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EDITED AND MANAGED BY STUDENTS OF THE UNIVE RSITY OF MICHIGAN
VOL. XLI. No. 30
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1930
PRICE FIVE CENTS
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'TSIIN CUENT EVENTS FOR UNEPOE
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New York Times Holds Annual
Tests; Three Prizes
TWENTY SCHOOLS ENTER
Former Winners Ineligible to
Compete; Limited to
The annual New York Times
Current Events contest will take
place either March 3 or 4, Prof.
Everett Brown, of the political
science department, chairman of
the committee in charge of the
contest, stated yesterday.
"This contest is sponsored an-
nually by the New York Times,"
said Professor Brown, "in the belief
that a more comprehensive grasp
of contemporary affairs is part of
Give Three Cash Prizes.
the essential equipment of a college
Three cash prizes will be awarded
winners of the contest at Michigan,
a first prize of $150, second prize
of $75 for freshmen and sopho-
mores only, and a third prize of
$25. The winning paper is for-
warded to New York for competi-
tion in the intercollegiate contest,
where the best answers are award-
ed a $500 prize.
The contest consists of two parts,
the first being composed of names,
events and places, which the stud-
ent is to identify in a few words.
The second part consists of com-
ments, not less than 250 words
long, on five out of fifteen subjects
listed. Some names listed in the
first part of last year's contest in-
cluded Mme. Curie, Streseman,
"I'm Alone," Dr. Schacht, Ortiz
Rubio, Leon Daudet, Lossiemouth,
and Rosika Schwimmer.
Rabiowitz Won Last Year.
Twenty colleges are permitted to
give the. eXaminations. Michigan
participated in the first one, held
in. 1926, and has continued to do
so every year. The contest covers i
the news from March 4, 1930 until
March 4, 1931. It is open only to
undergraduates, and students who
have won a first prize are not I
eligible to, compete again. Victor
Rabinowitz, '31, was first prize
winner last year, William Ktiox,
'32, won second prize, and Walter
J. Hansen, '31, took third prize.
Professor Brown stated that any
students who wished to ask ques-
tions about the contest might con-
sult him at his office in Angell hall.
Cast to Give TwoI
The casts fot "Emperor Jones"
and "An Episode," to be presented
by Mimes on Nov. 3, 4, 5 and 6, at
the Lydia Mendelssohn theatre,
were announced yesterday by David
B. Hempstead, '31, director of the
William Hathcock, '33, and Felix
Layton, '33, will play the leading
roles in "Emperor Jones." They will
be assisted by Maxine Nowak, '32,
Ruth Walser, '32, Ann Vernor, '32,
Lois McGuire, '32, H. Sibley Sedg-
wick, '32, and Frederick Dan-
In Schnitzler's "Episode," Mar-
garet Copeland, '31, will play
Bianca; David B. Hempstead, '31,
will portray Max, and R. Duane
Wells, '32, will play the role of
Harry L. Arnold, '32, will be
stage manager of the productions.
Advance reservations for the per-
formances may be made at the box
office of the Lydia Mendelssohn
theatre by calling 6300.1
Senator Pittman Has
One Year of Bad Luck
(By Associated Press)
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31-It wasn't
a campaign year for Senator Pitt-
man, of Nevada, and he looked for-
ward to some rest this summer from
the long grind of Congress but now
he claims a hard-luck role that will
overshadow that of any of his cam-
First, the Pittman residence here
hrned onwn twie Then Mrs. Pitt-
A.ssoctatea Press Phuo
Relatives and rescuers are shown above wai1ng at the mouth of the
coal mine in Alsdorf, Germany, where 248 were killed by an explosion.
Picture below shows soldiers removing one of the injured.
Federal Government Announces
Construction -o Cost
CONTRACTS GIVEN OUT
Building Program Includes Civic,
Military, and Naval
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31. - Con-!
centrating on its efforts to lead the
country to a solution of the unem-
ployment p-oblem, the federal gov-
ernment announced today its cur-
rent construction projects would'
cost approximately $1,000,000,000.
