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By SAMUEL GRAFTON
GRIN AND BEAR IT
NEW YORK, April 14.-Those Republicans
who have been making a living by knocking'
off Mr. Willkie now need other work to do. The
job of knocking off Mr. Willkie saw them through
the cold winter months. But now it is all fin-
ished, and they had better start on another
project, for we know who finds work for idle
hands to do, don't we?
To fight Mr. Willkie was a rather easy way
to make a living. Let others ponder the veri-
ties of war and peace; Colonel McCormick and
his friends could write short-range editorials
about Mr. Willkie. He kept them alive. He
.kept them going. He was their problem.
They have spent a happy and busy year solving
But now that they have solved him, they have
to go on to something else. They have removed
the man who stood in their way. Now nobody
stands in their way. So they have to tell us
where they are going, don't they?
Their battle-cry has been that if only there
weren't a Willkie, they could fix everything up.
Okay. No Willkie. Now fix! We wait for
Colonel McCormick to drop that other shoe.
They shouted that Mr. Willkie was no good,
and their noisy negation has triumphed. They
will now go on to complain that Mr. Roosevelt
can't save the republic, either. But that is just
another negation, and two negatives do not make
an affirmative, in politics any more than in
They have labeled Mr. Willkie 4-F and they
have labeled Mr. Roosevelt 4-F. But who and
what is 1-A in their books? So far, they
seem to be veering to Mr. Dewey, a man who
simply will not communicate his opinions on
our major day-to-day problems. This turn-
ing of negative minds toward a negative
candidate is a point of almost alarming psy-
The men who can't give us a plan are strange-
ly, fearfully attracted by the man who won't give
us a plan. In Mr. Dewey, their negativism finds
a local habitation and a name.
IT IS fortunate that we can discuss this issue
objectively, without getting into partisan poli-
tics, because Mr. Dewey, after all, is not really a
candidate. We have his word for that, and we
can take his word. It is not incumbent upon us
to do any guessing about it, or to notice any
winking that may be going on in the premises.
He says he's not a candidate, and that ought to
settle it. He's not a candidate. He plans to be
Governor of New York for the next two and one-
half years. That's official. Those who &ay dif-
ferently are completely unauthorized to speak
for him, and responsible journalists need take
no note of their ravings. So let's get on.
Well, now. Here we have a group of men who
are obviously in panic flight from reality. They
knocked Mr. Willkie down; he had a plan. But
now that they have the ball themselves, they
seem lost. They keep bothering a young execu-
tive who is completely occupied with the gov-
ernorship of a great state, and who wishes they
would let him alone. Could negativism go
The bewildered cry out to the uncommuni-
cative to lead them. Those who don't know
call upon him who won't say. They search
among their possessions for the most attrac-
tive possible package in which to do up their
Somehow, they were more convincing when
they were hacking at Mr. Willkie. Just get him
out of the way, the Colonel pleaded, and we
would go to glory. He is out of the way. Where
are you going, Colohel?
(Copyright, 1944, New York Post Syndicate)
Margery MBatt . . . Associate Business Manger
NIGHT EDITOR: XATIE SHARF0MAN^
Editorials published yin The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
GOP Should Permit
PERHAPS it might be to the best interests of
the Republican party to withdraw completely
from the 1944 presidential race and allow Roose-
velt's election to a fourth term go unchallenged.
Now that the only suitable GOP candidate, Wen-
dell Willkie, has been forced to retire from the
field by the more conservative and reactionary
elements of the party, the Republicans have
been left with a lack lustre 'group of potentiali-
ties and personalities whose main selling points
lie in such directions as successful prosecution
of racketeers, good records as governors and
victories on the battlefield.
It seems probable to us that if Roosevelt
were defeated, the new chief executive could
only meet the fate of the unfortunate Herbert
Hoover. Willkie, -with his liberal ideals and
common sense, bitht have been able to avoid
this, but the chances for Dewey, Bricker,
Stassen, MacArthur and Co. seem. slim.
Most economists agree that a post-war depres-
sion is almost inevitable. History backs up this
view. It is one of the more unpleasant charac-
teristics of our economic system that periods of
great prosperity such as are engendered during
wartime are followed by a sharp decline which
eventually resolves itself into a panic. In this
case, the depression is liable to be even more
cataclysmic than usual, owing to the very rocky
financial status of the gove'nment.
