VOL. LIII No. 56 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9, 194
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Tanks, Planes Erase
Axis Gain at Tebourba;
Deadly Fight Continues
for Tunis-Bizerte Arc
By LEWIS E. HAWKINS
Associated Press Correspondent
LONDON, Dec. 8.- Allied tanks
supported by waves of planes have
erased gains made by the Germans in
the Tebourba sector of north Tunisia,
a communique said today as the
United States scored a great bloodless
victory in acquiring Dakar for United
Nations navies and planes.
The deadly fighting on the defense
arc of the Bizerte-Tunis positions was
in its third night.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's ac-
count of the fighting directly coun-
tered a claim by the Berlin radio that
British and U.S. positions at Tebour-
ba had been outflanked and dis-
lodged. The agency DNB said large
quantities of equipment and ammuni-
tion were lost by the Allies. The ac-
count said six U.S. heavy bombers
were destroyed on the ground at an
attacked air base.
Tebourba, 20 miles west of Tunis
and 35 miles south of Bizerte, is one
point of the defense triangle. Djei-
deda and Mateur, which the Germans
also control, are the others.
Rival air fleets battled for air
superiority which the Germans held
in some sections where they had for-
ward air bases, and the Allied had at
An Allied position was penetrated
Sunday, the Allied communique 'said "
"Yesterday one of our armored
units delivered a strong counter-at-
tack," headquarters said, "during the
night the enemy withdrew."
The attack and counter - attack
were described as probably the two
heaviest days of fighting in the Tu-
The new U.S. P-38 Lightning fight-
ers swept over southern Tunisia, de-
stroying two planes at the cost of
one. Headquarters revised the figures
on aircraft losses Sunday by adding
three Axis and five Allied planes to
those previously announced as de-
stroyed. One Allied pilot was saved.
Be A Goodfeiiow
Howard J. Howerth
Named to Position
The Engineering Council, official
student governing body of the Col-
lege of Engineering, last night elected
Howard J. Howerth, '44E, of Detroit,
as its president for the next two se-
The Council also elected Bob Mott,
144E, of Detroit as vice-president;
Karl Reed, '44E, of Erie, Pa., as'treas-
urer; and David Wehmeyer, '44E, of
Detroit, as secretary.
Howerth, whq has served as secre-
tary of the Council during the last
two semesters, succeeded Jim Ed-
munds, '43E, as president. Other re-
tiring officers include Tom Poyser,
'43E, and Robert, Sforzini, '43E.
The election which is usually held
during the spring term was held last
night at the direction of Edmunds
who wanted a successor named before
he enters the armed service.
Weather School Here
Victory Ball Candidates
Announced by Council
Senior Literary College Class Officer Elections
Postponed-until Tuesday; Petitions Due Saturday
Coupled with the announcement of
the candidates to fill 14 positions for
Victory Ball, the Men's Judiciary
Council stated last night that senior
class elections in the literary college
have been postponed until next Tues-
Voting will continue from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. today at seven campus vot-
ing booths. Qualified voters are asked
to present identification cards.
The Victory Ball combining both
J-Hop and Senior Ball will be run
by two co-chairmen, the junior and
senior receiving the most votes in the
Juniors in the literary college will
elect three women and two men to
the committee while seniors will be
Seventh to Be
entitled to three men and two women.
The engineering college will elect one
junior and one senior, and the col-
leges of Architecture, Forestry, Phar-
macy and Business Administration
will choose one junior.
Jean Ranahan of these combined
colleges was automatically declared
elected to the senior position by vir-
tue of the fact that hers was the
only senior petition submitted.
Petitioning will continue for liter-
ary college class officers because an
insufficient number were submitted
Location of voting booths will be
found on page 2.
for today's scheduled election. Peti-
tions will be available from 3 to 5
p.m. every afternoon this week in
the Union Student Offices.
Appointments for interviews to be
held from 2 to 5:30 p.m. next Monday
must be made this week.
In a new ruling the' Judiciary
Council declared that no campaign-
ing will be allowed before candidates
names are announced.
