Newspaper Page Text
With the Editor —
Six M©nis After, Ihe Taylor Case"
Remains Unsolved, Was II Murder!
Word that police are no closer than ever to the
killer of Rachel Taylor six month after the crime
lends some credence to the report issued not long
after the death that the coed was the victim of a
hit-and-run driver and not of a sex killer.
Never widely credited and still weak in the face
of evidence, two things that have occurred
strengthened the suggestion.
First, the later killing Of a Bellefonte girl was
solved and proved to have no connection with the
Taylor case. In the second instance, no maniac
struck again as Colonel Adams, chief of the Penn
sylvania Motor Police, predicted a sex killer
The hit-and-run theory found its strength in a
statement that Miss Taylor was nOt criminally at
tacked and in a suggestion that none of the “teeth"
markings on her body were such that they could
not have been made by a speeding automobile.
Physicians who performed the autopsy have
never confirmed this, maintaining that she was a
murder victim. It is a matter of record, however,
that, regarding some of the markings on the dead
girl’s body which had first been called teeth,
marks, a later opinion was issued that said these
were. scratches that any sharp object could have
The hit-and-run report originated with a local
figure well-versed in reconstructing industrial ac
cidents from circumstantial evidence and with a
record that would lend credibility to anything he
might suggest. At his own request, he has re
The statement he prepared and issued within a
week after the death of Miss Taylor follows:
“It is my opinion that there is no legally cred
ible evidence justifying a finding that Miss Taylor
was murdered or was the victim, of any sex mani
ac. The known facts and logical inferences that
can reasonably be drawn from circumstantial evi
dence, plainly indicate that she was struck by an
automobile while attempting to cross College Ave
nue near Atherton Hall, that the condition of the
weather—both fog and fain —were partly respon
sible, and that her death resulted from the crime
of manslaughter, not murder/’
It is a fact, supported by statistics, that students
from land grant colleges are less likely to break
into Who’s Who than is average.- This, of course,
is because most of them start much farther away
from the Who’s Who class than students of the
ificher institutions. Mr. Wendell Willkie who be
gan as nothing but a campus radical at the land
grant University of Indiana proves that there are
exceptions to the rule. Until, the political she
- *anigans began, there was a possibility, that his
democratic opponent might have been another
Hoosier, Paul McNtitt.
• “We must regard the attacks on schools, col
leges, budgets and various Essential services, al
though they seem to originate from different
sources, as the several aspects of one determined
assault on the free democratic basis of our system
of education.” Prof. Walter Rautenstrauch of Col
umbia University protests against current attacks
on public education.
THE DAILY COLLEGIAN
"F6r A Better Penn State"
Successor to the Penn State Collegian, established 1904, and
the Free Lance, established 1837
Tuesday Morning, October \ f 1940
Published daily except Sunday and Monday. daring Che
regular College year by the students of The Pennsylvania
State College. Entered as secotad-Class matter July S. 1934,
at die post-office at State College, Pa., under the act Of
March 3, 1879.
Editor Business Manager
Adam A. Smyser Ml Lawrence S. Driever '4l
Women’s Editor—Vera L. Kemp, *4l; Managing Editor
—Robert H. Lane '4l; Sports Editor—Richard. C. Peters
'4l: News Editor —William E. Fowler '4l; Feature Editor
—Edward J. K. McLorie '4l; Assistant Managing Editor—
Bayard Bloom '4l; Women’a Managing Editor—Arita L.
Hefferan Ml; Woniftn's Promotion Manager—Edythe B.
Advertising Manager—John H. Thomas Ml; Circulation
Manager—Robert Q. Robinson MlSenior Secretary—Ruth
Goldstein Ml; Senior Secretary—Leslie H. Lewis Ml.
Junior Editorial Board—John A. Baer '42, R. .Helen
Gordon M 2. Ross B. Lehman '42, William J. McKhltfht M 2,
Alice M. Hurray M 2. Pat Nagelberg M 2, Stanley J. PoKi-np-
Aer M 2. Jeanne C. Stiles M 2. , . -
Junior Business Board—Thorns*. W. Allison 42, Paul
4M. Goldberg M 2, James E. MoCaughey M 2, T. Blair Wallace
*42, Margaret L. Embury '42, Virginia Ogden M 2, Fay - E,
sees M 2.
Graduate Counselor ~C. Russell Eck
Editorial and Business Office
313 Old Main Bldg.
M&n&ginjr Editor This
News Editor This Issue
Women’s Issue Editor
Sophomore Assistants David Samuels, Edward P. Petrovr
119-121 South -Fruier St.
Georze Schenkem *4l
John A. Baer M 2
Helen Gordon '42
Beginnings, especially column beginnings, are
hard to write and so I might as well wade right
in, save Eck a ream of paper and say that the fra
ternity social affairs for the year started with a
bang last week-end with a couple of pledge dances
and several picnics.
