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Truman Firm on Steel Decision

porothy Flint . . . . . . . . . Business Lnger
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Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
Case for U. E.
MORE THAN 10 MONTHS before V-J Day the
Westinghouse Corporation issued a state-
ment saying "Even now we are returning to
civilian production." A few days after V-J day
the General Electric Company told the world
that their assembly lines had started to rolL
But today there is a tremendous scarcity of
electrical appliances. The reason is that these
gigantic corporations, and others, are staging
a "hold up."
As the United Electrical Workers of the CIO
have pointed out, producers of electrical appli-
ances have been deliberately storing their pro-
ducts to keep them from public sale. They have
been doing this because it is more lucrative not
to sell them than to sell them.
The tax laws of the nation give rebates to
industry for not producing. Industry is hold-
ing things back in the hope that the OPA will
be abolished and price controls rendered ob-
solete. And Industry, Industry with a capital
I, hopes to mitigate the power of organized
labor by blaming the strikes for shortages and
thus incurring the wrath of the public against
the workers.
Now the members of the United Electrical,
Radio and Machine Workers of America have
gone on strike. The issue, like the issue in the
General Motors strike, is not just a wage issue.
The electrical workers are fighting fpr some-
thing bigger than that, something of vital im-
portance to the entire nation. They are fight-
ing against inflation; they are fighting to keep
prices down.
The United Electrical workers are striking for
higher wages. And with good reason. The
ordinary laborer in the appliance Industry
earns about $36.00 a week. A family can hardly
live on that. But the United Electrical -workers
are asking for higher wages while insisting that
prices of their products remain the same. Labor's
contention is that big business can easily afford
a pay increase without raising the price of pro-
ducts. Labor cites as its proof: 1) billions of
dollars of profits are sitting in the treasuries
of big companies which, if not put to use, will
lead to depression; 2) the productivity of labor
has gone up 25 per cent during the war; 3) the
nation as a whole will benefit if the standard
of living of the workers is raised.
Organized labor is trying to fight infla-
tion. It is simultaneously trying to raise the
living standard of the workers of America.
Big business is trying to shoot prices up, ruin
organized labor and eliminate governmental
controls so it can have mastery over the eco-
nomic state of the nation. If labor wins out,
we can look to the future with a ray of hope.
If Industry wins out, we can expect a repeti-
tion of the 1920-1932 era.
-Eunice Mintz
New Ageciy
RESIDENT TRUMAN last week created a
new Washington agency, the National In-
telligence Authority, which will have the job of
collecting, evaluating and coordinating all in-
formation about foreign powers.
Mr. Truman didn't mention it, but this
move means that the United States will be
actively engaged in international espionage,

although most of the agency's work will be
with facts of population, resources, and so on.
The agency will operate under the joint sup-
ervision of the State, War and Navy Depart-
ments; it is to consist of the secretaries of the
three departments plus the president's chief of

WASHINGTON. - Last week President Tru-
man held an important conference with the
members of the steel fact-finding panel. Here's
what happened:
The president asked the panel what their fig-
ures showed regarding the need of a wage in-
crease. Panel Chairman Nate Feinsinger re-
"Mr. President, you are very much on the
conservative side. The government figures
and the figures provided by the steel industry
completely support your 18-cent proposal."
"I'm glad that your facts confirm my de-
cision," replied Truman. "I'm not going to
change it."
Truman then asked about the need for a steel
price increase. The panel suggested that other
government agencies which have explored the
question in greater detail should stand up and
be counted.
Truman agreed, but said he thought the fig-
uring was fairly simple.
"It looks to me like I can do a little horse-
back arithmetic on that count myself."
He then began calculating on a pad of paper
to the effect that if the industry produces 60,-
000,000 tons with a four-dollar-a-ton increase,
they will have an extra $24,000,000. Against
this, they estimate that an 182-cent increase
would cost about $165,000,000. Balance in their
favor, $75,000,000.
WE's New Executive
A KEY FIGURE at the recent Anglo-American
tele-communications conference in Ber-
muda was Rear Adm. Joseph R. Redman, chief
of naval communications during the war. He
was chairman of a special committee named to
consider the entire question of competition or
monopoly in Atlantic cables.
Redman's committee recommended t h a t
Western Union be continued in its present
dominating position as owner of three cables
and lessee of five more-with 99-year leases.
The Western Union operation was given high
Once during' the war, Admiral Redman
had another occasion to discuss the question
of Western Union operation. As a member
of the Board of War Communications, he
received from the Federal Communications
Commission a detailed report on Western
Union operation.
The FCC was critical, lambasted Western
Union as'slow and inefficient.
But the criticism was carefully hushed up-
with the Admiral doing most of the hushing.
On his insistence, it was first classified as "se-
cret," then changed to "confidential." It still
has not been released.
On Monday, Feb. 4, Admiral Redman took
Current Movies
. . . at the Michigan
Robert Montgomery and John Wayne in
"They Were Expendable"; an MGM produc-
tion, directed by John Ford.
The name of director John Ford among a
film's credits is assurance that you're in for
some above-average entertainment. His genius
has in the past turned out such superior pro-
ducts as "The Informer," "The Grapes of
Wrath" and "The Long Voyage Home". As a
cinema artist who completely understands the
medium he is working in, Ford ranks among
a very small handful that contains at a hasty
listing, Capra, Brackett and Wilder, Lubitsch,
and Hitchcock.
In "They Were Expendable," Ford turns to
the war with a dramatization of W. L. White's
story of the P. T. boats in the early days of
the war. As great screen literature, it may not
rank with the very top ol Ford's previous out-
put, but as a vivid picturing of the Philippine
war it is unbeatable.
* , ( the State
Charles Boyer and Lauren Bacall in "Con-
fidential Agent"; a Warner Brothers pro-