Contracts Total $938,416,000.
Contracts under way and pend-
ing aggregate $938,416,000, it was
disclosed at the White House. Al-
ready the building program, iaclud-
ing public works, naval and mili-
tary construction, and ships built
through shipping board loans, to-
tals $557,756,000. Other contracts to
be let as soon as possible aggregate
These projects are exclusive of
the $10,000,000 naval and military
ai'rcraft contracts. Although ,the
program was provided for at the
last session of Congress, instruc-
tions were issued to all departments
to expedite their plans in order to
relieve as many jobless as possible.
As a result of the construction
I programs, employment directly at-
tributable to government work was
placed at 1,033,000 persons on Oct.
1 as compared with 990,000 persons
last January. However, this 'figure
includes all army, navy, and coast
goard personnel, as well as those in
the civil service. It does not, how-
ever, include those making govern-
Train Regulation Set Aside.
As reports were received by chair-
man Woods of the President's emeir-
gency commirteefor employment,
telling of the progress in industrial
areas towards finding employment
for the jobless and keeping other
employees busy under the stagger
plan, the interstate commerce com-
mission set aside for the first time
its regulations on raillroad account-
The action will permit the Chi-
cago and Northwestern railway 'to
use $500,000 in Chicago and other
northwestern cities in employealg
1,700 of its former mechanics and
shopmen during November and De-
cember to repair locomotives and
I'Olympia' Will Appear
COUHT OF INDUIRY
Four Survivors Tell Experiences
During Accident Before
COOK TELLS VIVID TALE
Had Anticipated Trouble When
He Noticed Containers Near
Bunk Surging Heavily.
LONDON. Oct. 31.--Four men who
escaped with their lives from the
inferno of the dirigible R-101 when
she crashed and burned on a hill-
side near Beauvais, France, today
recounted those terrifying moments
just before the wreck at the court
of inquiry investigating the dis-
TO APPEARH ERE
Japanese Troupe Will P
Third Attraction at
:s for Eminent Radiolo
Will be Held at Detroit
TO GIVE SONGS, DANCES
The Ongawa Japanese Players
will present the third attraction on
Nov. 8 at the Lydia Mendelssohn
theater, .a week from today.
Mr. and Mrs. Michitaro Ongawa
are the stars of the company. Mr.
Ongawa does the swordplay, and
Mrs. Ongawa does the dances. The
first part of the program consists
of Japanese songs and dances, while
,the second part ifaa mystery play,
"The Fox Woman."
"This program is something very
novel and unusual," stated Amy
Loomis, director of the theater.
Various organizations in Ann Arbor
have tried to bring the company
here several times before, b~ut have
not been able to secure dates. For-
tunately, due to a cancellation, we
were able to book them."
Mr. Ongawa is a Sumarai of thej
Tokugawa clan which guided the
destinies of the Japanese empire for
nearly 300 years, and his boyhood
days were spent in practice of the
two-handed sword and the .long
bow. His father, Ogawa Yoshiyasu,
had the honor of being ordained
the first minister in Japan.
Judge's Dollar Siggns
Mare Deaf Mute Speak
(By Associated Press)
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 31. - Percy
Johnson, Negro, was in court today
charged wl'bh violating an ordinance
against peddling on the streets. The
cards he was selling gave instruc-
tions for use of the sign language.
When the Magistrate addressed a
question to Johnson, he motioned
toward his mouth, indicating he
couldn't speak except by signs.
So the judge with one eye on the
cards, began to spell wkYh his hand:
"What for?"cried the astonished
Johnson ina voice that showed no
signs of impairment.
(See Story on Page 3 )
(By Associated Press)
OKLAHOMA CITY. Okla.. Oct.
31.--An army of a half thou-
sand men, military and civil,
guarded Oklahoma's capital to-
night against the menace of a
potential fire dragon, a gigantic
wild oil well, that roared at the
Nine units of the Oklahoma
national guard were called to
assist civil authorities in nro-
Funeral services for Dr. Preston
M. Hickey, head of the department
of roentgenology of the University,
who died Thursday noon i'n Uni-
versity hospital will be held at 3
o'clock Sunday afternoon in Detroit.
