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VOL. LII. No. 97 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1942 Z-323
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Giant Oil Refinery Shelled
In Daring Axis Attack
On Petroleum Center
U.S. Troops Guard
BALBOA, C.Z., Feb. 16. -(P)-
Lieut.-Gen. Frank Andrews, U.S.
commander of the Caribbean de-
fenses, said tonight there were in-
dictaions that American airmen
sank some of the German sub-
marines whose torpedoes crashing
into two small tankers at the
Dutch island of Aruba early today
sent 24 seamen to a flaming death.
ARUBA, Dutch West Indies., Feb.
16.-(P)-A lone enemy submarine!
slipped boldly into these waters off
the Venezuelan coast Sunday night,
torpedoed and presumably sank three
tankers, damaged another and inef-
fectively shelled the mammoth Stan-
dard Oil plant on this island.
Three of the tankers were at-
tacked here and the fourth off Cur-
acao, another Dutch island east and
slightly south of Aruba. The latter,
although heavily damaged, reached
No Casualties In Shelling
There were no casualties in the
wild shelling of the oil installations
here. Reports were lacking Immedi-
ately on casualties aboard the tank-
Both Aruba and Curacao are gar-
risoned by British and American
troops sent there to aid the Dutch
garrisons in upholding Dutch sov-
ereignty in the Western Hemisphere.
Aruba and Curacao refine avaition
gasoline from oil brought in by shal-
low draft tankers from the nearby
Venezuelan and Colombian oil fields.
The Standard subsidiary on Aruba,
closed its ilans for the erection of a
new $10,000 cracking plant to in-
crease its production of fuel vital to
the Allied war effort.
Large Oil Refinery
The Aruba refinery's normal cap-
acity is more than 250,000 barrels of
crude a day; Curacao's refinery is
known as the world's second largest.
The two islands were once esti-
mated officially to produce a third
of theAllies' supplies of high octane
British troops landed on Aruba and
Curacao in May, 1940, just after the
German invasion. The dispatch of
American troops, of unstated num-
ber, was announced by the U. S. State
Department on last Feb. 11.
Group To Hold
Van Wagoner Will Open
In Union Tomorrow
Gov. Murray D. Van Wagoner and
approximately 600 other highway en-
gineers from all over the state will
attend the twehty-seventh annual
Michigan Highway Conference sched-
uled to open at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow in
the Ballroom of the Union.
Listed as speaker at the conference
dinner to be held Thursday evening,
Governor Van Wagoner will be pre-
ceeded by State Highway Commis-
sioner G. Donald Kennedy and Lee
0. Brooks, president of the Michigan
Association of Road Commissioners
University President Alexander G.
Ruthven; previously scheduled to ad-
dress the luncheon meeting of the
conference tomorrow, will be unable
to attend, Prof. R. L. Morrison of the
transportation engineering depart-
ment revealed yesterday.
Dean Ivan C. Crawford of the Col-
lege of Engineering will preside over
the luncheon meeting, while Prof. L.
M. Gram of the civil engineering de-
partment will take charge of the
opening session tomorrow morning.
Wednesday's meetings will be con-
cluded with a smoker at 7:30 p.m.
at which Glenn C. Richards, director
of civilian defense in Detroit, will
present a talk on "Civilian Defense
Asked In Confidential Questionnaire
Dutch Force Draws Line
For Jap Assault On Java
By WILL SAPP
Going directly to the students, the
Regents of theUniversity of Michi-
gan have authorized the distribution,
today and tomorrow, of a three page
questionnaire for suggestions on how
to run and what to include in their
war-born summer semester.
Every student will be asked to fill
in the 16-question Student Plans In-
quiry, the War Board said yesterday.
All information will be highly con-
fidential and tabulated on statistical
Students have been asked to refer
to Question No. 10, (Economic Sta-
tus), reproduced on Page 3 of today's
Daily, so as to be capable of answer-
ing accurately and quickly when they
receive their questionnaires.
