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Daily Reporter Inspects
Conditions at Infirmar
By ALEX LINDSAY
I visited the Washtenaw County Infirmary yesterday, which has
been under fire from the County Board of Supervisors this week.
Chairman Mark Mayne accused Superintendent Herbert Ken-
nett with abusing the patients and permitting unsanitary conditions.
I FOUND an ancient piano and a small library of law books
dominating the visitor's waiting room. Mrs. Ina Kennett was going to
show me through the two-story brick building, but was suddenly in-
terrupted, so I went through the clean but gloomy corridors and
rooms and talked to several patients and employes.
Patients' clothing is poor, especially that of the men, whose
tattered dungarees are patched and faded.
Shoes range from slippers to winter snow boots. When I men-
tioned their clothes, a woman in a wheel chair pointed to the patches
on her dress and said, "I look like a rag bag."
A STAFF of approximately 16, including five nurses, two cooks,
a hired man, and other kitchen help, care for the 100-odd aged pa-
tients, most of whom are there permanently.
Walking patients have some daily task to perform. One
grizzled old man who used to live in Canada told me he cleaned
the barn behind the infirmary each morning, then "I'm all
through for the day."
Food is generally said to be "all right" but two complaints are the
use of skim milk and the lack of sugar, which is served only in the
morning, according to patients.
MEN SITTING on the stairs doing nothing, or standing in the
corridors looking out windows evidenced a lack of recreational facil-
Walking patients live on the first floor "infirmary" and have
access to the dining room; bed-ridden and wheel chair patients
on the second flood "hospital" have their meals served to them.
Four nurses work during the day and one at night, according to
a staff member. Several of the staff live at the infirmary, and a
laundry in the basemenit is used for both patients' and staff's clothes.
SHORTLY BEFORE I left, Kennett arrived. "I waited in the
courthouse until 2 p.m., but received no satisfaction," he said. I be-
lieve I have a right to a hearing, and I don't wish to comment until
Prosecutor Douglas Reading, who talked to Kennett after the
investigation which produced the charges, said, "At the present time,
I am in no position to comment."
'WHAT WILL SELL?'
'Post' Editor Fuoss Answers
Queries on Magazine Writing
P' I U N E I N I I H U M O R - These watchers of high waves at Redondo Beach,
Calif, weren't prepared for this unusually big one and scramble to avert a drenching.
G E K M A N r V rL. E ' A K - Here is the Volkswagen (people's car) which Hitler
promised Germans but never produced. It is being built at rate of more than 2,000 monthly in Hannover
plant. Most are for export. Germans can buy them, with official sanction for essential purposes, for
$1,590. Engine is in rear. Gasoline tank and luggage space are in front.
By RUSS CLANAHAN
Frustrated writers who have col-
lected an imposing pile of rejec-
tion slips from national magazines
got their chance yesterday to ask
"why" of one of the editors who
makes the final choices-and they
made the most of it.
Target of the barrage of ques-
tions was Robert Fuoss, managing
editor of the Saturday Evening
FUOSS STOOD up at the front#
of Rm. B., Haven Hall, announced
he wouldn't give a speech, and
bravely invited the students to
start firing questions. The result-
ing queries covered everything
from soup to nuts.
Most of the budding writers'
questions revolved around the
great central question, "What
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Contributors to
What's Up in the Dorms should con-
tact Dolores Palanker at The Daily or
105 Betsy Barbour.)
Martha Cook women will be
awakened at 7 a.m. today to the
tune of reveille.
The bugle will herald the tra-
ditional candlelight procession
which will descend from the top
floor to the dining room where the
annual Christmas breakfast will
APPROXIMATELY 150 men
and women from the Law Club
and Martha Cook will go carolling
after dark today.
The carollers will return at
11:30 p.m. to Martha Cook for
coffee and other refreshments.
The Law Club will fete its em-
ployes at Christmas dinner today
after which they will be presented
Guest at Mary Markley's
Christmas dinner today will be
Mrs. Mary Markley for whom
the house was named.
Cooley House, East Quad, will
have its Christmas party today.
On the program will be gifts, re-
freshments and entertainment by
CHICAGO HOUSE'S party, at
West Quad, will feature movies
of the Ohio State game as well
as refreshments, house entertain-
ment and gift exchanges.
And Williams House's project to
collect soap for children in Eu-
rope will come to a close at to-
day's party when each man will
be expected to contribute two bars
of soap to gain entrance to the
will sell?" In reply, Fuoss gave
the neophytes some straight
from the shoulder advice.
Above all, he stressed, there is
no overall formula for writing a
successful story-magazine editors
judge a story strictly according to
reactions it draws from them as
However, he pointed out that
"the biggest common denominator
of most magazines is romance."
FROM HIS experience, Fuoss
advised the budding author that
the story having the best mathe-
matical chance of being sold
would be placed in the United
States, have relatively young
characters, and include both sexes
in the plot.
But he warned that a "story
which attempts to appeal to
both sexes usually lays an egg."
Fuoss therefore advised that a
story for women be written so
the illustrator could picture "the
biggest, most luscious clinch
A story for men should includev
a "scene of violence, preferably
with bloodshed," he said.
AVC Christmas Party - 7:30
p.m., 2101 Hill. Guests will be pa-
tients at the Veterans' Readjust-
Hindustan Students' Association
-Dinner and short musical pro-
gram, 7:30 p.m., Lane Hall.
Dinner was formerly scheduled at
American Ordnance Association
-Open meeting, 8 p.m., Union.
Edward T. Gushee of the Detroit
Edison Co. will discuss "Post War
Lecture-Prof. Jose Montesinos
will speak on "Lope," 8 p.m.,
Rackham Assembly Hall, under
the auspices of Sociedad Hispan-
The deadline for entries in the
1949 Michiganensian photo con-
test has been extended till tomor-
row, Slug Kettler, 'Ensian assis-
tant promotions manager, has
Pictures should be brought or
mailed to the 'Ensian office in
the Student Publications Build-
ing before 4 p.m., Kettler said.
Negatives need not be submit-
I N T O K Y O - Gen. Douglas MacArthur and his wife stand at Haneda Airfield, Tokyo, where
they went to greet Syngman Rhee, president of Korea, who visited the Japanese capital.
F L 0 0 D C ON T R 0 L P R 01' E C T-Army engineers built these piers over Bow River for
railroad bridge to make way for $33,000,000 Conewaugh reservoir in western Pennsylvania. Old bridge
runs beneath them. Conewaugh is seventh of 13 reservoirs designed to reduce flood dangers at
Pittsburgh, 30 miles to west. System is part of Ohio river basin program extending into 12 states.
A R T O N D I S P L A Y - Roy M. Pike hangs a portrait by Sir Henry Raeburn, Scotch artist
prominent about the end of the 18th century, at the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, N. Y. Pike,
museum director, and his assistants, Miss Isabel Herdle and Robert Young, are arranging exhibit
of European paintings collected by the late philanthropist, George Eastman.
M R S. R OO S E V E L T I N QG E R M A N Y - Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt meets a family
from cast rn C rmany during visit to displaced persons and German refugee camp at Stuttgart.
WESTERN NEW YORKERS
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