duction, directed by herman Shumlin.
Novelist Graham Greene has been seriously
compared to both Somerset Maugham and
Dostoevsky, but his books have always proved
a cinematic cul de sac. No matter what goes
into these films they always come out as second-
rate Hitchcock, missing the sociological and
psychological overtones of their source. This
was the case with "This Gun for Hire" and
"The Ministry of Fear" and it most certainly
is the case with "Confidential Agent".
That a lot has gone into "Confidential Agent"
is not to be dcnicd. Jn addition to its distin-
giushed plot-sourc, the film has been directed
by Herman Shunmlin, who did the stage and
screen versions of "Watch On The Rhine". Its
cast includes such estimable acting talents as
Charles Boyer and Katina Paxinou, with the
added attraction of Lauren Bacall's intriguing
The result of all this talent is negligible.
The story of a Spanish Republican agent on a
mission to pre-war England is not an adequate
anti-fascist preachment and, on a lesser level,
it isn't even suspenseful melodrama.
If he ever makes amovie,
Barnaby, I hope it's all

over his niew job. He is now vice president
of Western Union.
Presidential Humor
PRESIDENT TRUMAN has been taking re-
cent criticism in excellent humor, The
other day he was talking with a group of
friends and said:
"Apparently, no matter what I do I'm al-
ways in the middle. I say something about
Palestine, and the Jews and the Arabs holler.
Labor and capital get in a fight, and I am in
the middle. The Russians and the British
have an argument, and I am in the middle."
Suddenly the President paused, walked over
to the door of his office, which connects with
that of his secretary, Matthew Connelly, and
called out:
"Hey, Matt, where can I buy a copy of
Dale Carnegie's 'How To Win Friends and In-
fluence People'?"
(Copyright, 1946, by the Bell Syndicate, Inc.)
Parties, Factions
THE BIG QUESTION is whether the Republi-
cans are going to win a majority in the
House this fall; and to win the Republicans
must find a way to acquire some labor votes,
or liberal votes, or Negro votes, or some similar
leavening for the conservative loaf. So far the
Republicans base their hopes on the general
feeling that Mr. Truman is not doing too well,
and on the ridiculous Southern Democratic
filibuster against a permanent fair employment
practices bill, which they believe will send mil-
lions of outraged Negroes streaming back to the
party of Abraham Lincoln and Thomas E.
The argument against Mr. Truman is some-
what involved; the Republicans say he is in-
effective; but if he is ineffective it is because
the Republicans have joined with the Southern
Democrats to make him so. The banana peel
on the sidewalk claims the man has a poor bal-
ance. Mr. Truman can't get along with Con-
gress, therefore, runs the argument, let us give
him a Congress he can't get along with. But
the argument cuts two ways; Mr. Truman might
ask for a Congress he can get along with.
The more successful the Republicans are
against Mr. Truman, the more closely they
limit themselves to their old customers; yet
carried forward by the lust of battle, they can-
not resist winning victories about which they
will hardly boast in the election campaign.
THERE REMAIN the Negroes; here the Re-
publicans are on sounder ground, for they
are opposing the Senate filibuster, and they
deserve credit for it. But here, too, there are
complications and contradictions which are ex-
traordinarily revelatory of the intricate rela-
tions between the major parties today.
It happens that the Southern wing of the
Democratic party, upon whose filibuster the
G.O.P.'s favorite wing within the Democratic
party, the wing with which it joins to form
the bi-partisan and anti-Truman bloc. The
Republicans live with this wing, and work with
it; they feel that the Southern Democrats are
wrong to oppose a fair employment practices
act, but the quarrel between them is a lovers'
In a sense, many Republicans are not angry
with the Southerners because of their filibuster;
they rather welcome it as a useful mistake, and
they have continued to hold hands with the
Southerners all during the seeming quarrel.
While the filibuster was raging, for example,
167 House Republicans (out of 169 present)
joined with 86 Democrats, mostly of the South,
to force a break-up of the United States Em-
ployment Service, and the return of its shattered
fragments to the States. Again, during the
Senate filibuster, 152 House Republicans (out
of 168 present) joined with 106 Democrats,
mostly Southern, to force consideration of the
Case anti-strike bill.
The Republicans have a peculiar political
problem on their hands, that of trying to pro-
fit by Negro resentment against the Southern
bloc, while working with that bloc; they can-
not resist the temptation to stand with the

