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Landon Overtakes
Roosevelt To min
Presidential Poll

Rushing Ends
As Sororities
Pledge 279
Houses Will Pledge 279
Women Today; Rushing
Seasonl Ends
Nutimber Increases
77 Over Last Year
Silence Period Will Last
Until 9 A.M. Tomorrow;
Fewer Houses Listed
Formal rushing came to a concltu-
sion late yesterday afternoon with 18
sororities announcing a pledging of

Explosion Kills Graduate Student
In East Engineering Laboratory;
Two Are Injured In Earlier Blast

G.O.P. Candidate Victor
With 26 Vote Margin;
3,969 Ballots Cast
Browder Given 102;
Thomas Totals 178
Democrats Claim 'Moral'
Triumph As President
Nearly Triples '32 Vote
A last day rush of Republican vot-
ers brought victory to Governor Lan-
don yesterday in The Daily's three-
day student presidential poll by the
narrow margin of 26 votes out of
3,969 cast.
The final tally gave Governor Lan-
don 1,849 votes to 1,823 for President
Roosevelt. When voting ended Thurs-
day, President Roosevelt was lead-
ing by 15 votes, but out of 813 ballots
cast yesterday, th'e final day of vot-
ing, the Republican candidate re-
ceived 408 to 367 for the President.
Norman Thomas, Socalist candi-
date, received 22 votes yesterday to
bring his total vote to 178, far below
the 420 votes cast for him in the
1932 poll. Earl Browder, Communist
candidate, received 14 votes yesterday
to swell his total to 102, three times
Final results of The Daily's stu-
dent presidential poll:
Landon ...................1,849
Roosevelt .................1,823
Total votes cast: 3,969.
the amount his predecessor on the
Communist ticket, William Foster, re-
ceived in1932. Rep. William Lemke
completed the list with a total of 13
Campus Democrats were last night
claiming a moral victory for Presi-
dent Roosevelt. Pointing out that
the President was overwhelmed more
than two to one in The Daily's 1932
straw vote, they stated that the re-
sults indicated an emphatic repudia-
tion of the Republican candidate and
showed that students on this campus
are deserting the Republican party.
Student interest in the poll was
much greater than that indicated by
the 1932 vote when only 2,821 bal-
(Continued on Page 2)
Authorities Are
Unable To Find
Officials Believe Student
May Have Joined Army
Or AviationCorps
No trace has yet been found of
Richard Harrison, '40E, who has
been missing from his rooming house,
435 Thompson St., since Monday, au-
thorities announced yesterday.
State, county and local police have
been continuing their search for the
missing student.
It was thought that Harrison might
have joined the United States army
or aviation corps under an assumed
name. He had recently been refused
admittance into West Point because
of a minor heart ailment.
Harrison was last seen by friends
Monday afternoon after one of his
classes.. The only articles that are
missing from his room are a small
overnight bag, a toothbrush and a
razor. All his clothes are intact, and
no suitcases are missing.

The student's parents of Montclair,
N.J. have been keeping constant con-
tact with Mrs. Mayme Stuber, his
landlady, and to date have received
no word from him.
Harrison is 19 years old, 5 feet 8
inches tall, weighs 139 pounds and
has brown hair. Anyone knowing of
his whereabouts are urged to notify
either The Daily; his landlady, Mrs.
Mayme Stuber, 435 Thompson St.,
or the office of Joseph A. Bursley,
dean of students.

Michigan Lines Up
To StopGophers
Determined to keep Minnesota from
tying Notre Damehs record of 20
straight victories, Michigan will line
up against the Gophers at 3:00 p.m.
today at Minneapolis. The game
will be broadcast over WWJ begin-
ning at 2:45 p.m.
Michigan was the last team to de-
feat Bernie Bierman's proteges be-
fore they started their winning streak.

