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R A , ;WE4%MFA 19, -1944

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Press, 1940-41

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

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

MANY YEARS AGO, when I was a grammar Clauses on every corner, and kids reach their
school kid. this time of the year always small arms up to hold onto their fathers' hands,
found me sitting in the orchestra pit of the and want to go to the toy department or the
little auditorium, blowing hard on an old Albert bathroom or just over there, over there, dad,
please. Men stand soberly before an electric
system clarinet, while the swelling final chords train display, watching it all during their lunch
of Come All Ye Faithful boomed out into the hours, and go back to the office to tell the boys
dusty echo of the place, and the glee club re- * there "There's the damndest complete train
laxed and started to scratch and the' music outfit over at Schmaltzes you ever saw in your
teacher said "That was fine, now let's do it life." Then the boys gather around, and starting
just once more." I would feel like crying. with we used to be glad to get an apple or an
would feel like my throat was going to break orange and maybe a new suit of underwear,
and like I was part of the most beautiful music they proceed to, boy I'd like to get Jimmy one
ever written. I would feel like going home and of those trains, why it's an education just to
singing to my mother. watch the damn things. They try to smuggle
their wife's gift into the house, knowing she
EVER SINCE then I have felt pretty much as always comes to meet them at the door, and
if I were obliged to tell people how I feel they blush and stammer like kids when she
about Christnias. I am better at it than Wooll- asks them what's in the parcel, and then she
cott. I am as sentimental as a Christmas card, smiles and goes away, and they hide it where
and as sincere as Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. it will be easy for her to poke at it and wonder
If ever anyone was Christmas cheer personified, during the rest of the days until Christmas
I am, as much so as Charles Dickens, as much morning.
so as an old man with a bright scarf and a redsend
nose singing God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen on is a tough letter to start anythng wth and
Christmas Eve to the neighbors, as much so as by this time you will have begun to see
a cup of Tom and Jerry, or a flustered mother what I am doing, so suppose I just say there
acup ofrTomsan Jerisn't space to spell out Christmas. X stands for
Jesus Christ, and non-churchgoer that I am, I
EALLY, I'm not trying to be funny. I know am also a guy who gets to one of the midnight
that there are a lot of things I am nasty services, Catholic or Episcopalian or Methodist
about. I know it is unusual, and perhaps mushy or whoever has one, on either Christmas Eve or
and out of place to write about Christmas the just before. If you want to know what that
way it was in the nineteenth century or before, strange feeling of being washed clean again
I know there aren't many of us who haul a yule means, and I don't try to describe or analyse
log in covered with snow. Most of us are more it intellectually, try the effects of a hymn and
used to the metallic banging of a steam radiator a choir and organ, a priest's or minister's voice
than the hissing crackle of a fireplace. But this talking about the things you want yourself,
is the way I like Christmas, and this is my last peace, decency, the good in men.
column before vacation begins, so laugh at me M OST OF ALL, I like Christmas Eve. I like
if you want to, but believe I am sincere.
the way it is at my house, everybody coming
RIDINGHOME AT NIGHT when vacation be- for a drink and to hang an ornament on the
gins, I like it to start snowing. I like to stamp Christmas tree that is so much grief to set up,
my way up on the ,front porch, and know that and always looks-crooked to somebody after it
my dad and my mother hear the noise, and will is all set, so I say all right, fix it yourself. I like
be coming to the door, as I open it, smiling at the rush up to the hardware store tobuy bulbs
me, my dad talking too loud to cover up what for the blankety-blank strings of colored lights
he feels, my mother getting herself all wet from that never work. I like to totter back and forth
the snow on my coat. I like to hear dad say, while everbody holds his breath, putting the
"What the hell you been doing up there at spearhead ornament on the very top of the tree.
college?" and my mother say "Do you want
something to eat?" And I like to stand there ND I LIKE FINALLY, when the tree is all
in the living room that never changes, the chairs trimmed, to turn all the lights off in the
room, and st there, all of us, nobody talking
and rug that never know any change in me, that much, lng t the ea uy oo y tekind
are the same or almost the same as they were much, looking at the beauty of the tree ande
when I used to lie flat on my stomach reading the serenity of the fire in the fireplace beside
kid books a long time before I ever had home- it, and maybe somebody with a poor voice starts
wok oosaongltimegbefosinging Silent Night, Holy Night, and it is, it
work to do on cold nights, certainly is. I like the chuckles, and I like the
YOU KNOW HOW IT IS in your town those tears of Christmas my way. I hope all of you
last days before Christmas. Downtown all like Christmas your way. I hope it is a good
the store windows are lighted up, and people time for you.
are packed tight together, and everybody is O LONG UNTIL SOON
trying to get through a revolving door with ten L
large bundles in his arms. There are Santa - Touchstone
Washington Merry- Go-Round

