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Al Townsend, Orchestra
To Play at League Dances
Band To Provide Weekly Entertainment;
Council Also Sponsors Bridge Lessons

Gemologists Reveal
Birthstone Legends

'U' Accepts Kresge Gift for Library


Al Townsend and his orchestra
will provide music for the League-
sponsored all-campus cance to be
held from 9 p.m. to midnight to-
day in the Michigan and Vanden-
berg Rooms of the League.
The dances will be held every
Saturday night on a stag-or-drag
basis, with members of the League
Council as hostesses. The price wil
be 50 cents per person or $1 per
Grad at "U"
Townsend, Grad. at the Univer-
sity, has been a trombonist, bass
man and an arranger for the last
several years. He is now living
in Standish, Mich., where he is
in full charge of all the school
bands and orchestras for the Jun-
ior and Senior High Schools.
In .1946 and 1947 Townsend and
his orchestra, then composed of
different members, played every
Friday and Saturday night in the
League Ballroom for all-campus
dances. The band consisted of 14
Last summer the Townsend or-
chestra entertained an average of
325 patrons per dance in the Ball-
Townsend formerly played with
Gene Krupa and Henry Busse and
their orchestras, and has done ar-
ranging for both men.
He now has his own personal
arrangements, which he is using


for his current orchestra. Vocals
are done by Harley Rex, who also
doubles on tenor and alto saxo-
phone, and the clarinet.
The League dances, held through-
out the year and sponsored by the
League Council, are only a part
of the planned program for Uni-
versity students.
This summer the Council is also
sponsoring bridge lessons, square
and ballroom dance classes and
duplicate bridge lessons each week
for coeds and their dates.



WASHINGTON-A lot of diplo-
mats have been answering queries
about the character, motives and
background of the Republican sen-
ator from California who has given
Eisenhower leadership a more ef-
fective challenge on foreign policy
than Joe McCarthy has on domes-
tic policy. A lot of Americans also
have been asking questions about
Bill Knowland.
The answer is that Knowland is
a conscientious, hard-working, not
overly brilliant senator who almost
nine years ago painstakingly began
working up to the job of Senate
leader. When other senators were
not on the floor, young Knowland-
the watchdog of the Republican
Party-was making sure the Dem-
ocrats got away with nothing.
Knowland is a man of brawn,
not brains; sincere, honest, some-
times mistaken, loyal. If it had not
been for his loyalty, Knowland
might be president of the United
States today.
At the 1952 convention in Chi-
cago, Knowland could have been
the vice-presidential running mate
of the late Senator Taft, which in
view of Taft's death would have
made him president, if the ticket
had triumphed. He also got a
proposition from Taft that if Know-
land would throw the weight of the
powerful California delegation to
Taft, and if Taft did not make the
nomination by the third ballot,
then Taft in turn would throw his
own delegates to Knowland to
make - him president.
Few young politicians have been
so tempted. But Knowland re-
fused. He remained loyal to Gov.
Earl ,Warren of California, also a
candidate for president and the
man who years before had ap-
pointed young Knowland to the
Senate. Knowland did not desert
the man who made him.
Nixon Was Different
Another young Californian did
turn his back on the California
delegation and made a backstage
deal with the Eisenhower forces
to become Ike's vice-presidential
running mate.
Rivalry between these two Cali-
fornians - Nixon and Knowland-
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may partly explain why Knowland
now finds himself challenging the
leadership of his own Republican
President and secretary of state on
foreign policy. There are probably
two reasons for this challenge:
1. Knowland has talked so much
about China that he has come to
believe his own words-always a
dangerous thing for a politician.
2. It happens that Nixon has
been in a backstage conspiracy to
unseat Knowland as Republican
Senate leader and replace him
next year with Senator Dirksen of
Illinois. Already Nixon has talked
to other senators about a plan to
channel Senate-White House prob-
lems through him, not Knowland,
making Nixon the chief contact be-
tween the Senate and the White
Naturally Knowland knows this.
And if he is going to be unseated,
if he has to break with the admin-
istration, he would rather break on
an issue of his own choosing.
Chinese Money Bags
Unlike some senators who got in-
terested in Chiang Kai-shek partly
because of the lush campaign
funds doled out by the China Lob-
by, Knowland got interested in Na-
tionalist China the legitimate way.
It happens that the biggest Chi-
nese population in the U.S.A. lies
in his state-just across San Fran-
cisco Bay from his home town of
Oakland where Knowland's father
publishes one of the most powerful
newspapers in California.
The leaders of San Francisco's
Chinatown have been among
Knowland's biggest backers. Also
officials of the Bank of China.
From this beginning, Knowland got
to know Nationalist China, visited
General MacArthur in Tokyo, talk-
ed to Chiang Kai-shek in Formosa.
To him Nationalist China eventual-
ly became not a campaign issue,
but a religion.
Nixon's Senate election cam-
paign in 1950 was bountifully aided
by Louey Kung, nephew of Chiang
Kai-shek: But Knowland's interest
is based on the crusading convic-
tion that some day Chiang can
stage a comeback, retake the poly-
glot provinces and 400 millions of
the Chinese mainland.
(Copyright, 1954,
By The Bell Syndicate, Inc.)

