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Latest Deadline in the State


LVII, No. 101


UI - -


orm Tossed

Atlantie Seas
Imperil Ships
One Sinks, Seven
Others in danger
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK, Feb. 27-Fierce,
sporadic storms, with winds up to
60 miles an hour whipping up
mountainous seas, swept across
the Atlantic today sinking a fish-
ing schooner and imperiling at
least seven other gcean-going ves-
The gales, which have plagued
the Atlantic shipping lanes for
five days, are expected to continue,
the Coast Guard said.
Nine Rescued
Nine crewmen on a fishing
schooner, Catherine L. Brown,
were taken off the sinking ves-
sel after losing an all-night bat-
tle against rising water.
The tanker S.S. Calusa radioed
the Coast Guard that it had re-
moved the crew and that the fish-
ing vessel was going down rapid-
ly 80 miles southeast of Cape May,
The Navy tug Mosopelea fought
gale winds 230 miles northeast of
Bermnuda in an effort to take in
tow the freighter, S.S. Georgies,
which sent out an S.O.S. Tuesday
after losing her propeller. The
tug succeeded in getting one tow
line aboard but lost it.
Taken in Tow
The former Chesapeake Bay
Liner President Warfield, which
participated in the invasion of
Normandy, was taken in tow by
the Coast Guard cutter Cherokee
off the Virginia coast and reach-
ed Hampton Roads, Va., safely.
The old Cape Verde packet Lucy
and Evelyn, a three - masted
schooner, wallowed in heaving
seas 150 miles southwest of Cape
Cod Light, stripped of all but her
mizzen sail.
NLRB3 Alters
Srike Polic
WASHINGTON, :eb. 27-(IP)-
The National Labor Relations
Board announced a significant
policy change tonight designed to
reduce union jurisdictional strife.
It provides that where a union
has a two-year contract with a
company, no rival union may chal-
lenge it for the life of the agree-
Previously the board has limit-
ed this protection to one-year con-
tracts except where longer agree-
ments were customary in the in-
dustry involved.
"'We think the time has come,"
the board said, "when stability of
industrial relations can be bet-
ter served . . by refusing to in-
terfere with bargaining relations
secured by collective agreements
of two years' duration."
It was the fourth ruling in as
many weeks to alter or reempha-
size board policy coincident with
congressional criticism of the
Wagner Act and its administra-
tion by the board.
IRA To Make
The Inter-Racial Association, in
cooperation with MYDA, will con-
duct an investigation of text books

now being used in University
courses in American history, it
was announced at an IRA meeting
The reason for the investiga-
tion, according to Terrell Whitsit,
president of IRA, is that there is
no course in American history now
offered here which does not either
"omit or distort the participation
of Negroes in the shaping of our
John V4Given, a defendant in
the Columbia, Tenn., trial, describ-
ed the Columbia riots at the IRA
meeting. He will return here to
speak again when acquitted from
the one remaining charge against
IRA will commence a member-
ship drive Tuesday, with booths
in the League, the Union and Uni-
versity Hall where interested stu-
dents may obtain information re-
garding its activities.

