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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Sunday, February 26, 1956

Sunday, February 26, 1956

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NEW YORK

You Stand in Times Square
And Wait for the World To Go By

Daily-John Hirtzel
NEW YORK: more of everything
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By LOUISE TYOR
Daily Associate. Editor
0 THE VISITOR, the three{
words New York City connote
rushing crowds of people, blind-
ing, flashing lights, taxi-cabs
driven at break-neck speed and
unintelligible accents.
He has come to New York
mainly for entertainment and
shopping, and with the precon-
ceived notion that the city is a
rude and impersonal colossus.
When he leaves it, he does so with
the socially-accepted comment that
New York is "a wonderful place
to visit, but I'd hate to live there."
He has seen the neon signs, the
museums, Fifth Avenue by day,
Broadway at night. He has en-
joyed the crowds - which were
more a part ,of his pre-New York
conception of New York than an
actuality - but he will tell the
folks back home that they were
dreadful.
He has hurried from theater to
theater in order- to "take in" as
many shows as possible and has
stood in front of the New York
Times Building waiting for the
world to go by.
And thus he has seen New York.
He hasn't thought about why he
liked it, but he did, and there is
something. about the city which
will draw him back again.
PERHAPS the reason behind her
appeal is that New York is
America's common deniominator.
New Yorker Louise, .mayor
write about her city with more
respect than the rhetropolis is
generally treated to. The ar-
ticle shows the life behind the
"rude and impersonal colossus."

She has the historical atmos-
phere of Boston, but with a de-
cided difference, for atmosphere is
only a part of New York's charm,
but almost all of Bostdn's.
She takes the metropolitan aura
of San Francisco and makes it
cosmopolitan. She has the sweep
of .Los Angeles without it's sprawl-
ing unevenness. She has the big
city flavor of Chicago, but on a
grand, and far-reaching scale.
She is a bit of the best, and the
worst, of every city, combined
with a unique personality of her
own which makes her distinctive
in herself.
AND while the outsider senses
the paradox of individuality
and universality, only the New
Yorker can fully appreciate it.
For the New Yorker, as part of
the city, sees all aspects of it--
there is so much more to it than
lower Fifth Avenue and Broadway
that the sight-seer never has a
chance to appreciate.
NEW YORK itself is composed
NEW
of five boroughs-Manhattan,
The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and
Richmond. Each has a govern-
mental set-up of its own, butto-
gether they make up New York
SCity.
This fact may come as a shock
to tourists who think of New York
as Manhattan only. '
Manhattan's 22 square miles
looks westward to the Hudson Riv-
er, over the Palisades and into New
Jersey; eastward over Brooklyn
and Queens to Long Island and
then the ocean; southward into the
bay; and northward over The
Bronx and Westchester County up
state.
But it also looks down upon
See COMMON, Page 5

By DAVID KESSEL
ONE cold winter day, for reas-
ons which will be made clear,
a small group of reckless wander-
ers, of which I was the unwilling
leader,, decided to travel to Labra-
dor, from Boston.
Labrador is a rather large pen-
insula of land in the northeast sec-
tion of this continent, divided be-
tween Quebec and Newfoundland;
a mountainous region containing
rivers, Indians, Eskimos, and birds
Roads and railways are not eas-
ily found; transportation is there-
fore a problem undertaken only by
the bold and adventurous.
But it must be admitted that
none of these considerations moved
us to explore Labrador. At the
time, January 1950, New England
was immersed- in a severe cold
wave. Temperatures of five be
low zero were not uncommon. Bos
tonians grumbled audibly along
the waterfront and in the shop
about this somewhat unfortunat
climate.
WE were all young and impetu
ous, and' it seemed that we
could combine a natural desir
for exploration with -an irrationa
desire to seek out a really cold
region so that we could subse
David Kessel spent four
pleasant undergraduate years
in the-Boston area at the Mas-
sachusetts Institute of Tech-
nology, during which period the
above incident may very well
have happened.

lay.
quently ignore the relatively mildI
_Boston winter.
The possibility of sailing up
the Atlantic coast to Labrador was
discounted when'it was discoveredr
that most Newfoundland rivers
were frozen solid.
Automobile transportation wast
. the obvious second choice. This
was planned carefully with ade-
quate provisions made for the seas-
onably low temperatures likely to
be encountered.
WE set out first for the city of1
Quebec, in the province of-
Quebec. This is the most north-1
ern point at which the St. Law-
d rence river is conveniently crossed.
The 350 mile journey from Bos-
d ton was made in some 12 hours on
d wretched roads. Portland, Maine,
_ the half-way point, was completely
- snowed in. Waterville, Maine, had
g disappeared under massive snow
s drifts.
e Canadian officials greeted us
warmly, but when informed of our
ultimate goal, suppressed shudders
and gasps only with difficulty.
,e After a quick check on road
e conditions, we pushed along, fol-
.l lowing Route 15 to Baie St. Paul,
d Tadoussac, Seven Islands, and
- Newfoundland..
It must be admitted that, by
the time we reached Seven Islands,
a small village in Quebec com-
posed mostly of ice and snow, the
idea of reaching the Newfound-
land border began to appeal to my
companions with somewhat less
intensity than before. The se-
vere cold together with the high

prices of food and gasoline began
to discourage these unfortunates.
BUT I urged' them on; the
thought of reaching Labrador,
2500 miles from the Arctic circle,
with its frozen plains and moun-
tains, hardy Eskimos and frigid
women, huge birds and primitive
roads had become an obsession.
The frozen Romaines river was
crossed two days out of Quebec.
Here, we lost our automobile and
some of our supplies when a por-
tion of the ice gave way. For-
tunately, a kindly Indian gas sta-
tion owner rented us his jeep with
4-wheel drive and we continued,
The prevailing temperatures be-
gan to drop the next day. At one
time our mercury thermometer
read off-scale, below -30*.
Nevertheless, we drove up the
frozen Romaine River and, at
nightfall, reached the Newfound-
land border. At the sight of the
glorious frozen wastes, we decided
to push on: at least to the Hamil-
ton river.
A T this time, I secretly planned
to convince the others that
we must continue to the northern
tip of Labrador, thence over the
frozen Hudson Straits by dogsled;
and then a dash across Baffin Is-
land to the North Magnetic Pole
on Prince 6f Wales Island. After
that-perhaps a 2000 mile plunge
to the Pole itself.
However cooler heads prevailed;
and after a low that night of -40*,
we regretfully turned toward home.
Difficulty of finding lodgings and

A different slant
on how to travel

food, together with the proble
of maintaining adequate lubrica
tion of the jeep engine decided ti
issue.
After only a five mile penetra
tion of Newfoundland, we returne
to Boston via Quebec and Por
land, Maine.
OUR friends there thawed us 1
their warm fires and listene
to endless descriptions of cold an
snow and ice and sleet. And u
were spared their uninteresting a
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