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Animal Suspects Get Rabies Inspection


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A steady stream of dogs, cats,
ad cattle-nearly 300 annually-
ave been entering the Univer-
ty's Pasteur Institute to under-
o inspection for rabies.
The Pasteur Institute, one of
he first of its kind, has been per-
)1rming this public service ever
nce it was first established in
903. Since that time, innumer-
ble animals have been investi-
ated for conspiracy to carry, or
ctually carrying, rabies.
* * *
PROF. W. S. Preston, head of
he Institute, explains that about

80 per cent of animals rounded
up are dogs. Cats and cattle trail
in second and third place, Wild
animals are also occasionally ex-
amined. But no humans were
Dogs, cats, cattle and what
have you, are constantly being
referred to the Institute by
county departments of health
and by individual veterinarians.
A most important principle in
the control of rabies is the con-
finement and observation of the
suspect over a two week period.
If the first examination indicates

'Chorines' Sweat It Out as
Opera Auditions Reach End

Union Opera audition directors
have apparently had their last
ympathetic smile.
After watching the final bunch
)f dance tryouts squirm and kick
hrough a rhythmic routine, audi-
ioners decided last night that they
aad enough good men to choose
* * *
SOME 100 tryouts have come
o the third floor of the Union this
week to show off their varying
degrees of skill. Only 32 will be
asked back, half for a dancing
chorus and half for a singing
"It's not hard to choose them,'"
professional director Bill Hol-
brook commented. "You mere-
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ly ,show them a simple dance
step and then just watch how
quickly - and smoothly -they
pick it up."-
Several dozen of the dancing
hopefuls went through their final
paces last night, while singing
auditions will probably be con-
cluded today.
A BIG third floor meeting room
was the scene of yesterday's dance
girations. At one end was veteran
Opera music composer Hal Singer,
'52, who repeated some catchy
strains from a song called "Exactly
Like You" until it sounded like a
Director Holbrook stood at the
center, bouncing and. kicking
with ease and precision. Flank-
ing him were the grim-faced,
sweating tryouts, some showing
much grace and coordination
andothersstumbling about in
frank confusion.
After each group finished, Opera
general manager Gene Overbeck
dismissed a few tryouts with a
final "sorry" and told the others
they would be notified of their
fate by telephone.
Overbeck and Holbrook expect
to make their final chorus se-
lections this weekend, while the
play's lead roles should be filled
by the first part of next week.
Then rehearsals will immedi-
ately get underway, leaving about
five weeks to get the show in shape
for its production March 28, 29
and 30 in the Michigan Theatre.
Meanwhile, Opera executives are
nearing a decision on what to call
the musical comedy. They expect
to release a name within a few
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a positive diagnosis of rabes, the
Pasteur treatment is administered
to the person bitten, Prof. Preston
pointed out.
* * *
HOWEVER, IF the preliminary
result is negative, he continued, a
further check is made by inject-
ing a suspension of brain tissue
from the suspected animal into
guinea pigs to determine whether
they develop the disease.
This double check is made
because in the early stages, the
disease is difficult to detect, and
the use of laboratory animals
insures that no mistakes oc-
At present, the Pasteur Insti-
tute is a part of the department
of Bacteriology and located in the
East Medical Building.
WHEN IT was first established,
the Institute manufactured the
vaccine for treatment as well as
doing diagnostic work and treat-
ing patients. The preparation of
vaccine has now been taken over
by the Michigan Department of
Health, but the Institute con-
tinues in its other capacities.
The University Institute is now
supplemented by two other lab-
oratories in the State, namely the
State Health Department's lab-
oratory in Lansing and the Her-
man Keifer Hospital laboratory
in Detroit.
While the University serves the
southern part of the state pri-
marily, occasional calls for aid
come from other areas.
County Asks
For 'Defense
Area' Label
The possibility of a critical
housing shortage caused by an in-
crease in activity at the Kaiser-
Frazer Willow Run plant and the
construction of a "mystery proj-
ect" in Sylvan township has
moved the Washtenaw County
Planning Commission to request
recently a "Defense Area" desig-
nation from the federal govern-
If granted, the designation will
allow for a liberalization of credit
for building and permit the ship-
ment of critical building material
into the area.
The prospect of a shortage of
housing is considered "serious"
by members of the planning com-
mission and they intend to act
on the matter swiftly.
"Every other major defense
production area will be after the
same designations," commissioner
John Meadows warned.
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Papers, Books Tell Story
Of State,, School's Growth

CROWDED INTO a six room
suite in the basement of Rack-
ham Building can be found a vivid
reflection of Michigan and Uni-
versity history-the books, papers,
sity history-the books papers,
and manuscripts which make up
the Michigan Historical Collec-
There, neatly piled, stacked, or
in.display are thousands of items
which provide a cross-picture of
the growth of both the State and
the University.
* * * '
ALTHOUGH anything histori-
cally siginificant is collected,
manuscripts and printed mater-
ials are the Collection's specialty.1
More than 600,000 papers, rang-
ing from th8 personal notes and
diaries of great men of Michigan'
to ledgers of business enterprizes
and to the more minor but hum-j
anly siginificant letters of un-
known citizens can be found
within its rooms.

