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Tau Delta Phi Buys Hoover Mansion
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The old Hoover mansion, long
time Ann Arbor landmark, has
been sold to Tau Delta Phi fra-
ternity and is being adapted to
house 40 men.
The ornate building, located at
2015 Washtenaw, has a colorful
history. Built at a reputed cost of
$250,000 in 1918 by Leander Hoov-
er, local manufacturer, it has gone
through court fights, years of
abandonment and disrepair, and
finally restoration.
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IN ITS EARLY years, the house
was considered a showplace and
was said to have $100,000 worth of
furnishings. Twenty years after
being built the house could scarce-
ly be recognized for what it had
once been. It had been sold by
Hoover's widow in 1923 to Kappa
Sigma fraternity, who occupied it
from that date until 1932.
Between 1935 and 1946 the
house fell into disrepair. Weeds
choked the landscaped gardens
and vandals ravaged the inside
of the building.
In 1935 the Michigan Children's
Institute tried to buy it. Neigh-
borhood property owners protested
that zoning ordinances forbade
such a use of it, and won the bit-
ter fight that developed.
In 1946, Mr. and Mrs. Carroll
Benz of Ann Arbor bought the pro-
perty from the state to whom it
had reverted for delinquent taxes.
They restored the place complete-
ly selling it this fall to Tau Delta
The house has 22 rooms, includ-
ing a ballroom on the third floor
complete with raised stage, foot-
lights and dressing rooms. A glass-
ed-in portico at the rear looks out
over a huge sloping lawn.
The fraternity expects to fill the
house to capacity by the beginning
of next year.
Army. Game
All reservations with the Wol-
verine Club for the Army-Michi-
gan football game at Nw York,
including those for the train trip,
hotel rooms, and alumni dance,
must be made no later than Mon-
day, according to George Benisek,
cilub publicity chairman
Benisek also asked all students
with any reservations to attend a
special club meeting next Wed-
nesday night, at which time in-
structions will be given for those
making the trip.
"We also have a few game tick-
ets left for those who want to
make train reservations," he said.
"The cost for the train ticket is
$30, a considerable saving for those
students who planned earlier to
make the trip by plane."
"The trip east will be made in
two special coaches, each of them
with reclining chairs," he added.
"Buses to and from the train will
be available in both Ann Arbor and
New York."
The train schedule: Leave Ann
Arbor on the Wolverine at 7:50 p.-
m. Thursday, arrive in N.Y. at 9:15
am. Friday. Leave N.Y. on the
North Shore Limited at noon Sun-
day, arrive at Ann Arbor 3:45
a.m. Monday.
All arrangements can be made
at the Student Affairs window in
the lobby of the Administration
Bldg., Benisek declared.
Band Day Set
For Saturday

During the half-time perform-
ance at tomorrow's Dartmouth
game 37 high s c h o o l bands
will stream on to the grid-
iron for the second annual observ-
ance of High School Band Day.
Together with the University
Marching Band approximately
2,500 high schoolers will form two
massive formations stretching
from one goal post to the other.
Arrayed in colorful uniforms,
the bands will first form the let-
ters M-I-C-H while playing and
singing the "Victors." Facing the
opposite side of the field they will
then swing into the letters U-S-A
and play "God Bless America."
Band Day was inaugurated last
year at the Indiana Game by Wil-
liam D. Revelli, conductor of the
University Bands.
Picture Exhibit
To Be Displayed
"Creative Photography," an ex-
hibit arranged through the Mu-
seum of Modern Art in New York,
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NEW TAU DELTA PHI HOUSE-The old Hoover mansion, lo-
cated at 2015 Washtenaw Ave. will be the new home of Tau Delta
Phi Fraternity. The house has a colorful and expensive history.
It was built in 1918 at a reputed cost of $250,000 and furnished
for an additional $100,000.
New Discovery Makes Safer
Kidney Stone Cure. Possible

H A R B I N C E R -This cre-
ation, exhibited at Aage Thaa-
rug's London show, is not a hat.
It's a wire framework trimmed
with gold acorns, his forecast of
next Spring's fashion trend.

T H E L E A D E R S T E P S OUT-This smart-stepping
drum major heads a costumed boys' band during a shepherd's
festival In the German town of Dinkelsbuehl, Bavaria.

E N ClI N E E R S TAKE OV E R-Philip West, of North
Hollywood, (behind engine) moves his English-type locomotive to
main line at Golden Gate Live Steamers Club nieet near Oakland.

