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"We have captured a hell of a lot
of prisoners," he added, "and will
take more."
He said the merciless slashing of
the Axis forces was at once an answer
to those who said Britain couldn't
fight on land and to those who said
British and American equipment was
inferior. He said the Allied intention
was to turn desert tracks into streets
of death.
Roimmnel in Desert
Marshal Rommel, he said, is known
to be in the desert.
Beside the United States and Brit-
ish air forces, and the British land
troops now engaged, the official said,
some of Britain's finest regiments are
waiting in reserve for their turn. He
said that the Germans were believed
to have their main supplies in the
forward lines and that they would
find t impossible to escape this time.
"We've got Rommel where we want
The British from King George VI
to the lowliest cockney in Picadilly
Circus exulted in the growing defeat
of the Axis desert army. (The London
Daily Express estimated Axis casual-
ties already at 40,000.
Sir Stafford Cripps, the former am-
.F .
High lights
ROTC Guards Travel
The 50-odd cadets of Michigan's
barrack - dwelling- Steuben ROTC
gards will make a time of it today
when they go to Detroit as guests of
"I Will Do My Best" war ser-vice
Higlight of the evening's enter-
tainment will be attendance at a per-
forinance of "Life of the Party," mu-
sical comedy now appearing in De-
troit as guests of. Dorothy Stone and
Charles Collins, stars of the produc-
tion. -
,Led by Capt. Roland Kolb, of the
ROTC fculty, and most of the Uni-
versity's cadet staff officers, the
guards will finish off the evening with
anfter-theatre party given for them
atIWDMB headquarters.
* * *
Delegates Go to Chicago
In an effort to determine how the
war will effect campus cooperatives,
25'University delegates will leave for
Chicago today to attend the Midwest
Federation of Cooperatives.
Held at the University of Chicago,
representatives from colleges all over
the niidwest will attend the three-day
conference. The purpose of the meet-
ings is to consider the problems con-
fronting their organizations during
the war emergency and such topics as
"The Student and the War" and
"What Cooperatives Can Mean to
Students" will be discussed.
* * *
WaynAvukah Meets Here
Members of the Wayne University
Avukah, student Zionist organization,
will be the guests of the Michigan
chapter at a communal supper and
party starting at 6:30 p. m. tomorrow
at the Hillel Foundation.

bassador to Russia, told workers in a
war factory that the eighth army was
"destroying German and Italian land
and air forces which might otherwise
be joining in the attack on Soviet
"This is not the only diversion we
can or shall make to help our Russian
allies," Sir Stafford said. "As our
strength and that of our American
allies builds up, other offensives will
be started in other areas."
Exiled Allied governments in Lon-
don expressed confidence that the
Egyptian victory was a prelude to
imminent offensives in Europe. It was
a great tonic to the governments of
Norway, Poland, Belgium, Yugoslavia
and The Netherlands.
The exiled governments' views that
the offensive would snowball into a
drive into Europe itself found con-
currence in German radio statements
that the British aim in north Africa
was to set up a "base for a second
Berlin broadcasters sugared the pill
by calling Marshal Erwin Rommel's
retreat a normal defense move under
heavy assault pressure.
"Rommel still had plenty of room
on his chessboard and can move as
he'likes," one broadcast said, "behind
him there is excellent terrain. The
master of desert strategy has often in
critical situations dealt dangerous
blows at the enemy."
The Berlin radio was preoccupied
also with reports of a concentration
of Allied warships and transports at
- ,,
Justice Murphy
Is Optimistic
of Production
BOSTON, Nov. .- (')- Associate
Justice Frank Murphyof the U.S.
Supreme Court declared here today
that Michigan plants which formerly
supplied,; the far east with automo-
biles could now "clutter the streets of
Japanese controlled cities withAmer-
ican tanks."
"Let our people not be discouraged
about production," Justice Murphy,
who underwent four months of train-
ing as a Lieutenant Colonel in the
Army last summer, stated at a press
conference. The United States is
building "an unbeatable Army," he
Commenting on his- experience in
the Army,, he said: "Never have I seen
soldiers look so fit, so athletic. Our
Army, when you see them at close
range, when you sleep with them in
barracks, or on the ground, when you
march with them, train with them,
work with them-you can't help be-
lieving that our boys, who conquered
all the nations of the world in the
Olympic games, can conquer anybody
when they are trained and equipped."{
EAST LANSING, Oct. 28- (P)-
The traditional Thanksgiving recess
has been cancelled at Michigan State3
College to ease the transportation;
problem, but classes will not be held
Thanksgiving Day, November 26,
President John A. Hannah announced

