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WEDNESDAY, OCtt illt 20,1954


-Daily-Dick Gaskill
Looker Keeps City Records;
Directs Election Procedures

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Keeper of the city records and
clerk to the city council.
These are just part of the duties
of Fred J. Looker, Ann Arbor city
clerk. He also is responsible for
getting election machinery roll-
ing for the Nov. 2 election and
keeping records of various city
To Looker, a native of Ann Ar-
bor, this adds up to a job he loves.
He has worked as part of the city
administration since 1929, when
he was appointed assistant to the
Government Service
Reviewing his life yesterday, he
said that he is a product of the
local school system, being a grad-
uate of Ann Arbor high school, al-
though he did not attend the Uni-
versity. He saw service as an Army
'Caine Mutiny'
Play Coming
This Week-end
Hill Auditorium's stage will be
converted into a courtroom when
the 18-member cast of "The Caine
- Mutiny Court-Martial" steps in
front of the audience at 8:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday.
Starring Paul Douglas as Capt.
Queeg, Wendell Corey as attorney
for the defense, Lt. Barney Green-
wald, and Steve Brodie as Lt.
Steve Maryk, the mutineer on trial,
the production has been directed
by Charles Laughton and produced
by Paul Gregory.
The full-length play is based on
the court scene from Herman
Wouk's Pulitzer Prize novel.
Tickets for the production may
be bought from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
today and tomorrow, and 10 a.m.
to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
at the Hill Auditorium box office.
Second balcony seats are priced
at $1. Other tickets are $2.50 and
Spanish Club
Sociedad Hispanica is sponsoring
a "reunion" from 8 to 10 p.m. to-
night in the Michigan Room of the
The program will feature an ex-
cerpt from a movie, a talk by Prof.
Anderson Imbert of the Spanish
department, songs, and dances.
The movie excerpt is from "Cap-1
tain from Castile," and deals with I
Cortez' advance on Mexico City.

private during World War I, tak-
ing part in several battles and see-
ing much of Italy, France and Bel-
gium during his two and a half
year hitch in the armed forces.
In 1929, Looker first entered
city government when he became
asistant to the treasurer.
Since 1949, however, his title has
been City Clerk. In his busy office,
bustling with'the activity of sev-
en full-time employes, city records
are filed, checks are made out and
the million and one odd jobs of his
position are performed.
Registration Work
Although much of his work is
assigned to deputies, Looker at-
tends the monthly city council
meetings in person, recording the
minutes of the session. At pres-
ent, his office is being kept busy
filing voters' registration cards.
Voting machines must be set up
by his staff, he said, while all the
voting paraphernalia must be
brought together. Being respon-
sible for mailing absentee ballots
to Ann Arbor residents who will
be out t town during the coming
election, Looker's staff has sent
353 of them through the mails so
"Elections are the most inter-
esting part of my work," he con-.
tinued. "We have our highest
amount of contact with the gen-
eral public during this period.
Election Merry-Go-Round
"Elections brjng us a lot of
work," Looker said. "Each Decem-
ber we pull out the cards of local
residents who haven't voted dur-
ing the past two years. Two
months later the February election
is upon us. After that election we
have to do the same work with
non-voters which we did in De-
cember, and so it goes."
Switching to his off-duty hours,
he commented that he has en-
gaged in sports very little during
the past three or four years. "I
used to do some target shooting,
but not lately," he said.
"And occasionally I used to
'play at' golf," he added, but re-
fused to comment on his scores in
that sport.
As to the University's relations
with the city, Looker said that the
two groups have "no troubles with
each other. We get along fine," he
When asked for his opinion on
Ann Arbor's outstanding improvi-
sation, the genial city clerk said
that he thought it was the park-
ing system which pays for itself
through revenue bonds. "Ann Ar-
bor pioneered in this field," he
pointed out.-

