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VOL. Ll.No 165 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN SATURDAY, MAY 27, 1950
' .:WASHINGTON-(P)-The gov-i
ernment prosecutor on the 1945t
Amerasia case testified yesterdgY
that illegal raids pretty well
knocked the props from under the
Justice Department's court case.
Robert M. Hitchcock, who
handled the prosecution five years
ago, made it plain that in his opin-
ion the government was lucky to
wind up with fines against two.
of the defendants in the case.
The 1945 Amerasia case involv-
ed the alleged illegal removal of
hundreds of secret government
Much of the evidence was seiz-
ed in raids conducted without a
warrant by agents of the FBI
and the wartime Office of Strate-
gic Services (OSS).
'Nothing is clearer under Fed-
eral law," Hitchcock told the Sen-i
ate investigating committee, "than
that evidence secured as a result+
of illegal searches will be sur-1
Soon after Hitchcock testified,,
Senator McCarthy (R-Wis) char-
ged that the Tydings committee
had carefully excluded parts of
Hitchcock's testimony in a com-+
nittee statement to the press.
He termed the Amerasia case+
a 'great white-wash.'
In another development, the
State Department fired a new
blast at McCarthy, declaring that
"The facts do not deter him in
his reckless course."
The 'Department cited the fact
that McCarthy had failed to val-
idate any of the statements which1
he has made.
Amerasa was the name of a
Far Eastern affairs magazine
which had headquarters in New
York. It is no longer published.
Six persons were arrested in
June of 1945 after raids by the
FBI and the OSS disclosed fed-
eral documents in the Amerasia
office. All six were charged with
conspiring to obtain illegal pos-;
session of government papers.
Last Friday, Frank Belaski, a
wartime OSS agent who conduct-
ed the first raid on Amerasia head-
quarters in 1945, said in a radio
broadcast that a famous person
whose name he had given to the
Tydings committee was involved
In the Amerasia episode.
Columnist Drew Pearson --;
carried on his own personal in-
vestigation and in his column
Thursday wrote - "The interna-
S tional celebrity, whom Bielaski
claims 'towers head and shoul-
ders' above anyone else in the
Amerasia case, is John Hersey."
Meanwhile, in New York, au-;
thor John Hersey issued a state-
ment denying that he ever had
"any connection with Amerasia."
The Art Cinema League has
been officially taken over by th3
University and plced under the
jurisdiction of the Student Legis-
The ACL which was organized
over a decade ago as an attempt
to improve cinematic conditions
in Ann Arbor has grown so large
and its operation so complicated
that it was felt by all concerned
that the University should take
it over, Prof. R. C. Boys one of
the advisers to the ACL explain-
ASIDE FROM its cinematic
purposes, one of the chief aims
of ACL is to help recognized cam-
pus organizations raise funds by
a system of co-sponsorship.
The increasing demand by or-
ganizations for co-sponsorships
has caused many complications
which the University would be
able to handle much more ef-
fectively than the present- or-
ganization, according to Prof.
Under the new setup a Cinema
Board composed of the chairman
of the SL Culture and Education
Committee, the treasurer and the
two members at large of the SL
Report IFC Ball
Preliminary reports by the 1950
IFC Ball committee reveal a
shortage of $144 representing 40
Ned Hess, '51E, ticket chairman
for the IFC Ball, said yesterday
that the financial report had been
turned into .Dean Walter B. Rea,
but that he had refused to accept
it until the 40 tickets or the mon-
ey for the tickets had
CHICAGO,-(A)-R e a r doors
jammed shut by screaming pas-
sengers helped turn a crowded
street car into a blazing death cell
for most of the 32 victims of the
street car-gasoline truck collision,
the conductor stated last night.
Wililam C. Liddell, 28, Negro
conductor who escaped the in-
ferno with several passengers
through a smashed rear window,
gave this version at a Chicago
Transit Authority investigation.
* * *
LIDDELL WAS arrested, book-
ed on a charge of leaving the
scene of an acident and released
on $100 bond posted by the CTA.
The crowded street car and
the truck hauling 8,000 gallons
of gasoline rammed on the south
side near the end of the eve-
ning rush hour.
Witnesses said the south-bound
street car plowed into the side of
the truck while making a left hand
turn on a temporary turn-around.
A flooded viaduct a block south
prevented the street cars from
making their usual runs.
