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VOL. LX., No. 38 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 1950
PRICE FIVE CENTS
To Detroit Alums
By JIM BROWN
(Special to The Daily)
DETROIT - Speaking before
more than 500 University alumni
An Rackham Memorial Audito-
rium, President Alexander G.
Ruthven last night officially
launched the Detroit area "spe-
cial gifts" campaign for the Mich-
igan Memorial-Phoenix Project.
He told the alumni that he has
"never before been so interested
in any project at the University
as I am in this one."
"A REAL UNIVERSITY should
be a national and international
university in truth and in spirit,
regardless of its support," he said.
"We have striven to maintain
a proper balance between instruc-
tion, research and service," he
added, pointing out that the Phoe-
nix-Memorial Project meets all of
Citing the important role
which the University played in
the developmnt of the atomic
bomb, President Ruthven said,
"Whether we like it or not, we
are in an atomic age-an age for
which the University is in some
"We have a duty, therefore, to
see that this force does not de-
atroy mankind and the Phoenix-
Memorial Project, devoted to re-
search in the peacetime applica-
tions of atomic energy, will en-
able us to fulfill this duty," he
"And it is especially appropriate
that this project be dedicated to
the 520' University sons who lost
their lives in the last war," he
* * *
LATER, Chester H. Lang, Na-
* tional Executive Chairman of the
fund-raising committee, charted
the progress which has already
been made by the national and
regional committees and predicted
that the campaign "will have a
response which has never before
been matched by our University
or any other university.
"But the terrific task facing us
now is to convey the impact of
this project tonevery other alum-
nus and friend of the University,"
THE NEWLY formed Student
Executive Committee of the Mich-
igan Memorial-Phoenix Project
will meet in Ann Arbor for the
first time today.
President Ruthven, Vice Presi-
dent Marvin L. Niehuss and Dean
of Students Erich A. Walter will
be guest speakers on a program
which will present to the com-
mittee a complete picture of the
Speak at Hfill
Returning to Ann Arbor for the
fourth consecutive year by popu-
lar request, John Mason Brown
will offer his witty, stimulating
commentary on current literature
and theatre at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow
in Hill Auditorium.
Under the sponsorship of the
University's Oratorical Associa-
tion, Brown will discuss "Broad-
way in Review."
FOR MANY years drama critic
for the Theatre Arts Monthly, and
the New York World-Telegram, he
is now associate editor of the Sat-
urday Review of Literature.
He has maintained a reputa-
tion among broadway reviewers
of being able to predict correct-
ly more hits and flops than any
In addition to reviewing and
lecturing, Brown has achieyed con-
siderable fame as an author.
Among his works are "Two on the
Aisle," "fetters from Greenroom
Ghosts," "Seeing Things," and
"Broadway in Review."
* M *
TICKETS for his talk are avail-
able from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2
to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow at
the Hill Auditorium Box office.
The Oratorical Association is
also accepting mail orders for tick-
-+c ^ Afo V10anr Rncavl,
Coal Strike PerilsAW Tirns
Government May Ask Court Order
Against Lewis 3-Day Work Week
PITTSBURGH-(I)-The spreading strike of more than 88,000
soft coal miners bit into the nation's steel production yesterday amid
signs the government soon may seek a court order against John L.
Coal shortages, which already have curtailed railroad service,
threatened to close 300 big Pittsburgh area industrial plants by cutting
off electrical power.
* * * *
General counsel Robert Denham of the National Labor Relations
Board indicated he may ask today or tomorrow for a court order
Gagainst the three-day week which
New rules clarifying Women's
Judiciary petitioning and forbid-
ding "juggling" of League peti-
tioners into Judiciary posts were
/lopted yesterday by the League
The changes followed SL ad-
visory member Adele Hager's crit-
icism of a League policy of asking
all women applying for jobs whe-
ther they would be interested in
posts, including Judiciary, other
than those specifically sought.
"FROM now on, it's 'no position
without a petition' in Judiciary
Council," Patricia Reed, '50, in-
terviewing chairman said. "Wo-
men will be considered for the
Council only if they have peti-
tioned specifically for it."
