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Indian Problem
Brought To Light Again .,,



Allied Planes
Sink 3 Ships
Jap Palembang Airdrome
Set On Fire; Java Now
Completely Surrounded
Allies Bomb Japs
On Burma Border
BATAVIA, N. E. I., Thursday,
Feb. 26.- (P) - Maj.-Gen. Henry
Gordon Bennett, commander of the
Australian Imperial forces in Ma-
laya, has reached Batavia after es-
caping from Singapore in a large
Chinese junk which required four
days to reach neighboring Sum-
BANDOENG, Java, Feb., 25.-(P)
-The Dutch East Indies Command
announced today that Allied planes
had sunk three large Japanese trans-
ports from a concentration off Ma-
cassar which may have been massing
for the expected direct offensive
against Java.
In sending these craft to the bot-
tom the Allied airmen were carrying
their attack eastward from Java
about 400 miles. Macassar, now held
by the Japanese, is in southwest
Japanese Airdrome Bombed
Other Allied fliers bombed the Jap-
anese airdrome in the vicinity of
Palembang, in southern Sumatra,
setting afire three enemy planes.
Despite these Allied blows, authori-
tative Dutch sources warned tonight
that this island stronghold now was
completely encircled and declared
that "considerable reinforcements"
were urgently needed.
The Japanese occupation of Bali
and Timdr, a spokesman said, has
completed the encirclement of Java
by cutting off its communications
with Australia.
It was stated authoritatively to-
night that communications between
Java and Australia were functioning
normally despite the Japanese occu-
pation of Bali and -Timor, but the'
Japanese encirclement was regarded
as perilous. -
Spead Over Large Area
"On the other hand," he added,
"a favorable aspect of the situation
is the fact that the Japanese forces
are spread over a large area. If more
planes are sent to Java, it will be
possible to obtain local superiority
and wipe out the Japanese invasion
The Japanese for their part con-
tinued, as the Dutch High Command
expressed it, "to confine themselves
to attacks on airdromes in Java."
Jap Troops Mass
Along Sittang River
RANGOON, Burma, Feb. 25.-(P)-
American and British pilots, bril-
liantly defending the air over Ran-
goon by smashing some 30 enemy
planes, struck out as well today in
wide offensive sweeps against the
packed masses of Japanese troops
along the Sittang River while the
Imperial land forces reorganized
their lines during a lull in action
Aside from this high score in the
destruction of enemy craft-and a
communique tonight made plain that
it might yet run beyond the an-
nounced 30 when all reports were in
-two Japanese river boats were sunk
near fallen Moulmein on the Sal-
ween River, a rearward operational
base for the invader.

(More than 400 miles northwest
of Rangoon, certain areas of the
Chittagong district of India, nearest
to Burma on the shores of the Bay
of Bengal, were being evacuated, a
Madras official statement said, as
a "purely precautionary measure."
Chittagong is just east of Calcutta
and the mouths of the Ganges. The
Madras statement said there was no
reason for panic.)
On the Sittang's west bank-in an
area only 60 miles short of Ran-
goon, a city all but depopulated-the
British Field Command deployed its
forces for a fateful stand along that
last natural barrier short of this an-
cient capital. t
Phelps To Receive
Post In Venezuela
At present in Washington prepar-
atory to leaving for Caracas, Ven-
ezuela, where he will be connected
with the United States Embassy,
Prof. Dudley Phelps of the business
administration school has been

Puckmen Face Powerful
finnesota Team Today

Wolverines Rated Slight
Favorite To Win; Star
GopherPlayer Out
Down in the win column, but not
out as far as the Big Ten crown is
concerned, an eager band of Wolver-
ine puckmen will take to the Coli-
seum ice at 8:00 p.m. tonight in an
attempt to tame an unruly pack of
Minnesota Gophers.
If the Wolverines can sweep both
ends of the Minnesota series and gain
at least a split with the Illinois hock-
ey team later in the season, the Var-
sity can lay claim to the Conference
Michigan is a slight favorite to-
night because Minnesota will be play-
ing without the services of their star
defenseman, John Peterson. The jun-
ior joined the Army several weeks
ago and Gopher Coach Larry Arm-
strong is having plenty of trouble
finding a capable replacement.
The Wolverines have already met
the twin-city sextet this season in
Minn'eapolis, where they split a hotly
contested series.
The visitors are toting an unim-
pressive record of three wins against
eight defeats, while the local six have
lost ten, tied one and won one.
Leading the Gopher attack will be
Bob Arnold, aggressive Norseman
center, who has been giving Coach
Eddie Lowrey plenty of headaches

