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1 The Archives of The University of Notre Dame 607 Hesburgh Library Notre Dame, IN 46556 574-631-6448 fax 574-631-7980 [email protected] Notre Dame Alumnus

2 May, 1931 THE NOTKE DAME ALUHNUS 289 tl tllltllltllltll*MlllllllilllUIMIMMMMI limtllMMUMI MMtlMIMIIIHIMIMHM*IHtllttllllllltMIMMIMMQ COMMENT IN TtilS IJJUE Views of Rockne in Life and DeatK- .Frontispiece Rockne's Tragic Death Shocks Nations, by Thomas Coman; '25 291 How to make the point \vith- The Everlasting Arms, sermon by Rev. Charles L. out alibi-ing is puzzling the Ed- O'Donnell, C.S.Cl :. 299 itor. Happy Landing, by Christy Walsh -301 Telegrams and Editorial Comment -^ -302 This issue of the ALUMNUS Views of Rockne's Life - -320 represents a 100% honest pur- Poems of Rockne : -322 John F . Gushing Gives $300,000 Engineering Building_ -328 pose to pay a small tribute, on 1931 Commencement Program :: -331 the part of a group that has a The Alumni Clubs -337 distinct obligation, to Knute The Alumni , : -344 Rockne, alumnus of Notre Dame. There have been obstacles, The magazine is published monthly during the Bcholmstie year by the Alomni Association of the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame. Indianja. The the largest of which has been subscription price is S3.00 a year; the price of ainsle copies is 25 cents. The annual alumni dues of 95.00 include a year's subscription to THE AIJUHNUS. time. The scope and the quan- Entered as secondM:lass matter January 1, 1923, at the post office at Notre Dame, Indiana, under the Act of March 3, 1879. All correspondence should tity of tributes paid to Rock by be addressed to The Notre Dame Alumnus. Box 81, Notre Dame. Indiana. the outside world have made MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN ALUMNI COUNCIL MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL CATHOUC ALUMNI FEDERATION selection for a representative display a matter of study and concentration. THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNUS Neither of these have been JAMES E . ARMSTRONG, '25, Editor possible to any extent for this May ALUMNUS. The issue therefore lays no THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION claim to a presentation of all of the that is best. UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME It does claim to give alumni Alumni Headquarters, Main Floor Administration BIdg., a few of those many fine things Notre Dame, Indiana said about Rock which Notre JAMES E . ARMSTRONG, General Secretary Dame men of all times ^vill cherish. ALUMNI BOARD 'REV. J O H N CAVANAUGH, C . S . C , '90 Honorary President It attempts, in some measure, FRANK E . HERING, '98 President to portray the vast reaches of HON. WILLIAM J . GRANFIELD, '13 Vice-President JAMES E . ARMSTRONG, '25 Secretaiy Rockne's influence; to bring WALTER DUNCAN, '12 - - Treasurer home the national character of GEORGE M . MAYPOLE, '03 Director M. HARRY MILLER, '10 Director the man, \vith the resulting good T. PAUL MCGANNON, '07 Director to Notre Dame. J O H N W . EGGEMAN, '00 {ex officio) Director It attempts to treat the ob- jects of the tribute as always Q m a Notre Dame man, the man factors in Notice Dame, will ing planned in many instances whom Rockne knew, loved, understand as no outside per- outside these pages. worked for, and, above all, was. sons could. They are continu- This issue, with its many lim- That the reports of Uni- ing. They are in the morning itations, is the saga of Knute versal Notre Dame Night, the of achievement. Rockne, of whom we ask only Commencement program, the that prayer that closed the They are the brighter, re- "Poem for George Gipp" gift of the Engineering Build- membering yesterday's sunset. ing, and a new high record in "Oh, Lady, you, have taken of our Class Secretarial achievement Mr. Cushing's splendid gift; best should have come in the same the Clubs; the Class of '28, will To make a playmate for the issue, brings to them a subordi- receive more just consideration Seraphim; There on the unde, sweet campus nation that the Editor regrets in later issues, as their works of the blest exceedingly, but which' they, as unfold. Commencement is be- Be good to him." \ 3 290 THE N O T R E D A M E ALUMNUS Mail, 19J1 4 T H E N O T R E D A M E ALUMNUS Volume IX. MAY, 1931 No. 9 Rocknc^s Tragic Death Shocks Nation Notre Dame Shares Genius With Nation; Flood of Reaction Reveals Rockne in Unsuspected Roles of Greatness; Countless Thousands Mourn. The list of victims showed six passengers, including (Editor's N o t e : FoUDwinff are the stories of the tragic c%'ents siir- rouniiiti^ Rocline's death appearinK in the South Bend Ncini-Tinta^, Rockne, the pilot, co-pilot, and the steward. With the exception of the news story itself, the subsetiuent stories are by Thomas F . Coman. a Notre Dame Kratluate of the Class of 1925. The ship was enroute to Wichita, Kansas, and had left Kansas City at 9:15 o'clock Tuesday morning. Bazaar is Mr. Coman was for several years a sports writer on the campus, and 30 miles from here. as such knew Mr. Uockne ver>- personally. The stories received wide- spread commendation. The stories express four important pha-ses of Persons who reached the wreckage and flashed back Hockne's influence in splendid stykjournalistic, civic, personal, and the reports of the tragedy said that the entire passenger the fellowship of Notre Dame. Probably no other accounts could do so much so well.) and crew list was dead. The plane left Kansas City 15 minutes late, held up By United Press by the delayed arrival of mail. BAZAAE, Kansas, Jlarch 31.Knute Rockne, noted Rockne was enroute to Los .A.ngeles, Calif., to confer Notre Dame football coach, and eight other men were there on business matters pertaining to his motion picture killed in an airplane interests. crash near here to- The first flash to day. Emporia that Rock- The plane, operat- ne was among the ed by the Transcon- dead shocked the en- tinental a n d Wes- tire world and busi- tern .A.ir Express, ness and industry Inc., was enroute halted w h i l e all from Kansas City to sources of communi- Los -A.ngeles. cation were placed Rockne was listed into service to de- as a passenger on termine the truth of the plane when it the report. left Kansas City Knute R o c k n e earlier in the day. broke into the coach- Edward Baker, a ing g a m e u n d e r farmer, was feeding Jesse H a r p e r at stock on the Stewait Notre Dame in 1916 Baker farm, a n d after having played was watching the a star game at end plane as it flew over. for three years on Suddenly, he said, the teams of 1911- there was an explo- 12-13. sion and the ship Voss, NORWAYROCKNE'S BIRTHPLACE Rugaed, Clean .A.fter taking his fell to the earth. degree from Notre Tlie plane was flying at a low altitude because of the Dame in science, he turned to the teaching of chemistry. cloudy weather. During 191G and 1917, he helped Harper build the pre- First check of the debris showed there were nine bodies war teams, and then took over the head coaching reins in the plane. in 1918. Members of the Baker household heard the explosion His success in these years was unusual, yet still in its and rushed to the scene, half a mile away. infancy. The fonvard pass was coming into greater play, The passenger list of the plane which is reported to and Rockne added to its development each year. have crashed near Emporia, Kansas, was given out at the His success quickened in the 14 years, bringing Notre headquarters of the T. A. T. here as follows: Dame to the pinnacle of fame in the football work with light, fast teams, whose power, speed and deception were KNUTE ROCKNE unmatched in the history of sport. J. H. CHRISTEN Rockne came to Notre Dame in 1910 from Chicago, S. GOLDTHWAITE with only a few hundred dollars and a wealth of ambition C. A. ROBRECHT and resourcefulness. He had played football and baseball -A.n unidentified Chicago passenger. and ran in ti-ack meets on the sand lots of Chicago. The There were two pilots on the plane, one of whom was achievements of Walter Eckersall inspired him. He Robert Fi-ye, of Kansas City, it was stated at the T. .A.. T. thought once of going to Illinois, but friends persuaded headquarters here. him to go to Notre Dame and play football because he 5 292 THE NOTKE DAME ALUMNUS May, 1931 would have a chance to work his way through school at danger, inspired that Notre Dame squad to a victory which the South Bend institution. might have been impossible without the presence of their Rockne's big flash on the football horizon was in 1913 coach. Avhen Notre Dame beat the Army at New York, 35 to 13. Bockne made one other trip that season, to the South- This was the debut of the forward pass in the East at the em California game in Soldier field, but finally was forced time of its most advanced development. Dorais threw the to let his assistants handle his team for the remainder passes to Eockne and Knute, at end, raced over the goal of the games. When the Irish played the Anny in New- line. York, the final game of the season, which crowned Notre In his boyhood days, Eockne became familiar with the Dame champion for 1929, the Notre Dame coach again game of hard knocks. He had to work night and day to received reports by telephone of the progress of the game. earn the money which he was to spend on his college At the close of the season, he went immediately to education. the Mayo Brothers' clinic at Rochester, Minn., for a com- The Chicago postoffice found him as a mail dispatcher, plete rest, and from there returned to South Bend, still and a short time later he went on the lakes as an inland in his wheel chair. After remaining here he went to seaman. In his few hours he turned his attention to the Miami, Fla., w^here he made rapid progress toward re- games of the sandlots, and excelled as a pole vaulter long covery. But a sudden relapse came, and the word was before he thought he could play football. received in South Bend that his condition was critical. Eockne arrived in Chicago 40 years ago with his father As a result he was rushed back to the Mayo clinic and and mother, brothers and sisters from their home in Nor- there at last the experts were able to curb the disease way. His father was a craftsman and came to this coun- that threatened his life. It was' a real homecoming for try to exhibit a carriage model. The Eockne family stayed, Rockne that spring, as with Mrs. Eockne and several of and Knute, the genius, raced ahead through life to became his assistant coaches, he walked blithely from the ti-ain one ofthe most colorful figures in world sport. in the Union station here to his waiting automobile. The last two years of Coach Rockne's career as the But as soon as he returned to the city he was back greatest football coach in the nation were filled with glory again on the practice field supervising the spring drills for his team and the University, but were clouded by the of the squad that the next fall again was to triumph over illness of Eockne himself. Undaunted, however, by an all opposition and win its way to another national cham- ailment which kept him in bed for many weeks and in a pionship. wheel chair for many more, Rockne showed his dynamic Every afternoon before leaving his office, he adjusted power even wlien he had to direct his team from his bed. the rubber bandages which swathed both legs to the knee. The first intimation of the long illness that was to keep These were to prevent a recurrence of the blood clot that the Noti'e Dame coach at home during the 1929 season had come close to closing his career the previous fall. On while his team, directed on the field by his assistants, the field a tower was erected, provided with a loud speak- marched to a national championship, came eai'ly in October er system, by which he could direct the squad of 125 of that year. At the Indiana game on October 5, Rockne, players in any part of the large field. sitting on the bench along the sidelines, was severely But he refused to use itand thus one of the student kicked in the leg during a play that crossed the line. managers became known as the "chair-bearer to the king." His ailment did not appear serious until the following Every time Rockne paused in his work of directing the Wednesday when he was ordered by his physician to cur- squad, the youth was at his elbow, proffering the chair. tail his appearance on the practice field. A blood clot Sometimes Eockne used it, other times he ignored it ab- had foi-med in a vein in his leg and threatened to be solutely, and on some occasions, dismissed the chair- serious if neglected. The real calamity did not become bearer with a curt nod, a wave of his hand. apparent until the ne.vt day, when Dr. E. L. Sensenich Knute Eockne had a wide and varied field of interests was adamant that Eockne should not make the trip to in addition to the profession which won him his highest Baltimore with the Notre Dame squad for the annual game fame. with the U. S. Naval academy. His natural wit, common sense and incisive, staccato Assistant Coach Tom Lieb assumed the director's post style of delivery made him a highly successful public with the squaH when it entrained and Coach Eockne was speaker. In recent years he had been associated with kept in bed by his doctor's orders. But Eockne, sitting in the Studebaker corporation, giving inspirational "pep bed, surrounded by a crowd of his South Bend friends, talks" to its salesmen. Only within the last week or so heard the play by play account of the game over long- his duties along that line had been increased, although it distance telephone. Before the start of the game he had was not his intention to allow them to interfere with his talked personally to every member of the squad, cheering duties at Notre Dame. them to a victoi-y. Rockne was one of the few celebrities in the athletic But the next week, despite the warning of physicians, world who wrote his o^vn material. No ghost writer was Rockne returned to the practice field, and sitting in his necessary for the coach. His magazine and newspaper automobile, directed his squad in their daily drills, while articles were always readable and entertaining. He was 'the active work was handled by his assistants. Even then the author of a book on coaching. the famous mentor hardly could curb himself from limping The summer months seldom brought much let-up in out onto the field when he wished to demonstrate some- Rockne's activity. The coaching schools which he con- thing which he could not put into words. ducted brought eager studentsoften coaches themselves As a result of his determination, he went with the team from far and wide. Motion pictures were another field to the Carnegie Tech game at Pittsburgh that week-end in which the coach's work was publicized, as he helped and sat on the sidelines in a wheel chair. The sight of in the direction of a series on the science of football. their coach sitting immovable, showing clearly in his face At the close of the past season, Eockne, showing the the pain which he was undergoing, yet determined to see result of strain through which he had gone, returned to them through in spite of his own inconvenience and even the Mayo clinic for an examination and was ordered to 6 May, 1931 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNUS 293 curtail all his speaking appearances. But this the Irish The selection of a day for the funeral services on the mentor could not do. From there he went to New York Notre Dame campus for Knute Rockne has been deferred where an alumni team was playing a charity game. He pending the arrival here Thursday of Mrs. Rockne and went to Florida, and instead of the rest which he hoped her two children. to get, he made speech after speech. Even after return- Mrs. Rockne was preparing to leave Miami, Fla.,- for ing to South Bend he was unable to get the rest which her South Bend home Tuesday when the news reached he hoped to find in his attention to spring practice. her that her famous husband had died in an airplane The trip by air during which he was killed was to fill crash. With her at the time were the two younger Rockne a speaking engagement "because he did not want to let children, Mary Jean and Jackie. a friend doi,vn." Mrs. Rockne, who now is enroute north Too young to realize the magnitude of the tragedy by motor from Florida, was not aware Tuesday afternoon that left them fatherless, the youngsters turned to play of the tragedy. while Mrs. Rockne steeled herself against the force of the shock and turned homeward. ' APRIL 1 Two years ago she made another nerve wracking trip, Knute Rockne will come home tonight to the scene of that time with Rockne. They were speeding home from his triumph, his career ended and his life spent. Los Angeles, staggered by the report that the life of From the Kansas their youngest boy, prairies where he met Jackie, was in peril sudden and t r a g i c after a peanut had be- death in the crash of come lodged in his lung. an airliner Tuesday The campus at No- morning, his body will tre Dame and the be brought back to the streets and homes of Union station at South South Bend Wednesday Bend where so often reflected the gloom and in other years he came the sorrow that fell like home with his football a pall over millions team, sometimes in de- from coast to coast feat, but more often in when the news of victory. Rockne's d e a t h was The city will not flashed out to the world. roar tonight with the In the Church of the cheers for a victory Sacred Heart on the team and its coach. Notre Dame campus There will be no crowds early Wednesday morn- to surge forward in ing, 2,000 students knelt wild acclaim for the before the high altars genius of the gridiron, while the Rev. Charles no bands, no noise, nor L. O'Donnell, C.S.C, cries for speeches from read the low mass. "Eock." Throughout the serv- The body of Knute ices a constant stream Rockne is scheduled to CHEJUSTRY HALL of young men who had reach South Bend at " ^ c ivoiiUl have been a great chemist." cheered and prayed for about 11:20 o'clock Wednesday night, according to plans Rockne and his teams on the football fields, approached agreed upon in Kansas City and Chicago, Wednesday the sanctuary railing to receive the Holy Communion. morning. Here Rockne had knelt a few years ago and received the Dr. D. M. Nigro, of Kansas City, a close personal Sacred Host that made him one with the church and friend of the Notre Dame coach to whom Mrs. Bonnie school with whom he spent the greatest years of his life. Rockne entrusted the details of the funerai, went to Cot- This was the Host of lifeeternal life, the saving tonwood Falls,( Kansas, Tuesday afternoon and had the grace. It was a faith at its strongest. Among these body taken to Emporia. students, their sorrow yielded to nothing else except the will of God. The devotion they gave Knute Rockne, in From Emporia the body was sent to Kansas City Tues- life, they gave to him more fully in death. day night, and at 8:05 o'clock Wednesday morning. Dr. Nigro's party started back for Chicago and South Bend Nothing has happened on the campus or in the city on the Santa Fe. The party will reach Chicago at 7:45 in the past decade that has struck such a stunning blow o'clock Wednesday night and the body will be transferred as the death of Rockne. Certainly nothing has happened to a New York Central train leaving for South Bend at in all the history of the University that has left such a 9:15 o'clock. shock. In Dr. Nigro's party leaving Kansas City for South President O'Donnell surveyed the furore and the trem- Bend are the two oldest sons of Rockne, William, 14, and bling on the campus Tuesday, knowing that the shock Knute, Jr., 11. There is also the Rev. Michael Mulcaire, would be felt, not for days or months, but for years. Into C.S.C., vice-president of the university and chairman of the troubled scene he stepped and took command, calm, the faculty athletic board. Assistant Coaches Heartly deliberate, full poised. He issued his orders and made his Anderson and Jack Chevigny, and Howard "Cap" Ed- plans, everything carefully conforming to dignity and wards long one of Rockne's closest associates. personal feeling. 7 294 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNUS Maij, 1931 The editors of the SCHOLASTIC, the campus news weekly, and officials at Cottonwood Falls, no one has seen the mshed an extra edition to the students a few hours after body of Knute Eockne except Dr. D. M. Nigro of Kansas the death of Eockne, carrying the story of his life and City, long his personal friend. Dr. Nigro brought the fame, and the mourning of the men who ran, passed and body from Kansas to South Bend. plunged their way to victor}' on the gridiron. The homecoming of Knute Eockne in South Bend Wed- In the homes, the offices, cafes and hotels of the city nesday night brought a great crowd to the Union station. there is but one topic of conversation. Everybody is talk- It was more profound and more reverent than any other ing of Eockne, sketching back over his life, his deeds, his gathering that had met the Eockne funeral cortege along sayings. His death is still unbelievable. the route from Kansas City. These were his friends and neighbors of many years. Scores of them were intimate APEIL 2 associates. The tragedy burdened them heavily. It was Mourned in death even more than he was idolized in hard for them to believe it all even when they carried the life, Knute Eockne, of Notre Dame, killed in an airplane casket of Notre Dame's coach from the train. They had crash on a Kansas prairie, was back home again today thought that he would live forever just as they had al- in his bronze, flower strewn casket, waiting for the ar- ways known him. rival of his widow, Mrs. Bonnie Eockne and her two The crowd began to gather in the Union station youngest children, from Coral Gables, Fla., late Thursday shortly after 10 o'clock, an hour before the train was afternoon. due. In a few minutes there were hundreds in the wait- The funeral for the football genius of Notre Dame will ing room, and outside parking places had been taken for be arranged Thursday night. The day and the hour and blocks around. many of the minute details depend upon the wishes of Talking was done in subdued tones. The tensity of Mrs. Eockne. University officials already know that she the atmosphere grew stronger as moments passed. wants her famous husband to be buried from the Sacred Especially noticeable was the solemn cast over the Heart Church on the campus, surrounded by the boys who faces of Notre Dame students. The grief suffered at the played and fought for "Eock" on gridirons from coast to loss of their leader was complete. They had little to coast and before the greatest crowds in the historj' of the say to each other. game. As the time for the train's arrival neared, the interior The overivhelming throng that will seek to be accom- of the station became jammed. The throng pushed to- modated in the church on the campus, however, has raised ward the corridor leading to the track stairways. Only a serious problem. It has been suggested to University a small group, however, was permitted on the platform. officials that a fitting end to the brilliant career of Knute They included officials of the University, members of the Eockne would be the singing of the mass of the requiem Notre Dame coaching staff, members of the South Bend from a consecrated altar on the green field in the stadium. city council, and newspaper reporters and photographers. Here the throng could come to pay their last homage Shortly after 11 o'clock, a railway employee in the to "Eock" within the walls of a stadium that will remain station announced the approach of the train from Chicago. forever his monument and a constant reminder to the The murmuring of voices stopped. world that Knute Eockne was more than a football coach A moment later the rumble of cars overhead reached who revolutionized the game; that he was a national the ears of the throng. And something in the very still- figure and his death a national tragedy. ness of it all assured them that their beloved friend had His pallbearers are expected to be six of the men been brought "home." with whom he spent the greatest years of his life, teach- The solemn countenances of all in the crowd was-tes- ing them not to fight to die, but to fight to winand to timony to the sincerity of the mute tribute. live. On the platform above the station where a group of The day of the funeral likewise is contingent upon officials and close friends stood in awed silence, eyes were Mrs. Eockne's return. The Church that hailed him as a' dimmed with tears and bared heads bowed as Eockne's son cannot give its mass of requiem until Monday. casket was lifted from the train. The mother and three sisters of Knute Eockne who Down the ramps it was borne on an express cart and live in Chicago will come to South Bend Thursday night. into the midst of the great crowd in front of the station. In Chicago they will join Mrs. Eockne, the widow and her In a few minutes, students and coaches lifted the metal- two childrien and journey to South Bend together. lic box and placed it in a waiting automobile. Arri\-ing here the party will go direct to the Eockne As the procession of cars, headed by one carrying the home on E. Wayne street. The Eev. John O'Hara, C.S.C, body of Mr. Eockne began to move, the crowd opened a will accompany the party. pathway and stood with bared heads as the cortege The strain of the ordeal upon Mrs. Eockne, it was passed. said, Thursday, may necessitate removing her and her Homage to, Eockne was a tragic contrast to the hom- family from the train before it reaches South Bend in age paid the genius of Notre Dame in years past. It was order to avoid crowds. a silent shuffling crowd, men with bared heads, still Shut out from the tear dimmed eyes of the world that numbed by the shock of the tragedy. In the throng at would pay him homage at his bier night and day before the station when the body arrived were many of the the earth receives him, Knute Eockne's body rested Thurs- leaders in this city's business, professional and social life. day in the McGann funeral home at 424 N. Mich. St. Mayor W. E. Hinkle and a group of representatives The bronze casket has been, removed from the grey from the city council, Bepresentative Samuel B. Petten- metallic box in which it traveled from the scene of his gill, Frank E. Hering, president of the national Notre death a t Cottonwood Falls, Kan. The casket was closed Dame Alumni Association, A. B. Erskine, president of and it will remain closed. E.vcept for a coroner's jury the Studebaker corporation and chairman of the Notre 8 May, 1931 THE NOTRE DAMBALUMNUS 295 Dame board of lay trustees, George L. O'Brien, Robert Knute Rockne's place in the hearts of the people. Proctor of Elkhart, Carl E. Hibberd, president of the The King of Norway who roles over the land where Chamber of Commerce, Dudley M. Shively, president of Rockne was bom 43 years ago, sent his cable to the the Notre Dame club of South Bend, Adam Walsh, cap- Norwegian consul at Chicago, Olaf Bemts, delegating him tain of the 1924 Notre Dame team and assistant coach to attend the Rockne funeral as the official representative at Yale university, Christy Walsh, Frank E. Coughlin, of the crown of Norway. Within the next six months, captain of the Notre Dame team in 1920 were among the it had been planned for King Haakon to bestow on the notables in the crowd. Notre Dame coach the symbol of Norwegian Knighthood. The Rev, Charles L. O'Donnell, C.S.C, president of the In the Rockne home on E. Wayne street Friday, they University, was at the Union station to meet the Eoclaie laid the bronze casket of the coach in a bank of ilowers cortege as the official representative of the University. that came in an endless stream. When "Rock" came home He stepped forward to the baggage car and gazed in his heart broken widow and children were there to meet silence at the casket of Notre Dame's beloved coach. him. Tliere too, were his mother, Mrs. Louis Rockne of Scores of football players and students from Notre Dame Chicago, who brought Knute and his sisters to this coun- pressed about the train as the casket was lowered to a try 40 years ago, the Rockne sisters, Florence and Louise, conveyance. and Mrs. Henry Stiles and Mrs. Walter Leggett. Mrs. Throughout the journey from Kansas, some of the fa- Huldah Jones, mother of Mrs. Knute Rockne came from mous coach's friends stood with the body as the train Canton, 0., Thursday night. rocked along. At Michigan City and Gary crowds over- His associates in football were also there when "Rock" ran the platform trying to catch a glimpse of the casket came home. There were Howard "Cap" Edwards, Heart- of Knute Rockne. It had been thus at every station up ly Anderson, Jack Chevigny, Paul Castner, George Keo- from Kansas. gan, Gus Dorais, Charley Bachman and many of Notre Rockne's two oldest sons, William, 14, and Knute, Jr., Dame's football athletes. 