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Snow flurries;




Pas Aerican
Youth Act .<.Q.

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Two British Ships
Are To Up-Anchor
For War Activity

Tells Winners
In Competition

Welles Brings
Europe Peace
Tour To End

British Planes Blast Nazi
Air Base Taking Revenge


Submit Manuscripts
Flanagan And Allen
Alli-College Contest

Envoy Has Inside
Of Dictators'
Conference, Is


Departure Of Queen
And Mauretania
From New York


Smith To Tell
Of Hainan Isle
In Final Talk

Will Carry Anzacs
To The Near East
NEW YORK, March 19.--(P)-New
activity was apparent tonight aboard
the British Liners Queen Mary and
Mauretania in preparation to up-
anchor and slip away from the safe-
ty of New York as troopships for
the Empire.
While crew reinforcements from
England enjoyed shore leave, the
great ships were hurriedly provision-
ed. The Queen was getting a harder-
to-see coat of admiralty gray over
the lighter drab slapped on her here
at the outset of the European war.
The deadline on the hurry-up
paint job passed at nightfall when
smoke could be seen billowing, for
the first time in months, from the
stacks of the two vessels.
Imminent Departure Suggested
The perishable nature of the pro-
visions loaded aboard and the smok-
ing stacks suggested imminent de-
parture and the summer white uni-
forms taken on for the officers indi-
cated the Queen, at least, would take
a southerly course, presumably
through tropical waters for eventual
arrival in Austrialia.
Crew members guessed that the
$25,000,000 Queen and the lesser but
newer Mauretania would go first to
Halifax for arming.
They believed that both then would
head for Austrialia, the Mauretania
probably by way of the Panama Ca-
nal and the Queen, because her 80,-
000 tons are too much for the canal,
more circuitously.
The crews brought here yesterday
from England speculated on the pos-
sibility that the Anzac troops from
"down under" would be moved on
the two liners to Canada by way of
Vancouver, thence overland and
across the Atlantic on a route to
war already traveled by Dominion
Heavy Guard at Pier
Extraordinary precautions were
taken to guard the ships from any
attack by air or water during their
last hours here. Policemen assigned
to their 'piers were ordered to keep
a sharp watch on theradjacent Hud-
son River waters "for debris that
may consist of floating mines, pack-
ages or bombs."
They also were told to notify head-
quarters at once in case any airplane
should approach the ships at an alti-
tude of less than 1,000 feet; to report
to the Marine Division if any small
boat drew near, and to arrest any
persons found acting suspiciously in
the vicinity of the docks.
Pre-Medical Preparation
Is Dean's Topic
Preparation of the pre-imedical
student for the medical profession
will be discussed by Dean Albert C.
Furstenburg, of the Medical School,
at 8:15 p.m. today in the East Am
phitheatre of the West Medical
Building. Dean Furstenburg will ad-
dress the newly formed Pre-Medical
Society, campus group for under-
graduates interested in medicine as
a career.
Since its formation three weeks
ago, the Society has chosen a steer-
ing committee headed by Vahan A.
Kalajan, '41, which has reported on
possible activities of the group, and
has drawn up the rough draft of a
constitution for the consideration of
members. Mimeographed copies of
the tentative constitution will be dis-
tributed at tomorrow night's meet-
ing for consideration and sugges-
tions by members at the next meet-

ing the group.
John C. Dengler
Talks Here Today
"All The World's A School" will be
discussed by John C. Dengler, Jr., at
7:30 p.m. today in Room 316 of the

