THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13. 1934
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
regular University classes, may elect delegates.
Arthur Clifford, secretary of the provisional
committee of the Youth Congress, said yesterday
that "the credentials that have come into this
office to date show a surprisingly enthusiastic
response on the part of youth organizations in all
parts of the state. Strangely enough the outstand-
ing exception is the University of Michigan campus
where we would naturally expect the most com-
A few of the groups that will be represented may
be cited, if only to allay the fears of some people
that the Congress will be dominated by radicals,
although it must be noted that the latter will be"
present in significant numbers. Some of the groups
outside of Ann Arbor are the Young People's Pres-
byterian Church, the American Youth, Hillsdale
Y.M.C.A., the Boy Scouts, the Jewish Youth Work-
ers, the Farmers League, the Anti-War United
Front. The Young Democrat Clubs alone have sig-
nified their intention of sending down more than
If stuJdents at Michigan are content to sit back
while a conference of this type is going on under
their very noses and is being attended by almost
all the youth groups in the state, it will show rather
clearly to what a low level the Harvard .of the
West has been reduced.
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NIGHT EDITOR: RO4FRT S. RUWITCH
At Lansin... .
T HE RUINS OF THE Hotel Kerns in
Lansing had hardly begun to cool
before state officials began an investigation. They
set out to determine the cause of the blaze that
took more than two score lives at the state capital.
The very next day, Nate S. Shapero, president of
the Detroit Board of Fire Comrissions, took action
to inspect the, smaller hotels in that city. Similar
action will undoubtedly follow in other com-
It's an old, old tale, repeated again and again in
our history. It takes such a tragic affair with its
toll of human life and intensity of public opinion
to awaken public officials to the task of perform-
ing the duties which they have been trusted to
To make any real progress in removing ineffi-
ciency from the ranks of our minor governmental
departments, there has always been requied a
great sacrifice upon the part of certain individuals.
It took the assassination of President McKinley to
awaken the American public to the necessity for
the Civil Service. The recent Morro Castle dis-
aster was a notable example of the flagrant dis-
regard of the shipping laws that has undoubtedly
been prevalent in our merchant marine.
Nothing can make the Lansing catastrophe less
unfortunate. If, however, there can come from it
any lasting reform in the enforcement of our safe-
ty laws, society can in some small way be comforted
by the thought that future lives may be spared
from a like fate.
Is It Ignorance
Or Lack Of Interest?
T HUS FAR not one group on the
campus, except for a few radical or-
ganizations, have signified their intention to at-
tend and participate in the Michigan Youth Con-
ference which will meet in Ann Arbor this week.
More than 20 delegates will attend from the Uni-
versity of Detroit, and it is expected that Michigan
State and Michigan Normal will both send an
equally large number.
It is wondered whether this inactivity on the
part of the students of the University is caused
by the fact that students here are not aware of
the existence of the congress, or whether they
By BUD BERNARD
ODE TO A TYQEWRITER
Why do we press thq keys we wqnt
And never hiy thq keys we press?
, Why is thqt we fight for myre
Qnd always end theq fight with less?
Why do we aim fqr "P's" and "Q's"
Qnd counter only "A's" and "B's"?
Whw must wq walk along the road
When we woulud wander whqre we please?
Why can't we tyqp a word like this
Without a hundreqdd foqol mistakes?
Why does an hour nevffr pass
Without its share of roooqn breaks?
Whq is it thqt this life is just
Ax futile quest of haqppiness?
Why do we preff thq keys we wqnt
And never hit thq keys we press?
If a boy at Northwestern University sees a beau-
tiful girl and decides that he would like to become
better acquainted he can save himself a lot of time
if he investigates first to see if she wears a little
yellow ribbon pinned to her dress. That ribbon
signifies that she is a member of the cloister club,
an organization of girls whose boy friends are not
on the campus and that she does not desire the at-
tentions of other men.
The Columbia Spectator really gave the under-
graduates a break last week when their entire in-
side page was blank. Anyway, the students could
at least use it for scratch paper which indeed was
very generous of the editorial board.
Here's a contribution coming from H. G. T.:
EVOLUTION OF A PHILOSOPHY
Frosh: To hell with sleep.
Soph: To hell with study.
Junior: To hell with women.
Senior: To hell with everything.
Fraternities at Ohio Wesleyan University have
been proffered Federal aid from the Federal Better
Housing Administration in repairing houses dam-
aged during homecoming demonstrations.
ALL HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES
VERY' TIMELY SALE!
PEACOCK, RASPBERRY, GRAY,
You'll feel brighter-more like Christ-
mas - with a Gay, New, Spring Frock.
for dress, afternoon wear - and we
have lots of thein
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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,
We Scarce Dared Hope
To the Editor:
Will the editors please see that no more lengthy
criticisms get into the Campus Opinion about the
famous Page 5 unless they are from the opposite
sex or from some one who knows what it is all
about? I seldom read Page 5 but think it is prob-
ably just as important as any other page. Simply
because most of the male students don"t read a
certain part of The Daily is no reason for them to
question its value. I am surprised that none of the
weaker sex has yet answered some of the nonsense
expressed in the Campus Opinion. Their first crit-
icisms would probably be to do away with Page 3,
since it is my guess that most of the co-eds don't
even look at it. This will start things going, and
in a short while someone will suggest, "Why have a
Taking everything into consideration, I think
The Daily editors are putting out a good paper.
