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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1

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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Editorial Staff

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

* . , .Managing Editor
. . . . Editorial Director
. . . City Editor
. . . Associate Editor
. . . .Associate Editor
. . Associate Editor
. . . . Sports. Editor
* . . . Women's Editor
S . . .- Exchange Editor

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

Irving Guttman
Robert Gilmour
Helen Bohnsack
Jane Krause

NIGHT EDITOR: CHESTER BRADLEY
The editorials published in The Michigan
Daily are written by members of The Daily
staff and represent the views of the writer
only.
New Journal's
Issuance Saluted .. .
A MQNG the new publicptions of the
autumn season can be found a quar-
tery of particular importance and timeliness,
called Common Ground. According to its editors
the magazine is devoted to the cause of unity
and understanding among national and racial
groups in the United States. To a magazine
with ,such a wholly desirable -objective can be
accorded a sincere welcome.
Common Ground is published by the Common
Council for American Unity, an organization
which hopes to fulfill its aim by implementing
its publishing activities with a comprehensve
program of cooperative action and generalredu-
cation among the various social and racialI
groups.
In the key article of the first issue Louis
Adamic - presents the thesis that the present
international crisis provides a peculiarly appro-
priate time for an attempt to find a workable
solution for the racial conflicts which today
contribute to American disunity. He points out
the imponderable effects of the European war
on the relative integration of our imminent pop-
ulation, and stresses the fact that frictions grow-
ing out of social and racial distinctions are, a
major weakness of American democracy and a
major source of strength for fascism.
Mr. Adamic knows whereof he speaks. For
many years he has studied the problems of na-
tional and racial minorities in the United States,
particularly the pressing problem of assimila-
tion, an interest reflected in his recent book,
My America. He realizes that these problems are
now accented by developments in Europe, that
the nearness of the Fascist threat underlines the
necessity of immediately solving them.
Mr. Adamic is correct in vigorously asserting
that social and racial tensions in this country
are precisely the conditions under which Fascism,
whether it be a native product or a result of for-
eign infiltration, develops. It is heartening to
observe an active group in America with that
realization and with a desire to act on the real-
ization.
In this era of crisis all of us hear a good deal
about national defense. But it is almost entirely
in terms of externals: airplanes, tanks, muni-
tions and manpower. Should we not begin to
consider the problem of national defense at least
partially in terms of trying to solve and eradi-
cate a few of the chief weaknesses of our present
democratic structure? Common Ground and its
staff is striking at one of the most vulnerable
points. May they have success in removing a few
of the scars growing out of past social and racial
conflicts.
- Chester Bradley
K.K.K. Joins Legions
Burrowing From Wi*thin
OME ADAGES do not hold true in
S a democracy. A fascist state may
quote "united we stand, divided we fall" and
patriotically curb the liberties of the individual.
A democracy, however, even in times of stress,
sustains its bill of rights and often suffers the
consequences. The problem is-where to draw
the line?
Modestly hailing itself "America's No. 1 pa-
triotic organization" and demanding "strong
minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands,"
the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan have openly

