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Zeisler Writes History for Hobby
By CATHARINE RAMBEAU I .,rs:.r::.....:,:...: :......:.....::::: ::

Almost any afternoon Prof. Karl
Zeisler can be found typing in his
Mason Hall office.
The journalism professor is prob-
ably working on his hobby-com-
piling a history of Monroe County.
Prof. Zeisler is a Michigan grad-
uate, transferring here in his so-
phomore year from Michigan State
Normal College in Ppsilanti. Ma-
joring in English with a history
minor, he spent his free time
working for a campus magazine,
"Chimes was being published at
about the time the New Yorker
and Time became popular," he
said. "We tried to imitate them
both. The Board in Control of
Student Publications decided to
abolish it, but they relented."
The magazine subsequently de-
veloped into a tabloid-fold Sunday
supplement, somewhat like the
same section in The Daily now.
During his three years 'at Michi-
gan, Prof. Zeisler was a free-lance
correspondent for- outside papers
and in his senior year was campus
correspondent for The Detroit Sat-
urday Night, a weekly which "dis-
continued publication" a year lat-
After graduation jobs were hard
to find-but he wasn't interested
in one at the moment. He and
two of his companions from the
Chimes staff had wanted to go to
the West Coast and get jobs on
newspapers there. They started
out in an old car, but went broke
in South Dakota. Qetting jobs in
a logging camp there, they earned
enough money to get them to
There, the three split up, Prof.
Zeisler taking a job with Hearst's
International News Service. His
first beat covered the state capi-
tol, police department, city hall
and the courthouse.
Young Editor
Eventually all three Chimesmen
got to California, Prof. Zeisler
working for a paper in San Jose.
But West Coast salaries were low,
and he drifted back to Michigan
in 1927, to work as editorial writ-
er for the Pontiac Daily Press. He
was the youngest person in the
state holding that job at the time.
Three years later he moved on
to become managing editor of the
Monroe Evening News, remaining
there until 1946, when he started
free-lancing non-fiction magazine
"I had no idea of teaching until
1947, when the G.I. bulge hit the
University," Prof. Zeisler said. At
that time the department was bad-
ly understaffed, and several news-
High Schools Hold
Debate Clinic Here1
More than 450 debaters from
44 high schools in Michigan will
attend a debate clinic at the Uni-
versity tomorrow.'
Sponsored by the speech depart-
ment, the all-day program inl
Rackham Lecture Hall will feature,
a debate in the morning.1
The debate topic will be "Re-
solved: That the federal govern-
ment should guarantee higher ed-
ucation to qualified high school
students by means of annual
grants to colleges and universi-
ties. "
The afternoon will be devoted
to debating techniques which will
be evaluated after a demonstra-;
tion debate by University varsity;


papermen were offered teaching
positions here. Prof. Zeisler taught
editorial writing alternate semes-
In the summer of 1952, follow-
ing the death of Prof. Donal
Haines, Prof. Zeisler was asked to
become a regular member of the
staff, teaching editorial and feat-
ure writing, and a course on the
community newspaper.
Background for Novel
Aside from his work on Monroe
County's history, he is furnishing
factual background for a historical
novel which will be released some
time next year.
Prof. Zeisler has toured this
country and Canada extensively,
and has visited"many of the Carib-
bean islands. He did free-lance
work in Mexico while vacationing
there with his family.

-Daily-Dick Gaskill
... journalist-historian
The professor was "pleasantly
surprised" when his daughter Ka-
therine decided to major in jour-
nalism. After serving as Daily
Women's Editor and receiving her
degree here, she worked as society
editor of the Wyandotte News-
Herald. His son Jim, an Antioch
graduate now stationed at a Colo-
rado Army base, "is more inter-
ested in architectural design than
in journalism."
Of the University School of
Journalism, Prof. Zeisler-says: "Al-
though the department here is the
only one with which I have had
extensive contact, it has a high
reputation for turning out stu-
dents with a broad background in
the field. The emphasis is on jour-
nalism as part of the liberal arts
program, rather than as a craft."

