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Russian Film
to Be Presented
by Art Cinema
Soviet Movie Offered
at 8:15 Tomorrow
Through Saturday
For its third presentation of the
year, the Art Cinema League will
offer the Russian film, "Guerrilla
Brigade,"' together with three shorts
on the Soviet in the war at 8:15 p.m.
tomorrow through Saturday in the
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
"Guerrilla Brigade" is a tribute to
the heroic resistance of the Russian
guerrilla fighters of today. Once be-
fore, in 1918, the Germans, abetted by
traitors, attempted to plunder the
Ukraine. The farmers, miners, fish-
ermen and peasants who routed the
Germans then are now driving the
enemy from their land again.
This film shows the guerrilla in
action. Chubenko, the leader, miracu-
lously escapes under the German's
eyes; Nedolya, the farmer, outwits
the Nazi general and Oxana, the
peasant girl, bludgeons a German
officer over the head. Later, when
the German commander hears that
his general has been killed, he says,
"but how could he have been killed,
there was no battle."
"Guerrilla Brigade" was made in
Svirki, a small Ukrainian town. When
director Igor Savchenko and his com-
pany arrived there, they found that
some of the villagers had actually
been guerrillas during the first world
war. It was impossible to use the
neighboring townfolk to play the
parts of German soldiers. Extras had
to be brought from Kiev for those
The cast of this film is composed
of the leading Soviet screen actors.
Three of the stars, Stephen Shkurat,
Elena Kuzmina, and Leonid Kmit are
Honored Artists of the Soviet Repub-
lic, and Lev Sverdlin, who imperson-
ates Chubenko, has received the cov-
eted award known as the Red Banner
of Labor.
Aviation Board
to Meet Here

Veiled Soldiers in Egypt Write Home

Student Tells Thrills in Caribbean Convoy Trip


E S E R T V E I L S-Two British tank men, their faces swathed
in mosquito netting to keep flies away, write home from Egypt.
Galens Asks More Contributions
in Drive for Crippled Children

(Editor's Note: Here is the second in-
stallment of Hoe Seltzer's yarns of his
experiences on a convoy this summer.
Seltzer is a former Daily sports night
Two days and we are off Cape
Hatteras. Now Cape Hatteras and
,the Jersey coast have been having a
sort of race of it. Each one is trying
to outdo the other in the total num-
ber of ships plowed under in its vi-
cinity. Although at the beginning of
the year the Jersey sector stepped
out to a nice early lead with a tank-
er or two turning up its toes there
every day the Army and Navy pa-
trol boats, planes and blimps have
to a large extent thrown the net
over this activity and Hatteras now
gets all the trade.
They must have some fools in the
German navy. Because just before
noon there is a muffled BOOM
about two miles astern and there
she is, one of our tankers with her
nose already well under water and
her aft end hung high in the air.
The general alarm is rung on all
ships and we charge to our boat
stations and standby pending de-
velopments. But there are no fur-
ther repercussions and we break it
up and dinner is served to the tune
of exploding depth charges every
ten minutes or so as our armed es-
cort plows back and forth across
the deep in an attempt to lo-
cate the varmit. But although
many a porpoise is killed by the
concussion from the ash cans there
is nary a submersible to be found
and finally word is givenout that
it was probably a mine that did the
dastardly deed and not a sub after
all. And when I ask why did our
boyshwastea dozentdepthcharges
in the course of the afternoon.
Then people look at me and say
quiet down chum you say your
name is Seltzer that's German ain't
When you take short-story writ-
ing courses you learn that charac-
ter can be portrayed by the various
reactions of different individuals
to the same stimulus. As an ex-
ample take this tanker sinking. Me,
I am more curious and interested
than scared. It is during the day
and we are riding empty so that if
we do get blasted I at least am wide
awake and have all my faculties
functioning top speed and besides
I won't be fricasseed in oil any-
way. I am a sort of spectator and
when an ash can goes off even two
miles away it jolts against the hull
like a charge of compressed air un-
der water and the mushrooms