It was Harry Newman's field goal 279 women. This number was an
in the 1932 tussle that enabled thelincrease of 77 over last year's pledg-
Wolverines to gain an undisputed Big ing total.
Ten title.i t t hrs
The Wolverines will not only be With the number of houses this
seeking revenge for the 34-0 beating semester reduced from 20 to 18, the
in 1934 and last year's 40-0 trounc- average for each house this year
ing but also will want to regain pos- was 15 pledges.
session of the 'Little Brown Jug' Pledging will occur at noon today,
symbolic of Michigan-Minnesota but the silence period will not end
rivalry since 1903. until 9 a.m. tomorrow according tol
Betty Ann Beebe, president of Pan-
Ruthven TalJj Following are the pledges:
Alpha Chi Omega: 12
Sch 1ed l FVirginia Allen, '39, Wyandotte;
enieuuieu rOf Barbara Balton, 40, Highland Park;
Dorothy Buelow, '40, Detroit; Jean
Church Meetintr Hanson, 38, Negaunee; Betty Hood,
O '40, Detroit; Frances Huntington, '40,
Howell; Mary Kilkenny, '38, Detroit;
Prominent Men To Speak; Janet Ladd, '40, Milwaukee, Mis.;
Jane Maugey, '39, Detroit; Jean Rich,
Van Gogh, India, Spain '40. Detroit; Virginia Robinson, '38,
To Be Discussed Wyoming, 0.; Dorothy Lois Verner,
Ann Arbor's churches will present Alpha Deltan Pi: 5
tomorrow a richly varied program Frances Hubbs, '40, Ann Arbor;
which includes among its list of De Rhua Skinner, '40, Detroit; Vir-
prominent men, President Ruthven ginia Soule, '40, New Haven; Cornelia
and two persons whose specialized Van Doorn, '38, Flint; Madelaine
experiences should be of interest to Westendorf, '40, Mt. Clemens.
everyone. . Alpha Epsilon Phi: 26
President Ruthven will speak on Florence Chikowsky, '40, Bridge-
"Education for Citizenship" at the oort, Conn.; Zelda Davis, '40, Tulsa,
Wesleyan Guild meeting at 6:00 p.m. Okla.; Virginia Finkelston, '40, De-
Sunday at Stalker Hall. This will troit; Frances Fisher, '40, Pittsburgh,
be the first in a series entitled "Why Pa.; Shirley Fishman, '40, Cleveland
Are We Learning?" and will be fol- b.; Adele Frank, '38, Woodmere, L. I.;
lowed in the next few weeks with Jean Gerber, '40, Syracuse, N. Y.;
talks by Dean Herbert C. Sadler, Prof. (continued on Page 5)
Fielding Yost and Dean Edward H. _______ __
Te o Carillon, fast coming to com- New Drum Aajor
pletion, has suggested the subject for D p
the regular Suiday Morning service Has OnlyDroppe
of the First Methodist Episcopal
Church. Dr. Charles W. Brashares, a ton OnceIn Life
pastor of the church Nill :peak on
"The Bells of Ann Arbor" at 10:45. Ann Arbor's little girls and boys
Lutheran students will especially have a new idol, for a new drum
be interested in hearing the sermon major has been appointed to twirl
to be delivered by the Rev. Carolus the baton and lead the big University
P. Harry, of Washington, D. C., at band down the street to the football
the Trinity Lutheran Church at band
10:30. Dr. Harry, a graduate of the The demon eligibility hit Bob Fox,
University of Pennsylvania, was for The em igi hit ob
many years after his theological '39, over his huge shako or turban
training, a pastor for Lutheran stu and thus necessitated the new ap-
dents. He is the founder of the Lu- pointment. Fox's successor is Fred
theran Student Association of Amer-F. Wiest, '38SM, who is a transfer
ica which has more than 250 branches student coming here from Michigan
on college and university campuses Normal at Ypsilanti. He comes from
in the United States. Dr. Harry the same Pontiac high school which
will appear before the Lutheran Stu- sent Frank Riley here as drum major
dent Club at 6:30 at the Zion Lu- several years ago.
theran Parish Hall, where he will Wiest has made a study of drum
speak in an informal manner on majoring during the past six years
student problems. and during that time has dropped
Friend of Gandhi and Rabindra- but one, baton-his last attempt at
nath Tagore, the poet, associate ed- Michigan Normal-he stepped in a
itor of the Mahatma's newspaper, hole.
"Young India," Mr. Tarini Prasad A drum major may get nervous
Sinha will speak on the "Renaissance at first, as being out in front of the
in India," The talk will be delivered band all alone, but he soon gets over
at 9 a.m. at the first meeting of the that, Wiest declared. Hot weather
year of the Far Eastern Group which enables the leader to open up with
will be held in the Russian Tea all his razzle-dazzle but cold weath-
Room of the Michigan League. er holds him down. A football
In the evening Mr. Sinha will game is not considered a fair test,
speak to the Roger Williams Guild of! since the time is so short.

