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Snow flurries;
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The Little
Red Schoolhouse .

Fifty Years Of Continuous Publication


Nazi, Russian
Leaders Meet
For Important
Premier Molotoff Leaves
Russia For First Time
To Confer On 'Policies
World-Wide In Scope'
U.S.-Soviet Meetings
Seen Bogging Down
BERLIN, Nov. 11. -UW)s Soviet
Russia's Premier-Foreign Commis-
sar Vyacheslaff Molotoff arrived in
German territory tonight en route
to Berlin for conferences with Adolf
Hitler and German leaders. It was
the first time he had ever left Rus-
sian territory.
The first German point reached
by his special train was Malkinia, a
border town in what last year was
Poland. He is due in Berlin tomor-
row morning.
Acting as Hitler's personal repre-
sentative, SS Leader Herbert Sten-
ger met Molotoff at the border.
Foreign Minister Joachim von Rib-
bentrop, with whom Molotoff also.
will confer during his German stay,
will meet the Russian at the Berlin
railway station tomorrow.
Turkey On Agenda
Shortly afterward, Molotoff and
German officials will open confer-
"nces for the purpose of discussing'
and agreeing' on policies of world-
wide scope, informed sources said to-
day, with the Rome-Berlin-Tokyo
Axis and British-guaranteed Turkey
high on the agenda.
"Molotoff's visit doubtless goes be-
yond mere recognition of the inter-
national position of the Soviet Jnion
and the positive friendship between
the two powers," said Dienst Aus
Deutschland, commentary with close
Foreign Office connections. " The
general atmosphere attending this
visit seems to be a progressive devel-
opment of the Russian position."
If this last cryptic sentence has
any meaning, it would seem to indi-
cate Russia willbe invited to play
an active part on the Axis side in
creating the "new order" of which
Germany and Italy have made them-
selves sponsors in Europe and Africa
and under which, by the treaty of
Berlin, Japan is recognized by the
Axis as the leader in the Far East.
Talks Reflect Soviet Function
"It may be assumed," the commen-
tary said, "the Berlin talks will re-
flect the leading function of the Sov-
iet Union within its 'grossraum' (its
vast connected area.)"
Although Dienst Aus Deutschland
asserted plainly the forthcoming dis-
cussions would be "global in char-
acter," German officials were reti-
cent regarding details to be taken up
with Molotoff on this first trip of his
life outside the Soviet Union.
The National Zeitung said bluntly,
however, the question of Turkey,
guardian of the strategic Dardan-
elles, lay within the scope of the con-
Meetings May End
WASHINGTON, Nov. 11. -(P)-.
Slow-moving talks between the Unit-
ed States and Soviet Russia toward
a better understanding may be brok-
en off entirely, it was believed to-
night, as a result of Soviet Premier
Vyacheslaff Molotoff's visit to Ger-
The visit was interpreted generally

here as an indication Russia was
prepared to collaborate even more
closely with the . Axis powers and
that efforts of the United States and
Great . Britain improve their rela-
tions with Moscow were all but futile.
State Department officials were
silent on the implications of Molo-
toff's visit and its probable effect on
the negotiations which have been in
progress here for sometime.
In most quarters, however, it was
considered probable the groundwork
had been well laid in advance for
Molotoff's talks with Adolf Hitler and
other German leaders on means of
increasing their collaboration.
Speculation on the main purpose
of Molotoff's journey centered on
Turkey, the neutral ally of Great
Britain and guardian of the Darda-
Despite a widely-held belief that
Russia would never accede to Ger-
man control of the straits leading in-
to the Black Sea from the Mediter-

Seniors To Elect Class Officers
In General Balloting Tomorrow
Lit, Law, Business Ad., Music, Arch. Schools To Vote;
Ballot Boxes LocatedAt Five Stations On Campus


