By LEW HAMBURGER and MICHAEL BRAUN
Powdery whisps of white in yesterday's sky abruptly changed into
the ominous, destruction-laden clouds of the afternoon.
Lightning struck twice as electric storms, cooling a record tem-
perature, brought death on the highway.
Loren J. Knickerbocker, 54 years old, was killed when his car
skidded out of control in a two-car crash on the slippery roads near
Lima Center. Dwight Gadbery, driver of the other car was taken to
University hospital in serious condition.
A deputy claimed "The accident would probably never have
happened if the roads weren't wet."
At 4:25 p.m. alarms sounded in two fire houses, ngiles apart.
Ypsilanti firefighters rushed to the house of Washtenaw County
Under-sheriff Charles Shaw. Lightning touched off a fire in the ga-
rage and spread rapidly to the house. Smoke fumes rendered every-
Tootsie and Bozo, two of the Shaw's puppies became victims of
Simultaneously, firemen in Chelsea battled a lightning fire at
Camp Keyuma. A vacant dormitory was destroyed by the fire, Chelsea
Tornado warnings were issued late in the afternoon for an area
encompassing Grand Haven, Saginaw, Jackson, and Kalamazoo. How-
ever, the dark evening sky bore no evidence of the twisters.
The downpour began at 2:34 p.m. Two hours later local police
had investigated seven accidents, most of which were attributable
to the slippery road conditions brought on by the rains.
One of the accidents involved four cars. Frank McKinley, 47 years
old, collided with two parked cars, and ricocheted into a third after
failing to stop for a stop sign.
He blamed the weather, but police commented. "He was under
it." McKinley didn't stay at the scene of the accident, but evaded
police for several hours before he was apprehended.
Day Began Ideally
On campus the day began ideally. Students welcomed the chance
to have classes outdoors. The temperature sizzled from a comfortable
73 during nine o'clocks to a sweltering 86 in the afternoon.
Late students walked into empty classrooms. Every subject from
Anthro to Zoology was being taught al fresco.
Rush For Slickers
In the early afternoon the sunshine gave way to showers and
studies were put aside as the rush for slickers began.
The humid weather cast a drowsy atmosphere over the campus.
Studying became difficult.
By late afternoon students worked only because time was so
One coed described the main reading room of the library as a
"sticky, humid aquarium filled with the stuff that tests are made of."
As it grew dark the rains stopped. Students seemed relieved.
Their own special tragedy had not yet begun.
-Courtesy of Sheriff's Office
"... THE STORM'S TOLL"
". . .LIGHTNING STRUCK TWICE"
Slap at Investigations
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Latest Deadline in the State
VOL. LXV, No. 166 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 1955
Scheele: Vaccine Safety
Okayed. by Government
LANSING (A') - An advisory
committee was appointed by Gov.
G. Mennen Williams yesterday to
keep Michigan's polio vaccine pro-
gram going at top efficiency.
The Governor also took the op-
portunity to contrast Michigan's
smoothly-operating program with
"confusion" in Washington.
He said the advisory committee
would maintain liaison with fed-
eral authorities, establish priori-
ties according to age groups for
distribution of the vaccine and
provide for a rapid and equitable
distribution of all the vaccine the
state can get.
"Despite the confusion exhibited
in Washington there has been no
halt in the inoculation program in
Michigan," Williams said. "We
have gone right ahead without in-
terruption to use every bit of the
vaccine which has been available
"Michigan's well-organized pro-
gram has been in marked contrast
thus far with the confusion of the
federal government. We should go
ahead with our own plans."
Dr. Albert E. Heustis, state
health commissioner, reported that
325,000 first doses and 15,000 sec-
ond doses have been administered
free'to Michigan children.
Pay Bill Veto
WASHINGTON (M)-The Senate
upheld President Dwight D. Eisen-
hower's veto of the 8.6 per cent
postal pay increase yesterday-in
a vote billed as a possible guide to'
his attitude toward a second term.
Before the climactic vote in a
crowded chamber, some Eisenhow-
er backers passed the word that if
Republicans deserted the President
in sizeable numbers on the issue
he might figure it was hardly
worth running again in 1956.
The vote on a motion to over-
ride the veto was 54-39 in favor of
the bill, well short of the two-
thirds majority required to pass
legislation without the President's
signature. The measure thus was
Thirty-seven .Republicans stood
by Eisenhower on the issue. They
were joined by two Democrats,
Sens. Harry Byrd and Willard
Robertson of Virginia. Forty-six
Democrats and eight Republicans
voted to override.
There is now no reason for the
House to test the veto, since a
'N ew Board
Bill Gardner, '58, was chosen
chairman of the 1956 Senior Board
at a meeting of the newly-elected
class officers last night.
