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Editorial Staff
3mile Gei . . Managing Editor
Alvin Dann . . . Editorial Director
David Lachenbruch . . . . City Editor
Jay McCormick . . Associate Editor
'al Wilson . . . . Sports Editor
Arthur Hill . . Assistant Sports Editor t
Janet Hiatt . . . Women's Editor
Grace Miller . ..Assistant Women's Editor
Virginia Mitchell . Exchange Editor
Business Staff
Daniel H. Huyett . . Business Manager
James\B. Collins . . Associate Business Manager
Louise Carpenter . Women's Advertising Manager
Evelyn Wight 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

Leave Politics
'Out Of War Measures
STAT'ES ought to feel proud of it-
self. In the greatest crisi of American history
that august body has still been able to inter-,
ject politics into major policy decisions which
vitally affect the welfare of tl;he people.
"he action by Congress on the issue of govern-
ment price control is symbolic of this serious
fault. Disregarding the pleas of President Roose-
velt, both the House and Senate responded to
the protestations of the farm lobby and virt,
ually made any effective fixing of farm com-
modity prices impossible. The original bill passed
by the House of Representatives included a
provision permitting an increase in farm prices.
This part of the bill was removed by the Sen-
ate Banking Committee.:
HOWEVER, the Senate left its own little trade-
mark. Amendments were added to the bill
prohibiting a price ceiling on a commodity be-
low the average price of that product during
the period of 1919-29 and ordering that parity
figures be determined on the basis of the Fed-
eral Reserve Board's, industrial wage index. Par-
ity, wvhich is the figure that gives an agriculture
commodity the purchasing power for non-farm
goods equal to that in the years 1909-14, is thus
raised at least ten percent. The Senate also in-
sisted that no price ceiling on farm products be
below .the level on December 15 and that all
limits set by any price administrator on farm
commodities be subject to the veto of the Secre-
tary of Agriculture.
Whatever is the decision of the House-Senate
Conference Committee and the final version of
the price control bill, this affair will undoubted-
ly go down as one of the most disgusting in the
history of our Congress. Even admitting the
complexity of the economic problem involved and
the theory that the farmer must'get a "just"
share of the war prosperity, there is no excuse
for the Congressional action. In fact, it is almosti
unbelievable that the welfare of a whofe people
should be at the mercy of the lobbyist and the
constituent-wise politician.
IT IS NOT ESSENTIAL to discuss here again
the obvious benefits of an over-all price
and rent ceiling. The important issue is one that
is evident in the hantling of this problem, and
one that might cause serious defects in our war
effort if repeated. It is the old bogey of petty
politics. Congress is still pot aware that the
time for that has'passed. The nation is engaged
in a climactic struggle. Momentous decisions
th'at may decide the. future of the world for
generations must be made, and in making these
decisions the advice of lobbyists and small pres-
sure groups must necessarily be discarded.
Perhaps in the end price control wiJl be es-
tablished. Certainly, Congress must be made to
see that politics has no place in a nation at war.
Measures must be considered only from the
point of whether they aid the successful prdsecu-
tion of the war program. That is the duty of the
people's representatives.

