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TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 1939



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Ameiidnient To
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to Congress Friday calling for a
$552,000,000 armament appropriation appears
anomalous in the light of American responsibility
in the present conflict in China. Congressional
leaders, in justifying the proposal, cited the
danger to the United Sates of invasion by Japan.
Yet it is the United States which is aiding Japan
most materially in carrying on her destructive
march through China, which, if successful, will
make her master of the Far East, and- a real
menace to American security.
Japan is poor in natural resources. Eighty-
seven per cent of the materials sho needs to carry
on her militaristic program is supplied by foreign
powers. The United States provides.54.4 per cent
of the war materials needed by Japan. Great
Britain, next highest in the scale, supplies 17.5
per cent. There can be little doubt as to where
the primary responsibility for Japan's ability to
continue her inhuman warfare in Chin, lies-
with the United States.
For seven years the American people have
periodically denounced Japan's method of war-
fare on humanitarian grounds. Church groups,
business groups, all kinds of organizations, even
the United States Senate have gone on record
as condemning the inhuman destruction. Last
Week, it was made known in Washington that
the National Munitions Control Board had, since'
July 1, been requesting airplane manufacturers
and exporters not to sell to "countries the armed
forces of which are making use of airplanes for
attack upon civilian populations." The board re-
ported that "with one outstanding exception"
m1anufactures cooperated with its suggestion.
This statement of the board, coupled with the
fact that $9,000,000 wortlL of aircraft went to
Japan in 1938, indicates clearly the need for more
decisive action. The American people can voice
protest after protest against Japan's action, but
mere expressions of disapproval have never had,
and never will have, any effect on totalitarian
powers. The government can suggest and suggest
courses of action to manufacturers of war
materials, but business enterprise has thus far
proved notably cool to government suggestions.
An effective proposal for curtailment of arms
shipments to Japan will come before the House
of Representatives in the present session. It is
former Rep. Jerry O'Connll's proposed amend.
ment to the Neutrality Bill. The amendment pro-
vides for severance of economic relations between
the United States ahd aggressor nations. When-
ever the President shall find that an act of
aggression has been committed, the bill pro-
vides, he shall proclaim the fact and name the
aggressor, and thereafter it shall be unlawful to
export arms ammunitions or implements of war
from the United States to that nation. This then,
is a concrete expression of the indignation the
people of the United States feel for the in-
human warfare of the Japanese and an effective
method of bringing that warfare to an end.
-Carl Petersen

