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Fifty-Fourth Year

Edited and managed by students of the University of
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Editorial Staff

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ie 23-24-1

cLe11eni to tde 6odit0p
Daily Falls Down..-.
BY ITS WRITE-UP of Lt. Harmon's vicissi-
tudes of military fortune, the Daily is prob-
ably doing him a disservice as great as if its
editors deliberately embarked on a policy of ali-
enating all sympathy from him. Certainly the
sympathies of all Daily readers are with him, as
they should be with all our fighting men, known
and unknown, who are missing in action. It is
also true that Harmon has a national reputa-
tion as well as a local one and by a long stretch
of the imagination one may find some slight
justification for all the space that is allotted to
his case whereas other graduates and students
of the University are mentioned in a line or two
or not mentioned at all.
What is entirely inexcusable in a college
paper of the Daily's reputation is the "hammy"
tone and phraseology. Such phrases as "I
can't believe he has scored for the last time"
and "luckiest touchdown of my life" don't help
us to think kindly of the missing lieutenant.
They may be all right for a cheap tabloid or
for a "Joe Palooka" cartoon but we have learn-
ed to expect something better from the Daily.
A great, service would be done to Tom Harmon
as well as to readers of the Daily by using some
good taste and moderation in writing about him.
--S. Sass
* * * a-
Student Answers...
THE DAILY APPEARS to be taking a lot of
unnecessary and uncalled for criticism from
its readers because of the so-called "corny
quotes" appearing in news articles concerning
the missing Tom Harmon.
I am referring specifically to the accusa-
tion of one reader, S. Sass, whose letter is
reprinted on this page. There is some truth
it what he says, but the Daily is fully justified
in printing the quotes which seem to irritate
Mr. Sass.
In the first place, a newspaper is obligated to
quote its news sources verbatim regardless of how
"hammy" they may sound. It is not up to news-
paper reporters to change the wording of a quote
in order to make it more professional or readable.
If someone says "I can't believe he has scored for
the last time," then The Daily is obligated to say
the same in its news stories.
THERE ARE OCCASIONS when reporters put
words into the mouths of personalities they
write about, but only when they have been spe-
cifically asked to. In this case, however, The
Daily was in no position to allow its writer to toss
out the so-called "corny quote" and substitute
some sparkling gem that would go down in the
annals of journalism.
A person would have to be shallow and small
to think unkindly of Harmon because such
phrases as " I can't believe he has scored for the
last time" and "luckiest touchdown of my life"
were associated with the Michigan All-Ameri-
can% name.
Mr. Sass shows his ignorance of journalism
when he says that these quotes "may be all
right for a cheap tabloid or for a 'Joe Palooka
cartoon, but we have learned to expect some-
thing better from The Daily."
Keep expecting better things from The Daily,
Mr. Sass. The Daily has a good reputation and
intends to keep it. And The Daily will continue
to use good taste and moderation in writing, not

direction of Erich Leinsdorf, opened this
year's Choral Union series Sunday with a varied
and interesting program which ranged from
Bach to Gershwin, the latter seeming to be the
hit of the evening.
The program opened with a Bach Chorale
Prelude and was followed by the main work of
the evening, Schubert's Symphony in C major.
From the very beginning the audience was made
aware of Mr. Leinsdorf's capabilities for he cer-
tainly spared nothing in his attempts to conduct
the orchestra through a fine performance.
Those who know Mr. Leinsdorf as chiefly an
operatic conductor were a little wary as to how
he might treat the Schubert but their doubts
were groundless. His interpretation was in per-
fect taste and he knew his score as well as any;
it is too bad that the same can not be said of
the orchestra. But ignoring the ragged edges,
the work was well done, for his conducting is
full of warmth and his musical taste is not to be
Following the intermission, the orchestra
played Siegfried's Rhine Journey from Wag-
ner's "Gotterdammerung." Here Mr. Leins-
dorf was in his element, being given an op-
portunity to show the excellent training he
received from years of conducting German
opera at the Metropolitan.
However, the most interesting part of the
program was yet to come: Gershwin's "Porgy and
Bess" which has been arranged as a Symphonic
Picture by Robert Russell Bennett. To see this
bit of music included in the evening's program
was pleasing and yet it aroused all sorts of mis-
givings. There is nothing worse than to have
someone play American music merely for the
reason that it is American music. Many con-
ductors include it as a favor to the audience and
yet have no interest in it themselves, the result
being a very half hearted and consequently very
poor performance. Happily enough this was not
true in Mr. Leinsdorf's case and he is to be
thanked for it.
EN WHO HAVE HIS perspective and balance
will be the ones to rescue our music and
bring it into the eyes of the world as it so justly
deserves. It was obvious that he included the
selection in the program because he considered
it good music, representative of one place and
period of America, and for this reason wanted to
present it to the audience. He made no attempt
to hide it or apologize for its seeming lack of
"classical tradition" under an attitude of indif-
ference. It was perhaps the most spirited part of
the entire performance and he transmitted his
living feeling and interest in it to both the or-
chestra and audience. It was so warmly re-
ceived that after several calls back to the stage,
Mr. Leinsdorf announced an encore and so the
program ended on another piece of familiar
American music as arranged by Morton Gould,
"When Johnny Comes Marching Home."
Jean Athay
only about Tom Harmon, but about anybody and
everybody. If you are irritated by these "hammy"
quotes which seem to rob Harmon of his popu-
larity, appeal to the quoters. Tell them the harm
they are doing Harmon. Perhaps, they will also
tell you that a trite phrase or two should not
alienate you from Harmon's side.
-Ed Zalenski
(Former Daily Sports Editor)








Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
Students Need Place
To Meet, Play, Relax
WHY IS IT THAT most University men and
women congregate at the P-Bell? The
answer is simple. They have no other place to
go to meet their friends.
The University has created the men's Union
and the women's League. These are separate
units. Girls are ostracized at the Union and
the men feel out of place in the League.
At the close of the spring semester the Union
was opened on Sunday evenings for date gather-
ings. The bowling alleys, soda bar, and ping
pong tables offered a source of amusement for
couples. Although the date clause was included
this was at least a step in the right direction.
But what has happened to this plan? When it
would have been most welcome in the first week
end of this semester the entire policy was for-
gotten. The student executive staff of the Union
still has permission for these Sunday activities.
Why hasn't the program been carried through?
THE USO DANCES and GI Stomps organized
for servicemen offer an opportunity for serv-
icemen and coeds to meet. This, however, is
done in the spirit of the war and not in the
Michigan spirit. Is it any wonder why so many
servicemen who did not go here before enlistment
dislike Michigan. They are dumped on this
campus and, instead of mingling freely, are seg-
regated. Always there is the unforgetable uni-
form. Since these men do not feel a part of
the school they can not be loyal to Michigan.
What the University needs is a room or several
rooms where mixed groups or students will feel
free to spend their spare time. A radio and vic-
trola, space to dance, card tables, and comfort-
able couches and lounge chairs would be the
necessary furnishings.
Such a place proved a great success on
another Big Ten campus. Illinois has a huge
Illini building open to both men and women.
Servicemen, civilians, students, and girls con-
gregate in the pine lounge whioh is called
"wolf lounge." Here the men and women play
ping pong, checkers, or just converse in their
free time.
Both the League on the second floor and the
Union in North lounge have suitable facilities.
Perhaps if these rooms were utilized for a "get
together" headquarters for all Michigan students
the beer at the Pretzel Bell would lose some
of its attractiveness and the old Michigan spirit
would be vitally revived.
-Martha Schmitt
Peace Planners Must
Study German Traits
IN A RECENT interview with the press, Emil
Ludwig, the eminent biographer, charged that
one half of the people of the United States are
for Germany in that they believe that the Ger-
man people are not responsible for the Nazi
Mr. Ludwig has studied the lives of many of
Germany's greatest men and understands the
German nationalistic traits. There is a great
deal of meaning in his statement that Hitler
succeeded because he knew just what the Ger-
man people wanted. They have always thrived
on regimentation and could not be content under
a democracy in the 1920's because they needed
someone to do their thinking for them.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9.-The tick-
lish question of who is going to be
president of the Philippines after
Nov. 15 was placed on the White
Housetdoorstep recently, with the
result that Judge Sam Rosenman
shoved it gingerly away. If the Phil-
ippine constitution is to be set aside,
he insisted, Congress would have to
do it.
This has brought into the open
an unfortunate row between dis-
tinguished, invalid President Que-
zon and popular Vice-President
Osmena. On Nov. 15, the Philip-
pine constitution provides, Vice-
President Osmena shall succeed
Quezon as president. But Quezon
doesn't want to step down, has
hired Homer Cummings, appoint-
ed Governor General of the Philip-
pines before he became Attorney
General, to pleadhis case.
The rivalry, smouldering ever since
Quezon failed to take his cabinet out
of Manila, choosing a personal staff
of servants and doctors instead, has
now flared out in the Philippine-
American newspapers.
Filipinos in this country point to
the unfortunate fact that because
Quezon's cabinet was left behind, the
members have been forced by the
Japs to constitute the Jap puppet
cabinet in Manila. Quezon was al-
lowed by Gen. MacArthur to take 30
people with him from Manila to Cor-
regidor, and Filipinos in this country
claim that if he had taken out the
cabinet instead of his servants and
personal aides, things might have
been different.
Vice-President Osmena had to ap-
peal to Gen. MacArthur personally
in order to be included in the party.
Back of the dispute is the fact
that Quezon originally was elected
for one term of 6 years on a plat-
form pledging no second term.
When the first term expired in
1940, the constitution was changed
to add two more years, with a pro-
viso thatno president would serve
more than eight years. The eight
years is up next week.
In the 1941 elections, Quezon got
80 per cent of the vote, but Vice-
President Osmena got 82 per cent.
Osmena is especially popular in the
southern islands, where he lives, the
area where presumably any landing
to retake the Philippines must be
Note: One of those who wanted to
go with Quezon to Corregidor was
Yale-educated Jose P. Laurel, now
't president of the Japanese-Philippine
Republic. As a high school student
Laurel had shot three men in a fight
over a girl. An American attorney,
Clyde DeWitt, secured his acquittal
on a technicality. Filipinos say: "All
that he has he owes to Americans."
Knife for Wilikie...
Oil man-GOP boss Joe Pew of
Pennsylvania is getting ready to un-
limber his big guns against the Will-
kie-for-President forces. This is the
story behind former Republican Na-
tional Chairman John D. M. Hamil-
ton's political tour of the West.