New Works
Now Shown
At Clements'
Two historical works based on
mnaterials from Clements Library's
vast collection of rare books and
manuscripts are now on view at
the library as well as some of
their original sources.
Both works were done by mem-
bers of the history department.
Prof. Verner W. Crane's work is
titled "Benjamin Franklin and a
Rising People." The title of Prof.
William B. Willcox's book is "The
American Revolution" which was
Sir Henry Clinton's account of that
war, and is being published today.
Clinton was the only commander-
in-chief on either side of the Revo-
lution to write a history of the
war. It has remained unpublished
until now.
Taken From Manuscript
The narrative, covering Clinton's
campaigns from 1775-1782, was tak-
en from the Clinton manuscript
and papers belonging to the Clem-
ents Library.
Other articles on view include
one of Clinton's memorandum, with
maps of a plan to stop Washing-
ton by giving battle at Mt. Holly,
New Jersey in 1778. There is also
the notebook of intelligence reports
kept by Major Andre for Clinton.
After the British defeat at York-
town in 1781, a great public com-
plaint revealed a controversy be-
tween Clinton and Cornwallis and
the exhibit includes three books on
the subject: a correspondence be-
tween the two, and a narrative by
Clinton and a reply by Cornwallis.
Stedman History
A history of the war by C. Sted-
man so provoked Clinton that he
filled the two-volume work with
critical marginal notes and later
gathered these criticisms and is-
sued them as a pamphlet called
"Observations" on the Stedman
history. A copy of each may be
seen in the showcases.
In reviewing Prof. Crane's short,
critical biography, in the Saturday
Review, J. H. Powell calls him
"our leading Franklin authority."
Among Franklin's letters in the
show are some on parliamentary
legislation affecting the colonies,
a collection on American politics,
1769-1774, copied into a notebook for
presentation to George III. Given
to Lord Germain, it came to the
Library with the Germain papers.
Franklin's Letters Shown
Letters on peaceful negotiations
between Britain and the colonies,
and two letters to the press, writ-
ten anonymously but identified as
Franklin's by Prof. Crane, are on
A copy of "The Cato Major,"
1754, often consideredathe finest
example of Franklin's printing, as
well as a 1744 print made by
Franklin of Indian treaties may be
An inte'resting feature is the
passport Franklin printed for Col.
Josiah Harmar who brought the
ratified copy of the peace treaty
to the United States in 1784. While.
the American Minister to France,
Franklin had set up a printing
press at Pussy.
The Clements Library is open
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to,
5 p.m.
'U' Receives Fund
For Cancer Study
A memorial fund of $1517 hon-,

oring the late Dr. Helen F. Price
is to be turned over to University
officials for use in cancer re-
Dr. Price, a former Health Serv-
ice doctor, made the request that1
the money be used for cancer re-1
search several days before her
death on July 9.

Buckets bearing this motto will
be seen around the University
campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to-
day and tomorrow signaling the
opening of the World University
Service Bucket Campaign.
WUS, an international volun-
tary service organization, operates
a program of material assistance
and world-wide education to aid
needy students and professors.
Students and faculty contribu-
tions will support improvements in
student lodging and living, health
programs, refugee services, pro-
grams for increasing international
understanding and provision of
educational equipment.
At the University, WUS receives
the support of 40 organizations,
including housing units, sororities,
fraternities, religious groups and
the service fraternity Alpha Phi
Conducting fund raising drives
in more than 700 American cam-
puses, WUS in the United States
is sponsored by B'nai B'rith Hil-
lel Foundations, the Newman
Club Federation, National Stu-
dent Foundation, United Student
Christian Council and the stu-
dent divisions of the Protestant
Doris Harpole, staff advisor and
program assistant for Lane Hall
through which the annual drive
is directed, commented, "We have
received wonderful cooperation
and support from campus organi-
zations in recruiting volunteers
for the bucket drive."
Michigan's WUS committee
headed by Edna Carlson, '56, in-
cludes Joanne Clark, '56, Harriet
Lehman, '57N, Ulrich Curtius,
Doris Harpole, DeWitt C. Baldwin
and Marilyn Francis, '57.
Four projects have been adopted
by the local central committee.
Contributions collected will be di-
vided among them. The first pro-
ject is sending a $3,500 prefabri-
cated student center to Haifa,
$1,750 is needed to provide a TB
clinic, x-ray examinations and
health education at a WUS-sup-
ported health center at Aligarth,
India. Text books and lab equip-
ment totaling $2,500 will be sent
to Korea and $5,000 will aid a
study-travel program in Africa.
Last year WUS sent a prefabri-
cated housing unit to Cairo to be
used for a new student center and
sent $15,000 to Korea for the pur-
chase and renovation of a build-
ing to be used as a student hostel
accommodating 100, with the aid
Union Resells
5'70 Tickets
Approximately 570 tickets for
the first two home football games
were resold through the Michigan
Union ticket resale service, ac-
cording to Mark Gallon, '56, stu-
dent services committee chairman.
"We found buyers for all tickets
turned in for resale through this
Union service project," Gallon
Tickets for this week's game
may be turned in at the Union stu-
dent offices any day from 3 to 5
p.m., for resale in the Union lobby
from 9:45 a.m. to noon on Satur-
Reservations for tickets cannot
be taken, Gallon said, and student
tickets cannot be resold. Tickets
for other home games may also be
turned in at any time, according
to Gallon, for resale the day of
the game.
Regular prices are charged for
all tickets.




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of the United States Air Force
and UNKRA.
Other WUS achievements in-
clude sending new shipments of
drugs and medical supplies to
Burma and Korea, as well as com-
pleting construction of the first
student sanatorium for tubercular
students in Japan.
WUS succeeds two related or-
ganizations, the International Stu-

dent Service and World Student
Relief which were terminated in
1950. ISS was founded after
World War I to aid students and
professors at war-devastated uni-
versities in Europe.
In the United States WUS suc-
ceeds World Student Service Fund
which was created in 1937 to meet
student needs resulting from the
Japanese-Chinese war.

Story by Mary Ann Thomas
Pictures by Dick Gaski l

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