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The Weather
(.en erally fair, slightly warm-
(,r in south portion Tuesday;
Wednesday unsettled, warmer.

A .90 Mw
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Unwisdom lOf
Kentucky Legislatunre.





J. 0. Murfin
Made Regent
Detroit Attorney To Fill
Position Left Vacant By
Shorts' Resignation
New Appointee Is
Noted Republican
Appointment Is Requested
By Retiring Member Of
Board Of Regents
James O. Murfln, Detroit attorney
and regent of the University for 16
years from 1918 to last Jan. 1, yes--
terday was appointed by Gov. Wil-
liam A. Comstock to serve the re-
mainder of the term of R. Perry
Shorts of Saginaw, whose resigna-
tion as regent reached the governor
in the morning.
No reason for the resignation ofj
Mr. Shorts was given, but he re-
quested that Mr. Murfin be named
to succeed him in his term which ex-
pires in 1937. The announcement of
the change came from Lansing. No
additional information was given out
Mr. Murfin, running last fall as a
Republican for his third eight-year
term on the Board of Regents, was
defeated by two Democrats, Edmund
C. Shields of Lansing and Charles F.
Hemans of Detroit. Mr. Shorts, who
was,elected to the regency in 1929,
was serving his first term.
Governor Comstock, in making the
appointment, said he was glad to
grant the request of Mr. Shorts that
his former colleague be named. The
governor commended Mr. Murfin for
his long interest in the University
affairs and said he is well qualified to
return to the board.
Mr. Murfin, who is 59, received his
bachelor of literature degree from the
University in 1895 and his bachelor
of laws degree the following year.
Upon graduation, he began the prac-
tice of law in Detroit and has lived
there ever since.
In addition to his regency, he has
held several other public offices, serv-;
ing one term in the State Senate
from 1901 to 1903 and acting as
judge of the Circuit Court from 1908
to 1912. He was also president of
the State Bar Association between
1920 and 1921. During the war he
served as chairman of District Board
No. 1 of the Eastern District of Mich-
Technic Board
Is Selected For
Coming Year
Wagner Will Be Editor Of
April Issue Of Engineers
The March issue of the Michigan
Technic marks the retirement of the
1933-34 Publication Board. Begin-
ning with the April issue, Joseph C.
Wagner, '35E, new managing editor,
will take over the editorial reins.
The current issue, which will go on
sale tomorrow and Wednesday in the
Engineering Arch and the East En-
gineering Building, features a num-
ber of modernistic half-tone photo-

In tune with the trends of the
present day automobile designs, Wil-
liam B. Seens, '34E, discusses stream-
lining automobile bodies in the lead-
ing article. He describes in detail
the work that is being carried on at
the University in connection with
Recent French developments in the
application of the theory of the
strength of materials to assembled
rigid systems is reviewed by Winston
M. Dudley, University Fellow in En-
gineering Mechanics. In an article
on "Admiralty Law" Prof. Walter C.
Sadler poirits out the great antiquity
of our present laws governing mari-
time commerce.
This month the "Engineering Spot-
light" is turned on Stan Smith, '34E,
and Fred Kohl, '34E. Smith is the
University's up and coming aviator,
president of the Glider Club and
winner of the altitude and distance
events in the National Glider Soar-
ing Meet last summer. He is a mem-
ber of Phi Eta Sigma, Triangles, Tau
Beta Pi. the engineering council, and

Fearing Hitler, France Decides
To Allow Army Re-Enlistments

PARIS, March 19.-(A)- Appre-
hensive over the demands of Chan-
cellor Adolph Hitler that Germany
be allowed to rearm, the government
today announced a plan to swell the
army's ranks by inducing young con-
scripts to re-enlist in order to avoid
the hazards of job hunting at the
present time.
The army also invited all unem-
ployed young men in France who had
left the ranks in the last five years
to enlist for new short terms until
labor conditions improve.
The announced purpose of the gov-
ernment is to reinforce the army with
short-term recruits because the reg-
ular conscript classes are beginning
to slack off in numbers, because of
the low war-time birth rate.
Special recruiting will begin in
April, an official communique said.
Certain "specialists" will be offered
18-month terms and others may en-
list for six months. All enlistment
requirements will be lowered.
Officials believe that many young
men now serving their compulsory
terms in the ranks will take advan-
tage of their opportunity to re-enlist
for new short terms rather than hunt
positions in civil life during the pres-
ent hard times.

