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THE -MICHIGAN, DAILY

THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 1941

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

No, Vessels Ready
For British Use

LETTERS

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THE LATEST ANNOUNCEMENT of
the Maritime Commission has placed
the Lend-Lease Bill debate in an incongruous
position. British aid advocates are clamoring for
immediate assistance, but the Commission in-
forms us that no American merchant vessels
are available for Britain's use. Besides a lack
of, replacements for England's hard-pressed
fleet, there is an immediate need for sixty ten-
thousand ton cargo carriers to handle materials
for our own defense program.
The latest speeches and reports from Euro-
pean belligerents indicate that the invasion of'
England will not take place in the Channel, but
on the high seas. The United States cannot be,
considered an effective ally of England while we
offer no defense against this threat. Britain
needs ships even more than interceptor fighters
or bombers. She needs ships to carry her com-
merce and she needs more ships to protect these
carriers. America has been releasing vessel af-
ter vessel for her use, but our stock of over-age
I-og Island types is nearing exhaustion,
THE MARITIME COMMISSION was ruthless-
ly frank in its report. England cannot load
goods into American bottoms for at least nine
months. In the meanwhile fighting planes,
supplies and food jam American and Canadian
docks. Our government is not blindto this
emergency, but, it has not employed its plans
effectively. For example, two hundred stan-
dardized freighters, President Roosevelt's "ugly
ducklings", have been authorized by Congress
but remain unordered. The Danish vessels in
various American ports are ready to be char-
tered. but insurance difficulties are withholding
their badly needed space. However the Maritime
Commission is ponderously moving towards the
only immediate, satisfactory solution to the
problem. As soon as American and Danish pri-
vate operators have convinced each other that
the Scandinavian boats cannot be transferred,
the Maritime Commission will step in and char-
ter them for the United States Government.
But the Commission cannot afford to wait.
Every European vessel now tied up in an Amer-
ican port will have to be chartered if Britain
is to receive war materials during the vital
months ahead of her.
-- Dan Behrman
The xeply Curish
by TOUCHSTONE

Editorial Staff

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Hervie Haufler
Alvin Sarasohn
Paul M. Chandler
Marl kessler
Milton Orshefsky
Howard A. Goldman
Laurence Mascott
Donald Wirtchafter
Esther Osser
Helen Corman

Managing Editor
. . . . Editorial Director
. . . . . City Editor
. . . . Associate Editor
. . . . Associate Editor
. . . . Associate Editor
. . . . Associate Editor
. . . . . Sports Editor
.Women's Editor
. . . . Exchange Editor

TO T HE EDITOR
Books And Hysteria
To the Editor:
Some indication of the hysteria and fasciza-
tion being forced upon the American people at
this time may be had from an investigation of
what is being written and what books are being
"plugged" by the press. On the other hand we
have the historical and political distortions of
Oliver Wiswell, the work of a "polite historian."
Not only' does Roberts' book malign the revered
leaders of the American Revolution and seek to
discredit the people's forces which brought about
independence from tyranny, but, subtly, it at-
tempts~ to bribe America into an acceptance of
Britain's present Tory leaders and support with
arms and men of her Tory war. Roberts' love
of the traitor Benedict Arnold is high treason
itself to the principles of American democracy.
Not so polite but equally "plugged" is Jan
Valtin's Out of the Night. Valtin, whose police
record in this country was not for political mo-
tives but for common robbery, who came here
as Richard Krebs, Gestapo spy, wrote his book
in collaboration with Isaac Don Levine, a pro-
fessional Red-baiter (who shares in the profits,
see Times Book Review and Newsweek), and
benefited from the conspiracy of leading review-
ers. For instance, Cue magazine's reviewer gives
the book his blessing but adds, "it would be folly
to trust a man like Valtin." That this is not a
true anti-Nazi book is obvious. Anti-fascist
leaders in Germany like Dimitrov and Andree
are slandered. The Book-of-the-Month Club,
for its special edition, cut many passages, but
left the pornography and anti-Soviet chapters
intact. As an example of what one can do with
pornography and sadism and an appeal to the
basest in human nature, it is recommended. As
an anti-Soviet concoction of slanders and lies it
is superb. What are we coming to in America
when such a book, attacking without the slight-
est factual substantiation a country with which
we are not at war, the Soviet Union, and made
appealing by obscenity, is cynically and hypo-
critically lauded to the skies by our leading
papers and magazines?
In remarkable contrast is the Dean of Can-
terbury's Soviet Power, written in quiet, scholar-
ly fashion by a churchman and a gentleman.
Here is a book which does not purport 'to "tell
all" nor to answer all questions. But in its sin-
cerity and straight-thinking it stands up against
Out of the Night like modern science against me-
dieval witchery and superstition. Here is our
choice, the best-seller of a degenerate or the
document of a Christian leader. We had better
choose wisely both in our reading and our think-
ing. A campaign of silence has been conducted
against the Soviet Power and it is high time the
common reader indicated his choice. The Dean
of Canterbury for me. What about you?
- Student Reviewer

