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VOL. LIII No. 60 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, SUNDAY, DEC. 13, 1942

PRICE FIVE CENTS

British
Midwest War
Council Led
by Borman
Manpower Delegates
Set Up New Regional
Student Organization
to Coordinate Action
Manpower representatives from
five Big Ten schools and Michigan
State College climaxed their two-day
conference here yesterday by setting
up a Midwest Student War Council
with Michigan's Mary Borman Execu-
tive Secretary. -.
Each school in the Council will{
have a seat on the executive board,
delegates voted, as will each new
school that becomes a member.
Borman, who anticipates "new
schools joining the Council rapidly,"
said the local corps will be instru-
mental in the formation and develop-
ment of such organizations on every
campus in the midwest by acting as
a clearing house for all new ideas
which member schools submit.
The new Council, holding an inter- '
school conference every three months.
will have these general purposes, Bor-
man indicated: Gu
Organization in Every School pa
To bring some form of manpower an
organization to every school in the
midwest. T
To coordinate all war activities "
through the "clearing house" on this
campus. , Hi
To collect and distribute informa-H
tion on war work in other schools for
the benefit of member manpower o
boards and student war councils.
To make suggestions on new activi-
ties and develop a unified midwestern
school war organization through clos- C
er cooperation.
Michigan manpower executive Bob in
Johnson, in charge of the conference,
reported last night it had achieved
"results better than ever imagined." WAS
"Other campuses sent their top troop
men," he said "and every school, in- aboard
cluding Michigan, got new ideas." Coor
Other Big Ten schools, barred from Coolid
attending the conference by the twin the So
preventives of transportation and fi- were sa
nals, have requested complete notes The
on the conference.'
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U. S. Soldiers Arr iv,? in New Guinea

Students to Sell Papers
on Campus for Needy

Marching away from a transport plane (background) which has carried them part way across New
ainea, United States soldiers advance toward a massed Allied artillery attack. These Americans. were
rt of the massed Allied artillery attack which doomed to extinction two Japanese garrisons at Buna
d Buna mission beacheads.

Allied Planes
Blast Routen
in Heavy Raid
By The Associated Press
LONDON, Dec. 12. - The rolling
and widespread Allied aerial offen-
sives dealt a blow with American
heavy bombers and Allied escort
squadrons today ondGerman indus-
tries and transport at Rouen, France,
with the resultant destruction of 18
enemy fighter planes in bitter aerial
combat.
Two bombers and four Allied fight-
ers were reported missing but the
pilot of one fighter was declared safe.
In all, the Allies knocked down 20
enemy fighters in battles close to
British home bases. RAF offensive
patrols accounted for two without
loss to themselves in attacks on an
airfield and canal barges in Holland,
but the British lost one plane from
other patrols during the day.
Because of bad weather "results
were not seen" at Rouen but the
strong enemy opposition indicated
that the American bombers were over
their targets for some time, giving
the Germans the opportunity to rise
to combat.
Be A Goodfellow
French Colonials
Join African Allies
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12.- (A)-
The Office of War Information said
today that the North African cam-
paign had added tens of thousands
of French colonial troops - the
"dreaded . . . sharpshooting, bolo-
wielding Senegalese'-to the forces
of the United Nations.
Meanwhile, Secretary of War Stim-
son told a press conference that the
"real work" still lies ahead in Tunisia.
The Allies, he said, must complete
the task of winning control of the
Be A Goodfellow -
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. ransport
is Mine; Only
ur Men Lost
onverted Liner Pres.
oolidge Goes Down-
South Pacific Area
By The Associated Press
SHINGTON, Dec. 12.-A huge
transport with 4,000 men
, the former liner President
ge, hit a mine and sank in
uth Pacific but all except four
aved, the Navy disclosed toda$.
amazing rescue prevented
might have been one of the
marine disasters in the Navy's
as the 21,936-ton Army trans-
he biggest lost so far in this
went down. The only detail
public, however, was a terse
ent that the ship was lost "in
weeks in the South Pacific."
South Pacific includes the Sol-
Islands area, but there was no
tion whether the vessel was
ing in that battle zone when it
e mine.
Shipping Damaged
nwhile, latest reports fromdthe
mons told of new damage dealt
,se shipping by Army planes,
ed that the Japs had succeeded
structing an airfield only 150
west of the American field at
lcanal, and said that a Japa-
artillery position on Guadal-
had been silenced.
ommunique covering activities
esday, Guadalcanal time, re-
that an enemy tanker in Fasi
r had been hit by, three bombs
hat another probably had been
ed by near misses when 11
Flying Fortresses, escorted by
Lockheed P-38 Lightning fight-
ttacked the enemy base near
and Island.
Zeros attempted to intercept
merican planes but the P-38's
own five and the Fortresses got
h. All Army planes returned
naged to their base.

