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VOL. XLII. No. 115 SIX PAGES ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 1932. Weather: Continued Cold; Snow.


aPNE UFF RS'Robin Hood' Operetta Opens
Tonight With Large Choruses


night while the official inquiry of
the police centered on two clues
-a ladder and a chisel.
The Chicago gang chief offered
to post a $200,000 bond if the
federal government would release
him so he could join in the child
At the time Capone was talking
in the Cook County jail, state
police were working here vigorously
and independently of the secret
search of the colonel which already
has enlisted two underworld "go-
betweens" and a unit of private
Officials Quiet.
Officials refused to say whether
Col. Lindbergh had received any
further communications from those
who made off with his only child
a week ago last Tuesday night.
From a reliable source, it had
been learned that two notes, iden-
tified as authentic by handwriting
experts, came to the colonel from
the kidnappers last Sunday, but it
was understood last night that the
criminals had represented them-
selves as unwilling to deal further
with the -Lindberghs for the pres-
For the first time it was disclos-
ed that neither fingerprints nor
footprints had been taken of the
child, and that exactly a week be-
fore the kidnapping the curly hair
of the boy had been trimmed.
Search Ile de France.
One angle of the police work re-
volved about the make-shift lad-
der tossed aside by the abductor
after they used it to gain entrance
to the nursery of the Lindbergh
The wood from which the laddei
wa made had been tentatively
identified as having come from ex-
cess material left over after a con-
struction job at the Skillman Statc
Home of Epileptics, and police said
their investigation at Skillman
near here, was being continued.
A statement was made, however,
by R. B. Hullfish, who superintend-
ed the construction of the Lind-
bergh home, that the wood might
have been secured from any one of
a number of building jobs in the
region-even the construction of
the Lindbergh home itself.
Even in Europe a search of the
Ile de France for the missing child
was made when the liner touched
at Plymouth, England, following
the report the Lindbergh heir was
being held on board a ship. Nine
children were found among the
passengers, but all were identified.
WASHINGTON, March 10.-P)-
Discussion on the new tax bill be-
gan in the House today and before
Congress had adjourned there had
been a spirited exchange in the
Senate over its provisions.
Acting Chairman Crist of the
House committee which drew the
bill defended it, asserting i, was
necessary for the government to
balance its budget and money had
to be raised to do it. He said if
the proposal for a sales tax was re-
jected that an alternative was the
taxes on specific industries recom-
mended in the original treasury
tax program.
In the Senate, Dill of Washing-
ton, assailed the proposed sales tax,
and McKellar of Tennessee, and
Walsh of Montana, all Democrats,
joined in the discussion.
A Republican, Moses of New

Dorethea Torbeson. George D. Brown.
** * * * *
Culminating weeks of preparation the twenty-fifth annual Mimes
union opera "Robin Hood" opens at 8:15 o'clock tonight for a two day
run in Hill auditorium. More ambitious than any previous opera with
respect to numbers and lavishness of sets and costumes, "Robin Hood"
will comprise the efforts of more than two hundred students, Mimes,
the Union, Play Production, the Varsity Glee Clubs, and the University
Symphony orchestra all concurring on what has been termed, "the fore-
most campus musical and dramatic event."
The cast of principals is as follows: Robin Hood, George D. Brown,
'34L, the Sheriff, H. C. Howard, Sir Guy, Emmett J. Leib, '33, Little John,
Herman C. Skoog, Spec., Will Scarlet, Lawrence Mayer, Friar Tuck,
William E. Greiner, '32, Allan-a-Dale, Hope Eddy, Spec.
Dorethea Torbeson, '32SM, will take the feminine lead, Maid Marian,
Frances Billee Johnson, '32, will play Dame Durden, Helen Van Loon, '32,
Annabel, and Dorothea Williams, '34, a page.


Unconditional Evacuation
Prerequisite to Truce


SHANGHAI, March 10.-(P)-The
Chinese Government, replying to
the latest Japanese peace propos-
als, today reiterated its demand for
unconditional vacuation of Japan-
ese troops as a prerequisite to truce
The peace proposals, had come
from Marmoru Shigenitsu, Japan-
ese minister to China, who inform-
ed Chinese authorities that civil
and military officials of the Tokio
Government were ready to start
negotiations in accordance with the
Ueague of Nations Assembly reso-
lution adopted March 4.
Although t h e pre-negotiation
maneuvering still was going on,
improvement in the situation was
reflected by the departure of five
United States destroyers f r o m
Shanghai. Three sailed to Manila,
another to Amoy and the fifth to
"There is every reason to enter-
tain some anxiety concerning the
situation at the front," the Japan-
ese minister said in his note to the
Chinese authorities. We consider it
a matter of urgent necessity to
reach a definite agreement for
cessation of hostilities forthwith.
Then we may discuss and deter-
mine arrangements for withdrawal
of Japanese troops.
League Drafts Plans.
GENEVA, March 10. -(P) -A
three-point program for settling
the Sino-Japanese conflict w a s
adopted today by a drafting com-
mittee of the League of Nations
Assembly. It was turned over to
leaders of the League that they
might prepare themselves for de-
bate at a public session tomorrow.