Reports Italy


Balloting for -senior ofices in the
Literary College, Law School School
of Business Administration, Music and
Architecture Schools will take place
between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. tomorrow.
it was announced yesterday by Ward
Quaal, '41, and Doris Merker, '41.
presidents of the Men's and Women's
Judiciary Councils.
All candidates from the Forestry
and Conservation School have alreacil
been elected, as they received no y
position. The new senior officers fro
that school are: president, Willia
Ferrel vice-pesident, John F. Rea
gan; treasurer, Shuman B. Worrel
and secretary Donald Morgan.
Ballot boxes will be located in th
lobbies of Tappan Hall, the Musc
School, Hutchins Hall, the Architec-
ture School and Room 225 Angel
Candidates from the Literary Col-
Cast Named
For The Bat,'
Mystery Play
Members of the cast of "The Bat,"
Play Production's second presenta-
tion of the year, were announced yes-
terday by Prof. William Halstead of
the Speech department, director of
the play. The mystery will run Wed-
nesday through Saturday evenings in
the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
- Marguerite Mink, '41, will play Miss
Cornelia Van Gorder, a 60-year old
wealthy woman who is not adverse to
a little excitement. Other parts will
be taken by William Altman, '42, as
the detective; Marian Conde, '41, Miss
Cornelia's niece; Theodore Balgoyen,
'41, her fiance; James George, '41, Dr.
Wells; and Margaret Schiller, '41,
as Lizzie, the maid.
The cast continues with David Rich,
'42, as Reginald Beresford, Joseph
Lynn, '42, as an Iknown Man, Rich-
ard Strain, '42, as Richard Fleming,
and Joseph Gornbein, '41, as the Jap-
anese butler.
Tickets went on salebyesterday in
the Lydia Mendelssohn box office, for
75, 50, and 35 cents. All seats are re-
Robert Mellencamp designed the
two sets, Emma Hirsch supervised the
modern costumes in the play. The ac-
tion of the play, in three acts, takes
place in the summer house rented by
Miss Van Gorder,
This is the second presentation of
the year by Play Production. Their
first was "Three Men on a Horse"
by George Abbot and John Cecil
Rainsoaked Students
Welcome Team Home
More than 1,000 people braved the
wind and rain Sunday to be on hand
when the "football train" with Mich-
igan's returning, though defeated,
gridiron warriors arrived at the sta-
tion. That part of the plans went
But preparation to revive the old
tradition - which dates back to the
days of Fielding H. Yost's "point-a-
minute" teams of having members
of the freshmen class pull the team
up to the campus, failed to material-
ize, when few players appeared.

lege include: for president, Forest Ev-
ashevski, Thomas Armstrong, Geof-
frey Hall, Thomas Harmon and James
F. Love tt; vice-president, Edith Lynch
and Jane Krause; secretary, Arthur
Sikoff, Arnold White, Alan England-
r, Thomas Lawton, Francis E. Heydt,
Warren Breidenbach and Ed Barrett:
reasurer, Beth Castor and Margaret
Tan Ess.
Candidates from the Law School
"llow: for president, James French
nd Frank Keller; vice-president,
Valter Knutson and Eugene Kinder;
ocretary, Kenneth Nordstrom and
uentin Ewert; treasurer, Alfred Swi-
en and Stark Ritchie.
School of Business Administration
andidates: for president, Robert May
nd Wanzer D. Bosworth; vice-pres-
dent, Sidney Davidson and Richard
3abcock; treasurer, Joseph Gardner
.d Robert Ellis; secretary, Morgan
ibbs and Edward Olsen.
Candidates from the music school:
for president. William E. Rhoades,
UMartha McCro:y ad Jan Bondur-
ant; secocd ;i: hst cardidate for
x~esidnt w I li M v - ,csi:,t
treasuier, ia.gaiet Wooaru nai.
Catherine McDermott; the new sen-
ior class secreary of the n .
school is H :d Mueller who re-
ceiI no opposition. ,
The president of the architecture
school will be chosen from among
candidate: George H. Gaunt, G. Hen-
ry Van Seen, and Charles M. Shaw.
Art Treut, Linn Smith and Ann Ved-
der are the new senior vice-presi-
dent, treasurer and secretary re-
spectively, incurring no opposition.
British Lead
New Offensive
Of Wide Range
Regions Before Untouched
Bombed From Baltic
As Far As Biscay Bay
LONDON. Nov. l1.-/P)-Striking
into Axis territory never before touch-
ed by the war, Royal Air Force bomb-
ers last night blazed trails of fire
across two continents in violent at-
tacks on the broadest range they so
far have attempted, the government
disclosed tonight.
The far-flung picture was filled in'
by reports from here and Cairo, from
the Air Ministry and the Admiralty.
Driving through icy storms, British
planes aimed new bombs at crucial
military centers all across the Ger-
man-held territory "from the Baltic
to the Bay of Biscay" and east to
distant Danzig, the Air Ministry an-
Important supply bases in Alban-
ia for Italian troops attacking Fas-
cist outposts in Africa felt the impact
of British bombs, the Air Ministry's
News Service added.
The Italian Air Force, Joining the
Germans in roaring Armistice Day
raids on these islands with whom It-
aly shared victory in 1918, lost 13 of
26 Axis planes blasted out of the air
during the day, the Air Ministry an-
A channel gale halted the night
assaults eayly, however, and London's
anti-aircraft atteries went quiet after
five daylight alarms.

