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The Weathe,
Rain in South; show or rain
in north portion today; tomor-
row cloudy and colder.


Lie igauF


End Of The TVA
Power-Pool Project .. .



Mississippi Slowly Rising
As Dead Approach 350;
Levee Line Still Holding

Ohio Receding In Its Own
Valley; Yet To Empty
Into Mid-West Stream
$400,000,000 Set As
National Damage
Stricken Areas Commence
Costly Rehabilitation;
Fatalities Increase Daily
(By The Associated Press)
Homeless - approximately 1,000,-
Known dead-Kentucky 225, Ar-
kansas 28, Missouri 17, Ohio 14, West
Virginia 13, Illinoic 11, Tennessee 10,
Indiana 9, Mississippi 3, Pennsylvania
3. Total 333.
River stages-Ohio receding from
Pittsburgh to Evansville, Ind., rising
from Evansville to Cairo, Ill. Missis-
sippi rising from Cairo to New Or-
Relief-President Roosevelt direct-
ed commission to start comprehen-
sive clean-up program in Ohio Valley
and outlined plans to assist mer-
chants, householders and poverty-
stricken refugees through Federal
ageicies. Contributions to Red Cross
relief fund totalled $4,339,000. It
seeks $10,000,000.
(By The Associated Press)
Under the ever-heightening impact
of the Ohio River's vast flood, the
Mississippi rose slowly Friday night
as along 1,000 miles of its course
men fought to hold the levee line.
Not a major break had occurred,
and from Cairo, Ill., to New Orleans
ran that cheering message to thou-
sands of river people.
It was, however, but a preliminary
and conditional victory. The Ohio,
falling almost everywhere in its own
valley, had yet to dump the greater
burden of its numberless billions of
gallons of flood waters into the Mis-
Begin Clean-Up
The national flood damage stood-
under preliminary estimates-at well
above $400,000,000. The known dead
approached 350.
In the Ohio valley, a costly clean-
up began as in the hardest hit city
in that section-Louisville-official
statements that the damage in that
city would be "terrific" came almost
simultaneously with the declaration
of a' hospital superintendent, Dr. J.
B. Buschmeyer, that he dead would
run high above other estimates.
"I believe," he said, "there have
been 400 prepared for burial or al-
ready transferred to cemeteries in
the highlands. And the real work is
still ahead. One undertaker has
handled 60 flood victims already.
Three others have embalmed great-
er numbers. A large majority (of
the deaths) were the result of cold
and exposure."
Worst Is Over
All in all, the worst definitely was1
over, however, for the upper Ohio
Paducah Ky., further to the south,
lookedfor its greatest crisis yet as;
the crest neared there.1
Cairo, situated at the confluence of
the Ohio and the Mississippi, stood
fast behind a sandbag-topped bul-
wark. Most of its inhabitants long;
since had fled. The rest, hardy river-
men for the most part, faced with
courage a predicted crest of 62 feet
-against a 60-foot wall to which;
three feet of sandbag filling had been
At Hickman, Ky., rising flood wa-
ters inched up toward the top of a1
60-foot seawall1
County Red Cross
Fund Now Is $6,737

Red Cross contributions for Wash-,
tenaw County reached $6,737 last.
night according to Lewis E. Ayres,,
chairman of the local unit.
Sixteen trucks have lefteAnn Arbor
since the beginning of the flood ac-
cording to Mr. Ayres, and the food
and clothing is still being collected
in Ann Arbor.
A new aspect of flood relief was
taken over by the Washtenaw Coun-
cil of the Boy Scouts of America.