The new rules apply only to
Judiciary petitioning, she said.
In the re-opened petitioning,
any scholastically eligible junior
woman may seek the office of
Judiciary chairman, secretary or
member, according to Miss Reed.
"Experienc in Judiciary or any
extra-curricular activity is abso-
lutely unnecessary. However, wo-
men who have already petitiot ed
for League posts may also apply
for Judiciary," she said.
MISS REED announced that pe-
titions will be due Feb. 17 and
that applicants will be inter-
viewed Feb. 20-24.
The League Council voted Mon-
day to re-open Judiciary petition-
ing "because of the small number
of applications originally received."
Loyal to UMW
Recent reports that an indepen-
dent coal union planning to "go,
back to work" and break with
John L. Lewis' UMW are worth-:
less, according to Harold M. Lev-
inson of the economics depart-
The UMW is on a three day work
week with thousands of miners
walking out of the mines on
"The man who recently report-
ed that he has thousands of mine
workers willing to break with Lew-
is hasn't a chance,' Levinson
"Lewis is still in control, with
the command he has held over the
miners for twenty years still as
strong as ever," he added. "Only
the most severe depression could
destroy the miners faith in Lewis
as their leader."
Lewis fixed for miners last July 1.:
Coal operators have filed
charges of unfair labor practices
against Lewis. They say the
short work week is the United
Mine Worker President's way of
Steel production at the nearby
Midland, Pa., plant of Crucible
Steel Company of America was
reduced 25 per cent. A thousand
of the firm's 13,000 workers were
A COMPANY spokesman blam-
ed the "no contract no work" coal
strike. He predicted larger lay-
offs within days unless coal pro-
Even before the strike, the
nation's miners had been work-
ing only a three-day week on
orders of John L. Lewis. As a re-
suit, U.S. coal stockpiles are
down to the danger point.
The Pittsburgh Retail Coal Mer-
chants Association telegraphed
President Truman an appeal "to
protect the consumers ofecoal."
The association said "the emer-
gency in coal supply has become
But at almost the same time
President Truman rejected an ap-
peal by Sen. Brewster (R-Wie.) to
invoice the Taft-Hartley act to
end thetstrike in Pennsylvania,
West Virginia, Alabama, Ohio,
Kentucky and Virginia.
In Red China
"Communism will not threaten
the religion of the Chinese; it
realizes the strength of religion-
therefore, the church will survive,"
Prof. Andrei A. Lobanov-Rostov-
sky of the history department de-
He spoke before a panel which
was part of the eleventh annual
Michigan Pastors Conference.
* * *
OTHER members of the panel
dicussing "Far Eastern Tensions
and the Church" were Prof. Rus-
sell H. Fifield of the Political Sci-
ence Department, and the Rev.
Dr. Glenn M. Frye, Methodist
minister from Benton Harbor.
Prof. Fifield agreed with Prof.
Lobanov saying "it is only a
matter of time before we recog-
nize the Chinese Communist
government. but we can still di-
rect the Chinese in western ways
through our missionaries in
China and their influence on
education, public health, and
all social welfare there."
Dr. Frye, who has recently re-
turned from China, reported that
even though the Communists have
infiltrated into China, they have
not expelled the missionaries.
* * *
EARLIER in the day as part of
the Pastor's Conference, Gunnar
Dybwad, supervisor of the state
Department of Social Welfare,
spoke at an Ecumencial Luncheon
at the Union.
offered its 89,000 hourly-rated
employes $100-a-month pensions
yesterday but the CIO United Au-
to Workers promptly turned down
It was "completely inadequate,"
said UAW Chrysler director Nor-
man Matthews. The union was ex-
pected to give strike notice today.
Chrysler was the second major
automobile firm to make a $100-
a-month pension offer. The Union
accepted one from the Ford Mo-
tor Co. last September.
