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ENFRANCHISEMENT of persons between the
ages of 18 and 21 should be one of the steps
in the advancement of our political life. For
many practical and realistic reasons the 18-year-
old vote is necessary for the full realization of
the traditional democratic principles of our
Universal suffrage, though it has been
thwarted and denied many times in the history
of the United States, is based upon the idea
that voting is not a privilege but a right. This
is explicitly stated in amendments to the con-
stitution. If voting is a right, then those
who are capable of voting intelligently, regard-
less of their race, color or age, should be al-
lowed to exercise this right.
When the states were first delegated the power
to fix the voting age they arbitrarily set it,
in most cases, at 21. Since that time, the op-
portunity to acquire an education has been
extended to a much greater proportion of the
youth. Secondary education is now compulsory
and problems of citizenslip are taught in the
high schools. The percentage of those attend-
ing colleges and universities is larger than ever
before. There is no reason to believe that those
between 18 and 21 are now less informed about
or less interested in political affairs than those'
Those who argue that the idealism of youth
makes it careless and indiscriminate in the
choice of public officials should recognize that
that idealism, if based on sound knowledge and
understanding, can be a valuable barometer of
change in political thought and practice. Ideal-
ism may counteract conservative views which
are often characteristic of age, effecting a
balance in the expression of diverging trends of
If suffrage abuses are prevalent, it is the
methods and circumstances of voting, not the
voters, that warrant condemnation and reform.
More voters will add to democratic procedure
rather than detract if these reforms are made.
The states should not ignore this proposal for
enlargement of the electorate.
New Party Formed
IN ORDER for any element of security to exist
in the post war world, subversive activities,
which can do more to our traditions of freedom
than some people may think, must be attacked.
The men and women overseas are fighting
valiantly, enduring hardships, making sacrifices
for democracy. They are fighting for equality
and against racial discrimination. At the same
time a new political party is being formed in
the state of Georgia. It is the Commoner
Party, organized to "combat the Jew and Negro"
and to repeal the Fifteenth Amendment which
gives Negroes the franchise.
IN FACT, weekly publication whose purpose is
to serve as an "antidote for falsehood in the
daily press," presented the outline of the' new
party in its Feb. 26 issue. The originators of
the Commoner Party claim that there has been
a definite feeling in the South that a second
By BERNARD ROSENBERG
"THIS IS MY BELOVED"-a diary of exotic
poems by Walter Benton-was the campus
craze last semester and it is still stacked high in
local book shops. Louis Untermeyer found the
collection graphic but not pornographic, and
said so to the delight of unnumbeed enthusi-
asts who formed a sort of post graduate bobby-
Now, it is a pretty safe rule-tinctured with
something of the snobbish perhaps but unfor-
tunately true-that there exists no relation-
ship between the quality of a book and its
popularity. Wherefore, I shied away from
this one while the sophisticates rhapsodized
about it. But, so fatuous. were the defenses
they put up in the name of poetic license for
Benton's work, that one could not refrain
from attacking it.
One interesting fact to be noted is that there
has been an enormous reaction against so-
called obscurantism. The people who just love
Benton seem to hate Eliot (if they know him).
Thus, one night in the Little Shop, while being.
regaled with copious quotations from "This Is
My Beloved" by one young lady, another was
telling me why she liked the stuff. "It is all so
simple," she gasped. Simplicity is surely a vir-
tue, as the great Greek poets and the Hebrew
Psalmists knew. But, it is not all that matters.
"What about depth, sublimity, and perception-
are these of no consequence?" I naively queried.
Their first impulse was to say, "No." Then they
thought awhile, hedged, and dropped the sub-
It is picked up here because this discrep-
ancy has deeper implications than are at first
discernable. In fact, the critical world is bi-.
furcated into opposing camps over it. During
the '20's when American literature enjoyed a
slight Renaissance, there arose the now famed
cult of unintelligibility. A cross-fertilization
of European cultures with our own had not a
Federal Tax Power
WITH VERY LITTLE fanfare and even less
publicity the legislature of Michigan and 15
additional states have quietly approved the pro-
posed 22nd constitutional amendment which
seeks to limit the federal taxing power.