Pew hasn't yet selected a candi-
date of his own, according to GOP
insiders, although he is inclined
toward Tom ]Dewey. His one burn-
ing ambition is to destroy Willkie
Hamilton, a close friend of the oil
baron and law associate of George
Wharton Pepper, Pew counsel, let
this drop in private chats with
Capital politicos before leaving on
his tour.
He didn't have to reveal that Pew
had a hand in the trip; this was
taken for granted. But he did dis-
close that his main objective was to
cut the ground from under Willkie.
"Do you want to be national chair-
man again?" a Republican jokingly
inquired of Hamilton.
"No, that's farthest from my
mind," replied Hamilton. "My main
interest at the moment is licking this
guy Willkie."
Hamilton then proceeded to un-
cork what one of his listeners de-
scribed as a few "unprintable re-
marks" concerning Willkie's quali-
fications, saying that the 1944
GOP nominee was about the last
man he would want to see heading
the ticket in 1944.
While Hamilton was warming to
his subject--the pow-wow was held
in a corridor off of the House floor-
who shoujd pass by but Representa-
tive Joe Martin of Mass., whom Will-
kie appointed to succeed Hamilton
during the 1940 campaign.

I'd Rather Be Right



WASHINGTON, Nov. 9.-There is a new kind
of toughness in this town. I have spent a rushed
day in the capital, with various officials, and
there is a cockiness, a confidence, a healthiness, I
did not always feel on previous visits. It is the
kind of change which might escape an observer
who lives in the capital continuously.
I was trying to put this change into words
when I came across the official Soviet review of
the summer's fighting on the eastern front. One
paragraph in that Soviet statement jumps at the
reader with sparkling force. After describing
the failure of the German July offensive in the
Orel-Belgorod regions, the Soviets say: "The
results of the summer battles showed that this
new German strategic plan was based on an
unreal estimation of the relation of forces, was
adventurous from beginning to end, and failed.
That is contempt. But it is not contempt on
ideological grounds, it is not contempt of the
Germans as fascists. It is professional contempt,
the contempt of a good shoemaker for a bad
shoemaker. It is detached and objective con-
If you would understand why the Russians
have been so successful, you could do no better
than read that paragraph five or ten times. Ev-
erything the Russians have done is in it. Their
curious ability to estimate the enemy's forces,
without blinking; then to estimate their own,
also without blinking; then, to work out, objec-
tively and unemotionally, a policy which precise-
ly fits the relationship between the two, attempt-
ing no harm than can be done, but no less, eith-
er; all this is revealed in the one comment on the
Germans. And if you are fortunate enough to
see the brilliant new Army film, "The Battle of
Russia," you will see this kind of thinking actu-