tions of the OPM and Congress have brought
so much grief to thousands of Detroit workmen,
that the officials responsible should-if such a
thing were conceivable-apologize to every Amer-
ican. The hardships which they have brought
the Detroit working men are but part of their
stalling, piece-meal bludgeoning of the national
interest, but the Detroit worker and his prob-
lems illustrate their blundering as nothing else
To the OPM ad its production genius Knud-
sen goes a big share of the glory and the honor
of starting the ball rolling, for it is to them that
we must address our thanks for the rapid adop-
tion of the Reuther plan and other automobile
plant conversion techniques. Just stop to con-
sider that it took them only a year to be forced
into using Reuther's suggestions, and that now
they are actually considering halting the manu-
facture of automobiles. Both you and I should
write our Congressman to strike a medal depict-
ing the average dollar-a-year man giving his
dollar's worth of service to the public interest.
The other side might be a picture of coupon-
clipping of General Motors stock.
Knudsen, questioned about OPM plan of
Jan. 5 and its similarity to the Reuther plan,
"The Reuther plan was offered before Pearl
Meanwhile, we better urge that same Con-
gressman to cut relief in the interests of defense
spending. That will make everybody feel fine,
especially the average Detroiter whose employer's
plant conversion has been so horribly misman-
aged as to leave thousands of skilled machine
workers unemployed in an hour of desperate
national need; especially the Detroit worker
whose unemployment without relief will end in
tragedy for both himself and his family.
But that isn't enough, and so our beloved Con-
gress does its part by pushing price control
around until it has to buy roller skates in order
to ease the friction. Mr. Detroit is to be allowed
to pay exactly 25 per cent more for food-what
with isn't specified by our legislative leaders.
Maybe it isn't enough to make you and I won-
der about democracy, but it's enough to make
you and I wonder what a wavering people like
the French will think, what our staunch allies
the Russians will think, and what in the world
we're thinking about. -Hale Champion
The Reply Churlish
IN, the first column after vacation I started in
to raise some hell about something, but be-
fore I got around to what was really irking me,
my preferatory remarks about getting tough had'
sort of grown into a tirade, which after all was
a blessing in disguise, because here I am with
a column to do now, and a subject to boot. But
really boot.
It all sprang out of an article in Life a few
weeks ago about what is called at Annapolis a
five-striper. Translated into the patois, that
means big student leader, or undergraduate
commanding officer, and apparently, from the
nice pictures which accompanied the article, it
also means a nice life for the chap who holds
said position. But it was not for me to get mad
fuust because some clean-cut boy is a big shot at
Annapolis. What I got mad about was a quote
Life printed from the freshman Bible given to
all plebes when they hit the naval academy.
The idea was to the effect that a cadet shouldn't
concentrate too much on the books, or on any
one special branch of the service, and sort of
maintain not only an equilibrium, but actually
to shoot for the norm for the sort of unques-
tioning, unbrilliant, uncreative norm of his
class. As an example of what happens to a navy
man when he gets too good at some special
branch of the service, the article pointed out
that the five-striper's father had been busted
in the navy because he got to be too good on
navigation, became in fact a world authority on
the subject. So now the five-striper's father
lives in Annapolis and has the satisfaction of
seeing his son be a five-striper, and as the Life
writers point out, not an unpopular one with his
fellows. To sum up, the Life writers added that
from all the indications, the present five-stripe
is not likely to be busted for excelling in any

one aspect of naval work. "He is the stuff that
admirals are made of," is the conclusion.
WELL, nice going, navy. From the average,
you draw your future admirals. An admiral
does not stick his neck out. The five-stripe kid
is well liked by all, plays the flute, dates with an
eye to possible advancement in the service-
equivalent to trotting the professor's daughter
here--indulges in athletics, though not too
much, you know, and stands hundred-and-
somethingth in his class academically. And
from that good solid average stock, precedent
says, will be drawn the admirals of the fleet.
Better sell the fleet.
. But what's more, this attitude is not today
one reserved only for the armed services. In
past times it has been the fate of most of the
men who advocated radical changes in the
armed forces to be thrown out on their ears.
But the trend of the times, as observable even
around big state universities, is now all to the
norm. not to the really well-rounded person,
for that could be a pretty good thing as an anti-r
dote to over-specialization, but to the actual
norm, which means that there are in all things
just about as many people who stand above the
good old average-man as there are below. The
emphasis around here is all to whether the guy
is a good fellow or not. Which again would be
all right if he really were. But by good fellow is
meant a sort of slap-on-the-back chap who is
very earnest when he talks to an older man. He
hangs out mostly with his ilk, which is good
protection against the puncturing of his own
smugness, for in the midst of phonies who is,
to be the first to deflate his fellow phoney?
When upon occasion this norai is exposed to