For his singing of "A Little
Bit of Heaven," a University
alumnus won first place on the
Arthur Godfrey television show
last Monday.
Frank Porretta, '52, lives in
Detroit. He was a pupil of Prof.
Harold Haugh of the music
'Young Lists
Civil Service
Exam Date
The first Federal-Service En-
trance Examination for college
seniors and graduates who want
a career in the federal govern-
ment is open now, Philip Young,
chairman of the United States
Civil Service Commission has an-
Applicants have until Nov. 18 to
file for the first written test to
be given Dec. 10 on campus, he
The new program will be per-
manent with examinations plan-
ned .periodically as Federal per-
sonnel needs require it. Job offers
can be made by Federal Agencies
to persons passing the examination
once their names become available
on the lists of eligibles early next
Application forms and announ-
cements are available at the
Bureau of Appointments, 3528 Ad-
ministration Building.
Positions for management in-
ternships or career training for
selected people are also available.
Prospective applicants should
take this first examination since
these names will be the first on
the list for job priority.
Initiates Dine
In League
Beta Alpha Psi, National Ac-
countinig Honorary Fraternity, in-
itiated new members at a dinner
meeting last night in the League.
Harry Prevo, a member of a
Detroit accounting firm, was the
principal speaker.
Initiates include: Lorne Norton,
Stuart Scheifele, '56 BAd; How-
ard Siegel, '56; Arden Field, '56
BAd; Frederick Keywell, '56; John
L. Nequist, '56 BAd; Frederick W.
Bernthal; Ralph Goodwin; Hadly
Schaefer, '55 BAd; Edmond Cohn,
'56 BAd; Terance Adderley, '55
BAd; Gerald Roes, '56 BAd.
Officers for the year are: presi-
dent-Lee Abrams, '57L; vice-
president-Tom Turner, '55 BAd;
secretary-treasurer-James Bull-
ock ,'55 BAd.
Faculty advisor is Prof. Samuel
Hepworth, school of business ad-
IFC Tryout
Meeting Today
According to Bob Winebaum,
'56, IFC Pres., there will be an In-
ter-Fraternity Council tryout meet-
ing at 4:00 p.m. today in Rm. 3K
in the Union.

CAIRO W)-When Joseph was
in Egypt in biblical times, this
country enjoyed seven fat years
followed by seven years of famine.
Egyptians today still live in
dread of such a feast-or-famine
cycle. Some years the Nile is too'
low for sufficient irrigation.
Other years the river is too high,
and floods wreck the countryside.
Joseph stored up ample stocks
of grain in the good years. Modern
Egyptians intend to settle the
problem of fickle waters by build-
ing a 300-million-dollar dam 600
feet high and 4,000 feet long tour
miles south of the present Asswan
Dam in upper Egypt.
The military regime of Premier
Gamal Abdel Nasser expects it.to
provide an economic revolution
greater than the political revolu-
tion brought about by the over-
throw of King Farouk.
The dam will add two million
acres of cultivable land, almost a
one-four increase in the total cul-
IBlossey Giveni
Big Ten Post
Bob Blossey, '56 BAd, was elect-
ed chairman of the executive
committee of the Big Ten Unions.
The annual conference of the
Unions was held October 14-16 in
Madison, Wisconsin. Blossey is ex-
ecutive secretary of the Michigan
Also attending the conference
were Union representatives Harlan
Givelber, '57, and Russ McKennan,
'57E. Ricky Erskine, '57, Mary
Slawson, '57, and Ursula Gebhardt,
'157, represented the League at the
Cousins Will
Lecture in
Rackham Hall
Norman Cousins, editor of "The
Saturday Review" will speak at
10 a.m. today in the Rackham
lecture hall.
Addressing the Michigan Asso-
ciation of Junior Colleges, Cousins
will talk on "The Information
Crisis in America."
Recently he returned from his
fourth world-survey tour visiting
Asia's principal theaters of news:
Saigon, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Singa-
pore, Hong Kong and Bandung,
where he attended the Asian-Afri-
can conference.
Chairman of the Connecticut
Fact-Finding Commission on Edu-
cation from January, 1949 to Jan-
uary, 1951, Cousins received the
annual Tuition Plan award of the
educational writers of America for
the 'ear's Outstanding Service to
American Education.

