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The Graduate Chronicle
Elizabeth Barclay Abernethy, of the Alumni Association of the
35S9 OS***--*w..       ■■      university of British Columbia
VOL!., No. 2
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no.   3247
LORD Tweedsmuir, distinguished
in Ijis own right as an author,
soldier and administrator, came to
the University as Canada's Governor-
General on March 17, inspected cadets
of the Canadian Officers' Training
Corps and received the honorary degree of doctor of laws.
As acting-President Daniel Buchanan introduced him, a brilliant audience, which included Hon. E. W.
Hamber, Hon. G. M. Weir, Hon. A.
Wells Gray, Chief Justice Aulay Morrison, Mr. Justice Manson, Mr. Justice Fisher, Mr. Justice McQuarrie,
Brigadier J. C. Stewart, officer com-
--mssiifiirig'' Mill tttry District No. 11,- Dr.
Henry Esson Young and Dr. J. S.
Plaskett, paid him homage.
"We are respectfully aware," Dean
Buchanan said, "that we cannot confer honor on the King's representative or give new meaning to a beloved household name."
Chancellor McKechnie conferred
the degree and His Excellency signed
the register with a quill pen, one of
five drawn from the royal swans on
the Thames for the occasion. Later
he autographed more than a dozen
of his own books in the library and
joined the party at tea in the gymnasium, where scores of governors,
senators, faculty and friends of the
University were presented.
The Governor-General's first act,
as he arrived on the campus, was to
inspect the contingent of about 100
in the C.O.T.C. under command of
Lt.-Col. Gordon Shrum. During the
inspection, the Kitsilano Boys' Band
played military airs and the National
The text of His Excellency's address is on page six.
Convocation Dinner, in honor of
the graduating class of 1939, will be
held on May 11 and it will be onfe of
the last University functions in the
old Hotel Vancouver.
Every graduate in Vancouver is
urged to make a point of attending
the dinner. Details of the program
have not yet been completed but it
will, as usual, follow Congregation in
the afternoon.
At long last, it seems that construction of the Brock Memorial
Union Building on the campus is
assured. The final financial and technical details have been smoothed out,
the Alma Mater Society is floating a
bond issue, and a final campaign to
secure funds for furnishing the building has begun.
Construction will begin, probably
on a site between the Gymnasium
and the Library, as soon as the bond
issue is taken up and plans are drawn
and approved.
Considerable funds for furnishing
the centre have already been raised
by successive classes of women students and by women's organizations
cf the city. More money has been
pledged by other groups and individuals. But a final effort will be necessary to complete the project successfully.
Ten   Candidates  For   Senate
Are Supported
By   The   Alumni   Association
Convocation Is Voting: On 26 Candidates For
15 Vacancies; Ballots Returnable
May 31
TEN candidates for Senate, including seven graduates, were
nominated by the Alumni Association at a dinner meeting on
February 28, and they will have the full support of alumni in the
election now being conducted by mail.
In all, twenty-six candidates have been nominated for fifteen
vacancies. For the office of chancellor, Dr. R. E. McKechnie, who
has held the honor continuously since 19.18, was the only candidate
and he has been elected by acclamation.
The Brock Dance
With construction of the Brock
Memorial Building ■ on the campus
new assured, students and alumni
have joined in sponsoring a dance in
the Hotel Vancouver on April 28, to
raise funds to furnish the building.
Tickets for Alumni will be priced
at $3.50 per couple, as compared with
$4.50 per couple for others. Invitations mailed to graduates this week
erroneously stated the price was $4.50.
Lieutenant - Governor and Mrs.
Hamber will head a distinguished list
of patrons for the dance and every
effort is being made to make it the
most notable function of the season.
Two and probably three orchestras
will play, including the bands of
Mart Kenny and Stan. Patton. The
Crystal  Ballroom,   Oval  Room,   Oak
Governor-General Lord Tweedsmuir (left) is shown with Chancellor
R. E. McKechnie on the University
campus a few minutes before he received the honorary degree of doctor
of laws. A week before Dr. McKechnie was re-elected chancellor by acclamation for his seventh successive
three-year term.
President Klinck has been ill
hospital in Berkeley, Calif., but
is recovering and is expected
return to his office this week.
Room and , Spanish Grill have all
been reserved. A buffet supper will
be served in the Oak Room.
Hundreds went to the Alumni Ball
at Christmas and had the time of
their lives. This dance is bigger and
probably better and every graduate
should make a point of going.
official    Alumni    Association
slate follows:
Kenneth M. Beckett, Arts '32, president of the Alumni Association,
honorary treasurer of the Vancouver Institute, barrister, Vancouver.
Dr. William Frank Emmons, Arts
'18, (M.Sc, M.D.C.M. and Ph.D.,
McGill),    physician    and    surgeon, \
Vancouver. {
Dr.. Russell Earl^persJhBP^^Ttg^iil,...; , [
(Ph.D., Toronto), former chief biologist of the Pacific Biological
Station, Nanaimo, and now senior
scientist for the International Pacific Salmon Fisheries Commission,
New Westminster.
Miss Annie B. Jamieson, (for re-election), member of the University
Senate since 1918, member of the
Board of Governors 1935-39, member of the Vancouver Library
Board 1916-39, member of the Vancouver School Board 1929-39, retired school teacher, Vancouver.
Lawrence Killam, member of the
University Senate 1918-21, president and managing director of the
B.C. Pulp & Paper Co. Ltd., Vancouver.
Sherwood Lett, Arts '16, (B.A., Oxford), (for re-election), first president of the Alma Mater Society,
former president of the Alumni Association, member of the University Senate 1924-39, member of the
Board of Governors 1935-39, barrister and solicitor, Vancouver.
Arthur Edward Lord, Arts '21, (for
re-election), former president of
the Alma Mater Society, former
president of the Alumni Association, member of the University Senate 1924-39, city solicitor for the
City of Vancouver, Vancouver.
William George Swan, member of
Park Board, member of Vancouver
Town Planning Commission, member of the Engineering Institute of
Canada, civil engineer, Vancouver.
Dr. John Fortune Walker, Science
'22, (Ph.D., Princeton), Councillor
of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, member of the
(Continued on Page 3) THE     GRADUATE     CHRONICLE
April 5, 1939
Many Summer
Courses To Be
1HE   TWENTIETH  summer   ses-
The legitimate theatre cannot be pronuonced dead in Vancouver as long
as amateur clubs are producing plays as successfully as was the Alumni
Players' Club production of "Personal Appearance."
The Broadway success was first11
produced by the club in the fall and
repeated by demand twice in January, when Kappa Alpha Theta and
Kappa Kappa Gamma sponsored one
performance and the Council of Jewish Women sponsored the other.
Dorothy McKelvie Fowler, to whom
stealing an Alumni show has become
a habit, again starred. She who distinguished herself last year by her
portrayal of the naive waitress in
"Boy Meets Girl" showed her versatility by playing the brittle, blase
movie queen.
Alice Morrow put spirit and vigor
into her clever characterization of
a stage-struck small town girl. Wilmer Haggerty . . . again of "Boy
Meets Girl" fame . . . showed a high
sense of comedy acting as the Hollywood executive whose duty it was
to protect the movie star from affairs
of the heart.
As always in comedy, a great deal
of the success of the play depended
on timing, and in this case, the polish and the timing of the production
proved the ability of the director,
Sidney Risk, who after the epidemic
of "serious drama" seems to have revived comedy in Vancouver with
both    graduate   and   undergraduate
Other members of the cast included, Eileen Griffin and Betty Buck-
land, each giving sympathetic and
effective character portrayals, Cyril
Chave, Dorothy Martin, David McDonald, J. O. C. Kirby and Nora Gibson.