ever since he broke into the Minne-
sota starting lineup two seasons ago.
In Arnold's first two games against
Michigan he scored three goals while
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Meet Mr. John
Of Conic Strip
In Gar Today
Introduced This Month;
To Be Devoted To War
Meet Mr. John, today on every cor-
ner of the campus, in every book-
stand and upon all the newsstands.
Meet the latest challenge to the fame
of Superman and the Spirit, via Gar-
goyle's February issue, out today.
Mr. John lives right here in Ann
Arbor, in the basement of Angell Hall
where his secret hideout is located.
His adventures have been recorded
in all their flaming brilliance for the
pages of "Garg" this month and all
succeeding months.
Besides this comic strip, Gargoyle
is offering this month more cartoons
than ever before this year, plus a
multitude of jokes. There will be an
article by Gerald Schaflander, '42,
giving the lowdown on "Nine Days
in Heaven," an impressionistic de-
scription of New York, from the
hustle of Grand Central Station to
what he terms the metropolis' "hell-
hell-hell" morals. -
Another in the series of illustrated
articles on the various schools and
colleges in the University will be con-
cerned with the life of a student in
the Law Club. And continuing the
series of Preposterous Persons,
"Garg" has selected Gordon Hardy,
SpecSM, of Mimes fame, for its
monthly personal sketch.
Completing the picture, besides
features too numerous to mention,
are the annual J-Hop souvenir sec-
tion and an innovation, the maga-
zine-within-a-magazine, devoted. to-
day to the war and its effects on
normal University life.

India's Status
To Be Decided
In Near Future
Sir Stafford Cripps Calls
On People Of Colony
To FightWith Britain
LONDON, Feb. 25.-RP)-Sir Staf-
ford Cripps pledged the Churchill
government today to a swift decision
on India's political status and, in a
forceful and liberal first speech as
the Prime Minister's House of Com-
mons spokesman, declared it vital
that the people of India fight and
"act with Britain" in defense of their
vast country.
The former socialist, now official
leader of a Parliament overwhelm-
ingly conservative, injected a spon-
taneous enthusiasm into the House
which has been lacking since Win-
ston Churchill's own great speeches
of the summer of 1940.
Facing squarely the grave prob-
lems in Asia, he blamed the "Colonel
Blimp mentality" of reactionary mil-
itary and governmental administra-
tors for helping Britain lose part of
her colonial empire.
The lost lands can only be regained
and the rest of the Empire held to-
gether, he said, "on condition that
we hold it in the interests of the
world and the people who live in
those parts."
Cripps said the government real-
ized fully that it "must do its utmost"
to make a full contribution toward
Empire unity. Then he promised the
government decision on India's pol-
itical freedom, followed by a Com-
mons debate "very shortly."
Like Churchill before him, Cripps
dwelt on the bitter weeks and per-
haps months to come.

