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NIGHT EDITOR: DAVE LACHENBRUCH
The editorials published in The Michi-
gan Daily are written by members of The
Daily staff and represent the views of the
Halts Airport Plans ..
A PROPOSAL has recently been
placed before the Ann Arbor Com-
mon Council which would provide for the build-
ing of a new and larger airport forAnn Arbor.
Though no plans were submitted definitely. for
the financing of the project, presumably funds
would be raised by a bond issue and a govern-
Monday night, however, the Common Council
took action, or rather, refused to take action, and
inso doing virtually stymied the entire scheme.
The Airport Committee of the Council brought in
a report, stating that there were three available
sites for the new airport. Two are apparently
satisfactory as far as providing a foundation for
runways; the third, the Davidson farm west of
the present airport, must be tested for the suit-
ability of its soil.
THE COMMITTEE recommended that a soil
test be taken on this land west of the airport
at a cost not to exceed $500, with the explanatory
statement that the test would probably not cost
more than $100. The Council, by a tie vote, killed
the committee's proposal..
Now the Airport Committee is stymied. Abso-
lutely no action can be taken until this third pos-
sible site has been investigated, for the govern-
ment, from which funds will necessarily have to
come, will not approve any movement until a
thorough report of all possibilities is made.
MEMBERS voting against the move gave two
reasons. One was' that since no definite
action has been taken on how the project should
be financed, no preliminary steps should be
taken. The Council, they say, should first pass on
the submitting of a bond issue to the people, be-
fore any preliminary steps are made. But no
move could be made, no definite idea of the
size of the issue needed can be had, until an ap-
proximate cost of the project is known. These
preliminary steps must be made first, before any
definite action can be taken.
Another group of those voting against the
proposal objected to the expenditure of the tax-
payer's money for something so indefinite. The
cost of the soil test, approximately $100, accord-
ing to figures of the University's expets, would
be taken from the contingent fund of the bud-
get, which contains more than $22,000. Alto-
gether it would cost each taxpayer less than one-
fourth of a cent to investigate this third pos-
sible site for an airport.
BUT THERE the Council left the matter, with
an almost uninstructed Airport Committee
left in the air, with no further action to take, un-
less the Council votes the money for the soil test.
That Ann Arbor's present airport facilities are
'less than adequate is an obvious point. The pres-
ent field is too small, and with no concrete run-
ways can accomodate only lighter amateur fly-
ing. It was these poor flying facilities that kept
the University's CAA quota down to 75, much too
small for an institution of more than 10,000 stu-
dents. There is a possibility, according to some
members of the Council, that the enlarged air-
port would enable the quota to be increased to
ANN ARBOR, itself, leaving the University out
as one if its members, has done excellent work
in its investigations, but can go no further.
FOR A SMALL SUM which could easily be se-
cured, and the mistaken idea of putting the
cart before the horse, the Council is holding up
a move which would be of inestimable benefit to
Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan.
- William Baker
New Political Faith . .
B Y LAST WEEK national defense had
become the primary concern of
nearly all Americans. The first contingents of
conscripted men were undergoing physical
examination. Along the Jersey coast the Navy
was testing out its motor torpedo boats. Many
an industrial plant was turning out perfected
"machines of destruction."
Few voices were raised to deny the necessity
of building an adequate national defense. And
yet an increasing number of persons believed
that all this activity would not be sufficient
to answer the 1940 Challenge to Democracy.
They lamented the excessive emphasis on
externals, on the narrow constrictions of purely
defensive procedures. They insisted that a new
positive and constructive political faith would
comprise the only really effective reply to the
threat'of Fascism, either internal or external.
This group knew that in the future they
could not be "easy" with themselves. They knew
that they would have to scrutinize the weak-
nesses of their democratic forms in order to
understand the malaise of the modern world.
They knew that they could not afford to over-
look the fatal defects of their own society.
And they knew that such fearless self-analy-
sis must be followed by a firm resolution to
eradicate those weaknesses and defects.
" THESE PERSONS it was clear that Fas-
cism was no mere accident, no fortuitous
creation of the political gods. They recognized
that Fascism had succeeded, because Democracy
had failed to realize its original promise. They
were positive that the supine materialism of
certain sections of democratic society was chiefly
responsible for the incredible advance of the
"revolution of nihilism."