Under the amendment the individual income
would be subject to a maximum rate of 25 per
Such a measure would prove not only inequit-
able but altogether unsound. The Treasury esti-
mates that this limitation would reduce federal
revenue by six billion dollars. The effects of
such a reduction in revenue would be disas-
First, the public credit would be endangered.
The federal revenue would be inadequate to the
task of servicing the nation's war debt. Sec-
ondly, the degree of progression in our tax
system would necessarily be reduced. The
funds needed must be obtained, if not by high
surtax rates in the upper income brackets,
by increasing the burden on the lower income
groups through higher rates on small incomes
or increased excise taxes, possibly a federal
sales tax. Not only would such a tax be in-
equitable, but, the Treasury estimates, even a
five per cent federal sales tax would yield
only three billion of the necessary six billion.
Moreover, any cut in public revenue would
call for a corresponding reduction in public
expenditure, which would be a major obstacle
to any program for full employment.
Backing the measure are organizations of the
most reactionary character, among them Frank
Gannett's Committee for Constitutional Gov-
ernment and the Christian American Associa-
tion. Gannett's major argument, which he
states in no uncertain terms in voluminous liter-
ature, is simply that progressive taxation is
Sixteen additional states are needed to force
a national constitutional convention to propose
the amendment, which must then be ratified
by three-fourths of the states. Fourteen states
have rejected the proposal.
In Lansing last week, Rep. Peter J. Kelly
of Detroit denounced the proposed amend-
ment and asked that the legislature 'memor-
ialize Congress in opposition to the 25 per
cent limit' and rescind the legislatures ap-
proval of the limitation at its 1941 session.
His proposals should receive wide support and
serve as models for Mississippi, Rhode Island,
Wyoming, Iowa, Maine, Massachuetts, Michi-
gan, Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Penn-
sylvania, Wisconsin, Kansas and New Jersey,
which have also approved the amendment.
little to do with emergent Imagism and Sym-
bolism-those poetic schools whose subject-
ivity cut them off from a large part of the
reading public. Vhether it was the purpose
of art to express an emotion or to communi-
cate it became the central aesthetic issue, re-
stated philosophically by the formalist and the
These lines of opposition have sharpened in
the past twenty years to such a point that college
students who revel in Walter Benton leave W. H.
Auden and T. S. Eliot unread. Of course, it re-
quires some digging and a suitable background
to understand these two, but effort in this direc-
tion is never without reward. Then again, if
the greatest poets writing in English are to be
disregarded there still remain some important
craftsmen several notches above Benton and
that other contemporary phenomenon, Russell
Davenport. Marrianne Moore, Karl Shapiro,
Muriel Rukeyser, John Malcolm Brinin. Robert
Penn Warren; here are poets who have some-
thing to say and, for the most part, say it
beautifully-even if their books are well-nigh
unmarketable. These are artists who have not
departed far from the main stream of present-
day society. They may not be as simple as
Baby LeRoy, but all of them are at least com-
prehensible. Moreover, I know of nothing more
nonsensical than the assumption that a poem
is good because it is easy to read.
Cultivation is required before one can ap-
preciate poetry. The lamebrain who says "I
don't know what's good, but I know what I
like," has been caricature for all time by
Max Beerbohm. But his Zuleika Dobsons are
still around, repeating the same old saw.
These reflections finally incited me in an hour
of weakness to read the book under question.
It left me cold. There are a few stray images
here that may some day become incorporated
in a new edition of Poetica Erotica. But the
theme itself has been handled exquisitely before.
Benton is a dull echo of Sappho and Anachreon.
He only looks good to someone unacquainted
with Baudelaire or Swinburne (of whom it
was said that he never degraded lust by re-
garding it as mere love.)
My objections, you see, are not puritanical.
They are strictly artistic. It is a shame not
easily effaced that while masterpieces moulder
in the Ann Arbor libraries, messy md'iority
NEGATIVE CRITICISM leveled against univer-
sity courses in such fields as philosophy,
psychology, history, journalism and many others
as being "impractical" and "too theoretical" by
many is unjustified, especially in view of the
trend of the times.
