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The Weather
Mostly cloudy, possibly local
rain or snow; somewhat colder;
Saturday generally fair.

Sir it'gan

VOL. XLIV No. 29



Series Begins
With Address.

Gargoyle Gardenia
Awarded To Sally
Pierce For 'Eliza'

O Astronomy
Curtis Points Out Newest
Developments In Science
Made In Recent Years
Classifies Infinity
As Very Important

Lecturer Deser i b e s Our
Sun, Stars As Average
Among Others In Sky
In the first of a series of Univer-
sity lectures Prof. Heber D. Curtis
of the astronomy department yester-
day spoke on "Modern Aspects of
Astronomy is unique among the sci-
ences in the sheer vastness of its sub-
ject matter and the tremendous dis-
tances of the objects studied, he in-
dicated. No other subject is concerned
so intimately with the seemingly lim-
itless forces and conditions of the
universe and in no other is the object
studied so distant from or so un-
controllable by the observer.
Professor Curtis pointed out that,
contrary to public opinion, there is
much in the technique of astronomy
which is humdrum and uninterest-
ing. It is in the larger theories and
facts of the science, particularly the
modern variety, that so much fas-
cination is found and satisfaction
Old Astronomy 'Visual'
The old astronomy was almost en-
tirely visual and was concerned with
the "where" and "how many" of the
planets. Now the astronomers make
photographs and even motion pic-
tures of the stars and are interested
in their composition. The lecturer
spoke of the wave length phenomena
of the 92 elements and told how each
may be identified through spectrum
Speaking of the characteristics of
stars he said, "Our sun is a re-
spectable, middle-aged, conservative
celestial citizen." He pointed out that
our sun is an average sun and that
our Milky Way is only an average
among some thirty-million other
Milky Ways. Numerous slides were
shown which illustrated the bewilder-
ing clusters of stars in the more im-
portant galaxies.
Tells of New Instruments
Professor Curtis told of some of the
recent developments in instruments
used in astronomy, the stereometer
used in determining the size of stars
and the spectroheliokinetimograph
with which the sun may be accurately
studied. He spoke also of the great
100-inch reflecting telescope at Mt.
Wilson with which stars at a distance
of 10 to the 22nd power light years
away can be seen.
Some of the explanatory theories
such as those advanced by Newton,
and Einstein were touched upon in
the lecture and their applications and
implications explained.
In closing, Professor Curtis re-
marked that philosophers, religious1
believers and astronomers are the
only ones who talk soberly and more
or less authoritatively on the sub-
ject of infinity, and this, in his opin-
ion is the most significant single
contribution of astronomy.
Professor Curtis was introduced by,
Dr. Frank E. Robbins, assistant to
the President, who prefaced the for-
mer's remarks by a short resume of
the history of astronomy here.
Trade Balance
For September
IS Favorable
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26. - (A') -
Higher domestic prices and better in-
ternational dollar exchange rates,
plus normal seasonal changes, were
credited today by officials with help
ing the United States to turn an un-
favorable $24,000,000 trade balance
in August into a favorable balance of
$13,000,000 last month.

In announcing today that Sep-
tember imports were $147,000,000
against exports of $160,000,000, E. A.
Tupper, of the Commerce Depart-
ment's division of economic research,
said that it was natural for last
month's exports to rise about 14 per
cent above August because of seasonal

Sally Pierce, '35, last night re-
ceived the first of the Gargoyle Gar-
denias after the second performance
of Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle
Tom's Cabin" in the Lydia Mendel-
ssohn Theatre.
Miss Pierce was awarded the gar-
denia for her work as Eliza and Em-
meline, in Play Production's premiere
dramatic effort of the season which
opened Wednesday eight. The final
decision was made after a conference
of the dramatic staff of the Gargoyle
The presentation of the first gar-
denia marks the appearance of a new
institution on the campus which will
honor one of the dramatic genii from
each play. The award will be made
during each play, following the sec-
ond performance.
Former County
Clerk Is Found
Dead In Auto
Funeral Services Will Be
Held Sunday Afternoon
For Claramon Pray
Funeral services for Claramon
Pray, former clerk of Washtenaw
County who committed suicide in the
garage of his home yesterday morn-
ing, will be held at 2:30 p. m. Sun-
day, at the Muehlig Chapel and bu-
rial will follow in Fairview Ceme-
tery, it was announced yesterday.
Pallbearers will be John S. Com-
mings, Frank Tichnor, Chester Dunn,
Judge Jay Pray and Rembert Jones,
of Ann Arbor; and Ernest Van Allen,
of Ypsilanti.