Come spring, come another Players' Club Alumni production. This
time it's "Tweedles" by Booth Tark-
ington and Harry Leon Wilson.
Again Sidney Risk will direct, and
its first production will be in the
University Theatre on May 9.
A tentative cast has been chosen
and is now in rehearsal. Sidney Risk
himself will play the juvenile lead
role of Julian, who from the playwright's description sounds like an
amusing young man with a psychosis. Eeither Audrey Phillips or Mrs.
Meredith McFarlane (Nance Carter)
will play the ingenue role.
Most of the other parts are character roles which will be taken by
Betty Jack, Marjorie Griffin, Dave
MacDonald, Beth Gillanders, Jo
Hemming and Cliff Taylor.
When the Canadian Pulp & Paper
Association held their annual convention in Montreal recently, an address was given by Reid G. Fordyce,
M.A.Sc. of Vancouver, a U.B.C. graduate.
His talk was on the latest methods
of pulp testing, a subject on which he
has been conducting research work
at the cellulose division of McGill
University for the last three years.
In April, he will address the American Chemical Society.
r sion of the University will open
on July 3 and continue until August
18, with a galaxy of noted visiting
professors and an unusual number
and variety of courses.
Of special interest are three
courses tentatively arranged for by
the department of extension, including (a) dramatics—a five weeks'
study with Mr. and Mrs. Burton
James as guest directors; (b) motion
picture appreciation, and (c) handicrafts. Other courses may be added
before the session opens and full information may be obtained from Dr.
G. M. Shrum of the department of
Following is a complete list of
courses and the faculty members:
Biology 1, Professor Dicksftjn; Biology 2 (a) and (b), Dr. Hutchinson;
Botany 1 (a), Professor Davidson;
Chemistry 1, Dr. Ure; Chemistry 3,
Dr. Clark; Economics 1, Dr. W. H.
Taylor, University of Hawaii; Economics 6, Professor Drummond; Economics 10, Professor F. A. Knox,
Queen's University; Government 1,
Professor Angus; Social Service 5
and 6, Dr. Leah Feder, Washington
University, St. Louis.
Education 10, Dr. H. E. Smith, University of Alberta; Education 11, Professor Black; Education 21, Professor C. A. Krug, Mount Allison University; Education 22, Dr. M. M.
Thompson, University of Southern
California; English 2, Dr. Edward
Chapman, University of Utah; English 9 (a), Dr. Sedgewick; English 13,
Professor Wood; English 19, Mrs.
John H. Creighton; French 1, Miss
Dangelzer; French 2, Miss Aish;
French 4 (a), Dr. Evans; German
beginners, Miss Hallamore; German
2, Dr. C. E. Borden, Reed College;
Geography 1, Dr. Gordon Davis;
Geography 3, Dr. E. H. Faigle, Syra-
cause University.
History 4, Miss Thrupp; History 10,
Pjrofessor A. E. Prince, Queen's University; History 12, Professor Soward;
Latin 1 (b) and 2 (b), Professor
Robertson; Mathematics 1, Professor
Brand; Mathematics 2 (a) and (b),
Dr. Hull; Mathematics 10,. Dr. R. L.
Jeffrey, Acadia University; Mathematics 4 and 18, Dr. F. C. Leonard,
chairman of the department of astronomy, University of Southern California.
Philosophy 3, Dr. Wilbur Long,
University   of   Southern   California;
To All Graduates
There are three principal ways in which all graduates can
assist the executive in making the Alumni Association a stronger
and more vital organization, and the co-operation of every alumnus is earnestly sought.
1. Fay the annual fee of one dollar or a life membership of ten
dollars to the treasurer, Fred Bolton, c/o Canadian General
Electric, 1065 West Pender Street, Vancouver, B.C.
2. If your address is wrongly listed or if you change it or If any
of your friends do, drop a card with full details to the president, K. M. Beckett, 800 Hall Building, Vancouver; or the
editor of the Chronicle, Edgar N. Brown, The Daily Province,
Vancouver, B.C.
Send any items of interest to graduates to the editor of the
Chronicle, address above.
This issue of The Graduate Chronicle has been supported by a small
group of advertisers, who have
bought space as an experiment. Next
issue, it is hoped, the number of
advertisers will be greater and eventually, the intention is to make the
paper self-sustaining.
In only one way can this be accomplished: by the patronage of advertisers by the membership. If this
is done, the revenue will grow. If
it is not done, the revenue will diminish until it finally disappears. And
if there is no revenue, there will be
no Chronicle.,.
In this issue the following are represented:
Northwestern Mutual Fire Association—fire and casualty insurance of
all kinds.
Georgia Pharmacy—one of Vancouver's oldest and most reliable
drug stores.
The University Summer Session—
always attended by many alumni.
The Brock Memorial Building;
Dance—a large and distinguished
dance on April 28 and for which
graduates will receive tickets at reduced prices.
The Star Laundry—an institution
with an excellent reputation.
"You say this man robbed you?"
the magistrate asked the man in the
witness box. "Can you pick out any
of your property from these articles
found on the prisoner?"
"Yes, that's my handkerchief with
'B' in the corner."
"But that's no proof, my man. I
have a handkerchief with 'B' in the
"Well, I lost two handkerchiefs?'
said the witness.
Star Steam Laundry
Tel.: SEjmour 1434
Stork Service: SB ymour 1723
Miss Alice Morrow, Arts '31
Seven experienced Pharmacists to dispense just what
your Doctor ordered. Bring your next prescription
to us.
777 West Georgia Street
Pharmaceutical Chemists
Leslie G. Henderson Gibb G. Henderson, B.A., B.A.Sc.
Oc P. '06
U.B.C.'3 3
Philosophy 6, Professor J. A. Shar-
rard, University of Saskatchewan;
Psychology 3, Dr, Irving; Psychology
4, Dr. Frank Davis, University of
California; Physics 1 and 2, Dr. Anderson; Physics 4, Dr. Crooker.
And the following courses, which
carry no University credit but are
accepted toward the academic certificate by the department of education:
Music Appreciation, Professor Dil-
worth; Guidance (for teachers), Dr.
H. B. King, department of education,
Victoria; Librarianship, Miss Muriel
B. Carruthers, Magee High School;
Physical   Education    160,    168,    171,
Twenty resident fellowships valued
at $860 each and twenty resident
graduate scholarships valued at $400
each are being offered to University
graduates by the Graduate School of
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr,
Graduates of U.B.C. are also eligible to receive the Susan M. Kingsbury research scholarship in social
economy and six resident graduate
scholarships of $250 in any subject in
which a fellowship is offered.
Ernest  Lee,  physical  education  instructor, Vancouver  Normal School. April 5, 1939
TAR. MALCOLM F. McGregor, who
■'-' graduated with first class honors in classics in 1930, is the joint
author with two notable classical
scholars of an exhaustive volume on
the taxation system of ancient Greece
entitled "The Athenian Tribute Lists".
The foreward states that "The purpose of this book is to make available under one cover the documents
related to the tribute of the Athenian
Empire . . . The quota lists record the
one-sixtieth part given each year into
the treasury of the goddess Athena
from the amount actually collected
by the hellenotamiai."
Compilation of the work, which has
required research extending back
many years, involved the assembling
and examination of fragments of
marble tablets, on which the transactions were recorded. The two men
associated with Dr. McGregor in the
preparation of the book were Benjamin Dean Meritt, formerly of the
University of Cincinnati, and H. T.
Wade-Gery, of Wadham College, Oxford University.
Dr. McGregor received the M.A.
degree from U.B.C. in 1931 and went
to the University of Michigan. Continuing toward the Ph.D. degree, he
went to the University of Cincinnati,
where he is now a member of the
faculty. He spent the summer of 1934
in Athens in connection with the
book. He will be remembered as a
soccer player and as sports editor of
The Ubyssey in 1930-31.