group which they hope a sizeable portion of
the Northern electorate will recoil in anger.
QNE OF THE chief weaknesses of cdnserva-
tive thinking shows up thereby, and that is
its constant search for "breaks," for accidental
or astrological approaches to victory. Even
while the G.O.P. hails the new hopes bred by
the Southern filibuster, conservative editors in
the North write solemn pieces pointing out that
we ought to have a new conservative party made
up, of course, of Northern Republicans and
Southern Democrats.
The liberal Northern voter, who opposes
the Southern Democrats has his choice of
paradoxes this year; he can vote for the nom-
inal opposition, which works with the Sou-
thern Democrats most of the time, or he can
vote for the Northern wing of the Souther-
nors' own party, which works against it al-
most all the time. It seems to me that,
though increasingly perplexed and irritated,
he may again prefer to support one faction
in a real political civil war, to one faction in
a tiff.
(Copyright, 1946, NY. Post Syndicate)

New Constitution
To the Editor:
pears in today's Daily was drawn
up by a group of students who feel
that the Forum-Council Constitution
previously published does not answer
the need for student self-rule on this
campus. That Constitution provided
for a small Council elected by the
students but authorized to draw up
the list of candidates for its own
successors. The minimum require-
ments for candidacy guarantee that
the Council would consist of people
.who are already active in established
campus organizations. The Forum
would be composed entirely of heads
or representatives of other organiza-
tions; it would be one more super-
structure on the bewildering pyra-
mid of interlocking organizations
which already exists at Michigan.
We believe that the fight to achieve
some degree of democracy on this
campus will be a hard one, but that
it can be won only by going directly
to the students and enabling them
to choose their own representatives
freely from among themselves. Stu-
dents cannot be expected to take
much interest in a Council to which
only a handful of specially qualified
juniors and seniors can be elected,
or in a Forum which is preoccupied
with the business of other organiza-
Some think that the disputes
which have arisen over the form
of government are unfortunate be-
cause they tend to weaken the
cause of student government as a
whole. On the contrary, we feel
that the intense interest which
has developed in this controversy
is an indication that the campus
is not entirely asleep and that
students are beginning to act with
initiative and imagination. Stu-
dent government is not something
which is to'be slipped over on the
campus with as little friction as
possible; if no' one is concerned,
there can be no democracy.
Robert Taylor, Charlotte Bo-
brecker, Vivian Sessions, Rona
Eskin, Maxine Spencer, Ted
Black Man's Burden
THE "Third World War" is on-and
right here in your esteemed col-
umns. Here, on Feb. 1st, Jan. 24th,
Jan. 19th, Jan. 17th, and previous is-
sues, have clashed East with West,
Sacred with Profane, Black with'
White. Perhaps therefore you and
your readers have imagined the ex-
istence of a clear issue between a
Sacred Black East and a Profane
White West. Yet it should be obvious
(for World War I and II are repeat-
ing themselves) that thedwarriors are
hopelessly confused and have used
each other's weapons to destroy their
own high aims. Thus all four warriors
-and I among them-who rushed so
carelessly into the fray, lie bleeding
on the field.
Grimly, automatically, by remote
control the armaments keep fighting
and the war goes on. The World lines
up to cheer or jeer as a newly exca-
vated sewer from Mohenjo-Daro
(clogged these five thousand years)
confounds the civilizing bulldozer
(five thousand dollars, F.O.B. Detroit)
headed for the Indies via Rotterdam.
This is a war of Worst versus Worst.
Peering down from above, Christ and
Krishna smiles!
Curiously, tl e stake, which is the
White Man's Burden, lies intact.

