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French Troops
Are Reported
Axis In Africa
Italian Centaur Division
Is Reported Entrapped
By Greeks In Mountains
Fascist Surrender
Viewed Imminent
(By The Associated Press)
"Free Fench" troops carrying on
the war against the Axis powers un-
der Gen. Charles de Gaulle, are en-
gaged in bitter fighting at Gabon,
French Equatorial Africa, the Vichy
government acknowledged today.
The government's statement said
the men landed near Libreville un-
der the guns of light British ships
which for several days had been
crusing along the coast. British
planes bombed the port before the
troops went ashore, the French said.
The activity was interpreted here
to mean that de Gaulle's forces hope
to open a new west-to-east route
from the Gulf of Guinea to the Egyp-
tian Sudan for the British.
Communications between the out-
side world and portions of the French
territory south of the equator have
been cut off, officials said.
Operations Less Ilimportant
They declared the operations there
were less important than the un-
successful action of the British and
oe Gaulle's men against Dakar,
French West Africa, Sept. 23-26.
The French government's admis-
sion that troops had landed came
after Gen. Auguste Nogues, military
commander of French Morocco, and
Admiral Jean Esteva, resident gen-
eral, conferred with French Minister
of Finance Yves Bouthillier and other
cabinet ministers, presumably 'on
French African matters.
(The French radio, in a broadcast
heard in New ork by NBC, said Vice
Premier Pierre Laval had left France
for Rome "on a special diplomatic
Meanwhile Italy's Centaur Divi-
sion of perhaps 15,000 men-one of
the best known units of the Fascist
forces-was reported today to have
been so hopelessly entrapped by the
Greeks in the Pindus mountains that
its surrender was imminent.
Fascists Without Food
Greeks said the Fascist troops were
without food and with lines of supply
Military informants said hundreds
of the division's men and its com-
manding general already had been
taken prisoner.
The Greeks said the Italians, in at-
tempting to take a road leading
southward to the strategic Greek
town of Ioannina, had gone so deep
into the mountains as to permit a
break in their own communications.
Big Italian guns and much war
material were said to have been
dumped into a ravine to prevent
their seizure.
All along the 100-mile front there
was action today, and the heaviest
fighting yet seen was reported from
the Koritza sector, where the Greeks
appeared to be slowly pushing back
the invaders.
Contingent Arrives
A new contingent of 2t0 Italian
prisoners-31 of them Alpinists with
feathers in their caps-arrived in Sa-
lonika under circumstances suggest-
ing that the British and Greek naval
patrol of the Adriatic was sharply

limiting Italy's efforts to supply her
The prisoners, their Greek guards
reported, offered their money-and
some even their wedding rings-for
Salonika had an air raid alarm this
morning, but no planes were sighted
over the city.

Honor On Trial
As Father, Son
Plead Causes
Drama, and not defense testi-
mony took the stand for a few mo-
ments at the open hearing held yes-
terday at Island Park, when a "sur-
prise witness," Victor Lawn, followed
his son. Roger Lawn, '43, to the
platform. Forgotten for these few
moments was the issue of academic
freedom for students as Victor Lawn
pleaded that man should remain true
to his word and maintain the rela-
tionship between father and son,
which, for him, had been so rudely
shattered by the press of circum-
Roger; after receiving a letter from
President Ruthven during the sum-
mer asking him not to return be-
cause of poor academic work, was
given the alternative by his father
of returning to school without par-
ticipating in any extra-curriculuar
activities, or remaining at home for
a year before going to school again.
He gave his word and returned to
Under the present circumstances,
young Lawn was faced with the most
difficult decision of his young life
-to keep his word with his father,
or testify for a cause in which he
firmly believed. He chose the latter.
When the elder Lawn finished
speaking, the audience applauded this
man who had "crucified" himself by
speaking as he did for something he
believed in as firmly as his son had
believed in his cause.
Roger Lawn ran up to his father
after he descended from the platform
and embraced him, but he continued
once again to the platform to reas-
sert his justification in acting as he
had done.
Slosson, Witt
To Hold Debate
Will Discuss American
Defense Tomorrow
Mr. Bert Witt, National Executive
Secretary of the American Student
Union, will debate with Prof. Preston
Slosson of the history department,
on the question, "How Can We Best
Defend America," at 8 p.m. tomorrow
in the Union Ballroom.
Witt will present his position by
asserting that "The best defense is
peace in building up a democracy
at home." According to Margaret
Campbell, '42, of the ASU, he sees
the internal problems of the nations
as the most important of the moment.
Professor Slosson will assert that
defense may be best assured by aid-
ing the allies in the present war
against the totalitarian states.
The debate is to be sponsored by
the local chapter of the ASU and will
be open to the public free.
A similar debate was presented last
May when Prof. Lawrence Preuss of
the political science department,
Prof Arthur Smithies of the econom-
ics department, and Witt discussed,
"Can America Stay Out of War?" In
that discussion Witt maintained that
American participation in the war
would be a useless waste of life and
natural resources.
Scabbard And Blade
Initiates Twenty-Five
Sham battles, guard mounting, mil-