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Business Manager . .
Assistant Business Manager
Women's Business Manager
Women's Advertising Manager

Irving Guttman
. Robert Gilmour
. Helen Bohnsack
Jane Krause

NIGHT EDITOR: ROBERT SPECKHARD
The editorials published in The Michi-
gan Daily are written by members of The
Daily staff and represent the views of the
writers only.
Free Messages
To The Nazis . .
THROUGH THE COURTESY of the
Nazi Ministry of Propaganda, the
American public was recently amused by an
announcement that the Nazis were willing to
pay for any messages under twenty-five words
wired them from America.
This offer called for many insulting messags.
Samples: "Please broadcast an account of Hit-
ler's funeral," "Have Hitler and Mussolini sing
"There'll Always Be An England," The subject
of this offer was also most inspiring to the car-
toonists and columnists and occupied the Amer-
ican press for several days.
Why this offer by the Nazis? It can not be
supposed that Hitler and his Ministry of Propa-
ganda are so completely unaware of the feeling
of the American public towards them and their
regime, nor can we assume that the uncompli-
mentary remarks could have shocked the Ger-
man officials as unexpected information from
America.
ITMAY NOT BE TOO FAR FETCHED to be-
lieve that some of these messages carried
qualified information of some value, but even
so there are still many advantages to be derived
from this experiment. At least some of these
telegrams will be materially useful for internal
as well as external propaganda. Some of them,
especially the more serious ones, even though
critical, may suggest improvements in the meth-
ods of propaganda. Encouraging remarks may
indicate possible friends and supporters for
future plans and in any case interest aroused
will direct public opinion towards their short
wave broadcasts.
The Ministry announced that they asked the
wireless to endthe reception of telegrams after
receiving some 4,500 of which only 250 were
frivolous.
-Rosemary Ryan
Hillel Players
And Its Work .. .
IN ANSWER to the need for lab-
oratory work and practical applica-
tion of experimental work in drama, there are
only two organizations regularly functioning on
this campus. The consistently fine work done
by Play Production is well-known to the student
body. However, the Hillel Players' activities
are less familiar to the students at large, al-
though the group has been in existence for
several years.
The Hillel Players are unique among campus
organizations, since they are the only drama
group completely student run and directed. Each
year they present one major production, usually
either student written, as were "Roots" and
"Hospital Hill" of 1938 and 1939, or containing a
socially significant theme. "The Gentle People"
(1940) and the current offering "Success Story"
fall into the latter class.
ALTHOUGH this major production receives
more notice than the rest of the group's
activities, the latter have a much wider scope.
During the school year, the group makes trips
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DAILY OFFICIAL

BULLETIN

ACCORDING TO MY WEATHER CALENDAR,
the weather today will be Damp. Sunrise
6:26; Sets 5:57. Moon sets 1:03 a.m. First
Quarter. Check this for veracity. If your
stomach is upset, well you know.
Saw last Friday night the most amazing dis-
play of the Northern Lights I have yet seen,
and stood in the middle of the street in front of
my rooming house, exposing my body to the on-
slaughts of reckless drivers, craning my neck
upward, to stare deep into the marvel. Green
shafts shooting up from all around the horizon,
brittle looking and shifting, and right overhead
a wide swath of red, shading into purple and
blue at the edges. The air clear like water, so
you didn't think about it being air at all, and
the stars swimming in it, behind the color of the
Lights, as if you could dive for them if there
were a roof high enough. The time, 2:30 a.m.,
and most of the world asleep. Wish there could
be command performances for the people who
go to bed nights, but that's what they get. Such
things bring me right up to the mystic fringe,
and it takes as much as half an hour and brush-
ing my teeth before I can remember there is
a world which gets so it seems important to me.
SATURDAY NIGHT to the Cass in Detroit,
paid for my tickets, row N in the balcony,
and saw very fine job done by Florence Reedl
and Douglass Montgomery on Night Must Fall,
which I never managed to catch when Robert
Montgomery did it in the films. I am a guy who
often resents things a great deal, though I try
not to show it. For all others who find them-
selves such, I recomnmend a serious study ofI
Danny in said play, and a little pondering over
the idei behind the thing. 1 was worried aboutI
being insane, but my girl said not, and she ought
to know, though it did enter my mind that she
was prejudiced God knows why. And for those
who do not approve of self-identification, the
aesthetic pleasure of watching what starts out
as a good old melodrama going along into a
rounded out work of art, and punching at the
vitals with powerful last act should be enough.
To Florence Allen Small (others may skip
this graph if they wish) simply thanks very very
much. The times when I don't think I'm so
good are all too many, and a letter like yurs
puts me back where people ought to be put back
once in awhile. For the most part the only
letters I get are ones from people who disagree
or agree with those not very profound political
columns, and though it's nice to know people,
a few anyhow, read the thing, until yesterday
my count of the letters of just plain praise, oh
mortal weakness, was kept on the lower corner
of the thumbnail I never clean. I shall frame
your letter, and put you on my list of people'
who understand me, and burn incense to your
memory every high noon. and will praise Allah
for your coming. Really, thanks very much,
So long until soon.
duction. We have often been told of the need
for experimental drama work on the campus.
Independent organizations like the Hillel Play-