If our lawyer friends read The Daily carefully they
will see that there is no reason for their criticism.
No paper in the world can ever hope to please
all of its readers, and if one remembers this, there
will be less unjustifiable criticism hurled at the
-Henry Y. Kasabach, '37M.j
And Now The Women
To the Editor:
This column has carried just about enough
hazing of the female population of this campus for
one paper. For three days I've sat and writhed
at the taunting remarks hurled at us by stupid
males who have not gone to the trouble to find
out if their accusations are correct. That is, to
find out if the co-eds are really more interested
in reading about what other co-eds wear than
they are in information that is perhaps more
constructive. I also believe that The Daily is mak-.
ing a mistake in printing so much news that
is skipped over by the average reader (including
co-eds). I for one don't give a darn what Miss
So-and-So is wearing; generally it is something
I have seen before, or at least something that
has been written up before. The system wasn't so
bad when it started. Then you wrote up only six
or eight women, women who were really promi-
nent on campus, women whom the majority knew.
Then it meant something to "crash into print."
Now The Daily writes up everyone and anyone, and
all the better features of the idea are lost, leaving
only the dullness that results from a system that
has outgrown its usefulness.
I would not "claw" (as it was so happily put by
Sunday's writer) at this one mistake in an other-
wise good paper, if I did not have some other
plan to offer. A plan which, I hope, will be more
definite than that of R.K.C., who suggeststhat
The Daily "dig out actual reflections of this Uni-
versity's place in society and of what it means
to the state whose educational head it is." Now
just what does that mean?
Why don't you try, as an experiment lasting
over a definite period of time, the system of
printing the name of a woman's escort instead of
the shade of her lipstick. And if you find that
this leaves big holes in your page, include the
names of prominent men and the women they
are taking. Apparently some men are already in-
terested in the social column on Page 5. Play up
to their vanity and give more men a reason for
reading it. This should make Page 5 the most
popular on the whole campus. Ask for opinions of
the experiment, and see if you don't discover
that co-eds are not "breathlessly enamored" of
news about other co-eds' dresses, but that on the
contrary, the escort is just as anxious to see
his name in print as is the escorted.
Obsolete, Not Modest
To the Editor:
In connection with your criticism of the use of
the word "presumptious" in a communication to
The Daily published Wednesday as a "modest im-
provement of the English language," I should like
to point out that the word is included in the Ox-
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By KIRKE SIMPSON
(Associated Press Staff Writer)
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12.-American newspaper
men in London, handling the naval conver-
sations story, enjoyed a novel experience. They
were the recipients, via Ambassador-at-Large Nor-
man H. Dav.is, of the first formal expression of
the views of the American government as to grave
ccnsequences which might flow out of Japan's
impending denunciation of the Washington naval
Usually diplomats' speeches at press dinners are
vague generalizations unless "off the record" and
not for publication. Diplomats often resort to plati-
tudes when they are to be quoted. Not so Mr.
Davis. Not only was his address a terse and mo-
mentous warning, but it went back and forth
between London and Washington by cable sev-
eral times before it was perfected. It may and
probably did pass between the State Department
and the "little White House" at Warm Springs as
well. It cannot be viewed as any less important
than a presidential message.
T HE AMERICAN thesis expressed by Davis is
that the naval treaty and its ratios were possible
only because "political questions" in the Pacific
were dealt with simultaneously. That means that in
the American view the whole group of Washington
treaties provide that "equality of security" rather
than of armaments at which "the Washington
treaty system" aimed. Abandonment of "the prin-
ciples" of that treaty system, Mr. Davis warned,
"would lead to conditions of insecurity, of interna-
tional suspicion, and of costly competition, with no
real advantage to any nation."
Can that statement, surrounded by knowledge of!
the care with which it was formulated, be taken
as an expression of Washington administration
intention to embark on a policy of competitive
naval building if the treaty falls? It is so read in
Ambassador Saito thinks, however, that no new
race of armaments can be launched "at least until
1942." Japan has no intention of starting a naval
race, he says, and the United States will not reach
even full treaty strength before then. Meantime,
some new pact might be evolved.
It is hardly as simple as that for the adminis-
tration. Quite likely the Japanese declaration of
purpose to denounce the naval treaty already
has deeply touched policy-making steps in Wash-
ington in no way restricted by the Pacific pacts.
A T THIS MOMENT a presidential commission is
studying to recommend a national aviation
policy. It seems impossible that its deliberations
could escape being influenced by any impending
change in that "equality of security" of which Mr.
Davis spoke. The military aspects of aviation are
its major concern.
Even as to making policy for commercial avia-
tion expansion, however, the security matter en-
ters. Projecting overseas air routes of such scope
as now is possible due to swiftly moving develop-
ment in the conquest of the air, cannot be wholly
A N EW F EAT UR E
lncluding a full page of Book "crews
by prominent professors and students.
"Challenge to Liberty"
PROFESSOR E. S. BROWN
Of the Political Science Dept,