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The Weather
Snow today, wih koider in
wiest and north. and by night
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State Control of Utilities .. *









Strauss Is
To Leave
Post Here

Retiring, New Chairmen

Of English Department

English Chairman
Following Long
Of Service


Bredvold Assumes
Department Duties



Be Effective
Of Present

Prof. Louis A. Strauss, a member
of the faculty for 42 years and chair-
man of the English department for
16 years, yesterday resigned as head
of that department, his resignation to
take effect at the close of the present
academic year.
Prof. Louis I. Bredvold was ap-
pointed by the Regents to succeed
Professor Strauss, whom he described
as "a wonderful man and one with
a great knowledge of English, in-
cluding language and literature."
At the close of the year Professor
Strauss will be appointed Isaac New-
ton Demmon professor of English lan-
guage and literature, an honorary
professorship named after one of the
most famous men the University has
ever had and the predecessor of Pro-
fessor Strauss as head of the English
Time For A Younger Man
Under a University ruling any fac-
ulty member can retire voluntarily as
an executive in the University after
15 years' service, and because he had
been head of the department for .16.
years, Professor Strauss stated that
he felt it was about time he should
give some younger man in the de-
partment a chance, especially since
he felt that "he was getting along in
Professor Strauss was chairman of
the committee on student affairs from
1915 to 1920, and has been chairman
of the Board in Control of Student
Publications since 1932. He stated
that he would probably hold the lat-
ter position until the second semester
of the next academic year.
Born in 1872, Professor Strauss was
graduated from the University in
1894, after being appointed assistant
in English in 1893. He received his
doctor's degree here in 1900 and later
studied at the University of Munich.
After being appointed assistant pro-
fessor in the school year of 1904-05,
he was appointed a full professor in
1911 and in 1921 was made head of
the English department and will con-
tinue in this capacity until June, 1936.
It was under the regime of Professor
Strauss that the rhetoric and litera-
ture departments were incorporated
to form the one large department in
April, 1928.
Bredvold Here In 1921
The successor of Professor Strauss,
Professor Bredvold, came to the Uni-
versity in 1921 and has been a mem-
ber of the faculty since that time. He
studied at the University of Minne-
sota and did graduate work at the
Universities of Chicago and Illinois,
receiving his doctor's degree in 1921.
In 1929-30 he traveled abroad on
a John Simon Guggenheim Founda-
tion fellowship and studied and did
research work in England and in spe-
cial literary collections and libraries
on the Continent. After returning
in 1930, he was appointed to a full
professorship. Literature of the 17th
and 18th centuries is the special field
of Professor Bredvold, and it was in
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Co-Ed Debators
Take Decision
From Indiana
Michigan's Varsity women debator
were awarded a judge's decision lasi
night in the debate with the Universi-
ty of Indiana, but the audience vote
their disagreement in a 22 to 14 vot
for the Hoosiers, awarding them th
decision for their negative stan

The resignation of Prof. Louis A. Strauss (left) from his position of
chairman of the English department and the appointment of Prof.
Louis I. Bredvold (right) to succeed him was announced by the Regents
yesterday. The resignation takes effect at the end of this semester.
Scientists' Spectacular Work
Solves Torch Slaying Mystery

