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Yates Writes, Collects Detective Fiction
By VERNON NAHRGANG
As an Ann Arbor high school
youth, Donald A. Yates, '51, of the
Spanish department, worked in a
local bookstore for a book an hour.
His collection of books grew and
his taste turned to detective fic-
tion. This month a large part of
his collection is ' on view on the
main floor of the general library.
Most of the books on display are
first editions. "Where along the
line I got the idea I wanted first
editions, I don't know," Yates
said, "but I got the collector's
hug, and good."
One -day Yates was looking
around the shelves in the base-
ment of the bookstore where he
worked. He was coming down a
ladder from a row of musty vol-
umes when his eye caught a row of
white spineshe had not noticed
one of them was slightly pink,
and he read the title, The Roman
Hat Mystery, by Ellery Queen.
"I closed my eyes," he said
reverently. "I knew that when I
opened them I would look at the
base of the book's spine. If it
said 'Stokes,' it. might be the first
edition I wanted." It said "Stokes."
Yates wiped his hands clean and
carefully took the book down from
the shelf. He knew that if it was
the first edition, the back of the
title page would say nothing but
Nothing but '1929'
He turned the pages sllakily.
His heart-leaped when he saw the
back of the title page. It was com-
pletely blank, except for the date
at the very bottom, "1929."
"I'll always remember the day I
found that Roman Hat Mystery,"
Yates said thoughtfully. "I nearly
had heart failure."
Unable to control his emotions
at the time, he told everyone of
his 'find. As a result, the store
owner charged him $1.25 for the
book. Yates had been paying only
50 cents for his books.
Pursuit Leads To Travel
In later years, his pursuit for
first editions of detective fiction
took him to many cities and made
him many new friends.
Whenever he took a trip, he
visited the bookstores. When he
went into the Army, he shopped
Fellowships for study in Israel
and Brazil are open to University
graduate students for the coming
The - research fellowship for
study in Israel includes free tuition
at the Hebrew University in Jeru-
salem, the Hebrew Technical In-
stitute or the Weizmann Institute
of Science and a stipend of nine
hundred dollars to cover mainte-
nance and incidentals.
The Brazilian fellowship for
graduate study and research at
the University of Sao Paulo is
offered to a graduate student hav-
ing a good knowledge of Portugese
or other Romance languages.
Both fellowships require a bach-
elor's degree from a recognized
American college or .university;
demonstrated academic ability and
capacity for independent study
and good moral character, person-
ality and adaptability.
Applications for both fellow-
ships may be secured from the
United States Student Department
of the Institute of International
DONALD A. YATES
... on the shelf, a pink spine among the white.
OWOSSO M - Anton Cech
parked his car in the wrong
place at the right time and got
a $10 motor tuneup free. Re-
pairmen found Cech's car in
the parking space of the motor-
ist who had ordered the work
and tuned it up. They discover-
ed their mistake when the
motorist called to ask why his
car hadn't been fixed.
Band To Give
Feature of the Eleventh Annual
Midwestern Conference on School
Vocal and Instrumental Music will
be a public concert by the Uni-
versity Symphony Band at 8:30
p.m. today in Hill Auditorium.
Directed by Prof. William Revelli,
director of University Bands, the
group will have as its guest con-
ductor Ralph Herman, noted
At present an arranger,hcom-
poser and conductor with the
American Broadcasting company,
Herman attended Juilliard School
of Music and studied composition
with Vittoria Gannini. His career
in New York includes membership
with NBC orchestra under Arturo
Toscanini, with Paul Whiteman's
orchestra, arranger for Percy Faith
and Andre Kostelanez and an en-
gagement as an arranger, com-
poser and conductor by the Na-
tional Broadcasting Company.
Conducts Own Compositions
Herman will conduct the sym-
phony band in a group of his own
compositions including "Concerto
for Band" which will receive its
premiere performance on this oc-
casion. The other two are "Over-
ture, The North Sea" and "Ballet
for Young Americans."
The latter number includes sec-
tions entitled "Day Dreaming,"
"First Driving Lesson," and "Prom
Assistant conductor George Cav-
ender will direct the opening num-
ber of the program, "The Band-
stand, Hyde Park" by Wood. This
will be followed by Bach's "Pre-
lude and Fuguedin D Minor" with
Also featured on the program
will be "Italian Sketches" by Gal-
lois. This colorful suite is one of
those all too rare works written
expressly for band. The three
movements include "Part of the
Countryside on a Donkey," "Noc-
turne," and "The Grape Festival."
Other numbers are "Allerseelen"
by Strauss; "March for Band, Opus
99" by Prokofieff; "Elsa's Proces-
sion to the Cathedral" by Wagner;
"Jericho" by Gould; and "The
Skyliner, Concert 'March" by Al-
The concert is-open to the pub-
lic without charge.
around the quaint "treasure-fill-
ed" stores in Richmond, Va.
