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A Not-So-Dead Give-Away


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Hervie Haufler .
Alvin Sarasohn .
Paul M. Chandler
Karl Kessler
Milton Orshefsky
Howard A. Goldman
Donald Wirtchafter
Esther Osser
Helen Corman

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City Editor
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Women's Editor
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Irving Guttman
Robert Gilmour
Helen Bohnsack
Jane Krause

The editorials published in The Michigan
Daily are written by members of The Daily
staff and represent the views of the writers
An Open Letter
To Senator Vandenberg ...
Youth owes to you its sincerest thanks for
your fight against conscription. It is one of
the brighter sides of democracy to see such men
as you and Senator Taft, doubtless disappointed
in your quest for the presidential nomination,
still so strong in your sense of service to the
American people that you immediately return
to your work and uphold your beliefs in spite
of Gallup polls, party pressure and cries of
Your defeat was to be expected. Take it as
a sign of the times. Against you were the can-
didates of both parties, the weak straddling plat-
forms of both parties, most of the press (both
American and British), all the pro-British vot-
aries, including Sir George (I got you in last
time) Paish, and of course the militarists. It
was also your misfortune to have the Commu-
nists on your side, which you could not help,
but which your opponents have taken care to
advertise quite extensively.
YOUR REASONS for opposing conscription,
Senator, are apparently very similar to
ours. Ever since the war started a year and a
month ago many of us have warned repeatedly
that Hitler was not half so great a threat to
our American way of living as was our own
hysteria. It is the growth of fascism from with-
in, the collapse of tolerance, the swift burgeon-
ing of pro-British fervor that we consider dan-
gerous to the ultimate safety of America.
Conscription is directly in line with all this.
Conscription of men and of industry is a plain
avowal that democracy must be propped up by
fascism. When your government can push you
willy-nilly into khaki or can take over your en-
terprise despite your protests, then Americans
are not much better off than Germans, and
democracy becomes not much more dangerous
than totalitarianism.
Is there not some parallel in the fact that
Senator Burke, who co-sponsored the draft bill,
once was censur'ed because he had the audacity
to publicly praise Hitler and fascism?
ALOT of American thinkers are exceedingly
disturbed by their countrymen's fatalistic
attitude toward keeping America at peace. The
man on the street is pretty well convinced that
the United States will get into this scrap sooner
or later. He will give you Jack Doyle odds on it.
The thinkers warn that if such unnecessary
pessimism continues to spread, then America's
chances for peace really won't be worth a plugged
Does it take these same thinkers much trouble
to decide how large a part conscription plays
in Mr. Public's pessimism? Conscription came
last time only after the country was actually at
war. Mr. Public tells himself that talk of con-
scription would have been condemned a few
months ago, and now it is law, and so we are
that much nearer involvement. Mr. Public would
almost be disappointed-and would doubtless
lose a few bets-if America did not get into war
after all this militarism.
It is to your credit, Senator Vandenberg, that
you did everything in your power to forestall the
draft and to give voluntary enlistment a fair
trial. Your plan to lower - volunteer service to
one year would, we believe, have manned the

planes which the National Defense Commis-
sion has placed with any company was with the
Curtiss-Wright Corporation last month. To fi-
nance new factories for these planes, the Recon-
struction Finance Corporation lent Curtiss-
Wright $49,000,000.
But what has never leaked out is that at one
time the Curtiss company balked at the taxes it
would have to pay and threatened not to build
the planes. The incident illustrates the difficulty
the Defense Commission and the Treasury have
had in pushing ahead the airplane building
The Curtiss company, after receiving assur-
ances of its $49,000,000 loan from the RFC,
came to the Treasury and wanted to know what
its taxes would be. The Treasury has a system
of giving companies a "closing agreement," in
other words an exact estimate of what their
taxes will, be in advance, if a set of advance facts
are supplied. If these facts are not changed,
then the Treasury is absolutely bound to stand
up by this tax estimate. Furthermore, subse-
quent commissioners of internal revenue, whe-
ther Republican or Democratic, also are bound.
A 'Closing' Argument
N THIS CASE the qurtiss-Wright company,
asked for an immediate "closing agreement"
on its taxes, and the Treasury, by working almost
day and night, supplied it. The tax, using the
set of facts supplied to the Treasury, was to be
based upon an 8-year leasehold which Curtiss
was to exercise over the new airplane factories.
However, after the estimate was completed,
the RFC changed the set-up to five years, which
threw the tax into the category of an outright
capital gains tax, and considerably boosted the
amount which the aviation company would have
to pay the Treasury.
It was at this point that the company's offi-
cials balked. They protested vigorously at the
higher tax rate to be applied to them. In fact,
they told the Treasury that it was not Curtiss-
Wright which wanted the planes, but the Gov-
ernment which wanted them, and strongly inti-
mated that if a more favorable tax was not
worked out they would not feel obliged to ac-
cept the contract.
However, the Treasury stood pat, and the Cur-
tiss people fiially came around. They are going
ahead with the program.
Polker Stakes
THERE'S NEVER a dull moment when Jesse
Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Federal
Loan Administrator, plays cards with his good
friend Defense Commissioner William Knudsen.
The two men carry on a running fire of ribbing.
Jones was quick to seize such a chance during
a stud poker game the other night. Finding that
he had aces back to back, Knudsen bet a dollar.
With only a deuce in the hole, Jesse shook his
head sadly. "Bill," he said, "you shouldn't have
done that."
"Why not?"