Damaging Evidence Brings
Confession From And
Breaks Alibi Of Killer
Because three modest University
scientists left the quiet of their lab-
oratories this week to provide a sen-
sational solution for the Ithaca torch
murder case, the killer confessed and
is now serving a life sentence in pri-
son for his crime.
Almost melodramatically, the
three professors - Dr. Herbert Em-
erson, director of the Pasteur Insti-
tute; Dr. John C. Bugher of the path-
ology department; and Dr. A. A
Christman, Medical School chemist-
made their way to the little Gratiot
County seat and gave the testimony
that proved the State's case.
When the charred body of Mrs.
Bernice Blank was found the night
of Jan. 5 in the fireswept remains of
her home near Maple Rapids, all the
available evidence pointed to an ac-
cidental death by burning. Law en-
forcement officers held the theory
that she died from either smoke or
flames resulting from an explosion
when she threw kerosene on a dy-
ing stove fire. Corroborating evi-
dence was given by her husband,
George, before a coroner's jury in
Ithaca, and Mrs. Blanks burial was
authorized when the jury confirmed
the police theory.
Doubtful circumstances around the
case, mainly a mysterious telephone
call before the fire occured, led to
the exhumation of the body, and an
autopsy was performed on Sunday,
Feb. 2. Following a telephone call
from Lieut. Van A. Lewis of the
Michigan State Police, Dr. Bugher,
agreed to assist Dr. Lemoyne Snyder,
medical advisor to the State Police,
in performing the autopsy. Al-
though it had been more than three
weeks since the body had been buried
and the body had not been embalmed,
evidence was found which supported
the suspicion that Mrs. Blank had
been deliberately murdered.
Blood found in the covering mem-
brane of the brain indicated that
death had been met by violence. Nor-
mally the blood would have been

found in the blood vessels. A con-
tusion on the forehead above the left
eye was discovered that was con-
strued as one of the marks of violence
that led to the hemorrhage in the
brain The contusion would have
been more marked Af the body had
been embalmed, Dr. Bugher said.
The condition of the lungs also
pointed to a violent death. Discolora-
tion of the lung tissue pointed to
many capillary hemorrhages. Ex-
dema, excess fluidity of the tissues
due to heart failure, was found, al-
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Hopwood Rules
Are Inviolable
After Tomorrow
Only Freshmen Ineligible'
To Conpete For Awards
For Creative Writing
Rules defining the eligibility of can-
didates for the annual Avery and
Jule Hopwood Awards in creative1
writing, which may be waived on pe-
tition in particular or irregular cases,
will become inviolable after tomor-
row, according to Prof. Roy W. Cow-
den of the English department, di-
rector of the Hopwood Committee.
Subject to these rules, all under-
graduate and graduate students, ex-
I cept freshmen, are eligible to com-
pete for the major and minor awards,
ranging from $250 to a maximum of
$2,000, the contest for which closes
April 22, Professor Cowden stated.
The major awards are open only
to senior and graduate students, reg-
ularly enrolled in the University for
both semesters of this year, who are
doing satisfactory work in their stud-
ies and who meet certain other re-
quirements. The minor awards are
open to undergraduate students, sub-
ject to similar restrictions.
The second includes a group of for-
mOontinued on PPs 6'i

Railroad Rate
Cut Made ,By
5-4 Decision Of Interstate.
Commerce Commission
Effective June 2
Eastern Railroads
Oppose Fare Slash1
Coach Prices Reduced 1.6
Cents Per Mile; Not Low
Enough, Claims Meyers
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28. - (A) -
The Interstate Commerce Commis-
sion, in a 5-to-4 decision, today or-
dered nationwide reduction of rail-
road passenger coach fares to two
cents a mile, with Pullman fare cut to
three cents.
A majority opinion of the divided
Commission, citing a general decline
in passenger revenues since 1923, as-
serted that the move was necessary,
to meet the challenge of cheap high-
way transportation.
The order, effective June 2, brings
the rates down from the existing 3.6
basic coach rate and the average
of four cents for Pullmans, including
surcharges. The surcharges were
eliminated by today's order.South-
ern and Western roads already have
established experimental passenger
fares as low or lower than those fixed
today by the Commission.
Eastern roads however, have fought
reductions-with the exceptions of
the Baltimore & Ohio. Eastern car-
riers contended that a fare cut would
shear $56,500,000 from their annual
So-called extra-fare trains were not
involved in the order.
Written by Commissioner Claude
R. Porter, who initiated the fare in-
vestigation almost two years ago, the
seventy-two-page majority opinion
was supported by Commissioners W.
M. W. Splawn, Clyde B. Aitcheson,
Carroll Miller and Marion M. Caskie.
Chairman Charles D. Mahaffie and
Commissioners B. H. Meyer, Frank
McManamy and William E. Lee dis-
sented, while Commissioner Hugh M.
Tate did not participate.
In his dissenting opinion, Meyer
expressed the view that the new
rates would nuot be low enough to
"recover a large volume of business
from private automobiles."
Track Men To
M e e t Indiana
Squad Tonitht
Undefeated Hoosiers Given
Slight Edge; Power Lies
In Long Runs

