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ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 1950
At U.S. Air Base
ty-six Czechs elected last night to
stay in Germany as fugitives from
This partly unraveled the mys-
tery of the dramatic, unheralded
landing of three Czechoslovak
planes loaded with 85 persons at
this U.S. Air Force base Friday.
Fifty-eight Czechs who chose to
return to Czechoslovakia, among
them the president of the Czech
air line, said they were shanghaied
in flight by seven of the 12 crew-
men. They said one of the planes
was captured at gun-point.
THE FLEEING Czechs refused
to disclose the inside story of how
they arranged to get control of the
three DC-3 type liners leaving
" from the widely separated airports
of Brno, Bratislava and Ostrava
and land them minutes apart in
r the middle of this surprised base.
The escape was engineered as
Prague seathed with unconfirm-
ed rumors that Deputy Premier
Zdenek Fierlinger had been as-
sassinated and Rudolf Slansky,
secretary general of the Czech
Communist party, seriously
These reports mingled with
other unconfirmed rumors of a
silent "palace revolution" at
Prague and speculation that
among the 26 plane fugitives were
persons of prominence in the
Czech government and Communist
However, the U.S. Air Force in
an announcement said the only
persons of importance on the
planes was the president of the
Czech air line, Leopold Thurner.
WASHINGTON - (MP) -Con-
gress was told yesterday that if
the United States tried to achieve
absolute security against atomic
attack it would have to spend
more than $300 billion and become
a "garrison state."
This analysis of civilian de-
fense against A-bomb was given
the Senate-House Atomic Com-
mittee by Paul J. Larsen, direc-
tor of the Office of Civilian Mo-
S bilizat!n in the National Se-
curity Resources Board.
LARSEN SAID in testimony
given in closed session March 23
and made public by the commit-
tee yesterday that perfect se-
curity against atomic attack "ob-
* viously is not possible."
"Nor is an attempt to achieve
absolute security desirable un-
der present conditions unless we
are willing to become a garrison
state," he said.
He said that, looking at the
problem from a security stand-
point alone, the solution might
appear to be compulsory disper-
sion of people and of industry,
"The dollars and cents cost of
decentralizating some 200 cities in
the United States having popula-
tions of 50,000 or more would'
probably be in the neighborhood
of $300,000,000,000." ,
VA Project Waste
Investigation Shows Biggest Loss
Stems From Choice of Hospital Site
By CHARLES ELLIOTT
The hospital now under construction near Ann Arbor by the
Veteran's Administration has cost at least $170,000 of sheer waste.
Facts leading to this were uncovered by a Daily investigation
which grew out of the recent local controversy over the hospital site's
MOST OF THE apparent waste stems directly out of the selection
of the present site at the intersection of Glacier Way and Geddes Road.
It is a twenty acre piece of land, part of which is swampy.
Total price for the land and a house on it-which must be torn
The great part of the waste occurred because of the nature of
the land itself. As it is swampy, difficulty was encountered in getting
a firm foundation for the. building.
PILES HAD to be driven into the ground, but when the foundation
was begun, it was discovered that the wrong kind of piles were being
The total cost to steady the foundation has mounted to
$169,000, according to a statement made Feb. 25 by Vernon
Hedin, head of the contracting company.
This can be traced directly back to the selection of site, and the
main weight of the blame must fall on the shoulders of whoever was
responsible for that.
THAT PERSON cannot be determined.
The incompetency becomes more evident when the alternatives
The first group sent here by the VA some time before May,
1946 to pick a location for the hospital expressed approval of
another site, at Cedar Bend Wand Broadway.
They publicly voiced their approval in a letter to Mayor William
Brown, which was read before the Ann Arbor City Council and
recorded in the Council proceedings. They -also took option on the
property through a local real estate company.
THIRTY-FOUR ACRES of wooded and hilly land comprise the
site, sheltered but accessible. Residents of the area had been thor-
oughly consulted, and no one objected to having the building con-
Water and sewage mains could be built to the hospital, if it
were located partly inside city bounds, without lengthy legal pro-
cedures or the annexation of more land to the city.
But because the property now being used is a short distance
outside the city limits, no water or sewage mains can be built to the
hospital either unless the city annexes it or complex legal difficulties
IN JULY, 1946, however, when the options were about to expire,
William Z. Bowie, director of the real estate section of" VA, notified
Harmon Johnson' of the local real estate company that it was "not
necessary to renew the options."