Test Of NRA
Ford And Steel Companies
Face Government Action
Within Next Few Weeks
Coal Mine Workers
Petition President
Court Cases Will Result
Only If Steel Men Fight
Roosevelt's Demands

Permission Needed To
Drive To Chicago Game
Students desiring to drive auto-
mobiles to the Chicago game have
been reminded by:Walter B. Rea,
assistant to the dean of students,
that permission will be granted to
drive their cars ory in case there
is an older memb r of the fam-
ily of one of the 4tudents accom-
panying them during the drive.
Such permission does not accrue
automatically, Mr. Rea said, but
must be granted lky the office of
the dean. These provisions apply
to students who drive from their
home towns as well as to students
who drive directly from Ann Ar-
bor, he said.
Band Will Give
Concert At The

Pray's body was found in his car
at 6:45 a. m. yesterday. Police said
that a hose had been attached from
the exhaust to the inside of the car.
He was taken to St. Joseph's Mercy
Hospital, where the official pro-
nouncement of death by carbon mon-
oxide poisoning was made. Dr. Edwin
Ganzhorn, coroner, said it was an
obvious case of suicide and no in-
quest would be held..
Pray was well-known in county po-
liticalrcircles, having served asrcourt
officer, deputy clerk, and clerk of
the county. He was the only Repub-
lican on the ticket defeated when he
ran for re-election to thetcounty
clerk's office in 1932. After this de-
feat, he entered the Republican pri-
mary fight for city clerk and again
was beaten. Friends believe that de-
spondency over these two defeats was
the cause of his suicide.
Born June 2, 1866 in Chestnut Hill,;
Conn., Pray came to Ann Arbor in
1883. He worked in the grocery busi-
ness at first and received his initial
political position in 1914 when he was
appointed court officer. He became
county clerk in 1925.
He is survived by a daughter, Mrs.
George Eberle, of Ann Arbor; four
grandchildren; a brother, Albert
Pray, of Providence, R. I.; two sisters,
Mrs. Clara Drew, of Barrington,
Conn.; and Mrs. Marian Spaulding,
of Rhode Island,
Abbott Elected Head Of
Senior Architect Class
John Abbott was elected president
of the senior, class in the College
of Architecture at a special campus
election held yesterdby under the
auspices of the Undergraduate Coun-
cil. The class had petitioned the
Council for a special election.
Other offices filled by the ballot-
ing were : Don McGugan, vice-pres-
ident; Don Anderson, secretary; War-
ren Wheelright, treasurer; Don Lyon,
senior ball committeeman; and Gor-
don Belson and Noborn Kobayski,
Any petitions from junior classes
desiring special elections must be
turned in to some member of the
Undergraduate Council within the
current week, according to Gilbert E.
Bursley, '34. president of the Council.3

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26.-(A')-De-
cisive government steps affecting
Henry Ford and the big steel com-
panies, on issues capable of bring-
ing a Constitutional test of the NRA
program today were brought into im-
mediate prospect.
Within the next few weeks Ford
either must satisfy the government
that he is complying with the auto-
mobile code or have bids on impor-
tant contracts discarded.
The steel men have failed to come
to terms with the workers of their
subsidiary coal mines as required by
President Roosevelt and have been
summoned to be at the White House
next Monday. At that time the Pres-
ident expects either to receive as-
surance that the agreement will be
forthcoming immediately or to lay
down his own prescription of work-
ing arrangements in these shafts,
which, unlike commercial mines, send
their whole output to the steel mills
that control them.
Union Asks Action
,A petition for Mr. Roosevelt to act
was left at the White House today by
a delegation of union leaders. It said:
"These captive coal-producing com-
panies have refused to recognize the
United Mine Workers of America and
to bargain collectively with the
chosen representatives of their em-
ployees. We are demanding recogni-
tion of our union and the same con-
tract and conditions as prevail in the
commercial mines of this territory."
Except for the phrase "recogntion
of our union," this was what the
President had required of the steel
men. The workers, however, had been
requested by him to go back to work
inmediately, pending negotiations of
a contract. This they failed to do.
The same delegation was escorted
into the office of Industrial Admin-
istrator Hugh S. Johnson by John L.
Lewis, the union president, to leave
an identical petition.
At NRA, meantime, the entire staff
had word passed down the line from
Johnson to "step on the gas" and
get the collection of about 700 in-
dustrial codes through the mill by
Dec. 31, when the voluntary Blue
Eagle agreements expire.
62 Codes in Force
The codes have been going through
the hearing process at a rate of 30
a week, but they have been made
ready for promulgation by the Pres-
ident at so slow a rate that only 62
are in force while 150 are being re-
vised for his attention. The office re-
organization just effected is expected
by Johnson to produce speed.
Court tests on either steel or Ford
cases could result only if, in the
first case, the President ordered the
steel men to take his terms on a
mine contract and they decide to
fight; and in the second, if Ford low
bids were submitted and rejected and
he decided to go to court for redress.
In the Ford case word got about
that the War Department already
had decided to eliminate the Ford
Motor Co. from consideration, but
closer study led officials to point
out that the company would not have
to make a showing of compliance
with the code, which it has not1
signed, until it puts in bids.
BERLIN, Oct. 26.-()-A Wolff
News Agency dispatch from Warsaw
said today that the university there
has been closed indefinitely because
of continued brawls between pro-
government and oppositionist groups.