At any rate we can already prophe-
sy that the White Man's Burden of
yesterday will be the Black Man's
Burden of tomorrow.
"Black" and "white," Mr. Editor,
refer not to the color of men's skims
but to the color of their hearts.
-James Marshall Plumer
Note to Veterans

Publication in the Daily Official Bul--
ietin is constructive notice to all mem-
bers of the University. Notices for the
Bulletin should be sent in typewritten
form to the Assistant to the President,
1021 Angell Hall, by 3:30 p. m. on the day
preceding publication (11:00 a. m. Sat-
VOL. LVI, No. 69
Student Tea: President and Mrs.
Ruthven will be at home to students
Wednesday, February 6, from 4 to 6
Attention All Students: Registra-
tion for the Spring Term
By action of the Conference of
Deans, all students are required to
register for the Spring Term at, and
no later than, the time announced in
the Registration Schedule. Late reg-
istrations will not be permitted by the
administrative authorities of the sev-
eral units, except in the case of vet-
erans who have not been in residence
for the Fall Term. Students must pre-
sent their identification cards at the
time of registration and musthfile
their registration material them-
selves, not by proxy.
The reason for this requirement is
the unprecedented demand which the
enrollment for the Spring Term will
make upon the educational resources
and the housing facilities of the Uni-
versity. Because of these conditions,
it is abslutely essential that regis-
tration and classification be com-
pleted accordingto schedule.
Dr. Frank E. Robbins
Assistant to the President
Attention Faculty Members:
Faculty Bibliography. The blanks
that were distributed for the Faculty
Bibliography are overdue. Those who
have not returned the blanks must do
so at once if their names and publi-
cations are to appear in the next is-
sue. e
Veterans in Refresher Course. All
books and supplies for the Refresher
Course must be purchased not later
than Feb. 9. This deadline is neces-
sary to allow the University time to
audit and pay the veterans' accounts
at the various stores and, in turn, to
submit invoices to the Veterans Ad-
ministration for reimbursement be-
fore the end of the course.
Boyd C. Stephens
Women students who do not expect
to be able to register without a Uni-
versity loan should apply immediately
at the Office of the Dean of Women.
It is not possible to grant regular
loans without advanced application.
Directed Teaching, Qualifying Ex-
amination: All students expecting to
do directed teaching next term are
required to pass a qualifying exami-
nation in the subject in which they
expect to teach. This examination
will be held on Saturday, Mar. 2, at
8:30 a.m. Students will meet in the
auditorium of the University High
School. The examination will con-
sume about four hours' time;
promptness is therefore essential.
Detroit Armenian Women's Club
Award: The Detroit Armenian Wom-
en's Club is making available, for
1946-47, two $100 scholarships for
young men and women of Armenian
parentage from the metropolitan dis-
trict' of Detroit. For further details
consult Dr. Frank E. Robbins at 1021
Angell Hall.
Girl Scout camp on Lake Huron
needs counselors -- nature workers,
unit leaders, etc. for summer of 1946.
Also needs dietitian. Camp accom-
modates about sixty girls-age ten
and over. A good chance to earn some
money and have a pleasant vacation
at the same time. Full information at
Bureau of Appointments and Occu-

pational Information.
The annual Charles Lathrop Pack
Essay contest for students enrolled in
the School of Forestry and Conserva-
tion is announced. A first prize of
$25 and a second prize of $15 is of-
fered. Inquiries regarding the rules of
contest may be made, at- the office of
the School.-
Owen Lattimore, author and au~-
thority on the Far East, will speak
at 8:30 tonight in Hill Auditorium asa
the seventh number on the current
Lecture Course. Mr. Lattimore is
serving on the .Japanese Reparations
Committee and recently returned
from Tokyo. His subject will be "So-
lution in Asia." Tickets are on sale
at the auditorium box office today
from 10-1, 2-8:30.
Academic Notices
English i153 will nt m et Loday.
A. L. Bader
Seminar in Applied Mathematics
and Special Functions: Today at 3:00,f

