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Progressive leaders may enjoy only comparatively
short political lives, a great deal of constructive
work must be accomplished in an extremely short
period of time. It is unavoidable that there should
be some bad mixed with the good.
When the nation has returned to the usual
complacent periods of "normalcy," the public be-
comes more conservative and less actively inter-
ested in policies and workings of government. So
we regularly waste long periods in inaction, only
to do important work in haste once more when
the stress is upon us. It is too much to hope,
however, that Americans will be the least intel-
ligently critical when prosperous.
Letters published In this column should not be
construed asexpressing 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.
Arousing Public Opinion
To the Editor:


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Ofices: Student Publications Building, Maynard Street.
Ann Arbor, Michigan. Phone: 2-1214.
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Telephone 4925
CITY EDITOR .........................JON HEALEY
WOMEN'S EDITOR ......................EISANOR BLUM
NIGHT EDITORS: Courtney A. Evans, John J. Flaherty,
Thomas E. Groehn, Thomas H. Kleene, David G. Mac-
donald, John M. O'Connell, Arthur M. Taub.
SPOR'S ASSISTANTS: Marjorie Western, Kenneth Parker,
William Reed, Arthur Settle.
WOMEN'S ASSISTANTS: Barbara L. Bates, Dorothy Gies,
Florence Harper, Vleanor Johnson, Josephine McLean,
Margaret D. Phalan, Rosalie Resnick, Jane Schneider,
Marie Murphy.
REPORTERS: Rex Lee Beach, Robert B. Brown, Clinton B.
Conger, Sheldon M. Ellis, William H. Fleming, Richard
G. Hershey, Ralph W. Hurd, Bernard Levick, Fred W.
Neal, Robert Pulver, Lloyd S. Reich, Jacob C. Seidel,
Marshall D. Shulman, Donald Smith, Wayne H. Stewart,
Bernard Weissman, George Andros, Fred Buesser, Rob-
ert Cummins, Fred DeLano, Robert J. Friedman, Ray-
r1nd Goodman, Keith H. Tustison, Joseph Yager.
Dorothy Briscoe, Florence Davies, Helen Diefendorf,
Elaine Goldberg, Betty Goldstein, Olive Griffith. Har-
riet Hathaway, Marion Holden, Lois King, Selma Levin,
Elizabeth Miller, Melba Morrison, Elsie Pierce, Charlotte
Rueger. Dorothy Shappell, Molly Solomon, Laura Wino-
grad. Jewel Wuerfel.
Telephone 2-1214
DEPARTMENT MANAGERS: Local Advertising, John Og-
den; Service Department. Bernard Rosenthal; Contracts,
Joseph Rothbard; Accounts, Cameron Hall; Circulation
and National Advertising, David Winkworth; Classified
Advertising and Publications, George Atherton.
BUSINESS ASSISTANTS: William Jackson, William
Barndt, Ted Wohlgemuith, Lyman Bittman, John Park,
F. Allen Upson, Willis Tomlinson; Homer Lathrop, Tom
Clarke, Gordon Cohn, Merrell Jordan, Stanley Joffe,
Richard E. Chaddock.1
WOMEN'S BUSINESS STAFF: Betty Cavender, Margaret
Cowie, Bernadine Field, Betty Greve, Mary Lou Hooker,
Helen Shapland, Betty Simonds, Marjorie Langenderfer,
Grace Snyder; Betty Woodworth, Betsy Baxter, Margaret
Bentley, Anne Cox, Jane Evans, Ruth Field, Jean Guion,
Mildred Haas, Ruth Lipkint, Mary McCord, Jane Wil-