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

Irving Guttman
Robert Gilmour
Helen Bohnsack
Jane Krause

Teachers And Mann
To the Editor:
I may be mistaken. Mr. B.B., but
my guess is that you, like the Horace
Mann you quote are a teacher. As
one teacher to another. I wish to ask
a question about some of Mann's re-
sounding phrases. Mann asks for "at
generation of men who were educat-
ed, from childhood, to seek for truthx
and to revere justice." A reasonable
request, forsooth! Where is the man.
or the generation that would delib-
erately seek the lie instead of the
truth-that would consciously reverer
injustice? As teachers, devoted to the
cause of true education, we give readyt
assent to the principle that our pupils
should be taught to love truth. But
let me quote Mann once more: "We
want men capable of deciding, not
merely what is right in principle, that
is often the smallest part of the case;l
-but we want men capable of decid-
ing what is right in means, to accom-t
plish what is right in principle."
Would you mind telling us, Mr. B.B.,t
what is the right means to use onj
our students to instill in them a lovef
for truth? Shall we merely tell them'
to love truth and let it go at that?{
Or should wax eloquent and thus
persuade them to prefer justice to
injustice? Every once in a while I
get to thinking that something must
be done about the inveterate student
habit of cherishing all manner of
vicious error and spurning winsome
truth. Then I let fly a radiant verbal
paragraph of star-reaching idealism.
How far do you suppose I get? May-
be it is better, after all, just to re-
print every once in a while these four
paragraphs of fine language by "one;
who spoke when America was prom-
ises"-Horace Mann (1838). So doing,,
we shall never know how many stu-
dent are capable of discovering ques-
tion-begging circularities couched in
purple prose.
- A..S.
Student Vacations .. .
To the Editor:
Another college vacation time is
nearing, and I feel it my duty to ex-
press my feelings (which are feelings
of all the merchants who help to
send some student or students thru
college) toward the college employee.
Every year before the college se-
mester begins, we are swamped by
students who bring tears to our eyes
with their tales of woe. Their college
careers will terminate lest we help
them earn their room or board or
both. They ask, they beg, they plead
with us for help. They have had ex-
perience as clerk, waiter, bar tend-
er, office helper, etc. (most of which
must have been when they were
sleeping). We spend weeks of our
time teaching them what we want
done, and things run smoothly for
a while. Vacation time comes. There
will be homecoming parties, good
dates, etc. So Joe College dashes
home; for this is vacation time, and
he doesn't need to work. He never
thinks that his employer might need
him. In fact, he seldom thinks more
of his employer than that the em-
ployer is a meal ticket while he is at
When vacation time is over, his
job just must be there lest his col-
lege career be terminated.
Now, Mr. Editor, I ask you is this
fair to us? Business in Ann Arbor
exists during college vacation as dur-

The editorials published in The Michi-
gan Daily are written by members of The
Daily staff and represen the views of the
writers only.