The story of "Robin Hood' is
based on the familiar legend of the
noble . Earl of Nottingham who,
cheated out of his rightful inheri-
tance, joins a band of outlaws who
inhabit the vast green forest of
Sherwood. His love with the maid
Marion which is cruelly frustrated
by the efforts of the wiley sheriff
and Sir Guy is finally consummat-
ed through the ingenious aid of
the outlaw, Alan-a-Dale.
Prof. David Mattern, of the
School of Music, has been in charge
of the musical end of the produc-
tion. He has worked with the Uni-
versity Symphony Orchestra for the
past six weeks perfecting the rendi-
tion of DeKoven's musical scores
for which the operetta is so well
known. Such numbers as "Oh
Promise Me," "Brown October Ale,"
"The Armorer's Song," "Robin
Hood's Serenade," and "The Tink-
er's Chorus" have all been worked
over and perfected by the orches-
tra and choruses.
H. C. Howard, who is playing the
part of the Sheriff, has been direc-
tor of the entire show. Howard
came to Ann Arbor two months ago
to take charge following the an-
nouncement that Mimes had de-
cided to do "Robin Hood." For the
past ten years he has been director
and actor in De Wolf Hopper's com-
pany which has recently concluded
a nation-wide tour on the coast.
The general committee for the
show consists of William Tippy,
'32E, chairman, Prof. Earl V. Moore,
Nora C. Hunt, Prof. David Mattern,
Paul Buckley, Prof. Herbert Ken-
yon, Valentine B. Windt, Gayle
Chaffin, '32, Willena Kalmbach,
'32, and R. Duane Wells, '32.
Hundreds Are Helpless
on Drifting Ice Floes
HELSINGFORS, Finland, March
10.-(iP)-Hardy boatmen, accus-
tomed to the northern winter to-
day rescued about 100 of the 700
fishermen stranded on great ice
floes which broke loose yesterday in
a storm in the Gulf of Finland.

Aged President Fears Internal
Strife If Opponents
Gain Power.
Germany Is Scene of Political
Unrest as Rival Factions
Promote Interests.
BERLIN, March 10.-(P)-In the
brusque military tone of the field
marshal who takes no back talk.
President von Hindenburg told the
people tonight that he was run-
ning for re-election to head off civ-
ii war.
Something the microphone vi-
brated wildly as his voice fairly
stormed din asspeech broadcast
throughout Germany a n d re-
broadcast in the United States. In
the cafes they set amazed at the
words which came from this man
whose speeches usually are father-
ly admonitions.
The old field marshal took occa-
sion to dispute some of the cam-
paign charges of the opposition,
particularly the assertion that he
aligned himself against the "na-
tional front in signing the Young
20,000 Reds in Rally.
Shortly after the President had
completedhisaddress, 20,000 Com-
munists massed in the Sportpalast
at a campaign meeting for Ernst
Thaelmann, their candidate for the
Within the same past two weeks
Theodore Duesterberg, Nationalist
candidate for President, and Adolf
Hitler have held mass meetings in
th same hall. In comparison with
the Communist enthusiasm tonight,
the demonstrations for them were
The 20,000 persons in the hall
stretched out their fists and swore
death to capitalism. Amid a forest
of red flags and hammerland-sickle
insignia, they pledged allegiance to
Herr Thaelmann said in his radio
speech that President von Hinden-
burg "boxed the ears of democ-
Police Ready for Anything.
Government officials prepared
today for any eventuality which'
might follow next Sunday's Presi-
dential election, even a general re-
volt of Adolf Hitler's National So-.
Some uneasiness developed yes-
terday over the possibility of an
uprising of the Nazis in case the
election goes against them.
Two Hitlerite engineers were ar-
rested at Ludwigshalfen, charged
with illegally manufacturing 80
Police chiefs throughout the
Country assured the people that
they were ready to prevent any il-
legality even if it became necessary
to use the strongest measures.
Gustave Noske, provincial gov-
ernor in President von Hinden-
burg's home town of Hanover, was
especially outspoken.

