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SUNDAY, OCT. 8, 1933

Labor Meets To
Honor Memory
Of Late Leader
Dedicate Memorial To Mr.
Gompers As Roosevelt
Asks United Effort
Green Is Speaker
President S a y s Majority
Knows Period Is One Of
(By Associated Press)
Washington, Oct. 7. - Organized
labor met today to hear Franklin
D. Roosevelt dedicate a memorial to
the man whose 40 years as president
of the American Federation of Labor
still win him praise from workers as
"great and mighty"-Samuel Gomp-
At 10th St. and Massachusetts
Ave., just a block from the A. F. of
L. building which Gompers built, is
the big bronze and marble memor-
ial, surrounded by a temporary plat-
form providing seating space for
President Roosevelt, still busy with
the recovery program, found time to
agree to be present and unveil the
statue. William Green, now presi-
dent of the federation, also was a
The federation convention, under
way five days, recessed over the day
for the convention, delegates setting*
aside convention disputes to join in
the dedication of a memorial to
which all had contributed.
"Unselfish Patriotism"
President Roosevelt called for a
united "unselfish patriotism" on the
part of capital and labor in support
of his recovery efforts.
Dedicating the labor memorial,
Mr. Roosevelt said the "overwhelm-
ing majority" of workers and em-
ployers understand "that this is no
time to seek special privilege, undue
advantage or personal gain."
But he said some employers "pre-
fer government by a privileged class"
and some workers were "hot-heads"
who think that results can be obtain-
ed by noise of violence.
The President likened the latter,
as Woodrow Wilson did in the war
days, to horses seeking to "kick over
the traces" and said these would
have to be "lassoed" and "put in a
He urged a quick settlement of
labor's jurisdictional problems to pre-
vent a slowing up of the general pro-
gram and then added:
"There are the perfectly natural
problems of selfish individuals who
seek to gain by running counter to
the calm judgment of sound leader-
Meeting In Ranks
"There are hot-heads who think
that results can be obtained by
noise or violence; there are insidi-
ous voices seeking to instill methods
or principles which are wholly for-
eign to the American form of dem-
ocratic government.
"On the part of employers there
are some who shudder at anything
new. There are some who think in
terms of dollars and cents instead of
in terms of human lives; there are
some who themselves would prefer
government by a privileged class in-
stead of by the majority rule.
"But it is clear that the sum of
the recalcitrants on both sides cuts
a very small figure in the total of
employers and employes alike, who
are going along whole-heartedly in
the war against depression."

Mr. Roosevelt praised the life
work of Gompers as a labor leader
and said the present federation and
its affiiliations "are in a broad sense
giving the same kind of fine co-oper-
ation to your government which
Samuel Gompers and his associates
gave to that same government in the
old days." He concluded.
"Like the duly constituted officials
of your government, we must and
we are putting unselfish patriotism
first. That would have been the or-
der of Samuel Gompers if he were
with us today."
Leon Trotzky Is Invited
To Live On Isle Of Capri
MILAN, Italy, Oct. 7.-(A)-An in-
direct invitation to Leon Trotzky to
establish his home in Italy has been
extended through Mussolini's news-
paper the Popolo d'Italia.
If conditions become unbearable for
him in France, where he now so-
journs, he may move to the Island of
rnamri. ffNanles.it sans.