VOL. LI. No. 69
Publication in the Daily Official
Bulletin is constructive notice to all
members of the University.
General Library: During the vaca-a
tion period the General Library will
be open daily from 8:00 a.m. till 6:002
p.m. from December 20 until New
Year's Day, except on December 25
and January 1, when it will be closedc
all day, and on. December 24 andr
December 31, when it will close atc
noon. From January 2 throughr
January 4 the hours will be 8:00 a.m.r
till 10:00 p.m.-
The Graduate Reading Rooms will
close at 6:00 p.m. Friday, December
20, and observe the usual holiday
schedule thereafter: 9:00-12:00 a.m.
and 1:00-5:00 p.m. Monday throughl
Friday, and 9:00-12:00 a.m. on Sat-
urdays and on the days precedingt
the two legal holidays.r
The Departmental Libraries will be
open from 10:00-12:00 a.m. on Sat-t
urday, December 21, and regularly
each day from 10:00-12:00 a.m. and
2:00-4:00 p.m. Monday through Fri-
day, beginning with the week of De-
cember 23. They will be closed on
the afternoons of December 24 and#
December 31.
Wm. W. Bishop, LibrarianF
Freshmen and Sophomores, Col-f
lege of Literature, Science, and the
Arts: Elections for the second sem-
ester are now being approved by the
Academic Counselors. You will be]
notified by postcard to see your Coun-
selor and it will be to your decided1
advantage to reply to this summons
promptly. By so doing, you will be
able to discuss your program care-I
fully with your Counselor and avoid
the rush and confusion at the end1
of the semester. Remember that
there will be no opportunity for youI
to see your Counselor during the fin-
al examination period.
Arthur Van Duren I
Chairman, Academic Counselors
The Dictaphone Station will re-
main open during the University
Christmas Vacation. It will be, ap-
preciated if those desiring work to
be completed during the first week of
the new year will leave their copy
with instructions before December 21.
Your co-operation in this matter
last year was of much help.
Applications in support of research
projects: To give the Research Com-
mittees and the Executive Board ade-
quate time for study of all proposals,
it is requested that faculty members
having projects needing support dur-
ing 1941-1942 file their proposals in
the Office of the Graduate School by
Friday, January 10, 1941. Later re-
quests will, of course, be considered
toward the close of the second semes-
ter. Those wishing to renew previous
requests whether receiving support
or not should so indicate. Applica-
tion forms will be mailed or can be
obtained at Secretary's Office, Room
1508 Rackham Building, Telephone
International Center: Foreign Stu-
dents' Attention: All foreign students
holding student's visas who plan to
enter or to pass through Canada dur-
ing the Christmas Vacation should
see the Counsellor to Foreign Stu-
dents at once. Because of the war,
special arrangements are necessary.
Househeads, Dormitories, Sorori-
ties and League Houses: Any student'
desiring to remain over night Friday,
December 20, can be accommodated
in the houses but the closing hour will
be 8:00 p.m. Closing hour Thursday
will be 10:30 p.m. as usual.
The University Bureau of Appoint-
ments and Occupational Information
has received notice of the following

Detroit Civil Service Examinations.
The application must be filed on or
before one week prior to the date of
the examination which is given be-'


Guard, salary $1.740. Jan, 4. 1941.
Electrical Inspector, salary $2,640.
Jan. 7, 1941.
Lineman, salary, "prevailing rate,"
Jan. 8, 1941.
Complete information on file at the
University Bureau, of Appointments
and Occupational Information, 201
Mason Hall. Office hours: 9-12 and
The facilities of the Women's De-
partment of Physical Education will
close for the vacation period begin-
ning Friday. Decemebr 20. This in-
cludes the bowling alleys at the Wo-
men's Athletic Building and the bad-
minton courts in Barbour Gymna-
Academic Notices
Teaching Candidates interested in
Pittsburgh schools: Teacher exam-
inations for the Pittsburgh, Pennsyl-
vania schools will be held Marph 14
and 15. All persons seeking teaching
positions in Pittsburgh must take
these examinations. Requirements:
Bachelor's degree, three years teach-
ing experience, qualifications for
Pennsylvania teacher's certificate.
Registration for the examinations
closes February 15. Those interested
in taking the examinatons may write
to S. E. Weber, Associate Superintend-
ent of Schools, Pittsburgh, Pennsyl-
vania. Further information may be
obtained at the University Bureau of
Appointments and Occupational In-
formation, 201 Mason Hall.
Doctoral Examination for Hugh
Daniel Clark, Zoology; Thesis: "The
Anatomy and Embryology of the
Hemipenis of Lampropeltis, Diado-
phis and Thamnophis and Their
Value as Criteria of Relationship in
the Family Colubridae," Friday, 1:15
p.m., 3089 N.S. Chairman, P. Okkel-
By action of the Executive Board
the chairman may invite members
of the' faculties and advanced doctor-
al candidates to attend the examina-
tion and he may grant permission to
those who for sufficient reason might
wish to be present.
C. S. Yoakum
An Exhibit of contemiorary paint-
ings from 79 countries, formerly at
the San Francisco World's Fair, will
be shown at the Galleries in the
Rackham Building until Friday,
December 20. The Galleries are open
from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. and from 7:00
to 10:00 p.m.
An exhibition of Abstract Photog-
raphy and a Survey of Drawings by
American Artists is open afternoons,
2:00-5:00, in Alumni Memorial Hall,
through Dec. 20.
Events Today
The English Journal Club will
meet tonight at 8:00 in the West Con-
ference Room of the Rackham Build-
ing. Mr. E. M. Halliday and Mr.
James O'Neill will speak on Miltonic
J.G.P.'dance rehearsals today, 4:00-
5:00 p.m., in Women's League. Notice
as to room will be posted on bulletin
Seminar in the Bible meets today
at 4:30 p.m., Lane Hall.
The Association Coffee Hour will
be held today rather than Friday of
this week, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Lane Hall.
All students are welcome.
Lutheran Student Association will
meet in the Trinity Lutheran Church
this evening at 8:00 for a caroling
party. After singing throughout the
neighborhood, the group will return
to the church where refreshments
will be served. All are invited to