Veteran Senator George W. Norris (Ind.-Neb.) returned to Wash-
ington from a fruitless campaign trip home, read election returns which
told of his defeat for another term and then stood outside the Senate
office building, looking over the Capitol grounds. With tears in his eyes,
he said: "I'm at the end of the road."
Four Michigan Students Brave
Only Thai Course in Country.

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK, Nov. 5.- Broadway
was aquiet'street today as producers,
playwrights, actors and others who
frequent that noisy lane of entertain-
ment mourned the death of one of
the greatest showmen of our times.
Just at daybreak, at 5 a. in., George,
M. Cohan died peacefully in his Fifth
Avenue apartment after a serious ill-
ness that had kept him more or less
incapacitated for about a year.
He was 64 years old, and only a
few weeks ago he said that he was
recovered enough to take another of
his long habitual walks in Central
Park and a'lso said that he soon was
planning another appearance on
Broadway both as actor and produ-
With him when he died were his
wife, Mrs. Agnes Cohan, his daugh-
ters, Mrs. George Ronkin, and Helen
and Georgette Cohan, and his first
friend, Gene Buck.
The son of a family act that was
famous in vaudeville, Cohan, who was
born at Providence, R. I., on July 4,
1878, was an actor since the age of 7.
One of his first roles was in "Peck's
Bad Boy." As a boy he wrote one-act
Fall Cam paig;n
I s Started b y
Bomber Fund
The Bomber Scholarship Plan,
which was initiated here last Febru-
ary, is starting -its fall campaign for
funds to boost its present total of
$9,000 worth of war bonds.
The plan originated at the Abe
Lincoln Cooperative House when a
party was held for some members
leaving for active service, and the
house members wished to do some-
thing for them. Out of that begin-
ning arose, the plan intended for the
assistance of students who leave their
education uncompleted to enter the
armed forces of the United States.
The expressed " purpose of the
Bomber Scholarship Fund is the util-
izationtofsocial functions as a 'source
of contributions to a war bond fund.
The money will ultimately be issued
in scholarship form to students re-
turning after the war to -finish their
The goal of the plan is the pur-
chase of $100,000 worth of war bonds.
The- name Bomber> Scholarship indi-
cates the purpose for which the gov-
ernment may use the money invested
in bonds, but eventually, after the
war, the fund will be used for the
rehabilitation of war Veterans who
otherwise might not be able to come
back to the University.
The Student Committee consists of
the presidents of the following cam-
pus organizations: Inter-Cooperative
Council, Interfraternity Council, the
Student Senate, the Women's League,
the Michigan Union, the Student Re-
ligious Association, Congress, and the
president of the Abe Lincoln Coop-
erative House, Coral DePriester, '43E,
chairman of the Committee.
Wolverine members may obtain
their .special cheering ,section seats
for the Harvard game this afternoon
from.3 to 5 p. m. in the Student Offi-
ces of the Michigan Union.

