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McCormick, Bart E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 28, Number 3 (Jan. 1927)

Alumni in the news,   pp. 98-99

Page 99

   Just recently, when the New York
 Board of Estimate let the contract f6r'
 the construction of the 6th Ave. Subway
 as an independent line, Mr. Dahl ad-
 dressed another of a series of letters
 to the Board condemning the plan of
 building a competitive, independent-
 subway system as wasteful and against
 the publi'c interest. He declared "that
 its cost wpuld be far above the $624,-
 o0,0ooo estimated and asserted that its
 construction would, be a direct attack
 on the city's investment of $325,000,000
 in the existing subways. He predicted
 that an independent subway system
 would not only increase transit chaos
 and -add to the cityes deficit but woul~d
 cause the suspension of other vitally
 needed public improvements." Ie sug-
 gested "that the city would. save many
 millions of dollars by coordination of its
 transit facilities and abandoning its
 plan for an independent subway system,
 which would show a deficit of $62,ooo,-
 ooo for the first three-year period if
 operated municipally.... If the
 city persists in constructing its system
 without relation to proper coordination
 with existing subways, economical and
 efficient coordination will be an im-
   Whether "little old New York" will
 turn -a listening ear to Jerry's advice
 sooner or later we're not going to
 predict, but it might pay to give fair
 consideration to the solution offered by
 the gentleman whose business acumen
 has earned for him a directorship in the
 Chase, National Bank, the Electrical
 - Utilities *Corporation, Lehigh Power
 Securities Corporation, New, Orleans -
 'Public Sevice, Inc., Philadelphia Com-
 pany, Pierce Arrow Motor Car Com-
 pany, Williamsburgh Power Plant Cor-
 poration and New York Rapid Transit
   But ',big business" isn't all that -Mr.
 Dahl thinks or talks about. He has
 'time for play, especially when the crew
 or Glee Club are'scheduled to arrive, in
 New York. "There's nothing too good
 for Wisconsin" is one of the maxims he
 learned while at the" "U" and he prac-
 tices it to the limit when it comes to
 entertaining those who hail from the old
school.. The Alumni Club of New- York
counts him as one of its most enthusi-
astic and helpful members. And many
a kindly turn he does for Wisconsin
men and women that never gets into
  It is said "that the generous giver-
he who gives of himself 'as well as of his
material possessions-ages slowly. Per-
haps that's why someone said, "He
could easily pass for thirty-five."
IN Asa G. Briggs, B.S., '85, LL.B., '87,.
L the St. Paul Association has. found 'a
capable and enthusiastic leader, one who
exemplifies in himself the ideals for
stands. Since
he is the only
nominee, it
would seem
that'.the As-
sociation is
well agreed
that "he's the
man for the
pointing that
way are %is
term of office as 'president in i924, his
declination tosu&eed ,himself in .125,
and his unanirmou's election in 1926.
   Perhap's a wgr of explanation iabout
 the'purpo eand'organimation of the St.
 Paul Association" of Publiyq :and ::Busi-
 ne'ss Affairs may give proper significance
 I to Mr. Briggs' recent 'electjon., "It is
 composed of approximately 4,ooo m~m-
 bers of the leading business and profes-
 sional men of St. Paul. It is the St.
oPaul representative of the National
Chamber of Commercie. It deals with
all kinds of public and business affairs
covering national, state, county and
municipal questions and has a salaried
staff of about thirty people."
  "Mr. Briggs has never sought a public
  office, has never held one, bor does he
  expect to become acndat fo      on
  (sofar-as wIeknow), yet he is probably
  one of the best informed men in America
  today on matters touching national,
  state, county and municipal jife, and
  through the wise direction of the St.
  Paul Association,'may be said to be one
  of the most powerful influences for good
  in our contemporary national and local
  public affairs. As senior member of the
  law firm of Briggs, Weyl and Briggs,
  engaged in general law  business, he
  doesn't have to look about him to find
  plenty of work, but because he loves
  America, its ideals, its institutions, its
  people, he' feels it incumbent upon him-
  self to sacrifice some.of his time and
  energy:, which might be emplbyed for..
personal gaini, to promote the public
welfare .and bring h-is ideals of good
citizenship nearer realization.
   In his' pamphlet "Whither Are We
 Drifting?"- mentioned in. this Magazine
 last month, Mr. Briggs points out the
 dangers' which beset governmentse and
 the responsibilities that rest 'upon the
 educated to maintain the present stand-
 ard of- civilization and to advance it.
 In "Our Constitution, the Hope of Our
 Future," he asks,"Will theUnited States
.m au     I_,, Ou. UL   Inuu-semesEer.
Tremblingly I recalled that it was-open
season for scholastically delinquent fresh-
men. I recalled, too, thatI had been en-
tirely unprepared on one occasion in
geology. Cold sweat broke out on myI
brow. My ,neck swelled into the collar .
of my shirt. Why hadn't I worked
harder?-,I would be disgraced, if I had      -.
to go home! I wouldn't go home-
perhaps I'could get a'job. Nobody would
  There was a knock on the door and
"Augie" came in. He;:too, was having
tremors. He couldn't understand. He
had nothing below B.    We compared
notes--our cards were identical. There
is courage in-numbers. We marched
abreast to thedean's office. Why wasn't
I attending a io o'clock history classon
the days when I had geology at ten?
Why it -was. impossible. Assured that it
was 'all a mistake, I went home and
slept well that night.
  And now they tell us the Freshman
Sore'EyeSpecial'is being made up.'Gosh,
there's always something, to spoil half
the fun of vacation.
9'anuary, 1927
99 e
Endure?" His answer is "Ifwe have- any-
thing that gi.vesus hope for exception
from   the general rule  (downfall of
governments), it is our form of govern-
ment. Our form of government is our
Federal Constitution. So long as our
Cohistitution lasts our government will
last, but no longer." In the nullification
of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amend-
ments, and the serious 'violation of the
Eighteenth Amendment, Mr. Briggs
points out the real dangeis that beset
our country. "Tolerance for want of
enforcement of one type -of law creates,
contempt for al laws. General disregard
of law   results in disrespect of law;
general disrespect of law results in open
continued violations of law; open con-        - -
tinued general violations of law result:
in mobs and anarchy. It isbut a short
step from democracy to the mob or dicta-,
From The Freshman's View-
         (Continued from page, 97)
white cross on his floor where "Prexy"
  Hoboes' Roost has no significance as a
title unless it be by contrast for Section
A, Adams Hall, takes pride in the
highest scholastic record in the "dorms",
and we are already planning a suitable
resting place for the scholarship cup
which the "Dorm Senate," we under-
stand, is about to offer.
  Did you ever get an invitation to call
at the dean's office? Did it give you a
thrill? or a chill? or a wobbly sensation?
Open house at the dean s office- is from
two to four thirty, I learned when I re-
ceived a neatly written and curtly

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