(Continued from Page 2) appear as soloist with the University
____._--_-_~~_~~~ Symphony Orchestra in a concert at
be given Thursday, March 13, 3-6 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, in Hill
p.m. in room 207 Economics Build- Auditorium. No admission fee will
ing be required.
Zoology 31 (Evolution): Examiina- Exhibitions
Lion for those absent from the final,
will be held in Room 3089 N.S. on An exhibition of Currier and Ives
Tuesday, March 11, beginning 1:00 prints and of work by Yasuo Kuni-
p.m. yoshi is open afternoons from 2 to
5 in Alumni Memorial Hall, through
Mathematics 350 (b), Short Course: March 7.

Che
I>" Pecimc*

Michigan Union. Eligible committee-
men bring their eligibility cards.
La Sociedad Hispanica presents
Professor Julio del Toro in a lecture
on "Cuba y Los Estados Unidos,"
illustrated with slides today at 4:15
p-m. in 231 Angell Hall.
J.G.P. Program Committee will
meet at 4:45 p.m. today in the
League. The number of the room
will be posted. If unable to be there,
call Virginia Drury, 6562.
Central Committee will meet to-
night at 7:00 in the Council Room
A the League. Call Shirley Silver,
2-3119, if unable to be there.
German Play Try-outs: Tryouts
for the German play will be held to-
day and Friday from 2-4:30 p.m. in
room 300 South Wing. All students
interested are invited.

I

This course on "The Plateau Problem"
being given by Professor Beckenbach, Exhibition, College of Architecture
will meet on Mondays and Fridayi and Design: A collection of drawings
from 3:30 to 5, in 3201 A.H. in various phases of Design from
Pratt Institute in New York, and an
All students interested in a special exhibition of the last semester's work
Allstuent mtresed a pecalin Design by students of teClee
non-credit course in remedial reading i sig w s nts othe College,
are invited to attend an organization are being shown in the third floor ex-
meeting today in Room 4009 Unizer- hibition room, Architecture Building.
sity High School, at 4:00 p.m. Open daily 9 to 5, except Sunday,
through Mar. 10. The public is in-
vited.

WASHINGTON-British prospects in the Bal-
kans are anything but rosy. Confidential figures
regarding -the strength of the Nazi army give
some idea of what the British-Greek forces are
up against.
Most people don't realize it yet, but Hitler
now has 600,000 men in Rumania and Bulgaria,
in addition to the Bulgarian army of 150,000
men, The Bulgars probably won't be used against
the Greeks, but will guard the southern border
against Turkey.'
Against this, the British have one division~
about 20,000 men-in Salonika. More are on the
way, but it takes time to transport them. The
Greek army has been concentrated in Albania,
at the extreme western end of Greece. While
more forces have been switched to Macedonia
recently, it is a tough job for a little country
to spread its forces so thin.
Another important factor is that Germany has
been preparing for' this move during three
months. The German General Staff is the most
thorough military organization in the world. Not
once in this war-unless it be the reputed at-
tempt on England in September-has Hitler
moved unless he was completely prepared.
And from the first moment Italy was set
back in Greece last November, Hitler has been
preparing for his present drive on Greece:

Concerts P'fessor Palmer Christian will
Faculty Concert: Hardin Van Dec- . 'Exhibit ns: Ceramic oemeet those who are to sing in the
sen, Baritone, and Mary Fishburne, Mrc S -am The Nem. Clcion Great Vespers, planned for March 27,
Pianist, will present a concert at 4:15 March -15, 2-5 p.m., Rackham t the School of Music Auditorium
p.m. Sunday, March 9, in the LydiaBui Stelae from Ko Abu Bill. From today at 4:15 p.m. It is necessary that
Mendelssohn T tied .b Ava C - Ithe University's excavation in Egypt. all persons namedaby the fraternities
in Case. The recital will be open to March 5-15, 2-5 p.m., Rackham
the general public. Building. . Christian Science Organization:
Ancient Chinese Bronze Mirrors. Mr. Charles V. Winn, C.S.B. will de-
Student Graduation Recital: .JQ March 5-15, 2-5 p.m., -Rackham liver a lecture on Christian Science
Wheeler, '41, Pianist, will give a rt-- in the Rackham Auditoruim tonight
cital at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, tat 8:00.-
in the Lydia Mendelssohn Tlhela e. iA C :t res
His program, complimentary to 1e Iw University Lecture: Colonel W. H. Seminar in Oriental Religions: Mr.
general public, is in partial fulfill- Draper, of the Selective Service Head- Paul Lim Yuen will talk on "Confu-
ment of the requirements for tne quarters, U.S.A., will lecture on the cianism" at the second meeting of tht
Bachelor of Music degree. Mr. Wheel- subject, "The Selective Service Act seminar in Oriental Religions at Lane
er is a student of Prof. Joseph Brink- and the College Student" under the Hall this evening at 7:30. The seln-
man. auspices of the University Commit- mar is open to the public.
---- tee on Defense Issues today at 4:15
University Symphony trche ra p.m. in the Rackham Lecture Hall. Seminar in Religious Symbolism:
Concert: Arthur Hackett, Tenor. will The public is cordially invited. producing religious symbols will meet
__ ___ ___._._ _-_____-_- in Lane Hall tonight at 7:30.

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FDR, Jr.'s Law Firm,
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., is only a clerk in
the New York law firm of Wright, Gordon, Zach-
ry and Parlin, yet he has already performed yeo-
man service for one of the partners.
Partner Charles C. Parlin returned from Eur-
ope on the same clipper with Harry Hopkins.
At Trinidad the British made the usual inspec-
tion of baggage. In Parlin's bags they found a
moving picture film taken in Germany.
Parlin; had visited Berlin, had accepted the
Nazi invitation to take shots of Berlin areas
which the British claimed to have suffered heav-
ily from bombing. The pictures showed hardly a
scar.
So the British seized the film and, for good
measure. seized all of Parlin's other belongings

University Lecture: Dr. C. N. H.
Long, Sterling Professor of Physiolo-
ical Chemistry, Yale University, will
give the following lectures under the
auspices of the Department of Bio-
ogical Chemistry:
March 7: "Endocrines and the Con-
trol of Carbohydrate Metabolism."
4:15 p.m.,. Rackham Lecture Hall.
March 8: "Chemistry and Physi-
ology of the Adrenal Cortex." 11:00
a.m.. Rackh'am Amphitheatre.
The public is cordially invited.
Events Today
'The Society of Automotive Engin-
eers will meet in the Michigan Union
tonight at 7:00, instead of 7:30 as
previously announced. It is import-
ant that all members be present tc
make plans for the trip to the Chrys-
ler Engineering Lab. next Monday.
Transportation Club will meet to.

Michigan Dames: Art Group will
have a meeting tonight at the home
of Mrs. Carl Weller, 1130 Fair Oaks
Parkway at 8:00. Mrs. Harold W.
Titus will give a talk on "The Art of
the Print."
The interior Decorating Group of
the Faculty Women's Club will meet
at 3:00 p.m. today at the League.
Mr. Stephan Munising of the J. L.
Hudson Co. will speak on "Working
Color into Your Surroundings." Each
member may bring two guests.
Coming Events
Alpha Lambda Delta: Luncheon at
12:00 noon Friday, March 7, in the
League, either in the Russian Tea
Room or in the grill alcove. Bring
your dues if you haven't paid them.
Tryouts for the men's riding club,
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T HE LATEST thing in college sub-
jects is knitting, instituted this,
semester for girls at Wayne Univer-
sity. One matter was not explained:
what to tell the boy friend when hel
finds you doing homework.
We are proud to report that we
have the same size feet as Michi-
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