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The Mijestic rFire- Trap.

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University War Effort
Has Paralleled Nation's
TOMORROW marks the first anniversary of
Pearl Harbor. In retrospect, it seems that the
war effort made by our University since that
day has largely paralleled that of the Nation as
a whole.
Not until this fall did the government really
get down to business. Our war production to-
day is enough to send a thrill through us, but
the bungling of early 1942 will prolong the war'
and cost heavily in human lives and resources.
Here on campus, the student war effort was
disorganized and inefficient until the fall term
opened. Then things began to move. Take the
Manpower Corps, for example.
Suggested in The Daily on a Sunday morn-
ing, student leaders drafted tentative plans for
it that night. It was approved by the Student
War Board Monday. Marv Borman was ap-
pointed Corps director Tuesday. Selection of
the executive staff began on Wednesday. One
thousand men registered Thursday and Friday.
Corps members were out picking apples the fol-
lowing Wednesday.
All was not quite so rosy. Pearl Harbor didn't
strike home with. everybody, here or anywhere
else. Many still do not realize the nature of the
war. Many still resent the sacrifices it demands.
Many still crack nastily at "those damn British"
or at "those damn: Russians." Too many on this
campus still have little interest in what we are
fighting for.
ALL of us have heard educators say repeatedly
that the world will have to rely on the uni-
versities and colleges to rebuild the post-war soci-
Yet, as Lin Yutang has pointed out, the
typical New York cab driver displays more
common sense, more human. understanding
about what is needed in the post-war world
than do many professors who write that we
should make a treaty with Japan after the war
to maintain the balance. of power against
We at the University of Michigan have been
lucky. Instead of having this kind of trash

Ban On House Parties
Too Drastic A Measure
students questioned stated that they opposed
the Student Affairs Committee's ban on house
parties. Practically every fraternity and sorority
included in this survey also went on record as
opposing the ban. Their attitude was that while
house party . expenses should be limited, the
parties themselves should not be stopped be-
cause their conflict with the war effort is in-
On the other hand, most of the faculty
members of the Student Affairs Committee,
in "explaining their reasons for this ban,
claimed that wartime isn't the time for an
expensive social program, but is the time
to simplify, to pare down the campus' social
whirl, and to eliminate these parties which
are usually excessively expensive to both
houses and the individual members.
From our viewpoint, a reasonable compromise
is in order. The Student Affairs Committee was
right inasmuch as unvarranted, unnecessary ex-
penses and campus "frivolities" should be elim-
inated. But the students are equally right by
condemning the ban as too sweeping. Instead of
curtailing house parties as a whole, there should
have been a regulation limiting expenditures for
them and a system should have been set up by
which to enforce this ruling.
-Bud Brimmer.-
thrown at us, we have had instead an excellent
Social Studies course, a first-rate post-war con-
ference and a vigorous Post-War Council.
BUT the enrollment in S.S.93 accounted for
about five of every 1,000 students. The atten-
dance at the conference, though large by tradi-
tional standards, was certainly apathetic for a
faculty of approximately 1,000 and a student
body of approximately 10,000 who are proclaimed
to be the moulders of the future.
And so . . . today, 364 days after the Japs at-
tacked, we say again that the biggest job before
all of us is to think, to think often, to think
straight and idealistically of why we fight and
of the world we want. - Morton Mintz

