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The editorials published in The Michigan
Daily are written by members of The Daily
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Possibility Revealed.. ..
THE MICHIGAN DAILY wishes to
congratulate the New York newspa-
per PM for one of the outstanding stories of the
year, one which is remarkable both for its na-
tional importance and its exceptional journalistic
Its absolute proof that sabotaging the Nor-
mandie was possible and could have occurred,
and its equally absolute proof that the proper
authorities had been warned of the dangers in-
volved are invaluable in any judgment of the
sinking of the French liner.
The background and content of the story as
published by PM are as follows:
"Two days after Pearl Harbor, PM assigned
a reporter to investigate stories that New York
harbor was wide open to sabotage. Within three
weeks we not only knew the stories were true-
but actually had a reporter, posing as a long-
shoreman, at work on the Normandie and find-
f ing out just how easy it would be to burn the
k ship to the water's edge!"
A story written by that reporter Jan. 3
was a blueprint for sabotage. which if followed
step by 'step would cause just such a conflagra-
tion as that which took place Monday. PM didn't
print the article because of its possible conse-
quences, but instead took its information to
Capt. Charles H. Zeerfoss, chief of the Anti-
Sabotage Division of the U. S. Maritime Com-
mission, who in effect ignored it...-.
What he ignored can be seen in this pas-
sage from reporter Edmund Scott's story:
"For a week I have been playing enemy
agent. For the last two days I have been
wandering all over the SS Lafayette, once
the Normandie. I have been lighting imagi-
nary fires. I have ,been planting imaginary
bombs. I have succeeded in "destroying,"
a dozen times over the second biggest ship
in the world."
That paragraph was written Jan. 3.
Editorial comment following such a seething
indictment of the weaknesses revealed in the
Normandie disaster seems almost superfluous,
but we think that Ralph Ingersoll was right in
saying that those responsible for the loss of the
world's potentially greatest troop transport
should be punished without mercy.
w Once again the United States has suffered a
loss beyond recall, one which will be brought
home still more vividly when American soldiers
die because there were no reinforcements.
Upon one thing we insist; there can and shall
be no excuse given the American people, only
apology accompanied by action.
The 'Red Menace'
Is Coming Back ***
M OSCOW GOLD is back on the mar-
ket. For a while its stock was low,
but through the efforts of the Hearst newspaper
chain, it is slowly being brought back to its
former par. Communism is damned in Ameri-
can government and pointed to as the cause for
our failures in the Pacific battle, the public debt,
and the burning of the Normandie. . . . . .
Mr. Hearst declares:
"The spread of communism in the United
States, and especially in the United States
government, is greatly to be dreaded; but
the prevalence of paralyzing incompetence
is almost as distressing and destructive"
Vs. An OCD Dancer
Editor's Note: Samuel Grafton has long
been our favorite columnist. We are reprinting
this column because it is a superlative piece of
writing on a topic exaggerated beyond propor-
tion by petty minds.
By SAMUEL GRAFTON
THEY burned Mayris Chaney at the stake in,
Congress last week. And one metropolitan
newspaper ran four signed columns and three
editorials attacking her within the space of two
days. It was as if a signal had been given. Now,
for a little while, let us be as petty and ir-
ritable as we like.
Let's Speak At Last
For it was as if a door had opened, letting us
see the rancors which lie just below the surface
of American life. Mayris Chaney is a perfect
issue. She is a girl dancer; Mrs. Roosevelt is
her friend; Mrs. Roosevelt unwisely gave her a
civilian defense job teaching dancing to child-
ren at $4,600 a year. Now let us rise in our
wrath; if the last 10 years have hurt us, if we
bear hidden wounds and fears, if our souls
are riled by the changes coming over this world,
let us speak at last.
So the lips of men open in a world on fire,
and the words which come forth are: Down
with Mayris Chaney!
Dear Mayris: Are you frightened to see your
name in the paper, so? Do your eyes open wide
when you read about yourself as an enemy to
your country's morale, as the girl who is keep-
ing us from beating Hitler?
An Act Of Friends
It was wrong of Mrs. Roosevelt to have you
appointed, child; act of friendship, kindness
lacking in reserve and dignity; and they have
you there, and they have Mrs. Roosevelt there.
But that's not why they are so furious with you,
not why Congress spends an afternoon debating
They needed you, girl. For down below, the
thing is still smoldering, the hatred of the last
eight years, of the galling march of social
change, so intimately connected with the name
of Roosevelt; the rage at those frightening forces
on earth which have made an economy Congress
unbutton 115 billions of dollars; fury at a balky,
sullen world which seems to be wandering off
into space, no frugal man can tell where, and
which forces even the frugal to go along, yes-
saying with it.