Charles G. Kleim, 44, a flag-
man at the acident scene, said
he waved his arms frantically in
an effort to slow down the street
car "but it kept on coming." He
said the car should have come to
a stop before making the turn,
OAK RIDGE, Tenn.- WP)- A
strike by AFL workers on a vital
atomic plant construction job has
spread to other building projects
virtually halting all construction
The Atomic Energy Commission
reported that AFL workers on an
atomic laboratory, a high school
and 450 new dwellings joined the
wildcat walkout which began
Wednesday on a $227,000,000 ato-
mic plant project.
William H. Davis of New York,
Chairman of the Atomic Energy
Labor Relations Panel, requested
Richard J. Gray, President of the
AFL Building Trades Department
at Washington, to use his influ-
ence in getting the 3,000 strikers
,to return to their jobs.
The strike started Wednesday
when some 700 common laborers
and hodearriers walked out in ap-
parent protest against failure of
an arbitration board to hand
down an immediate decision in a
ACCORDING TO the procedure
followed in the past, Hess, acting
as ticket chairman for the dance,
is held responsible for all tickets
and the money from ticket sales.
"I can't figure out where the
missing tickets could have
gone," Hess claims. "The tickets
numbering from one to 1366
were distributed to fraternities.
When the tickets were placed
on sale on the diag the follow-
ing day, the only ones we had
were those running from 1406
Hess said thatthe committee
had done a great amount of
checking with fraternities and
with their own records, but that
it had failed to clarify the situa-
* * *
IT WAS DISCOVERED the
week of the dance that a number
of tickets were missing. A three-
weeks check ending yesterday fi-
nally revealed that the money re-
presenting tickets numbering 13-
67 to 1406 had not been turned in.
Jack Heaphy, '51, general
chairman for the Ball, has re-
quested anyone who might have
purchased one of the tickets to
get in touch with him.
Hess's method of distribution
worked in the following way: sev-
eral series of tickets were allotted
to assisting men for re-distribu-
tion to fraternition. Each man
was to handle tickets for four or
THE RECORDS do not show
which of the fraternities received
a specific series of tickets. There
is no record of the missing 40
tickets going to a specific person
Lie Says UN
Lie said last night the China cri-
sis in the United Nations must be
settled by July, and a start made
this year to end the Cold War.
* * *
IF THE CHINA crisis is not
settled this summer, Lie said, the
September General Assembly of
59 nations will meet in confusion
"and I do not know what will hap-
The U.N. Secretary-General,
speaking to reporters here for
the first time since his one and
one-half hour talk with Prime
Minister Stalin, declined to re-
eal whether Stalin made any
new proposals for ending the
Soviet bloc's walkout against 29
U.N. organizations over the is-
sue of Chinese representation.
The Russians have demanded
the U.N. kick out the Nationalist
Chinese and give the place to the
Communists of the Peiping re-
gime. The Russians so far have
been voted down in their ouster
moves. Lie said today that if there
is any reality behind all the work
that has been undertaken to get
the issue settled it must be ended
in June or at least not later
The engineering faculty yester-
day turned down exemptions from
final exams for certain students
and a "deadweek" inthe engin-
eering school before finals, propos-
ed by the Engineering Council and
overwhelimingly favored in a stu-
dent-faculty vote early this month.
But Dean Walter J. Emmons,
secretary of the engineering
school, said that the faculty fa-
vors a "deadweek," a period in
which students would receive no
quizzes, bluebooks or problems, but
that the final decision rests with
the individual instructor.
* * *
"WE FEEL that there should
be no loading of students before
finals, and that instructors should
use discretion in scheduling such
work during the week before fi-
nals," he said.
Gordon Saxon, '51E, president
of the Engineering Council, said
that the faculty's decision was
not what it expected.
"The Council will approach the
faculty again on the 'deadweek'
proposal, backed bydmoreathan 90
percent of the student and fac-
ulty voters," he added.
HOWEVER, the Council did not
decide to bring the proposal ex-
empting certain students from fi-
nal exams up before the faculty
Council treasurer Bob Brun-
graber, '51E, also expressed dis-
appointment in the failure of a
"deadweek" to become an offi-
cial function of the engineering
"The 'deadweek' proposal was
a solution to a problem of students,
and it would have eliminated the
'necessity' of preparing for a blue-
book a day or two before a possible
final exam the first Saturday of
the schedule," he said.
By The Associated Press
OMAHA-Senator Wherry (R-
Neb.) proposed last night that
President Truman and Premier
Stalin exchange diplomatic notes
to clarify the American and Rus-
sian position in the, cold war.
