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VOL. I., No. 1
^ .V /L British Columbia
.VER, B.C., DECEMBER 15,  1938
8 Pages
secretary, was elected president
of the Alumni Association to succeed Milton Owen at the annual
meeting in Hudson's Bay (jo. dining
room on October 21. There was an
attendance of more than 200 members.
Other members of the executive include: Miss Ardy Beaumont, vice-
president \ Miss Alice Daniels of New
Westminster, secretary; Fred Bol-
> ton,»treasurer.;;>Edjrar-N. Brown-, editor of ^ublicaUonssfJBerjt^sStntthj.re^;
cords secretary, W. O. Banfleld, auditor.
Mr. Owen's annual report stressed
the increasing measure of cooperation between the University administration, undergraduate body and
alumni. The executive, he said, had
been particularly concerned with attempting to alleviate overcrowding
on the campus and he expressed the
hope that a building program would
be laid down this year.
On motion of Tom Watney, retiring treasurer, it was agreed to set
aside one-half of the current surplus,
amounting to $277, and one-half of
future income from life membership fees for a capital trust fund, to
be disbursed by vote of annual meetings.
Dr. W. Ivor Jennings of the University of London, visiting professor
of economics and government, was
the principal speaker. He was introduced by President L. S. Klinck.
Carson McGuire, president of the
Alma Mater Society, spoke briefly
and welcomed all graduates to a
dance in the Hotel Vancouver as
guests of the student body after the
A long-felt want on the university
campus is provided for this year with
the initial appearance of a Student
Directory. A complete file of names,
addresses, and telephone numbers is
included in this useful little book,
available for sale at the Students'
Council Office for 10c.
At the annual meeting of the
Alumni Associatoin in October, Ken
Beckett, the retiring »secretary, was
elected president to succeed Milton
The executive wishes to announce that plans are under
way for the Alumni Annual
Reunion Dance. It is to be
held on Monday, Boxing Day,
December 26th at the Commodore Cabaret and dancing will
start at 9 p.m.
A committee consisting of
Mr. Bruce Robinson, Mrs.
Kenneth Ingledew and Miss
Gwen Pym are assisting the
executive in the arrangements.
Some rather novel entertainment is being prepared by
Ian Douglas, which along with
yell-leading by Tommy Berto,
and a possible Alouette by Art
Lord, will lend an informal
touch to the supper intermission.
Tickets may be obtained
from any member of the executive or committee, or from
the treasurer at the door. We
expect to have a large crowd
and as Tuesday will be a holiday for many lucky people—
a real celebration will be in
COST IS OVER $425,000
TENTATIVE plans for construction of two new buildings on
the University campus were announced last week. If, as is
hoped, they are built within the next year, the acute overcrowding
which has gravely hampered the institution will be considerably
First, Hon. John Hart introduced and the Legislature passed
a bill authorizing a building loan of $350,000, if and when the
Lieutenant-Goernor-in-Couneil decides to proceed with it. Hon.
(t. M. Weir, in an earlier statement, announced the money woitld
be devoted to construction of the first unit of a department of
preventative medicine.
Second, construction of a,-.$75,000 Brock Memorial Union Building was
', regarded its; assured when thte'Board:,bf. Governors consented to petition the
Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council tor permission to allocate $2,500 annually
out of the University budget to retire a ten-year $25,000 bond issue to be
floated on the credit of the Alma Mater Society.
The preventative medicine building would provide increased classroom
and laboratory space for the departments of biology, bacteriology, zoology
and chemistry, as well as providing a new headquarters for the Provincial
Board of Health in Vancouver. No detailed plans or specifications are yet
The Union Building, which has been planned as a memorial to the late
Dean and Mrs. R. W. Brock for more than three years, may yet strike a
snag if the Board of Governors refuses permission for a Class B type of
structure, which is reinforced concrete exterior and a wood interior. Cost
of a Class A structure would be prohibitive.
Approximately $81,000 will be available if the $25,000 bond issue is successfully floated. Students have pledged themselves to raise an additional
$15,000 on their credit, about $10,000 has been collected by women workers
for the furnishings fund, and "smaller amounts have been raised by alumni,
faculty and other groups.
It will be located on the East Mall, north of the stadium and not far
from the gymnasium. Paving and beautifying of the'mall at an estimated
cost of $40,000 is expected to be undertaken by the Provincial Government.
Annual fees of one dollar (life membership is ten dollars) for
1939 are now due and payable to the treasurer.   Please remit as
soon as possible.
The Alumni Association is apparently launched on a new
program of expansion and vitality. It promises to be more powerful, more valuable to the university, and more beneficial to
members than ever before. Ambitious plans are being formulated and some of these will be announced in the March issue of
the Chronicle.
But, if fees are not paid, the executive and the active volunteers will be hamstrung. The Chronicle, for one thing, will be
forced to discontinue publication. This appeal must not go unanswered.
Please remit by cash or cheque to the treasurer, Fred Bolton,
1065 West Pender Street, Vancouver, B.C.; or to the president,
Kenneth M. Beckett, 800 Hall Building, Vancouver, B.C. Two
December 15, 1938
Through its increasing progress this year in a new direction,
U.B.C. establishes a closer, more helpful contact with rural British Columbia than it has heretofore been able to do. An expanded
program of lectures, group-study, craft and educational training
which reaches from the campus on Pt. Grey to Vancouver Island,
the lower mainland, upper country, and the north, is now in full
swing as organized and directed by the department of University
New   features  and   new   methods"	
distinguish the 1938-39 Extension program, under the direction of Dr.
Gordon Shrum. Most interesting of
them all is the educational Chautauqua at present stationed in Woodpecker, with additional classes nearby in Prince George. Mr. Kenneth
Caple and his staff have set up a
teaching plant to draw unemployed
young people from rural areas for
instruction in a dozen useful fields
of study. General farming, modern
homemaking, general education and
recreation are the three main lines
of subjects taught. The program is
a part of the Dominion Provincial
Youth Training Plan, operated in B.C.
by the Extension Department and
the Provincial Department of Agriculture.
Mr. Caple, a U.B.C. grad (Aggie
'26) came down this year from Summerland for the new work in Extension. The staff of five includes, in
fact, three alumni: Mr. Caple, Miss
Kathleen Milligan, and A. J. Rennie.
expert on soils.
Over an eight - weeks period,
they have moved in car and trailer
from Hazelmere to Prince George,
with additional schools at South-
bank, Telkwa, and Vanderhoof. In
the new year, their route will likely
be extended to include Kamloops,
Salmon Arm, Armstrong, Vernon,
Penticton, Oliver and Okanagan
Palls, contingent upon the completion of plans at present under way.
Men's courses include soils, field
crops, livestock, farm mechanics,
farm accounting, horticulture, dairying, poultry and marketing. Women's include nutrition, clothing, health,
handicrafts, poultry, horticulture,
farm accounting and marketing. The
age group is from 16 to 30, and the
instruction of course free.
Another feature of the Extension
program which brings the University into close touch with scattered
districts in the province is the Drama Course organized by Miss Dorothy Somerset. Director of the undergraduate Players' Club with conspicuous success for the past five years,
she has also organized the Drama
School of the Air, a popular broadcast feature, and the Summer School
Theatre this year, whose chef d'oeu-
vre was the stately "Trojan Women"
presented in August.
The   Drama   Courses  are   from   3
to 5 days, and cover problems of the
local theatre group: organization,
production, casting, scenery, voice,
and movement. Courses have recently been given at Courtenay and Ab-
botsford. They are offered at nominal cost to groups of about 30. Supplementary to the course is Miss
Somerset's catalogue of about 380
plays, which, along with children's
plays and reference books, are avail-
eble from the Extension Library to
groups throughout the province.