springing up behind the sub-chaser
look just like in the movies.
But Captain Oscar Christansen is
a jitterbug if ever I saw one. All
during dinner whenever a charge
goes off he dashes up to the bridge
and surveys the scene of battle,
then comes back to the saloon and
eats swo more mouthfuls until the
next blast. At the same time the
commodore, the man who above all
others should be concerned over
the fate of the.convoy entrusted to
his care, remains at the table
throughout the entire action
munching away at his food like the
old billygoat he is and complains
about the numerous flies that settle
on his meat and potatoes and
drown in his iced tea.
And through it all the men on
watch deep down in the guts of the
ship in the engine room keep work-
ing away, keep steam up and the
boilers fired, not knowing whether
the terr~ific kick they feel at each
explosion because they are below
the water line signifies just an-
other depth bomb or whether this
time it's the McCoy and we've been
tagged. These men who have the
least chance of getting clear in an
emergency anyway must remain
at their posts until the signal comes
from the bridge that they may
abandon ship. And they do it. The
seaman isn't much to look it but
he has what it takes when the go-
ing gets rough.
After that one day of something
doing the days pass by in calm and
peace all the way down the coast
and around Florida. Here the con-
voy splits up, some continuing
straight south into the Caribbean

to run the gauntlet of subs down to
Aruba or Curacao while several of
them stick with us for the run
across the Gulf of Mexico.
Theyucall them mosquitos in the
Gulf but they lie. In reality they
are moths armed with hypodermic
needles. I have been forewarned so
I am prepared. The heat in this gar-
den spot of the South is so intense
and so moist that the only lads who
can sleep below decks are those who
have learned to live without breath-
ing. So I lie down on the deck and
wrap myself up like a mummy.
Completely sheathed I am with just
my nose sticking out. Come on you
mosquitos I challenge, I am ready
for you.
They come. In the morning there
is not one square inch of my body
which has not been injected by the
little beasties. I have to scrub my-
self with a strong naphtha soap to
burn the itch out of the lumps.
The whole crew is always in a
pretty sad shape after such a night.
The oldtimers stay up all night
playing stud and the others toss in
their bunks sweating and swearing
and slapping at themselves but
never sleeping.
The sub commanders know that
sooner or later the tankers will pass
by so they hang around right out-
side Corpus Christi or Galveston or
Port Arthur and pick them off like
in a shooting gallery.
The days :on the Gulf are beau-
tiful and clear and at times it is
hard to realize that there is a war
going on and that a submarine
may be lurking behind the next
wave. But the day before we make
port we get a subtle reminder when

Men from 18 to 26
Are Eligible to Apply

(Editor's Note: This is the second in
a series of three articles dealing with
case histories of children at the Univer-
sity Hospital, which your contributions
to Galens will aid in keeping active
and happy.)
Paul, aged 13, has been coming to
the hospital off and on ever since he
was four years old. Entirely encased
in a body cast, he is -of necessity lim-
ited in his projects and has to do all
his work in what seems to be a very
awkward position.
Paul talks constantly of his six
brothers and six sisters "at home,"
and most of his work is done with
their pleasure in mind. One of his
most recent projects was a shoe rack
"to help them keep all their shoes
straight" and was designed especially
for his five-year-old twin sisters.'
Always cheerful and enthusiastic,
Paul is forever .planning his next
project beore he is finished with the
last one. Hospital officials term him
a very "forward-looking" boy and
maintain that his influence on the
other children has been invaluable.
In spite of his frequent trips to
and from the hospital, Paul's life has
been as normal a one 'as possible. He
has made definite socialization dur-
ing his stay i the hospital and be-
cause of his fine attitude'is ade-
quately geared to return to normal
community rife.
Margaret, aged 11, was one of the
relatively few girls who regularly at-
tended the Galens workshop. The
Scrap Matinee Profits
Given to Scholarship
The profits from a scrap matinee
at the Whitney Theatre last Satur-
day will be turned over to the Bomb-
er Scholarship Fund, it was an-
nounced today. 3,600 pounds of scrap
and rubber which sold for $14.64 was
Employes of the theatre and mem-
bers of the local Projectionists Uni''n'
donated their services free of charge
in putting on the show. A similar
show for the purpose of collecting
scrap is planned each month in one
of the downtown theatres.