Seminar in physical chemistry will
meet on Thursday, Feb. 7 in Room 410
Chemistry Building at 4:15 p.m. Dr.
Theodore Berlin will speak on "The
concepts of binding and bonding in
diatomic molecules." All interested
are invited,
Exhibition, College of Architecture
and Design:
"Signs of the Zodiac"-An exhibi-
tion of recent designs by V. Bobri,
prominent New York advertising ar-
tist. First floor corridor. Open daily
9:00 to 5:00 except Sunday, through
Feb. 15. The public is invited.
Exhibition, College of Architecture
and Design: Motion Picture Set De-
signs for Army Pictorial Service films,
by Roger Hollenbeck, Design instruc-
tor. First floor corridor, Architec-
tural Building. Open daily 9:00 to
5:00 except Sunday, through Feb. 22.
The public is invited.
Michigan Historical Collections:
"Early Ann Arbor." 160 Rackham.
Open daily 8-12, 1:30-4:30, Saturdays
Events Today
University Camera Club:
All students interested in learning
the principles of photography, or in
participating in an active photo-
graphic group are invited to attend
the meetings of the University Cam-
era Club. The club meets every Tues-
day evening at 7:30 in the Upper
Room at Lane Hall. Discussions on
photographic processes are featured,
and work is done in the club dark-
room during the latter part of each
meeting. Students are invited to
bring their negatives for constructive
criticism or for printing in the dark-
Sigma Rho Tau, Stump Speakers'
Society, will meet at the Union to-
night at 7:30 p.m. There will be a
general discussion of the problem of
"Housing," followed by the second
formal intercircle debate on' "The St.
Lawrence Seaway." This will be the
last meeting of the term, and all
members are urged to attend.
Science Research Club Members
will meet tonight in:the Rackham
Amphitheatre at 7:30. Prgram:
CommonePathogenic Fungi, Sture
Johnson, Department of Dermatology,
Ultra-High-Frequency Radar Jam-
ming, William G. Dow, Department
of Electrical Engineering.
Psychology Club: Richard Ander-
son, will present "A Critique of Mark-
ing Systems in High School and Col-
lege" at the next meeting of the Psy-
chology Club, tonight, at 8:00, in the
West Conference Room in the Rack-
ham building.
The meeting will be open to all stu-
dents interested in the topic. Club
members are especially urged to at-
The Christian Science Organiza-
tion will hold its regular Tuesday eve-
ning service at 8:15 in the Chapel of
the League.
Coming Events
The ICC Education Committee will
present a talk by Professor Throop
of the History Department: The His-
torical Difficulties of Social Reform,
at the Muriel. Lester Cooperative,
1102 Oakland, on Wednesday, Feb.
6, 7:30 p.m. Everyone is cordially in-
vited. There will be a bull session and
refreshments afterwards.
Flying Club: There will be an n-
portant business meeting Wednesday,
Feb. 6, in Room 1042 East Engineer-
ing Building at 7:30 p.m. All stu-
dents and members of the faculty are
invited to attend.
A.S.M.E. There will be a meeting of
Michigan University Branch of the

American Society of Mechanical En-
gineers3on Wednesday, Feb. 6, in
Room 319 of the Union. Mr. Fred
Miller, personnel executive of the
Ford Motor Co., will discuss the en-
gineer hiring and training program of
the Ford Motor Co. The meeting will
start at 7:30 p.m. All interested are
invited to attend.
"Beggar Oi Horseback," comedy by
Se(o rge Kxaufman and Marc Connelly,
will be presented by Play Production
of the department of speech Thursday
through Saturday evening in the
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Students
will be given a special rate on tickets
for Thursday night and Saturday
matinee. The theatre box office is
open daily from 10-1, 2-5, phone 6300.
A. I. E. E. The annual banquet for
local members and faculty will be
held Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at
the Smith Catering Service. Tickets
may be obtained from A. I. E. E. offi-
cers and other representatives.
Lit Sociedad isnc. The next
lecture in the Spanish series will be
held on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m.,
in Kellogg Auditorium. Sta. Eva



TAKE hope, you veterans attending
school under the GI Bill of Rights
-those subsistence checks are on the
way and, the Veterans Administra-
tion promises, you'll get them regu-
larly and on time from here out. A
three-month backlog of checks has
finally been cleaned up, the VA says,
as the result of an order from Gen-
eral Omar Bradley, Veterans Admin-
istrator, putting all available people
on that job.
Victory Loan,
Victory Bond money will buy arti-
ficial limbs for the legless and arm-
less. Get your money into this worthy
hy Crockett Johnsort

The ScarletLetter? By N O'Malley Hawthorne?
Excellent. An inspired suggestion. We will go

That is... your Fairy Godfather will
start the cameras grinding as soon as

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