It is hard to put these things into words, May-
ris. It is much easier to speak the name of a
girl dancer. How pleased we would be, child,
if you were all that was wrong with us; and
it is such fun to pretend so, so delightful a vaca-
tion from reality; so nicely specific an uproar;
what pleasure, to talk about a dancer after
years of, being compelled to face seismic and
mysterious planetary changes, ending in a week
in which even Singapore has become uncer-
tain, in which empires seem able to dissolve like
sugar, while sugar runs short.
The World Is Stubborn
The world has been unkind and stubborn to
them, child, from labor act to Pearl Harbor;
they have tilted their sarcasm at it, but it has
only grown bigger; they have mocked its peril,
and it has grown bigger still; now it has caught
them and swept them up, with the name they
hated most still high; and they look for a word,
and can find it not, for the world has become
too big for their words. But a girl is small.
And a great lady had a kindly thought,
though a wrong one. In a more stable time
gentlemen would have smiled, perhaps, and re-
pudiated, perhaps, but with modest circum-
spection, as befitted the proprieties. See how
red their faces are, how the cords stand out on
their necks; an archipelago is lost, the air fills
with the cry: Mayris! Mayris! Mayris!
Don't be frightened, darling. It isn't you. It
is something called history.
these statements because our definitions of
communism are vastly different. We do not
believe that strikes are on the face of it a com-
munistic gesture. Further, we do not think that
the log rolling and pork barrel politics, which
Mr. Hearst so heartily condemns, come under
that heading. At least communism has a funda-
mental plan, the politics referred to are the re-
sult of stupidity *nd the goal of reelection.
MR. HEARST says we have spent "unbeliev-
able billions" for war and that we are un-
prepared for war. But this hardly falls under
the heading of communism. In the first place
we are spending those "unbelievable billions"
for war right now, they were not voted by Con-
gress when President Roosevelt first proposed
them. A good portion of those billions will go
for a two-ocean navy, which we are building
now, and which we could have had almost com-
pleted if the appropriations bill had been passed
when it first was suggested. That is not com-
munism, that is a combination of strictly Amier-
ican politics of the "me first" variety.
And information about the fall of France
from other sources than Scribner's Commentator,
will tell a different story than the one quoted
here. There can be no doubt that the leaders
of the radical parties did their share to weaken
the country in some measure, but they were not
the men who shipped millions of tons of iron ore
to Germany after war was declared, and kept it
up for months, all the months of the "Sitzkrieg."
And they were not the French military staff, not
the French officers who filled the air raid shel-
ters with the sound of the first enemy planes,
crowding. out the soldiers.
W E are not being undermined by the "Red
Menace." What has softened us has been
our own peculiar American lack of foresight and
planning. There is more the tinge of stupidity,
selfishness and complacency than red in this
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The Reply Churlish
WAR YEARS are bad for writers unless they
are hard-boiled people. Around here, during
the past semester, I have probably heard more
alibis per square inch for why the scrivening
gentry can't get anything done than there are
progeny to an oyster, which sum would amaze
some of you old stick in the muds. It seems that
the writer at college age is a rather nervous
fellow, or asthenic girl, and even little things like
telephones or alarm clocks or spiders or class
attendance (I am guilty of this last myself, so
am willing to excuse and forgive) are quite too
utterly much for the kids.
This concept of the writer as precious flower,
though at first, in the virginal advances made to
the muse it may be excused, does not lead to an
output desirable either qualitatively or quanti-
tatively. Americans are quite romantic enough
about their writers, without the writers taking
themselves too seriously. Certainly there must
be a certain devotion to the work-but when
that devotion takes the form of not doing the
work, it shows up as a sftghtly juvenile attitude,
not worth a hell of a lot in a pinch. And be-
lieve me, this is a pinch. Unless writing of the
straight and valid sort can keep going at the
same time as the necessary but distorted prop-
aganda work, the public, exposed only to the
black and white sort of stuff, is going to accept
it at face value, and once they do, it'll be just
too bad because when a nation starts thinking
along those lines, to mix my metaphors a bit,
you can't get them out of the habit.