Fascinating color motion pictures
of the mysterious island of Hainan in
the China Sea, where primitive Loi
tribesmen still believe the Manchus
to be the rulers of China, will be
shown by Nicol Smith, young Ameri-
can explorer, at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow
in Hill Auditorium.
Mr. Smith's lecture and film, which
is said to be the most remarkable
picture of its kind, have received the
praise of Graham McNamee, news
commentator, and Joseph O'Brien,
Universal newsreel editor. It will be
the year's final presentation by the
University Oratorical Association.
Mr., Smith will be introduced by
Prof. Robert Hall of the geography
department. Tickets for the talk are
on sale today and tomorrow at the
Hill Auidtorium box office.
Hainan, which is more than 14,000
square miles in area, recently made
front page news when it was captured
by Japan for use as a naval base. The
island lies across Britain's defense
line between Hong Kong and Singa-
Mr. Smith recently returned from
a second trip to the island. He will
tell of the Japanese fortifications and
of the primitive people
Liberal Action Club
To Hear Address
By Tucker Smith
"American Labor and Politics" will
be discussed by Tucker Smith, re-
gional director for the United Retail
and Wholesale Employees Associa-
tion, who replaces Rev. Owen Geer
in the fifth lecture sponsored by the
League for Liberal Action at 8 p.m.
today in the Natural Science Audi-
Smith, a leader in the field of labor
education; was director of the Brook-
wood Labor College until its dissolu-
tion in 1937 as a result of the AFL-
CIO split. Since that time he hast
served as director and business agent
for several United Automobile Work-
ers locals.
Rev. Geer, whose Holy Week acti-
vities interfere with his talk pre-
viously announced for today, will
speak Thursday, March 28, on "Thet
Rights And Responsibilities of La-

Two Are Selected
From 35 Entries
Two University students yesterday
took the first step toward possible
national writing honors when their
manuscripts were selected by Per-
spectives, campus literarydmagazine,
for submission in a college writers'
contest sponsored by "Story Maga-
Dennis Flanagan, '40, and Eliza-
beth Allen, Grad., took first and sec-
nd place respectively in the contest
in which 35 manuscripts were en-
tered. Honorable mention was given
to entries by Shirley Wallace, '42,
Alvin Sarasohn, '41 and Harvey Swa-
dos, '40. The five stories selected
;vill be published in the next issue
,f Perspectives. Selections in poetry,
.:says, and book reviews were also
nade and are to be announced.
The two stories to be entered in
'Story's" all-college contest as rep-
resentative of the University of Mich-
gan will be eligible for national
awards of $100 and $50. "Story" has
also reserved the right to allow re-
printing of winning entries in short
story anthologies. Manuscripts which
do not win may be bought; however,
at "Story's" usual terms.
The judges in the Perspectives con-
test were Edwin Burrows, Grad., Her-
vie Haufler, '41, James Allen, '40,
James Green, '40, and David Speng-
ler, '40; also Prof. Arno Bader, Her-
bert Weisinger, Wallace Bacon and
Prof. Joe Lee Davis, all of the Eng-
lish department.
ASU Speaker
Considers NYA
Frances Williams To Speak
On Proposed Cut, Job'
Prospects, Tuition Raise
Miss Frances Williams, national
administrative secretary of the
American Youth Congress, will speak
on, "Jobs, NYA, and the American
Youth Act," at 4:15 p.m. today in
the Natural Science Auditorium, un-
der the auspices of the local chap-
ter of the American Student Union.
The public is invited to attend.
An honor graduate of the New Jer-
sey College for Women, Miss Williams
was student secretary of the Foreign
Policy Association from 1935-39. As
chairman of the United Student
Peace Committee in 1938-39, she
has traveled in every part of the
country, Ellen Rhea, '41, president
of the ASU said. Miss Williams be-
came administrative secretary of the
AYC in September and is now on a
national tour.
Miss Williams' address is centered
about the proposed one-third cut in
college NYA appropriations, the new
tuition raise and job prospects for
more than five million youths, who
are, according to the American Youth
Commission, out of school and out
of work, Miss Rhea said.
Miss Williams will provide an anal-
ysis of present legislation affecting'
the campus, and an opportunity for
student expression on the NYA, Miss
Rhea said.