Tabulated results of the answers to
question No. 10 will be referred to the
Wartime Commission of the Federal
Office of Education for study rela-
tive to the granting of Federal finan-
cial subsidies to students who might
not otherwise be able to remain in
The distribution will begin at 2
p.m. today and continue through to-
morrow morning. According to the
War Board, the Student Plans In-
quiry must be returned within 24
hours to the individual who issued it.
Copies of the form will be obtained
by students from counsellors, advis-
ers, or deans or directors of the
schools in which the students are en-
rolled. This is the plan:
Freshmen and Sophomores in
the Literature College will call at
the offices of academic counsellors.
Juniors and Seniors in the Lit-
erary College will call at the offices
of their concentration advisers.
Forms will be distributed to stu-
Wa lfKer Wins
Winners Are Announced
In Annual Freshmnan
For the second time in the eleven
year history of the annual freshman
Hopwood competition, a literary con-
testant has walked off with two of
the three first prizes.
Duplicating the 1940 record of
Margaret Avery, '43, Augusta Walker,
of Detroit, won $50 top money in the
prose-narrative division, with her
"Barney Keeps Faith," and a similar
award in the field of poetry with her,
collection of poems. Deborah Parry,
of Ann Arbor, took first in the essay
competition with "Epoufette," a
sketch of a Northern Peninsula town.
Detroit has another winner in
Richard Koppitch, who received $30
second prize money with his, poetry,
''Summer Passing.'' Third in the
by JoAnn Peterson, of Ann Arbor.
The present war proved to be a
profitable subject for Lester Wolfson,
of Grand Rapids, who placed second
in essay with "No Reason for Fear,"
and also for Charles Yager, of Tol-
edo, O., whose "Permanent Peace"
gave him number three position.
Patricia MacGregor, of Wheeling,
W. Va., received honorable mention
for her essay, "Golden Tassel."
Professors Arno L. Bader and Louis
I. Bredvold, of the English depart-
ment, and Dr. Frank E. Robbins, edi-
tor of the University Press, judged
the 67 manuscripts submitted, 16 sh'T
of last year's mark.
Originated in 1922
when Avery Hopwood, '05, play-
wright-author of "Fair and Warmer,"
"The Gold Diggers," and "Who Stole
Gertie's Garter," bequeathed, in 1922,
one-fifth of his estate to the Regents
of the University. This sum was "to
be awarded annually to students ,. -
performing the best creative work in
the fields of dramatic writing, fiction,
poetry, and the essay."
The first competition took place in
1931-32 and since then nearly $10,000
in prize money has been given out
annually. In the winter of 1932 the
Hopwood Committee inaugurated a
special contest for freshman stu-
Jap Air Force
Heavy Barrage On Bataan
Signals Enemy Attempt
To Silence U.S. Artillery
WASHINGTON, Feb. 16. -(P)--
Singapore's fall put defenders of the
Philippines on the alert today against
a shift of Japanese air and other
forces from. Malaya to the Manila
Bay fighting front.
Resumption of the attempt to
bomb Corregidor into helplessness
was viewed by qualified military ob-
servers as a possible result of the
release of the Japanese forces which
Enemy bombers abandoned the air
attacks on the Manila Bay fortress
a month ago after approximately a
score of planes taking part in suc-
cessive raids had been shot down by
The fall of Singapore likewise re-
leased' Japanese artillery and tank
forces which may be used in a drive
.to crush,the defenders. dif the Bataan
Heavy artillery fire in Bataan to-
day signalled an apparent Japanese
attempt to knock out the hard-hit-
ting American field guns which have
helped hold the foe at bay.
The enemy artillery has been ham-
mering away steadily in the last 24
hours, the War Department report-
ed. Enemy war planes have been
spotting the effect of the firing and
blasting at American guns and their
crews with bombs.
The latest turn of the Philippine
struggle, viewed as another prelim-
inary to a renewed full scale offen-
sive against Gen. Douglas MacArth-
ur's little army, was keenly watched
by official observers because of thel
defenders' effective use of artillery in
smashing previous attacks.
Big American 155 millimeter field
guns and lighter 75 millimeter artil-
lery have maintained an apparent-
superiority over the foe ever since'
MacArthur's men retired to the Ba-
taan Peninsula stronghold following
the loss of Manila.