As his interests broadened, the
Massachusetts-born Yates turned
to Latin American detective fic-
tion. Work of this type published
south of the border is usually
translated from English or French.
There are, however, some Latin
American writers, but in order to
have their work published they
used to take English pen-names.
Many of these people baffled
Yates in his research until he came
across a short anthology of Latin
American detective stories by an
Argentinian, Rodolfo J. Walsh.
Walsh was of great help to
Yates, and, as the correspondence
between the two grew, Walsh sent
Yates one of his stories which the
latter translated and had pub-
lished in a mystery magazine.
Aficionados Form Company
This led to the formation of a
company, the New World Literary
Agency, with representatives in
Detroit (Yates) and in Buenos
Yates sends American stories
south to be published in Argen-
tina and Walsh sends Latin Ameri-
can stories north.
"We're just feeling our way
around down there to see how it
goes," Yates explained, telling of
the progress of the company. "If
we 'could only get a name writer
to give us his stuff, we would be
His interest in Latin American
mystery works led to the writing
and future publication of an arti-
cle, "Spanish-American Detective
Fiction," for The Modern Langu-
Yates Is Holmes Fan
But wherever there are detec-
tive fans, there must te a Sherlock
Holmes fan. Yates is no excep-
He belongs to the Amateur M\/en-
dicant Society of Detroit, which
takes its name from one of Dr.
Watson's offhand remarks about
a case once solved by Holmes.
Yates, a 25-year-old family-
man, who occasionally writes for
The Daily, wrote "A Fine Illumi-
nation on the Lucca Code" for his
initiation into the Holmes society.
In this paper he offered an ex-
planation for a puzzling happen-
ing in one of the Sherlockian
Featured in the exhibit in the
general library is a collection of
Holmes books, three cases of Ellery
Queen's works, a case of Latin
American fiction, another of auto-
graphed books and several cases
of historically important detective
In addition to the mint copy of
The Roman Hat Mystery, Yates
also has first editions of Dashiell
Hammett's The Maltese Falcon,
which he calls one of the most
important works, and A. Conan
Doyle's The Hound of the Basker-
International Center Head
To Leave on World Tour
By CATHARINE RAMBEAU
Dr. James M. Davis, Director of
the International Center, leaves
Sunday on the first lap of an
extensive world tour.
The purpose of the trip, Univer-
sity-sponsored under a grant from
the Rockefeller Foundation, is to
strengthen the University's inter-
national program. Dr. Davis will
discuss this with alumni of Amc--
can universities who have return-
ed to their native countries,
Flying first to Hawaii via Chi-
cago and Seattle, Dr. Davis will
travel from there to Japan, Korea,
Formosa and China. While in
Tokyo, he will meet with the
University's President, Harlan
Hatcher, Dean G. G. Brown, of
the Engineering School, Prof.
Wyeth Allen, Chairman of the
Department of Industrial Engi-
neering, and Regent Charles S.
Kennedy, who will then be in the
last stage of their present trip to
the Far East.
Plans Tour of India
During February, the agenda for
the brisk and business-like pro-
fessor will include brief visits to
Malaya, Siam and Ceylon, as well
as a thorough tour of India. The
following month he plans to visit
universities in the Middle East,
Greece and Italy.
During his visits to foreign coun-
tries, Dr. Davis will confer with
members of the faculties and ad-
ministrative staffs, especially at
those schools interested in pre-
paring students for further study
in the United States.
In April, a great deal of Dr.
Davis's time will be spent in Ger-
many, with side trips to France,
England, and the Scandinavian
Has Two Duties
"Two important duties of my
trip," he said, "will be to investi-
gate our student exchange pro-
gram with the Free University of
Berlin for possible revision or ex-
pansion, and to try and work out
a closer relationship for the Uni-
versity's educational participation
in Indonesian schools."
During his trip, Dr. Davis will
visit and speak to Michigan Clubs
in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Manila
and Tiapeh, Formosa, and to "less
Open Wednesday and Saturday
organized clubs, such as those in
Bangkok, Baghdad and New Del-
hi." In preparation for his trip, he
has sent letters to Michigan alum-
ni, telling them of his visit to their
countries, and asking to meet them
again while there.
On April 26, after visiting more
than 25 countries, Dr. Davis will
return to Ann Arbor where he will
resume his duties at the Interna-
tional Center, and perhaps lecture
on what will have been an in-
formative and exciting tour of the
The European Traveling Seminar
is sponsoring a special tour abroad
for journalist students.
The tour next summer covers
nine countries in which interviews
are arranged for the students with
cabinet members, newspaper cor-
respondents, members of parlia-
ments and important figures in
industry, art and science.