UNCLE SAM SOLVES MYSTERY:
Ettinger, Student Missing for
Five Years, Turns Up in Army
By BOB MANTHO
It happens sometimes that the very best gift two lonely parents can
get for Christmas is a terrible shock in one split-second of time that ironi-
cally erases the dull, aching pain which has been numbing their hearts for
many years of resignation to the inevitable.
Such a whimsy of fate has changed the whole life of Mr. and Mrs.
Alfred Ettinger of Detroit and has also closed the books on one of the,
strangest "unsolved mystery" cases in the history of the University of'
Michigan.
For it was just five years ago that Robert W. Ettinger, a sophomore stu-
dent at school here, suddenly disappeared from his rooming house at 521
E. Jefferson St. and was not heard of -

Be a Goodfellow and buy your pa-c
per tomorrow.
Early tomorrow morning an army
of student salesmen will take to cam-
pus and city corners to sell this year's ;
Goodfellow Edition of The Daily.
Honor societies, fraternities, sorori-
ties, the Union, and publications will
have men covering all sale posts toj
open a 10 hour sale of papers at 8
a.m.
Even before these Goodfellows take
to the streets, more than $150 will
have been received by the Goodfellow
Fund in pre-campaign solicitation.
Contributions have been coming in
regularly in the past few days and
have boosted the drive toward reali-
zation of its $1,600 goal, George Sal-
lade, '43, chairman, reported yester-
day.
Distributed to Needy
Clothes, shoes, Christmas baskets,
and medical supplies are distributed
to needy Ann Arbor families by the
Family Welfare Bureau, an agency to
which part of the Goodfellow total is
directed.
The remainder of the Goodfellow
total will be allocated to the Goodfel-
low Fund and the Textbook Lending
Fund. The Goodfellow Fund is a year-
round charity organization which
comes to the aid of the needy in any
emergency.
The Textbook Lending Fund is spe-
cifically directed to the use of stu-
dents. It aids them in the purchase
War Congress
to Ajourn Soon
Important Measures
Stalled until January
WASHINGTON. Dec. 12.-(AP)-A
Congress which began the first year
of war by granting sweeping powers
to President Roosevelt and delegating
unprecedented authority to execu-
tive agencies adjourns next week in
a mood portending action in January
to reclaim some of its controls.
A new spirit of independence fol-
lowing the November elections balked
last-minute administration efforts to
push through legislation and Demo-
cratic Leader Barkley of Kentucky
said today Congress probably would
adjourn Wednesday without trying to
pass any more bills.
A half dozen important measures
were stalled on the calendars. These
included administration proposals to
boost the Reconstruction Finance
Corporation's borrowing and lending
authority by $5,000,000,000 to approx-
imately $23,000,000,000, a bill per-
mitting the Treasury to sell non-
monetary silver for war industry use
and a measure authorizing the "good
neighbor" transfer of American util-
ity properties to Panama.
Those students who picked beets
on the Saturday afternoon of the
Minnesota game and those who
picked apples three weeks ago can
stop at the Manpower Corps of-
fice and collect their money.

again although the police combed the
entire nation to find .him.
Together the two parents of the
boy waited, nursing a hope that grew
dimmer and finally died out. They
gave him up for dead and then
watched with patient resignation
while the war took the only other
son they had.
. The other day a shock came in the
form of a formal statement from the
FBI that Robert Ettinger had enlisted
in the U.S. Army on September 1 and
was now located in Camp Wheeler,
Georgia, POC Company, 17th Battal-
ion, as a candidate for officers' train-
ing.
How the boy was found is another
quirk of life where fate laughs. But
the tears of two parents were thank-
ful tears.
Searching Since 1938
Ever since Saturday, January 22,
1938-the.date of Robert Etting's dis-
appearance - the FBI had been
searching for the missing boy but it
took a routine check-up of all candi-
dates for officers' training school to
turn him up.
The well known efficiency of the
FBI failed this time but one of those
necessary little details everybody
hates to do spelled merry Christmas
for Mr. and Mrs. Ettinger.
Robert was just beginning his
sophomore year at the University of
Michigan that January back in 1938.
A pledge of Phi Beta Delta fraternity,
he left his rooming house to all in-
tents heading for the fraternity.
So the landlady at 521 E. Jefferson,

