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exposure of information relative to gross income,
various exemptions, and amounts of income tax
No good purpose can be served by such publicity
and much evil can result. Wealthypusiness men, for
example, are put at the mercy of solicitors, and an
excellent source of information is provided for
racketeers and all others who choose to make it a
practice to prey on industry and individuals alike.
In view of the fact that complaints against the
clause are pouring into the Capitol from all over
the country, the Senate will undoubtedly find it
advisable to act immediately to eliminate this pro-
vision for a "sucker" list.



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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.

Priceless Publicity

To the Editor:
That mysterious body, the Committee on Lecture
Policy, has succeeded in instituting a publicity
campaign for Communist John Strachey that gives
promise of being one of the greatest free adver-
tising exhibitions ever obtained by any campus
There is an oft-repeated anecdote concerning the
handling of radical speakers in England that mem-
bers of the Committee may not have heard, and
which should prove enlightening to them.
One afternoon in Hyde Park, London, a radical
was haranguing a group of the unemployed. Final-
ly in his shrill voice the speaker demanded that
the crowd march on Buckingham Palace and burn
it down. With this, the Bobby, charged with keep-
ing order at the meeting, walked to the front of the
crowd and calmly said: "Them as are going to burn
down Buckingham Palace, two steps to the left;
them as are not going to burn down Buckingham
Palace, two steps to the right."
If the Committee's reason for not allowing Mr.
Strachey to speak in Hill Auditorium was the fear
that it would give the University adverse publicity
and might endanger the appropriation bill being
considered by the Legislature, they must by now
realize that the event has gained twice the publicity
it would have if the speech were allowed to proceed
If; on the other hand, the Committee's only rea-
son for refusing the use of Hill Auditorium was!
their fear that the speech would be a financial
failure, they are to be congratulated: they have
assured Mr. Strachey a full house. -F.C.F,

Many amusing things come up during th
study of Bible at the University of Indiana.
The latest we've heard about was perpetrated
by an instructor who was giving an outline
of life at the time of Ruth and Naomi. "In
those days," he said glibly, "it was quite a
disgrace for people to din childless - especially
the women."
Cleopatra is said to have signed her letters to
Mark Anthony in hieroglyphics, but it remained for
a Colorado Women's College co-ed to start the fad
of signing heir letters with a kiss, using the lip-
print as the signature. One way to use up dis-
carded shades of lipstick, at that.
Anything to fill up a column. Hence this
letter received in today's mail:
"Dear Bud Bernard:
It is rumored that Alphonse Capone, tem-
porarily residing at the fashionable Federal
hostelry on Alcatraz Island, is rapidly master-
ing the zither. In keeping with the Choral
Union. Conpert policy, a concert by the dis-
tinguished Mr. Capone, when he starts his tour,
would give the student music-lovers an in-
sight into the life of another of the finer mu-
sicians of our present day.
"A Music Lover."
Recently at Syracuse University, a psychology
professor had his class go to sleep in order to
discover the most effective pitch to an alarm clock.
It seems as though the professors have at last found
an original excuse for their proteges during lec-
"Dear Bud," writes in W.S., "wouldn't this be
a heck of a predicament to be in. It seems
as though last Monday night a Phi Sigma
Kappa had a date with a Sorosis. Right after
dinner his fraternity brothers handcuffed him.
After much fuming and swearing, the poor un-
fortunate had to go down to the police station
to see what they could do. As they were just
as helpless as he was, he was at last forced
to seek the nearest blacksmith shop."
Serenaders at Oklahoma University have been
having a tough time of it lately. It seems that the
co-eds don't think so much of the vocal efforts of
the would-be Romeos. A quesAtionnaire circulated
among the long suffering women of the university
disclosed the following reasons why they dislike
the serenaders: 1. The boys can't sing. The general
consensus of opinion is that they sound like a
bunch of alley cats. 2. They sing at the "damnedest
times." The early morning hours is the favorite
time. 3. Their selection of songs is terrible. They
pass up the love songs and insist on rendering
"Minnie the Moocher" and "How're We Doin!"

'rrThough Spr ing is gust
around the corner, I really
haven't given a t houglt to
clotIes. I1 know the weath-
et, zsn I SOt trce rigit now,
but you really can't tell
what's going to happen to-
morrow. Anyway, I think
I'll look tt the aslwn
SupplemientiI{ ridav and (isee
what the ath oirilies fore.

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Eating Places ..
S TUDENTS HERE have long been
protected by the University in the
matter of rooming facilities, through the annual
inspection of rooming houses and the preparation
of an approved list by the Dean's office, but reg-
ulation of eating places is not so thorough.
The Ann Arbor Health Department, working
under authority of city ordinances, inspects and
corrects all abuses coming under the law, but mem-
bers of the Health Department, Health Service and
the Department of Hygiene and Public Health
staffs have often said that these ordinances permit
many violations of good sanitary practice. Further-
more, funds are not available for as complete a
check under existing laws as is needed.
A system of University inspection of restaurants
and boarding houses conducted by the Health Serv-
ice or Department of Hygiene and Public Health,
supplementing the city inspection, and the issu-
ance of certificates to those passing the inspection
to the effect that they were approved by the Uni-
versity, would insure that students were informed
as to the sanitary measures taken for their pro-
Restaurant and boarding house proprietors would
be benefited, for those who conscientiously observe
the principles of good sanitation would no longer
suffer as much competition from those who abide
by the letter but not the spirit of the law. Full
observance of the principles of sanitation entails
considerable expense that can be avoided at the
present time, and those who do observe the prin-
ciples should receive some kind of recognition.
'Pink Slip'
Publicity. ..
enue Act of 1934 with its much-dis-
cussed "pink slip" clause providing publicity for in-
come tax returns, the question of whether or not
the returns are receiving too much publicity has
been a point of contention.
A drive for repeal of this "pink slip" provision
was launched in Congress when the House of Rep-
resentatives recently voted overwhelmingly to abol-
ish the clause. It remains for the Senate to either
kill or pass the repeal act.
The chief arguments advanced by supporters
of the publicity provision are that it is not an ad-
ministration measure, that there is no need for
rushing the bill through, and finally that its imme-
dcate consideration by the Senate would interfere
iith action on the relief hill now nending in that

