California's storied ax or perhaps it really is Stanford's by right has been buried again in its steel and concrete safety deposit vault. The battle of Berkeley, fought Thursday night, has added another Chapter to the saga and been buried with the historic symbol of inter-varsity rivalry.
The official record says merely that a party of raiding Stanford students invaded Shattuck avenue, Berkeley, concealed in four moving vans and attempted to wrest the pilfered oriflamme from the guard composed of all the husky freshmen of the State university. They didn't.
Authorities of the two universities yesterday denied any knowledge of the incident. All they knew about it, they said, was what they had read in the papers. No disciplinary action was anticipated.
There is an agreement between the two universities under which raids upon rival campuses are forbidden. But Stanford's raid upon the ax-bearing parade was outside the campus limits and is, therefore, held to be within the scholastic if not the civil law.
University of California alumni chortled with glee yesterday at news of the Stanford defeat. Deputy Superintendent A.J. CLOUD of the San Francisco schools, laughed with a particular "Yak, yak, yak." He was one of the California men who stole the ax from a Palo Alto baseball field in May of 1899 [sic]. It had been used to decapitate a stuffed California bear and the insult was resented.
Others involved were Judge Everett BROWN of Oakland, Dr. Paul CASTELHUN, Billy DRUM and Clint MILLER. There are various stories of how it was smuggled to Berkeley. One is that it was carried under the skirts of a co-ed a feat that would be impossible at the present time.