c .I

Unfair Rushing

Several fraternities, said to be on the war-path for
additional pledges, have in the last two days started cam-
paigns to get men who have already been pledged by other
houses. In the future all such cases will be printed in The
Daily, and all circumstances concerning the freshmen and
the fraternity resorting to such unethical methods will be
One large fraternity on Washtenaw avenue had three
complaints made against it last night after it was learned
that they had resorted to such methods. It was further
pointed out that this particular house had made the boast
that they were out to get all the men they could from other
A similar complaint was made against a well known
Hill street fraternity. At a special session last night Dean
Bursley declared himself very much against such practices,
and he urged cooperation from the fraternities in seeing
that such practices stop immediately.
It was reported that fraternity men have been inviting
pledges from other houses out to meals, and that freshmen
have been hot-boxed in attempts to make them turn in
pledge pins. It is the opinion of The Daily that any house
which would sink to such methods is not worth pledging,
and that freshmen who accept such invitations are being
dishonest and should be black listed by all fraternities.
Dean Bursley stated last night that all fraternities must
register the names of freshmen pledged at his office as soon
as they receive pledge buttons in order that the complete
lists may be available to other fraternities rushing these men.

N'Gi, Baby Gorilla, Dies
After LongVigil Fails
WASHINGTON, March 10.-(A)-
N'Gi, the baby gorilla, died of
pneumonia today at the Washing-
ton zoo.
Death followed a three-week
fight by doctors and zoo attendants
to save the six-year-old animal.
Oxygen tanks were brought from
New York to aid in resuscitating
N'Gi was one of the few gorillas
in captivity and special efforts
were made to save him. Doctors
remained with him all last night,
but their efforts were fruitless.
Vessel Goes Down in Storm Few1
Hours After Rescue Is
TER OSSIPEE, March 10. - (I) -
The battered collier DeBardeleben
sank in a howling gale today, 500
miles off Boston, a few scant hours
after a lull in the storm had en-
abled the crew of 34 to escape from
the doomed vessel.
The rescue of the Debardeleben
crew, cold, hungry, and exhausted
after a four-day battle against the
fury of a gale-whipped ocean was
acomplished shortly before dawn
today in a rolling sea that sent the
odds high against the tiny lifeboats
that carried the mariners away
from the sinking ship.
But it was now or never. After
hour upon hour of whistling gales
and towering waves, an interlude
in the storm gave the collier's crew
their first chance to span the
mountainous combers to the safety
of the British freighter Laganbank,
which was standing by.

Common Council Submits Plan
for $450,000 Sewage '
Disposal Plant.
A proposal to float a $450,000
bond issue to finance the construc-
tion of the new sewage disposal
plant and additions to the city and
University sewer system will be
presented to the voters of Ann Ar-
bor at the election of April 4 as a
result of action taken by the Com-
mon Council at its meeting last
The proposed plan, which is ex-
pected to provide adequate service
for 30 years, was prepared by z
joint committee of city and Uni-
versity officials, on which Prof
Henry E. Riggs represented the
University and C i t y Engineei
George H. Sandenburgh and Col
Edward Retsch the city.
A special meeting of the counci:
was ordered for next Monda3.
night for the consideration of ar
amendment to the city dharter tc
provide for assessments of proper-
ty-owners along the route of th
new sewer.
The traffic light at the corner of
Church street and South Univer-
sity avenue was ordered discontin-
ued because of the fact that South
University avenue had recently
been made a through street.
Hundreds Honor Sousa'
at Buria Ceremonies'
WASHINGTON, March 10.-(iP)-
John Philip Sousa was buried to-
day in Congressional Cemetery
near where he had often played
with boyish companions.}
Hundreds attended the servicesE
for the man, known for years as
the "March King." The funeral
was held in Marine Barracks only
a little distance from his birth-

Objection Is Raised at
Attitude of Award
Weaver Denies Charges
That Committee
Is 'paternal'
Resentment against the Avery
and Jule Hopwood Prizes com-
mittee by students intending to
enterthe annual literary contest
this year reached a peak yester-
day as a result of the appearance
Wednesday and Thursday morn-
ings of a D.O.B. notice to the
effect that a statement that all
recipients of prize money would
be required to file a statement
with the committee that the money
would be spent for the furtherance
of creative literary activity only.
Is World's Largest Award.
Added importance is attached to
any discussion concerning the Hlop-
wood prizes in that the amount of
money involved yearly is more
than three times that offered for
literary, accomplishments in any
other university in the world. Last
year's prize awards amounted to
$12,000 while the budget for this
year's contest is $20,000, of which
$15,000 will be given to winners of
major and minor awards.
In the announcement which ap-
peared on page six of the Daily
yesterday and Wednesday, it was
expressly stated that "each recipi-
ent of a major award, or any por-
tion of a major award ($2,500 or
less), shall be required to submit to
the committee within one month of
the announcement of the awards a
statement showing that he intends
to spend his award according to
some plan calculated to further his
literary activity in accordance with
the spirit of the bequest" and goes
on to say that the committee shall
determine whether the statement
of the plan submitted is satisfac-
tory to the terms stated above.
Students Object.
It was to this announcement that
students raised objections stating
that "the committee was exceeding
the bounds of its authority," that
"the money, once won, should be
devoted to the winner and that he
should spend it the way he saw fit."
By many it was felt that the com-
mittee was intent upon subsidizing
English courses at Michigan by
making the further study of Eng-
lish composition practically a re-
quirement to win an award.
Upon being interviewed on the
question last night, Assistant Pro-
fessor Bennett Weaver, of the Eng-
lish department, director of the
Hopwood awards, stated that "the
idea of the committee is not to be
paternalistic. The committee, in
drafting this rule, interpreted the
spirit of the bequest to the effect
that the money was to be used for
the making proficient writers out
of young students interested in this
"It is the wish of the committee,"
he further said, "to have the win-
ners of the awards use the money
to liberate their creative ability.
250 Expected to Compete.
According to the bequest, which
appears in the announcement of
the Avery and Jule Hopwood