Forensic Societies Renew Battle
With Rushing Commencement

A tempest arises periodically in
the Michigan teapot concerning the
respective antiquity of Adelphi and
Alpha Nu, campus forensic organiza-
Trivial as the subject appears on
the surface it has for the last 40
years, at least, been the bone which
both societies clawed at ambitiously.
As eaui society begins their rushing
for new members at smokers to be
held at 7:30 p. m. Tuesday, the of-
ficers of both societies feel that it
will be a psychological point in their
favor if they can prove to rushees
that their society was born first.
According to the officials of Adel-
Both Claim To Be Oldest
phi their organization was called Phi
Phi Alpha in 1842, the year of its
inception. Alpha Nu according to
Melvin Levy, '34, who is spokesman
for Adelphi in the argument, origi-
nated with the breaking away of a
rebellious group of students from the
parent organization and the result-
ant forming of a new society. Levy
says that according to his knowledge
Adelphi was the original group that
remained after this separation- al-
though at the time, of course, it was
known under the name of the parent
According to a 1928 issue of The
Daily the unification of Adelphi and
Phi Phi Alpha "Gives to Adelphi the
distinction of being the oldest society
now existing on the University cam-
Women Admitted in 1871
The society originated as a liter-
ary organization which met for the
purpose of reading a publication en-
titled the Hesperian, a magazine of
philosophy and poetry. In 1871 wo-
men were introduced into the society
as interest waned. They, however,
are no longer accepted.
Charles Rogers, '34, past president
of Alpha Nu and present president of
the Oratorical Association, in refuta-
tion to arguments of the officers of
Adelphi, presents evidence from the
records of the rare book room of the
Main library. According to these
records Phi Phi Alpha was organized
June 28, 1842. The records of the
society cease after June 22, 1855.
Alpha Nu broke away from Phi Phi
Alpha Sept. 30, 1843 and adopted its
own constitution and by-laws Oct. 6,
"In considering Adelphi's connec-
tion with Phi Phi Alpha," stated
Search Finally
Brings Capture
Of Bandit Gang
Federal Operatives Seize
Suspects In Interstate
Mail Robberies
CHICAGO, Oct. 7.--(P)-A relent-
less search from New York to Texas
by Federal operatives today brought
under arrest a score of alleged mem-
bers of an interstate mail robbery
gang in six cities and provided solu-
tion to a daring $250,000 Chicago
Brought to light by the death of
Edgar Lebensberger, Chicago' night
club operator, the solution of the
robbery revealed amazing ramifica-
tions of underworld operations. In
their untiring ten-month search, the
Federal agents recovered about $150,-
000 of the loot.
In the mail robbery last Dec. 6,
five robbers snatched bundles of
bonds from two carriers of registered
mail shortly after they left the Cen-
tral Postoffice en route to a bank
in a fog.
Several defendants were implicated
in disposal of the bonds. About $2,-
800 of the stolen securities were re-
covered from a closed bank in South-

ern Illinois. Others were found in
Four men have been arrested in
Chicago, and four other persons are
held in Denver. Walter Johnson, in
charge of postal inspectors, said that
five had been arrested in Kansas City,
three in New York and others in Min-
neapolis and Boston.
Johnson fixed the loot in the rob-
bery at $250,000. Previous reports had
placed it as high as halfra million.
Lebensberger was found shot to
death yesterday in his palatial home
on Lake Shore Drive. A coroner's jury
returned a verdict of "suicide while
temporarily insane," but United
States District Attorney Dwight
Green indicated a belief that he
might have been slain for fear he
would turn state's evidence.

Rogers, "It is necessary to note that
there is no discernible connection be-
tween the two. Phi Phi Alpha died,
as far as the records show, in 1855
and the first minutes of the Adelphi
group are dated Oct. 28, 1857. The
minutes of March 6, 1857, tell of the
adoption of a constitution and fur-
ther on page one of the first record
book of Adelphi the entry appears
"Origin and Birth of the Literary
Adelphi-March 6, 1857."
Alpha Nu Oldest
"So," asked Mr. Rogers, "Since so
far as can be determined from rec-
ords and not from heresay Phi Phi
Alpha died two years prior to the
organization of Adelphi, and since a
new constitution and by-laws were
adopted for Adelphi, can they possi-
bly claim continuous existance with
Phi Phi Alpha?" Mr. Rogers an-
swered the question himself in the
The Alpha Nu records, to the con-
trary, definitely show a continuous
existance from Sept. 30, 1843, to the
present and therefore antidates the
founding of Adelphi by 13 years, five
months, and six days.
At this point Mr. Rogers produced
his coup d'etat. He produced a
statement from Junius Beal, present
regent of the University and an Al-
pha Nu of 1879 to 1882. According
to Regent Beal "When he was in
school there never was any question
as to which was the older of the
two organizations. Alpha Nu was ac-
cepted and understood to be the so-
ciety of greater antiquity."
Mayor Key Hopes
His Atlantans May
See Sunday Shows
ATLANTA, Ga., Oct. 7.-(/P)-
James L. Key, mayor of this south-
ern city, has won the backing of the
voters in another skirmish to make
Atlanta an "open" town.
Sunday base ball and Sunday
movies were both approved at the
ballot box in a city election for coun-
cilmen and aldermen-but the state
law prohibits both.
However, council members support-
ing the mayor are going to try ordi-
nances on the subjects.
Mayor Key was outspoken against
prohibition long before Congress
acted by putting the matter of re-
peal before the states and holding
3.2 beer was non-intoxicating.
It will be recalled, that, because of
a declaration against prohibition
made in France by Mayor Key when
he visited that country along with
other executives, efforts were made to
recall him. These failed.
When 3.2 beer became legal in
most states, Mayor Key's friends in
the city council had an ordinance
passed so the city could get revenue
from beer sales.
Beer dispensers became almost as
plentiful as corner drug stores. Peace
officers arrested some of the sellers
and several cases were tried. Juries,
however, refused to convict and now
beer gardens are numerous in the
Key was so liberal in his remarks
requested that he either remain silent
or give up the Sunday school class
which he had taught for years.
He refused to do either, quit the
church and moved his class into a
large downtown theatre, where he
still teaches. Attendance increased
after the incident.

