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VOL XLI. No. 83







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LAW ENFRCEMENT Wickersham Board Completes Research
MTon Enforcement of Country's Legislation
REP HT T H Iii dml2 &


Wickersham Commission Ends
Investigation After
Twenty Months.



President Abandons All Work to
Prepare Message
(By Assorated Pr>ss)
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19.-Exactly
19 months and 23 days after em-
barking upon its task, the Wicker-
sham law enforcement commission
today laid its study of the nation's
prohibition problem before Presi-
dent Hoover.
T h e secrecy-surrounded a n d
lengthy document, wrapped in an
ordinary brown paper envelope, was
carded to the White House early
this morning by Chairman Wicker-
sham. And almost immediately Mr.
Hoover dropped other tasks to be-
gin his study of it.
The president's engagement list
was ordered held to a minimum,
and if expectations at the White
House are fulfilled hewill be able
to send it to Congress, probably
with some form of message attach-
ed, by tomorrow noon.
Will Be Released.
It will be released for publica-
Days before the long-awaited re-
port was placed in Mr. Hoover's
hand, it became known through
:furces close to the commission
that the majority report of the 11
members, at least, would carry no
reomQomendation for repeal of the
Eighteenth Amendment or modifi-
cation of the Volstead Act to per-
mit wines or beer.
Despite the few words that have
leaked out from behind the com-
mission's long-closed doors, how-
ever, the main portions of both the
majority and individual reports
have remain shrouded in a secrecy
almost unparalleled in Washington.
Group Congratulated.
There was a general congratula-
tory air that the sparsely inhabited
commission headquarters during
the day, that not withstanding the
nearly two years of deliberation
upon a highly controversial subject,
the tenor of these agreements and
disagreements have been confined
mainly to the circle of the 11 mem-
Even the transmitting to Presi-
dent Hoover of the report was ac-
complished with as much secrecy
as possible. The energetic 72-year-
old commission chairman left his
Connecticut avenue home much
earlier than has been his custom
in recent months.
State Bulletins
(By Assci l e ss)
January 19, 1931.
(y Assoled rP ress)
YPSILANTI - The city council
here has extended the dead line for
the payment of state and county
taxes to Feb. 1 because 40 per cent
of the December tax roll was paid
by Jan. 15.
DETROIT-A writ of mandamus,
issued by circuit Judge Allan Camp-
bell,today ordered the city of De-
troit and Joseph S. Stringham,
commissioner of public works, to
reinstate five discharged sewer in-
spectors. Judge Campbell ruled that
because the men are U. S. warvet-
erans they cannot be discharged
without a hearing, according to
Michigan law. Edward N. Barnard,
their attorney, said they had not
had any hearings.
PONTIAC - Fire caused by the
explosion of naphtha fumes in the
warehouse of the Baldwin Rubber
Co. plant here, caused a loss esti-
mated at from $50,000 to $60,000,
Samuel C. Clark, president, and
general manager, said today. Com-

