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The Wolverine, 1912-07-23

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At Your Door Thre Fifteen Hundred Sum-
Evenings a Week, 75n Tme Session Student;

Embryo Surveyors Combine Work
and Play-On the Go
All Day.
Hard working, hard playing and
democratic from one end of State
street to the other, the junior civils
at Camp Bogardus are swinging into
the routine of wilderness surveying.
Gradually the embryo surveyors are
hardening up, browning up, and beard-
ing up. Professors play ball with
their students; and the students work
on sacred Saturday afternoons for
profesors-sometimes. Very few
shave and no one wears a necktie.
Old clothes and kakhis, high shoes
and leggins, fly "dope" and "Rah
Cheer's" mark, smell, and hear pretty
nearly everyone in camp.
With a bugle at six o'clock, the
day's activities begin. A few take a
morning swim, but most have enough
to do to make roll call at 6:20 with
enough clothes on to keep themselves
from the camp rule against appearing
without any. Breakfast at 6:30 is
served in a mess tent on top of the
hill some sixty-odd feet above the
camp. There are two mess tents
which come together like the pages of
a partially opened book with the kit-
chen between them. In one the engi-
neers eat; in the other the "bugs"
from the biological station find
nourishment. From breakfast until
7:30 is given to cleaning up
tents, making beds, and drawing in-
struments from the instrument tent.
Then the 64 engineers-to-be scatter
over the country, some in boats to the
triangulation station on the lake shore
or to the railroad location near Bry-
ant's and most on foot, packing heavy
transits or levels over sand strewn
roads and through fly and mosquito-
fogged atmosphere.
Plentiful though they are the mos-
quitoes and black-flies are not so
troublesome as they might be. After
the first few days of swollen and itch-
ing faces and arms had taught their
lesson, fly and mosquito dope was
bought and applied on a scale that
would have sent a manufacturing
chemist into hysterics of joy. Fly
bites have ceased. Poison ivy ran riot
for a while, over half the camp being
affected at one time, but dry weather
and less work with shovel and scraper
in ivy infested sections have stopped
that trouble. There are only two on
the sick list at present.
Inter-party baseball has started
much friendly rivalry. The camp is
divided into parties of eight men each
who work together in the field. Each
of these parties has put an eight man
team into the league and are now
battling for the "outdoor indoor"
championship of camp. As the only
real, live vehicle in camp, Prof. John-
ston's automobile is up on stilts and
covered with an oilcloth, traffic cops
have suspended rules and the league
games are played in the middle of
State street. The games are played
after a 5:30 supper; and though he
has been constantly threatened, the
umpire has never yet gone into the
Camp spirit is in general good; and
all are swearing that the camp of the
class of '13 engineers is going to set
a pace that future classes will have
to hustle to keep up with.

New Nursery to be Erected.
Four lots at the corner of Dewey
and State have just been purchased for
a new nursery, for the Forestry de-
partment. The sum of $2,275 was the
purchase price of the lots. What use
will be made of the nursery is not yet
known, but its particular advantage
will be its nearness to the campus.

Analysis Shows Presence of Colon
Germs, and Warning Cry is
Analysis of the city water supply
continues to show the presence of
colon germs; and Dr. F. G. Novy, the
director of the hygienic laboratory,
advises that the water be boiled be-
fore being used.
Colon germs in themselves are not
dangerous and will cause no trouble,
but they are the index of some pos-
sible danger such as typhoid fever;
and this possibility is greatly increas-
ed during the construction of the
power dam which the Eastern Michi-
gan Edison company is building just
above the railroad bridge at the water-
Ithaca, the site of Cornell Univer-
sity, suffered from an epidemic of
typhoid fever caused by the contam-
ination of the water supply by work-
men engaged on the construction of
a stand pipe; and Ann Arbor will
never be free from the danger as
long as the city is forced to depend
upon the Huron river for part of its
supply. Until the present arrange-
ments are dispensed with, the only
safe thing is to continue to boil the
Law Student Sues for Value of Con-
fiscated Arms.
Combining legal study and actual
practice, A. Homer Burket, '13 L, is
attempting to recover damages,
amounting to several hundred dollars,
from the Mexican government, for the
loss of property during the recent
revolution. He is at present attend-
ing the summer session of the law
school, and has practically completed
negotiations for settlement with the
Mexican officials.
When the revolution was at its
height last fall Mr. Burket and his
party, composed of his wife and par-
ents, were in the hot-bed of the fracas
for several months, having gone to
Mexico on a hunting trip. Several
times they narrowly escaped death,
and finally were taken as suspects by
the rebel army. Practically all of
their belongings were confiscated, and
their release granted with extreme
reluctance, through the intercession
of newspaper correspondents who
were practically the only Americans
in the section where the revolution
was being staged.
Upon his arrival in the states he ai
once entered into communication with
the Mexican officials for the collec-
tion of damages, with very little as-
sistance from the American govern
ment. The confiscated property in-
cludes eight hunting rifles, three re-
volvers, two hunting knives, thirty-
five opals and a large quantity of
Mexican finery and pottery. He an-
ticipates a satisfactory settlement in
a short time.
Writer Says Tabooed Steps Were
Tolerated at Last Party.
Editor The Wolverine:
During the regular college year just
ended some discussion took place pri-
marily through the columns of The
Michigan Daily, in regard to the man-
ner of dancing at the local academies.
Granger's was boycotted by several

