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NATURE PLAYS HAVOC:
Flood, Drought Hit Iowa,
Colorado Area Crops
By PAT ROELOFFS
Special to The Daily
DENVER - Mother Nature is
playing havoc with crops through-
out the mid Midwest this summer.
Thirty foot floods caused by
torrential rains in almost the
whole state of Iowa are ruining
farmers' hopes of a near normal
In Colorado, the worst drought
in a decade is causing major
alarm, especially in the eastern
half and Denver areas.
Light winter snows and less than
two inches of total rainfall this
summer have caused grazing lands
in, eastern Colorado to turn into
miles of dust dunes. Daily dust
storms have caused some farmers
to leave the state for less parched
lands in Texas or Kansas.
Hay Crops Lost
A total loss of mountain hay
crops has been reported by ranch-
ers in the Denver area. Only a
small crop of grazing land hay is
CHICAGO A - The nationwide
air raid test alert June 14 showed
weaknesses in several siren alarm
systems in Illinois, Gen. Robert
M. Woodward, state civil defense
director, reported Monday.
Woodward reported to the Fed-
eral Civil Defense Administration
in Washington that the exercise
generally was successful both in
performance and in uncovering
le said the aircraft warning
alerts were received by all coun-
ty sheriffs within three minutes
from the time the Air Force gave
the first signal. The state police
radio network flashed the signals.
"Unexpected results of high ex-
cellence were attained by the ama-
teur radio operators throughout
the state," Woodward said. "This
reserve of communications sourc-
es, operating at no cost, ivill al-
ways form a valuable asset to
Woodward said the role of sirens
in spreading the warning will re-
quire further study. He added:;
"The siren is an alarm for per-
sonnel in the outdoors.
expected according to agriculture
experts in the area.
Crop losses have caused much
alarm among cattle ranchers who
fear that unless some drought re-
lief through an immediate hay
buying program is had, huge foun-
dation herds will begin liquidating
in early July.
The hay buying program, favor-
ed by farmers throughout the
drought area, according to a poll
conducted by the Rocky Moun-
tain Farmer's Union, would entail
purchase of hay from favorable
areas at a reasonable price.
A good number of farmers have
also agreed that a state hay buy-
ing program in cooperation with
the Federal Government, with
coming from both sources, would
reduce delay in the drought battle.
Colorado's cowboy Governor
Dan Thornton fears the govern-
ment hay buying project would
border on socialism.
In the cities, a restriction on
use of water for watering lawns
and gardens has been enforced,
with fines up to $100 resulting if
residents do not comply with wa-
tering-hour rules. City parks are
gradually turning brown as a re-
sult of constant 90-100 degree
Farmers in the little populated
eastern wastelands of the state
watch western skies constantly in
a hope that the daily accumula-
tion of black clouds will mean rain.
As a weatherman puts it, how-
ever, Colorado clouds are only
teasers, and little hope for a quick
end to the drought is in sight.
.Lydia Courte Sets
A weekly meeting of the Cercle
Francais, to be held at 8 p.m. to-
morrow in the Hussey Room of
the League, will feature a recital
by pianist Lydia Courte.
Mme. Courte, wife of the Stan-
ley Quartet's violist Robert Courte,
will presen tworks representative
of French piano literature. Includ-
ed in the program are selections
by Courperin, Faure, Debussy and
Prof. James O'Neill of the ro-
mance languages department will
describe the cultural background
of the music performed.
The concert is open to the public
and free of charge.
ment of a form of hydrocorti-
sone that can be injected di-
rectly into a vein for fast emer-
gency action was announced
The Upjohn Co., which de-
veloped the product, said many
clinicians have requested the
hormone in such fofn to com-
bat adrenal gland failure or
shocklike states resulting from
severe injury, emergency sur-
gery, overwhelming infection
or acute allergic drug reaction.
Direct injection into a vein
provides much swifter action
than when it is injected into a
muscle or taken in tablet form.
Short Story Teaching
"Teaching the Short Story" will
serve as the center of a panel dis-
cussion, part of the conference
series for English teachers, at
4 p.m. in Auditorium C, Angell
Prof. Donald R. Pearce of the
English department, Olga Persch-
bacher of Union High School in
Grand Rapids, Clara Laidlaw of
Michigan State College and Palmer
C. Holt of Benton Harbor High
School will lead the discussion.
Research Professor Emeritus E.
E. Dale of the University of Okla-
homa history department w ill
speak on "Australia: Observa-
tions and Impressions" at 4:15
p.m. in Auditorium A, Angell Hall.
Prof. Hans Kurath of the Eng-
lish department and editor of the
Middle English Dictionary and the
Linguistic Atlas will talk on "Some
Problems in the Methodology of
Area Linguistics" at 7:30 p.m. to-
day in Rackham Assembly Hall.