The services will be held at the
Central Methodist Episcopal church
at Woodward and Adams avenues.
Two active pallbearers will be
from Ann Arbor, Dr. C. B. Pierce,
assistant professor of roentgenology
at University hospital, and Dr.
Samuel W. Donaldson, director of
the X-ray department at St. Jo-
seph's Mercy hospital.
The list of honorary pallbearers,
numbering 36, are as follows:
Dr. Alexander G. Ruthven, presi-
dent of the University; Regents
Walter H. Sawyer, O. O. Murfin and
J. E. Beal; B. S. Hanchett, a former
Regent; Shirley W. Smith, vice
president and secretary of the Uni-,
versity; C. S. Yoakum, vice presiL
dent; Drs. Harley A. Haynes, C. C.
Sturgis, A. S. Warthin, D. M Cowie,
W P. Lombard, F. A. Coller, W. R.I
Parker, R. B. Canfield, C. V. Weller,1
C. D. Camp, H. B. Lewis, Udo Wile,
Max Peet, John Alexander, L. H.
Newburgh, F. N. Wilson, R. Peter-
son, A. C. Furstenburgh, Robert Ge-
sell, C. P. Huber and C. W. Ed-,
munds; Prof. Ralph W. Aigler, Prof.1
Emil Lorch, Dr. W. W. Bishop, Hack-
ley Butler, Rev. Henry Lewis, A. W.
Diack and Dean Edward H. Kraus.
acott Feted on Tenth
Year at Northwestern
(By Associated Press)
CHICAGO, Oct. 31.-Walter Dill
Scott was the toast of business and
professional men tonight at a ban-
quet, which marked his tenth anni-
versary as president of Northwest-
Tribute was paid to him for his
40 years of labor at the institution
as well as for his ten years of ad-
ministration as its head.
Among the speakers were Dr.
Frederick P. Keppel, president of
the Carnegie corporation, Silas H.
Strawn, chairman of the North-
western University associates, Ar-
thur Andersen, newly elected presi-
dent of the University's trustees
When Dr. Scott entered the Uni-
versity as a freshman in the col-
lege of liberal arts 40 years ago the
enrollment of the University
Cook Describes Details.
So harrowing was the experience
that two of them asked the court
not to compel them to describe the
agonized screams of their com-
rades, perishing in the flames and
the commission was as gentle as
circumstances permitted in ques-
tioning A. J. Cook, H. J. Leech and
V. Savory, engineers, and Arthur
Disley, a radio operator.
It was a vivid story Cook told,
and the others supported it with I
About 2 o'clock in the morning,
a few minutes before the crash,
Cook had gone on duty as engineer
in charge of the fourth unit engine.
The commander rang for reduced
speed shortly after he reached his,
post. The ship dived sharply, then
seemed to lunge toward the earth.
In a moment she had struck with
a terrific jar and seemed to bounce
before striking again. Then there
was a rendering explosion which
split the ship from bow to stern.
Speed Ordered Reduced.
When he got the order for re-
duced speed, Cook said, he felt that
something must be wrong, for the
craft had ben going smoothly at
normal cruising speed for some
It confirmed the suspicion he had
had earlier when from his bunl
near the gas bags, he observed the
containers surging about heavily.
He had barely time to look over
his shoulder to the engine-room
window when the ship went into a
deep dive. She seemed to recover
for a moment, and then headed
downward in the sharpest dive he
had ever experienced.
Then she struck. It was a matter
of seconds between the first and
second times the craft hit the
earth, he said.
Cook tried to scramble out of the
engine gondola toward the ship
when he realized what had hap-
pened,but found the mainbody of
the dirigible a wall of flame.
Thousands Watch Triumphant
Entry of Dr. Vargas.