Strong Iowa
Team Beaten
By Natators
Squad Comes From Behind
In Last Three Events To
Win 43 To 41
Varsity Becomes
Big Ten Favorite
Barnard Winner In Two
Distance Races; Rieke
Takes Back-Stroke
Michigan's national championship
swimming team overcame a five-point
lead with victories in the last three
events to defeat Iowa 43 to 41 last
night before a crowd of 1,200 spec-
tators which packed the Intramural
The victory over the slightly fa-
vored Hawkeye team enabled Coach
Matt Mann's Wolverines to keep clear'
a collegiate dual-meet record that
has not been marred since Northwes-
tern won 37 to 32 on March 9, 1929
and stamps them as favorites to re-
tain their Big Ten title.
Dropping first places in the sprints
and in the free-style relay, and lag-
ging behind the invaders seven to two
in second places, Michigan showed its
usual power to win the medley, div-
ing, breast-stroke, back-stroke and
the two distance races and and drove
through to pile up five third-places
as compared to Iowa's two.
With Iowa ahead 31 to 26 at the
conclusion of six of the meet's nine
events, Capt. Frank Fehsenfeld start-
ed the Wolverines off to victory with
a decisive and impressive win in the
diving event over the Hawkeye's Arn
Christen. Der Johnston provided the
Varsity with a strong third.
Faced with the prospect that any-
thing less than a fist would erase
any mathematical chance for victory
or even a tie, Frank Barnard followed
the divers with his best race of the
year to lead Bob Christians to the
finish by five yards in the 220-yard
free-style, unofficially tying Johnny
Schmieler's Big Ten record of 2:17.3.
Still trailing 37 to 38 the Varsity
completely outclassed a game Hawk-
eye team in the final 300-yard med-
ley to clinch the meet.
In this event sophomore Harry
Rieke had a four-yard lead in the
back-stroke leg over the favored Dick
Westerfield, the invincible Jack Kas-
ley lengthened the margin to nine
yards over Bob Allen in the breast-
stroke and Bob Mowerson finished
with a 12-yard lead over Bill Weh-
meyer in the final 100-yards of free-
style in the near-record total time of
For the second time within a week
Riecke, sophomore who became eli-
gible with the beginning of the sec-
ond semester, defeated an All-Ameri-
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CoEds Pay Dollar


And Half An Hour
For Own Painting,
Free private enterprise took it on
the chin yesterday, and the jolt shook
two over-ambitious Mosher-Jordan
co-eds loose from seven and -a half
simoleons apiece.
Disgruntled because a twixt-semes-
ter rooming shift landed them in a
room that had not smelled paint
since the dormitory's pristine coating
'way back when, Frances Snaman,
'38, and Jane Meyer, '38, took matters
into their own hands.
Last Tuesday they went out and
purchased five gallons of calcimine
-not paint-and a man-sized
brush, flexed their lipstick hands,
and began beautifying their walls
with a vengeance.
They began at three o'clock in the
afternoon. At one-thirty the next
morning, spattered but triumphant,
they surveyed the four whitened walls
with satisfaction.
Yesterday they were presented with
a little bill for $15 - "for damages."
The money will be spent to remove
the calcimine.
Loyal Japanese
Soldiers May
Troops Capture Insurgent
Stronghold; Navy Firmly
Against Revolt
SHANGHAI, Feb. 29. (Saturday)-
(IP) - The Japanese Embassy was in-
formed today that rebels who had
held government buildings in Tokyo
since Wednesday morning surrend-
ered after 11 a.m. today, Tokyo time
(9 P.m.E.S.T.).
The Domei (Japanese) News Agen-
cy asserted only one company of in-
surgents had given in, and that the
remainder were still holding the resi-
dence of the Premier Mampei.
TOKIO, Feb. 29.-(Saturday) -(P)
- Loyal government troops were ex-
pected to proceed today against de-
fiant fellow soldiers, authors of Wed-
nesday's revolt, who are entrenched
in the heart of Tokio.
Government soldiers were thrown
in a ring around the rebels, who held
the Magatacho section, containing{
government buildings and not farI
from the Imperial Palace.
'Appropriate measures" to deal
with the insurgents were announced
last night by Lieut. Gen. Kohei Kashii,
whom the government designated to
put down the military revolt with the
aid of martial law.-