They were convinCed that a mere accumula-
tion of arms and men would never preserve the
essence of Democracy. They assailed the smug
viewpoint'that America could become an impreg-
nable and invulnerable hemisphere by physical
means alone. They condemned the failure to con-
ceive an imaginative philosophy to offset the
THIS BLOC of public opinion was determined
to construct a new political faith: a faith
that dared to look ahead to the years when Fas-
cism would be emphatically discarded, a faith
that would make Democracy-not the subject of
trite and pompous speeches - but a living and
progressing social dynamo.
The architects of this new poltical faith would
have little interest in arbitrary labels. They
would find both the negative outlook of Fas-
cism and the artificial rigidities of Communism
to be equally unsatisfactory. They knew that in
formulating their political principles they must
use the empirical method of science. The re-
sults might involve stepping on the toes of in-
numerable presure groups. But they were pre-
pared to meet this eventuality openly and vig-
orously. They were willing to operate within the
framework of existing political organizations.
They knew that the solution of the present
economic inadequacies of Democracy could never
be worked out by a nostalgic application of
laissez-faire principles. Rather they looked hope-
fully at the potentialities of cooperative econ-
NOR WOULD THEY forget the personal equa-
tion. A new scale of values - perhaps not
unlike that at the base of Victorian seriousness
- was absolutely essential. No reversion to the
crass materialism and the Babylonian opulence
of the Twenties could be tolerated. An obsession
with mere creature comforts and an undue at-
tention to such superficialities as inflexible pro-
tocols of social conduct would be criticized as evi-
dences of decadence and would find no place in
a revivified Democracy.
In such a spirit would our new political faith
be constructed. Its principles would be upheld
by those who cared deeply and passionately
about the World of the Future. It would be sup-
ported by those who were determined to "look
forward." It would be defended actively by those
who were willing to go down into the "gladia-
torial arena of life" and act on their beliefs. By
this positive and constructive approach to the
momentous problems of a tragic era a decisive
answer to the Fascist menace would be provided.
WASHINGTON - If it weren't for spreading
alarm among the public, the Roosevelts
would like to call off the formal White House
receptions this year. Already, the diplomatic re-
ception has been canceled, and it would make
things easier if the other four receptions were
dropped also. But this would be unprecedented
in peace times and would cause too much specu-
Cancellation of the diplomatic reception next
month is easily explained on the ground that the
envoys of warring nations might not have a hap-
py time playing together, especially since this
year's order of precedence would throw the Chi-
nese Ambassador between the German and the
Once, before we entered the World War, the
diplomatic reception was canceled for the same
reasons as today. But to cancel the others would
create an impression of imminent entrance into
The President has to stand for two hours re-
ceving the hundreds of guests at each reecption,
and he would like to be spared the ordeal. In-
stead, the invitation lists will be cut. Each func-
tion will have about 700 guests this year instead
of the usual 1100.
This eliminates all except the official guests,
and means that hundreds of Washington city
socialites, who usually rate the gold-seal invi-
tation, will have to stay at home and read all
about it in the newspapers.
NATIONAL DEFENSE chiefs are not saying
anything about it, but they are carefully
scrutinzing the supply of food in the nation.
Not that there is any danger of food shortages.
Far from it. What does worry Defense officials
is the danger of a price boom as a result of heavy
Army and Navy requirements.
The Army soon will be in the market for food
to feed 1,200,000 husky youths, and records show
that men entering the Army eat about six per
cent more than in civilian life. With 800,000 draf-
tees a year, this means an appreciable increase
in the national food consumption.
This situation, if left to itself, would lead to
price skyrocketing, particularly in certain canned
goods and meats used heavily in the Army ra-
tions. And in a few cases, the "pack" of canned
foods was on the smallish side this year.
l sominie Says
THANKSGIVING marks a high degree of cul-
ture, ingratitude, and ignoble profile of exis-
tence. What of the call to worship just made to
us as citizens? Did we worship or eat, assemble
to rest and pray or arrange to speed across the
In preparing for our religious observance of
Thanksgiving Day we searched in vain for the
proclamation in eight different weeklies some of
them church journals, to find it only at the
university library in a financial bulletin. One is
included to ask if press and church are serving
the ideal of "freedom-to-worship" or are ignor-
ant of man's central need of values in our com-
mon life. This counselor, perhaps as careless as
the rest, failed to use the customary channels for
announcing the observance planned by the Ann
AT RACKHAV a lofty service with fitting re-
marks by the mayor, the president's solemn
proclamation, a contrite moving prayer, good
music, great scripture, and an eloquent sermon
engaged those who paused in recognition of na-
tional blessings. Also, in various houses of pray-
er "the faithful" celebrated the Mass or recom-
mitted themselves in other wholesome reverence.