Relief Facilities In New Albany
Taxed Says Daily Correspondent

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Stricken Area
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-Associated Press Map
The shaded portion of this map
indicates the area from which 500,-
000 persons may be forced to flee
if the Ohio River flood waters go
over Mississippi levees. At Jackson,
Miss. (1) headquarters would be
established for the evacuation;
Meq phis (2) has arranged to quar-
ter 500,000 refugees, while army
engineers at several points (3)
fight to strengthen levees. Near
Cairo, Il., (4) coastguard cutters
and army planes are aiding rescue
12 Navy Planes
Cross Pacific
In Record Hop
80 Men Make Flight From
San Diego To Honolulu
In 21 Hours, 43 Minutes
HONOLULU, J a n. 29.-() -
Twelve big navy sky cruisers bored
through a terrific storm that mom-
entarily stopped them "cold" and
sailed into Honolulu today to com-
plete with military precision the
greatest non-stop ocean mass flight
ever attempted.
Carrying 80 men, the planes made
a "routine transfer" from San Diego
to Honolulu, 2,553 miles, in 21 hours,
43 minutes, official elapsed time.
They alighted on Pearl Harbor in
the glare of powerful floodlights at
3:50 a.m. (9:20 a.m. EST).
About 300 miles out of Honolulu
the air squadron ran into treacherous
winds that tossed the giant planes
as though they were corks.
"For an hour and a half," said
Lieutenant Commander William H.
McDade, the flight chief, "we bat-
tled the storm but could not get
through. Thick as pea soup, it had
trapped us completely. At one point
it momentarily stopped us cold."
It was the navy's second precision
mass flight from the mainland. Three
years ago Lieutenant Commander
Kneffler McGinnis led a squadron
of six naval planes on a transfer
from San Francisco to Honolulu, 2,-
400 miles.

No More J-Hop Tickets
Available Says Hoffman
All but 25 tickets for the 1938 J-
Hop have been disposed of, Louis G.
Hoffman, '38, told The Daily last

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Friday, Jan. 29.
- (Special to The Daily-Crossing in
a cost guard cutter this morning the
dirty mud-colored waters of the Ohio,
which are estimated to be flowing at
the rate of 22 knots per hour, this
correspondent arrived in Louisville
now under strict martial law.
Last night in fog shrouded New
Albany we helped rescue workers who
brought in part of 800 inhabitants
of Jeffersonville who were all quar-
tered in the Colgate factory there.
Relief facilities in New Albany
were taxed to the limit and a visit
to the broadcasting station there re-
vealed that station WRGG was send-
ing out local calls with the aid of
three announcers working two hours
The relief kitchen there is well
stocked with provisions and the food
is fine. High school girls act as
waitresses, and give us good service.
Down on the water front, which
last night was two miles in from the
river bank, the river men were work-
ing like dogs to get the helpless out.
Volunteers are working with out-
boards send from all parts of the
country. The mortality rate on all
boats is high due to the two story
buildings and telephone wires which
are continually causing serious
A trip down to Jeffersonville re-
vealed that city completely under
water. Last night orders of the pro-
vost martial were to use any means
to prevent looting and guards were
(Continued on Page 2)
Soviet Tribunal
Decrees Death
For 13 Plotters
MOSCOW Jan. 30.-(Saturday)-
(P-The highest Soviet tribunal the
Military Collegium of the Supreme
Court,"early today sentenced 13 of
the 17 men on trial for treason to be
Two of the outstanding defendants,
Karl Radek and Gregory Sokolni-
koff, were sentenced to 10 years' im-
M. S. Stroiloff also was given a 10-
year-sentence. V. V. Arnold re-
ceived an eight-year term.
The verdict, sparing four men of
whom two had been accused as ring-
leaders of a Trotzkyist plot against
the Soviet regime, was delivered at
2:25 a.m. (7:25 p.m. Friday, Eastern
Standard Time), after the three
judges had deliberated eight hours.
Radek, in his "last words" before
the Court yesterday, admitted his
"treason" he said, "we shall pay for
our crimes with our heads."
MEXICO CITY, Jan. 29.-(/1)-
Leon Trotzky, accused as being the
sponsor of an alleged plot to over-
throw the Soviet government, de-
clined to comment tonight on the
conviction of 17 defendants in Mos-
cow and the sentencing of 13 of them
to death, but promised "an ample
statement" tomorrow.