Denies Submission
Of Peace Program
ROME, March 19.-(:)-Sumner
Welles finished tonight his swift
circuit of war-lashed Europe with
the firm declaration that he has
neither received nor conveyed any
peace plan whatsoever during his
24-day tour; yet he was believed to
be in possession of an inside account
of what happened in yesterday's
meeting of dictators in the Brenner
Welles, breaking the silence which
he has maintained throughout the
tour which brought him twice to
Rome and took him to Berlin, Paris
and London, said his task had been
solely to gather information "for the
President and the Secretary of State
as to present conditions in Europe."
Welles' Statement
His statement to the press, issued
shortly before he left Rome for
Genoa to sail for home tomorrow,
"In order to allay the flood of
rumors about my mission, I wish to
state categorically that I have not
received any peace plan or propo-
sals from any abelligerent or from
any other government; that I have
not conveyed any such proposals to
any belligerent, nor to any other
government; nor am I bringing back
to the President any such proposal."
Consulted Ciano
Welles' final fact finding conver-
sation was with the Italian Foreign
Minister, Count Galeazzo Ciano, who
is believed to have given President
Roosevelt's investigator information
about yesterday's "parlor car" meet-
ing between Premier Benito Musso-
lini and Fuehrer Adolf Hitler at
Welles declined to disclose how
much Ciano had told him at a lunch-
eon arranged by .American Ambassa-
dor William Phillips shortly before
Mussolini left for Brennero. How-
ever, he hold correspondents he had
talked briefly with Ciano before the
luncheon and "considerably, after-
Slavic Society
To Be Formed
Students Will Meet Today
At International Center
The University's first society of
students of Slavic origin will be
formed at an organizational meeting
to be held at 8 p.m. today in the In-
ternational Center.
The club will have as its purpose
the gathering of all Slavic students
on campus and will attempt to ac-
quaint them with the literature, cul-
ture, customs and ideals of the vari-
ous peoples that make up the race.
On the organizing committee are
Nikifor Yakovljevitch, Grad., Igor
Plusc, Grad, and Tony Bogleff, Grad.
In describing the general function
of the new society. Plusc said that
permanent peace comes only from
mutual friendship and that a founda-
tion for such friendship lies in the
similarities possessed by Slavic stu-
Activities of the society will include
lectures to the members and interested
persons by members of the faculty
and others on subjects dealing with
Slavic culture and history. Slavic
folk dances and songs will be stressed.
The group may also give a yearly
play. The teaching of Russian lan-
guage and history will be sponsored.
An election of officers will be held
next week. All students of Slavic
origin are invited to attend the meet-

Here's A Way To See
The Arrival Of Spring
Here is an astronomical recipe,
worker out by Dr. C. C. Wylie of
the University of Iowa, by which you
may detect today the arrival of
Fasten a piece of paper, eight or
ten inches square, and with a small
hole in it, at the top of a window,
so that when the sun is shining, this

The riddle of the Hitler-Mussolini
rendezvous in Brenner Pass remains
unsolved, despite frantic speculation
throughout the capitals of Europe,
but one grimly significant revelation
stands out.
Prime Minister Chamberlain told
parliament that the Franco-British
allies were resolved to carry on their
war with Germany to the bitter end
in quest of "a moral peace." He said
they neither knew now cared what
the Nazi Fuehrer and the Fascist Il
Duce said to each other. Chamber-
lain's words left no doubt that Pre-
mier Daladier echoed that scoffing
dismissal of the Brennero conference
when he spoke to a closed parlia-
mentary session in Paris.
Chamberlain's sarcastic references
to the Brenner Pass conference were
obviously designed to nip in the bud
any peace talk which might have
been generated there.
It is notable also that the Italian
papers, which usually reflect Il
Duce's attitude, likewise frowned on
newspaper speculation in other coun-
tries concerning the possible peace
role Mussolini might play after the
Brennero conference. Fascist editors
resented implications that Il Duce,
Student Senate
Will Fix Date
For Elections
Cleaning Inquiry, Parley
Discussions On Agenda
At Meeting Tomorrow
Student Senate elections will be
definitely decided upon at the meet-
ing of the Senate at 7:30 p.m. to-
morrow in the Union, in addition to
discussion on the current local clean-
ing investigation and the general
theme of the coming Spring Parley,
Arnold White, '41, Senate secretary
announced yesterday.
Possible dates for the elections
were brought up in a meeting of the
Ways and Means Committee recent-
Iy,, White said, and a majority of
Senators approved the Committee's
suggestion that'elections be held the
week of April 3, just before Spring
Vacation. This matter will be set-
tled at tomorrow's meeting.
Also on the agenda is a report on
the "It's Your Life" program, which
is in the form of a short playlet
illustrating the rights and wrongs
of applying for a job. A Detroit de-
partment store has agreed to fur-
nish clothes and models for the skit,
White said. Senator Robert Reed,
'42, is in charge of this program
and will present the final plans at,
the meeting.
Senator Daniel Huyett, '42, chair-
man of the Senate committee.on the
Spring Parley, will give a report on
the progress of the plans and will
D resent a proposal by Don Treadwell,
'40, which suggests a possible out-
line for the Parley. This proposal
was approved by the General Parley
Committee Sunday.
Conger Will Speak
To Officers Corps'
Col. L. N. Conger, Infantry Re-
serve, of Detroit, will discuss the new
"streamlined" triangular division at
the first of a series of six weeklyI
meetings of the Officers Reserve
Corps at 7:30 today in Room 304 of
the Union.
Weather conditions forced post-
ponement of Colonel Conger's speech
which was to have been given March
13. The Officers Reserve Corps will
meet weekly on Wednesdays, with the
Polish and Finnish Campaigns the
topic to be discussed next week.