Initiates of Phi Kappa Phi who did
not receive pins may secure them at
Room 3123 Natural Science Bldg. to-
day and Friday between the hours
of 10-12 and 2-5.

How Good Are You,
Mr. American Voter?

. . .

comes up that makes us wonder
about Mr. American Voter, about those who se-
lect the men to govern our country. Election
is only a month past now, and you will remem-
ber all the exhortations to intelligent voting.
That was what American Democracy needed,
they said.
A campus reporter got the saie idea, and
decided to check up on the situation. Everyone
would know who the President is, he thought;
only a month ago they voted for him. And the
same for governor. How about local officers,
though? If the voters had voted intelligently,
they would remember who their local officers
are, or would have interest enough to check up
on those they had placed in' office.
So this reporter questioned several of the
county people, some from Ann Arbor, some from
Ypsilanti as to who their county clerk was. He
contacted thirty in all, a fairly representative
group-a WPA worker, a bank employee, a law-
yer, and others of varied occupations. Of this
group of thirty only fourteen could tell him
the name of the county clerk.
This was rather discouraging, so he decided to
question some of those connected with the Un-
iversity, faculty men who cast their votes in
Washtenaw county. He asked the same question
of twenty of this group, supposedly intelligent
American citizens, the teachers of our youth,
political scientists, mathematicians, engineers.
And of the twenty only eleven could give the
name of their county clerk.
There was only one group left, students who
live in Washtenaw and cast their ballots here.
He found fifteen of these, and only seven an-
swered his query correctly.
The groups were fairly representative. They
represented a large class of people, rich and poor
intellectuals and non-intellectuals. The answers
were nearly the same in every group, runing
about fifty per cent who did not know the name
of their county clerk, whom they had elected
only a little over a month ago.
The county clerk, Luella M. Smith, was re-
elected to serve another term at the last election.
She has done excellent work, and came near
leading her slate in the county. Yet at least fifty
per cent of those who voted for her don't even
remember her name.
What does it mean, this apparent ignorance
on the part of the average American voter?
Some might convert it into an argument for the
short ballot. If it isn't worth while knowing who
holds the office, they say, it, isn't worth while
making it elective. Others might claim it in-
dicates too much local government in America,
that our government should be more centralized.
But to us it points out something much more
important. This ignorance, this indifference pre-
sages evil for American democracy. Decay of
government starts _ that way, from down under-
neath, with little, unimportant things. Indif-
ference lethargy, taking their government for
granted-too often of late the American people
have been characterized thus.
It's something worth thinking about.
- William Baker
No Thanks, Mr. Mussolini
After Mussolini seized Albania he renamed

WASHINGTON - The inside story of how the
career boys nearly put over the $100,000,000 cred-
it to Fascist Spain indicates the strength of,"the
croquet clique" inside the State Department.
This is the group which plays croquet almost
every evening with Cordell Hull, and is equiva-
lent to the "Cliveden set" in England.
As a matter of fact, it was a part of the old
Cliveden clique -Lord Halifax and Sir Samuel
Hoare - who started the idea of helping General
Franco. Sir Samuel Hoare is now British Ambas-
sador to Spain, and it was he who sold the idea
to American Ambassador Weddell, long famous
for his ability to follow rather than lead.
Lord Halifax and Hoare apparently thought
it would be smart politics to get the United States
to lend a hundred million dollars to Spain, in
which case Britain might win a few months of
Spanish neutrality and certainly could not lose
-since only American money would be invest-
So Ambassador Weddell has several talks with
General Franco and later sold the idea to some
of his friends in the State Department, notably
Assistant Secretary Breckinridge Long and James
Dunn. Jimmy Dunn, advisor on political rela-
tions, today has become one of the most im-
portant figures in the State Department. For he
is Cordell Hull's chief croquet partner. In fact, it
is on Jimmy Dunn's lawn that many of the cro-
quet matches take place.
So Jimmy Dunn sold the idea of the Spanish
to his croquet partner, and for a time it looked
as if Mr. Hull would put it across. It was at this
point that Under Secretary of State Sumner
Welles stepped into the picture. He communi-
cated direct to the President who at that time
was away on his Caribbean cruise.
Roosevelt agreed with Welles that to throw
a hundred million dollars into the lap of Fascist
Spain would be extremely unwise. However, a
compromise finally was worked out, largely for
the purpose of saving Mr. Hull's feelings, since
he had already gone rather far out on a limb
in favor -of the Spanish credits.
Therefore the Red Cross will send a certain
amount of food and medical supplies to Spain.
How much this will be remains to be seen, but
the croquet clique will see that it is enough to
keep Franco in power despite the rising tide of
discontent among the Spanish people.
NOTE-To send these shipments to Spain.
Roosevelt will have to dip rather deeply into
the emergency fund voted him by Congress, and