Drew Pecrsop
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Robrt S. Ates
WASHINGTON-The next report of Senator
Harry S. Truman's war contracts investigating
committee will be the hottest yet.
Now being prepared by the Missouri Senator
and his able chief counsel, Hugh A. Fulton, the
report will give OPM a bare-knuckled going-
over for failing more effetively to utilize the
nation's industrial system for war production.
Truman will flatly demand the elimination of
all Dollar-A-Year and "WOC" (without com-
pensation) men as the first step in a top-to-
bottom cleanup of i the OPM, which he will
recommend should be undertaken immediately.
IN $LASTING the Dollar-A-Yearers, the report
will charge that many of them, under the
pretense of "giving" their services to the govern-
ment, have in fact exploited their official posi-
tions to get juicy contracts for 'their corpora-
Also, unless a change is made in the Truman-
Fulton draft, the report will declare bluntly
that many of these Dollar-A-Year men have
been undercover lobbyists for their firms.
Equally sensational will be the accusation that
a number of them have received substantial in-
creases in the salaries they have continued to
draw from their companies while working for the
government "for nothing."
Note: OPM now has 246 Dollar-A-Year and
"WOC" men on its rolls.
How They Do It
THE REPORT will say that the probe has un-
covered no technical violation of the regu-
lation barring OPM officials from handling
contracts in' which former business associates
are interested. However, the report will charge
that some Dollar-A-Year men have helped their
companies get big-profit contracts by surrepti-
tious devices.
One such device is to give their firms advance
tips on orders, a tremendous advantage to a
bidder. Another is to advise their firms on "how
to go about" getting a contract, who to see,
the amount to bid, and so on.
Also, the Dollar-A-Year boys are in a position
to know of impending shortages of certain ma-
terials and to help their companies out by giv-
ing them inside information on when "and how
to stock up.
Truman's report will strongly recommend
that the government either pay Dollar-A-Year
and "WOC" men regular salaries or get rid of
them. As now written, the report declares:
"No man can serve two masters, his company
and the government. Human nature being what
it is, a Dollar-A-Year man cannot be expected
to forget the interests of his company, espec-
ially while he is still on the payroll of that com-
The Lindbergh Incident
last year by Charles Lindbergh while waging
his bitter isolationist crusade will be reinstated
by the War Department-when his formal ap-
plication has been received.
As this is written it has not yet reached the
.War Department. The ex-hero signified his de-
sire to regain his reserve commission in a per-
sonal letter to General "Hap" Arnold, chief of
the Air Corps and an old friend. It was Arnold
who gave out the news story that Lindbergh
wanted to be restored to Army 'rolls.
So far, the War Department knows nothing
about it officially. However, when Lindbergh's
formal application is received it will be approv-
ed and he will be assigned to active duty. Ap-
proval will be routine, since under Army proced-
ure, reserve commissions are reinstatedwithout
delay if request is made within 12 months after

resignation. After the lapse of a year, such ap- ,
plications are handled just as original requests.
But it was only seven months ago that Lind-
bergh quit.
Note: Since the outbreak of war #n the 'Pacific,
stripling Army pilots almost daily are performing
feats of daring and skill flying big bombers vast
distances, that make the first trans-Atlantic
flights look like amateur aviation. For mili-
tary reasons the story of these spectacular
flights now cannot be disclosed. But later it will
be one of the truly great epics of aviation.
Brass Mines Just Ain't
THE BUREAU OF MINES recently received a
phone call from an official of the OPM
metals and minerals division asking about "brass
"What are you trying to do, kid us?" said a
BM expert.
"What do you mean, kid you," protested the
OPM-er. "I'm serious. We want to find out all
we can about brass mines-how many there are
in the country, where located and the total an-
nual production of brass ore."
"Mister, we'd like awfully much to accommo-
date you," was the flabbergasted reply. "But
any schtolboy can tell you 'that there just is
no such animal as a brass mine. Brass is an alloy
made chiefly of copper and zinc."
"Oh," was the startled gasp from the OPM
end of the line.
which they could never run things because they
couldn't look themselves in the -mirror if they
thought they were even sitting in the same seats
as the phonies. So what? So nothing. I offer
a mninority opinion, which ca? easily be Con-


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"I think you'd better discontinue that, Boswell!-fiasn't it occurred
to you that the enemy strikes at industrial developments?"