Mrs. E. B. Leisenring, didn't discover
his absence until Thursday, January
27, five days later. The parents were
informed and the nation-wide search
began.,
Turn to Page 6. Col. 5
Be A Goodfellow
Students Will Join
in Singing Carols
at Library Tonight
Traditional old Christmas carols
and special Yuletide music will be
heard when students join in the sec-
ond annual All-Campus Carol SingI
at 9 p.m. today on the steps of the
Main Library.
The Men's Glee Club, under the
direction of Prof. David Mattern, will
sing several numbers accompanied by
a brass double quartet composed of
members of the University Band,
Gordon W. Mathie, '46SM, cornet;
Duane Harmon, grad. SM, cornet;
Roger E. Jacobi, '46SM, cornet; Wil-
liam B. Henline, '43SM, trombone;
Pat C. McNaughton, grad., trombone;
Marshall Penn, '43SM, trombone;
Harry A. Lichty, '46SM, baritone, and
Bynum E. Weathers, '46SM, bass.
Members of the Women's Glee Club
and the University Choir will support
the group singing. Harriet L. Porter,
'44SM, will give contralto solos.
In the event of unfavorable weath-
er the program will be held in Hill
Auditorium.
Be A Goodfellow-
Yearly Presentation
of 'Messiah' Is Today
Long a traditional Christmas per-
formance, the annual presentation of
Handel's "Messiah" with four dis-
tinguished soloists, the University Or-
chestra and the Choral Union chorus
under the direction of Hardin Van
Deursen will be given at 3 p.m. today
in Hill Auditorium.
Palmer Christian, University or-
ganist, will preside on that instru-
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of books which they would otherwise
not obtain, and it helps meet emer-
gency situations.
Many organizations have yet to
indicate their support of the drive.
Half of the total raised is dependent
upon them, Sallade declared.
Made Out to Daily
All contributions are to be made
out to The Michigan Daily and sent
to the Student Publications Building.
A partial list of Goodfellows follows
below: Katherine Pickerill House,
Alpha Xi Delta, Kappa Delta, Kappa
Sigma, Alpha Epsilon Phi, Delta Tau
Delta, Alpha Phi, Alpha Tau Omega,
Stalker Cooperative, and Pi Beta Phi.
Be A Goodelow
Soviets Fight
See-Saw Battle
at Stalin grad
Reds Claim 169,000
Nazis Killed to Date
MOSCOW, Dec. 13. (Sunday)-
(IP)- The Russians have capturd
74,500 officers and men, and killed
169,000 since the beginning of their
twin winter offensives on the Stahn-
grad and central fronts, the Soviet
information bureau announced today
as the Germans were reported mak-
ing a desperate fight to break out ofI
an encirclement northwest of the
Volga City.
A German Army of 20 divisions, or
about 300,000 men, was reported at-
tacking in a see-saw battle northwest
of Stalingrad in an effort to force its
way westward across the ice-crusted
Don River to open a third battle of
the Don bend and break an encircling
Soviet ring 20 to 30 miles deep.
The initiative in the battle now
developing on the east bank of the
ice-coated river appeared to be sway-
ing from one side to the other, with
the Russians beating of f counterat-
tacks at some points, persisting in
their own assaults at others.
Turn to Page 6. Col. 4
Be A Goodfellow
Panel to Debate
World Planning
Mary Borman, Manpower chief,
will keynote the Post-War Council's
"Town Meeting" discussion of "Inter-
nationalism-How?" at 8 p.m. Tues-
day at the Rackham Amphitheatre.
The meeting, which has grown out
of the interest shown in specific post-
war plans at the Intercollegiate Post-
War Conference held here last week,
will be devoted to interpretations and
discussions of four major types of
projected international organization.
The panels will be presented by
four students who have done inten-
sive research work on the subject.
Alan Brandt, '44, will speak on Pax
Victorarium; Clifford Straehley, '44,
on the Modified League of Nations
and Elizabeth Hawley, '45, on Feder-
ations of Regional Sovereignty. John
Muehl, '43, will report on World-Wide
Government.

