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VOL. LXVII, No. 33 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 1956
of peace are "better" today than
they were four years ago," ex-
President Herbert Hoover said as
he prepared to celebrate his 82nd
birthday today with his customary
12-hour work day.
"I have no estimate at all" of
when peace might come to the
world, Hoover told a press con-
ference, "but certainly the tension
is much less" than it was four
~' Hoover declined to talk politics.
He said he would cover that sub-
ject thoroughly in his "third fare-
well speech to the Republicans"
at the convention opening here
This will be the sixth consecu-
tive GOP convention for the ex-
, president. Twice before the senior
Republican statesman made "fare-
well". speeches. His last previous
goodbye was in 1952 when he in-
timated advancing years would
prevent his return.
The only indication he gave of
the subject of his address, came
when a reporter asked: "What's
the greatest problem facing this
* Hoover, one of the four longest
lived American presidents, did
have advice for oldsters. "Find
some other job."
He also said:
He's writing a book on his World
War I actities, "the only activity
in the American government that
I khow of that has not been inves-
tigated by Congress." "It's going
to be quit a book," and should be
finished in a year.
It's "utterly impossible" for
government to be as efficient as
private business, largely because
of the necessary protection of gov-
ernment employes in their jobs.
It is possible to reverse the vast
growth of the U.S. government
which has seen the budget swell
from 4 billion dollars a year in his
administration to 70 billion today
and federal employes increase five
times to 2% million.
Simplification of the govern-
ment's 21 million documents a
year as a resulk of the second
Hoover Commission on Govern-
ment Reorganization is saving
S420 million dollars a year and
we've just made a start."
His own birthday appeared to
be' of little concern to the alert
former President, who rattled off
figures and dates covering the 40-
year span of his public service
Sas' though they had occurred yes-
To End Strike
NEW YORK (iP)-The Alumi-
Tnum Co. of America signed a three
year contract with the United
Steelworkers yesterday to end 'a
nine-day strike in 12 of its plants.
The 18,000 union members re-
ceived a wage and benefits pack-
age of 46 cents an hour spread
over three years. It will add about
20 million dollars to Alcoa's an-
nual operating budget after three
Within a few hours of the settle-
ment, Alcoa boosted aluminum
prices by a cent, to 25 cents a
The new three-year, no-strike
pack with Alcoa roughly parallels
a the USW contract with the steel
industry. There are some varia-
tions because of differences be-
tween the two industries.
Included in the terms are a 9 2
cents an hour wage boost the first
year, 7 cents the second and 8
cents the third year-a total of
241/2 cents. Wages now average
about $2.22 an hour,
The rest of the package goes for
4 holiday pay, unemployment bene-
fits, jury duty pay, insurance bene-
fits, pension improvements and
vacation allowance adjustments.
A return to work is planned as
soon as possible. However, it will
take several weeks to heat up
melters that have cooled since the
strike and get them back in full
Lewis Doubts Serious Problem,
Town Resources Not Exhausted
By LEE MARKS
Daly Managing Editor
Housing in Ann Arbor will definitely be tight this fall according
to Vice-President for Student Affairs James A. Lewis.
But the Vice-President said he doubted there would be a serious
shortage and predicted the community would be able to house all
As of the first of the week all applications from transfer women
have been cut off because of lack of housing. There is no more
,University housin availabl arc-
Job less Pay
LANSING MP)-The Legislature
and Governor G. Mennen Williams
sparred another round yesterday
on the jobless pay issue with no
indication that any decision is in
sight-or even on the horizon.
It appeared likely that the law-
makers, who returned to the Capi-
tol after a three week adjourn-
ment, will quit today until Sept. 19.
Only Democratic balkiness on a
parliamentary question made it
necessary for the Legislature to
meet again today for the expected
Rep. George Van Peursem (R-
Zeeland), chairman of the House
Labor Committee, supported the
resolution for going home again.
He said it was needed for com-
mittee study of Gov, Williams'
latest proposal on the issue, a plan
for easing the unemployment tax
burden of 28,000 small business-
Williams asked that the 2.7 per
cent payroll tax imposed this year
on employers with four through
seven workers be cut in half, and
that the period during which pay-
ments must remain at the initial
level be cut from four years to
The Governor sketched out what
he had in mind last week, but his
formal message reached the legis-
lature only yesterday.