Having Lost Battle In A11 Sectors;
Rumania Hit By Heaviest Quake

New Shocks Add To Toll
As Capital Battles Fire;
Oil Wells Endangered
Flames Threaten
Business District
BUCHAREST, Rumania, Nov. 11.-
(I) -Huge fires burning out the heart
of Bucharest and new. earth shocks
spread fresh terror in earthquake-
devastated Rumania tonight and
made vastly more dangerous the na-
tional task of succoring thousands
cf injured and homeless.
German and Rumanian soldiers,
Iron Guardists, police and voluntary
workers combined forces to dig wher-
iver possible in the flaming ruins for
ictims, living and dead.
Heaviest In History
From 1,000 to 2,000 persons were
:illed when the heaviest shocks in the
recorded history of Rumania shook
this Nazi-dominated country early
Sunday. ,
There was no way of counting the
injured and homeless, and the new
shocks only added to the work of re-
habilitations and the toll of the dead
and injured.
No Americans were reported killed
or injured, but the American Lega-
tion Staff ignored the Armistice Day
holiday to make a definite check.
What effect the disaster would
have upon the military future of
southeasterngEurope could not be
foretold tonight.
Soldiers Guard Oil Fields
Rumania's rich oil fields lay a
vast tinder box awaiting a match
and the German soldiers guarding
the wrecket wells and open fissures
whera oil oozed to the top of the
ground were especially vigilant
against danger of fire.
Some small blazes were detected
in the rich oil fields, but thus far
there had been no general outbreak
which could not be controlled.
Bucharest. once one of the Balkans'
most beautiful cities, was blazing in
many sections.
Tremors Recorded Here
Slight tremors from the distant
lumanian earthquake were record-
d on the delicate seisomograph of
he University Observatory. Labora-
:ory workers can not determine eith-
er the severity or distance of the
quake until reports come in from
other stations.
Prof. Ehrmann
Delivers Talk
At Civic :Forum
Dominance of Germany in cen-
tral Europe and the weakness of the
European state system bordering
Germany are the underlying causes
for, the present European conflict,
Prof. Howard Ehrmann of the his-
tory department explained last night
in an address before the Ann Arbor
Community Forum at the Ann Arbor
High School.
Germany has been growing strong-
er since its unification in 1871,
ProfessorEhrman stated, and Eur-
ope has been adjusting itself to the
change since that date.
Up to 1914, peace was maintained
by the great powers through a sys-
tem of armed peace, he continued.
But the first World War and the
ensuing peace put an end to that
i With Versailles came a new step
m Europe. A group of small and
economically weak states were estab-
lished around Germany. They did
not prove strong enough to hold in
the expanding German nation.
The turning point in Germany's

rise after the first war came with the
occupation of the Rhineland, Pro-
fessor Ehrmann pointed out. From
then on France and England were
not in a. position to help the Eastern
European powers.
If Germany is to be kept within
treasonable limits in Europe, the
states surrounding it must be made
powerful enough to resist its expan-

Strong Gale Lashes Ann Arbor;
Cars, Planes Wrecked By Wind
Similar Storms Are Reported Throughout Midwest
As Falling Trees Disrupt Telephone Lines