Other senior officers for the
1955-56 school year are Jerry Pres-
cott, '56BAd., vice-chairman; Jud-
ith Rankin, '56A, corresponding
secretary; Marilyn Smith, '56BAd.,
recording secretary and Rodger
Andersen, '56E, treasurer.
Gardner is president of the lit-
erary college, a member of the
Student Relations Committee and
belongs to Druids.
Activities of the Board include
handling graduation details for
seniors and sponsoring dances,
speakers and coffee hours. "One
of the most important services of
the Board is to serve as liaison be-
tween the graduating seniors and
the Michigan alumni clubs," said
WASHINGTON (I)}-Senate Re-
publicans decided yesterday to try
to ditch a Democratic alternative
if they are unable to steer Presi-
dent Dwight D. Eisenhower's
highway program to passage.
They looked to the House for
help in getting across the admini-
stration's multibillion-dollar, 10-
year roadbuilding plan.
GOP senators developed this
strategy in the light of strong sup-
port for a substitute plan drawn
by Sen. Albert Gore (D-Tenn).
WASHINGTON (A') -- Surgeon
Gen. Leonard Scheele announced
yesterday that the government has
confirmed the safety of all Salk
polio vaccine produced by drug
companies except two lots made by
Cu t t e r Laboratories, Berkeley,
There was no immediate indica-
tion, however, of when the stalled
immunization program would be
There were signs meanwhile of
strained relations between Dr.
Scheele and some other anti-polio
leaders on the one hand and Dr.
Jonas Salk and Basil O'Connor on
More Public Information
O'Connor, president of the Na-
tional Foundation for Infantile
Paralysis, had been pressing for
more public information on the
polio campaign, including a re-
port on the Cutter vaccine.
Scheele, in a statement at the
close of a meeting of government
and other polio experts yesterday
said there is "strong presumptive
evidence that there was a cause
and effect relationship" between
certain cases of paralytic polio
"and the use of two lots of Cut-
ter vaccine out of nine released."
Relationship Not Proven
He did not say, however, that
such a relationship has been prov-
en to exist.
He declared, "It appears that
incidence of cases associated with
the Cutter vaccine is probably
over, although there may be a few
widely scattered cases which have
not yet been reported."
After he had declared that vac-
cine produced by all manufactur-
ers has been proven to be safe ex-
cept possibly two lots of the nine
lots distributed by Cutter, Scheele
"This has been demonstrated by
the field trials of 1954 and by the
large numbers of children safely
vaccinated this year. Studies and
inspections made since April 27
also support this conclusion."
About six million school children
have received shots so far in the
Blasts Red Move
On German Issue
of State John Foster Dulles, with
President Dwight D. Eisenhower's
approval, yesterday bluntly turn-
ed down any Soviet move to turn
Germany into a neutral in the
In sharp language, he assailed
any such proposal as unrealistic
and said no one believes 70 mil-
lion Germans with their great
tradition could play such a neu-
Dulles thus stressed this gov-
ernment's insistence that West
Germany should remain in al-
liance with the West. The West
Germans have just entered the
North Atlantic Treaty Alliance,
defense set-up of non-Communist
Dulles spoke out at a news con-
ference in an effort to ease some
alarm in West Germany over Pres-
ident Eisenhower's comments on
neutrality last week.
The President had told reporters
at his new conference: "There
seems to be developing the thought
that there might be built up a
series of neutralized states from
north to south through Europe,"
These remarks aroused specula-
tion that the United States was
switching its long-standing policy
to favor including Germany as
part of this neutral belt of na-
But Dulles said he has been
authorized by Eisenhower to say
flatly that no such interpretation
should be placed on the Presi-
Bands To Give
The Wolverine Band and the
Symphony Band will combine
forces to give an open-air con-
cert at 7:15 today on the Diag-
Prof. William D. fevelli, direc-
tor of University Bands and
George R. Cavender, assistant di-
rector of University Bands, will
conduct selections by Ventre, Men-
delssohn, Anderson, Sousa, Kern,
Bennett, Tchaikovsky, Holst, Os-
ser, Brockenshire and Jacob.
Raise in Fees for Housing
Hop es Rise
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the sec-
ond in a series of articles on the Brit-
ish elections. Today's describes the
issues and campaign.)
By PETE ECKSTEIN
Three weeks of torchlight pa-
rades, open-car tours, fiery ora-
tory and tightly-reasoned argu-
ments end when 28 million Britons
Sir Anthony Eden risked the life
of his young government by ask-
ing Queen Elizabeth to dissolve
Parliament and call general elec-
tions, setting in motion the ever-
greased wheels of party machin-
The time had come, the Tories
said, to speak of many things-
not cabbages and kings, but Clem
an Nye and Anthony, of pocket-
books and peace.