Van Peursem said the Governor
gubmitted no cost estimates, no
data on the effect of the proposal
on the unemployment compensa-
tion fund and insufficient infor-
mation on the help that would be
given small businessmen.
Red. Ed Cary (D-Detroit), who
blocked immediate adjournment
to Sept. 19, told Van Peursem that
"study without action is futile."
The Legislature was called into
special session June 13, and twice
since then has gone home for ex-
tended periods only to return and
adjourn once more.
Williams asked a steep increase
in the level of unemployment com-
pensation benefits and an exten-
sion of the period for which they
may be drawn.
The Governor said action along
this line was required, in the face
of mounting unemployment, to
keep the state's economy from de-
As the House and Senate met,
the State Unemployment Security
Commission reported that unem-
ployment had risen on July 15 to
232,000, man increase of 8,000 from
a month previous.
The figure for Detroit was 144,-
000, an increase of 4,000. The
statewide unemployment ratio rose
to 7.8 per cent of the labor force,
that in Detroit to 9.4 per cent.
cording to the admissions office.
The estimated freshman class of
3040 will be housed in residence
halls with temporary "pools" of
about 100 for both men and
women. Vice-President Lewis
noted that the temporary "pools"
are not unusual.
22,300 to Register
An estimated 22,300 students
will register this fall. Last semes-
ter with only 20,654 students, more
than 1600 less, there was a critical
Of the 1600 more, 300 will -be
housed in the Northwood Apart-
ments for married students. Addi-
tional conversions in residence
halls will drain off 100 and the
Couzens Halladdition will take
care of another couple hundred.
The balance will have to be ab-
sorbed by the community.
Vice-President Lewis said the
University will again issue an ap-
peal to local residents to house
Resources Not Exhausted
He said he did not think the
resources of the community had
been exhausted and that although
there would be some initial tur-
moil; students would find housing.
The number of students who will
be unable to attend the University
because of housing could not be
estimated at this time, Vice-Presi-
dent Lewis said.
"I don't think anyone who really
wants to come will be denied the
opportunity because of housing but
some women may decide against
enrolling because of the uncer-
tainty," he claimed.
As early as last June warning
letters were sent to prospective
students, notifying them of the
Most recent letter, sent this
week, "definitely discourages" un-
dergraduate women from planning
to enroll this fall.
Despite administration claims
that the community will be able
to absorb the overflow, students
looking for apartments have re-
ported considerable difficulty.
WASHINGTON (P) - Harold E.
Stassen, pushing his dump-Nixon'
campaign, said yesterday there is
now an even chance that the Re-
publicans will nominate Governor
Christian Herter of Massachusetts
for vice president.
Stassen supplied this 50-50 esti-
mate at a news conference. He
said that when he started out July
3 on his effort to substitute Herter
for Vice-President Richard Nixon,
the chance of a Herter nomination
was probably only 1 in 100.
Arrives Too Early,
Goes Home, Returns
By PETE ECKSTEIN
Special To The Daily
CHICAGO - Former President
Harry Truman should have receiv-
ed a big hand from his fellow Dem-
ocrats when he bounced into the
P 1 a t f o r m Committee's hearing
But, the Sheraton - Blackstone's
Mayfair Room was nearly deserted
when he got there.
Thehexplanation was simple-
true to form early bird Truman
had arrived an hour ahead of
schedule. He had to return to his
lavish suite and enact his entrance
all over again.
This time the delegates stood
and cheered. After a few prelimi-
nary resolutions, Chairman John
McCormack struck his gavel and
announced that one of the world's
most talented men was about to
appear. Democrats glowed, re-
porters snickered. A man, Mc-
Cormack continued, whose re-
markable voice had made him be-
loved by millions of Americans.
Those not in the know quickly
recalled the rasping monotone of
Harry Truman. Whatever his vir-
tues, his remarkable voice was
clearly not among them.
Then, to open the afternoon ses-
sion of the committee, set up to
establish the party's position on
the important issues of the day
(the first session had opened with
a prayer), the chairman introduced
Phil Regan, who blissfully sang
"Tura, Lura, Lura, That's an Irish
Finally McCormack did intro-
duce the former President in
glowing terms. He had apparently
forgotten an incident earlier in
the day: Whe asked what he
thought of a statement on foreign
policy by Mr. McCormack (Rep.