Curfew Case Reopened
The 16-member League Council
will meet again today to "re-open"
the discussion on their recent ruling
on women's closing hours which snip-
ped an hour from coeds' dating time
dents in the College of Engineering
at special assemblies, to be an-
nounced in the College.
Classified Students in the Grad-
uate School will call at the office
of the department, school, or col-
lege in which they are working.
Unclassified Students in the
Graduate School will call in Room
1014 of the Rackham Building.
Students in all other Schools and
Colleges will call at the offices of
their respective school or college.
Admitting that the questionnaire
is a dangerous technique to use for
collecting data that must be reliable,
a War Board spokesman asked yes-
terday for complete student coopera-
tion "if the University is not to be
misled with reference to attendance
during the next yar and with refer-
ence to courses desired.
Answers to questions Nos. 13 (at-
tendance plans) and 16 (courses de-
sired) will be used by the University
War Board as a gpide in the forma-
tion of summer-semester policy.
Delinquent students who fail to
return the questionnaires within 24
hours will be contacted by proper of-
The issuance of the Student Plans
Inquiry was ordered by the Regents
when convened in a special meeting
Feb. 9 at which time they officially
announced that plans were being
made for a full-length summer sem-
ester to begin on either June 15 or
Sixty-five students received per-
fect marks in all subjects during the
past semester. A list of the all-A
students in the engineering college
will be published later this week,
but those from the literary college
and other schools are:
College of Literature, Science and
the Arts: Johnn F. Allen, Betty L.
Altman, Richard Arens, Paul R. Bar-
ker, June E. Bender,
Mildred Bernstein, Wilbur R. Birk,
Marlan E. Bourns, Franklyn F.
Bright, Edgar T. Britton, John B.
Cornell, Peter R. Darnton, Robert E.
DeLong, Robert T. Duff,
Jane Faggen, Oscar H. Feldman,
Leola M. Finger, Margaret Garritsen,
Elaine Glass, Carson Grunewald,
Bernice L. Jack, Martha W. James,
Marjorie J. Keller, Raymond L. Kil-
gour, Martha Ferar Klee, Richard
Koppitch, Lawrence H. Krohn,
Martin Leff, Phillip A. Levy, Eliza-
Freshmen interested in trying
out for the Union staff are urged
to attend a meeting at 5 p.m. to-
day in Room 304 of the Union.
beth D. Lewis, Edith S. Lewis, Joseph
Likovsky, Richard M. Ludwig,
James S. McCoy, Hugh J. McVeigh,
Leon Madansky, William P. Mallick,
Natalie E. Mattern, Thomas J. Mu-
Deborah J. Parry, Shou Shan Pu,
Ralph A. Raimi, Rosebud Scott, Netta
L. Siegel, Isadore, M. Singer, An-
thony Stampolis, 1hrederick Stanton,
Constance A. TaberC Frank L. To-
bey, Susan J. Udell, Arthur C. Upton,
John T. Van Aken,
I Virginia Walcott, Betty J. White-
head, James M. Wienner, Lester M.
Wolfson, Ann J. Yoedicke.
School of Music: Donna E. Baisch
Thomas J. Wheatley, John A. Wol-
School of Forestry: Henry H. Car-
School of Education: }pal M.
School of Public Health: Helen B.
SnowRalph R. Sullivan.
Governor T Veto,
LANSING, Feb. 16.-(I'P)-Governor
Van Wagoner made clear today his
intention to veto recently-enacted
legislation intended to turn Michi-
gan's clocks back an hour.
Although he declined to be quoted,
the Governor left no doubt in minds
of news ment at two press confer-
ences that the measure was as good
-Tic n,-ffir, r- wc finnHP.8 -iwifith tesp.
DEL MONTE, Calif., Feb. 16.-(P)
-Mrs. Rose C. Trovato, who lost one
son at Pearl Harbor and who has an-
other son in the Navy, has been
classed as an enemy alien and was
ordered today to move from her home
in a prohibited zone.
Mrs. Trovato, a widow, has been
a laundry employe for 20 years.