(Letters published in this column should- not be
construed as expressing the editorial opinion of
The Daily. All contributions must be signed with
name and address of the sender. The names of
communicants will, however, be regarded as confi-
dential upon request. Contributors are asked to be
brief, the editors reserving the right to condense
all letters of over 300 words and to accept or reject
letters upon the criteri'r of general editorial im-
portance and interest to the campus.)
Attack Nazism-Win A Ship
To the Editor:
Adolf the Great, it seems, doesn't enjoy his role
as chief target in the three-snots-for-a-nickel
concession that Uncle Sam is running at this
time. That's easy to understand. He makes such
an open target and it is rumored that he bruises
easily. However, the bull pen is overcrowded
with people getting their throwing arms in
shape, so if the glass-armed efforts of Secretary
Ickes had him squawking, his outlook for the
future is decidedly dismal.
This concession differs from the common
variety, however, in that the target has been
doing a little throwing of his own. But it is in
the nature of thipgs fascistic that any object
thrown is of necessity a boomerang.
The concessionaire is also unique. Ordinarily
the successful thrower wins a kewpie doll. But
in this case the idea seems to be that every time
the target is hit the owner, Uncle Sam, adds
another battleship or airplane to his list of win-
nings, and the thrower simply has the satisfac-
tion of having hit the object. That's considerable,
And therein are the obvious tactics behind the
recent administration-blessed attacks on Nazi
Germany. I is such great fun to take a piece out
of Adolf's hide, and so many of the American
people will rise up and gleefully condone such
action, that it is easy to slip in an appropriation
for another dozen battleships while the sentiment
is ripe. After all, if we are going to prod the
monster we should be prepared for the time
when he will turn and belch fire at us.
Moreover, with the trend to the right at its
height in the country President Roosevelt prob-
ably feels that something must be done to bring
back prosperity. And before 140. So what could
be better than a boom even if its basis is some-
thing as transitory as arms production. Just so
long as it lasts past the next presidential elec-
tion, its purpose will have been fulfilled.
Furthermore, should war break out, it would
be but a simple process to get a public already
back of a rearmantent program, into a state of
mind in which the administration could do as
it pleased in the matter of our own involvement
with a complete disregard for making any pro-
visions to prevent the fiasco that was the result
of our last adventure. The threat to progressive
gains, particularly those of labor, is also to be
considered in such action. France, in her pre-
carious position, needed only a threat to set back
many of the results won after hard battles on
labor's war front.
The administration set off a number of bar-
rages in the general direction of Uncle Adolf,
and it was only natural that one should take
effect. At just about the time that the Nazi
representative was about to make his protests to
the State Department, Sen. Key Pittman, chair-
man of the Senate's Foreign Relations Commit-
tee, was inserting another knife into the collective
back of the Nazis. As a holiday greeting he drew
up a four point statement on dictatorships, and
statement number two read very simply, "The
people of the United States do not like the Gov-
ernment of Germany." Sumner Welles probably
took a long wind-up before letting blast at the
fascist official. And Dr. Hans Thomsen, the Ger-
man Charge d'Affaires, wasn't given any oppor-
tunity to ducl.
The Vnited States can make official and semi-
official verbal denunciations of the Nazi Govern-
ment, but the test of their sincerity will be found
in the practical steps taken. Calling the Nazis
names will make the headlines, but this country
can deal much more effectively with them by
clamping down restrictions in the various trade
It's great fun to throw things at Adolf. But
keep your eye on the fellow selling the balls. He
always wins.
--Y. L.

Anything But Joe Griddle!
To the Editor:
Well, the socialites started to line up at 10 a.m.
Friday, armed with reading matter and a fiver to
cover initial expenses for THE BIG SOCIAL
EVENT OF THE YEAR. What were they buying?
Just a tradition.
It would seem that the very least the J-Hop
Committee could have been was to announce
the name of the bands that will give out on the
night of Feb. 10 before tickets went on sale.
I will not go into the problem of why the
huzzah about J-Hop anyway, but why pull the
wool over the eyes of so many ,credulous sheep?
J-Hop committee should have .booked two good
bands long ago, and not wait until after the
tickets have been sold out and then spring Joe
Griddle and His Five Hotcakes or some other
equally as good orchestral combination on the
I-M floor on the BIG NIGHT.
Granted, the committee was assured of a
sellout no matter which bands are procured. In
light of this, why weren't topnotchers on the
dotted line a month ago, rather than run the
risk of Joe Griddle?