As the war comes nearer to an end, the
need for studies in these fields becomes more
acute. In a peaceful and productive postwar
world, understanding and application of "im-
practical studies" serve multifold purposes:
1) To develop citizenry inculcated with an
active interest in maintaining a lasting peace.
2) To off-set selfishly materialistic and cyni-
cal philosophies that follow in the wake of
war. 3) To develop a sound and constructive
blueprint of ideals based on understanding
of socio-economic and political theory to serve
as a groundwork for concrete action.
Despite the criticism of college education by
such a group as the Detroit Business Men's Com-
mittee on Co-operation with Education which
condemned college as a "time wasting fraud"
in a recent poll, many of the "practical" think-
ers in the business world are coming to recognize
the significance of the "impractical" courses.
In the field of journalism, for example, a recent
survey indicated that over fifty per cent of the
American paper publishers prefer to employ
college graduates with a good background in
the humanities. Industrial establishments now
employ trained psychologists to cope with in-
creasingly complex personnel problems here-
tofore handled by untrained, and often untact-
ful, "bosses" and employment managers. Many
plants have even used standard psychology
tests developed by "visionary professors."
Citizens should not forget that these "im-
practical" courses formulate the ideals of the
leaders of tomorrow. Should the mission of
the humanities fail, unscrupulously greedy
minority interests might enicroach upon the
hard won democratic institutions. And the
increasing complexity and tempo of modern
life makes it imperative that the "imprac-
tical studies" play a greater role in our civiliza-
--Sylvan M. Berman
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 1945
VOL. LV, No. 94
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Apparatus Exchange: The Regents
authorize the sale of scientific appar-
atus by one department to another,
the proceeds of the sale to be credited
to the budget account of the depart-
ment from which the apparatus is
transferred, under following condi-
Departments having apparatus
which is not in active use are advised
to send description thereof to the
University Chemistry Store, of which
Professor R. J. Carney is director.
The Chemistry Store headquarters
are in Rm. 223 Chemistry Building.
An effort will be made to sell the
apparatus to other departments
By DREW PEASON
WTASHINGTON-Those whose bus-
iness it is to study the intricate
problem of German politics have
now come to the conclusion that if
it hadn't been for the July 20 putsch
against Hitler, we might have been
saved six months or so of fighting.
The attempt on Hitler's life gave
him the excuse to clean out, every
military man not in sympathy with
the war, and his military leaders
since then have lacked the courage
to suggest an armistice - even
though they knew the war was
Here is the inside story of what
The Hitler plot had been cleverly
arranged by the British. They had
been working for months with a
small secret segment of anti-Hitler
officers inside the German army.
Actually, their pipelines into Ger-
many had been laid even before the
war started. Weeks and weeks of
the most minute planning had gone
into the plot.
However, as in anything as dan-
gerous as an attempt to assassinate
the world's chief madman, some-
ng went wrong at the last mn-
ute. A high-up German officer onj
the general staff had agreed to
place a briefcase containing a
time-bomb alongside Hitler's chair
during a meeting of the general
He did so. But either Hitler mved
away or else did not sit where ex-
pected. At any rate when the bomb
went off, it killed several officers,
but Hitler was only wounded in the
hand by a bomb fragment.
That incident, however, touched
off the bloodiest blood purge in his-
tory. Neutral sources estimate that
100,000 German officers and other
high-up officials suspected of anti-
Hitler bias were killed. Any German
leader who had grown cool regarding
the war or was slightly critical of
Hitler was included.
In the last war, it was the Ger-
iran general staff who demanded
of the Kaiser that he sue for peace
as early as Sept. 29,. 1918. The
German civilian government resis-
ted. In this war it was expected
that the professional military caste
would ,see the futility of further
rfighting and also sue for peace
after the Normandysinvasion last
But as a result of the July
purge the military leaders who sur-
vived dared not brave Hitler's wrath.
(Copyright, 1945, Bell Syndicate)
By Crockett Johnson,
which are likely to be able to use it.