itary drill, duckwalking and sundry
forms of manual labor were only a
part of the tasks completed by the
25 "squires" who were inducted into
Scabbard and Blade "knighthood"
Blue denim fatigue uniforms adorn-
ed by cartridge belts, red-white-and
blue ribbons and white number cards
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At Open


- Daily Photo by Will Sapp
Shown above are Hugo Reichard, '39 and Maurice Sugar, Detroit
labor attorney, who acted as the "prosecuting attorney" in the open
"hearing" held yesterday on the baseball diamond at Island Park. The
case of the 13 students who were asked not to return to the University
this semester was reviewed, though there was no one present to represent
the stand of the University. Reichard is not now a student at Michigan,
but is working in Chicago.
Indiscri-m incite Criticis M_
Not To Be Supported,
Ruthren Dec lares
(ByThe Associated Press) danger of Federal control has been
CHICAGO, Nov. 10.-Dr. Alexander increasingly imminent."
G. Ruthven, president of the Univer- "If the United States is to continue
sity of Michigan asserted today that to exist as a democracy, it must make
faculty members of state universities representative government work bet-
who countenance indiscriminate crit- ter than it does at present," he said.
icism of the democratic form of gov- "A most effective way of accomplish-
ernment should quit their profession. ing this would be to strengthen the
"Freedom of independent think- schools, and protect them from every
ing, expresion, and assembly in our influence which would interfere with
schools is not license for students and the attainment of their labor objec-
i'aculty to work against the very form tive - the training of good citizens."
of government which allows such
rights to exist," he said. n u Union
Ruthven's remarks were made in IRnn R LI
a prepared speech at the National
Association of State Universities Con- -Oen H ouse
Faculty members, he said, shoulde
recognize an obligation to the State s W ednesday
to create in the minds of their stu- -____
dents "a respect for the good things
in our method of government." Exhibits of several University de-
No Place for Cynics partments and of various Union activ-
"They should, of course, point out ities will be displayed at the 26th
weaknesses, but criticism should in- annual Union Open House from 8 to
variably by sympathetic and con- 10 p.m. Wednesday, Bert Ludy, '42,
structive rather than cynical and de- chairman of the arrangements com-
moralizing, to the end that democracy mittee announced yesterday.
may gradually grow stronger and en- Free dancing will be held in the
joy increased esteem," he said. Union Ballroom to the music of Bill
"Any faculty member who cannot Sawyer and his orchestra and lucky
conscientiously subscribe to such a numbers will be drawn for free cokes.
policytshould recognize hissunfitness The list of numbers will be posted at
as a teacher, and should seek some the soda bar.
other means of livlihood." h od a.'
othr m enoflivlihod."h dmn- Both men and women students.
Dr. Ruthven averred that admin- members of the faculty and towns-
istrative officers and professors of people will be welcome to the Open
colleges and universities should rid House and the front door ban on
themselves of the notion that roman- women will be officially lifted for the
ticism, sentimentalism, and indis- occasion.
criminate tolerance are essential con-
stituents of democracy." He termed Among the various departments
them "only evidences of indecision which will have exhibits at the Open
fuzzy-mindedness." House are the Department of Astron-