It was also said that the govern-
ment figures on a fair number of un-
employed entering the army again
until times get better.


Insull's Health
Endangered By
Raging Storms
Freighter Cruises On; U.S.I
Fugitive's Destination Is
Still Unknown
ATHENS, March 19. - (l) -A rag-
ing storm on the Mediterranean en-1
dangered the life of Samuel Insullt
tonight as the world speculated on hist
ultimate destination.
Insull, a poor sailor on a fair day,
was believed facing the danger oft
heart attack. On his first flight from
Greece last week, the 74-year-old
former utilities czar suffered one in
good weather, was seasick and couldf
not eat, requiring medical attention.
The freighter was believed well off
the coast, cruising in a zig-zag course,
awaiting final instructions from the
shore as to the possible places which1
Insull might use as a haven from ar-
rest for American authorities.l
No one here knew anything of his
plans and the officials of a score ofl
nations were known to be wondering;
where he will attempt to land. ,
Syria, Persia or Abyssinia were
given in various quarters as possible
destinations. Egypt issued orders to-
day not to allow the fugitive to land.c
Others advanced a theory that her
might change ships at sea and headr
in a different direction.t
(In Paris it was reported that hej
could go to Syria without danger of 1
detention by the French government
because Syria is only a mandate
country. In Washington the State De-,
partment prepared to take "appro-
priate action" -officials would say,
no more - to bring Insull back to1
Chicago. London officials said they
would do anything in their power to,
meet any American request in case
Insull tries to land in British terri-
Wild rumors and intense excite-
ment pervaded the Athenian air as
the storm whipped the Maiotis. Some
reports said alleged gangsters were on
the ship and that they expected to
seize Insull and hold him for ransom.
The reports, however, were discount-
Police said it was impossible for
any kidnappers to be aboard the ves-
sel because of the guard which was
thrown about the freighter when she
was in port Saturday at the time she
was recalled for a few hours to com-
ply with port regulations.
But while the danger from gang-
sters was theoretical, there was real
danger from the storm. The storm
was reported sweeping a vast area,
and it was presumed that the captain
was trying to keep the ship headed
out, though some reports said he
might be trying to get in the lee of
the shore somewhere.
The last radio report late in the
afternoon said the vessel was making
slow progress but officials said they
did not know its exact location. They
thought the Maiotis could not be far
from the Island of Crete.
Scholarships Awarded
By Phi Lambda Upsilon
Robert G. Carney, '35, and Russell
W. Houvener, '35E, have been chosen

Air Companies
Ask Hearings
On Contracts
Farley To Reply Within A
Week; No Indication Of
What He Will Say
WASHINGTON, March 19.-OP)-
Postmaster-General James A. Farley
told reporters today that virtually all
the companies whose mail contracts
were cancelled had asked the post-
office department for a hearing and
that he probably would reply to them
within a week.
Farley, who cancelled the mail con-
tracts after charges they were award-
ed through collusion and fraud, gave
no indication of what he would tell
the former operators.
It was known, however, the pro-
posal to give the operators opportu-
nity to present their views had been
under consideration for some time.
Such a move -1 i made by the de-
partment - would not be an admis-
sion, it was said, that the contract
cancellation was hasty, but would
simply allow the operators to present
their side of the case.
The army pilots, meanwhile, were
carrying the mail over eight routes
with every flyer under instructions to
proceed with the utmost caution to
prevent the fatalities that marked the
first service effort to do the task
taken over from the air lines.
Harllee Branch, second assistant
postmaster-general, said the depart-
ment "understood" that army planes
would be carrying mail on the Chi-
cago to St. Paul run "in a day or
Unless the service fails in its sec-
ond attempt to carry the mails, of-
ficials indicated they did not expect
private lines to be given temporary
contracts pending new legislation on
the subject.
Prof. Howard Mumford Jones of
the English department will deliver
three lectures at the University of
I 11 i n o i s, Champaign, tomorrow,
Thursday, and Friday.
Professor Jones' lectures will be
concerned with the development of
prose style in American literature
from 1700 to 1770.