Ellis H. Morrow, a graduate of
Queen's and Harvard universities,
has been appointed head of the department of commerce by the Board
of Governors. He is at present an executive in the sales department of
the MacMillan Co. of Canada.
Mr. Morrow organized the department of commerce of the University
of Western Ontario in 1922 and directed it until 1928. In that year he
became director of business research
for the MacLean Publishing Co. and
was later editor and advertising
manager in the trade paper division
of the company.
The board has also appointed Dr.
Maxwell A. Cameron of the Ontoria
School of Education as associate
professor and acting-head of the department of education, and Dr. Frederick T. Tyler of the University of
California as assistant professor of
education and psychology.
"Will you please signal to me in
the gallery when Mr.   begins to
speak!" asked a constituent of a
"Certainly, Sir, certainly," replied
the senator.
"Well, what shall the signal be?"
asked the constituent.
"I'll leave," answered the senator,
with much enthusiasm.
At least three members of the
Alumni will be candidates in the next
federal election. Ronald Grantham,
Arts '31, has already been nominated
as C.C.F. candidate for Nanaimo. He
is a high school teacher in Lady-
smith. James Sinclair, Sc. '29 and
Rhodes scholar, will almost certainly
receive the Liberal nomination for
Vancouver-North for the seat now
held by C. Grant MacNeil, M.P. He
recently resigned as secretary to
Hon. W. J. Asselstine, minister of
mines, trade and industry. The third
graduate is Arnold Webster, Arts '22
and retiring member of Senate, who
will contest Vancouver-Burrard for
the C.C.F. against G. G. McGeer,
M.P. He was beaten by Mr. McGeer
on a recount in 1935.
Senate Election
(Continued from Page 1)
American Institute of Mining and
Metallurgical Engineers, member
of the Society of Economic Geologists, deputy minister of mines for
British Columbia, Victoria.
Dr. Charles Alfred Wright, Science
'17, (Ph.D., McGill), former lecturer in chemistry at the University
of B.C., now research chemist with
Consolidated Mining & Smelting
Co., Trail.
In geography, the ten candidates
represent Vancouver, New Westminster, Victoria and Trail. In occupations, the law, medicine, civil engineering, mining engineering, the
pulp and paper industry, the fishing
industry and education are represented. The seven graduates among
the ten range from Arts '16 to Arts
Other nominees include Prof.
George F. Drummond, D. Milton
Owen, former secretary and past
president of the Alumni Association,
Prof. Walter W. Sage, Owen J.
Thomas, a former member of Senate,
and Dr. Harry V. Warren.
Of the fifteen retiring members of
Senate, all but Arnold Webster have
been re-nominated. The Alumni Association have nominated three—
Miss Jamieson, Mr. Lett and Mr.
Lord—and the others who are standing for re-election include Sydney
Anderson, Vancouver; Miss M. L.
Bollert, Vancouver; Prof. P. A. Bov-
ing, Vancouver; Archbishop A. U.
dePencier, Vancouver; Mrs. Evlyn F.
Farris, Vancouver; Miss Isobel Har-
There are 16 graduates of the University of B. C. practicing medicine
in Vancouver at the present time.
This information may become obsolete by the time the Chronicle appears as new faces appear in the
medical world not infrequently and
it is known that many more graduates of our University have taken
their medical degrees but are not
practicing yet.   Our list follows:
Dr. A. R. Anthony, '30; Dr. I. A.
Balmer, '26; Dr. T. Dalrymple, '27;
Dr. D. R. Davidson, '24; Dr. H. R. L.
Davis, '21; Dr. W. F. Emmons, '18;
Dr. D. J. Fitzosborne, '26; Dr. K. P.
Groves, '27; Dr. H. A. MacKechnie,
'23; Dr. R. A. Palmer, '26; Dr. Eleanor Riggs, '29; Dr. J. W. Shier, '23;
Dr. W. W. Simpson, '24; Dr. D. A.
Steele, '29; Dr. Douglas Telford, '28;
Dr. F. A. Turnbull, '23.
It will be noticed that our most
recent graduate practicing here graduated nine years ago in 1930. We
trust we have not omitted any whose
names should be on this list. We
have no means of collecting a list of
past students who took one or more
years here, before going elsewhere.
Such a list would swell our list to
quite large numbers.
Note: In the next issue a list of
graduates who are practicing law
v/ill be printed.
vey, Vancouver; "Judge F. W. Howay,-
retired, New Westminster; Harry T.
Logan, Cowichan Station; John C.
Oliver, Vancouver; Dr. G. G. Sedgewick, Vancouver; and Judge J. D.
Swanson, Kamloops.
Ballots and full information about
all candidates have been mailed to
all members of Convocation, including members of the Alumni Association. Voters may vote for any number of candidates up to a maximum
of fifteen and ballots are returnable
to the Registrar, University of BC,
on or before May 31.
At the association dinner, when
the Alumni slate was voted on proxies from Victoria, New Wesminster,
Trail, Ottawa and other branches
played an influential part in the final
selection. Kenneth M. Beckett, president of the association, presided.
Brock Memorial Building
Hotel Vancouver, April 28
Under the patronage of Lieutenant-Governor
and Mrs. Hamber
"The most distinguished dance of the season"
Special price for Alumni: $3.50 per couple
(Proceeds will be used to furnish the building, which is
now assured.) THE     GRADUATE     CHRONICLE
April 5, 1939
Far and Near
THERE are approximately 4400 names of graduates of the University in
the new list of members of Convocation. The names run all the way
from "Aalbersberg" to "Zuback." Over 75 of our graduates are also listed as
A further examination of the list shows that Prof. H. J. MacLeod's
name is followed by an impressive number of letters, viz. B.Ss., M.S.C., A.M.,
Ph.D., AS.M.A.I.E.E., M.E.I.C., F.A.A.A.S. Education must be  a wonderful
The name  "Smith"  appears  64  times in the  list of graduates. The
"Jones" family was not even close, with only 14 members. The "Browns"
made a better showing with 34 members of Convocation.
Col. H. F. G. Letson, M.C., E.D., B.Ss."
'19, Ph.D., is the officer commanding  the  14th Infantry Brigade in
W. W. Mathers, Arts '33, has been
for some years past a lieutenent in
the Royal Canadian Regiment at
London, Ontario.
Ian Stevenson, Arts '27, who is a
member of the staff of the auditor-
general's office in Ottawa, spent a
holiday in Vancouver in January
with his parents. He was accompanied by his wife and infant
daughter, Joan Elizabeth.
Mrs. Leonard Turner (Phyllis Gregory, Arts '25) was presented to
Their Excellencies, the Governor-
General and Lady Tweedsmuir, at
the Ottawa drawing room in January. She is chief economist for
the Dominion Tariff Board.
Jean Campbell, Arts '33, former secretary of Hi-Y and the intermedi-
 ate department of the Y.W.C.A., is
now in New Zealand, where she is
national girls' work secretary.
Mr. and Mrs. R. Gaundry Phillips,
Arts '29, (Molly Ricketts, Arts '29),
are back in Vancouver after several years in joint education work
in Canton and Hong Kong. Both
were teachers in the London Missionary College, China, and Mrs.
Phillips also taught in St. Hilda's
School, Canton.
Haiel Wright, Arts '38, of Victoria,
is studying interior decoration in
New York. She plans to spend the
next two years in the East.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Stirling, Sc. '34,
(Margaret Little, Arts '33), are enjoying life in a mining town in
South Africa, according to letters
received by friends. Their address
is c-o Rhokana Corp. Ltd., Nkana,
Northern Rhodesia.