1/fe einoM
-leywood Broun
Men on the Supreme Court bench or awaiting
confirmation are mortals. It is a good rule that
public hearings should be held in the case of each
nominee. And since this is a
democracy, perhaps a catch-
as-catch-can system is best
in regard to the testimony
of volunteer witnesses. There
may be difficulties in draw-
" ing a line between those who
have something pertinent to
offer and others who seize an
opportunity for futile and
foolish sayings. "Come one, come all," 'as its ad-
vantages in the long rut.
But when a Senatorial committee gets down
to cases it is not too much to ask that its inquiris
should be along pertinent and intelligent lines.
Specifically, it seems to me that it was farcical
to summon Felix Frankfurter from Boston in
order to have him officially interrogated upon the
question, "Are you or are you not a Communist?"
Such crackpot queries might well be left to the
Dillings of this world.
And ironically enough the subject came up
because of Professor Frankfurter's ardor for civil
liberties. In other words, an American's devotion
to the Constitution was doubted on account of
his adherence to those fundamental democratic
principles set down in the Bill of Rights.
Book For Mr Brandeis
But I want to switch suddenly to an anecdote
about another great jurist, even though thc story
has no social significance whatsoever. In Wash-
ington I ran into a newspaperman who told me
that he once interviewed Justice Brandeis upon
a subject out of the domain of legal rulings. Mr.
Brandeis consented to see him in his summer
home at Chatham, Mass. The discussion was al-
most finished when luncheon was announced. At
the end of the meal Mrs. Brandeis drew the re-
porter aside and said, "You could, if you will, do
me a favor. It has long been the custom of Mr.
Brandeis to take a nap after lunch. And I read to
him for five or ten minutes so that he may relax.
Today I want to go into the village to shop.
Would you be kind enough to take over the
assignment? Pick any book at all, history, biog-
raphy or fiction. I think you will find that your
task will consume only a few minutes."
The reporter consented readily enough, and
took a book down from the shelf. "I read aloud,"
he said, "for about a quarter of an hour, and then
I turned to see whether I had induced my dis-
tinguished host to give himself to slumber. He
was still open-eyed and wide awake.
"Mr. Justice Brandeis," I said, "perhaps I do
this clumsily. It may be that you are not used
to the sound of my voice and that I am a nuisance
rather than a help." The learned member of the
Supreme Court was gracious and replied, "You
are doing excellently, young man. Please con-
To Be Continued
"But at the end of half an hour," my reporter
friend confided, "I found that he was still awake,
and so I looked toward him to see if he wanted me
to drop the enterprise. He smiled and waved a
hand to indicate that he would like to have me
go on. And so for a solid two hours I read aloud to
him from the book, and during all the time he did
not nap. When I got to the end I tiptoed out, but
Mr. Brandeis got no nap that day."
"And what were you reading to him?" I asked.
"Was it biography or economics or philosophy?"
"No," said my friend, "the small book which
I selected by chance happened to be entitled
'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'."
Dies has no luck. Every time he gets the people
almost scared, a first-page scandal attracts their

By Roy Heath
Lucky Crosley .. .
I have been sitting around waiting
on a good hot tip for this space for
several days now, ,and yesterday it
came. A dispatch broke through the
lines from New York . It is breath-
taking in its simplicity and suggests
all kinds of things like dog sleds
bringing the serum to or from, I for-
get which, Nome; the Royal Mounted
always getting their man and several
other feats of courage and persistence
in the face of difficulty which I can-
not recall at the moment.
The dispatch of which I was about
to speak broke the news to the wait-
ing world that "Crosley Corporation
of Cincinnati signed a contract yes-
terday (Thursday) for three quarters
of an acre of space on the grounds of
the New York World's Fair 1939."
That is the gist of the "news", which
comes from one Perley Boone, De-
Ipartment of The Press, but that isn't
the best of it. It seems Mr" Crosley
himself made a statement and a very
pertinent statement at that.
"We only recently came to a full
realization of what a stupendous un-
dertaking this World's Fair is," Mr.
Crosley said. "With that realization
came a determination to exhibit in an
appropriate manner. Fortunately, we
were not too late. We just got under
the wire."
There is the embryo of a plot
worthy of Hollywood. Suddenly a
magnate. sitting at his desk, comes
to the realization that one of his
flunkies has been asleep at the switch.
He plucks out a handful of hair from
his head, does a gyration or two in
his swivel chair. He bawls for his
secretary, loses his glasses in the
shuffle and fmaily gets Grover Whal-
en on the wire.
Conversation ensues, replete with
pleading, facial contortion, and men-
tion of large sums of money. Grover
Whalen is adamant but after much
pleading on the part of Mr. Crosley he
holds out the hope that something
might be arranged if Mr. Crosley were
to come to New York. Mr. Crosley
leaps at'the chance like a bum after
a Havana cigar outt.
Now for the dash. Planes roar,
]sirens scream. (Sirens by Loreeli).
Adroit manipulation on the part of a
taxicab driver gets Mr. Crosley
through the traffic jams of Manhat-
tan in two hours flat. Reporters are
on hand to watch Mr. Whalen un-
wind Mr. Crosley from the ticker tape
and fly paper thrown by enthusiastic
rooters. Negotiations open. Crosley
wants an acre. Whalen won't go high-
er than a half. Crosley is determined.
They sign for three quarters. Perley
Boone faints after living on hot coffee
for 24 hours waiting for the break.
The above may not be just exactly
{ the treatment Hollywood would give
the situation but that is the picture
which I see between the neatly spaced
lines of the communique from Mr.
Whalen's Mr. Boone. However, the
action implied by the message falls
off somewhat as it goes along. Mr.
Whalen, it reads, was particularly
pleased that Mr. Crosley plans to do
some broadcasting from his three-
quarters of an acre. According to
Mr. Walen, "The New York World's
Fair has a definite message . . . or
rather several definite messages . .
to put across . . ." Mr. Whalen
obviously made a faux pas in allow-
ing it to appear, even for a moment,
that The New York World's Fair has
only a single message to get across.
He recovered his fumble, but I am