insisted all night that he was "just learning the
game," but wound up winner of $60.
FDR's Farm Advice
THE PRESIDENT got some smart advice on
winning the farm vote from Ed O'Neal,
brainy head of the American Farm Bureau Fed-
eration. O'Neal told him: "Stick to your na-
tional defense policies."
O'Neal called on Roosevelt after an extensive
tour of farm states and the President was eager
to get his views. Almost the first question
popped at the farm chief was: "How does it
look, Ed? Do you think the farmers will support
the ticket?"
Farm Bureau membership is split widely be-
tween Democratsnand Republicans, so O'Neal
is taking no stand in the campaign. But he
knows his political onions and Roosevelt has a
high regard for hig judgment. This is what
O'Neal told him:
"Farmers generally appreciate what you have
done for them. A lot of them think you have
done more for the farmer than any other Pres-
ident. The New Deal record on that is clear and
the farmer can figure it out for himself. But,
and this is extremely significant, I found that
farmers generally aren't so much concerned
with this.
"Uppermost in their minds is the interna-
tional situation. That's what they are thinking
about. By and large they are satisfied with the
way you have handled the defense program and
believe you are sincere in keeping war from our
shores. So my advice is, keep plugging away at
this and you won't have to worry about the
farm vote."
Contributor's Bit
To The Editor:
Pearson and Allen, transmitting the news be-
fore it happens, state that "He will charge that
these agencies are being run by college profes-
sors and theorists who don't understand labor's
problems." (Wednesday's DAILY, page 4, col-
umn 3). Please explain that word "and." It
might be the and of addition as in "ham and
eggs." It might be the and of implication as in
the maxim: "Stuff a cold and (you will shortly
find yourself obliged to) starve a fever." The
answer might conceivably make some difference
in the opinion of the Republican candidate for
president which is being formed in the mind of
at least one
College Professor
From Another Campus
Eastern New Mexico college's public informa-
tion bureau sent out a story saying there was
a large increase in the number of freshman
A New Mexico newspaper carried the story
under this headline:
Freshman girls weighing under 110 pounds
are considering forming a Society for the En-

WE LIKED the election-betting
story in last Wednesday's St.-
Louis Post-Dispatch. It suggestedt
to us a new way to conduct bets on
presidential nominees. Here are ay
few excerpts from the story:a
"Betting commissioners in Walla
Street are trying to place Roosevelts
money at 12 to 5 and are getting noc
takers. Willkie supporters on today'sF
quotations are demanding 14 to 5.,
virtually 3 to 1.
"The largest recorded bet this weekI
was placed with Baldwin & Co., 1
$10,000 on Roosevelt to $5,000 on thes
Republican candidate.
"Jack Doyle, nationally knownp
Broadway betting commissioner, is
paying book odds of 1 to 3 on Roose-
velt and 212 to 1 on Willkie.
Now, in all these bets the bookt
system has been used and no mattery
what happens in the national or in-
ternational scene to effect the prob-f
ability of election of any of the can-s
didates, the odds at which presenty
bets were made will remain the same.
To a nation that has almost over-
whelmingly adopted pari-mutuel
betting on horse and dog racing, theb
bookie system is extremely unfair
and unreliable.
Pari-Mutuel Scheme
WE SUGGEST then a nationalL
pari-mutuel scheme be created,
especially for the presidential race.b
First, the WPA should build a gi-
gantic "tote" board and place it onb
the smooth grass near the LincolnL
Memorial in Washington. Secondly,
a "non-partisan" board be appointed
by someone to administer the wholer
affair, although we recommended
Jack Doyle as general manager of
the scheme. And finally, we urgeS
that regional and local offices benset
up throughout the "length andS
breadth of the land," with all fundsI
and arithmetic totals being sent to
the projected National Pari-Mutuel i
Presidential Race Speculation Cor-
poration (to be known briefly as theJ
The advantages of the NPMPRSCa
scheme can be listed briefly:
1) The odds on any candidate will
be consistent and vary with the con-bI
ditions of the moment.b
2) The NPMPRSC take a "cut" of
10% on all that's bet and also the
"breakage." The total Corporation's
profit will be spent to establish poker t
classes in all the nation's kinder-a
gartens, or contributed to the cam- n
paign expenses for all the parties.U
3) The national "tote" board could
serve as a standard for all policy
tacket and lottery games being con-
ducted, legitimately or illegitimately,V
throughout the country. An honestR
administration by the NPMPRSC5
could also serve as an example to
some of the boys in Detroit.
Candidate Testb
OF COURSE, all betting would stopt
on midnight eve and then the i
final odds would flash on the board.
A saliva test could then be given toa
all the candidates, and all the minor
party nominees would be allowed to
go around nude all during the elec-
tion while a couple of sandbags could
be hooked around the necks of Will-
kie and Roosevelt in proportion to"
the odds quoted upon them. The
pay-off'' could be announced late
during thecelection night and possi-
bly Miss Shirley Temple or perhaps
Mr. Michael Rooney could be on
hand to string a wreath of flowers
around the winner's sandbag-be-<
strewn neck and possibly feed the(
new President a couple of lumps of
The City Editor's