Dr. Paul Phillips, Arts '30, is practicing medicine in Princeton, B.C.
Yvonne Ladner, Arts '37, is spending
the spring in the East. She has
been the guest of her brother-in-
law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Ross
Tolmie, in Ottawa.
Norman Hacking, Arts '34, left last
week for an extended trip to Europe, during which, (Hitler willing)
he will travel extensively and write
something about it for The Chronicle. He is on the editorial staff of
The Daily Province.
James Beveridge, Arts '38, assistant
editor of The Chronicle, is another
traveller. He will leave for New
York late in April, also bound for
Europe, and has promised to mail
sparkling letters. He has been assisting Dr. G. M. Shrum in the de
partment of extension.
Darrel Gomery, Arts '36, is taking
the teachers' training course at the
Clark School for the Deaf at
Northampton, Mass. She won a
scholarship offered by Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
Dr. Kaye Lamb, Arts '27, is cheerful
and active as provincial librarian
and archivist for the Provincial
Library, Victoria.
At least six graduates are working
for advanced degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Arthur E. Buller, Arts '33, is studying for a Ph.D. in geology. Moses
Long, Sc. '37, is doing graduate
work in electrical engineering. A.
P. Hrennikoff, Sc. '30, is working in
civil engineering. Gilbert Hooley,
Arts '34, Howard McMahon, Arts
'35, are both research fellows in
the department of chemistry of the
M.I.T. Graduate School and are
working for their Ph.D. degrees.
Pat. Hurley, Sc. '34, is a part-time
instructor and working toward a
Ph.D. in geology.
According to Art. Buller, who supplied the above information, several U.B.C. men were at the Geological Society of America meeting
in New York last Christmas. They
included Carmen Ridland, Sc. '36,
Kenneth Watson, Sc. '37, and William Patmore, Arts 36, who are doing graduate work in geology at
Princeton University; Vladimar
Okulitch, Sc. '31, who is teaching
geology at the University of Toronto; and John Stevenson, Sc. '30,
who is resident mining engineer
for the B.C. Government.
Catherine Miller, Arts '38, is studying at the Toronto Conservatory of
Jean A. C. Graham, Arts '26, was in
Canada on five months' furlough
until recently. She has returned to
her post as missionary in a welfare
settlement in East Tokio, where
she has spent the past five years.    |
Mrs. Thomas Easterbrook, (Dorothy
Mary Walker, Arts '33), is residing
in Brandon, Man., where her husband is a professor at Brandon
Dorothy Peterson, Arts '37, is doing
social service work in Oregon.
Ruth McCullough, Arts '32, is a librarian at McGill University.
Mrs. A. W. H. Needier (Alfreda Berkeley, Arts '26) won her Ph.D. in
biology at the University of Toronto and married Dr. A. W. H. Needier,, both in 1930. She is living at
Elerslie,   Prince    Edward    Island,
Dr. Davidson, Arts '28, (Ph.D.,
Harvard) recently resigned as executive director of the Vancouver Welfare Federation to accept one of the
most responsible positions in the B.C.
Government, that of director of social welfare. Under Hon. G. M. Weir,
he will have charge of the far-flung
health and welfare services of the
provincial administration, with headquarters in Victoria.
He succeeded Dr. Harry M. Cassidy, Arts '23 (Ph.D., Brookings Institution), who resigned to go to the
University of California, where he is
creating a new department of social
welfare. At the moment he is touring
the continent to study his new duties
under a grant made possible by the
Rockefeller Foundation.
whefe her husband carries on research in oysters for the Dominion
Government. She has three children, two girls and a boy, and still
finds time for a bit of work in biology as a hobby.
Amy Seed, Arts '37, is in Europe on
an extended trip. She sailed in
Two graduates are United Church
ministers  in  mining  communities.
Rev. A. L. Anderson, Arts '34, has
Stewart, Premier, Big Mossouri
and Anyox for his field. Rev.
George Pringle, Arts '34, is at Bra-
Robert L. Bennet, Sc. '35, worked for
two years at Premier Mine as as-
sayer and mill engineer, then returned for the master's degree in
1938.   He is now at Carnegie Tech.
Tom Bucham, Sc. '38, is an engineer
at the Silbak-Premier Mine, Premier, B.C.
Gavin A. Dirom, Sc. '32, worked at
Premier Mine for several years and
was recently transferred to the
Vancouver office, where he is in
charge of examination of properties for Premier Co. He is married
and the father of a daughter born
last summer.
Ken. N. Stewart, Arts '32, is mill en
gineer at Premier. He was formerly assayer at the Sullivan Mine
in Kimberley. Other mining engineers at Premier include J. G.
Pearcey, Sc. '27, mine superintendent; and Al. Kirby, Sc. '36, senior
mine shifter.
James Mitchell, Sc. '32, is Provincial
Government resident mining engineer at Lillooet.
W. J. G. Aalbersberg, Ag. '33, is engaged in commercial bulb culture
at Woodland, Washington.
Dr. Lindsay Black, Ag. '29 (Ph.D.
Cornell), has a National Research
Council fellowship in biological
sciences at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, Princeton, N.J.
Thomas G. How, Arts '35, has an assistantship in physics at Perdue
University, La Fayette, Indiana.
Bob. Walker, Sc. '36, has a scholarship at Carnegie Tech., Pasadena,
Three sciencemen with the Anglo-
Persian Oil Co. at Bahrein Island
in the Persian Gulf include Harold
Knight, Sc. '37, Rupert Ross, Sc.
'37, Bob. Machin, Sc. '38, and John
Light, Sc. '38.
Percy Sandwell, Sc. '35, is assistant
to the engineer in charge of production of paper machinery with
the Dominion Bridge and Dominion Machinery Co. of Montreal.
F. C. Brooks, Ag. '33, is teaching at
Lord Byng High School.
W. C. Cameron, Ag. '25, is with the
department of agriculture, Ottawa.
Mrs. T. H. Boggs, Jr. (Mamie Moloney, Arts '29) is a member of the
society staff of The Vancouver Sun.
Victor E. Fabrl, Arts '32, is practicing law in Trail. St. John Madeley,
Arts & Com. '33, is in the same
town as editor of the Trail Times.
When last heard from, Donald C. S.
Macdonald, Arts & Com. '35, was in
the travel department of the Bank
of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Dr. Patrick D. McTaggart-Cowan,
Arts '33, is at Botwood, Newfoundland, a landing station for Imperial
Airways' Atlantic service, as an expert with the Dominion Meteorological Service. His principal work
is in forecasting weather and flying
conditions. At present he is visiting
in Vancouver.
George Tamaki, Arts '38, who graduated with first class honors in economics, is the only Japanese among
the 60,000 people in Halifax. He is
studying law at Dalhousie.
Edwin Lovell, Arts '35, Jack Fisher,
Arts '35, Reid Fordyce, Science '35,
and James Pyle, Arts '35, are a
quartette at McGill, all from the
same year and all working for Ph.
Alan Spragge, Arts '34, is teaching at
Abbotsford. He was formerly at
George Volkoff, winner of the Governor-General's gold medal in 1934,
is  pursuing  a  brilliant  career  in
physics at the University of Cali-
• fornia. April 5, 1939
|      Marriages
E c
George E. Clayton, to Olive Selfe,
Arts '31, in January, in Vancouver.
Freth Edmonds, Arts '38, to Barbara
Watts, Arts '35, in December, in
Bellingham, residing in Vancouver.
Bob Fraser, Sc. '34, to Alice Goepel,
in February.
Dr. James A. Gibson, Arts '31, to
Caroline Stein, of Philadelphia, in
December, in Philadelphia, residing at 120 Riverdale Avenue, Ottawa.