FPHA Remains Firm as
Villagers Hit Power Rule

Inspection Brings
Resident Protests
Letters of protest to The Daily
from students at Willow Village
followed quickly upon the heels of
an announcement Wednesday that
a rigid inspection of uses to which
electricity is being put by Village
residents is now being conducted
by Federal Public Housing Author-
ity officials.
Stressing the value of time to
married students living at Willow
Run, and the numbei of activities
among which it must be divided,
Mrs. Margery Wilson declared that
"to add another hour of work each
day for building a fire in a cook
stove in order to cook our meals
and heat water will just about be
the straw that breaks the cam-
el's back."
Hot Plates
Mrs. Wilson said that they have
"used an electric hot plate and
strip heater as long as we have
been here, as have a great many
other students. We have not yet
The complete texts of letters
received by The Daily on use of
electricity at Willow Village
cannot be published until later
because of space limitations.
blown a fuse. Therefore we must
not be overloading the line and
causing a fire hazard."
She added that the fuse boxes
at Willow Run are locked and
"few persons are so thoughtless of
their own and their neighbors'
safety as to tamper with them."
Monthly Diatribes
According to John 19. Fulton,
M.D., Resident in Medi ine, "hot
plates and water heaters'were al-
most standard equipment" despite
"monthly diatribes against elec-
trical appliances" by ".the Willow
Run bureaucrats."
Referring to a directive from
Washington on temporary housing
which states that no "capital im-
prevements shall be made," Ful-
ton asked whether "electricity and
gas and the necessary wires and
pipes to carry them" should be dis-
tributed to Willow Village resi-
dents, or whether those materials
should be used in "the building of
bigger and better garages . . big-
ger and better racetracks, and big-
ger and better 10.room houses.. ..
Capital Improvements
Robert Smith maintained that
Willow Village residents "have the
ethical right to make improve-
ments in their living conditions if
they are willing to pay for them"
and asserted that the-Washington
directive "prevens certain capi-
tal improvements which are essen-
tial to the morale and welfare of
the residents of Willow Village."
A fact-finding committee was
appointed Wednesday by the Wil-
low Village Chapter of the Ameri-
can Veterans Committee to study
the electric power situation in the
Rail Car Building
Program Planned
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27-(P)-
The nation's steel companies and
freight car builders were commit-
ted to the most ambitious car
building program in 20 years to-
day, in a move to relieve a criti-
cal rail equipment shortage that
has tied up shipments, retarded
some industrial production and
forced workers into temporary

'Agency Rules Out
Change in Policy
There is no possibility of a
change in the electric power policy
which prohibits use of electrical
appliances by residents of Willow
Run Village, Benjamin Glassberg,
area supervisor of the Federal Pub-
lic Housing Authority, said yes-
terday in a statement to The Daily.
The statement by Glassberg fol-
lowed protests by students at Wil-
low Village, resulting from a dis-
closure that FPHA officials are
conducting an investigation of
the uses to which electricity is be-
ing put by Village residents.
Insufficient Funds
In answer to suggestions by pro-
testing veterans that the Village
be rewired in order to allow-the use
of electrical appliances by resi-
dents, Glassberg pointed out that
FPHA does not have funds for im-
provements on temporary housing
"Furthermore," he said, "there
is no prospect that Congress will
appropriate any money for such
a project." The FPHA, he said,
would have to spend millions of
dollars to make the necessary
changes in temporary housing.
Glassberg made no reference to
a previous statement by Charles
Annala, Willow Village FPHA di-
rector, who declared that the vil-
lage could not be rewired to carry
an extra load because "a directive
from Washington on temporary
housing projects such as this one
states that no capital improve-
ments shall be made."
Lighting Only
Glassberg emphasized that, ac-
cording to a statement issued to
all regions by the central FPHA
office, electricity in temporary
housing projects is to be used only
for lighting purposes.
Annala reported Tuesday that
an inspector is now making a "rou-
tine annual fire and safety in-
spection" and has been requested
to enforce compliance with "the
existing policy" which states that
electricity shall not be used for
heating water, cooking or space
As Village residents protested
this policy, Glassberg dclared
that "they will have to adjust
themselves to the situation." He
poirnted out that the local and area
offices were responsible for en-
forcing the directives from the cen-
tral FPHA office and needed the
corporation of Village residents
"We must enforce the safety reg-
See VILLAGE, Page 2
House Recalls
Marshall Writ
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27--()-
A House subpoena was issued to-
day for Secretary of State Mar-
shall but recalled when the State
Department furnished the infor-
mation that was sought and Rep.
Bradley (Rep., Mich.) rebuked a
colleague who started the fuss.
Rep. Weichel (Rep., Ohio),
chairman of a House Merchant
Marine sub-committee investigat-
ing the status of 95 ships lend-
leased to Russia and not returned,
issued the subpoena. It called for
Marshall to appear tomorrow with
all the correspondence with Mos-
cow on the subject.