11, were aboard the train, traveling with Dr. Nigro, and Six of his greatest gridiron performers on the champ- with their athletic instructor from the Pembroke school ionship team of 1930 will carry Knute Rockne's bronze in Kansas City, Coach H. H. Francis. casket to the grave Saturday. The choice fell upon Tom John C. Graves, representing the traffic department of Conley, Captain-elect Tommy Yarr, Marchmont Schwartz, the Trans-continental and Western Air Express lines, al- Frank Caredio, Marty Brill and "Larry" MuUins. so traveled ^vith the party, assigned to the trip by the In the cliurch of the Sacred Heart, and on the gateway airplane company whose plane carried Eockne to his to the football stadium the long furls of black and white death. bunting hung today. The same train that brought Rockne's body to Chicago The pulpit in the church also, wore the drapes of from Kansas, also carried the body of W. B. Miller, an- mourning. There on Saturday afternoon the last public other crash victim. Miller's body was being sent on to eulogy for Rockne will be spoken by the president of the his home in Massachusetts, but the crowd at the station university, the Rev. Charles L. O'Donnell, C. S. C. never knew. The throng vanished from the train shed The funeral services which will begin at 3 o'clock Sat- in the wake of the Eockne cortege. urday afternoon will be read by the Rev. Michael Mul- caire, C. S. C , vice president and head of the faculty ath- APRIL 3 letic board. He will be assisted by the Rev. Thomas In the chill urizziing rain of Good Friday Knute Steiner, C. S. C , as deacon and the Rev. Raymond Murch, Eockne went home to his own home. His bronze casket, C. S . C , as subdeacon. strewn with flowers, was borne by the hands of six ath- The mass of the requiem will not be sung for "Rock" letes who shared with him a small portion of fame on the until next Thursday monung. Then 3000 university stu- gridirons of the nation. dents will join the services. In the living room of the E. Wayne street house he The arrangements for the funeral were made Thurs- will lie in state, his casket closed. Saturday afternoon day night at the Eockne home. Mrs. Rockne and her two six stars of his 1930 team will carry him to the Sacred youngest children who had left their train at Engle- Heart church on the campus for the last solemn rites. wood were brought to South Bend in automobiles. Sev- In Highland cemetery in the consecrated ground they will eral members of Rockne's family joined the party in Chi- leave Knute Eockne to his rest. His epochal career in cago. American history will be ended. The widow of Rockne, deeply wounded and crushed by The world applauded and claimed Knute Rockne for the tragedy, came home bravely and faced the task of lay- its o^vn. But in death he was claimed by his ividow and ing her famous husband to rest, with striking courage. his children, and he lies in state today in his home. Her only desires were for simplicity and to do the things The great and the humble of the world, stood in silent that "Rock" would have liked her to do for him. He was tribute at the bier of Rockne today. Kmg Haakon of a national figure, but she brushed aside all sugestion of an Norway sent his tribute across the Atlantic. The. Presi elaborate ceremony. She wanted him at home, his boys dent, senators, statesmen, government officials, church with him, and then to take him to his grave with quiet dignitaries, governors, mayors, notables from the theater, dignity. It was a. contrast in restfulness compared with the screen, the world of sports, business and society, all his own rushing, busy life. paid their reverent homage. The limited capacity of the Sacred Heart church will The humblest of the living too, join in the chorus of restrict the attendance at Saturday's funeral services. lament. A railroad switchman who in his own small Admission to the church will be by card only. world idolized the Rock of Notre Dame, sent his heartfelt The cities of South Bend and Mishawaka will halt all tribute scrawled in pencil. Men, women and children business Saturday for the funeral services. Shops and in- prayed for him. There was no one today to dispute dustries and offices will close. The South Shore line train 9 296 T H E N O T R E DAME ALUMNUS May, 1931 and motor bus service will come to stop all along the sys- through the years while he was ascending to the heights tem for one full minute a t the hour of Rockne's funeral. will act as honorary pallbearers. In this group are men The world will be able to hear the services and the fu- distinguished in business and sports. neral oration through the radio. The Columbia Broad- Thousands will line the streets as the cortege passes casting Co., obtained permission to broadcast the services. through the residential and business districts. The WSBT station operated by the South Bend Tribune It is a gloomy homecoming for hundreds of former will also place the services on the air. players and coaches who have come here to tender tribute Platoons of iiremen and policemen from South Bend to their old master. The lighter thought is missing in and Mishawaka will guard the route of the funeral cor- conversation and old friends who have not seen each other tege. The Boy Scouts, whom Bockne so often took to his for years exchange glances in silence. football games, will assemble at the Highland cemetery. Jesse Harper, who went to his Kansas ranch after The Notre Dame alumni club of South Bend has been turning the coaching job over to Rockne spent much of designated by the university as the official reception com- his time close by the side of his pupil in the family resi- mittee for visitors and the club members will have fleets dence on East Wayne street. of motor cars available at railroad and interurban line Jinmiy Phelan, "Slip" Madigan, both nationally fa- stations. Harold Weber is in charge of the automobile ar- mous coaches now, recall incidents of other years in which rangements. the master played such a prominent part; and athletes of later time move forward to listen. At the senices in St. Patrick's shurch Thursday night, the congregation offered prayers for the repose of the The Four Horsemen, Crowley, Layden, Stuhldreher soul of Knute Rockne. The Supplication was spoken by and Millertell of famous rides with their backgrounds the Rev. William A. Moloney in a trembling voice. outlined against the sky of football fame. Rock had called this group, of all his stars, the closest to his heartand Prayers at the university by students and faculty his ideal. members heve been offered in the campus chapels night Norman Barry, Roger Kiley, Eddie Anderson, Adam and day. Walsh, "Cap" Edwards, Chet Wynne, Art Parisienall Notre Dame's athletes past and present, wearers of the heroes of former years. coveted ND monogram formed an honor guard at the cas- All of Rock's old pals were backJoe Byrne, Jay ket night and day. Wyatt, Mike Lynch, Frank Hogan, George Maypole and APRIL 4 hundreds of others. Knute Rockne's friends came to bury him today in the Throughout the night and into the morning hours boys consecrated ground of Highland cemetery while a bright who contributed to the fame of Rockne and Notre Dame spring sun flashed its splendor. held vigil by their coach. They stood in two hour shifts They clung close to him to the very last, sat beside his Carideo, Schwartz, Culver, Mullins and others whose bronze casket at his home, knelt beside him in the church names made headlines for the sporting pages. of the Sacred Heart and were to follow him to the grave. This was Knute Rockne's last "homecoming" to his Trains and motor cars for two days had brought hun- boyscelebrated in the tribute of tears. dreds of his friends, his football associates, players and coaches, and his rivals of the football gridiron. Until APRIL 5 within an hour of the funeral they continued to pour in- Knute Rockne of Notre Dame who lived so that the to the city. It was different from excited, carefree throng world might be the better for his having lived and who that used to come back for football games. died with his faith like a mantle about him, was left to At Rockne's home an East Wayne street scores passed his eternal rest in a grave in Highland cemetery, Satur- before the flower banked casket, paying reverent tearful day afternoon. tribute to the memory of a genius who dominated the Grief and splendor joined in the church and on the hill brief history of his time and died when the cup of fame where they buried Knute. Solemnity attended his funeral had been filled to the brim. cortege, and pious men with sad faces gave him the last Friday afternoon Mrs. Rockne walked over the slopes blessing of the church. Choral voices raised to God the of Highland cemetery and selected a plot of ground where Gregorian music steeped with the lustre and the beauty Knute KHI rest. She went to the cemetery with Rockne's of centuries. mother, Mrs. Martha Rockne, of Chicago; Jesse Harper From the pulpit in the Sacred Heart church on the who coached "Rock" in his playing days; George Keogan, campus where he looked down upon the bronze casket of the Notre Dame basketball coach and Dr. D. M. Nigro, Knute Rockne, a Notre Dame monogram blanket across the family's friend from Kansas City. it. Father Charles L. O'Donnell, president of the univer- Boys whom Rock drilled to two national football cham- sity, paid "Rock" the last public tribute and delivered pions-will, escort him as pall bearers^Tom Conley, Tom him to the keeping of the Mother of God. Yarr, Frank Carideo, Marchy Schwartz, Martj' Brill and His voice trembled with emotion as he spoke. He was Larry Mullins. no functionary in stately pulpit. He was a sad man, The class of 1914^Rock's graduating class^will serve deeply shaken. as honor guard. Among them will be men who achieved "This is not death but immortality." His voice struck national fame on the football greens or the cinder path. the silence in the church in rhythmic tones. Toward the They follow:- Al Feeney, Ray Eichenlaub, Gus Dorais, end he faltered slowly in the anguish of tears. Joe Byrne, Freeman Fitzgerald, Mai Edwards, Ralph To the mother of God we turn in this hour of anguish Lathrop, Fred Gushurst, Emmett Keefe, Arthur Larkin, and of broken hopes and hearts laid waste. She is the Johnny Plant, and Walter Clements. mother of sorrows and the comforter of the afflicted. 0, Many of Rock's classmates came more than 1,000 miles Mother of God and Mother of God's men, we give him in- to attend. Associates who cherished his friendship all to thy keeping." 10 May, 1931 THE NOTRE DAME Ai,TJMNtJs 297 Fourteen hundred eyes in the church, wet with tears The long line of motor cars sw^pt past the adminis- looked up to him. Father O'Donnell spoke more slowly tration building to the church.on the edge of the qaad- his closing words as though reluctant to face the end. He .. rangle.. The hearse came near the end: of the procession. folded his hands and steadied his poise and spoke once At the doorway to the church, the body of Knute Rockne more. was carried in by six bright- stars- of his 1930 team: Carideo, Schwartz, JUuUins,- Brill, Conley and Yarr. The "Marj', gate of Heaven, we come to thee, open to re- hands of Knute had carried them to fame on football ceive him. Mary, Morning Stai-, shine upon his sea. Mary fields. Now their hands had to carry him to his graye. of Notre Dame take him into thy house of Gold. Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope, we lay him in thy bosom." At the door of the church the casket was met by the clergy. The Rt. Rev. John Francis Noll, bishop of the Fort His voice was scarcely audible as he spoke the last Wayne diocese, was conducting the services. The Rev. words of his prayer; "Eternal rest grant unto him, O, Michael Mulcaire, vice-president of the university, was Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him." assisting. Then with majesty and solemnity the church- With beautiful eloquence and the inspiration of true men performed the ritual. The Moreau choir enhanced faith, he had visioned Knute Rockne's place in the sun in the .spiritual beauty of the rites with Gregorian chant, his funeral oration. It was the element of simplicity in and Mother church gave "Rock" his last blessing. Only a ICnute Eockne's life beyond the stage where he had played few years ago She had received him into Her arms. a glamorous role for millions of men and women that the Through the loud speakers on the porch of the admin- speaker in the pulpit saw as the keynote of the fallen istration building the voices of the chants of the services genius. went out to the throngs on the campus. Through the radio The world cheered and applauded him in life, demanded the solemn rites were broadcast to the world. him for its own. In death it paid him abundant homage. Two hours before dusk the procession started again on Yet, Knute Rockne was just the coach of Notre Dame, a its way to Highland cemetery. The long line of cars husband, a father, a man w^ith a home. Such was Father stretched out through the city, through the downtown O'Donnell's recollection of "Rock." section and out the Portage road. Thousands packed the Flanking the high altar as he spoke sat the priests of streets and sidewalks to get a glimpse of the cortege. For Notre Dame in cassock and surplice. Three former pres- years now, they had been thronging these same streets idents were among them Bums, Cavanaugh and Walsh. to see "Rock" come home in triumph from some far foot- Even the humblest were among them, these pious men of ball field. Holy Cross, trained and studied in a life of denial, and For blocks around the Highland cemetery hundreds cultured to face joy and sorrow philosophically. Yet their of motor cars were parked, and hundreds of men and courage and hearts were strongly tested by the words of women surged through the cemetery grounds to the spot Father O'Donnell. near the Council Oak where Knute was to sleep forever. Down the aisles of the church in pew after pew sat Tliere in an area roped off from the eager crowds, generation after generation of Notre Dame men, wearers friends had built a wall of flowers from the floral tributes of the ND monogram. They were there from Hering to sent from all over the world. Great ND monograms were Carideo, stars of the fading years who in their time saw fashioned with beautiful blooms. The postoffice workers of their names blazoned across the newspapers of the Chicago had sent a special piece linking Knute Rockne countiy. They were the living story of Notre Dame foot- with his early days as a postoffice employe. ball from its infancy to its zenith. .4s the six players of the 1930 team came up the They repi-esented the revolution of the game from the slightly sloping ground with the body of "Rock," all the days of the bruising, flying wedge, down through the Notre Dame gridiron stars of years past gathered near years to Marchmont Schwartz, symbol of a rhythmic flash the grave. in a broken fieldthe handiwork of Knute Rockne. Mrs. Bonnie Rockne, the widow of Knute crushed with I t was the gi-eatest gathering of Notre Dame football grief, followed the casket. She was supported as she stars ever seen. One call brought them back to the side of stood at the edge of the grave by Jack Chevigny, the the dead Knute. For them the Rockne system was ended. backfield coach, and Dr. D. M. Nigro, of Kansas City. Thei-e was nc system. It had been the man himself; Standing in this gathering, too, was the mother of "Rock" had the knack, the genius. He took it with him Rockne, his sisters and his closest friends. to the grave. Father O'Donnell stepped to the edge of the grave and There seemed to be a note of irony in the brightness read the burial prayers. He sprinkled the casket still of the afternoon. Life in the trees and soil was beginning bearing the monogram blanket, with holy water, and to bloom. The air was softened and the harshness of recited the prayer, "Our Father." The voices of the winter was gone. Life was vivid everysvhere and the desire crowd carried the responses. to live welled up anew. But they were burying Knute In a few minutes it was all over. Mrs. Rockne turned Kockne. away from the casket above the grave, her heart torn by The afternoon sunlight glistened like a long, shiny anguish. An airplane roared overhead, a sharp, fleet ribbon on the tops of the funeral cars as the procession silhouette against the evening sky. rode up Notre Dame avenue past the stadium to the The bronze casket dipped slowly into the earth, the campus and the church. The line was stmng out for a crowd turned away. But Jack Cannon and John Law, mile. More than 100 cars rolled in the procession. A two of Rockne's brightest gridiron stars still stood at the murmur ran through the great crowd on the campus as brink of the grave looking down upon Knute. The tears the cars came in on the circling drive. The engines of streamed do-n their faces. Notre Dame men were the motorcycles escort sputtered and clattered. City police crushed. "Rock" was gone, but he left an-impress on his in blue and state police in olive drab headed the proces- time that will be lasting as will his cryptic signature sion. "K. K. Rockne." 11 298 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNUS May, 1931 KNUTE K. ROCKNEScholar and Athlete Genius in Early Evidence; Graduated With Honors; Active in Dramatics as Female Impersonator; Interhall Baseball Star; Marble Champion. Scholarship and athletics never pos- Again there is a Knute Rockne sessed esential conflict in the mind of taking the part of Mrs. Smith in Knute Eockne. "David Garrick," the President's Day "Activities," those innumerable play in 1913, and the same Rockne chamiels into which the student turns taking the heroic part (in his posi- from his academic course, were simi- tion) of Wockle, the Squaw, in "The larly within the University pale, Girl of the Golden West," the Senior Eockne believed. Play of 1914, spending long spring afternoons in its preparation. His sincere championship of ath- letics and activity, coupled with the There is another Knute Eockne, demand for scholarship on the part playing the flute in the University of the men engaged in athletics and orchestra. activities, was the result of his own Then there is Eockne, working in college career. Eockne's life a t Notre the summer at Cedar Point, the fa- Dame is proof that scholarship, ath- mous Ohio summer resort, mecca for letics and activities are not mutually college boys who wanted to earn exclusive. something between terms. Even in this period, that, aside from the work Eev. Julius Nieuwland, C.S.C, one itself, would have been welcomed as of the greatest living chemists, is re- a period of relaxation by most boys, ported to have said that Eockne Eockne's relentless energy was a t would have made an outstanding KNUTE EOCKNE Ideal of tlie American Boy work. It found a running mate in teacher of chemistry, the field he en- Gus Dorais and the story is told of tered on his graduation from Notre stellar. He vaulted 12 ft. 4 in. in the A~A.U. championship meet a t North- long afternoons on the beach prac- Dame. Rockne, even after he ceased ticing the hurling and receiving of teaching, continued to read chemistry, western, indoors, in 1914. Together with Cecil Birder, M. I. Henahan and forward passes that were later to and displayed a remarkable technical confound the football world and pop- knowledge of the field that often sur- John Plant, Rockne is credited with a mile relay of 3 min. 29 sec, in Chi- ularize the pastime. prised those who had considered his academic background tinted a bit to cago, 1914. He placed on a number Eockne was a year or two older set off his athletic achievements. of occasions in the shot put. He be- than most of his classmates because Rockne was graduated, magna cum came head coach of track in 1916 he had worked, part of the time as laude, with.a B.S. in Pharmacy. and retained that position actually a mail clerk, before coming to Notre until 1927 when the present coach, Dame. He was foreign-bom. His fi- Most of his marks were well in the John Nicholson, assumed the duties. nineties. His course was preponder- nances were hard-earned. ant with scientific courses in which he So much for scholarship and ath- But ^vith this uphill battle in con- had a natural interest. But this boy, letics, brief as is this comment on his stant progress, he was a brilliant who had worked his way through early genius. For most men this student; a star athlete; active in the high school and had remained away record would have sufficed. But not extra-curricular things of the cam- from college until he could finance for Rockne. pus; personally popular. his start here, was never narrowed While he never attempted varsity It is no wonder that "alibi" found by an immediate interest. In English, baseball, the pastime attracted him no place in Eockne's vocabulary. and he was foreign-bom, his average as an outdoor sport. In one ac- was above ninety, and in Philosophy, count of a game between Holy Cross the stumbling block of many less ac- seminary and a Corby aggregation Rockne Film at N. D. tive men, his average was 94. called the "Gutter Snipes" Rockne, According to an announcement by Those who followed Eockne's de- pitching to Dorais, was one of the Joseph Petritz, publicity director of velopment as a speaker in public stars of the game. .4nd in a later the" University, Paramount Sound have often been liable to the supposi- game between Corby and the Kamm News has presented to Notre Dame tion that his development along that and Schellinger Brewery team, Rock- ne batted better than .500. for permanent use a half reel of film line in recent years only reflected of the late Knute Eockne. The news more attention given to deeper things. Then there is Rockne the marble Eockne was always a brilliant stu- reel includes a camera interview with champion! During that historic pe- dent. riod when the marble championship Mr. Rockne a t Coral Gables, Florida, His athletic record during these was at its height, we find this ex- early in the season regarding the yaers of excellence in the classroom cerpt from the Sclwlastici team's prospects for 1931; the last is of course generally known. He ", . . The champion was carried off motion pictures ever made of the won monograms in football on the in triumph. At noon he came again. famous coach when he turned out the 1911, 1912, and 1913, captaining the This time to Walsh, where he played football squad for the spring practice latter eleven. Notre Dame never lost "Rupe" Mills under New Jersey picture; the wreckage of the plane at a game in which he played during rules, and also to Corby where Knute Bazaar, Kansas, and the highlights of those three years. Rockne, the Canadian amateur cham- Rockne's career a t Notre Dame; the In addition to football, Eockne was pion, went down in three short games. funeral, which includes the chapel and a track man, winning monograms in Knute refused to play for keeps un- cemetery ceremonies; and lastly, a that sport in the seasons of 1911-12, less the games were played under tribute to Mr. Rockne by the Rever- 12-13 and 13-14. Eockne was doing Canadian rules, but this obstinacy end Charles L. O'Donnell, C.S.C, consistently better than 12 feet in was probably due to fear of being mastered . . ." president of the University. the pole vault when that height was 12 May, 1931 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNJJS 299 Rockne Funeral Sermon By THE EVERLASTING ARMS The Rev. Charles L. O'Vonnett, C.S.C. "Lord, thou hast proved me and Who am." "I am Alpha and Omega, 'reacJiing from end to eiiii mightily knojvn me: thou hast knoiun my sit- the beginning and the end." He is and ordering all things sweetly.' ting doivn and my rising up. that necessary, self-existent Being, "What gray hairs are on the head of Tliou Jiast understood my thoughts demanded by our reason and revealed Judah whose' youth is renewed like afar off: my path and my direction by His own handiwork as the only the eagle's, whose feet are like the" tlimc hast searched ojtf. key, the only satisfactory intellectual feet of harts, and underneath the explanation of the riddle of life. Everlasting Arms." "And thou hast foreseen all my Sought and found by our reason, He ways. . . . is further guaranteed by that exercise But, oh, this Infinite God, who fills "Behold, 0 Lord, thou hast knoivn of our reason and our will combined, all time and space, gentle Father all things, the last and those of old: which, aided by help from Him, is the though He be, is infinitely remote, it thou hast formed me, and hast laid supernatural act of faith. will be said; He is vague and im- thy hand upon me. personal to the heart of man, reach- By the light of our own natural ing out, as by his nature he must, to "Whither sliall I go from thy spirit? faculties which He gave us, and by or whither sliall I flee from thy face? clasp a friendly hand, straining to the beam of that divine illumination catch the tones of a human voice. Ah, "If J ascend into heaven, thou art which also is His gift, we know Him that need too He has foreseen and there: if J descend into hell, thou art as the cause of all things and the last answered and provided for. The Word present. end of all. Moving of Himself out was made flesh and dwelt amongst us, "If I take my wings early in the of the uncounted ages of His eternity. and dwells amongst us still. This very morning, and divell in the uttermost He brought into being all things that week the whole world keeps remem- parts of the sea: are. Life, the power of life, that is brance of His life. His passion, and "Even there also shall thy hand His creation; from Him it comes, His death. His sacrifice of Himself lead me: and thy right hand shall from Him alone. As human study for our sakes. He came to be our proceeds, each advance of science Brother; H e came to prove Himself hold me. opening new doors toward the hidden the great Lover of mankind. For un- "And I said: Perlmps darkness shall center of knowledge, widening in ever- cover me: and night shall be my light counted millions of men that proof extending directions the horizons of has been conclusive, and will be ac- in my pleasures. fact, which in their turn enlarge the cepted as the perfect proof till time "But darkness sliall not be dark to reaches of human dreams, grander is no more. thee, and night shall be light as the and more august, wiser and kinder we day: the darkness thereof, and the find Him to be who is the cause and In this holy week of Christ's passion light thereof are alike to tliee. source of all. Yet, when everything and death there has occurred a tragic "For thou liast possessed my reins: is reported of the splendor of our dis- event which accounts for our presence thou hast protected me from my covery of Him, it must fall short of here today. Knute Rockne is dead. mother's womb. that original postulate of our reason And who was he? Ask the President "I will praise thee, for thou art and our faith that names Him infinite. of the United States, who dispatched fearfully magnified: %ii 13 300 THE NOTKE DAME ALUMNUS May, 1931 statesman, a soldier, an admiral of others. And once again, in his case, today is raised in blessing above his the fleet, some heaven-bom artist, an most illustriously is verified the coffin. He might have gone to any inventor, a captain of industry or Christian paradoxhe has cast away university in the land and been gladly finance? No, he was Knute Rockne, to keep, he has lost his life to find it. received and forever cherished there. director of athletics and football This is not death but immortality. But he chose Our Lady's school, Notre coach at Notre Dame. He was a man Dame. He honored her in his life as We who are here are but a handful of the people, a husband and father, a student, he honored her in the mon- of his friends, come to pay our last a citizen of South Bend, Indiana. ogram he earned and wore, he honored tribute of devotion to his mortal re- Yet, had he been any one of these per- her in the principles he inculcated and mains, to give some token of our sonages that have been mentioned, the the ideals he set up in the lives of the affection t h a t so be his dear ones, his tributes of admiration and affection young men under his care. He was her loving vdfe and children, his venerable which he has received could not be own true son. mother and his sisters, may in their more universal or more sincere. sorrow be a little comforted by our To her we' turn in this hour of an- sympathy and the knowledge that we guish and of broken hopes and hearts How is this fact to be accounted too loved him. Of necessity, we are for? What was the secret of his laid waste. She is the Mother of Sor- few in number in this hallowed place, rows and the Comforter of the irresistible appeal to all sorts and though thousands are without the conditions of men? Who shall pluck Afflicted. O Mother of God, and doors. But we represent millions of Mother of God's men, we give him in- out the heart of his mystery and lay men and women like ourselves who bare the inner source of the power he to thy keeping. Mary, Gate of are here in spirit, in the very spirit Heaven, we come to thee, open to re- had? When we say simply, he was a of these solemn services, and listening great American, we shall go far ceive him. Mary, Morning Star, shine all over America to these holy rites. upon his sea. Mary of Notre Dame, towards satisfying many, for all of us recognize and love the attributes take him into thy House of Gold. of the true American character. When It is fitting he should be brought Our Life, Our Sweetness, and Our we say that he was an inspirer of here to his beloved Notre Dame and Hope, we lay him in thy bosom. young men in the direction of high that his body should rest a little while ideals that were conspicuously exem- in this church where the light of Eternal rest grant iinto him 0 Lord, plified in his own life, we have cov- Faith broke upon his happy soul, and let perpetual light shine upmi ered much that unquestionably was where, the waters of Baptism were him. true of him. When we link his name poured on his brow, where he made with the intrinsic chivalry and ro- his first confession, received his first May his soul and the soiils of all the mance of a great college game, which Holy Communion, and was confirmed faithful departed, through the mercy he, perhaps, more than any other one by the same consecrated hand that of God rest in peace. Amen. man, has made finer and cleaner in itself and larger in its popular appeal, here, too, we touch upon a vital point. WH \ 1 But no one of these things, nor all of them together can quite sum up this man whose tragic death at the early age of forty-three has left the country aghast. Certainly, the circumstances of his death do not furnish the 1. I do not know the answer. I would 1 1 %^ v^Aimr\ i 1 1 not dare the irreverence of guessing. But I find myself in this hour of piteous loss and pained bewilderment \ 1E 1 J \ ,i recalling the words of Christ: "Thou * shalt love the Lord thy God with thy ' : \ . : i - ' whole heart. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the *W -': -:^- V.F'^'^^'>-'il|i-^1 j: k^< second is like unto this:, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself-" I think, supremely he loved his neighbor, his ' * - / .--gg^S _ * '^.' * jr-^ '|jt Ili'V'-,' i^i^H * '- - - ^ ^ ' =- 14 Mail, 1931 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNUS 301 "HAPPy LANDINGS" Rockne's Religion BY REV. E. VINCENT JIOONEY, ' 1 6 . Radio Tribute to Knute Rockne by Christy Walsh The news of Rock's death was a Broadcast at Notre Dame University distinct shock to me. His untimely Saturday, April 4, 19315:15 P. M. end brought to a close a remarkable career. He flashed across the pages of Well, Rockyou and I have broad- magazine article telling how some American sportdom and secured for cast often in the past but this is the people criticize Tunney for deserting himself a lasting place in the hearts first time I ever talked to you in a the fight game and aspiring to new of men. He is a great loss to Notre radio studio without your wrinkled, ideals. . . . And you replied^"Well, Dame and a greater loss to the boy- smiling face beaming into this old he's living the WAY HE WANTS TO hood of America. It is only common- microphone. LIVE. And that's all that counts in place to say that he stands alone and life." In spite of all obstacles and his record of achievement over a brief Strong menold football starsro- regardless of envious critics^you span of years will not be equalled in bust athletic leaders of the type you surely lived the way you wanted to this generation. His rugged personali- typified and glorified, are stunned and liveand you died the same way ty captivated his players, his school weeping in this improvised broadcast- thinking of others, waiting for you in and his countless friends. In private ing booth^located near that modest Californiathinking of your little life he played the game according to old office, which you occupied and family and their welfare and above the rules and his strong character loved these many years. all THINKING OF YOUR GOD. was the i-eflection of a life dominated It is awful tough. Rock! It would by principles. be impossible for us to go on but we When you saw Eternity through I shared his friendship over a long know you are "standing by" in the those clouds over Kansas^you reached period of years and now that he has great i-adio audience of Paradise. for your Holy Rosary. And when passed on, it is a joy for me to recall You are listening in to every word of kindly hands lifted you from the that I poured the baptismal waters todays' tributenot to a dead king groundthe Rosary of Notre Dame on his head in the old log Chapel at or presidentbut to you, a manthe the RosaiT of Our Ladywas laying Notre Dame. That was on Friday the like of which tribute has no equal in at your finger-tips. 14th, the day before the Northwestern the histoi-y of this land. And while game, November, 1925. I gave him you "listen in" you are telling us to And that is why a brave little his firfi communion on Saturday in "carry on" until the game of life is wife rests in your modest home to- the little Chapel in St. Edward's Hall. over and the final whistle summons us nightresigned to the will of Heaven Rock's boy. Junior, made his first to where you are waiting. and confident in her heart and in her communion that same morning and I faiththat you have merely gone know that Junior offered his com- Remember last Monday night in ahead to discover another and better munion for his dad. The night before Chicago, Rock? Little did I imagine home. the Northwestern game, I asked the that our happy and wonderful visit members of the Varsity to give Rock would be our last. I see you now, That is why your venerable mother a presentand they did. With the learing for the train. "HAPPY sits with dry eyes and stout Norwe- score 10-0 at the half, the team came L.\NDING" were the last words I gian heart and tells us. "IT WAS on to historic Cartier field and began ever heard you speak and you must GOD'S WILL AND WE MUST NOT to function. They used end runs, off- be supremely happy today because QUESTION IT." That's what I heard tackle plays and an occasional plunge beyond all doubt, you have landed your mother say this very morning, through the line. Courage, fight and with the Elect of Eternity. Rock! team playthese were the character- I can see you waving goodbyeso And little Knute Juniorwith your istic traits of "Rock's boys" as they cheerful, so contented, so rested, so carried on. The final score of 13 to 10 blonde hair and other characteristics completes the story of one of Notre radiant with returning health. Rock, of your boyhood days, tell everybody I hadn't seen you look so well and Dame's greatest victories. "I WANT TO BE A BIG MAN walk so brisklysince the illness of LIKE MY FATHER. I WANT TO two yeax-s ago, which your magnifi- BE A FOOTBALL CO-A.CH." God Rock was interested in St. Thomas, cent will-power had finally conquered. grant that football and the youth of and he was pai-ticularly anxious to America may someday have the bless- see the Military Academy make prog- But your mission in life was ful- ress. He helped me secure athletic filled. You did not need the proverbial ing and teachings of another Knute Rockne! equipment for Academy teams. Not three score and ten years, to make content with this concrete evidence of your indelible mark on posterity. In It is awfully hard for us to under- his good will, he was planning an 43 fleeting years you had completed stand. We will miss the touch of your article for publication on "The Mili- your assignment in life and departed tary Schoolan asset to education." as you livedswiftly and fearlessly. hand. Rockthe magnetism of your presencethe thrill of your delight- He also offered to provide a Rockne But those countless friends who ful humor. But your infiuence, your trophy for achievement in military loved you so deeply, are thankful that inspii-ation, your ideals will always science, athletics and scholarship. we had one more look at the Rock dominate your little family, your de- of old. God was generous to raise voted friends and the Fighting Irish Now Rock is only a memory^but you from the hospital bed and from on the football field. what a cherished link in the golden the wheeling chairthat we might chain of memories. He did his great- see you restored and remember you Departing on Monday night you ' est work at Notre Dame in the shadov.- healthy and happyas you had been said to me, "I'll meet you in Los of the -golden dome. A rosary was in recent weeks. Angeles" That was to have been found near his body after the acci- Oh! if I had only known last Mon- yesterday. . . . And I'm still right dent. We should e.\pect just that as day night was to be your last on here where you left me. . . . But some he drew his inspiration from the Vir- day. Rocksurely, we will meet gin Queenas she looked down from earth, how many things I would have her lofty throne on the Sons of Notre liked to talk about. Eemember what you again. Until that meetingGOOD- said regarding Gene Tunney? That NIGHT, WONDERFUL FRIEND! Dame. 15 302 THE NOTBE DAME ALUMNUS May, 19S1 0.. llll>lltMt("(ttttlIltltff(l>IMfHltMI(Mtl)l)MII>ltllllMlltl Qtitit tiiiiiiniittiiniitiiniiiiiitiiiiiiii iiiititiiiiiiiiiMiixiii TELEGRAMS EDITORIAL COMMENT Q.. B B Itiiiiii* iiiiiiiiii Q Nowhere was the personal appeal of Knute Eockne It would be impossible for one man to compile or one more evident than in the flood of telegrams that came to volume to contain the unprecedented outpourings of edi- Mrs. Eockne and the University immediately following the torial opinion that followed the spectacular passing of tragedy. Here again, the ALUMNUS is not large enough Knute K. Eockne. The ALUMNUS herewith presents to reproduce these sentiments in their completeness. From only a few excerpts from the stacks of clippings that the alumni, of course, there was a general response. The have come to the Office. It is done with the thought of following telegrams are reprinted to show the universality presenting a cross-section of Rockne's hold on the pub- of Knute Eockne in a way that makes any other descrip- lic, one of the greatest phenomena of modem journalism. tion inadequate. ** * ** * Will Rogers, from the shock of a very personal grief, I know that every American grieves with you. Mr. Eockne sends the following: "We are becoming so hardened about so contributed to a cleanness and high purpose and sports- manship in athletics that his passing is a national loss. any misfoitone and bad luck that comes along that it Herbert Hoover, takes a mighty big calamity to shock all this country at President of the United States. once. But Knute, you did it, just as you have come from behind all your life and fooled 'em where they thought I beg to extend to you my respectful and sincere con- you didn't have a chance. We thought it would take a dolences in the great loss you have suffered through the President or a great public man's death to make a whole tragic death of your husband. I know that deep sympathy nation, regardless of age, race or creed shake their heads is felt for you and your family in Norway, the country in real sincere sorrow and say, "Ain't it a shame he's of origin of Mr. Eockne, where he was universally ad- mired for the splendid work he had done for the develop- gone?" Well, that's what this country did today, Knute, ment of American sport. for you. You died one of our national heroes. Notre H. H. Bachke, Dame was your address, but every gridiron in America Minister of Norway, Washington, D. C. was your home." * * The officers and members of Hollywood Council ICnights Calvin Coolidge breaks the impersonality of his col- of Columbus moui-n with you in the loss of your distin- umn with this tribute: "Knute Eockne is gone. As a foot- guished husband. Bert Callahan, Financial Secretary. ball coach he ranked at the head of his profession. In the 13 years during which he trained the Notre Dame team there were 105 victories and but 12 defeats. Five My heart goes out to you and your children. My finest of his teams never lost a game . . . Back of these achieve- friend is gone. I know you will rise to the occasion in spite of the unfairness of Fate. ments was a great man, an inspiring leader, and a pro- ^Bill Ingram. found teacher. His training was not confined to the * physical side of athletics. He put intellectual and moral I wish to extend my sjTnpathy. Your husband was a great values into games. He taught his men that true sport man and a great coach. I mourn him personally and as a was something clean and elevating. Right living and member of the sporting world. right thinking went into his victories . . . Rockne con- ^Burton A. Ingwersen, University of Iowa. ducted a course that was only incidental in education. Yet he had a name and fame with the undergraduate The countrj' joins you in grief over your loss and all ex- world and the public surpassing that of any faculty mem- tend deepest sympathy. The Navy feels the loss of a true ber in the country. His activities had the benefit of pub- friend. My deepest sympathy to you and family. Jonas Ingram. licity but that does not account for his hold on young *** men. We shall find that in his constant demand for While I have never known you personally, I have often the best that was in them. No bluff would answer. Fifty heard Knute speak of you and yours and his family. At per cent would not do. His passing mark was 100. He a time like this there is nothing that a friend can express required perfection. That was why men honored and except his deepest, sincerest, heartfelt sympathy. When loved him. That was the source of his power." I return to Chicago ^vill arrange to call and see you per- sonally. L. B. Icely, ** * ^Pres. Wilson Western Sporting Goods Co. An emergency Religious Bulletin on the campus said, "Six weeks ago the Church sprinkled ashes on your head Mrs. Jones and I offer our deepest sympathy to you in your and repeated the warning God gave to Adam: Remember, great sorrow. A fine sportsman, a loyal friend, Rock was man, that thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return. loved by all who knew him. His memory will live in our hearts forever. ^Tad Jones. If we needed a lesson to drive home that truth, that les- son has been given . . . Ivnute Rockne has had a wider Mrs. Jones and I oifer our deepest sympathy to you in your influence in developing the ideals of fair play than any our heartfelt sympathy. I have lost a true friend, and I other man of his generation; he did it under the banner shall always cherish the memories of the years of our as- of the Mother of God. We may feel that she took care sociation. ^Howard Jones. of him in his hour of need." * * ** * Accept my deepest sympathy in your hour of extreme sor- row. Lieut. Charles F. Born, Frank E. Hering, President of the Alumni Association Army End Coach. and Editor of The Eagle Magazine, pays this tribute in 16 May, 1931 T H B N O T B E DAME ALUMNUS 303 EDITORIAL COMMENT T E L E G R A M S his publication: "Knute K. Rockne is dead. The greatest Please accept the sincere sympathy of the Boston College force in American college athleticsindeed, in American Alumni Association. amateur athletics is gone. ^Edward A. McLaughlin, Jr., Pres. "Millions of Americans knelt at his bier in spirit, though thousands of miles intervened. The President of Brigham Young University where Mr. Rockne held one of the United States, captains of industry, social welfare his first coaching schools cherishes the memory of asso- leaders, men and women from every walk of life, even ciation with this outstanding character whose remarkable ability dynamic spirit and brilliant personality made him the children mourned the passing of a man whose achieve- a beloved national institution. We join the remainder of ments have astounded the world. He was not only a foot- a bereaved nation in expression of sorrow and sympathy, ball coach; he was a builder of character. He fought not and in prayers for your comfort, only for athletic honors, but for clean sportsmanship and -G, Ott Romney, Athletic Director. right living. His life exemplified the discipline and sac- rifice necessary to athletic distinction. Carnegie Institute of Technology grieves with you in your "Our generation will not see another such prenomenon great loss. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy, as this: A man ivithout political honors, without wealth, Thomas S, Baker, President, without the support of powerful organizations, rising to such heights of popular approval as Rockne attained. The Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. It seems al- only individual in private life of the last quarter of a most impossible that we should lose such a friend com- panion and mentor. Wish we could be present in this century who might possibly be bracketed with hira in this your hard task and sorrow but sickness just now says no. rare achievement is Charles Lindbergh. Mr. and Mrs. Warren A. Cartier. "Rockne's life and the honor paid him testify to the * * * recognition of character and worth in our Republic. An All of Georgia Tech joins with me in offering our deepest immigrant boy from Norway, he worked his way through regret and sorrow in the passing of the man whom we all grade schools and college. He was first a teacher of loved and admired. Coach W. A. Alexander. chemistry at Notre Dame, his Alma Mater, then an assist- ant football coach, and ultimately head coach. Such was his background. Out of his self-created opportunities he Please accept our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your wove a life story more colorful, more astounding than one illustrious husband and sincere friend of the ex-service men. We of the American Legion mourn his loss, of Horatio Alger's tales of a poor boy 's rise to fame, American Legion, Chicago, "By Knute Rockne's passing, thousands have lost a John C, McGinnis, Commander. personal friend. Hundreds of thousands are deprived of a hero whose achievements added zest to workaday lives. Deaf students of Illinois school for deaf, Jacksonville, The Editor is among those grievously stricken. He and grieve over passing of Knute Rockne whom they admire 'Rock' had been friends for years. As he pens these lines, greatly. He was at our banquet and gave inspiring talk. he finds it hard to realize that 'Bock' will never again We extend our heartfelt sympathy to you .and your chil- dren. I consider Knute the greatest football instructor. drop into the office with his cheery smile and his warm Always good to me despite my deafeess. handclasp, for a half hour of the confidences that pass S. Robey Bums, between close friends. * * .* "But Rockne has left a legacy to the boyhood of Amer- Words fail me in trying to express my profound sorrow and deepest regrets at being informed of Mr, Rockne's ica. To help our boys grow to men of rugged and un- tragic death. Kindly accept my sincere sympathy at your selfish character and ideals, he has given them the in- great loss. The Atiiletic fraternity of the entire nation spiring example of his own life. mourns his passing with you, "Today, Rockne's fame has spread far beyond the limits Chas. A, Beyer, of the campus at Notre Dame. He is a national figure. Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa. The greatest exemplar of clean athletics, the finest in- spiration to the schoolboys of America that history offers, Permit me as consul for and in behalf of Norway the he truly deserved the honors heaped upon his bier." country your famous husband came from to extend to yourself and your family my most sincere sympathy. His ** * death was indeed a great loss to all of us. Respectfully The Notre Dame Sclwlastic, in an 'Extra' edition, vours, Olaf Bemts. stated: "Knute Rockne is dead. The announcement came * * shortly after noon today. No statement in the history of Please allow the members of the Alabama Football squad Notre Dame has ever had a more poignant effect. to extend sympathy to you and your family in such a try- ing time. Sincerely "When he came here as a student in 1910 to study and Members Alabama Football Squad. to live in the shadow of the Dome, it was realized by his companions that here was more than an ordinary man. His fire, his loyalty and his ability were recognized. The priests and sisters and the student body of Aquinas Institute of Rochester, New York, grieve with you. Their "Later he became a teacher and assistant coach. Again, hearts go out to you and your dear children in your great men came to admire him, to respect with a feeling that loss, 'file loss to Notre Dame is great, the loss to Catho- enkindled love. lic education in America is greater, but your own per- "He became coach. -A.nd the greatest of them all. It sonal loss is the greatest of all. What word of sympathy can be spoken by us to a dearly beloved wife in grief and was agreed. sorrow, what can be spoken to your dear children as they "Now he is dead. bend over the body of your husband. We are with you. "His football men are stunned. 'We can't believe it,' We grieve with you. Priests and people of Rochester one of them said today. That this dynamic teacher of all offer their Masses and Communions which they lay at 17 THE NOTRE D A M E A L U M N U S May, 1931 304 T E L E G R A M S EDITORIAL COMMENT your feet and at the feet of Almighty God. that was best in the greatest of sports is no more has a Joseph E. Grady and Faculty. bewildering effect upon men that knew him and loved him * ** not only as a coach but as a friend. All Irish Amei-icans mourn the loss of a great benefactor. "Members of the administration discussed the tragedy His many Hibernian friends grieve at his passing. We this afternoon in small groups. Their fellow-member was will pray that his soul will rest in peace with God. gone. Our deepe.st sympathies are with you. "Students gathered in Corby, where 'Rock' as a boy Division No. 2. A.O.H., Los Angeles, Calif. used to live. Everywhere was the same feeling. Leo J. Neeson, President. "Into the Church of the Sacred Heart, where Coach Rockne was confirmed several years ago, there streamed We mourn the loss of our beloved friend "Rock" and send hundreds of boys to pray. our profound and heartfelt sympathy to you and the fam- ily. B'Nai B'Rith of South Bend, "Since the passing of George Gipp no pall of sorrow Samuel B. Feiwell, Secretary. has fallen over the campus which may be compared to that which hovers over us today. " . . . No figure in the w^orld of sports has been so To have enjoyed the friendship of Knute is one of the sincerely and so universally loved as this great man. His greatest privileges I have ever had. You have my deep- est svmpathv. D. X. Bible. strength of character, his winning personality, his untir- " ** * ing devotion to his Alma Mater have made him a person- Mrs. Carney and I are deeply grieved and our sympathy age admired and respected by all who knew him . . ." for you is boundless. The youth of the nation have lost a great inspiration for good, and I, a dear friend in the In a radio tribute, Edgar Guest, among other state- death of your beloved husband. Matthew J. Carney. ments, said: " . . . His spirit will be a t Notre Dame so Please accept our deepest and sincerest sympathy. We all long as football shall be played. It will be on every foot- mourn the loss of a truly great man. ball field to the end of time. Alive, he belonged to the Mr. and Mrs. Howard Chandler Christy. great University which he loved and served so nobly; now he belongs to every college and every school and every gridiron. Rival coaches will recall his spirit in their hours The Colorado Schoolmasters Club mshes to express its deep sense of loss and sorrow in the passing of Mi. of desperate needs, and he will respond; boys down Rockne, one of our nation's greatest educational leaders. through the future will remember Rockne, and be brave; The club Anshes also to express its sincerest sympathy and they will remember him, and be clean; they will think of condolences to you, your sons, and daughter. him and give their best to life . . ." The Colorado Schoolmasters Club, ^A. K. Loomis, Secretary. * * The New York Times struck one of the outstanding My sincere sympathy to you and family in this your sad phases of Rockne's death in the foUo^ving: "Millions of hour. Knute Rockne was a strong moral force and an citizens who knew nothing about Knute Rockne the man inspiration to the youth of our land. Fourteen hundred regard his death, in President Hoover's words, as a 'na- orphan children at Mooseheart, Illinois will always re- tional loss.' Outside the college world a profound sensa- member his timely and inspiring talks to them. tion of regret at Rockne's tragic death was manifest. James J. Davis. ** * Within that world, of course, the grief was keen, espe- cially a t those colleges which had met Notre Dame teams May we humbly add to that of thousands this expression of our sadness in Rock's departure and sincerest sym- on the gridiron. pathy for you and children in your bereavement. We all "Football has become a definite part of our national loved him here. life, and the coach of 'the Fighting Irish' was the most Mr. and Mrs. Clark D. Shaughnessy, personal symbol of football to most people. His methods, Loyola University. * * a skillful combination of intelligence, strategy and ag- gressiveness; his extraordinary popularity among the Terribly distressed to hear about Knute. Kindly accept my heartfelt sympathy. Jess B. Hawley. youth he dealt with, and his devotion to football as the best athletic activity open to young menall these joined ** * to make of Rockne a national figure . . . It is with saddened hearts that we received news of your distinguished husband's death. Please accept our sym- "His death in the crashed plane in Kansas, at the pathy in your hour of sorrow and grief. Yours truly, height of his successful career as a coach, produced a L. Deibels, Grand Ivnight, Palo Alto Council, sensation in this country which reveals college football as Ivnights of Columbus. a national institution." ** * ** Seven hundred members of Fargo Council, Ifnights of Columbus join in extending sincere sympathy to you and Bill Cunningham, in the Boston Post, makes this per- your family in the great bereavement which has visited tinent comment based on a statement by James L. Knox you. Mr. Rockne's influence for good was felt by all of of Harvard as follows: "The national reaction to the news us, even though we did not know him personally. His of Knute Rockne's death with the spontaneous and sin- life and accomplishments will be a constant inspiration. cere expressions of sorrow from men in every walk of W. H. Clemens, Grand Ivnight. * * if life should forever silence the criticism that football is overemphasized. What a pity that such a price had to be The shock has left us broken hearted. Accept our deep- paid to make a nation think rationally! One man like est sympathy. Feehan Council No. 749, Knights of Columbus, Rockne means more to our country .than a million re- H. D. Crotty, Grand Knight. formers, and if football produces one Rockne in each gen- 18 May, 1931 THE NOTKE DAME ALUMNUS 305 EDITORIAL COMMENT T E L E G R A M S eration, the nation can ill afford to curtail football." We extend to you and family our heartfelt sympathy in Cunningham adds: "The foregoing high tribute to both your great sorrow. Rockne and football from the dean of the old Big Three Miami Council, Knights of Columbus, C. C. Blake, Grand linight. coaching corps is perhaps as fine a way as any to close the sad story of last week and get along, if possible, to more cheerful things. Not only a good man, but, it now Please accept ray heartfelt sympathy and condolences in develops, a great public figure, is gone, but he would have your great bereavement. America has lost its greatest advocate of its greatest sport, and Universal and myself been the last of almost anybody you can name who would have lost a friend. ^ C a r l Laemmle, Jr. have wanted his friends to sadden their days with re- ** * grets." Terribly sorrj- to hear of Rock's death. Please accept my ** * sympathy. Whole country will miss him. Very Rev. Rudolph J. Eichom, S.J., President of ^Ring Lardner. Canisius College said about Rockne, in part: ". . . As I listened to his challenging tones ring through the hall, Words cannot express my sympathy for you and yours I could not escape the thought that here was a man who in your tragic loss. The name of Knute Rockne is syn- would be a power in any profession in life. A Guiding onymous with clean sportsmanship and virile manhood. May loving memories and the homage of the American Providence had directed him to the field of sport, and in people lessen the poignancy of your grief and bring you that field he was the apostle of clean living and fair play surcease of sorrow. Gov. Harry G. Leslie, . . . Rockne is gone, but his name will remain forever with Goyemor of Indiana. us, the name of a gallant gentleman, a chivalrous fighter, ** * an inspiring master, who, ^vith a football and the white It is with the deepest sorrow and sincere heartfelt sym- rectangles of a gridiron knew how to help youth plot the pathy that I try to express to you the feelings of Colum- best moves of life." bia University Football Team, Coaches and myself. I wish that there was something that we could do to help * * you in your hour of sadness. They have taken our leader from our midst, but his work and memories will always The South Bend News-Times carried the following be a monument that will carry us on. tribute: Lou Little, Columbia University. The University of Notre Dame being the child of a * * *- religious order, it is well fortified to meet its loss. It The members of the instructional staff of the University would be an error to fail to remember now the wells of of Wisconsin Athletic Department wish to extend to you religion from which the officers and teachers of the uni- and your family our heartfelt sympathy in your hour of bereavement. Many of us knew Mr. Rockne intimately versity refresh themselves. Mr. Rockne was a son of and mourn his untimely death as a nersonal loss as one Notre Dame. He was a communicant of the Roman Cath- of America's outstanding citizens. He has left a splen- olic church. The men most concerned by his death are did heritage for Iiis sons. George Little. prepared daily for the shocks of the world. ** * South Bend, populated by all sorts and conditions of Please accept the sj-mpathy of Dome yearbook staff. men and women, feels the sudden death of ICnute Rockne ^Paul Hallinan, Editor. ** * according to the natures and inspiration of the people. That he has contributed to the good name and the wide Deeply grieved and shocked at the sudden loss of your dis- tinguished husband. The football world has lost a great reputation of this city goes without saying. That he has asset, and we officials .have lost a good friend. Please influenced the lives and characters of its young men is accept my deepest sympathy. being generally acknowledged and commented upon by Colonel Horatio B. Hackett. those persons whose station suggests that they publish * * *. utterances in the newspapers. Our opinion is that some Mere words cannot begin to convey an adequate expres- years must pass before Mr. Rockne's' place in South Bend sion of sympathy not only for your personal loss but can be appraised. It will be measured gradually by va- also for the loss sustained by