The option lapsed, and the land was subsequently sold for about
Nothing was heard from the VA for over a year, when, on
December 4, 1947, Mayor Brown received another letter from them.
This letter had a map enclosed, with the present Glacier Ways-
Geddes Road site marked on it as their first choice. It was thus
THE VA HAS corresponded exclusively with Mayor Brown con-
cerning the site, although the spot selected is outside the city limits
and under the jurisdiction of the Township Board.
According to Merl G. Underwood, head of the Board, to this day
they have not been officially notified that the hospital is being built
in the township, nor has a building permit been issued.
99 POSITIONS OPEN:
Political Hopefuls Prepare
For Coming SL Elections
Of Surprise Coup
BRUSSELS, Belgium-()-In a
surprise move, Prince Regent
Charles last night asked Albert
Deveze, leader of Belgium's anti-
LeopoldLiberal Party, to form a
Apparently the understanding
was that Deveze, long-time Minis-
ter of Defense, would try to form
a coalition cabinet of Liberals, So-
cial Christians and Socialists.
* * *
IF THIS were successful, the
new government's task would be to
bring exiled King Leopold III back
to Belgium, on the premise that
he would abdicate in favor of his
19-year-old son, Prince Baudouin.
Few leaders gave Deveze much
chance of success, .since they
said it is doubtful that the pro-
Leopold Social Christians-Bel-1
gium's largest party-will drop
their determination to bring the
The Social Christians said they
considered Leveze's appointment a
political maneuver to force disso-
lution of Parliament and so post-
pone return of Leopold until after
new elections which would have to
be held 40 days later.
DEVEZE TOLD newsmen it
would be "premature" to state
what form his government would
"I am seeking a national solu-
tion to existing problems," he said.
"Should I fail the logical conclu-
sion would then be to go before the_
country and ask them again what
they want. It would be dissolution
(of the Parliament) and new elec-
The designation of Deveze as:
Premier was the latest develop-
ment in the long battle over the
return of Leopold to the throne;
and was the most unexpected news
Belgium has had since its citi-
zens voted Mar. 12 by a majority
of 57% to bring back the King
By The Associated Press
PHOENIX, Ariz., - A con-
verted B-25 blew up in the air
near here yesterday and plunged
seven employes of North American
Aviation Co., Los Angeles, to their
* * *
PHILADELPHIA - Episcopal
Hospital announced yesterday
three Philadelphia surgeons
successfully operated on a hu-
man heart by cutting through
the patient's neck, not his
chest, with a brand-new, still
The announcement said it was
the first operation of its kind
in medical history.
LAFAYETTE, In-d.- William
Hollensbe, a former cashier of
Purdue University was put on pro-
bation for five years and fined
$50 yesterday for embezzlement
of $2,300 worth of University
Costs Coed $51
A 19-year-old University coed
was fined $25 and ordered to pay
$26.25 court costs yesterday in
Municipal Court, on charges of
using false identification in an at-
tempt to buy beer.
The coed pleaded guilty before
Judge Francis O'Brien, after be-
ing arrested by police for using a
falsified driver's license in an at-
tempt to purchase beer at a tav-
ern at 120 E. Liberty.
Wroim To ins
old Southern Michigan prison
inmate has shipped 200,000
earthworms outside the prison
gates and hopes for parole soon
so he can join them in Battle
The prisoner, Reginald Hills,
is called "Wormy" by his fel-
low inmates because he has
been raising the anglers since
he was sentenced from Wash-
tenaw County Dec. 2, 1947, to
serve three to 14 years on for-
gery and escape charges.
'ENSIAN AVALANCHE-Ensian staff members, led by Editor
Jeannie Johnson, '50, in white slacks, celebrate the completion of
the editorial work on the 1950 Michiganensian Wednesday by
creating a storm of shreaded paper which threatens to bury them.
Other staffers are left, Lynn Gutenberg, '50; Paul Sage, Spec.,
who supports Dave Leddick, '51, on his shoulders, Jeanne Schreib-
er, '51Ed and right, Don Sigman, '51E..
YR's Hear Democratic Policy
Criticized by Morton, Ford
By NANCY BYLAN
"The 81st Congress has been
shabby and dishonest in its 1-
dership," Rep. Thruston B. Mor-
ton (R-Ky.) declared yesterday
before a banquet closing the Big
Ten Young Republican Confer-
The Democrats have a great
stable in October and November,
but they won't run a thing the
rest of the year, Morton remark-
ed in the racing language of his
* * *
HE WARNED that if the Demo-
crats gain in the 1950 elections,
"then we wil really be in danger."
