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Fifty Years Of Continuous Pltblication

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In The Crisis




Federal Jury
Indicts McKay
And 14 Others
In Mail Fraud
Used Political Prestige
To Extort $500,000
From Liquor Interests,
Special Panel Charges
Prominent Political
Figures Included1
DETROIT, Nov. 27.-P()-A spe-
cial Federal grand jury which has
been investigating Michigan's state
government for the past eight months
returned its first indictments today,
bringing mail fraud charges against
Frank D. McKay of Grand Rapids,
Republican National Committeeman.
and 14 others.
The indictments, returned before
U.S. Distriqi Judge Arthur F. Lederle,
levelled a double-barreled accusation
at McKay, a former state treasurer.
First, the Grand Jury charged,
McKay and his associates, includ-
ing 11 of the defendants, capitalized
upon his political prestige in order to
"shake down" distillers hoping to do
business with the State liquor mon-
opoly. The shake-down, said the
jury, amounted to more than
Second, the jury continued, Mc-
Kay collected $9,918 from Edsel Ford,
president of the Ford Motor Co., in
the name of the Republican State
Central Committee to meet a cam-
paign "deficit" which McKay "well
knew" no longer existed.
The indictment charging McKay
with shaking down distillers named
Republicans and Democrats as front
men and go-betweens. The defend-
ants included Fred C. Ehrmann of
Grand Haven, secretary of the State
Liquor Control Commission and a
Republican appointee; John H. Mar-
lof, of Iron Mountain, a close asso-
ciate of the late Isaiah Leebove,
"mystery man" of state politics in
the administration of former Gov.
William A. Comstock, a Democrat,
and William H. McKeighan, an asso-
ciate of McKay in Republican fac-.
tional feuds and who was mayor of
Flint for five terms.
Leebove, shot to death in a tavern
in Clare, in 1938, by a former part-
ner, and Ivan E. Hull, who was a
business associate of McKay in Grand
Rapids, were named as participants
in the shakedown, but not as defend-
ants. Hull is a member of the Mich-
igan Public Service Commission and
a Republican appointee.
Baker, Faunce
Tie For First
In Speech Final
Eastern Students, Wedding
In Serbia Some Topics
Discussed In Contest
William Baker, '43, and Libby
Faunce, '43, tied for first place in the
first of two final contests of classes
of Speech 31 yesterday in Natural
Science Auditorium.
In his descriptions of University

students from, the East, Baker, who.
hails from Welborn, Kansas, humor-"
ously told of his first encounters, a
blind date, and his roommate prob-
lem in his speech, "Innocence
American youth should actively
strive for an intregation of culture,
cooperation among members of its
group, and understanding of foreign
peoples and nations, Miss Faunce
William Wadsworth, '43, suggested
two improvements in intra-mural
sports programs, increased points for
intramural participation and a limi-
tation on numbers of activities in
which students may participate. Un-
iversal fingerprints would give many
benefits, Jim Bob Stephenson, '43,
maintained in his speech, "Security
in Black and White."
The German people in the future
must be convinced of the benefits of
democracy by experience with Ameri-
can institutions, Jo Wright, '43, con-