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English Loan Words in Spanish
"The Phronology of English Loan
Words in Spanish," a talk by Prof.
Lawrence B. Kiddle of the Spanish
department, will continue the Lin-
guistics Institute series at 12:10
p.m. in the League.
Prof. Clyde W. Dow of the Mich-
igan State College Communication
skills department will speak on
"Trends in Graduate Research in
Speech" atr3 p.m. in Rackham
The speech assembly is spon-
sored by the speech department.
Near East Lecture
Prof. Robert J. Braidwood of
the University of Chicago Oriental
Institute will discuss "The Back-
ground of Civilization in the Near
East: The Terminal Food-Gather-
ing Stage" at 4 p.m. in Auditorium
B, Angell Hall.
The talk is part of the Near
Eastern Lecture series given under
the auspices of the Near Eastern
Lois Gauger, Grad., will give a
piano recital at 8:30 p.m. In Rack-
ham Assembly Hall.
Her program will include Mo-
zart's "Sonata in A Minor, K. 310,"
Schumann's "Carnival, Op. 9" and
Kane To Perform as Gravedigger
By SUE GARFIELD '
Whitford Kane, eminent Shake-
spearean actor and lotIg-time fa-
vorite with the Department of
Speech summer theatre audiences,
has returned to Ann Arbor to play
his most famous role: the First
Gravedigger in Shake-
Under the direction of his life-
long professional friend, B. Iden
Payne, Kane will play in "Hamlet"
tomorrow night through Saturday
in the first of the speech depart-
ment summer play productions in
the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater,
T h e Irish-born actor-director
started his stage career at the turn
of the century in England repertory
companies. Since then he has
played the role of the FirsthGrave-
digger with more than 20 of the
greatest Hamlets in the last 50
Buried 35 Ophelias
In a recent interview Kane spec-
ulated that he must have buried
more than 35 Ophelias in his pro-
fessional acting career. The numer-
ical discrepancy can be explained
by the fact that few Hamlets re-
tained the same Ophelia for any
length of time.
"Shakespeare, like acting, has
always been a kind of disease with
me," commented Kane. "In my
early days on the stage, whenever
I saw a new 'Hamlet' announced
I always rushed to see it-I had
to see every one," he said.
Kane's prize possession is a set
of handsomely-bound "Complete
Works of Shakespeare," first owned
by his actor-cousin, Hugh Kane,
in 1857 in Belfast, Ireland.
He has seen well over 40 Ham-
lets play the top tragic role, a-
mong whom have been Osmond
Tearle, Godfrey Tearle, the Irvings,
Forbes-Robertson, F. R. Benson,1
Martin Harvey, William Mollison
and John Barrymore.
According to the actor-director,
in the old days when "Hamlet"
was announced for production, it
simply meant that someone was
going to play the part. The in-
terest centered entirely on whether
it would be a good or bad indi-
However, "in the early 1920's
when the staging was changed
from the old 'over-elaboration' to
the 'near-modern' simplicity of to-
day, the whole company went into
an uproar," said Kane.
The modern Elizabethan stage
in Lydia Mendelssohn Theater al-
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ing presented in partial fulfillment of
the requirements for the Master of Mu-
Clements Library. Rare astronomical]
General Library. Women as Authors.'
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. Egyp-
tian Antiquities-a loan exhibit from
the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New
Mchigan Historical Collections. The
University in 1904.
Museum of Art. Three Women Paint-
Square and Folk Dancing. Everyone
welcome. Tonight. Lane Hall, from 7:30
until 10:00 o'clock.
Lutheran Student Association-Tues-
day evening discussions 7:30 p.m. at the
Center, Hill and Forest Ave. Prof. Ger-
hard Lenski, Dept. of Sociology, will be
the speaker this week-"The Relation-
ship of the Home and the School."
Departmental Play, auspices of the De-
partment of Speech. HAMLET, by Wil-
liam Shakespeare. 8:00 p.m., July 7-10,
Lydia Mendelssohn Theater.
As Well As I
By BAERT BRAND
A charge that "the American
people sit down each day to a
feast of news and arise ill-nour-
ished" was leveled against news
media by Barry Bingham in a
July article of the The Quill, a
magazine published by Sigma Del-
ta Chi, National Journalism Fra-
Bingham, editor of the Louis
Courier-Journal, said that there are
54,000,000 newspaper subscribers in
the country, along with 110,000,000
radios and 27,000,000 television
sets churning out mammoth por-
tions of news to the public daily.
Although in this paradise of in-
formation we are exposed more
than ever before to news of hap-
penings all over the world, he
added we have no great under-
standing of what those happenings
Bingham cited evidences of pub-
lic ignorance revealed by the Gal-
lup Poll on news events.