Reading courses in specific topics, drawn up by an authority in
each field, have been outlined for
numbers of study groups up-country
and elsewhere. Six courses have
been arranged, in Economics, Brit*
ish Columbia History, Practical Psychology, History of the Theatre, and
Modern Literature. These are divided under distinct topical headings
for group discussion, and each one
supplies as thorough an analysis of
its subject as the intelligent lay
group is likely to achieve. Extension Library service furnishes full
background reading to each group
registered with the Department.
In the Vancouver program, Evening Lectures occuy the largest
place. Six comprehensive evening
courses are currently in session.
Professor Thorlief Larsen directs a
new course in English Composition,
which has become instantly popular.
Mrs. John Creighton, wife of the
new Associate in the English department, and herself an Old Grad
(Sallee Murphy, Arts '23) is giving
a series on contemporary English
and continental Literature. Professor F. G. C. Wood has charge of a
course in Playwriting, an innovation. The consistently useful lecture
series covering General Botany, Amateur Gardening, and Poultry, are
given by Professor John Davidson,
Professors A. F. Barss, Howell Harris, and Frank Buck, and Professors
E.  A.  Lloyd  and  Jacob  Biely.
Other services always available
from the department include the Extension Library, the complete Visual
Instruction Service of Films, Slides,
and Projectors, and Radio. Daily
Broadcast of five-minute farm market reports from the University is
scheduled tentatively to begin at Ave
minutes before noon, Dec. 15, over
As vice-president of the Alumni
Association, Miss Ardy Beaumont is
chairman of the committee in charge
of the Alumni Reunion Dance in the
Commodore on Monday, December
26. Tickets may be obtained from
any member of the executive or at
the door.
Expansion of the University of
B. C. to include faculties of law,
medicine, pharmacy and home economics is being canvassed by committees of the senate.
University authorities have stated
they do not expect any immediate
action, due to lack of funds, but in
the face of persistent demands for
facilities for advanced study here,
they are laying the ground work for
the  new departments.
Senator J. W. deB. Farris, speak-
Students   Urge
Objective Is To Assist 1000
Students at $500
University of B.C. students have
agreed to support a national movement requesting the Dominion Government to provide $500,000 annually for scholarships in Canadian universities.
The Canadian Student Assembly,
which has already presented a brief
to the Rowell Royal Commission,
will send a delegation to Parliament
to press for national aid for deserving but needy students.
The initial objective is 1000 scholarships of $500 each. At the present
time, the Dominion Government finances post-graduate work through
fellowships offered by the National
Research Council but has never accepted responsibilty for matriculation or undergraduate students.
ing to the Canadian Bar Association
here last summer, predicted a faculty of law on the campus within a
year or two. The University's chancellor, Dr. R. E. McKechnie, has long
urged establishment of a school of
medicine. .,
A department of home economics
was agreed upon several years ago
and was on the point of being set
up when the project had to be abandoned because of lack of funds.
Other groups have been campaigning for a department of pharmacy
for some time.
Lawyers: when advising your
clients regarding charitable bequests,
remember to include the University
of British  Columbia.
"I went back to my old job the
other day."
"Been out of work long?"
"Thirty-six years."
"Hadn't you forgotten how to do
"I managed it all right."
"What is your line?"
"I'm a Coronation program seller.
Contributions for the second issue of The Graduate Chronicle
must be in the hands of the editor not later than March 1, 1939.
If there are no contributions there will be no Chronicle.
Following is an outline of the requirements:
1. Reports of branch meetings and activities.
2. General news of Interest to university men and women.
3. Brevities,  including births, deaths and   marriages,   and
paragraphs of news of individual alumni.
4. Essays, poems, short stories.
5. Letters to the editor.
6. Humor.
Send all contributions to the editor,
The Daily Province,
Vancouver, B.C. December 15, 1938
Two Alumni
Trade Treaty
U. B. C.  Graduates  Played
Prominent Part in
The Canada-U.S. Trade Treaty announced last month, an eight-months
job whose relation to Canadian business and the Anglo-U.S. treaty completed at the same time make it the
most important national commitment of the year, is the handiwork
of three Canadians, two of whom
have direct contacts with U.B.C.
Norman Robertson, L.D. Wilgress,
and Hector McKinnon are the three
men. "These three," says the Financial Post of Nov. 26, "are the real
negotiators, the men behind but not
in the headlines." They likewise negotiated the 1936 Canada-U.S. agreement and the subsequent revision of
the Ottawa agreements.
Wilgress, who was brought up in
Vancouver schools, attended the old
McGill college in pre-U.B.C. days,
moving on to McGill proper for his
honors degree in economics.
Robertson, son of Prof. L. F. Robertson, head of the Classics department on the campus, was Rhodes
scholar from U.B.C. in 1923, and lectured here for a year in Economics.
Hector McKinnon is the present
Tariff Commissioner at Ottawa. Wilgress, who has served as trade surveyor in Mocow and Prague, and as
commissioner in Hamburg, is director of Canada's Commercial Intelligence Service. Robertson has taken part in the Imperial trade negotiations of 1932, and the Canada-U.S.
treaty of 1935. He has lectured two
years in economics at Harvard, a lucrative interlude whence Mr. Bennett retrieved him for the Civil Service by violating the Canadian Civil
Service Act. He has been to Geneva with Sir Robert Borden and
with Hugh Guthrie. Last year he
attended the Imperial Conference
held in London after the Coronation.
Now, as a first secretary in External Affairs, he was senior trade official of the Canadian mission at
Washington, negotiating the present tripartite agreement.
"No man can escape the Government today."
"No, it either gives him all he has,
or takes all he has!"
Jack Davis, of Kamloops, who will
graduate in chemical engineering
next May, was elected Rhodes scholar for B.C. by the selection committee early in December. He is a member of Sigma Phi Delta fraternity.
He is a member of Students' Council as president of the Men's Undergraduate Society, a Big Block winner as member of the U.B.C. basketball team, which won the Canadian
championship in 1937, and a consistent winner of scholarships, from a
matriculation scholarship to the
Swan Memorial bursary for the past
two years.
Fourteen applicants faced the selection committee, presided over by
Lieutenant-Governor E. W. Hamber.
A move of U.B.C. students to take
over operation of the university
bookstore and cafeteria was stalled
recently by veto of the Board of
Governors at their last meeting.
It had been proposed that the Alma
Mater Society take over these two
businesses on the campus as a means
to provide student employment, and
in addition to divert profits towards
the proposed Union Building.
Numbers of U.S. universities operate their bookstores and dining-
rooms as student-labor enterprises,
and it was this scheme that suggested itelf to the local Student' Council
as an aid to raising funds.
The British Columbia Cancer Institute, first clinic of its kind devoted to the treatment of cancer in
Western Canada, is under direction
of a professor, a former student and
a graduate of the University of B.C.
The clinic, located at Eleventh
Avenue and Heather Street, is equipped with 260 needles of radium, comprising one gram, and complete diagnostic and treatment facilities. The
institute owns an additional two
grams of radium, which will be fitted into a "bomb" for deep-therapy
treatment as soon as funds are available.
Dr. Gordon Shrum, head of the department of physics and director of
the department of extension, is honorary secretary of the institute. With
Dr. B. J. Harrison, chief radiologist
of the General Hospital, he travelled
through Eastern Canada and the
United States to study recent developments in cancer treatment before
final plans for the clinic were approved.
As radium therapist, or chief operator of the clinic, the board of directors chose Dr. A. Maxwell Evans,
who took his pre-medical work at
U.B.C. and went from there to a
brilliant career in radiology at McGill and Cambridge. He held a number of similar posts in English hospitals and clinics before returning
to Vancouver last June.
