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Resolution Passed by Legislature
Calling on Congress for
Action by States.
Believed First State to Take
Advantage of Guarantee
in Constitution.
BOSTON, Mar. 13. - (,P - The
Massachusetts, legislature called on
the national congress today for a
constitutional convention of the
'tates to consider repeal or amend-
ment of the prohibition amend-
The action taken today was the
concurrence by the House of Rep-
resentatives in a senate amend-
ment to' a resolution requesting
such a convention. The amendment
was adopted without debate and
the resolution will be forwarded to
congress. Signature of Gov. Joseph
B. Ely is unnecessary, but he ex-
pressed approval of the legislature's
First to Take Action.
Massachusetts was believed at the
state capitol to be the first to take
advantage of the constitutional,
guarantee that -two-thirds of. the;
states can compel congress to call
a constitutional convention.
The Bay State resolution follows
"Whereas, a condition of wide-
spread dissatisfaction prevails with
workings and results of Article 18'
of amendments to the constitution]
of the United States; and
"Whereas, it is desirable to at-
tempt to improve clarify or quiet
such conditions; and
"Whereas, the only method for'
repealing or Modifying said Article
18 are set forth in Article five of
said constitution, and
Methods "Available."
"Whereas, such methods are,
available for ascertainingthe will
of a majority of the people and for
setting any definite program in
motion; therefore be it
"Resolved that the general court
of Massachusetts, acting in pursuit
of said Article 5, hereby requests
that Congress call a convention
under said article for the purpose
of proposing an amendment or,
amendments to the constitution,
amending, modifying, revising, or
repealing said Article 18; or that
Congress, acting in pursuance of
said Article 5, itself propose such
an amendment or amendments and
submit the same for ratification by
convention in the several states..
The methods of dealing with the
subject are in agreement with
those prescribed in the recent de-
cision of Federal Judge Clark of
New Jersey in which he declared
the eighteenth amendment was un-
State BulIS
(By Associated Press
Friday, March 13, 1931
DETROIT - The state banking
department took over four subur-
ban banks today. The banks af-
fected were the American State
bank of Ferndale, The American
S t a t e bank of Wyandotte; the
State Savings bank of Melvindale,
and the State Savings bank of Lin-
coln Park. M. C. Taylor, deputy

state banking commissioner, saidI
the banks had been taken over "in
order to conserve assets and protect
interests of depositors." The banks
were not open today.
ST. JOSEPH - Charges of anti-
syndicalism brought against the
group of 65 alleged communists in
1922 were to be pressed at last it
was indicated as a result of attor-
ney-general Voorhies filing of a
petition setting aside an order,
granting them separate trial. The'
defendants who were arrested in
Bridgman last week asked dismissal
of the charges and the return to
them of more than $65,000 in liberty
bonds that had been posted for
them. The attorney-general gave
as his reason for asking that they
be tried together, the huge expense


Members of the dormitory chorus in the 1931 Junior Girls' Play are
left to right: Roberta Minter, Hortense Gooding, Anna Lyle Spain, Mar-
garet Reed, and Mary Bess Irwin. The play will open Monday night

Roland A. Goodman, '32, Given
$150 Prize in New York
Times Contest.
Jacob Kelman Awarded $751
Sophomore Prize; Senior
Gets Third Place.
Roland A. Goodman, '32, a mnem-
ber of The Daily and Gargoyle edi-
torial staffs, was awarded the first
prize of $150 in the New York
Times Current Events contest, it
was announced yesterday by Prof.
Everett S. Brown, chairman of the
local committee.
The second prize of $75, given
only to an underclassman, was a-
warded to Jacob Kellman, '33, while
Jose L. Lopez, '31, won the third
prize of $25. Honorable mention
was given to Beach Conger, Jr., '32,
a night editor of The Daily; Harry
Kraus, '33, Charles A. Orr, '32, and
Wilfred Weinstock, '31.
Judges Experience Difficulty.
"The judges experienced great
difficulty in determining the win-
ner," Professor Brown said in mak-
ing the announcement. There was
no outstanding paper which was
far ahead of all the rest, as has
been the case in previous years, be-,
cause the general average of the
papers was higher than usual. -
All those who took part in the
contest will be eligible next year,l
he continued, except Goodman.
Goodman's paper will be sent to
New York in the intercollegiate


Iowan Thought Big
Ten Charges Sound
DES MOINES, Iowa, Mar. 13.-(IP)
-University of Iowa's faculty rep-
resentative at the Western confer-
ence meeting in 1929 today told the
legislative committee investigating
the school's administration he had
considered the conference "had the
goods on us," when Iowa was sus-
LouisvTelzer, the faculty repre-
sentative, read a prepared state-
ment to the committee of legisla-,
tors detailing the story of the Big
Ten meeting held May 25, 1929.