T HE SAME SITUATION exsits everywhere in
the country, in all branches of writing, whe-
ther of the sort commonly called artistic, or the
journalistic brand, or the critical sort. All of
them must, even as they allow for war needs,
keep some kind of peace time standard in mind,
and work it back into the picture wherever it is
possible. If a newspaper goes all out for defense,
stops thinking beyond popular slogans, it not
only spoils its readers or loses them, but pre-
pares for itself in the peace toscome, a nice steep
uphill grade to climb, a climb back up against
the wrong thinking, bias, and smugness it has
previously forced on its public. The same thing
goes for the fiction writers. The extreme reac-
tion in fiction which followed the last war was
due to a great extent to the very falseness of the
slick hun-haters who raked in the heavy sugar
by playing ball with the headlines and front page
cartoons of the press. And a critic who abandons
his well-founded yardstick, feeling that propa-
ganda work should be given the edge because
it is needed in wartime, not only is no critic at
all, but adds to the total slide away from straight
work in all the other fields by lauding some-
thing that shouldn't even have to be considered.
The reason for men like Archibald MacLeish
holding the reins on America's writers is simply
that no critic has believed enough in the ability
of those other writers, to take the phonies down
a few necessary pegs.
AND AS I SAY, viewing the reaction of the
writers to the war, perhaps it is necessary
to place some sort of crank executive who has
dabbled in chamber of commerce poetry over
them, in order that their neuroses may be ironed
out and the required pamphlets, Saturday Eve-
ning Post stories and newspaper articles sweated
out of them. The writers are more important
people than they think, but I should say, in a
very different way. The young writers must
somehow come to realize that under any con-
ditions at all, writing is a tough job, tough on
the nerves and on the constitution, but that
anyone who really thinks it is worth it, should
put away his symptoms and concentrate on the
job rather than the jitters. Perhaps the war
will have in part at least a good effect on letters,
for at the present rate most of the sob sisters
and self-deluders will be weeded out. There are
far too many tortured souls among us now, tor-
tured souls of the sort that get told about, and
maybe a' woman's heart is touched, or somebody
pats somebody on the back. The real product
doesn't talk about it, or write about it, but
tries somehow to make it mean something a
little more solid than the blues. He will survive,
because first of all he believes in himself enough
not to heed the demands of the magazines too
much, and because he believes on the best of
precedent that good art will outlast even the
necessary sort of hokum. And above all, he will
keep on working, whether he is asked to do prop-
aganda or carry a gun or sell defense stamps. He
knows which of his functions is the most im-
portant, takes on the extra work because he
figures it will help win a war against an im-
mediate threat to his work, and at the same time
makes sure that the compromises necessary
within the structure of war, will not blot out
the more enduring stuff he is capable of. To do
this, as I say, he must be a tough and enduring
person, with a sense of humor and a sense of
values other than the lah de dah sort. So long
WASHINGTON-The President's first session
with the joint AFL-CIO committee was very
cordial, and also very frank on the part of the
They spoke their minds plainly about two
of the President's ace lieutenants-Price Ad-
ministrator Leon Henderson and Dr. I Lubin,
head of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Neither official was criticized personally . In
fact, the laborites emphasized that they held
Henderson and Lubin in high esteem as able and
sincere executives. But no punches were pulled
in assailing their policies.
The laborites' complaint against both revolved
around ,the inoot aiestion of the cost of ivin
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are desired, applications of others will
be considered. Information may be
obtained from Miss Train, Room
2048 Natural Science Building, until
February 25. Wages, including ex-
penses, after reaching the job, will
amount to $125 to $140 a month.
S. T. Dana, Dean
Prospective Applicants for the
Combined Curricula: Students of the
College of Literature, Science, and
the Arts wishing to apply for admis-
sion to one of the combined curricula
for September 1942 should fill out
applications for such admission as
soon as possible in Room 1210 Angell
Hall. The final date for application
is April 20, 1942, but early applica-
tion is advisable. Pre-medical stu-
dents should please note that appli-
cation for admission to the Medical
School is not application for admis-
sion to the Combined Curriculum. A
separate application should be made
out for the consideration of the Com-
mittee on Combined Curricula.
Edward H. Kraus.
May 1942 Seniors, School of Edu-
cation, must file with the Recorder
of the School of Education, 1437
U.E.S., no later than February 14, a
statement of approval for major and
minors signed by the adviser. Blanks
for the purpose ma'y be secured in
the School of Education office or in
Room 4 U.H.
Women of the University Faculty:
Reservations for the dinner to be
held at the Union at 6:30 p.m., Fri-
day, February 13, should be in the
hands of Miss Wead by noon today.