venting Unwarranted Strikes by Foreign Labor
Agitators, and the Limitation of Foreign Immi-
gration. Also listed is Law and Order, but whe-
ther by this is meant Lynch Law is not stated.
Rep. Samuel Dickstein of New York, who re-
cently charged the Dies Committee with blocking
the probe of Nazi and, Fascist agents in this
country, has never mentioned the Knights in
his crusading career. This may be caused by the
fact that the Klan is definitely an American or-
ganization. Occasionally small town editors have
waged ineffectual campaigns against this "bor-
ing from within" but the apparent inactivity,
except for rare lynchings or whippings, of the
group, has barred real investigation.
There is room in America for dissenting politi-
cal parties. The Republicans, the Democrats and
the Socialists are having a nice American scrap
right now for power. Let them have their fun.
The basic concepts of liberty are not involved.
The German-American Bund and other fascist
organizations, it is known, are actively operating.
The press follows their every move with head-
lines and never-decreasing vigilance. Let them
try their best, or worst. They are in a ruthless
spotlight.
This is a time of crisis. It is a time when bur-
rowing white worms crawl to the surface in aid
of decay. The Ku Klux Klan has announced
the widening of its "Invisible Empire" through-
out the country. But this is not an empire, it
is a democracy. Let them have their infantile
secret meetings and mumbo jumbo rituals. But
let the country know that they have them, and
let the press and the people focus a probing spot-
light upon them to watch for the first trans-
gression against the laws of justice.
-S. R. Wallace
Campaign Characters
Reflected In New Dance
AROUND the Publications Building,
and maybe all over campus for all
we know, there is a new dance coming into prom-
inence, the Willkie Hop. It involves no complex
steps, no pirouettes, no strenuous gyrations.
The dancer rumples his hair, flings first one
arm then the other through the air in majestic
sweeps, and finally strikes an eloquent pose of
benevolence toward all of God's creatures, arms
outflung to embrace the world, serene joy on
the face.
It would be an exaggeration to maintain that
the election will be decided mainly by the num-
ber of friends won and people influenced by each
of the candidates during the campaign. Yet no
one will deny that a straight-backed, stiff-
knuckled Presbyterian minister wouldn't have a
Chinaman's chance against either Mr. Roosevelt
or Mr. Willkie, no matter how well fitted for
the job the "no-damn-foolishness-for-me" man
might be.
Election pledges and platform promises made
by the Republicans and Democrats coincide in
nearly all major issues: conscription, national
defense needs, more jobs, aids to agriculture and
big business, etc., etc. Now, of course, there are
groups which have tacitly associated themselves
with one candidate or the other, business, for
instance, supporting Willkie and labor organ-
izations leaning toward Roosevelt. But there are
still thousands and maybe hundreds of thou-
sands of voters who will decide what ticket to
vote after having heard how each candidate
promises the moon.
Maybe you won't be dancing the Willkie Hop
and maybe you will never see it danced at the
League or Union. But we'll bet our shirt that
mussed-up hair will draw in a bagful of votes,
maybe as many as the dulcet eloquence of, "My
friends.."
- Gerald Burns
The City Editor's
SCRATCH PRD.
We see that women are still wearing tall fea-
thers in their hats. So tall in fact that Audubon
societies have begun to protest the damage to
wild bird life.
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A friend of ours doesn't like these tall fea-
thers. "How do they ever sit in a car with those
things on?", she questioned.
Fashions are a queer thing. But the experts
must have an answer to such a question. Maybe
the girls take their hats off. Still that wouldn't
be ladylike.
More likely, girls who wear hats looking like
that aren't the kind who ride in cars.
(coniic Strip Minus
Violence Published.. .
O ELZEY ROBERTS, publisher of
the St. Louis Star-Times, who,
shocked by the prevalence of murder, assault,
arson, crime and miscellaneous violence de-
picted in his newspaper's two pages of so-called
"comic strips," has introduced a new type, to
appeal to younger readers especially.
"Bertram," the pen product of Paul T. Gil-
bert, who has written four books and numerous
short stories about this curly-headed tyke, has
been given preferred position at the top of Page
3 of the Star-Times. The adventures, illustrated
by Anne Stossel, concern Bertram and various
odd animals. Publisher Roberts wrote an editor-
ial deploring his own "funny pages" but is re-
taining them-for the time being. His innova-
tion is a step in the right direction, and it de-
serves public support.
- The Christian Science Monitor
Students Warned
University of California students were warned

