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W. C. NICHOLAS .TO
Ralph Moores .T2
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C. A. OsTERHOLM .T2
Wednesday, December 1, 1909
Common Sense and Science.
A few weeks ago Professor Frink,
head of the department of Railroad En
gineering at the University of Oregon,
announced that, in his opinion, the wa
gon bridge across the Willamette at
Springfield, was unsafe. In spite of the
warning the bridge continues to lie
used and apparently to give as good
service as ever. The question naturally
arises, are the people reckless or are
the engineers mistaken?
People are proverbially careless yet,
just as surely do engineers make mis
takes. In spite of our boasted progress,
some of the plainest things in our daily
life remain unsolved myseries as far as
scientific explanation goes.
And when we narrow the question to
bridges, still greater becomes the un
certainty. When the engineer predicts
disaster, it is more than likely that, just
to show its contempt for his opinion,
an old rotten bridge will hist for years.
Again, he may pronounce it safe and
it will fall at the next strain. A few
years ago, a great cantilever bridge,
under construction across the St. Law
rence river, pronounced by he best en
gineers to he correctly designed, col
lapsed during construction. Since then,
of course, they have discovered wherein
their calculations failed in that particu
The fact is that bridge building, only
in its infancy, is very imperfccly under
stood even by engineers. When steel
bridges were first built, it was thought
the would last forever. Soon it was
learned, however, that vibration caused
crysalization. It was then decided that
twenty-five years would be the limit of
endurance. Again did the theory re
fuse to work. Improved designs were
originated; riveted joints and rigid ten
sion members were instituted; and now
the modern engineer comes forward
once more and triumphantly announces
that he has constructed a work that
will last indefinitely.
How long it will take for his latest
hypothesis to he overthrown is imma
terial I he bridge at Springfield may
he unsafe and people may he tools to
use it Hut until the knowledge of
bridge construction becomes more defi
nitely verified or certain effects are
more satisfactorily explained, the peo
ple will continue to ignore "expert tes
timom" that condemns apparently sound
Our Washington correspondent says0
In* learns with some surprise that Ore
gon is to protest the playing of h'.akins
anil Mucklesone next year. Oregon
will certainly make no protest against
any one until it >s announced definitely
that they are to play. If then Oregon
is the only conference college to pro
test in this particular case, the Kmerald
^ will agree that they may play forever.
PULLMAN GAME HARD
ON WHITMAN PLAYERS
Whitman College, Xov. 30, 19Q9.—
Whitman’s line men are in a very sore
condition resulting from the fierce
charges of W. S. C.’s backfield on
Thanksgiving Day when the Aggies
won the annual football contest by a
score of 23-6. In the first half of the
game the Pullman men seemed to gain
at will and 20 points were run up. The
last half they had to be satisfied with
a place kick by DeWitt, while Whit
man scored a tochdown and a goal af
ter a 90-yard run by Borleske.
Whitman’s captain played his usual
fast game, and he was ably assisted.
Cox gave a wonderful exhibition of
tackling. For Pullman, Fishback made
consistent yardage when drawn back
from guard position. Galbraith also
carried the ball well.
The officials were: Referee—Vernell,
Spokane. Umpire—Payne, Colfax.
Fieldjudge—Kenly, Wisconsin. Lines
man—Applegate, Walla Walla. A
crowd of 1,500 people witnessed the
game, which was the roughest ever
seen on Ankeny Field.
Owing to the stubborn light put up by
the light Whitman men, who were out
weighed 30 pounds to the man, the in
juries were numerous.
There is a great deal of resentment,
however, among the Whitman students
and their supporters in general over the
story that got into the papers concern
ing Borleske's broken leg. Borleske re
received merely a “Charley Horse” in
the practice game. The students feel
that the “bear story” is an injustice in
its gross exaggeration.
Raise May Keep Prof. Shinn.
In consequence of his recent offer of
;i position with the United States Gov
ernment at Washington, 1). C., Profes
sor Shinn of the Chemistry Department
has asked for an increase of salary and
his case will come up for action before
the meeting of the Board of Regents in
Portland today. If it is granted, he will
remain at Oregon. If not, he will
probably accept the new position.
Professor Shinn has been with the
University for three years and is well
liked by all his stulents. I le was of
fered the new position about a month
ago hut withheld his decision pending
action by the Board of Regents. Other
things being equal, he says he would
prefer to remain here, lie has been very
reticent about making public his offer,
fearing his intentions would he misin
terpreted, hut he feels that no other
action was open to him.
Alumni Dance Popular.
The annual dance given by the
Alumni Association in Portland on
Thanksgiving night was a most enjoya
ble affair in spite of the absence of the
football team which caused considera
The usual decorations of pennants and
college colors were displayed artistically
in the Masonic Temple. Besides the
large crowd of dancers who enjoyed the
evening, the gallery was well tilled with
visitors. For the next two years, the
success of this affair is further assured
by the fact that the Multnomah game
will take place on the afternoon of the
same day, drawing hundreds of students
and university people to the city.
I he patronesses were Mrs Prince Lu
cien Campbell, Mrs. C. V Dolph, Mrs.
Harriet K McArthur,'Mrs /.era Snow.
Mrs. Charles J. Schnabel, Mrs. William
D Fenton, Mrs. Henry XV. Goddard,
Mrs. Fletcher Linn. Mrs. II. C. Wort
man, Mrs Robert S Bean, and Mrs.
It is reported that Wallace, the big
freshman guard on the O. A C. foot
ball team, who was injured in the game
with Oregon is in serious danger from
an attack of brain fever.
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