LANSING-Charles F. Hemans,
once star witness for the sensa-
tional State graft grand jury, yes-
terdayhunexpectedly pleaded guilty
to a charge of bribery.
Hemans was chargedrwith pay-
ing a $200 bribe to former Rep.
George O. Harma while he was
still a member of the legislature
on April 30, 1941.
, * *
Not To Enter
BERLIN - Allied armor stood
guard last night on the borders of
West Berlin despite the fact that
the Communists have ordered the
youngsters in today's Whitsuntide
march of East Berlin youth to stay
out of the Western sector.
No trouble was expected by Al-
* * *
MEANWHILE, in Bonn, the
three Western Allies countered the
Communist "Peace and Unity"
campaign with new demands to
Russia that all Germany be uni-
fied through free elections and
guarantees of individual freedom.
Letters from the American,
British and French High Com-
missioners to the Soviet com-
mand proposed that a freely'
elected nation-wide government
should lead immediately to ne-
gotiation of a four-power Ger-
man peace settlement.
ted States drew a line around the;
capital area yesterday and told,
Communist Romania's diplomats
they can't step across it without
It was retaliation for the So-
viet satellite's restrictions on
Americans in Bucharest.
* * *
WEBB FIRST said that the re-
strictions on the Romanians here
was unprecedented in American
peacetime history, but several
hours later the Department said
there had been one case.
This was between June 7 and
July, 23, 1941, when the Soviet
Flmbassy staff in Washington
was limited in movement to an
area within 50 miles of Washing-
ton. Russian consulate staffs
elsewhere were similarly re-
WEBB SAID there is no pre-
sent plan to limit the movements
of Soviet Ambassador Alexander
S. Panyushkin and his staff, one
of the largest here. It numbers
two score officials exclusive of
dependents and employes, who re-
main free to travel all over the
CED To Scan
The Committee to Eond Dis-
crimination yesterday decided to
check Michiganensian graduation
pictures in an attempt to discover
if the medical school has a racial
A subcommittee was appointed
to check yearbooks for several
years back to determine the re-
presentation of various minority
groups among medical school
graduates. This, CED hopes, will
throw new light on the medical
school's admission policy.
TUNG OIL BANQUET:
Steere, SRT President
Wains Cooley Cane Prize_
Norm Steere, '50E, president of
Sigma Rho Tau, the engineer's
Stump Speaking Society, won the
coveted Cooley Cane award last
The Cane is presented each
spring to the member who con-
tributed the most to the organi-
zation in the past year. It was a
gift to Sigma Rho Tau from the
late Dean Mortimer Cooley of the
Engineering College. The award
was presented by Ellsworth J. Re-
BALTIMORE- (A') -The CIO's
new electrical union has lured
another big block of workers
away from its rival in their fight
over charges of Communist domi-
Both sides claim victory in
Thursday's collective bargaining
election among 96.000 employes at
57 General Electric plants across
A TABULATION by the Nation-
al Labor Relations Board regional
office here showed:
The CIO's International Un-
ion of Electrical Workers (IUE)
won the right to speak for 53,-
970 workers in 49 bargaining
The United Electrical Workers
Union (UE) won the right to re-
present 36,683 workers in 40 units.
* * *
THE "POPULAR VOTE," which
technically has no bearing in the
contest of strength but tends to
show the cross-country division
of sentiment between the two ri-
vals, gave 47,486 for the IUE and
35,763 for the UE.
nier, the recipient. of the award
* * *
GEORGE D. PFAFFMAN, '50E'
received the Gavel Citation for
meritorious worl in the Stump
Speakers Society. The gavel, made
of tung wood, continuing the
"Tung Oil" theme of the banquet.'
Daniel C. Wilkerson, a patent
attorney and engineer for a
large automotive manufacturing
company in Detroit, was the
guest speaker. He said, "The
constant opening of new en-
gineering fields assures jobs to
an ever-increasing amount of
Prof. Walter E. Lay of the mech-
anical engineering department
won the prize for the best faculty
Prof. William W. Hagerty of the
engineering mechanics department
was the adjudicator, and Dean
Walter J. Emmons of the En-
gineering College presented the
Tung Oil Crown. Prof. Robert D.
Brackett of the engineering Eng-
lish Department, who founded the
organization, emphasized in his
speech that the society is a group
of men learning how to speak -
not a society of speakers.