Eighth Army
in Libya Hits
Axis Forces
Berlin Radio Admits
Penetration of Lines
While Allied Sources
Withhold Confirmation
By The Associated Press
LONDON, Dec. 13. (Sunday)-The
British Eighth Army in Libya has
launched its awaited offensive against
the Axis lines at El Agheila and Axis
positions "far to the south" have
been penetrated, the Berlin radio
announced early today.
There was no confirmation from
Allied sources, however, that Gen.
Sir Bernard L. Montgomery had
flung his powerful army against Field
Marshal Erwin Rommel's forces, to
renew the offensive that has pushed
the Axis 700 miles back from Bl
Alamein in Egypt.
Recalls First Intimation
However, observers recalled that
the first intimation of the smashing
British offensive at El Alamein in
October came from Berlin also. Tli
Berlin announcement indicated that
Montgomery apparently was striking
hard at the lower end of the Agheila
front in an effort to outflank Rom-
mel's bastion across the route to
Tripoli.
While the British and American
armies in Tunisia were repulsing two
more German tank and infantry at-
tacks against their straightened line
in northern Tunisia, including one
attack directed to the northwest of
Bizerte, a transocean broadcast from
Berlin gave the following details of
the Montgomery attack against Rom-
mel:
Strong British infantry forces ad-
vanced after thorough artillery prep-
aration on both sides of the coastal
roads yesterday but were repulsed
after repeated and costly attacks.
Switched His Assault
Saturday noon, General Montgom-
ery switched his assault to the south
where the British commander used
several special formations to clear
the way for tanks.
These penetrated a "small sector"
of the Axis lines, but met German
armored forces andheavy artillery
fire and were forced to back out be-
fore they could consolidate their posi-
tions, the German version said.
The British renewed the battle late
Saturday afternoon, however, and
threw an entire fresh tank division
into the assault in the same sector.
The Germans said this attack still
was in progress and the results were
I not yet known.

Allies Pound
Jap Bases at
Lae, Salamatta
ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN
AUSTRALIA, Dec. 13. (Sunday)-
(P) - Rain hindered operations
around Buna where the Japs are
trapped along the northeast New
Guinea shore but Allied planes kept
up the pressure by raiding Jap bases
at Lae and Salamaua further up the
coast, the high command said today.
Heavy units of bombers started
fires at the airdrome at Salamaua.
Medium and heavy bomber forma-
tions raided, dispersed aircraft and
installations on the airdrome at Lae.
Both airdromes are potential sources
of air support for the beleaguered
Japs at Buna.
The communique had this to say of
the ground fighting:
"At Gona (now entirely in Allied
hands) 638 enemy dead, killed in the
final stages of the assault, have now
been buried. Our patrols destroyed a
party of enemy refugees west of Gona.
In other sectors, there was only de-
sultory fighting. Both our air force
and the enemy's were active over the
field. Heavy tropical rains are ren-
dering all operations difficult."

FOR STUDENTS IN SERVICE:
Bomber Scholarship to Receive
Donations from Student Dances,

SECOND STRAIGHT FOR QUINTET:
Varsity Cagers Improve to Stop
InvadingHilltopper Five, 42-32

A greatly improved Michigan bas-
ketball team met and defeated its sec-
ond- opponent of the year as it
whipped Marquette, 42 to 32, last
night at the Yost Field House.
Decidedly different from last Mon-
day, Michigan was in the ball game
right from the opening whistle as
Capt. Jim Mandler flipped in the first
basket. Marquette came right back to
head the Wolverines, but it was short
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Blue squad in scoring with seven bas-
kets while Mandler was just behind
with six.
Wiese, whose fame spread for his
football ability, gave th'e local fans
one of the best displays of shooting
that has been seen on the Field House
court in recent years. Starting at for-
ward, the spirited sophomore was hit-
ting from every angle of the court
with left-handed push shots that
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Campus dances have gone to war.
Every fraternity, sorority, dormi-
tory and cooperative has announced
that it will no longer hold any radio
dance unless it contributes to the
Bomber-Scholarship fund the equiva-
lent of $.25 per member and will hold
no orchestra dance unless the equiva-
lent of $.50 per member is contribut-
ted.
The "25-50 cent plan" was recom-
mended by the Student War Board
and was adopted by the fraternities
and the majority of sororities exactly
as recommended. Each of these hous-
es has agreed to nay the assessment

Office at the time of approval of each
dance, the sum in every case to be at
least as large as that which would
result from the "25-50 cent plan."
The girls' dormitories and three
sororities have pledged an amount-
in one instance totalling $100-to be
paid by the semester regardless of
how few dances are held.
The men's dormitories, which have
cut their social functions to a mini-
mum this year, have promised to con-
tribute lump sums which would ex-
ceed a per capita assessment at each
dance. They will also turn in mdi-

Work on Giant Boilers
Is Halted Temporarily

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Two unforeseen circumstances yes-
terday halted any further work on
those two steam boilers the Manpower

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