Following is the list of junior can-
didates in the literary college: Helen
Mae Kressbach, Bill , MacRitchie,
Martha Opsion, Millie Otto, Mervin
Pregulman, Carolyn Rees, Don Ren-
dinell, Bud Rudy, Bob Shott, Sue
Simms, Janet Veenboer and Jean
The seniors in the literary college
will elect their representatives from
the following: Bob Templin, Dick
Stern, 'Doe' Spracklin, Jeff Solomon,
George Sallade, pat Young, Ruth el-
by, Elaine Richert, Harriet Pratt, Bill
Loughborough, HHildaJohnson, Jim
Collins, Shirley Altfield.
Al Jacobson, Frank Rand and
Chuck Dotterrer will vie for the jun-
ior position in the engineering college.
The senior from the engineering col-
lege will be chosen from Bill DeCour-
oy and Robert Sforzini.
The colleges of Architecture, Phar-
macy and Forestry will elect one jun-
ior. The candidates are Arnold Agree
and Sid Kaplan.
Be A Goodfellow -
LONDON, Dec. 8.- (A')- French
West Africa has joined the United
Nations as an ally in "the prosecution
of the war against the Axis" and has
made available its airfields to short-
cut the Allied plane transit routes
and port facilities and fleet units at
Dakar to end the U-boat menace in
the south Atlantic.
The announcement was made today
by Lieut.-Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
from his American headquarters in
This latest contribution to the Al-
lied cause was arranged in agreement
with Governor-General Pierre Bois.-
son, who once bloodily repulsed a
British-supported Fighting French
attempt to take Dakar from the sea,
and Admiral Jean Darlan.
Allied Airmen Score
Direct Hit on Warship;
at Buna Is Repulsed
ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN
AUSTRALIA, Dec. 9. (Wednesday)-
()- Six Japanese destroyers "at-
tempting for the fifth time to bring
relief' to their ground troops" in the
Buna-Gona area of New Guinea wer
intercepted yesterday by Allied air-
men who sent two 500-pound bomb
crashing into the leading vessel
which quickly burst into flames and
was deserted in flight by the other
five warships, a communique said to-
"An enemy counter-attack in the
Buna area," the communique said of
the land fight, "was repulsed with
heavy casualties. Our air force con-
tinued harrassing attacks on enemy
The latest Allied communique also
charged thatJapanese airmen have
"violated the laws of war by repeated
attacks upon Allied hospital installa-
tions, killing doctors, medical person-
nel and patients." Three specific oc-
casions were cited.
Repeated Japanese naval efforts to
ferry reinforcements and supplies to
the enemy. troops pocketed in the
Buna-Gona sector emphasized the
critical position of the Japanese, who
have been under heavy American and
Australian pressure, for weeks now.
The communique did not say what
happened to the destroyr, which was
"quickly enveloped in flames" after
being hit twice. The five other ships
apparently left it at the mercy of
General MacArthur's heavy bombers
off the New Guinea coast.
Japs Lose Cruiser
Japanese efforts to reinforce their
troops since Nov. 20 has cost them
one light cruiser,and four destroyers.
Two others, counting the latest to be
struck, may! have been sunk. In addi-
tion the Japanese lost 23 fighter
planes early this month from a screen
accompanying a destroyer flotilla
that was routed.
Scores of Japanese planes also have
been lost in the last month in air
combat over New Guinea, or de-
stroyed on the ground at Lae in up-
per New Guinea.
Another attack on Lae yesterday
resulted in large explosions and fires
amid Japanese fuel and ammunition
dumps, today's communique said.
Be A Goodfellow
to Form Club
Forty future Leathernecks, mem-
bers of the United States Marine
Corps Reserve, met yesterday and de-
cided to organize an active campus
Led by Kimon Vasilio and Dan
Clark, the Reservists voted in a meet-
ing at the Union to form a unit to
provide basic drill training and to
allow the members, many of whom
will go into training together at
Quantico, Virginia, to get acquainted.
Vasiliou said that officers of the
Detroit Marine Recruiting office had
been contacted and had given their
approval for formation of the Unit.
At the meeting it was suggested that
the campus Naval ROTC Unit be
asked to contribute one of its officers
to preside at drill sessions.
Plans are under way for providing
the new unit with uniforms and drill
equipment. Since the club will have
no ranking officers, Reservists who
have had ROTC or previous military
training will act as drill sergeants.
Organization of the Unit will be
completed at a meeting at 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday in the Union.
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A heavy battle was reported in progress near Tebourba (1), at the
southwest corner of the 'Tunisian Triangle' (shaded), through which
Allies (black arrow) were attempting to drive to Tunis and Bizerte.