Many Famous
Men Plan To
Be At Reunion
List Of Alumni For Fall
Meeting Reads Like A
"Who's Who" Book
The list of approximately 40 pres-
ent and past distinguished alumni
officials who have already signified
their intention of attending the an-
nual fall meeting and reunion of
the board of directors of the Alumni
Association on Friday evening, Oct.
20, reads like a page taken from
Who's Who.
Among those who plan to come
there are seven lawyers, the most
distinguished of whom are Henry E.
Bodman, Detroit, Cyrus J. Goodrich,
presidnt of Calhoun County Bar As-
sociation and attorney in Battle
Creek, L. . Telfer, prosecuting at-
torney of Port Huron, and Roger
Sherman, Chicago.
There are also six prominent busi-
ness executives including Mason P.
Rumney, vice-president of the De-
troit Steel Products Co., Don T. Has-
tings, president Twin-Flex Manufac-
turing Corporation, Detroit, Roy D.
Chapin, Hudson Motor Car Co., and
former Secretary of Commerce,
James M. O'Dea, president of the
Graham-Paige Co. of Michigan,
Hugh White, Fuller Construction Co.,
New York City, and Oscar Eberbach,
Eberbach and Son Co., Ann Arbor.
Four of the educators who have
already indicated that they will be
here for the meeting are G. Carl Hu-
ber, dean of the University graduate
school, Junius E. Beal, of the Uni-
versity Board of Regents, Ralph W.
Aigler, of the University law depart-
ment, and :Louis P. Jocelyn, of the
Ann Arbor High School faculty.
Included in the list of publishers
planning to attend the session are
E. J. Ottaway, of the Port Huron
Times Herald, Stuart H. Perry, of
the Adrian Telegram and a member
of the board of directors of the As-
sociated Press; and J. Evans Camp-
bell, of the Owosso Argus Press.
There are also four very prominent
professional men who are intending
to be present, namely Dr. H. H. Ma-
rion, of LaPorte, Ind., Dr. Lynn A.
Ferguson, physician and head of a
large clinic in Grand Rapids, and Dr.
Harold L. Mead, a dentist in Menom-
At this session of the board, which
will be held in connection with the
Michigan and Ohio State alumni
smoker and the annual meeting of
the University of Michigan Club of
the third district, there will be a dis-
cussion of financial conditions and
the possibility of holding the regular
triennial convention in 1934.
According to T. Hawley Tapping,
general secretary of the Alumni As-
sociation, the large number of men
who are planning to attend at pres-
ent makes it probable that this ses-
sion will be the biggest meeting of
Alumni Association officials yet held
in Ann Arbor.
Make Emergency Field
Of Ann Arbor Airport
Installation of six boundry lights,
four marker lights, and one light
flush at the Ann Arbor Airport will
make that field an emergency air-
port, it was announced yesterday by
Eli A. Gaup, superintendent of parks,
and Hackley Hutler, a member of the
park commission which has jurisdic-
tion over the airport.

"Railroad Jack" is dead.
His body was found Thursday
morning in an outbuilding at the rear
of an oil station on US112 at the
city limits of Coldwater, Mich.
Jack's real name was Harry Cooper.
He was born Nov. 27, 1864, near Osh-
kosh, Wis. His parents were Stephen
D. Cooper, who died eight days be-
fore his son's birth, and Susan Rey-
nolds Cooper.
Cooper was known to thousands of
people throughout the Mid-West as
"Railroad Jack," the history expert,
a philosopher of life, and a traveler
of the world-in a fantastic, red box
car upon which was inscribed: "Jack
challenges the world in his line."
Became a Tradition
Over the course of the years he
became a fixture of the University
of Michigan campus, as much a part
of college life as the Diagonal Walk,
the J-Hop, and the Ohio State foot-
ball game. He was a memory to thou-
sands of Michigan graduates. He saw
the University grow, change its shape,
assume a new air in a different era,
teach students from every part of the
world-and through it all he re-
mained "Railroad Jack." He was a
connection between the provincial
college life in a post-war, provincial
America and a cosmopolitan Univer-
sity quite well aware of its own posi-
tion in the educational universe. He
was a link between two utterly dif-
ferent worlds; a tradition which
walked and breathed.
Jack claimed many things for him-
self. He claimed, for instance, that
he was the first person to give $100
toward the construction of the Uni-
versity of Wisconsin Union, that he
started the Dearborn Public Library;
that he was honorary pall-bearer at
the re-burial of a former president of
Northwestern University; that Henry
Ford "visited" him three times, al-
though he never called on Ford; that
he published the Chicago Eccentric
(apt title!), a weekly of society news,
on the advice of Eugene Field, news-
paperman and poet. None of these
things can be proved, but most people
incline to take Jack's word for them.
He got around quite a bit.
Jack was educated at the Osh-
kosh High School and the Oshkosh
Normal College. He graduated from
the former in 1884 and the latter in
1886. He studied, too, at the Rush
Medical College, Chicago, in 1886 and
37. But his chief education came from
the University of Michigan library,
where he sometimes studied for 10
hours a day. "On all occasions," Jack
once said, "the library staff has gone
out of its way to be courteous to me."
Liked Ann Arbor
Jack came to Ann Arbor about
1889. He liked the city so well that
he made it more or less his "home"
for the remainder of his life. For
more than 25 years he earned his
board by washing dishes in Ann Ar-
bor fraternities and, upon occasion,
It was on this campus that he
began speaking about historical char-
acters. Graduates remembered him
after leaving Ann Arbor and fre-
quently had him talk before their
clubs. What Jack called the "high
spot" of his life came in one of these
speeches, when he adressed the Chi-
cago Rotary Club (Rotary No. 1),
March 4, 1930. Rotary's founder, Paul
Harris, and his wife were present on
that occasion.
His greatest ability was to mem-
orize. He claimed to know 10,000
dates and many facts about 5,000
historical characters. Outside of lec-
turing his hobby was working in ref-