John), Harry thought he heard
McCormick (Col. Robert). "I don't
think there is a word of truth in
that," hebreported, and then
couldn't back down when the
McC's were set straight.
If not forgotten, at least it was
forgiven, and Harry's talent, if
not his voice,was alsohighly
praised. He grabbed a glass of
water, plunked himself down in
his chair, and began, without a
note in front of him.
The Democrats are going to
"restore the government of the
United States to the people of the
United States," Harry told them.
"The special interests" have taken
over Washington. "These goos-
that's what I call them,-are prey-
ing on you and I."
Asked about the Eisenhower Ad-
ministration's handling of the Suez
crisis, Truman gave a blanket
Administration Doesn't Know
"I don't think the present ad-
ministration knows anything about
what it's doing anywhere."
The farmers were being "mis-
treated" by the administration,
"they've given away Hell's Can-
yon," and the "interests of the
common people are wrappd up in
a Demorcatic victory this fall."
He objected when a delegate de-
scribed him as an "elder states-
"You know, a statesman is a
dead politician and I am a very
live politician," he said.
And when he was through, there
was no doubt about that in any-
Place and Time
LONDON OP) - Soviet Russia
agreed yesterday to join the West-
ern-sponsored Suez conference in
London-but expressed all around
dissatisfaction with its purpose, its
composition and the date,
The only reason the Soviet gov-
ernment has decide to attend,
Moscow announced, is that it is a
"champion of peaceful settlement
of international issues" and the
London conference may open up a
peaceful approach to the question
of free navigation in the canal.
"The Soviet government cannot
disregard the fact," said a note
handed to all foreign embassies in
Moscow, "that an increasinly tense
situation is developing in the area
of the Near and Middle East" and
that Britain and France are re-
sorting to "gross and unjustified
pressure on Egypt."
Conference Not Competent
Russia declared she did not con-
sider the London conference - to
which Britain, as host, invited the
United States, France, Russia and
20 other nations-was competent
to settle the future of the Suez
She proposesd that the invited
nations be expanded to include 22
other nations, among them Red
China and other members of the
Co'mmunist bloc, several neutral
states such as Finland, Austria and
Burma, and every Arab state from
Morocco to Iraq.
She also suggested that the con-
ference date be postponed from
next Thursday to the end of
The Soviets further suggested
that Cairo, rather than London,
would be a more appropriate meet-
A British Foreign Office spokes-
man said the first reaction was
that Russia was coming loaded for
a party entirely different from the
one to which she had been invited.
Soviets Acknowledge Interest
It was pointed out, however, that
the Soviets acknowledge the legiti-
mate interest of world powers in
keeping the canal eternally open
to all nations-despite the declara-
tion of the Egyptian Embassy in
Paris Thursday that Cairo does
not intend to revoke nationaliza-
The impression was that the
Western Big Three would turn
down Moscow's suggestions for
postponing the conference and
changing its makeup.
Moscow's qualified acceptance
left but 3 of the 24 on Britain's
list to be heard from. They are
Egypt, Spain and Greece.
NEGRO DANCE-Pearl Primus (left), with a member of her
dance troup, last night presented a program of African, Caribbean
and American dancing to a crowded Hill Auditorium.
Truman To.A nnoue
CHICAGO (iP)-Harry S. Truman arrived with flourishes yesterday
on the scene of next week's Democratic National Convention-and
promptly reached out for a king-maker role.
Before next Sunday, the former president told a news conference,
he hopes and expects to announce his choice of a party presidential
nominee. The convention opens Monday.
Truman's timing for abandoning the neutrality he has maintained
for months left no doubt that he hopes to have a decisive hand in
swinging the nomination.
Supporters of Adlai E. Stevenson,
the man with the most committed
convention delegates, are hoping
for a Truman nod as the possible
clincher for a first ballot victory.
They were making no claims they
would get it, though.
Backers of Gov. Averell Harri-
man of New York also were hope-
ful Trumai would bestow his bless-
ings on their man and strengthen
his runner-up position. They made
no claims, either. But at Harri-
man headquarters one of them said
that since the Truman news con-
ference there had been "more
smiles around here."
In the next few days, Truman
said, he intends to collect more
information and "see as many
people as possible"-probably "all
the candidates and all the has-
been candidates, too."