Roosevelt's "spend and borrow yourself rich"
policy, while outwardly beneficial from a stand-
point of immediate necessity, can only lead to
economic insecurity and ultimate depression if
continued. The day to pay off the staggering
national debt which this policy has built up is
not too far in the offing. The Republicans
BUT if they institute a policy of sane economy
into the government after these years of
false prosperity, the American people, lulied
into a sense of well-being by pump priming
and other equally unsound New Deal antics, are
not going to take it very well. In fact, such an
event may easily mean the final death knell of
the Republicans, who are only now beginning to
recover their former prestige nationally.
The return from national deficits to a bal-
anced budget after the war is bound to have
repercussions, probably in the form of an ec-
onomic decline. With characteristic short-
sigtedness the American pulic will undoubt-
edly blaine it upon the administration then
in power instead of looking back to the 12-
year tenure of Roosevet and his boys, just as
the depression of the '30s was attributed to
Hoover instead of to his predecessors. And
again the GOP will be out in the cold while
another party steps in and brings about a
So, from this point of view it might be wise
for. the Republicans not to contest Roosevelt's
fourth term candidacy, and thus let the "great
man" struggle with 'the problem. But maybe
FDR is too smart for 'em.' Perhaps he already
is seeing the handwriting on the wall. Maybe a
job as head of a post-war world government
wumdn't be such a bad idea from his viewpoint.
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IT SEEMS as if the Republican party is just
full of big shy, blushing candidates these days.
General Douglas MacArthur is the latest to join
Up to now the General has been content
merely to pose for newsreels showing his eagle-
like profile gazing over the span of some dis-
tant Pacific horizon, and every so often he
has consented to be shown striding thriugh
the jungle, riding crop in hand. Maybe the
MacArthur button will even replace the ever
useful Willkie button as a national institution.
But yesterday the General pulled a George
McClellan. He hit below the belt.
Previously he has conducted his campaign in
the current popular Republican fashion . . . by
saying nothing. Yesterday he gave the public
the first whiff of a political statement and as you
mright have suspected it had a bad odor.
"Out here," he says, "we are doing what we
can with what we have. I will be glad, how-
ever, when more substantial forces are placed
at my disposition."
The implication is clear: The administration
is losing the whole war of the Pacific out of
combined bungling and personal spite for Doug-
SURELY General MacArthur must have some
conception of the magnitude of the European
war. Surely he must have heard of the decision
to defeat Hitler first and then turn to Japan.
Surely as a competent general he must know that
it is impossible to fight effectively two major
But the General sulks in his tent. Maybe he
only reads about the war from the Chicago
Tribune. He cannot make credible, however,
the picture of American forces just "hanging
on" in the Pacific. It is an understatement
indeed to even maintain that we are "holding
We have had the good fortune to have some
excellent generals in this war. Eisenhower,
Clark, Stillwell have all done good workman-
like jobs. We have had good sound planning
under General Marshall. MacArthur has chosen
to violate an old military rule. He has talked
politics and he has inferred bad planning on
the part of his chief.
He is not only in bad taste. He is taking ad-
vantage of a dubiously merited national trust.
SOME time ago an Anglo-Indian named Khri-
shnalal Shridharani wrote "My India, My Am-
erica "-an easy-going, casually philosophical
fusion of East and West. Lin Yutang, in the
late 30's, had penned a similarly mild-mannered
book-"The Importance of Living." Bofh en-
joyed wide-spread popularity.
Since then much has occurred in the thinking
of such men, and not a little of it may be seen
in their writing. In fact the book mart, if it
does nothing else, can act as a politicalseismo-
graph recording the earthquake shocks of our
era. These men, along with Pearl Buck and
Norman Thomas and a multitude of Far Eastern
observers like Vincent Sheean, present a common
That thesis is that unless the white man's
policy in Asia-to-wit, imperialistic exploita-
tion and overlordship-meets with a radical
change, this world stands in mortal danger of
being plunged into a war between white man
and colored man, the staggering proportions
of'which would dwarf the present cataclysm
and bloody the oceans of the earth as never
In pursuance of this thesis, Shridharani came
forth with a "Warning to the West" which I
submit as unquestionably the most significant
popular book of recent publication. And Lin
Yutang expresses his dark borebodings in "Be-
tween Laughter and Tears." Both books suffer
stylistically in comparison with previous efforts
-and both books make up for this deficiency
with dire portent.
