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Washington Merry-Go-Round

V14 -

WASHINGTON-The Republican isolationist
logjam is slowly but steadily breaking up. An-
other big chunk will soon cut loose in the person
of Tom Dewey.


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Cannot Wait

Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn.
- Rob't Burns

AS a desperate Soviet Union looks
abroad for the help thatappears to
be toolate, as jackal Japan readies herselfrfor
another 'stab in the back,' and as the briefly
hopeful populations of occupied Europe see anL
other distant, but still glimmering light go out,
it seems foolish to argue that America's isola-
tionists and interventionists should consider
anything but the pragmatic issues of war and
Yet, perhaps, if these antagonists could for a
moment forget the pragmatic and consider the
ideal, they might find a solution to the Ameri-
can dilemma. The interventionists shout long
and loud that we mi.st fight an unwanted war
in order to save ourselves; the isolationists
scream with equal assurance that we must stay
at home in order to save our collective hides, but
both of them ignore the moral issue, the obliga-
tion /of man to his fellow.
HAT AN AMERICA of which we are proud
owes no succor to Polish slaves, Russian mis-
ery, and French suffering is as unthinkable as
that an American citizen worthy of the name
owes an injured, perhaps dying man nothing but
a hastily thrown glass of water. That neither
the American nor his government should fulfill
such an obligation to the human race would be
an unforgettable indictment of our civilization.
It should be thus dlear that there is only one
honorable course for this nation in this war; it
must fight with every pitiless weapon at its
command against the transgressors of human
dignity. It must fulfill its obligations by a total
war against that which created the obligation.
If the American people should at this time
choose to exercise their unfortunate talent for
stailling off what they know should eventually
come, if they should-as they have in the past-
forget their obligations, then the Aiierica in
which we are to live must bear the stigma of a
real guilt. Unless we immediately declare all-
,out war against Fascism wherever it may be
found, ours will be the blame, ours will be the
shame. -Hale Champion
This Problem,
Of Morale.
IN RECENT MONTHS a lot of print-
Ser's ink has been spilled on the
problem of Army nmorale.bThere havenbeen
charges and counter bharges, denials and ad-
missions. Some critics claim that morale is bad,
others that it is good. The real condition of
Army morale probably rests somewhere between
the two. It is certainly not as high as it ought
to be, and it is at the same time not hopeless.
From time immemorial soldiers in every army
have con lained about their lot. In fact, a little
"grousing" is a healthy condition. American sol-
diers, nevertheless, are doing more than "grous-
ing." Some of them are frankly discontented.
This discontent reached its peak with the ex-
tension of the period of military service for na-
tional guardsmen, reservists and draftees. Open
disapproval of the extension was even expressed
by some National Guard regiments.
'"OR. R A OV R ATKnhrnwurvcr enn hp triar