The total numbei so engaged was not reassur-
ing. Here is a cleavage in our culture. The recent
U. S. census shows over sixty million members of
churches in our population. Estimates announce
that not more than forty million join regularly
to worship the God they have given vows to serve.
The farther fact tlt in these United States we
sixty million Jews and Christians, so certain that
"freedom-to-worship" is a boon, keep alive relig-+
ious home-training for less than one half the
population, is disconcerting.
YOUNG LADIES and young gentlemen, you
who are the recipients of that culture we call
Democratic - what are you going to do about it?
Fellow intellectuals, known as administrators,
deans, professors, experts in recearch, counselors,
what have we to offer? Do we intend to defend
our firesides, our institutions, our ideals, our in-
dustries and our fortunes by dispatching our be-
loved sons to training camps only to have them
from their civic devotion return as did their sires
from Flanders and the Argonne to find us recre-
ant to our inner duty? I fear we have so declared
upon this Thanksgiving Day in the year of our
Are we excited about a fiction? Do we prize the
freedom to worship - yet few worship?
- Edward W. Blakeman
Counselor in Religious Education
by placing their efforts on sale at prices, in some
instances, that have been halved.
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Just In Case!f
DAILY OFFICIAL BULLETIN
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1940
VOL. LI No. 48
Publication in the Daily Official
Bulletin is constructive notice to all
members of the University.
Student Tea: President and Mrs.
Ruthven will be at home to students
Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 27, from
4 to 6 o'clock.
Group Hospitalization and Group
Surgical Plan: Applications for en-
rollment in either group hospitaliza-
tion or the group surgical plan spon-
sored by the Michigan Hospital Serv-
ice will be accepted if received by
the Business Office on or before No-
vember 30, 1940. Those applications
for group hospitalization will become
effective December 5 with the first
payroll deduction on December 31. If
a sufficient number enroll for the
surgical plan, the above dates also will
apply to that service.
The Bureau of Appointments and
Occupational Information has receiv-
ed notice of the following Civil Service
examinations. The last date for fil-
ing application is noted in each case:
Teacher in Indian Community and
Boarding Schools, January 3, 1941.
Agriculture, salary $1,800 and
Elementary Grades, salary $1,620
Home Economics, salary $1,620 and
Remedial Reading, salary $1,800.
Special or Opportunity Classes,
Music, salary $1,620 and $1,800.
Art, salary $1,620 and $2,000.
Departmental Guard, salary $1,200,
December 6, 1940.
Complete announcement on file at
the University Bureau of Appoint-
ments and Occupational Information,
201 Mason Hall. Office hours: 9-12
Wanted: Boys for delivery work in
Detroit during Christmas vacation
with one of the best firms. Must have
own car. Salary. Call at Bureau for
further information; hours 9-12 and
2-4; 201 Mason Hall.
University Bureau of Appointments
Receipt holders for the football
tickets resale for the Northwestern
game may collect their money or tick-
ets in the Student Offices of the Un-
ion the next two weeks from 3:00
to 5:00 p.m.
Bacteriology Seminar on Monday,
Choral Union Concert: The New
York Philharmonic Symphony Orch-
estra, John Barbirolli, Conductor, will
give the fourth program in the Choral
Union Concert Series this afternoon,
at 3 o'cock sharp in Hill Auditorium.
The public is particularly request-
ed to be seated amply on time since
the concert will begin promptly and
will be internationally broadcast.
Exhibition, College of Architecture
and Design: The annual exhibition of
student work of the member schools
of the Association of Collegiate
Schools of Architecture is being
shown in the third floor exhibition
room of the Architecture Building.
Open daily 9 to 5, except Sunday,
through November 27. The public is
University Lecture: Professor W.
