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Labor Study
By Business
Board Urged
By Roosevelt
Advisory Council Replies
That It Will Cooperate
By Formulating Plan
Roper States Hope
For Voluntary NRA
President Suggests Study
Of Absorption Problem
Of Workers In Industry
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19.-W)-
Replying to suggestions by President
Roosevelt that it study the problem
of improving wages and working
conditions and other major indus-
trial questions, the Business Advisory
Council said today that "all groups
should cooperate fully to consolidate
the recovery that we have thus far
The Council instructed its execu-
tive committee to meet Dec. 16 in
New York and formulate "a program
of action." The full ,Council, along
with former members who have
dropped out under the rotating sys-
tem, will hold a business meeting
here Jan. 28.
The President said, in a letter read
to 'the Council by Secretary of Com-
merce Daniel C. Roper, that "econ-
omic and social betterment hinges
upon a continuous study of trends,
such as are reflected in human
thought and action of our society."
It continued:
"Study and analysis of these trends
are a vital preliminary to the adoption
of plans and procedure best suited to
meet conditions.
More Private Jobs
'At this time I suggest a study on
the part of the Council of the prob-
lem of further absorption of work-
ers by private industry. The problem
of improving living conditions of low
income 'groups through' low cost hous-
ing and slum clearance, and the
problem of improving wages and
working conditions of employes in in-
Saying that members of the Coun-
cil, all private business men, had
made trips to Washington at their
own expense and had given freely of
their time, Mr. Roosevelt asserted
that "this attitude symbolizes the
type of cooperation essential to a
continuity of the progress we are
The President's letter and his
statement urging private industry to
hire .more old and unskilled workers,
were carefully studied by business
leaders for a clew to New Deal policy
toward industry in the next four
Some quarters voiced the opinion
that Mr. Roosevelt's purpose was to
lay major social and industrial prob-
lems before business and wait to .see
what business would do-or suggest
-before formulating any govern-
mental program.
Sellars, Nelson
Defend Future
Of Democracy
A belief in the democratic tradi-
tion and its future success in the

United States was upheld last night!
by Prof. Roy W. Sellars of the phi-
losophy department and Prof. Nor-
man E. Nelson of the English de-
partment in the first of a series of
round table discussions conducted by
the Student Alliance.
The topic of the discussion, which
was to inclide Prof. Arthur S. Aiton
of the history department who was
unable to attend, was "Democracy
and Dictatorship,"
Professor Sellars traced the devel-
opment of political democracy from
the Greek ideal through the Amer-.
ican and French Revolution periods
to the present.
Professor Nelson agreed with the
analysis and proceeded to criticize
the recent statements of Col. Henry
W. Miller pertaining to the "survival
of the fittest" theory.
"I believe Colonel Miller's position
was a very clear and sincere state-
ment of the conservative position,"
Professor Nelson stated, "but he in-
volved himself in an absurdity."
Professor Nelson continued the
critiism h qsving "the cnnserva-

Figures Fly, Digits Sit In Place
As Dr. Finkelstein Cracks Whip

A.F.L. Calls Dec. 4 Is Set
Coast Strikes To Dedicate

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France Dispatches
Warships To Spain
To Check Blockade

Long Mvemory Span 1s Aid tions to tabulate results, he used his!
To api C mpuatins spare time figuring percentages and
totaling votes by districts.
Lecturer Claims It is his highly-developed esthetic
sense, which he believes enables him
By JOSEPH FREEDMAN to manipulate numbers. He is a pro-
It took only one and a half hours found lover of music and is able to
reproduce symphonic scores as read-
for Dr. Salo Finkelstein to prove, ily as he can compute, althoughahe
yesterday, to a highly skeptical Ann cannot play an instrument. His
Arbor audience, which packed thep hobbies are chess and psychology.
Natural Science Auditorium five min- He is not, he emphasized, a mathe-
utes before the lecture, to overflow- matician; he holds a Ph.D. degree in
ing, that he is the "world's greatest psych h odgyre
calculating genius.
In an effort to analyze his mind,

Strike Leader J. Curran
Sends Appeal To Greenj
Denying Charges
I.S.U. Leaders Call j
Walkout 'Outlawed'
Convention Is Counseled
By Miller To Make Peace
With Lewis' Unions
TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 19.--()-By an
overwhelming vote the delegates to
the American Federation of Labor
Convention, denounced the current

Baird Bells
Ruthven, Baird To Lead
Impressive Ceremony In
Hill Auditorium
Audience To Hear
VarsityBand Play
Members Of Senior Honor
Societies Will Serve As
Ushers, Bursley Declares
The Charles A. Baird Carillon,
which is installed in the uppermost
floor of the Marion LeRoy Burton
Memorial Tower, will be dedicatedl