plays for his family, the four Cohans,
and he also wrote songs for Lottie
Gilson and Maggie Cline, two out-
standing variety stars of those days.
Cohan, a quiet spoken man who
always said that his office was in his
hat, wrote more than forty plays,
about 100 songs and scores of vaude-
ville sketches. He was awarded the
congressional medal for his "out-
staneling contributions to the Ameri-
can spirit" which included many pa-
triotic songs including the famous
"Over There."
He was a man who was the personi-
fication of Broadway, and he never
liked Hollywood although he went
west a few times to make some mov-
ies. In addition to his play and song
writing, he became a producer when
he met Sam H. Harris, who had been
interested in some amateur theatri-
cals in Philadelphia.
Because of his walks in Central
Park, Cohan liked people, the kind
who ask you for a dime for a cup of
coffee, and he liked pigeons, the kind
which swooped down on the park walk
for a peanut. So in 1933, he produced
a play called "Pigeons and People"
which fictionized that philosophy. In
his real life, he carried it on, for
there were many actors and actresses
who remained on his payroll long af-
ter they had ceased appearing in his
Before he died Cohan had, among
the thousands of other tributes paid
him, the privilege of seeing his own
life in pictures. This was in the movie
of "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and Co-
han picked James Cagney to play the
role of Cohan. Too, in the picture, he
heard some of his best known songs
including "Over There;" "It's a Grand
Old Flag" and "Forty-Five Minutes
from Broadway.''
When "Yankee Doodle Dandy" had
its premiere on Broadway the tickets
of admission were War savings bonds,

some of the seats selling for as much
as $25,000 and when the gross was
added bond sales totaled $5,500,000.
So Mr. Cohan died with the com-
fort of knowing that he had achieved
the largest box office business in the-
atrical history and that he had done
it for his country.
Qne of Cohan's last roles on Broad-
way was one that he particularly
liked, that being his impersonation of
President Roosevelt in the musical
show, "I'd Rather Be Right." Cohan,
when he put on eye glasses and did a
little make-up on his face, looked re-
markably like a twin brother to the
Another of his family at his bedside
was his son, Pvt. George M. Cohan,
Jr., who had been recently transferred
'from a Texas Army camp to one in
New Jersey.
"In his passing a part of our nation
has died," Gene Buck, president of the
American Society of Composers, Au-
thors and Publishers said today of
his intimate friend. "He was a great
American. He stood for the best in
the theatre by way of entertainment
and taste."
Buck spoke of Cohan as "the great-
est single figure the American thea-
tre ever produced-as a player, play-
wright, actor, composer and pro-
Cohan's song, "Over There," was
called by Buck "a song that still is
regarded as the greatest war song
ever produced."
Showgirl Tells
New Facts in
Flynn Hearing.
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5.-(P)-Vita-
min pills, the name of Pat Di Cicco
and Errol Flynn's orange colored con-
vertible roadster figured today in
testimony at Flynn's preliminary
hearing on three counts of statutory
rape against two 'teen-aged girls.
One of his accusers was Peggy ILa
Rue Satterlee, actress and Hollywood
showgirl who described on cross-ex-
amihation her two-weeks' acquain-
tance with Flynn before a week-end
yacht trip in August, 1941, during
which she charges she was twice
raped. She was 15 at the time.
A telephone introduction in mid-
July led, she testified, to a Sunday
cruise on the yacht three days later.
She was with her sister, Mickey June
Satterlee, alsoan entertainer, "and a
lot'of other people."
They met again at a night club,
Peggy continued. She and her sis-
ter left the party, she added, and
went to an apartment with Di Cicco,
man-about-Hollywood and now hus-
band of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt,
and Johnny Myers, a movie publicist.
A few night later, the girl testified,
she met Flynn somewhere - she
couldn't remember where-and that
night he drove her home in his
orange convertible. He left her at. the
door'of her apartment house.
Flynn's attorney, Jerry Giesler,
asked whether she or her sister signed
the lease on the apartment. Miss
Satterlee said neither did-that it
was signed by a friend, whom she did
not identify.

