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'U' Will Continue
Financial Probe
An investigation of bacteriology department financial affairs
which preceded the dismissal and subsequent death of famed Uni-
versity bacteriologist Malcolm H. Soule will be continued, University
officials announced yesterday.
Soule, 54, head of the bacteriology department of the Medical
School since 1935 killed himself. Friday evening with a deadly dose of
snake venom and morphine after learning that he had been dis-
missed from the faculty by the Board of Regents for mishandling
University funds.
University officials said that the investigation, which has
been under the direction of Vice-President Wilbur K. Pierpont
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teriology department cash vou-
chers and a review of annual
University audits to determine
if any new lines of inquiry can
be opened.
University President Alexander
G. Ruthven last night categori-
cally denied reports that he had
personally ordered a new inves-
tigation of University financial
records. He said that the current
investigation which is confined to
the bacteriology department and
which was begun late last spring
is continuing.
* ir *
4 AFTER A HASTILY convened
meeting of all top four University
executive officers yesterday morn-
ing the following official state-
ment was released in explanation
of the dismissal:
"During the months of March
and April, 1951, Dr. Malcolm H.
Soule, Professor of Bacteriology
and Chairman of the Department
of Bacteriology at the University
of Michigan, submitted travel
vouchers for expenses for two men
who presumably had visited Ann
Arbor fbr the purpose of being
interviewed for positions at the
University. These vouchers were
signed with the signatures of the
supposed visitors, and University
checks for the accounts were duly
drawn and sent to Dr. Malcolm
Soule for delivery.
"Later it was learned that the
men had not visited Ann Arbor
and had not received the checks
from Dr. Soule or the University.
"The University found that the
travel vouchers and the endorse-
ments on the checks had been
GOP Delegate
Battle Mounts
(R-Pa.) yesterday issued an an-
gry challenge to an opposing GOP
group to do battle over Pennsy.-
vania's delegation to the 1952
presidential nominating conven-
Duff, plugging for Gen. Dwight
D. Eisenhower as the nominee,
-said if a group headed by G. Ma-
son Owlett, GOP National Com-
mitteeman, and former Senator
Joseph H. Grundy want a "knock-
down and drag-out fight" they can
have it.
* * *
DUFF'S statement capped a ser-
ies of developments showing sharp
splits in both major parties as
they prepared for the 1952 strug-
On another GOP front, all
but open warfare was declared
between Senator McCarthy (R-
Wis.) on one side and Senators
Margaret Chase Smith (R-Me.)
and Hendrickson (R-N.J.) on
the other, over the Maryland
election investigation report.
On the Democratic side, Sen.
Douglas (D-Ill.) continued a bat-
tle against two Federal Judge
nominees of President Truman.
Douglas has been mentioned as a
possible Democratic presidential

forged and that Dr. Malcolm H.
Soule had also endorsed the checks
with his own name. Dr. Soule was
confronted with the evidence of
his mishandling of funds and ad-
mitted it. He paid a total of
$487.05 as financial restitution. A
third case was discovered which
involved forgery and a voucher
for expenses in excess of they
amount actually received by a
visitor. The amount involved was
included in the total restitution.
"Previous to the discovery of
the forgeries there had been a
number of reports of alleged mis-
use of University property and
funds by Dr. Malcolm Soule. In-
vestigation of these reports did
not provide conclusive evidence
that University property or funds
had been diverted to personal use.
These investigations, however, led
to the cases on which the Board
of Regents took action of dismissal
of Dr. Malcolm Soule.
"Evidence was presented to the
Board of Regents at the regular
meeting of August 3, 1951, and the
Board felt that as custodian of
public funds there was nothing
that could properly be done . by
the Board but dismiss Dr. Malcolm
Soule and report the facts to the
public prosecutor, despite the
Board's great regret that it was
* * *
ELABORATING on the "num-
ber of reports of alleged misuse
of University property and funds"
referred to in the statement, a
University official said that about
half a dozen such reports involv-
ing funds or property of minor
value had been investigated in re-
cent years by the University but
that nothing conclusive was found
against Soule.
Regent Murray D. Van Wagon-
er, a former governor of Michigan,
defended the Regents' action in
refusing to accept Soule's resigna-
tion, firing him, and turning the
matter over to the county prose-
"We rejected Dr.'Soule's resig-
nation, which I think was the
right thing to do. When a man
admits he has misappropriated
public funds, the only thing to
do is bring the matter to the
prosecutor's attention," Van
Wagoner said.
After Soule's death, Douglas K.
Reiding, Washtenaw County pro-
secutor said that his office was
through with the case unless the
University turns up further evi-
The coroner ordered an au-
topsy performed.
The Soule family has an-
nounced that there will be no
funeral services. The body will
be cremated.
Prof. Walter J. Nungester of the
bacteriology department who has
been acting head of the depart-
ment for the past several weeks
will continue in this position un-
til a new department chairman
can be selected.