Mass Production Education

Senior Ball,


Warships Retreat

To Be Theme Of Union Opera I Frosh Frolic

What happens to the university ofI
the future when mass production
-education is introduced is the riotous
tale that the cast and chorus of the
Union Opera will tell when its 1941
production, "Take A Number," opens
on Dec. 11.
Butternut University is just a good
old fashioned educational institution
until its most generous donor, octo-
genarian Elijah Cupcake (Charles
Heinen, '41) suddenly cuts the Uni-
versity off without a penny becire
of such immoral activities on the
part of the students as "dancirg
cheek to cheek."
Verge Of Bankruptcy
On the verge of bankruptcy, the'
University must accept the endow-
ment of the late Mr. Van Arbor which
stipulates, however, that the Uni-
versity must be put upon a prof
making basis.
To the rescue comes "econ" majo-,
Ken Tuck (Chan Pinney, '41) and his
girl Gwen Lancaster (Jim Bob Steph.
enson, '43) who provide the ronantic
thrills on the side while they save
good old Butternut U. The task is
by no means a trifle for Sandra Van
Arbor, daughter of old man Van
Arbor, contests the legality of her
father's endowment with the able
assistance of. the law firm of Shey-
ster, Peyster and Jones (Dick Strain,
'42, Robert Lewis, Grad., and John
Sinclair. '42).
Assembly Line Basis
The University is practically put on
an assembly-line basis as students
are turned out with full fledged de-
grees in three months. The deans
(Merle Webb, '42, Julian Pregulman,
'42, and William Stegath, '42)mare re-
duced to the ranks of the unemployed
when Tuck convinces President Tom
Barnum (Ed Sullivan, Grad.) that
machines will be much more effi-
Thinking pills are provided for the
less brilliant so they may make the
three months commencement sched-
ule, at which time a recorded com-
mencement address by President
Barnum sends them out into the
mechanized world to find their cog
in life. With every assignment the
Lecture Series
On Marriage
Begins Today
Rabbi Cohen Will Deliver
Initial Speech In Course
Offered At Foundation
"The Jewish Concept of Marriage
and the Family" will be the subject
of Rabbi Jehudah M. Cohen's lecture
at 7:30 p.m. today at the Hillel Foun-
This is the first in a series of talks
on "Marriage and Family Relations"
that is being conducted as a part of
the Hillel Institute of Jewish Studies.
Among- the other speakers to ap-
pear during the course is Prof. Ralph
M. Patterson of the psychiatry de-
partment who will discuss "Marriage
and Mental Hygiene."
Prof. Arthur Wood of the sociology
department plans to talk on the sub-
ject of intermarriage. Dr. Claire E.
Healey of the University Health Ser-
vice and Richard R. Meyers of the
sociology department are also sched-
uled to appear in the series.
The lectures will be open to the
public, Elaine Fisher, '42, chairman
of the Institute, announced.

professors give outside reading pills,
the knowledge of which penetrates
the gray matter of the students while
they take their daily hour's sleep.
When the students threaten to
stage a rebellion because of the lack
of romance, a socialized Romance Bu-
reau is set up to take care of the sit-I
Yaaticn; just how it functions must
remain a matter of conjecture until
D-,c. 11.
But even with all these mass pro-
duction methods the University does
not make a profit till bean salesman
Schultz (Douglas Gould, '41) subsi-
dizes the University with the income
he has made from a tremendous sale'
of beans, the result of an advertising
adventure conjured up by hero Tuck
who of course lives happily ever after
with his beautiful Gwen.
Five performances of the Opera are
planned, opening Wednesday evening,
Dec. 11, with succeeding productions
on Thursday, Friday and Saturday{
evenings and a matinee also on Sat-
urday. The Opera is being produced
under the directorship of Richard
Hanley, teaching fellow in the De-
partment of Speech. Jack Silcott,
Grad, is general chairman, assisted
by Bill Conrad, '41, and a host of
commitI ee chairmen.
The Union Opera was revived again
this year, when the 1940 production,
"Four Out Of. Five" proved to be a
suc. ss.
Prom Tickets
Will Continue
On Sale Today
Soph Prom tickets will continue on
sale from 2 to 5 p.m. today and to-
morrow at the travel desk in the lobby
of the Union, Bernard Hendel, gen-
eral chairman of the Soph Prom
committee announced.
Tickets to the dance, which will
feature Bob Chester's orchestra, may
be obtained for $2.75 upon the pre-
sentation of a sophomore identifica-
tion card.
Tickets are going rapidly and any
that are left will go on sale to the
general public Saturday.
Chester's band was selected in an
all-campus poll which was taken last
Tuesday. The band received 726 of
the 1,000 votes cast.
The Prom will be held from 10 p.m.
to 2 a.m., Dec. 13 in the ballroom of
the Union.
The central committee for the
Prom includes Hendel, Buck Dawson"
William DeCourcey, John Rust
Jeanne Clare, Ruth Willets, Homer
Swander, and Theodore Sharp.
Dec. 6 Is Deadline
For Senior Photos
A warning was issued to all mem-
bers of the senior class who wish their
pictures to appear in the 1941 Mich-
iganensian yesterday by Jack Cory,
business manager. The deadline for
senior photographs is Dec. 6, Cory
announced, and all pictures must be
in by that time.
.nSpecial arrangements have been
made with the local photographers
for the proper pictures. These studios
are making a special offer to all sen-
iors; $2 credit will be given toward
payment of pictures ordered other
than senior photos.
Coupons for pictures may be secured
this week on the diagonal or at any
time in the offices of the 'Ensian in
the Student Publications Building.