We are fools if we fail to heed the words of
these friendly Easterners. Listen to what they
tell us: whether we like it or not the presence
of "white sahibs" in the land of other men is
considered an insufferable usurpation. Who-
. soever can deliver a blow against any of the
Western Powers receives the approval of all
Asiatics-no matter how embittered they may
be against each other.
Shridharani explains how Japanese prestige
soared sky-high after what he calls "the turn-
ing point of Tsushimo, when the Russian arma-
da was roundly defeated by the Japanese in 1905.
This prestige has never been entirely deflated.
Russia's defeat represented the first setback in
modern times for a Western nation at the hands
of the East. Even in 1943, after five years of
the most brutal warfare, Vincent Sheean could
report that more than half the Chinese High
Command looked with greater favor upon Japan
than England and the United States.
THIS, of course, dove-tails beautifully with
Japanese propaganda, with her talk about a
Pan-Asiatic Co-Prosperity Sphere. Do you re-
member when at the height of the recent In-
dian famine, which for all -we know may still
be in progress, British Tommies machine-gun-
ned mobs rioting for food and a hundred thou-
sand people were dying of starvation every day
in Bengal? We heard stories of Japanese pilots
'dropping packets of rice from the sky for the
Indians. Under such circumstances, with the
Japanese playing their cards properly, one does
not wonder where the Bengalese will turn to
find an ally.
When Burma and Malaya fell from the co-
lonial clutches of Britain to the still less whole-
some clutches of Japan-with the active coin-
pliance of the native inhabitants-rejoicing en-
sued in a goodly part of Asia. A poll to which
some credence was lent revealed that Harlem-
ites rejoiced too. This feeling extended to dark-
est Africa where the inhabitants of Crown Colon-
ies like Nigeria all of a sudden found they had a
kinship for their dark brethren elsewhere: they
were alike the mutilated butt of exploitation.
Now, Churchill means to hold his own: ex-
traterritoriality, coolie labor, Hong Kong and
all. We continue tomaltreat our Negroes and
Puerto Rico is no less wretched a. place than
Nigeria. There is no sign of an about face.
SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 1944
VOL. LIV No. 120
All notices for the Daly Official Bul-
letin are to be sent to the Office of the
President in typewritten form by 3:30
p.m. of the day preceding its publica-
tion, except on Saturday when the no-
tices should be submitted by 11:30 a.m.
Mail is being held at the Business
Office of the University for the fol-
lowing people: Altman, Peter; Bor-
yan, Marie; Gale, Doris; Gaster, Bert
D.; Grimes, Julie; Hockett, Dr.
Charles F.; Kahn, Mrs. Alfred; Kel-
gen, Louise; Keschman, Hannah;
Prill, Paul E.; Sandler, 'Malcolm;
Scheer, Lawrence E.; Taube, Aileen;
Wescott, Joan E.
May Festival Concerts: The fifty-
first Annual May Festival will be
held May 4 to 7 inclusive in Hill Audi-
torium. The Philadelphia Orchestra
will participate in all six concerts.
The allocation of soloists and princi-
pal works is as follows:
First Concert, Thursday, 8:30: Sal-
vatore Baccaloni, Bass; Eugene Orm-
andy, Conductor, Symphony No. 7,
Beethoven; Debussy, Afternoon of a
Faun; Strauss' Tales from Vienna
Woods, and numerous arias.
Second Concert, Friday, 8:30: Kers-
tin Thorborg, Contralto and Charles
Kullman, tenor; Eugene Ormandy,
conductor, Symphony No. 35, Mozart;
"Das Lied von der Erde" (Song of the
Earth) a symphony, Mahler.
Third Concert, Saturday, 2:30:
Pierre Luboshutz and Genia Nemen-
off, pianists. Festival Youth Chorus;
Saul Caston, Harl McDonald and
Marguerite Hood, conductors. Songs
of the Two Americas, orchestrated
by Eric DeLamarter (Youth Chorus);
McDonald's Concerto for Two Pianos.
Fourth Concert, Saturday, 8:30:
Bidu Sayao, soprano; Saul Caston,
Conductor. Overture to "Die Meister-
singer," Wagner; Symphony No. 6,
Tschaikowsky and numerous arias.