Free Money
Offer Proved
To Be Hoax
Circulars Offergin Large
Sums To S udents Are
Proved False
Originator Goes To
Jail In Washington
National Student League
Denies Being Authors Of
An offer that seemed "too good to
be true" was proved just that yester-
day when a proposition involving out-
right gifts of money to needy stu-
dents landed its originator in jail in
Washington, D.C.
Professing to be made by the
National Student League, circulars
describing the plan claimed a large
private subsidy had made it possible
for the league to give from $100 to
$300 to American college students,
with no obligations attached. The
only expense required of an applicant
was that he inclose six cents for each
of from five to ten references that
he must furnish.
Thus 60 cents would be the max-
imum that an applicant might invest
as the regulations were stated on the
posted circulars, so authorities here
thought there could be no large
money- making scheme connected
with it.j
First proof that the proposition.
was a hoax came from the office of
education of the United States De-
partment of Interior, which issued
a bulletin to this and other colleges
which had received the posters, stat-
ing that the National Student League
disavowed all connection with the
offer. This was followed yesterday
by a letter from the league executive
offices in New York, stating that the
man who perpetrated the plan was
in jail, that the league had nothing
to do with the offer, and that no
office was maintained 'by the league
in Washington, whicH the poster gave
as the address to which applications
should be sent.
All students who answered the offer
will have their letters and money re-
turned, the letter said.
Officials of the organization here.
who became suspicious of the propo-
sition and sent an enquiry to national
headquarters, said that the first they
heard of it was when the denial came
from their executive officers.
Terms of the offer were very gen-
erous, there being no requirements
other than character and financial
need. There was a definite statement
that scholarship and activities were
not to be included in the list of de-
termining factors. Students in their
final year in college, but considering
postgraduate work, were eligible to
receive up to $300, those in their last
year up to $150, and all others up
to $250, the offer said.
Each applicant was required to fur-
nish, in addition to the references
and money for each of them, a story
of his life, and a detailed statement
of his financial needs.
Dr. Frank E. Robbins, assistant to
President Ruthven, said that he could
see no evidence of a "get rich quick"
plan when the posters first appeared,
for even if 5,000 students through-
out the country were to apply, each
giving the maximum number of ref-
erences, only $3,000 would be in-
It has been impossible to discover

how many students here applied for
the grants, but National Student
League officials stated that all letters
will be returned soon.'

Houses Paid
General Tax
Of $34,000
Daily Survey Shows That
$28,000 Is Still Due In
Property Taxes
Saturday, March 24
Payment Deadline
Possibility That Council
May Adopt Installment
Plan Of Collection
Fraternities and sororities or their
landlords. in Ann Arbor paid more
than $34,000 in general property tax-
es for i933 and still owe more than
$28,000, a recent survey conducted
by The Daily discloses.I
William F. Verner, city treasurer,
has set the deadline on the payment
of the taxes before an additional
five and one-half per cent fine will
be levied, at 12 noon, Saturday,
March 24. After that time, the rolls
will be turned over to the county
Failure to pay their taxes by Sat-
urday will cost the houses an ag-
gregate of $1,558 in fines, which will
be added to the $677 in penalties
which have already been charged.
Fraternities are the worse offen-
ders in the line of non-payment of
taxes, owing approximately $26,549
as against $26,106 paid. The sorori-
ties have paid approximately $8,528
and are delinquent to the amount ofi
The total valuation of propertye
owned or rented by the houses was
found to be set at $1,426,800 for the
fraternities and at $275,200 for the
sororities, making a total of $1,712,-
000 in all.
Computing the average for the 75
fraternity houses considered and the
23 sorority houses paying taxes, the,
average amount assessed per house
was $642, but the totals ranged from
$1,648 to as low as $165. The aver-
age for the fraternities was $715
assessed taxes, while the sorority
average was $448.
The total penalty figure includes
both the penalties which have been
paid, and those which are still owed.
A large portion of the tax bill, it was
disclosed, is paid to support the pub-
lic school system of Ann Arbor, in
accordance with the State law regu-
lating the levying of the general
property tax.
The possibility of a plan of in-
stallment payment of the taxes
still owed was strengthened 1a s t
night at the meeting of the Com-
mon Council, when a report of a
committee headed by Mr. Verner was
read, advocating the adoption of an
installment plan the details of which
are to be announced.
No distinction has been made, in
gathering material for the survey,
between those organizations which
rent houses, and those whose alum-
ni own the house.
To Hold Services
For Mrs. Sample
The funeral of Mrs. Ida Vincent
Sample, wife of Circuit Judge George
W. Sample, will take place at 2 p.m.
this afternoon at the home at 406
Packard. Mrs. Sample died Saturday
night following a long period of ill

