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E hope we have an argument on our hands.
Says one, Louis R. Williams,
"I concur with Miss Levy-take that col-
umn "It So Happens" out and put in Samuel
Grafton regularly, even if it's week-old sutff."
But remarks one, Hill Wanneker,
"Iere's a word of encouragement to the ob-
servant youngsters (?) who have successfully
introduced something new to the editorial page
of the Daily.
"The primary function of any newspaper is to
serve its readers by covering local events; hun-
dred§ of items of interest escape the "news"
columns and should not be legitimately placed
there. "It So Happens" functions to fill this gap.
At least, that's the impresion I've gained . ."
Whether that question mark after youngsters
refers to our receding hair line or a tendency to
shave sloppily, we don't know, but let's not quib-
ble over minor details.
Year of Decision .. .
HAVE YOU HEARD? 1946 is "The Year of De-
If you haven't heard you're living in a world
all your own. Almost everyone is saying that 194
is the "Year of Decision".
Among the decisions we think ought to be
made as we slug our way through the present
Crisis Era are:
(1) Write home NOW to Mother.
(2) Don't be such a curmudgeon on the Diag.
.3). Don't buy Garg.
Miss Armor Plate, 1949 . ..
T6HEY'VE been playing around with this Miss
Armor Plate of 1649 a long time and on the
whole it's made interesting looking. But the
academnicians have acquired the technique and
from here on it's anybody's cheesecake. We quote
this item which appeared under a bathing suit
in the columns of the Chicago Sun, "Joan Du
Pre, 18, of 240 Astor Ct., Villa Park, will be Miss
Trailer Coach of 1946 for four final days, begin-
ning Wednesday, of the National Trailer Coach
Show at the Coliseum. She tied in judges' ballot-
ing with Pat Varner, 18, who is queen the first
five days".
Making our friend Du Pre, Miss Trailer Coach
of 1946 unless we're sadly mistaken.
Flash That Band, Junior . . .
THESE VETERANS aren't all roses and sweet-
peas as campus coeds are quickly learning.
One of. the genus, sweet young thing, has
brought a serious matter to our editorial at-
tention. Too many seemingly eligible young
men are leaving wedding rings in the bathroom
medicine cabinet.
Don't Shout, We Hear Ya'...
THE MICHIGAN LEAGUE has taken a nasty
crack at our morality, and we rather resent
Coming by that edifice the other day we
noted at least four very new and very legibly-let-
tered signs reading, "Keep Off The Grass". The
signs don't read "Please" or anything as nice and
cheery as the signs in front of Couzens Hall. In
fact a good translation into Spanish would pro-
bably read, "We -know you, Buster. You keep
your dirty feet out of here."
For the nonce, all right, but come the next
new moon .. .
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
American Hypocrisy
HTE HYPOCRISY of America's claims to be-
ing a Christian nation is so evident that it
need not be elaborated verbally. The "American
tradition," if it ever lived, seems certainly dead.
We have reached a new acme of self-interest.
Apparently human life and happiness have no
more moral value, unless it is directly our life or
our happiness.
Bitter? No, we're not. We are, however, seri-
ously depressed and disillustioned by America's

apathy to the critical food shortages in Eu-
rope and Asia. Herbert Lehman, in his final
report as director-general of UNRRA chatized
the administration very mildly for its inaction
in alleviating these shortages. Yes, the blame
lies directly on the shoulders of President Tru-
man and Secretary of Agriculture Clinton P.
Annderson. But the evidence demonstrates that
they are giving manifestationis of the senti-
ments of the nation.
R. L.EHMAN has called for a return to ra-
tioning of basic foods. He is branded with
the fleur-de-lis of the idealist when he expects
the American public to do without delicate past-
ries which use sugar and fat and wheat which
might help keep millions alive.
Canada has continued meat and sugar ra-
tioning since the war ended. She even cut do-
mestic supplies of fats and oils below war
levels to help increase exports.- Britain, whose
war diet was certainly lower than that of this
nation's undernourished third during the de-
presion years, has managed to send about 700,-
000 tons of cereals to the continent during the
past 18 months. We have sent our bit too, but
only if it did not necessitate pulling in our own
At the Hot Springs Food Conference last year