End Of West
Coast Strike
Is Predicted
Union Heads, Shipowners
Call Meetings To Discuss
Tentative Agreements
'Growing Settlement
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 29.-()-
Maritime strike chieftains tonight
deferred until tomorrow a call for a
settlement vote in the record-break-
ing West Coast shipping tieup and
announced they would ask better
terms for two unsatisfied unions.
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 29.-(3)-
Maritime Union leaders, formally re-
porting "the end of the strike is in
sight," moved tonight toward calling
a membership vote on settlement pro-
posals while ship-owners met two
worker groups in an attempt to com-
plete quickly the last of the tenta-
tive agreements.I
"There is a growing sentiment in
the rank and file for settlement and
nothing can change it now," strike
leader Harry Bridges told an assem-
bly of civic authorities considering
a move to obtain federal intervention.
I Reach 92nd Day
Harry Lundeberg, head of the pow-
erful west coast sailors Union, joined
Bridges in proclaiming the impend-
ing end of the costly, record-break-
ing tieup, now in its 92nd day.
In view of the fast-moving peace
developments the civic officials post-
poned action for a few hours at least,
possibly pending the outcome of
hastily called conferences between
employers and the cooks and stew-
ards and radio telegraphers' unions.
Representatives of both worker
groups told the assembled city au-
thorities they were willing to return
to work and submit their remaining
differences to arbitration, but ship-
owner spokesman T. G. Plant reject-
ed this offer.
The radio men formerly received
a minimum of $100 monthly and
asked $115. They rejected an offer
of $110 minimum.
Strike Cost Great
Cooks and stewards held out for
an 8-hour day on all ships despite
the assertion of owners that they
could not grant such a schedule on
passenger vessels.
On the basis of figures by the San'
Francisco Shipping Merchants As-
sociation the strike has cost upwards
of $644,000,000. The Association es-
timated the daily loss of at least $7,-
Negotiators hurdled the last major
strike issues lat night when long-
shoremen and employers reached a
tentative agreement.
This accord officially provided pay
of 95 cents regular and $1.40 an hour
overtime for longshoremen on a prac-
tical six hour day basis. It also ad-
justed a complicated jurisdictional
matter involving the dividing line
between longshoremen and cargo
working sailors on coastwise vessels.
Wyvern Successfully
Ends Red Cross Drive
Wyvern, junior women's honorary
society concluded its drive for food
and clothing for flood victims yes-
terday with a large amount of as-
sorted clothing and food and more
than $50., Hope Hartwig, '38, said
The drive, which began last Wed-
nesday, was "highly successful," Miss

Hartwig said. The materials collect-
ed were turned over to the Red Cross
for transportation to the stricken
Ohio Valley, Miss Hartwig said.


Murphy Asserts Intention
To Expose Auto Strike



Checks Complaints
Unaffiliated Laborers Try
'Sit Down' In Lansing
Gubernatorial Quarters

General Motors Peace Is
Sought As Sloan Finally

With Perkins

Strike At A Glance
(By The Associated Press)
Anti-strikers stage "sit-down"
in Governor's office. Governor,
declining again to forcibly eject
strikers in Flint plants, charges
"agents provacateur" at work and
promises to learn and publish
whether "General Motors or
Union responsible" for trouble
making activities.
Governor tells a second delega-
tion claiming to represent 65,000

uenerai motors employees de-
DETROIT, Jan. 29.-(IP)-Ater a siring to return to work that a
10-hour "sit-down" demonstration in formal showing that majority of
the State Capital at Lansing, a group workers favor plebescite on strike
of non-union automobile workers left would be "an impressive argu-
late tonight but said they would be ment" for such referendum, but
back Monday "unless there is a defi- that he believed it may not be
nite and satisfactory solution" of the necessary.
General Motors strike. Senate Committee investigating
civil liberties violations summons
DETROIT, Jan. 29-(RP)-Governor a number of General Motors of-
Frank Murphy, asserting his inten- ficials to testify Feb. 8 and 9.
tion to expose whoever inspires "ac- General Motors closes plant at
tivities designed to make trouble" in Los Angeles; announces plan for
General Motors automotive strikes, partial reopening of Buick plant
was confronted by a "sit-down" dem- in. Flint on Monday.
onstration of 25 non-union auto plant
workers in his office at Lansing to-
day. Rules For J-Ho
After announcing to the group
that he would not use troops to evictA
striking members of the United Au-
tomobile Workers of America from
Fisher Body plants at Flint,, Murphy By Com m itte
said his office doors would be un-
locked so the demonstrators could
come and go at will. The group set- Chairman Requests That
tled in an ante-room to await de-
velopments the Governor said might All Scalping Be Reported
be forthcoming in a "very important" Immediatdy
conferetice under way at Washington. _'
Lend Moral Support' Regulations adopted by the 1938
demonstrators, said they might deJ-Hop committee to govern this
cide to occupy the Governor's office year's Junior Class dance were re-
indefinitely. leased yesterday by Louis G. Hoff-
A second group of 46 automotive Iman, chairman of the committee.
workers arrived two hours later to_