From the outset, Dr. Finkelstein
disclaimed any attempt to "show
himself off," admitting that he knows
no better than anyone else that 7
times 8 equal 56. His ability,, on the
contrary, he attributes to "long mem-
ory span, power to visualize, ability
to perceive very fast and to see beauty
in number."
He often stopped during the course
of his lecture when a "particularly
beautiful" number came up. 7776
appealed to him because it equals 6
raised to the fifth power. Replacing
the first digit by 1, he had the date
of the American Revolution, inter-
changing the first and last numbers
gave him 1677 the date of Spinoza's
death, and eliminating the one from
this last combination resulted in the
sum of the squares of 14, 15, and 16.
All these facts occurred spontaneous-
ly, he said, and without any premedi-
Dr. Finkelstein demonstrated his
visual memory by asking members of
the audience to fill the 25 boxes of a
square. After studying the chart for
a few seconds, he repeated the num-
bers in the vertical, horizontal and
diagonal columns.
He displayed his speed in comput-
ing by summing a column of 15 digits,
multiplying a five digit number by
a four, and resolving a four digit
umber into the sum of four squares,
all in the space of a few seconds. His
calculations completed, he repeated
the process until he finally obtained
a check which he called definitive,
"since I've never made a mistake
in all my fourteen years of lectur-
Employed by the Columbia Broad-
casting System in the last two elec-
Big Subsidies
Draw National
Grange's Fire

he has submitted himself to psycho-
logical experiment both here and
abroad. He calculated so rapidly,
he explained, that ordinary stop-
watches cannot time him. For his
use a special "camera," was set up
to flash a light when a button is
pressed and turn the light off at thej
end of a specified time. Many of'
these tests showed a speed of lessl
than three one-thousandths of a sec- J
His visual memory has enabled himj
to master Polish, Russian, German,j
French, Yiddish and English, all of
which he speaks fluently.
State Lawyers
Hail Bonisteel
As- New Head.
Supreme Court Justices
Attend Banquet Here;
Van Ameringen Presides
Seventy-five members of the State
Bar of Michigan greeted their new
president, Roscoe O. Bonisteel of
Ann Arbor, and listened to an ad-
dress by State Supreme Court Justice
Louis H. Fead in a banquet last night
at the Union.
Three other members of the Michi-
gan Supreme Court attended the
banquet which was presided over by
V. T. Van Ameringen, president of
the Ann Arbor Lawyers Association..
They were Chief Justice Walter H.
North and Justices ,Henry M. Butzel
and Harry S. Toy.
One of the chief problems beforel
the lawyers of the state, Mr. Boni-
steel said, is the qualifications for ad-
mission to the bar. He emphasized
the need for high moral standards in
the applicant as approaching in im-
portance his ability to pass state bar

Freshman Politicos
Hear Mayor Speak;
Someone Is Fooled
The embryo political master-mind
who called up Mayor Robert A.
Campbell yesterday afternoon and
asked him to speak at the Freshman
Independent party caucus in Lane
Hall, may have thought he was slip-
ping over a poke on the Independ-
But the mayor ciossed th-e n up by
appearing in person and delivering,
a speech which was generally conced-
ed to be the best of the campus po-
litical season.
"Evidently the onnosition to vnur

Cruiser, Destroyer, Sent
To Barcelona Following
Insurgents' Threat
Mussolini Speeds
Arms Preparations
Fascist Nations Defended
In Parliament By Eden;
Madrid Again Shelled
PARIS, Nov. lg- ~-France re-
plied with warships tonight to a re-
ported Spanish insurgent threat to
blockade the Port of Barcelona
against all governments sympathetic
with the Madrid Socialist regime.

seamen's strikes on the Atlantic coast Friday, Dec. 4, Dr. Frank E. Rob-
as the work of communists. bins, assistant to the President, re-
Spencer Miller, director of the vealed yesterday.
Workers' Education Bureau, coun- Participating in the impressive
seled the convention to make peace ceremony in Hill Auditorium, closely
with Lewis' rebels to present a united modelled after the English practice