Pauli of the Institute of Advanced
Study, Princeton, will lecture on "The
Connection Between the Spin and the
Statistics of Elementary Particles"
under the auspices of the Department
of Physics at 4:15 on Monday, Novem-
ber 25, in the Rackham Amphitheatre.
The public is cordially invited.
University Lecture: H. Lauterpacht,
Whewell Professor of International
Law at Cambridge University, will
lecture on the subject, "Problems of
Post-War International Reconstruc-
tion," under the auspices of the Law
School and the Department of Poli-
tical Science at 4:15 p.m._ on Mon-
day, December 2, in the Rackham
Lecture Hall. The public is cordially
To Seniors and Juniors of the Col-
lege of Engineering and Others En-
rolled for the Lecture Series on Naval
Subjects: The second lecture of the
series will be delivered at 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 26, in Room 438
West Engr. Bldg. Subject: "Organi-
zation and Administration of the
Naval Shore Establishment." Speak-
er, Captain L. A. Davidson, U.S.N.
Professor of Naval Science and Tac-
A lecture, "The Battle of America,"
will be given on Wednesday evening,
November 27, at the Masonic Temple
by Colonel Henry W. Miller, Professor
of Mechanism and Engineering Draw-
ing. Colonel Miller was in charge of
heavy artillery on the Western Front
during the first World War, and is an
authority on matters of national de-
fense. The lecture is open to the
University Lecture: Dr. Imre Fer-
colors and IN ENGLISH by Robert
E. Friers, sponsored by La Sociedad
Hispanica, will be presented at 8:30
p.m. at the Lydia Mendelssohn Thea-
ter on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Open to
the public at 35 cents. Tickets are
available at the Romance Language
The next meeting of the Sociedad,
which was to be on Thursday, is post-
poned a week.
The Third Lecture for the group of
dormitory food handlers will be given
on Tuesday, November 26, in Natural
Scienve Auditorium, 8:00-9:30 p.m.
International Center: Tonight at
7 o'clock Professor Dwight L. Dumond,
of the Department of History, will
speak on "Our Old World Heritage."
This lecture follows the regular Sun-
day Evening Supper at 6 o'clock.
Michigan Christian Fellowship will
meet today at 4:0 p.m. in the Fire-
place Room of Lane Hall. Rev. Sud-
gen of Jackson will give the first of
a series of four talks. All students
interested are invited.
The Lutheran Student Association
will meet this evening in the Zion
Lutheran Parish Hall at 5:30. Supper
will be served and afterward Dorothy
Arthur will lead a discussion on "Thy
Gamma Delta Student Club of St.
Paul's Lutheran Church will meet at
5:30 p.m. for a fellowship supper aid
Botanical Journal Club will meet
Tuesday, November 26, 1940, at 7:30
p.m. in Room N.S. 1139. Reports by:
Gretchen Beardsley, "Ethnobotany of
the Hopi Indians," Alfred Whiting.
Hugh Loveland, "Peyote Cult," La
Stephen White, "Plantae Mexican-
Ulrich Williams, "Peruvian Ethno-
botany," Yacovley and Herrera.
The Romance Languages Journal
Club will meet in the West Conference
Room of the Rackham Building, at
4:15, Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 26. Dr.
Scanio will call attention to a few
recent publications of importance in
the field of Italian Literature, and
Professor Eddy will read a paper en-
titled "Pio Baroja and Liberalism".
An especially cordial invitation is ex-
tended to graduate students.
Economics Club: Mr. Guy H. Or-
dutt will present "A Mechanical Mo-
del for Solving Problems in Economic
Theory" before the Economics Club
on Monday, Nvember 25, at 8:00 p.m.
Week Begins Tomorrow
T IS NOT THE PLACE of this paper
or this writer to ballyhoo the com-,
mercial "national week" methods of sales pro-
motion. But "Art Week" falls into a different
classification than the usual seven days of high
pressure which have become such a familiar part
of American business. "Art Week" is sponsored
by the government, and projects with this back-
ing are not usually associated with the Midas
The average American has always been a little
wary of art. Aside from "Whistler's Mother," the
great bulk of our population has always synono-
mized art with lorgnetted dowagers or Green-
wich Village's trousered Bohemiennes. In tlV
past, America's sole contact with painting ha
been newspaper reports of the five figure pur-
chases of our prominent millionaires. "Art
Week" has been planned to offset this impres-