the entire nation. Dick Hanley. rious lacks that will appear now that we shall have to * *# get along without him. On behalf of the committee on the regulation of athletic American college life and public opinion in the United sports of Harvard University, I extend to you my pro- States have never been affected more by a man in the found sympathy. A genius as a teacher, a leader of men and boys, his name will continue to exert an inspiring athletic profession than by Knute Rockne. A man who influence for generations to come. would have been an outstanding success in almost any William J. Bingham, Director of Athletics. profession, the colorful setting of intercollegiate football * served to dramatize him in the imaginations of the mil- Please accept deepest condolences from personal friends lions. We venture to say that his death has received and and admirers. will receive more columns of newspaper space than the Har\-ard Football Team and Coaches. death of any American since the passing of the last Pres- ident to die in ofiice. Most sincere sympathy in your great sorrow. But from Rockne the national character one must sep- ^Eddie Casey, Head Coach, Harvard Football Team. arate that strange and strangely sweet person who was Rockne the man. Rockne the man was in some ways ** * Rockne the perennial boy. On account of the inevitable On behalf of the Class of 1914, I wish to extend our sin- cerest condolences in the loss of Rock. He was our most intimacy existing between him and the men who make famous classmate, but we all loved him not for the great the newspapers, the newspaper men perhaps have a pic- success that was his, but because he was to us the same 19 306 THE NOTKE DAME ALUMNUS May, 1931 T E L E G R A M S EDITORIAL COMMENT real fellow that we knew as a student. ture of him different from some others. We believe a Frank Hayes, Secretary, 1914 Class. number of our contemporaries who knew him intimately, ** * as we did, will agree that the essence of his personality Words fail me upon learning the sad news. Allow me to was the attitude of the boy still advancing through a extend my greatest sympathy in your sorrow. Most sin- glorious and inviting world; the morning dawning with cerelv, ^Dr. 0. Hichens Glimstead, adventures just ahead; no day like yesterday. Athletic Trainer, St. Mary's College, Calif. His football coaching ability can be accounted for only Sincerest sympathy in your great loss. by the single word "genius." The football writers will Citi' of Belleville, HI., per set down in innumerable columns of review instance after Dr. E. C. Heiligenstein. instance illustrating the mind of the greatest of them all * at work. I t is not for us to trench upon their territory. We are extending our heai-ts to you in sympathy. Knute We assent, however, to the belief that in his make-up was one of our dearest friends. The loss is not yours was an' intangible and indescribable somethijig that en- alone, but is shared by the youth of America who looked abled him to do the extra, the unforeseen magical thing, to him for the best in honor, clear thinking and virile that made his teams at their best appear invincible. sportsmanship. Mr. and Mrs. Pat Flanagan, Mr. Bockne's death was in keeping with his life. He Station WBBM. was not bound by the confines of his job or geography. * ** The whole earth was his apple and from it he took zest- The members of the one hundred eighty posts of Cook ful bites. He was as likely to be in Honolulu or Paris as County Council of the American Legion Department of Illinois extend to you and your family sincerest sym- in South Bend, and for him to take flight for California pathy in your bereavement. Vour husband was ever was as natural to him as breathing. ready to cooperate with any requests made by this organ- The manner of his premature death should make him ization in promoting true Americanism among boys who a legend. He died in flight before anybody could say that entered into the American Legion program and at this moment we wish you to know we bow our heads in grief he had reached his zenith. Age and the pressing forward at the passing of a truly great American, one who was of competitors would have held him to the ground eventu- looked up to by every member of this organization. ally. Eockne a sad and broken old man was an impos- , ^Lawrence J. Penlon, sible thought. He meant action and the continual clash. American Legion CommanderCook County Council. When an embolism slowed him he was often a pathetic * * sight because one knew he was miserable a t being re- My heartfelt sympathy in your great sorrow. strained. He was a man to burst bonds that would hold ^Lou Gehrig. an ordinary being. * ** * New York Citj'.- Dear Mrs. Eockne: Won't you and the children, please Eodcne's place in the football world is expressed in accept the sjTnpathy and God bless you, of an old man. the editorial from the South Bend Tribune: ^Henry Garrity. Knute K. Eockne's name was synonymous with suc- cessful football. The movement away from the tradi- I am hoping and praying that it isn't true, but if it is true may I extend my heartfelt sympathy to you and the tional bone-crushing game dates back to the Notre Dame- children in this hour of our great loss. Army game in 1913 when the Dorais-Rockne forward -J^ohn L. Griffith, passing combination worked so brilliantly that a new era Chicago, m . of play was opened. Jesse Harper, the Notre Dame coach, * * Eockne, the great end, and Dorais, the great quarterback, The heartfelt sympathy of every member of Canisius did not devise the forward pass, but they used it so College Alumni Association goes out to you in this sad effectively in 1913 that others were forced to use it. hour. It was our privilege last December to have Mr. Eockne as our guest. His influence for clean football The spectacular "open" game explains football's popu- and honesty in sport will long live. His passing is a larity to-day. Up to 1913 the game ranked far below great shock and irreplaceable loss. baseball in national estimation. The necessarily short ^Henry C. Feist, Secretary. season united with the violence of play to keep football * ** in a subordinate position. The revolutionary game in State CoUege, Pa. which Mr. Eockne participated as a player in 1913 was a Deepest sympathy in your great loss. Eock was loved and respected by all who knew him. mild foretaste of what was to come. As a coach he caused ^Neil Fleming. refinement of the forward pass and introduced other fea- * ** tures which have indisputably made football more popular Boys clubs of local Y were holding Lenten service when than baseball on the face of daily attendance comparisons. tragic news came. Every boy present anxious for you to The Eockne-coached Notre Dame teams compiled a know that you have their sincere sympathy a t this time. record which may never be equaled or excelled. The We, the undersigned, represent the local Association in mythical national championships which were awarded to telling you that we are all thinking of you today. Edward Wilder, Pres. FideUs Hy Y Club, Notre Dame teams so often that the occurrence became Thomas Curto, Pres. Dante Club. commonplace always evoked some criticism. The critics Elden Ayres, Pres. Naptune Hy Y Club, usually were safe because the weather, the schedules and Horace Hepburn, Pres. Trident Hy Y, of scholastic requirements prevented elimination contests Asbury Park, New Jersey. which would settle beyond all doubt the question of supe- ** * riority. But the skill of Notre Dame players and of their My sincerest condolences are extended to you and your great coach is attested by the football record from 1918 children in your sorrow. Fred J. Fisher, Fisher Body Co. to 1930 inclusive. All arguments engendered by the na- 20 May, 1931 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNUS 307 EDITORIAL COMMENT TELEGRAMS tional championship awards lose point on the face of that I had no better friend than Knute. There was no man I record. admired more. Therefore I have some appreciation of In the 13 years that Mr. Eocfcne was head football your' great loss and my grieving heart is full of sym- pathy for you and your children. coach Notre Dame lost only 12 games. In only two sea- Philip B. Fleming, West Point. sons did Notre Dame teams lose more than two games. * * In five seasons Notre Dame teams coached by Mr. Bockne I am with you and the youngsters in deepest sympathy defeated every opponent. The Notre Dame-Rockne record during these days of sorrow and hard trial, and regret ex- is 105 victories, 12 defeats and five ties. The record needs ceedingly that I cannot come to say these things to you no elaboration. Notre Dame football, Bockne football, and to honor Knute. I will say Masses for him and keep has been dominant in the nation. No other school and no him in lasting memento. The Faith to which yon are so other coach has offered serious competition over the long devoted will bring to you consolation. Hay his soul rest in peace ^Bishop Pinnigan, Helena, Mont. term. At all times Mr. Eockne avoided the aspects of pro- Please accept my sincere sympathy for you and your, fam- fessionalism in the teams that he produced. He always ily. A great man has been lost to the football world. regarded football as a game for all able-bodied students. Frank W. Cavanangh, Coach of Fordham. Opportunities to "make the team" at Notre Dame were denied no student who had the ordinary requirements. With heartfelt sympathy. Knute Eockne and my brother The nation came to view the Notre Dame varsity as the AValter were wonderful friends. ^Etta Gckersall. ultimate in football, but Mr. Eockne always kept competi- ** tion on a democratic basis. "If football is a good sport My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. for the varsity player," he said, "why isn't it a good sport The tragic death of your noted husband is a national loss for the entire undergraduate body? Granted that it is, and keenly f d t by all who have followed his long and suc- I want every boy a t Notre Dame who cares to kick a foot- cessful career as one of the nations leading coaches. May ball to have some place in which to kick it." God comfort you and sustain you in this great loss. ^Louis L. Emmerson, That attitude provided the key to the entire Eockne Governor of Illinois. "system" which has been eulogized by experts. The "sys- ** tem" was based on thoughtfulness, sympathy and other The officers and members of Santa Monica, CaUf., lodge factors which promoted genuine loyalty to the coach. The of Elks extend to you our sincere condolence in the pass- young men who played football under Mr. Eockne will ing of America's greatest exponent of sport and the one great man builder of our nation. His memory will be a never encounter greater appreciation in business and the monument to all right thinking citizens of our nation. professions. I t is not surprising therefore that his un- Sincerely, Thos. Eobinson, Secretary. timely death has caused exceptionally widespread grief. It is safe to predict that Eockne's place in football will Have played against your husband's team at Georgia Tech. never be filled by a man possessing such unusual qualities The whitest man that ever lived. We loved him down in abundance and the ability to use them so effectively. here at Tech. * * ^Eaymond C. Eubanks, Eome. Ga. Eockne's universal appeal is regected in the following from the North Carolina Christian Advocate, a Methodist Words cannot e.xpress my most sincere sympathies in the publication edited by a Methodist minister: " 'The College passing of your beloved Knute and my dearest friend. Man' was the subject of an address delivered by Knute His life was" an exemplification of the finer things in life. Memories of his masterful teachings will always remain Eockne on board the Carmania as he and a party of 300 with us. All Coe College joins me in this condolence. or more were bound for the Olympic games in Holland ^Morey L. Eby. in the summer of 1928, and w^e do not hesitate to say that * * it was the finest address that we have ever heard on that My deepest sympathy goes out to you. It was a severe subject. . . We mention this to emphasize the versatility shock to us who have known him so well. We all have of the man. As a football coach he became a national suffered a great loss. Endeared in the hearts of all lus figure. But as a lawyer, a politician, a lecturer, or any colleagues. Our great esteem and admiration for him will endure forever. The Athletic Department of University other profession he would have attained to national emi- of Minnesota joins me in expressing condolences to you nence. For he was king among men. We have not at now. Fritz Crisler. any time met a man svith greater personal magnetism ** * not even William Jennings Bryan. We were surprised to We extend our sincerest sympathy, find out how much he knew about North Carolina . . ." ^Eddie Anderson, Jim Kelly and Ben Connor, De Paul University. * * * * The peculiarly personal element in Eockne's contacts Dear Friends: Please accept my heartfelt sympathy in is expressed in this editorial column'from the Houston, this vour hour of great sorrow. Kindest wishes, Texas, Post-Dispatch: Jack Dempsey. A copy desk man emerged from the Associated Press ** * printer room with a long string of copy. Please call on me if I can be of the slightest help. God He spread his paper before him on the desk, quickly bless vou and the children in your terrible loss. scanning dispatches from Paris, New York, Washington, Charles E. Dorais. Detroit, Kansas City. ** * A few brief paragraphs told of an earthquake in Mrs. Doheny joins me in expresing to you our deep and Managua, Nicaragua, where 40 lives were reported lost. heartfelt sympathy in your bereavement. We pray that He paused for a moment, visualizing a streamer headline. God will comfort and sustain you in this tragic hour. E. L. Doheny. 21 308 THE NOTKE DAME ALUMNUS May, 1931 T E L E G R A M S EDITORIAL COMMENT Our officers and board of directors extend to you and fam- His eye ran down the string of copy. The Leo Brothers ily our sincere sympathy in the loss of Mr. RocToie. We trial in Chicago, murders, news of the stock market, ro- feel that a great character has ben lost to us but his ideals mances in society, divorces in screen circles. The copy- will remain. ^Avery G. dinger, Vice-President, reader's expression was unchanged. First Citizens Tr. Co., Columbus, Ohio. Suddenly the copyreader jumped from his chair. His * ** face was white, his mouth open. My dear Mrs. Eockne: Accept my heartfelt sympathy in your great loss of your wonderful husband and father. In a moment, he shouted, "My God, Rockne's dead." Sincerely, ^Mrs. Wm. Conley, Like a flash, the cry, "Rockne's dead!" reverberated Mother of Tom Conley. through the Post-Dispatch plant. I t echoed through the editorial offices, causing the city American Football Coaches Association extends to you editor to rush from his desk to glance at the piece of copy and family heartfelt sympathy in your bereavement. which the managing editor already held in his hand. W. H. Cowell, Secretary. * ** The artist dropped his pen. An editorial writer rushed Words fail me in my desire to express to you my deep from his oflSce, leaving his comment on world affairs in sorrow and sympathy over the loss of so wonderful a man his typewriter. as your husband. His passing away will be greatly felt The shout ran through the composing room, down the by the entire country and I sincerely trust you will bear stairs into the business office. Reporters, printers and up bravely under your great loss and that you will iind executives stared speechlessly at the bit of paper upon great conifort in your family and in the host of sincere friends that were always yours. which a mechanical telegraph instrument had impressed Chas. A. Comislcey, the words, "Rockne's dead!" President, Chicago White Sox. There was no feverish activity after the first shock, * ** sin?e a morning newspaper does not issue extras in the The Class of 1930 prays that his soul rests in heaven. middle of the afternoon. I t was a big story. The biggest Bernard Conroy, Secretary. of the year, someone suggested. * ^* But it was not of the story that those newspapermen Our heartfelt sympathy in your great sorrow. were thinking. ^Dickinson .athletic Association. "There's next year's team all shot," one man said. "Killed a t the height of his career, with two of the My grief with you in the loss of Mr. Rockne is almost greatest football teams in history just behind him," was more than I can bear. Please accept my sincerest sym- another comment, pathy in your terrific loss. ^E. C. Lytton, "Well," was the reply, "perhaps that's the best way to Bus Mgr. Drake University. die. With fame in your grasp. There'll be no backsliding * ** for Rockne now." / Our sympathy and prayers are with you in your, sorrow. Dominican Sisters, Marywood College, Hardboiled newspaper men? There were moist eyes Grand Rapids. Michigan. in that group around the copy desk. Men remembered ** * how they had followed Rockne's undefeated warriors The South of Market boys of San Francisco extend to you through two glorious seasons by watching them run for and your family their deepest sjTnpathy in the death of touchdowns on the prosaic printer in the little Associated your beloved husband. Press room, w-hich for them became a gridiron teeming Thomas A. Maloney, President. with jerseyed fighters. * ** Rockne. The Fighting Irish. The Rough Riders. The Our priests, brothers, and sisters send heartfelt sympathy Four Horsemen. and prayerful remembrance always for Mr. Rockne. Rev. Michael Mathis, C.S.C, Newspapermen are apt to think in terms of headlines. The Bengalese, Washington, D.C. Unconsciously the copy reader was framing a streamer * ** for Rockne's last and greatest story. Please accept my sincere sympathies. Deply grieved that One reporter knew the great Rockne personally, when I cannot be present today. Rest assured I am there in he was a student a t Notre Dame a few years ago. spirit. _ E . P. Madigan, Someone broke the news over the telephone. Oakland, Calif. "Aw, you're kidding me," he said. * ** Then, when he realized that the beloved coach's career The five Millers of Notre Dame salute you Rock with love, had been cut short, he stammered: admiration and loyalty, and with the same understanding, "God, that's awful. That'll break the hearts of a lot respect and camaraderie that you gave so unstintedly to every Notre Dame man and to all your friends. We are of boys over the country, won't it? I mean the boys who sad and sorrowful because Notre Dame and we have lost knew him like I did." your comradeship and your genius and because your dear Not much like the movie version of a big story break- sweet wife and children are forlorn without you. Always ing in a newspaper office. on the throne in the hall of dreams in the palace of the hearts of men will you be enshrined. But a true picture of the manner in which news of Red Miller, Ray Miller, Walter, Miller .Knute Eockne's death was received by one group of news- Gerry Miller, Doii Miller. paper men in Houston. * ** * * * Accept our heartfelt sympathies in your hour of bereave- The mutual attraction between Knute Rockne and ment. America has lost its noblest sportsman. C. M, Jennings, Athletic Director, boyhood is well expressed in the following from the Cleve- Marquette tiniversity. land Press: 22 Maj/, 1931 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNUS 309 EDITORIAL COMMENT T E L E G R A M S "Knute Rockne never saw him. Please accept from me personally and officially represent- "He never saw Knute Eockne. ing all the people of Philadelphia the profound sympathy "That didn't matter. that we are all experiencing a t the untimely death of your distinguished husband. I was in Florida when I heard the "Each knew the other intimately. sad news. Not knowing your address I immediately wired "Between them was a strong bond of understanding. to Capt. Conley asking him to convey my great sorrow "The boy had a profound respect for Knute Eockne. to you, the faculty, the student body, and particnlarly the "ICnute Eockne had a profound respect for the boy. football teams. I am leaving tonight with a number of your husband's friends and admirers to pay our respect "By some sort of process each read the other's mind to his memory in South Bend tomorrow. and heart. Harry A. Mackey, Mayor of Philadelphia. "They were heroes to each other. "If the boy worshiped ICnute Eockne it -was because Wooster joins nation in paying respect to Knute. May ICnute Eockne worshiped the boy. God sustain you in your grief. ^Father Moriarty. "In a past generation it was Buffalo Bill. * * "For this generation it was Knute Rockne. Words cannot assuage your great grief at such a moment, "Millions of boys and men and girls and women bow but I wish to attest my depest and sincerest sympathy in in grief at the news that ICnute Eockne is dead. the loss of a friend. "He was nominally called a football coach. Frank J. Murray, Marquette University. "He was more than that. "For millions he was greater than the president of the Extending sincere sympathy in your sorrow. United States. R. 0. Miller, Director Recreational Education. "He was the sjTnbol of clean sports and fine sports- manship. More than words can express, we share your sorrow with "He did more than co-ordinate mind and body on the deepest sympathy. Meadville High School Athletic Association, gridiron. Meadville, Penn. "He builded character and courage and initiative and tolerance and persistence, without which the noblest mind * ** As one who knew and loved ICnute it is hard to express in the head of man is worth not very much. in words my grief and sympathy for you. Knute was one "When men and boys and girls and women and fathers of the finest men I can ever hope to know. In deepest and mothers from one end of a nation of 125,000,000 to sympathy, Graham McNamee. another read thru eyes blurred with tears of the death of ICnute Eockne, the significance of the kind of man he was The entire population of Coral Gables is plunged in sor- becomes apparent. row because of the imtimely passing of America'n finest "ICnute Eockne, who inspired young men to dig their sportsman. Although the world mourns him as a great cleats more firmly into the turf of the gridiron and life character we feel we have lost a friend and neighbor. May the God of us all sustain and comfort you in your be- itself, is dead in a fall from the skies. reavement. City of Coral Gables, "But, dead, Knute Eockne will live for generations in C. Le McGarr, Mayor. this country." * * ** * The good people of this city join in extending our great- Brig. Gen. J. P. O'Neil sends the following expression est sympathy, John W. McCarty, Mayor, from the Portland Morning Oregonian,stiU another edito- Washington, Indiana. rial comment on the many-sided talents of Knute Eockne: ** * "In the realm of sport there was only on ICnute ICPO radio station, San Francisco, read at its regular noon Eockne. He was a winner of the type that the world day scripture broadcast from the gospel of St. John, chap- loves and it was ready to pay him homage not only be- ter fourteen, verses one to seven, for the comfort of all cause he won, but because he won fairly . . . who mourn and hope. Heartfelt sympathy from the city by the Golden Gate. A. W. MeU. "In reading over the voluminous report of Eockne's achievements and the affectionate and admiring tributes * * of his friends, slight reference is found to the radio talks The all too few words we can say fail to express our sin- cere sympathy for the untimely loss of Notre Dame's which were included in his recent activities. Yet in these greatest alumni. talks the public caught a close-up picture of the real The Notre Dame Club of Grand Rapids, Mich. Rockne. The interviews on the air showed that he was deeply concerned with the welfare of the young men who * * * came under his tutelage. He viewed football as a builder You have our depest sympathy and prayers. of character and it was his purpose not only to organize ^Notre Dame Club of Denver. . * * his players in winning teams^which he did more con- We realize that nothing we can say can lighten the sistently than any other coachbut to develop within burden of your grief, but we want you to know that our them a fighting heart to meet the struggles of later years, deepest sympathy is with you in the hour of affliction. an alert mind to help them both on and off the field, and ^Norwegian Singing Society. principles of fair dealing that would remain with them H. A. Sunde, Pres.; A. H. Westli, Sec. throughout life. That is the conception of Rockne gained s * * by his radio audiences and its accuracy is attested by his Each member individually of the Notre Dame Club of record at Notre Dame . . . Syracuse mourns with you and your children m your mis- fortune. Our prayers are for the repose of Knute's soul. "It will be a different Notre Dame without Rockne, ^Notre Dame Club of Syracuse, for his personality completely dominated sports at that E. C. Schonlau, President. 23 310 THJ! NOTKE DAME ALUMNUS May, 1931 T E L E G R A M S EDITORIAL COMMENT Norden Lodge Sons o Norway in meeting assembled institution. He will have a successor there who may hereby express our deep sorrow over the mitimely death carry on the record of consistent victories that Eockne of a beloved national character and to you our heartfelt built up through thirteen years, but his place as a na- sympathy in your bereavement. ^Norden Lodge, Sons of Norway, tional leader in sports was imique and cannot be iilled Tacoma, Washington. by anyone else." *** Our heartfelt sympathy in your great sorrow. Jack Bell, a friend of Eockne, writes in the Miami Norwegian American Athletic Club. Herald: ". . . When life passes from the body of a man whose work has been of little benefit to his fellowmen, he is soon forgotten. That man is dead. No words can quite express our sympathy in this time "But when Enute Eockne's life was crushed from his of deep sorrow. May every consolation in blessing be body, in the fields of Kansas, he did not die. He had con- granted to you and your children is our prayer. The loss of Bock is indeed a great one, Mrs. Rockne, but the sor- tributed much to the world, much that was good for his row is borne by many of us. We send our united and fellowmen. He was more than a football coach; he was sincerest condolences. a master psychologist, a master of men, a keen analyst ^Notre Dame Club of Western Pennsylvania. and a keen h u m o r i s t . . . " Please accept our sincere sympathy in your bereavement. One of the most beautiful tributes, and another angle Norge SM Club, Chicago. lU. on Eockne, is contained in the following from Et. Eev. Francis Clement Kelley, D.D., Bishop of Oklahoma, in Accept my sympathy. Lost a personal friend and country- the Southwest Courieri man too early. Gustave E. Lindboe, "An alumnus, albeit honorary, of Notre Dame, should Former Executive Sec. National and American be ashamed to say that he had never spoken to Knute Ski Associations. Eockne and had seen him only once. With all the proper shame I make such a confession. All I ever saw of the Please accept the sincerest sympathy of the oificers and wizard of football was his back as we both watched the members of the National Football League upon the death last game with Carnegie Tech, he from the sidelines and of your dear husband. As one of his oldest football ac- I from the President's box. Yet when I heard of Eockne's quaintances, I feel the game has lost its greatest teacher, death something unusual happened, for tears came into the youth of America one of their greatest exemplars, eyes that I thought had long ago shed all they could hold. and our organization a real friend. I want you to know that I feel as sorry for you and your little family as one That was a light triumph for a dead man whose face I person can feel for another. never saw. Now I know that I was only one of a miUti- Joe F . Carr, Pres. National Football League. tude who had never spoken a word to Eockne but who * ** loved the kind of man he was. They are so scarce, these The Notre Dame Alumni in Toledo e.xtend sincerest sym- 'Eocks' of college life upon whom the weight of a thou- pathy in your bereavement. sand confidences can rest and leave sympathetic place for The Notre Dame Club of Toledo. a thousand more. "To those who knew Notre Dame well, its history and We extend to you and your children our most heartfelt struggles, it seemed as if it was the last college on earth sympathy in this your saddest hour. You have lost a de- that needed a man like Eockne. Notre Dame has had so voted and loving husband and father. Notre Dame has many outstanding educational leaders. There is its build- lost one of its pillars, the country a genius, a scliolarly and Christian gentleman, and the youth of America has er, Sorin, standing at the gate in deathless bronze, but in lost its hero. Notre Dame Club of St. Louis. hearts standing as deathless in memory. .There is Corby, there was Walsh and there was Morrissey. Great men Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for you and yours and men with vision. No, it did not seem as if Notre in your great bereavement. Our prayers are with you Dame needed Rockne. The University may have needed a and for Eock whom we all loved. coach, but Eockne was far more than a coach. He was a ^Alumni of Western Washington, son who had inherited what these others left behind them. George L. Nyere, President. He had their loyalty, their idealism, their love for Chris- * ** tian education, their never-failing interest in what the Our deep sympathy goes to you in your affliction. May school could do in other ways than the way of making the memory of the honorable life just ended sustain and mere Bachelors of Arts. For Eoclaie was, in