WASHINGTON- Democratic observers, even
including some around the White House, consider
the meeting' of the Republican National -Com-
mittee in St. Louis tomorrow the most impor-
tant the GOP has held in ten years. In fact, they
consider it of vital interest to the entire country,
including the Democrats.
Reason is that Democratic leaders who are
frank, admit privately that any Republican
nominated in 1944 will win. Therefore, what
the world will be watching for, is not only who
will be the nominee, but as a step in that diree-
tion, who will be the new national chairman.
For the national chairman, to a large extent,
can guide policies and pave the way for the
Of course, not all Democrats are so pessimistic.
One of those who definitely is optimistic, is
Franklin Roosevelt himself. Talking to a leading
Democrat the other day, he said:
"You may be discouraged now. But I tell you
this war is going to be won, and I guarantee
you that our party is' going to be in control
On the other hand, experienced political ob-
servers who have been out looking around the
country, even including Democratic Chairman
Ed Flynn himself, say privately that history re-
peats and that the Democrats will go out with
the same.landslide proportions that ushered in
Harding in 1920.
They also suggest that history may be repeat-
ing itself regarding Roosevelt's failure to sense
the temper of political opinion. For Woodrow
Wilson never dreamed the country had turned
against him after the Versailles Conference. And
Herbert Hoover, a few days before the November
election in 1932, wouldn't believe Frank Tiche-
nor's warning that he would be defeated.
Another big question, not only to Democrats
but many'Republicans, is whether history also
will repeat itself by electing another group of
Republican isolationists who will take the
country into another period of aloofness from
the rest of the world-with war 20 years later.
The man selected to guide the Republican par-
ty at St. Louis tomorrow will have a lot to do
with that history.
is trying to use the war as an excuse for doing
away with the NLRB. It's just . . . well, you
know . . don't you?
And it is nice to toss the WLB in there with
all the other "alphabetical slow-downs," not
because it has slowed anything down (it has
done just the opposite), but so many people dis-
like the alphabet. If you can just get these peo-
ple thinking, "Well, look at this blankety-blank
WLB which is part of the alphabet," why you
have won your case in a breeze. It doesn't make
any difference that the organization in question
has been largely responsible for the tremendous
decrease in production stoppages.
In the midst of a hot shower of tears, Mr.

there have been printed in The
Daily several editorials urging the
donation to the war scrap drive of
tons of metal fixtures languishing
in the vacant Majestic Theatre
building. Its owners, the heirs of
the Sauer estate, were notified
but as yet nothing has been heard
from them.
The theatre's iron guard rails,
radiators, and fire escapes have
not felt the touch of a human
hand since the house was closed
Samuel Grafton's
PId Rather
Be URight
NEW YORK- I have the odd
feeling that Sir William Beveridge's
report on social security to the
House of Commons will arouse
more anguished outcries here in
America than in England.
Latest dispatches, by cable and
carrier pigeon, reveal that, so far,
not a single English editor has
burst a blood vessel.
No English newspaper has leered,
scolded, or made bad jokes about
college professors.
So, the first point to be made
about the Beveridge report is on
the difference between England and
America, as regards the tone of
public controversy.
Had such a state paper been is-
sued here, proposing, in substance,
that a floor be placed under our
economy, that no citizen ever be
allowed to have less than a certain
named income, or ever be permit-
ted to go without medical care, or
ever have to wonder how to pay for
a baby, a great many feverish irrel-
evancies would have been brought
into the argument at once.
We can easily imagine that rum-
bling protest againsththe "brain
trust" which would have swelled
from the hoarse organ of American
public comment.
It Follows from Dunkerque
It is also a curious circumstance
that America, which has a liberal
administration, has had no impor-
tant social proposal offered to it
for several years, while Britain,
which has a conservative govern-
ment, has just got itself involved in
a major one.
Why the difference? One of the
reasons is Dunkerque. England has
had its Dunkerqlue. We have not.
I don't want a Dunkerque. But it
was immediately after Dunkerque
that social proposals began to flare
up in England. A period of intense
self-examination began, to find the
reasons for that huge military di-
(At that very moment, America,
remote from the war, was complet-
ing the bipartisan Congressional
coalition against reform.)
The English press began to ques-
tion the English educational sys-
tem, to wonder whether it allowed
natural ability to rise t the top.
The sober and extremely careful
London Economist proposed, in
1940, an "economic bill of rrhts."
adding the right to a secure life to
the older right of free speech.
Shortly after Dunkerque Sir Wil-
liam was commissioned, by the
House of Commons, to make his
survey of social security.
But, begun on the impetus of
Dunkerque, the report is finl1v
published during a period of mili-
tary success.
It is released at a moment when
the English are feeling much bet-
ter, much cockier, much stronger,
when Mr. Churchill drops tart little

comments about holding the empire
which he would have preferred to
swallow a year ago.
They're Feeling Better Now
SO, HERE, in a'sense, is a United
Nations test; whether, when
we feel good, we can do the things
we clearly saw to be necessary when
we felt bad.
Now, a third point on the Bev-
eridge report: It seems to me com-
pletely acceptable both by those
who want fundamental socials re-
form to come out of the war and
those who want nothing of the
Its most important feature is un-
employment insurance, unlimited
as to time during which benefits
are paid, and without the require-
ment of a pauper's oath.
Now, if we can end unemploy-
ment after this war, this feature of
the plan will be self-canceling. If
there is no unemployment, there
will be no need for insurance
against unemployment, just as
there is .no need nowadays for in-1
surance against dragons or were-