By Lichty

VOL. LII. No. 77
Publication in the Daily Official
Bulletin is constructive notice to all
members of the University.
No tces
Student Tea: President and Mrs.
Ruthven will be at home to students
Wednesday afternoon, January 14,
from 4 to 6 o'clock.
Conservation of Rubber Items:
The Purchasing Department is no
longer able to buy rubber bands and°
rubber erasers except on a preference1
rating much higher than the rating
assigned to the institution for oper-
ating supplies. The stock of these'
materials must be issued sparingly.°
Much of our present supply will be1
badly needed in the operation of the
Hospital. Under present conditions
it is assumed that every one will co-
operate to the end of 'avoiding waste
and making the present stock last
as long as possible. Re-use rubber
bands or use substitutes wherever
Shirley W. Smith
Detroit Armenian Women's Club1
Scholarship: The Detroit Armenian°
Women's Cluboffers a scholarship
for $100 for the year 142-43 for°
which young men and women qf
Armenian parentage, living in the
Detibit metropolitan district who
demonstrate scholastic ability and
possess good character and who have°
had at least one year of college work,
are eligible. Further information.
may be obtained from me.
Dr. Frank E. Robbins,
1021 Angell Hall
Choral Union Members: Members
of the Chorus who have not already
done so, are requested to returntheir
"Messiah" copies at once, and re-
ceive in exchange copies of Beetho-
ven's Ninth Symphony and Honeg-
ger's "King David," at the office of
the University Musical Society in
Burton Memorial Tower.
Charles A. Sink, President
To All Preforestry Students: There
will be a meeting of all preforestry
students on Thursday, January 15,
7:00-8:00 pam., in Room 319 at the
Michigan Union.
Professor Robert Craig, Jr., Mr.
Frank Murray, and Professor L. J.
Young will attend, and some of the
interesting things about sophomore
summer camp will be taken up. Also,
if time permits, questions concerning
choice between. enlistment in armed
forces and continuing in school will
be considered. The meeting shoudl
not last more than an hour. Come if
you can.
S. T. Dana, Dean
To the Faculty of the College of
Literature, Science, and the Arts:
The next meeting of the faculty will
be on Monday, January 26, in Room
1025 A.H. at 4:10 p.m., instead of on
the regularly scheduled date, Febru-
ary 2. In order to assure a large at-
tendance and to avoid conflict with
the examination period, the Execu-
tive Committee of the College has
approved this change. The discussion
the problem of the instructorship
will be continued at this meeting.
Edward H. Kraus
Certificate of Eligibility: At the be-
ginning of each semester and sum-
mer session every student shall be
conclusively presumed to be ineligible
for any public activity until his eli-
gibility is affirmatively established
by obtaining from the Chairman of
the Committee on StudenAffairs. ni

who have presented certificates of
eligibility and a signed statement tol
exclude all others from participation.
Blanks for the chairmen's lists may be
obtained in the Office of the Dean f
Faculty, College of Engineering:k
There will be a meeting of the Facul-
ty of this College on Friday, Janu-
ary 16, at 4:15 p.m., in Room 348I
West Engineering Building.k
A. H. Lovell, Secretaryt
Senior Engineers: Representatives
of the American steel & Wire Com-
pany, Cleveland, Ohio, will visit the
Engineering College on Thursday andt
Friday, January 15 and 16, to inte-f
view senior students in Aeronautical,
Civil, Chemical, Metallurgical, Elec-
trical and Mechanical Engineering.
Students may sign interviey sched-r
ules at the Office of Chemical Engin-I
eering, 2028 E.>Eng. Bldg. or on theS
Bulletin Bdard of the Mechanicale
Engineering Department.r
Application blanks should be filled
out and returned to each department
Candidates for the Teacher's Cer-
tificate, June 1942: Before making
elections for the second semester,
each candidate should check the re-
quirements in the major and minor
teaching, fields, as outlined in the4
School of Education announcement,
page 32 and following.
Student Loans: All men studentst
desiring loans for the second semes- .
ter should file their applications at
the Dean of Students Office, Room
2, University Hall, at once.1
Office of the Dean of Students
Summer Jobs: Registration is be- i
ing held this week of students inter-
ested -in working 'next summer in
camps, sin resorts, in 'industry, or in
various other types of jobs. In ordert
that the Bureau may be of the most
service,, it is urged that all students
interested register now. The blankl
may be obtained at th'e Bureau of
Appointments and Occupational In-i
formation, 201 Mason Hall, hours;
9-12 and 2-4.
University Bureau of Appointments
and Occupational Information,
Season Ticket Subscribers for Play
Production of the Department ofI
Speech. "George Washington Slept
Here" by Kaufman and Hart has
been substituted for '"Flight to theI
West" by Rice as the third produc-
tion "of the season, January 14-17.
Ticket stubs are to be exchanged by
Thursday, January 15. Refund of a
fifth of the season ticket price will
be made to those who have seen the
All Women students are reminded
that they mst register any change
of' residence for the second semester
in the Office of the Dean of Women
by noon of January 19. They must
also inform their househead of their
intention by that date.
Skating: The tennis courts on
Palmer Field have been flooded and
are available for ice skating.
Academic Notices
The course for Junior Ordnance
Inspectors'will be inaugurated at the
University of Michigan on January
19. One-hundred trainees will be sent
here by the Ordnanqe Department of
the U. S. Army for a course which
will run for 12 weeks, 5 days per
week, 8 hours per day. One-hundred
additional trainees will be sent each
tmonth until the needs of the Ord-