In some instances the apparatus may
be sent to the University Chemistry
Store on consignment and if it is not
sold within a reasonable time, it will
be returned to the department from
which it was received. The object of
this arrangement is to promote econ-
omy by reducing the amount of un-
used apparatus. It is hoped that
departments having such apparatus
will realize the advantage to them-
selves and to the University in avail-
ing themselves of this opportunity.
Shirley W. Smith
German Departmental Library
Hours, Spring Term 1944-45: 1:30-
4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
and 8-12 Wednesday and Saturday,
204 University Hall.
University Women: All University
women on campus. married or single,
who are not affiliated with a sorority
on this campus and who are not rush-
ing, are requested to attend a meet-
ing to be held in Barbour Gymnas-
ium, Dean's office, tonight at 8.
Engineering and Chemistry Seniors
and Graduates: Mi. E. W. Oldham.
of Firestone Tire & Rubber Company,
will interview for prospective posi-
tions with that organization this
morning in Rm. 218 West Engineer-
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the Bulletin Board at Rm. 221 West
Engineering Bldg., where application
forms are also available.
City of Dearborn Civil Service An-
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crements up to $2,790, has been re-
ceived in our office. For further in-
formation stop in at 201 Mason Hall,
Bu'eau of Appointments.
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nouneements for Brick mason, Car-
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For further information stop in at
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for summer jobs, such as camp coun-
seling, playground work, summer re-
sort work, etc. may obtain registra-
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Hall, Wednesday, Thursday and Fri-
day between 9 a.m. to 12, and 2 p.m.'
to 4 p.m. Many requests are already
on file, and registration should be
taken care of immediately. This
applies to both undergraduate and
graduate students who are interested
in summer employment.
Anyone interested in a teaching
position in Newark, N.J., may receive
further information regarding va-
cancies by calling at the Bureau of
Appointments and Occupational In-
formation, 201 Mason Hall. Exami-
nations in the fields of English, Gen-
eral Science, Home Economics, and
Vocal Music, will be held at the Cen-
tral High School, Thursday, April 5.
Anyone interested in a .teaching
position in Toledo, O., may receive
further information regarding va-
cancies and examinations by calling
at the Bureau of Appointments and
Occupational Information, 201 Ma-
the following courses in Ann Arbor
beginning this week. You may enroll
at the first class session.
Appreciation of Painting. A study
of the technical processes and basic
principles of painting, with the pur-
pose of establishing the standards of
judgment necessary in the apprecia-
tion of painting as a fine art. A be-
ginning course for adults who are
interested in learning how to look at
pictures. Noncredit course, eight
Adams, Rm. D, Alumni Memorial
Hall, Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.
Ceramics. Basic work in modeling,
throwing on the potter's wheel, glaz-
ing and firing. 'Noncredit course.
Twelve 214 hour periods in the cera-
mic studio. $15. Moore. 125 Architec-
ture Bldg., ground floor, Tappan
Street entrance. Wednesday, March
14, 7:00 p. m,.
Students, College of Literature,
Science, and the Arts: Election cards
filed after the end of the first week
of the semester may be accepted by
the Registrar's Office only if they
are approved by Associate Dean
English 31: My section will not
W. R. Humphreys
The next meeting of PH.P. 220.
Introduction to Mental Health, will
take place at 7:30 Wednesday, March
21, in Rm. 35 Angell Hall.
Benjamin Owen, panist, will pre-
sent a recital in partial fulfillment of
the requirements for the degree of
Master of Music at 8:30 tonight in
Lydia Mendelssohn Theater. A pupil
of Joseph Brinkman, Mr. Owen will
play compositions by Bach, Mozart,
Beethoven, Ravel and Franck.
The public is cordially invited.
Choral Union Concert: The Chicago
Symphony Orchestra, Desire Defauw,
Conductor, will give the 10th Choral
Union Concert, Monday, March 19,
at 8:30 p.m. in Hill Auditorium.
A limited number of tickets are
available and may be purchased at
the Office of the University Musical
Society in Burton Tower.
Faculty Recital: Mabel Ross Rhead,
Professor of Piano in the School of
Music, will be heard in the second of
a series of Sunday evening piano
recitals at 8:30 Sunday, March 18, in
Lydia Mendelssohn Theater. Her
program will include compositions by
Bach, Corelli, Rameau, Mozart and
Schumann, and will be open to the
general public without charge.