Dr. J. A. MacMillan, one of the
two part-time medical officers of the
clinic, is a graduate of U.B.C. and
has practiced medicine in Vancouver
for several years.
The. following four fellowships for
graduate students have recently been
announced by the University registrar:
(1) The Edward Goodrich Ache-
son gold medal and fellowship of
$1000 for noteworthy original work
in electrochemistry, electrometallurgy, electronics or electrothermics.
(2) The Edward Weston fellowship of $1000 in electrochemistry for
postgraduate work.
Applications for the above awards
should be made to Dr. Colin G. Fink,
secretary of the Electrochemical Society, Columbia University, New
(3) A $1250 travelling scholarship
open to women graduates, based on
8 Visitors On
Session Staff
Noted    Professors    Coming
From   Distant
rj^IGHT noted visiting professors
■" and twenty-one from the faculty
will comprise the staff of the University summer session in 1939 under
direction of Prof. Lemuel Robertson.
Details of courses to be offered at
the session will be included in the
March Chronicle.
Following are the appointments:
Botany, Dr. A. H. Hutchinson, Dr.
Frank Dickson and Prof. John Davidson, U.B.C. Chemistry, Dr. R. H.
Clark, Dr. William Ure, U.B.C. Classics, Prof. Lemuel Robertson, U.B.C.
Economics and commerce, Prof. G.
F. Drummond, U.B.C. Education, Dr.
W. G. Black, U.B.C.; Dr. H. E.Smith,
University of Alberta.
English Prof. F. G. C. Wood,
U.B.C, and Dr. Edward Chapman,
University of Utah. Geology and
geography, Dr. Gordon Davis, U.B.
C, and Dr. Eric H. Faigle, Syracuse
History, Prof. F. H. Soward and
Dr. Sylvia Thrupp, U.B.C. Mathematics, Dr. Ralph Hull and Prof. F.
J. Brand, U.B.C, and Dr. R. L. Jef-
fery, Acadia University, and Dr. F.
C. Leonard, chairman of the department of astronomy at University of
California in Los Angeles.
Modern languages, Dr. D. O. Evans,
Dr. Joyce Hallamore, Dr. Deborah,
A. K. Aish and Dr. Joan Dangelzer,
all of U.B.C. Philosophy and psychology, Dr. J. A. Irving, U.B.C; Dr.
Wilbur Long, Dr. Frank Davis, University of California at Los Angeles; Prof. J. A. Sharrard, University
of Saskatchewan.
Physics, Dr. O. E. Anderson and
Dr. A. M. Crooker, U.B.C.
scholarship, character and promise.
It is offered by the Confederation of
University Women.
(4) A fellowship of $1500 open to
women for a year of research, preferably in science, in some country
other than the candidate's, is offered
by the American Association of University Women.
"I have tried to understand modern music—but failed."—Sergei Rachmaninoff,
The following friends of the Alumni helped to make this issue of The Chronicle possible:
December 15, 1938
From Ottawa
From Ottawa, Ross Tolmie, Arts
'29, sends the following letter about
alumni in the Dominion capital. Ross
himself, an official in the income
tax division, is president of the
group. Miss Islay Johnson, of the
department of agriculture, is secretary.
"The Ottawa group of U.B.C grads
has high hopes for the coming year,"
he writes. "They will welcome any
advance notice of a visitor to Ottawa
from U.B.C. or Vancouver who
would be willing to meet an informal
group of grads at a tea or luncheon
and give them the latest news from
out west. Last summer Dr. Klinck
very kindly did this and the thirty
odd grads who turned out to lunch
on a few hours' notice were very
grateful indeed."
Hugh and Katherine Keenlyside
are the proud possessors of another
girl—their third child. Hugh seems
to spend as much time in Vancouver
as he does in Ottawa, perhaps because he is the only man on the
Government service that thoroughly
understands the Oriental problem.
This year the U.B.C grads in Ottawa plan to hold a dance in conjunction with the McGill grads. It's
only fitting that the old association
of the two Universities be recognized
in this form of joint whoopee.
Henry Angus is almost a resident
—in fact he's almost an institution
of Ottawa. We wonder if the Government will let him go back to
U.B.C. after he has finished the
Commission report. We seem to remember a permanent "loan" of Dr.
Carrothers to the B.C. Government.
Ab. Richards is poing down the
home-stretch for his Ph. D. He is
at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
Bob Keyserlingk isn't a resident
of Ottawa, but is he a resident of
any city? Last news we had was
that he was moving from Vancouver
to Toronto—but last week we had
a most delightful dinner at his house
in Montreal West. He works for the
British United Press, and contributes liberally to the support of our
Norman Robertson is back in Ottawa after nine months in Washington where he was closeted with American and British experts in the
gargantuan task of drafting the
Trade Treaty. For a reward Norman
was given a write-up in the Financial Post when he returned and was
called a "braln-truster."
James Gibson is a recent addition
to the staff of the External Affairs
Department. He makes the third
U.B.C. grad on that staff: three out
of nine secretaries is a pretty good
batting average for U.B.C. At present he is on the Prime Minister's
Louise (Morrison) Kerr announces
the birth this month of a son. She
and hubby John are busy receiving
The most notable recent appointment for a graduate was the selection of James A. Gibson, Rhodes
scholar for 1931, as assistant principal private secretary to the Prime
Minister in the department of external affairs, Ottawa. Shortly before
the appointment, he received his
doctorate from Oxford University.
He was a member of the faculty of
the University last year.
suggestions for names — but our
guess is that they will choose
"Aulay" for one of them.
Phyllis (Gregory) Turner is probably Canada's most valued lady civil
servant. She is secretary to the Tariff Board, and as such she watches
and guards such vital things as Canadian labour, Canadian business and
your and my cost of living.
Ab. Whitely did such yeoman service for the Government in the Textile Inquiry that they voted him a
handsome cash prize at the last session of Parliament. Now he is
engaged in trust-busting under the
Combines Investigation Act.
D'Arcy Marsh appears to have
definitely abandoned journalism for
radio broadcasting. He is with the
C.B.C. at Toronto.
Bobby (Pound) Plaunt is almost
a settled Ottawan, and lives on a
nice quiet street in Rockcliffe, where
she entertains Vancouver visitors
very competently.
Ottawa alumni of the Department
of Agriculture were pleased to see
Dean Clement at the recent "Agricultural Outlook" Conference. The
Dean found many of his former
students attending the meeting.
Peggy Fox, Arts '38, to Ken Ingle-
Mary A. DePencier, Arts '36, to Allan
Tatum in August in Vancouver.
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To   Mr.   and   Mrs.   Ken   Campbell,
Commerce '32,  (Mary Dooley, Arts
'32),   of   Barkerville,   in   June   in
Vancouver, a son.
To Mr. and Mrs. Robert McDonald,
Arts '34,  (Mollie Eakins, Arts '35),
of New Westminster, in August, a
To   Mr.   and   Mrs.   Dean   Whittaker,
Science '34, (Tessle Sadlier-Brown),
of   Woodfibre,   in   Vancouver,   in
February, a daughter.
To   Mr.   and   Mrs.   G. H.  Candlish
(Margie  Greig,  Arts  '28),  of  Pioneer, in January, a son.
To Mr. and Mrs. David P. Todd, Arts
'34, in November in Vancouver, a
To Mr. and Mrs. John Farris, Arts '31
(Dorothy   Colledge,   Arts   '32),   in
November in Vancouver, a son.
To Mr.  and Mrs.  Dick Hoffmeister
(Donalda   Strauss,   Arts   '27),   in
Vancouver, a daughter.
To Mr. and Mrs. Laurie Todd, Arts
'35,   (Jean   Root),   of   Whitehorse,
Y.T., in September, a son.