The painless elimination of hu-
man kidney stones has been
brought nearer as the result of
research announced by scientists
at the University of Illinois, but
in Ann Arbor a University Hospi-
tal physician warned that the day
may still be a long way off.
Dr. Richard Thirlby of the Uni-
versity Hospital Urology Clinic
claimed that many such discover-
ies have been made in recent years
and that he doesn't believe that
the complete answer has yet been
HE SAIDTHAT similar methods
of dissolving kidney stones have
been worked out by doctors in
other- cities. He added that the
University Hospital seldom uses
any of these methods.
The Illinois researchers said
they had discovered three dif-
ferent ways of dissolving the
stones in rats. They prove tht
stones, once formed, can be
made to disappear without sur-
Law School
Told by Dean
Dean E. Blythe Stason of the
Law School was featured on this
year's first meeting of the Michi-
gan Crib Club at the League with
an informal discussion on admis-
sion into the Law School and a
pre-legal program.
Dean Stason explained to the
gathering of pre-law students the
details of the new "integrated"
program, which is replacing the
old curriculum this year. Students
currently enrolled in the combin-
ed curriculum may continue, but
no newones will be accepted, he
THE INTEGRATED program calls
for entrance into Law School after
three years in, the literary college,
as did the conbined curriculum.
However, the' student must then
spend four years in Law School
under the new program, as com-
pared with three years before..
During this time, the student
takes the equivalent of a semes-
ter's work in literary college in
addition to his Law School cours-
es. In this way he earns both a
B.A. and a law degree, Dean Sta-
son declared.
He pointed out to students not
wishing this special program that
the Law School will accept almost
any undergraduate degree for ad-
mission to the regular three year
law course. However, he did re-
commend that prospective lawyers
choose other fields than music and
physical education for undergrad-
uate study.
Dean Stason .listed economics,
English, history, math, science,
and political science as especially
fruitful fields for pre-law students.
He urged that snap courses, new
or partially developed courses,
and subjects of. a vocational na-
ture be avoided.
Francke Elected
President of APA
Don E. Francke ,chief pharma-
cist at University Hospital is the
new president-elect of the Ameri-
can Pharmaceutical Association,
Robert P. Fischelis, the associa-
tion's secretary, has announced.
Francke received the bachelor of
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gery, and new stones prevented,
according to an Associated Press
One method; with rats, is to
boost the urine output four fold.
Another makes the urine acid. The
third cuts down on the amount of
magnesium in the rats' food. All
succeed about equally, researchers
THE STUDIES were aimed at
getting rid of dangerous kidney
stones in humans without surgery,
although the rat methods may not
apply to humans. One treatment
-drinking more fluids to make
more urine-is being tried on hu-
mans now.
X-rays indicate that the
stones in one man's kidney are
getting smaller, or have disap-
peared, the story said.
Kidney stonesrare made of cal-
cium, magnesium and other chem.-
icals forming hard deposits in the
kidneys, blocking the urinary tract.'
They may grow large or there may
be scores of little ones.
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the Illinois scientists have experi-
mented with 4000 rats, studying
how stones formed can be dis-
Tiny flat pieces of zinc are put
In the rats' bladders, and these
may serve as seeds for the
growth of stones. In four to six
weeks, the rats alomst always
develop stones of various s*i%,
some quite large.
Sometimes, pieces of the stone
break off, forming daughter stones
that also grow larger.
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BUT STONES do not form in
rats who drank great amounts
of sugared water daily for six
weeks, so that their urine output
was four times greater than nor-
The big water intake also dis-
solved stones in rats which al-
ready had them. This was dis-
covered by letting stones de-
velop, taking them out and
weighing them, and then put-
ting then back into the same
rats before letting them drink
.lots of liquid.
Making the urine more acid, by
adding ammonium chloride to the
rats' food, did the same thing.
Formed stones dissolved in most
cases, or stone formation was pre-
vented. The stones kept growing
in the rats which did not get the
acid treatment.
CUTTING DOWN the amount
of magnesium in the rat's food
had similar results.
This experiment was tried
when chemical tests showed that
the stones in the rats were al-
most entirely of magnesium
ammonium phosphate.
Humans get several different
chemical types of stones and they
are often of a mixed type. But it
is known that humans excrete al-
most as much magnesium in their
urine as calcium.
New experiments are being
started on guinea pigs and dogs
which get stones of different
chemical types. This may throw
more light of the cause and treat-
ment of human stones. The work
now is being supported by a grant
from the U.S. Public Health Ser-
The Illinois researchers used the
bladders of rats in their studies be-
cause the rat kidney is impossibly
small for such experiments. But
there doesn't appear to be any
real difference in the mechanism
of stone formation in the two
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W A R D A N G E RkS R E M 0 V E D- A shell-enrusted
E N V0Y T0S Y RIAmine is hoisted onto a pontoon under guidance of an Italian "frogs.
-cavendish W. Cannon (above) man" during hazardous.work of demining waters around Trieste.
bassador to Yugoslavia, has been
Nominated by President Truman .
as U. S. Minister to Syria. ' :::; .li *

VISITOR IS W E L C O M ED -Archduke Stefan, of
Austria, a student at Malvern, Pa., Prep School, meets some of the
players on Nw "American in Paris" set during visit to Hollywood.


W A T E R W O M A N - Theodora Lynch Getty, actress and
wife of oil millionaire J. Paul Getty, moves a load of empties
in her water-from-Texas bottling plant at Burbank, Cal.


-The corselet theme is inter-
preted by Lilly Dache in a strap)-
less evening bodice of black and
white checked damask sprinkled
with gold sequins.

M. P. WITH A PRO B L E M - Ernest ° Marples,
Member of Parliament, inquires of a London policeman the loca-
tion of a parking space for bicycle he rides to House of Commons.

P nA, n tth R.tih Navv's VR nIane which was showm at

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