Awards, the money is "to be award-
ed annually to students in the De-
partment of Rhetoric of University
of Michigan, who perform the best
creative work in the fields of
dramatic writing, fiction, poetry
and the essay.
Since the rhetoric department
was merged with the English de-
partment last year, the prizes em-
brace students in this division. Last
week, it was announced that stu-
dents enrolled in journalism writing
courses would also be eligible to
Last year 137 students competed
for the awards and it is expected
that over 250 will submit manu-
scripts this year.
Most college student failures are
due to over emphasis of extra-
curricular activities in high school,


to Illustrate Lecture
Motion Pictures of

Arctic Attempt.
Pictures of the trip to the north
pole attempted by Sir Hubert Wil-
kins in the submarine Nautilus,
which failed short of its goal, will
be shown by the famous explorer in
Hill auditorium next Wednesday
when he appears in Ann Arbor as
a special feature on the lecture ser-





The Union went pansy on us last called up yesterday by Union com-
night. mitteemen and asked to send girls,
"Open House," advertised as a whether escorted or not, to the
open house for free dancing to take
Scotchman's holiday, turned into a place between the hours of 8 and
virtual dating bureau from 8 to 10 o'clock. More than 100 women
10:15 as women, escorted and un- without partners entered the build-
escorted, arrived in a continual ing and almost all of these imme-
stream from sororities and dormi- diately found escorts. A stag line of
tories all over the campus to view more than 300 men stretched com-
with awe and wonder the hidden pletely across one side of the dim-
mysteries of the dark tower, the ly lighted Union ballroom and fur-
Union Tap room, and the entire nished a continual change of part-
building, for that matter. ners for the co-eds.
From the very depths of the At Mosher-Jordan, Lois R. Ben-
basement to the Michigamua Tribe son, '32, announced during dinner
room, in the swimming pool and that the Union wanted girls, with
lining the bowling alleys-every- or without dates, at the party. As

ies of the Orato
The pictures h
by Prof. William
the geology depa
he has ever seen
Before becom
George H. Wilk
career as an enE
tographer, havin
take motion pie
fighting from th
an war; having
tions of the int
country, Austra
flown more mile
the polar regio
living man.
Since 1927 Sir

rical association.
lave been described
H. Hobbs, head of
rtment, as the best

Ask Approval of Crosser Bill
to Permit Government
WASHINGTON, March 10.-(IP)--
Giant and palatial airships, cap-

ning Sir Hubert, able of speeding from Washington
ins had a varied t d half d
gineer; a war pho-to Paris, in wo andone-h ays,
ig been the first to were promised today as one of the
tures of front-line results of a bill now before the
ie air in the Balk- House Interstate Commerce Com-
explored large por- mittee.
erior of his native William P. MacCracken, Jr., for-
ilia, a n d having mer assistant secretary of com-
s as an explorer in merce, made the speed prediction
ns than any other in asking that the committee ap-
prove the Crosser Bill, which would
Hubert has scored permit the Postmaster General to

If air mail contracts are assured,
he asserted, "the passenger airship
will enlarge our export trade and
will prove a valuable adjunct to,
the slower marine transportation."
Mr. MacCracken and other offi-
cials o f the Goodyear-Zeppelin
Corp., which proposes to establish
the trans-oceanic airship service,
heard several Government officials
indorse the bill.
Rear Admiral William A. Moffett,
chief of the Navy's bureau of aero-
nautics, said enactment of the
measure "would make it possible to
build these ships and operate them
at a profit."
F. Trubee Davison, assistant sec-
retary of war, approved the pro-
posal because he said the War De-

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