SHORTLY AFTER the New York City elections,
the dapper little District Attorney, who is
voluntarily quitting this job which gave him his
political start, will make a speech in which he
will desert the isolationist camp.
Dewey will not go all the way with Wendell
Willkie, GOP titular leader, who has come out
for a declaration of war against Hitler. But he
will endorse the policy of aiding foes of Naziism
and will call for national unity behind the Pres-
Behind the scenes, Dewey has been wobbling
on the foreign issue for some time. With his
eyes fixed on the New York gubernatorial race
next year as a stepping stone for another try at
the presidency in 1944, he has been in a stew
which way to jump. What cautious statements
he has made have been of an isolationist tenor
and he has been considered in the ' 'anti" fold.
But after some secret polling in key sections
of the state, Dewey finally became convinced
that if he wants to be governor he will have to
disassociate himself clearly and definitely from
any isolationist taint.
So, after the municipal elections, he will take
the plunge in a speech carefully staged to ensure
the widest publicity.
Gracias, Senhora
THE FAMOUS Brazilian artist Candido Porti-
nari recently painted a portrait of Mrs. Doug-
las Fairbanks, Jr., who accompanied her movie
star husband on a goodwill tour of Latin Amer-
When the portrait was completed, the artist
sent it to her, but much to his surprise the por-
trait came bouncing back, with a letter in which
Mrs. Fairbanks said that since her husband had
been o cof work for some months, and was now
devoting his time to the service of his country
(Douglas is in the Naval Reserve), she found it
impossible to buy the portrait. The price was
With a gesture which only a, Latin could con-
ceive, Portinari calculated the number of hours
Mrs. Fairbanks had spent in sitting for the or-
trait, multiplied it by the hourly wage'of an
artist's model, and sent her a check.
Then he gave the portrait to his two-year-old
addition to this loss of confidence in their su-
periors, many of the enlisted men have the griev-
ance of poor food. While the Army purchases the
best type of food produced, the careless officer
often allows the, preparation of that food to
become slovenly and unappetizing.
Although the food complaints and even per-
haps the loss of confidence in leadership might
be classed as grousing by some people, there are
several other factors that cannot be so ┬░dis-
missed. These are the bad effects of the lack
of equipment, the lack of a feeling of purpose
and the lack of proper amusement for soldiers
on leave. It is all right to spend the beginning
of one's period of service pretending that brooms
are weapons, but after six months it becomes-
demoralizing. Most of the draftees who entered
the Army with the feeling that their country
was in danger have lost the sense of emergency.
Perhaps even more injurious to morale is the
attitude of the civilian population towards the
soldiers on leave. Association betWeen the "de-
cent" town girls aid the boys from the nearby
camps are frdwned upon. Still without the
promised USO recreation halls, Army men are
forced to stand around on the street corners.
Fortunately for all concerned, no one realizes
and understands the problem of morale and its
solution better than the Army and the United
States government. The bad effect of the sud-
den extension of service has been alleviated by
the promise to release the majority of men after
only 18 months. A systematic program of re-
allocating those officers who have proven them-
selves unfit to command has also been under-
taken. This process, sadly enough, has been
made difficult by the cry of outraged editorial
writers. Army authorities have been accused of
everything from playing politics to dismissing
patriotic heroes unjustly. What should be re-
membered is that a change in position or even
a dismissal is not a disgrace. Perhaps the re-
servist involved was merely never suited to his
job or had become stale after years of inactivity.

try in its hour of need has again been par-
tially restored to the selective service man by
President Roosevelt's historic fireside chat a
month ago, warning of the ever-present Nazi
menace. The lack of equipment is gradually being
met. The one seemingly unconquerably barrier
is the civilian attitude. The feeling that the
soldier is inferior or morally corrupt must be
abolished. Until the USO can fully organize its
program, the average citizen-soldier's lot must
be made as good as possible. Towns located near
the camps might 'well provide some recreational
and social progranms. After all the man in uni-
form is sacoificing his all for the nation, we in
civilian life should at least be willing to make
his burden easier.
Clearly, then, a lot remains to be done. The
government must continue to attack the morale
problem by discharging men after 18 months
service provided the nation is still at peace, by
reallocating or dismissing incompetent officers
despite the cry from the public, by constantly
reminding the service man that he is serving
his country in its hour of need, and by making
up equipment deficiencies. The greatest burden,
hnwxraurr eamains with the civilian nonniatinn

, '~ New Nazi Schemes
S. Intelligence authorities have uncovered a
new Nazi scheme to get desperately needed
rgw materials at the expense of our Latin Ameri-
I can Good Neighbor policy and the British
The way the plan works is this: The Nazis
get a friendly neutral European country to ap-
proach a South American government with an
attractive offer to buy a large quantity of goods.
Ostensibly the purchase is for the neutral, but
actually it is for Germany, to whom the goods
would be trans-shipped once they crossed the
One suspected deal of this kind was uncovered
in El Salvador, in Central America.
The Spanish Minister there offered to buy
6,000 bales of cotton from the gvernment. With
its export trade in the doldrums because of the
war, El Salvador would like very much to make
a sale of this size. But authorities are skeptical
of the ultimate destination of the cotton. t
Fascist Spain is closely associated with Nazi
Germany. Also, General Franco is heavily in
H4tler's debt for aid in the civil war. Authori-
ties strongly suspect that Spain is merely acting
as asecret "front" and that the cotton is sought
for Germany and not Spain.
If that is true, and the cotton got across the
Atlantic, it would be a double triumph for the
Nazis. They would have thumbed their nose
both at our Good Neighbor policy and the Brit-
ish blockade.
Isolation Strategy
HE SECRET POW-WOW of the eleven Sen-
ate isolationists to map strategy for the battle
against arming merchant ships, wasn't as har-
monious as Senator Burton K. Wheeler, who pre-
sided, let on to newsmen.
One of those present caused a furore by sug-
gesting that the battle be called off.
The "fifth columnist" was Senator D. Worth
Clark if Idaho, one of the most vocal foes of
Roosevelt's foreign policies and chairman of
the Anglophobe-packed committee that has been
investigating movie "propaganda." Clark al-
most caused Senators Hiram Johnson, in' whose
office the meeting was held, Wheeler and La-
Follette to jump out of their chairs by counsel-
ing against an open fight on the ship arming
"I think the best policy would be to forget
about it and lay' fir the next bill to do aay
with combat zones," Clark said. "That's the big
danger, as I see it. Arming merchant ships won't
seriously imperil our neutrality as long as we
keep them out of belligerent waters."
. But the suggestion was roared down. Wheeler
urged all present to prepare long speeches and
to induce others to do likewise, to keep the de-
bate going in the Senate as long as possible. An
outright filibuster, he said, was inadvisable, but
the debate should be long -and loud enough to
make the American people "acutely conscious of
the steps being taken by the President to get us
into war."
NYE, LaFollette -and Taft also urged that arm-
ing merchant ships and permitting them to
enter combat zones were "inseparable compo-
nents" in the proposed revision of the Neutrality
Act and should be treated as such in floor debate.
"Arming merchant ships -will be inviting Hit-
ler to fire on them on sight, whether they, hap-
pen to be in neutral or bellfgerent waters,"
Taft declared.
Upshot of the secret meeting was a three-fold
strategy plan: (1) To insist on "open" hearings
by the Foreign Relations Committee; (2) To put
Navy Secretary Knox, particularly, and other
Administration witnesses through a bysteing
third-degree at the hearings, and (3) To pro-
long floor debate.
Ridiculous to Sublime;
Skunk Song to Tschaikowsky
"NOBODY LOVES ME, on account of I'm a
skunk," will resound down the halls of his-