Gerald H. Gwyn, Sc. '37, of Zeballos,
to Bertha Hamilton, in March, in
John Halse, to Jean Lowrle, Arts '37,
in Vancouver, in March.
Flight-Lieut. Walter Kennedy, R.C.
A.F., Sc. '35, to Patricia MacKinnon, Arts '34, in December, in Vancouver, residing in Trenton, Ont.
Rroderick Knight, to Isobel Macar-
thur, Arts '32, in February, in Vancouver.
John Lecky, to Beverley Cunningham, Arts '38, in September, in
Vancouver, living in Toronto.
Harold S. Mahon, Arts '39, to Sybil
Chapman, in West Vancouver, in
S. P. Mariatt, Com. 36, to Vera Cox,
in March, in Vancouver.
Francis Milierd, to Helen Thompson,
Arts '33, in March, in Vancouver.
William McGavv, to Helen Lamb, Arts
'28 in December, in Vancouver.
Peter O'Brian, Arts '36, to Mary Cov-
erton, in February.
Warren Parker, Com. '33, to Adele
Black, in December, in Vancouver.
Albert E. Pike, Sc. '33, to Elizabeth
Mary MacLean, in December, in
Vancouver, residing in Wells, B.C.
Laverne Porter, to Alice Davidson,
Arts '33, in December, in Vancouver.
Dr. Douglas Telford, Arts '28, to Shirley Crickmore, in December, in
Flight-Lieut. James Verner, R.C.A.F.,
Sc. '35, to Isabella Hamilton, in December, in Toronto, residing in
Belleville, Ont.
H. V. G. Wheeler, Sc. '34, to Eleanor
Walker, Arts '34, in January, in
Victoria, residing in Granville, Yukon.
To Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Allen, Arts
31, (Elaine McKillop), a daughter,
in March.
To Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Brock, Sc.
*36, (Vera Robson), a son, In December, in Arvida, Quebec.
To Mr. and Mrs. Edgar N. Brown,
Arts '31, (Grace Thrower, Arts '34),
a daughter, in March.
To Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Carre, Sc.
'33 (Joy Campbell), a son, in March.
To Dr. and Mrs. John V. Coleman,
Arts '30, (Sheila Tisdall, Arts '3D,
of Duncan, a son, in Vancouver, in
To Mr. and Mrs. Mark Collins, Arts
and Com. '34, (Phae Van Dusen,
Arts '35), a daughter, in March.
To Mr. and Mrs.  Robert T. Elson,
(Georgina MacKinnon, Arts '22), a
daughter, in August.
To Mr. and Mrs. Alex Fisher, Com.
'32, (Lois TourteUotte, Arts '31), a
daughter, in January.
To Dr. and Mrs. Dal. Grauer, Arts
"25, (Shirley Woodward), a daughter, in February, in Toronto.
To Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Haggerty,
Sc. '32, (Irene Poole), a son, in January.
To Mr. and Mrs. Alan J. McLuckie,
Arts '30, (Jean Dobson), a daughter
in March, in Vernon.
To Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Murphy,
Arts '29, (Winifred Lockie), a
daughter, in January.
To Mr. and Mrs. W. Kimball Nichols,
Arts '30, (Jean Telford, Arts '3D, a
son, in February, in San Francisco.
To Mr. and Mrs. Myles Ritchie, Arts
'36, (Marjory Denby), a daughter,
in February.
To Mr. and Mrs. Victor Rogers, Sc.
'33, (Ruth Wltbeck, Arts '33), of
Flin Flon, a daughter, in Vancouver, in January.
To Mr. and Mrs. Winston Shilvock,
Arts '31, (Marie Brouse), a daughter, in March.
To Dr. and Mrs. David Steele, Arts
'29, a son, in March.
To Mr. and Mrs. Ross Tolmle, Arts
'29, (Helene Ladner), a son, in
March, in Ottawa.
To Mr. and Mrs. Fred Weir, (Fraser
Mackay, Arts '32), a son, in January.
Herbert  Henry  Dunmore,   Arts   '33,
in March, in Vancouver.
John Frederick Jakeway, Arts '32, in
July, in Vancouver.
David Carey, Arts '38, has won his
rugby and hockey colors at Exeter College, Oxford, and has been
elected rugger secretary for his
college. He was the 1938 Rhodes
Dora Wilkie, Nursing '37, is at New
York University working toward a
master's degree. Other nurses taking postgraduate work are Lyle
Creelman, '36, who Is at Columbia
University, and Gerry Homfray,
*31, who is at Peabody College,
Nashville, Tenn.
Muriel Upshall, Nursing '29, is supervisor of the student health service
at U.B.C. Three nurses who are
teaching are 'Catherine Cllbborn,
'35, who is tecahing in the University Hospital, Edmonton; Frances
McQuarrie, '36, who is an instructress at the Vancouver General Hospital; and Ethel Rolston, '36, teaching at Holy Cross Hospital, Calgary.
Helen Parker, Com. '37, is a member
of the staff of the Vital Statistics
division of the Provincial Board of
Health, Victoria.
Verna Stinson, Arts '30, formerly
with the Vancouver Children's Aid
Society, is now a member of the
Provincial  Welfare   Field  Service
Congratulations -
On your new publication—another
expression of loyalty to your Alma
Mater and friendly interest in your
fellow grads.
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Courses leading to degrees in the Faculty of Arts and
Science are given in the various Departments—about
forty courses in all. In addition courses carrying
credit with the Department of Education—without
University credit—are offered in Music Appreciation,
Guidance, Librarianship and Physical Education. The
Summer Session Announcement with regulations and
full details of courses and lectures may be obtained
from the Registrar.
in Victoria.
Others in government service in Victoria include Jean Gilley, Arts '27,
secretary to Dr. George Davidson,
Arts '28, director of social welfare
for the B.C. Government, and Dr.
J. S. Gull, Arts '26, assistant provincial health officer.
Don. Fisher, Ag. '33, is with the Dominion Experimental Farm, Summerland, and M. F. Clarke, '35, is
with the Agassiz Experimental
Ramon Federoff, Ag. '34, is a teacher
in Harbin Community School, Harbin, Manchukuo.
In the poultry service of the federal
department of agriculture in Ottawa is H. S. Gutteridge, Ag. '25.
Jack Frost, Arts '31, andFred Grau
er, Arts '30, are both doing postgraduate work in medicine at Edinburgh University. They are graduates of McGill Medical School.
C. W. Argue, Ag. '25, was a professor of biology at the University of
New Brunswick when last heard
Raghbir Singh Bans, Ag. '35, is studying law in England.
Formerly on the U.B.C. faculty, J. C.
Berry, Ag. '27, is studying for his
dortorate at Iowa State College.
"I wonder if radio is a success in
the police ears?"
"Oh yes: when a prisoner won't
talk they threaten to tune in on a
crooner." THE     GRADUATE     CHRONICLE
April 5, 1939
A Vice-Regal Congregation
Lord Tweedsmuir at U.B.C.