Dr. Frederick B. Fisher of the First
Methodist Church will officiate, as-
sisted by Dr. Marshall Reed of Ypsi-
lanti, a nephew of Judge Sample.
The funeral will be limited to close
friends and relatives.
Pallbearers will be George J. Burke,
president of the Washtenaw County
Bar Association, Harry H. Bennett, of
the Ford Motor Co., Roscoe O. Boni-
steel, Frank B. DeVine, William M.
Laird, and Joseph Hooper, Ann Arbor
Rival Men's Speech
Societies In Debate
Freshmen of the Adelphi House
of Representatives and Alpha Nu,
rival men's speech societies, will meet
at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Alpha
Nu Room of Angell Hall in their an-
nual debate.
Debaters for Adelphi, which will
take the negative of the question,

More For Adolf: Cleric
Places Him Above God
BERLIN, March 19- (P-Ger-
mans are to consider Adolf Hit-
ler above God, the Rev. Dr. Rein-
hold Krause told a radical Nazi
church audience.
Dr. Krause, who was elevated
into the Brandenburg Synod
Council of the German Protest-
ant Church only last week, de-
clared that the "idea of acknowl-
edging the Third Reich but obey-
ing God more than man is im-
"Christianity has always been
international, but our National
interests come first - not only in
daily but in religious life.
"Whatever Christianity con-
tains to promote these will be re-
tained," he concluded, pledging
his loyalty to Chancellor Hitler
and to the Nazi Party.
At a sensational meeting last
autumn, Dr. Krause advocated
abolition of the crucifix and the
creation of ghetto churches for
City Will Hold
Public Hearing
On Liquor Rule
A Protest From Audience
Sends Amendment Back
To Committee
The City Council last night decided
to hold a public hearing on the pro-
posed amendment to the distance
clause of the City Liquor Ordinance.
The amendment was about to pass
its third and final reading when H.
B. Ordway, speaking from the audi-
ence, protested in behalf of the
fathers ad mothers of Ann Arbor
school children that no opportunity
had been allowed them for the ex-
pression of their opinion.
The amendment was referred back
to the ordinance committee, and the
hearing was set for Friday, March
30, at 7:30 P.m., in the council cham-
Otto W. Haisley, superintendent of
schools, filed with the Council a pro-
test that "300 feet is not sufficient
distance for a liquor dispensary from
a school."
In view of the sentiments of rep-
resentatives of the Methodist Church,
and the Brotherhood Men of Ann Ar-
bor, the Council decided to postpone
the passage of the amendment, which
will alter Section 12 of the Ordinance
to read, "No alcoholic liquor may be
sold for consumption on the premises
of any building located within a ra-
dius of 300 feet of any church or
school building used as such."
House Passes
New Filipino
'eedom Bill

Made By
N. A.C. C.

Auto Group Keeps
Reply To Labor
Threat A Secret


Johnson Is Present
At Auto Conference
Government Proposes A
Three Pont Program
To Avert Walk-Out
NEW YORK, March 19.- (AP)
-With the terse statement
"Progress is being made," the di-
rectors of the National Automo-
bile Chamber of Commerce to-
night adjourned until tomorrow
their secretive preparation of a
reply to the American Federation
of Labor move for a general
strike in the auto industry Wed-
The-adjournment followed a
10-hour conference.
During the afternoon, the directors
sat for an hour with Gen. Hugh S.
Johnson, the national recovery ad-
The subject of this conference, as
was the case with the entire day's
discussion, was not disclosed. But it
was understood the NRA chieftain
reiterated the government's proposal
for a three-point truce:
1. Cessation of strike preparations.
2. A board of review with NRA of-
ficials presumably as mediators, to
hear the grievances of unionists who
have claimed they were discriminated
against in favor of company unions.
3. A possible vote of workers in the
industry to determine whether they
desire the voice of the federation or
of company unions.
WASHINGTON, March 19. - (P).-
Closely watching developments, Pres-
ident Franklin D. Roosevelt late today
called in Atty.-Gen. Homer S. Cum-
mings for a discussion of the threat
of strikes in the automobile indus-
try and the deadlock over wages be-
tween railroads and their employes.
Cummings said after the meeting
that his talk was in relation to "clear-
ing up some legal points" and would
not indicate whether any immediate
Presidential action was in prospect.
However, it was apparent that the
Executive was drafting a course of

