If a large enough market seems likely to present itself, a dazzlingly different type of headgear, practical and picturesque, may soon be manufactured on a grand scale by Glen O. Martin '46 of Joplin, Missouri, and Weld Hall. The new device which will soon be a must in every student's wardrobe, according to Martin, is called the Little Dandy Umbreller-Repeller, and really seems to be a marvel of simple efficiency.
Martin conceived the idea of his invention when, during a recent rainy spell, he found himself beset on all sides by determined females wielding the sharp points of their umbrellas with deadly efficacy, so much so, in fact, that he claims he was forced to cower for an hour in a convenient doorway till the rush hour passed. Fervently he wished for some sort of apparatus which would protect him reasonably well from the all too accurate thrusts of the parasol brigadiers, so when he arrived back at his little den in Weld he set to work on the plans of his brainchild.
What emerged from this tussle with paper and pencil is a startling but not unhandsome combination of a fencer's mask and a Rube Goldberg ashtray.
"It offers," said Martin in his customary Missouri drawl, "complete protection with a minimum of weight and bulk."
Fitting snugly over the face, the contraption is sturdy enough to withstand the most ruthless attacks, and although it is as yet only on paper, Martin is laying plans for large scale manufacturing as soon as public opinion warrants such action.