To Mr. and Mrs. Earl Vance, Arts '32,
(Florence Joyce), in Vancouver in
November, a daughter.
To Mr. and Mrs. John R. Fournier,
Science '22, (Margaret Robson, Arts
'21), of New Westminster, in May,
a son.
To Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pratt, Arts '33,
in May, a son.
To  Mr.  and   Mrs.    James    Osborne,
(Gertrude Grayson), in Vancouver,
a son.
To Mr. and Mrs. Stave Mellor (Dorothy Patmore,  Arts  '3D, in Vancouver in October, a son.
To Mr.   and   Mrs.   Stanley  Shayler,
Science '35, in August, a son.
To Mr. and Mrs. Jeckell Eairley, Science '34, (Aubin Burridge, Arts '3D,
in Vancouver in May, a son.
To Mr. and   Mrs.   Hugh   Farquhar,
(Jean Mcintosh, Arts '30), in Victoria in December, a son.
To  Mr.   and   Mrs.   Thomas   Taylor,
(Marion   McLellan,   Arts   '3D,   in
September in Vancouver, a son.
To Mr. and   Mrs.   Edward   C. Hay,
Science '30, (Betty Mackenzie, Arts
'30),   of   Regina,   in   November,   a
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Barbara Ashby, Arts '30, to William
Harvey, Arts '31, in September.
Donalda Carson, Arts '36, to David
Oppenheimer in September.
Marjorie Hobson, Arts '37, to Malcolm Hardie, in Hong Kong, in
Kathleen Taylor, Nursing '38, to
Meredith Saunders, in June.
Elza Lovett, Arts '36, to Alan May-
hew, Arts 536, in Victoria in September. Residing in Vancouver.
Edward Merrett, Science '32, to Marjorie  Brown,  in  October.  Residing
New Officers
For Royal
City Branch
Streight was elected president of the
New Westminster branch of the Alumni Association at the annual meeting recently. Other officers include:
Judge F. W. Howay, honorary president; Arnold Armour, vice-president;
Ian Douglas, corresponding secretary; Barbara Watts, recording secretary; Colin Cameron, treasurer.
Twenty-seven members attended a
dinner meeting on November 23 in
the Gingham Tea Shoppe. Dr. G.
G. Sedgewick, the principal speaker,
gave the members for the first time
the point of view of the faculty and
the board of governors regarding
present conditions and student demands at the university.
in Sault St. Marie.
Phyllis   Campbell,   Arts   '31,  to  Eric
Alexander, in August.
Marion Sangster, Arts '33, to David
D. Reeve, Science '33, in September, in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Residing in Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario.
Rosemary Winslow, Arts '33, to Donald McAllister, in June.
Nan Quelch, Arts '36, to Pat Bur-
rough, in June.
Verna Galloway, Arts '31, to Geoffrey
Trant, Arts '32, last summer.
Ruth Brandon, Arts '37, to Jack
Viner, in Noember.
Dorothy Marie Downing, Arts '30, to
George Dobson, in May.
Muriel Goode, Arts '33, to Robert
Leeson, Arts '35, in November.
Audrey L. Hughes, Arts '35, to D. Edwin Nunn, in June.
Cicely R. Hunt, Arts '31, to E. L.
Pierrot, in November.
Milshie Petrak, Arts '30, to Mary
Malli, in Ladysmith last December.
Fiona Sutherland, Arts '32, to Richard Deane, Science '33, and living
in Trail.
Christine Millard, Arts '34. to Dick
Moore, Science  '33, in Vancouver.
Margaret Wilson, Arte '35, to Philip
in Montreal.
Eric Johnson, Science "34, to Anne
Dunn, in Wells, last summer.
Betty Wilson, Arts '33, to Dr. L. S.
Chipperfield, in August in New
Westminster. Residing in Coquit-
Allan Webster, Science '33, to Edith
Madill, in June. Residing in New
Hugh Godard, Science '36, to Nina
Foster of Montreal, in Montreal in
May. Residing in Eustis, Quebec.
Tom Brock, Science '36, to Verna
Robson, in Vancouver a year ago.
Residing in St. Lambert, Quebec.
Mabel Folkins, Arts '36, to Homer
Defieux, this month.
Connie Harvey, Arts '37, to Bruce L.
Robinson, Arts '36. December 15, 1938
Peggy Daugherty, Arts '37, is teaching at Aspen Grove, near Merritt.
She drives a horse to school and
says   it  is  more  fun  than a  1939
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Fullerton, Arts
'29   (Althea   Banfleld),   spent   last
summer touring Europe. They returned via the Queen Mary, which
they pronounced too large for comfort.  Harold  is  a  member  of the
high    school     teaching    staff    in
Reginald   Bolton,   Science   '32,   is   a
chemist    and    inspector    for    the
Dominion Government in the canned fish section in Vancouver.
Margaret Wilson, Arts '32, is teaching at Shalath, B.C.
Dr. and Mrs. Terence Holmes, Science
'32  (Irene Ramage, Arts  '32), are
living with  their small  son,  Martin,    at    Larder    Lake,    Ontario,
where   Terry  is  consulting  geologist.
Mr.    and    Mrs.    Alfred    Buckland,
Science  '33,   (Helen Jackson, Arts
'33)   are  living on  Vancouver Isl-
and.where Alf. has a roving commission   as   engineer   for  Bloedel,
Stewart & Co.
Mr.   and   Mrs.   James   Beddall   are
spending   Christmas  i'n   England.
They   recently   built   a   fine   new
home in West Vancouver.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Stirling,  Science '34 (Margaret Little, Arts '33),
who have been living at Premier,
have sailed for southern. Rhodesia
and expect to arrive about Christmas. Andy is a mining engineer.
Helen Reid, Arts '34, is teaching at
Mollie  Little,  Arts   '36,   is  studying
commercial art in London.
Zoe Brown-Clayton, Arts '37, arrived
a week or so ago in London and
is planning to live in England and
Ireland for some time.
Isobel Harvey, Arts '18, now has one
of  the   most  responsible  women's
positions   in  B.C.   She   is  superintendent  of  neglected   children   in
the  department  of  social  welfare
for the Provincial Government.
Dr.  Allon  Peebles,  Arts   '20   (Ph.D.
from Columbia)   is still chairman
of  the  health  insurance   commission but there is no health insurance.
Tommy  Peardon,   Arts   '21,   who   is
lecturing  in   history  at   Columbia
University,  was  home  during the
Avis Pumphrey, Arts '27, is back on
the  campus   for  social  service.
Margaret Ecker, Arts '37, is a member   of   the   society   staff   of  The
Daily Province. She returned this
week    from   Calgary,    where   she
worked   on the   Herald   for three
months as exchange writer.
James Sinclair,  Science  '28,  Rhodes
scholar and former school teacher,
is secretary to Hon. W. J.   A.ssel-
Grace Hope,   Arts   '27,   has recently
been appointed case supervisor of
the  family  service   department  of
the  Episcopalian   City  Mission   in
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Audrey Phillips, Arts '37, is back on
the campus after a year in London.
She is rather in favor of going back
to London.
Kenneth Grant, Arts '37, is a reporter
on the staff of the Vancouver Sun.
So is Alan Morley, Arts '36.
Eleanor Leach, Arts '34, Bella Weiss,
Arts   '35,   Ronald   Grantham,   Arts
'31 and Joe Andrews, are all teaching school in Ladysmith.
William Gibson, Arts '33, has studied
medicine  at Oxford, spent several
months in Spain, and is now completing his medical work at McGill.
Ray Brunt, Arts '32, is in charge of
library and guidance work in Nanaimo High School.
Russell    Shaneman,    Arts    '31    and
Comm. '32, is selling insurance in
Vancouver. He  holds  the rank of
major in the Army Service Corps.