Among the manuscripts are the
diaries and papers of Rev. John
Monteith, first president of the
University. His entire library col-
lections is also preserved for fu-
ture reference.
A recent addition to the Col-
lections resources is the mam-
moth collection of the personal
papers of Chase Osborne, one-
time Michigan governor. This
single group of papers consists
of 600 boxes of correspondence,
275 scrapbooks, and 75 thick
letter press books.
Many oddities are also display-
ed at the Collections. One of these
is a ledger of a general store in
Marshall, Mich. The inside of the
book had been cut out by the pro-
prietor who cagedly used it to
bank money and important pa-
pers in the store.
* * .
PAINTINGS OF Michigan per-
sonalities or works of native ar-

PRIVATE BANK-Mrs. Patricia R. Sterling, Research assistant,
pulls out a $2 Bank of Washtenaw bill from the day-book bank of
a Marshall general store. The proprietor of the store set this book
on the shelf with his other ledgers, stuffed it full of bills and
notes, and thus protected himself from any robbers who might
have invaded his property.
Story by Donna Hendleman
Pictures by Daily Staff Photographers

* * *


Sports Tonight
I-M Bldg. officials are again of-
fering an athletic solution for the
problem of what to do on that
weekend date.
i'onight at 7:30 they will in-
augurate another semester of Coed
Athletic nights at the I-M Bldg.
All University students and faculty'
members have been invited to en-
joy, along with their female
friends, the facilities of the well
equipped athletic plant.
* * *
TONIGHT'S AFFAIR will be the
first of a regular series of nights
during the semester. Every Friday
night that the building is otherwise
unoccupied, the doors will be
thrown open to both male and fe-
According to Dave Edwards,
'52E, I-M junior manager, to-
night's program will include bad-
minton, handball, paddle ball,
squash, volleyball, gymnastics and
The idea of a coed night was
introduced several years ago, and
according to Edwards has been
very successful. Between 200 and
300 people generally attend. Ad-
mission is by ID card only.
Edwards felt that badminton
and swimming rate as the most
popular coed sports, but added
that many females have also
shown interest in the manly sport
of trampolining.
State Asks AA
Speed Change
The Ann Arbor Police Depart-
ment is in disagreement with the
State Highway Department about
the speed limits on certain state
trunkline routes in outlying Ann
Arbor, police officials said yester-
The State would like to increase
the present speed limits as much
as 10 or 15 miles per hour. But Ann
Arbor Police Dept. reportedly feels
that the present limits are high
enough as they are and would even
like to lower the present 35 MPH
limit on Stadium Blvd.
State highway officials are
working on an agreement that
would be acceptable to both par-

tists dot the walls of the several
rooms, and many small items,
such as the fan of Ann Allen, one
of the women for whom Ann Ar-
bor was named spark the exhibi-
tion cabinets.
The main purpose of the Col-
lections is to assemble materials
so that they can serve as an in
formation center for Michigan
Anyone seeking information
about Michigan is free to use
the extensive research facilities
of the Collections. Graduate -&
and undergrad students, his-
torians and other scholars, wri-
ters, State officials, and teach-
ers are among the many who
take advantage of its ifne fa-
Information can be obtained
either by going to the reading
room, or by writing to the Col-
lections. The books and papers
are all catalogued in the Univer-
sity general library and someone
is always on hand in the Collec-
tions rooms to aid information
* * *
"WE TRY to provide all the in-
formation we can," Prof. F. Cle-
ver Bald, assistant director said.
"But occasionally we do meet with
an impossible request."
One such request was recent-
ly received from a young school
boy who had been assigned to
write a paper on Michigan
"Please send me everything you
have on Michigan history," he
Pamphlets and Universty News
Service releases are also used to
disseminate information. Several
boolkets based on Collections ma-
terial have been published, and
News Service releases spread no-
tices throughout the State regu-
THE Michigan Historical Col-
lections were started fifteen years
ago, when Prof. Lewis Vander
Velde, now chairman of the his-
tory department, obtained a grant
to initiate a collecting program.
When the first material was as-
sembled, it was moved into one
room in Clements Library, and
the Collections were born.
Prof. Vander Velde was ap-
pointed Director of the new
undertaking, and has held that
position ever since. Two as-
sistants helped with the enter-
Quickly outgrowing its first
quarters, the Collections were
soon moved into three rooms in
the Rackham building. Now, with
six rooms, the voluminous amount
of collected items are again
crowding the alloted space.
The staff has grown along with
the collected items, and the Col-
lections currently have six full-
time and two part-time workers.
The Collections items come to
rest in the establishment through
a variety of ways. Workers often
ferret out wanted items, traveling
miles for a scrap of paper.
Or many people, realizing the
historical value of an article,
will it or send it to the Col-
lections. Alumniare particular-
ly active contributors, accord-
ing to Prof. Bald.
A good many items have been
dug out of the bottom of long-
forgotten trunks, or have been
found in hidden crevasses of old
houses, Prof. Bald sadi.
And the Collections are always
looking for new items to add to
their now extensive store. "All
our space is filled now, Prof. Bald
sai,d "but we'll continue to ac-
cept anything historically valu-
able, even if we have to set up a




RESEARCH FACILITIES-Robert Ackerman, Grad, takes advan-
tage of the numerous documents and papers in the Historical
Collections to collect information for a research project. The Col-
lections have more than 600,000 manuscripts and papers as-
sembled in their library and stock rooms in Rackham building.

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' MONTEITH BELONGINGS-Prof. F. Clever Bald reads part of
the diary of Rev. John Monteith, the first president of the Uni-
versity. The diary -is resting on the Reverend's traveling desk. The
little drawer in the desk was a secret compartment in which Rev.
Monteith kept money for charity, emergencies, and runaway

A CENTURY OF GROWTH-Miss Ida Brown, Assistant Curator,
examines the Michigan state manual of a hundred years ago.
Underneath it is last year's manual. Off to the side is the Uni-
versity general catalog and register. The three big volumes are
for the year 1948-49; the small pamphlet carries similar informa-
tion for 1848-49.

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