Many people are not aware of
the deep meaning, background
and legends of the birthstones
they wear every day.
They are familiar to most Am-
ericans as stones for rings,
brouches or other forms of jewel-
ry. Each one has a history of its
own, which gemologists have been
working on for centuries.
The legends of some of the
more familiar stones, one for each
of the 12 months of the year, will
be presented in a series of subse-
quent articles,
January is the month of the
garnet, symbol of constancy. A
stone treasured for centuries for
its dark, fiery glow, the garnet
caught the eye of prehistoric earth
dwellers long before gems were
mined, according to the Jewelry
Industry Council.
Glittering garnet pebbles prob-
ably were the first picked up along
river courses when rushing waters
had loosed them from the mother-
The garnet's history as a ring
stone dates back to the Hellenic
period, about 300 B.C., when plain
metal signet rings gave way to
rings in which the seal was en-
graved on a gem set in a metal
hoop. The garnet was a favorite
stone in the early signet rings.
Ranging in size from tiny
grains of sand to large gems, gar-
nets have been found in every
color except blue. To qualify as
gems worth setting, they must be
of unblemished transparency and,
the red ones must have the glow
of a smoldering fire. According to
the legend, it was the garnet that
Noah used to light the ark.
Like rubies and sapphires, gar-
nets are sometimes starred. The
star of the garnet, however, in-
stead of being six-rayed as in the
sapphire and ruby, usually has
four rays.
February's birthstone, the ame-
thyst, symbol of sincerity, is said
to have been the favorite stone
of St. Valentine. He wore one en-
graved with a Cupid, popularizing
it as a stone for lovers and mak-
ing it particularly appropriate in
modern times as a Valentine's
Day expression of sentiment.
The origin of the amethyst is
set in a colorful legend of repen-
tance, according to the Jewelry
Industry Council. Bacchus, the
ancient god of wine, was feuding
with Diana, goddess of the hunt
and patroness of maidens. Anger-
ed by some mockery of Diana's,
Bacchus vowed to revenge him-
self by sacrificing to his tigers the
first maiden to approach Diana's
It was Amethyst who first ap-
proached Diana's shrine after the
threat had been made. Diana in-
tervened and turned her into a
statue of pure white stone. Re-
penting his cruel intention, Bac-
chus poured a libation of wine ov-
er the statue, turning it a deli-
cate purplish-violet hue.
Worn by the Crusaders, ame-
thysts, as symbols of inner sin-
cerity, were long felt to be safe-
guards against unrest. They are
still traditional in bishop's rings
and appear in the English corona-
tion service and the coronet of
the Prince of Wales.
They are mined in Uruguay,
Brazil, Ceylon, the Urals and Ma-
March is the month of the
aquamarine and the bloodstone,
both symbols of courage.
The aquamarine, a beryl gem
stone related to the emerald, is
the choice of many because of its
clear, blue-green beauty. It has
the depth and tone of the sea wa-
ter and varies in the intensity of
its color, from delicate pale blue
to cool green.
According to the Jewelry In-

dustry Council, the ancients wore
this stone, engraved with the head
of the Sea God, for protection
against the perils of the sea.
These stones are famous for their
versatility and subtlelty of color
and they are often set with dia-
monds for this reason.

