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Letters To The Editor

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Emile Gel6 . .
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Virginia Mitchell.

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* . . . Sports Editor
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Business Staff
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Evelyn Wright . . Women's Business Manager
The editorials published in The Michigan
Daily are written by members of The Daily
staff and represent the views of the writers
Neutrality Vote Is
Not Sign Of Disunity . ,
T3 MANY OBSERVERS and most cer-
tainly to Adolf Hitler the close vote
on the revision of the Neutrality Act in the diouse
of Representatives on Thursday will be misinter-
preted as an indication of disunity among the
American people in their greatest hour of crisis.
They will point out that victory for the admin-
istration on a majority of only J8 votes consti-
tutes a moral defeat for the President's foreign
They will be making the error made many
times before. They will be duped into believing
that the indecision of petty politicians repre-
sents the sentiment of the American people.
Repeated surveys by the Gallup Poll indicate
that a majority of clear-thinking Americans be-
lieve that the final defeat of Hitler is more im-
portant than staying out of the present conflict.
However, it is also admitted that in these same
surveys a majority of the people oppose an im-
mediate declaration of war.t
It is this seeming paradox that is reflected in
the neutrality vote. The esteemed, representa-
tives of the people always have the picture of
their political future before them. If the elec-
torate expresses doubt over an issue or appears
almost evenly split, they will follow a "middle of
the road" policy. These politicians do not real-
ize that the country has made its decision and
is irrevocably committed to the defeat of the
Nazi tyranny. Clearly, most Americans are will-
ing to go to any lengths, short 'of immediate war,
to accomplish this purpose, and although the
new measure involves risk, it is not a war dec-
laration. Obviously, therefore, those representa-
tives who voted against neutrality revision did
not follow the dictates of the people.
Let Hitler remember, then, that America is
not a "house divided against itself." Our aid
will go to the nations opposing the Nazis in ever
increasing quantities. The die is cast, and the
fate of Hitler is sealed. The United States has
awakened-to its peril and will triumph over the
forces that threaten the eclipse of civilization.,
- George W. Sallade

Historian Speaks
To the Editor:
Not this time as a controversialist or advocate
of any poliy, but merely as a teacher of history
I must protest against the monstrous perversion
of the truth in the letter from the American Stu-
dent Union. I quote: "During the war the policy
of Munich was continued: the policy of bargain-
ing with Hitler in the hope that he would turn
his attack against the Soviet Union. The phony
war, the support of the Finnish bandits, the
collapse of France were all parts of a policy of
appeasement." I have never read more historical
errors in the same number of words.
To mention only the leading points: (1) The
"policy of Munich" was formally and openly re-
pudiated,. treaty and all, in the spring of 1939
after Hitler had taken over the Slavic parts of
Czechoslovakia; (2) no "bargain was made by
Britain or France with Hitler after that date;
(3) there was no "phony war" at any time; some
ignoramuses used the phrase during the autumn
and winter of 1939 in ignorance of the terrible
conflict in prospect for the next spring, but I
did not know that anyone would have used the
phrase after the German offensive of 1940; (4)
does it make the Finns "bandits" to fight on
their own soil against a direct attack, as in the
winter of 1939-40?; (5) the collapse of France
was, indeed, to some extent a result of an earlier
policy of appeasement, but how it could be a
"part" of it passes comprehension. France col-
lapsed because she was badly prepared for war,
especially on the side of aircraft and tank pro-
duction, but it is Gilbert and Sullivan opera to
imply that France deliberately collapsed into her
present ruin just to annoy Russia!
Yours sincerel,
-Preston Slosson
.Answer The Roll Call
To the Editor:
During the last few days I have heard a great
many derogatory remarks hurled in the direc-
tion of the Red Cross, which is now in the midst
of its annual roll call. Many students feel that
giving money to the Red Cross is too much of a
risk, if actually not a waste of money. They
feel this, perhaps justifiably, because they never
see, or rather never understand where their
money goes. This is, I suppose, a natural reac-
tion, but it shows there exists a terrible ignor-
ance of the actual work that the Red Cross un-
dertakes. As I see it, the reason people feel
skeptical about the work of the Red Cross is be-
cause the actual work done by this organization
during peace time is never advertised. Their
work is, however, of the utmost importance to
almost everyone-especially male college stu-
dents who are undoubtedly headed for the armed
forces sooner or later. The main and essential
work of the Red Cross is that it acts as a "go-
between" or a connection between the soldiers
in the camps and -the public. There is a Red
Cross field representative at every army base in
the country who does everything in his power to
help the soldiers. If a soldier should want spe-
cial leave because of illness in his family or some
ether such reason, the Red Cross is there to help
him. It checks up on the validity of the soldier's
claim, makes the necessary transportation ar-
rangements, and often lends the soldier money.
If a soldier gets into any kind of trouble he heads
for the Red Cross at once. In almost every city
in the Union-including Ann Arbor-a Red
Cross office is sure to be found, trying in some
way to help the soldiers in camp. Nine out of
ten men that make poor soldiers have some kind
of problem at home that is worrying them. Whei
such conditions arise the army officers wire to
the Red Cross office in the soldier's home town
to investigate the family and see what can be
done to obliviate the soldier's worry.
Of course the Red Cross performs hundreds
of other duties such as making bandages, making
sweaters, etc., but if the American public could
only learn the essential work done by the Amer-
ican Red Cross, it would be no problem at all for
the latter to fill its quota every year.
- Douglas W. Hllman, '44L
housing ever since the first World War are now
refusing to let anyone else attempt to answer.
Low-cost, housing, as far as it is offered by real
estate men, is almost non-existent. Here in Ann