'In It Together'
In Sunny Calif orniG
, BATAVIA, Netherlands East Indies, Feb. 16.-(P)--Gloomy but deter-
mined, the Dutch drew their lines for a last-ditch stand in Java today as
the Japanese fought a $100,000,000 petroleum fire in Palembang, Southern
Sumatra, rich, East Indian oil center which fell to them from Dutch hands.
The loss of Palembang-producer of 50 per cent of the total petroleum
output of the entire Dutch East Indies--and the apparent successful Jap-
anese, landing in force in Sumatra made the United Nations outlook in
Indies even gloomier. But the Dutch
were determined to defend their posi-
- Fritz Criser tions in Sumatra to the last and con-
tinue the stand in Java. Their deter-
.mination to fight to the last was ap-
parent in the thoroughness with
which they smashed their great in-
vestment in Palembang.
Six Months Needed
Not in six months, it was estimated
I here, would it be possible for the
enemy to set the fields flowing again,
and his thrust, for all its success,
cost him enormous casualties and at
least seven vessels crippled by Ameri-
can-British-Dutch - bombs dropped
over the Bangka Strait just east of
Palembang. Two of the ships were
cruisers; five were lpden transports.
Nevertheless, successive communi-
ques both from the Dutch Command
and from the Allied High Command
for the Southwest Pacific told a
story of increasing gloom.
Though Palembang's oil was lost
to the invader in a $100,000,000 fire
-Daiy Photo by Bub Killins that represented perhaps the greatest
ir and head footall coach, is shown single voluntary self-destruction of
r4n a foot aln, coch, Is shown. national property in history, it was
1, football captain, George Ceithaml. lost also to the United Nations, as
a now, that I am sure is unbeatable." had been the supplies of Balikpapan
* and Tarakan on Borneo Island. Lost,
Jd jI'" n fact, was substantially all the
S uduents 77ait'e production of all these islands.
Position Grew Worse
n D raft Response Strategically, too, the Allied posi-
tion grew gravely worse as the enemy
continued to land in force about Pal-
ing the day with students standing embang, for that city lies but 269 air
r in line at some times while at other miles from Batavia, the heart of the
periods the officials were able to read Allied War effort on Java Island.
or write letters. One individual com- There were indications that the at-
plained bitterly because his local tack upon Java itself even now was
draft board, whom he said believed in preparation.
that all University students should be In southern Celebes Island sav-
shot, was handling his case. Another age fighting continued uninterrupt-
couldn't understand why the Uni- ed around the area of Macassar port.
versity was listed as his employer. How this action was going generally
Washtenaw County's fathers and was not known here.
cnn,..lik fill d ,nit draft ln1kc k + t
'Fritz' Crisler, athletic directo
registered for the draft with his 194
Crisler said, "We are on a real team
By GEORGE SALLADE
There was no flag waving nor any
undue pessimism yesterday, only grim
determination, as University students
and Washtenaw County men regis-
tered for the nation's first wartime
Students in the University's College
of Literature, Science and the Arts
answered their country's call at a
Defenders Ignite Palembang Oil Fields
As Japanese Try Sumatra Invasion;
Reconstruction Will Be Tedious Task
sons aiK ne omuru a K a L
semi-circle of tables in marble-pil- the local Armory and other conven-
lared Alumni Memorial Hall in clear iently-located registration places. In
view of a sculptured reproduction of two smoke-clouded rooms at the
one of the masterpieces of the an- Armory workers, farmers, business
cient Greeks, the Winged Victory of men and executives calmly offered
Samothrace. Engineers registered in their services. As with University
black and colorless Room 348 of the students no display of emotion, only
West Engineering Building. fixed resignation, marked the pro-
No objections were heard as stu- ceedings.
dents willingly answered the search-
ing inquiries of either the faculty 'Emperor Jones'
registrars or one of the attractivea
young women who had volunteered To Be Presented
their services for the occasion. A fre
quent complaint, however, was that
the size of the card left the registrant Four outstanding foreign films will
was too large for the standard bill- be- presented by the Art Cinema
fold. League in its annual Spring Series
All the registrars agreed that the beginning Feb. 22.
buoyancy and wisecracks of the first The series will open with a presen-
draft were noticeably lacking and tation of Eugene O'Neill-s Emperor
that everyone seemed to realize the Jones. Starred in Emperor Jones is
gravity of the situation. There was the great Negro singer, Paul Robeson,
a spirit of determiantion rather than who plays the title role and gives
levity. his glorious voice full rein in rendi-
Registration cane in spurts dur- tions of many famous songs.
