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Calls Mail

Fraud Indictments

Plan Group
Meets Today
Expansion Program Ideas
For Industrial Centers
Slated For Discussion
Stein Will Address

Plot For
State Republican Leader
Accuses Opposing Party
Of Election Retaliation
Charges Attempt
To Ruin Reputation
DETROIT, Nov. 28. -(4- New
Federal mail fraud charges brought
today from Frank D. McKay, Repub-
lican national committeeman and
former State Treasurer, the reply
that his indictments stemmed from
"a conspiracy for political revenge
engineered by certain forces whom I
helped defeat in an election."
The plot, McKay said in a formal
statement, included threats against
members of his family.
For four years, he declared, his
personal and business affairs had
been ruthlessly and thoroughly" ex-
amined. The indictments, he added,
came "more as a relief than a sur-
prise, because now I know that the
facts will be brought out into the
Records Seized
"Business records have been seized,"
he said. "Business associates have
been subjected to inquisition. I
doubt if a more vicious attempt to
destroy a man's reputation and busi-
ness has ever been made in this or
any other state."
McKay did not elaborate upon his
statement. He promised proof, in
detail, "at the proper time and place."
A Federal grand jury investigating
affairs of state government named
the 56-year-old politician and busi-
ness man defendant in a third true
bill returned today. The new indict-
ment charged an attempt to defraud
the City of Grand Rapids of approx-
imately $300,000 by manipulating the
bidding on a $2,225,000 bond issue in
1938.., The bonds financed a pipe
line which now serves the city with
water from Lake Michigan.
Co-defendants are Stranahan, Har-
ris & Co. of Toledo, Ohio, the bond
house which handled the issue; its
vice-president, Robert S. Mikesell of
Toledo, and a Michigan agent, Stew-
art P. Blasier of Detroit. The grand
jury charged that the bond house
paid McKay "secretly" fees in excess
of $325,000 between 1931 and 1938
"to use his political influence and
control" in the company's behalf.
Previous Inquiry Recalled
McKay's relations with the Tole-
do financial firm were the subject of
a legislative investigation in 1939, but
the suit was dropped when the law-.
makers adjourned their session and
Gov. Luren D. Dickinson vetoed a bill
to permit a committee to continue
the inquiry.
Earlier indictments charged Mc-
Kay with use of the mails (1) for a
$500,000 shakedown of distillers sell-
ing to the state and (2) to divert to
his own use $9,918 obtained fro
Edsel Ford, president of the Ford
Motor Company, as a political con-
tribution. Fourteen others were also
McKay arraigned today on all
three charges, stood mute, and was
freed on $5,000 bond. U.S. District
Judge Arthur F. Lederle set Jan. 21
as the tentative date for trial of the
first case, that involving charges of,
fraud against Ford.
Claire Boothe
Mystery Hit

To Be Given
Claire Booth's unusual mystery
story, "Margin for Error," will be the
third presentation by Play Produc-
tion, to run in the Lydia Mengelssohn
Theatre Wed. through Sat., Dec. 4-7.
The play, which ran for over 100
performances last year on Broad-
way, has been termed the "most sat-
isfying likeness of official German
ferocity that we have yet seen on the
stage" by John Anderson, New York
drama critic. The story concerns the
murder of a German consul and of
the hunt for his murderer, compli-I


Faculty Deny
War Agtation
Charges Here
Professor Hobbs Asserts
Ships Must Be Sent
To EnglandIn Crisis


Naval Victories Claimed

English And Italians;

