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R. L. Morrison
Favors State's
Tax For Roads
Recalls Expenses Of Trip
Taken In 1917; Roads
Today More Economical
"Sometimes it is cheaper to pay
taxes, especially when unimproved
roads collect two to four times as
much from the driver's pocketbook
in increased gas, oil, tire, and de-
preciation costs as the nominal
'good road taxes' which go toward
paving highways," Prof. Roger L.
Morrison of the highway engineer-
ing department told the National
Highway and Building Congress it
their annual convention in Detroit
last week.
In using his own car as a testing
laboratory for his road building
theories, Professor Morrison quoted
some of his own driving expenses in
recent years with several different
models of cars and under different
conditions. He found that the pres-
ent Michigan weight, gasoline and
property taxes going into good roads
pay dividends of nearly 40 per cent
to the average motorist. From his
own experiences he urged that any
drastic curtailment of highway
building would merely mean, assess-
ing the 26,000,000 automobile owners
of the country for the tax in undue
wearage which unsurfaced or unim-
proved roads collect.
Fifty Cents For License
Back in 1917 when dust goggles
and mufflers were the motorist's cos-
tume Professor Morrison recalls that
he drove nearly 6,000 miles and ex-
plored the roads from Illinois to
Texas. Major expenses on the trip
included repair of a badly shaken
up battery that jarred loose, six im-
promptu rescues from treacherous
mud holes by farmers' teams, a new
set of the old hoop-like tires, $60 for
tightening bearings, $40 for minor
repairs in the car's stubborn mo-
ments and at least $100 for hotel
bills which would have been elimi-
nated by the faster travel on today's
paved highways.
39 Per Cent Dividend'
Compared with this minimum of
$200 for bad road taxes in 1917 Pro-
fessor Morrison finds from his more
recent past that in 1932 he paid
$36.38 for license, gas, and property
taxes eventually going for good roads.
Again he drove 6,000 miles. .In a
vacation trip through Northern
Michigan he travelled 2,000 miles on
pavements and about 1,000 miles on
gravel roads. Pavement cost six-
tenths of a cent a mile, figured on a
tax basis, but when on gravel a bad
road tax of one cent, and a dirt tax
of two cents a mile were added.
By taking advantage of pavement

Shanhaikwan In Ruins After Japanese Bombardment

A picture rushed by steamship from the center of Japanese-Chinese fighting and telephotoed to Chicago
from San Francisco shows the ruins of the city of Shanhaikwan after the Japanese bombardment and
occupation of Jan. 3. Japanese soldiers are shown making their way through the walled city.

Suit Filed Against
Insull Directorate
CHICAGO, Jan. 25.-(P)--To the
maze of litigation involving the en-
terprises of Samuel Insull, onetime
utilities czar, had been added today
a $40,000,000 suit aga:nst the entire
directorate of Insull Utilities Invest-
ment, Inc., half-billion dollar hold-
ing company.
Suit was filed in federal court by
Attorney Lewis Jacobson, counsel for
petitioning creditors in the bank-
ruptcy action against the investment
concern, now in receivership. En-
titled "St. John's church vs. Samuel
Insull," the action was filed in behalf
of approximately 20,000 holders of
the trust's debentures.