(By Associated Press)
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 31.-The'
generalissimo of the short-lived
Brazilian revolution, Dr. Getulio
Vargas, arrived here at 6:50 o'clock
tonight to become provisional pres-
ident of Brazil and was hailed as
Despite an intermittent drizzle
during the day great crowds were
on hand to welcome Dr. Vargas,
who was defeated for federal pres-
ident in the election last spring
and conducted the revolt beginning
T. G. Masaryk,
President of the Republic of
Czecho-slovakia, who is reported ill.
His advanced age makes the sick-
ness a serious one.
1POSTOFFICE P OB
Explanatio -if Senator
of His Letter.I
for Last Time Tonight
Comedy Club members will pre- I
sent the last performance of Ferenc
Molnar's "Olympia" at 8:15 o'clock
tonight at the Lydia Mendelssohn
Mary Powers, of the Carnegie
Institute of Technology, will again
play the leading role. Florence
Tennant, Grad., was to have taken
the role for the last performance.
Miss Powers took part in all the
productions of the Michigan Sum-
mer Repertory Players last summer.
Grecian Police Believe
(By Associated Press)
ATHENS, Greece, Oct. 31.-Police
believed today that arrest of Gen.
Theodorus Pangalos and 27 army
officers and civilians had frustrated
a plot to depose Premier Eleutherios
Venizelos and reinstate Gen. Pan-
galos, former dictator.
MISSIVE INVOLVED NYE,
(By Associated Press)
OMAHA, Neb. Oct. 31.-The post-
office department was drawn today
into Senator George W. Norris',.
campaign for re-election.l
Thorne Browne, Nebraska direc-
tor of the National Electric Light
association, asked postal inspectors7
to investigate the manner in which
a letter written to him by J. B.,
Wootan, of Chicago, came into1
Senator Norris' possession,,
The letter was read by the sena-
tor, opposed by Former Senator
Gilbert M. Hitchcock, in an address
last night at Blair.
The contents of the letter, it was
revealed, concerned "wire tapping"
abuses against Senator Gerald P.
Nye, chairman of the Senate cam-
paign funds committee.
"How did Senator Norris come
into possession of the letter?"
Brown demanded of the postal
authorities. "Wootan told me he
sent me a letter. The letter never
arrived at my office. The senator
has it. Some place between the
office building in Chicago and my
office 'in Lincoln, Neb., that letter
was abstracted by some one."
Senator Norris said:
"I would be glad to have them
investigate. Their conclusion that
some one tapped to'e mails was just
as silly as their conclusion that
Senator Nye's aides tapped tele-
Heller to Give Speech
on Organized Religion
Rab;A Bernard Heller, director of
the B'nai Brath Hillel foundation
will occupy the pulpit at a service
to be held 11 o'clock Sunday morn-
ing in the chapel of the Women':
League. He will discuss the question
"Is Organized Religion Baneful a.
Several innovations have been an-
nounced for the regular Sunday
service sponsored by the foundatlon,
with the purpose of removing ob-
jections and criticisms voiced by
students in late years. Music will
also be provided by a choral group
recently formed at the foundation.
The League chapel will be used
throughout the year, inasmuch as
last year' it proved more adequate
than either Lane hall or the foun-
DO-X WILL LEAVE
German Flying Boat May Leave
(By Associated Press)
ALTENHEIN, Switzerland, Oct.
31.-Germany's great flying ship
the DOX, which has carried aloft
as many as 169 persons but never
has been away from sheltered
Lake Constance, is about ready tc
leave the nest in, which it wak
Committee to Include Bennett,
Boswell, Crawford, Cory,
ADVISORY GROUP NAMED
Personnel of Councils to Lead
Other Senior Functions
Appointments to committee posi-
tions of the senior literary class
were announced yesterday by Bruce
Palmer, class president.
Vinial Taylor was named as the
Senior Ball chaiman. Other mem-
bers of his committee are Keith
Bennett, 'Jean Boswell, P alimne r
Crawford, Charles Cory, Millard
Deutsch, and Albert Klick.
Daily Editor Heads Committee.
The personnel of the other com-
mittees follow: Advisory:t. Henry
Merry, chairman, Merton Bell, Elea-
nore Cooke, Casper Halverson, and
Harold O. Warren, Jr.
