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distinct edge over a good many senators in knowl-
edge of his subject. The survey revealed that the
:ame senators who were taking up page after page
of the Congressional Record (at $75 a page) with
arguments against the United States joining the
Court had not even bothered to read the Statute
which establishes the Permanent Court of Inter-
national Justice.
Most of the arguments of the opposition center
around the possibility of the United States being
embroiled in the affairs of the League of Nations.
These arguments are effectivey answered by the
mere knowledge that this country would be a
member of the Court under a treaty which would
have the force of law and could not be changed
except with the consent of the parties involved.
A narrow spirit of nationalism might be ascribed
as one of the motives of those who would keep
the United States out of the Court, but Great Brit-
ain, a country that has never been accused of laxity
in safeguarding her own national interests, is a
member of the Court and is one of the advocates
of a plan to make World Court arbitration on in-
ternational matters compulsory.
Since, as Professor Preuss points out, this coun-
try is a member of a court similar to, but not as
efficient as the World Court, and since the cost
of membership in. the latter is almost negligible;
the advantages of membership in the Court would
seem to be all on our side.



Here's an appropriate poem, sent in
I'd like Einstein to take my physics exam,
Chevalier my course in French,
I'd like Becker to take my History exam,
While I watched them all from a bench.



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Letters published in this column should not be
construed as expressing the editorial opinion of The
Daily. Anonymous contributions 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.
Democratic Principles
To the Editor:
At the present time the subject of a new form
of government is before Michigan students. Four
new plans have been evolved after various campus
organizations spent a good deal of time and energy
on them ....
... The only method of procedure is clear. Why
not have a referendum on this subject? Let the stu-
dent body decide which plan it wants. This will be
a step in the right direction -in the direction of
campus-wide elections, instead of petty politics,
Most of the proposed plans seem lacking in
democratic principle. The present plan and the al-
ternate plan are totally missing on this principle.
The democracy of the Union's proposal is of the
class election type. The plan presented bky the
S.C.A. is a step in the right direction. Yet a coun-
cil composed of nine ex-officio members and six
elected officials is still not very democratic. The
N.S.L. plan seems to hit the nail right on the head.
Surely no plan could be more democratic - 25 dele-
gates elected from all schools and colleges, propor-
tional representation to insure all factions a voice
in the Council, elections on platform basis, not
dance c.ommittee positions.
"The Michigan student is not interested in stu-
dent government," people tell me. Why? Because
there is no representative, active, student council.
Give the student a chance with a real government.
Another point. Because there happen to be two
separate organizations on campus, the Union and
the League, some people get the idea that we must
have two separate governments, centering around
these organizations - one for men and one for
women. Nonsense! That sounds like grade school
reasoning. Let's have an all-Michigan government.
A final word. The plan for government is re-
quired to be turned in on Feb. 1. Because of the
serious nature of the situation, because of the con-
fusion on account of final examinations and be-
cause the students are not fully aware of the sit-
uation, can't we manage to postpone this step until
the early part of next semester? Let's look at this
matter squarely and have a referendum the early
part of next semester. How about real student
government? -A.O.
C t

Einstein, I'm sure, would do fairly well,
In French I'd get an "A" for my letter,
And Becker would finish right up on the top,
And I, on the bench, would feel better.
One of the piofessors at the University of Mis-
sissippi was writing on the board and talking to his
class at the same time. He was proud of the
fact that he could carry on these two activities at
once and told the class :
"See, I'm writing and talking at the same time.
I don't see why you students can't keep up with
me "
From the rear of the room a witty student
replied, "Yeah, but we've got to think."
According to reports, the American students
who are forced to salute Hitler's demonstra-
tions often grin as they raise their hands and
shout "Heel Hitler."
* *. 0**
The ranks of the legal profession, already greatly
overcrowded, aren't going to be swelled unduly by
graduates from the University of Minnesota. Out
of 137 freshmen students this winter, 101 flunked
their preliminary tests.
But the dean merely remarked, "That is noth-
ing unusual.'
Walter Winchell and I. If he can receive
parodies on the song hit "You're The Top," so
can I. Here is one received from C.V.B., '37:
You're the top, you're Alumni Hall,
You're the top, you're the Senior Ball,
You're Commencement Day, you're NRA,
a comp,
A Theta Tea, a J-Hop fee, a football romp,
You're the top, you're a Phi Bete Key,
You're the top, you're a Kappa rushee,
You're a paper done, a Bernard pun, a Hop,
Though the profs say you're the bottom,
You're the top.
A physics class at the University of Montana
was being instructed in the laws of the solar sys-
tem. A pendulum hanging from the ceiling was
set to swinging and its path was marked on a
flat table. After a few hours members of the class
were shown that the angle of the pendulum to the
marked course had changed, indicating the turn-
ing of the earth.
"Gosh?" a young freshman said as he made his
way out of the room, "gosh but I felt insecure."
Add this to your list of similies: As downcast
as the'man who spent a whole year ridding
himself of B.O. and then found out that people
didn't like him anyway.
--Minnesota Daily.