tory as the immortal words of "Chuck" Peterson,
who sings the vocal on Tommy Dorsey's latest
for Victor, The' Skunk Song. This two-sided
number is destined to replace Alexander the
Swoose as the animal novelty of the moment.
Also released by T. Dorsey and his boys on a
Victor platter are two numbers from the U. of
Pennsylvania's Mask and Wig Club production,
"Out of this World,'-That Solid Old Man and
Fifty Million Sweethearts Can't Be Wrong. The
former is, as thIe name implies, solid, and the
latter is,-well-the latter. But if you like Dor-
sey's swing style you can't go wrong on the
i Solid Old Man.
Freddy Martin has issued a second take of his
famous recording of Tschaikowsky's Piano Con-
certo No. 1, under the title of Tonight We Love,
this one. containing a lyric and a vocal. It also
is considerably less spirited than his first re-
cording of the concerto. The reverse side of this
Bluebird disk is Carmen Carmela, a pleasing lit-
tle song with a vocal by Clyde Rogers. Tito
Guizar's recording of the same number (called
Darling Carmela) in Mexican, for Victor, is a
better job.
THE KING SISTERS do an extra good job on
their latest novelties. Bi-I-Bi and Minka,
both on the same Bluebirdisc . . . Dinah Shore's
voice is as lovely and tender as ever in the ap-
pealing Miss You. The other side is Is It Taboo?,
a torrid number by the Carolina songbird . . .
ao ,,Wnnrl ci nisc t +im Oianhnn+ rnthon '. nrifP