Greeks Rout Fascist Foes



Dr. Gamoran
To Speak Here
On Education
Religion, In A Democracy'
Is Topic Of Lecture;
First Series Speaker
Dr. Emanuel Gamoraii, director of
the. American Hebrew Congregations
will speak at 4:15 p.m. today at Lane
Hall on "Religious Education in a
Democracy," to open a series of relig-
ious conferences, Dr. Edward Blake-
man, counselor in religious education,
He will also lead the fireside dis-
cussion at Hillel Foundation at 8:15
p.m. on the general topic, "This
Changing 'World."
Dr. Gamoran is the well-known
author of "Changing Conceptions in
Jewish Education" and Teacher
Training in Jewish Schools." For
many years he has been editor of
textbooks in Jewish history and lit-
During the year of 1927-28 he was
president of the National Council for
Jewish Education and a member of
the Jewish Academy of Arts and
He will be followed in the series
by Prof. Harrison S. Elliot, author
of the new text in religious education,
"Can Religious Education Be Chris-
tian" and by Prof. Clarence P.
Shedd of religious education at Yale
The series of lectures is planned
to aid students and faculty in the
evaluation of religious training and
education in a democracy faced with
problems of national moral defense.

Public officials and community
planners from over the entire state'
will gather here today and tomorrow
for the first Conference on the Ex-
pansion of Industrial Communities
with regard to housing and commun-
ity planning.
Arising out of problems created by
he national defense program, the
Conference will discuss ways and
means of planning for present and
future expansion of industrial com-
Community expansion in the first
world war will be th- topic of to-,
'y's frs talk to b: given by Clar-
ce S S,;gin .AA. of New York
-t9:30 in Rom 102, A chi ;:cture
{ Eailding and Prof. Edgar M. H:)over'.
jr., of the eczn:mics departmnf* ,-; 1H
lecture on "The Economic Back-
ground of the Current Problem" at
11:00 a.m.
The afternoon session, held in the
Rackham Amphitheatre, will be pre-
sided over by A. D. Taylor, president
of the American -Institute of Land-
scape Architects, and will open at
112:00 p.m. with a talk by Coleman
Woodbury, director of the National
Association of Housing Officials, on
governmental activity and current
At 3:00 p.m. Walter Blucher, ex-
i ecutive director of the National As-
sociation of Planning Officials, will
discuss "The Present Planning Prob-
lem," and Earnest Fisher of the
American Bankers Association will
give a dinner talk at 7 p.m. at the
Union on the place of private enter-
prise in the expansion of industrial
A va Case Will Give
Beethoven Concerto
At Sunday Concert
Featuring a presentation of Beet-
hoven's "Concerto No. 3 in C. minor
for Piano and Orchestra," the Uni-
versity Symphony Orchestra will of-
fer its second recital of the year at
4:15 p.m. Sunday in Hill Auditorium.
Under the direction of Prof. Thor
Johnson of the School of Music, the
Orchestra will open its program with
the Overture to the Opera, "The Ma-
gic Flute" by Mozart. Also scheduled
to be heard are "The Walk to the
Paradise Garden" by Delius and var-
ious selections from the "Damnation
of Faust" by Berlioz.'
The latter selection will comprise
the "Minuet of the Sprites" in which
Mephistopheles invokes evil spirits
and Will-o'-the-Wisps to dance; the
"Ballet of the Sylphs" dealing with
a vision Faust has of Marguerite, and
the "Rakoczy" march played by the
Magyar army opening the Hungar-
ian scene.

Woodruff Makes
Charges Against Six
In replying to charges made Wed-
nesday in Washington by Rep. Roy
Woodruff of Bay City that "men
who are 'high in the educational cir-;
cles of Michigan" are behind a cam-
paign to involve the United States
in war, Prof. Emeritus William H.
Hobbs of the geology department,
asserted yesterday that "the time has
come when America must actively aid
Great Britain." .
"In recent weeks it has become
increasingly apparent that England's
postion might be critical, and we
must relieve the British Navy of con-
voying all ships across the Atlantic,"
he declared. "This policy may com-
prise an act of war against Germany,
ed we must be prepared to expect
the eventuality of Nazi retaliation."
No Declaration Of War
Professor Hobbs, prominent as an
interventionist in the First World
War, did not favor a declaration of
war against Germany. He thought
it unlikely that she would declare war
on us, since she desires above all
things to keep us out of the fighting.
Representative Woodruff's accusa-
tions were based on 60 letters and
telegrams sent by the Ann Arbor
NationalDefense Committee to Pres-
>dent Franklin D. Roosevelt, Secre-
tary of War Henry L. Stimson, Secre-
tary of Navy Frank Knox and mem-
bers of Congress.
Authors of the dispatches included
Prof. Emeritus Edwin C. Goddard
of the Law School, Col. Henry W.
Miller of the engineering college,
Prof. Arthur S. Aiton of the history
department, Dr. Robert H. McDowell
of the archeology department, Mr.
Reardon. Peirsol and Professor Hobbs.
Ignorance of Conditions
Representative Woodruff's state-
ment said that "it is regrettable, but
obviously true that this letter from
the Ann Arbor group is based not
upon ignorance of conditions, but up-
on what is evidently a blind emotion-
al impulse to drag the nation into
war and to spill .the blood of millions
of our youth on foreign battle fields."
In a special statement released to
The Daily, Professor Goddard main-
:ained that "our group feels strong-
y that the best way to keep the
(Continued on Page 2)