Following is the text of the acceptance address of Lord Tweedsmuir, Governor-General of Canada, after he received an honorary
degree from the University of B.C. on March 17:
npHIS afternoon I am going to do a bold thing, since one who is no scien-
•*• tist proposes to speak to you about science. Some time ago a well-
known British scientist, a professor in a Scottish University, wrote a letter
to the press in which he protested against the prominence still given to
literary, philosophic and artistic interests, the subjects which we call the
humanities. These, he said, belonged to the old dying capitalist regime;
they were mere virtuosity and had no relation to the realities of the modern
world. The one thing that mattered for forward-looking people was applied
science. "The spark-gap," he concluded, "is mightier than the pen." Well,
I am not quite sure what a "spark-gap" is, but I do not propose to imitate
the professor's intolerance. I have no doubt whatever the 'spark-gap" may
be it is extremely important. My own studies, except that I am an ardent
field naturalist, have lain mostly in the despised humanist class. Now
there is one humanist study of supreme value, it seems to me, and that is
the business of government, the art of administration, the science of social
I am going to ask you to consider
with me the part which applied sci-^orkers.    Even if these figures re-
ence must play in that task which
concerns us all so deeply As members of a civilized society I want you
to consider, as citizens, the importance of scientific research to the
State, and, as young men and women, its romance and adventure for
Scientific research has been going
on in some form or other since the
world began; today it has not only
-reached a-height undreamed of before, but it has become not a hobby
or a luxury but an imperious necessity. We are the slaves of our own
We can only preserve the standard
which we have set ourselves by the
constant exertion of human intelligence and ingenuity. It means that
scientists must be always on the
watch to discover newer and better
processes in production and distribution. It means that industry must
be eager to make use of the results
of scientific research and to adopt
scientific methods. It means more.
Research cannot be left only to the
universities or to the private enterprise of great business corporations.
It must be an activity of the state
itself, a resognized function of government.
I think this duty is pretty well recognized today by the chief nations
of the world. Let me take three
examples. Russia, first of all. Perhaps Russia is not quite a fair example, for after a revolution a country has to be built on a new model
irom the bottom, and is therefore a
fair field for scientific construction
since there is very little traditional
debris to hinder. Moreover, it is not
very easy to be quite certain as to
what is happening in Russia. But
the facts, so far as we can judge, are
impressive. Russia's annual expend-
itur on research seems to be about
five hundred million dollars and her
research budget is being annually
increased. There are over eight hundred institutes engaged in the work
und  nearly fifty  thousand  scientific
quire to be drastically scaled down
it is clear that Russia recognizes to
the full the importance of applied
science in national life.
I pass to Great Britain. There we
have first of all the Department of
Scientific and Industrial Research
which covers a large proportion of
British industries, and which is responsible for the National Physical
Laboratory, the Fuel, Food and
Building research institutions, the
Biological survey, and other lesser
matters. Its annual budget is about
two and a half million dollars. Then
there is the Medical Research Council and the Agricultural Research
Council. These are all directly or
indirectly controlled by the Government and work in collaboration with
the research departments of private
I come to Canada. If you go to
Ottawa you will see an exceedingly
handsome new building above the
Ottawa River, not very far from
Government House. That is the National Research Council which came
of age two years ago. Its laboratories and its staff deal with practically every branch of applied science.
It is organized in six main divisions:
administration, research information, mechanical engineering, physics and electrical engineering, chemistry, biology, and agriculture. Like
its British counterpart, it works in
close collaboration with big industrial corporations who bring to it their
problems and assist in working them
cut. Its staff is just over two hundred men and women, of whom eighty-nine are university graduates. The
Council also assists in the different
universities special lines of research
of which it approves. It is well worth
the while of any of you, next time
you go to Ottawa, to pay a visit to
the National Research Council. You
will find it a hive of fascinating activities, and you will learn more in an
afternoon there about the real prospects of our country than you will
from a year of speeches or newspa
per articles.
Let me give you a few examples of
the immense pecuniary value to private industries, and to the country
at large, of the work done by research departments.
First for Britain. Some time ago
the Government undertook a certain
piece of electrical research which
cost altogether four hundred thousand dollars. It is now estimated that
the saving to the electrical industry
as a result of that research is five
million dollars per annum. Again,
a certain piece of research in the
iron and steel industry has led to an
annual saving of two million dollars
in coke, and of seven and a half million dollars in finished steel. To take
smaller items. The investigation into apple disease has led to an annual
saving to British agriculture of one
pnd a quarter million dollars; and
some experiments in the preservation of meat have meant a saving of
half a million dollars to the meat
trade. The total cost of the apple
and meat researches was only two
hundred thousand dollars.
I turn to Canada and the work of
the National Research Council. Brilliant work has been done on grain
research, and the discovery of rustproof wheat; on potato research; on
weed research; on certain field crop
diseases; and on the storage and the
transport of food. That work is continuing and it is not possible yet to
estimate its results; but they are
very great. Rust-resisting wheat, as
you know, was supplied for the
spring sowing last year in large
quantities, and that meant a great
saving to the farming industry, for
there have been losses due to rust in
one season alone of one hundred million dollars. It is the same with the
prevention of weeds. Weeds in Western Canada cost the farmer something like eighty million dollars a
year, and every success in this matter is sheer gain.
I pass to another subject: the aid
that science has given to our work
in the air, on which depends, I think,
the future of the Canadian North.
There is first the really extraordinary development of survey from air
photographs, a task which would
have been perfectly impossible by the
old methods in the more remote districts. Then there is the cathode-
ray compass, our own Canadian invention. It is going to enable an
airman to know his course and position from moment to moment, whatever the visibility. This will mean
a great deal to our air work, and I
hope you realize what that air work
stands for. It is the biggest thing of
its kind in the world. The freight
carried by air in Canada is eighty
per cent of the total for the British
Empire; three and a half times that
of the total of the United States, and
cne-third of the total for the world.
They are working now at the National  Research   Council   on   plant
hormones, those chemical substances
which control the vital processes of
living matter. We have cheapened
the cost of these hormones and made
it practical to use them both in forestry and agriculture. Consider what
a weapon this gives us to fight weeds
and drought and soil drifting, since
it enables us enormously to expedite
the growth of a plant. By their use
wheat will grow fast enough to get
ahead of the weeds, and to establish
itself before a drought.
Before the war the Canadian steel
industry used a refractory furnace
lining which came from Austria. We
have now discovered a Canadian substitute, with the result that foreign
imports have ceased and our local industries have enormously developed,
both in quantity and quality. The
researches which led to this development were ridiculously cheap compared to the value of the results; being less than the additional freight
revenue in one year of a single railway which carried the products of
the steel industry.
We are entitled to claim that the
economic health of a country is
largely dependent upon how it makes
use of the possibilities of science.
There is no country in the world yet,
I think, which is fully awake to this
matter. At any rate there is none in
which the financial outlay by the
government is adequate to the importance of the subject. The research items in our budgets are ludicrously small, when we think that
the return is often many thousands
per cent. However, that approaches
politics and politics are not my topic today. What I want to impress
upon you is the magnificent chance
this research work offers to youth.
Consider what it is. It is first of
all the search for truth. Unless a
rigorous scientific standpoint is
maintained there will be no results.
In the first instance what is needed
is what we may call pure science
without any utilitarian purpose, for
it is only with that point of view that
the great discoveries are made. The
discoveries of practical value always
come as by-products in the search for
At present we have nothing like
enough posts for research, and they
are nothing like adequately paid. But
that will change; it must change, as
governments and people become alive
to the immense importance of the
task. To you younger people who
have not decided upon a profession,
but whose minds are active and enterprising, I want to suggest that
here may be found a satisfying life's
work. First of all it is based on the
highest purpose—the pursuit of
truth, the unfettered exercise of the
human reason. In the second place,
it is a work of profound public importance; the men and women who
undertake it are in the fullest sense
servants of the state. And in the
third place it offers a life which can
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Eating A Dress
In moments of exasperation, I
have often threatened to eat my shirt.
For several reasons, of course, I
never carried out my one-button-left
intention. Had I done so I should
have been in much the same position
as the Irishman to whom a secondhand dealer was trying to sell a
"And what wud oi do with a
trunk?" asked the unwilling customer.
"Why, put your clothes in it," replied  the  salesman.
"An' go widdout any?" queried the
Although at no time have I eaten
a shirt, I must confess that on one
occasion I did eat my wife's dress. I
was in Toronto on business when I
received a letter from my wife in
Vancouver. Among other things, I
was ordered to purchase and bring
back a certain divine dress that then
adorned a shop window on Yonge
street, and had, according to her To-
rontonian friend, been made just for
her (my wife).
