THE MICHIGAN DAILY
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1950
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Boy Snatches Reptiles,,
Leaves Zoo by Streetcar
Filler Prevents otential Blazes
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PHILADELPHIA - IP)) - The
city's zoo recovered two of its
prize snakes, spirited away from
their cages by a teen-age boy who
took them home under his sports
under his jacket, and hitch-hiked
More daring still was the sec-
ond foray. Taking advantage of
the relative quiet of lunchtime
at the zoo, the boy crept
through an unguarded doorway
THIS IS THE story they heard to a cage housing a three-feet
from a much-chastened culprit: long, two-inches thick emerald
The boy, on one of his frequent boa constrictor, not poisonous
visits to the reptile house, detect- but a furious biter when arous-
ed an unlocked cage. Inside was ed.
a four-foot ball python--so called The admiring boy unloopedthe
because it rolls up when tired or boa from a branch and thrust it,
frightened. The boy pulled the as he had the python, under his
python from its cage, stuffed it jacket.
FOR BETTER QUALITY
300 S. Fif th Ave.
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By PAUL MARX
A lot of people are kept from
getting hot and bothered because
of the work of Edwin Tucker.
Tucker, a University plant de-
partment employee, is charged
with the job of keeping the fire
extinguishers in campus buildings
in perfect working order-all
11,000 of them.
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EXTINGUISHERS hang on
walls and generally are never
given a second thought by most
people until someone cries "fire"
or Tucker pulls up with his ex-
presswagon and. equipment to
give them their annual checkup.
The expresswagon which
Tucker carries his equipment in
is a miniature chemistry labora-
Four types of extinguishers are
serviced by Tucker, each of which
operates on a different chemical
principle. The most common ex-
tinguisher utilizes water and
pressure produced whenbaking
powder and sulfuric acid are
MOST OF the extinguishers
used in University buildings are
the new cardon dioxide type. Of
the 4,500 of this type on campus
the greatest number are used in
the Chemistry Building, to which
Tucker is diverted from his regu-
lar route almost daily in order to
do emergency refills.
There are also 4,000 carbon te-
trachlorides and a small number
of foamite extinguishers which
require a special chemical mix-
"Never has one of my' ex-
tinguishers refused to work in
the pinch," Tucker said pride-
fully. However, sometimes peo-
ple get so excited when there
is a fire that they don't know
what to do with an extinguisher.
"One woman once cussed me out
because an extinguisher wouldn't
work when she needed it. But
she was so excited she forgot to
tip the thing so the acid could
react with the baking powder," he
Tucker, the fire extinguisher
man, also has to play detective
occasionally to catch people who
are fond of squirting water.
"Right rw there's a gang of
boys at niversity High School
who every so oftenstake an ex-
tinguisher off the hook and shoot'
the thing all over the walls. The
janitor and I are working on the
case and we expect to apprehend
the culprits soon."
CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind.-(IP)
-More than 17,000 soldiers will
leave Camp Atterbury Dec. 22-23
in "operation jinglebells," head-
quarters of the 28th Infantry Di-
The mass movement will be
completed in nine hours. The sol-
diers will be on Christmas leaves
of four, five, nine or ten days. A
dozen special trains, 60 buses, 40,
planes and more than 1,700 private
automobiles will be used.
About half of the men will be
going to Pennsylvania, the divi-
sion's home state.
Bring Quick Results
Fails To Lure
The lure of California roses and
sunshine is apparently not strong
enough to get most University
students to Pasadena New Year's
With little over 1000 student tic-
kets ordered, it appears that the
bulk of Rose bowl cheering will
be done in the easy chairs by the
family radios or TV sets.
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A SPOT survey of sororities, fra-
ternities and dorms has revealed
thatathe main reason for thestu-
dent lack of traveling ambition is
a corresponding shortage of funds.
But other students have made
previous unbreakable holiday
plans, have arranged to see oth-
er bowl games, or just aren't too
interested in taking the journey.
When asked if the Bowl bid had
changed her vacation plans, Carol
Caldwell, '52, came out with an
emphatic, "Not mine." Shortness
of time, lack of money, and the
great distance involved were her
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.Makes a Perfect Gift!
Give electrical gifts.
The H. P. JOHNSON CO. has the
largest stock of the finest inelectrical
appliances, clocks,, and radios. Ask about
our layaway plan.
P Johnson Companq
TIE GENERAL * ELECTRIC STORE
It's Christmas Time
STAEB & DAY
BELTS-SUSPENDERS EVENING HOURS
SPORT COATS BEFORE XMAS
RAINCOATS Monday, Dec. 18
WARM JACKETS Wednesday, Dec. 20
GOLF JACKETS Open 'til 9:00
ALL Gi FT5 APPROPRIATELY BOXED
THE DOWNTOWN STORE FOR MICHIGAN MEN
jI taw &
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309 SOUTH MAIN STREET
RAMSAY-CANFIELD has a com-
plete selection of stationery and note
paper; There is stationery for men.
stationery for ladies, and stationery for
children too! In many colors and styles.
119 East Liberty
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By VERNON EMERSON tuation, they are similar to
As Dec. 25 approaches, the Christmas letters that have
little-used mail bouch marked been written for years.
"North Pole" becomes packed Most of the boys request foot-
tighter and tighter. balls and boxing gloves, and the
As happens every year, children
throughout the nation are pen- dirls, hcuses and bugavorites-
ning letters to the Northland tell- li have been a good girl and
ing Santa what good boys and want a doll that says mama and
girls they have been during the sucks her thumb," one letter
year, and listing gifts they want im
the jolly good el to bring them said.
on his annual visit. T, - T T1--T-- . i. s-
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ACTING as the mail man's
helper a local toyshop owner has
placed a huge mailbox in hisa
window for Ann Arbor children
to place their letters in.
Generally written or printed
in a large scrawl, ignoring any
rules of capitalization or punc-
A BIG FAVORITE for both
sexes are Hopalong Cassidy out-
fits, although one young man be-
trayed the cause of youth by re-
questing a Roy Rogers suit.
One of the letters, which
noted that a mother was doing
the writing, included in the list
a refrigerator and stove.
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MUSICAL GIFTS under $50
RADIOS-ALWAYS WELCOME................FROM $21.95
LP PLAYERS .................... . .......... FROM 12.95
CHANGERS ........:.... ....... * . , , ... . FROM 17.95
TELEVISION STOOLS ................................ 9.95
SHEET MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Beautiful Gifts CALENDARS
SCOTTIE for 1951.
(made Gin Italy) assorted colors
SALT '_a ".
and PEPPER TOTTIE TWINKLETOE PHOTO ALBUMS
SHAKERS $1.25 up
(Largest assort- HOLLYWOOD Large selection
ment in town) DOLLS
Colector's Items This famous collector's
$1.00 up doll now with moving eyes.
Many different dolls and each wnl
Here is the place to get
the whole family gifts
that will be appreciated!
BOOKS AND SCORES
BOUND SCORES ............... ............... FROM
CERAMICS WITH MUSICAL MOTIFS
UKELELES-INSTRUMENT OF THE YEAR .....,f..... FROM $4.95
DAVID HALL RECORD GUIDE .. ...............:........ $5.00
RECORDS .................... ............. FROM 49c
LONG PLAYING RECORDS .... FROM $2.85 SINGLES TO $25 SETS
Investigate our LETTER-TO-SANTA Service.
You maybe too big to write a letter to Santa but our clerks will take
down your want list, show it to your friends, and cross off the records as
And GIFT CERTIFICATES may be obtained in any cimount and
used' for anything in the store.