Paper Cites.
44 Gridders
In Scandal
Probe Demanded
By Congressmen
gressional demands for a West
Point investigation multiplied yes-
terday as 44 members of the Army
football squad were reported to
be among 90 cadets accused of
cheating on exams.
The cadets are in the process
of being discharged from the Mili-
tary Academy for violations of the
honor system.
SENATOR Fulbright (D-Ark.)
called for a suspension of foot-
ball at both West Point and An-
napolis, the Naavl Academy. Oth-
er Congressmen blamed "big-time"
commercialism of athletics for the
most shocking scandal in West
Point history.
They called for a de-emphasis
on sports.
The Washington Post, said it
had learned "the actual number"
of football players inovlved-44-
from a source closely associated
with the Academy whose name
cannot be used.
Such a wholesale inroad on the
army football powerhouse .would
leave only a handful of varsity
players to form the nucleus of the
squad this fall.
At West Point, the son of Coach
Earl H. (Red) Blaik, Bob Blaik, a
star back, used the word "we" in
referring to the ousted cadets.
Senator Fulbright said it would
be a good idea if football were
suspended at Annapolis and West
See CADETS page 3
Point until the whole question of
intercollegiate athletics could be
"It's a disgraceful situation,"
Fulbright told a reporter. "In-
tercollegiate athletics have be-
come so perverted that it's a
corrupting influence on all the
youngsters in the big universi-
The unexpected housecleaning
at the Military Academy sent de-
mands for a fuller investigation
echoing through Congress. Sen-
timent was hardening in several
quarters for a "de-emphasis" of
football and possibly other inter-
collegiate competition at "The
Rep. Potter (R-Mich.) said the
ousted cadets are victims of a
system of athletic commercialism.
"They have been instilled with a
philosophy that their main effort
should be on the athletic field,"

The Thing
OMAHA -(P) -Death came
yesterday to a peculiar old bird
known as "The Thing."
The Thing was a 10-year-old
chicken, half hen and half
rooster, owned by attorney
Ross L. Shotwell of Omaha.
As a rooster, it was under bi-
ological compulsion to fulfill a
rooster's function with the
flock, which it did. As a hen, it
was under a similar compulsion
to lay eggs, which it did often.
About ten days ago, the bird,
for which carnival folk had
vainly offered Shotwell $250,
was stolen.
Yesterday Shotwell went in-
to his yard. There, tossed over
his fence during the night, was
The Thing. It had been be-

Red Troops

CHANGING THE GUARD-American troops snap to attention while relieving the Russians during
a monthly change of guard outside Spandau Prison, Berlin. The four powers take turns maintain-
ing the guard at the ancient structure. Among the prisoners are former deputy Fuhrer Rudolf Hess
and six of his comrades serving sentences of from 10 years to life.

Boyle Linked,
With Cuban
Plant Deal
ST. LOUIS - A() - Democratic'
National Committee Chairman
William M. Boyle, Jr., played an
important role in an attempt to
gain control of a government-
owned nickel plant in Cuba, the
Post-Dispatch reported last night.
Associated with Boyle in the
unsuccessful venture, the news-
paper said, were James P. Finne-
gan, then internal revenue collec-
tor for St. Louis, Rex Jacobs, De-
troit manufacturer, and E. Merl
Young of Washington.
THE NEWSPAPER added the'
deal fell through when they were
unable to interest Shields and
Company, a Chicago brokerage
firm, in investing $1,000,000 in the
The Post - Dispatch quoted
Boyle as saying in Washington
he knew of plans to lease the
U. S. owned nickel plant but
took no part in the negotiations.
The plant was built by the De-
fense Plant Corporation during
World War II. Production was
suspended in March, 1947. Then
Congress, after the Korean War
began, voted $5,500,000 to reha-
bilitate the plant. That started
the fight for control, the news-
paper declared.
The plant now is operated by
the Nickel Processing Corporation
for the Billiton interests of the
THE NEWSPAPER gave the fol-
lowing version:
Young, Jacobs and Finnegan
conferred with Government offi-
cials about getting control of the
plant in a hotel in Washington
June 28, 150. Boyle was in another
room of the hotel and conferred
with Finnegan by telephone fre-
The groups met again with
Government officials in August,
1950, again with Boyle in anoth-
er room. They met a third time
Sept. 18, 1950 in a hotel in New
The group planned to split its
earnings from the nickel plant
four ways: 5 per cent for Boyle,
5 per cent for Finnegan, 5 per cent
for an unidentified man and 85
per cent for Jacobs. But Jacobs