his rough comfort you. National Wrestling Ass'n., but kindly way, a real educator who knew that boys have Colonel H. J. Landrj'. ** * souls as well as bodies and that even in football, the soul is the power that wins. Notre Dame men of Cincinnati are sharing with you in your sorrow of the loss of your devoted husband and "For 37 years I have watched Notre Dame. 1 saw the father and our friend. school in some of its years of discouragement. I knew ^W. D. Morrissey, Secretary of N. D. Club. the stories of more than one hope that seemed to die in the flames of burning buildings. And I watched each Please accept our sympathy in your hour of deep sorrow. phoenix as it rose from the ashes of sad defeat, but was Mr. Eockne's death leaves a gap in the lives of all Notre never surprised when I heard the whir of its wings, for I Dame men that will be difiicult to fill. Words cannot ex- knew also the spirit that was bom when Sorin went to press the sorrow his untimely death has caused. cleaning bricks hot from the fire that destroyed the pride Newly organized Notre Dame Club of Wheeling, ^W. N. Hogan, Pres.; Geo. Sargus, Sec. of his heart. Notre Dame is like that. It is Sorin. And 24 Maij, 1931 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNUS 311 EDITORIAL COMMENT T E L E G R A M S Rockne was Sorin without a cassock and a breviary. Per- The Kiwanians of the United States and Canada extend haps he did not pray as much as Sorin, but he knew he most sincere sympathy to you and to your family in this could rely on others making up the deficit. And perhaps time of sorrow. . ^Raymond M. Grossman, President, Eiwanis International. he did pray more than we suspect, for Bockne had the spirit that prays in action. He knew that education is dis- cipline, not the discipline that breaks ranks to revel, but Los Angeles Council No. 621 Knights of Columbus in reg- the discipline that still holds its grip through-revelry; the ular meeting assembled extends deepest sympathy to the family of our beloved Rock. He will always live in the discipline that stays always in the soul to keep men in the minds and memories of those who knew him and loved right path, or call them back to it if unfortunately they him so reverently. Church and State has lost a devoted wander from it. son and citizen, and his passing will be mourned by all lovers of right thinking and clean living and true sports- "Rockne was a listed professor of chemistry, but an manship. ; Clement D. Nye, Grand Km'ght- unlisted professor of human psychology. He knew the in- * * side of boys as well as he knew the mixtures in his re- Male High School of Louisville joins with me in extend- torts. Some he knew were explosive, so he handled them ing our most heartfelt sympathy in your bereavement. with imderstanding. He knew the exact values needed to He was true friend as well as an inspiration to us. produce the wanted result. He was so quick in his de- Tom Johnson. cisions, in his speech, that he seemed to know the right thing subconsciously, just as we know the words of the Please accept my deepest sympathy in your bereavement. language we speak when the need calls for instant use. ^Major Wm. Kennelly, Pres. New York Athletic Qub Behind his resourcefulness, his skill and his knowledge of football, was always that understanding of youth which in Notre Dame Club of Boston wish to express to you their Eockne seemed an instinct. He must have known that deepest and most heartfelt sympathy in your and our youth bequeaths its virtues to manhood, so he used the great loss. Charles F . Baine. President. power that was his everywhere and always. Nothing could better explain the profoimd emotion that swept over The Notre Dame Club of Portland extends sincerest sym- the nation when the news came of his death, an emotion pathy to you and yours at this time of great sorrow. felt by those who had never seen his school, never had ^Notre Dame Club of Portland, seen his "boys," who took only a passing interest in col- ^D. L. Callicrate. leges and college sport, biit who seemed to feel that the * ** loss of Eockne left -imerican education and American With deepest and sincerest sympathy to you and your sportsmanship in mourning. family in this your greatest hour of sorrow. We feel the loss of Rock as though he were a member of our own "Notre Dame for a long time will be sad, but Notre family and loved him as such. ^Notre Dame Club of Cleveland. Dame has not lost its "Eock." Such men do not wholly die, for they leave to what they loved and for what they labored not a little part of themselves. The great ones Please permit me to extend my deepest sympathy in your of Notre Dame did that and Eockne himself profited. He loss. My colleagues at Carnegie Tech join with me in who had the spirit of the founders will have his place as mourning Mr. Rockne. Clarence Overend, Graduate Manager of Carnegie Tech. a permament teacher with them, and it will be a goodly inspiration for the future students of Notre Dame to * ** think of the chunky, sweater-clad figure of their own Sincere sympathy from myself, staff and family for the "Rock" watching with the gowned Fathers over their joint tragic death of your noble husband. J. P. O'Mahoney, legacy to American college manhood. Just before I heard Editor, Indiana Catholic. of his death I had read this line: "The life-giving person- ality is the secret of all that is worth while in education." Accept my heartfelt sympathy in this hour of your shock- That line might well be carved on many tombs at Notre ing and sorrowful bereavement. I can appreciate the Dame, and the tomb of Ivnute Eockne should be one of depth of your grief and sorrow as a wife and mother by my own grief in losing so good and loyal a friend as Mr. them." Rockne. I shall offer a Mass tomorrow for the repose of ** his soul. ^Rev. John J. CBoyle, Camp Rockne. The Denver Neivs carried the following fine expres- sion: I want to e.\press my personal condolences and those of "The Great Timekeeper has ended the game for Knute the people of Minnesota who share with you and your family the keen loss of a great man. Knute Rockne Rockne. endeared himself in the national heart of a great country "And it is characteristic of this sport-loving nation by his outstanding ability, rare humanitarian qualities that perhaps no other death could have brought more and fine sportsmanship, a renowned athletic coach and a peerless moulder of character. In a sense he has not universal sorrow than thissorrow among men, women passed from us, because he will always live in our hearts. and even little children. Sincerely. "Ivnute Eockne's name was a household word. With ^Floyd B. Olson, Governor of Minnesota. Edison, Lindbergh, Will Rogers, Henry Ford and Rocke- feller, he probably shared honors as one of the best-known We wish you to accept our condolence at the untimely Americans. passing of your loved one. We feel deeply, as Knute ' "He had long since o'erleaped the sport page. Persons Rockne was to us a man of high ideals and we greatly who seldom followed sports knew Rockne. Boys who respected him and will reverence his memory. could not yet read could tell you about Eockne and his L. A. Soloman, Secretary of Ortho Club, San Francisco, Calif. Ramblers. 25 312 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNUS May,'1931 T E L E G R A M S EDITORIAL COMMENT Please accept our heartfelt sympathy in this hour of your "His was the very pinnacle of greatness in one of the deepest sorrow. most colorful of our national amusements. ^Board of Athletic Control, Oregon State CoUege. "But, even though his fame was won on the gridiron, even though he was the perfect coach, Rockne, like all the On behalf of Los Angeles lodge of Elks let me e-xpress really great, transcended the bounds of the field in which our sincerest sjTnpathy in the loss of your husband and he labored. a member of our fraternity. Being a personal friend of Knute's may I also add my tribute to a man, a friend, "There were traits of character which Rockne pos- and one whom we all loved and we pray that God may sessed and which endeared him to the American public. support you in this hour of great trial. He didn't depend on mere efiiciency as a coach for the es- Charles J. O'Hara, teem in which he was held. His personality, his integrity, Exalted Ruler, Los Angeles Lodge No. 99. his qualities of leadership, his square-shooting, those things, plus ability, made Rockne great. Honolulu: "There have been big figures in the sports world^but Condolences from Pan Pacific Lines. none who attained the size of Rockne. "In all his career there was never the slightest taint My sincerest condolences to you in this hour of your of imfaimess, of imetlucal practices, of lack of sportsman- great grief. Harvey J. Harman, ship raised against him. None praised him higher than Football Coach, University of Pennsylvania. liis defeated opponents. That fact, more than the mere scores which his teams rolled up, attested the greatness Out of your great sorrow which so many of your friends of Rockne. share comes to me this Easter morning a new feeling of "Above all, he was the apostle of clean sportsmanship. our Lord's Resurrection a feeling more strengthening and "He gave every man a chance. Those who had failed inspiring than I have ever felt before on Easter Sunday. This is but one of your dear husband's gifts to those who for others succeeded for Rockne; such was the effect of his loved him. I am thanking God and him for this beautiful inspiration. He contributed much to the sports life of gift. Sincerely, your friend, Charles Phillips. America; and equally as much to scholastic traditions and practices. "This little Norwegian immigrant boy, who fought his As a pupil and friend of Coach Rockne I want to express my deepest sympathy in the loss of your distinguished way up to the pinnacle from the backyard of his boyhood, husband. Truly Mr. Rockne was a great and noble man, attained a place in the college life of America which no and we of Arkansas loved him not only as an instructor other man has ever held. and coach but as a friend. May God sustain you in this "And now he is gone. And we doubt that he will ever trying time -with His tenderest love. Sincerely, ^Richard JI. Ryan. be replaced. "The game is ended. And in every department of play, Knute Rockne won." Please accept our deepest sympathy for your great loss. In connection with the forgeoing, word comes from ^Radio Keith Orpheum Corp., Wm. Elson, Divisional Director. Bob Fox of Denver, who was in Peking, China, the day of the accident, that the Peking papers carried a full col- umn on Rockne. Gravely aiiected by sorrowful news. Accept our heart- * ** felt sympathy. --RCA Victor Co. Inc. The St. Paul Pioneer-Press, up where Rockne's race predominates, said this: Accept our most heartfelt sympathy in your great loss. "The shocking death of Knute Rockne removes one of ^Mr. and Mrs. Jack Rissman. the most successful and universally liked figures in Amer- ican sport. Rockne was known not only to football fans I just wanted you to know how deeply I feel for you and but to millions who themselves were never followers of the children. I still cannot believe it is true. the game which he helped lift from the levels of a pas- Grantland Rice. time to the plane of a science. Nor does a smnmary of * ** his contributions to football as a game include the aspects Accept our heartfelt sympathy in your great loss. of his career that distinguished him among Americans in- ^F. P. Robinson, terested in athletics. Mayor, Elmira, N. Y. * * "He leaves the sport he esteemed far different from what Jt was when he first played it, a sport in which I am deeply shocked at the great tragedy that has be- brawn and bulk were clothed with athletic respectability fallen you. As the wife of Knute Rockneyour loss is irreparable and words are inadequate to express the deep for practice of an only slightly milder form of mayhem sympathy that all San Franciscans feel for you. He than actual free-for-all fighting. Probably no individual occupied a unique place in our national life and we in has had more to do with the transformation which has San Francisco felt particularly close to him. His spirit lifted this game of football into the foremost coUege sport of true sportsmanship was an inspiration to the youth and manhood of our country, and his memory will be in the land and made it the athletic cornerstone upon enshrined forever in the hearts of all loyal Americans. which the whole catalogue of college sport is founded. ^Angelo J. Rossi, "Rockne regarded footbaU as more than a recreation. Mayor of San Francisco. I t was more than a game for the game's sake. I t was the implement with which he tried to buUd character in the In your great sorrow you have my deepest sympathy, boys who came under his supervision. If the innumerable Babe Ruth. victories of Notre Dame prompted the inference that 26 May, 19S1 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNUS 313 EDITORIAL COMMENT TELEGRAMS "anything to ^\in" was a Eockne formula the Eockne I sympathize with you in the sad bereavement which has method refuted this conjecture. The young men he took so suddenly befallen- you. I knew your husband and from coast to coast were marked by the qualities that dis- mourn your loss with you. My deepest sympathy to you and yours. James Eolph, Jr., tinguish manhood. Sportsmanship, was the first objective Governor of California. of the Eockne system and football victories were the by- product of his method. The qualities that make a youth a great player on the gridiron, that enable a youngster to Expressing my deepest sympathy for the loss of one of master a sport where lightning decisions and courage are my dearest friends. Joe Savoldi. at a premium are qualities essential to success in other *** pursuits, Eockne believed. The faculty and student body extend to you their heart- "Football will miss the energetic, outspoken, likeable felt sorrow. C. M. Reilly, Athletic Director, Coach of Notre Dame, and when the season opens again St. Bonaventure's College. next Fall, will feel the loss of a strong personality to which it is indebted for many of its most colorful tra- The entire staff of the Sanataria Hotel, Tucson, Ariz, ditions." joins me in extending deepest sympathy. * * Grover Sykes, Mgr. Mrs. J. W. Livergood, mother of Bemie Livergood, '25, one of Eock's fullbacks, sends in the following example Our heartfelt sympathy in this dark hour of your sorrow. of how Rockne's genius extended into unsuspected places, Walter W. Wood, Athletic Director, a clipping from a column called "Bait for Bugs," by H. V. Shurtleff College. Millard, in the Decatur (111.) Review: ** * "In all our connection with sport which has included Words are futile to express to you our grief over the loss of one so close to all of us. I wish there were some way football and basketball officiating for 13 years in a dozen we might help to alleviate your sorrow. states of the middle west, baseball which has with it many W. O. Hunter, Director of Athletics, fine associations, we have never met a man who left the University of Southern California. impression with us Knute Eockne did. "It will seem drab^that Big Ten football officials The Southwest Texas Football Officials Association with meeting this coming September not to have Knute in the headquarters in San Antonio, Texas appreciate the won- room. He was at his best when assembled with a group derful character taken away from the eame today. We of men who were engaged in the same line of work and want you to know you have our heartfelt sympathy. it so happens that our last visit with him was at that ^Harold Winters, President. meeting in Chicago last September. * * Knute came in late and happened to pick a seat next Our love and sympathy go out to you in your great sor- to the writer. At that time he still had his infected leg row. Major and Mrs. Shadoan, wrapped with a rubber bandage and several times during Illinois Military School. the session while listening to various debates on the inter- pretation of the grid rules by the Big Ten coaches and officials would stoop over and unloosen the bandage al- The National Society of Natureopathic Physicians wish to express their sincere condolence to you in the loss of ways with some wisecrack about it. so great aiid clean a man in America's sports. There is Despite his greatness he was always humble. He a Heaven, and Knute rests peacefully there. would give as much time to one of the officials who was ^Dr. Frank B, Smith, Secretary. not listed with the more prominent or to the sports editor ** of the small town daily as to the boys on the metropolitan Stanford University expresses most sincere regret at your sheets. He was not a politician in any sense of the word, tragic loss. ^Dr. Thomas S. Storey, picking out the men who could do him the most good. Gen. Director Physical Education and Hygiene, Eockne needed no one to favor him in any way for he was Stanford University. in a class by himself as a source of news needing only to ** * act natural. Permit me to extend my most heartfelt ssnnpathy in your Back in our early days of officiating a thing came up bereavement of your late wonderful husband and my dear friend. The whole world will miss him very much. In that made Eockne stand out in the writer's mind. After addition, the University of Washington alumni in Chicago the assignment of officials for a season -had been an- also extends its heartfelt sympathy. nounced in the press (they are no longer published fol- ^Dr. Alfred A. Strauss. lowing the appointment by the committee) a writer -on * * a Chicago paper, came out with a story asking why the We grieve with you and send our sincerest sympathy. Big Ten had to go to a High grass college to secure their Mr. and Mrs. Bill Spaulding. officials. He was of course referring to Fred Young of ** Bloomington and the writer. That appeared in an after- . The sad and untimely death of your beloved husband and noon paper and the next day the writer received a letter our best friend has effected an irreparable loss, and in this hour of your deepest sorrow we wish to extend our from Knute Eockne not only condemning the writer of most heartfelt sympathy. Sincerely, the article but advising Bait who was a young official in Maurice J. Smith, Lawrence T. Shaw, those days to not let it get us down. Univ. of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, Calif. Here was a man not in the Big Ten but with a tol- erant mind ready to do his bit for an official he thought Accept heartfelt sympathy of the faculty and students of had been unjustly criticized. Since that day Bait has the Cathedral Hie;}! School, Indianapolis. never failed to receive a Christmas card from Knute. Brother William, C.S.C, Principal. 27 314 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNUS May, 1931 T E L E G R A M S EDITORIAL COMMENT The Associated Students University of Washington ex- Bob Nesbit, in the Terre Haute Star, says, in p a r t : tend their sympathies to you in this hour of your sorrow. The greatest horseman has gonedynamic Knute We knew Mr. Rockne as a leader and an inspiration and Eockne. He was the man with an undying spirit, omni- mourn verj' deeply his going. Respectfully, ^Associated Students, University of Washington. present in every charge that the famous warriors of Notre Dame have carried through to victory during the years that he was their leader. Yes, Knute Rockne was We in Washington want to express our deepest sym- the greatest horseman. His was the guiding light that pathy in the passing of your most wonderful husband. brought success to the hundreds of inspired boys he has We are happy to have known liim and to have been in- spired by him. sent onto the gridiron and no one realizes this more than ^\Vashington Chamber of Commerce, the boys themselves. H. A. Nordheim, President. He was gay and he was blithe in spirit, nimble of wit and almost a spendthirft in his desire to oblige the hun- Manager Donie Bush, Coach Mike Kelly, and aU members dreds of friends he came to know intimately from coast of Chicago White Sox Baseball Club join me in extending to coast. I t was his great desire to help his friends and our deepest sjTnpathy to you in the loss of your dear always turn up for their banquets, regardless of how far husband. Sport in general has lost a wonderful char- acter and we a real friend. Respectfully, he might travel, that threatened to undermine his health ^Lou Barbour, Secretary. on several occasions. Here, however, the fighting spirit with which his teams were so thoroughly steeped brought In this dark hour of sadness I want to send you my most him through safely. But he didn't have even a fighting sincere sympathy. chance out there on those Kansas prairies yesterday. Man K. L. Wilson, Northwestern University. is not yet supreme over such things, it seems. Words fail me. Accept my sincerest and deepest sym- And back out on the Pacific, among the expressions pathy. Our great loss too. from tlie state press in Washington, is this touching ex- 0 . E. Babe HolUngberry, cerpt: Washington State College, Pullman, Wash. "Knute Eockne dead? Aye, they say it's so. But when the chill winds of November sweep o'er Indiana's plain. The Great Lakes Transit Corporation and the sailors of The Rock will surely huddle with his halfbacks, and when our fieet wish to express our deepest sympathy in this the battle is a t its fiercest, and the foe presses hard, the hour of bereavement in the loss of your husband and the father of your children. Anything I can do Mrs. Rockne Bald Eagle will always soar by the side of his warriors. please call upon me. Knute Rockne dead? Gone, perhaps, but only in the flesh. C. D. Tuppen, Great Lakes Transit Corp., His earthly remains -will lie beneath the sod somewhere, Buffalo, N. Y. but his spiritah, there's the thing that tells the man! * His spirit will be forever running interferences for his Please accept my heartfelt condolence in your hour of men of Notre Dame."Longvieto News. sorrow. The passing of Knute Rockne is an irretrievable loss to the nation's youth which had looked up to him as * * the symbol of clean sportsmanship and fine ideals. As a factor of our atliletic life few men have been his equal, The N.C.W.C. has sent out the following interesting none have excelled him in influence. I know that you will sidelight on the religious side of Rockne's career: find solace in the reverence with which his memory will Writing in the Washington Star, H. C. Byrd, vice- be cherished by his fellow countrymen. Mrs. Thompson president of the University of Maryland and supervisor joins me in this message. ^William Hale Thompson, Mayor of Chicago. of athletics at that institution, recalls a conversation * which he had with the late Knute Rockne concerning the Accept our heartfelt sympathies. latter's entry into the Catholic Church. I t was this Sigma ICappa Fraternity, Nu Chapter, glimpse of Rockne's character, the writer states, that Upper Darby High School, Upper Darby, Pa. made the most lasting impression on him. * ** "And, perhaps," he continues, "that which created We believe that youth has suffered its greatest loss in that most lasting impression ought not to be written, but the passing of Rock. He was a lovable character whose because it exemplifies a phase of Rockne's life, that few personality made him legions of friends. We join with you in your bereavement. ever came in contact with, even at the risk of creating The Varsity Club, a wrong impression, it is being told. Rockne, while a Western 111. State Teachers College. great josher and humorist, had a serious side, in which a * ** belief in right and loyalty to that belief were paramount. Kindly accept the sincere and most heartfelt expression I t never was generally known, but Rockne was a Scottish of sympathy of the memberss of the Vosse Laget of Rite Mason until he left that order to become a member Chicago. The Committee. * * of the Catholic Church, and after he took that step no Please accept my sincere sympathy. more loyal Catholic ever lived. I t involved a side of -Glenn J. Warner Rockne with which few were conversant, and one day * * -Wm. when a question of religion was mentioned, the writer My deepest sympathy. Anthony McGuire. turned to Eockne and said: " 'Rock, it is so seldom that a man takes such a step Your loss is also mine. Thousands mourn with you. Knute's great inspirational character is now a national as yon have, and one so seldom thinks of you in connection tradition. Deepest sympathy. with such things. I wonder if you would mind telling me Walter E. Meanwell. why you did t h a t ? ' 28 May, 1931 THE NOTRE DAME ALTJMNUS 315 EDITORIAL COMMENT T E L E G R A M S "Rockne hesitated just a moment and then his reply Please accept my deepest sympathy in your bereave- came quietly and in that convincing way that made him ment. ^Nick Keams. a great teacher: * ** " 'Why should I mind telling you? You know, all this * ** hurry and battling we're going through is just an expres- Dreadfully shocked and distressed. Please accept my pro- found sympathy. God comfort you and your little ones in sion of our inner selves striving for something better. superabundance. A great hero and Christian gentleman The way I look at it is that we're all here to try to find, has left to his family a good name better than all price. each in his o^vn way, the best road to our ultimate goal. God rest his sterling soul. Yoiur devoted friend. I believe I've found my way and I shall travel it to the Joseph Scott. end.' Our family extends to you our sincerest sympathies at "And he did. And somehow or other Tuesday, down this time. C. W. Spears. in the State House at Annapolis, where the writer first * * learned of the tragedy which cost him a loyal friend, it Please accept my sincerest sympathy. was not Eockne's greatness as a coach, not his whimsical R. L. Dink Templeton. remarks, not his gridiron strategies, that came to mind, * * but rather a sudden convincing realization that the big On behalf of the graduates and former students of Notre thing in Eockne's life was that quietly spoken 'I believe Dame at Fort Wayne allow me to extend our deepest sym- pathy to yourself and children upon the death of Mr. I've found my way and I shall travel it to the end'." Eocfaie. Clifford B. Ward, Secretary. * ** The Milwaukee Jmirnal adds its editorial voice: Dear Madame: Sincere condolence in your bereavement "It isn't going to be the same next autumn with Knute from one of Knute's boyhood chums. W. A. W. Eockne gone from the sidelines. We shall miss the tense * ** figure on the Notre Dame bench, pulling nervously at the Officials and members of the San Diego Athletic Club brim of Iiis fedora as the tide of battle surged. The which Mr. Rockne was to visit tomorrow extend their sincere sympathy to you in this hour of bereavement in grandstands will roar; the row upon row of students will which share is taken by millions of Americans. The city bark the old challenge defiantly, "Notre Dame! Notre of San Diego participates in this word of deep sympathy. Dame! Notre Dame!" The game will go on. But as the F . M. Wliite, President, sun slants low in the crisp autumn air thousands who San Diego Athletic Club. never went to Notre Dame, who never met but admired Knute Eockne, will feel a momentary loneliness . . . The coaches of Woodberry Prep School send deepest sym- pathy to you and your boys. ^L. W. Dick, Jr. "Eockne loved boys, and the boys who came under his * influence loved 'Rock.' That, we believe, was the greatest tribute to this genius in boy psychology. A clean liver, As Captain of the Yale football team of 1930 I should like to extend to you my sjrmpathy upon the loss of Mr. he played the game of life hard and square, and the thou- Eockne, and I can assure you that these same sentiments sands of boys who passed through this boys' college in are shared by the entire squad. Though I did not know youth's impressionable age were the better for having Mr. Eockne personally I feel that I have come to know known him. His influence extended farther. He was a him through my close connections with Adam Walsh. hero and an inspiration for clean living to other thou- ^Fay Vincent. sands of boys who never had the intention of attending * May I offer my most sincere and deepest sympathy in your any college. Football scores pass with the day; the im- hour of bereavement. pression on the character of youth lives on . . . ^Earl R. Yeomans, Director of Athletics, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. "The game will go on. Body will thud against body in the hard tussle for the ball. The row upon row of stu- dents will bark the old challenge defiantly, "Notre Dame! From some who grieve even as yourself. Sympathy. Our Notre Dame! Notre Dame!" But when the game is ended son was killed in the same crash, and we are laying him away this afternoon. May God comfort all of us.- and the boys are trotting toward the gymnasium, the ^Rev. and Mrs. Edward F . Miller, crowds will not rush upon the field to get near a once Lawrence, Mass. familiar figure in a fedora, bobbing up and down in the * * midst of the headger. And from the row upon row of .The Young Men's Christian Association of this city ex- students, never again will come that final triumphal cheer, tends to Notre Dame deepest sympathy in the great loss 'Eock! Eock! Rock!'" of Knute Eockne. His splendid qualities will always re- main an inspiration to the young men of this country. Three's a vacant place upon the bench on the side- C. G. Carlson, Athletic Director, lines that will not be filled in our generation. Hartford, Conn. * * ** The Army extends its deepest sympathy in the tragic Damon Eunyon, in the New York American, says, "It death of Knute Rockne. American sports have lost a.great was Eockne, with his marvelous Notre Dame football and beloved leader. We share with Notre Dame the in- teams and through his own powerful personality, who spiration of his gallantry, his vigor and his skill. The Army will cherish his memory. made football the national institution it is today. He -^Douglas MacArthur, achieved, as a football coach, the greatest fame that has U. S. War Dept., Washington, D. C. ever come to any gridiron figure. He made his Alma * ** Mater the dream goal of nearly every boy in the land . . ." Villa Nova extends is heartfelt sympathy in your great From the Detroit News: loss. James Grifl&i, President. 