Rev. and Mrs. James Dunn, Arts '31,
(Frances  Robinson,  Arts   '3D,  are
busy as bees in the Canadian Presbyterian Mission in British Guiana.
They were home on furlough during the summer.
James Inkster, Arts  '35, is  principal
of   Harewood   High   School,   near
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Somerton, Science
'32 (Betty Creighton, Arts '34), are
living   in  Vancouver,  where   Tom
teaches high school.
Mr. and Mrs. Hartley Sargent, Arts
'30 (Jean Fisher, Arts '29), are living   in  Vancouver,  where  Hartley
is  district   engineer   and   Jean is
teaching advanced mathematics at
the University.
Mrs. John H. Creighton (Sally Murphy, Arts '23), is back in Vancouver
after several years in Toronto. She
is   conducting   a   highly   popular
course in modern literature for the
University   department   of   extension.
Dr. William Frank Emmons, Arts '18,
is one of the very few U.B.C. graduates practicing medicine in Vancouver.
Ruth Cheeseman, Nursing '35, is doing public health nursing in Hawaii.
Betty White, Arts '37, is a social service worker for the Children's Aid
Society in Vancouver.
Clare Brown, Arts '35, is secretary for
the Student Christian Movement at
the University of Toronto.
Jean Meredith, Arts '38, is attending
Margaret Eaton School in Toronto
on a scholarship.
Isabella Arthur, Arts '33, is completing her law course at Osgoode Hall,
Toronto, this year.
Margaret    Buchanan,    Arts    '35,    is
teaching in Trail High School.
Marnie  McKee,  Arts  '35,  has  completed her training at Royal Victorian  Hospital,  Montreal,  and  is
nursing at the Vancouver General
Evelyn McGuire, Nursing '37, is with
the     Abbotsford - Matsqui - Sumas
health service.
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Taylor, Arts '34,
(Dorothy  Barrow,  Arts   '32),  have
returned to Vancouver after a year
abroad, while Chris was exchange
teacher in Scotland.
Stuart Keate, Arts '35, is on the staff
of  The  Daily  Province  after   two
years   of   work   with   the   Toronto
Marion Casselman, Arts '32, is editor
of the cooking pages for The Daily
Province Modern Kitchen.
Beth Evans, Arts  '37, has her first
teaching position in North Vancouver High School.
May Peacock, Arts '36, is doing research work with the tuberculosis
division of the Vancouver General
Prof. W. O. Richmond, Science '29, is
in  the  department of  mechanical
engineering U.B.C, after postgraduate   work   at   the. Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and teaching at the Case School of Engineering, Cleveland.
Mrs.   O.   K.   S.   Laugharne   (Grace
Smith, Arts '25), formerly in Osaka,
Japan, is now living in London and
delivered a speech at the Glasgow
Exposition last summer.
Edmund Morrison, Arts '27, is teaching English at U.B.C. after several
years on the faculty of the University of California.
John Slater, Arts '34, won a prize in
the Irish Hospital Sweepstake last
spring. But he was not as lucky as
Art Dawe, who graduated in 1938,
who won more than $400,000 in the
same way several years ago.
Isabel Bews,  Arts   '32,  was  recently
appointed   dietician   to   Essondale
Mental Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood Lett, Arts '16,
(Evelyn Story, Arts '17), are living
quietly in Vancouver. Sherwood is
a member of the board of governors and the senate of the University and a prominent barrister.
Charlotte Dill, Arts '34, is the only
girl at the Royal Vancouver Yacht
Club who sails her own boat and
during the   summer   she   won the
snipe   championship   and   several
other   trophies.    George    Parsons,
Arte '32, an insurance man and another yachtsman, won a number of
trophies in the same club with his
Russell  Baker,  Arts   '30  and  Comm
'31,   is   assistant   to   Arthur   Lord,
Arte '21, in the city legal department. Art is city solicitor.
Joseph Chell, Arts '32, is principal of
Lord Lister Junior High School.
Gordon Hilker, Arts '34, is an impres-
sario in Vancouver and has been
responsible for bringing many international musical and theatrical
celebrities to the city.
Mr. and Mrs. George E. Evans, Science '31, (Myra Lockhart, Arts '3D,
moved   this   summer   from   Port
Moody with their two children to
Sarnia, Ontario.
Asenath and Donna Leitch, both of
Nursing   '37,   are   nursing   sisters.
Asenath is assistant superintendent
at the General Hospital, Medicine
Hat, where she teaches forty student nurses, while Donna is public
health  and school  nurse  in  Vancouver.
T. Wentworth  McGinn,  Science  '37,
is in the assay office at the Premier Mine. He was home for his holidays in Vancouver in November.
Ross Tolmie, Arts '29 and a Rhodes
scholar,  is   a  barrister  but  is  not
practicing. He is in the income tax
division of the Dominion Government at Ottawa.
Cecelia Long, Arts '32, is on the staff
Alumni Players
Amusing Play
The Alumni Players, who have
been cast together so often that they
practically constitute a stock company, did well by their most recent
production of "Personal Appearance" on December 2 and 3. Directed by Sidney Risk, late of London,
Eng., the performance was crisp, robust and funny.
Dorothy McKelvie Fowler displayed her versatility in a highly-colored
characterization that was the complete antithesis of her swooning
Susie last year (Boy Meets Girl). Her
languishing, malapropping, grandiloquent Carol Arden was a delight
to eye and ear, and compared to distinct advantage with Mae West's portrayal in the screen version (Every
Day's A Holiday).
Miss Alice Morrow and Mr. David
McDonald, as a pair of rural heartthrobs, were likewise a joy to behold. Miss Morrow's moonstruck
posturing and Mr. McDonald's quaint
and wholesome bluffness, which
made him look like a candied apple,
were exactly in the spirit. Cyril
Chave was an upright and faithful
Tom Swift as the inventor, and
Eileen Griffin drew full value from
the meaty lines of her excellent
character part (Aunt Kate). Other
dependables in the cast were Wilmer
Jlaggarty, Dorothy Mole Martin,
Betty Buckland, J. O. C. Kirby,
Nora Gibson, and William Buckingham.
Executive for the Alumni Players*
Club this year is led by president
David McDonald. Vice-President is
Mrs. F. G. C. Wood; secretary, J. O.
C. Kirby; treasurer, Dr. Eleanor
Riggs; committee, Alfreda Thompson. Selection of the Alumni Spring
Play will be made in another week.
of the Toronto Star.
Neil Perry, B.A. '33, is in Victoria as
assistant to Dr. W. A. Carrothers,
economic advisor to the Provincial
Government and a former professor of U.B.C. Neil is in charge of
economic research and the statistical bureau.
Elizabeth (Beth) Abernethy, Arts '20,
formerly assistant registrar of the
University, is principal secretary to
President L. S. Klinck.
Yvonne Brown, Arts '34, is in a divisional office of the General Hospital.
David Brock is in London, apparently
enjoying himself. He does considerable freelance writing and has contributed several poems to Punch.
Dr. Deborah Aish, Arts '35, is back on
the campus as instructor in the department of modern languages.
She recently returned from the
University of Paris, where she
studied under a French Government scholarship. Her doctorate
thesis, Metaphors in Mallarme, was
published as a book in Paris and
received extremely favorable reviews from the critics. Six
December 15, 1938
An Historic Congregation
FOUR distinguished jurists, representing the bar of Canada,
Great Britain and the United States, received honorary
degrees of doctor of laws from Chancellor R. E. McKechnie at
a special congregation during the annual meeting of the Canadian
Bar Association in Vancouver last August.
The brief speeches of the four recipients were each distinctive
contributions to the literature of the University and they are
reproduced below through the courtesy of President L. S. Klinck,
who made them available.