Scratch Pa
How do you like those Tiger fans?
They've cropped up everywhere and
every one wears that "I-told-you-so-
all-the-time" sneer on his face.
* * *
Suppose you know the fans are
shelling out $5.50 apiece for a piece
of pine board on which they can sit
and watch grown men play games.
And yet the ball park owners can't
begin to take care of the mob of peo-
ple who want tickets.
* * *
Still, there's nothing as interest-
ing to the American people as
those ball games. War in Europe
is lucky to make the front pages
these days.
* * * *
Tomorrow we entertain our friends
from East Lansing. We must be nice
to them, lest they write bad things
about us when we go to The Spartan
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panel of nine persons to be elected by
the Faculty to be submitted to Presi-
dent Ruthven, who will appoint from
the panel:
o 1) Two members to serve for three
years to succeed Professors J. R. Hay-
den and R. A. Sawyer. As they were
absent on leave during the second
semester of the year 1939-40, their
unexpired terms were filled out by
Professors J. W. Bradshaw and P. S.
(2) One member to serve while
Professor H. H. Bartlett is absent on
leave during the current academic
b. For the Library Committee, two
persons to be elected:
(1) One to succeed Associate Pro-
fessor W. E. Blake as a representa-
tive of Group I, to serve for three
(2) One to succeed Associate Pro-
fessor Lawrence Preuss as a repre-
sentative at large, to serve for three
5. Consideration of the reports sub-
mitted with this call to the meeting.
a. Executive Committee, prepared
by Professor W. G. Rice.
b. Executive Board of the Gradu-
ate School, prepared by Associate
Professor W. L. Ayres.
c. Deans' Conference, prepared by
Dean E. H. Kraus.
d. Administrative Board, prepared
by Assistant Dean E. A. Walter.
e. Academic Counselors, prepared
by Assistant Professor Arthur Van
f. Summer Session, prepared by Di-
rector L. A. Hopkins.
6. Oral Reports.
a. Enrollment, by Registrar I. M.
b. Admissions with Advanced
Standing, by Assistant Professor C.
M. Davis.
c. The Evaluation of Faculty Serv-
ces, by Professor J. W. Bradshaw.
d. Teacher Training, by Professor
J. E. Dunlap.
e. High School Visitors, by Associ-
ate Professor H. M. Dorr.
f. New Announcement of the Col-{
ege, by Assistant Dean L. S. Wood-
7. New Business.l
8. Announcements.
Faculty, School of Education: The
irst regular luncheon meeting of the
academic year will, be held Monday
noon, October 7, at the Michigan
Sunday Library Service: On all
Sundays from October to June, ex-
ept during holiday periods, the Main
Reading Room and the Periodicil
Room of the General Library are
tept open from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Books from other parts of the
building which are needed for Sun-
day use will be made available in
the Main Reading Room if request
s made on Saturday to an Assistant
n the reading room where the books
are usually shelved.
Wm. W. Bishop, Librarian
University Employers, Dormitory
Heads, Etc.: The Health Service
should not be called for medical at-
tention to nn-students unless an
emergency exists for which aslocal
physician cannot be secured.
Injured University employees should
be sent to the University Hospital
and not the Health Service unless
the emergency makes it advisable.
Warren E. Forsythe, M.D.,
Health Service Director
Choral Union Ushers: Please sign