Claims Cost Justified
by 'Finished

in the Lydia Mendelssohn theatre.
Decision to Help Franco-Italian
Settlement Seems Likely; f
Morrow Mentioned.-
WASHINGTON, Mar. 13.-(P)-
Acceptance by the United States of
an invitation to be represented on
a committee of the five principal
naval powers signatories to the
London naval agreement to draft
the final form of the Franco-Italian
settlement tonight appeared likely.
Senator Dwight W. Morrow, of
New Jersey, now enroute to Europe
with Mrs. Morrow, probably will be
at least one of the American repre-
sentatives if the United States ac-
cepts the invitation.
The senator played a large part
as 'a member of the American dle-,
gationto, theLondon Naval dcor
ference in drafting the London
American participation in the
work of the committee would not
necessarily mean that the Unite
States would sign the final draft.
For the first time since the Brit-
ish-Franco-Italian negotiations be-
gan, Secretary Stimson today ex--
pressed the belief that it was not
necessary for the United States to
sign the accord. The Secretary add-
ed he could be converted to another
belief, but observers were of the!
opinion that signature by the Unit-
ed States was highly unlikely.
New York Company to Present
The First Mrs. Fraser'
on March 23.
Grace George and her New York
company will present "The First
Mrs. Fraser" Monday, March 23, at
the Lydia Mendelssohn theatre.
The play was written by St. John
Irvine, author of "John Ferguson"
and "Jane Clegg."
Besides Miss George, the cast will
include, two London actors, A. E.
Matthews and Lawrence Grossmith,
and Phyllis Elgar, Ruth Benson
Blinn, Charles Campbell, Lowell
I Gilmore, and May Marshall.
Ervine, who was guest critic of
the New York World last year, first
I became familiar to American audi-
ences through his Theatre Guild
presentations, "Jane Clegg" and
"John Ferguson." He began his
playwriting with tragic pieces for
the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Besides
15 plays to his credit, he was for
many years dramatic critic of the
London Observer. As a novelist he
is author of "Alice and The Family"
and other stories. At present he is
turning "The First Mrs. Fraser" in-
to a novel.
Two performances will be given
at the Lydia Mendelssohn theatre,
a matinee performance at 2:30
o'clock and an evening performance
at 8:15 o'clock.
New Revolt Threatened
By Southern Peruvians
T.TMA Per Mar 13.-UP-Provi-


Students Move Car:
Joke's on Professor
It was just another Austin that
caused all the rumpus in front
of the League.
Five or six students were pass-
ing by quite innocently, it seems,
when they noted the diminutive
vehicle parked at the curb. Sense
of humor moved them into ac-
tion, muscles moved the car-to
the sidewalk.
The owner, a professor, moved
up to the scene. Conversation
became strained.

Farm School Undergraduates
Minnesota to be Given


Dwight W. Morrow,
New Jersey senator and member
of the American delegation at the
recent London Naval conference,
may represent the United States
in drafting of the final form of the
Franco-Italian naval agreement if,
an invitation extended by Great
Britain is accepted.