Associated Press Photo;
Above are the members of President Hoover's law enforcement commission who sent their completed
report to the White House yesterday, after nearly twenty months of deliberation. Seated, left to right:
Roscoe Pound, Ada M. Comstock, President Hoover, Chairman George W. Wickershan and William S. Ken-
yon. Standing: Kenneth R. MacIntosh, Monte M. Leniann, Paul J. McCormach, Frank J. Loesch, William
J. Grubb, Newton D. Baker and Henry W. Anderson.'
TPHITS6GRAFT Clarke Expresses
Readiness for Anyd
IN CHICAGOPAKind of Executing I .O
______(PIy A ssocwfdiae.)-s)-
[ A N S I N G, Jan. 19.-James
Grand Jury Investigation Shows Clarke, of Detroit, was first under Reservation Commission Orders
Politicians, Policemen the wire with his application for Aerial Survey to Find {
Work With Gangs. the position of state executioner. Extent of Change.'
___ Every other year, when the c -
(fly Assocwlted I'ress i 'la4're ~c 0 veKs a Id (Ha o '>IdI,''
CHICAGO, Jan. 19-Startling and capital fuishment mount' NIAGARA FALLS N.Y. Jan. 19.1
rapidly developing evidence was plications flood the executive ofN-J
laid today before the special grand fice. in his letter f Governor The Niagara State Reservation
jury investigating the alleged three- Brucker today, Crke said he is Commission today ordered an aerial1
way partnership of the politicians, willing to take the j-l, no mater survey of the American Falls to
police and criminals. whether he has to pull the hang deteriniie the extent of the rock
On the heel of the first tangible man's rope or to touch the elec- slide Saturday night and Sunday.
information on the alleged buying tric chair button. Back of his de-
of promotions in the police depart- sire for the work, he indicated, which changed the contour of the
ment, a mass of underworld records is the hope he may gain revenge, crest of the great cataract into a(
gathered in a raid upon a Capone- A month ago he was held up and miniature of the Canadian or
controlled vice resort was given to robbed of $78. He has reached Horseshoe Falls.
the jury, records indicating numer- the conclusion, he says that pris- Two witnesses of the first tre-
ous business and financial transac- on is too good for thugs, and he mendous plunges of rock and ice
tions between gang lords and their heartily endorses the death peni- that rent the brink of the falls were
political and police friends. alty. found today. One viewed the cave-
Most of this evidence was guard- in from Prospect Point on the
ed from the public but enough was ,OoNAPE American side, while the other
disclosed and enough hinted at to watched it from below the bank on
indicate possible far-reaching de- the Canadian side. Both said that
velopments. there were two distinct slides that
The records were seized in a raid IRlIInnnI thousands of tons of rock and
on the R ex hotel, a notorious dis- Hse t t L f t gs o into the ]ow er rivers. o
orderly house which had been sup L Percy Fraser, superintendent of
posedly closed by police order for -- the docks of the Maid of the Mist
months. The hotel was operated Premier Assures Self-goveriment Steamship Co., who viewed the
by Denny Cooney, described by po- as Round Table Conference slides from the Canadian side, said
t herec was a terrific rumble and as
In the batch 0o papers that was e'rmmia(es, he looked from a window of his
shown to reporters was a pack oftion that ncstlcs among the rocky
mail sent to Detecti ves Jamnes Cole- ,(P: A.u w julcr,/l . !e nsle aon herok
man and Peter Bernacchi at the LONDON, Jan. 19. dPfrttcrship veo the gore oew h s
hotel address. The detectives had of India as a dominion with re-c he saw the rock and ice give way.
been assigned to the Rex hotel for sponsible elf-governnen t in theI
years. One of Cooney's financial British Commonwealth of Nations
books had a disbursement item,' was pledged today by Ramsay Mac- Hobbs. Calls Recession
"Coleman $57.48." There was a can- Donald as the great Indian round Pzzic to Geologists
celled check made out to Bernacchi table conference in old St. James -
for $148.50 and signed by Hazel L. palace cane to 'a close. ITie sudden fall of a large mass
Smith, bookkeeper in another Ca- "You have opened a new chapter ofl rock in the American falls of
pone resort. in the history of India" was King Niagara last Saturday night wasI
George's message to the 100 or more I seen as a surprising prank of na-
Dangerous klahoma delegates, but it was Mother India ture which would prove very puzzl-
C who had the last word after nine ing for geologists to e x p 1 a i n,i
City Gusher Capped weeks of oratory and debate. P'rof. William H. Hobbs, head of

Union Construction Co. Bid
Accepted for Building of
New Trunk Drain.
COST TO BE $257,624
Bond Issue of Last November
Covers Expenditure
on Structure.
Complying w i t h recommend a-
tions passed Saturday by the board
of public works, the Ann Arbor city
council last night awarded the con-
tract for construction of the new
main trunk sanitary sewer to the
United Construction Co., of thisi
city. The bid calls for a net expen-
diture of $257,624.80. An amount
sufficient to cover the cost of the
sewer was assured the city by pass-
age of a bond issue last November.
Labor used in construction work
is to be composed only of Ann Ar-
bor residents, providing local labor
is available. In addition, the coun-
cil specified that only bids of firms
employing local labor in casting the
concrete pipe would be considered.
This, it is estimated, will give em-
ployment to approximately 20 per-
Will Probe Irregularities.
Acting on a communication re-
ceived from Mayor Edward Staeb-
ler, in which he referred to alleged
irregularities in the expenditures of
the county road commission, the
council appointed two members to
attend a meeting Feb. 2 of the-
board of supervisors, who plan an
investigation into the m a t t-e r.
Mayor Staebler stated that Ann Ar-
bor's interest in the use of funds
by the commission lay in the fact
that 47 per cent of the commission's
incomes was received fromthis city.
Three Petitions Considered.
Two petitions for revision of the
city zoning ordinance were refused
and one granted by council. Prop-
erty at the intersection of Main
street and Hoover avenue, as well
as a section on Ann street between.
Ingalls street and Glenn avenue, is
not to be changed, the council vot-
ed, while a change was made con-
cerning the block bounded by E.
Huron, Ann, Glenn, and Forest ave-

as Reasons.