lend "moral support" to the early-
comers. Albert Johnson of Detroit,
who said it represented 65,000 non-
striking workmen of all General Mo-
tors plants in Michigan outside of
Flint, presented a petition asking
Murphy for a referendum to deter-
mine what percentage of corporation,
employes favored the strikes.
The Governor told them a formal
showing that a majority of General
Motors' employes favored a vote onl
the strikewouldbe "a very impressive
argument in favor" of the referen-
dum. He said a decision might not
now be necessary in view of antici-
pated developments.
Referring to members of the Flint
Alliance, strike-opposed body which
yesterday demanded that he assure
"full protection" to workers, Murphy
said they "did not come to do good-
they wanted to embarrass the Gov-
Mass Meeting Postponed
"General Motors' executives tell me
privately they have nothing to do
with this matter," lie said. "I hope
they are correct. Perhaps this is an
appropriate time to ask them pub-
Murphy said a mass meeting sched-
uled to be addressed by Homer Mar-
tin, U.A.W.A. president, at Saginaw,
Sunday, had been postponed. An-
nouncement of plans for it had
brought consideration of sending
troops to maintain order.
General Motors announced the
closing of its assembly plant at Los
Angeles which supplied Buicks, Pon-
tiacs and Oldsmobiles to West coast
dealers, because of lack of materials.
At Flint, Harlow H. Curtice, Buick
company president, said approxi-
mately 2,000 workers will be called
back to work Monday in certain de-
partments of the plant there.
Krogstedt Is Giveni
State Labor Post
Lansing, Jan. 29.-(P)-George
Krogstedt of Detroit was appointed
Commissioner of Labor today to suc-
ceed Frank D. Wade, of Flint.
Governor Murphy also appointed
Lionel Heap of Grand Haven and
MIs. Besse Garner of Highland Park
as members of the commission of
Labor and Industry.
The governor said Frank F. Ford
of Kalamazoo, a Republican, would be
retained for a time as chairman of

Hoffman asked that all scalping of
tickets be reported to him immediate-
ly so that he can report them to the
Men's Council. The committee has
arranged for parking space in Ferry
Field, with the entrance at S. State
St. and Hoover Ave.
J-Hop regulations are as follows:
1. Dancing must cease at 3 a.m.,
and lights must be out in the Intra-
mural Building at 3:30 a.m.
2. There shall be no spectators,
the only persons admitted to the hall
shall be those bearing tickets issued
by the Hop Committee.
3. No corsages shall be permitted
to be worn at the Hop (committee
women excepted).
4. There shall be no decorations
of individual booths except by the
Hop Committee.
5. All charges for taxicabs in
excess of the rates authorized by the
city ordinance should be reported to
the Hop Committee.
6. Control of lighting shall be in
(Continued on Page 2)
Co fin Explains
n Lecture Here
Inspiration Sources And
Attitude Toward Subject'
Stressed By Poet
How to write poetry by "rule of
thumb" was Robert P. Tristram Cof-
fin's message to the audience which
attended his lecture last night at the
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
Beginning with the preface that
the method he described applied only
to his own type of poetry, Coffin
summarized his two fundamentals for
poetry writing as: "Say all the good
things you can think of about your
subject," and "Find a source of in-
spiration in some experience which
created a profound impression."
As an example of the first rule,
Coffin read his poem "The Spider,"
in which he brought out the beauty
of the spider's work, suppressing the
disagreeable elements in the spider's
An incident which occurred in his
childhood and which left a lasting
impression in his memory when a
buck deer pursued by hounds plunged