Frieda Kaufman Receives
Eye And Face Injuries;
Instructor's Wrist Cut
Chemistry Building
Is Scene Of Mishap
Foreign Matter Contained
In Chemical Is Blamed
For Detonation
Fears that the eyesight of Miss
Kaufman might be impaired were
allayed late last night when Dr.
Frederick A. Coller, who treated the
lacerations, reported no permanent
injury would result. She will remain
in the Hospital several days.
Previous by a few hours to yes-
terday's fatal explosion an instructor
and student were severely cut by a
blast in the Chemistry Building. O.
L. I. Brown, instructor, and Frieda
Kaufman, '40, were the victims.
In a simple experiment involving
the heating of two mixed chemicals,
potassium chlorate and manganese
dioxide, to produce oxygen, the glass
flask burst, bits of the glass cutting
Miss Kaufman on the face and above
the right eye. Mr. Brown suffered
wrist cuts. He was aiding the stu-
dent in heating the mixture.
More than 60 students were in
Room 480, General Laboratory, at
10:30 a.m. the time of the blast, but
no others were injured. Prof. James
H. Hodges, the other faculty member
on the scene, administered first aid
to the pair before they were carried
to the University Hospital by a sum-
moned ambulance.
Professor Hodges said that the ex-
periment was a very common one
that is worked out by all beginning
classes, and accounted for the de-
tonation "some foreign matter must
have been in the chemicals, or some-
thing we cannot account for, went
wrong." Whether wrong chemicals
had been used by the student by mis-
take, it was not ascertained.
"We have done away with all ex-
periments even slightly dangerous to
the beginner," Professor Hodges said.
"This one is performed thousands of
times yearly with no accidents." Miss
Kaufman could not be reached for
an explanation of the occurrance.
Miss Kaufman, 17 years old, lives
in Chicago. Mr. Brown was serving
his first semester on the faculty, be-
ing a graduate of the University of
About a year ago, a student lost two
fingers when explosives he had been
collecting in a test tube, blew up in
the same laboratory. Interested in
explosives, he had been saving sur-
plus amounts of gunpowder for home
Band Members Press
Amateur Ticket Sale
The 'University of Michigan Band
members are showing that they really
want to go to Philadelphia to cheer
the team against Pennsylvania.
In an active campus sale of tickets
for their benefit amateur show Tues-
day night, they have sold 1,500 tick-
ets and with continued cooperation
on the part of the student body, fac-
ulty, and townspeople, expect to be
able to fill the auditorium.

"I was standing not more than 15
feet from George when the explosion
occurred. I was knocked to the floor,
but I saw him fall. Arthur Lennie
and I were the first to reach him."
Thus John Kary, Grad., of De-
troit, one of the two eye witnesses
to the explosion that killed George
F. Drasin, Grad. yesterday in a lab-
oratory in the East Engineering
building, describes the first few sec-
onds following the accident.
Kary, who was covered with glass
from windows shattered by the im-
pact, stated that he did not know
exactly what caused the explosion.
He pointed out that Drasin had
come into the laboratory with an
oxygen tank and an acetylene tank
looking for a place to work. He
found a vacant place and started
welding around a spout on the top
of an empty drum, Kary said. "His
work had not continued more than
two minutes when the terrific ex-
plosion occurred." He went on to
relate how he and Arthur Lennie,
'38E, of Detroit, rushed to Drasin's
side to find him dead, the top of
his head torn off by the flying head
of the drum.
Drasin had been having some
trouble getting his torch lighted,
Kary stated, for it was continually
going out. He finally got it going
well, and it was not more than two
minutes before the impact was felt,
the eye witness pointed out.
Drasin wasdoing special research
work when the accident occurred.
Both Prof. Alfred H. White, head
of the department of chemical and
metallurgical engineering, and Prof.
John C. Brier, professor of chemical
engineering, stated that Drasin was
a very capable and likeable person.
He had received a 2.6 average while
in school.
The other eye witness to the ac-
cident, Arthur Lennie, '38E, could not
be reached for an interview, as he
had returned to his home in Detroit
for the week-end.
Union Open House
To Be Held, Oct. 22