Fascist 'Death Regiment'
Retreats After Four Day
Resistance Is Reported
War Base Captured
In South Albania
ATHENS, Nov. 28.-Violent battles
were reported. developing on the
western end of the 100-mile Balkan
war front tonight, but despite stif-
fening Italian resistance, the Greeks
declared they had routed a Fascist
"Regiment of Death"-sworn to die
rather than retreat-after a four-
day fight.
Prisoners captured by the Greeks,
it was said, "disclosed the magnitude
of the Italian disaster," and some
sources believed that a considerable
part of Mussolini's invasion forces
was in full flight up the Balkan coast
along the Adriatic Sea. That the
Italians were counter-attacking at
some points was, however, conceded.
There was still no official intima-
tion regarding the fate of Argirocas-
tro, Italy's last big war base in South-
ern Albania, which the Greeks have
said for several days that they were
.te dispatches from the Argiro-
castro vicinity said the Greek victory
followed 96 hours of tempestuous
lighting. At the climax of the battle,
advices from the front said, the Itali-
ans abandoned great quantities of
>uns, ammunition and stores and
were "retreating in disorder."
(Earlier, the Italian high command
.aid Fascist troops of the 11th Army
successfully counter-attacked, but
the locale of the fighting was not
Law Authority
To Speak Here
Lauterpacht To Discuss
Post-War Problems
Problems of post-war international
reconstruction will be the subject of a
University lecture to be delivered by
Prof. H. Lauterpacht, leading author-;
ity on international law, at 4:15 p.m.
Monday in the Rackham Lecture'
Mall, sponsored by the Law School
And the Political Science Department.+
Lecturing in the United States
under the auspices of the Carnegie
,endowment for International Peace,
Prof. Lauterpacht holds the Whewell
Professorship of International Law at
Cambridge University, highest posi-
ion of its kind in Britain.,
He has been reader in public in-
ternational law at the University of
London and has given courses of lec-
tures before the Academy of Interna-
tional Law at the Hague, before the
Institute of Higher Educational Stud-
ies at Geneva, and at the London
School of Economics and Political
Science. -

Virginia Morse takes the lead in
"Cracker Madness," feature skit of
the Sophomore Cabaret Show, as
the daughter of Pappy and Mam-
my Slocum, upsetting hillbilly tran-
ouility with Michigan punch.
Mann Stages
Sixth Annual
Swim Show
Fancy And Comic Diving,
Varsity Races And Water
Polo Will BeHighlights
Rivalling any show Billy Rose ever
put on, Matt Mann's sixth annual
Swim Gala-feminine charm and all.
will start rolling before a capacity
throng of Wolverine fans at 8 p.m. to-
night in' the Sports Building pool.
This is a show to stop all shows
with a star-studded cast of varsity
swimmers and imported talent that
will fill to the brim Michigan's beau-
tiful natatorium.
Unveiled for the first time this sea-
son will be Matt's greatest of great
Wolverine teams. They're triple
champions, these Maize and Blue
tankmen-holders of the Big 'ITen,
National Collegiate and National AAU
swim titles.
Helping them put on this gigantic
water spectacle, however, will be one
Clayton Mains, 'comedy diver extra-
ordinaire, little Peter Fries, three year
old speedster, Bill Gail, orchestra
leader-diver, Michigan's austere fac-
ulty, two gorgeous female divers and
the list goes on.
The Swim Gala has usually turned
out to be an assault on existing pool
records by the natators themselves.
(Continued on Page 3)
Holland Conducts Course
Prof. Lewis N. Holland of the elec-
trical engineering department has
started a new extension course this
week in Detroit entitled "Frequency