Ann Arbor felt the full blast of na-
ture's fury yesterday when a 35-mile-
an-houri gale lashed through the city.
Reports of similar storms, rains and
icy winds were reported throughout
the entire mid-west and rocky moun-
tain districts as far south as Dallas,
In the wake of the pocket-sized
hurricane were uprooted trees,
smashed cars, wrecked airplanes,
and disrupted power and telephone
At the Ann Arbor airport two
New Technic
Will Feature
Letter Forum
Utilities, Synthetic Rubber
Are Important Subjects
In Engineers' Magazine
"Opinion," a column open to all
types of comments from both stu-
dents and members of the faculty,
will be seen for the first time in the
November issue of the Michigan Tech-
nic, official Engineering College pub-
lication, which goes on sale today.
The first letter in the new column
is one of criticism by Prof Norman
Anning of the mathematics depart-
ment, whose hobby is finding flaws
in the various campus newspapers
and magazines, and preparing manu-
scripts on the subject.'
Featured in the magazine is an
article by Prof Benjamin Bailey of
the electrical engineering department
dealing with the early developments
of the utilities industry and the part
played by the author in their success.
Other articles which will appear
include a story on the possibilities of
the development of synthetic rubber
by Charles R. Tieman, '41E, a paper
on several oil investigation of the
navy by Arthur W. C. Dobson, '42E,
and a history of "Intercollegiate Fly-
ing" by Leslie J. Trigg, '41E and Ed-
ward T. Martin, 41E.
Also included are short biographies
of Jack Harwood, '41E, 1940 J-Hop
chairman, Reuben Kelto, '41E, tackle
on the football team, and Prof. D. K.
Kazarinoff of the mathematics de-
partment in the section entitled
"Technic Presents."
Fairbanks Will Speak
Prof. Avard Fairbanks of the Insti-
tute of Fine Arts will lecture on the
topic, "Religious Arts and Crafts"
at 7:30 p.m. today at Lane Hall under
the auspices of the Student Religious

planes were reported wrecked by the
strong wind. One of the planes
which was tied down was hit sudden-
ly by a gust of wind and turned over
on its back and into a pile of wreck-
age. Another plane belonging to the
Ann Arbor Air Service was also re-
ported damaged,
An ancient tree in front of the Na-
tural Science Museum could not with-
stand the fury of the gale and went
crashing into several cars parked in
front of the building. Many trees
in other parts of the campus were re-
ported felled by the wind.
In many places trees fell across
power and phone lines causing tem-
porary disconnections., Telephone
Company "trouble-shooters" soon re-
paired the damage.
In Detroit, WJR's 750 foot trans-
mitter went crashing down in the
strong wind, forcing the station off
the air for a short while. In other
parts of Michigan, similar damage
was reported, with many regions re-
porting thestorm as "the worst of
its kind ever seen."
Tom Harmon, '41, Michigan's
gridiron ace, was admitted to the
University Hospital at 11:45 p.m.
, Hospital officials as well as Dr.
Hammond, the football team's
physician, were unwilling to im-
part any information as to the
All-American's condition.
Pacifist Group
Hears Minister
Rev. Geer Defines Position
Of WarObjector
A definition of the position of the
conscientious objector and the man-
ner in which he reaches his belief
was the subject ofratalk today by
Rev. Owen Geer of the Mt. Olviet
Methodist Church of Dearborn, who
spoke before a meeting of the Fel-
lowship of Reconciliation, interna-
tional pacifist group.
Rev. Geer described the position of
the religious conscience objector and
the belief that the individual belongs
to God-not the state. This is not
anarchy, he said, but freedom of
conscience is the essence of the ob-
ligation of the state to the individual
in our democracy.
An alternative to violence men-
tioned by Reverend Geer is passive,
non-violent resistance, like Ghandi's
in India. According to the speaker,
this is a better way than that of vio-