Fast March because the city would
not grant permission to remodel
it.. P-ecause of this we felt that
these fixtures might better serve
the war effort than rust away
in the unused building.
Now, however, the scrap issue has
been equaled in importance by
another - namely the physical
safety of about seven hundred Ann
Arbor men, women, and children.
William C. Maulbetsch, city
building inspector, has issued a
report on the Majestic in which
he declares the house unsafe for
use as a theatre and says that he
would be derelict in his duties as
building inspector if he did not
oppose the reopening of the theatre
under present conditions.
ON THE BOOKS since 1938 has
been an ordnance making it un-
lawful for theatres which do not
ccnform to the city building code
concerning "exits, stairways, fire
escapes, and building construc-
tion, to operate as such after
Jan. 1, 1943. The object of this
law was to give the owners of such
buildings five years in which to
remodel them.
At present there is before the
Common Council a revision of
that ordinance whose wording is
identical except that it omitsj
the phrase pertaining to build-
ing construction. The ordinance
was reccmmended by Herman
i Folske, chairman of the Fire
Commission which has :iuthor-
ity for enforcement of such laws,
Mr. Felske told this reporier.
Mr. Folske has refused to com-
ment upon his reasons for re-
commending the revision.
Now it so happens that the exits,
stairways, and fire escapes of the
Majestic. and possibly of other
theatres affected by the ordinance,
cculd be remodeled to conform
with the code, according to the in-
sl sector 's report. But the frame
structure of the building could.
not be changed without rebuilding
the theatre.
Should the 1938 ordinance be
revised, and the building be only

rerrodeled, then the theatre
would be no less -ikeiy to go up
in smoke than it is, now, from
the str -tural point of view.
The only difference is that your
chance of getting out alive would
he unimpeded by railings in the
foyer and steps in the exits and
you would have only the possibil-
ity of panic and collapsing walls
to worry about.
ascertained and since permis-
,ion to remodel the building was
refused almost a year ago, the
Ohairman of the Fire Commission
must either have known the true
condition, of the house or he must
be prepared to face the accusation
of being derelict in his duty. If he
lid not know them, why didn't he?
If he did know them, then why did
he recommend revision of the ordi-
nance? We don't know. Mr. Folske
wouldn't tell us.
There is a very nice income from
the rental of a theatre building,
and should the proposed ordinance
revision go through, that income
might be assured to the owners for
quite a few more years-if no-
body dropped a careless match!
(The W. S. Butterfield Theatres,
Inc., which holds the lease on the
Majestic, never intends to operate
it as a theatre again, according to
Gerald M. Hoag, a local represen-
tative of the company.)
Obviously there are a lot of
unanswered questions here.
ould someone be trying a little
legal squeeze - play, citizens?
Whether or not the Majestic is
the specific subject of such un-
dercover moves, we do not know,
but we do realize that several
hundred lives may be at;stalfe if
the ordinance is revised.
THE REVISION was tabled on
Nov. 16 until the Council's next
meeting, which' is set tomorrow,
night. Only one more regular
meeting remains before Jan.. 1,
which is the red-letter day for all
concerned. So there should be ac-
tion on the measure tomorrow!
We're hoping that the Council will
use any means at its disposal to
throw it out permanently. We
don't care to see an Ann Arbor se-
quel to the Boston fire tragedy.


(Continued from Page 3)
Unitarian Church:
Sunday 11:00 a.m. Professor R. W.
Sellars will speak on "Democratic





W. P. Witherow Cries Out Against New Deal
Measures 'Interfering' With 'Free Enterprise'

THE WAAC'S don't know what to
do with thir patriotic little strip-
teaser who went AWOL to perform
in Des Moines.
Her name is Katie Doris Gregory
and she suddenly disappeared from
training. But the MP discovered that
a glamor girl billed as Amber d'Georg
at the Casino Theatre in Des Moines
answered to the description of Pvt.
Kathryn ]Doris Gregory. They wvent
up and asked the theatre manager,
Pete DeCenzie, how come this.
To which Pete came up with one
of the best we have heard in a
long time: "I had no idea she was
a WAAC. I was shockedto'death
when I found out. You can't ask
too many questions with the labor
shortage nowadays."
You can carry this 'labor short-
age' too far, Pete.
rTHE PROBLEM of what to do with
our "snuggle bunnies" or "cud-
dle bunnies" or whatever else you
want to call boy-crazy adolescent
girls has caught the attention of Dr.
George C. Sheviakov, Chicago Uni-
versity psychiatrist.
He says that they're getting
"more boy-crazy than ever before
as a result of the war glamor sur-
rounding the young men in uni-
form. He suggested that educa-
tors must "expand the 'normal re-
latiorship between young boys and
girls" because war conditions have
tended to make girls "look down.
upon and disparage their natural
role as wives and home-makers."
Now all educators, have to do is to
define what "normal relationships"
includes and turn the whole thing
over to Bertrand Russell.
-Bob Mantho