Petitions Due
Quaal, Merker In Charge
Of Elections; Balloting
Scheduled For Dec. 11
Blanks Available
At Union, League
Candidates for positions on the
Senior Ball and Frosh Frolic dance
committees may obtain officialpeti-
tion blanksbetween 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
today through Dec. 5 at the Student
Offices of the Michigan Union or
League, it was announced yesterday
by Doris Merker, '41, and Ward
Quaal, '41, presidents respectively of
th'e Women's and Men's Judiciary
All ,petitions must be returned to
the Student Offices by 5 p.m. Dec.
5, accompanied by the signatures of
twenty-five members of the petition-
er's class and chool and an eligibility
Thirteen members are to be elected
to the Senior Ball committee; five
will be chosen from the Literary
College (two of whom must be wo-
men), three from the Engineering
College, and one each from the
schools of Architecture, Music, Ed-
ucation, Forestry and Conservation,
and Nursing.
Eight positions are to be filled on
the Frosh Frolic committee; five will
be chosen from the Literary College
(two of whom must be women).
Three members will be elected from
the Engineering College.
The election itself will be held on
Wednesday, Dec. 11, balloting to take
place between 10 a.m. and 12 noon
and between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The
names of all candidates will not be
announced until the day before the
election. It is felt that this procedure
will eliminate the cost of conducting
an extensive campaign and thus make
the elections fairer to all candidates
involved, Quaal explained.
Detroit Group
Hears Jamison
In Union Talk
Sound Economic Policy,
Clear Thinking Stressed
By Business Professor
Business men must keep their feet
on the ground; think clearly, and try
to convince people that sound econ-
omic principles are necessary to a
sucessful economy, Charles L. Jami-
son, Prof. of Business Policy, told
members of the Detroit Controllers'
Group at their banquet last night in
the Union.
At present, economic institutions
are unpredictable, Prof. Jamison
stated, and prevent retailers from
planning for the future, but retailers
have less to fear from government
interference than other groups.
In the afternoon session on the
merchandise budget, T. C. Sperry, of
Toledo, told the conference that a
successful store must strive to have
what the customers want when they
want it. The controller, Sperry said,
because of his recognized responsibil-
ity for the merchandising budget,
should expand his field of work to
include determination of sales trends
and commodity fluctuations.
The group was welcomed to the
campus by Dean Clare E. Griffin, of
the School of Buisiness Administra-

tion. Edgar H. Gault, Prof. of Mar-
keting, reporting on the results of a
questionnaire, stated that while a
majority of concerns have the con-
troller make out the budget, the ap-
proval is usally left to the general
merchandise manager.

After Battle, English Say;
Britain Asks U. S.Artsenal

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Home Production Termed
Not Enough By Minister
In Answer To Criticism
Greenwood Calls
Picture Not Gloomy
(By The Associated Press) ]
LONDON, Nov. 27.-In answer to
the sharpest parliamentary criticism
of the government since Winston
Churchill came to power, a member
of the war cabinet acknowledged to-
day that home production was "not
enough" and declared he had made.
to the United States "a clean breast"
of Britain's troubles.
He said plainly that Britain's hopes
lay in making a "second arsenal" of
the United States and North America
Facing in the House of Commons
impatient critics who complained of
governmental shortcoming in fields
ranging from employment policies to
high strategy, Minister without Port-
folio Arthur Greenwood thus summed
up the postion:
Not Minimizing Difficulties
"I do not minimize our difficulties,
but I do not think the picture is al-
together gloomy, although the situa-
tion is not one which we relish.
"It is true, as the Prime Minister
said recently, that we are far from
being fully armed and, so long as this
remains the case, there will be in-
creasing calls for further effort."
"We are cooperating now with the
United States in order that our joint
needs shall be met with the least
possible delay and in order to in-
sure that we shall get that high pri-
ority that we undoubtedly need.
"I have made a clean breast of our
difficulties to them in order that they
could profit by our experience and
that, I believe, they are doing.
"I think that before very long, if
the cordial relations between - this
country and the United States con-
tinue-and I believe they will become
increasingly cordial-North America
will be a second arsenal from which
we can obtain increasing supplies to
supplement and make good any of
our deficiencies."
Hore-Belisha Comments
To all this, former War Minister
Leslie Hore-Belisha turned in dissat-
isfied comment.
"No doubt," he said, the United
States would do all it could to help-
"But they are not on a war basis,
only a seventh of their production is
devoted to munitions and we should
not base our hopes entirely on what
we can get from that country.
"We should rely on ourselves!"
"The real remedy,"'he cried out, "is
to knock Italy out of the war. The
Greeks have opened the way. This is
our great opportunity . y.Ts
Another of Greenwood's deter-
mined examiners, Laborite Amenual
Shinwell, accused the government of
a whole catalogue of error-timidity,
over-optimism, "failure to face the
fact that the dice of war are heav-
ily loaded against us."
Any sophomore men interested
in trying out for the Ensian Edi-
torial Staff are asked to call at the
office in the Publications Building
this afternoon after 3 o'clock.