29 316 THE NOTKE D A U E ALUMNUS May, 19S1 T E L E G R A M S EDITORIAL COMMENT From the Detroit News: "Knute Rockne had become so public a figure in the The Alumni and students of Santa Clara University deep- last ten years of his life, and his personality in many at- ly sympathize with you, Mrs. Rockne and his mother in tractive attitudes had been imprest so vividly on the your loss. WiU you please extend our sympathy to them. We will remember him in our prayers and at Mass. Owing general consciousness, that his sudden death must bring to the fact that Clipper Smith and Buck Shaw are making a sensation of intimate loss to millions, of his coimtrymen. s u ( i a fine impression at Santa Clara we have taken a great interest in Mr. Eockne and Notre Dame, and there- "A man adored and idolized by thousands of young fore feel your loss keenly. Charles H. Graham. men, who have found in him all they would wish them- * * selves to be, can only be an enormous force in the com- The President and faculty of Seattle College extend their munity. sympathy at the death of Mr. Eockne. John A. McHugh. "The essence of Eockne's character was its complete * * masculinity, a drcumstance calculated to set him apart Faculty and students of St. Bonaventures College extend in an age which has somehow lost the edge of an earlier sincere condolence in the death of the man who raised up national virility. a manly type of Christian gentlemen on the football field. Father Thomas Plassman, O.F.M. "He was a man's man, and particularly a boy's man, * * with a remarkable insight into the aspirations and ten- Duquesne University tenders sympathy to Notre Dame dencies of youth, and an almost unique capacity for in- University on loss of Coach Eoelaie. ducing the adolescent character to realize its full stature Eev. J. J. Callahan, and strength. President, Duquesne University. "The lives of thousands of Americans have been col- * ** ored and enriched and made more satisfying by contact Evansville College mourns Knute Rockne, great educator, with him. Hundreds of other younger Americans are true sportsman, exemplar of clean life and straight think- deiinitely the poorer for his tragic passing." ing. May the spirit of the man live forever at Notre Dame and everywhere. On behalf of all Evansville and especially its college, I extend to you assurance of deep sympathy and sincere condolences. "A football genius," the New York Herald-Tribune Earl E. Harper, ' calls him"a. coach who influenced the game more than President, Evansville College, Evansville, Ind. Walter Camp, Glenn Warner, or any of those great strat- * ** egists of the past." And further: Drake University and I personally are deeply grieved at He was not only a great coach but a dynamic force the loss of our wonderful friend, Mr. Rockne. We sympa- thize most sincerely ^vith each one of you there. that was able to turn mediocre material into extraordi- ^E. C. Lytton, ' narily fine teams. Business Manager, Drake University. He had inspirational power to a marked degree. His system of play, taught by an army of men who Greatly shocked at news of Rockne's death. A national learned the game under his tutelage, is widely followed loss. T). W. Morehouse, all over the country to-day. President, Drake University. In the East and Middle West and in parts of the South football is being analyzed not so much as a game but as All Carnegie Tech students, alumni and members of our an intercollegiate sport. Almost every one who is in- Athletic Council sympathize with you and your University in the tremendous loss of one so dear to all of us. Advisory terested in sport of any kind considers it the most thrill- Coach Steffen, Coach Waddel, Laboon, President of our ing and exciting of intercollegiate contests. - Lovers of Athletic Council, and myself ^vill attend the funeral serv- the game are worried by its hippodroming features, its ices on Saturday. Clarence Overend, offensive ballyhoo, its commercialism. Carnegie Tech. * * Opinions differ sharply, no few contending that inter- The Superintendent, Officers and Eegiment of Midship- collegiate football as played before huge crowds, as de- men are much grieved to learn of the sad death of Mr. veloped- by clever publicity, is simply representative of Knute Eockne and extend deepest sympathy to his family the age, and particularly of modem college life. The fact and Notre Dame University. S . S. Robinson, that the college coach is often better known to the gen- Office of the Superintendent, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. eral public than the university president is indication of the place to which the game has mounted. Rockne was as great a promoter as he was a coach. Dear President O'Donnell: I pray you will extend to the members of the faculty of the University of Notre Dame He might have been a P. T. Bamum or a "Tex" and the undergraduates a profound expression of my sym- Rickard. pathy and sorrow in the sad and pathetic death of Coach He molded fine teams and he promoted them with a Knute Eockne. He was for many years the master mind of American football and gave to the University of Notre skill surpassed by no publicity agent. Scores of coaches Dame a superior type of sportsmanship which has never adopted his football strategy and his promotion methods been approached in the history of the famous game. In as well. He was everything to "big-time" football. my judgement, Mr. Eockne did more to inspire the youth of America vntb the good sense of sportsmanship in the * field of athletics than any other man who has been asso- ciated with our colleges and universities. His was a spirit Paul Gallico tells us in the New York Daily News, of fair contest and the finest consideration for the welfare picturing the confusion and questioning which follow his of his opponents. As one of the great admirers of Mr. death: Eockne it is an honor to pay my tribute to his family. James M. Curley, Mayor, Boston, Mass. "Everybody knew his picture, his voice over the radio, 30 May, 19S1 THE NOTBE DAME ALUMNUS 317 EDITORIAL COMMENT TELEGRAMS and his personality was a part of the nation's daily life. Baylor University students and faculty extend to Notre Dame University their profound sympathy in the great "The sudden blotting out of such a real celebrity bereavement occasioned by_ the passing of Enute Rockne. leaves you at first bewildered and deeply shocked. A Coach Eockne was an inspiration to youth everywhere, an thousand questions surge through your mind. What's honor to American manhood, a truly great citizen. We shall not look upon his like again. ^Baylor University. going to happen? What will Notre Dame do? How ** * could it have happened ? Who can take his place ? What will become of his system? How can they get along with- Please accept my sincerest condolences upon the tragic death of Knute Rockne, your splendid athletic figure. His out him? What will we do for stories this fall? How loss will be felt in academic as well as football circles. can things in football go on?" ^Thomas S. Baker, ** * President, Carnegie Institute of Technology. But what sort of person lurked beneath "Rock's" ex- ** * Accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of a great Notre terior? Arch Ward, a Notre Dame alumnus, writes in Dame man. ^Athletic Dept., University of California, the Chicago Tribune: Los Angeles, California.' "Kockne was forty-three years old. Premature bald- ** * The Athletic Administration of the University of Cali-. ness and aggravations because of a recent leg ailment fomia extends its deepest sympathy to Notre Dame in made many think he was older. losing the greatest leader and sportsman in the athletic "During the seasons of 1919 and 1920 Eockne was my world today. W. W. M o n ^ a n and Bill Ingram. constant companion. I t was only a short time before I *** On behalf of the Committee on the Regulation of Athletic came to appreciate his tremendous magnetism and per- Sports of Harvard University I share with you the loss of sonality. an inspiring leader. Great as was his contribution to "Eockne was a benevolent despot in a powerful mas- Notre Dame, his influence on intercollegiate athletics and culine democracy. He was a driver, and yet there was to the idealism of the American youth was even greater. Please accept my profound sympathy. nothing harsh about his methods. ^William J. Bingham, Director of Athletics. "As an instructor of chemistry and as a coach on the * gridiron he gave boys sufficient time to master his sys- I mourn with Notre Dame the loss of her great coach. tems. But wo betide the lad who failed to grasp things. He was more than a creator of fine football teams. He There was no place for that type on Eockne's teams or was a builder of character, and because he was that, his untimely passing^ is a loss to the country. Notre Dame in his classes. loses his aggressive leadership, but not the inspiration of "Eockne was a driver, but he never became abusive. his nobility of character. ^Patrick J . Hurley, He was an insistent master, but an imderstanding one. Secretary of War, Washington, D. C. He was an vmcompromising demander of discipline and * All at DePaul join in extending sympathy to you and adherence to rules of training, eligibility and method." Notre Dame at the death of your distinguished athletic ** leader. Rev. F . V. Corcoran, President. ** The peculiar phenomenon of hews by which Eockne's Shocking news of Mr. Rockne's untimely death distresses death commanded more space and attention that the us all. I offer for myself and our organization to your great Nicaraguan earthquake disaster of the same day is University and to you, and through you to Mr. Rockne's expressed in the following editorial: family our deepest sympathy. National Council of Catholic Men, Interest in the Nicaraguan earthquake is overshadowed Charles F . DoUe, Executive Secretary. entirely in Youngsto-\vn by the tragic death of Knute ** Eockne. While this may seem disproportionate it is Students, faculty and townspeople join me in this expresr natural: newspapermen have an old maxim to the effect sion of deepest sympathy. Knute Rockne's general service to us when we sought athletic coaches constituted an obli- that the death of one local man means more to their gation we could never pay. What he symbolized in sports- readers than the death of a . thousand Chinamen, and manship was appreciated by thousands whom he never while in this case the earthquake is on our own continent knew. Will you not extend your sympathy likewise to his bereaved family. G. Bromely Oxnam, and Eockne was not a Youngstown man, nevertheless he President, DePanw University. was known personally to so many here and was such a national figure that the crash of the airplane which was * The administration, the faculty and the student body of carrying him to the coast yesterday afternoon brought Columbus University of Law extends to Notre Dame its genuine grief to hundreds of Youngstown homes. -sincere sympathy and condolences in the loss of the great Eockne. Columbus University. Youngstown has no reason to be ashamed of being * * more interested in Eockne than in the earthquake. This Profoundly moved by the untimely death of Knute Rockne. is no parallel to what happened when President Eliot and Seton Hall College extends its sincere condolences to the Fathers, professors and students and assures them of Rudolph Valentino died on the same day and Valentino deepest sympathy and remembrance in prayers. There has received more attention than the noted educator. There passed from our midst a perfect Catholic gentleman and was ground for criticism then, but there can be none now honorable director of students in athletic endeavors, and in letting our thoughts dwell more upon a man who meant a man who labored earnestly for the cause of education. Monsignor McLaughlin, so much to every young American. Eockne was not only President, Seton Hall College. a great football coachcertainly the greatest of our time ** * ^but he was a great man as well. Anyone who can fire Please extend to the family of Knute Rockne West Point's the manhood of others as he did is in every way admir- deepest sympathy. West Point has lost a staunch and true friend. Notre Dame has lost a distinguished and lorable able; President Hoover was right in saying that Eockne Alumnus. Sport has lost one of its greatest and noblest was a national asset. We all have latent powers that adherents. William K. Smith, Superintendent, need to be stirred and awakened: Eockne did this, not United States MiKtary Academy, West Point, N. Y. 31 318 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNUS May, 19S1 EDITORIAL COMMENT T E L E G R A M S merely for the men of the Notre Dame squad but for all The faculty and students of St. Mary's College join with the healthy young men of his country. Just as we learn me in extending to Notre Dame heartfelt regrets for the loss that will be felt not only by our sister school but by history best through the biographies of great men, so the entire cause of Catholic education in America, of which in the chronicle of our own time the life of Knute Rockne, Jlr. Rockne was in his own way a great leader. We will eexerting an extraordinary influence for good, will be pray that God will have mercy on his soul and console those near to him. remembered after the earthquake is forgotten. He was Francis J. Ohem, S.J., President. one of us, one of the best. ** * Deeply shocked a t news of unfortunate accident that be- Knute Rockne's life and influence are summed up fell Knute Rockne and companions. The faculty and stu- editorially in the following expression: dents of St. Vincent College wish to express to you and the University deepest sympathy. I never knew Ivnute Kockne, but I know many who Father Bonaventure Reithmeir, did know Mmand who loved him. I followed his career, Dean of St. Vincent College. however, with more than ordinary interest, and was al- ways inspired by it. * ** Permit me to extend the most sincere sympathy of the Without doubt, Rockne was one of the most inspiring University of Pennsylvania upon the death of Mr. Rockne leaders that sport has ever introduced. The reason for His passing is an irreparable loss to all of us, and we share with you in your grief. this were many. In the first place, he believed that char- ^Thomas S. Gates, President. acter won football games, the same as it wins games in life. He instilled courage, alertness, fairness, and honest ** * Little Rock College extends its sympathy to Notre Dame, sportsmanship in all his boys. He was a genius as a Mrs. Rockne and family in their recent sad loss. leader of men. Rev. John J. Healy, I recall a remark made by the late Walter Eckersall President, Little Rock College. as he left college, about Alonzo Stagg, the Chicago uni- ** * Sincerest sympathy on the death of the famous Knute versity football and athletic leader. "Stagg," said this Rockne. Ven. Bro. Alfred, famous player, "teaches character, as well as football." President of LaSalle College, Pa. That is what Rockne did. And, all over the world of ** * sport, there will linger the example and teaching of this The Syracuse Club mourns with Notre Dame for the loss beloved coach. of one of the world's greatest educators. Local services for the repose of the soul of Knute Rockne will be held at I t has been a splendid thing for the youth of this St. Brigid's Church, April 6th, at 7:30 A. JL, by Rev. world to have had a President of the United States, as J. B. Toomey, class of twenty-six. well as great leaders of thought and opinion in all walks E. C. Schonlau. of life, render admiring tributes to this man, who lived so ** * simply and who strove so honestly to prepare men for Please extend our sympathy to Mrs. Rockne, family and the larger battles and games of life. school. The tragic death of our beloved coach has left a deep sorrow upon us. Illness prevents my attendance Theodore Roosevelt used to say: "Hit the line hard A Dixon representative will be t h e r e and don't flinch!" That's what Rockne taught, too. To- ^Rock River Valley Notre Dame Club. * * ward the last, he suffered in body^faut he didn't complain, Wooster joins nation monrning loss of greatest Roman of and he didn't flinch. He was taken, dramatically away, them all. Rev. M. L. Moriarty. at the very height of his fame and glory. His career was ** * full of luster. St. M a r y s Alumni express their heartfelt sympathy on Rockne's tragic death has left the world both poorer the death of Coach Knute Rockne. ^Timothy J. Canty, Executive Secretary. and richer. Poorer, for who is there who could take his place? Richer, for thousands upon thousands of boys ** * Deepest sympathies to Notre Dame We are crushed by will live upon his work and achievements, and they will the news of the passing of Knute Rockne carrj' on his uncompleted work. > ^National Catholic Alumni Federation, Clean sport is a great asset to a nation. And when Edward S. Dore and Redmond P. Keman, J r . leaders appear, like Rockne who are able to inspire a ** * sense of loyalty, fidelity to ideals, and who are able to Shocked to hear of Rock's death. Sympathy. James P. Taugher, transfer their own God-given genius to those under their Alumni Secretary, Marquette University. training, then all men become benefactors. ** * Knute Rockne was of foreign blood, but his spirit was Houston Club oifers sincere condolences to Mrs. Rockne and Notre Dame J. Nat Powers, native American, and his example of sport leadership and Secretary, Notre Dame Club of Houston, Texas. character belongs, as a heritage, to all the world. ** * * * * We all deeply regret untimely passing of your renowned alumnus, Knute Rockne, whom we highly esteemed and we As indicated a t the start, this brief survey of the edi- offer our condolences to all Notre Dame men. torial reaction is not assumed to be even completely rep- Fordham University Alumni Association, resentative. It does represent, we believe, some splendid E. P. Gilleran, Executive Secretary. expressions, from- varied angles, and from various sec- ** * tions. The ALUMNUS only wishes to place on these The Central Ohio Alumni Association has received the shocking news about Rockne -with much sorrow. Wire me pages, for posterity, evidence of the widespread, gen- date of funeral ^vith details as soon as definitely estab- uine sentiment that appeared on the nation's editorial lished. Kay J. Eichenlaub, pages following Rockne's death. President, Notre Dame Club of Central Ohio. 32 May, 1931 THE N O T R E D A M E A L U M N U S 319 H" IIIDIIIIIIIIIIIIIi llllltlllltlllllllllllllllllllllllttllllllMlltllKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII lllllllllllltllltlltlllllllllltllllllllllXKIIIIMIIIIIIIIIIIMtllltllllllttlllllllH Q EDITORIAL^ IIIIKtDltllllllllllttllllKllltttll mimfSI NTANGIBLES Notre Dame spii-it, though it moves with the force of It will keep Notre Dame in the thick of fair fight and a tornado, is an intangible thing. Its manifestations are healthy rivalry. recognized by any Notre Dame man. It is reliable. Knute Rockne, alive, was mortal, subject to death, Phases of it have been beautifully described. But it is subject to error, as are we all. inexpressible in its entirety. Dead, time is no longer an element. George Gipp, the student; Gipp, the athlete; Gipp, the His influence, admittedly the greatest, most elevating inanimate body, had their beautiful qualities, their ad- and consistently inspiring in the history of athletics in mirers, and their mourners. Gipp, the spiritual force, America, can now come to no end. is an intangible power that has breathed poetry into the prosaic, generated lightning in the serene. He is unlimited by time and space, bonds that troubled his restless life; escape from which brought him to this Knute Rockne was the physical embodiment of vital- ultimate freedom. ity. He radiated energy with the reaction of an electric current. He was life, as men know it and love it. With the fatal plane crash, crashed too those barriers which success inevitably builds about itself. Rockne, bed-ridden with his illness, was another per- Knute Rockne can now be moulded into that particular son. His friends grieved. It was the idling of a great form which each of us may prefer. motor; the stilling of a powerful vibration. A man who believed in God. What of Rockne dead? An humble man. Here enters the term "Intangible." A husband and a father. With the actual cessation of life in that once great A scholar. form it was as though an Aeolus had released the winds. The campus, the very country, were swept with a breeze A teacher. that had in it all of the invigorating qualities of Rnute An advisor. Rockne. Lover of boys. The tide of affairs quickly smooths over the sands of Idol of boys. time. Believer in clean living. Formally, the niche occupied by Knute Rockne is filled. Advocate of right thinking. Pilled as well as man can fill it, for God seemed to have taken a hand in carving that niche so that it stood apart, Psychologist. and above. Orator. But that spirit that is Rockne needs no niche. Rather, Humorist. freed in the sky above the Kansas plains, it continued its To everyonea friend. journey. And in many places, to many people, time without end, I t is working in the completion of those moving pic- this intangible force that now is Knute Rockne, will come tures. like a cool, refresliing wind from that spot in the Kansas It came back to Notre Dame to help "Hunk" and skies to strengthen the weak, to encourage the weary, to stimulate the right, and to sanction the strong. "Chev" wind up spring practice. Those who embrace Knute Rockne's religion, those It will take the field next Fall. who understand the full significance of that beautiful It went back to school with Bill and Junior. statue of Our Lady on the Dome at Notre Dame, know that above the peaks, as men measure peaks, there is a It finds a peace and quiet in the home. future that humbles these heights. I t will continue its crusade for the betterment of boy- Knute Rockne's life must have led him there. hood. "May his soul, and the souls of the faithful departed, It will always demand clean sportsmanship. through the mercy of God, rest in peace." 33 320 THE NOTRE DAME ALTJMN-US May, 1931 B" ROCKNE-MAN OF ACTIO B" 34 May, 1931 THE NOTRE DAME ALTJHNUS 321 ON AND FRIENDS A Few of the Associations of the Great Coach Near a?id Dear to Notre Dame Men ONE OF THE MANY PRESS TRIBUTES T H E STADIUJIA CHERISHED DRBAJI COME TRUE 0^E OF THE GREATEST TRIBUTES TO ROCKNETHE ST. JOE VALLEY CLUB'S BANQUET OP 1929 iiiiiiiiiiiiilt)tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiaiiii)iiiiiiiiiii>iilit>iitiii>i)iiiiiii I iiiiiiiuiQ 35 322 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNUS May, 19SX Q- lll)llllllllllllllllttllMIIllttllMllllliniltllMIIIIMtl)ttlll IIDtllllllllttlMIIIIIII I t t l l l H i m i l l l t l t l l l n l H l i m t fS] P O E T R Y ( E D . NOTE: Poetry is one of the most.satisfying expressions of a personal sentiment. I t is only natural, then, that Knute Eockne's death should have brought in its wake a flood of verse. The ALUMNUS has here gathered only a. minor anthology, attempting, again in this phase, to reproduce the remarkable cross-section of Eockne's public. Geniuses, schoolboys, women, priests and pauper appear even in this comer of Bockne verse. It is only indicative.) The New Recruit Roclfne Requiem By H. I. PHILLIPS By JEAN BOSQUET If there is a certain Heaven (Associated Press StafE Writer) Just a spot tJiat's set aside The tolling bells of stricken Notre Dame In the unseen misty distance Gave ringing voice to requiem profound, Wliere the valiant spartsmen ride; If there are beyond the borders And penned in gold, a new immortal iianie Purpled hills that strong men roam Within VaVialla's corridors is found. There's a joy these April m^omings Nolo tliat Boclcne has come home. Let ring tlie bells, and hour each rev'rent head Where chivalry and honor count for most If there needs must be up yonder Tlie Rock, the old Rock Unied by all, is dead. Now and then some manly strife And silence grips an unbelieving fiost. Now and then a test of courage Just as in the earthly life; Tlie Rock against which thund'rous waves were spent If tlie battle-scarred departed Yearn for thrills that once they knew In vain onslaught tliat died in futile spray, There^s a cheer siveeps through tlie spaces Is vanished from, tlie Irish battlement. Now that \Rockne's broken through. Where once it tUTTied the conflict's tide away. If tlve Kings of Sport still gather The stalwart band that scaled tlie crested height. Wlien tliey've crossed tlie Great Divide And enjoy new deeds of valor Fair victors on the throng-encircled field, As they roam tlie spaces wide; Where nurtured by tlieir Viking chieftain's might, If the truly great of sportdom And like their Rock knew naught of how to yield. For a missing fighter pine Therms a slwut of joy tliat's bowidless Gird well the raiders for the battle's sliock. Now that Knute lias crossed the line! Without the guidance of tlie master hand If tlie heroes of life's scrimmage Take up the gauntlet of the mighty Rock, And the wagers of the fight Who watches from Valhalla's distant land. Meet above the starry stretches Up above the day and night; Play liard the game he loved, but clean and fair. If tlie football valiants gather Still to bravely play the game As he would play who filled his destiny; Therms a new recruit this springtime His place upon the vacant bench is there RockneKnutefrom Notre Dame! Hold high the fallen master's memory! Margaret AngUn's Tribute (Over the NBC. April 4) Because Eockne belonged so greatly to the men, and He swung clean-souled across the grass and dirt. to the boys of the country, a woman's voice tonight And taught strong youth to come clean through. might seem out of place were it not that each man and In simple honesty he gazed at men. each boyEockne himsdf belonged in some measure Then, in God^s way, he made hisgreatlast "forward pass." to his women. So, for the mothers and sisters who sat and thrilled and shouted with them at their tri- He reached the goal! Went through! umphs^those boys that Mrs. Eockne has called so And there,he met a Manviith smiling face lovingly "Knute's boys"and who now sit stilled and And hand outstretched,who welcomed him. quiet with them in their grief^I pay this humble That Man, Who once had said, tribute. "Of suchis the Kingdom of Heaven!" iiMtiiiiiiiiiiiiiHintiiMiintiiitniiiiiuiMiiiiiuaniiniiiiiiiiiiMiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiitiiiiiMiitniiiiiiiiNuiiiniHHnumiiiiiiiitiiiiiiuittitiiitiiitiMiiitiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiiuiiuiiti Hiiitiitiiiiiiniia 36 May, 1931 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNUS 323 Q.. Itllllllll I Ill lllilltlilliilllilllillllitllilllliitiilltlllulillMllllllllMllMlKMlltiiMliltiiiiiitHiiiiillliiitilltlliHDlUtllMllinn Knule T^ockne; He Was a Man Knute Rockne By jAjiEs WEBER L I N N By MEIGS 0 . FKOST (Chicago "Times") (In the New Orleans "States") They bury Rock today. * Never again w^ll see him- crouch They lay aivay In the midst of the Irish squad. A fighter who Iiad learned to praise and pray. Tense by the sidelines, peering out How much he taught ymmg manhood, Wlio can say? At the Team on the cleat-torn sod. Sportsmanship, hardihood. Never again, with his rock-hewn face Judgment, pride in straight thinking, and the good And his eyes like points of flame. Great joy of comradeship and loyalty. Watching the boys he coached and loved All these; but more. Go out there and win the game. ' Much more, he taught. To think with shame Of meanness and unfaith; to oian a creed And to confess it boldly. What's life for Never again xuill tlie Bleachers^ shout But to say what you think, to do the best you can And tlie cheering section's roar As a high-hearted, brave American? Beat at his ears as his team lopes out Americant/ioi was Rock! To his: "Noio! Go in and score!" Bom of the viking stock. Never again between the halves. Winning to fame Hid from the Stadium's din. In a land strange at first, but later on Will !iis voice, in the siveat-soaJced dressing-room. Made all his own! Make wrecks storm outamd win! Wliere was your father bom? In Peniisylvania, Italy or beyond the Rhine? Never again those flashing thrusts In Texas, or in Illinois? Or on some dull, hill-'miated He dreamed, and his team drove home. mom While maniacs yelped at the score-boards tale. In Poland? Fine, boy, fine! From the shores of the Gulf to Nome. Provided you grew up to seize Never again Four Horsemen ride Your opportunities To tlie halls of deathless fame And pass them on to others as you cojild; (Their ichip and spur the sound of his voice) Tried to be good; With the stuff they did in his name. Were honest in your loork as in your play And studied always to be sure your way Was the best way you knew. Into the game he stormed his way. Tliat ^uas the %vay that you, And he moulded the game to his need. Rockne, old felloto, grew A million boys are Men today To be a man That their hearts have knoivn his creed. A great American! Hit Hard!Live Clean!Heads Up!Shoot Square!