Fifth Concert, Sunday, 2:30: Na-
than Milstein, violinist, and Gregor
Piatigorsky, cellist; Eugene Ormandy,
Conductor. All-Brahms program-
Academic Festival Overture, Concerto
in A minor and Symphony No. 1.
Sixth Concert, Sunday, 8:30: Men-
delssohn's "Elijah," with Rose Bamp-
ton, Thelma von Eisenhauer, Kerstin
Thorborg, Charles Kullman, John
Brownlee, University Choral Union,
Palmer Christian, Organist, and Har-
din Van Deursen, Conductor.
A limited number of tickets for the
series and for individual concerts are
still available at the offices of the
University Musical Society, Burton
Students, Spring Term, College of
Literature, Science and the Arts:
Courses dropped after today, April
15, by upperclassmen, except under
extraordinary circumstances, will be
recorded with the grade of E. Upon
the recommendation of their Aca-
demic Counselors, 'freshmen, (stu-
dents with less than 24 hours' credit)
may be granted the extraordinary
privilege of dropping courses without
penalty through the eighth week.
School of Education Students, Oth-
er than Freshmen: Courses dropped
after today will be recorded with the
grade of E except under extraordin-
ary circumstances.No course is con-
sidered officially dropped unless it
has been reported in the office of the
Registrar, Rm. 4, University Hall.
Seniors: College of L.S. & A and
Schools of Education, Music and
Public Health: Tentative lists of sen-
iors for June graduation have been
posted on the bulletin board in Rm.
4 University Hall. If your name is
misspelled or the degree expected in-
correct, please notify the Counter
Freshmen in the College of Litera-
ture, Science and the Arts may obtain
their five-week progress reports in
the Academic Counselors' Office, Rm.
108, Mason Hall, from 8:30 to 12:00
a.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. according
to the following schedule:;
Surnames beginning N through Z,
Thursday, April 13; Surnames begin-
ning E through M, Friday, April 14;
There is every sign of tired, obtuse
old men wearily seeking to perpetu-
ate the anachronism of imperial-
I ask you to look at the handwrit-
ing on the wall. It spells DOOM. We
can in our times live to see "The De-
cline of the West." Contemplate on
it for a moment: if the outlines of
World War III have begun to shape
themselves so clearly, what willl
World War II have meant?<
Surnames beginning A through D,
Saturday, April 15.
There is a critical shortage of Plus-
sey's syllabus used in Geology 12,
"Geological History of North Amer-
ica." Any students having copies
which they are willing to sell or rent,
please bring to Secretary in Rm. 2051
Natural Science Building.
The Carillon Recital to be heard at
3 p.m. Sunday, April 16, will consist
of Air for Carillon by Percival Price,
five spirituals, selections from the
Magic Flute, by Mozart, and two
Australian airs. The program will be
presented by Professor Price, Univer-
The University of Michigan String
Orchestra, Gilbert Ross, Conductor,
with Elizabeth Ivanoff, violinst, will
present a program of compositions by
Handel, Purcell, Bach, Tartini and
Samartini, at 8:30 p.m., Sunday,
April 16, in Lydia Mendelsohn Thea-
The public is cordially invited.
Student Recital: Virginia Lowery,
pianist, has planned a program of
compositions by Mozart, Krenek and
Brahms for her recital at 8:30 p.m.,
Tuesday, April 18, in the Assembly
Hall of the Rackham Building. She
is a student of Joseph Brinkman and
is presenting the recital in partial
fulfillment of the requirements for
the degree of Master of Music.
The public is cordially invited.
Exhibit: Original plans and per-
spectives for the proposed civic cen-
ter of Madison, Wisconsin, designed
by the architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.
Ground floor corridor, Architecture
Building. On exhibit until May 1.
T-he Michigan Sailing Club and all
interested in sailing this spring will
meet in the Union at 1:00 today
before going out to work on the'
boats. Come dressed to work.
Michigan Alumnae Club Meeting
will be held this afternoon at 3 in
the Rackham Amphitheatre. Mrs.
Ruth Huston will speak on "A City
Commissioner Looks at the Com-
munity." Tea and a social hour will
follow in the Assembly Room. It is
to be an open meeting. The Club will
be pleased to entertain as guests all
who are interested.