Regarding Mr. Hilton
To the Editor:
Mr. Allan Hillton's letter was well
written and made some good points,
tho it is strongly tempting to take up
such questions as the relative stand-
ard of living and of education and
popular culture in the Germany of
the Weimar republic and the Ger-
many of Hitler. Leaving such matters
of current controversy to others.
however. I wish to discuss a timeless
issue of the general philosophy of
history raised by him in the sen-
tence "{If Germany's system were in-
ferior to the pluto-democracy of
France . . . . she could never have
conquered those countries."
This is the pseudo-Darwinism that
makes military victory the test of
all values. That is, indeed, the true
fascistic philosophy. "Inferior" means
getting beaten in battle. Savages be-
lie. that; Sparta and Assyria be-
lieved it; Carlyle and Nietzsche in
certain moods (not in others) hinted
at it; Machiavelli and Napoleon
would probably have endorsed it, and
certainly Mussolini and Hitler would.
By those standards, Genghis Khan
was greater than Jesus because the
former conquered Asia and the latter
was crucified in his youth; Athenian
culture was less than Spartan, be-
cause Sparta won the Peloponnesian
War; Norway, Belgium, Holland,
Denmark, because their population
was small, their military force not
great, and their statesmen simple
enough to believe in the honesty of
Hitler's repeated assurances that he
would not attack them, were on a
lower level of civilization than the
What is the fallacy? There are
about forty of them. To mention
only a few: (1) this philosophy of
force and fear ignores all extra-
terrestrial and super-mundane val-
ues; it takes for granted that there
is no God to judge and no immor-
tality in whichi to work out the con-
sequences of this life, interrupted by
bodily death; (2) it assumes that
war is the principal occupation of
mankind and that peace cannot be
better spent than in preparation for
war; (3) it equates highly artificial
modern warfare between political en-
tities called governments with the
quite different struggle of species
and of individuals in "natural selec-
tion"; (4) it ignores the fact that
pacific and even oft-conquered peo-
ples like the Jews and the Chinese
have, in the long run, survived over
the ages and danced on the graves
of their "conquerors" of a day; (5)
most immediately to our present pur-
pose, it ignores the, possibility that
quiet, democratic, unwarlike, decent
folk, who Ore, after, all, pretty nu-
merous, may get "fed up" with gang-
sters and join to form a police,
backed by numbers, organization and
intelligence, which eventually be-
comes more formidable than the
ferocity and military prowess of the
predatory. A true world federation
would have made Mussolini and Hit-
ler impossible; even now a world
league of the democracies would have
more power than the Axis. After all,
what did become of all* those great
conquerors-Louis XIV, Napoleon,
Wilhelm II, etc.? Seems to me, I
read somewhere that they conquered
so long as their enemies remained in
isolation from each other (as Mr.
Hillton advocates) and were beaten
when they finally got together (as I
Philosophically yours,
- Preston Slosson
Sports Editor's Reply
To the Editor:

In Jim Conant's editorial Sunday
he pointed out that the scouting of
football games is not ethical, or as
Anita Louise put it, "it ain't cricket"
And because of this scouting, the
game is taken away from the players
and made a battle of wits between
the coaches.
And it is with the latter statement
that I wish to take a stand. Now let's
see what the scout brings back from
a game he has watched. He brings
back a list and an account of all the
tricky and deceptive plays he has
seen. He also points out the differ-
ent defensive and offensive forma-
tions he has witnessed. He brings
back very little about the ability of
individual players because the game
of these stars are spread to all parts.
of the country by newspapers, word
of mouth, and the movies.
With the information the coach
learnshfrom his scout he sets out to
build a defense against these tricky
plays. When the game rolls around
the boys on each side are fairly fa-'
miliar with each other's plays and
it is merely a question of ability of
the players from then on. The point
is briefly, that once the element of
surprise (in the form of trick plays
made up by the coaches) is done
away with the more important the
ability of the individual players be-
come to the game. 'O
If Conant's aim is to give football
back to the players (if they don't
have it now) he should argue against
the rule permitting unlimited substi-
When it was pointed out by a Daily
sports writer that "Miss Louise still,



dence), Salary, $7,500 per year; clos-
ing date, October 27, 1941.
Requirements: Seven years of sat-
isfactory practical experience in av-
iation, airport operation and man-
agement, or commercial air trans-
Further information may be ob-
tained at the Bureau, 201 Mason Hall.
Hours, 9-12 and 2-4.
Sigma Xi: Members who have
transferred from other chapters and
who are not yet affiliated with the
Michigan Chapter are cordially re-
quested to notify the Secretary,
Frank E. Eggleton,. at Room 4111
Natural Science Building, or phone
Extension 461, giving membership
status, year of election, and chap-
ter where initiated.
Tickets for Marriage Relations
.Course: The final sale of %ickets for
the Marriage Relations Course, for
both men and women, will be at the
Michigan Union, Wednesday, Octo-
ber 22, 2:00-5:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m.
There will be no tickets sol. after
this date.
Women Students wishing to attend
the Illinois-Michigan football game
are required to register in the Office
of the Dean of Women. A letter of
permission from parents musttW in
this office not later than Wednesday,
October 29. "If the student does not
go by train, special permission for an-
other mode of travel must be included
in the parent's letter. Graduate wo-
men are invited' to register in this
Byrl Fox Bacher,
Assistant Dean of Wonien
Academic Notices
Biological Chemistry Seminar will
be held in Room 319, West Medical
Building tonight at 7:30. "Glycine
-Chemistry and Physiology," will be
discussed. All interested are invited.
Chemistry Colloquium will meet on
Wednesday,, October 22, in Room 303
Chemistry Building at 4:15 p.m. Dr.
Evan C. Horning will speak on "Syn-
thetic Polymers."
University Choir: The following
persons have been admitted to mem-
bership in the University Choir (En-
semble 49) for Sunday morning
broadcasts beginning Sunday, Octo-
ber 26.
First sopranos: Bear, Brown, Clin-
ton, Edwards, Fritz, Gale, Gould,
James, Martin,' Morrison. ,
Second sopranos: Bailies, Gilman,
Johnson, Kahn, Leininger, McNutt,
Morley, Munger, Porter, Scott, Stan-
First altos: Chaufty, Cox, Craw-
ford, Pierson, Pollard, Samuel,
Schultz, Schneyer, Smith, Zapotoch-
na, Eldersvelt.
Second altos: Alexander, Ayers,
Baisch, Bostwick, Campbell, Higgins,
McCracken, Meier, Pratt, Rubin, Ya-
Alto-tenors: Schwartz, Stone, Topp.
First tenors: Converso, Faxon Hol-
land, 'Matheson, Parthum, Scherdt,
Selond tenors: Boynton, Conti,
Marple, Mount, Pankaskie, Powers,
Baritones: Bender, Breach, Han-
son, Imperi, Kreuter, Kring, Miles,
Ralph Terrell. '
Basses: Edgren, Elliott, Evans, I;urd,
Haaxma, Plott, Redfield, Reed, Rob-
bins, Wheeler, ,Wierengo, Malpus.
Speech 127: Professor Brandt's
section will meet tonight at 7 o'clock.

