinct cane tradition centers
around the picket fence which at
one time surrounded the forty-
acre main campus.
Town police were banned from
the campus, which was state
(Since 1899)
Inspect our clean, main floor
daylight plant, with all new
modern presses.
Programs, Tickets,
or what have you

property, at all times. So when a
student got in a squabble with a
policeman, the best thing he
could do was hop the picket fence
from behind which he could
thumb his nose at the law.
Fight with Local Police
In the year 1889, there was a
fight with the local police, and,
as the battle raged, hot-blooded
Michigan men screwed their hats
on, let out fierce war cries and
rushed into the fray. The first
weapons that came to hand were,
of course, the pickets from the
old fence. First one and then
everybody tore off a picket cane
and rallied to the defeat of the
This is legend. The fence was
probably torn down because of
Senior Privilege.
But the Seniors took . upon
themselves the privilege of carry-
ing canes on the campus each
Spring. This custom, later be-
came combined with another
Michigan tradition called "Swing-
out," when Seniors would don caps
and gowns and march to Convo-
This tradition, which was later
disbanded because it generally
ended up in what one source calls
"a drunken brawl," is the grand-
father of the present-day Honors
Convocation. Cane Sunday con-
tinued intermittently down
through the years until 1930,
when it fell victim along with the
Freshman "pot" to the sophistica-
tion of our modern era.
Heat Pump Lecture
Dr. E. N. Kemler will speak on
"Heat Pumps," 8:30 p.m. today at
Kellogg Auditorium under the
auspices of tlxe Round Table Com-
mittee of the American Institute
of Electrical Engineers.
Dr. Kemler is Assistant Director
of Research and Research Profes-
sor of Mechanical Engineering at
New York University.

Veterans HVurt
ile Forms by
End of Term
Address Changes for
Checks Requested
Veterans winding up their af-
fairs in preparation for summer
vacation were reminded yesterday
by Robert S. Waldrop, Director of
the Veterans Service Bureau, of
three important forms they must
file before the end of the semes-
Waldrop particularly empha-
sized the need for change of ad-
dress notifications from veterans
who would not be at their pres-
ent mailing address on July 1, and
want their subsistence checks for-
Records Will Be Kept
"The change of address," Wal-
drop said, "should have the words
'Temporary - Do Not Transfer
Records' marked on it, so that
the veteran's records will be kept
here for his entrance next fall."
Absence reports are also re-
quired this year, but only from
students attending school under
P.L. 16, and not those under P.L.
346 (GI Bill). These absence re-
ports, he revealed, are due in the
Veterans Service Bureau, Rack-
ham, by Saturday, the first day of
Students who are transferring
schools or will attend another
school before returning to Mich-
igan must have an "Application
of Supplemental Certificate"
which can be picked up in the VA
office, Rm. 100A, Rackham.
Report to Training Office
The Veterans Administration
wants all Public Law 16 trainees
to report to their Training Office
before the end of the current se-
mester to make certain the Vet-
erans Administration is aware of
their plan for the summer, the
VA office announced.
"Public Law 16 trainees are re-
quired to attend the Summer Ses-
sion unless specifically authorized
not to attend by their Training
Officer," veterans were warned.

Local audiences will enjoy a
melodic visit to Elizabethan Eng-
Student Legislature - Final land when the Gilbert and Sulli-
meeting of semester, 7:30 p.m., van Society presents "Yeoman of
Grand Rapids Room, League. the Guard" during the fall semes-
NSA-Meeting of delegates and ter.
alternates-7:30 p.m., Rm. 323, "Yeoman" has been acclaimed
Union. as the closest thing to grand opera
Radio-"About Books," review which its talented authors ever
program, 8 p.m. WHRV. produced, and is quite different
Radio-German Series, from the usual light and 1jumor-
Ottorafan-G r.nKererg,9:ous musical works generally asso-
Otto Graf and Dr. Ke. B1rg. 9:4 ciated with Gilbert and Sullivan.
P.mfl. WPAG. Its production will require the
Student Recital-Harriet Bo- services of 17 principals, includ-
den, mezzo-soprano, will sing ing four women.
compositions f r om Strauss, Because of the magnitude of
Brahms, Franck, Weingartner, this production, the Society is ur-
DuParc and others. 8:30 p.m., -
Lydia Mendelssohn.
Exhibit -Atomic energy pre-
pared by Editors of Life Magazine,
through May 29, Rackham Build-
Michigan-"Naked City," 1, 3, CN?,,.
5, 7, 9.
State--High Wall,"' 1, 3, 5, 7,

gently in need of an experienced
production manager who is capa-
ble of designing and supervising
the construction of an entire stage
setting, according to Jim Schneid-
er, publicity manager for the
group. Anyone interested in this
job is requested to call the So-
ciety's faculty adviser, Prof. Ken-
neth Rowe. at 2-0677.
A tryout period will be held dur-
ing the first week of the fall se-
mester for all persons interested
in principal parts, chorus, or stage
crew work. Rehearsals will begin
immediately thereafter, for "Yeo-
man" is scheduled to be presented
during the sixth week of the term.