During the first winter of the Leningrad siege,
when the city was cut off, the Russians saved the
town by building a temporary 100-mile-long rail-
road on the frozen surface of Lake Ladoga, thus
obtaining a supply route. Everybody knows you
can't build railroads on water. The Germans
knew it. They considered the lake their ally.
They depended on it. But what of water when it
becomes ice? The freezing of the water had in-
troduced a new factor into the situation, and
the Russians took precise, methodical, objective
advantage of that new factor. The profound
difference between water and ice had escaped
the Nazis.
That is not genius, unless clarity can be called
genius. The chief lesson of the Russian cam-
paign to the western world ought to be that a
cold, unblinking examination of facts, under-
standing of facts, is the first step toward control
of facts. From understanding there follows plan,
and the courage to apply plan.
Well, back to Washington. The feeling I had
here on this trip was that we are finally getting
out of the romantic daze in which we have been
trying to live for a generation. We are at last
making policy as a cobbler makes shoes. The
future which follows the Moscow Declarations is
not going to be a future of hunch plays and
bright ideas. It is, I think, going to be based
on a real "estimation of the relation of forces."
We realize now that Franco is not a force; that
while frozen water may sometime come in handy,
an Otto of Austria will not; when you lean on
him, nothing is there.
To be sure, some recent converts to idealism,
like Senator Wheeler, want to start a big cam-
paign to keep Russia out of, say, Lithuania; a
campaign that is probably based on an unreal
estimation of the relation of forces, and one
which might also be described as adventurous

TUESDAY, NOV. 9, 1943
Vol. LIV No. 7
All notices for the Daily 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.
University Lecture: Professor Rus-
sell C. Hussey, of the Department of
Geology, will lecture on the subject,
"The Parade of the Dinosaurs,"
(illus.) in the Rackham Amphithe-
ater on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 7:45
p. m. under the auspices of the Phi
Sigma Society. The public is cor-
dially invited.
Oratorical Association Lecture
Course: The season ticket sale for
lecture course tickets is now taking
place. The Hill Auditorium box of-
fice is open daily 10-1 and 2-5. The
complete course is as follows:
Nov. 18-Will Rogers, Jr., "The
United States in Foreign Affairs;"
Dec. 1-Fulton Lewis, Jr., "What's
Happing in Washington;" Dec. 13-
Burton Holmes, "Our Russian Allies"
with motion pictures; Jan. 13-Louis
P. Lochner, "What About Ger-
many?;" Jan. 25- Leland Stowe,
"What I Saw on the Russian Front;"
Feb. 22-Burton Holmes, "North Af-
rica" with motion pictures; March
8-Madam Wellington Koo, "What
China Is Fighting For;" March 23-
Burton Holmes, "The Italy We
Knew" with motion pictures. Good
seats are still available.

mission and identification blank
completely filled out, signed, and
certified. Two lead pencils will also
be required for the examination.
Mathematics Club will meet Tues-
day, Nov. 9, at 8:00 p.m. in the West
Conference Room, Rackham Bldg.
Professor Myers will speak on "The
Diameter of a Closed Riemannian
Make-up examinations in History
for the Spring and Summer terms,
1943, will be given on Friday, Nov.
26, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in room D, HlH.
Students desiring to take the exami-
nation must have the written ap-
proval of their instructor and should
secure this permission well in ad-
vance of the date of the examina-
tion. A. E. R. Boak
Anthropology 157, Evolution of
Culture will meet in Room 225, An-
gell Hall. Leslie A. White
Men's and Women's Debate: An
organization meeting of men and
women debaters will be held on
Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 4:00 p.m. in
room 4208 Angell Hall. All members
of the student body, including first
term freshmen, are eligible to par-
ticipate in debate.
String Orchestra: Under the direc-
tion of Gilbert Ross. Music of the
17th and 18th centuries. Rehearsals
Tuesdays and Fridays, 3 to 5, Lane
Hall. Open to all University stu-
dents. Violinists, violists, cellists,
and string bass players are invited.

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