Athletic: LaVerne Taylor, chair-
man, Francis Cornwell, Joe Down-
ing, Joseph Russell, and J. Harri-
Auditing: Paul Showers, chair-
man, Hazel Belcher, Robert Feld-
man, and Frederick Faust.
Banquet: Donald Cook, chairman,
Irving Cooper, and Irwin Newman.
Canes: Frank E. Cooper, chair-
man, Fenelon Boesche, Raymond
Bunshaw, Reed Orr, Montgomery
Shick, and Henry Schmidt.
Caps and Gowns: Stephen Deni-
us, chaitrman, Eugene Jackson, Hel-
en Jones, Josselyn McLean, and
Class Day: Edwin Schrader, chair-
man, Lucille Cossar, George Dusen-
bury, Clifford Murray, and Dorothy
Finance: Gordan Dalby, chair-
man, William Garrison, Whitfieldi
Hillyer, Stuart Smith, and Alfred
Invitations: Dean Es'ng, chair-
man, Marie Edington, Douglas Ed-
wards, Ruth Marshall, Margaret
Mix, William Richards, and- John
Memorhl: Kenneth MacLennan,
:hairman, Leigh Chatterson, Marie
wingerle, and Clyde Jones.
Picture: Victor Kirschner, chair-
man, Jerome Engle, Ann Goldberg,
Samuel Goldberg, and Lucille Gross-
Publicity: G e o r g e Hofineister,
chairman, Mary Jane Keenan, Jack
Rose, and Mary Stuart.
Senior Sing: Lawrence Good-
speed, chairman, William Browne,
Roberta Red, and Elbert Trail.
Social: Stuart Daugherty, chair-
man, Margaret Eaman, Williamr
3entry, Robert Gordan, and Kath-
Swingout: Townsend Clark, chair-
man, Vivian Bullock, Eleze Connell,
Frank Power, Joseph Roper, and
Fred Van Dorn.
Bruce Shannon was unanimous-
ly elected president of the sopho-
more engineering class yesterday.
Other officers and class represent-
atives for the Engineering council
and the Honor committee were also
selected at the annualelections.
Robert Rice defeated Hilbert
Horwitz for the vice-presidency by
a 104 to 24 vote. Harold Seamans,
with 98 votes, was chosen secretary
over F. A. Heller, who polled28
votes. The treasurership went to
Chester Ogden, who piled up 90
votes to the 31 of his opponent,
Ward Parr will be the sophomore
on the council as the result of his
victory over George Hertner. Their
respective votes were 94 to 24. Both
positions on the Honor committee
were filled by a unanimous ballot.
Paul Rauff was elected for a two
year term while Richard Becker
was chosen to serve for one year.
VJ'Laughlin Will Speak
Before Tolstoi Group
Dr. Dean B. McLaughlin, of the
astrnnomv dnartment muill crh, a
Official quarters minimized im- For hours oefore his scheduledl
portance of the plot and the min- arrival, thousands upon thousands
ister of war described it as farcical. of spectators surrounded the rail-
He said the government had been way station and stood in masses
on the track of the conspirators along the avenue, watching the
for a long time but regarding the victorious southern troops march-
movement as unimportant decided ing through the streets. The sol-
not to arrest any one until an op- diers, most of them gauchoes, from
portune time, the pampas, of Rio Grande do Sul,
--___ - and other southern states of the
Brazilian union, arrived yesterday
Athletic Directors in advance of their chieftan.
to Decide on Gam Even early today there was a fes-
tive air in this beautiful capital. The
The Board in Control of Atn -Brazilian colors and the state flag
eti BordllmetCatonrootdayof Rio Grande do Sul was draped on
letics will meet at noon today albilig ntedwtw e-
at the Union to discuss the pro- I all buildings in the downtown sec-
S htion, while itinerant hawkers were
posed Michigan-University of busy selling flags and buttons bear-
D e troit post-season football ing the likeness of Dr. Vargas.