Leads 'Cracker Madness'

Admiralty Credits Naval
Air Force With Sinkit g
Of Seven Italian Ships
Rumanian Army
Rules Bucharest
(By The Associated Press)
LONDON, Nov. 28-A new Italian
battleship, four big cruisers and two
Destroyers have been damaged in the
British navy's latest chase of Prem-
.er Mussolini's fast fleet, the Admir-
alty announced tonight in an action
packed communique.
It gave a lion's share of the credit
to the naval air force.
The Italians, sighted in force Wed-
nesday afternoon west of the Ital-
ian island of Sardinia, immediately
headed for home, the Admiralty as-
serted, but in pursuit, Britsh planes
torpedoed a 35,000-ton battleship of
theNew Littorio class and scored hits
or "near misses" on two other cruis-
British naval guns set afire one
.ruiser and damaged two destroyers.
Except for the fired cruiser and
he destroyers, all the damage to the
Italians was inflicted by the Skua and
swordfish planes of the fleet air arm.
The 10,000-ton British cruiser Ber-
wick suffered two hits, which killed
seven menhbut did not damage the
ship enough to put it out of action a
moment, the report said.
Otherwise, except for loss of one
'ighter plane, the British got off scot
free and shot down two big Italian
seagoing bombers, it was asserted.
The British aircraft carrier Ark
Royal was so heavily attacked that
at one time she disappeared behind
,he splashes of 30 bombs, but she
came up firing all her guns without
a scar, the Admiralty proudly re-
Italians Give Version
Of Battle With British
ROME, Nov. 28-The Italian High
Command related its own story today
of the first engagement between
heavy British and Italian naval forces
in the Mediterranean and listed two
British cruisers damaged by shells
and three other British warcraft, one
a battleship, bombed from the air.
The battleship was described as
"stopped with a fire aboard." An air-
craft carrier and a cruiser also were
reported bombed.
Italy's casualties, a communique
said, were: the 1,620-ton Fiume, 10,-
000 tons, struck by shell which failed
to explode.
Rumanian Army Tries
To Keep Order In City
BUCHAREST, Rumania, Nov. 28-
(MP-Bucharest was under firm mil-
itary control tonight with one entire
Rumanian army division reported
enroute to the capital to "assist in
maintaining order" as a result of the
wave of assassinations of leading fig-
ures of the old regime.
Three leaders of the iron guard,
whose members are blamed for the
excesses, conferred with Dictator
General Ion Antonescu.
Earlier German troops garrisoned
in provincial Rumania had entered
the capital, after the Iron Guard con-
tinued to pursue their enemies in
open defiance of both Antonescu and
their owm leader, Vice-Premier Horia
All other German soldiers in or
near Bucharest were mobilized and
ordered to stand ready for immediate

Only 19
Shopping Days
Christmas Vacation

Student Sentiment Here Divided
On Granting Credit To English

With half the civilized world al-
ready at war the question of whether
the United States, a non-belligerent,
should take economic sides and thus
threaten its own physical neutrality
has become a vital issue.
This campus reporter found that
student sentiment on the issue is al-
most halved, with a few fence strad-
dlers waiting for further develop-
ments in world events.
Of some 50 students approached in
various places on the campus 21 ex-
pressed the belief that the United
States should not grant credit to
Great Britain in the form of neces-
sary war supplies. Such a move, they
said, would endanger present na-
tional nuetrality and would be a
dangerous step toward war.
Willing to grant credit to Great
Britain were X23 students, who gave
various reasons for their decisions on
the problem. Credit, they said, would
be a cheap form of insurance against
the spread of war into the western