Arbor, there is less than a one percent vacancy
and local real estate men admit the near-impos-
sibility of a $35-a-week worker's finding a place
for himself, his wife and his child. Of course,
the problem can be solved very easily. Over in
Chelsea two or three families move into a ram-
shackle frame house and set themselves up as
a health menace.
This is the low-cost housing provided when
there is no government "encroachment." This
is the effect of the unregulated rents advocated
by the real estate board. Along tkis line the real-
tors called government rent fixation "a slowing
down of the home-building process, thus creating
a greater shortage and postponing relief of
crowded conditions."
()THER industrial Iquarters have also shown
their unwillingness to pay some part of the
defense effort.. The National Association of
Manufacturers, in a recent survey, has discov-
ered that labor costs per man hour in 1941 have
risen 11 percent while output has increased only
one percent. The association looks back on those
halcyon days of the thirties when labor costs
per man hour increased 20 percent compared to
a 40 percent increase in output. These figures
are quoted in a demand for "stabilization of
wages" before any price ceilings are fixed.
These instances cited are not the only exam-

Law Club


"At the request of the Student Council and
upoh its assurance that it is willing to see to it
that the privilege is not abused, the Executive
Committee of the Board of Governors of the
Lawyers Club consents to the following modifica-
tion of the rule relating to tht admission of wom-
en guests to the dormitories:
A resident of the Lawyers Club may entertain
his mother in his room on weekdays during ther
hours from one to five p.m. and on Sundays
during the hours from two to eight p.m., pro-t
vided the mother is first introduced to the Di-
rector of the Club or in her absence to the office,.
secretary or the desk clerk, and provided further
the mother has signed the special guest book
kept for that purpose in the Club office."c
- Grover C. Grismore,
- Secretary-treasurer !
Think of it! The Executive Committee has
given us permission to entertain our mother in
our humble cubicles. Of course poor Ma has to
be "approved" (like a rooming house), sign her
life away, be fingerprinted, be searched for
blondes and bottles and she has to promise notc
to stay too late. But Ma has always made sacri-
fices for us.
We certainly hope all the undergraduates ap-
preciate the trust and responsibility placed upon
us as future lawyers, and we hope that some dayt
ydu to will be able to live in the Lawyers' Clubt
and breathe deeply of the fragrant, liberal at-t
mosphere therein.
Sweet liberty! Perhaps the day is not far off4
when we'll be allowed to extend the invitation1
to our grandinothrsr
Joyfully yours,
- H. E. Pickering, '44L
Thumbs Downt
To the Editor:
The local ASU chapter, acting in accord with
a national polipy, has suggested that the Stu-
dent Defenders of Democracy and other Uni-
versity organizations join with it in an all-out
anti-Fascist campaign on this campus. The SDD,
however, will continue to reject all attempts '
the ASU to use students' genuine, democratic-
ally-based hatred of Hitler to the ASU's owne
advantage. Our fight against forces inimical to
democracy will not end with that against Hitler,r
but will continue against those in this countryr
who in the name of democracy follow the Com-
munist party line.3
- Executive Council,
Student Defenders of Democracy
r S
The R1eply Churlish
NOTHING MUCH can be said about Gypsy
Rose Lee's first venture into the detective1
story that hasn't already been said by the pub-
lisher's blurbs, but for one the blurbs don't over-!
state the case. The grapevine has it that the
Gyp's book is outselling The Green Murder Case,
previous all time record smasher for the blood.
and thunder opus trade. This is strictly all right
with me. If somebody doesn't give me a copy-
and I think they will after I get through with
this review-I'll buy one myself.
As a detective story I wouldn't give it any more
than second billing. At the end, the Gypy re-
calls that all murder jmysteries have to be solved,
and throws in a double shift to the right for size,
but where she tries to baffle the reader she is
about as effective as she is on the runway with
all her clothes on. Straight from the feed bag
nobody helped her write this, but it can also be
said that wherever she tries. to send that eerie
chill to the very marrow of your bones, she shows
the influence of Crime Club Inc., and associates.
To that extent she is indebted to the work of
other men-Eddie Wallace, Rohmer, Van Dine
and the rest-who have not had the benefit of
her background, but who do understand with
rather more skill than Miss Lee, the problems of
plot, suspense, and serious horror.
But the G-String Murders rates high for my
money as a real contribution to the American
idiom, a strictly-from-hunger-but-very-valid Im-
portant Work. Maybe I'm going too far there.
I don't think the Gypsy is going to lead serious

