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Harvard Seeks Bookies;
Dartmouth Hunts Oglers

Chases sparked the news of col-
lege campuses around the coun-
try last week.
In Cambridge, Mass., police be-
gan a crackdown on bookies who
had been preying on Harvard
students, while up in New Hamp-
shire a group of Dartmouth stu-
dents declared war on peeping
Toms 'who had been plaguing
their housing development.
* * *
FIRST REPORTS showed that
neither program was meeting with
.3ignal success, though some pro-
gress was made.
In Cambridge, barber Ray
Colucci faced charges of "reg-
istering a bet" and "promoting
a lottery." Police would release
no information on three stu-
dents arrested with Colucci while
placing bets.
But the officers of the law
weren't through after one raid.
"This is only the beginning," one
of them thundered. "Colucci's ar-
rest should be a warning to the
others," this arm of the law went
on. 'They know who they are," he
finished ominously.
* *
EVIDENTLY from their state-
ments, the police had known for
a long time who the bet-takers
were. But they had been hamper-
ed in arresting them, so the word
in Cambridge had it, because of
the bookies' high intelligence -
perhaps induced by the nearness
of the university.
The gamblers were supposed
to have kept all the bets in their
heads, thus doing away with the
necessity of using betting slps,
which might later be used
against them as evidence.
But, at least to one observer -
the Yale Daily News - the clean-
up program was doomed to fail-
ure "The Harvard men are strip-
ed tie punks," the Yale paper ex-
plained. "The cops will never keep
them from being fleeced; they
come across too easily."
The more restrained Harvard
Crimson's only rebuttal to the
Yale charges was a brief mention
of a recent police raid on Yale
dormitories whch had netted 30
illegal slot machines.
* * *
IN HANOVER, the Dartmouth
war @in peeping Toms was meet-
ing ith even less success.
Booby traps were being set,
patrols of residents in the hous-
ing project were going out
nightly, but nothing construc-
tive had been accomplished.
A spokesman for the hunters
reported that so far their forages
had managed only to frighten
* 'olanthe' Matinee
The final presentation of "o-
lanthe" will be a special Mother's
Day matinee at 3 p.m. today.
Tickets for the Gilbert and Sul-
livan Society's spring .show will
be on sale at the Pattengill Au-
ditorium box office before the per-
Balcony and main floor seats
are still available, according to
Nancy Bylan, '51, ticket chairman.
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silly a bone-hunting dog and drive{
away the suitor of the only single
girl in the project.
The men are beginning to think
their program was too little and
too late. Looking at the lack of
results, one searcher mused, "I
guess that there were so many
peepers for a while that they scar-
ed each other off:'
'* * *
University of Illinois it was an-
nounced that for the first time,
girls will be used on the cheer-
leading squad.
A campus policeman at the
University of Wisconsin put his
hand in it when he tried to
open an illegally parked car to
move it.
The student owner had equip-
ped his car with a siren type
alarm system to protect valuable
jewelry. The policeman in his
prying set off the alarm. In spite
of the alarm, however, the stu-
dent got the usual come-uppance.
A GROUP at George Washing-
ton University in Washington, D.
C., banded together to donate two.
gallons of ink to the university's
library for the use of students
who come up with dry pens while
in the library.
And at Michigan State College,
the student council at long last
adopted a registration procedure
which has long been common
practice here at the University.
The alpl:%betical order in regis-
tering will be staggered, so that
everyone gets a fairer chance at
early registering.

To Sing at
Hill Today.
Singing for the love of singing,
Arts Chorale, an all-campus group,
will present its second annual
concert at 8:30 p.m. today in Hill
Formed of students from ten
University colleges, it is a non-
credit activity that has but one
prerequisite, an interest in choral
* * *
THE MUSIC selected for per-
formance by Arts Chorale is rep-
resentative of the scope of choral
literature from the 16th century
to the 20th century.
Works ranging from Latin
nmotets to Italian and English
madrigals, American folk songs
and contemporary spirituals will
be featured on tonight's pro-
"Serenade to Music," by Ralph
Williams, - Ah text from Act V,
Scene 1 of "Merchant of Venice,"
will conclude the concert.
SOLOISTS for the finale will
be Gilbert Vickers, tenor, William
Chapman, baritone, and sopranos
Glenna Gregory, Betty Wiles and
Lillian Johnson.
One-hundred thirty strong,
Arts Chorale is primarily de-
signed to satisfy the demands
of the great amount of vocal
talent of the music school.
Rehearsals for tonight's concert
have been held once a week since
the middle of February. Under the
leadership of Prof. Maynard Klein,
of the music school, tie group
meets in an informal atmosphere
for the enjoyment of great choral