The bloodstone, a dark green
chalcedony spotted with red in-
clusions of jasper, is found in Si-
beria and India. Acording to le-
gend, it commemorates the cru-
cifixion, in that, there was a piece
of green chalcedony at the foot
of the cross on which Christ was
crucified. Later, during the middle
ages, the stone was often used for
treatment of blood poisoning and
the healing of wounds.
The bloodstone, as a compan-
ion to the aquamarine, is espec-
ially popular in men's rings and
cuff links and is frequently carv-
ed with a crest or monogram.
The diamond is April's birth-
stone, symbolizing innocence. At-
tributed to the sun as its gem of
light, the diamond inspired even
primitive people to a new belief
in the existence of virtue, ac-
cording to the Council.
Except in India, the home of
gem stone fortunes, the diamond
was once reserved for kings and
emperors. Many of the world's
greatest diamonds, their histor-
ies surrounded by legend and in-
trigue, are now set in crowns and
royal services, while others have
mysteriously vanished.
Diamonds are crystallized car-
bon and, chemically, are the sim-
plest of all gems, yet the hardest
known substance to man. A fine
diamond is perfectly clear, and
those which are suffused with col-
or are rare. Africa supplies the
world with diamonds.
Skillful cutting and polishing
are needed to transform the dia-
mond from a rough pebble to a
faceted stone, revealing its real
beauty. They are popular as in-
dividual gemstones or as com-
plimentary stones to enhance the
beauty of other gems.
The remainder of the month'sI
birthstone legends will be printed
in a future issue of The Daily.

A $600,000 gift from the S. S.
Kresge Foundation of Detroit to
the University Medical School was
announced recently by President
Harlan H. Hatcher.
The gift will be used to con-
struct a central medical library
with an immediate total book capa-
city of 150,000 volumes.
The announcement follows close-
ly on the heels of the dedication
of the new $3,000,000 Kresge Medi-
cal Building last May. It was also
financed by the Kresge Foundation.
Medical Center
"The research building and li-
brary combine to mark t h e a-
chievement of a long-time ambi-
tion of University health and med-
ical staffs for this much-needed

unit in the growing medical cen-
ter," President Hatcher said.
A central medical library, to be
attached to the Kresge Medical
Research Building, will draw to-
gether under one roof, and in closer
proximity to the medical research
and clinical activities of the Uni-
versity, all the volumes dealing
with medical sciences. PresentlyI
the medical library is divided be-'
ween two reading rooms, one in
University Hospital and the other
in the General Library.
"The magnanimous gift by the
S. S. Kresge Foundation makes
possible another step toward the
necessary centralization of o u r
medical facilities," said Dean Al-

four tiers of book stacks, micro-
film reading facilities, conference
and typing rooms, a librarians's
workshop and offices for the library
Rare Book
The library will also contain a
rare book, where University medi-
cal volumes of irreplaceable value
and great age will be housed. Med-
ical instruments, displays and spe-
cimens will line the corridor which
leads to the librarian's dispensing
The exterior of the new $600,000
medical building will conform in
architectural style to the Kresge
Research Building, which will al-
low for expansion as it is needed.
The new University medical li-
brary, expected to be completed
in the fall of 1955, will be the
newest addition to the Medical
Center. Under current construc-
tion is the psychiatric unit of the
Children's Hospital.
Officers of the S. S. Kresge
Foundation are: Stanley S. Kresge,
President; Sebastian S. Kresge,
treasurer; Howard C. Baldwin,
vice-president and Amos F. Greg-
ory, secretary.
The new medical library will al-
low all the volumes dealing with
medical sciences to be housed un-
der one roof. They are now spread
out between the University Hos-
pital and the General Library.
Medical students, the resident staff
and research groups should all
benefit from the addition.
International Center
Five films on "India," from
the Indian Embassy will be
shown at 8 p.m. tomorrow at
the International Center. Mrs.
Lourdes Cruz, graduate of the
University of Philippines, will
talk on "The City of Manila"
at 7:30 p.m. Monday.


bert C. Furstenberg of the Uni
versity Medical School.
"The medical students, resident
staff and research groups will ben-
efit greatly from a new library
located in the neighborhood of
their daily activities. The added
facilities will ultimately m e a n
greater medical knowledge, which
can be converted to better health
services," Dean Furstenberg ex-
The library, to be constructed as
a one-story adjunct to the north
side of the Kresge Medical Re-
search Building, will be accessible
through a central corridor which
now leads to the research labora-
It will provide a general read-
reading room 50 feet by 100 feet,

ARCHITECT'S MODEL of the new University Kresge Medical R.esearch Building, which will in-
elude a $600,000 one-story medical library, soon to be constructed. A gift from the S. S. Kresge
Foundation of Detroit, the library is expected to be completed in the fall of 1955.







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