letters into new paths, but for the commercial'
writers she is a much needed shot in the arm.
She has all of the angles-and it must be ad-
mitted, most of the cliches-of Damon Runyon,
plus that subjective vitality missing when 'the
narrator does not show through as a character
himself. Gypsy is her own best character. Su-
premely self-satisfied, regarding herself as a
girl with a golden heart, she tells her story with
comments that make the book howl from be-
ginning to end. "Always a mother and never a
bride," she says of herself. There are some
pretty nice qualities in Gypsy Rose Lee, although
she usually knows it.
THE IMPORTANT THING then is the way it's
written. I can't show that here, but if adjec-
tives will do any good, I'll say apply all the terms
applied to Carol Landis, Rita Hayworth, and
Ann Sheridan by the ebullient spirits who guide
Life magazine, ping, zoom, oomph, or what you
will, and that's the Lee style. Sometimes she
i! funnie', whensh c n1 menn to be. but.

To the Editor:
I had cast thef
wastebasket when
significance. This,
Carta of Michigan

enclosed document into the
I suddenly realized its vast
sir, may well be the Magna
law students:

ft, RobertS.Alen
(Editor's Note: The Brass Ring, good
for one free ride on The Wshington
Merry-Go-Round. this week goes to
Senator Harry S. Truman, who as
chairman of a special investigating
committee, keeps an alert eye on de-
fense projects.)
WASHINGTON-Early next Mon-
day morning, five United States
senators will arrive in Memphis.
Tenn., and begin asking emba rass-
ing questions. They will ask why
the government should have to pay
$15.66 for repairing an automobile
tire, $18.64 for rebuilding a $5.00 car-
buretor, and $1.50 for labor to change
the motor oil of a truck.
The answers, if any, will be given
by officials of a Ferguson-Oman, the
contracting company which is build-
ing a giant ordnance plant near
Memphis to be operated by Proctor
& Gamble.
The senators expect to uncover
many other extraordinary things
about this defense project. Their
sense of smell for making such dis-
coveries has been well developed.
They have been asking embarrassing
questions since last spring, when the
special committee to investigate the
nationdl defense program was set up.
From the very start the commit-
tee's disclosures have been a series
of headline sensations. But one of
the most remarkable developments of
the committee is its chairman, Sena-
tor Harry S. Truman of Missouri._
Slightly built, bespectacled, a lover
of Chopin and a shunner of the lime- P
light, Truman is one of the last menn
In Congress who would be considered
a hard-boiled prober. In manner and
appearance he is anything but tihe r
But in the eight months he has I
been dperating he has made investi- g
gation history-and he has a long c
way yet to go.n
Pendergast Man
Truman came to the Senate in
1935 in the same freshman class with8
Minton of Indiana, Schwellenbach s'
of Washington and Burke of Ne-7
braska. Each one of them quicklyo
made a name for himself, but they
are no longer in the Senate.
TRUMAN kept in the background,
was known only as a notoriousa
Pendergast machine. During the six t
years of Truman's first term, so farb
as the man in the street was con- i
cerned, there was only one senator t;
from Missouri-Bennett Clark. 1
Then came the conviction of Boss
.endergast; and many of his asso-
ciates took to the tall timber But
not Truman. He publicly acknowl-
edged his political debt to Pender- 1
gast and their long friendship.
The wise boys wrote it down that t
it was all over for Truman. He was
a courageous man, but he had cooked
his goose. They were wrong. In one
of the hottest campaigns in Missouri
history,where fiery elections are an
old story, Truman, the Pendergasta
man, was decisively re-elected.
He returned to the Senate as quietr
and as inconspicuous as before. Sincev
January he has been on his feet only3
four times, and his remarks couldE
all be printed on three pages of thef
Congressional Record.r
Each time he talked about one sub-
ject-"S.Res. 71," the resolution thatt
authorized his investigating commit-
tee. This probe has been his passion
ever since friends back home beganE
writing him about waste in the con-
struction of Fort Leonard W4od, ati
Rollo, Mo.
Farm oy
In Missouri they say of Truman
that "he was born and reared be-
tween the plow handles of a Jackson
County farm." His first job was in a
drug store, running errands, dusting