Hoosiers Witt Cos Geaie:
Wolverine Cagers Nosed Out;
Michigan Matmen Win Again
British Forces Retire
Before Japs In Burma
RANGOON, Burma, Feb. l&-(Y')-
The British announced today their
troops have withdrawn from the
Thaton-Duyinzeik area to the line of
the Bilin River, about 30 miles near-
This withdrawal, carried out yes-
terday, apparently left the Japanese
in control of Thaton and brought the
British right flank to about 40 miles
north of Moulmein at a point where
the Bilin empties into the Gulf of
The Bilin flows north and south
and the new British lines presumably
were re-established along its west
bank. Here the Imperial forces oc-
cupy more concentrated positions
from which they will be better able
to combat Japanese spearheads
thrusting toward the Burma Road,
The official British announcement
said the Japanese did not attempt to
interfere with the British reorganiz-
ing movement. It was understood
there was little fighting, the Japa-
nese simply following up the British
out of gunshot.
The British withdrawal was under-
taken to avert danger of infantry
units being overwhelmed piece-meal
by the enemy. Furthermore, the Bilin
River offers a potentially good posi-
tion for counter-offensive operations.
The stream is very shallow and
easily fordable in the dry season,
however. It is flanked by low, bushy
hills and troop concentrations and
artillery batteries are liable to have
little cover protecting them from en-
There will be a meeting for all
eligible tryouts for the editorial
and sports staffs of The Daily at
5 p.m. tomorrow in the Publica-
By DICK SIMON
Battling like a pack of unleashed
wolves for 38 minutes, Michigan's
gallant basketball charges made a
valiant but; futile attempt to over-
come Indiana's five-point lead and
succumbed to the Hoosier, quintet,
47-42, last night before 4,008 fans in
Yost Field House.
The Wolverines proved to be a.
tough nut to crack as they fought an
up-hill struggle for 32 minutes and
then finally tied the score at 35-all
with seven and a half minutes to
play on a beautiful rebound shot by
senior Bob Antle.
Thirty seconds later, Michigan
forged into the lead for the first time
in the contest on a free throw by
pointer, he put the Wolverines out in
At this point, Hoosier captain Andy
Zimmer took matters into his own
hands and put Indiana out in front
to stay. He swished one through the
hoop from 20 feet out, and before
the crowd could catch its breath he
took a rebound shot and ropped it
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Nebraska Squad Defeated
By HOE SELTZER
No, it was not a bowling tourna-
ment, although the error is a pardon-
Five pin wins out of seven victories
the Michigan matmen chalked up as
they shelahled Nebraska in the Field
House last night after the basketball
Ace U.S. Diplomat To Speak:
World Outlook Will Be Subject
OfLecture By Gison Today
Ready with an American's eye view
of Europe, Hugh Gibson, former am-
bassador to Belgium and Brazil, and
recently returned from England,
where he has lived since the fall of
France, will speak here at 8:15 p.m.
today in Hill Auditorium. The sub-
ject of his address will be "The Inter-
national Situation as Viewed through
the Eyes of an American Observer."
Gibson, who has been United
States appointee number one to in-
numerable international conferences
and commission meetings in inter-
war years, is supported with many
years of experience. During the first
Wn7~vrd WA~r_ he srvedr cwith Herbrit
in constant touch with affairs on the
continent. At that time, supplies
were regularly going forward from
the United States to conquered Po-
land through Italy and later were
purchased by his group from Russia,
Lithuania, Norway, and Bulgaria for
distribution in German occupied
With so much direct contact, Gib-
son is one of the few qualified men
who can tell us of the actual state of
unrest prevailing among the occupied
Gibson is a graduate of the Ecole
Libre des Sciences Politiques in Paris,
an-d rDIini~rnt of M.tA. andi TA-TI de..-