THE MICHIGAN DAILY
SATURDAY, JULY _29, 1945
THE MICHIGAN hAhN
SATURDAY, JULY 28, l94~
MINES AT CASSINO:
eroes St llU
Associated Press Correspondent
CASSINO-Perched like a rust brown beetle at an impossible angle
on a rugged hill flanking Monte Cassino was the burned out shell of an
"There's several American dead still in that tank and the others
you can spot down there," commented an American officer, sadly.
Americans who may have wondered why it took five months to crack
the German defense on this "hill in Italy" may be appalled that the bones
of heroic dead of six allied nationalities still are unburied more than 14
months after Monte Cassino was
PUCTU RE NEWS
Defense Pleads Men
Are Political 'Footballs'
By The Associated Press
BATTLE CREEK, Mich., July 27-
Arguing its case before a jury of six
women and eight men, the defense
charged today that the four defen-
dants in the Hooper murder conspir-
acy trial were the "football" in a po-
litical game needed by the prosecu-
tion to "precede the trial of Frank
Following an eloquent opening ar-
gument by special prosecutor Kim
Sigler and defense arguments by at-
torney R. G. Leitch of Battle Creek
and Maurice J. Walsh of Chicago, the
case was adjourned until 1:30 p. m.
"Sigler wants you to infer McKay
put up $15,000 for this murder,"
Walsh told the jurors.
"If you bring in a verdict of guilty
here it will be a tremendous help'to
the McKay case. McKay isn't a de-
fendant here. You can't find he gave
money to these men or you'd be find-
ing McKay guilty along with them."
"Why didn't the prosecution con-
tinue its investigation and get the ac-
tual murderer?" Walsh shouted. "I'll
tell you why. They needed a murder
conspiracy trial to precede the trial
Men Are "Footballs"
"It's part of a political football
game and these men," he turned and
pointed at the defendants, "are the
McKay, Grand Rapids politician,
is scheduled to face trial Sept. 5 on
a liquor conspiracy charge.
Sigler opened the argument with
an hour-long description of the mur-
der plot which witnesses had de-
scribed in detail during the nine days
The fiery prosecutor turned time
and again toward the defendants,
Harry and Sam Fleisher, Pete Ma-
honey and Mike Selik, accusing them
of being "vicious individuals" who
"stalked Senator Warren G. Hooper
like a hunted animal because they
wanted to close his lips."
"The people have established a
diabolical conspiracy of wicked men
bred and born in the den of iniquity
that is O'Larry's Bar in Detroit,"Sig-
ler asserted. He termed the $15,000
allegedly paid for Hooper's slaying,
"dirty, lousy dollars."
Goering Has Heart
Attack During Storm
bourg, July 27-(PA)-Reichmarshal
Hermann Goering suffered a heart
attack during an electrical storm
last night and there now is a ques-
tion whether he could figure in a
war crimes trial without endangering
Capt. Clint L. Miller, Sumnit, Mo.,
army surgeon at the interrogation
center where Goering is interned,
said no one could prophesy how a
man under such high tension would
react under the stress and excite-
ment of a war crime trial and added
"Goering is so emotionally unstable
you never can tell about his type."
Miller attributed Georing's attack
to his fear of thunder and lightning.
MSC Continues To
EAST LANSING, July 27 -(R)-
Stanley E. Crowe, Dean of Students
at Michigan State College, said today
there were no immediate plans to
restrict students during the coming
fall terms to persons living within.
Miehigan, although there already
was a housing shortage on the cam-
But death awaits those, who do not
exercise caution in the sad chore, just
as it caught the Americans in the
The Germans mined the entire
area so heavily that before last hon-
ors can be paid those who fell in
the long battle, demolition crews
must clear the section to be searched
by the burying details.
Spell of ,Death
The smell of death no longer hangs
over the battlefield, but the spell of
death spreads its depressing hand
The flutter of a rag of what once
was a uniform beckons the visitor
to the sight of a whitened jawbone
and a splintered rib partly concealed
beneath the rocky rubble of a one-
time German machine gun nest.