Following are the addresses substantially as given before a
noted audience:
Chief Justice of Canada
"I desire in my first sentence to
tender to you, Sir, and the University of British Columbia, my most sincere thanks for the distinction which
you have been pleased to confer upon me this afternoon, and for his
friendly expressions, all too kind to
my old friend Judge Howay.
"A famous man whom I hod the
honor—it was truly an honor—to
number among my friends (it was
Lord Haldane), used to insist in conversation that every true university
exists for two great purposes: The
first of these purposes is the encouragement, and the actual pursuit of
the higher learning; of the study of
those profound things, life, thought,
science, existence itself, of every
page of the wide book of knowledge; the study of these deep things
for their own sake; and this, because
it is of the dignity of man to know.
The other is to send forth a constant
stream of those who, by discipline
and culture, are qualified to live the
worthy life; whose conduct as citizens and as men may be colored, inspired and directed by the conceptions, and ideals, the habits of
thought and of conduct, that have
germinated and grown, or have been
nourished and strengthened during
the days of their academic sojourn.
"It is a commonplace to say that
society is strengthened and enriched
by the presence in it of large numbers of those who are characterized
by the habits of mind which it is the
special business of the university to
foster. That, I am afraid, is a rather
well-known theme, but it can scarcely, perhaps, be repeated too often
that, from this point of view, the
special aim of the university is, not
to store the mind of the undergraduate with facts, but to train him in
certain mental habits.
"The good fairy, imagined in Ma-
caulay's dream, who bent over his
natal cradle, after the queens of
power and fashion had passed disdainfully by—the good fairy, the
glorious lady with the eyes of light
and laurels clustering round her
lofty brow, granted him, as the sov
ereign gift, the world of thought, the
world of dreams. "Mine all the past,
and all the future mine." But I am
inclined to think that the sovereign
gift from the university, upon those
capable of receiving it, would be
really a gift of a different order. The
key to real knowledge, as well as to
temporal happiness, is, I believe, disclosed to us in the phrase of that
great man, Bossuet: "Le bon sens est
proprement le maitre de la vie hu-
maine." 'Le bon sens' is, I believe,
the essential object of education in
its broadest conception.
"Mr. Chancellor, I hope you will
permit me to repeat the acknowledgement of my sense of the great
honor I have today received at your
hands, and to express also the hope
—nay, the confident expectation, that
this university, the centre of intellectual activity, in British Columbia,
will go on from strength to strength."
Judge of the High Court of Justice
"It is not easy to express how deeply I feel the honor which you have
just conferred upon me. To anyone
it must be a proud privilege to receive a degree from this young Uni-
vesity of the West. May I say that
to a Scotsman such an honor must
make a very special appeal? On
such an occasion as this I cannot
but remember how profoundly the
history of Scotland has been affected by the devotion of her people to
the ideal of education. Through
many stormy centuries the banner of
a humane culture was upheld by the
devoted labors of the masters in the
old Parochial School of Scotland and
by the interest of the parents and the
pupils. I am proud of the part the
Scots have played in the world and
not least am I proud of the part they
have played in B.C. I am proud that
so small a country should have made
so great a name in history. And I
believe that of the many causes of
the greatness of Scotland none has
been more potent than the Scottish
system of education.
"I am confident that before your
University of the West there lies a
great  future.     Bishop   Berkely,   one
of the most eminent English philosophers of the 18th century, held the
faith that the movement of civilization is a movement from East to
West and the same idea is expressed
in a famous line in Tennyson's
"Locksley Hall": 'Through the shadow of the globe we sweep into the
younger day.'
"I rejoice that you have such beautiful buildings the forerunners, I
doubt not, of other fair buildings to
arise on this glorious site. The universities I know best are those of
Oxford and Cambridge—Oxford, as
Mathew Arnold in a celebrated passage said: 'Steeped in sentiment as
she lies spreading her gardens to the
moonlight, and whispering from her
towers the last enchantments of the
Middle Age.'
"Cambridge, with the immortal
beauty of that line of Colleges along
the Backs, by own University where
I was once an obscure undergraduate at that great college Trinity, the
college of Bacon and Newton. It is
indeed difficult to estimate how much
the English people owe to the fact
that so many of the great centres of
education in England are places of
singular beauty—Oxford, Cambridge,
Eton, Winchester.   .
"Reflections such as these, speaking as I do in a place as beautiful
as this, might carry me far. I refrain, and I conclude by assuring
you that as long as I live I shall remember with deep pride the honor
you have done me today."
Past President, Canadian Bar
"I am deeply appreciative of the
honor done me by the University in
conferring upon me the degree of
Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa. I
am sure the members of the Canadian Bar Association are appreciative of the honor done me as the
president. To be the recipient of this
degree is a great honor coming from
any university of standing. There
are particular reasons why I am gratified to receive the degree from the
University  of  British   Columbia.
"My personal contact with this
university has been close. My four
children are graduates. For twenty-five years my wife has been a
member of the Senate or of the
Board of Governors, or of both. However, my relationship has not been
entirely vicarious. From 1917 to
3922 I was a member of the Government of this Province. At that time
the university was located at its
temporary quarters in Fairview.
There was a strong feeling in those
days against the continuance of the
university. The present Prime Minister was then Minister of Lands. He
and I were colleagues. It is no secret that if it had not been for the
fight made by him and myself for the
university, other influences might
have prevailed and the university
might not have been here today. I
am proud of any part I have had in
the work of perpetuating this institution, and I am indeed gratified in
now finding myself brought more intimately  within  its  academic walls.
Then in the second place, I am
proud to receive this deree because
in so short a time the University of
British Columbia has become a
great educational institution.
"There is not to my knowledge a
more inspiring site for a university
in all the world than this campus at
Foint Grey. The world today is in
many ways an ugly place. The students of this college go forth into
this ugly world with a love of beauty and sense of peace and glory
which will influence their lives in all
the years to come.
"Then, too, this University has attained an academic standing of the
highest order. Its professors are recognized as scholars by other universities and its students are received on a basis of equality in the fraternity of higher education. One
thing this University has lacked. It
has lacked the background of tradition and an ivy mantled, past. But
it has the great freedom of youth.
It is greater to make history than it
is to read history. Here in this new
city, in these inspiring surroundings,
the professors and the young men
and women of the University of Bri-
ish Columbia are creating traditions
for the generations to come. They
are conscious of a boundless opportunity and their pulses quicken with
the spirit of adventure. It is a great
privilege to share in this adventure
and for my share I thank you with
feelings of deepest appreciation."
Past President American Bar
"This beautiful site, this splendid
young University of the West, this
distinguished company, and the
spirit that prompted this Convocation call to my mind the lines of
'Hallowed river, most gracious treees,
chapel beyond compare,
Here be gentlemen tired of the seas
—take them into your care.
Far have they come, much have they
braved. Give them their hour of
While the hidden things their hands
have saved work for them day by
As one of the gentlemen tired of
the seas, may I be permitted to express my sincere appreciation of the
honor you have done me in welcoming me to this haven of light and
learning. Not only have you adopted me, but you have clothed me in
a coat of many colors, which I can
but hope will not arouse the envy of
my more drably clad brethren of the
American Bar.
"The trail of destiny westward
across the continent may be traced
by noting on the map the colleges
that were founded as the restless
pioneers pushed onward. At first our
(Continued on Page 7) December 15, 1938
A Story
By Arthur Mayse
/ got Red located, Bill. He's up in
the Anglo-American with a mickey
of rum.
I told him, 'You'd better lay off
before you start seeing things,' an'
he said, 'You can't see things where
there's nothing to see.'
Then he takes another drink and
asks me, 'Or can you?' An' gives me
an odd look.