The strike proposition should not be a target
for purely emotional reactions; we would all agree
that political problems are better solved on a ra-
tional basis. Unless we understand why this strike
is being urged, even 'though we disapprove, we
simply have given no thought to the matter. It is
especially necessary for those of us who condemn
war and its provoking causes to keep on a straight
track, and I cite The Daily as a regrettable example
of how to leave the rails.
In the leading editorial of Jan. 18, The Daily
effectively portrayed the plight of a war-hating
"And yet he' wanted to do something. Wanted
to take active steps; for to protect himself from
war he would have to be more than a conscientious
objector; he'd have to be aggressive- aggressive
as war itself! Bill Brown felt about him. blindly;
what lines could his aggressiveness take?"
After so presenting the helpless condition of a
questioning individual, The Daily then suggested
the answer:
"But public opinion, if it could be stirred so
that all the people hated war as he did, and would
rofuse to fight one another; if diplomats knew that
their bugle calls would blow unanswered every-
where - there would be no war. But how impos-
sible it seems! Student sign pledges not to fight
wars of aggression, and only to defend their coun-
try. But what war of invasion was not to pro-
tect the world from something or other to the
people of the aggressors? And there exists no
agency to promote feeling against war half as
powerful as the many interests who stand to gain
from it - as powerful as the newspaper groups
that even now claim credit for setting off the fuse
in Cuba in 1898!"
In brief, the solution lies in arousing public
opinion to spirited opposition against tendencies
to war; only thus .will irresponsible "public serv-
ants" be sobered and a jingoist press brought to
terms - only so will the conscious push to war be
counteracted. For this great purpose, and the
smirking sophisticate can hardly minimize its im-
portance, it is conceivable that the student strike is
an effective means. When projected on a coun-
try-wide scale, it is fairly arguable that no other
means is so adequate to stir the "public mind."
In view of recent developments, war expenditures
by "our" Congress and the current Hearst slogans,
it can not be fairly argued that such stirring is
If the American student is not disabled by edu-
cation and is at all conscious, he should be a par-
ticipant, not only a by-stander in public affairs;
war is preeminently his concern. Pericles boasted
of his Athenians: "We differ from other states
in regarding the man who holds aloof from public
life not as 'quiet' but as useless ... "
Perhaps The Daily erred in concluding the effect
of the strike would be an accumulation of cuts;
conceivably, the long run attendance at the Uni-
versity will gain with the politicial winds blowing
in an abundant progeny of peace-abiding alumni.
-R. E. Ackerboy, Jr., '35L.

(Telephone Techniques No. 2)
"Hello, could I have a few minutes of your time?
You see, we are conducting a survey and would
like to ask you some questions, if you would care
to answer.Wehave called your number at ran-
dom and don't know who you are. Therefore you
have no fear of committing yourself.
"Well then do you like to dance? .
"What sort of step do you prefer, the formal
fox trot or one of the modern variations?
"Do you prefer informal or formal dances? Why?
"Do you prefer University or fraternity dances?
Why? ..
"What sort of men do you prefer? .....I mean,
do you prefer the society sophisticated man or
the saiall time boy? .....Why? .....Why?
"What do you look for most in a man, good
looks, good conversation, good dancing9.''
"Would you go out 'dutch' ? ....
"How many dates do you average a week? ... .
"Pardon me, but I'd like to remind you that we'd
prefer an accurate answer or none at all. Now
how many did you say?
"Do -you believe in sociability?
"Have you the courage of your convictions .
I mean have you followed your beliefs?. . .
"Do you like tall or short men ? ... .
"How tall are you? ...
"What is the color of your hair? .... Eyes? .
"Do you believe that money must be spent on
you to make a date successful?.
"Do you go on blind dates9
"Do you drink? ...
"Do you smoke?9..
"Do you neck? . .. .
"What are you doing this Saturday night? .
The telephone rang long and furious at a
certain fraternity house at the University of
Maryland. Everybody in the house was busy
doing nothing so it seemed that the phone
would ring all day and still not get any
response. Finally one chap could wait no
longer and he went to the phone. This is the
conversation you would have heard if you were
unfortunate enough to be there.
"Hlullo,Rho Rho Rho! Who? No."
"Oh yeah?"
"No, not on your life."
"Well, why not."
"Uh, uh."
"That's a good one."
"No, I'm afraid not."
"This is Bob, Helen."
"How about Saturday night?"
"O.K. So long."
Just then one of the freshmen ran up and
asked, "Who was that Bob?" "Oh, she just
had the wrong number," was the reply.