Mechanical, Electrical and Indus-
trial Engineering Seniors: Repre-
sentatives of Allis-Chalmers Manu-
facturing Company, Milwaukee, Wis-
consin, will interview Seniors in the
above groups on Tuesday, February
17, in Room 214 West Engineering
An illustrated talk will be given to
students interested on Monday, Feb-
ruary 16, at 4:00 p.m. in Room 229
West Engineering Bldg.
Literature and application forms
are available in each Department
Interviews may be scheduled in the
Electrical and Mechanical Engineer-
All those registered with the Uni-
versity Bureau of Appointments for
either a teaching or non-teaching
position are requested to fill out a
schedule of their second semester
courses. Blanksfor this purpose may
be secured at the office of the Bur-
University Bureau of Appoint-
ments and Occuational In-
Outdoor Activities-Women Stu-
dents: Skis and toboggans are avail-f
able at the Women's Athletic Build-
ing on week days and Sundays when
there is snow.
Zoology Seminar will meet tonight
at 7:30 in the Rackham Amphithea-
tre. Reports by Mr. W. F. Carbine on
"A Study of the life history, produc-
tion and survival of the fishes in
Deep Lake, Oakland Co., Mich." and
Mr. K. E. Goellner on "Life cycle of
productivity of the crayfish, Cambar-
Math. 348. Seminar in Applied
Mathematics: Meeting to arrange
hours and program today at 4:00
p.m. in Room 319 West Engineering.
All + .-. .-.pfntr.r i . r n in,
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second semester on Wednesday and
Friday from 4-5 p.m., it is proposed
to conduct a series of lectures and
instruction drills in Naval subjects at
the Naval R.O.T.C. (North Hall)
for the benefit of students now en-
rolled in the U.S.N.R. with commis-
sions; those in Class V-7, in Class V-5
and others interested.
These lectures and instruction
drills should be of value to the in-
dividual in his future active duty in
service. Attendance voluntary.
Preliminary examinations in
French and German for applicants
for the doctorate will be held on Fri-
day, February 13, 4:00-6:00 p.m., in
the Amphitheatre of the Rackham
Building. Dictionaries may be used.
Another preliminary will be given
early in the third term.
All students who are interested in
a special non-credit remedial read-
ing course are invited to attend a pre-
liminary meeting Friday, February
13, at 5:00 p.m. in Room 4009 Uni-
versity High School.
structor. A fee of $12.00 for tie se-
mester is required.
Spanish Clae in the Int.r.-
tional Center: The organizational
meeting of the classes in beginning
and advanced Spanish will meet in
the International Center, Room 23,
Beginning Class: 4:00 p.m. today.
Advanced Class: 5:00 p.m. today.
A small fee is charged and is pay-
able in the office of the International
Junior and Senior Women who are
interested in a nurse's aide course,
see Professor Reddig, School of Nur-
sing Office, University Hospital,
today, 10:00-12:00. Women who are
unable to see Professor Reddig at
this time should call the School of
Nursing Office for an appointment.
May Festival Artists as follows
have been engaged for the Forty-
Ninth Annual May Festival, consist-
ing of six concerts, May 6, 7, 8 and 9,
in Hill Auidtorium: Helen Traubel,
soprano; Judith Hellwig, soprano;
Marian Anderson, contralto; Enid
Szantho, contralto; Jan Peerce, ten-
or; Felix Knight, tenor; Mack Har-
rell, baritone; Barnett R. Brickner,
narrator; Carroll Glenp, violinist;
Emanuel Feuermann, violoncellist
and Sergei Rachmaninoff, Pianist.
The Philadelphia Orchestra, the
University Choral Union, and the
Youth Festival Chorus will partici-
pate. The following conductors will
be in charge: Eugene Ormandy, Thor
Johnson, Saul Caston, and Juva Hig-
Orders for season tickets may be
sent in by mail or left at the offices
of the University Musical Society In
Burton Memorial Tower. Prices, in-
cluding tax: $8.80, $7.70 and $6.60. If
Choral Union Festival coupon Is re-
turned in part payment, prices are
reduced to $5.50, $4.40 and $3.30.
Charles A. Sink, President.
Alec Templeton, British blind pian-
ist, will be heard in a special con-
cert Thursday, February 26, at 8:30
in Hill Audtiorium. Reserved seat
tickets at popular prices, including
tax: 95c, 75c and 55c. May be pur-
chased at the office of the University
Musical Society in Burton Memorial
Exhibition, College of Architecture
and Design: Professional work in
industrial design of Mr. Richard Lip-
pold, Instructor in Design in the
College of Architecture and Design.