Debts to U
Must be Paid
All student accounts with the
exception of those on which pay-
ment is not yet due, must be paid
or renewed not later than the
last days of classes, Herbert G.
Watkins, University Secretary, an-
Failure to pay due accounts will
result in the withholding of grades,
transcripts, credits and refusal to
allow students to register in any
subsequent semester or summer
session until payment has been
received, Watkins said.
In Berlin the war of words be-
tween the East and the West had
developments that dazed even this
propaganda-hardened city. -
The British sent armored cars
and steel-helmeted soldiers to back
up West Berlin's German police at
potential trouble spots.
THE BRITISH commandant,
Maj. Gen. G. K. Bourne,claimed
the Communist Freie Deutsche
Jugend (Free German Youth) ral-
ly would result in a "clear victory"
for the West.
The East launched a weird
propaganda campaign charging
the West is dropping potato bugs
from planes to destroy East Zone
Several members of the Soviet
zone "People's Police" - which
three Western powers contend is
a new illegal Germany Army -
have deserted to the West. One
told reporters that he would rath-
er have good soup on the West
than politics in the East.
The 'original Communist threat
that they ivould storm into West
Berlin was dropped more than
two months ago when the Western
Allies replied that they would
counter such a move with force.
Newspaper men are better off
now than they have been for some
time, Russell Barnes, Detroit News
foreign - correspondent said last
Review Past of Mimes
A nostalgic aggregation of Uni-
versity old-timers met at the
Union last night to help celebrate
the revival of something close to
their hearts - Mimes.
Composed of teachers, musi-
cians and prominent business men
- each a former Mimes member
- the alumni group came here
from all over this part of the
country for the occasion.
Feasting on sirloin and ex-
changing yarns about the Univer-
sity of days gone by, they joined
students in bringing Mimes back
to life after nearly two decades
* * *
This story was pieced together
last night by reminiscent alumni.
Prof. Donel Haines, of the journa-
lism department, well remembered
the original Opera, which he help-
ed write when he was a student
here in 1908.
* * *
IT WAS in 1912 that Union Op-
era members conceived the idea
of Mimes, alumni recalled.
Several of the society's orig-
inal members attended last
night's banquet. One of them,
Robert G. Beck, came here from
Goshen, Indiana. He told of writ-
ing lyrics for "Contrary Mary,"
the first Opera to be produced
HARTFORD - A federal jury
was sent to bed last night without
reaching a verdict in a $200,000
libel suit against a Connecticut
housewife who called Larry Adler
and Paul Draper pro-Communists.
WASHINGTON-A bill designed
to "black out" interstate trans-
mission of horse and dog rate bet-
ting data before the races are run
was approved by the Senate Com-
merce Committee today.
* * *
WASHINGTON-For the first
time in its 23-year history, the
National Spelling Bee ended in a
two-way draw today-and for a
very good reason.
Still on their feet, and spelling
like crazy at the finish, were Col-
quitt Dean of College Park, Ga.,
and Diana Reynard of Kirk Junior
High, East Cleveland, O.
Ensian To Finish
,.. ." " , . -.
ATOM STUDIES STARTED:
'U' Plans Expanded Phoenitx Project
Speaking at the initiation ban-
quet of Sigma Delta Chi, profes-
sional j o u r n a 1 i s m fraternity,
Barnes said that this apparent
prosperity is due to the modern
accent on advertisement rather
than the "idealistic editorial side
THE BEST WAY to break into
a metropilit n daily is to first
gain news judgment experience on
a small town paper, he pointed out.
Although it is extremely difficult
to find a position without that
experience, the average wage
paid to Detroit newsmen is 110
dollars a week.
New officers of the fraternity
elected were George Bruske, '50
LSA, president; Robert Bailyn,
Grad., vice-president; Marvin
Epstein, '51 LSA, secretary; Ro-
(EDITOR'S NOTE -- This is the
first in a series of articles designed
to acquaint Daily readers with pre-
sent and future plans for the use of
Phoenix Project funds.)
By VERNON EMERSON
With more than $35,000 of Mich-
igan Memorial-Phoenix Project
Grants to faculty members
from a $60,000 working fund
were made by the Project Ad-
visory Committee soon after the
Memorial was announced in the
spring of 1948.
Since that time nearly a score
of radiation on plant growth
and plant genetics.
Isotopes have been used to test
basic chemical structure, cosmic
radiation, nuclear disintegration,
and to improve equipment design-
ed for atomic energy work.