Roman antiquities presented by
Esther Boise Van Deman.
University Lecture: A.J.B. Wace,
Laurence Professor of Classical Arch-
aeology in Cambridge University, will
give an illustrated lecture on "Sparta
in the Light of the Excavations" on
Thursday, Jan. 19, at 4:15 p.m. in the
Rackham Amphitheatre under the
auspices of the Department of Greek.
The public is cordially invited.
Lecture, College of Architecture:
Mr. Alden B. Dow, Architect, of Mid-
land, Michigan, will speak on "Mod-
ern Architecture," accompanied by
colored moving pictures. Ground
Floor Lecture Room, Architecture
Building, Thursday, Jan. 19, 4:15.
The public is invited.
University Lecture: John B. Cond-
liffe, University Professor of Com-
merce at the London School of Ec-
onomics, will lecture on "The Break-
down of World Organization" on
Monday, Jan. 23, at 4:15 p.m. in the
Rackham Lecture Hall under the
auspices of the Department of Ec-
onomics. The public is cordially in-
Events Today
Political Science Round Table will
meet this evening at 7:30 p.m.
in the East Conference Room in the
Rackham Building.
Phi Delta Kappa. The regular
monthly meeting' of Omega Chapter
will be held in the East Conference
Room of the Rackham Bullding at
7:30 p.m. this evening. Leon S.
Waskiewicz will speak on the sub-
ject, "The Influence of Organized
Labor on Public Instruction in Mich-
igan During the Decade of the 80's."
Refreshments will be served.
Deutscher Verein: Prof. Samuel A.
Goudsmit will speak on "Land und
Leute in Holland." This evening at
8:15 p.m. in the Michigan League.
This illustrated lecture is the second
of the series sponsored by the Deut-
scher Verein..
Romance Language Department.
Today, at 4:10 p.m., Room 408
R.L., Professor N. S. Bement will re-
port on "Foreign Language Study
in Michigan High Schools and its
Relation to Foreign Language Study
in the University."
Graduate Luncheon for Chemical
and Metallurgical Engineers will be
held today in Room 3201 E.
Eng. Bldg.yProfessor Louis A.2Baier,
Naval Architecture and Marine En-
gineering Depts., will speak on
"Modern Navigation."
Christian Science Organization:
8:15 p.m. League Chapel. Students,
alumni and faculty are invited to at-
tend the services.
Polish Engineering Society: There
will be a meeting this evening at 7:30
in the Michigan League.
It is important that all members
who wish to attend the Engineering
Ball in Detroit be present as final de-
tails of this affair will be discussed.
Faculty Women's Club: The Play
Reading Section will meet this
afternoon at 2:15 p.m. in the Mary
B. Henderson Room of the Michigan
Transportation Club. Mr. W. M.
Aldous, Senior Airport Engineer, Civil
Aeronautics Authority will speak on
the engineering problems encoun-
tered in the design and construction
of airports. Michigan Union, 7:30
p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, 1939. Open
meeting. Everyone welcome.
Chemical Engineers: It is necessary
to change the place of the 'Ensian
picture from Dey's Studio to Rentsch-

ler's Studio. The time remains the
same, namely, tonight, 7 p.m. Sound
movies will be shown on the subject
of Diatoms in the meeting immedi-
ately following.
Mortar Board: The 'Ensian picture
will be taken at 5 p.m. today at the
League. Meet in the Undergraduate
J.G.P. Program Committee will
meet at 4:30 p.m. today in the Un-
dergraduate Offices of the League,
Mary Minor, chairman, announced.
The Michigan Dames General meet-
ing will be held in the Amphitheatre
of the Rackham Building tonight at
8 p.m. Dr. Catherine Chamberlain,
professor of photography at Wayne
University, will present her personal
collection of moving pictures of the
Colorado Mountains.