'Ann Vickers' Now Off Press;-

Lewis' First Sinee Nobel Prize

Owing to a general demand, the
National Education Association and]
the National Association of School
Superintendents have appointed a
joint commission on the emergency
in education, according to a state-
ment from Dean J. B. Edmonson of
the School of Education.
This is a commission of seven. The
chief task before it is to co-ordinate
the work of various national educa-
tion organizations, committees and
commissions. The commission is also
expected to make recommendations
regarding the readjustments that
must be made in public education
in view of the recent social and eco-
nomic changes.
Dr. John K. Norton of Columbia
University has been appointed chair-
man of the commission. The other
members are Dr. Sidney B. Hall,
state superintendent of public in-
struction of Virginia; Superintendent
David E. Weglein of Baltimore; Su-
perintendent A. L. Threlkeld of
Denver; Superintendent Herbert S.
Weet of Rochester, N. Y.; Mrs. F.
Blanche Preble of the Chicago public
schools and president of the national
department of classroom teachers,
and Dean Edmonson.
The commission will hold its first
meeting in Cleveland Jan. 28 and
will hold frequent meetings during
the next few months. This is the
second instance in American educa-
tion that such a commission has been
created, the first time being during
the period of the World War.
Cleveland May Release
This Year's Air Classic
CLEVELAND, Jan. 25.-GP)-L. W,
Greve, president of the .National Air
Races, of Cleveland, Inc., said that
Cleveland probably would release the
1933 aviation classic to any other
city which would' pay the $12,500 fee
required by the National Aeronauti-
cal Association.
Clifford W. Henderson, managing
director of the races, now is in Los
Angeles, and "nothing will be de-
cided until he returns," Grove added..
"He is making a survey to deter-
mine of there was anything serious
in the many informal propositions
made by several cities last fall. So
far we have received no definite of-
Cleveland has a five-year option
on /the races, of which 1933 is the
third year.

-Associated Press Photo
Alvin K. Aurell, formerly of Rich-
mond, Va., is head of the Yokohama
branch of the Singer Sewing Ma-
chine Company which was attacked
and badly damaged by a Japanese
mob. In a recent letter to a brother
in Richmond he described labor
troubles of the company.
U. S. Destroyer
Badly Damaged
In Maneuvers


Rudder Causes
During Trip To
At Honolulu

DUBLIN, Irish Free State, Jan. 25.
-(P)-Counting of the heaviest vote
in Irish history began today with in-
dications of an extremely close race
between President Eamon de Valera
and William T. Cosgrave for the
A definite trend in Tuesday's elec-
tion of a new dail eireann-the Irish
house of representatives, which in
turn elects the president of the ex-
ecutive council-was not likely to
develop until Thursday. In some
scattered districts clerks will not be
able to open ballot boxes until then.
Rioting, which featured many
meetings during the whirlwind three-
weeks campaign, c a r r i e d right
through into election day with the
biggest free-for-all at a polling booth
in Ashburton. Tear gas bombs used
by troops, summoned from an army
barracks several miles away, finally
ended the row. Civil guards previ-
ously found they were unequal to
the situation.
The . election was considered so
close that bookmakers were offering
even money that it would go in either
direction-with de Valera retaining
supreme power or with Cosgrave win-
ning the necessary majority to re-
turn him to the presidency.
De Valera, leader of the Republi-
can party seeking the complete in-
dependence of Ireland, was believed
by some observers to have gained
heavily in the rural districts. Cos-
grave, who favors continuation of the
Free State as an integral part of the
British Empire, was believed strong
in the cities. The vote ranged from
70 to 90 per cent of the enfranchised
electorate, listed as 1,730,000 in the
1927 registration.
Of the eligible voters, 70 per cent
went to the polls for the previous
general election-last Feb. 16-when
Cosgrave, the first Irish president,
was defeated for the first time in 10
That some small party, such as the
new Farmers' organization or the
Labor party, would hold the balance
of power was considered likely by
many. The Labor party had seven
of the 153 seats last year and their
support kept de Valera in power.
lacking, navy officials here said un-
doubtedly the ship was shipping
water. They based their statement
on the fact that two destroyers
were convoying the vessel.


and good gravel, the total of $36.38 in
road building taxes repaid a dividend
of 39 per cent if the road conditions
of 1917 are considered in the esti-
The real benefit of good roads is
in the gasoline, tire, and repair sav-
ings, states Professor Morrison, rais-
ing the question of what bad roads
would do to the collegiate car of
olden times. The only way to avoid ,
the one and two cent bad road taxes
is to continue to make use of the
six-tenth cent tax for paved high-
ways wherever practical and possible,
he concluded,