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"Funny thing, Joe-when I was a kid I wanted to be a certified
public accountant!"

Remedial Reading: All student who
wish to enroll for a special class in
remedial reading are invited to at-
tend an organization meeting which
is to be held in Room 409 Univer-
sity High School, on Monday, Octo-
ber 27, at 5:00 p.m. This work will
be conducted strictly on a non-credit
and voluntary basis.
Exhibition, College of Architecture
and Design: Sketches and water col-
ors of Bali, by Miss Jane Foster, New
York City. Southwestern Indian pot-
tery from New Mexico and Arizona,
collected by Professor Gores and Mr.
Cole. Textiles recently acquired for
the Interior Designsprogram. Ground
floor corridor cases, Architecture
Building. Open daily 9 to 5, through
October 31. The public is invited.
University Lecture: Professor Harry
N. Holmes, of Oberlin College, will
lecture on the subject, "A Chemist's
Adventures in Medicine" (illustrated
with slides) under the auspices of
the Department of Chemistry and the
American Chemical Society "today at
4:15 p m. in 303 Chemistry Building.
The public is cordially invited.
Events Today
English Journal Club will meet to-
night at 8:00 in the East Conference
Room of the Rackham Building. The
speaker will be Professor Joe Lee
Davis. Graduate students in English
and othe. interested persons are cor-
dially invited.
J. D. O'Neill
Romance Languages Journal Club
Reception and first meeting will be
held tonight at 8:30 in the Assembly
Hall (Ballroom) on the third floor
of the Rackham Building. The re-
ception is in honor of the ladies of,
the department, new members of the
staff, and graduate students, all of
whom are most cordially invited.
Please note that the room has been
changed since a previous announce-
Sigma Rho Tau, the Stump Speak-
ers' Society, will hold its annual
Freshman Ral ath7:30 tonight in
the Union. Entertainment and re-
freshments will be provided. All en-
gineering and architecture freshmen
and transfer student's are invited.
Music Seminar: Mr. Leonard Gre-
gory of the University School of Mu-
sic will give 'his first lecture on "Be-
ginnings and Development of Plain
Chant" in the first meeting of the
Student Religious Association music
seminar today at 4:15 p.m. The talk
will be illustrated by recordings of
early medieval plain chant and is
open to all students.
Aquinas Semilar, sponsored by the
Student Religious Association to
study the writings of Thomas Aquin-
as, Will meet regularly on Tuesday
afternoon at 4:30 at Lane Hall.
Seminar in Religious Music: Mr.
Leonard Gregdry of the University
School of Music will lecture on the
"Beginnings and Development of
Plain Chant" in the first meeting of
the Seminar in Religious Music spon-
sored by the Student Religious Asso-
ciation, at 4:15 this afternoon in
Lane Hall.
The Tuesday evening concert of
recorded music to be given in the
Men's Lounge of the Rackham Build-
ing tonight at R0 0will consit of

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