Library Committee meeting on Jan.
19. Members of the faculti s wish-
ing to lay requests before the Com-
mittee are asked to have them in the
hands of the Librarian by noon of
Wednesday, Jan. 18.
Seminar in Physical Chemistry will
meet in Room t22 Chemistry Bldg.
at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 181
Mr. James K. Davis will speak on
"Electron Microscope."
La Sociedad Hispanica will hold its
last meeting of this semester at the
Michigan League at 7:30 on Wed-
nesday, Jan. 18. The program will
consist of a talk on Guatemala and
songs by a Spanish-American duet.
The date for the Michiganensian
picture will be decided then,
Scandinavian Club to meet Wed-
nesday night at Lane Hall (down-
stairs), 8:00. Dr. Carl Dahlstrom,
Professor in the English Department,
will speak on August Strindberg, the
Swedish novelist, dramatic and pub-
licist. Since Dr. Dahlstrom has stud-
ied in Sweden and Germany for sev-
eral years, his talk will contain in-
teresting "first hand" information.
Refreshments will be served.
All Scandinavian students and
those interested are invited.
Graduate Luncheon: Wednesday,
Jan. 18, 12 noon, Russian Tea Room,
Michigan League. Cafeteria style.
Mr. Afan Tashpinar will speak in-
formally on "Modern Turkey." All
graduate students invited.
All Mechanical Engineers are in-
vited to attend the next regular meet-
ing of the A.S.M.E. on Wednesday,
Jan. 18, at 7:30 in the Union.' This
will be a combined meeting with the
S.A.E. Mr. Kenneth A. Meade, per-
sonel director of the General Motors
Research Laboratories, will present
the subject, "What does the Auto-
motive Industry Look for in Select-
ing young Engineers? His talk will
be of general interest and not apply
solely to automotive engineers.
Freshman Girls' Glee Club: Re-
hearsal Thursday evening at 7:15 in
the Game Room of the League; the
rehearsa'l hour has been changed
from Wednesday to Thursday for
this week; the practice will be con-
cluded early enough for those who
wish to attend the concert to do so.
University Girls' Glee Club. Group
picture for the "Ensian" is to, be
taken Wednesday at 4:30 at Dey's
Studio; please wear dark sweater or
dark dress with pearls to insure uni-
formity in the picture.
Rehearsal Wednesday evening at
7:15 in the Bell Tower. No rehearsal
Thursday evening.
The Phi Epsilon Kappa Fraternity
will meet at the Union on Jan. 18,
at 8:30 p.m. Following this meet-
ing photos for the 'Ensian will be
taken at Rentschler's Studios.
Senior Ball: There will be a meet-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the
Women's League.
Astronomy: Solar motion pictures
made at the McMath-Hulbert Ob-
servatory of the University of Mich-
igan will be given Wednesday, Jan.
18, at 8 p.m. in the Natural Science
Auditorium. The special film pre-
sented at the September meeting of
the American Astronomical Society
will be included. The head of a
prominence blown away from the
sun with a record speed of 450 miles
per second at a height of 6O0,000
miles is a special feature. Students
of astronomy are urged to attend and
a cordial invitation is extended to all.
Postponed: The Music Section of
the Faculty Women s Club will meet
Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the home of Mrs.
Max M. Peet, 2030 Hill St., instead of

Thursday, Jan. 19.
The Michigan Dames Art Group will
meet in the Rackham Building Wed-
nesday at 8:15 p.m. with Mr. Hoff-
man of the University Floral Shop
giving a floral talk and demonstra-
The Petrified Forest: Due to the
large interest shown in this play, a
special matinee performance will be
given Saturday, Jan. 21 at 2:30. Tick-
ets for all performances are on sale
now. Call 6300 for reservations,
Labor Committee of the A.S.U. will
meet Wednesday at 8:15 in the Mich-
igan Union, for the last time this
semester. Plans will be discussed for
next semester. All interested are in-
vited. See Union bulletin board for
place of meeting.-
The Interior Decoration Group of
the Faculty Women's Club will meet


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