7:00 p.m. Student Supper.
8:00 p.m. Mrs. R. W. Teed will
speak on "Civilian Defense in Ani
Memorial Christian Church (Dis-
ciples) :
10:45 Morning worship. Rev. Fred-
erick Cowin, Minister.
7:00 p.m. Guild Sunday Evening
Hour. Dean Alice Lloyd will speak
on "Maturity and Campus Conduct."
There will be a joint meeting of the
Congregational and Disciples Guilds.
A social hour and refreshments will
follow the program.
Lutheran Student Chapel:
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. Service in
League Chapel. Sermon by the Rev.
Alfred Scheips, "Instruction and Hope
from the Scriptures." 5:45 p.m. Sup-
per meeting of Gamma Delta, Lu-
theran Student Club, at 1337 Wilmot.
Discussion, "Forming Desirable Hab-
First Church of Christ, Scientist:
Sunday morning service at 10:30.
Subject: "God, the Only Cause and
Sunday School at 11:45 a.m.
Free public Reading Room at 106
E. Washington St., open every day
except Sundays and holidays from
11:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Saturdays
until 9:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church:
Morning Worship-10:45. "Out:of
Egypt," subject of the sermon by Dr.
W. P. Lemon.
University Student Bible Study
Class meets at 9:30 a.m. to study "A
Harmony of the Gospels," under the
direction of Mr. Malan and Mr.
Westminster Student Guild-sup-
per and fellowship hour at 6:00 p.m.
in the Social Hall, and a talk at 7:00
p.m. by Dr. E. W. Blakeman. Students
are cordially invited.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church:
8:00 a.m. Holy Communion; 10:00
a.m. High School Class, Tatlock Hall;
11:00 a.m. Kindergarten, Tatlock
Hall; 11:00 a.m. Junior Church; 11:00
a.m. Holy Communion and Sermon
by the Rev. Henry Lewis, D.D.; 5:00
p.m. H-Square Club, Page Hall (mov-
ies of missionary work of the Epis-
copal Church in Liberia); 6:45 p.m.
Freshman Discussion Group, Harris
Hall; 7:30 p.m. Canterbury Club,
Harris Hall. (for progtam, see H-
Square Club notice.)

IT IS HEARTBREAKING what big business has
to put up with these days. Take a look' at the
big, round, salty tears shed by W. P. Witherow,
president of the National Association of Manu-
facturers. Then give him your shoulder to cry on.
Mr. Witherow does not cry politely, he
blubbers all over the place, his tears are fifty
per cent poison and they splatter about in-
discriminately, He has found that it is no
longer necessary to discriminate or even to
be specific when you criticize the Adminis-
tration. You just wrap up everything-good
and bad - in one big reactionary bundle,
address it to those Nasty New Dealers and
somebody (probably Senator Vandenberg)
will deliver it for you.
Here are the tears of Mr. Witherow. He de-
scribes them as so many things in the knapsack
industrialists have to carry..
' RATIONINGand shortages." Try to deny
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this is probably mixed up in some way with that
awe-inspiring phrase "private enterprise" which
men like Mr. Witherow throw around with such
admirable abandon.
There is no particular investigation or indict-
ment or suit that is bad; they are all bad. Gov-
ernment (particularly a Roosevelt government)
is not supposed to meddle, because private citi-
zens do not like the private affairs of their pri-
vate industries investigated, indicted or sued.
Which is natural and, besides, who ever heard of
the public good?
"QUESTIONNAIRES." This tear from the
cheek of Mr. Witherow is much like the last
one - only it goes farther. The government is
not even supposed to ask a manufacturer any-
thing. Is it any of Henderson's business how
much metal a cosmetics firm uses in its contain-
ers? Just look at the form number - which in
this case happened to be about twelve digits -
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