up at Hill Auditorium box office to-
day between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.
Applications for the Hillel Hostess
Scholarship may be obtained at the
Hillel Foundation any day until Sat-
urday, Oct. 5. Announcement of the
interviews will be made next week.
The Stalker Cooperative House for
boys has two vacancies. Anyone in-
terested phone 7902, or call at 333
East Ann St.
All those interested in boarding
this semester at any of the student
cooperative houses are urged to call
Harold Osterweil at 7350.
Any girls interested in cooperative
house living or separate board jobs
apply to the Muriel Lester Coopera-
tive, 909. E. University. Phone 2-4914
U. of M. Women's Glee Club: Try
outs today 4:00-5:30 p.m. in Michi-
gan League. Freshmen eligible sec-
nd semester.
Lecture Course Tickets: Now on
sal e.Hill- Auiditorium Box Offie.

enter are asked to sign up now. Tour-
naments start next week.
Academic Notices
Preliminary examinations for the
Detorate in English will be given in
3217 A.H. at 9 to 12 a.m. on the fol-
lowing schedule:
Wed., Nov. 13: American Literature
with Continental Backgrounds.
Sat., Nov. 16: English Literature,
Wed., Nov. 20: English Literature,
Sat., Nov. 23: English Literature
from the Beginnings to 1550.
All those intending to take the
examinations this fall should notify
N. E. Nelson, 3232 A.H.
The following room assignments
have been made in history courses:
History 11, sec. 9, MF at 10, from
Room E, Haven to 1020 A.H.
History 11, sec. 14, TuTh at 11,
from Room E, Haven to 225 A.H.
History 49, sec. 2, W, 11, from Room
E, Haven, to 225 A.H.
Hisory 49, see. 4A, Th, 2, 1018 A.H.
History 49, sec. 6, Tu, 2, E Haven.
History 105, MWF, 11, from 231 A.
H. to Room D, Haven Hall.
History 149, British Empire, TuTh
at 9, sec. 1, Tu at 2; sec. 2, Th at 1,
Room B, Haven.
History 161, MWF, 9, from Room E
to 315 Haven.
German 253. Historical German
Grammar: All applicants for Ger-
man 253 will please communicate
with me today at 9-10 or 11-12 in
303 SW (Tel 689) to arrange sched-
ule of hours.
Norman L. Willey
Sociology 51: Section 5 will meet
in Room 18 Angell Hall instead of
Room E Haven Hall. Section 10 will
meet in Room 216 Haven Hall in-
stead of Room E Haven Hall.
Graduate Record Examination: All
students registering in the Graduate
School for the first time this fall,
must present themselves at th Rack-
ham Building today at 1:00 p.m.
ind also on Saturday, October
5, at 8:00 a.m., for the pur-
pose of taking the different parts of
the examination. This examination
takes precedence over all class work.
write from 1:00 to 5:00 this
afternoon and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00
noon on Saturday. Bring pencils.
Credit will be withheld from students
failing to take this examination. Seat-
ing arrangements for the' various
sessions will be posted in the en-
rance hall of the Rackham Build-
ing on the days of the examination.
Mathematics 183: Graduate . stu-
dents in this course which meets
Saturday, 9 to 11, are reminded that
the GraduatedRecordvExamination
'takes precedence over all class
work." We shall meet but we shall
miss you. sAssignment for October
12: Archibald, Outline, pp 4-10,
Karpinski, History, pp 7-11.
Norman Anning
Actuarial Students: A meeting for
;he purpose of organizing review
;lasses for students preparing for
the first two actuarial examinations
will be held Monday, October 7, at
3:15 p.m., in 3011 Angell Hall.
C. J. Nesbitt
Math. 347, Seminar in Applied
Mathematics: Preliminary meeting
for arrangement of hours today at
2 o'clock in 319 West Engineering
R. V. Churchill

0 Events Today
The Faculty of the Division of Hy-
iene and Public Health cordially in-
vites professional public health and
public health nursing students to a
reception in theaWomen's Athletic
Building tonight at 7:30.
Wesley Foundation: A group will
leave the Recreation Room, (Huron
Street entrance) at 9 o'clock tonight
for a Steak Roast at the Island.
Make your reservations by this noon
by calling 6881. Small charge.
The Student Religious Association
Coffee Hour will be held at Lane
Hall today at 4:30 p.m. The Asso-
ciation's Board of Governors will be
, present. All students are welcome.
League Dance Class Committee
will meet today at 4:15 p.m. in the
League. All girls who petitioned last
spring or this fall are expected to
attend, or call Margaret Whittemore
at 9654 or 2-2543. Plans for the
classes will be made and-particular
a jobs on the committee announced.

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