Maybe you better go up an' see
if you can snap him out of it. Me,
1 can't do a thing with him.
No, I'm not drunk, Bill; just making up for a few I missed while I was
away. Sure, the bonus was swell.
Everything was swell. It isn't anything like that.
(Continued from Page 6)
colleges served the indispensable
function of educating our youth, particularly for the learned professions.
They kept the torch of civilization
burning. Judged by modern standards, the best of them were primitive institutions with meagre equipment and slender resources, but
judged by the men they produced
they need fear no comparisons. The
necessities of the time developed
great teachers. It was with such an
establishment in mind that President Garfield remarked that his notion of an ideal college was Mark
Hopkins on one end of a log and a
student on the other.
"As some of our colleges grew to
be universities, they assumed two
new functions—the advancement of
learning and its dissemination to the
public generally. To the responsibilities of teaching were thus added research, university extension work
and, more recently, the publications
of the university press. The gain to
society therefrom cannot be overestimated. But these advantages
must never be sought at the expense
of that intimate personal relationship between teacher and student
which is the sine qua non of all real
"The mere physical presence of
youth intent at work and play is a
sight to quicken the bloodstream.
Why should it not be a function of
the University of the twentieth century to encourage leadership in
young and old alike? Why should
not our colleges and universities everywhere be a forum for the interchange of thought and inspiration
between the leaders of today and the
leaders of tomorrow?
"For admission into your mystic
circle of youth, of optimism, of idealism, of courage for the future, your
adopted son, not too proud, I hope,
of his coat of many colors, is indeed
deeply grateful."
Pour yourself a drink and I'll tell
you. . . .
I didn't mention the diary in my
story, because Seamus Burke, the
wild Irish logger who took me into
the Tantalus country, burned it after
we'd read it.
"Look you, Red Martin," he tells
me, "you are my friend and all, but
you will not be giving this to your
long-nosed editor."
No offence, Bill. But he was right.
I'd hate to think of our subscribers
reading Inglis' last words among
their brats of a Sunday morning.
Well, Seamus held the notebook in
the flame of the primus stove until
it charred to his fingers.
We found that diary where Inglis
had made his high camp at the head
of a glacier under the west ridge
tucked into the pillow-pocket of his
sleeping bag.
That was on the day we left Ice-
fall Point.
I remember how we started, in the
dark, from Icefall. I'd hear Seamus
rustling ahead of me through the
heather, then he'd top a rise and
stand out black against the stars,
striding up and over and into the
night again, until we came to the
cairn Inglis had raised on the hogback when his girl got killed.
We stopped to investigate it. Found
a brass cylinder with a screw cap,
nraybe' the one in which they'd figured on leaving their record of a first
We opened it, at least I did, over
Seamus' protests. Only a yellowed
scrap of paper inside.
"Until I come," it said, and then
"My darling," and that was all.
The girl isn't buried there, by the
way. The climber did the only thing
a man could do—wrapped her in a
tarp and lowered her into a crevasse
somewhere under Tantalus. The ice
moves slowly. She's safe up there for
all of a hundred years.
We had a cigarette by the cairn,
looking cross-glacier to the peaks of
Tantalus. Then we roped down a
scree slope to the ice.
Can't remember much about the
next few hours. Just Seamus moving
ahead of me with the sag of the rope
between us, and the point dropping
lower and lower in the south, and
the big, godawful mountain coming
no closer.
But I do remember the ice-sloughs.
The sloughs, and the storm that
cracked down on us from Terror Gap
when we'd crossed them.
We reached the bottom of Tantalus
Bowl and the first slough at noon.
You'd have laughed to see us fording
those ponds, Bill, but with ice-soup
shrivelling my shanks I didn't feel
like laughing. My feet get cold now
when I think of it! Hand me the
It's the sun does it, beating on the
sides of the bowl. In the centre,
where there aren't many crevasses,
the runoff collects in pools. The first
was small, maybe as wide as from
here across the street. But Seamus
howled like a wolf when the water
licked over his boot-tops, and me, it
took my breath away.
Between that pond and the main
one we saw the first clouds. They
came drifting over Terror Gap, white
puffs no larger than your hat. I had
too many immediate troubles to pay
them much heed, but Seamus shook
his head when he saw them and began to stretch those long legs of his.
The next slough was a quarter-
mile across and took us dam' near to
our necks before it shallowed. We
were so numb from it we could hardly keep moving, and a wind that
came from all directions at once
whooped right through us.
Seamus cocked his head toward
the gap. His lips were blue from cold.
What with his snow-goggles and the
grease-paint on his face he didn't
look human.
"There is a word in Antrim that
once before the end o' thet world a
man will give birth to a child," says
Seamus, "and by the griping in my
belly I am for thinking that man is
myself. And yonder comes the end
of the world, Red Martin, and the
devil riding it home!"
He pointed with his ice-axe. Away
in the northwest, Terror Gap was a
drawknife with a peak at either end
for handle and an edge of ice. Clouds
were curling across it in long black
shavings. The three peaks of Tantalus were blanketed, and mist was
rolling down the glaciers toward us.
"Musha," says Seamus, "this is the
way it comes! You will be taking
your foot into your hand, long man,
or there will be two more dead under
the mountain."
We began to climb again, working
up the farther slope of the bowl. The
sun had gone coppery and was glaring down on us. The ice began to
give off its fetid smell. Sure, like a
morgue without the formaldehyde.
Ice rots like anything else when it's
a few thousand years old.
Ahead of us, Tantalus Glacier
poured over a 2000-foot icefall. I
know now we should have picked a
different route, but the icefall seemed a straight lead to the peaks. It
was deathly quiet. The ice crackled
under our boots, and the glacier rot
clawed at our breath.
Then the sun went out and the
storm broke and the seracs began to
boom in the icefall over us. The snow
drove at us so hard we were half
blinded. We hacked our way up with
the ice crashing around us, not
knowing whether the next leaning
column wouldn't spread us thin.
Seamus kept me going. He was
clean gey, howling into the storm—
dragging me along at his tail. I
hadn't any recollection of topping the
icefall. But all at once there was
snow underfoot and we were staggering up a tilted snowfield toward a
ridge shaped like a shark's fin.
Snow over ice is a wicked combination. The stuff on that hanging
glacier was so soft we wallowed hip-
deep at every step. One time Seamus
dropped out of sight without even a
yell, as if a hand had grabbed his
legs from below. The rope yanked me
forward on my face—my axe was
under me, though, and it gripped.
Soon the strain eased off, and I could
hear Seamus tap-tapping under the
ice. After a spell his hat poked out
of the crevasse and he Jacked himself clear.
We lengthened our rope and kept
plugging, hoping to God we wouldn't
run into a crevasse wide enough to
gulp the two of us together.
The storm was thickening and we
were just about all in. But the shark-
fin ridge was close, and in its lee we
saw a strange thing. A tent, small as
the shelters kids rig up for play,
with the snow whirling over it. By a
break of luck we'd happened on
Inglis' high camp.
We managed a stumbling run.
Fumbled the knots of the flap and
crawled through. There wasn't much
in the tent. A rolled-up sleeping bag
and a rucksack, with a primus beside
it. We worked over the primus till
we got it going, and melted snow for
It wasn't until hours later that we
took stock—we were too ehausted to
be curious. Seamus figured the sleeping bag would be warmer than his
ragged blanket, so he began to unroll
it, and the notebook slithered between his knees.
We huddled in our baks with a
candle-stub for light and the storm
yammering outside, and read what
Inglis had written, alone there, weeks
I've handled some strange documents. None stranger than the record of this man Inglis, who'd returned for another shot at the mountain that killed his wife.
Not that it started out strangely.