Miller Urges '
U.S. Convoys
To Aid Britain
Stressing the need for a compre-
hensive plan of long range aid to
Great Britain, Col. Henry W. Miller,
military expert and chairman of thel
mechanism and engineering depart-
ment, addressed a gathering spon-E
sored by the Ann Arbor chapter oft
the Committee to Defend America byE
Aiding the Allies last night in thel
Masonic Temple.
Col. Miller urged that the United1
States use its "present magnific'entA
navy" to convoy an uninterrupted
flow of supplies to Britain so as to£
free British fighting ships for use int
the Mediterranean and other stra-
tegical points." This policy, if it suc-t
ceeds in bringing about the victory of
England, would remove cause for thet
two-ocean navy and our re-arma-t
ment programs, which if further con-
tinued, will put us on the road tox
bankruptcy and ruin," Col. Miller as-f
"The 'Battle ofuAmerica' and the
fight to stamp out the philosophyf
of helping yourself at the expense oft
your neighbor cannot be won by iso-
lation," Col. Miller said.t
Marriage Talk.
Will Be Given
Griffith Addresses Group
On Investments Today
R. Gordon Griffith, associate in-,
vestment officer for the University,
will deliver the fifth supplementary
lecture of the Course in Marriage
Relations at 7:30 p.m. today in the
Women's Lounge of the Rackham
The lecture and discussion that will
follow will consider problems and
questions related to personal invest-,
ments. The general public is invited
to attend.
The supplementary lectures are de-
signed to expand the scope of the
regular series of marriage lectures.
A discussion of family recreation will
feature the next supplementary lec-
ture on Dec. 4. Dr. Katherine Greene
will be the lecturer. The following
evening, Dec. 5, Prof. Marvin Nie-
nuss, of the Law School, will speak on
the subject of Law of Domestic Rela-
Deadline Set For Entries
In Gargoyle's Contests
Entries in this month's Gargoyle
short story contest must be in by
6 p.m. today, Dave Donaldson, '41,
editor in chief of the campus maga-
zine announced yesterday.
Prizes of three and one dollar will
be awarded for the best candid cam-
era shots submitted by Saturday
noon, Donaldson added, and the staff
is again offering one dollar each for
the three best Varsity Vignettes sub-
mitted by Saturday noon.