V V II 1 it L U1111111UL ' competition with the winners at 4
the 19 other colleges for the $500P
PH~~ftBIS BON10 , I t prize. . 0 N [ S
Juniors Lead Entrants. lP I
.--f RTwenty-six students entered the
Way Paved for Return of Money contest this year, and: 21 finished WINS. 1
State Paid for Bond Issue their papers, a somewhat higher to-U I IIIV
tal than in previous years. The di-
in One Municipality. vision, ,according to classes, was Escapes Defeat in Division by
DEROTMa. 3.-GP) Are Ifive seniors, eight juniors, seven Margin of Five Votes
DETROIT,ar.13.-(IP)-Are-sophomores and one freshman.e gI
sumption of. the Wayne county's 1women took part. . 4N on Mines Bill.
grand jury's investigation of trans- The committee which judged the L
actions whereby three Detroit sub- p a p e r s consisted of Professor 'LONDON, Mar. 13.-(P)-Prime
urbs disposed of certain bond issues Brown; chairman; Prof. John L. Minister Ramsay MacDonald's labor
and a court ruling paving the way Brumm, of the journalism depart- government had a bad fight in the!
for the return of $1,204,000 which ; ment; Prof. Waldo Abbott, of the House of Commons today escaping
the state paid for one of the nuni- English department; and Prof.Pres- dfa.anmorta .divisio b i
cipalities' issue were outstand- ton W. Slosson, of the history de- dfe votes.important division by
ing developments in the state's partment. The papers were all only five votes.
bond purchase case today. numbered, and the names corres- "A hectic half hour" was the way
The grand jury assembled this ponding to the numbers were plac- !Mr. MacDonald described it in a
afternoon to hear further testimony ed in sealed envelopes. Jspeech at Northampton tonight, but
regarding the bond transaction by he added the majority of five was
Frank D. McKay when he was "good enough to go on with an-;
State treasurer and purchased is- other two years.",
sues of Ste. Claire Shores, Inkster, IUThe division occurred on a con-
and Garden City for state sinkingservative amendment to reduce by
funds. 100 pounds sterling (about $500)
In Pontiac, Circuit Judge Frank 4Iand estimate of 14,000 pounds ster-
L. Doty dissolved an injunction' _ling (about $70,000) for salaries and
which had prevented Ste. Claire - expenses of the mines department.
Shores from returning to the state Both Parties Manifest Sympathy The vote was moved chiefly as a
$1,024,000 paid for special assess- for Probable Coalition protest against payment of a 7,000
ment bonds. The injunction hadof F pounds sterling a year salary, 2,000
prevented the village from return-' o orces. pounds sterling more than that of
ing the money to the state and tak- WASHINGTON, Mar. 13.-(IP)- the premier, to serve Ernest Gow-
ing from the state bonds of par An open flirtation between Demo- ers, chairman of the mines reor-
value of $960,000 which were pur- cratic leaders and independent Re- ganization committee. Nine labor
chased by McKay after they had publicans looking toward the 1932 back benches voted against the
been sold by a contractor to the presidential campaign developed to- government but the administration
Grand Rapids Trust company. day as an aftermath to the Pro- was saved by 20 liberals, giving the
The manner of the Ste. Claire gressives' conference. government a total of 173 against
Shores bonds bobbed up again dur- Senator Norris, Rep., Neb., chair- 168. Soon afterwards the estimate
ing the day when the Detroit News man 'and sponsor of the confer- itself was carried by 176 to 78.
said that Howard C. Wade, former ence, said the progressiives' only In his Northampton speech to-
city controller of Detroit, had re- hope for'a liberal presidential can- night the Prime Minister attacked
vealed to it that he had been of- didate lies with the Democratic the Laborites who voted for the
fered a bribe. Iparty. I conservative amendment.

ST. PAUL, Mar. 13.-(P)-Several
University of Minnesota Farm
school students, suspended yester-
day for drinking, will be granted
their diplomas, some will be re-7
quired to perform additional schol-
astic work, and two, who were ex-t
pelted, will not be reinstated.
This was a tentative agreement
reached today after the Minnesota7
Senate appointed a special commit-
tee of four to confer with the school .
faculty in an effort to have the
ban removed from 17 students dis-
missed yesterday.1
First offenders will probably re-
ceive diplomas two or three months
after commencement, but second
offenders will be required to do ad-
ditional scholastic work. The num-
ber of first and second offenders
had not been determined and the
names had not been announced.
Sen. A. J. Rockne announced the ,
agreement after a closed confer-,
ence of Dean E. E. Nicholson of the;
University and the senate commit-
tee which was appointed after the
legislative body sharply criticized
the faculty's action and considered
a resolution calling for a special
investigation of liquor drinking
During the discussion of the
school's action in the senate, which
deferred action until Monday on a
resolution calling for investigation,
Senator George P. Sullivan charac-
terized the suspension as "barbar-
ous" and "sounding like a ban of
the middle ages."
He said the action would place
a stigma on students for the re-
mainder oftheir lives and asserted
he would "be willing to back a res-
olution calling for' suspension of
these men who suspended the stu-
The senate committee was in-
structed specifically to seek the re-
moval of the ban.
Insurance Companies Ask Probe
of Theory Victim Was
Not Politician.
PERRY, Ia., Mar. 13.-(P)-A
theory that the burned body of a
man buried here Feb. 3 as John
M. Smith, Farmer-Labor candidate
for governor in 1930, was not that
of Smith was being investigated to-
day at the request of insurance
companies with which Smith car-
ried $50,000 worth of policies.
The body of the man, burned be-
yond recognition, was found under
the wreckage of a motor truck near
Denison, Ia., and was identified by
Mrs. Smith as that of her husband.
When exhumed Thursday and
subjected to an autopsy it was re-
vealed, Coroner L. H. de Ford said,
that it had been embalmed before
it had been burned. The authori-
ties were unable to identify the
t-a. 'lfl 0 n .neem-, nn n, ii,- nr ,'