Ground floor corridor cases. Open
daily 9 to 5 through February 14.
The public is invited.
University Lecture: Dr. William H.
Weston, Professor of Cryptogamic
Botany, Harvard University, will lec-
ture on the subject. "Fungi and Fel-
low Men," under the auspices of the
Department of Botany in the Natur-
al Science Auidtorium at 4:15 p.m., on
Wednesday, Feb. 18. The public is
University Lecture: Dr. Eduardo
Braun-Menendez of the Instituto de
Fisiologia, University of Buenos Aires,
will lecture on the subject, "The Me-
chanism of Renal Hypertension"
(illustrated) at 4:15 p.m., Friday,
February 20, in the Rakham Am-
phitheater, under the auspices of te
Department of Physiology. The pub-
lic is cordially invited.
University Lecture: Professor Lau-
rence H. Snyder of Ohio State Uni-
versity will lecture on the subject,
"Heredity and Modern Life," (illus-
trated) under the auspices of the
Laoratory of Vertebrate Genetics, on
Tuesday, February 24, at 8:00 p.m.
in the Rackham Amphitheatre. The
public .s cordially invited.
French Lecture: Miss Helen B.
Hall, Curator, Institute of Fine Arts,
will give the fifth of the French Lec-
tures sponsored by the Cercle Fran-
cais on Wednesday, February 18, at
4:15 p.m. in Room D, Alumni Memor-
ial Hall. The title of her lecture is:
"Poitiers, Bijou du Moyen-Age" (I-
Tickets for the series of lectures
may be procured from the Secretary
of the Department of Romance Lan-
guages (Room 112, Romance Lan-
guage Building) or at the door at the
time of the lecture for a small sum.
Holders of these tickets are entitled
to admission to all lectures, a small
additional charge being made for the
These lectures are open to the gen-
Vera Micheles Dean, Research Di-
rector of the Foreign Policy Associa-
tion, will speak on "Democracy's
New Horizon," in Rackham Audi-'
torium today at 4:15 p.m. She is
presented by the Michigan Alumnae
Club as a scholarship project and to
raise funds for foreign women stu-
dents stranded by the war. The lec-
ture is free to members. Membership
cards may be secured at the door.
La Sociedad Hispanica conversa-
tion group will meet tonight at 8:00
in the Michigan League. Everyone
is cordially invited to attend. These
conversation meetings should be at-
tended by all who wish to learn to
speak Spanish since it offers an ex-
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English 298: Students who
registered for my section will
today at 4:00 p.m. in Room
- E. A. Walter
English 190: Junior Honors. The
first meeting of the class will be to-
day at 4:30 p.m. in Room 2218 A.H.
English 107, Sec. 1, will meet in
Room 2019 Angell Hall hereafter, in-
stead of 208 U. H.
Language Services, International
Center: These languages are: Portu-
guese, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Ja-
panese, German and French. Watch
the D.O.B. for announcements as to
the time of meeting. There is a small
tutorial fee charged.
Seniors and Graduate Students
who wish to be eligible to contract
to teach the modern foreign lan-
guages in the registered Secondary
Schools of New York State are noti-
fied that the required examination
in French, Spanish, German, and
Italian will be given here on Friday,
February 13, at 1:15 p.m. in room
100 R.L. No other opportunity will
be . offered until August, when sum-
mer school attendance is a prerequi-
site for admission to the examina-
Required Hygiene Lectures for Wo-
men-1942: All first and second sem-
ester freshmen women are required
to take the hygiene lectures, which
are -to be given the second semester.
Upperclass students who were in the
University as freshmen and who did
not fulfill the requirement are re-
quired to take and satisfactorily com-
plete this course. Enroll for these
lectures at the time of regular classi-
fication at Waterman Gymnasium.
These lectures are a graduation re-
Students should enroll for one of
the two following sections. Women in
Section I should note change of first
lecture from February 23 to 25
on account of the legal holiday.
Section No. I: First lecture, Wed-
nesday, Feb. 25, 4:15-5:15, Natural
Science Aud. Subsequent lectures,
successive Mondays, 4:15-5:15, Na-
tural Science Aud. Examination (fin-
al), April 6, 4:15-5:15, Natural Sci-
Section No. II: First lecture, Tues-
day, Feb. 24, 4:15-5:15, Natural Sci-
ence Aud. Subsequent lectures, suc-
cessive Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15, Natural
Science Aud. Examination (final)
Tuesday, April 7, 4:15-5:15, Natural
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