NEW YORK, Jan. 25.-(A)-Furi-
ous bubbles should be foaming from
the literary pot by nightfall-Sin-
clair Lewis' new book is out today.
Out in a large way, too. It is pub-
lished simultaneously in 16 countries
and 13 languages, including the
Polish. Such extensive and instan-
taneous publication dwells not in the
memory of even the oldest publisher's
"Ann Vickers" is what he calls it
-this red-headed author who put
the word Babbitt into the mouths
of millions. It bares the heart and
mind of a modern woman.
It takes her through school, suf-
frage work during the first Wilson
administration, settlement house
labors, study of prison conditions,
marriage to a social worker who
turned out to be "a perpetual course
of bedtime stories". and a love af-
fair with a crooked judge.
When the judge is pardoned from
Sing Sing, the book ends soon with
a cry by Ann that she, too, is out of
prison, "the prison of ambition, thej
prison of myself."!

Lewis, always burning with edi-
torial zeal, has opinions on such sub-
jects as crime, punishment and
whether a woman has a right not to
have an unwanted batW. He ex-
presses them in this book.
Having written "Ann Vickers," his
first novel since he won the Nobel
prize for literature, Lewis has gone
into hibernation in Austria. Despite
reports that he is ill, his American
publishers, Doubleday, Doran, de-
clare he is "actually feeling better
than he ever did in his life."
Reviewing the novel, Lewis Gan-
nett in the New York Herald-Tribune
"Sinclair Lewis has done it ag t n.
'Ann Vickers' belongs to the front
rank, with 'Main Street,' 'Babbitt,'
and 'Arrowsmith.' It will shock some
people, stir more, bore a few (I pity
them, with ice in their veins); but
they will all read it, highbrow and
lowbrow alike, and talk about it, with
the hot passion which- only Sinclair
Lewis, among the novelists of today,
can arouse. Wells once had that
power; Dickens had it; who else?"

SAN PEDRO, Calif., Jan. 25.-(P)
-Badly damaged in a collision dur-
ing maneuvers 300 miles off the Cal-
ifornia coast, the United States
navy's first line destroyer Dahlgren,
limped toward San Diego today in
convoy of the destroyers Sands and
Radio advices to the United
States fleet's flagship Pennsylvania
indicated the vessel was in a pre-
carious condition. The Dahlgren
carries 105 officers and men..
The Dahlgren; en route to Hono-
lulu for the annual wad games, was
engaged in maneuvers with other of
the knife-like 310-foot greyhounds
of the sea when it was struck by the
destroyer Tarbell.
Navy officers here were informed
the collision was caused by the jam-
ming of the Dahlgren's rudder. The
bow of the Dahlgren was damaged.
Slight damage was done the Tarbell.
Radio advices made no mention
of any injured, and navy officials
considered it unlikely there were any
Although complete details were

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Pay For Michigan Farm
Helper Below Average
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25.-(M)-
The average Michigan farmhand is
earning $13.50 a month with board,
or $23.75 per month without meals.
This average, the department of
agriculture says, is below the aver-
age for the other east north cen-
tral states, which is $16.05 with
meals and $25.48 without.
This makes the Michigan farm-
hand's average per day with board
85 cents and without board $1.25,
compared with 89 cents and $1.19
for the average. Although the aver-
age wage of the midwest farmhand
is lower now than it has been since
1910, the purchasing power of the
dollar is rising rapidly.

Supervisors To Hear
Speech From Comstock
LANSING, Jan. 25.-(,P)-Michigan
supervisors today awaited a message
from Governor Comstock as they
worked over proposals for sharp
economies in local governmnetal af-
The governor was prepared to ad-
dress the supervisors convention this
afternoon. R. Wayne Newton, secre-
tary of the commission of inquiry
into local governmental costs, and
C. H. Bramble, master of the Michi-
gan State Grange, were other speak-
ers on the program today.
More than 10,000 acres were re-
forested by the state this year.

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State Street

Reorganiz ,atiJon
Sale Continues
For Quick Clearance we've divided our fine quality suits
into three price groups. Here they are:
$].5 .75 $ *5
Values to $20 Values to $35 Values to $50
Overcoats, too, have been grouped into three price
classifications. And here are bargains!
$9.85 $J485 $19.85
Values to $20 Values to $35 Values to $45

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combine these features with a perfect floor,
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