"India": Colored motion picture
lecture, will be presented by the noted
world- traveler, Lawrence Thaw,
Wednesday evening at 8:14 in Hill
Auidtorium. The Oratorical Asso-
ciation offers this as ther fifth num-
ber on the current lecture series.
Tickets may be purchased today from
10-1 and from 2-4 at the box office
Hill Auditorium. The box offic will
be open Wednesday from, 10 atm.
until 8:15.
Events Today
Junior Mathematics Club will meet
tonight at 8 o'clock in 3201 A.H. Mr.
Peter Darnton will speak on "The
Machinery of Logic."
Mathematics Club will meet to-
night at 8:00 in the West Conference
Room, Rackham Building. Profes-
sor Running will speak on "A Graphi-
cal Solution of Equations with no
more than Four Complex Roots."
Botanical, Journal Club: Tonight
at 7:30, Room 1139 N.S. Reports by:
Edwin Beck, "A review of papers
showing comparisons of the effects
of wounding, of growth hormone,
and of the crown gall organism;"
Vibha Gengradomyng, "Interxyl-
ary cork in Artemesia with a refer-
ence t its taxonomic significance;"
Thomas Muzik, "Division in vacu-
olate plant cells. The relative posi-
tion of cell walls in developing plant
Mary Riner, "Experimental studies
on the cultivation of excised anthers
in nutrient solution. The growth fac-
tor requirements of isolated roots."
Please note that the date of the
mneeting has been changed to enable
members to attend the 4ecture by,
Dr. Paul Seams on' January 13.
Sigma Rho Tau will meet at 7:30
tonight in the Union. Guest speaker
for the everping will be Prof. H."C.
Adams of the Marine Engineering
Department wlo will speak on "Ele-
mentary Definitions and Measure-
ments in Shipbuilding." All members
are requested to attend.'
French Language Tea will be giv-
en today in the Grand Rapids Room
of the Michigan League, 4:00-6:00
p.m. All students and faculty mem-
bers are invited.
Le Cercle Francais will meet to-
night at 8:00 at the Michigan League.
Prof. Koella will give an informal
talk on: "Fuite d'Europe en septem-
bre 1939." French songs. All mem-
berscordially invited.
The Tuesday evening concert of
recorded music in the Men's Lounge
of the Rackham Building at 8:00
p.m. will be as follows: Shostakovich,
Symphony No. 5 Opus 47, Brahm
Double Concerto in A Minor foVio-
lin, Cello and Orchestra.
Future Teachers of America meet-
ing today at 4:15 p.m. in the Elemen-
tary School Library. The speaker
will be Mrs. Ofelia Mendoza of Hon-
duras. Members and friends are
invited to attend.
JGP Central Committee meeting at
4:30 today in the League.
Junior Girls' Play: Men students
interested in playing in an orchestra
to be formed for this year's JGP
production are asked to attend a
meeting at 3:30 p.m. today in the
MichigantLeague. All instruments
are needed and those who have had
experience playing in dance bands
are 'especially urged to come. Only
non-union men can be used. Any-

the position of Junior Inspector at
$1,620.00 per year, after they have
demonstrated sufficient proficiency
to warrant such promotion.
Applicants must be between the
ages of 18 and 35 and must be
American citizens.
The prerequisites are: one year
of engineering college training or
two years in a college, university or
school of technology, including 6
semester hours each of chemistry,
physics and mathematics (includ-
ing trigonometry in high school or
Requests for applications forms,
and further particulars as to dates
and places of examination should be
made to your postmaster or to the
Civil Service Commission, Room 402,
Federal Building, Detroit.
Dean Ivan C. Crawford,
College of Engineering
Biological Chemstry Seminar will
be held in Room 319, West Medical
Building tonight at 7:30. "The Me-
tabolism of Cholesterol" will be dis-
cussed. All interested are invited.
Chemistry Colloquium will meet
on Wednesday, January 14, at 4:15
p.m. in Room 303 Chemistry Build-
ing. Professor Roger H. Gillette
will speak on "Resonance in Some
Organic Compounds Containing Ni-
The Wednesday Afternoon Organ
Recital by Palmer Christian, origin-
ally scheduled for January 14, has
been cancelled due to preparations
for the Oratorical Lecture to be giv-
en that evening.
The organ recitals will be resumed
on Wednesday, January 21, at 4:15
p.m. in Hill Auditorium.

-George W. Sallade
OPM, Congress Jeopardize
Real National Interest

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