Gaudy Display
By AA Guns
Dazzles Coast
Knox Terms Los Angeles
Air Raid 'False Alarni;
Object Not Identified
Many 'See' Blimp
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25-()--
Metropolitan Los Angeles had chills
and thrills early today as sweeping
searchlights pierced the sky and anti-
aircraft guns pumped thousands of
rounds of ammunition toward an ob-
jective which hours later the Army
had not identified.
In Washington, Secretary Knox
said it was "just a false alarm."
"There were no planes over Los
Angeles last night," he said at a press
conference, "at least that's our un-
derstanding. None have been found
and a very wide reconnaissance has
been carried on."
No Enemy Bombs Dropped
The Western Defense Command
said no enemy bombs were dropped
and no planes shot down, but there
was tight-lipped official silence about
virtually everything else that han-
pened in a spectacular blackout
which lasted from 2:25 a.m. (PWT)
until 7:21 a.m.
At 3:45 p.m. Fourth Army head-
quarters issued this statement, with-
out elaboration:
"The aircraft which caused the
blackout in the Los Angeles area for
several hours this morning have not
been identified."
Sirens Awaken Sleepers
The screeching wails of sirens
awakened most of the area's three
million sleepers and within a few
minutes they saw a slow-moving ob-
ject, which many thought was a
blimp, caught in an intensely bright
patch of light where scores of search-
lights converged. The "poom, poom,
poom" of anti-aircraft guns rattled
windows in some of the beach areas
and there were brilliant bursts of
fire, somewhat like the spreading of
Fourth of July skyrockets, around
the sky craft.
It' was noisy, breath-taking sky
drama, played in almost utter black-
ness before an enormous and silent
audience, a thrill-packed preview of
war where the sleepy-eyed specta-
tors wore nightgowns and pajamas.
Famed Artist
To Give Piano'
Paul Van Katwijk, noted pianist
and dean of the School of Music of
Southern Methodist University, will
give a recital at 4:15 p.m. today in
the Assembly Hall of the Rackham
Mr. Van Katwijk's program is as
Brahms: Rhapsody in G minor,
molto passionato; Beethoven: Thirty-
Two Variations; Chopin: Nocturne in
F major, Scottish Dances, Fantaisie
in F minor, and four preludes; Lia-
dov: Prelude in B minor; Scriabine:
Etude in F sharp major: Prokofieff:
Gavotte; Rachmaninoff: Prelude in
G sharp minor and Prelude in B
minor; Debussy: General Lavine and
Soiree dans Grenade; Liszt: Taren-
tela, Venice and Naples.
Mr. Van Katwijk was born in Rot-
terdam, Holland and began his musi-
cal studies at the age of six. He was

graduated from the Royal College of
Music, the Hague, Holland, and spent
three years in Berlin and Venice.
He has held the position as head
of the piano department at Heustadt
Conservatory, Germany; Helsingfors
National Conservatory, Finland; Col-
umbia School of Music, Chicago, Ill.;
and Drake University, Des Moines,
Ia. He was appointed dean of the
School of Music of Southern Method-
ist University in 1919, which position
he holds at the present time.
Dr. Stockwell Dies
Of Sudden Attack
Dr. Herbert R. Stockwell, 40 year
old instructor of orthopedic surgery
at the University Hospital, dropped
dead at 2 p.m. yesterday while scrub-
bing his hands a few minutes before
he was scheduled to perform an oper-
Alternate physicians who carried
on with the operation said that he
died of a heart attack.
fl,. Qtnrnzrll u n w n tr . o Qn rip-

Piano Concert
By Templeton
Will Be Today
Imitating his friends' voices on the
piano is only one of the accomplish-
ments of Alec Templeton, blind Brit-
ish artists, who will present a special
concert sponsored by the University
Musical_ Society at 8:30 p.m. today
in Hill Auditorium.
Templeton, while a serious musician
.f ability, is best known as a musi-
cal humorist. His vocal mimicking
of famous figures and fads have be-
come familiar to radio listeners and
concert audiences alike.
The British painist first came to
this country in 1936. He has ap-
peared in concerts from coast to
-oast and has been a consistent radio
Today Templeton will play Fan-
tasy in C major by Handel; Prelude
and Fugue in C-sharp minor by Bach;
Impromptu in F-sharp major by
Chopin; Prelude, Chorale and Fugue
by Franck; Selections from Chil-
dren's Suite by Debussy. The second
half will include a group of humor-
ous presentations by Templeton.
Daily Tryouts'
Classes Listed
Four Instruction Sections
Meet TwiceWeekly
Following is the schedule for Daily
editorial and sports staff tryout in-
struction groups to meet in the Pub-
lications Building beginning today."
Those tryouts who were unable to
attend yesterday's assembly are asked
to meet at 7:30 p.m. today for a
brief time.
Group 3, meeting at 3 p.m. today
and each Tuesday and Thursday
hereafter, includes: M. Polis, B. Wil-
son, T. Glutsch, J. Farrant, B. Follin,
N. Northrup, R. Morris, R.Shadd, A.
Steinman, S. Wallace, P. White and
J. Wienner.
Group' 4, meeting at 5 p.m. today
and each Tuesday and Thursday
hereafter includes: R. Collins, P. Har-
sha, J. Peterson, E. Taylor, C. Yager,
R. Anderson, J. Benjamin, L. Hallen-
stein, J. Howarth, R. Jacobson, B.
Matz, F. Moncreiff and E..Brown.
Group 1, meeting at 3 p.m. Friday
and each Monday and Friday here-
after, includes: B. Fisher, R. Well-
man, P. Leiderman, L. Cornins, E.
Dorfman, C. Sherman, B. Beckett,
(Continued on Page 6)
MOSCOW, Thursday, Feb. 26.-
(P)--The Moscow radio said today
that Norwegian patriots had de-
stroyed two new German military
depots near Trondheim, setting fire
to large quantities of munitions.

