m --- Court Set Precedent; Martians Have Last Say Over Displayed Rock By STAN TURNBULL 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 lass. 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 orites. 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 resigned. 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 eligible. 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 mumps. 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 ton. Walter Kimbel, 29, died when the car he was riding in skidded on an icy road and overturned in a litch. 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 noon, FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 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 7:30 p.m. “BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD” 9:15 p.m. City \\ ide Sing'spiratioii START THE NEW YEAR RIGHT Interested in Ads? THEN THE BUSINESS SIDE OF THE OREGON EMERALD IS THE PLACE FOR YOU we need sales people— men and women, no ex perience needed. we need office workers, typists and general duty workers we need copy and layout writers, page dummiers NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED 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? 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