boys accepted her as one of them
when they realized that she was in
earnest about wanting to work but
tolerated no fooling around in the
Receiving help from the instruc-
tor, she soon learned how to operate
the power tools which had been to-
tally unfamiliar to her and of which
at first she was a little afraid.
She also received valuable aid from
the boys in the shop who explained
the complexities of the various ma-
chines to her and told her that her
work would improve if she would not
try to work so fast.
During her stay she made several
small wooden pins, a set of book-
ends, a corner shelf and three plastic
plaques. Her work improved a great
deal and before she left the hospital
she was giving serious competition
to the best of the boys.
Schnabel Will
Give Concert
(Continued from Page 1)
ual concerts and later, performing
sonata recitals with Carl Flesch,
famous violinist. During this period.
he also appeared in joint recitals with
his wife, Theresa Behr, a lieder singer.
Schnabel came to the United States
in 1933 at the invitation of Serge
Koussevitsky to participate in a fes-
tival of Brahms' music with the Bos-
ton Symphony Orchestra. The ar-
tist's performance at that time
brought him popularity with Ameri-
can concert audiences that has not
diminished to the present time.
Schnabel,ralthough he performs
only the works of classical masters
such as Beethoven, Brahms and Moz-
art, is an accomplished composer in
the modernist school.
The Slavic Society will meet at 8
p.m. today at the International Cen-
ter. All Slavic students and others
who are interested are invited to at-
tend. Refreshments will be served.

Multi-Featured Varsity Night
Draws over Four ,Thousand


Applicants for air corps personnel
will be spared plenty of red tape and
a trip to Detroit when the Army's
aviation cadet examining board re-
turns to Ann Arbor next week for the
first time since June.
The board will make its headquar-
ters in the Elks Temple and will re-
main here through Monday, Tuesday
and Wednesday interviewing and
examining air corps applicants. For-
merly only pilots were enlisted by the
traveling board.
This time men between the ages of
18 and 26, inclusive, both married and
single, are eligible for enlistment as
pilots, navigators and bombardiers.
All applicants must pass physical and
mental screening tests for general
knowledge and aptitude.
Cadets will receive $75 a month and
after graduation will be commissioned
as second lieutenants or flight of fi-
cers and receive up to $327 a month.
Men specializing in armaments, com-
munications, engineering and pho-
tography will be given commissions
if they qualify.

II _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Ti

we pass the broken and burned
hulk of a tanker torpedoed a month
before which now drifts aimlessly
nowhere, a ghost ship.
Then a gulf oil port and that first
beer goes down like honey but the
girls are nowhere near as good
looking as the crew said they'd be.
And in 24 hours we are loaded up
and hit the trail back to New York.
The second evening out we pass
a tanker with a mighty gap in her
port side. She had been drilled a
few days previously but has man-
aged to limp back to the pass.
(To Be Continued)
Gasoline Sales
Hit 'Slow Pace
on Rationing
The retail gasoline business went
dead yesterday after long threatened
rationing started Dec. 1.
Weary service station attendants
who for three days had done a record
high business, obeying one last "fill
'er up" summons from Ann Arbor
motorists, rested in vacant stations.
With tanks brimful drivers faced
the government's rubber saving four
gallons a week ration with what sta-
tion attendants described as "very
sportsmanlike attitudes."
Only seven of twenty-five Ann Ar-
bor gasoline stations checked last
night reported any business done yes-
terday. None of them had serviced
more than three cars.
As tanknresources dwindle later this
week, gasoline sellers are expecting
some part of their business to return.
'But it will be a closely watched sup-
ply of gasoline they pump out.
To secure future supplies of gaso-
line, proprietors will have to submit
coupons in direct proportion to the
amount used, rationing authorities
Motorists consequently won't be
able to buy a bit of gasoline until
they present the proper A coupon,or
if they have a vital part in defense
work, the supplementary B and C
For Ann Arbor drivers who still
have failed to get rationing book,'a
special application center has been
set up at Hutchins Hall in the law
quadrangle. Open daily from 10 am.
to 5 p.m. and nightly from 7 to 9 p.m.,
the center will process applications
while drivers wait.
LANSING, Dec. 1.- ()- Kenneth
M. Burns, chairman of the Salvage
Committee of the State defense coun-
cil, passed on to the public of Michi-
gan today the War Production
Board's assurance that "all aluminum
collected in the scrap campaign of
last fall definitely has gone into war
Burns said he was informed that
about 15,000,000 pounds of metal were
collected nationally in the drive, of
which 6,000,000 pounds was usable
aluminum and the remainder was
steel scrap or other waste materials
which all found its way into trade