Key cities in the triangle are Mateur, Tebourba and Diedeida. Allies
were reported earlier to be holding heights dominating the area and
awaiting'planes and reinforcements.
FDR Extends Guarantee to
Workers Accepting War Jobs'
in 'Tunisian Triangle'
Air Corps Privates
to Be Given Primary
Meteorology Work in
Six Month Program
Directed by Dr. Serge Koussevitzky,
the Boston Symphony will present
the sixth Choral Union concert at
8:15 p.m. today in Hill Auditorium,
presenting a program built around
Haydn's Symphony No. 88 in G ma-
Jor, followed by the famous Shos-
takovich "War Symphony."
The concert will be the Boston
orchestra's single appearance in
Michigan, the organization maintain-
ing a 12-year period of yearly visits
to Ann Arbor.
The program, according to Dr.
Charles A. Sink, president of the
Choral Union Society, has been de-
signed especially for its Ann Arbor
audience, presenting as it does the
greatest piece of music to be devel-
oped during the war period.
Only a large orchestra, such as the
Boston, which numbers 110 men, can
adequately perform the symphony in
which the ideals, struggles, aspira-
tions and efforts of Russia in the
war are portrayed.
The first concert performance of
the Seventh Symphony in this coun-
try was directed by Dr. Koussevitzky.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8.-- (P)-
President Roosevelt today asked em-1
ployers to encourage workers to
transfer to war jobs by assuring themr
ha.t they can. return to their former
work with seniority rights unimpaired
when victory is won.'
He noted in a statement that under
the draft .law, returning soldiers are
accorded these rights. The same pro-
Annual Campaign Is
a Michigan Tradition
The Annual Goodfellow campaign
has become a Michigan tradition-it
is the only charity drive which has
received the cooperation of all cam-
The drive originated in 1935 then
campus leaders determined to begin
an all-campus charity campaign to
aid needy Ann Arbor families and
Featured by the sale of a special
Goodfellow Daily, the Drive was
launched at the request of local wel-
fare agencies and University adminis-
Leaders of fraternities and sorori-
ties, dormitories and a men's senior
honor society were active in organiz-
tection, he said, should be given to
the civilian "who leaves his job to
accept employment to help with the
Mr. Roosevelt read his statement to
a press conference, prefacing it with
a remark that he hoped to correct
misinformation on a question which
has been a cause of worry for many
"One way we can encourage skilled
workers in civilian industry to shift
to employment in war plants is to see
to it that when victory has been won,
employes can return to their peace
time work without loss of all the sen-
iority rights- which they have accum-
ulated over the years," he said.
All, he continued, were conscious
of a "great need for additional man-
power to make munitions," and all
were anxious to do their part and
realized that a job in a war industry
was a "direct contribution" to vic-
tory. But many workers have, over
the years, accumulated valuable sen-
iority rights "and seniority privileges'
have become an institution in Ameri-
Be A Goodfellow
Manpower Corps volunteers-
with muscles-are needed for a
quick day's work today removing
two six-ton steam boilers from the
West Engineering Building.
An East Coast aircraft plant
needs the boilers, according to E.C.
Pardon, head of the Building and
Grounds Department. "The boilers
have to be removed and ready for
Army inspection by 6:00 p.m. to-
day," Pardon said.
Dick Dick, member of the execu-
tive staff of the Manpower Corps,
Sasks volunteers to telephone him
at 2172 all day today for work from
8:00 a.m. to 6:00' p.m. Volunteers
should report to the offices of the
Building and Grounds Department.
The boilers, formerly used to
heat the University, are of no use
now, because operating pressure in-
the heating plant has been changed
from 150 pounds to 200 pounds,
25 pounds beyond the boilers' ca-
1 Be A Goodfellow ---
I Down More Nazis
l MOSCOW, Wednesday, Dec. 9.-(4
-Soviet troops plunging across th
Z snow-swept central front wiped ou
several German garrisons in the Veli
e kie Luki area 90 miles from the Lat
Pre-meteorological training will be
given 400 Army Air Corps privates
here beginning March 1 as the first
large scale military use is made of
Where the 400 uniformed men will
live is yet undetermined, but the East
Quadrangle figures prominently in
most guesses by officials.