To the Editor:
The following article appeared in the New York
Times for Friday, March 8.
I think its contents should be brought before the
student body so that the latter may contrast the
liberal attitude of Dartmouth College in regard to
free speech and so forth, with the narrow and eva-
sive stand taken by the University of Michigan
Committee on Lecture Policy concerning the Stra-
chey lec ture.--R.
(Special to The New York Times)
BOSTON, March 7. - A plea for "free
thought, free discussion and free speech" in
American universities and colleges was made
tonight by Ernest Hopkins, president of Dart-
mouth College, at the annual dinner of the
Dartmouth Alumni Association.
"I have never been willing to accept the prin-
ciple of any restriction of what graduates
should hear or talk about," he said in an inter-
view before his address. "At Dartmouth we
refuse to allow any one to tell us who we shall
have on our faculty or what we shall teach.
"We have a few undergraduates now who
would like to think themselves Communists,"
he continued. "That's better than having them
all think alike.
"But when a number of patriotic organiza-
tions continue to tell you that your institution
is a disgrace to the country because of its
liberalism, you begin to wonder how many
people believe it."
In his journal address Dr. Hopkins asked the
alumni to support two "radical modifications
of the curriculum." Stressing the importance
of an understanding Hof current problems, he
declared that "undergraduates should be re-
quired to learn the fundamental principles of
government, economics and social relations,
with historical knowledge illustrative of these."
Shifting to the importance of teaching the
facts of "governmental systems which stand
for suppression of all freedom except for them-
selves," he said. "I believe that the fallacies of
such systems will reveal themselves more evi-
dently in the light of open discussion than in
the obscurity and artificial incentives of whis-
pered argument."

A Washington


WHO SHALL SAY that if Justice Oliver Wendell
Holmes had added a mere half-dozen years to
the long span of his life he might not have seen
realized that philosophy of government of which he
was so gallant a champion down all the long way
he had come? Was there not already shaping when
he died a crossroads of national choice as profound-
ly significant for his countrymen as the Declara-
tion of Independence?
That half-dozen added years would have carried
this strangest of great figures among American
great men to that peak of age so rarely attained by
men, a century of life. It is a lonely eminence.
Yet how rich must have been the memories of
Justice Holmes to the very last. His own life span
bridged two thirds of the life of the nation. His
faculties betrayed him not to the end. Time itself,
the mere march of the years, had lost its poignant
meaning long ago for him. Yet, that goal of all his
long dreaming must have seemed alluringly near
as conscious thought merged into the shadows of
his long sleep.
WHAT students have written or will write of
the philosophy of government and of law that
made Justice Holmes what he was boils down to a
simple precept. It is that government by law to
justify itself must be no surrender to the mere
legalistic tyranny of lifeless written words, no mat-
ter of hair-splitting definitions; but that human
experience, the fresh and living stuff of the daily
life of the nation must be woven into judicial
The single purpose of law - to serve human
reeds - not the mere letter of statute or constitu-
tional provision, was Justice Holmes' unfailing
guide on the bench.
Weighed against the majority opinion at the
time, of his legal fellows of bench or bar, Justice
Holmes' findings through the long years of his
judicial life would mark him as more frequently
vrong than any other judge. He will not go down
in history as a legal technician, but as a philosopher
looking always far beyond the detail of the case
at bar to the significance of the question as it bore
on his conception of what government by law
should be.
AT NO TIME have such basic conceptions of the
Constitution been more at issue than they are
today in the gathering multitude of New Deal test*
cases. Interwoven with all of them, regardless of
the specific points raised, is that idea of "flex-
ibility" of the Constitution to meet any national
emergency. It is the cornerstone lacking which the
vihole New Deal edifice for recovery or reform



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To the Editor:
The Soap Box, C. F. H., renders a service to those
readers of The Daily who have something worth-
while to say, but is not meant for a pseudo-critic
such as you who use it as a medium to burst
into print for no apparent reason, applying such
adjectives as "fatuous" and "irrational" in a mean-
ingless, superficial, vicious criticism of what you
call tasteless picture reviewing. If you really possess
your "own impeccable taste," why don't you give
the critics an example of it by pointing out in
specific, constructive terms how it has "bridled?"
They would probably welcome such information if
it has any worth. If you are writing merely for the
sake of expressing your weak, unfounded, dabbling
opinion, which is of no value or service to anyone
but yourself, keep out of the Soap Box if you want
The Daily to continue to be "tolerable" to those
who make up the list of its intelligent readers.




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