Novels, Storjes Keep

"Don't call me professor!"
That request, spoken in Prof.
Allan Seager's deep but quiet tones,
typifies the modest informality of
this University professor, whose
first book of short stories, "Old
Man of theMountain," has just
been published.
* * *
PROF. SEAGER is always "Mr..
Seager" to the students in his two
classes, junior composition and
American literature. He is on
especially informal terms with
the would-be authors who pour
through his office in an eager
stream on Monday, Wednesday,
and Friday afternoons.
Prof. Seager's education in-
cluded a stint at Oxford Uni-
versity as a Rhodes scholar after
he took an A.B. degree here in
1930. He also mentioned receiv-
ing a bachelor's degree at Ox-
ford in 1933, and, asked if he
had earned a master's degree, he
declared, "I bought one from
Oxford a few years ago."

: x x:


Prof. Seager explained that Ox-
ford officials believe that their
graduates have been instilled with
a desire for knowledge which will
lead them to continue their studies
on their own. So, if a graduate re-
quests a master's degree after hav-
ing been out7 of the university for
three years, he is automatically'
granted one upon payment of a
*. * *
BEFORE leaving Oxford, Prof.
Seager spent a year under the tut-
elage of Edmund Blunden, a poet
and Shelley authority. "We used to
meet once a week and go for a
walk, and we'd stop in a pub to
have a beer while we discussed
19th century literature," he recall-
His English experiences gave
rise to a number of the stories
in his new book. Two of his Eng-
lish , stories appeared in "Best
Short Stories of the Year" col-
lections, as have several other
Seager stories.

Prof. Seager has taught at the
University since 1935.
He lives in Tecumseh, a small
town 25 niiles from Ann Arbor,
with his attractive blond wife and
their two daughters. He met Mrs.
Seager when she was a student at
the University.
S* * *
great, sprawling, ugly brick house
100 years old. It boasts a large
.lawn, and a garden which Prof.
Seager has allowed to grow wild.
Indoors and out, there is plenty
of room for the children.
Prof. Seager has published two
novels, "Equinox" and "The In-
heritance," and is now at work
on the first chapter of a new
one. A murder story, the novel
is laid in a small town.
"It's written from the stand-
point of the' murderer - why he
does it and how he explains it to
himself," Prof. Seager revealed.
He added that this work, unlike
some of his others, is not autobio-


'U' Author Seager Busy

ALLAN SEAGER .. Publishing Professor

Steeplejack Scales Heights
To Paint, Fix Mall Flagpole

J. M. Lichlyter is a man who
gets all up in the air over his
work, but is still able to remain
At least, this seemed to be the
condition of Lichlyter, a profes-
sional steeplejack who painted the
flag pole on the mall yesterday.
* * *
BECAUSE OF THE 739th an-
nual flag pole cable cutting which
was held sometime in January of
Vulcans Offer
An engineering scholarship
amounting to $75 a year has been
established by Vulcans, senior en-
gineering honorary.
Award of the scholarship will be
based on extra-curricular activi-
ties, scholarship, character and
need. The competition is open to
all engineers who have attended
the University for at least one
All those interested may obtain
an application blank from Rm.
412 West Engineering Bldg. and
may return it by June 1, accord-
ing to Don Calhoun, '50, acting
chairman of the Vulcan scholar-
ship committee.
The winner of the scholarship
will be selected by the executive
committee of the engineering col-

this year, he was called in by the
University to paint the pole and
restring the cable.
Lichlyter's first task yesterday
was to climb the flag pole ladder
about half way up, carrying the
flag pole cable with him. Then
with a harness of two rope loops
and a stirrup, he climbed the
remainder of the distance to
the top.
The final climb took about an
hour and was done by placing his
weight on one rope loop and slip-
ping the other up in alternation.
* * *
THREADING the flag pole rope
through the pulley at the top; he
used it to support his weight as
he worked down and painted the
pole. The cable is a half-inch,
wire-impregnated rope which, ac-
cording to a plant service man,
"can't be cut with a pen knife."
Lichlyter, who is 41 years old,
has been in the steeplejack oc-
cupation since he was 15. He
learned the trade from his
father, who also began at 15.
Lichlyter does not devote his
full time to flag poles, but also
works on water towers, smoke
stacks and other similar struc-
The steeplejack claims he has
never had a serious accident, on-
ly "a few slips and short falls."
His labor bill for the day will
amount to about $56.
Lichlyter says that since his oc-
cupation is a dangerous one, his
main purpose in life is to stay in
one piece.

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