People, Apr. 10, 1939

Gunning for an endowment fund ($50,000,000) for Columbia University, aged (77) President Nicholas Murray ("Nicholas Miraculous") Butler quipped: "If anybody wants to kill me, he can give us that $50,000,000, and I'll die from joy."

Because he was annoyed by the noise of WPA pneumatic drills near his Kansas City house, Dr. Logan Clendening ran amuck, smashed with an ax the valve and feed pipe of the air compressor supplying the drills, was jailed (TIME, Feb. 20). Last week he pleaded guilty to charges of destroying property and disturbing the peace, was fined $50....

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