"Our will to produce is being
crippled by a system of taxa-
tion and all th' ;ags for all peo-
ple," Morton asserted.
He acknowledged the "pressing
needsindhuman social fields." But,
he added, those problems can nev-
er be solved if the will to produce
"WE MUST find a limit which
keeps fulfillmentdof the obliga-
tion of the federal goveinment,
within the American tradition,l
The Big Ten Young Republican
Conference yesterday adopted a
platform incorporating the title
and principles of the "Opportu-
nity State" platform originated
by the University Young Repub-
The preamble to the entire
platform, as well as the preambles
to the individual planks, were ac-
cepted with only minor changes.
ONE OF THE chief departures
from the original platform was
the deletion of provision for fed-
eral aid to education and to medi-
cal training, clinical and research
The plank was removed after
a strong reminder by the dele-
gation from Northwestern Uni-
versity that-the Conference was
pledged to a balancing of the
The Northwestern delegation
was also effective in securing fixed
parity price suports in the agri-
culture plank. The original plat-
form called for a sliding scale.
* * *
CHIEF controversial issues in
the foreign policy platform were
recognition of Franco Spain and
aid to Nationalist China. In spite
of a split among the delegates,
the former was rejected, as in the
A plank not in the earlier
platform, calling for a United
Nations investigation of the
situation in China - including
a published report - was fi-
nally agreed uponrby the dele-
Under the national security
platform, the conference accepted
suport of a plan of "sufficient"
group air force, defeating a mo-
tion to substitute the number "70"
as stipulated in the original
Also varying from the earlier
platform was the 11 point modi-
fication of the original 21
point labor "bill of rights."
In addition to adopting a plat-
form, the delegates voted to con-
tinue the Conference as a perma-
nent annual meeting.
66-year-old Texan who gained
fame by capturing wild animals
throughout the world, died of a
lung ailment yesterday.
He entered Hermann Hospital
at the $100,000,000 Texas Medical
Center about a month ago.
The body will be cremated fol-
lowing services at 4:30 p.m. today
at a Houston funeral home.
His first expedition was made
in 1911 to South America. Later
his trips took him to Malaya,
India, Borneo, Burma, New
Guinea, Siam and Africa.
A feature picture, "Bring 'Em
Back Alive," made about 20 years
ago, gave him the lasting nick,
Boon to Peace
KEY WEST, Fla. - (A)--Presi-
dent Truman warned the Congres-
sional economy bloc yesterday that
sharp cuts in foreign aid spending
might precipitate a third World
Demanding house passage of
the "full amount' 'of administra-
tion requests for $3,375,000,000 to
carry the program forward an-
other year, he said the United
States had to fight World War
Two because it turned its back
on the "rest of the world."
* * *
"WE WILL save nothing if we
ignore the needs of other nations
now only to find that the result
is World War Three," he declared.
Approval of the administra-
tion requests, he said, would
strike a "major blow" for peace.
Countering efforts of the econ-
omy bloc to trim at least a half
billion dollars fro mthe omnibus
measure, the President warned
that the "full amount" is neces-
sary to fight the "poverty, misery
and insecurity" on which "Com-
MR. TRUMAN pitched into the
House debate with a two-page let-
ter to Chairman Kee (D-West Va.)
of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
"Passage of this 'act will
strengthen all nations threaten-
ed with intimidation, subversion
or aggression," he said.
At the same time, the President
withheld a decision on a request
by Senator Tydings (D-Md.) for
use of loyalty files of state de-
partment employes accused by
Senator McCarthy (D-Wis.) of
pro - Communist leanings. Ross
said there will be no answer over
However, the secretary said the
President gave his full approval
to information given the Senate
Foreign Relations Subcommittee
Friday by Attorney General Mc-
Grath and FBI Chief J. Edgar
WASHINGTON -- () - Sena-
tor Vandenberg (R-Mich.) pro-
posed yesterday that a new "upar-
tisan" commission be set up t
chart America's next step in the
cold war after the Marshall plan
Vandenberg suggested that a
"Harriman Commission" - simi-
lar to the 19-member group head-
ed by W Averell Harriman whi:
surveyed American resources an
Europe's needs in 1947 - be cre-
ated to study the possibility of 8
successor to the Economic Co-
"As we approach the statutor
end of ECA in 1952," the Michi-
gan senator said in a letter tc
ECA Administrator Paul G. Hoff-
man, "I think it would be wel
for another such commission -
equally unpartisan and equall
impeccable in character - to re-
sume independent, advisory stu-
disof our new responsibilities a
the world's .largest creditor na-
tion and the world's spearhea
in the quest of dependable peace.'