Davis Speaks
At Trial Of 13
Students Told
Not To Return
Sugar Acts As Prosecutor
In Questioning Lawn,
Reichard And Rinzberg
E. A. Ross Criticizes
University's Action
"President Ruthven told me that
therewas no such thing as academic
freedom for students when I inter-
viewed him several days ago," Prof.
Jerome Davis of the New School for
Social Research testified yesterday
before 600 shivering people who had
gathered in Island Park to hear the
open "hearing" of the 13 students
who were asked not to return to the
The "hearing," sponsored by the
Michigan Committee for Academic
Freedom, featured the testimony of
Hugo Reichard and Nat Rinzberg,
former Michigan students who an-
swered the queries put to them by
Maurice Sugar, prominent labor at-
Poulson Relates
The proceedings of the hearing be-
gan when Harper Poulson, arrange-
ments chairman, related the story of
the four-week searc- throughout Ann
Arbor for a place to hold the 'hear-
ing' that finally ended at the baseball
diamond at Island Park. "We beg
your indulgence for the conditions,"
Poulson told the frigid crowd, but
even here we were not allowed to
erect a tent or a wind-break."
After Poulson's resume, Rev. Owen
Knox, president of the Michigan
Committee For Academic Freedom,
introduced Prof. E. A. Foss of the Un-
iversity of Wisconsin and chairman of
the American Civil Liberties Union.
Remarking that in the 49 years of
his academic career he had never
heard of such treatment to students,
Ross declared that "if some of these
students have given ill-conceived
opinions it is the responsibility of
others to refute them rather than
deny the students the opportunity to
express them."
Reichard Testifies
Reichard then read the letter which
he received from President Ruthven
in June stating, "It is the decision of
the authorities of the University of
Michigan that you cannot be readmit-
ted to the University."
Neither before or after this note
were any charges or complaints pre-
ferred, Reichard declared. In my in-
terview with President Ruthven he
intimated that it was I who had an-
nounced the dismissal, Reichard said,
in declaring that to keep quiet about
the affair would have been an ad-
mission of being guilty of charges
he had never been informed of.
I am here today, Reichard ek-
plaiped, to try to obtain the affirm-
ation Of the campus that there at
least ought to be an open hearing
where University officials present
the charges and students gave the de-
Reichard's tesimony was followed
by that of Nat Rinzberg, who quoted
from Ruthven's letter to him stat-
ing that he had been a disturbing in-
fluence among the students on the
Rinzberg Speaks
What constitutes a disturbing in-
fluence on the Michigan campus has
never been defined, Rinzberg said.
When the President was asked on

what authority he expelled me, he
told me that if he were expelling me
I should have a hearing, but that he
was not expelling me but only asking
me not to return, Rinzberg related.
Then Roger Lawn, '43, testified that
he had received a warning telling him
he should go "right" and shouldn't
spend so much time with a "certain
aomm of students."