Senate Expe
Truman Tax
WASHINGTON - (I) - Presi-
dent Truman's bid for a $10,-
000,000,000 tax increase appears
to have little or no chance of rea-
lization this year.
A check of key members on the
tax-writing Senate Finance Com-
mittee indicated yesterday that
the Senate is likely to reduce
rather than increase the $7,200,-
000,000 bill passed by the House.
ONE VETERAN member said
'the Committee probably would
World News
By The Associated Press
BOMBAY, India-The Tuscon
Victory arrived from the United
States yesterday with the first
shipload of American wheat
granted India to stave off famine.
DETROIT-United States dip-
lomats have brought about the
defeat of American troops in
Korea, Donald R. Wilson told.
American Legion delegates here
last night.
WASHINGTON-- S e n a t o r
O'Mahoney (D-Wyo.) disclosed
yesterday that a large "search
and recovery" operation is un-
derway in Korea to recover and
identify the bodies of U. S. sol-
diers who died in the fight
against Red troops.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -Gov. Law-
rence Wetherby dashed out fay in
front of Howell W. Vincent yes-
terday in their race for Democra-
tic nomination for Governor.

cted To Cut
Hike Bill
come out with a total somewhere
between $5,000,000,000 and the
House figure.
The finance group finished
six weeks of open hearings on
the bill Friday.
Tentative plans are for the 131
Senators to begin writing their
version of the bill a week from
tomorrow. Next week is to be
used by the Committee's staff of
experts to analyze proposals
made by the more than 200 wit-
nesses who testified.
Final plans are to be made
after Chairman George (D-Ga.)
returns to the capital tomorrow
from a three-week rest at home.
But acting Chairman Byrd
(D-Va.) and Sen. Millikin (R-
Colo.), ranking minority mem-
ber of the committee, told news-
men they were sure the group
would need two or three weeks
of closed sessions to work on
the bill.
That would mean it could not'
pass the Senate before Septem-
BYRD SAID he expected an
extensive rewriting job on the
House measure. "There are a
lot of hardships and inequities we
have to try to do something
about," he explained.
Byrd was one Senator who
thought the tax hike could be
made somewhat less than ap-
proved by the House. He would
not say where cuts might be
made, however.
Millikin agreed with other Sen-
ators there was little likelihood
the Senators would approve a
federal retail sales tax or a gen-
eral manufacturers' excise.

Help Thrust fs
Into Yunnan
TAIPEH, Formosa-OP)-Fierce
aboriginal tribesmen were credit-
ed by a high Chinese Nationalist
officer yesterday with helping
Nationalists wrest one-third ofe
huge Yunnan province from the
The principal tribes in the
southwestern Chinese province-
are the Lolos and Miaos, highly-
individualisticrsemi-savages of
non-Chinese origin.
not be identified but it can be1
said that he knows more about
anti-Communist forces on the
mainland than anyone else on
Formosa. He declared the tribes-
men had begun turning against
the Reds last February.
He said the total "free" area
of Yunnan was about one-third
of the province's 147,000 square
miles. Three different groups
control this region, he said: the
tribesmen, Nationalist guerril-
las and about 15,000 Nationalist
regulars under Gen. Li Mi.
Li Mi's thrust into Red China
from the North Burma border
area was disclosed less than a
fortnight ago.
The main centers of anti-Red
resistance used to be Kwangtung
province in the Southeast and
Szechwan in the West. Now Yun-
nan and Kweichow provinces are
the "hottest," he said.
The officer also said a spe-
cial headquarters to handle
guerrilla activites was estab-
lished in this Nationalist
stronghold last November. He
said it maintains contact with
guerrilla leaders whose forces
roughly total 1,500,000.
Counting farmers and the
tribesmen ,this figure would be
3,000,000 he asserted.
He cautioned, however, against
any false impression of their abil-
ities. For example, 1,000 tribes-
men fighting the Communists
might have no more than 20 or
30 rifles among them, with very
limited ammunition.