For six months the selected pri-
vates, who later will become officers,
will be instructed by faculty members
in physics, mathematics and electrical
Promotions to the rank of cadet
will come at the end of the pre-
meteorological course and the men
will then attend another nine-month
course at selected schools to get com-
Students Should Apply
Interested students whether enlist-
ed in the Army Enlisted Reserve
Corps or not are urged to apply for
entrance into the course, Complete
information may be obtained at the
War Information Center, 1009 Angell
University War Board officials ex-
pect a number of civilians to be ac-
cepted into the program yet while
Enlisted Reserve Corps members may
transfer to the schools. Requests to
be stationed at the University may be
Although the program is primarily
for Army men, civilian men and wo-
men may apply for training in met-
eorology through the intensive pro-
Applicants must have completed
one year of college including courses
in college algebra, trigonometry and
analytic geometry. They must be in
good health, 18 to 30 years of age
and citizens. They will receive $50
monthly pay, free tuition and an al-
lowance for quarters.
Hard work will be in store for the
trainees as they attend six hours of
classes six days per week and take
one hour per day of physical educa-
tion and military training.
Clark Tibbitts, director of the War
Board, said yesterday that the draft
of 18 and 19-year-olds will probably
leave plenty of room for the trainees.
The :school i&, under.the.direction
of the University Meteorological
Committee, an inter-university or-
ganization arranging the program for
the Air Corps. It selected the Uni-
versity as one of its stations.
Be A Goodfellow
20 French Ships
51 Sunk or Damaged,
Four Escape, says Knox
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8.-(P)-The
attempted suicide of the French fleet
at Toulon left 20 ships apparently in-
tact, Secretary Knox reported today,
and an unspecified number of vessels,
including three battleships, were
merely damaged and might be re-
At a press conference, the Navy
chief issued a memorandum, pre-
pared on the findings of reconnais-
sance flights over Toulon, showing
that of 75 ships in the harbor, 51
were sunk, damaged or are missing,
four escaped, and 20 went unharmed.
Knox's version differed sharply
from that given the world by Ger-
man-controlled sources. These had
spread the impression that all French
ships were scuttled. Knox suggested
today that the Germans might actu-
P) ally have been convinced at first that
e the whole fleet was put put of action.
it Fighting French sources at London,
- commenting on Knox's findings, said
- that many of the ships described as
HE PLANNED 'U' BUILDINGS:
Albert Kahn, World-Famous.
Industrial Designer,_Dies at 73
The latest rumor is that the vaca-
tion will begin December 18 and last
until December 30.
That rumor has been confirmed
Designer of most of the newer Uni-
versity buildings, Albert Kahn, world-
famous industrial architect, died at
his Detroit home yesterday.
His death wrote finis to a 73-year
career during which he rose from an
immigrant apprentice to one of the
world's best known architectural gen-
iuses. His industrial work included
most of the world's automobile fac-
tories, the Chrysler Tank Arsenal,
and the mammoth Willow Run bomb-
Best known in Ann Arbor for his
work on University buildings, Kahn's
first campus job was the West Engi-
neering Building, the city's first re-
LL.D. in 1933. At one time he donated
a scholarship to the architectural
Kahn's contributions to the archi-
tectural and industrial worlds include
revolutionary construction of factory
buildings to allow for mass production
under one big roof, the modern steel-
glass factory wall, and fast new tech-
niques for design.
Appointed building czar for a Sov-'
iet government industrialization plan
in 1928, Kahn designed, among other
structures, tractor factories which
now turn out tanks used by the Red
Army in throwing back Nazi invaders.
The architect's son, Maj. Edgar A.
Kahn, is now in England with the
Abe Lincoln Cooperative, Chi
ing the drive, in additon to Dean
Joseph A. Bursley and The Daily.
These leaders agreed that money
raised by the Goodfellow Drive would
be allocated to the Dean of Students'
office which would handle division
of funds between students in need
and the Family Welfare Bureau,
which has since become the Family
Child and Service Bureau.
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Girls to Take
"Engineering Cadettes" will be the
title of the group of college women
who will take advantage of the train-
ing program which is now being of.
fered by the Curtiss-Wright Corpora-
tion, one of the largest aeronautical
concerns in this country.
A representative of the corporation
will be in Ann Arbor Wednesday and
Thursday, Dec. 16 and 17, for th
Sweater Girl Discloses
Expected Visit of Stork