organizations. Considering the style
of dancing of several couples at the
last Michigan Union garden party and
dance, their desire is to cause a boy-
cott of the Union dances.
Since Granger has tabooed the bun-
ny-hug, turkey-trot, and bear-cat


Discovery of New Salt and its Prop.
erties Discussed by Dr.
S. C. Lind.
"Three fundamental laws of physico-
chemical science-that of conservation
of energy, conservation of matter and
conservation of elements, by which
laws we understand that energy and
matter can be neither created nor de-
stroyed, nor any material change take
place in the elements from which ev-
ery existing substance is compounded
-all received simultaneously, a se-
vere blow in the discovery of that ele-
ment called radium," said Dr. S. C.
Lind in his lecture on "Radio Activ-
ity," Monday evening. "This substance
possesses new and heretofore unsus-
pected properties of matter," he con-
tinued, "which straightway proceed-
ed to upset all the laws and theories
held by scientists generally." He
then explained and showed experi-
mentally, the three kinds of known
rays, called the anode, cathode and
x-rays, which he obtained from pas-
sing the electric current through a
Crook's tube, or any glass tube con-
taining two electrodes, the air within
having been previously reduced to a
pressure of one millimeter of mercury.
This property of these rays has been
known to scientists for some time and
also the fact that they could to some
extent be obtained from a certain sub-
stance known as uranium.
Mme. Curie took up the study of
uranium with the express purpose of
discovering the nature and origin of
this property of sending out rays and
after a long series of experiments be-
came convinced that there existed in
uranium some separate substance to
whose presence was due the phenom-
ena of effervescence. Her conviction
was proven after many experiments by
her success in separating from a com-
pound a new element one million
times more active than uranium to
which she gave the name radium. Thus
the discovery of radium, unlike most
scientific discoveries, is the result of
research and study rather than acci-
dent. Radium is a metallic ellement
resembling barium more than any oth-
er of the salts. One of the first pe-
culiar characteristics noticed about it
was that it always remained at a
higher temperature than that of the
surrounding atmosphere. This meant
the continual production of heat en-
ergy from which the substance seemed
to suffer no loss of total energy.
Experiments lasting over a long
period of time proved that there was
a gradual wasting away of matter. In
two thousand years 50 per cent of the
matter disappeared, which is almost
imperceptible in the experiments of a
single scientist.
In closing, Dr. Lind gave illustra-
tions with aid of a lantern of the power
of radium in discharging the electro-
scope. He was fortunate in being
able to produce for the benefit of his
audience a small tube containing this
most rare of all known metals. Dr.
Lind had the advantage of working
for months in the Paris laboratory of
Madame Curie the discoverer of rad-
dancing it would seem that the Union
officials should regulate their dances
so that there would be no necessity of
anyone leaving the hall because of
"rough dancing" as was the case last

Friday night.
If the Union is to take its proper
place in student social activities it
should cater to the student body gen-
erally and not to any favored few.