[n Kaesong
Dause Break
UN Envoys Wait
For Explanation
TOKYO - (P) - Gen. Matthew
. Ridgway broke off Korean arm-
tice talks with the Reds yester-
They will be resumed only if the
ommunists can give a "satisfac-
ory explanation" of the presence
f Red troops near the Allied staff
louse in the truce town of Kae-
ong and promise it will never
iappen again, the Supreme UN
ommander declared.
* * *
THE TROOP incident was veri-
ed by eyewitnesses and still and
iovie photographers, Ridgway
His sharp radio message, ad-
dressed to the Chinese and
North Korean Communist Com-
mander, Pen Teh-Huai and Kim
I Sung, was made public at
3 p.m. yesterday (Ann Arbor
It followed a six-hour confer-
nce in Allied Headquarters in
'kyo, during which Ridgway was
n communication with the Penta-
on in Washington.
nd Communist truce teams still
ere deadlocked - as they have
)een for nine meetings - on the
ssue of where to draw a cease-fire
uffer zone.
The presence of some 100 to
150 Red infantrymen near the
UN conference house was re-
ported by the Allied delegation
that returned from the 19th
armistice meeting.
Ridgway broke off the talks
nce before, partly because armed
Reds were in and around Kaesong.
Communist troops on July 12
barred 20 war correspondents from
traveling to Kaesong with an Al-
lied convoy. The entire convoy
turned back.
Ridgway then informed the
Reds he would not permit a re-
newal of the talks until they bar..
red Communist troops, excepting
police, from the Kaesong area, and
agreed to let him choose members
of the UN truce party including
The Reds agreed.
Like the jury ultimatum, Ridg-
way's newest message was broad-
cast to the Communists.
* * *
RIDGWAY'S secret huddle with
his top aides at General Head-
quarters-to which Chinese inter-
preters were summoned hurriedly
-followed a new statement about
Allied wishes for a buffer zone in
North Korea between the present
battle line and Manchuria.
The statement threw the arm-
istice drama into a state of con-
fusion. It came from an unex-
pected quarter-the Civil Infor-
mation and Education Section
of Allied Occupation Headquar-
ters in Tokyo. This outfit usual-
ly concerns itself with picturing
to Japanese the American way
of life.
It could not be learned whether
the Information and Education
Section's announcement-made in
the form of a press release to Jap-
anese newspapers-had full offi-
cial approval for publication or
was intended merely as back-
ground material.
* * *
MEANWHILE, U.S. Eighth Army
Headquarters reported sharp pa-
trol clashes on the western and

Sorority Life Viewed
In Controversial Film

New Attempt
Over Niagara
By this afternoon William "Red"
Hill hopes to be famous.
He might be dead instead. Or
he might be just another man who
wanted to go over Nagara Falls in
a barrel but didn't.
The 38-year-old self-styled ex-
pert on the Falls has built his

Campus sorority women-and
all other interested personstoo-
will get a chance today to see how
Hollywood treats college sorori-
ties, when the motion picture
"Take Care of My Little Girl" op-
ens at a local theatre.
The film, which ' has been
called "anti-sorority" and is ad-
vertised as "an expose of what
happens when girls live away from
home," holds special interest for
University sorority members be-
cause it was adapted from a book
written by a former University
coed, herself an affiliate.

sity bore any resemblance to -the
sorority in the novel.
Dean of Students Erich A. Wal-
ter called the book "a fair presen-
tation of sorority life, realistically
drawn." He also said that he
doubted a movie could be taken
from it without being propaganda.
* * *
Women Mary C. Bromage said
the book is "valueless as a fair
picture of campus life because it
presents only the weak points of
sorority life."
The film, which has adhered

A Ilied Move Seen as Warning to Reds

Matthew B. Ridgway's suspension
of the Kaesong truce talks because
of the presence of Red troops in
the city is regarded here as a
stern warning to the Communists
that the Allies do not intend to

surances against any more truce
violations. It is felt that the
Reds would not like to be very
long in the position of causing
the disruption of the negotia-
The basic belief of authorities

between the Washington and the
Tokyo versions has been furtherr
pointed up by Communist radio
claims that the UN negotiators
have been demanding a line deep
inside north Korea-which would
require a considerable retreat of
Communist Forces.

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