surces of Britain and a detei'mination
then of whether credit would be nec-
Here are a few of the answers given
by students to the question: In your
opinion should the United States in-
creast its aid to England by granting
credit in the form of necessary war
William A. MacLeod, '43: Absolute-
ly not. Anything we give them on
credit we will never get back. And
anyway, the United States should be
able to use all it is able to produce.
Stuart Gildart, '42: Yes, for credit
to England would be a cheap form of
insurance against the spread of war
into the Americas by increasing Bri-
tain's chances of victory.
David Donaldson, '41: No. Every
time we send more material to Britain
we are taking a step closer to in-
volvement. Credit would be almost
a declaration of war with Germany.
William Rockwell, '41: If as I be-
lieve, increasing U.S. material aid to

Alpha Nu Wins
Debate On Style
From Women
"Women dress to compensate for
an inferior complex" Alpha Nu de-
baters claimed to win the decision
from the women's Zeta Phi Eta team
yesterday as they argued the propo-
sition, "Michigan women are slaves
to fashion to a greater extent than
Michigan men."
In the humourous forensic contest
'the women asserted that "We hold
this truth to be self-evident. All men
are created egotistically endowed
with certain inscrutable rights. That
among these is the' right to choose
the woman he wishes to marry.
Therefore women are justified in
their use of styles to attract men be-
cause they then have a part in the
Alpha Nu was represented by Merle
Webb, '42, Gerry Schaflander, '42,
George Manikoff, '41, while the Zeta
Phi Eta team was composed of Ade-
laide Carter, '42, Mildred Ward, '41,
and Alvira Sata, '42.
The men scored a telling blow to
the negative case with the ,statement
that women were slaves to men and
fashion but, as their feminine oppo-
sition admitted, they have the right
to be.
The contest was judged by Prof.
Henry Moser of the speech depart-
ment, Mrs. Richard Hadley, and Vir-
ginia Holland.
Dock Worker's Appeal
Prevents British Strike
LONDON,' Nov. 28.-(P)-A stir-
ring appeal from a 48-year-old dock-
yards worker to the governing body

Harmon-Weaver Affair Called'
Publicity Gag By Margot Thor
By WILL SA'PP Weaver. I guess all those sports
As far as Margot Thbm is con- viters who have suddenly decided to
cerned, it's all a phoney. rerwhhaesdnydcddto
"Tom' and Marjorie Weaver?.. write social news just didn't realize
"Tam an Marori Weaer? that I knew all about it."
why it's all just a publicity gag . . h
everything is just like it was before Miss Thom doesn't really know
between us two." how it feels to have a Hollywood star-
"This is.silly . . . I don't see what let for a rival because she hasn't
everyone's talking about." even seen Miss Weaver in a motion
It all started about two weeks ago picture, "let alone meet her!"
when Luella Parsons, Hollywood col- , Tom stopped off in Buffalo, N.Y.,
,imnist, revealed a "budding romance last night to speak at a football ban-
'"etween grid star Tom Harmon and quet and will arrive in Ann Arbor
Starlet Marjorie Weaver." Since that late tonight.
date the press wires of the nation Tomorrow morning he and' Margot
'ave been jammed with stories vary- are flying down to Cleveland where
ing from engagements to Christmas Tom will appear on a sportcast with
linners together. "Red" Grange.
But in New York City this morning Margot first met the boy who
ollowing his radio broadcast of last turned out to be the best football
night, Tom Harmon spiked those player in the nation at the Union
Weaver rumors when he told report- open house two years ago. Harmon
ers that this Hollywood stuff wasn't "cut in" on a dance and Miss Thom,
rue and that Margot is still "the" then a 17 year old freshman from
Orl. -"Another thing," he added, "I'm Buffalo, Wyo., didn't even know he
not going to have Christmas dinner played football.
with Miss Weaver." Harmon leaves Margot thinks Tom is sincere when

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