front to threats of fascism.
NEW YORK, Nov. 19.-G')-Strik-
ing seamen in the port of New York
turned their attention today to an
attempt to validate their walkout in
the eyes of the American Federation
of Labor, as in the courts they pre-
pared to attack another labor organi-
zation critic, the International Sea-
men's Union.
Informed of the action of the A.F.
of L., in annual convention at Tampa,
Fla., in denouncing the east coast
strike as the handiwork of "commu-
nists and other extremists," strike
Leader Joseph Curran announced he
had telegraphed this appeal to fed-'
eration President William Green:
"Twenty thousand members of the
Tnternational Seamen's Union re-
quest an opportunity to present facts
in maritime strike on Atlantic and
Gulf Coasts. The resolution of the
I.S.U. executives at the convention
was unfair."
The resolution was proposed by of-
ficers of the I.S.U., with whom the
Curran group has long been in bitter
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 19.-()-
Labor difficulties paralleling the mar-
itime strike reached farther inland
today. with the spread of a textile
walkout in the bag industry.
The cities of Oakland and Berkeley
went into the milk business as an

of dedicating church bells, will be
President Alexander G. Ruthven,
Charles A. Baird, '95, Kansas City,
Mc., lawyer and donor of the caril-
lon, Dr. Edward W. Blakeman, coun-
sellor of religious education, and
Frank C. Godfrey, engineer of John
Taylor Co., Loughborough, England,
which made the bells.
Band Is On Program
Miniature bells, representing the
carillon bells, will be presented by Mr.
Godfrey to Mr. Baird, who in turn
will present them to President Ruth-
ven for acceptance in behalf of the
Dr. Blakeman will deliver the ded-
ication prayer, and then President
Ruthven will symbolically ring the
bells seven times. Simultaneously
with the symbolical chimes, Wilmot
P. Pratt, University carillonneur, will
strike the Bourdon bell, largest in
the carillon, seven times, which will
be audible in HHill Auditorium.
A brass ensemble of the Varsity-
R.O.T.C. Band, stationed in the car-
illon floor of the tower, will play a
fanfare and the hymn "O God, Our
Help in Ages Past" and the Varsity
Glee Club, in Hill Auditorium, will
sing "Laudesnatque Carmina" before
the ceremony.
Pratt To Give Concert
Following the ceremony, the Glee
Club will lead the audience in "The
Yellow and the Blue."
Mr. Pratt will give a concert on the
carillon following the dedication cere-
Five thousand illustrated booklets,
containing the dedication program,
the concert program, and accounts
of the casting of the bells and the
construction of the tower, will be pre-
pared for the occasion.
?!Mr. Godfrey, who is now in Spring-

party thought it was quite a joke to
ring me up in my office this after-
noon," Mayor Campbell said, "but
I'm still a student at heart and al-
though I had a meeting to attend, I,
canceled it to come here."
Observing that the odds were
against the Independent party, the
mayor urged the freshmen to "be
Scotch enough to fight it out and
win." "Fraternities and sororities'
have lost prestige in the last four
years," he added, "and although the
fraternity parties think they're go-
ing to win, so did the Republicans
and look what happened to them."
Offering advice on how to organize
for the campaign, Mayor Campbell,
who has had enough experience in
politics to know what he is talking
about, suggested a central committee
to direct the electioneering activities
and receive reports.

Gerstacker Wins
In Vote Recount
Carl Gerstacker, one of the two
candidates on the '38 Engineers party
slate in the engineering school elec-
tion Wednesday who was defeated by
a Consolidated party man was put in
office yesterdaypasa result of a re-
count, according to the Men's Coun-
Gerstacker had been defeated, 65
to 64 in the race for a position on
the Honor Council by Robert V. Bax-
ley. Gerstacker asked for a recount
yesterday morning, within the 24-,
hour limit for such objections cre-
ated by the Men's Council.
The second count gave him a mar-
gin of one vote over Baxley, 64 to 63.
Art Cinema Presents
Chaliapin In Picture

COLUMBUS, O., Nov. 19.-()- examinations.E
The National Grange went on record There has already been a "defi-'
today as opposed to subsidies or spe- nite raising of the ethical standardsr
cial privileges in any form as a perm- of the profession throughout Michi-t
anent program. gan," he said.
The report of the organization's
The epor of he rganzatin's Mr. Bonisteel stated that the state
committee on agriculture, which was . . t sa
adopted during the closing hours of bar will work to take the judiciary
the 70th annual meeting, expressed ot of politics and to establish extra-
the opinion, however, that subsidies legal requirements for membership.
"as an emergency measure are justi- our judges must be stabilized!
fled to right a temporary wrong or tr. Beeio hemasi
inequality." Mr. Bonisteel also emphasized the
"Farming involves all of the people need -for a program to improve the
indirectly and about one-fourth di- present method of selecting judges I
rectly," the report said: "We should and regulating their term in office.
not ask for special privileges and we Too many judges, he said, are re-!
should not permit special privileges placed because of political changes'
to others. When subsidies are used just at the time when their ex-
we believe they should be limited to perience, gained after years on the
family sized farms and not paid to bench, has made them highly quali-j
corporations or non-resident owners. fled for the positions they hold.
"We do believe in equality with in- He pledged the bar to classify the
dustry and that justice and fair lawyers of the state as to their par-
treatment should be meted out to all ticular fields "for the benefit of
alike. For a long time permanent members of the profession who may
program, we are convinced that ag- wish to consult them," and to obtain
riculture as well as industry must "a better distribution of court opin-
stand on its own feet." ions. "
Dean Lloyd, Mrs. Ray Defend
Proctor System At Mosher Hall