Special Permission To Present
'The Shining Hour' Is Granted

Authors Say Measure Is
Acceptable To Islands'
Legislative Body
WASHINGTON, March 19.- (AR)-
With the President of the Philippine
Senate nodding assent, the House to-
day passed and sent to the Senate a
bill for independence of the Islands
which its author said would be ac-
cepgtable to the Philippine Legisla-
Quick action was expected by pro-
ponents of the bill in the Senate.
Debate started there soon after House
The measure re-enacts most of the
provisions of the law providing free-
dom for the Islands which expired re-
cently because of failure of the Phil-
ippine Legislature to carry out its re-
Under pressure from the President,'
who is anxious to dispose of the legis-
lation, the bill received almost unani-
mous action in the House. Few mem-
bers opposed it during debate and
it passed without a roll call.
President Manuel L. Quezon, of the
Philippine Senate, who was on the
floor, nodded his vigorous assent to
this statement.
The measure permits establishment
of the independent Philippine Repub-
lic by Presidential proclamation in
about 12 years if the Philippine Legis-
lature accepts the proposal and calls
a constitutional convention before
fn..4 t

NEW YORK, March 19. - -
With their eyes on the spring peak
production period and with Recovery
Administrator Hugh S. Johnson's
services available as a mediator, the
automobile interests deliberated in
secret session today on the general
strike ultimatum of the American
Federation of Labor.
The presence of Gen. Johnson in
New York testified to the importance
attached by the Roosevelt Adminis-
tration to averting any possible tie-up
in the motor industry.
The strike, set for Wednesday, was
called by the American Federation of
Labor in an effort to force the in-
dustry to recognize its auto workers'
union. Federation leaders have
charged that union members were
discriminated against and have al-
ready counseled some 10,000 members
in Detroit in preparation for the
The automobile leaders so far have
stood steadfastly against any nego-
tiation with the Federation, and have
maintained the position that the
company unions sufficiently safe-
guarded their employes.
Only one figure of prominence.
from among the auto industrialists
was missing from the conference -
Henry Ford. The Dearborn magnate
has played a lone hand in the dis-
The conference was held at the
offices of the National Automobile
Chamber of Commerce, the code au-
thority, whose directors-le by Wal-
ter P. Chrysler, Alfred P. Sloan, Jr.,
E. L. Cord and others framed the
reply to the union.
The conference was closely guard-

Special permission to present Keith
Winter's New York success, "The
Shining Hour" at the Ann Arbor
Spring Dramatic Season, was grant-
ed by Max Gordon, noted Broadway
producer, according to Robert Hen-
derson, director.
"The Shining Hour" is now play-
ing in the Booth Theatre in New
York, and with the exception of the
Ann Arbor production, the play will
not be presented elsewhere until next
autumn. Mr. Gordon said that he
was so pleased with production of
Noel Coward's "Design for Living"
last season that he was more than
willing to grant special permission

order to prepare for the Milwaukee
Dramatic Season, which will be pre-
sented in the Pabst Theatre from
April 9 through May 12.
Plays listed for the Milwaukee
Season include "Peter Ibbetsen" with
Rollo Peters, Violet Kemble-Cooper,
and Francis Compton, "The Pursuit
of Happiness" with Walter Slezak,
"Meet My Sister," "Her Master's
Voice," and "Enter Madame" with
Mme. Eugenie ,Leontovich, the Rus-
sian star of "Grand Hotel" and
"Twentieth Century."
Henderson pointed out that the
plays in the Milwaukee Season, in
most cases, will not be duplicated in

Early in the afternoon there was
flurry of excitement. Gen. Johnson
left his hotel, returning an hour
later. Attendants at the Chamber of
Commerce said that the administra-
tor came to the conference and left

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