None can bury these pathetic rem-
nants of a man until the spit is
checked for mines. Yet this grisly
reminder is only a few feet below
the imposing granite shaft erected
by the third Polish division to the
memory of more than 900 men of the
division who fell on Monte Cassino.
Two Plain Crosses -
In another direction, a few feet
from the wall forming a sen'i-circle
around the Polish monument, are two
plain wooden crosses. One contains
the name of a British soldier. The
other says "unknown German." Near-
by is the tommy's shell pierced tin
hat and the German's rotted shoes.
A few feet away, in territory still
taboo because it has not been de-
mined, is a ghastly welter of British
and enemy equipment. There is even
the beloved "char" can of a Tommy,
with dried tea leaves still clustered
in the bottom.
On the winding, narrow road lead-
ing to the abbey there is a grass-
thatched section of the rocky moun-
tain where an Indian regiment per-
ished after it had stormed within
precious feet of the abbey. The Ger-
mans cut them off and killed them at
leisure with pointblank fire-or per-
mitted the wounded the more exqui-
site torture of dying from thirst.
The abbey itself is ruined, but it is
being rebuilt by its monks. Cassino
below is a levelled mass of rubble-a
flattened fetish to the fury of war.
Will Begin in State
LANSING, July 27 - (P) - Capt.
Donald S. Leonard, State Sivilian
Defense Director, today announced
the start of a state-wide fuel conser-
I State Prison.
Gives Last Report On
By The Associated Press
LANSING,' July 27-Attorney Gen-
eral John R. Dethmers proposed
sweeping changes in the management
of the State Prison of Southern Mich-
igan today in the last of four re-
ports on conditions within an insti-
tution he has described as a "play
Abandoning the more sensational
charges of vice, immorality, gambl-
ing, drunkenness and favoritism in-
side the prison which marked his oth-
er announcements, Dethmers wound
up his report to the public with a
sober discussion of prison policies.
Biggest Walled Prison
He said corrections officers and
guards informed him the peniten-
tiary, called the biggest walled prison
in the world, had no plan for dealing
with "disaster, riot or serious trouble."
The Attorney General recommend-
ed the new administrators of- the in-
stitution institute an immediate "gen-
eral shake-down" of the entire place
for contraband, asserting none had
been held for a long time and that
they should be ordered regularly.
Turning to the effect of the alleged
mismanagement may have on the
minds of convicts, Dethmers said:
"Certainly when inmates can visit
the homes of prison officials on an
even social vasis, drink intoxicating
liquors, go downtown, drink in ta-
verns, visit houses of prostitution,
go to Detrot, stop at the best hotels,
use chickens and farm produce to
pay cabs from Jackson and as pay
in exchange for the service of pros-
titutes, use state and private cars
for the purpose of driving to known
hangouts to bring back whisky for
prison officials, when inmates know
that homosexuality is carried on
openly, when the inmates find they
have to pay another inmate 'prison
politician' for a choice cell or soft
job, they must stop and wonder about
the sincerity of the program which
proposes to make them good citi-
Professor Will Go
To Chicago Meetinr
Prof. Felix W. Pawlowski of the
Department of Aeronautical Engi-
neering will attend an annual meet-
in gof the Polish Institute of Arts
and Sciences in America today in
Prof. Pawlowski is president of the
mid-western branch of the institu-
P R E MI E R_-Joseph B,'Chif.
ley (above) is the new prime
minister of Australia. He is 60~
son of a blacksmith and was
treasurer in the labor cabinet9
late John Curtin,!-
O R I T A I N ' S B E R L I N P A R A D E - A view from the Prussian "victory column" lookin4i
down Charlottenburger' Chaussee in Berlin, as 10,000 British troops began a parade '
D I R E C T T O C 0 N S U M E R-On a farm near Wiesbaden, German women buy potatoes as
soon as they are takers from the earth. Potato digging machine is at the left.
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C U T E -- Angela Greene, film
player, strikes a pretty pin-up
inose with a beach bait.
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safe when you carry
S T I N G E R S O F U N C L E S A M '-S N A V Y--Long rakish lines of the navy's patrol torpedo (PT) boats appear in view taken
while these units of fierce-stinging "mosquito fleet" were maneuvering off Panama, where they're helping guard the Canal,
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