Then he intends to lay a figura-
tive hand on somebody's shoulder
and "let the people know for whom
While the stand can magnify
the chances of one man and dull
the prospects of others, there still
is a question whether It would be
the commanding factor in deter-
mining the 1956 nominee.
Statnd by P arty
CHICAGO (P)-Former Presi-
dent Harry S. Truman yesterday
urged his fellow Democrats to
stand on their 1948 and 1952 civil
rights platforms-neither of which
made any reference to public
school desegregation or the Su-
Truman appeared before the
Democratic National Convention's
,Platform Committee at a crowded,
steaming session at which he in-
terspersed criticism of the Eisen-
hower administration with advice
to his party on the platform it will
adopt next week.
Truman said a civil rights state-
ment based on the recommenda-
tions of a commission he named in
1947 should be taken into account
in writing that plank. He said
either the 1948 or 1952 party
stands would satisfy him.
In 1948, when Truman ran suc-
cessfully for re-election, the party,
endorsed his proposed legislative
Dules and Nixon
To Attend Also
Dwight D. Eisenhower last yes-
terday invited Democratic and Re-
publican leaders of Congress to
confer at the White House Sunday
on the Suez Canal crisis.
It had earlier been planned to
have this discussion at the State
Department, but Pes. Eisenhower
gave it added importance by shift-
ing the meeting to the White
House with himself in attendance.
The meeting comes on the eve
of the Democratic National Con-
vention in Chicago.
Underliningthe importance at-
tached to the gathering, Senate
Democratic Leader Lyndon John-
son of Texas and House Speaker
Sam Rayburn of Texas arranged
to make the trip from Chicago, the
convention city, back to Washing
ton to hear Dulles.
White House Text
The text of the White House an
"The President has invited the
bipartisan leadership of Congress
to a meeting on the Suez Canal
situation at the White House at
"Secretary of State Dulles, Vice
President Nixon and Adm. Arthur
Radford will also be there.
"This is the briefing session for
the congressional leaders sched-
uled earlier today to be held Sun-
day at the State Department.
"The President after consulta-
tion late this afternoon with Mr.
Dulles decided it was appropriate
to have the meeting at the White
House. It will be held in the Cabi-
Bid for Support
Dulles had scheduled the meet-
ing in an obvious bid to win broad
bipartisan support for policies he
will pursue in London at the emer-
g e n c y international conference
next Thursday, dealing with
Egypt's seizure of the canal.
The consulation was timed to
start at 3 p.m., a few hours after
Egypt's President Gamal Abdel
Nasser holds an extraordinary
news conference in Cairo to an-
nounce his government's newest
views on the dispute over Egypt's
seizure of the Suez Canal.
Nasser is expected to refuse to
join the conference in London to
which 24 interested nations have
The London conference is aimed
at finding a peaceful settlement
of the bitter quarrel which has
broken out over Egypt's national.
ization plans for the canal, Brit-
ain and France are pressing hard
for international control of the
Role To Be Stressed
At the congressional briefing,
Dulles undoubtedly will stress that
Ihis principal role in London will
be to work out a compromise which
both the Western nations and
Egypt would accept.
It is presumed that Dulles will
also use the briefing to ascertain
the temper of Congress in th
event Nasser rejects internation.
alization and Britain and France
decide to use. military force to
support their interests.
Strike on Cyprus
NICOSIA, Cyprus ic) - Greek
Cypriots staged a general strike
yesterday in islandwide protest
against the hanging of three of
their countrymen by the British.
SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS DAMAGE:
Neon Sign Transformer Explosion Causes Auto Store Fire
By MARY ANN THOMAS
An explosion of a neon sign transformer at the American Auto
Accessories store, 123 W. Huron, yesterday started a fire causing
"several thousand dollars" in damage.
Ann Arbor Fire Department received the call at 3:15 p.m. yes-
terday from Norman Benzinger, an employe at the store who discovered
"The light transformer went 'bang'," he said, describing what
happened, "and we smelled smoke. We checked downstairs before
we saw the fire and called the Fire Department."
"It went up like lightning; the fire was up to the ceiling before
we got the two outboard motors out of the store," he continued,
saying that he was almost burned removing the motors.'
Starting under the shelves holding the window display, the blaze
was concentrated= in the front part of the store. The display of a
complete line of fishing equipment was thoroughly destroyed and
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