emergency measure because of a tie-
up of dairy plants by a strike of union
milk wagon drivers.
Efforts to bring about a resump-
tion of maritime peace negotiations
remained virtually at a standstill
although Assistant Secretary of Labor
Edward F. McGrady continued his
attempt to get union representativesI
and shipowners together.

field, Mass., will return in time for "Don Quixote," the English screen
Student Labor the dedication, Dr. Frank E. Rob- version of Cervantes' novel, starring
bins said. Feodor Chaliapin, will be presented
Members of Michigamua, Tau Beta today at 3:15 p.m. and today and to-
In Leao ue Ask ! Pi, Galens, Druids and Vulcans, sen- modrywat :15 p.m. nthaydia
for honor societies, will serve as ush- morrow at 8:15 p.m. in the Lydia
r e n e ers, Dean Joseph A. Bursley said last Mendelssohn Theatre by the Art Cin-
ne n rease ight ema League.
The 53-bell carillon is the world's Chaliapin, Russian singer and ac-
third largest, taking its place after tor, has been heard in America on
Form Chapter Of Workers carillons in New York and Chicago. the opera and concert stage, has
Federation And Present The Burton Memorial Tower was sung here in several Choral Union
built from funds contributed by Concerts at Hill Auditorium.
Requests To Employers friends of the University, the Board The picture, which critics declare
of Regents, the School of Music, and follows the novel, was made in Spain
Twenty-six men student workers from gift funds possessed by the Uni- under the direction of G. W. Pabst,
of the League last night formed a. versity. an exile from Nazi Germany.
unit of the Student Workers' Federa-j
tion and as their first organized step-
decided to forward to their employ- Mackinac Bridge Is Becoming
ers a demand for an hourly wage of
35 cents in cash payment, an increase e essitClaim s Prof. Cissell
of five cents over the prevailing wage
rate. )
Included in their demand for an.
increased wage was the request that By TUURE TENANDER return of the New Deal for another
the "minimum" wage system, where- The oft-proposed Mackinac Straits four years an extensive public works
by a certain amount of the daily wage bridge, given renewed interest by the program might well mean federal aid
must be paid in food, should be election to the governorship of Frank in the construction of a bridge over
abolished. the straits.
The newly-formed chapter, of Murphy, who during the campaign The construction of a bridge con-
which Willard L. Martinson, Grad., declared himself in favor of the proj- necting the two parts of the state is'
was elected president last night, also ect, would be a very desirable thing no new idea, according to Professor
formulated a demand that appointed for Michigan and will soon become a Cissell, who said that interest in such
representatives of the chapter should practical necessity, Prof. James H. a project has been manifest intermit-
be allowed to present the chapter's Cissell of the engineering college said tently during the past 30 or 40 years.
case at each meeting of the Board of yesterday. In 1934, however, definite steps
Governors of the League in which "The automobile traffic between were taken to determine the feasi-
employes' wages are discussed. the two peninsulas is increasing at bility of such a bridge. The Michi-
Other officers elected last night in- a yearly rate of 25 per cent," Profes- gan legislature provided for a Mack-
elude: Samuel T. Henderson, '39, sor Cissell, who is secretary and con- inac Straits Bridge Authority to
vice-president; Victor A. Kirk, '39, sulting engineer of the Mackinac study the problem and ascertain the
secretary-treasurer. Straits Bridge Authority, said, "and best location and approximate costs
Martinson appointed a permanent at the opening of hunting season re- of a bridge.
committee as representative of the cently there was a line of cars two "The estimated cost, as determined
chapter in official business. Members .miles long waiting to cross by means by a group of competent engineers
are Henderson, Max Reynolds, a stu- of ferrys." headed by Francis C. McMath, form-
dent at Michigan State Normal Col-
lee, Kiih'g Robe Johno.m'38, To The granting of federal funds for er president of the Canadian Bridge
Downs, '39, president of the Student the project was deemed not unlike- Company now residing in Detroit, is
Wnrl ar ~nt-nn ,.na ly by George A. Osborne, editor of $32,400,000," Professor Cissell said.