Gilbert-Sullivan Group To Present
eoman of uar i iFall Term

ISN'T LOVE GRAND-Gabriel Gracido of Mexico gets a kiss
during the International Horse Show in Rome. Gracido is pic-
tured on the right.
Father of 22 Given $100 as Award

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America's Champion Father for
1948 is $100 richer today but
wealthier still for the 22 living
children who brought him the
award from the National Father's
Day Committee.
He is Clarkson F. Warden, 79,
of Donovan Rd., Webster Town-
ship, who has resided in Washte-
naw County for the past 25 years.
Besides the 22 direct progeny,
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the Bureau asked if they approved
or disapproved of it.
Disapproved ...........62
No Attitude ...........10
In all classes, with one excep-
tion, more students opposed than
supported the action. However, 53
per cent of junior men favored the
Of the 135 students who ap-
proved of the decision, 19% ap-
proved because of their dislike of
radicals, riots, disturbances;
18% felt that the Regents' ac-
tion helped to maintain har-
mony on the campus;
10% said the Regents acted
within their legal powers;
43% gave a variety of other
10% had no reason to offer.
Of the 305 students who disap-
35% felt that the Board of Re-
gents' action interfered with
freedom of speech;
20% objected because, not be-
longing to any organized stu-
dent group, they felt they
could not learn enough about
political candidates (the rea-
son given by this group, in-
cidentally, even after explan-
ations, still reflected lack of
understanding of the Re-
gents' action);
16% disapproved because they
thought political controversy
would be an educational ex-
peience for them;
10% felt that the students are
mature enough to expose
themselves to political con-
troversy, resented patronage;
14% disapproved for various
other reasons;
5% offered no reason for their
To probe the intensity of the
respondents' opposition to the ac-
tion, the 395 who did not approve
were also asked, "Do you think
this action will affect you per-
sonally at all?"
Yes ...................23%
No ........... .....68
Don't know.............9
Ninety per cent of those who
approved did not feel personally
affected by the action.
Students polled were also asked
to give constructive suggestions
concerning the role the University
could play to encourage interest
in public issues and the discus-
sion of them. Even though this
question immediately followed
those on the Regents' action, only
22% proposed lifting the ban on
public political meetings.
20% suggested a well-rounded
academic program open for
all students, including discus-
sions, field lectures, etc.;
17% favored townhalls, or open
forums, or other similar op-
portunities for public discus-
11% suggested more or better
compulsory courses on civics,
current events;
9% felt that the present pro-
gram of the University is sat-
6% suggested that The Daily
could do more to stimulate
interest in public issues;
14% offered a variety of other

(Tomorrow: Attitudes toward
closing hours in undergraduate
women's residences; and atti-
tudes toward ticket distribution
systems and attendance at ath-
letic events.)
Stem .7 : fro
1ni finDAV

J., Paul Sheely* Switched to Wildroot Cream-Oil
Because He Flanked The Finger Nail Test

Clarkson, who is a farmer, has a
crop of 31 grandchildren and four
great grandchildren.
When he recently celebrated his
40th wedding anniversary with his
third wife, Marguerite, 57, a total
of 57 descendents arrived to cele-
brate the occasion.
His formula is: "give them plen-
ty to eat and wear, and enough
work to keep them busy."

Wuerth - "Always Together,"
"That Hagen Girl," 1:30, 4:10.
7:05, 10 p.m.
Whitney - "Under California
Stars," "Blondie's Anniversary,"
1:30, 2:53, 5:39, 8:30.

ALL panda-monium just broke loose for this little guy with
the hairy ears and two black eyes. Somebody snitched his
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grooms your hair neatly and naturally without that plastered-
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Lanolin. Get a tube or bottle of Wildroot Cream-Oil hair tonic
at any drug or toilet goods counter today. And always ask -
your barber for a professional application. In case there's a
panda in your house-keep some Wildroot Cream-Oil
handa for him! r
Wildroot Company, Inc., Buffalo 11, N. Y._
* of327 urroghs rive Snyer~-.-Y






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HERE is a book every Michigan
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for years to come. For in this infor-
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tells the whole story of "the first America's first co-ed.
real democratic University in A "Hurry-up" Yost and
l the first Rose Bowl vic
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through the great Circus riot to the A Joe's and the Orient
present day achievements. This and the Pretzel Hell.
frank and analytical chronicle in- A The "Society War"
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cludes full-length biographical por- A The plots against
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major events. With 14 pages of stormy dismissal.
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to operate the twenty-two Bell Telephone Compa-
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26,000-The number of people who are employed
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Have you made up your mind on what
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Few jobs anywhere can match this offer.

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Talk the program over with men in your class
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