Van Wagoner
Approves Cut
Law Program
Dean Stason Says Change
Ineffective Until State
Court Takes Action
Legislation signed by Gov. Van
Wagoner yesterday, which would per-'
mit law school students to take bar
examinations after two years of
study, if called for military service,
will not become effective until action
has been taken by the State Supreme
Court, according to Dean E. Blythe
Stason of the law school.
He indicated last night the mea-
sure may finally emerge as moderate
as New York State's which relaxes
the pre-exam requirement of 90
school-weeks by approximately two
The Michigan bill, as approved yes-
terday, stipulates that for the bene-
fit of students called into the armed
forces, the State Supreme Court may
adopt rules reducing the statute re-
quirement of 90 weeks to a minimum
of 60" weeks, in the case of a law
school student, or to the equivalent
of 90 weeks for a student under a
preceptor. i
Commenting that similar action
has already been taken in Indiana,
Illinois and Pennsylvania, Dean Sta-
son explained that the next step in
Michigan must be taken by the State
Board of Bar Examiners.
He said the Examiners will prob-
ably make a representation to the
Supreme Court suggesting that the
90 week requirement be decreased to
a certain extent. In the opinion of
Dean Stason, the change submitted
to the Supreme Court will be more
moderate than the maximum per-
Dean Stason, pointing out that
bar examinations are designed for
students who complete the normal
three years of law school study, ex-
pressed his belief that the mortality
rate among those whose training is
cut short will likely be higher.

Jap ships since Dec. 10, the Navy be-
lieved it had sunk seven more and
damaged five. The figures took no
account of the sinkings by Army
fliers or by the forces of the Dutch
East Indies.
Almost simultaneously, the Army
announced that its heavy bombers
destroyed two more Japanese trans-
ports off Macassar in the Dutch In-
dies during the day, while pursuit
planes, intercepting a flight of 50
Japanese bombers and 40 fighting
planes over Soerbaa in Java shot
down one bomber and hit several
Fliers Rout Japs
Earlier, the Army reported that a
formation of seven American fight-
ers in the East Indies routed a Jap-
anese force more than three times its
size, downing two planes, damaging
six, and sending the rest scurrying
for safety.
In the Atlantic meanwhile, the day
brought word of two more United
Nations ships sunk by U-boats, and
on this score, Knox said that since
Jan. 1, the Navy has made 56 at-
tacks on submarines, with three be-
lieved sunk and four believed dam-
aged. In the same period submar-
ines attacked 114 United Nations
ships in the Western Atlantic. How
many of these were sunk he did not
Commenting on the Japanese loss-
es authorized Naval spokesmen said
"they can't keep these losses up over
a year with their building program."
To win under these conditions, they
added, Japan would have to "make
this a quick and fast" war.
Losses Summarized
Knox broke down his summary of
war against Japanese shipping as
Battleships: one of the "Kongo
Class" damaged.
Aircraft carriers: one sunk, one be-
lieved sunk.
Cruisers: two sunk.
Destroyers: seven sunk, one be-
lieved sunk.
Submarines: three sunk, one dam-
Seaplane tenders: one believed
Minesweepers: one sunk.
Gunboats: one sunk.
Fleet tankers: three sunk.
Transports: 13 sunk, two believed
Supplyships and merchantmen:
sixteen sunk.
Miscellaneous (type unidentified)
six sunk, two believed sunk, three
Totals Given
The totals were: 15 combatant
ships sunk, three believed sunk, and
two damaged; 38 noncombatant ships
sunk, four believed sunk and three
"The United States Naval forces
have sunk one merchantman of the
Yawata class," he continued, "and
one aircraft carrier of the same class,
leaving only one 'such vessel known
to be in service with the enemy."
Of submarine and anti-submarine
activities in the Atlantic, he had this
to say:
"During January, 1942, 22 ships of
the United Nations registry had tor-
pedoes fired at them in waters con-
tiguous to the United States. In ad-
dition 38 other ships were attacked
in the area west of 30 degress west
longitude (which approximately di-
vides the Atlantic in half). One en-
emy submarine is believed to have
been sunk. Three are believed to
have been damaged and 34 additional
attacks were inconclusive in evidence
of damage.
Allies' Ships Attacked
"In February, up to and including