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The New Division
And A Problem...
ing to establish an institute at De-
troit for the training of graduates working in the
field of health and social sciences, has recognized
the existence of an urgent need and by offering
graduate training in combatting social problems
is seeking to rendler a valuable service to the state.
A necessity for professional people well-trained
in social work has been created by the widespread
distress throughout the nation. At present, as a
result of the depression, the need for the skilled
worker in this field is far greater than it has ever
been before.
The aim of the University, in establishing the
institute, is to furnish people engaged in social
service work with adequate training to help them
in dealing with such problems as "relief, rehabili-
tation of beaten people, movement of families from
crowded areas back to the soil, and their read-
justment, the planning, building and management
of the subsistence homestead colonies, mental
hygiene, public health and recreation."
Particularly fortunate are the selection of Robert
W. Kelso as director of the new training effort,
and the choice of Detroit as the site for the insti-
Mr. Kelso has for many years been actively
engaged in social work, holding such important
positions as commissioner of the Massachusetts
state board of public welfare, secretary of the Bos-
ton council of social agencies, field worker for the
FERA, and president of the national conference
on social work. He has made a remarkable rec-
ord in his field and is well-suited for such a posi-
Detroit is the most advantageous city available
for such a project because in that area there is
opportunity for afirst-hand study of every social
problem which might confront a worker. Further-
more, students at the institute will be able to study
the workings of the many organizations which have
been set up in Detroit to combat social problems.
The University is contributing towards the speed-
ing of the recovery process by establishing this
institute, which will at least partially satisfy the
demand for adequately-skilled workers.
The Tragedy
Of Haste. .
West Virginia maintained recently

A W ashington
ing, the legislative program he left behind
in Washington did not show, on the face of the
record, a very encouraging out-
look. Little actually had been
done at this session on the rela-
tively limited schedule so far
presented to Congress by the
White House.
Yet, there were certain thins
about what had been done
which quite likely helped the
President enjoy his brief relax-
ation from the executive grind.
A useful leadership strategy
I seemed to be evolving on the,
hill. It lacked the whirlwind,


j As Others See It
Unnecessary And Inadvisable
(From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
THE APPEARANCE of a delegation from the
United States Supreme Court before the Sen-
ate judiciary committee - a noteworthy event in
itself --has made known the unanimous attitude
of the nation's highest court toward the bill of
Senator Black of Alabama to expedite test cases
involving enactments of congress.
Speaking for the whole court at an executive
session of the committee, Chief Justice Hughes
and Associate Justices Brandeis and Van Devanter
characterized as "unnecessary" the plan to permit
the government to appeal directly to the Supreme
Court from an injunction or other restraining
order of a district court halting the operation of
a Federal law.
The stand of the Chief Justice and his associates
is both understandable and justified. In the
first place, appeals can now be had as quickly, for
ali practical purposes, as the Federal government
wants to take them. Indeed, in several notable
instances, the present administration has elected
to avoid prompt rulings. The government, more-
over, should not have access to special favors
which are denied to other litigants. Equality
before the law would be eliminated if the govern-
ment were accorded the privilege of a short cut
through the courts.
There is not only no need for the change which
Senator Black proposes, there is also good and suffi-
cient reason for not making it.

fRANKUIN QOAtYELT direct action aspect of early days
of the administration when mes-
sages from the President popped into the con-
gressional hopper about every other day and got
prompt attention. Yet this new '35 strategy at
least seemed to have set the parliamentary stage
against one of the most -feared possibilities, such
as mandatory inflation.
F[HE VOTE IN THE HOUSE on the proposal to
swallow Senate amendments to the work-relief
resolution at one gulp and thereby deny the con-
ference committee any opportunity to ditch the
Thomas silver amendment hardly can be read as
a true measure of inflationist sentiment in the
House. Yet 'he fact that this flank attack on ad-
ministration plans was so decisively beaten may
make consolidation of the front against later in-
flationist raids easier. It always works that
. Just how many outright currency inflationists
there are in Congress no one knows. Probably
it is not a very large group. The possibility of
mandatory action by Congress to compel resort
to any of the various forms of inflation discussed,
always has rested upon allied bloc action by the
different groups. If an opportunity presented
itself to count noses on a proposition where the
direct inflationists, the silver men and the bonus
payment group were all rallied behind the plan,
no one knows what might happen.
THAT IS WHERE the stategy of shooting the
work-relief resolution to conference by sur-
prise acceptance of the Thomas silver rider comes


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