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Fair today; unsettled and
warmer tomorrow.




Good Neighborliness
And Foreign Trade .. .



Gibb Resigns
To End Trial
Rapp 4And Board Confer
To Determine Possibility
Of Criminal Charges
Mrs. LA M Smith
To Fill Out Term
Terminating four days of removal
proceedings, Emmett M. Gibb yes-
terday offered his resignation as
county clerk before the special tri-
bunal of Circuit Judge George W.
Sample and Circuit Court Conmis-
sioners Lee N. Brown and Albert W.
Gibb, accused of appropriating
county welfare funds for his own use,
had been asked to show cause why he
should remain in office.
Judge Sample named Mrs. Luella
M. Smith, deputy county clerk, to
succeed. Mrs. Smith has served in
the clerk's office since 1932.
Rapp To Confer With Board
Prosecutor Albert J. Rapp told re-
porters yesterday that he would con-
fer individually with the members of
the County Board of Supervisors to
determine whether criminal charges
will be brought against Gibb.
Defense Attorney John W. Conlin
read the resignation, saying that he
had gone over the records he had in
the matter and had found those for
1936 not available. He told the court
that he was "not at this time prepared
to submit evidence" to refute the
testimony already heard.
He made no statement as to Gibb's
innocence or guilt.
Testimony Presented
Testimony heard during the case
before the clerk's resignation includ-
ed that of Mrs. Smith and J. Martin
Rempp, accountant in the clerk's of-
fice, to. the effect that Gibb himself
had managed the welfare fund,rand
of James D. Whitman, auditor from
the auditor generpl's office, whose
audit of the county's books revealed
a net discrepancy of $5,549.55.
The writ ordering the hearing was
issued by Judge Sample May,9, fol-
lowing -the filing of a petition by
Prosecutor Rapp alleging that there
was a shortage of $5,706.86 in the
welfare account. Of this amount,
$157.31 was found during the trial to
have been "probably deposited with
the county treasurer," and therefore
was not definitely charged against
Whole Mtatter Regretful
Following his appointment of Mrs.
Smith, Judge Sample said of the
case, "The whole matter is a very
regretful thing." He termed the
case "Just another exhibition of hu-
man weakness for which I am sure
we all have regret."
The text of the resignation was
short, reading: "I hearby submit my
resignation as county clerk for the
County of Washtenaw, State of
Michigan, to be effective at once. I
will gladly assist the successor that
may be appointed in checking over
the affairs of the office." It was
signed "Emmett M. Gibb."
The new clerk, Mrs. Smith, has
served the administrations of Clara-
mon Pray, Harry H. Atwell and Gibb.
The latter was elected for his third
consecutive term last fall, of which
Mrs. Smith will serve the remaining
year and seven months.
Proceedings were concluded at
11:10 a.m., only 15 minutes after the

court had convened following pro-
longed conferences. The court was
scheduled to meet at 9 a.m.
Lewis'is Given
Bill For Strike
Girdler Sues CIO Head
For 1937 Damages
CLEVELAND, May 23.-()P)-Tom
Girdler sent John L. Lewis a $7,500,-
000 bill today for the 1937 steel strike.
Girdler's Republic Steel Corp. filed
a federal court suit against Lewis,
his Congress of Industrial Organiza-
tions and many of its union leaders,
demanding the huge damages for
"knowingly, maliciously, recklessly,
wantonly and wilfully" acting to shut
down the Nation's third largest steel
Only a week ago Lewis' CIO dunned
Republic for $7,500,000 in back wage
claims filed with the National Labor
Relations Board. CIO contended the