Team LosesAgain
To Bierman Jinx;
Title Honors Fade
Tommy Harmon Stopped By Muddy Turf
As Bruce Smith, Joe Mernik Combine
To Help Maintain Minnesota Superiority
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Nov. 9.-Michigan's mighty 1940 gridiron empire
crumbled before the jinx of the Golden Gophers here in Memorial Stadium
today. In a drama-packed spectacle that made a record breaking throng of
63,894 rain-soaked spectators forget all about adverse weather conditions,
Minnesota's thundering herd blasted Wolverine dreams of a Western Con-
ference championship with a 7-6 triumph.
It was Michigan's first defeat of the campaign.
A spectacular 80-yard gallop over a sloppy stadium sod by Blond Bruce
Smith combined with the trusty toe of little Joe Mernik, the Gopher's mighty
mite, spelled disaster for the battling Wolverines.
Michigan Deep In Gopher Territory
All afternoon Michigan smashed and passes, stumbled and slid through
its Minnesota opponent. Time after time the Wolverines drove deep into
Gopher territory only to be repelled by a hefty Minnesota forward wall that
proved imprgnable when the chips were down.
Michigan went down, but it did so fighting like a band of furious, ray-,
aging tigers. A muddy surface stopped the Wolverines' great offensive
threat, All-American Tommy Harmon, with a running average of two yards
per attempt
But the Wolverines, struggling to smash a six-year Gopher grasp on the
Little Brown Jug, uncovered a screen pass play and shot plunging Bob
Westfall through the Minnesota front line to roll up 15 first downs to the
Gophers' six.
For the third straight year Harmon, who has tallied at least one touch-
down against every other Wolverine opponent this year, failed to cross the
Minnesota goal line. If Gopher fury wasn't enough to stop him, the weather
was. He carried the ball 29 times for 59 yards. On his favorite off-tackle
slashes he slipped and slid like a baseball player diving into home plate'
Harmon Passes, Puyts Well
But try as they might, the Gophers didn't stop the Michigan ace from
putting on a brilliant display of football. His courageous punting averaged
43.1 yards per try. His passing was exceptionally accurate. Soggy ball and
all he completed nine out of 14.
Michigan scored first early in the second period on a pass from Harmon
to Capt. Forest Evashevski in the end zone. But it was a short-lived lead,
for the Gophers came back with amazing rapidity and were out in front
before the half was completed.
Minnesota made just three flashes of brilliance all afternoon. The first
came directly after the opening kick-off, the second on Smith's long run,
and the third shortly before the final gun.
The rest of the time it was Michigan on the march, driving, plunging,
fighting, but to no avail.
The Gophers started the struggle like a bat out of a hot basement. Speedy
George Franck grabbed Harmon's opening kick-off, weaved in and out o
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Austrian Duke Rally Planned
For 2:23 P.M. Today
To Speak Here Now, more than before, with the
probability that the Wolverine foot-
Will Replace Le sLa sbal team is dejected, is it necessary
that a large crowd of students be
In Oratorical Series on hand at the Michigan Central Sta-

An unavoidable postponement of
the lecture scheduled to be given by
Warden Lewis E. Lawes tomorrow
night in Hill Auditorium was an-
nounced by oficials of the Oratori-
cal Association last night.
In his telegram to Lecture Series
officials, Lawes stated that offical
duties would make it necessary for
his to remain at Sing Sing Prison for
the next few days. He also stated
that he hoped to be able to fulfill his
engagement here during the present
school year.
Instead, His Imperial Highness, the
young Archduke Felix of Austria, will
speak. The Archduke agreed by long-
distance phone call last night to come
to Ann Arbor tomorow night and
speak on the subject "The Struggle in
the Balkans."
The Oratorical Association an-
nounced that it is presenting this
lecture as a complimentary number'
on its series. Season ticket holders
will use the tickets for the Lawes lec-
ture and are asked to retain them for
the appearance of Warden Lawes at
some later date. Tickets for the lec-
ture Monday night may be purchased
at the box office of Hill Auditorium
which will be open all day tomorrow.
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tion this afternoon at 2:23 p.m. to
indicate the faith the Michigan Cam-
pus has in the team, said Carl Rohr-
bach, '42, chairman of the affair from
the Union staff yesterday.
Elaborate plans have been com-
pleted to give the returning team the
largest demonstration of its kind ever
seen on the campus. There will be a
public address system over which
cheer leaders will interview coaches
and players. The American Legion
band will be there to supply music.
Many of the leading campus or-
ganization are sponsoring the affair
including: Congress, Assembly, Inter-
fraternity Council, Pan-Hellenic,;
Michigan League, Michigan Union,
and The Daily.
Here is what some of the cam-
pus leaders have to say about this
demonstration today:
Doris Merker, League, "We're sure
for it. It's a sign of good sportsman-
ship that we support the team in vic-
tory or defeat because they played
a beautiful game. They gave Minne-
sota a fight and should have won."
Betty Keppler, Pan-Hellenic, "They
did a wonderful job. Certainly they
showed up better than Minnesota.
I hope everyone turns up to make this
a big welcome."

Attack Taking Form
The Michigan educator also assert-
ed that "a well-developed attack upon
higher education is in the making"
and that for a number of years "the
Union Shows Minnesota
Game In Movies Today

omy, Chemistry, Physics, Electrical
Engineering, Transportation, Me-
chanical Engineering and Aeronau-
tical Engineering and the Military and
Naval R.O.T.C.'s.
In addition there will be a resident
league bowling tournament showing;
student participation in billiards and
a demonstration by an expert; the ex-
hibition of a glider and a sail boat

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