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VII to St. Bernard of Clairvaux with
Special Reference to the Schism of
1130," Fri., Jan. 13, 3615 Haven Hall, at
1:00 p.m. Chairman, P. A. Throop.
Second Laboratory Playbill at 8:00
p.m. today in the Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre, auspices of the Department of
Speech. All seats reserved at 3 5c each.
spreading the News by Lady Greg-
ogy, and The Apollo of Bellac, by Jean
Giraudoux, presented today at 3:15 p.m.
in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre in a
freshman Laboratory Playbill, Depart-
ment of Speech. No admission charge.
The following school will have a
representative at the Bureau of Ap-
pointments to interview teachers for
positions starting Sept., 1956.
Mon., Jan. 23:
Manhasset, New York (Five Suburban
Long Island Districts)--Teacher Needs:
Counselor (Senior High); Adult Edu-3
cation (secondary); English (secondary;
Junior High Core; Math and Science;o
Intermediate Grades; Boys Physical Ed.1
(Senior High); Girls Physical Ed (Jun-
ior High); Home Economics; Librarian;
Speech and Dramatics (Senior High).
For additional information and ap-
pointments contact the Bureau of Ap-
DAILY OFFICIAL BULLETIN
pointments, 3528 Administration Build-
ing, NO 3-1511, Ext. 489.
PERSONNEL INTERVIEW :
A representative from the following
will be at the Engrg. Placement Office:
Tues., Jan. 17:
Eberle M. Smith Associates, Inc., De-
troit, Michigan-B.S. in Mech., Ind.,
Elect., Civil, Chem. E. or other pro-
grams interested for Office Design and
Field Supervision, Temporary or Per-
manent. Including Foreign Students.
For an appointment contact the
Engrg. Placement Office, 347 W. .,
U.S. Civil Service Commission is again
giving the Federal Service Entrance
Examination, which fill various posi-
tions on the trainee level including
hte J. Mgt. Assistant and Jr. Agricul-
tural Assistant positions. The exam
will be given on Feb. 10, 1956 and appli-
cations must be in by Jan. 19, Wed.
Positions are in such fields as: general
admin., library science, bus.ad., com-
munications, production planning, per.
sonnel, statistics, budget mgt., investi-
gation, transportation, information and
records, economics and other social
sciences, agriculture, biology, forestry,
genetics, bacteriology, marketing, horti-
culture, zoology and entomology.
For further information and for ap-
plication blanks contact the Bureau of
Appointments, 3528 Admin. Bldg., Ext.
As Forum Topic
A panel discussion and open
forum on counseling will be held
at 7:30 p.m. February 23.
Sponsored by the Literary Col-
lege Steering Committee, the title
of the conference will be "The
Undergraduate's Education: Whose
Responsibility, Student or Coun-
The program will begin with a
short panel discussion presented
by two faculty members and stu-
dents. Following the panel, the
open forum will be held.
The location will be announced
at a later date.
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ALLTHE PLEASURE COMES THRU...
Men's Suits ... Topcoats ... Sport (oats
Now in progress
Tabbed the 'greatest of all Michigan swimming teams,' the
1935 Wolverines were loaded with stars-and they showed their
mettle in five record-shattering performances in a dual meet in
Iowa City with the Hawkeyes.
In 1935, breaking three minutes in the 300-yardmedley re-
lay was considered about as possible as the four-minute mile. The
old record for the event-3:03.4-had stood for six years since
Northwestern set it. But the Michigan team of Jack Kasley (breast
stroke), Taylor Drysdale (back stroke), and Ogden Dalrymple
(free style) wasn't impressed by the record book that day.
First Drysdale, a constant record breaker, sped the 100 yards
of his leg in 61.8 seconds, a superlative time at that date. Then
Kasley, with a perfect start, butterflied his way to a 64.2 breast
stroke leg, bettering unofficially the, American record by nearly
a second. Dalrymple finished up with a 53 flat free style effort
and the men of Mann had a new American and Intercollegiate
record in their collective pockets. The time was 2:59, a full second
below the mythical impossible.
With the improved butterfly breast used to perfection, Kas-
ley hung up another pair of records over the Iowa City course with
time of 2:26.2 for the 200-yard breast stroke. The old American
mark of 2:29.2 by Yale's Walter Savell went down the Iowa
pool's drain. So did Savell's intercollegiate mark of 2:29.
The Wolverines weren't through yet. Highland Park's Tay-
lor Drysdale decided to get into the act. The soft-stroking Wol-
verine negotiated the 150-yard distance for the supine event in
1:38.1, as he glided to the new intercollegiate mark. The old
mark, sunrisinnlv enoh was by Drysdale himself--n 1 :3A
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