2 Charges

Rates For Matriculation
And Diplomas Dropped
In FebruaryMeeting
$7,500 Donated By
Baird For Tower
Prof. J. R. Nelson Submits
Resignation As Head Of
Semester fees for practically every
unit in the University excluding the
Dental School will be considerably
higher for the scnool year of 1936-
37, the Board of Regents decreed in
their monthly meeting yesterday.
The diploma, matriculation, and
other special charges were completely
abolished by the Regents for the next
academic year, and the raise in the
semester fees was made to take care
of this loss in revenue.
Changes for various colleges and
school are as follows: In the literary
college resident students will pay $55
while non-residents will be charged
$75; in the engineering college the
new rates are $60 and $80; in the
Medical School, $110 and $175.
Fees For School Of Education
In the School of Education the new
fees are $55 and $75; in the Law
School $70 and $100; in the College
of Pharmacy, $60 and $80; in the
Dental School $110 (this rate was
formerly $113) and $150; (this is
identical with the former non-resi-
dent rate); in the Graduate School;
the School of Business Administra-
tion, the Forestry School and the
School of Music, $55 and $75. In the
College of Architecture the charges
for next semester will be $60 and $80.
The new fees in all the colleges
and schools represent an average in-
crease of $5.18 for residents and of
$14.29 for non-resident students.
General laboratory fees in the Medi-
cal School will no longer be required
of students.
Baird Contributes $7,500
An additional gift of $7,500 was
received from the Regents by Charles
A. Baird, '95L, Kansas City banker,
to be used toward erection of the
Tower which will house the $70,000
clock and carillon. This raises the
total gift of Mr. Baird for the caril-
lon and Tower to $77,500.
Prof. J. Raleigh Nelson counsellor
for foreign students submitted his
resignation to the Regents as head of
the engineering English department.
His successor has not yet been ap-
pointed by the Board.
A new executive committee for the
engineering college was also appoint-
ed by the Regents to take office
March 1. Members of the committee
are Dean Herbert C. Sadler, chair-
man ex-officio; Prof. A. H. White,
who will serve four years; Prof. John
E. Emswiler, who will serve three
years, Prof. Henry W Miller, who
will serve two years, and Prof. R H.
Sherlock, who will serve one year.
Sabbatical leave for the present
semester because of illness was grant-
ed to Prof. E. A. Stalker of the areo-
nautical engineering department.
The renewal of the E. I. Dupont
Co., $750 fellowship in Chemical En-
(Continued on Page 6)
Roosevelt Will
tSign Neutrality
Bill Tomorrow
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28. -()-
President Roosevelt announced today
r that before tomorrow midnight he

would sign the new neutrality law
s designed to keep the nation at peace
e despite foreign wars.
e A proclamation declaring continua-
tion of United States neutrality in the
d Italian-Ethiopian war, was expected
- to accompany the signing.
e The bill extends the present neu-
trality law expiration from Feb. 29
- to May 1, 1937. It will continue the


