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THE MICHIGAN DAILY TUESDAY, NOVE1N

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Friday's Messages
On Armaments ..
N LOI N FRIDAY, Winston
Churchill, former chancellor of the
exchequer, urged Great Britain to make herself
without delay "the strongest air power in the
European world."
England, he declared, "lies inviting attacks from
ambitious and hungry powers. As we go to and
fro in thispeaceful country with its decent, orderly
people, going about their business under free insti-
tutions and with so much tolerance and fair play
in their laws and customs, it is startling and
fearful to realize that we are no longer safe in
our island home.,,
In Ann Arbor Friday, Dr. Charles M. Sheldon,
author and lecturer, stated that "if I were in a posi-
tion to dictate the policy of the United States, I
would disarm calmly and completely."
"We have nothing to fear from Europe or Jap-
an," he continued. "Japan has her hands full with
China, and it is foolish to think any European
power would come across the Atlantic and attack
us."
Admittedly the positions of England and of the
United States are not the same. England is much
closer to the powder kegs of Europe and Asia. Eng-
land depends for her very existence on uninter-'
rupted trade with far portions of the world.
Nevertheless, Friday's messages were only too
typical of two widely divergent schools of thought
that exist in both countries. Few will go as far
as Dr. Sheldon, but constantly stronger are becom-
ing the numbers that doubt the wisdom of ever
greater armaments as a means of preventing future
wars. They -see little prospect but that the old
method will produce the old result.
Between Mr. Churchill's inflammatory appeal
and Dr. Sheldon's pacifistic hope, there appears to
be little room for compromise, unless nations can
learn to meet each other squarely and openly over
the conference table.

COLLEGlATE
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By BUD BERNARD
Who said that a good sports writer has to
wait until the end of the season to pick an All-
American team? We are presenting the team of
teams with the aid of a columnist at Cornell
University.
Left end - Peggy Hopkins Joyce, for picking
up everything that comes her way.
Left Tackle - Samuel Insull, for throwing
more than one sucker for a loss.
Left Guard --President Roosevelt for his
able work in trying to keep the wolf from the
door.
Center - George Nathan, for his ability at
diagnosing plays.
Right Guard - Babe Ruth, for excellency at
holding out.
Right Tackle - Huey Long, for his mar-
velous adeptness in interfering.
Right End- Jean Harlow, for marvelous.
technique in receiving passes.
Quarterback - Earl Carrel, for his ability
at picking numbers.
Left Halfback - Admiral Byrd, for reaching
the end zone by means of an aerial attack.
Right Halfback -Al Capone, for almost hav-
ing the knack of evading the opponent's
tacklers.
Fullback - One-Eyed Cnnelly, for crashing
through the guards.
There it is folks. Take it or leave it!
* * * *
The Panhellenic Association at the University of
Arizona passed a rule that first year women must
refuse dates on the grounds that girls just enter-
ing college are not sufficiently mature to go places
at night with men. The freshmen co-eds were prob-
ably too popular for the upperclass women.
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"Dear Bud," writes a Kappa Delta pledge, "I
don't claim to be a poetess, but I do havemy
moments about things! Here's a rough idea of
what I think of 'hours'."
The closing hours are just a pest
When with the guy I like the best.
It seems to be a trick that's dirty
To have to be home at one-thirty
When dancing with a smoothie dancer,
Or walking with a swell romancer;
But what a blessing 'hours' can be
When with a guy you just can't see.
Twelve-thirty seems just awfully late
While suffering on a lousy date.
* * *' *
A professor of the forestry department at the
University of New Mexico offered prospective fire
fighters this bit of sane advice: -"The main thing
to remember in fighting a forest fire, is to keep
cool."
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Letters published in this column should not be
construed as expressing the editorial opinion of The
Daily. Anonymous contrilutions will be disregarded.
The names of communicants will, however, be regarded
as confidential upon request. Contributors are asked to
be brief, the editor reserving the right to condense
all letters of over 300 words.
Childish Average
To the Editor:
The interview published in last Tuesday's Daily
quotes me as speaking of "the colossal ignorance
of Americans." I think I was misunderstood on
this point. We, like every other nation, have a
majority who are lacking in education and a
minority which is as well informed as the elite of
any country. Yet the average American is less
well informed than other people in history, geog-
raphy, and concerning political movements. Three
of our students claimed in a bluebook that Na-
poleon and Joan of Arc were contemporaries?
Recently the editor of a leading Scranton, Pa.,
newspaper wrote of the "balkan" countries as
Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (confusing the terms
"Baltic" and "Balkan"). Our conservatives use
the terms "pacifist" and "communist" as inter-
changeable, ignoring the fact that more than 100
Tolstoyans were executed by the Bolsheviki for re-
fusing to join the Red Army.
Like children we take our games seriously -
Huey Long even appointed a football star senator;
while the U.S. Senate has kept 54 nations waiting
for seven years for a reply to whether the com-
promises on the World Court offered by them
after conferences with E. Root are acceptable. Is
such behavior on our part not the limit of national
arrogance?'
While Americans - 80,000 strong - cheer them-
selves hoarse (incidentally killing annually 50 on
the gridiron altar -some spectators dropping dead
from excitement) about the way a small, unim-
portant ball is thrown, devils play football with our
globe
It fs imperative that we join the League of Na-
tions as quickly as possible.