Hoover Asks
475 Millions
For Germans
Exports To Pay
For Food Loan
By The Associated Press
Herbert Hoover recommended to
President Truman today that the
United States pay $475,500,000 for
food for German civilians in the
18 months beginning last Jan. 1 as
an essential contribution to peace
and order in the western world.
He urged that this sum not be
"an irrecoverable expenditure"
and that it be stipulated in all
peace arrangements that the
money be repaid from any future
German net exports "before any
other payments to other nations
of any kind."
Such repayments thus would
come ahead of reparations.
Formal Report
Hoover made the proposal in a
formal report -to President Tru-
man after investigating relief
needs in central Europe. He ex-
panded on it by telling reporters
at the White House today that
conditions all over Europe are the
worst in 50 years.
"Pretty grim," he summed up.
He said railroads are still disor-
ganized and that "everybody is
cold" in nothern and central Eu-
rope, where frozen canals and riv-
ers do not permit shipment of coal
even by barge.
German Industries
Hoover said he will make anoth-
er report to Mr. Truman probably
next week, on Austrian needs and
on how to develop German indus-
tries to the point that Germany
can pay for food furnished by the
United States and Great Britain.
On Capitol Hill, Chairman
Bridges (Rep., N.H.) said the Sen-
ate Appropriations committee
would want a detailed explanation
by the former President before it
votes relief funds.
In a report on his recent eco-
nomic mission to Germany and
Austria, the former President said
"it may come as a great shock to
American taxpayers that, having
won the war over Germany, we are
now faced for some years with
large expenditures for relief for
these people."
Pearl Harbor
Fire .Brought
Under, Control
-An oil-fed fire that swept sud-
denly over a quarter-mile long
wooden dock at Pearl1Harbor was
brought under control today by
500 sailors and marines after a
three-hour battle.
Twenty-five firefighters were
oyercome by smoke and taken to
Navy hospital for emergency
treatment. None was believed in
serious condition.
The dense, oily smoke, rising
from one of the worst blazes in
Pearl Harbor's history, overcame
many others, but they were giv-
en first aid on the docks and re-
turned to help fight the flames.
At 3:30 p.m., naval district
headquarters announced the fire
completelyrunder control, al-
thoughfiefghting crews still
poured water and chemicals on
fires smouldering beneath the

The extent of the damage was
not yet known, but it was expect-
ed to be heavy. Cause of the blaze
was undetermined.
Navy, Marine and Army fire-
fighters and seven fire tugs pour-
ed water into the fire, which
spread along the submarine side
of the naval base, starting at 10:50
a.m. (4:20 p.m., EST)
Oil lines under the wharf burst
adding fuel to the fire envelop-
ing the oil-soaked, asphalt-topped
A dense smoke pall hung over
the Navy yard and spread over
nearby Hickam Field, where the
Army fighter plane Betty Jo was
poised for a scheduled takeoff at
3 p.m. on a flight to New York.
The destroyer tender Sierra and
supply ship Oberon got up steam
and pulled into the channel with-
out damage while civilian work-
ers recomved more than 5,000 tons
of supplies from a weathered


ADA , New U Group, Plans
Liberal, Non-Partisan Policy

A campus chapter of Americans
for Democratic Action has been
approved by the Student Affairs
Committee and is now readying a
program designed to educate the
student body "to a more liberal
point of view."
The new organization is affili-
ated with the student division of
the national ADA group headei by
Leon Henderson and Wilson Wy-
att. Its purpose is "to study and
promote interest in non-partisan
current political and economic is-
sues," and "to implement the lib-
eral philosophy of providing se-
curity within a framework of free-
dom and freedom within a frame-
wrk fr securitv"

chairman; Bob Taylor, vice-chair-
man; Helaine Blutman, secretary;
Norma Levy, treasurer; and Ken
Bissell and Sherman Weiner, ex-
ecutive members at large. Fa-
culty advisers for the organiza-
tion are Prof. William Haber, of
the economics department, and
Prof. John L. Brumm, of the jour-
nalism department.
Helaine Blutman will represent
the campus group at a midwestern
regional ADA conference to be
held Saturday in Chicago.
Chairman Legters said that
"ADA will not be just another tel-
egram-sending, resolution-passing
campus organization but will work

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