Desire to Co-operate With Legislature, General
Economic Depression Indicated

I'Presideot A elende1r Grant Ruthven announced yesterday that
the University will make no requests of the present state legislature
for special appropri;.tions to finance its building program in 1931.
President luthvcn said that the board of regents and administrative
officials had decided to adjust the building program in such a way
that there would be no addition to the expenditures authorized by

a law enacted in 1921) to meet the
(See Pages G and 7 for Details.)
Northwestern maintained its
place at the top of the race for
Big Ten basketball honors by de-
feating Michigan here last night
by a 26-21 score. Joe Richf, Wild-
cat sophomore center wasgthe
outstanding star of the game
with 15 points to his credit, al-
though Norm Daniels, Wolverine
pivot man added 11 points to his
team's total.
Indiana won from Iowa by a
28-20 margin and climbed into
third place in the standings be-
hind Northwestern and Chicago,
while at Minneapolis the Goph-
ers turned back the determined
threat of Wisconsin to win a

close 28-26 game.
now in a tie with
sixth and seventh
Big Ten

s - 4

Wisconsin is
Michigan for
places in the

Third Session Will Give Lessons,
in Beginning French t
to Freshmen. '
Fresh man tutoring sections spon-
,ored by the Student Christian as-{
sociation will meet for the third t
time this year, beginning Thursday1
with a class in beginning French.
The groups will be led by quali-
fied instructors or assistants in theI
departments concerned. They are
open without cost to all freshmen.1
but as each group will -be limitedt
to 25, those wishing to secure places
in them should make reservations
in advance at Lane hall.
Otr tutoriig session duringg the
' (1om ing" week.J are Chemistry 5E (on
Friday, Chrnistry 3 on Monday,
and beginning French next Mon-
day. true to the fact; that the His-t
tory 11 lecture before the mid-se-
ruester examiinations wals crowded
with those who were not fre-shmen,J
the date of this session will not be'
announced, except by post card to
those who make reservations before
next Monday at Lane hall. -
Princeton's Students
Favor Harvard Games,

ninimum requirements each year
or a period of four years, includ-
ng 1931.
The general economic depres-
nion, and a desire to cooperate
with the state government in its
effort to conserve state tax funds,
fhe President stated, were the
forces responsible for the course
thus adopted by University officials.
Cites Growing Demands.
In justifying the University's
stand that science and thergrowth
of modern trends in every field
make the demand for more money
ever constant, Dr. Ruthven stated
that "it is an order which must be
heeded so that the University may
make a serious effort to keep
abreast of the world's rapid scien-
tific progress." The President add-
ed that there was no "lack of build-
ing needs at the present time" and
that in normal conditions addi-
tional appropriations would be im-
minent. The economic trend, how-
ever, has precluded any p 1.a, n s
wIhich the administration may have
had for the 1931 building program,
Dr. Ruthven said, and no further
explanation of that program was
necessary at the present time.
"The Regents and administration
officers have decided," the Presi-
lent stated, "in view of the general
economic situation and the conse-
Iuent desirability of conservative
expenditures of tax funds, to make
no requests for special appropria-
tions of the present legislature. The
University will endeavor to be con-
tent with the funds made available
for buildings and land by the law
enacted in 1929 to provide for the
minimum requirements over a four-
year period. The amount appro-
priated at that time for use in 1931
and 1932 was $700,000 per year, and
the building program is being so
revised that it will include for this
year no addition to the minimum
requirements as represented by
that sum.
Hope Course Is Acceptable.
"Failure to request special appro-
priations for 1931 will be disap-
pointing, no doubt," the President
concluded, "to many persons ac-
quainted with University expansion
needs, but the Board of Regents
and the administration are hopeful
that the course adopted will be re-
garded as generally acceptable in
an effort Ao cooperate with the
state government in its endeavor
to practice strict economy."
Appropriations for 1929-30, as
published in the recently issued
"State Budget," ┬░totaled $925,000
while the anticipated 1931-32 budg-
t calls for $1,200,000 in state money
for the university.
Adelphi and Sigma Rho Tau, lit-
erary and engineering forensic so-
cieties, will meet at 7:30 o'clock to-
night in the Grand Rapids room of
the League building to debate the
question of government operation
of Muscle Shoals. Adelphi will up-
hold the affirmative.
Sigma Rho Tau will be repre
sented by Vernon C. Praschan,
Grad,, E, Earl C. Briggs, '33E, and
Leo Brown, '32E; Adelphi by Nath-
an Levy, '31, Victor Rabinowitz, '31,
and Edward J. Pettit, Spec.
Registrar Ira Smith has consent-
ed to act as chairman. Prof. Rupert
Courtwright of the College of the
City of Detroit and James H. Mc-
Burney of the speech department
will occupy two of the julge posi-
tions. Arrangements have been