Lits and Engineers will Play Game
Thursday Afternoon at
4 O'clock.
Interest in the series of interdepart-
mental baseball games has developed
so rapidly that a regular schedule is
to be drawn up in the near future.
As soon as the teams are more com-
pletely organized, a meeting of the
managers will be held to arrange the
matter of a schedule. This meeting
will probably be held Saturday. A
definite announcement will be made
in Thursday's Wolverine. In the
meantime all men interested are urg-
ed to organize teams.
The lits and engineers will hook up
in another argument Thursday after-
noon at four o'clock on South Ferry
Field. After this week it is intended
to have at least two games a week,
probably on Tuesday and Thursday
afternoons. All the teams are busy
practicing this week.
All men intending to play must
wear either tennis or baseball shoes,
to prevent cutting up the sod, or the
privilege of using the diamond will be
withdrawn by the Athletic associa-
Summer Students Given Opportunity
to Study the Moon.
"0! Bertha! Look quick. It's just
like lace." Bertha shut one eye and
took a peek through the big glass.
"No it doesn't. It looks like plaster
of paris."
This was only one of the many little
dialogues which took place at the ob-
servatory last night. All were looking
at the moon but no two saw just the
same thing. Each one had his own
idea what Luna looked like. One
young lady wanted to know if you
could see the rivers or what the people
were doing. Her friend replied, "It
is a dead planet."
Over one hundred students availed
themselves of this opportunity of
seeing through the big telescope. It
was a fine night for visitors at the ob-
servatory and many went home with
clear ideas of the moon's shadows and
extinct volcanoes.
The observatory will be open to
visitors again tonight and tomorrow
night. Tickets may be secured at the
office of the secretary of the summer
session upon presentation of treasur-
er's receipts, between 2 and 4 p. m.
Two groups of summer medic stu-
dents kept the sphere twirling yester-
day afternoon on South Ferry Field
in a rapid-fire game of baseball which
closed with a 21-12 score. The "Scat-
ols," members of the class in physi-
ological chemistry were the victors,
defeating the studes of the bacteriol-
ogical laboratory, who labelled them-
selves "Spirochetes." Betzner and
Oliver starred for the winning team.
Batteries-"Scatols," Morse and
Betzner; "Spirochetes," Faulton and
Buying Hospital Supplies.
Purchasing Agent Loos is buying
supplies for the Homeopathic and
General Hospitals. Contrary to the
practice in former years, he is buying
the supplies for the entire year instead
of from time to time. This means an
expenditure at this time of between
six and seven thousand dollars.
Two thousand dollars has already
been spent for the Homeopathic Hos-

pital. In the General Hospital a new
kitchen has been installed and twenty-
five hundred dollars will be spent for
kitchen furnishings. In addition to
this, some three thousand dollars will
be spent for general hospital supplies.

Canoe Overturnes Throwing Three
Men Into Water-Two Saved by
Other Students.
Another fatal accident was added to
the unfortunately long list of Huron
River casualities, when Thomas Hom-
er Lane, of Jenkinsburg, Georgia,
went to his death last Sunday after-
noon. His companions, J. W. Lord,
and C. E. Clement, of La Grange, Geor-
gia, owe their lives to their own cool-
headedness and that of Blair Moore-
head and his girl companion, both
students, who rushed to their rescue.
The party composed of Lane and his
two friends left the boat house about
3:15 p. in., and started up the river
in one of the large green canoes.
They worked up the stream slowly
enjoying themselves as they went.
A short distance above the ice-house
at the first bend in the river, Lane,
who was in the center of the canoe,
rose up in order to reach a box of
matches to light his pipe. This action
tilted the craft so that it shipped wat-
er on one side, confusing Lane, who
immediately jumped to the opposite
side completely capsizing the canoe,
throwing all three in the water. On
arising the two paddle men shouted
for help and held on to their respect-
ive ends of the canoe, while Lane,
who was the best swimmer of the
three, thoroughly excited, tried to
clamber on amidships, The canoe
whirled over and over. Lord and
Clement tried to swimto him to stop
him, but due to fatigue were unable
to do so. Canoes further up the river
apparently afraid of being capsized,
failed to come to their rescue. It re-
mained for Blair Moorehead, '13 L,
and his young friend to come to their
assistance. Moorehead had been col-
lecting water-lilies in the rushes and
had not seen the spill. After helping
the two men to hold on until a flat
bottomed boat propelled by two young
boys, came near enough for the men
to swim to it, Moorehead returned to
seek Lane whom they spoke of. Eith-
er hit by the revolving canoe or seized
by cramps, he had gone under.
By this time a number of more
sturdy students had arrived on the
scene. Stripping hastily, Gordon
Wickes, H. Holt, Dean Smith, Orlan
Boston, and C. M. Williams dived to
the slimy weed-covered bottom time
after time until exhausted. The water
is fully 15 feet deep at this point and
it was not until the grappling hooks
arrived that the body was recovered.
The first trial was successful. The
work of resuscitation was immediately
begun by the young men, who labored
for nearly fifteen minutes before the
coroner's appearance. When Coron-
er Johnston arrived he thought he de-
tected signs of life and assumed
charge and worked feverishly for fif-
teen minutes or less.
Dolph's undertaking wagon, which
arrived a few minutes after the body
was recovered, was refused custody
of it. A slight altercation arose with
the coroner, and it was not until the
arrival of Muehlig's wagon that the
body was removed.
Mr. Lane graduated from Mercer
University at Macon, Ga., with an A.B.
degree with honors in 1909. A year
later he went to Garfield, Ga., where
he was made superintendent of
schools. This was his first summer at
Michigan, having been enrolled in the

literary department. The fact that the
man was only 27 years old can bring
only a small amount to one's mind of
the grief felt by his two former col-
lege chums and his father. His body
was shipped south to his parents at
Jackson, Ga., this evening.

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