Ctbe
Dren w mso
Robert S.Alles
WASHINGTON - Wendell Willkie rang the
bell when he asserted that the National Defense
Commission needs reorganization. He said out
loud what privately has been argued vigorously
within Administration and Defense circles for
a long time. Also, you can write it down as a
move that is not distant.
The need for reorganization is daily becoming
more insistent. With the preliminary tasks of
setting up staffs, securing appropriations, and
clearing up contract problems out of the way, the
Commission now comes to grips with its real job
-mobilizing the nation's industry for turning
out arms, munitions, planes, tanks, ships on a
mass production basis, the key to Nazi military
might.
Judging from the tenor of behind-the-scenes
deliberation,.the reorganization plan favored is
not along the lines recently rumored. These
were that the President was about to place the
Commission under a chairman to boss all its
operations. One story had Leon Henderson,
price control commissioner, slated for this place.
This report is unfounded. Neither Henderson
nor anyone else is being considered for chairman
because the creation of a chairman, is not con-
templated. An entirely different plan is being
discussed.
Coordinator Nelson
As the Defense Commission is now set up,
each of the seven commissioners acts more of
less independently in his own field. The only
tie-up among them is informal and confined
chiefly to matters of general policy. There is
no organized m2hinery to coordinate the agen
cy's far-flung operations.
Under the proposed revamping, the members
would continue to hold equal rank and be re-
sponsible for their individual spheres. But their
activities would be coordinated through two ma-
jor changes.
William Knudsen, soft-talking production
wizard, would be relieved of all administrative
burdens so as to concentrate his great talents
on securing mass production. Functioning as a
Chief of Staff, he would be in charge of deciding
what models, types, planes, etc., were to be pro-
duced to make possible the mass production
needed for modern military effectivenes.
The job of providing the ingredients of this
mass production-raw materials, labor, trans-
portation-would be up to the other commis-
sioners. And to keep this machinery running
smoothly, Procurement Director Donald Nelson,
bespectacled managerial genius of Sears, Roe-
buck & Co., would be installed as Coordinator.
He would act as the link between Knudsen,
mapping out the production blue-prints, and the
other commissioners putting them into effect.
Nelson would be the tie that is now missing and
so urgently needed.
Nazi Life Preservers
The thoroughness of Nazi preparations for an
invasion of the British Isles is revealed in a con-
fidential report from military intelligence
sources in Surabaya, Java.
Several months before the attack on Holland,
Germany purchased 3.000 tons of kapok in the
Dutch East Indies. The shipment went via
Vladivostok to avoid British capture, and
reached its destination during the summer.
Lighter and more buoyant than cork, kapok is
used in life preservers; is essential to their man-
ufacture. Military experts estimate that on the
basis of two pounds per preserver, the Nazis had
enough kapok to equip an army of 3,000000 for
crossing the English Channel.
The sale, made at a time when Holland was
trying desperately to appease the Nazis, was
through the Netherlands India Association of
Kapok Growers, which controls 90 per cent of
the world's supply of the pod that grows on a

tree native to .Java. At the time of the 3,000-ton
purchase there was approximately 15,000_tons
of kapok available for export.
Political Chaff
Intimates ascribe ex-heavyweight champion
Gene Tunney's sudden interest in the youth
movement to future political ambitions. They,
say he is secretly planning to run either for
governor or Congress in 1942 . . . Reciprocating
Senator Bob LaFollette's declaration for Roose-
velt, silver-haired Leo Crowley, head of the
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and po-
tent Wisconsin Democratic leader, will back La-
Follette against his Democratic opponent-if the
latter continues in the race. There is strong
inner party pressure on him to quit. The She-
boygan Press, leading Democratic paper, caus-
tically assailed him as an anti-New Dealer . . .
GOP researchers are preparing an extensive re-
port on the earnings of every member of the
Roosevelt family since 1933. Still undecided is
whether and how this material should be used
in the campaign . . . Slow on the trigger, the
Democratic National Committee allowed the
faster-moving GOP to get Madison Square Gar-
den this year for the last Saturday night of the
campaign. But the Democrats have nailed down
the final radio hour, signing up a)l networks for
11 to 12 p.m., Monday, November 4.
Absentee Senate
If the Congressional Record told the whole
story, it would reveal that Congress, during the
past month, has been fed up with its own ses-
sions. Interest has been low, attendance slack,
and members who haven't gone home would
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DAILY OFFICIAL BULLETIN