Jones paused. "Well," 'he said, "I'm not so
sure of my geography, but we're lending seven
and a half million to Uraguay."
NOTE-Uraguay is not in Central America
and Jesse's geography was pretty weak, but
everybody who deals with him admits he has a
shrewd sense of investment values. It might
look as if Jones were throwing the money around
loosely but the Cubans, who have been put off
for fully three months, will tell a different story.
Safe Christmas Trees
A Christmas tree can be a serious fire hazard,
but it needn't be. You can fireproof yours by
following these simple directions from Martin
Leatherman. crack 'chemist of the Department
of Agriculture:
1. At a drugstore buy a quantity of ammon-
ium sulphate equal to one-fourth the weight
of the tree. That is, if the tree weighs 12 pounds,
you need 3 pounds of the chemical, which is
cheap and readily obtainable.
2. Put the chemical in a glass jar, or some
other container with a narrow mouth to lessen
evaporation, and add 111% pints of water for each
pound of ammonium sulphate.
3. While the tree is still fresh, saw off a small
part of trunk at the bottom, preferably at an
oblique angle or in a V shape, then set the tree
in the solution in a cool place, away from direct
sunlight and leave it there until the solution is
The degree of fire resistance of your tree de-
pends upon the amount of solution absorbed,
so the more absorbed the safer your tree. Also,
the increased moisture content acts to keep the
tree green and preserve it for a longer time.
When arrangements were being made for the
Lothian funeral services the entire diplomatic
corps was invited. Only at the last minute did
anyone remember that Germany and Italy were
at war with England, at which point Dr. Hans
Thomsen and Prince Colonna, the two Axis
diplomats, were stricken from the list . . . For
its ultra-modern Army, the Quartermaster Corps
actually is buying tomahawks. This is the
proper catalogue term for a certain type of
small hatchet used in the Army . . . Like carry-
ing coal to Newcastle, the Army is sending re-
frigerators to Alaska. New Army quarters there

ing college. If we give Mr.
lege consideration and help
wants it, couldn't he give
when we need it?
Sincerely yours,
An Employer of

Joe Col-
when he
us some

Mr. Babson Passes Out
As the Prohibition party's candi-
date in the late presidential cam-
paign, Roger Babson was not exact-
ly a ball of fire. Murmurs of dis-
appointment were occasionally heard
as the day zipped past with never a
front page communique from the
great statistican. At times it almost
seemed as if the stock-market pro-
phet had become inarticulate. In the
feeblest gestures his pre-October
slump, Wendell Willkie wasa voice
of thunder compared with Mr. Bab-
son's inaudible purrings.
Yet the Nemesis of the Demor
Rum was out there swinging all the
time. That truth is established in the
official count reported by the Associ-
ated Press. True, he didn't "win, place
or show," as the idiom has it, but he
finished an admirable fourth.
The next entry, wearing the scarlet
silks of Moscow, was necessarily Earl
Browder. Wherever the comrade;
may have been on Nov. 5, they as-
suredly were not stuffing the- ballot
boxes. Across the continent the3
managed to pile up a total of 48,78i
votes. A mere whiff of arithmetic
breaks down the Communist strengtl
into 1016 and a fraction of comrade,
in each state. That may send shiver
coursing up and down the Texas spin(
of Martin Dies, but by and large th(
American people will not be terrifies
by the imminence of the Red Flat
mavina in triiimnh over the Whiti


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