- And who today Dmi't AlibiEnd What You Start! Hero of all wide-flung fields of play That xvas the stuff that got him there Bring roses to your bier? Knute of the Fighting Heart! Why, the ^vhole country's here! The president sends his message, and the 'bo who limps Crash of conflict where brawn meets brawn thronigh the streets And bratun is baffled by brain And the procession meets That xvas the breath of life to him! Tliat marches in your praise. That was the realm of his reign! Falls in behind, and says: Like an eagle lazmched from a rocky crag. "That's Rock tliey're takin'. Listen, guy, On Victory's path he flexo. Nobody never took Rock, up till now!" But when, guts were needed to meet Defeat, No, Rockne, nobody but Death He was rock and eagle, too! Could take you, old Higli Heart! And when you fell Before the sivift rush took away your breath, I think yozc. put your liand upon the shoulder Hard and fast was the game he played Of the man next you, xoith a smile. Till the final pistol-crack. Bold in your life, you tomild be bolder Storming a continent undismayed Before Death's face. Ah, who can tell With the boys he loved at his JacS. Your story. Rock, Champ of the Champs from coast to coast Better, wMle still xue feel the sliock King of the Stadium's Sod Of your quick passing, tlian Hail and farewell as your gallant soul In just these words, HE WAS, A MAN! Goes storming up to God! Iiiluiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiii"""" iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiHMn 37 324 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNUS May, 1931 B" i i i i i i i i i i i t i i i i i M t Hit iit m i l l ) llll)llllllllt)lniitli)tllttllltllililltllitiill iiiii tiiiii IIIIDIIIIIIIIII El Last Touchdown By MAURICE T . ANDREWS, '17 On Cartier field deep sliadows rise, O master, inaster, youth is crying. The sliouts of game are o'er; Make us wiser, make us stronger. Across the turf vast sadness lies. The sod is mute where lie is lying; Sis voice will ring no more. Close the gates and wait no longer. Tlie Viking chieftain sailed away. Close the gates, let no one see In winged ship he sped. Sadness vast and sorroio deep; Talce off tlie suits! Call off the play! A Viking ship sailed out to sea, Rockne, the man, is dead. A master mind has gone to sleep. n. V. So faithful to the Gold and Blue, But when the game is on again. Tliough tempted by his fame. When foe is cliarging liard and lota. So loyal, staunch and N. D. true, The coach will rise to guide his men. He kept his pledge and played the game. They see him beckon, down they go; A fierce unrest within his heart, The perfect play, tlie long, long run, A love of youth and love of strife; A flitting race 'twixt goal and goal. A m/ister craftsnian of his art. The goal is crossed, the game is won. His worthy gifts to life. One score for Rock, God rest his soul . in. VI. So many tasks are left undone, Deep sliadows fall on Cartier field. So many games are still unplayed; Life and fame have gone away; But Rock has made his final run. Gone is the Viking from our sight His Master's sigtial he obeyed. Unto a fairer land of play. Gridiron Jieroes bow in grief. Tfiousands sfumt and tlumsands clieer Youth pays last homage to its friend; The Irish murch from coast to coast; His stay on earth was all too brief The foe is strong but foe will fear And all too soon tlie tragic end . . . The shadow of Knute Rockne's ghost. A Boy's Tribute A oelA nd Farewell SEAN PADRAIC STEEL Few adults know, or will ever know, what school boys felt when they learned of the death of Knute Easter Sunday, 1931. Rockne. Yet, because he was a hero, admired by them Lines dedicated to the "Rock" that was square-cut, in the worshipfiil but silent manner of youth, deep ran and hewn to immortal lines. The heroic sportsman of the streams of grief when he was taken out of their Our Lady of Notre Dame, who might have stepped out world. Among the papers of John Jonas, Joliet, Illi- of the pages of the ancient Norse Eddas, into our nois, Mrs. Catherine Jonas, the mother, found these twentieth-century hearts. A world hero, whose praises lines. shall be sung unto the end. As long as the hearts of men b o m ivith that unquenchable flame of chivalry. A never-to-be-forgotten, lovable, "Rock." "Great in K is for keennesshe was always so alert; victory! Greater in defeat! Immortal in death!" N is for his noblenessfelt by anyone who knew him; L' envoi. TJ is for his unionismlie stressed it till it hurt; He kept his rendezvous with the Grim Spectre, Death! T is for his tendernesstoliile he watched the game Not pillowed on down, with sweet flowers round him before him; bowed. E was his effectivenessit never failed to work, To lull his senses into sleep, ere that final breath Slipped its mortal shroud, to find its resting place E stands for Rockne, a name that shines alone. with God! 0 is for the odds at which he placed each struggling Not on the field of battle, which he oft-times trod. team; Nor with the praises of a tumultuous crowd Ringing in his ears, there upon the sod C is for tlie criticism that cut clear to the bone; Where the very Heavens echo'd his name aloud. K tills time for kindness, his acts were just and clean; Nor at the hearth-side of his own dear home. N is for the niceness that was his at school or home; But in the confines of a tiny, storm-swept plane. E is for the wonder eyes now closed from eartlUy His soul burst forth, the skies to roam. And wend its weary way to God, from whence it came. ISbliillilillillil>illlllii>iltllliiililllliiiiitilllliiiiitllltiilillUiiitiiltiiitiltliii(iiiiiiiii)itii(iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii tllltlliiiilltllllllMIIIIIIllllliiii Q 38 May, 1931 THE NOTKE DAME ALUMNUS 325 |S]illlllllllllllllllllltllll,llllllllllllltiiiiiiii|iiiiii)iiiiiii|iiiiiiiiiiiiiii)||||||||||i|||iiiiiiiiiiiiti)i|iii -a I The Rock of Notre Dame Rockne Is Gone I By DB. J O H N J. EYAN By AGNES AKMBKUSTEB I (St. Paul "News") Shelby, Ohio. I Fling wide the chapel doors of Notre Dame; Humble loords, these, humble hands .i Let the far flung tliousands who revere his name Forming thoughts a heart demands; i Gather in silence, and in requiem For today a nation, proud, I Mute homage pay "The Rock of Notre Dame." Standshead bowed . . . I Let tlie tramp of marching feet beside the bier, l\[ere words, these, that cannot take i Go echoing o'er the Sporting World, to hear The sting away, nor hush the ache I A lasting tribute to. a man of might, Tliat crept in hearts of all today I A noble soldier stricken at the height. That crept in five crushed hearts to stay. I Leader and comrade of the boys Jie ktieiv What tribute, when a nation cries. i ATuLtaught the game as only lie could do; Because a sick bird in the skies I Taught them as well, to play the game of life Falls, winged, to .earth, face in the sod. I With courage born on battlefields of strife. And sends a gallant soul to God. I Taught that the game is greater than the name What tribute, sons, to him we pay j Of any individual seeking fame; A nation, mourns his loss today! i TluLt team play, fairness and the will to win Wife and mother, most bereaved, I Will caiTy on to victory in the end. A million hearts with you have grieved . i Gone is the vian, but may his viem'ry live You, men of Notre Dame, will see i A monument to sports and youth, luho give His kindly face,through years to be; I Tokens of remembrance when they play Hear his voice, his battles win I The game he loved, for him, and in his way. March on to victory, forhim. i Generalissimo of Coaches, faretvell, In a country's heart, tonight. I Let chapel bells of sorrow toll the knell There burns a sorrowing vigil light, I Of parting, with her glorious son of fame, A broken winga soul sped on. I God speed thee on, oh. Rock of Notre Dame. A falling starthe Rock is gone. Rockne's Dead! From Prince and Pauper By GEOEGE BUGBEE A Verse by JACK BUTLER (Memphis "Press-Scimitar") Los Angeles County Farm. Hondo, Calif. Somehow words seem inadequate; SmiUng Irish eyes that beamed and gleamed They hobble on a cripple's gait, Like sun flashes from the Fairie^ Well TIio thoughts leap forth to challe^ige Fate Haven't glistened, gleamed, nor smiled or beamed Rockne's dead. Since Sockne felL This thing lias robbed us of our speech, "True Irish Hearts/' is his final home; We grope for phrases out of reach. In the tablets they have etched his name Somehow we can't quite close the breach In letters golden as the gilded dome Rockne's dead. Of Notre Dame. Our senses, paralyzed by shock. Both the worlds, the New and Old, Fall back upon the age-old stock Scandinavian, Teuton, Yasrilc and Cockney Of euphemisms, but they mock Uncovered while the death knell tolled "Rockn^s dead!" Above Knute Rockne. This case, someliow, is different Cheers tliat thrilled amd caused his teams to play (We eulogized when others went) Were silent as he-made the final goal. It seems best now just to lament And white quivering lips did say and pray "Rockne's dead!" God rest his soul. Itlllllllllltlllllllili llllllllltlllltllUIHIIIIIIiiniltllltllMMItMlllllllHlttllltMIMUIIIIIUtllMIIUlHltlllltlllUllltHIMUIimilltintttMttMQ llllltllilllllttllllllll 39 326 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNUS May, 1931 H" iittiiiitiiiiiiiiiii lllltltlllllllllllllllllllllMIMIMIIMIItllUIIUIIlllUIIMIIl tllll IIDIIItlltlllll IllltlllU e Holy Ground By EEV. J O H N B . KEIXY Spiritual Director, Catholic Writers* Guild of America. The shadow of Good Friday's Cross was never so and these young men, like Gipp of yesterday, died each vividly traced upon the bosom of Mother Earth as when to self that Christ might live in all the team, one spirit it stood up sharply against the thrice brilliant sun of and one flesh, winning its way to the goal as one body. Easter mom, drenched in the rays of the Light of the There is a new shrine upon the bosom of Mother World. Then i t was that the nimbus of immortal glory Earth today, a spot made holy by the blessed gaze of encompassed the divine instrument of Redemption the Father's eyes that mark the resting place of every which had pierced the side of that same Mother Earth, sparrow that falls from the skies. I t was the heart of called to the sad vocation of elevating the dead Body the eagle that seeks the sun which beat within the of her Creator before the stricken gaze of men. breast of the intrepid Knute Eockne, teacher of men in It was an array of Twelve that Christ called to be Our Lady's University. His rugged body was to his his retinue as He traced the Way of the Cross beneath soul a valiant opponent obstructing its advance in the the Triumphal Arch of Death into the glory of im- footsteps of t h e Divine Captain Who once had said, mortal victory. These found their crosses in the arenas "And I, if I be lifted up, will draw all. things to me." of the world that hated all Christ's beloved. His soul shook off the clutching clasp of the flesh and In the land dedicated to the Immaculate Conception found itself free for the dash that gained the eternal there rose up, to proclaim Christ's power to America; goal-posts. The body fell to earth; the soul was re- the Eleven of Our Lady. They sallied forth to be her ceived by the Light of the World and placed within champions in the stadia of her Son's empire. They the Father's waiting bosom. sought and found their Captain in Christ. With a holy While the prayers of friends below ascended in the ambition to share His omnipotence in their march to wake of his soul's aerial journey, the eulogies of po- victory they trained and grew strong eating His Flesh tentates and presidents interpreted for men the and drinking' His Blood daily a t the gridiron Euchar- strength and beauty of a true son whose Alma Mater istic Table around which gather the "noble athletes of is Our Lady. Near him was found his Eosary, the Christ." Knowing well that He is the Source of power symbol of his devotion to Notre Dame. ^that power comes only from Him^they sought i t a t The layman who led American youth to the living its ultimate fount, its undefiled spring, until they might banquet spread upon the altars of Christ, found that say with Galahad: paradox true, t h e strength in death that is his who brushes the garment of Him Who is the Life and the "My strength is as tJie strength of ten Light of men. He, like the team he trained, knew "Because my lieart is pure," where to seek that strength, and was justified in the event. I t is one of the mystical paradoxes of the power "May his soul, and the soul of all the faithful de- that God bestows that one must lose his life to find it. parted, through the mercy of God rest in peace!" To All Who Knew Him By CAKBOLL B . CHOUINAED Graduate Student, TTniversity of Wisconsin. Knute Eockne is not dead. "No single field can claim exclusive loss; men he never The flesh and bone that walked among us has gone on, knew have been fired with the zeal of his splendid, and we who are weak bewail not his death, b u t conquering example." rather our misfortune. Yet "we make of circumstance what we will. When How, then, can he be dead? shock duUs all feelings but the sense of irreparable Is memory dead? loss, one message, "He is gone," and that one only, No, nor are the things of his creation dead. means anything, penetrates, takes possession of us. They are things of the spirit that cannot die. Let each man name his legacy, these treasures, for himself. But there are other cries. They grow louder than the There are none so lowly, none so high, they have mourner's wail. They rise from a hundred million escaped the compelling inspiration and the human- throats. Hear them! ness with which he showed the victory way. "He gave us an ideal of manhood, A flesh and blood As long as men have souls, Knute Eockne cannot die. ideal of modem time." His legend shall grow mighty, pure, in time. "His was the valiant spirit, keen brain, quick eye, that And yon, who now receive in death the son you loved in showed the way to. victory, thriUed others with the life,-who knew him best,^go on! way he took it, held i t f a s t " Be true t o his traditionShe'll know, from where h e "No narrow skiU was hishe romped the length and treads a mightier sod. breadth of a mighty gridiron, his craftsmanship nowhere excelled." Oh envied Notre Dame! ISItiiiiiimiiii iiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiMiiiit mil itiiMiiiHitiiMiniiiiiiiiiiminiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiumiiiiiniimiiiiiiiiimiiiimimiiiiiiniiiiiimiilSI 40 May, 1931 THE NoTKE D A M E A L T J M N U S 327 PTtiiimitiiii iiiiiii lllllllllllllllilllillDllllirilllMlllllllltltitlli llllllllllllllllilll iiiniiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiMmtimiiitiiinHMiniimiiiiiiiimnmimiiiiimitnimtiiiiiiiinfil He Sleeps Tonight Beneath Falling Stars f By BEET M'GRANE | A Tree (Des Moines "Tribune") | By ZorLA CONAN Stars cut adrift in the heavens, | Plummeting off into space, | He sleeps tonight beneath a tree, Remind me somewhat of a death plane | Council Oak safeguards his lee; Smashed in a desolate place. | Lilies, the flowers of Eastertide But couldn't the star be a ghost-ball | Proclaim their season far and wide. Kicked from a spectre-like toe, | The flr is siueet viith the fragrant knell Or a pass whipped over the defense | Shed by tliose symbols of star and bell. By ghostly, accurate throw? | Breezes linger in the velvet grass There must be a field there someiohere, = Gather to bless him, whisper and pass. There must be a place where men i Little prayers murmur through the leaves. Take up anew the old struggle | The battle for first and ten. | While the setting sim a halo weaves. And 'ere slie slips into the west There must be chalklines of Stardust | Lays a crown of gold upon the crest And turf of velvet and gold | And backs with drive and deception | Of Notre Dame whose dear-loved dome And lines that hammer and hold. = His liappy eyes had faced as home. There must be clamoring legions i The great Alchemist in a plan High on the heavenly hill, ' | Gave rare qualities to man. Heroes of all the ages | Keen for the combat still. | Scion, He chose, of ruddy stock. And mere loved him and called him "Rock." Perliaps they knew of Knute Rockne, \ To him was given the flint-like spark Perhaps they needed him there, 1 To drill their celestial forces | That lights for men their common dark On phantom field somewhere. | And reveals more clear to eager youth The prizes of fair play and truth. Whenever they hand him a ghost-ball, | One with a star's ruddy gleam, \ World renowned "Genius of a game" Pass word along down the sidelines i And yet, not so much Ids fame H^ll build them a powerful team. | In that, rather, tlmt his brave mhid Stars cut adrift in the heamens, i Charged to strength, the weakness of moTikind. Plummeting off into space, | His was no weak fading in the night. . Remind me no more of a death plane | But death in victory at the day's height. Smashed in a desolate place. I His meteoric flight blazed the skies Rather, Fll think of a ghost-ball, | And the golden heavens luere cleft. Phantom stars playing the game; = Now America stares with solemn eyes And alivays Pll think of Knute Rockne, = At the lonely void the "Rockf' lias left. The genius of old Notre Dame. | Knute Rockne By LELA M . STILES Rockne is dead . . . And on tlie greening lawn But when the summer's green has turned to flame. At Notre Dame the sunlight dances still, " His feet are restless in VaVuUUis halls Or weaves its lacy patterns on the hill, And when you hear those stem, staccato calls, Vnwilling to believe that he is gone. 'Ttvill be old Rock, coaching the opening game! Summer will come again. The quiet trees "Tlie boysf' unll hear him amd their lips groio grim; Will bend above his couch and drop a tear. Their bodies tense; their browa will bead loith sweat. The wind will sing a solemn requiem here. And though their throats are tight, their eyelids wet. And twilight soothe him mth its reveries. They'll charge the enemy and WINfor him. III iiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ftiiitim"""""""""" 41 328 THE NOTRE DAME ALXJMNXIS May, 1931 J. F. Gushing, *06, Gives$300,000 For Engineering Building First N. D. Graduate to Present Building to Notre Dame; President of Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company of Chicago, Lay Trustee. New heights of alumni achievement training of great engineers in all the were reached April 20 with the an- departments of engineering, a tech- nouncement by the University of the nical training that ranks with the best gift of ?300,000 by John F . Gushing, and a training in character founda- '06, for the erection of a new building tion nowhere excelled, and because I for the College of Engineering. It feel I owe Notre Dame a debt of marks the personal achievement of gratitude which I can never fully Mr. Gushing, but even more than that discharge, I ask you to accept from it marks the confidence of an alumnus me a gift of three hundred thousand in the high purposes of his alma dollars toward the erection of a hall mater, a confidence which fortune of engineering to serve the immediate enables him, in this instance, to en- needs of the College of Engineering dorse ^Wth material resources which and to meet the expectations of older will do much to speed the achievement men like me who confidently look back of those very purposes. to Notre Dame to produce the men Jolm F. Gushing, the donor, now that are to carry on." president of the Great Lakes Dredge The building, designed by Francis and Dock company, Ghicago, is a Kervick, professor of architecture at Notre Dame man. He was graduated Notre Dame, will be called the John from the University in 1906, with a F. Gushing Hall of Engineering. It degree from the Department of will be located east of the new Law Givil Engineering. building, to which it will conform in architecture, Gothic, carried out in a In his correspondence with the Uni- modem manner. The exterior of the versity in regard to this donation, Mr. J O H N F . GUSHING, '06 structure will be decorated with Gushing said: "As an engineering carved panellings representing noted graduate of Notre Dame who has fol- must be a man with a conscience in Catholic scientists. Ampere, Volta, lowed the profession of engineering, his profession. The gravest of all Ohm and Roentgen, are a few of the I am naturally interested in the Col- natural responsibilities are borne by men who will be thus honored. lege of Engineering a t my own school him. He will be responsible for hu- The new hall is designed in tliree and that from two points of view. man safety and human lives. He sections: the first, containing class Even though a quarter of a century must know his materials and his prin- and drafting rooms, will be three has passed since my undergraduate ciples of construction. He must stories high. A second portion, two days there, I feel I still know the respect the one and be faithful to the stories in height, will house the va- spirit of the place, the atmosphere other . . . " rious laboratories and machine shops, in which the boys live and study. I In continuing his letter Mr. Gush- while between the two, a single floor think I know, too, the quality of the ing remarks on the serious aspect of court will include an assembly room, men who compose the faculty and the responsibility of the en^neering seating approximately five hundred appreciate the spirit that animates profession, a t the same time pointing and fifty students. them. In other words I can still see Notre Dame from the inside, so to out the unlimited possibilities that In 1897, the College of Engineering speak. exist for a young man contemplating at Notre Dame was etablished. Dur- a life work in some field of engineer- ing the thirty-four years since its or- "On the other hand, twenty-five ing. "There are still great oppor- ganization it has grown in enrollment years of engineering work away from tunities for those prepared to seize from seventy-nine students to four there has given me the other side of them. The field of service, indeed, is hundred and thirty-nine, in 1930. The the picture. I have learned engineer- constantly broadening. Electricity, old enginering building contains a ing from experience. I know what the for example, seems always to be in its mechanical laboratory, a machine graduate in engineering is facing infancy. Nobody knows what the next shop and various laboratories. when he leaves school. Knowing both day will produce. The same is true as the difficulties and the opportunities The erection of a new Engineering to the extension of the principles of building a t the University, makes on the outside, I can take an objec- mechanics. We want adventuring tive view of the professional prepara- possible the extension of the expan- minds in all departments of engineer- sion policy adopted by University tion which the college gives and check ing. Where shall we look for these this against the requirements which officials six years ago. Since that results except to the products of time three dormitories, Lyons, How- the profession makes. I have done schools like Notre Dame?" this often enough in my own mind, ard and Morrissey halls, the dining in more or less informal way. I t is In concluding his letter to Father hall, a Law building, and Notre Dame difficult to reduce those reflections to O'Donnell, Mr. Gushing says, "Being stadium have been added to the cam- anything like a fixed formula, but a deeply impressed with "The Needs of pus. Plans for the immediate future few things stand out pretty clearly. Notre Dame' as so clearly set forth by include, in addition to the Engineer- " I conceive that an engineer, speak- you in The Abimrms of January, 1930, ing hall, a Commerce building and ing particularly but not exclusively of and because I find a t Notre Dame the two more dormitories, Dillon and my own field of civil engineering. conditions that make for tiie twofold Alumni halls.

44 Mav, 1931 T H E N O T R E D A M E A L U M N U S 331 Qiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Eighty-Seventh Annual Commencement University of Notre Dame | (Tentative Program) | Central Standard Time | FRIDAY, JUNE 5 f Alumni Eegistration, All Day, Alumni Office, Admimstration Building. | 12:30 P. M. President's Address to the Class of 1931. I 6:30 P.M. Reunion Dinners (by individual arrangement). I 8:00 P. M. University Theatre Presentation, "The Merchant of I Venice"^Washington Hall. | The University Golf Course will be open to Alumni all day. | The University Band will give a Concert at 6:30 p. m. on | the Campus. | SATURDAY, JUNE 6 | Alumni Registration, Alumni Office. | 8:00 A. M. Solemn Requiem Mass for Knute K. Rockne. .| 9:30 A. M. Last Visit of the Class of '31, Sacred Heart Church f (private). | 10:00 A. M. Class Day Exercises and Award Of Honors, Gsrmnasium. | 12:00M Luncheon of Law Alumni, Faculty Dining Room. J Col. William J. Ho3mes, Honorary Chairman. I Hon. Thomas F. Konop, Honorary Chairman. I Prof. Clarence Manion, Executive Chairman. | 1:30 P. M. Council of Local Alumni Club Representatives. | 3:00 P. M. Baseball, Michigan State vs. Notre Dame. | 6:00 P. M. Annual Alumni Banquet, East Dining Hall. I 8:00 P. M. Musical Club's Presentation, Washington Hall. | .i The Studebaker Band will give a Concert at 6:30 p. m., | I on the Campus. | j The University Golf Course will be open all day. | SUNDAYJUNE 7 f I 8:30 A. M. Academic Procession, Main Building to Sacred Heart i i Church. I j 9:00 A. M. Solemn Pontifical Mass, Sacred Heart Church. I I Celebrant, Rt Rev. John F. Noll, D.D., LL.D., Bishop of | I Fort Wayne. | I Baccalaureate, Rt. Rev. John M. Gannon, D.D., D.C.L., | I LL.D., Bishop of Erie. | I Music, Moreau Seminaiy Choir. | j (Mass will be followed by the blessing of the Senior flag.) | i 11:00 A.M. Senior Flag Raising Exercises, Main Quadrangle. I I 12:00 M. Monogi-am Luncheon, Lay Faculty Dining Room. | I 2:00 P.M. Annual Alumni Meeting, Washington HaU. | I 5:00 P. M. Awarding of Degrees, University Gymnasium. | I Commencement Address, Angus D. McDonald, '00. | i Dix Reunions i i lonR 1893 1912 ,__g I i 1906 1894 1913 1926 | i 25-Year Reunion 1395 1914 5-Year Reunion i 1 1896 1915 1 COME BACK TO COMMENCEMENT! | MiiiitiiiitiiiiiiiiiniiiniiiiiiiiiiiMiiiiiiii iMMiiiiiiiiiii MiiiiiiiiiiMMiii I iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiMiitiiitii>ii>iitiiiiiiiiii>ii>iiiHiiMiiiMiiitiMmiiimMimMitMnittiiMiiiMiiiMmnniiiiMittniimj^