The first concert by a college band
to be played at the entury of Prog-
ress Exposition will 'be given by the
Varsity Band at 2:30;p. m. Sunday in
the court of the Hall; of Science.
The band will give the six-number
concert in connectio~n with its trip
for the Chicago-Michigan football
game tomorrow afternoon at Stagg
field. For the program Prof. Nich-
olas D. Falcone has chosen a num-
ber of classic and semi-classic selec-
tions which have made themselves
popular in Ann Arbor concerts of the
A special train carrying the band
and some students who plan to at-
tend the game will leave at 7 a. m.
tomorrow from the Michigan Central
station, arriving in Clhicago at noon.
The marching program at the game
and a brief concert of Michigan songs
on the fair grounds are tomorrow's
features, and bandsmen will be dis-
missed for Saturday eight and Sun-
day morning to permit them to see
the fair or to visit in Chicago.
Following Sunday afternoon's con-
cert the band will 'entrain at the
Twelfth Street statioin-and will arrive
in Ann Arbor at midnight.
The complete program for the Hall
of Science concert follows:
Von Weber: overture to "Oberon";
Mendelssohn: Second movement from
the "Italian Symphony"; German:
Three Dances from "Henry VIII";
Wagner: "Isoldes Liebestod" fron
"Tristan und Isolde"; Tschaikowsky:
Marche Slave; Balfe-Gayley The
Yellow and Blue.

The local chapter of Scabbard and
Blade is today observing National
Scabbard and Blade Day along with
chapters in 78 universities and col-
leges throughout the country, accord-
ing to Fred Kohl, '34. It is the an-
niversary of the birth of the late
President Theodore Roosevelt.
The chapter at Washington, D. C.,
will commemorate the day by deco-
rating the tomb of the Unknown Sol-
dier in honor of the three-thousand
members of the organization who
took part in the World War.
Scabbard and Blade was founded
nearly thirty years ago at the Uni-
versity o'f Wisconsin. It now has 78
chapters in 45 states with a total
membership of approximately 20,000.
Active membership in the society,
the purpose of which is to promote
the interests of R.O.T.C. training and
to spread intelligent information con-
cerning the military requirements of
the country, is limited to outstand-
ing cadet officers of the R.O.T.C.
units in universities throughout the
country chosen not only for their
proficiency in military science but
for good academic standing, charac-
ter and other attributes.
While the local chapter will not
have a special meeting today, all
members are requested to wear their
Museum Party Returns
From Southern Missouri
A number of unusual blind sala-
manders, without any color at all and
eyes covered over by a layer of skin,
were brought back to the Museum of
Zoology from caves in the Ozark
Mountains by Dr. Edwin P. Creaser,
curator of the crustacean division;
and Wesley Clanton, graduate stu-

Date Set For Sociological Trip
To Study Conditions In Chicago

G1- _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Graf Zeppelin Sails Over The
Campus And Disrupts Classes

The Graf Zeppelin, its silver body
shining in the sun and its symbols
of the Nazi German government
plainly visible on the lower and upper
rudder, sailed over the city and the
University campus at 11:45 a. m.

having remained in Chicago for an
official city ceremony of welcome.
The zeppelin disrupted most of the
classes in session at the time it tra-
versed the campus. In Prof. Joseph
Hayden's class in world politics the
students forgot all about the com-
plex problems of the Far East and,

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