Long Says British-Soviet Pact
Promises Significant Results

England, France, Russia
Moving To Stop Hitler,
Professor Maintains
Great Britain's prospective military
alliance with Soviet Russia and
France promises to be of real signifi-
cance because it has been formed for
the definite and immediate purpose
of stopping Hitler's aggression, Prof.
Dwight C. Long of the history de-
partment, asserted in an interview
The allying powers, he emphasized,
are actually and vitally concerned
with this objective. England and
France, he explained, are now taking
the long-run viewpoint, because they
see the possibility that Hitler may
turn west after a successful conquest
of small nations in eastern Europe.
Therefore they are attempting to
halt German victories in the east
before Hitler becomes too successful,
he said.
Assistance to Poland is probably
the immediate objective of the pact,
Professor Long declared, as England
and France know that Russian aid
is necessary to the successful com-
pliance with their mutual aid pact
with Poland.
The Poles, he added, are dubious
about benefits to be gained from the
treaty, because .they are fearful that
Russia may "invade" the country
without being asked, under the pre-
tense of "quelling disturbances." Po-
land will probably approve the pact,
Coming Films
Concern River
And Dust Bowl
Two Government Pictures
To Be Shown Friday
For Spanish Refugees
Moving pictures depicting life on
the Mississippi and in the midwes-
tern Dust Bowl will be shown at 4 p.m.
Friday in the Natural Science Audi-
torium as part of a national plan to
raise funds for more than 200,000
Spanish refugees in France.
The films, "The River" and "The
Plow" are cited as outstanding for
their acting and beautiful scenic
shots.. "The River," which will be
shown in Ann Arbor by request for
the second time is one of the few
movies to portray the Mississippi in
such natural style. Movie critics
have proclaimed it, "a great job of
"The Plow," a great American clas-
sic of the midwestern Dust Bowl will
be shown in Ann Arbor for the first
time. Produced by Par Lorentz, both
films were released by the United
States Department of Agriculture and
represent an attempt by the govern-
ment to make the public more aware
of the historic problems of such great
American landmarks as the Missis-
sippi River.
The national goal of $1,000,000 will
be spent to alleviate the suffering of
countless thousands who are "treat-
ed" to empty barbed wire enclosures
with fewer facilities than an ordinary
concentration or prison camp.
Royalty's Entertainer
Finds Discontent Rife
WASHINGTON, May 23.-()-
The furore of discontent among those
who failed to get invitations to a
garden party for the King and Queen
of England here June 8 reached such
a pitch today that Lady Lindsay, the
hostess, told women reporters with a
"Ladies, my head is bloody but un-

Someone asked whether any rela-
tives of the Duchess of Windsor were
invited. Lady Lindsay said she could
not remember. Asked about Mrs.
D. Buchanan Merryman, "Aunt Bes-
sie" to the former Wallis Simpson,
she still couldn't remember.
Bill To Give Detroit
Olympics Proposed
WASHINGTON, May 23.-(JP)-Rep-
resentative McLeod (Rep., Mich) pro-
posed in a bill today that Congress
invite the International Olympic
Committee to conduct the 1944 Olym-
pic Games in Detroit.
He said in a statement the inter-
national committee would meet in
London on June 6 to decide where

however, as she too knows the neces-
sity of immediate Russian assistance
in case of trouble with Germany,
Professor Long declared.
Inclusion of the Baltic states
among those that might receive aid
was a definite concession to Russia,
he stated, as Russia wants those na-
tions kept intact as a kind of western
Turkey, through her control of the
Dardanelles, would lend strategic im-
portance to the alliance, Professor
Long asserted. As Russo-Turkish re-
lations have been friendly lately, Rus-
sia will probably use her influence to
pull Turkey into the pact, he added.
Although the nations involved are
the same, Professor Long pointed out,
this three-power agreement may be
more significant than the compara-
tively loose Triple Entente before the
World War. Great Britain, he ex-
plained, is to a much greater degree
bound to assist France and Russia
now. In fact, he added, it is England
now, and not France, which is initiat-
ing treaty proceedings.
Accord Nears
In Negotiations
Acceptance Of Russia's
Terms To Be Decided
By Cabinet Tomorrow
LONDON, May 23.-G)-Lengthy
British-Russian negotiations were
believed near a showdown tonight
with informed Paris and Geneva
sources reporting that an agreement
"in principle" already had been
reached for a Soviet-British-French
mutual aid accord.
The British Cabinet will meet to-
morrow to decide whether to accept
Rlssa's terms for joining the British-
French front.
The Geneva and Paris reports said
Britain's chief negotiator, Foreign
Secretary Vicount Halifax, had
agreed "in principle" to those condi-
tions, and informed London observers
believed the British Government was
ready to meet the Soviet desires.
Officials, however, declined to fore-
cast the Cabinet's action.
Reports from Geneva said Viscount
Halifax was convinced by talks with
Soviet Ambassador Ivan Maisky that
the only way to bring Russia into the
British-French bloc was by promising
aid in event the Soviet Union is at-
tacked. Halifax was said to be ready to
urge agreement along that line at the
Cabinet meeting, for which he is to
return by plane.
Although one or two cabinet mem-
bers still held out against a far-
reaching three-power pact, most of
them were said to have been per-
suaded by public sentiment and by
pressure from France and Turkey that
a British-Russian agreement must
be reached regardless of the terms.
Queen Mary's
Car Wrecked
Truck Collision Injures
Dowager In London
LONDON, May 23.-(P)-Britain's
beloved Queen Mary had a close
escape from serious injury or death
when her automobile overturned in a
collision with a two-ton truck in a
London suburb today, three days be-
fore her 72nd birthday.
The widow of George V. and mother
of reigning George VI., Queen Mary
was found to be suffering from
"brusing and shock" at her home at
Marlborough House, by the royal
physicians proibunced her condition