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AsOthers See It
Election Frauds
NEED FOR A REVISION in the system used at
the present time to select officers in the Stu-
dent Government Association can clearly be seen
by the results of the election for junior cheer-
leaders held last Tuesday. The election was so
filled with fraud that the entire affair had to be
thrown out.
Is there any use trying to elect student officers
when the elections are so filled with fraud on every
occasion? The same thing was charged in the
election last spring. Why isn't something done
about this sorry situation?
Everyone knows that student officers shpuld be
chosen because of their respective merits and
ability to fill the office for which they are candi-
dates. The faculty committee on student affairs
could do away with student elections immediately.
They would be firmly backed by practically every
student leader who knows the true situation in
campus politics today and- who wishes to work for
the best interest of the University and the student
body.
The least that can be asked is an investiga-
tion by the faculty of the way in which student
politics are workng. We feel sure that if such an
investigation were held, the faculty committee
which is interested in forwarding the best interests
of the University and of the students in their gov-
ernient and activities, will immediately do away
with the present form of student elections and in-
stall a more fair and efficient method of conducting

By KIRKE SIMPSON
THE ROUNDEST "no" spoken by senators and
representatives of the Congress-elect in answer
to the Associated Press efforts to sound them out
on a dozen prospective major legislative issues was
on the proposition of immediately balancing the
budget. Only 14 of the 91 checked could be set down
as "yes* as against 51 noes and 35 non-committal.
Offhand, that would seem to give decided point
to gloomy Republican campaign predictions of a
"spending Congress." Yet there is another way to
look at it.
On the same day that the Associated Press fig-
ures were published, Secretary Ickes in a public
works report and Relief Administrator Harry Hop-
kins in a New York speech, were providing new
estimates of the number of persons dependent upon
these two major emergency spending agencies of
the New Deal.
Hopkins has raised his guess on relief benefi-
ciaries to 18,000,000; Ickes put the total of public
works job beneficiaries at 7,000,000. That gives a
stunning grand total of 25,000,000 exclusive of the
conservation corps and hold-over CWA made-work
projects, for which extra-budgetary provision is
being made.
If the question of arbitrarily lopping off both
activities for budgetary reasons were presented to
Congress, would any one vote "Aye"?
* * *
APPREHENSIVE SHIVERS which ultra-conserv-
atives may have experienced on reading the
Associated Press congressional trends round-up in
other respects, probably were partially cured by
the fact that relatively the "no" on greenback in-
flation was loudest, 9 to 47, with 44 non-committal.
The most striking indication to be read into the
figures generally, however, was the extent to which
Roosevelt leadership in specific matters is being
awaited. That is shown even more clearly in exam-
ination of the attitude on specific issues than in the
heavy majority shown for the New Deal in general.
That an effort to line up with expected adminis-
tration proposals is to be discerned in the affirma-
tive replies as well as the negatives, with the single
exception of the pay-the-bonus-now inquiry, is ob-
vious. The variation of totals of non-committal
answers may be even more significant. It seems
to indicate that many a member of the new Con-
gress is waiting for White House guidance.
*~ * **
SINCE THOSE REPLIES were sent in, election
day with its emphatic national endorsement of
presidential leadership, that even party lines did
not restrict, has immeasurably widened Roosevelt
prestige. Based only on the aggregate of the Repub-
lican congressional vote cast, there is justification
for Republican Chairman Fletcher's position that
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