Fascist Centaur Division
Is Entirely Wiped Out,
High Command Reports
Aerial Victories
ClaimedBy Rome
ATHENS, Nov. 11.-(1P)-Greece's
mountain defenders have beaten the
Italian invaders and they "are re-
treating in disorder toward Albania,"
the Greek radio declared today.
Despite superior forces, it said, the
Italians "have lost the battle in all
Thus, at the start of the third week
of war, has Greece rebounded confi-
dently from the initial shock of in-
Her leaders feel that now not only
have Greek defenses proved them-
selves under fire, but also that in
the four rainy months ahead Italy's
mechanized forces can only mire
in the mud of Greek mountain roads.
Division Wiped Out
Italy's highly-trained Centaur Di-
vision, made up of Alpinists who had
spent a year in Albania preparing to
become the shock troops of a Fascist
blitzkrieg, has been wiped out, the
high command said.
In the center, along the Kalamas
River, the Italians were said to be
digging in to hold what gound they
have gained. Fighting was reported
limited to patrol skirmishes.
Although the radio said the invad-
ers dropped their weapons and fled
before Greek mountain fighters
charging with bayonets and hand gre-
nades, other reports indicated cavalry
had played a singularly large role
for modern wairfare.
Greek cavalry men were said to
have haressed the Italian forces, cut-
ting their communications and split-
ting them into small groups which fell
easy victims to infantry.
Proves Good Cover
The mountainous Prndus Sector
was said to have proved an excellen't
cover for the quick maneuvers of the
mounted troops and poor terrain for
lumbering tanks and mechanized
Another batch of 600 Italian pris-
oners was taken to Salonika, Aegan
Sea port, one of many such groups
of captives which has arrived there in
the last two weeks.
Air raid alarms sounded in Saloni-
ka fivetimes today within seven
hours, but no bombs were dropped.
Reports Greek fighters had shot down
three Italian bombers north of that
city were not confirmed.
Italy Claims Widespread
Victories In Aerial War
ROME, Nov. 11-(P)-Premier Mus-
solini's high command, silent on devel-
opments in the Italian invasion of
Greece, reported today that Fascist
warplanes bombed two British naval
squadrons in the Mediterranean and
attcked other British defenses in the
near East.
Authoritative quarters said Italy
had destroyed at least 515 "enemy"
planes since her entrance into the
war last june, with a loss of only
84 planes.
Two British cruisers reportedly suf-
fered bomb hits in a raid off the Grec-
ian Island of Crete, while in another
action, a communique said, British
warships were "overtaken by one of
our aerial squadrons" in the central
Mediterranean, and "intensively
bombed despite violent anti-aircraft
Other Italian warplanes were re-
ported to have bombed half a dozen
African objectives, including the big
British naval base at Alexandria,

Two Italian planes were listed as
British men-o'-war were said to
have shelled Fascist positions at Si-
di Barrani, Egypt, "without causing
victims or damage," while British
armored cars were reported "put to
flight" 40 miles southwest of Sidi

A United States 'Over There':
Unity Of Europe Would Bring
Peace, Security, Archduke Says

At The Debate Last Night:
Witt Demands nternal' Defense;
Slosson Calls British Fight Ours

The formation of a United States
of Europe based on stronger eco-
nomic unions among the smaller
states on the continent will lead to
peace, security, increased wealth and
prosperity, Archduke Felix of Aus-
tria told the audience at the Ora-
torical Association lecture in Hill
Auditorium last night.
His Imperial Highness spoke last
night in place of Warden ,Lewis E.
Lawes who was unavoidably detained
by official duties in Sing Sing prison.
Lawes will appear here later in the
This coalition of states is an ideal
the Archduke stated, and can only
come after a victory of the democ-
racies in the present struggle. In,

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The prospect of eventual American
involvement in a war which would
probably result in the complete dis-
integration of the ideals of democratic
government constitutes a problem
facing every individual in the United
States, Mr. Herbert Witt, National
Executive Secretary of the American
Student Union declared last night.
Participating with Prof. Preston
Slosson of the history department in
a debate held last night in the Union
on the question, "How Can We Best
Defend America," Witt contended
that national defense must be concen-
trated in a direct attack on the 'symp-
*-nrc ofriP Anny, '' cirwnl, c i , n v -

many, Slosson pointed out, an Europe
united under German domination and
bent on unending conquest would
necessitate a permanent program of
preparedness in America. This pro-
gram would involve continued com-
pulsory conscription and would soon
crush our econgmy under its enor-
mous burden of expense to the people.
Witt asserted that the final peace
in this war will be dictated by the
selfish motives of the victor and will
not be modified much by which of the
contenders is the winner. Professor
Slosson vigorously denied Witt's as-
sertion, insisting that "on the defeat

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