THE STANFORD DAILY MONDAY, APRIL 7, 1930 VOLUME 77, NUMBER 32

MAY TAKE 100 YEARS BUT AXE WILL BE RECOVERED---SIBLEY, U.C.

"California surely will attempt to recover the Stanford Axe. It may take another 31 years and it may take 100, but eventually the feat will be accomplished." Such is the opinion of Robert Sibley, California '03, executive manager of the California Alumni Association expressed Saturday morning when he called at the Administration Building to congratulate Jack McDowell, '01, Alumni Secretary, on the recapture of the famed symbol, and to pay his compliments to Bob Loofbourow, one of Stanford's heroic raiders. Sibley was the first to advocate the use of the Axe as a Big Game trophy when in 1924 as editor of the California Monthly, alumni publication, he printed an editorial urging that as a solution of the increasingly difficult problem of retaining the venerable weapon. "This idea grew out of a conversation with Eddie O'Neil, famed California alumnus and now professor emeritus of chemistry there," said Sibley. "I was severely criticized at the time by members of the Association who were in school at the time the Axe was secured and the suggestion came to nothing. "Pete Kaarsburg, famous fullback of that memorable 30 to 0 game, wrote me about the editorial and stated that he was opposed to the idea of making a Big Game trophy of the Axe. "It is my opinion that some polley should be enunciated settling the status of the symbol because the rivalry for its possession has already entered the armored car and tear bomb stage. I am afraid that if the competition continues, someone will be seriously injured. There is always the danger that some over-enthusiastic raider will resort to the use of dynamite. "Stanford's recovery of the Axe, however, was a cleverly planned and executed exploit, demonstrating a marvelous spirit of rivalry between the two institutions and California's reprisal indicated a revival of fine competitive spirit. The taking of trophies from Encina gym is to be regretted, but they certainly will be returned." When questioned regarding the attitude California would take concerning the use of their Golden Bear as a Big Game trophy to compensate Stanford for hazarding the Axe, should that be done, Sibley said. "I should not like to take it upon myself to express an opinion, but I shall suggest the idea at a meeting tomorrow and shall be glad to report to Stanford the reaction of California students and alumni. "However, I personally believe that the affair should center strictly around the Axe. The Axe has acquired a common ownership value by virtue of California's long possession and would make a splendid trophy. Impressive ceremonies of presentation could be arranged to follow each Big Game."