Wesley Foundation: Sessions of the
State Conference of the Methodist
Student Movement from 7:30 a.m. to
7 p.m. Leaders willube Mrs. James
Stermer, Dean W. J. Faulkner of Fisk
University and Dr. H. D. Bollinger,
Executive Secretary of the Methodist
Michigan Christian Fellowship is
sponsoring a party tonight at 8
o'colck. All students and servicemen
are invited to come to Lane Hall for
an evening of fun.
Gamma Delta, Lutheran Student
Club, is having a "Game Night" to-
night at 8:15 at the Lutheran Stu-
The Westminster Student Guild
will be hosts to the Ann Arbor Nisei
group in the social hall of the First
Presbyterian Church. Students are
cordially invited, at 8:30 p.m.
Roger Williams Guild: Party at the
Guild House tonight at 8:30.
J.G.P.: There will be a meeting of
the members of the costume com-
their American friends are cordially
There will be a regular meeting of
Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity at 11 a.m.
Sunday, April 16, at the Michigan
Union. All members stationed on
campus are urged to attend.
Tau Beta Pi: All members are in-
vited to meet the candidates for ini-
tiation tomorrow at five o'clock in the
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Roger Williams Guild: Sunday
night the group will be guests of the
Wesley Foundation. Meet at the
Guild House at five o'clock.
Iota Sigma Pi meeting Monday,
April 17, at 7:30 in East Lecture
Room of Rackham Building. Dr. F.G.
Gustafson will speak on "Chemical
Aspects of Botany..
First Methodist Church and Wesley
Foundation: Student Class at 9:30
a.m. Dr. DeWitt Baldwin, director of
the Lisle Fellowship, will be the
leader. Morning worship service at
10:40o'clock. Dean W. J. Faulkner
will speak on "A New World of God."
Wesleyan Guild meeting at 5 p.m.
Dean Faulkner will speak on "Bridges
of Understanding."' Supper and fel-
lowship hour following the meeting.
First Congregational Church: 10:45
a.m., Morning worship. Rev. H. L.
Pickerill will speak on "Prophetic Re-
ligion." 5:00 I .m., Guild Sunday eve-
ning hour. Students, servicemen and
their friends will meet for an address
by Professor Peter A. Ostafin on the
subject "Fear and the Personality."
There will be opportunity for discus-
sion. Cost supper.
Memorial Christian Church (Disci-
pIes): 11:00 a.m., Morning worship.
Dr. Edward W. Blakeman will speak
on "The Deepening Conversion."
5;00, Guild Sunday evening hour.
Students, servicemen arid their
friends will meet with Congregational
students at the Congregational
Church. Professor Peter A. Ostafin
will speak on "Fear and the Person-
ality." A discussion will follow. Cost
First Presbyterian Church: Morn-
ing worship at 10:45 a.m. "The Pur-
pose of God" is the sermon topic.
Sermon by Dr. Lemon. Westminster
Student Guild at 5:00 p.m. will hear
Mr. Andrew Kuroda speak. The sup-
per hour will follow at 6 p.m.
University Lutheran Chapel will
have its regular divine service Sunday
at 11:00 am., with sermon by the
Rev. Alfred Scheips on the 'subject,
The Lutheran Student Association
will meet at 5:30 o'clock Sunday af-
ternoon in Zion Lutheran Parish
Hall, 309 E. Washington St. Supper
will be served at 6:00 and the pro-
gram will follow the supper hour. The
study of the catechism will be con-
tinued. Zion and Trinity Lutheran
Churches welcome students and ser-
vicemen to their regular Sunday
morning worship services at 10:30
Unity: Sunday morning service at
11 o'clock at the Michigan League.
Mrs. Greta Slimmon will speak on
"The Light of the World." The Young
People's Group will meet at 7:30 at
the Unity Reading Rooms, 310 S.
First Church of Christ, Scientist,
409 S. Division Street. Wednesday
evening service at 8:00 p.m. Sunday
-morning service at 10:30 a.m. Sub-
ject "Doctrine of Atonement." Sun-
Q 1944, Chi~cago Tuies, nc. ; 4 -
"Don't put any candles on my birthday cake, Mama! . . . If I
know women, some of the girls who come to my party will be
remembering thirty years from now, how old I was!"
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