Reports of her condition were
rushed to George VI, and his con-
sort, Elizabeth, who are tourning
Canada, to her exiled eldest son, the
Duke of Windsor, and to other close
News of the accident was given to
King George and Queen Elizabeth as
their train pulled out of the tiny
coaling station of Jackfish, Ont., on
the north shore of Lake Superior.
The Duke of Windsor talked with
his mother, Queen Mary, by telephone
tonight and was reassured by her that
the injuries she suffered were slight.,
State Offices Forbidden
Extra Day Of Vacation
LANSING, May 23.-(P)-Ordering

Senate Ends
Season With
Outgoing Members Name
Successors; Dusenberry
ReplacesSpeaker Rosa
Propose Formation
Of New Committee
Appointment of James Dusenberry,
'39, as speaker to succeeed Robert
Rosa, '39, who is leaving for Oxford,
England as a Rhodes scholar, high-
lighted the final meeting of the Stu-
dent hnate last night.
Members of the Senate who will not
return in the fall also appointed suc-
cessors to take their positions until
the next election. John P. O'Hara,
'39, appointed Roger Kelly, '42; Rob-
ert Perlman, '39, appointed Raoul
Weisman, '39; Frederick Reinheimer,
'41L, appointed Roy Fairlamb, '42;
William Grier, '39, retiring president,
appointed Harry L. Sonneborn, '40;
Richard Jeffreys, Grad., appointed
Silas Polk, '40; and Arthur Peters,
'39, appointed Daniel Robertson, '40.
Rosenkff Gets Eletkns Post
Daniel Rosenkoff, '40, who has
acted as assistant director of elections
this year, was appointed as director
for the coming year.
Reports of the various committees,
and the formation of a new commit-
tee, an Orientation committee, fea-
tured the discussion of the meeting.
The Orientation committee will be
headed by Jack Grady, '42, assisted
by Clarence Sahlin, '41, Blaz Lucas,
Ethel Norberg, '40, James Schueler,
'42, and Hugo Reichard, '39. The
committee plans to work with the
several other student organizations
on campus in an attempt to alleviate
the problems facing the incoming
Poll Of Campus Suggested
The subsidization committee made
a report suggesting a poll of campus
early next fall to determine the gen-
eral atitude on the student boday to-
ward subsidization. A resolution was
also passed to send a copy of the
resolution passed two weeks ago to
the Board in Control of Athletics.
A motion was submitted and passed
to enlarge the scope of the present
Michiganensian price investigation
committee to include investigation of
the other publications with a view to
profit-sharing by their staffs. The
scheduled consideration of the modi-
fied Oxford Pledge was tabled till
next fall.-
Palestine Plan
Wins Approval
'White Paper' Is Passed
Through Parliament
LONDON, May 23.-(')-The Bri-
tish Government won approval in
both Houses of Parliament for its
new Palestine plan tonight despite
opposition taunts that the policy was
"another victory for Hitler and Mus-
solini" and would "poison" relations
with the United States.
As an amendment to the motion
for approval was withdrawn in the
House of Lords, the House of Com-
mons defeated a similar amendment,
281 to 181, and voted approval of the
plan, 268 to 179.
The Government's White Paper,

announcing the plan to create
an independent Palestine state which
Jews claim will leave them a perma-
nent minority among the Arabs, next
will be placed before the permanent
mandates committee of the League of