Railroad Jack' Who Challenged
Te World, Had AStrange Lf

erence departments of libraries. He
also liked music, and sometimes
played the piano before clubs at
which he spoke. He could give the
keys of 500 gospel hymns and could
offhand give the soprano, alto, tenor,
and bass of each.
Broadcast Over WTMJ
In 1929 Jack broadcast over the
Milwaukee Journal radio station,
WTMJ, and in 1930 he broadcast
over the Chicago Tribune station. He
spoke more than 1,000 times in Mich-
igan schools between 1896 and 1920
and 500 times in Wisconsin schools
between 1920 and 1930.
He claimed to have known per-
sonally Presidents James B. Angell
and Marion Burton of the University
of Michigan, President Birge of the
University of Wisconsin, President
Raymond of Armour Institute and
President Thompson of Ohio State
He was a bachelor and of his rela-
tives he said: "The only relatives of
mine I would speak to are dead; my
other relatives are living." He said he
was never seriously ill, and never took
a drop of alcoholic beverage in his
life. "If I had my life to live over,"
he once said, "I would go on the
road at the age of five instead of
waiting until 32."
The Ann Arbor chapter of the
American Red Cross was not one of
the organizations objecting to pres-
entation of the revue "La Vie Paree"
Thursday night at a local theatre,
according to Mrs. Nellie M. Ball, ex-
ecutive secretary.
"We do not feel that it is the con-
cern of the Red Cross officially or
of any of its members whether Ann
Arbor residents should attend a the-
atre performance, and we took no
stand either for or against the revue,"
Mrs. Ball said yesterday, referring to
an incorrect statement in The Daily.

Doctrine May
B e Discussed
At Conference
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7.--OP)-The
future status of the Monroe Doctrine
may be brought into League of Na-
tions discussions at Geneva and later
at the Pan-American conferences in
Argentina created that possibility
when she agreed to re-enter the
League on condition President Mon-
roe's momentous contribution to na-
tional policy be understood definitely
to apply only to the United States.
Officially, this country never has
considered it any other application,
but Article 21 of the League of Na-
tions Covenant refers to it as a "re-
gional understanding." Argentina's
virtual separation from the League
in 1920 was due in large part to lan-
guage which she interpreted as giving
the Monroe Doctrine a Pan-American
The crux lies in the fact that if
the League looks upon the doctrine as
a regional understanding, it-is power-
less by its own provisions to inter-
cede in Pan-American affairs. If it
regards it purely as an expression of
policy on the part of the United
States, armed intercession would be
barred only to the degree that mem-
bers of the League hesitated to face
this country's threat to forcibly resist
foreign military activities on her own
soil or that of Latin-Americans,
Additional Voice Class
Announced By Hamilton
James Hamilton, in charge of voice
class lessons at the School of Music;
has announced an additional class
section, in order to accommodate the
large numbers who have enrolled in
order to avoid conflicts. The new sec-
tion will meet at 8 a. m. in Studio
223, Mezzanine Floor, School of Music


eat sunday
dinner at the
hut or the den
--a choice of many
good dinners each
sunday ranging from
fifty cents to seven-
ty-five cents ....*0
--dinner music, six
until eight--dancing


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