'Make This Thy
Dwelling 'Place' ...
SOMEWHAT AKIN to the saddened
exiles of Europe's dictatorship-rid-
den fatherlands are the seven former Louisiana
State students who have gone "north" to enroll on
the bleak University of Missouri campus for the
second semester of the school year.
The seven, victims of their ill-advised attempt
to print a comment in the university paper against
Dictator Long, accepted dismissal rather than sub-
mit to an iron-bound censorship. The price they
have paid may be more than the satisfaction of
standing their ground was worth. But for the
present, at least, they remain heroes whose com-
ings and goings are chronicled to what might be
the embarrassment of anyone less thick-skinned
than the Louisiana senator.
Soon after the Louisiana incident last fall, Mis-
souri's president figuratively hung out that famous
old sign over the university portals: "Justice, when
expelled from other habitations, make this thy
dwelling place." In this case it meant something,
and Louisiana's outcasts became Missouri's future
Why Missouri should go out of its way to invite
"a bunch of trouble makers" to matriculate there
would be incomprehensible to men of the type of
mind who see red at the sight of a college campus.
Such an act would also be incomprehensible to
many a well-intentioned citizen whose philosophy
for attacking problems is to- refuse to recognize
In these parlous times, with hints of un-Amer-
ican tendencies coming uncomfortably near to the
time for legislative appropriations, few state schools
are in a position to risk a "safe" reputation for
a more progressive one. That Missouri is in a posi-
tion to do so is a cheerful sign that state educa-
tion need not be hampered by interference on the
part of persons who do not understand the under-
lying principles behind higher study.
We cannot help thinking that back of democracy
- back of civil liberties and higher education-
lies a fundamental skepticism that makes the pro-
motion of free trade in ideas vital to the solution
of our present problems. We suppose that is why
Missouri invited the dissenters into her midst -
because they give promise of contributing some-
thing to the intellectual life of that school and ofI
taking away something more than rote knowledge.
Answering World
Court Opponents . ..
O PPONENTS of the entrance of the
United States into the World Court

A Washington

As Others



The Reviving Wildcat
LAST WEEK'S editorial on hell week brought a
great deal of divided comment down upon
our heads. We were gratified to find that the cam-
pus is devoting some attention to something and
especially to this question.
We have.taken the stand that traditions are an
asset to a college, and that they are worth re-
taining and building. We did not say that they
are all-important; we said that they definitely
add to the appeal of a campus, and to the mem-
ories which graduates hold of their college days.
Too high a degree of sophistication can be as
harmful as too much "rah rah."
The survey of house leaders conducted last Fri-
day proved that the fraternities are overwhelm-
ingly in favor of continuing the custom. This in
itself is the most powerful argument that can be
produced, If any action is taken to abolish the last
of our customs, it will be against the will of every
one concerned.
In addition, a survey has been taken to determine
the freshman attitude on the subject. A vote taken
of the fraternity pledges at a meeting of the fresh-
man commission last Friday was 14 to 3 in favor
of continuing hell week. Further interviews have
proved that the pledges are almost unanimously
in favor of it.
With this the case, there seems to be a reaction
against the "abolish everything" epidemic. We are
not for a return to the turtleneck sweater days
when the student who could knock out the campus
cop was the most popular man on campus, and the
townspeople were in constant fear of their lives.
We are not in favor of all this, but we would like
to see a general revival of the more virile days,
when campus life revolved around something
slightly more exciting than open houses and for-
mals. -The Daily Northwestern.

IT SEEMS a fair inference from General Hugh
Johnson's post-NRA writings that what he and
Donald Richberg split about was whether 1935
called for New Deal coercive or persuasive tactics
to induce complete recovery.
There may be, probably is, a more intimate
and personal side to that clash which had little if
anything to do with questions of New Deal 1935
policy. Richberg's warning of possible libel pro-
ceedings in advance of the Johnson publications
and the general's caustic reply about "ants of con-
science" did not appear to have much to do with
the government policy difference of view the gen-
eral reveals.
But they do imply that the Richberg theory of
the new four-billion-dollar government employ-
ment plan is to Johnson's mind a club over the head
of business and timid capital; that if private en-
terprise fails to take over and complete the recov-
ery task, the government will move in a far more
radical fashion than it yet has done.
To Johnson any idea of government employment
for the whole 10,000,000 out of work -and he uses
that figure -is simply absurd. The most the gov-
ernment could do, he contends, is to employ 3,000,-
000 by spending $3,000,000,000.
That was written, necessarily, many weeks, per-
haps months ago. Obviously the project of spend-
ing four billions to employ 3,500,000, since unfolded
to Congress by President Roosevelt, was in at least
tentative shape during those Roosevelt-Richberg-
Johnson discussions which preceded Johnson's re-
tirement. Johnson hardly could have hit so close
to the actual proposal by chance.
** * *
Johnson's counter idea is that completion of
the recovery effort requires first of all the building
up of justified confidence among business men and
investors. His whole argument is pitched to that
tune. Curiously enough, most of the New Deal 1935
program thus far mapped is out of harmony badly
with the Johnson theories. Even the consolidation
of all recovery into a single emergency budget item
had his approval. But he would do it all to promote
conservative confidence while he pictures Richberg
as doing it by threat.
What is President Roosevelt's own view of his
program? His clashing advisers seem to have been
agreed even at that early stage in shaping 1935
I plans that one more big shove would do the recov-
ery trick. The four-billion-dollar job-maker con-

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