Reduction of Long
Distance Calls Isa
Urge by Bell Co.
The Michigan Bell Telephone Co.-
yesterday offered figures showing al-
most a 25 per cent increase in thej
number of long distance calls from
Ann Arbor since Pearl Harbor as evi-
dence why it is urging the general.
public to restrain its use of long dis-
tance service.-
Averaging 4,385 calls a day as com-
pared with approximately 3,520 a day
'just before the start of the war, the
increase was attributed by N. J. Prak-
ken, manager for the company, al-
most entirely to war calls.
However, he said that the public is
'giving a gratifying response to the
company's plea for less use of the
telephone, pointing to the fact that
the number of local calls is down
nearly five per cent with a daily
average of about 89,000 now against
nearly 93,000 a year ago. This, the
said, indicates that users are elimi-
nating many social calls within the
community in order that war calls
may get the right of way.
The Ann Arbor exchange, in addi-
tion to the many factories in the city,
also handles all phone calls from the
Willow Run bomber plant in Ypsi-
To handle the increased long dis-
tance traffic, the company has added
more than 60 employes in its traffic
department here, +most of the new
personnel being operators.
"In normal times, telephone. facili-
ties would be expanded sufficiently
to meet all increased traffic demands,
but materials required for such ex-
pansion are now going into weapons
of war, where they belong," Prakken
said. "That is why we are urging the
general public to restrain its use of
both local and long distance service,
particularly to out-of-state points,
and to make all calls as brief as pos-
Gift Subscriptions for
'The Alumnus' Pour in
Christmas gift subscriptions for the
Michigan Alumnus have been pouring
in like Ann Arbor's rainy weather,
T. Hawley Tapping, secretary-treas-
urer of the Alumni Association an-
nounced yesterday.
The Alumnus is now being sent to
four army and navy posts in Hawaii,
to camps in Australia, Bermuda and
Iceland. The camp libraries at Ft.
Benning, Ga., Ft. Devens, Mass., Ft.
Sill, Okla. and Camp Forest, Tenn.
have also received donations to the


"It had everything !"
That's what over four thousand
people were saying last night as they
left Hill Auditorium after applauding
their way through two and a half
hours of Varsity Night, 1942, pre-
sented by the University Bands.
Assisted by the University Men's
and Women's Glee clubs, pianist
Corp. Julian Leviton, and an aggre-
gation of campus talent, the Band put
on the two-part concert-variety show
which saw Henry Vinkemulder, '44,
win the $25 War Bond, offered as a
prize to the best campus act, with
his "magic" show.
The absence of "Happy" Joe Gen-
tile, radio announcer scheduled to
officiate at the program but called
away on government business at the
last minute, was the only setback
suffered during the evening, and
Mary Levey, Grad, was on hand to
fill the gap.
Other entrants in the talent show
were Peter Farago, '43, accordianist;
Marjorie Hollis, blues-singer; and
Bob Vibbert, '43, tap dancer, while
the Band male quartet, the "Meta-
Four" wound up the program.
Spicing a classical program with
a touch of swing, the Band featured
drummer Bob Rosengarden, '46M, in
"Calfskin Calisthenics," while the

year will be put into War Bonds,
which will be set aside for the use of
University Bands after the war.

quartet struck the final jazz note with
its rendition of "Twelve Bar Blues."
Proceeds from Varsity Night this




For Chriatmras Gifts for friends
at hom e and in Ann Arbor . .
f or 1943 ii low kea4!
Beautiful photographs of the Michigan Campus
that you will always want to remember.
f 'i~tce EJaj a wa .44
This is our 50th Annual Michigan calendar.
e \ATA4I'

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS is in vital need of replenishing its
supply of blood plasma for emergency transfusions. . . . These
donations are for our wounded men in the fighting forces..--
The donation of your blood takes abut 20 minutes.... Hundreds
of students have given this valuable service with no ill effects
The Campus Quota for Tuesday and Wednesday, December 8 and 9 is
200 donors. 20 minutes of your time to save a life - isn't it worth it?



and 9

Registration for men will take place
in the lobby of the Union from
12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m. Wednes-
day, Thursday and Friday, Decem-
ber 2, 3, 4, and on Saturday, De-

All information and registration of
women will take place through
Saturday at the Michigan League.

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