Activities Plan
Is Formulated
By Engineers
Outside activities and social con-
tacts among engineering students will
be encouraged under plans for the
coming year formulated by the En-
gineering Council, James E. Brown,
'40E, president of the Council an-
nounced yesterday.
New activities being considered
the Council president announced, will
include an orientation program de-
signed especially for transfer students
to the engineering college. This pro-
gram under the direction of the Coun-
cil would lay special stress on
acquainting the transfer student with
the plan and purpose of the engineer-
ing honor system, and would strive to
introduce students to the various so-
cieties and outside activities offered
in the college.
Engineering Open House, tradi-
tional among engineering activities
until last. year, will be revived, ac-
cording to Council plans. A two-day
exhibition of the college's facilities
and operation is planned to acquaint
students with such attractions as the
wind tunnel, the foundry lab and
naval tank.
In the line of social activities, the
Council plans to hold an Engineer-
ing Ball in November to supplement
the Slide Rule Ball held in the
A series of three all-engineering
smokers for faculty and students will
also be inaugurated. The first of
these will be held during the first
weeks of school in connection with
the orientation program. The sec-
ond will be held for the purpose of
introducing various societies and ac-
tivities to engineering students, and
the third will honor graduating sen-
iors in the spring.
A greater stress on inter-class
sports and a continuation of the Hon-
or System Essay Contest are also
being considered.
Labor Relations
Law Approved
State House, Senate Pass
Compromise Bill
LANSING, May 23-(P)-A labor
relations laws for Michigan, the No.
1 problem of this legislature, ad-
vanced to within one step of comple-
tion tonight when the Senate over-
whelmingly approved a compromise
bill backed by Governor Dickinson.
Only his signature now is necessary
to make it law.
The House of Representatives also
passed the bill today after Governor
Dickinson had called upon the Re-
publican majority to accept the once-
rejected bill.
The Goernor disclosed his wishes
at a caucus of House Republicans,
called to determine whether the com-
promise labor bill drawn by a confer-
ence committee of the House and
Senate would be killed.
The bill would create a three-mem-
ber state labor relations board to
assist in preventing and settling in-
dustrial disputes.

Efforts To Rescue
Fifty-Nine Aboard
Submarine Rushed

Warning To Palefaces
Given By Michigamua
When from out the paleface wigwam
From behind the staring moonface
Came the slow and solemn five booms
Telling that the evening spirit
Wanders over the woods and
Lights the campfires of the heavens,
Then -the Michigamua warriors
In their feathers and their war-paint
Soon will gather round the oak tree
Round the oak tree called the Tappan,
There to greet the trembling palefaces.
Many in number await the bidding
Of the loud rejoicing redskins
For before the take the long trail
To the home of Michigamua
Many trials and many tortures
First must prove their strength and
Detroit Strike
In Auto Plants
Strikers And Employers
Still Maintain Positions;
Await Mediation Moves
DETROIT, May 23-(M~-Failure
of attempts to open settlement nego-
tiations today marked a strike which
in two days has thrown out of em-
ployment some 65,000 persons in near-
ly a score of automotive plants.
Neither the Briggs Manufacturing
Co., seven units of which closed yes-
terday when their union employes
struck, nor officials of the 010-af-
filiated United Automobile Workers,
who have demanded a "union shop"
in Briggs plants, retreated from po-
sitions taken before the strike started.
The Briggs plants alone employe
15,000. Affected by lack of bodies
usually supplied by Briggs to the
automobile assembly lines, were 10
plants of the Chrysler Corp., employ-
in 47,500 persons; the Lincoln divi-
sifn of the Ford Co., with 5,000 em-
ployes, and 250 workers at the L.A.
Young Spring & Wire Co. here.
Mediation moves by James F. Dew-
ey, Federal labor conciliator who
aided in settling the General Motors
and Chrysler strikes here in 1937, and
who was assigned to seek an agree-
ment in the present difficulty, were
At Lansing, Gov. Luren D. Dickin-
son of Michigan said he would not
intervene in the strike unless he were
invited by one of the contending fac-
tions. No comment on the Governor's
stand came from management or
The strike followed a breakdown
of grievance negotiations last Friday
when union officials charged the
management wanted to "horse-trade
on legitimate grievances." T h e
"union shop" demand was contained
in union proposals for revision of the
working agreement with the company
which expired this week.
Vuleans Hold Annual
Installation Banquet
The annual initiation banquet of
Vulcans, honorary senior engineering
society, was held at 6:30 p.m. yester-
day in Room 319 of the Michigan
Bob Hartwell, 139E, presided. Tim
Hird, '39E, gave an address of wel-
come to the initiates, and Hadley
Smith, '40E, answered for his class.
The speaker of the evening was
Col. P. K. Kelly, of the Department
of Military Science and Tactics. He
suggested that while up to now Vul-
cans has been a society honoring past

achievement, it should also do honor
to noteworthy work done by members
of the club after they are admitted to
Independent Booth
Deadline Is Friday
Last days for independent men to
register for a booth at the Senior
Ball to be sponsored by Congress, in-
dependent men's organization, are to-
day, tomorrow and Friday, accord-