bottles and washing Windows. Even
as. a youth he'was thrifty, and when
he hears of the waste of millions, he
remembers that drug store job and
the munificent sum of $3 a week it
paid him. ,
TRUMAN never went to college. He
a secretarial courser in Inde-
pendence, Mo.; his home town. Armed
with this schooling he was gradu-
I ated from drug store errand boy to
bank clerk. But banking held no lure
for him, so he worked his way
through the Kansas City School of
Law and hung out his shingle.
Also, he became active in the Pen-
dergast organization, where his quiet
efficiencyhsoon attracted thesatten-
tion of the squat political boss. The
World War interrupted Truman's
budding legal-political career. He en-
listed in the Army, was sent to the
famed artillery school at Ft. Sill,
Okla., and won a commission as sec-
ond lieutenant. By the time his out-
fit, the 120th Field Artillery, went to
France, Trumanwas a captain in
command of a battery.

"Now remember-you're no good at telling stories or parlor games
and you can't hold more than one cocktail!"

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PennCraft Court Housing develop- e
neat. Wear old clothes. le
Graduate Dance: An informal
adio-record dance will be held in
le Ascembly Hall of the Rackham i
Building tonight, 9:00-12:00. All i
raduate students and faculty wel- L
ome. Bridge, refreshments and
ovelty door prize. Small admis- c
The Abraham Lincoln Cooperative, i
02 Packard Street, will hold their
econd annual oien house tonight,
:30-11:00. All friends of the co- S
lerative movement are invited. S
Coming Events
German Table for Faculty Members ft
ill meet Monday at 12:10 p.m. in c
he Founders' Room, Michigan Union. 9
Members of all departments are cord-
ally invited. There will be a brief
alk on "Weiteres ueber Franzoesisch S
Nordafrika" by Mr. Rudolf Nobel. t
Varsity Men's Glee Club will meet a
or rehearsal at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, i
ather than at the usual time. Since ,
nusiG folders will .be distributed at A
his rehearsal, members are reminded d
o bring, the two dollar music deposit. H
t is very important that all men be c
resent and on time. S
Beta Kappa Rho: All girls who are
wholly or partially self-supporting s
re invited to attend the regular B
neeting of Beta Kappa Rho, which s
will be held on - Sunday, Nov. 16, p
:00-5:30 p.m., at the home of Mrs. t
Byrl F. Bacher, 1015 Rose. Tea will i
follow the meeting. Girls interested t
nay meet at 2:30 p.m. in the League zj
obby and walk over as a group, if a
they wish.
Marxist Study Group will meet at
6:30 p.m. on Sunday in the Michi-a
gan Union. The group will discusst
aspects of the book, "World Politics,"
by R. Palme Dutt. Sponsored by
Karl Marx Society.
Gradilate Outing Club will meet
at 2:30 Sunday at the clubrooms t
(Rackham, west rear door). Walk-
ing or sledding and tobogganing, ac-
cording to the weather. Games andI
supper in the clubrooms if the weath-
er is bad.I
Michigan Dames Click & , Stitchj
Group will meet at the home of Mrs.
James H. Freeman, 1111 Springi
Street, on Monday, November 17, at
8:00 p.m.
American Association of University
Women: Current Event Series will be
presented by Prof. Preston Slosson
as follows:
Mon., Nov. 17, 4:15 p.m., Rackham
Lecture Hall.
Fri., Dee. 12, 4:15 p.m., Rackham
Lecture Hall.
Thurs., Jan. 15, 4:15 p.m., Rack-
ham Lecture Hall.
Wed., Feb. 11, 4:15 p.m., Rackham
Lecture Hall.
Wed., March 18, 4:15 p.m., Rack-
ham Lecture Hall.
Faculty Women's Club: The Monday
Evening Drama Group will meet
Monday, November 17, at 7:45 p.m.
at the Michigan Lague.
l'irst Methodist Church: Student
ClMi sat 9:30 a.m. with Prof. Ken-
ieth lHic, leader. Morning Wor-