Of Axis Subs In Atlantic,
Huge Jap Marine Losses

Discloses Sinkings

Knox Reports 53 Nipponese Ships Sunk
Since Dec. 10 As Nazi Subs Torpedo
Two More United Nations Vessels
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25-(0)-The Navy disclosed today it had prob-
ably sunk three enemy submarines in the Atlantic and then, turning to the
vast Pacific theatre of war, declared that it had struck serious blows at
Japan's oceanic might by sending 53 Nipponese vessels to the bottom since
Dec. 10.
Naval spokesmen said that Japan's shipping losses were so extensive
that in view of her limited facilities for building replacements a telling blow
had been struck.
They made this statement in supplementing a recapitulation issued by
Secretary Knox. At a press conference he said that, besides sinking the 53

Severe Problem After War:
Humanitarian Effort Needed
In Europe, Dr. Jones Declares

Weapons For Victory:
Ordnance Group To Hear Codd
Discuss U.S. Arms Production
. '' -______

No post-war political reorganiza-
tion of Europe will work until the
normal way of civilian life is restored,
Dr. Rufus Jones, Quaker theologian
and famed war relief worker, de-
clared in a lecture yesterday.
Opening a series of talks on relig-
ion in the war and its part in the
post-war peace under the auspices of
the Student Religious Association,
Dr. Jones insisted that a great hu-
manitarian effort on the part of this
country was the prerequisite to any
lasting political readjustment.
"You can't reorganize until life is
restored," he said. "We must rise up
and meet the situation of a world
Dr. Jones pointed out that the
problem the Allies must face after
the war would be almost incompre-

hunger. Already millions of people
are starving, Dr. Jones reported.
Of all European countries, the
plight of the Greeks is the worst.
Poland and Belgium are the next
hardest hit by the food shortage. In
China more than 30 millions of war
refugees are in dire need of assis-
The only continental nations
where any improvement has been
noted with regard to the food situ-
ation are Spain and Portugal, Dr.
Jones revealed. The British block-
ade has not been extended completely
to both countries because the Allies
hope thus to keep them from aligning
with the Axis.
Referring to present Quaker war
relief projects, Dr. Jones noted that
units are operating in Vichy, Shang-
hai and on the Burma Road. The
station in Unoccupied France is
charged with feeding 85,000 parent-

Lieut. Col. L. A. Codd, executive
vice-president of the Army Ordnance
Association will be the speaker of
the evening at 7 p.m. today when
the University student chapter of
the Association holds its second an-
nual banquet in the Union.
Speaking on the subject of "Victory
Through Arms Production," Colonel
Codd will present information of in-
terest to anyone interested in United
States arms production, and a num-
ber of business men from Ann Arbor
,nd Detroit have sent reservations
.or the banquet.
Although membership in the soci-
ety is available only to all engineer-
.ng students interested in ordnance
work, whether or not they are in the
ROTC, all ROTC students as well as
non-member engineers are invited
to attend the banquet today.
In addition to his position as vice-
president of the Association, Colonel
Codd is also editor-in-chief of "Army
Ordnance," the Association's official
mouthpiece, dedicated entirely to in-

publication, Colonel Codd served in
the Explosives, Chemical and Load-

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