Killed In Explosion

Eye- Witness, Standing 15 Feet
From Victim, Describes Death

Mme. Flagstad
TO Sing Here
Monday Night
Norwegian Prima Donna's
Concert To Open Choral
Union Series Here
Kirsten Flagstad, distinguished
Norwegian prima donna, who has had
a spectacular career at the Metro-
politan Opera House and in concert
activities in the music centers of the
United States, will make her Ann
Arbor debut at 8:15 p.m. Monday,
Oct. 19, in Hill Auditorium, when she
opens the fifty-eighth annual Choral
Union concert series. She will be ac-
companied by Mrs. Edwin McArthur.
Madame Flagstad, ever since her
debut two years ago, has been the
chief attraction 'of the Metropolitan
Opera House. Her concert appear-
ances likewise have been a series of
Until three years ago, Madame
Flagstad's singing had been done en-
tirely in the Scandanavian countries.

George F. Drasin Instantly
Killed When Acetylene
Gas Blows Up
2 Other Students
Stunned By Shock
Accident First Of Serious
Nature In 12 Years Of
Building's Existence
George F. Drasin, Grad., 23 years
old, of Grand Rapids, was instantly
killed at 4 p.m. yesterday in the
East Engineering building when an
empty drum, which he had been
welding with an acetylene torch ex-
The back of Drasin's head was
taken off by the top of the drum. The
accident was caused, it is believed by
Prof. Alfred H. White, chairman of
the department of chemical and met-
allurgical engineering, by a mixture
of acetylene and oxygen in the tank
which exploded when ignited by the
flames of the torch.
Two others were in the room at
the, time of the explosion but were
not injured, but suffered from shock.
They are Arthur Lennie, '38E, and
John J. Kary, Grad., both of De-
Drasin had been working alone on
the drum, Kary said, and was weld-
ing a fitting onto it. The drum pre-
iously contained alcohol but had been
thoroughly cleansed.
Torch Wouldn't Light
Drasin had been having difficulty
keeping the torch lighted, Kary said.
The acetylene from the unlighted
torch filled the drum, it is believed,
mixing with oxygen. When the torch
was again lighted and plunged into
the drum, it ignited the, mixture,
causing the explosion., The explosion
occurred entirely within the drum,
Professor White said.
Dr. William M. Brace of the Uni-
versity Health Service was the first
to be summoned. He called Cor-
oner Edwin C. Zanzhorn who said
that an inquest into the cause of the
accident will be held Tuesday. The
body is at the Dolph Funeral home
Drasin's father, Morris Drasin of
Grand Rapids, who was notified im-
mediately after the accident by Dean
of Students Joseph A. Bursley, said
that arrangements for the disposal
of the body will be made later.
The explosion occurred on the sec-
ond floor of the building and shat-
tered windows. No other damage was
done. Residents in homes across
the street reported that pictures were
shaken from the wall by the explo-
Attended Calvin College
Drasin's Grand Rapids address was
227 Scribner St. He was graduated
from the Union High School, Grand
Rapids, and attended Calvin College
and Grand Rapids Junior College. He
entered the chemical engineering de-
partment here with advance credits in
Sept. 1933 and was graduated last
June. He lived at 626 S. Division St.
The explosion was the first serious
accident in the building in the 12,
years that it has been open, Profes-
sor White said.
Coughlin Aide Says
He Dissipated Cash
DETROIT, Oct. 16.-(P)-A dis-
senting member of the National
Union for Social Justice charged in
a circuit court bill today that the
Rev. Charles E. Coughlin dissipated
the Union's trust funds "in preach-
ing and propagating fascism and un-
dermining democracy, the United
States Constitution and the Amer-
ican form of government."
John H. O'Donnell of Pittsburgh
asked the court to end what he
termed a "wasteful dictatorship," to

order an accounting of funds and
appoint a receiver. He asked re-
moval of Coughlin and six trustees
who he said permitted the radio
priest to expound "economic theories
of which he possesses only a super-
ficial knowledge."
No comment was forthcoming from
the Royal Oak headquarters of the
National Union, which Father Cough-
lin has claimed embraces millions of
members in every state of the union.