HOWEVER, Matthews said, the
National UAW Chrysler negotiat-
ing committee unanimously voted
down the plan proposed today for
three main reasons. These he list-
1. It "proposes to extend the
present Chrysler collective bar-
gaining contract, without change,
except on wage rates, for a period
of five years."
2. It fails to commit Chrysler
to "a fixed contribution in cents
per hour into a trust fund to guar-
antee pensions on an actuarially
sound basis" and gives the UAW
no representation in administra-
tion of the proposed pension sys-
3. The corporation's proposal
on insurance and medical-hospi-
tal care "is a sham."
* * *
LIKE the Ford pension plan, the
Chrysler offer embodied a propos-
al to make up the cost of $100-a-
month benefits not provided
through Federal social security
benefits. It set the same retire-
ment age- 65.
In addition, whereas Ford
workers must have 30 years' ser-
vice to be eligible, Chrysler's em-
ployes would need only 25 years
under the proposed plan.
Matthews said the Unionwold
reply formally and in more detail
to the company today. He was
asked if the offer would provide
"a basis for further negotiations,"
but said no.
Matthews had threatened to
hand Chrysler a seven-day strike
notice today unless "satisfactory"
progress was made. Negotiations
are to resume at 10 a.m., and it
was believed the strike notice
would be given.
Seniors in all schools can pay
their class dues at the time they
register for the second semester,
literary class president Wally Ten-
inga announced last night.
He added that the dues, for-
merly $2.00, were cut to $1.00 by
the senior board members meeting
"The new amount was set as a
result of reduced costs for senior
activities, this year."
Teninga explaied that there
will be separate tables at registra-
tion for seniors in the Engineer-
ing College, the Literary College,
and the Business Administration
"Class dues are used for all sen-
ior activities throughout the spring
semester, as well as for the class
gift and future reunions," he said.
Fo Baze Rsks
(EDITOR'S NOTE-This is the last of a series of articles on fire precautions
in local student boarding houses.)
By DAVIS CRIPPEN
The University may soon begin clamping down on substandard
fire precautions in student rooming houses, supplementing a city-
sponsored inspection of all multiple dwellings which was okayed
Monday night by the Ann Arbor Common Council,
Dean of Students Erich A. Walter told me, "We are now studying
the advisability of a return to rigid checking of rooming houses on
the approved list in the Office of Student Affairs."
* * * *
THIS INSPECTION program was dropped nearly three years
ago in the face of a rising enrollment.
"Personally," Dean Walter declared, "I feel that we should take
this responsibility as soon as possible."
However, since money for such a program has not been
appropriated there is no chance that it will be begun immediately.
But even when it was in operation, the program was far from
an ironclad one.
Mrs. Esther C. Griffin, administrative assistant in OSA, who did
the inspecting under the program, recalled that she looked over
only the houses which the owners wished placed on the approved list.
* * * *
WHEN INSPECTION for placement on the list was discontinued
in 1947, Mrs. Griffin said there were some 150 houses listed.
Since then the list has remained static, with no houses either
being added or cut.
It is plain that this list is far from a complete one, and there
would be large loopholes, even if the houses listed were inspected
and made to live up to fire precaution standards set by state law.
"There are certainly more than the 150 rooming houses on our
approved list renting rooms," Mrs. Griffin readily admitted.
* * * *
WHEN I ASKED Dean Walter about this shortcoming of the
program, he told me, "Obviously the perfect plan would be to know
and have examinations of all student rooming houses.
But, Dean Walter went on, any real control could not be
gotten in one leap, but in a succession of steps.
The first of these steps, he declared, would then be the active
reinstitution of the Approved Rooming House Program by the re-
nexamination-of the-houses still on the list.
Contemporary Music Exciting
Phase of Existence--Johnson
A man charged with fitting
false teeth to cows to make
them look like young and ten-
der heifers, has a year in which
to think up new ideas.
Douglas Clay, a cattle dealer,
was sentenced to a year in jail
yesterday on each of five
charges of obtaining money un-
der false pretenses, the terms
to run concurrently.