"In the fall of 1951, the name
of Dean Acheson seemed to be
on everybody's lips," he stated.
"Yet Gallup found in October of
that year that 34 per cent of hte
public could not identify Acheson."
Other figures revealed by the
Gallup questioners show that in
1951 again, 45 per cent of the per-
sons asked were not familiar with
the phrase "cold war." And in
1953, after three years of the Kore-
an War, 56 per cent could not
identify Syngman Rhee.
"We can blame part of our
troubles on the times in which we
live," Bingham declares. "The
modern American who wants to be
well-informed needs to be a sort
of combination of Leonardo da
I To Explain
Vinci, Benjamin Franklin and Al-
This offers a grave challenge to
the press because a democracy
such as ours can succeed only
when it rests on a base of informed
public opinion, he says.
Two Solutions Suggested
Bingham suggested two main
ways of meeting this challenge to
One is to revive the editorial
page which, he says, is not read
as widely as it once was.
The other way, Bingham pro-
posed, is to develop the interpreta-
tive news story.
Two events will highlight the
Woman in the World of Man lec-
ture series tomorrow.
Dr. Joseph M. Lubart of the Co-
lumbia University Psychoanalytic
Clinic will speak on "Emotional
Growth and the Family" at 4:15
p.m. in Auditorium A, Angell Hall.
A panel discussion on "Patterns
of Today's Family Dynamics" will
take over the spotlight in the eve-
ning session beginning at 7:45
p.m. in Auditorium A, Angell Hall.
On the panel will be Prof. Ro-
bert C Angell of the sociology de-
partment as moderator; Prof. Mor-
ris Janowitz of the sociology de-
partment; Alice K. Leopold, Di-
rector of the Women's Bureau of
the United States Department of
Labor; Dr. Ralph D. Rabinovitch,
Chief of the Children's Service of
Neuropsychiatric Institute; and
... famed Shakespearean actor who "buried" 35 Ophelias
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lows for a cut in playing-time, to
two-and-one-half hours, without dis-
carding any of the characters,
"Payne is directing the play so
that the speeches, entrances and
exits almost overlap, leaving out
many of the unnecessary pauses,"
From watching and participating
in the rehearsals, Kane feels that
Nafe Katter, Grad., as Hamlet,
and Richard Burgwin, Grad., as
Claudius, do an extremely profes-
sional job in portraying their re-C
spective Shakespearean charac-
ters, although "the whole cast is
Kane's first Shakespearean en-
gagement was in 1900 at the The-
ater Royal, Darlington, England.
His starting success was Galswor-
thy's "Strife" in the Repertory
Theatre in Manchester, 1907.
"Payne gave me more help there
than anyone else ever has," he
commented. Prior to the First
World War, they were together in
Chicago at the Goodman Memorial
Played in "The Critic"
In 1915 the Shuberts produced
'U' Quartet t
First program in its summer ser-
ies of concerts will be given at
8:30 p.m. today when the Stanley
Quartet plays in Rackham Lecture
Members of the Quartet are
Prof. Gilbert Ross, violinist; Prof.
Emil Raab, violinist; Prof. Oliver
Edel, violoncellist; and Prof. Ro-
bert Courte, violist; all of the mu-
The group will play Beethoven's
"Quartet in D major, Op. 18, No.
3," Raymond Chevreuille's "Quar-
tet No. 5," and Beethoven's "Quar-
tet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131."
The program is open to the pub-
lic without charge.
The Quartet will perform con-
certs later in the month in Grand
Rapids and Flint.
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Richard Brinsley Sheridan's "The
Critic" with Payne and Kane in
the cast. "The Critic" will be pre-
sented on the Department o f
Speech summer playbill, July 28-
31, with Payne playing his famous
role of Mr. Puff.
Another success for the Payne-
Kane team came with Harold
Brighouse's Irish play, "Hobson's
Choice," which has just been re-
leased in a motion picture version
with Charles Laughton and John
Local play production audiences
raved about Kane's roles in the
productions of "The Pigeon," "Ju-
no and the Paycock," "Excursion,"
"The Shoemaker's Holiday," "Old
Town" and "Excape" in the late
1930's and "The White Steed" in
Since then Kane has toured with
the Katherine Hepburn production
of "As You Like It" and has ap-
peared in numerous movies and
Individual tickets for "Hamlet,"
which will start at 8 p.m. tomor-
row in the Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre, may be purchased from
business manager Bruce Nary in
the box office from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. They are priced at $1.75,
$1.40 and $1.
Season tickets for the four pro-
ductions of the speech department
are $6, $4.75 and $3.25.
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