Capt. A. R. DeJonge will be the speak-

at Hitler's or any other's behest,
would carry an olive branch already
frost-bitten by Allied reaction.
Virtually all of the speculation
that the foundations for a new order
in Europe were laid at the conference
blossomed from Berlin, not Rome.
The essence of Italian press com-
ment is that Italy still sees non-par-
ticipation in the war as the policy
vital to her own interests, and still
views with doubt and suspicion the
Hitler expedient of taking Moscow
into the Nazi-Fascist totalitarian
fellowship. Eye witness accounts
from Brennero picture Mussolini as
smiling, Hitler as thoughtful, as they
walked to gether to the German train
after the conference.
Whatever was the actual objective
and result of that Brennero meeting,
it has signally failed to encourage
hopes of early peace, or to furnish
any more definite guide to the trend
of the conflict.
Mimes Taps
29 Of Union
Opera's Cast
Twenty-nine men had roles in a
spine-chilling midnight show last
night as Mimes, honorary dramatic
fraternity, came a-tapping, tapping
at their doors.
The men were chosen for their
outstanding work in this " year's
Union Opera, "Four Out of Five."
Upon their shoulders will fall the
task of planning and organizing the,
Opera next year.
Three honorary members chosen1
were: William Collins, assistant to
Director Roy Hoyer, Robert Mellen-
-amp, who designed the sets, and1
Stanley Waltz, general manager of
the Union.
Honorary memberships in the or-t
ganization were given to the follow-1
ing seniors: Lawrence Gubow, Roy
Rector, Harry Howell, Edward O'-
Connell, Jack Reed, Jick Silcott, Al-
fred Potts and Robert Parker.
The list of active members who
will form a nucleus for next year's
production includes: Robert W. Ti-
tus, '42, William R. Conrad, '42A,
Owen Mays, '42, Jack Meyer, '41,
James H. Gormsen, '42, Arthur A.
Treut, '42A, Seymour D. Shafer, '40,
Charles M. Boynton, '42, and Donald'
C. Stevenson. %
Other actives were: John W.
Shields, '42, Gordon B. Laing, '40,
Jerry Brenner, James McCracken,
'40, Sidney E. Weinberg, '42A, Hervie
Haufler, '41, Kenneth W. Summer-
felt, '40SM, James R. Duthie, '41E,
and Walter W. Laitner, '42.
German Essay
Contest Opens
Students Try Tomorrow
For Annual Awards
Students of the German depart-
ment will compete tomorrow for the
Bronson-Thomas or the Kothe-Hild-
ner prizes.
The Bronson-Thomas prize valued
at $39 is open to all undergraduates
in German of distinctly American
training. It will be awarded on the
results of a three hour essay compe-
tition to be held from 2 to 5 p.m.,
203 U.H. Each contestant will be
free to choose his own subject from
a list that will cover six chapters in
the development of German litera-
ture from 1750 to 1900. This award
was established by a gift of $1,000
from Thomas B. Bronson, '81, in
memory of Calvin Thomas, '74, Pro-

fessor of the German Language and
Literature here from 1878 to 1896.