Prosecutor N. R. Fox-An-
drews said Clay duped the Min-
istry of Food into buying the
cows by pulling their mature
teeth and substituting teeth
from calves. Clay denied he did
it with iLtmnt to defraud.
By RON WATTS
Wire-tapping, the practice of
being a silent member in a tele-
phone conversation triangle, is un-
der fire again from some high offi-
cials and liberals in this country.
James Fly, chairman of t*
Federal Communications Com-
mission has asked for a Congres-
sional investigation. He is doubt-
ful of the legality of such practices
as applied to the current Coplon-
* * *
PROF. Morgan Thomas of the
political science department, in
commenting on the practice of
wire-tapping, said, "If the crime
laws are proper and the laws
themselves do not jeopardize the
freedom of expression, then I
would approve the use of devices
to prevent violations of these
The difficulty of determining
just what the law is lies in the
Supreme Court decision o n
Olmstead vs. U.S. and the Fed-
eral Communications Act of
1934. The people taking sides in
this controversy are basing
theirrarguments on this deci-
sion and act.
Clarifying the decision and act,
Prof. John Waite of the Law
School pointed out, "Wire-tap-
ping, if done without trespass on
the complainants property, is not
considered search and seizure and
therefore does not fall within pro-
hibition of the 4th Amendment.
That is what the court decided in
Olmstead vs. U.S. and as far as I
am aware, that decision has not
* * *
"ON THE other hand," Waite
continued, "a federal statute en-
acted since the Olmstead decision
makes it illegal for any person un-
authorizedly to intercept a wire
communication and reveal its
content. That also is still the law."
At the present time the tele-
phones of 170 persons involved in
"internal security" cases are be-
ing tapped by the FBI, according
to J. Edgar Hoover in a statement
to Congress. Hoover claimed he
was acting on the authorization of
late President Roosevelt in order
to protect the nation "from those
who would enslave us and are en-
gaged in treason, espionage and
Storm Winds Fan
Army Base Fire
By The Associated Press
Nearly eight thousandspersons
fled their homes in southwest
Missouri yesterday before the
flooding Mississippi, on its worst
rampage in 13 years.
Army engineers' warnings they
may have to dynamite a levee to
ease the pressure on the fast ris-
ing stream sent evacuees stream-
ing from the Birds Point-New
THE enginers have authority
over the floodway-home of some
12,000 people-which is maintain-
ed for just such an emergency.
Many more of the lowlanders were
expected to flee before morning.
Otheramidwestern rivers were
on a rampage, too. With the
floods still rising, the situation
grew more critical hourly.
More rain was forecast for the
valley of the Ohio River, already
swollen to many times its normal
size ard flooding many thousands
of acres of farmland and some
southern Illinois and western
* * *
AT Lawrenceville, Ill., a Wabash
river levee broke last night, pour-
ing more water onto an area al-
ready inundated by the flooded
In Indiana, Gov. Henry F.
Schricker agreed to order out a
second unit of the state na-
tional guard to bolster theWa.
bash River bank at Wincennes.
Other sections of the country
had their weather hazards. Wind-
fed fires tore uncontrolled through
parts of Colorado, and new bliz-
zards hit the Dakotas and Minne-
WINDS up to 65 miles an hour
fed a brush and timber fire which
raced over more than 50 dry square
miles at warbuilt Camp Carson,
south of Colorado Springs. Ano-
ther blaze broke out in the black
forest to the northeast. It threat-
ened to sweep miles of dry timber.
One soldier was killed, six
were injured critically and 21
others burned seriously fighting
the Camp Carson fire. The blaze
destroyed at least 30 buildings in
the huge camp and laid bare
more than 60 square miles of
, timber and brush land.
Northeastern Minnesota was
slammed by its heaviest blizzard
of the winter, carried on winds up
to 60 miles an hour.
Talk, Don't Act
Students of public administra-
tion have been "talking" principles
for a half century without ever
closing the gap between theory
and practice in the field, Prof.
Roscoe C. Martin charged last
Prof. Martin, president of the
Society for Public Administration,
spoke before the Michigan Chap-
ter last night.