Says Action Will Lead
to 'Education for
President Alexander G r a n t
Ruthven told members of the
University of Michigan club of
Detroit last night that the cost of
education was justified in the fin-
shed product and that any cut in
the state appropriations would be
extremely detrimental to the im-
mediate welfare of the University.
the address was given at the
Book Cadillac hotel as the feature
of a banquet in honor of Dr. and
Mrs. Ruthven.
"The statement has been made
recently by a citizen of Michi-
gan," said the President, "that
millions could be cut from the
state appropriations for education
without decreasing the value of the
finished product. This assertion be-
longs in the same category as the
less extreme conclusion sometimes
expressed that we in the United
States are not realizing adequate
returns. I have chosen tonight to
make certain comments in the in-
terests of clear thinking on the
general subject of the costs of edu-
Equipment Demand Grows.
President Ruthven then said
that, in this increased complexity
of our present social world, the de-
mand for good buildings, equip-
ment, and faculty is growing rather
than diminishing. Thus a univer-
sity such as Michigan cannot help
but stagnate When the sourcehof
revenue is lowered.
"Not seldom has it been intimat-
ed, or even bluntly proclaimed, that
we are, as a nation, educating too
many persons. This statement has
been applied more particularly to
nigh education and the inference
is drawn that we are thus wasting
mnoney in our colleges and univer-
sities. Certainly a reduced number
of students would mean reduced
expenditure; but what method of
reduction is to be used? The most
logical way is by selection on the
basis of ability and promise of suc-
cess, but entirely reliable methods
have not yet been discovered."
Cannot Decrease Enrollment.
Dr. Ruthven continued that pri-
vately owned and controlled schools
lould decrease the number of stu-
dents arbitrarily with some degree
of success, but that this method
would never apply to tax-supported
institutions where it can operate
3nly by high fees and elimination
sf departments. In other words,
said the President, it is contrary
"to the best interests of society to
organize a public school system in
such a way that only the children
>f the wealthy can secure the best
educational advantages."
"Since no method of properly
measuring educational costs is re-
iable," Dr. Ruthven concluded, "be-
pause the values cannot be reduced
to a money basis, all that we can
say of the size of the investment
.s that it cannot be considered too
iigh when society permits of the
imassing of large fortunes and al
.ows many persons to go untaxed,
while schoolmasters are underpaid,
schools are crowded, and capable
youngsters cannot secure an ap-
prenticeship for life.
Education "Political Safety."
"We cannot afford to be appre-
hensive of the costs, although we
are bound to see that they are
properly distributed and that waste
is avoided."
"Education is our only political
safety," said the President in con-
clusion. "Will we choose the course
towards jails, prisons, asylums and
a burdensome caste system, or will
we heed the warning of Aristotle
that 'the fate of empires depends
on the education of youth'."
Comedy Club Adds

I Five to Membership

This was folowed by a statement
Excavators Prepare from Senator Hull of Tennessee
former chairman of the Demo-
Tunnel for Heating cratic national committee, pointing
, out what he describes as similari-
New Press Building ties between the progressive pro-
gram and the policies of his party.
-- Both belittled the possibility of
Excavation has been started on practicability of a third party
the tunnel which will supply heat movement.
to the new Press building and Senator Caraway, Dem., Ark.,
wrecking operations have been be- joined in with a statement that heI
gun on the house which occupies would like to see Governor Roose-
the site of the new structure on velt of New York nominated by the
Maynard street across from the Democrats if his colleague, Senator
Helen Newberry residence. Norris is not.
The work is preliminary to the Meanwhile, members of the House
actual construction work on which progressive group said a show down
is expected to begin about June 1. on salient features of a program
The tunnel is being excavated be- adopted at the progressive confer-
tween the two women's dormitories, ence ending yesterday would be de-
Helen Newberry and Betsy Barbour manded before House control is en-
residences. trusted either to the Republican or
When completed, the building will Democratic parties.
be the finest University Press build- Z * A -

Lecturer Illustrates
Inefficacy of State
Death Penalty Bill
Michigan's proposed capital pun-
ishment bill is unwise because its
mandatory charac ter with no
chance for leniency renders it cruel
and because capital punishment
has proved ineffective in practice,,
asserted Prof. Arthur E. Wood,
speaking yesterday in an open
meeting in Natural Science audi-
Professor 'Wood quoted former
warden Lawes of Sing Sing peni-
tentiary, saying that criminals are
never afraid of the death penalty
because their occupations make it
necessarytochance death anyhow,
and because they find it easy to

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