Husband-like, I forgot all about the
matter until an hour or so before my
train left for the West. From Union
Station I sped up Yonge street in a
taxi, dashed into the store, and asked
for the wonderful creation. But when
I saw the price-tag—$19.75—I suddenly realized that all the money I
had left was $21.50. And I further
realized that it was either no dress
•and something to eat during the
homeward journey, or the dress and
seventy-five cents to starve on for
four days and nights. My soul succumbed to my stomach, and I snailed
out to the street.
By the time the train got to Sudbury, I had eaten the hem of my
wife's dress. At Winnipeg, the
sleeves were gone, along with the
frilly edges that tickled my throat as
they went down. When Regina was
reached I had reached the uncomfortable stage of having chewed an
indigestible leather belt and several
tinny flowers. Calgary saw the skirt
and collar disappear. Going through
the Rockies, I finished the business;
ate all the red buttons, and hiccoughed the rest of the way to the
At Field, I sent a telegram ahead
to prepare the future. Upon my arrival, the first question asked was:
"What's this crazy thing in your telegram about eating my dress?" My
wife listened in voluminous silence
as I hastened with my explanations.
"Instead of eating my dress, I don't
see why you didn't choke on that new
hat of yours," was all she said. That's
all she said.
Alumni are not poets—of, if so, they keep it secret—but the editor's
mailbag has received a few prose contributions and letters, from which the
following selection has been made. It is to be hoped that other graduates
will bestir themselves to do likewise.
By a coincidence, the two longest contributions came from British
Guiana. H. S. Fowler spent nearly a year in the tropical swamps ori a
mining venture and is now back with the Consolidated Mining & Smelting
Co. at Trail. Rev. James Dunn, who published a chapbook of his work not
long ago, has charge of the Canadian Presbyterian Mission at New Amsterdam, British Guiana.
Impressions of British Guiana
By H. S. FOWLER, Sc. '33
\ BOUT a year ago I received surprise orders to go to British Guiana, as
**■ assistant to Mr. A. S. Hudson of Toronto, who had gone down the
previous August. The idea seemed interesting, but it was with some regret
that! put away my skis, left Kimberly, B.C., under a blanket of three feet
of fluffy snow, and landed at Georgetown on March 11th. The sky was
clear, and the temperature about 80 degrees in the shade.
When I arrived, Mr. Hudson was?	
in the jungle up the Cuyuni River,
so I was met by a Mr. Logan. Mr.
Logan informed me that I was fortunate in my time of arrival, for we
were just entering the short dry season. I was favorably impressed. A few
hours later it clouded up, and rained
over 5 inches in sixteen hours. After
three days in town, I was supposed
to fly up the Cuyuni to join Mr.
Hudson, but it was March 20th before it stopped raining long enough
for the pilot, Mr. Art. Williams, to
That day we flew through much
fog and rain, and we had to follow
all the twists and turns of the Cuyuni River to avoid getting lost. The
interesting part about the trip was
that I never saw the ground, for the
dense vegetation hid it completely,
and overhung the rivers so far as to
obscure the banks.
While up the river I found that I
had to re-learn all my geology, for
in British Guiana they do not have
granite, quartz, or even rock. The
principal mineral is catchcow, and
other materials are referred to as
granite-stone and rock-stone.
On my first trip I received a lasting impression of the lack of intelligence and ambition of most of the
thickness down a hundred feet* or
more to the ground, where they take
root and grow to a thickness of three
or four inches.
I measured the rainfall at our
camp and found on several occasions
that half an inch fell in less than
twenty minutes.
After a few months in the Colony's
tropical warmth and humidity, I
found myself getting lazy and losing
ambition. It no longer seemed any
wonder that the entire gold production of British Guiana is equalled by
each of several B.C. mines. Few people here do any more work than necessary to make a bare existence.
The country's main industry, the
production of raw cane sugar, is, I
believe, subsidized by the Imperial
Government. Considering my own
feeling, I think it commendable indeed that my fellow alumnus, James
Dunn, continues so vigorously the
performance of his missionary work
in the Berbice, or eastern part of the
Colony. I do not know of any other
alumni here, but many Science men
will be glad to know that Max Legg
is still alive and kicking, and married.
A month's trip in the North West
District disclosed the  fact that the
natives, but I am getting used to that | coastal  region  there  comprises  one
"What's the matter with the boss's
eyes, Joe," asked the foreman.
"Nothing that I know of," replied
the bookkeeper, "What makes you
ask that?"
"Well," began the foreman, "he
just called me to the office a few
minutes ago, and twice while I was
in there he asked me where my hat
was. And it was on my head all the
now. The first trip down the river by
launch was quite a thrill, for we ran
most of the numerous rapids.
At Easter I got my worst impression of the Colony, for I spent the
week-end in the hospital with malaria. I should not have mmded that
if the hospital had had pretty nurses,
but it had not.
Georgetown itself gives an impression somewhat as I imagine Holland
would, for it has miles of wall to
keep out the sea. The town is below
high-tide level and is drained by
canals through sluice gates that are
opened at low tide.
No color line exists in the Colony,
and the resultant mixture of races in
Georgetown is, in many instances,
On my second trip in the bush I
found the various forms of vegetation interesting. Some parasitic types
start at the tree tops, and send tentacles, quarter of an inch or less in
enormous sea-level swamp, in which
flourishes a fantastic growth of
wierd forms of vegetation through
which meander a maze of wide, deep,
crooked rivers, and from which rise
occasional hills to a height of three
hundred feet or so. The view from
farms on these hills, framed by palm
thatched huts and sugar cane, made
a delightful change from the darkness of the jungle. Boating through
shallow, lily-studded channels (or
'itabus'), which thread their tortuous
way through the open, swampy savannahs, was delightful indeed.
Christmas in the Colony was green.
Here people celebrate, not New Year
but Old Years.
Mr. Hudson has just remarked that
all my descriptions may be summed
up in three letters MUD, which
brings me to the most important impression I have gained here, namely:
U.B.C. is a grand University and
Canada is the country for me.
Don't We All?
Just three inches and one-fifth of a
second separated the nose of Mr.
Pennywistle from a fist which shot
about in vicious abandon before his
face. Mr. Pennywistle was going to
have his nose punched. At least such
was the expectation which at that
moment distressed Mr. Pennywistle's
tender breast. And it was an expectation assured of an inevitable and
immediate fulfillment by the Neanderthal possessor of the fist.
Mr. Pennywistle made a hurried
resolution three months before the
New Year that never again would he
throw away, without looking, a used
but still hot match. For upon this
occasion the match, instead of cooling off in the Pullman smoker's spittoon, had chosen to expire upon the
shapely shank of a man seated opposite Mr. Pennywistle. Unfortunately,
the death of the match brought life
to leg, arm, and voice of him who
bellowed at Mr. Pennywistle the following felicitous phrases:
"Youse dirty HI' runt! Whadda ya
tink youse doin' ? Yer altogedder too
free with yer cheap matches. I gotta
good mind ter pop ya one on der
snoot. An' Id'd be jes too bad fer
that beezer of yers ef I did. I guess
ya know who I am, dontcha? Say,
guy, if ever I landed ya one like I
did that mug las' night youdda croak
cn de spot. Did I make a mess outa
riat bird? Hot spit, fella, I jus, about
murdered him. I'll betcha even his
mother ain't recognized 1m_yet_after .
de plastering I give 'im last night.