tour a group for all graduate and
rofessional students under the lead-
rship of Mr. and Mrs. Robert White-
y. Fellowshi hour and supper fol-
wing the group meetings.
First Presbyterian Church: Morn-
ag Worship, 10:45. "Affirmative Liv-
ng," subject of sermon by Dr. W. P.
Vesper Communion Service and Re-
eption of new members at 4:30 p.m.
Westminster Student Guild, sup-
er at 6:00 followed by Vesper Serv-
ce at 7:00 p.m.
First Church of Christ, Sieuntist:
unday morning service at 10:30.
ubject: "Mortals and Immortals."
Sunday School .at 11:45 a.m.
Free public Reading Room at 106
. Washington St., open week days
roin 11:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., ex-
ept Saturdays when it is open until
:00 p.m.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church:
unday: k:00 a.m. Holy Communion;
0:00 a.m. High School Class; 11:00
.m. Kindergarten, Harris Hall; 11:00
.m. Junior Church; 11:00 a.m. Morn-
ng Prayer andnSermon ,by the Rev.
ienry Lewis, and Dedication of the
rthur Lyon Cross Memorial Win-
ow; .4:00 p.m. High Square Club,
[arris Hall; 6:00 p.n. Organ Re-
ital by Mr. George Faxon; 7:30 p.m.,
tudent Meeting, Harris Hall.
The Church of Christ: Scripture
tudy at 10:00 a.m. in the Y.M.C.A.
3uilding. 11:00 a.m. Morning Wor-
hip. Garvin M. Toms, minister, will
reach on the theme: "Liberty and
Jnity in Christ." The evening serv-
ce will be held at 7:30, the sermon
topic being "The Gifts of Healings"
Phe midweek Bible study is to begin
it 7:30 p.m. Wedrnesday.
Everyone is invtied to all services.
Zion Lutheran Church: Church
worship with sermon on "The Chris-
tian, a Royal Priest" by Rev. E. C.
Trinity Lutheran Church: Church
Worship with sermon by Rev. H. O.
Yoder on "Living as Matured Chris-
First Baptist Church: Rev. C. H.
Loucks, minister. 10:15 a.m. Under-
graduate class meets with Rev. C. H.
Loucks at the Guild House, 503 E.
Huron St. Graduate class meets with
Prof. Leroy Waterman at the church.
11:00 a.m. Sermon: "Men Work-
6:30 p.m. Roger Williams Guild
meeting. Dr. R. T. Andemn, executive
secretary of the Michigan Baptist
Convention, will speak on "Life Re-
Chritian Church (Disciples): 10:45
a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Frederick
Cowin, Minister.
Disciples Guild: 6:30 p.m., Guild
Sunday Evening Hour. Continuing
the series on "My Religion," Mr. Paul
Clayton, '42, will speak on "The Mor-
mon Faith." A tea and social hour
will follow the discussion.
Unitarian Church: 11:00 a.m. "The
Church and the Future" Symposium,
by Dr. Edward Blakeman, and Dr.
John Shepard.
7:30 p.m. Round Table Discussion,
"Is Our Economy Going Nazi?" by
faculty member and student,
First Congregational Church: 10:45
a.m. Services in Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre of the Michigan League. Dr.
Leonard A. Parr, minister, will ureach

I Big Business.


NATIONAL DEFENSE is big business.
It means cooperation of industry
with the governnent, it means subordination of
private interests to a universal program, and it
means a revamped spirit in business leaders
themselves. But some of America's business
leaders have not yet demonstrated that they
know what it means.
Industry's attitude is supposedly expressed on
those grim posters addressed to labor, but few
executives are stripping to their pauhchesin
trade and association meetings. The automobile
industry has already been told by OPM that its
delayed change-over to defense production has
held up arms output, but the practice seems to
be all the traffic will bear while the traffic lasts.
And shiny fittings are still popular in America's
An even'more narrow-minded stand was taken
at a meeting last week of the National Associa-
tion of Real Estate Boards. The real estate men
-~rmoni-iv.tinn ahn't. avernment hois-

Gyp, is. and so the murderer is found
out, butt it doesn't matter.
The Gypsy has not been living in
*1,tt nrt*it v'C , i f nta7 pr I -gi n i" r !Few

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