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SATURDAY, OCT. 22, 1932


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TaXpayers' Suit
Against Railway
till Unfinished
Attorney-General Voorheis
Claims $2,430,000 Real
Estate Was Transferred
Drop Old Contract
Second Agreement More
Favorable To Railroad;
Had 15 Years To Repay
PONTIAC, Mich., Oct. 21-(MINS)
--How little the public may know of
State transactions involving mililons
of dollars and important States'
rights, was disclosed in the course
of dollars and important State
brought to restrain the State from
conveying certain lands to the Grand
Trunk railway.
Most startling, perhaps, was the
statement by Attorney-General Voor-
hies that the $2,430,000 of lands in-
volved in the suit, allegedly "fraud-
ulently purchased" by the State, had
been transferred to the railroad a
year ago,
Attempts to Force Abrogation
The original contract 'between the
State and the Grand Trunk was
drawn up by Governor Groesbeck
during a special session of the legis-
lature, and was highly advantageous
to the State. It came of an effort by
Groesbeck to force the railroad to
abrogate an old franchise, under
which it virtually escaped State tax-
ation, and at the same time to reach
a compromise with the road as to
obtaining property from the rail-
road's right-of-way for the Wider-
Woodward project.
Under threat of State ownership
of the railway, Groesbeck drove a
hard bargain for the State, in the
estimation of the Grand Trunk's at-
torney handling the case. But with
the election of Fred Green as gov-
ernort in 1926, the Groesbeck con-
tract was discarded and a new one
drawn up.
Second Contract Favorable
This second contract, the railroad's
attorney who dictated the revision
admits, was highly favrable to the
Grand Trunk. It did, however, give
the road but 15 years to repay the
State for the money advanced to
build the new right-of-way between
Pontiac and Royal Oak.
"What did the Grand Trunk get
for making that concession in the
new contract?" the attorney was
"W e 11," he answered, smiling
broadly, "you just lay down the two
contracts, side-by-side and compare
them and you'll see for yourself.
Construction of the right-of-way
was estimated to cost $3,200,000.
Total cost now nears $6,000,000.
Plaintiffs in the suit allege that more
land was purchased than required,
and that it was bought to be held
by the Grand Trunk for speculative
It further was revealed that in case
the Grand Trunk was unable to meet
its annual payments to the State, the
State could do nothing about it; and
that in case of insolvency, the State
would not be protected by -a lien on
the road's property.
Philip C. Nash To Talk
On League Of Nations
The League of Nations Lytton Re-
port on the Manchurian situation,
described as the "most important
state paper since the Declaration of
Independence," will be analyzed, in-
terpreted and brought home to the
people of Michigan when Philip C.
Nash, Director of the League of Na-

tions Association, arrives in Jackson,
Michigan, to deliver a lecture before
the Woman's Club of Jackson on the
afternoon of November 1st.
Mr. Nash has just come back from
Geneva where he discussed the Re-
port and6 its effect on international
peace with diplomats of other na-
tions and League officials. He also
spent some time in a study of the
Polish Corridor problem and the re-
lations between Poland and the Free
City of Danzig.

Roosevelt Opposes Bonus In First Speech Of New Tour

their parents, who regarded it as 'the
thing to do.' Now parents are more
apt to consider the qualifications of
their daughters before sending them
to a liberal arts college."
The private preparatory school also
notices this change in the students'
attitude. "The students are more ser-
ious, and some, at least, more appre-
ciative of their opportunities," stated
Dr. Charles Tillinghast, headmaster
of the Horace Mann School for Boys
in New York City.
It would seem probable, too, that
a census of colleges and private
schools throughout the country would
show a slightly higher average age
among the students. "More older
students attend who would in normal
s be tempted by business oppor-
tunities," commented President Rob-
inson of the College of the City of
New York.
Look to Vocational Value
Finally, it appears that students are
scrutinizing their education more
closely to be sure of vocational value
received. "I am confident that stu-
dents are motivated by vocational in-
terests to a greater extent than #at
any time in the past 10 years," de-
clared Dr. Clarence Littleton, sec-
retary of Teachers' College, Columbia
University. "Students are questioning
the economic value of education and
are seeking out those institutions and
those fields of specialization which
seem to offer the greatest opportu-
nity for employment and for a ca-
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Oct. 21.----
(Big Ten)-Fraternities at the Uni-
versity of Minnesota received a ser-
ious financial blow last week when
administrative officials ruled that
men living in Pioneer hall, new dor-
mitory, must continue to takedall
their meals at the hail even if
pledges or members of a Greek
Consruction contracts awarded in
the New Orleans territory the first
half of September were valued at $3,