The Phi Delts, who absolutely refuse to let any
one get ahead of them, held their pledge dance
Friday night, but if all reports were true, the Sig
ma Pi pledge dance on Saturday. night was the
real highlight of the weekend. It was a screwy
affair. The seniors were pledges for the night
and the frosh in their role as upperclassmen went
so far as to paddle prexy Carl Zeigler publicly for
refusing to carry out One of their orders. Brothers
called for their dates in a Model A Ford with
chains on the tires and made the girls climb out
of second story windows via' a ladder. The car
stalled in front of the Comer Room, from whence,
according to previous plans, it was to be towed by
a pair of mules. But unfortunately a policeman
arrived on the scene before the mules, and the
chariot, affectionately named “Hutzie,” had to
proceed to the house under its own steam. There
were two fellows Out front mowing the laWn when
the guests arrived, and another stood in the vesti
bule with a spray gun and greeted each newcomer
with “Gee, ain’t the flies terrible.”. Later in the
evening Mickey Meyers did a Striptease down to a
pair of awning striped shorts, four boys set up a
card table in the middle of the dance floor arid
started to play bridge. They finished their game,
retreated, and their place.was ; taken by a brother
in pajamas who spread but a blariket, put down a
pillow and attempted to go to sleep while the
dancers stumbled over him. Marie Lawrence,
kappa, won the door prize ... a fountain pen, and
lucky Kay Bidlespacher, alfachio, won the booby
prize ... a live'goose. Strarigely enough, she re
fused to take Jier prize back to the dorin.
Loathe, to adrnit th'at picriic weather is over, the
hearty Sigma Nus held a picriic Saturday after
noon somewhere in the vicinity of Whipple’s 1 Dam.
The Phi Gains and Betas went them one better,
and had a picriic in the Barrens Saturday night.
You can have them, boys and girls I’ll stick close
tc the living room fire. .
Did you know that . . . Elinor Weaver, theta,
received two votes for Dormitory Queen'... Mary'
Ann Hutchinson married Phi Gam Wally Jones ...
Dick May, beta, after a long fight won the Heii
dershot handicap—he’s going steady with the pop
ular kappa . . . tall Pan-Hel prexy, Harriet Sing
er, AEPhi, has been asked for dates for every big
weekend this year by a freshriiari who stands
about five feet tall with his shoes on . . . Misto
McKnight,. kajSpa sig, after waiting two years fdr
his girl to enroll at Pehn State, has to go home
every week-end to have a pinned to
freshmah Lillian Clark.
THE DAILY COLLEGIAN
Wife Of Auditor, Victim
Of Fire, In Fair Condition
No change was reported in the
condition of Mrs. James A. Hanley
by Centre County Hospital autho
rities yesterday. “Mrs, Hanley’s
condition is only air,” the hos
pital officials stated.
The wife of James A. Hanley,
College auditor, is in serious con
dition in Centre County Hospital
as the result of severe burns suf
fered when fire .damaged their
residence at 459 E. Fairmount Ave
nue early Sunday morning.
Janet, . their 16-month-old
daughter, was rescued unhurt by
Mr. Hanley when he rushed up
stairs and carried her to safety,
E E. Society Will Hold
The Electrical Engineering So
ciety will open a series of meetings,
with a cider feed to be held in
the new Electrical Engineering
Building, 7:30 p. m. tomorrow.
Representatives of student or
ganizations and societies will .give
short talks explaining some of the
extra-curricular activities open: to
student electrical engineers. Mem
bers of the faculty will support the
program with discussions of topics
of general interest to everyone. j
MOORE'S DRESS SHOP
Btisy Body Casuals
Hit HO I SI LIE
in Gioty," a fabric distinctively
DUPtAff, woVefn of abraded rayon 1
full of pleat*;
and irietal clips chained to the
bodice are dress-up details of a
tailored frock. Sizes 12 to .20.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1940
’MARGIN FOR ERROR'
A Murder Mystery Comedy
Schwab, Oct. 5. .Tickets. 75c
Mornirigstar Bread is fine
for every' purpose,. It makes
sandwiches. that are pleasing
in taste and at the same lime
nourishing. And if* you want
crisp toast that fairly melts in
your mouth this 4s the loaf for
Morning Star, Trii-Wheat
Purity jßread and Trophy
Opposite Old Main
S PO NSO R s'
’ i 1
1/ $1.95 .
'I;y /■ Yd
fftighO-Omtrt* «Kehl** ««d
lining hiififits, standing Cottar
and 1 bow tie, tucked Sleeve* and
pockets. Fan pleated skirt, front
and back. Sizes 12 to 20, a
The Penn State Players