First few days it just dealt with incidents of his trip in from the salt
chuck. How a grizzly raided his camp
in the spruce. How the ice had receded fifty feet from the glacier tongue in the years since he'd last come
this way. How he'd gone alone up
the glacier, sleeping one night in the
lee of a boulder on the medial moraine with the homeless wind crying
over his head.
The woman was first mentioned
after he'd made base camp on Icefall
Point under the cairn and was waiting for settled weather before he
tackled the peak.
"I thought never to return to this
mountain," he'd written, "but it has
been calling me from one year to another. I am neither glad nor sorry.
It was something I was compelled to
do. Now I know why. Something of
her remains in this place, and tonight I feel her nearness."
Next day no mention of her, but
on the next, this:
"I know beyond doubt that you are
with me here."
Terry, we were watching a man go
crazy. As we passed from day to day
we saw the sorrow that had been part
of him for seven years change to a
happiness that glowed in his pencil
Seamus read on, with the fey look
on his   long   Irish   mug. The chills
(Continued on Page 8) Eight
December 15, 1938
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
THE name has been retained but nearly everything else about
the old Chronicle has gone. It is frankly an experiment.
Instead of being an annual, the new Chronicle will be a quarterly
and later, it is hoped, a monthly. Instead of being a magazine, it
will be more of a newspaper, though some magazine features will
be retained. Instead of being distributed only to paid-up members, the first few issues will be mailed free to all listed members
"of the Alumni Association.
If the experiment is successful, the Chronicle will be the medium by which the amorphous, potentially powerful association will
be fused into an effective force and a vital organism. It is not
that now. It is a scattering of light without focus because it has
no voice.
The experiment will depend primarily on the measure of interest and cooperation which it receives. The editors will expect
voluntary literary contributions. They will expect a response to
appeals. They will expect all members of the association to approach prospective advertisers. And they will expect that the
request for payment of annual fees of one dollar will be loyally
It may be a forlorn hope. But there are more than 4,500
graduates on the rolls of the University and a majority of them
are in British Columbia. They all retain, in varying degrees, a
fondness for Alma Mater. In late years, Alma Mater has sorely
needed the support of an organized minority of her friends and
she had not received it. In the next five years, according to all
indications, she will need it more. It will be the function of this
paper to make articulate, politically and socially, the convictions
of a considerable volume of opinion. It will strive to advance the.
welfare of the University and of the Alumni Association, and to
provide something of interest to all graduates.
Tuum est.   Do you remember?
ALL alumni should bear in mind that fifteen members of Senate
will be elected by convocation in the spring. Since the Alumni Association represents about 90 per cent of the membership of
convocation—the balance being made up of members of faculty
and surviving members of the first convocation—graduates have
a direct interest in the elections.
Of the retiring fifteen senators, all of whom, of course, are
eligible for re-election, six are graduates of the University of
B.C. It is possible that the proportion may be increased for the
forthcoming term. Opportunities for making nominations will
be given in the usual way and ballots will be distributed by mail.
By Ronald Grantham
These high hopes —
like tall ships outward bound
with a brave spread of sail,
deaf to the minute sound
of fatally busy worms,
scornful of lurking storms
or the boisterous gale.
These dead dreams —
like rotted hulls
bleaching upon the shore,
white as the circling gulls
they will taunt no more.
THE record of Dr. G. M. Weir since he became minister of education and provincial secretary in 1933 has been an impressive one, particularly so in regard to the University. The increase
in the appropriation of from $250,000 to $410,000 for the forthcoming fiscal year is one very tangible achievement for which he
is to be congratulated. Certain changes he introduced in connection with appointments to the board of governors have been valuable in liberalizing that body. His fearless appointment of brilliant young graduates to administrative posts in the social services has been highly important in recognizing the value of such
graduates in government work.
Apart altogether from politics, apart even from his effect on
the University, Dr. Weir's record commands the respect of thinking persons everywhere in the province. Perhaps the best indication of this occurred in the Legislature a year or so ago, when
Mrs. Dorothy Steeves, M.L.A., herself a brilliant university woman, wistfully invited him to cross the floor and join the C.C.F.
Scheduled construction of a students' Union Building on the
campus next year calls to mind the question of dormitories and
their value to a growing university.
Two distinct advantages in the establishment of dormitories at
U.B.C. are these: First, it would attract a large proportion of up-
country students who are already faced with sufficient inducement
to move Eastward to Alberta or Saskatchewan; second, it would
supply the one function whose lack does much to impair the real
value of any university. Community of interest, of feeling, of
understanding, can arise only when students are in close daily
The day-school atmosphere which characterizes any institution without student residences is a factor which consistently endangers concerted, enthusiastic student policy. U.B.C. 's progress
in student administration is rather a credit to her undergraduate
leaders than to any unified college feeling. With residences on
the campus, a whole new attitude towards the college is created—
one whereby the institution has everything to sain.
(Continued f
chased up and down my spine, and
it wasn't the mountain cold.
Sure, Inglis went crazy. He was
crazy when he left Icefall, crazy
when he set out, a man alone, to
cross Tantalus Bowl. Because to his
way of thinking, he wasn't crossing
it alone. . . .
"We broke camp today and took to
the ice. Sheila led—she was always
more skilful than I at glacier work."
When we read that, we knew his
mind had cracked clean across.
His last words, Terry, written in
the high camp the night before he
came to the mountain:
"She has no fear of Tantalus. Left
alone, I would accept what we learned on our first attempt: that it will
never be climbed. But she will not
have us turn back. I fear this mountain, more than any peak in Himalaya, in the Alps or the Andes, but
with her on the rope all will be well.
This time, she tells me, we \vill make
the ascent."
That was all. It was then that
Seamus took the book from me and
burned it.
"God save the man," he said. "God
and Mary pity him then, and her,
the poor children. But perhaps, as he
says, he has found her, and all is
It was a night and two days before
the sky blew clear. At noon of the
second day we closed the tent as
we'd found it and set out on the last
lap. Angled around the ridge and
struck the snowfield between it and
the mountain, with the spires of
Tantalus lifting through the mist.
The slope grew steeper, and the
mist fell away. It rolled down the
long vertical faces of black rock until the mountain stood clear. No
crevasses, but new snow made it
tough going. Then in the late afternoon the snowfield ran between dark
wings of rock and ended sharp in a
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bergschrund under the middle spire.
Life had no place in that hollow.
The shadow of the spire stretched
across it, and I fought a panicky
feeling as I* looked up. The sweep of
the mountain, the sheer rush of that
black pitch, made my stomach turn
So I watched Seamus' back until
he stopped dead in his tracks, and
fumbled his hat off in a slow gesture.
We'd found all that was left of the
We dug him out of the snow. He
must have been far up the spire
when the mountain tossed him off.
His body was smashed to flinders, but
his face when we turned him over
wore a kind of icy peace.
I'd brought a tarp in my rucksack.
I was kneeling by Seamus, unbuckling the flap, when his fingers bit into
my shoulder and dragged me to my
He was staring at the summit. His
eyes were wide and his mouth was
drawn open. It was the look he'd had
when we bucked the storm, when we
read the diary, but intensified.
He swung his ice-axe at the crest.
Damn if I could see anything. Just
black rock no man could climb, with
the sky dark blue above it.
"There!" he said, and his voice
was almost a whisper, "... And
themselves like the young gods of
heaven. . . ."
I stared at nothing while the hair
crinkled on the back of my neck.
Black rock and dazzling sky. But
nothing between.
Seamus let his arm fall to his side.
He turned to me like a man waking
from deep sleep.
"Let us bury our dead," says he,
"and be taking ourselves out of this
Don't ask me what he saw. Myself,
I saw nothing. Give me another


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