Turkey, Iceland Invited
Discuss Federation
of EurO >e

+ AsLt", uAled 1 'yr s)
GENEVA, Jan. 19.--Russia, Tur-
key and Iceland will be asked to
participate in t h e preliminary,
economic discussions of a plan for
an European federation if today's
decision of a sub-committee is a-
dopted by the European conference.
The decision, reached after a long
debate, was in the nature of a com-
promise. Germany and Italy had
demanded that non-members of the
League of Nations be invited to join
in establishing the federation plan,
An iotid BA fli r F A h f irninr

S(By Associated 'rtSS) The demure Beguni snah, Nawaz,1
OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 19.-An- drawing upon Longfellow, quoted a1
other roaring menace of the oil poem epitomizing the spirit of the
field on Oklahoma City's doorstep, negotiations still to come, Let us+
the wild No. 1 Wespaco oil well, was now up and doing."
-throttled late today. I The prime minister, in a long
The well, wild since morning, was I and earnest speech outlining Brit-
shut in at 5:30 p.m. by John Gor- ish policy in India, extended the
don, tamer of the wild No. 1 Stout I hand of dominion fellowship to the
of the Morgan Petroleum Co., which great Asian sub-continent where a
sprayed oil over the state capitol fifth of the world's population'
I for three days last November. dwells.
Fall in Output, Employment, and 1930 as compared with 642 in 1929
Prices Is Noted for Last and 491 in 1928. Of the suspended
Tbanks 138 re-opened.
Two Months of Year. The suspended institutions had
deposits of $903,954,000 while the
WASHIN oian 1s-Further re-opened banks had deposits of
rnl-'-,n 1 n ,iifa m bl nnvment $54,678,000. The failure in 19301

the geology department, said yes-
"This fall of material, which is
cha raie~ rrized in press reports as
being the largest in the history of
the Niagara falls, covering an area
of 200 feet by 100 feet, seems to be
the result of some unsuspected
washing out of the softer under
layers of rock,"' Professor Hobbs
declared. "for it can not be ac-
counted for by the usual erosive
effect of stones churned up in the
"It is surorising to the geologist,
because the falls of rock have in
the past been much more rapid in
the Canadian falls than in the
American falls, the average reces-
sion in the American cataract hav-
ing been only about one inch a
year, in the past, due to the small
ardount of water going over the

minister and "father" of the pan- PRINCET'ON, N. J, Jan. 19. -Uii
Europe idea, and the foreign mm- d('rgreduate "(licials" of Princeton
isters of Roumania and Switzer- tanliversity favor an immediate re-
land, were definitely opposed to in- sumption of athletic relations with
viting Russia. .Harvard in all sports except foot-
Finally, the particaption of the I ball.
three countries in the economic as- ; tud ; sentiment was expressed
pects of the work was adopted. in a letter published by tle "Daily
Princetonian" today and signed by
Armament Competition the president of the undergraduate
council, the presidents of the three
Called Cause of Wars s upper classes and the captains of
(I - all major and minor sport teams.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19. - Carrie'
Chapman Catt, veteran advocate of Senate Defies Hoover
world peace, opening today the on Red Cross Funds
sixth annual conference on cause - ---
(Py A ->oria :l'Pes)
and cure of war, defined what she WASHINGTON, Jan. 19. T li e
termed "the one cause, the one senate stepped across the adminis-
cure." Itration line today for another dis-
Fromcountless definitions sub- I pute with the White 1iouse over re-

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