48 f::i May, 19S1 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNUS 335 QMII iiiiittiiiiiiii illllltlllt IMIIIIl l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l M I I M I i m i t M I I M I I I I l t l M I I M I I I t l t l l M l l l l l t H l i n t t t t M n M t B Qn IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIM BOOK REVIEWS iiiiti i i i i i t i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i D i i i H i i M i i i i t i i i i i i i i i i i i m i i u i i i i i u H i i i i u i i i i i i n i i i M u i i i i m i i i n i i i m m n i i u iItMwO i EDITS E O C K N E ' S BOOK der is as Eockne would have wished it. bolic business man seem to bear h i ^ - The Eev. John Cavanaugh, '90, be- The following brief quotation illas- er-than-bank interest, and his per- loved former president of Notre Dame, trates this point and is typical of the sonal virtues in no way handicap his under whose presidency Knute Eockne fine insight into his subject that War- business sagacity and success. Eockne was student, teacher, assistant ren Brown has evidenced thoughout: Alumni of a Catholic college, unless coach and fin- "In most of his affairs it was not they a r e in religious life, can un- ally head coach, what Eockne did, but what was ac- doubtedly derive much benefit from will edit for complished for Notre Dame that mat- this treatise on a topic that plays such 0^:^^i publication the tered to him. I t was reported, from a prominent part in alumni life. book that was time to time, that Eockne was going The little volume sells for $1.10, nearing c o m - to leave Notre Dame to coach else- through the Notre Dame bookstore. pletion by where. I believe he would have re- I t was published for Dujarie Institute. Eockne before mained at Notre Dame were he paid his t r a g i c no salary at all, and would have kept STUHLDEEHER WRITES death. About on coaching 'for the fun of it.' In the Macrae-Smith, Philadelphia, have 40,000 words last analysis the 'fun of it' was what announced a biography of Knute had been com- took Eockne to the heights." In the element of action the book Rockne, by Harry Stnhldreher, '25, p l e t e d . The former quarterback, one of the Four book will be is equal to half a dozen fast moving Horsemen, to be published during the completed b y novels. The opening chapters are de- coming summer. Father Cava- voted to a provocative analysis of the naugh at the formation and activities of the Notre r e q u e s t of Dame teams that went through their Mrs. Eockne. seasons undefeated. In his descrip- "SPAIN AND HER DAUGHTERS" Alumni, es- tion of individual games Mr. Brown REV. JOHN CAVANAUGH pecially, a r e treats play after play in a fashion asked to send that imparts to the reader all the ex- to Father Cavanaugh all those facts citement of a spectator. He reveals, and stories ^vith which the life of also, a technical knowledge of football Eockne from his early student days that enables him to make the work- till his death was filled. ings of the intricate Eockne system clear and understandable. Eockne was under contract to Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis publish- The chapters that show Eockne ers, for the book. I t was to be pri- away from the football field are lively marily a book on the Notre Dame and rich with humor. A profusion of system, with Eock's own personality anecdotes exemplify his sharp wit, his subordinated. It is Father Cav- ready sympathy and the strong aifec- anaugh's intention to fill out the work tion he felt for the players who car- with a more proportionate apprecia- ried Notre Dame football to national tion of the g^reat part that Eockne fame. The players themselves are in- played in the evolving of this success. timately discussed and their achieve- Many of Eockne's teammates and ments recorded. The "Four Horse- the monogram men who studied and men," Dorais, Gipp, Elder, Carideo, played under his guidance are already Schwartz and many others repeat working with Father Cavanaugh. A their splendid struggles for the number of Eock's writings, hitherto reader. unpublished, will be included in the The appendix, with its carefully book. The book will be released as compiled and collated statistics con- soon as possible, but the publishers cerning Notre Dame athletic relation- are not yet in a position to announce ships with other colleges, Eockne's a date. achievements as athletic director and The illustrations for the book will the records of all his players, makes be selected by Mrs. Eockne, it was the book of permanent reference announced, and many of them have value. never been published. In his introduction. President THOMAS O'HAGAN O'Donnell expresses beautifully the liJi.., Ph.D.. LittD., L U ) . Putnam's is releasing shortly a sentiment of the entire student body biography of Eockne by Delos Love- and alumni. This new volume by Dr. O'Hagan, lace, assistant editor of the New York the eminent Canadian scholar and Sim, i t has been announced. The title "THE KING'S STEWAED critic, will make a special appeal to will be "Eockne of Notre Dame." The possibility of success for a every student of Spanish civilization, practical Catholic in the business life, a r t and literature. I t is the fruit "THE INTIMATE STOEY world is the theme of this little vol- of extensive travel and research in ume, by a member of the Congrega- both Spain and the South American OF EOCKNE" countries. On the inside front cover page ap- tion of Holy Cross, writing under the peal's a notice of a book in which, it pen name of George N. Lyons. In his preface the author writes: , is safe to say, no alumnus of Notre In "the true story of George Schu- "Today nearly a hundred million think Dame -nnll fail to take a deep and mann" is embodied the practice of a and write and pray in the Spanish sympathetic interest. Most of us will sublime faith and unlimited charity tongue. This gives Spanish a third treasure it through years to come, for in the face of obstacles commonly ad- place among world languages; being into the making of "Eockne," by War- vanced to prove the incompatibility of only surpassed in numbers by Slavic ren Brown, (Eeilly & Lee) has gone Catholicity and commerce. and English. But its importance to the harvest of long friendship, close The old injunction, "Seek ye first us is something more than world in- contact in times of stress, and rare the kingdom of God and His justice, tercourse. A study of Spanish history understanding. and all else shall be added unto you," and literature reveals t o us the glor- finds modem adaptaiton in the attrac- ious achievements of heroes, explorers, There are two heroes in the book, artists, mystics and dreamers." Notre Dame and Eockneand the or- tive pages. The charities of this sym- 49 336 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNUS Maij, 1931 B" ttiitiiitiitiiaiilittiiiiiii)ttlit>iitiiitiiitiiii "B A r o u n d A b o u t the Campus * ^y John A. Kiener, 32 Q Hint tllllllllilllltll IlllllilllilllllXlli "HO HUM." JAPANESE DIAMOND STARS Just as Ben Bemie would say, "hope you like it," the Weird cries of doubtful meaning pierced the air this enterprising and helpful Morrisseyites recently aided their week when the Hosei band of Japanese baseball ax-tists next-door neighbors by tossing a none-too-willing Howard pounded out a win over George Keogan's group of potent "swimmer" in St. Mary's lake last week. Seems that the pellet pounders. Small and fast like the Meiji team which "swimmer" was the cause of a "general campus" in Father played here in 1929, the Hosei outfit put up a mighty Connerton's lovely domicile . . . said "swimmer" promptly interesting brand of ball. They are making a nation-wide proceeded to participate in unlocked for swim in the lake tour of the United States at the present time. at the insistence of his elders. FEED BAG NOT SUPERSTITIOUS Campus canape connoiseurs looked forward very eager- After thirteen years away from active association ^vith the University, Jesse Harper returns to take over the ly to Universal Notre Dame night . . . last year they reins left vacant by the death of Knute Rockne. Jesse missed out because of the 21st coming in Easter vacation. tried to slip in quietly . . . successful until he reached This year, however. Dean of Meals Robert Borland served the campus, and then he was besieged by a half-dozen a most pretentious repast on the eventful night. cameramen and two news reel outfits. "Glad to be back, * ** everything looks fine," and then he shook hands with GOOD ATHLETES "Hunk" and Jack and a few of the boys. But didn't you see and hear it on the screen? "Blue and Gold Eevue" and not the "Monogram Ab- surdities" was the annual. re\'ie\v of those monogram bearers who are more at home in football togs or a track WORTHY CAUSE unie. Comedy skits, minstrels, and parodies, intermingled For two weeks. Rock's boys have been laboring away with dramatic tributes to Knute Eockne and other bygone under the bright warm sun with the Universal cameras football heroes, featured the presentation. Father John grinding away. Enough shots for a series of four two- O'Hara helped Austie Boyle arrange the clever skits, with reel shorts and enough "background" for a full-length Professor Frank Kelly active director. movie, featuring Marty Brill (so we're misinformed) have been taken. Incidentally tliese were the indirect cause of that last fatal trip which Eockne was taking when the BADIN LAKE accident happened. All proceeds, and the players are Alas and alack, lovers of rowboating on the historic aiding in this too, go to Mrs. Rockne. Badin lake under the bright moonlight wiU find the section between Walsh and Badin no longer the dreaded swamp of the nightlifers. Dirt from the new halls has been TRADITIONS M0^^; brought in and all those nice little holes have been filled up and planted with grass seed. The Badinites, appar- To prove that traditions move. Father O'Hara plans to ently turned "aggie" over night, planted every imaginable move from Sorin hall to Dillon hall, the one nearest to vegetable seed procurable in their "front lawn." But of the dining hall, when it is completed.' Sorin hall chapel, course there's nuthin' finer than fresh vegetables and the scene of late communions for forty-two years, must greens for dinner; providing the human rake doesn't de- give way before the onward march of progress. cide differently and gently remove the roots. CIRCUS BALLYHOO EXTRA Gone are the days of ballyhoo, we hear. But not gone No one ever thought that there would be so great a are the days of dance promotions. Lawyers' Ball, Senior general demand for a Scholastic that the distributors Ball, and Monogram "Gold and Blue Eevue" were the would be mobbed. However, 3,000 "extras" went like wild- cause of nightly serenades as students, and others fire the afternoon of Knute Eockne's death. Seven hardies (mostly others), marched into the dining hall. Cries of put out the extra in the astonishing time of four hours, "Buy that ticket tonight, Tony" were heard midst the cutting, folding and distributing them too. A great feat soothing strains of "The Waltz You Saved For Me." Loud but a sad, very sad occasion on which to display merit. speaker and placard near the Engineering building furnish * * * the ballyhoo. HOT STUFF Plenty of teeth were to be found in the Notre Dame MITT-SLINGERS stadium one Sunday a while back . . . for the final spring The annual "Mitt-slingers' Frolic" was held Tuesday, football game was held the day before. "Cap" Edwards May 12, most society sections would say, but around and had the enviable job of keeping the boys from murdering about the campus it was told that the S. A. C. put on a each other and seeing that they weren't "too much" off- very successful slugging show with the leading maulers side. Reserves and the up-and-coming Frosh beat the taking part. Varsity and 'lame ducks," 19 to 0, in a hotly-contested * ** battleboth sun and "spring fever" made it so. REPUBLICAN PROSPERITY IS THIS THE PLACE? This so-called "Republican prosperity" has hit the campus at last. Politics are becoming so keen on the If you don't recognize the campus as belonging to N. D. grounds t i a t the parties go so far as to have blotters of now, what are you going to expect in five years^ New varied hues and descriptions printed and have penny Law building not six months'completed, a new Commerce folders of matches distributed. "The vote-getters are do- building underway, two new residence halls, and a new ing everything but painting signs on the Dome in announc- En^neering hall ready for the steam shovel in a few days ing the admirable qualities of their candidates," the weary are nearly enough to change the layout into another Week in the Scholastic has to report. It's good practical nine-hole golf course. outside work after a course in Politics, nevertheless. 50 Man, 1931 THE NOTRE DAME.ALUMNUS 337 Q' itillilltlliniitiiiiii A L U M N I CLUBS Q.. llllitllllliiiiiiitiilllllllllliiiiiiiiiilllllllllUlitllltllDtllDllllllllliUIIIIMIIIIItttlii Six New Clubs Join Ranks on U. N. D. Night Arizona, Grand Rapids, Eastern Pennsylvania, Peoria, Tiffin, and Wheeling Organize; Tributes to Rockne Predominate. AKRON speaker was John Byrne, Notre Dame The menu was an especially at- Thf. Akron Club's observance of '23, who told of the activities of tractive booklet with the new Notre Notre Dame Night was reported by Notre Dame clubs in Minneapolis, St. Dame seal on the outside cover and Glenn Smith, the newly elected Secre- Paul, Chicago, Cleveland and Buffalo. a picture of Knute Rockne as a frontispiece. The entire program tary. Glenn says: was, according to the booklet "affec- "The observance of Notre Dame ARIZONA According to a letter from James tionately dedicated to the memory of Night was a one hundred per cent our Beloved Rockne." success, both from the standpoint of D. Barry, the Club was formed on attendance and guests. Jack Chevig- April 20, at a meeting of Notre Dame About thirty-five members attended ny, as our guest, brought back to our men held at the home of James D. a Solemn High Mass of Requiem a t assembled alumni and old students, 40 Barry, '97, who was elected president, St. James Church, April 9, for strong, the campus spirit that we all and Steve Rebeil, '25, who was elected "Rock." Another group of friends to- know so well. Father Moriarity came secretary. Present at the meeting gether ivith Notre Dame men attended up from Wooster, and Johnny Butler were the following alumni and old a Mass at St. Mary's Chapel, Boston and Jack Keidy from Cleveland, com- students: V. P. Hengesbach, R. F . College, on April 13. The Club re- pleted our guest roster. Nadolny, John B. Wright, Edmund A. ceived Communion in a body at St. "The following officers for 1931-32 Collins, R. D. French, L. D. White, James on Sunday, April 19, another were nominated and elected at our James D. Barry. tribute to Rockne. meeting: Dr. Pat C. Doran, '23, pres- The following prominent residents As soon as the students and the ident; Art Keeney, '19, vice-president; of Tucson were elected honorary June graduate return the Club will Glenn Smith, '27, secretaiy. Charles members of the club, all of them conduct the annual election of officers McGuckin, '28, treasurer. being close friends and admirers of at a stag dinner and band togethcr "We're drawing up plans for a the late Knute Rockne: J . A. Mul- even more strongly. luncheon club for downtown Notre cahy, Stephen T. Ochoa, Ferd Hermes Dame men; plan an excursion to and Julius Dooley Bookman. BRIDGEPORT Wooster during the summer, and The members of the club, together other activities that will unite us into The following was received from with their families, will hold a picnic, a closer unit." John M. Murphy, '27. Sunday, May 10. ~ We are glad to see this Club keep- Tucson people in general mourned "You're hearing from another sec- ing up the old fight and wish them the death of Mr. Rockne and a sol- tor. The following Bridgeport Notre success during the coming year. emn requiem Mass was celebrated in Dame men took cognizance of the The Alumni Office received a copy St. Augustine's Cathedral on Monday, suggestion in the ALUMNUS and re- of a very fine resolution adopted by April 13, 1931. It was largely at- ceived Holy Communion for "Rock," the Club on the death of Mr. Rockne. tended. The sermon was preached by Sunday, April 19: Oscar Lavery, '25; A duplicate copy was forwarded to His Excellency, the Rt. Rev. Daniel Jim Murphy, '22; But Stapleton, '24; Mrs. Rockne. J. Gercke, Bishop of Tucson. Mello Bums, '24; John and Peter Beime, '28; Bus Redgate, '29; Jobo ALBANY Corcoran, '25, and myself. BOSTON In memory of Knute Rockne, the "Pews were reserved, for us at the Notre Dame Club of the Capital Dis- The Notre Dame Club of Boston Church of the Sacred Heart. Father trict will offer a silver trophy for the joined with all the other clubs Killian said Mass and Father John outstanding football team among throughout the country on Univei-sal Moore, the pastor, in his sermon, paid Catholic preparatory schools of the Notre Dame Night in paying tribute tribute to "Rock." Yours truly sang Capital District. The trophy will be to the memory of the late Knute Poznanski's "Ave Verum" and the- known as the "Notre Dame Club Rockne at a dinner held April 20, in organist played the "Victory March" Trophy in Memory of Knute K. the ballroom of the Kenmore Hotel, for the recessional. Rockne." attended by more than 100 guests. This action was taken at the meet- Edward Collins, '02, presided. BUFFALO ing of the club Monday night, April Following the banquet, Bill Cun- 20, at the Van Curler Hotel, Schnec- ningham, Boston journalist and guest Gordon Bennett, President of the tady, where the annual dinner took speaker of the evening, delivered a Buffalo Club wrote: "At a time like place. John W. Forbing, '00, Albany, tribute to Rockne's memory. Thomas this we all know how the other fel- was elected president; J. J. Meehan, Quinn, guest soloist, performed, and low feels, so it is useless to try and '24, Schnectady, vice-president: Ward there was music by Louis Haffer- tell you how deeply Rock's death has H. Leahy, '26, Albany, secretary- mihl's orchestra. Dancing continued affected us here in Buffalo." Biffy treasurer, and Frank Ott, Joseph after midnight. Lee represented the Club at the Horan and Paul Duquette, members Maurice Cohen headed the commit- funeral. of the board of governors. tee on arrangements. He was as- Paul Hoeffler sent in a long letter Thirty members were present from sisted by Joseph A. Gartland, Jr., concerning the recent activities of the Albany, Schnectady, Troy, Ballston Albert J. Birmingham, Joseph De.s- Club. The letter in part, follows: Spa and Saraotga Springs. The mond, and the officers of the Club, "On Wednesday, April 8, the Club meeting was dedicated to the memory Charles F . Blunt and Dr. James J. had a High Mass sung in honor of of Coach Rockne. The principal Lynch. "Rock." About one hundred of the 51 338 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNUS May, 1931 boys went to communion. The Cathe- Universal Notre Dame Night was Rockne, was mentioned time after dral was well filled with the admirers observed by the Chicago Club with time. of our great friend and it was a fit- a banquet a t the Drake Hotel. Sev- "After an evening of real com- ting tribute to see those men and eral hundred members of the Club radeship and pleasure, during which women who know of 'Eock' only were present. we listened to the radio broadcast of through the radio, newspapers, etc., During the course of the evening Father O'Donnell, we gave a silent wipe away their tears. announcement of a$300,000 gift to the toast for Rockne just before parting. "Universal Notre Dame Night was University was made by Rev. Charles dedicated in his honor. A dinner was L. O'Donnell, C. S'. C , President. The CLEVELAND held at the Statler Hotel where at donor is John F . Gushing, president of The Dance which was to have been least 300 attended. The University the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock held on Easter Monday was post- of Buffalo had set aside that night in company of Chicago. poned because of the death of Coach honor of their football and basketball Speaking at the banquet, Mr. Gush- Rockne, according to reports from teams, but had decided to pay their ing related experiences of his youth Cleveland. respects to the memory of Eock also, and recalled how, when financially and as Biff Lee (football director of The annual election of officers of that University and a member of the embarrassed in his final year at the Club was scheduled to take place Notre Dame Club) was to be toast- school, he was assisted by the then on Universal Notre Dame Night and master, we combined our party with president. Father Morrissey. Father the gathering at that time was to be theirs. During the course of the even- O'Donnell responded in an address, for members only. We have, to date, ing we all sang the 'Victory March' which was broadcast over WGN. received no report on the proceedings. for 'Eock.' Other speakers were the Rt. Eev. Bernard J. Sheil, auxiliary bishop of DAYTON "I called Francis Euehl the other the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago; The Dayton Club, at last reports, night to let him know about Uni- Edward N. Hurley; D. F . Kelly, was making extensive preparations to versal Notre Dame Night, and what Ernest E. Graham, Charles R. Fa- do you think he said? "I won't be "kill the fatted calf" on Universal quette, honorary president of the Notre Dame night in a bigger and there!" We tried to persuade him, Notre Dame Club of Chicago, James and at last he admitted that he was better way than ever before. This H. Brennan, president of the Club; year each club member was to have about to be married and that his Warren Brown, and Judge Kickam bride would not put off the honey- the privilege of bringing a guest. W. Scanlan. Byron V. Kanaley was E. Shea, Gene Mayl and W. D. Kava- moon, Notre Dame party or no Notre toastmaster. Dame party! naugh were appointed by the presi- Plans for the May dance got under dent, Joseph Murphy, as a committee "The rest of the boys are polishing way early with the appointment of to handle the arrangements for the up their golf clubs for the coming Eay McClory, '27 as chairman of the meeting on the 20th. Mr. George season and we haven't seen them committee arranging for this affair. Huffman, a prominent Dayton realtor, lately." The date is May 16 and the place the donated the use of his beautiful lodge Gold Eoom of the Congress Hotel. in southern Dayton as the location of CHICAGO Working with Eay a r e : Joe Henne- the meeting, The Editor wishes to pay special berrj', '23; Earl C. Hurley, '24; Fran- tribute to the Notre Dame Club of cis J. McFadden, '25; John J. Swee- DETROIT Chicago. Last year. President Frank ney, '26; Bill Kearney, '28, and A memorial service on Thursday, Fitzsimmons, at the request of the George Brautigan, '29. April 9 for Knute Rockne was ar- Editor, invited the National Catholic In previous years the date has ranged by the Jesuit Fathers at Gesu Alumni Federation, a national organ- always been closer to the end of May, Parish at the request of students and ization to which the Alumni Associa- but it has been moved up this year members of the faculty of the Uni- tion belongs and was indebted, to in order not to interfere vrith the versity of Detroit. hold the 1931 convention in Chicago, postponed dance of the Chicago Club the Club acting as hosts in place of About fifty members of the Notre the more logical but difficult arrange- of Notre Dame, which was cancelled Dame Club of Detroit attended this ment of the Association itself. Loy- because of the death of Coach Rockne. service and received Holy Communion ola, De Paul, Marquette and St. Via- This dance is now slated for the in a body. tor's co-operated in the project. Nu- Drake Hotel on the night of June 8. The Club observed Universal Notre merically in keeping with the lack of Dame Night with a stag banquet at Catholic alumni development in the CINCINNATI the Prince Edward Hotel, Windsor, Middle West, the Convention was The following telegram was re- Ontario. Over a hundred paid admis- nevertheless successful, and in fact ceived from W. D. Morrissey, secre- sions were collected, and an excellent achieved its very purpose of stimulat- tai-y of the Cincinnati Club: "Cincin- dinner was polished off. ing alumni organization in this area. nati Notre Dame Club assembled Don O'Keefe, President, got the The Chicago Club displayed more or- at Ohio River Yacht club forty strong. proceedings under way by calling the ganization and more power than the Congratulations on this Universal crowd to order and introduced the complete organizations of the other Notre Dame Night to Alma Mater. toastmaster, Eay Kelly. Father G. institutions, -with all respect to them Father O'Donnell's program coming L. Holderith, C.S.C. brought a touch in their present stage of development, in fine." of the campus to the boys by his and the Editor wishes to express to The Secretary writes: " I am very friendly mingling with the crowd and President Brennan and the members happy to report that about thirty-two by his short and witty speech. Judge of the Club who co-operated in the of the boys went to Mass and Com- Ernest P. LaJoie had a little time and details of the convention, especially munion the Sunday preceding Uni- he delivered a fine address. Eddie Gould, banquet chairman, Dick versal Notre Dame Night. The following men gave short ex- Halpin, convention treasurer, and "On Monday, April 20, forty mem- temporaneous talks which were keen- Paul Martin, convention publicity bers assembled for a little stag party ly enjoyed by all of us. Ed Sawkins, chairman, the most sincere apprecia- at the Ohio Eiver Yacht club. Every- Dr. Jacob Rosenthal, F . Henry Wur- tion on behalf of the -Mumni Associa- one pronounced this affair one of tlie zer, Alfred C. Ryan, first Secretary tion, whose work they were actually finest that the Club had ever given. of the National -Association and Eay doing. Interspersed in the conversation the Kelly. name of our beloved Coach, Knute Paul Dooley."

63 350 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNUS May, 1931 608 Whitney Bldg., New Orleans. Not married. Would like very much to be back for lawyers' reunion but am not sure that I could make it. Would like to stage a bridge tournament bet^veen ED McGUIEE, ED McCLAR- NON,DICKQUINLIN, EUBE MOM- SEN, STEVE WOZNIAK, BOB MOHLMAN and self. EDWARD F . McCLARNON, 2024 Coventry, Detroit, Mich. Practicing law. Claim Dept., The Travelers Ins. Co., Union Gardian Bldg. I was married Oct. 10, 1928, to Lucile >Ees- ner, from old South Bend (results of off campus life). We have one child, Helen Mary, who is nine months old. I have hopes of attending the Law reunion. Did you note CYP SPORL'S answer? He must want to play with QUINLAN. I knew business was bad. Good luck to you all. BERT HAV- ERN is with me and will continue this letter. BERT HAVERN, 9810 Lawton Ave., Detroit. I am retired at pres- ent. Am not married. I hope to be back for the reunion. There are a lot of things I know the gang would be interested in but we'll leave that out. The last time I was in South Bend the Dean gave me a friendly slap on the back. To that old gang of ours: When these notes are complete I hope that someone wU have them mimeographed and send a copy to your trulyRUBE MOMSEN, 1501 Maguffin Ave., El Paso, Texas. I am practicing law with the firm of Norcopp & Momsen, in El Paso, Texas. I am not married but it may not be long. I am not certain that I will be at the reunion but would like to. Three years since Due to the requests for t h e followinir pic- Air View of Campus. (The above pictures are 7 x 11 inches.) we left Notre Dame and I haven't tures, we take this opportunity of irivinff the Alumni the necessarj' information: Price $.75 each seen one of you. Many times since 1. Rocknecomposite as shown by the cut or 2. Monotrram winners with coaches (1929, graduation my heart has ached for a sinprle. Funeral services at the Sacred H e a r t 1930) 7 X 17 inches$1.00 each good old get-together meeting with Church. 3. Squadany year, 7 x 24 inches..$1.00 each the Lawyers of '28. Sorry, SPORL, Individuals of any N . D. players. Make all orders payable to .First "elevens" of any year. " N o t r e Dame Pictures," Notre Dame, Indiana. but since everyone is playing contract, I Infuse to enter that bridge tourna- ment. But if you make it a bull ses- sion, 0 . K. Good luck and prosperity to all of you. B. P. (GENERAL) WOOD, 227 Washington Ave., Santa Fe, N. Mex. Hi, fellows! How's things? At pres- ent am a file closer in the rear ranks of the unemployed army. Quit prac- ticing law in Nov. 1929. I was mar- ried December 24, 1928. We have one boy, Steven Patrick, seven months. If I can rob the First of Santa Fe, I'll be there. Rock's death like to laid me out. Would like to see the old crew once more. If any of you come through the city look me up and I will do my best. \ i V^^'^\ FRED RUIZ, 111, Fifteenth Ave., So., Nampa, Idaho. I am teaching in high school. I was married June 2nd, 1929, to Clotilde Fountain, of Mesilla, New Mexico. We have one ^ r l . It will be impossible to be back for the re- 64 May, 1931 THE NOTRE DAME ALUMNTIS 351 union. Now that I am beginning to and I hope that the chain will not be GEORGE DAPSON who has been do- emerge from the debris of those glori- broken. ing quite a little iieroplane traveling ous castles I built back in good old JOE J. HEBERT, 1692 Blanchette is now in Buffalo. The job did not Notre Dame (God bless her). I say St., Beaumont, Texas. Selling rice for follow him. BERNIE BIRD is with to those boys with whom I used to the Beaumont Rice Mills. No, Louie, a Rice Hilling Co., a t Lake Charles, enjoy so many legal tangles for the I'm still the old eligible. About that La., and JACK O'MALLEY is with preservation of the State or in de- reunion in '33. I'll be there. the Charles Ringer Co., of Chicago. fense of the accused, that I want to PRANK CROWE tells me, on his visit (To be continued next month. The Editor has wish them all an honest and a bril- had to omit a number of Kood letters this of last Saturday that his team a t liant success. And to the bachelors of time, to his lasting surprise and regret.) Sigumey, Iowa, won eight, and tied this distinguished Exodus, I want to one fooball game. Lost two, and won say: "Come on in, the water's fine." 1929 eighteen basketball games. He says Joseph P . McNamara, 231 Wisconsin the only trouble is the teaching is not The following letter was returned so hot. to me from the Commerce men on St., Indianapolis, Ind., Secretary. May 1st, with the following notes: Well, I guess this covers all the BILL BRADLEY is with the Gould additions in the field, except that I HOWARD PHALIN, 107 Ward Pump Co., of Chicago; JOE IvRAKER had a very pleasant night's stay with Pkwy, Kansas City, Mo. Sales mana- is working in a bank a t Akron, Ohio. JOE MULHALL in Owosso, Michi- ger for Midland Press, 150 Diesbs He must be doing well for i t is re- gan. Joe operates the Mulhall-Erb Bldg Married to Evangeline Peter- ported that Kraker will add an "And Lumber Co., at Owosso. One of his son of Minneapolis, Minn., on Janu- Company" to his name in the very father's holding. He tells me PAUL ary .17, 1931. Will be back for reunion near future. ANGE and GENE BERTSCH is in Akron, Ohio, and in 1933. GALDIBINI are both in Mflwaukee. that LOUIS OBLIGATO is stumping KIRWIN J . WILLIAMS, 105 E . One is doing auditing, and the other "Roosevelt for President" over Ohio, Rosenwood, San Antonio, Texas. Am is with an engineering firm. LEO Pennsylvania, New York, and the working for the Parker Corporation LYNN'S hook-up in Chicago is with eastern states. of Boston, Mass., but locally, Wheeler, the Central Trust Co.; CHARLIE Gill & Lewis, distributors for In- SCHLICtlART is selling for the Best of luck, and good wishes. corporated Investors stock, sixth Straus Bond & Mortgage House in Most sincerely, floor of the Moore Bldg. I -will be back Chicago; BOB TROTTER is deep in James E. Digan, '29. for the reunion and expect to be in the interests of the Great Lakes JOE NASH, center of Notre South Bend this summer, as I will be Dredge & Dock Co.; JOE SMI- Dame's 1929 national championship sent to Des Moines, Iowa, as i-epre- TANKA has been politieianing for his team, has been added to the football sentative of San Antonio Junior father; We are sorry to report that coaching staff of the DePaul univer- Chamber of Commerce. Not married. I he ran a close second for Mtinicipal sity, according to announcement by think it is a great idea of yours, Lou, Judge in the last election in Chicago. James D. Kelly, athletic director. Mn a l l t i m e s of stress a strong anchor of safety Our 1930 Financial Statement L I F E INSURANCE COMPANY^ OF B O S T O N . M A S S A C H U S E T T S shows this Company Admitted Assets, December 31,1930 . . . .$584,121,813.41 holding Reserves and aU other Uabilities 541,320,308.97 its usual strong Surplus of Assets for Emergencies 42,801,504.44 position in Resources Income Received in 1930 154,381,579.65 and Added to reserves during the year 35,007,828.00 Paid to Policyholders . 75,121,420.00 Surplus Total Paid Polieyholders in 68 Years 681,561,755.00 Funds Invested on Policyholders' Acconnt during the T Year 82,300,519.03 Dividends paid policyholders in 1930 . . . 18,620,863.25 Reserve for policyholders' dividends ini 1931 . 20,220,000.00