Company President Talks
With Secretary At Her
Department Offices
Strike Legislation
Attacked By Green
LaFollette Committee Asks
GM Officials To Testify
On Espionage Charges
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29.-()-
Renewal of negotiations to end the
General Motors strike appeared im-
minent tonight after an unheralded
conference between Secretary Per-
kins and Alfred P. Sloan, Jr., General
Motors president.
Sloan went today to the secretary's
office, conferred at length with her
and left the labor department by a
private elevator and side door.
No Announcement Yet
After their conference, Miss Per-
kins told reporters one person who
"needs to be checked" before she
could make any announcement had
not been reached yet by telephone.
She would give no indication of
what that announcement would be,
but said she was "more hopeful" of
an early settlement.
Miss Perkins added she had not
talked to Lewis after her conference
with Sloan.
William Green, presicent of the
American Federation of Labor, an-
nounced the Federation would op-
pose ,the strike legislation Miss Per-
kins proposed. He contended it was
a "step in the direction of compul-
sory arbitration."
Officials Will Be Called
Chairman La Follette (Prog., Wis.)
of the Senate Civil Liberties Commit-
tee said "various" General Motors of-
ficials would be summoned to tes-
tify February 8 and 9 following the
committee's investigation of charges
of labor espionage and anti-union ac-
tivity in the auto industry.
At a press conference, Lewis said
he would submit additional affidavits
purporting to show that violence in
the strike zone was instigated by
General Motors.
To Discuss Bill
At Amendment
Burke, Angell, Mrs. Haber
Local Representatives On
Michigan Committee
The formulation of a Constitution-
al amendment for future popular
consideration permitting legislation
regulating hours and wages of labor
is the purpose of the Detroit meet-
ing Monday of the National Commit-
tee to Clarify the Constitution by
Amendment, Prof. Robert C. Angell
of the sociology department, and
member of the Michigan State Com-
mittee, said yesterday.
Burke Is Chairman
George J. Burke of Ann Arbor is
chairman of the Michigan Commit-
tee and will preside at the Detroit ses-
sion, acting as host to the national
conference containing representatives
from all parts of the nation. Mrs.
William Haber, representing the
League of Women Voters, is the third
Ann Arbor member of the State Com-
mittee. Roscoe O. Bonistee, presi-
dent of the Michigan Bar Association,
also of Ann Arbor, will be present at
the meeting, it was announced.
Draft To Be Submitted
One draft of the desired amend-
ment has already been drawn up and
will be considered at the evening ses-
sion of the conference. It was pre-
pared by a committee headed by Prof.

Joseph P. Chamberlain of Columbia
University, and included Dr. Noel
Dowling, also of Columbia University,
who acted as consultant for the ad-
ministration in the TVA case won be-
fore the Supreme Court; Dr. Herman
Gray of New 'York University; and
Dr. Lloyd K. Garrison of the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin Law School, who
will address the conference with Gov.
Frank Murphy and Edward A. Filene
of Boston.

Fears Responsible For Failures
Are Enumerated By Dr. Purdom


Fear of inability to live up to par-
ental expectation, fear of not being
accepted socially and fear of not
succeeding are the three factors
largely responsible for most high
school and college failures, Dr. T.
Luther Purdom, director of the
University Bureau of Appointments
and Occupational Information, de-
clared yesterday.
! Dr. Purdom based his statement on
the study of 15,000 students.
Students who come to the Bureau
seeking advice about a possible future
nonnation are noarly alaimva actuall

necessary for his successful survival
in college competition.
Contrary to the views held by some
sociologists, Dr. Purdom does not feel
that unfavorable family environment
is the greatest single factor respon-
sible for bad scholarship.
"Although a large percentage of
the failures have home problems, the
matter of associates outside the
home, the lack of responsibility and
the absence of good working habits
are more important," he explained.
Initiative, teacher relations, recre-
ation, and sex problems are other
lesser determinants of scholarship,
Dr. Purdom pointed out.

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