Botanical Seminar: Today at 4
p.m., Rm. 1139 N.S.
Mr. Jose V. Santos will give an
illustrated talk on the subject, "Ob-
servations concerning the Hevea rub-
ber research program in Mexico.
Anyone interested in this subject
is cordially invited to attend.
Mortar Board will. meet tonight at
7:15. All members must be present.
Institute of the Aeronautical Sci-
ences: First meeting of the current
term will be held tonight at 7:15 in
Rm. 318 of the Michigan Union. Pro-
fessor F. W. Pawlowski of the Aero-
nautical Engineering Department
will speak on "Benjamin Franklin
as the Father of American Aeronau-
tics." After the talk plans for a
group party will be .discussed. All
aeronautical Engineering students,
members and non-members, are urg-
e and invited to attend.
meeting at 7:15 p.m. Please send the
name and address of your house
president to the I.F.C., 306 Mich.
Tea at the International Center,
every Thursday, 4-5:30 p.m. Faculty,
foreign students, and their American
friends are cordially invited.
Geometry Seminar: There will be
a meeting to discuss the time of
.uture meetings, Thursday, March
15, at 4:15 in 3001 Angell Hall. Tea
The Romance Languages Journal
Club will meet on Thursday after-
noon, March 15, at 4:15 in the West
Conference Room of the Rackham
Dr. Alphonse R. Favreau will speak
on "The Sources of Tartarin de Tar-
ascon" and Dr. Hirsch Hootkins will
give a talk entitled "A Few Remarks
on La Biblia Romanceada."
Graduate students and all inter-
ested are cordially invited.
Biological Chemistry Seminar will
be held on Friday, March 16, at 4:30
p.m., in Rm. 319 West Medical Buil-
ding. "Ascorbic Acid" will be dis-
cussed. All interested are invited.
Joe Fisher, famous impresario ofE
India and the Far East, will be pre-
sented tomorrow night at 8:30 in
Hill Auditorium as the concluding
number of the current Lecture Course
series. Mr. Fisher will show color
motion pictures to illustrate his lec-
ture "The Land of the Maharajahs."
Tickets are on sale today from 10-1,
2-5 and tomorrow from 10-1, 2-8:30
at the auditorium box office.
Spanish Lecture: La Sociedad His-
panica will present the fifth lecture
in the annual series tonight at 8
p.m. in the Michigan Union. Profes-
sor Charles Wagner will speak on
"Cante Jondo." Tickets for the indi-
vidual lecture will be on sale at the
door for those who do not have tick-
ets for the series.
To all male students in the College
of Literature, Science, and the Arts:
By action of the Board of Regents,
all male students of this College, ex-,
cept veterans of World War II, must
elect Physical Education for Men.
This action has been effective since
,Tune, 1943, and will continue for the
duration of the war.
Students may be excused from tak-
ing the course by (1) The University
Health Service, (2) The Dean of the
College or by his representative, (3)
The Director of Physical Education
Petitions for exemption by stu-
dents in this College should be ad-
dressed by freshmen to Professor Ar -
thur Van Duren, Chairman of the
Academic Counselors (108 Mason
Hall) : by all other students to Asso-
Rodney! How exciting! Luncheon
with J. J. O'Malley, himself! He's
probably watched your fine work
as vice president of the bank-
~ big fob,
So at lunch tomorrow at the
Bankers Club, O'Malley might
ask me to quit my brokerage
business and go in with him!
Of course, I jumped at the
invitation. I may land some
of J. J. O'Malley's legal work,
My prospective employees will
EXPECT their-affluent host to
make a few gracious gestures
at the luncheon tomorrow, rn'boy.
I'll HAVE to loss a nickel
into the club's jukebox...
Cey 9 t 4 The N-. apsr PM, 1-
The meeting at the club can't
start until get there, can it?
As soon as I finish this little
Can we start our talk
without J. J. O'Malley?
Too bad O'Malley's detained-
You must know
w te asoi n i
I'll be glad to take notes of
any decisions we reach, if-
/[Certainly, Grey. I'm sure