Hanson Blames Corruption For.
Puerto Rico Internal Troubles

A corrupt system of government
patronage in Puerto Rica was blamed
for recent political disturbances
there by Earl Hanson, planning con-
sultant of the Natural Resources
Committee assigned to the Puerto
Rico Reconstruction Administration
in a speech given yesterday in Natuual
Science Auditorium.
"An excellent educational system,"
he said, "has produced large numbers
of lawyers, doctors and teachers, who
are unable to find employment out-
side of the government offices. Thus
every election, instead of becoming a
fight for party policy, has become a
frank struggle for 'bread and but-

trol the four paying crops - sugar,
coffee, tobacco and citrus fruits,
causing not only all of the wealth but
also all of the money justly due Puer-
to Rico to be exported to the United
States and Spain. A large part of
the money of the people of Puerto
Rico is also sent to large landowners
living in Spain in the form of rents,
he said.
For a number of years, Mr. Han-
son said, the government of the Unit-
ed States has been paying $1,000,000
per month for relief in Puerto Rico,
and, realizing that this might keep
on indefinitely, has organized the
Puerto Rico Reconstruction Admin-
istration, with the end of putting
fhi, tlnrl .. nnf4-Cn firm V1 nn'.n m nranl- fi

Indoor and outdoor track cham-
pions of the Western Conference, the PARABLE
Michigan Varsity will be put to its SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 28. - (P)
first acid test of the 1936 season when - Parsifal Peacock, proud beauty of
it faces Indiana's great team at 7:30 Springfield's zoo, was way behind inI
p.m. tonight in Yost Field House. his preening today. A goat ate his1
The Crimson squad, undefeated in tail.
the present campaign, will arrive in
Ann Arbor at noon today and whene
it faces the Wolverines tonight will AOne-W ord De
probably be competing before the
largest crowd of the local indoor sea- ' d o . T e m e s c n e e o b
ry~u~h ndoo sa;Trudi Scho
toss-up with the Hoosiers perhaps
holding a slight edge. As a result, By JOSEPHINE T. MC LEAN
Michigan is in danger of losing its Dancing proved a universal me-
first Conference indoors dual meet in dium of expression in the perfor-
six years. mance of Trudi Schoop, comic ballet
Indiana's power admittedly lies in artist, who presented a pantomine
the long runs, and Coach E. C. Hayes last night before an enthusiastic au-
has entered a quartet of stars in both dience in the Lydia Mendelssohn
the mile and two mile. Both Michi- Theatre.
gan and Indiana scored slams in their But the comment of Miss Schoop
last meets in the mile and the race had to be interpreted as the artist
tonight should not only be one of the speaks German and not English. Her
highlights of the meet but may re- impish gestures gave'way to a gra-
sult in a new field house record for cious manner as she conversed in the
the event. The present record is hall leading back-stage. Her hands,
4:19.7 and is held by Jack Childs. which are insured for $300,000, spoke
James Smith, the Hoosier ace who words even in the prosaic process of
turned in a 4:22.7 mile last week, smoking a cigarette.
will find Clayt Brelsford, who ran a Miss Schoop, trained in the Vien-
4:22.2 mile against Michigan State, nese ballet abandoned this tradition
a hard man to beat. Also entered as she felt it so far removed from
in the event is the Big Ten outdoor reality that she "was unable to ex-

In a proclamation by radio, the of-
ficer said that the city, except for
the Nagatacho section, was perfectly
calm while order prevailed through-
out the country.
(Unofficial advices reaching Jap-
anese circles in Shanghai said that
Emperor Hirohito had given Gen.
Kashii authority to expel the rebels
by whatever means were necessary).
(A Reuters dispatch from Shanghai
said that private advices from Chi-
nese sources reported that troops had
revolted at Osaka, industrial center,
but Japanese authorities in Shang-
hai vehemently denied this).
scrfption Of
op - Expressive
whom she has often been compared
and thinks of her style as essentially
her own.
Once she had made up her mind
that the comic ballet was the best
medium in which to express herself
she established a school in Zurich
Switzerland, where she gathered
around her students and diletantes
Out of those, she developed a sup-
porting cast which accompanies he
on her tours.
She finds that different audiences
are amused at different parts of the
pantomime. In Germany, the hous
was brought down when the girls re-
moved their coats in the underworl
cafe. This same act was passed un-
noticed by the Ann Arbor audience
who were delighted with other scenes
Miss Schoop attributed the dif

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