Informed sources said Premier Le-
on Blum's government answered the
Fascist pronunciamento of a block-
ade by ordering two warships, a
cruiser and a destroyer, to stand off
Barcelona to protect French ship-
The cruiser Dupleix and the de-
stroyer Albatross, it was said, were
dispatched to Catalan waters.
The French Mediterranean fleet of
two battleships, five cruisers, 13 de-
stroyers and eight submarines was
engaged in maneuvers "somewhere"
between Toulon and Perpignan-
within five hours striking distance of
ROME, Nov. 19.-WP)-Premier
Mussolini and his Fascist grand
council today ordered speeding of air
and naval armaments in case Italian
and German recognition of the Span-
ish Fascist insurgents shoud bring
serious international complications.
The accredited Italian charge d'-
afaires, Filippo de Ciutiis, to-
night was enroute aboard an Italian
warship to the seat of the provision-
al government of the Insurgent Gen-
eral Francisco Franco.
As Mussolini's-foreign office gath-
ered in foreign reaction to the Ger-
man and Italian recognition of
Franco Wednesday, the Fascist grand
council declared "the military prep-
arations of Italy in this special mom-
ent must be accelerated, above all in
the aerial and naval fields."
The Spanish situation, official'
circles were agreed, was the proper
interpretation of the "special mom-
ent" phrase.
European fears that Italy and
Germany might send direct aid to the
forces of Gen. Franco now that they
have approved his government as
the legal one in Spain were scouted
by competent government sources.
LONDON, Nov. 19.--?P)--Foreign
Secretary Anthony Eden, aroused by
Parliament opposition jibes, sided
heatedly with Italy and Germany to-
day against charges they had violat-
ed the Spanish non-intervention ac-
"As far as non intervention is con-
cerned," he said, "I can say cate-
gorically that I think there are oth-
er governments more to blame than
those of Italy and Germany."
His statement, which some mem-
bers took to be a veiled thrust at
Russia, ;threw the house into an up-
roar. Cheers from the government
benches .mingled with cries of
"shame! shame!" from the Laborite
Eden ignored subsequent heck-
ling, and avoided further definition
of the "other governments."
Informed sources said the next
British move might be a warning to
Gen. Franco to keep away from
British ships, or be fired on by Brit-
ish men of war.
MADRID, Nov. 19.-()-Fascist
aerial bombs struck in the heart of
Madrid again today, partly wreck-
ing the postoffice, the central bank
and an ornate palace, once the home
of the Marquis of Linares.
Crowds in the postoffice were sliced
down by shrapnel from the explod-
s ing bombs, and unestimated num-
bers were killed.
The front of the building was rip-
ped apart and windows shattered.
Two street cars were jerked into
the air by the force of the fearful ex-
s plosions in Cibeles Square, near the
postoff ice.

Mosher Hall's much-discussed proc-
tors who check the girls in their
rooms each night were vigorously de-
fended last night by Miss Alice C.
Lloyd, dean of women, and Mrs. Mar-
tha Ray, social director of the dormi-
The proctor system, denounced by
two residents of the dormitory in let-
ters to The Daily as "regimentation"
and "spying" provides for four girls,
paid $15 per month by the National
Youth Administration, whose duty it'
is to visit each room between 10:30
p.m. and 11:45 p.m., and see that thel
residents are in their rooms and quiet.
4t was started this year when, on the
advice of Miss Lloyd's office, the Mo-
sher house council adopted it. Jor-
dan Hall rejected it at the same time,
and, Miss Lloyd pointed out, "no at-
tempt has been made to force it on
Phem "

at Mosher Hall "so far has not suc-1
ceeded" in controlling noise, which,
she maintained is "the most persis-
tent and most difficult problem to
handle" in the dormitory. But, she
continued, "I do not think that the
prestige of student government has
been in the least hurt by the present
situation at Mosher Hall. The house
organization here is an unusually
strong and effective one," and its
willingness to give the proctor system
a fair trial "has strengthened it" if
Miss Lloyd and Mrs. Ray explained
that Mosher-Jordan dormitory is
made of cement and steel, "which
prevents fire but amplifies noise.
Since the opening of these halls," the
dean of women said, "there has been
a continuous problem in regard to
noise, and the student government in
spite of valiant efforts to assist, has
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