Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, January 06, 1950, Page 7, Image 7

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Court Set Precedent;
Martians Have Last Say
Over Displayed Rock
How do you discover a meteorite?
The easy way, second-hand variety, is to climb the back stairs
of McClure Hall to the outdoor porch, where resides what looks
like a sophisticated hunk of coal.
It’s just a papier-mache replica, but it’s a model of the largest
chunk of visitor-from-outer-space ever found in the United
States—the Willamette Meteorite, which has its own little his
tory of sweat and tears.
How do you discover a meteorite
firsthand ?
You sit on it, thump it idly with
your axe, decide “I’ll bet this
thing’s a meteorite” when it rings
like a bell.
At least that’s how Ellis Hughes
nearly 50 years ago, back in 1902,
discovered the Williamette Meteor
ite on a wooded hillside near Wil
lamette, Ore., across the river from
Oregon City—a hillside that, un
fortunately, didn’t belong to him.
“The thing would probably be
there yet,” Hughes told the Ore
* gonian in 1938, “but my wife (you
know how women are) had ideas.
She was afraid somebody would go
up and get it the next day.”
The three months it took the dis
coverer to move the 16-ton hunk of
metal (mostly iron) less than
three-quarters of a mile to a spot
near his home showed this last fear
to be groundless. Hughes told no
one, progressing less than 100 feet
per day with a home-made cart
drawn by a horse-operated wind
Twenty-five cents was the mod
est admission price the Welshman
charged all comers to see his find
when he finally got it set up in a
shed. But he collected one quarter
too many.
An interested onlooker one day
was a lawyer representing the
Oregon Iron and Steel Co., who
owned the hillside from whence
the meteorite had come, and who
had a corresponding hole in the
ground to prove it. A cash offer
of $50 for the meteorite was de
clined, and court action followed.
This was the beginning of the
end for Hughes. Oregon Iron and
Steel claimed the celestial visitor,
Jand the New Yorker to whom they
soon sold it presented it to the
American Museum of Natural His
tory in New York City, where it
still resides.
Is And does the tale of a meteorite
have a moral?
Well, the Mining World of Sept.
9, 1905, extracted a dilly from the
'Scourt decision.
“The courts found for the land
owners and established a prece
jdent that whatever falls from
ars, the moon, or any other
istant sphere, whose occupants
re not on visiting terms with the
eople of the earth, becomes a
art of the hereditaments of the
and on which it falls.”
Still, this leaves a legal loop
hole for the Martians if they ever
Sdecide to start claiming old mete
Senior Interviews
Urged by Onfhank
Prospective March graduates
*re advised by Karl W. Onthank,
director of the graduate placement
service, to make contact with his
office as soon as possible to obtain
employment information, job in
terviews, and recommendations,
f Students planning to graduate
in June are also advised by On
thank to make this contact.
■' The Graduate Placement Service
Office is located in Room 216, Em
erald Hall.
Selection Date Set
For Rally Leaders
Four new rally dukes will be
selected from tryouts at 4 p.m.
Tuesday in McArthur Court,
Yell King Jim Crismon an
nounced Thursday.
This will enlarge the male pop
ulation of the rally squad, which
previously included only two
dukes. Former dukes Bob Sthge
burg and Dave Callahan have
Milk Dispensers
Installed in Dorms
The University saves four cents
a quart on milk through the in
stallation of new milk dispensers
in John Straub and Hendricks
Halls, according to Foods Director
H. P. Barnhart.
The new refrigerated units were
installed during the vacation. The
Veterans’ Commons has had one
since last November.
Milk had formerly been served
in bottles. The new dispensers hold
milk in five-gallon cans. Barnhart
said the purchasing of milk in
bulk lots reduced the cost from 22
to 18 cents a quart.
Other advantages of the dispen
sers are that the milk is constantly
cold and that less space is needed
in storage.
Students to Sign
For Winter Rush
Both men and women students
may now sign up for winter term
rushing if they have a 2 cumula
tive GPA or a 4 prep decile.
Women apply for rushing in the
office of Golda P. Wickham, dir
ector of women’s affairs, and men
at the Office of Men’s Affairs, 201
Emerald Hall.
Students who filed cards last
term and wish to rush this term
must file another card, it was an
nounced. Men students here fall
term may pledge any time, but
new students must wait until Jan.
Medical School
Sets Interviews
Interviews for approximately 45
candidates for appointment to the
University of Oregon Medical
School at Portland will be held in
McClure Hall today and Saturday.
Students who will have com
pleted pre-medical requirements
by the end of the school year are
Four faculty members will con
duct the interviews. They are Dav
id W. Beard, dean of the Medical
School; Edward S. West, chairman
of the admissions committee and
head of the department of bio
chemistry; William B. Youmans,
member of the admissions com
mittee and head of the department
of physiology; and William A.
Zimmerman, executive secretary
of the Medical School.
Appointments are based on rec
ommendations, GPA, records in
key courses, results of the medical
aptitude test, and personality.
New Troubles Seen
For Dick Williams
Oregon’s Student Union Direc
tor has a new worry. It’s the
Three out of six members of
Dick William’s family have al
ready contacted the disease—
his wife, and his sons, Tommy,
6, and Jerry, 7. The other son,
Bobby, 4, seems to be disap
pointed that he hasn’t got the
same thing his older brothers
have. Williams himself won’t
mind being left out at all.
He gives himself until early
next week to either contact or
miss them. Amy Lee Williams,
1, also has escaped the difficul
ties of enlarged jaws so far.
Cold Wave Breaks;
Showers Predicted
PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 5—(UP)
The Northwest cold wave partially
broke up today, and the weather
bureau said the outlook for tonight
and Friday called for warmer tem
peratures, occasional showers, and
melting snow in many areas west
of the Cascades.
Snow or snow mixed with rain
will hit the higher elevations to
night, while snow will fall occasion
ally in the eastern portions of the
two states.
Seven deaths—two in British Co
lumbia, three in Washington, and
two in Oregon—were caused by
the severe weather. The latest one
was north of Ilwaco, a fishing com
munity in southwestern Washing
Walter Kimbel, 29, died when
the car he was riding in skidded on
an icy road and overturned in a
Athletic Tickets Offered Again
Students not completing regis
t. ration before tonight’s contest
must obtain a statement from
the registrar’s office declaring
that they have been unable to
finish through no fault of their
own. The same procedure will be
necessary for admission to Sat
urday’s game.
The ticket office ill McArthur
Court will issue student athletic
cards all through the day until
halftime of tonight's basketball
game between Oregon and Wash
ington State. Cards will also be
issued Saturday morning until
11 :00 a.in. “WHO ART TIIOU”
9:45 a.m. University Class, Glen Holden
6:50 p.in. Fellowship “THE FOUR FLATS”
Male Quartet
9:15 p.m. City \\ ide Sing'spiratioii
Interested in Ads?
we need sales people—
men and women, no ex
perience needed.
we need office workers,
typists and general duty
we need copy and layout
writers, page dummiers
A. meeting will be held in 105 Journal
ism, Friday 4 p.m., for all interested in
this type work.
Want to work on a paper?
All persons interested in working
on the OREGON DAILY Emerald
News-side (experience not neces
sary) come to room 105 Journal
ism Friday 4 p.m.
WANTED: Reporters, copy desk
and night staff worker.