Crew Of Squalus Indicate
'Conditions Stisfactory'
As 21 Experts Arrive
Believe That Some
May Have Perished
PORTSMOUTH, N.H., May 23.-(P)
-Fifty-nine officers and men, trap-
ped aboard the crippled submarine
Squalus under 240 feet of water, faced
the prospect tonight of long hours of
additional imprisonment as hurried
U.S. Navy rescue efforts met delays.
"Conditions satisfactory, but cold."
This was the message sent late to-
night by the entombed men-a mes-
sage tapped in patient dots and
dashes on the steel hull of the sunken
craft and picked up with listening de-
vices on the surface.
Some May Have Died
Nevertheless, indications were giv-
en that some of those below might
have died under the tons of water
that flooded the after part of the
ship. No sign of life could be raised
from one compartment, where some
of the crew had been working.
The Squalus, newest of the Nation's
submarines, rested upright and on an
even keel in soft mud on the ocean
floor approximately 15 miles off this
port. An open air induction valve
during a routine practice dive at 8:40
a.m. today had poured water into the
ship, pinning her to the bottom.
The Navy threw all its might into a
rescue effort.
Nine Ships On Hand
Nine ships were at or near the scene
tonight and 21 diving experts were
flown up from Washington.
But a systematic effort to free the
entombed crew apparently awaited
the arrival of the submarine rescue
ship Falcon.
Moving under forced draft from its
New London, Con, base, the Falcon
was scheduled to 'arrive at dawn to-
morrow, and officers said several
hours might elapse after that before
a concerted diving effort could be
Naval officials reported, however,
that emergency supplies of oxygen
should allow those on board to "hold
on" for days, if necessary. All those
alive were given a "pretty good
chance" to see daylight again.
Cole Assures Safety
Admiral C. W. Cole, commandant
of the Portsmouth Navy Yard, who
was directing rescue operations from
aboard the submarine Sculpin, sister
ships of the Squalus, which was an-
chored at the scene, told newsmen to-
night that the Navy's primary con-
sideration was the safety of those
trapped below.
"We will get the crew out first, and
then blow out the vessel," Admiral
Cole asserted. "We will take every-
one out whether we lose the subma-
rine or not."
Others aboard the Sculpin revealed
that the cable holding the buoy sent
up from the Squalus had been broken
and that the sunken submarine ac-
tually had been "lost" for hours to-
day. A heavy wave had thrown the
Sculpin to one side while it was in
telephone communication with the
Squalus, breaking all lines holding the
two submarines together. It was
necessary to grapple for the Squalus
in order to get a line aboard on which
divers could descend.
Early Reports Promising
Earlier reports from high officials
had indicated the entire crew was
still breathing nearly 12 hours after
the accident, but Capt. H. R. Green-
lee, industrial manager of the Ports-
mouth Navy Yard, said tonight the
last direct word from Lieutenant . F.
Naquin, in command of the Squalus,
had given a clue that some might
have been trapped when the after
compartments were flooded.
Returning from the Navy tug- Wan-

dank, anchored above the sunken
undersea craft, Capt. Greenlee quot-
ed Naquin as saying, just before tele-
phone communications with the
Squalus were broken, that he had
tried without success to communicate
with the stern compartments. He
reasoned Naquin would not have
made this move if all of the 59 aboard
were safe in the forward compart-
FTomorrow Is Last Day
For Senior Class Dues


Murphy To

Case In West

EL PASO, Texas, May 23.-(P)-
Attorney General Frank Murphy,
alighting here today from a west-
bound plane, declared he would go to
Los Angeles tomorrow to "begin per-
sonal investigation of an enormous
Beyond his cryptic statement, the
Attorney General did not elaborate
on the nature of the "swindle."
He also added a grand jury is to
start this week on an investigation in
Chicago similar to that which has
taken place in Kansas City.

Sigma Rho Tau Honors Best
Student And Faculty Speakers

Emphasizing that the importance
of the engineers extends beyond the
research laboratory, William B.
Stout, famed automobile and air-
plane designer, told those present at
the 10th annual Tung Oil banquet of
Sigma Rho Tau, honorary engineer-
ing society, last night at the Union,
that the engineer must sell the fruits
of his labor to the public at urge.
The. development of the airplane
during the next 10 years will great-
ly revolutionize our standard of liv-
ing, Mr. Stout prophesied. Already,
he said, areonautical research has

Schwader, '38E, last year's winner.
This trophy, presented to the society
by Dean Emeritus Mortimer E. Cool-
ey, is awarded annually to the out-
standing stump-speaking junior mem-
ber of Sigma Rho Tau and is held
throughout his senior year.
Richard E. Townsend of the chem-
ical engineering department was giv-
en the Tung Oil Crown, presented
each year to the faculty member mak-
ing the best after-dinner, impromptu
speech. E. T. Vincent, Professor of
Mechanical Engineering, received the
prize last year. Professors Swinton,

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