tivated area of Egypt. Increased
land area is desperately needed in
this country whose population has
grown from three million in 1830
to 22 million today.
The dam also will provide elec-
tric power for developing industry.
Until now, the country has been
almost totally dependent on agri-
The dam also is linked to the
problem of Arab refugees uprooted
from their homes in the Palestine
Sen. George
Asks Pledge
From China
WASHINGTON )--Sen. Walter
F. George (D-Ga.) said Wednes-
day that before the United States
agrees to a high-level conference
with Communist China, the Reds
should "make a public pledge to
give up the use of force in any
settlement of the Formosa issue.,
Sen. George, chairman of the
Senate Foreign Relations Commit-
tee, laid down two other condi-
"The Chinese Communists first
should release the American pris-
oners they have promised to free
and they should give some ac-
counting of the more than 400 sol-
diers who remain unaccounted for
after the Korean War."
Last July 24, when Sen. George
suggested a meeting to be held be-
tween Secretary of State John
Foster Dulles and Chinese Pre-
mier Chou En-lai, he did not
propose any specific conditions.

Plan Huge Dam to Control Nile

If completion of the dam assures
Egypt's own people an adequate
supply of water, it will be possible
to channel water from the Nile
to the barren Sinai Peninsula,
where the United Nations is will-
ing to finance settlement of some
50,000 refugees.
Financing remains a major
problem standing in the way of
building the dam, and here Soviet-
American rivalry in the Middle
East has shown up again.
When the plan first was drawn
up, it was assumed Nasser would
look to the International Bank
for Reconstruction and Develop-
ment for financing.
Recently the Soviet ambassador
in Cairo, Daniel Solod, has hinted
to Egyptian authorities that Rus-
sia was interested in lending help
on the project. Obviously, which-
ever foreign power finances a pro-
ject so vital to Egypt's economy
will have a decisive economic foot-
hold here.
There is one hitch before any
action on conserstruction can be
taken. The Sudan controls Upper
Nile waters. Egyptian-Sudanese
talks so far have failed to produce




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CHICAGO (M)-Handpicked de-
tectives yesterday made a door-to-
door search for clues in the slay-
ing of three boys.
Meanlwhile a scientist deducted
the youths had been given savage
beatings by two or more grown
The task force of officers hunt-
ed in the area where the victims-
Robert Peterson, 14, John Schues-
sler, 13, and his brother, Anton,
11-vanished Sunday night.
A pair of blue jeans, ripped at
the seam as if they had been torn
off, were found in a vacant lot
about a block from the spot where
the three youths stepped off a bus
at 9 p.m. Sunday.
Detectives Roy Hauser and Rob-
ert Ladko said the jeans could
have fit any of the young victims.
They were wearing jeans Sunday,
but their bodies were naked when
they were found Tuesday in the
Robinson woods area, four miles
west of Milwaukee Avenue in Chi-
cago's Northwest Side.
Police planned to show the
jeans to the parents of the boys
to see if they could identify thm.
Dr. Jerry Kearns, coroner's
pathologist who studied the bodies
said he figures the boys were kid-
naped by two or more sadists-
persons who take an abnormal de-

light in cruelty-and the young
prisoners had put up a terrific
"It could not have been done by
boys their own age," Dr. Kearns
said. "I believe two or more men
might have done it."'
He reported he had found 10
cuts which rached to the skull,
and other more shallow wounds on
young Peterson's head.
Dr. Kearns said the Schessler
boys had been beaten, probably
with fists, on the face and fore-
-head, and the younger brother had
been punched or kicked -in the
chest or stomach. All the victims
also had been scratched, possibly
by fingernails.
The medical scientist said he
believed the youngsters had been
hauled into a car by two or .more
men and impressions of a floor
mat on one body indicated the
struggle began in the auto.
A force of 50 officers joined in
the canvass of the Milwaukee
Avenue district where the boys
vanished into the night. They
carried photographs of the boys.
The searchers were directed to
make inquiries at every house and
to look into sheds, gardges, yards,
vacant fields and even sewers.

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