Up in Rdom' 200 South :Wing, Uni-
versity Hall, there are foir students
taking a course in Thai-and bro-
ther, maybe they're not lonely-for
they hold the depressing distinction
of being the only four siudents in the
only Thai course in the U.S.A.
A: year. ago, the American Council
of. Learned. Societies called in.Dr.
Mary Haas, and asked her to teach a
course in Thai, a language which she
had never studied, at the University
of' Michigai. Dr. Haas' only back-
ground fori such a course was a ten
year experience in setting down the
languages of the American Indian,
which, like Thai, had no written Eng.
lish grammar.
Native Associate
Dr. Haas came here for the simple
reason that there were more natives
of Thailand at the University than
any other in. the country; within
eight months she was speaking the
language well enough to teach it-
with the aid of her Thai associates.
One of them, an affable 23 year old
Thailander, Heng Subhanke has re-
mained to act as Dr. Haas' assistant
and see that the Castilian Thai accent
is preserved.
Thai, like every other Eastern
language has its difficulties for Wes-
terners. For instance the word 'ma' in
Thai means either horse or dog, de-
pending on your tone of voice. On the
other hand, the word 'kah,' (not to be
confused with 'ma') means either to
get stuck to, the name of a plant, to
kill, to trade or leg. Dr. Haas advises
every young man to watch his 'kas'
and 'mas.'
Staunch Supporter
When war came, barely a half dozen
people in this country were able to
speak Thai. Among these, however,
not our own ministerial staff to Thai-
land. Dr. Haas has been teaching the
language only eight months and yet
she is one of its staunchest suppor-
One of her pet peeves, incidentally,
is that the Germans have taught
courses in Thai for a long time now,
getting a tremendous head start on
the British and Americans.
"After the war is over. I feel sure

the need for translators and interpre-
ters will continue," she 'claims. "I am
"convinced ' that we cannot° win anad
hold the friendship of Thailand and
other countries unless we train stu-
dents to speak their languages and
deal with them on terms of friendship
and equality. We, must get over our
idea of the 'Quaint Orient,' and meet
the people of the East half-way."
Definite- Interest
The members of the class all have
a definite interest in the language.
One of them , a Mr. Walsh; besides
taking the course in Thai is also tak-
ing a government correspondence
course in cryptanalysis (decoding).
Another, Mrs. Arthur Smithies,
wife of the economics professor, in
tends to translate source material for
Still another, Mr. Haydn, the only
undergrad of the four, wants to trans-
late Thai poetry.
The fourth, a Mr. Winkelman, ap-
parently just likes the language.
University Band Will
Broadcast Tomorrow
The .University Marching Band,
under the leadership of Professor
William Revelli, will broadcast a
program of patriotic music tomorrow
morning from 10:00 to 10:30 a. m.
over station WJR.
Selections representative of all
branches of the service forces will be
performed, in addition to University
songs. In the course of the program,
Professor Revelli will sneak on the
subject, "Music in Wartime." The an-
nouncer will be George Irwin, Band
business manager.
Four .young students of Whitmore
Lake School at Whitmore Lake were
shamefully sent home yesterday from
their classes when they attended their
morning classes in an intoxicated
County police are investigating the
source of the boys' liquor purchase.

Fischer Calls'
for Freedom
(Continued from Page 1)

be permanent-peace, and only'during'
war can we prepare the way for the
winning of the peace."
M. W. Fodor, who accompanied
Fischer in the joint lecture, dealt pri-
marily with the possible collapse of
Germany and declared that the next
six to ten months will be decisive ones
for the United Nations to launch a
new offensive.
"The peace and prosperity of our
country are dependent on the peace
and prosperity of other countries, and
we must be thinking now of forms of
reconstruction after the war."
Stating that the collapse of Ger-
many, which may come sooner than
any of us suppose, hinges on the ex-
haustion of her industries, he pointed
out that already she is experiencing a
terrific breakdown in her communi-
cations system and that the morale
of the people has not benefited by the
recent lack of victories.
"We must think now about post-
war reconstruction in order that we
will not again lose the peace and must
prepare for the establishment of the
democratic regime and educational
system in all the countries of the

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