Chinese jewelry
Now Being Showne
By Orient Division
Men's belt buckles and women's
earrings form an interesting part of'
the Chinese jewelry group now being
exhibited by the Division of the
orient, Museum of Anthropology. In
the future this division plans to
change its displays about once a
month, affording considerable variety
during the course of the ycar, it was
announced by Benjamin March, cur-
The present exhibition is concerned
with the personal enjoyment and so-
cial entertainment of the Chinese,
and contains three groups. The first
of -these, besides such items as belt
buckles and earrings, includes two
fine mandarin chains, miscellaneous
pendants, and women's hair orna-
ments with kingfisher's feathers.
The second group shows the va-
riety of textiles used in garments,
such as plain silk, silk damasks, bro-

cades, and embroideries, all of the
most vivid hues imaginable, while the
third is devoted to various tea and
wine cups, tea and wine pots, a hot
water kettle, jars for storing tea
leaves and sweetmeat dishes. These
latter, according to ,Mr. March, illus-
trate some of the drinking customs
of the Chinese. One type of cup has a
cover especially made so that the tea
can be brewed in the cup and the
leaves held back with the cover as
the infusion is drunk off. Since wine
is typically served hot, the wine pot
is so made as to hold the heat. A
small cup is used and the contents
are drained off at one gulp.
The exhibitions of the Division of
the Orient are to be found in Room
4018 Museums Building. This room is
open to visitors only upon applica-
tion to the building superintendent,
M. P. Williams, or to the Museums
Following institution or courses
looking toward degrees, enrollment
in the Washington University de-
partment of journalism doubled this


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Enrollment Figures Show Loss
In Many Representative Schools

While representative c o1-1e g e s
throughout the United States, and
particularly the large co-educational
universities of the Middle West, have
experienced a general decrease in
enrollment for the autumn term as
compared with the same semester in
1931, a survey of conditions has re-
vealed that some colleges have ac-
tually shown an increase and sev-
eral educators report optimistic
The largest enrollment decrease in
the middle west is at the University
of Cincinnati, where the percentage
of loss is 13.6. Oberlin has lost 12.2
per cent, Illinois 11.9 per cent, Wis-
consin 10.7 per cent, Michigan 8.9
per cent, and Purdue 8.7 per cent.
These constitute the greatest losses
reported in the co-educational divi-

been in "new freshmen in Harvard
College, and results in large part
from the growing popularity of the
Harvard house plan."
The new Bennington College, at
Bennington, Vt., which is pioneering
in liberal ways, had more qualified
applicants than it could accommo-
date. New College at Teachers Col-
lege, Columbia University, which is
also trying out progressive methods,
has about 25 per cent more students
than it expected.
Chicago Freshmen Promising
The University of Chicago fresh-
men are considered, on the basis of
their achievement tests, the most
promising material the college has
ever had, At Harvard the =largei-
crease in the number of applications
for admission has made possible the
selection of a class whose records
average above that of last year.
An outstanding characteristic of
the current term, at many colleges,
is the more serious attitude display-
ed by the students toward their work.
"A large number, perhaps 50 per

cent," said the secretary of the New
York University Engineering School
in regard to this year's applicants,
"seemed sobered with the problems
facing the world and with the re-
sponsibilities faced by youth in solv-
ing them, but withal possessed with a
determination to fit themselves with
all possible knowledge."
More Responsibility
A vast increase in the sense of re-
sponsibility is. reported likewise at
the women's colleges. "At the peak of
college registration, which coincided
with the boom period," states the
registrar of Mount Holyoke, at South
Hadley, Mass., "students were sent to
college because of the prosperity of

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In this group only California in
creased its enrollment. The gain wa
5.4 per cent. Two small co-educa
tional colleges, Alleghany and Colby
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gany it is 1.7 per cent and at Colb
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Women's Schools Do Well
The women's colleges have not suf
fered badly it was found. Only fou
-Mount Holyoke, Smith, Wellesle
and Wells-have lost in enrollment
and several of these were obliged t
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lack of scholarship aid. In New Yorl
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an increase.
The colleges which had more ap
plicants than they could handle ar
those which have recently mad
some change in the normal educa
tional system. At Chicago Universit
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