Bombers Report Siking
Of German Fuel Ship
Near Frisian Islands
Ministry Discloses
Bombing Of Turin
(By The Associated Press)
LONDON, Nov. 27-The British
Mediterraneati fleet attacked a big
Italian force at "extreme range"
somewhere in the vicinity of Sicily
today, the Admiralty announced here,
and the Fascists were declared to
have fled for their base under pursuit.
In the RAF's offensive, British
bombers were said officially to have
sunk a 7,600-ton German tanker this
afternoon off the Frisian Islands-
and to have "successfully attacked" a
fuel carrier.
The first official story of the ac-
tion in the Mediterranean said:
"Information has been received
that our naval forces in the Medi-
terranean made contact shortly be-
fore noon today with an Italian force
reported -to consist of two battleships
accompanied by a large force sof
cruisers and destroyers.
"Immediately upon becoming
aware of the approach of our forces,
the enemy altered course, and retired
at high speed toward his base. Our
forces pursued, and it is known that
they engaged the enemy at extreme
"No further information is at pres-
ent available, but full details will be
announced as soon as possible."
,A heavy and successful overnight
bombing attack upon Turin, the
greatest center of Italian war pro-
duction, was announced.
The Air Ministry said that in the
assault-which also was extended to
the east in an attack on Berlin's rail-
way system, on half a dozen Nazi-
held ports, pn arsenals, armament
factories and the like in many a Ger-
man area-"a number" of fires were
left blazing in the Turin factory area.
In Canberra, Australia, Navy Min-
ister W. M. Hughes disclosed that a
raider sank the 8,739-ton British Car-
go ship Port Brisbane in the Indian
Ocean five days ago.
AFL Demands
Arnold 'Curb
Charges 'Malice' Shown
By Anti-Trust Division
NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 27-()-
The American Federation of Labor
late today demanded a "curb" on As-
sistant Attorney-General Thurman
Arnold, charging his anti-trust divis-
ion of the Department of Justice with
"unwarranted and destructive activi-
ties against organized labor."
The Federation's annual conven-
tion unanimously approved a report
asserting that the Anti-Trust Divis-
ion had shown "malice" toward the
AFL "alone" in its prosecutions of
labor organizations.
At the same time the delegates,
coolly noting that a standing com-
mittee was ready to confer with the
Congress of Industrial Organizations
on labor peace, decided to continue
"assistance" to unorganized workers,
Fiction Staff To Meet
The fiction staff of Perspectives,
campus literary magazine, will meet
today at 4:30 p.m. in the Publications
Building, Jay McCormick, fiction ed-
itor announced yesterday. Stories
submitted for the next issue of the
magazine will be read and judged by
the entire staff.

Robert Friers Describes Nazi
Activities In Central America

Advertisers' Influence On Press
Denied By J S Gray, Publisher.

More than 400 persons heard Robert
Friers, Hitch-hiking Champ of the
World, describe his adventures
thumbing to South America in a
special lecture sponsored by La Socie-
dad Hispanica last night at the Lydia
Mendelssohn Theatre.
Friers described continuous evi-
dences of Nazi activity throughout
Latin America. In Nicaragua he was
accused by natives of being a Nazi
spy because of his picture-taking
activities, and was temporarily jailed.
In Guatemala City citizens were
aroused by the machinations of Nazi
:gents, he said.
"Japanese infiltration into South
America was noteworthy in Costa
Rica, where a 'fishing' boat was com-
mandeered by officers of the Nippon-

Camacho camp. After Friers had se-
cretly secured an Almazan button for
his lanel, his captors were convinced
of his innocence and released him.
"A veritable love-feast ensued, with
the Mexicans taking pictures of me
and allowing me to take pictures of
them," he said.
Friers related of his wild ride
through the mountains above Mexico
City in a truck driven by two slightly
inebriated drivers. He was then
forced to mount a burro and ride
200 miles to see his pretty Mexican
girl-friend, Rosario, whom he had
first met on a previous trip. At
Salina Cruz he learned that Rosario
had married a coffee merchant only
a week before.
In Colombia "The Vagabond Re-
porter" interviewed the deposed Pres-

Thanksgiving Arrives
For 16 States Today
(By The Associated Press)
It's Thanksgiving today in 16
states which disregarded the letter
but not the spirit of President Roose-
velt's proclamation that "we give
thanks for our preservation" from the
"calamity and sorrow" which has be-

The power of the press lies in the
collective power of truth, as expressed1
in its news columns, and not in its
editorials, J S Gray, publisher of
the Monroe Evening News, told a
group of journalism students and
other students in a talk yesterday,
the first of a series sponsored by the
journalism department.
Speaking on "The Power of the
Press-its Shadows and Its Sub-
stance," Gray scoffed at the idea that
advertisers influence what news is
printed or not printed in daily news-
papers of this country. "I know of no
case where the question of concilia-
tion towards advertisers has influ-
enced publishers," he emphasized. "In

voiced by Secretary Harold Ickes-
that the papers of the country are not
reflecting popular opinion because
over 73 per cent cif them opposed
Roosevelt's reelection-Gray pointed
out that 80 per cent of the dailies are
small community papers. Taking
Michigan for an example, he showed
that out of 49 counties in the state, 39
were for Willkie and that the bulk
of the Republican vote was in these
small towns.
In Gray's opinion, even the papers
who still retain the name Republican
or Democrat in their titles have di-
vorced themselves from party lines
and print facts on both sides of every
question. He quoted figures showing


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