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Co. C TJo Put
Co. C will return from furlough
today and will put its forthcoming
musical comedy, 'Bidin' Our Time,'
Into actual production tomorrow.
There will be preliminary rehear-
sals for the cast of 29 this week with
several readings of the book also
scheduled. A few female roles are
still to be cast and the chorus has to
be completed. Both of these things
are expected to be done within the
next few days.
"Bidin' Our' Time," a musical play
in a prologue and two acts, is an
original show which the men of Co. C
have been writing and scoring in
their few free hours during the last
Eight songs have been especially
written for the production. Three of
these were introduced at Co. C's pre-
Christmas dance. Ranging from. boo-
gie-woogie to light opera, the music
has been composed by Cpl. Troy Bart-
lett to the lyrics written by Cpl. Hen-
The production will be presented
here the last week of February.
Date Bureau Reopens
Men who have not yet registered
at the Acquaintance Bureau may sign
up from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. today
at the Union. The bureau is func-
tioning again to arrange meetings
for the forthcoming Interfraternity
Ball and Ship's Ball.
One Night Only
MONDAY, JAN. 17th
Seats Now Selling
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SUNDAY, JAN. 9, 1944
VOL. LIV No. 49
All notices for the Daily Official Bul-
letin are to be sent to the Office of the
President in typewritten form by 3:30
p.m. of the day preceding its publica-
tion, except on Saturday when the no-
tices should be submitted by 11:30 a.m.
Capturing all the vivid drama to be
found in the relationship of a boy
:nd his dog. "Lassie Come Home."
opens at the Michigan today.
Based on Eric Knight's story th!e
picture introduces to the screen a
new d~ st. in Lassie u goreeols
collie and is laid in he E iw P a iv
The tale deals wih Lassie, who is!
owned by a( Carraclough (Donald
CrispI in Yorksh0ire and idolized by
his young son Joe Rodcly McDowall).
Poverty forces Carra'lough to sell
the animal to a \eithly duke kNigel
BruceI. wh o ioxes her to Scotland.
Saissie escapes and makes her way a
thousand miles, amid clangerous ad-
ventures, and reurns, almost dead,
to her Yorkshire home.
Announcement of the U.S. Army Air Forces and the RAF that British-American engineering labora-
tories have' developed a "rocket" plane powered with jet propulsion engines recalled this experimental
Italian plane developed in 1941. Without a propellor, the Italian plane flew by blowing a stream of hot
air through a tube running the length of the fuselage.
CASABLANCA TO CAIRO:
Faculty Tea: President and Mrs.
Ruthven will be at home to members
of the faculty and other townspeople
today from 4 to 6 o'clock. Cars may
park in the restricted zone onSouth
University between 4:00 and 6:30
Student Tea: President and Mrs.
Ruthven will be at home to students
Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 12 from
4 to 6 o'clock.
Withholding Tax Statements: The
Business Office is maltingsevery
effort to have mailed by Feb. 1 state-
ments for staff members indicating
the amount of tax withheld from
their salaries or wages during the
past calendar year. The preparation
of these statements will be expedited
greatly if staff members will kindly
refrain, except under very special
individual circumstances, from ask-
ing for such information in advance
of Feb. 1. Obviously every interrup-
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Discharge Pins Given
DETROIT, Jan. 8.--P)-Col. S. D.
Ringsdorf, District Commander of the
Sixth Service Command, said today
that 5,000 lapel buttons denoting
honorable discharge from the Army
in World War II have been issued to
Michigan men and women.
"At Casablanca I had the biggest
thrill of my life. We handled com-
munications for all aircraft and pre-
liminary plans involved in the now
historic Casablanca Conference, im-
mortalized by the ultimatum of 'un-
conditional surrender'," Capt. W.
Palmer Van Arsdale of the 14th Of-
ficer Class of the JAG school said.
"I saw the President, Mr. Churchill,
Generals DeGaulle and Giraud, and
all the other distinguished persons
there," he said.
Sent to Africa
In October, 1942, under secret or-
ders, Capt. Van Arsdale and a group
of officers and enlisted men took off
by plane for the first lap of their
overseas,tour. Although not aware of
the fact at the time, they were
being sent to North Africa for the
purpose of controlling aircraft corn-
munications under the Army Airways
Communications System in the big
campaign about to start.
Then came the trip to Africa. The
first landing was on the British Gold
Coast, and down the West Coast to
Belgian Congo and French Equator-
ial Africa. Communications stations
were set up along the route. Then
Captain Van Arsdale returned to Ac-
cra in November, 1942 and was or-
dered to Oran-a non-stop flying trip
of almost four thousand miles. Ehi
route, the pilot received instructions
that fighting was going on at Oran
and the landing was made at Casa-
His next assignment was to Cairo.
It was impossible to fly direct and
the route was circuitous, f starting
down the West Coast of Africa to
Marrakesh in Morocco.
"We stopped at the same hotel
where President Roosevelt stayed
when he conferred with the Sultan.
It is a beautiful city and the oranges
of French Morocco, well, even the
most ardent sons of California and
Florida would have to keep quiet,"
Capt. Van Arsdale said.
From there the flight continued
and finally they reached Cairo. Capt.
Van Arsdale stated that only by see-
ing this area could one appreciate the
amazing march made by General Le
Clerq at the head of the Fighting
"We slept in tents built over fox
holes or slit trenches through nightly
bombing raids. I saw friends wound-
ed and killed. It wasn't nice. I got
somewhat accustomed to bombings,
having been through sontewhat the
same thing all over the fighting flont
in Africa. The raids were bad, and
besides keeping our minds occupied
built our hate for the enemy," he
Sometimes along with, sometimes
following up the drive across Africa
right into Tunis, Capt. Van Arsdale
and his men went, keeping communi-
cations open. Returning to Cairo at
the conclusion of the campaign, Capt.
Van Arsdale became headquarters ad-
jutant, remaining there most of the
time until he returned here to attend
school. While overseas he received
As regards the war, Capt. Van Ars-
dale had no comment. He remarked,
however, that the Germans did have
fine equipment, much of it now being
salvaged from the African wastes.
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