The theories of administration
that purport, to relate to actual
practice are wide of the mark, ac-
cording to Prof. Martin, who is
chairman of the political science
department at Syracuse Unliver-
"Most writings on the subject
apply only to the Federal level of
administration," h e explained.
"They are seldom put into prac-
tice on State or local levels."
He pointed out that a city clerk
of a town of 1,800 would rarely
understand the principles set forth
by public administration theorists.
Opera Tryouts To
As Mississipp1 Rampages
By ROZ VIRSHUP
Contemporary music is one of
the most exciting phases of our l
existence, Thor Johnson, conduc-
tor of the Cincinnati Symphony
Orchestra said in an interview
after his concert here last night.
Comparing 20th century music
with medicine the 36-year-old
American conductor said, "We
don't expect doctors to stop with
19th century treatments nor
BOSTON -(/P) -The nation's
biggest robbery was pulled in Bos-
ton last night when a bandit gang
made off with "more than $1,000,-
000" from an armored truck firm.
Police Supt. Edward W. Fallon
said "over $1,000,000 was stolen
and they missed we don't know
how much more because they
couldn't carry it away."
The robbers struck with preci-
sion of a well-drilled squad at a
money transportation firm, on the
"The robbery was so neatly ex-
ecuted,' Capt. John D. Ahearn of
the police special service squad
said, "that it must have been en-
gineered by the cream of Boston's
should we expect composers to
* * *
THERE is a certain stigma at-I
tached to the term modern music
but an ever-growing audience,
particularly of the very old and
young, enthusiastically acclaim
the music of our times, Johnson
Just how much of the great
quantity being written today will
be recognized as great works
cannot be determined while we
are so close to it. In 25 years
we may be able to single out
the outstanding contributions
of the half century, the young
Viewing the first quarter of the
century, Johnson mentioned great
works by Stravinsky, Debussy and
Gershwin as important musical
But we must wait until 1975 to
survey the musical development
of the half century as a whole, he
* * *
THE FORMEI University stu-
dent, teacher, and conductor spoke
of Ann Arbor as his second home.
"Through the opportunities of-
fered here I got all my breaks ...
to say nothing of what I learned,"
Johnson will be back for May
Festival to conduct the Philadel-
NEW INTEGRATED PROGRAMS PLANNED:
Literary College .Halts Combined Curricula
By DAVE THOMAS
In a sweeping change of educa-
tional practice, the literary col-
lege has abolished the combined
curriculum programs of study, it
was revealed yesterday.
In their stead, new "integrated"
courses of study are planned for
three of the five areas formerly
covered by the combined curricu-
lums. The three areas for which
The new programs will go
into effect next fall but will not
affect students already enrolled
in the old combined curriculums.
Also students matriculating at
the University this February
with the intention of entering
the combined curriculum pro-
gram will be allowed to do so,
Dean Peake said.
The same applies to any person
instigation of the new was re-
ceived from the Board of Regents
at their Dec. 17th meeting. The
new programs were discussed pub-
licly for the first time yesterday
at the University's annual meet-
ing with the Michigan Associa-
tion of Church-Related Colleges.
Law and medical students will
find it necssary to spend extra
time in obtaining both their
able to the A.B. degree to be com-
pleted in the literary college with
a grade point average of 2.5. Then,
the student enters law school
where after his first year of legal
work he must complete 15 addi-
tional hours of work in the literary
college and at least 13 hours of
additional study in the law school.
These 13 or more hours will be
a,~cnted by heu hliterarv ej-nlioe
new program declaring that it
gives "an opportunity for study
of law integrated with its back-
ground of political science, eco-
nomics and other related disci-
plines by permitting concurrent
election of courses both in law and
Medical students will have to
attend one summer session and
After he has satisfied these re-
quirements, he will be granted his
A.B. degree by the literary college
which will accept a maximum of
15 hours toward the 120 hour re-
quirment from his medical school
The new joint program for the
School of Dentistry has not yet
been announced but is expected
tohp aqa , i~lyth a me a