SL Will Quiz
The Student Legislature Cabi.
net wil hold interviews for stu
dent delegate candidates. for thi
c--mm- .q N a,tinShiertA sso-a
Ninety-nine student politicos will
fight it out for 37 Student Legis-
lature seats and class offices in
the all-campus elections on April
26 and 27.
Although intensive campaigning
for the elections will probably not
be launched until after spring va-
cation, SL officials reported grow-
ing signs of political activity al-
ready cropping up all over campus.
* * *
SEVERAL candidates have al-
ready started "personal contact"
campaigns, and have sent out let-
ters to student leaders in all cam-
Meanwhile,, SL officials have
already launched a candidates'
training program featuring weekly
talks on SL policies and projects
by Cabinet officials.
ALL CANDIDATES will be as-
signed to work with one of the
Legislature's six standing commit-
tees at this week's meeting at 4
p.m. Tuesday at the Union, ac-
cording to Dave Belin, '51, chair-
man of the citizenship committee.
Betty Bridges, '51, director of
SL's candidates' "open - house
program," reported yesterday
that 24 houses have filed re-
quests to sponsor meetings for
A breakdown of the candidates
shows that 59 students will run for
23 SL seats, 16 for senior offices in
the literary college, 19 for class
offices in the engineering college
and five for two seats on the
Board in Control of Intercollegiate
* * * *
CANDIDATES in the literary
college senior class are:
For President: Frank Butorac,
Ed Lewenson and Chuck Murray.
For Vice-president: Jack Ar-
buckle, Hugh Greenberg,kEarle
Kieime,FaynPankow, Kathie Ge-
genmueler and Ross Tandourjian.
For Secretary: Pris Ball, Doris
Gardnar, Cal Klyman, Mary Ken-
nedy and Pat McLean.
For Treasurer: Dave Belin and
* * *
IN THE RACE for senior class
offices in the engineering college
For President: Robert Brungra-
ber, Ned Hess and Gordon Saxon.
* * *
and does nbt weaken that will."
Marton urged Americans to
"recapture the glwy and pag-
eantry of our past. "Patriotism
may be out of date," he admit-
ted, "but so are the moral weak-
nesses we are suffering today."
Keynoting the afternoon session
of the Conference, Gerald R. Ford
(R-Mich.) declared it is a "dan-
gerous condition for the United
States to have control in the hands
of big government, big labor, big
The Young Republicans in Con-
gress are the men who are work-
ing against this policy of big un-
its, he said.
IN CITING what the Young Re-
complished, Ford praised the work
of Rep. Richard Nixon (R-Calif.)
in carrying on investigatory work
in the Hiss trial.
In addition, Ford applauded the
efforts of Rep. John Lodge (R-
Conn.) in initiating a proposal to
stop aid to Korea if any Commun-
an Reid ists should get into the govern-
RED TAPE CUT:
Student, Japanese Bride
Speak Marriage Vows
NEW SMOK El) DELICACY:
Succulent Goldfish Nets Student $10,
A two-and-a-half year wait and
the help of the President and con-
gress were necessary first, but 28-
year-old William Corkery, Grad.,
was finally married yesterday.
THE CEREMONY united him
with his Japanese bride, petite 22-
Corkery still thinks the date of
the presidential signature is sig-
nificant - the bill was signed
Feb. 14, Valentines Day.
Corkery's mother, Mrs. Eleanor
Corkery saw her daughter-in-law
for the first time yesterday morn-
inirAnd ,hpwas pleae,.
By RICH THOMAS
Goldfish swallowing, a high
flown sport of the high flying
twenties, came back with a gulp
last night as Al Warheit, '51, won
a ten dollar bet with his room-
purchased flippers. After five
of his pals had put up 10 dol-
lars to back their challenge,
"I got a glass arid dipped the
,11 , .. . .r. - .o flf +ltff l
other stomach acids," chemistry-
major Warheit added, "probably
took care of him in 30 to 40 sec-
IMMEDIATELY following the