By electing a member of the
House of Commons from each of
630 districts, the British will de-
cide which party gains a Parlia-
After three-and-a-half years of
FBA To Ask
Fraternity Buying Association's
constitution will be presented for
approval at the Student Govern-
ment Council's last meeting of the
semester at 7:15 p.m. today in the
Appointments to the Anti-Dis-
crimination Board will also be
Recently brought under the jur-
isdiction of SGC, the board works
with a committee representing stu-
dents, administration and local
merchants to eliminate discrim-
inatory practices in the commu-
Three appointments to the com-
mittee will be approved. Eight stu-
dents petitioned the one year for
CAMPAIGNING FOR ELECTION
differing in emphasis, the parties
have now been emphasizing those
Hasn't Been Easy
It hasn't always been easy. Most
Laborites went along with vital
measures to rearm Germany and
build a hydrogen bomb.
Just as Labor was hammering
away at the Tories' failure to get
a "parley at the summit," the
United States agreed to a Big-Four
meeting. But the Loyal Opposition
still finds grounds to oppose.
Seized All Opportunities
"I do not believe," former Labor
Foreign Minister Herbert Morrison
told a crowd in Hampshire, "the
government have seized all the op-
portunities they might. The Labor
government would be more ener-
Aneurin. Bevan, Labor's left-
wing maverick, saw motive in the
American move. "There is no gov-
ernment in Great Britain," he bel-
lowed while campaigning for
friendly candidates, "that the
American millionaires want morej
than a British government which
represents British millionaires."
Speaking from a platform stud-
ded with Eden's photograph, cap-
tioned "Working for Peace," Chan-
cellor of the Exchequer 'Rab' But-
ler said "It would be folly to
change the government which has,
done so much, just when perhaps
we may win the first rewards of
By LEE MARKS
University housing situation will
be discussed at length by Board
of Regents Friday, Vice-President
of Student Affairs James A. Lew-
is predicted yesterday.
Speaking at a Board of Gover-
nors of Residence Halls meeting,
Vice-President Lewis hinted at a
possible raise in fees to speed ad-
"If there is any consideration
on housing, it may be in the form
of a raise in fees," the Vice-Presi-
Women's Housing Report
Vice President Lewis'' comments
followed a report on women's
housing prepared by Mary Jo
Park, '56. and read to the Board.
by Assembly Association President
Hazel Frank, '56.
The report pointed up over-
crowding in women's dormitories.
Estimates for next fall indicate
there will be 425 more women on
campus than present facilities
To accommodate these women
singles will be converted to dou-
bles and doubles to triples. Bath-
room facilities will also be over-
crowded (from one unit per every
10 girls to one unit per 12 girls).
Protest Present Conditions
Stressing the urgency of getting
additional housing units, Dean of
Women Deborah Bacon indicated
there was strong parental pressure
protesting present conditions.
"My office can withstand the
steady and justifiable reports on
conditions of women's housing un-
til next February," the Dean of
The Residence Halls' Board of
Governors has already approved a
$50 room and board hike and at
their Friday meeting Regents will
consider a $5 tuition raise to cover
SGC expenses and help pay for the
proposed Student Activities Build-
Former Inter -eHouse Couneci
President Stan Levy, "55, yester-
day asked the Board of Governors
to consider, in the fall, the prob-
lem of freshmen fraternity pledg-
es who live in dormitories.
Levy claimed friction existed be-
cause freshmen who pledged fra-
ternities generally hurt dorm mor-
ale and had a "poor attitude."
"We try to integrate all men into
Priest Hits Pornographic Literature
World News Roundup
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Benson announc-
ed yesterday he is setting up a permanent committee to review all
security cases in his department.
Asked whether this resulted from criticism of the department's
handling of the Wolf Ladejinsky case, Benson said, "not particularly."
Rather, he said, it is in line with the department's continuing efforts
to improve its housekeeping functions.
PARIS - Nationalist terrorist shootings, bombings and arson
spread through French Morocco the last 24 hours, leaving six persons
dead and 16 wounded.
French political and military leaders, fearful another Indochina-
type crisis might be developing in that protectorate and other parts
of their North African domain, met here hurriedly to deal with the
* * * *
TAIPEI. Formosa - The Chinese Communists have moved in
NEW YORK (OP)-A high school
disciplinarian and a Roman Cath-
olic priest both maintained yes-
terday that pornographic litera-
ture-of ten bootlegged in the na-
tion's schoolyards-can spark ju-
William Deerson, dean of disci-
of filthy post cards, indecent car-
toon sequences and suggestive
In the same vein, the Rev. Dan-
iel Egan, a Franciscan priest who
works' with teen-agers, told Sen.
Kefauver and the other subcom-
mittee member present, Sen. Wil-
One witness, Irving Klaw of
New York, was directed to pro-
duce tax returns, books and rec-
ords of his business. He replied:
"I decline to make the material
available under the Fifth Amend-
ment on the basis that they may
tend to degrade and incriminate