The annual Union open house, with
free dancing, cut-rate milk shakes
and hamburgers and free motion pic-
tures, will be held Thursday, Oct. 22,
at 7:30 p.m., it was announced yes-
The orchestras of Al Cowan and
Bob Steinle will play on the second 1

and third-floor ballrooms. Both men
and women are invited.
Motion pictures belonging to Coach
Harry G. Kipke and T. Hawley Tap-
ping, general secretary of the Alumni
Association, will be shown. The Glee
Club will sing, and the three best
amateurs of the Band. Amateur Night
will perform in a floor show.
Ten free tickets to Union dances
will be given free to holders of lucky
The narcotics division of the Detroit
police will furnish an exhibition booth
with all types of narcotics with ex-
planations of their use. Another
booth will be furnished with finger
prints by the Detroit police.




the Baptist Church on "Social Prob-
lems of India and the East." The
regular 10:45 morning service of the
Baptist Church will be featured by a'
talk to be given by Dr. Edward W.
Blakeman, counselor in Religious Ed-
ucation for the University, on "Re-
ligious Education in Progress."
Dr. Benjamin J. Rush, pastor of
(Continued on Page 2)

Harmar Papers, Valuable To American
F History, Obtained By Clements Library

Then in the summers of 1933 and
1,34 she was invited to Bayreuth. It
was her singing at this festival center
that led to her being signed for lead-'
ing soprano roles in the Wagnerian
operas at the Metropolitan. At her'
first concert she swept an unprepared
audience off its feet, and has been'
hailed by critics as the "lifesaver" of
the opera.
Other concerts in the Choral
Union series will be given by Fred-
erick Stock and his full Chicago;
Symphony Orchestra of 100 players
on Nov. 2; the Moscow Cathedral
Choir led by Nicholas Afonsky on
Nov. 16; Jascha Heifetz, violinist will
appear Nov. 30; The Boston Symph-
ony Orchestra under the direction of
Serge Koussevitsky Dec. 10; the De-
troit Symphony Orchestra under the
baton of Bernardino Molinari as
guest conductor Jan. 15; Gregor
Piatigorsky, 'cellist, Jan. 25; Artur
Schnabel, pianist, F b. 23, and Nel-
son Eddy ,baritone, March 25.
Betty Baker Files
Plea OfInsanity
Mrs. Betty Baker, 30 year old Ann
Arbor woman, held on a charge of
slaying Clarence Schneider, a roomer
in her home at 1804 Jackson Ave.,
filed notice through her attorneys
today that she would plead insanity.
Mrs. Baker will claim that at the
time of her alleged offense she was
suffering from temporary insanity,
and that she could not, at the time
distinguish between right and wrong,
her attornevs stated. At the time of




Veterans' Children
Must Pay Tuitions
LANSING, Oct. 16.-(IP)-The At-
torney General Staff held unconsti-
tutional today part of the legisla-
tive provision that children of World
War victims are entitled to free ad-
mittance to state educational insti-
Miss Elida Yakeley, Michigan State
College Registrar, asked for the in-
Deputy Attorney General James F.

A collection of valuable papers of
the historically important General
Josiah Harmar has been acquired
by the William L. Clements Library
of American History. Library offi-
cials considered the find so important
that they waited until all was ready
before informing an interested world
of the scope of their good fortune.
Probably the name of Josiah Har-
mar means nothing to even the stu-
dent well-versed in American history.
But the excitement which the almost,
accidental acquirement of these
"papers" caused among staff mem-

of the real value of the collection.
Then he acted with all haste to ob-
tain them. It was only through the
aid of the University of Michigan
Club of Philadelphia which has
established a fund for such purposes,
and his father who is a Philadelphia
banker, that he was able to complete
the purchase before other interests
did so.
Since the day the chest containing
the manuscripts arrived at the Li-
brary, appreciation of their value
has been rapidly increasing. Gen-
eral Harmar was the officer sent out
by the United States government im-
mediately after the Revolutionary

eral Harmar chosen to carry Con-
gress' ratification back to Paris. His
journal of that trip is among the Har-
mar Papers, along with a passport
printed on Benjamin Franklin's pri-
vate press, and signed by him as Min-
ister Plenipotentiary to the court of
the French king.
The last time one of these pass-
ports came on the market, it sold for
$1,775. With it is another passport
signed by Louis XVI and General
Harmar's various commissions in the
United States Army, signed by one
"Go. Washington."
'The active service of General Har-
mar included participation in many

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