For Scapa Flow
Chamberlain, Daladier Ignore
NegotiationsOf Axis Meeting
Remarks Intended To End Proceedings Toward Peace;
Franco-British Alliance Wants 'Moral Peace'

/ British Air Forces Dump
Tons Of Bombs On Sylt;
Accurate Hits Claimed
Early Says Peace
Chances No Better
LONDON, March 20.-(1)-A Bri-
tish air armada, hurling -its might
against the Nazis in perhaps the big-
gest raid in history on one fortified
point, early today was dumping tons
of bombs on the German island sea-
plane base at Sylt.
The raid began last night at 8 p.m.
(2 p.m. EST) and an Air Ministry
Communique said it was still in pro-
gress with the bombers flying in re-
lays at 3 a.m. (9 p.m. EST), seven
hours later.
The first bombers, which led the
wave upon wave of Royal Air Force
fliers, already had returned, the Min-
istry said, and reported the "accur-
ate bombing of objectives."
Some Opposition Encountered
"Some searchlight and anti-aircraft
gun opposition was encountered," the
Ministry said in its terse communique.
The raid was Great Britains' answer
to Germany's attack Saturday night
on her naval base at Scapa Flow in
which the British said only one battle-
ship was slightly damaged.
(The Germans reported three of
Britain's mightiest men-o'-war were
believed to have been damaged along
with two other warships.)
To reach the German base at Hor-
num, on the Isle of Sylt, the Armada
flew across 350 miles of the North
82 Bomb Explosions
Eyewitnesses on the nearby Danish
Island of Romoe said 82 bomb ex-
plosions and four tremendous earth-
jarring blasts had been heard up to
11 p.m. last night, and that one bomb
"undoubtedly blew up an ammunition
British news agency reports also
said the Hindenburg Dam connecting
Sylt with the mainland was bombed;
that one British plane was shot down
on the north coast of Sylt. The dam
was reported hit in a previous Bri-
tish raid.
Whether was the opening gun of
an intense air offensive could only be
conjectured, but there was an ominous
tone in the warning of Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain in the House of
Commons yesterday afternoon that
Germany must bear "responsibility for
the consequences" of Saturday night's
rai don Britain's Scapa Flow.
Stephen Early Sounds
Pessimistic Peace Note
WASHINGTON, March 19.-(#)-
The White House warned Americans
today not to let their hopes for peace
so'ar too high as a result of a barrage
of reports from Europe which fol-
lowed yesterday's meeting between
Hitler and Mussolini.
The warning came from Stephen
Early, a presidential secretary, who
commented that from authoritative
reports to this government, "peace
headlines would appear to be very
empty." At the same time Early
said the reports should not cause
Americans to "despair" of peace ei-
President Roosevelt later told his
press conference that he had no
information on the meeting between
the German and Italian leaders
Soviet Presidium Ratifies
Russo-Finnish Treaty
MOSCOW, March 19.-.(M--The

Presidium of the Supreme Soviet
tonight ratified the Russo-Finnish
peace treaty, a Tass, official news
agency, announcement stated.
Just before the ratification the
Finnish delegates, Juho Paasikivi
and Vaino Voionmaa, arrived in
Moscow to exchange ratification in-
struments. The Finnish parliament
already has approved the peace.
Herman To Talk
To French Society
As the sixth in the series of lectures

Congressional Record Presents
Tibbitts' Defense Of Census

Saturday's issue of the Congres-
sional Record, received here yester-
day, contains a letter written in de-
fense of "the proposed 1940 census
schedule in its present form" by
Clark Tibbitts, director of the Insti-
tute for Human Adjustment of the
Rackham Youndation.
Senator Prentiss M. Brown (Dem.-
Mich.) had the entire letter read into
the Record, and he himself added a
few pertinent remarks, showing that
the Rackham Foundation is "vitally
interested" in getting answes to ques-
tions such as the forthcoming census
proposes to ask.

information can easily be "misused,"
he recalled that Census Bureau
knowledge has never been violated.
Mr. Tibbitts felt positive that peo-
ple would willingly answer the cen-
sus questions if they were convinced
of the seriousuness of the undertak-
ing and if the interrogators make a
good, businesslike impression on
them. He also noted confidently that
no outstanding business group has
yet been recorded as opposed to the
census in its present setup.
The letter indicated that the major
problem in connection with such a
census would be the selection and
training of field workers. It dis-

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