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Between sixteen and seventeen
million Jews, the supposed Jewish
number in all the countries around
the globe, Saturday celebrated Yom
Kippur, or Day of Atonement.
Repentence and prayers for the
forgiveness of their sins are central
in their celebration. "0 God, I have
sinned, acted perversely, transgressed
before Thee and I have done . .
Verily, I have repented and am
ashamed of my deeds and I will never
return to such an act." What pathos
that the chief sufferers are doing the
repenting!
Here is a religious practice which
is followed by all the great religions.
Hindu, Greek, Egyptian, Buddhist,
Babylonian, Moslem, Parsi, Roman,
Teutonic, North American Indian
and Christian, all celebrate atone-
ment. However, it is in the Jewish
emphasis on deeds, acts, behavior,
and the Christian devotion to similar
ethics that our Western culture is
rooted, namely, "I will never return
to such an act."
Atonement stresses three other fea-
tures of our life which are essential
to social cohesion and the stabiliza-
tion of personal life. (1) The ideal
is held in devout contemplation.KThe
Messiah for the Jew and the King-
dom of God for the Christian are pic-
tures of the ideal society. To worship
any object of less sweep is to be un-
true. (2) That worship is a group
practice. The individual stands
shoulder to shoulder with all other
Jews, past and present, in whatever
nation, rich with poor, wise with the
unwise, the high with the lowly, aged
with youth. (3) The religious man
believes that he can so act and wor-
ship that God and he will be united,
become one. All worship in common
with the day of Otonement has that
definite function. By repenting the
devotee gains God's forgiveness. As
an earthly father restores his repent-
ing child, so God restores status in
the spiritual family.
Young America needs to worship
not because some seer in ages past
received a revelation, important as
that is in history, but to stretch his
soul and come-into unity with God as
well as with his fellow men. Here
every one of us can join up and be
significant.
Edward W. Blakeman,
Counselor in
Religious Education
Registered at the main center of
New York's City College are 1,000
men and two girls. Total enrollment
is over 22,000.
* * *
Iowa State College is ready to su-
pervise training of more than 1,000
technicians for national defense pur-
poses this year.

(continued from Page 2)
All members are urged to attend. All
students of Slavic origin are cordially
invited.
League Dance Classes: Starting to-
night in League Ballroom. Begin-
ners' class, 7:30 p.m. Advanced class-
8:30 p.m.
A Mass meeting for all Sophomore
women for announcement of the 1940
Sophomore Cabaret will be held at
5:00 p.m. today in the League Ball-
room. Eligibility cards should be se-
cured by those who wish to sign up
for activities.
All Women Interested in Golf:
There will be a tea given by the Pitch
and Putt Club today at 4:30 p.m.
at the W.A.B.
Student Tea at Harris Hall this
afternoon, 4:00-6:00. All Epsicopal
students and their friends invited.
Hillel Players will meet tonight
at 7:30 at the Hillel Foundation. All
old members and people interested in
any phase of play productions are
urged to attend to hear plans for the
coming year and to sign up for com-
mittee positions.
Women's Fencing Club will meet
tonight at 7:30 in the fencing room
at Barbour Gymnasium. All fencers
are invited to attend.
Coming Events
English Journal Club will meet
Thursday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. in the
West Conference Room of the Rack-
ham Bldg. Professor A. H. Marck-
wardt will speak on "The Walrus and
the Carpenter."
The Pre-Medical Society will hold
a smoker on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at

8:00 ' p.m. in the Michigan Union.
Members of the Medical School fac-
ulty and other physicians will lead
small discussion groups with the aim
of answering the problems of the
Pre-Medic. A movie will be present-
ed by Dr. Kretzchmar of the Obstet-
rics Department of the University
Hospital,
Classical Students: Phi Tau Alpha
will meet Thursday, Actober 17, at
7:30 p.m. in the Rackham Building.
Any student taking Latin 81, or any
more advanced course, or any course
in Greek, is cordially invited to come
and meet informally with other stu-
dents and with the faculty of the
department.
The U. of M. Forestry Club will
meet on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7:30
p.m. in Room 2054 aNtural Science
Building. Pre-foresters and transfer
students are invited.
Ann Arbor Independents will mete
on Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. in the
Michigan League, room to be posted
on Bulletin Board. All members at-
tend. All others who are independ-
ents residing in Ann Arbor are in-
vited.
La Sociedad Hispanica will meet
on Thursday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m.
at the Michigan League. Members
are urged to be present. Patrons,
Faculty and others interested are
cordially invited.
Marriage Relations Course: The
first of the series of Marriage Rela-
tions Lectures will be given in Rack-
.ham Lecture Hall Friday, October
18, 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Course
may be purchased by senior and grad-
uate student sat the League and
Union on Tuesday and Wednesday,
from 2:00 .to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 to
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