De scrap only went tree rouns. Say,
guy, I comes outa my corner in dat
las' roun' an' I jes' bangs 'im round
so thet he ain't "
At this juncture the recital was interrupted by a voice calling from the
train's corridor—"Hey, Butch! Are
ya' comin'? Snap outa it! Dis here's
our station." Mr. Pennywistle's friend
abruptly broke off his monologue
with a last punctuating poke at the
Pennywistlian proboscis, and barked
out of the smoker.
Mr. Pennywistle relaxed. After
thanking Arius, Leo, and Jupiter for
his escape from annihilation, he
turned to his newspaper.
The headlines of the sporting page
caught his eye. "Champ Smears
Challenger in Three Rounds—Challenger No Match—Fight a Walkover
for Champion." Glaring out from
the paper were two pictures of the
gorilla features of civilization's most
highly-paid citizens. Mr. Pennywistle's nose shrank. For one of the
amiable countenances was that of his
erstwhile "Butch". Mr. Pennywistle
again praised his astral angels; but
as he looked further his forehead
creased in puzzlement. Printed under
"Butch's" physiognomy was the caption—"Battling Butch—The Challenger."
Slowly Mr. Pennywistle read the
accompanying account of the bout.
When he had finished, he proceeded
to light his pipe. As the match guttered out on the floor, Mr. Pennywistle muttered to himself—half indignantly, half shamefacedly—"Well,
don't we all?" THE     GRADUATE     CHRONICLE
April 5, 1939
The Graduate Chronicle
A quarterly journal owned by and devoted to the interests of
The Alumni Association of The University of British Columbia.
EDITOR: Edgar N. Brown
Mrs. Doris Barton Ross
On a Quill Pen
SOME test of the unity and alertness of alumni will be provided
by the results of the election of fifteen Senators, which is now
in progress by mail. The Alumni Association has nominated a
panel of ten candidates and has officially asked all members of the
Association to support it. For the remaining five seats on Senate,
there is a choice among the other sixteen nominees.
Actually, of course, the association has an overwhelming
majority in Convocation and could, if it wished, elect any group
it chose. Theoretically, the association could nominate and elect
fifteen members of last spring's graduating class and send them
to Senate. There would be neither wisdom nor sanity in such a
course, but there is both wisdom and sanity in the action which
has been taken. »
The seven members of the Alumni who have been nominated
have all proved their worth again and again. Their names and
qualifications have been listed in another place. Here, it is sufficient to say they represent the varied interests, districts and age
groups of the province as completely as graduates from a young
university can. The three non-graduates on the slate are older
and are eminent in their respective spheres of education, engineering and pulp and paper.
It is highly important that the Alumni should have adequate
representation in the Senate, especially in view of the fact that
three members of that body are elected to sit as mmbers of the
Board of Governors. The association is old enough and strong
enough to begin to exert far more influence in the administration
of the University than has been the case heretofore. In a very
real sense, the Alumni have a vested interest in the University and
it-is their-duty- to protect it. It is, therefore, from the viewpoint
of enlightened self-interest that the association has asked every
graduate to vote for the ten official nominees and ensure their
THE reception accorded the first issue of the new Chronicle,
published last December, has gratified the executive. There
were a few criticisms (which were much appreciated) but no
serious objections. Granted the co-operation of the membership,
this journal will continue and may, before so very many years,
become a monthly.
The co-operation has not, so far, been as great as was hoped.
Only a fraction of the membership has taken the trouble to send
their fees to the treasurer. A far smaller fraction has bothered to
send contributions and items of interest to the editor. It is hoped
that this appeal will meet with the response it deserves. The money
is badly need, while The Chronicle is what the accosiation makes it.
A third and very important need at this time is co-operation
in preparing a correct list of the names and addresses of more
than 4000 members of the association. The executive, using every
source available, has revised it to the extent of changing hundreds
of addresses. At the present time, the list is more nearly accurate
than it has been for many years, yet there must be scores of
inaccuracies yet. Every member of the Alumni Association is
earnestly requested to send any information in his possession to
the editor.
MORE and more it is being said that war is inevitable. Certainly it is true that the prospects for an enduring peace are
receding. The parallel between 1914 and 1939 is becoming closer,
week after week, with the only major difference the fact that in
these days the intensity of preparations is greater and the outlook
immeasurably more terrible.
The outlook is terrible, partly because of the slaughter and
destruction implicit in war, but more because of the implications
of war for the future of such men and women as the members of
the Alumni Association.
The debts of the last war have not been paid and the waste
has not been replenished. Another war will put an unbearable
burden on the economic structure of the world. It will mean the
economic collapse of this and other countries, a consequent social
TO G. J. S.
By H. T. J. Coleman
With such a pen as this in years agone
Shakespeare his sonnets wrote and Spenser
His tribute to his Faerie Queene.  Its aid
Attended Chaucer in the gracious dawn
Of English verse as he set out upon
His Canterbury Journey.  And it played
Its needful part when Magna Carta stayed
The tyrant might of the usurping John.
The regal swan, the humble barnyard goose
Gave freely of their quills—the art of man
Trimmed them with care and shaped them to his use;
And writing made secure what thought began.
What once had served to speed the flight of birds
Found nobler mission in the flight of words.
NOTE: This sonnet was composed by Professor Coleman and dedicated to
Professor Spencer to commemorate the "royal quill," plucked from one of
His Majesty's Royal swams on the Thames, with which Lord Tweedsmuir
signed the University register on'the occasion of his receiving an honorary
degree on March 17.
The following letter, typical of
many received, is from Arthur E.
Buller, Arts '33, who is working toward a Ph.D. in geology at Massa-
chusetts Institute of Technology. It
is the kind which delights an editor's
and treasurer's heart:
Dear Edgar:
I recently received, by a very circuitous route, a copy of the December issue of the Graduate Chronicle,
which I enjoyed very much. Congratulations on the results of your effort.
I think the idea of such a pubHcation
every couple of months, or oftener if
possible, is a damn fine one. I know
that I certainly appreciate getting
news of all the guys and gals I know
when I am so far from most of them
and from other sources of news.
I sent Fred Bolton my dues for the
coming year and I trust that he will
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never be dull, for it is a life of perpetual adventure. You can never tell
what small by-product of your enquiries may not turn out to be an
^poch-making discovery which ,will
change the fate of a nation. There
can be nothing narrow and stereotyped about a task which is a continuous fruitful groping into the unknown.
The cost of admission to an automobile show is neglible, it is the cost
of getting out again that counts.
see to it that I get a copy of the
Chronicle next issue.
I am enclosing a short news item
on people from U.B.C. that are in
this part of the country. I haven't
got all there are, but even this partial list may be of some use to you.
Financial Statement
November 1st, 1937—October 15th, 1938
Balance—Nov.  1,  1937 $426.26
Cash    23
Annual    $ 179.50
24 Full Life    240.00
3 Completing Life.     24.00
Reunion Dance:
Sale of Tickets $746.25
Expenses      637.62
Convocation Tea:
Receipts  $    7.00
Expenses         5.60
TOTAL     $980.02
Annual Dinner   $  30.41
Chronicle    278.90
Overcrowding     134.30
Brock Memorial
Drive   66.23
Rugby Club    50.03
Stationary and
Postage     38.77
Sundries      104.38
Baalnce in Bank
Oct.   15th,  1938 $313.42
Outstanding Cheques..    38.05
Cash on Hand        1.63
TOTAL    $980.02
collapse, and the end of the world as we know it.
No man knows the answer after that. For in a shipwreck,
who can say what he will find at the bottom of the sea? But
already, in Canada and elsewhere, the opposing forces of a potential internal struggle are marshalling their forces.
If this is an age of fighting, in all senses of the word, then
alumni must also fight. They must take stock of the world, sift
out their principles and allegiances, and enter the conflict. God
knows, in the days ahead, there will be a premium on intelligent


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