Please, Dean, Please .. .
THOSE LAW STUDENTS continue to live in
a mental Siberia. Cook may never know it,
but his beautiful buildings may become a
neuro-psychiatric institute if those last semes-
ter grades don't appear within the week.
it A Violent Age . .
LAST WEEK it was a juke box which inventors
threatened would raise its volume above the
voices of listeners . . . this week it's a triangular
desk, designed, we're told, by a public relations
official, "for executives."
One the face of it, you might well be skeptical
about a triangular desk, but it has all sorts of
selling points.
"A concave cutout permits the executive to sit
close with comfort." We're glad of that except
it's always the executives .
As a practical weapon it might also impale
insistent insurance salesmnen.
Conservative Bloc
HE POT is boiling now; the fact that a bi-
partisan coalition of Southern Democrats
and Republicans rules the Congress has finally
become an issue, on its own merits; and that is-
sue will not down. The administration finds it-
self compelled at last to fight the coalition which
is fighting it.
Last week Mr. Robert Hannegan, chairman
of the Democratic National Committee, took
advantage of Jackson Day, which is normally
a day of party harmony, hugs and kisses, to
hammer the dissident Southern Democrats, for
joining in what he called a "class compact"
with the Republicans. This week Mr. Henry
Wallace has proposed that Democrats who
vote with the Republicans on major issues
should be read out of the party; in a fine, opti-
mistic glow he has suggested that leading party
officials take it upon themselves to fling dissi-
dents beyond the pale, though most of these
men are approximately as eager to undertake
such a task as they are to try a standing broad
jump across the Potomac in their blue serge
Mr. Wallace has been answered by an instant
outcry in both Houses; he has been denounced
as a "fascist" for trying to tell American Con-
gressmen hovl they must vote; and several South-
ern Democrats have risen to defend their right
to make up their minds independently on all
issues, even if they always come out with the Re-
It is pointed out that Mr. Wallace himself
opposed a regular Democratic candidate at a
recent New York City Congressional by-elec-
tion. And there is a certain validity in some of
these arguments; our major parties are not dis-
ciplined organizations, but loose, mushy
growths, locally controlled; if this were not so,
we might never have had a Norris, a Borah or
a Wilkie in Republican ranks, and that might
have been a high price to pay for the privilege
of never having a Rankin or a Cox.
MR. WALLACE has stepped on a philosophical
rusty nail; he has tried to make disent an
evil, in a culture in which dissent is a sacred
right. He has got himself into difficulties by
generalizing and idealizing his problem too
much; it is not a general question of whether
there has been an act of dissent by Southern
Democrats, but a specific question of how much
dissent, for what purposes, in alliance with whom,
and with what effect.
The way to treat the Southern dissidents is
not to read them out of the party, but to read
them into a party; to show that they have
joined what is, in effect, a new party, a Con-
servative Bloc, a shadow government, which
rules without taking responsibility. The way
to win this kind of argument is to tell the truth
calmly, a thousand times, so that in the end it
will percolate down to local levels.
r" HERE is nothing unfair, or invidious,. in an
effort to pin the name "Conservative Bloc"

onto the coalition; it is a bloc, and it is conser-
vative; it functions as an institution while deli-
ca-tely declining to take an institutional form,
and the renedy is enough debate to make the
public see the outlines, the nature and size of
this strange new governmental entity.
It is not necessary to expel, but to reveal;
there is little need to throw men out of a party
when it can be shown that they have, of their
own will, walked out, into an odd new rival or-
gamization. And, as I say, the pot boils; this is
the year of decision: the administration is pres-
suring (lie bloc from above, and the C.I.O. is
it arting a great Southern organizing campaign
against it from below; under these forces, the
dissidents must either return to the party, or
else defiantly formalize their union with the
Republicans, paying whatever political price is
entailed. In any case, we are heading toward
clarification; even the members of the Bloc must
know that we cannot indefinitely have govern-
ment on this cryptic model, government by a
weird luncheon club of public enemies and pri-
vate friends.
(Copyright, .19 16 N. Y. Pos tSyndicate)



To the Editor:
I have noted a recent trend in your publica-
tion, tending to criticize Mr. Hearst's Youth For
Christ Movement. A campaign carried on, for
the most part, in the guise of Letters to the Edi-
tor. I hesitate to make out and out accusations
at any time, but 'your latest attempt has been
too flagrant a breach of reader faith to pass un-
noticed. I refer to a letter, reportedly sent you
by one R. C. Jacobi, in the March 20th edition. I
suppose that such a person may exist, and that
the one who answers to that name may even
"admit" to endorsing the letter (there is no li-
mit which journalistic depravity may not reach
when a newspaper is mothering a cause).
The intelligent reader, however, is not to be
hoodwinked by such an obvious fraud. A bit of
mathematical computation alone will show,
easily enough, what you were about when you
printed the "protest" (which purports to be
a letter denouncing Mr. Don Ervin's note of
an earlier date). Allowing seven words to the
line ... and then counting a round total of 75
lines, we find that the whole "letter" contains
a total of 525 words. And the purpose of the
epistle is, ostensibly, to refute Mr. Ervin's re-
port? Oh yes, we find that 147 of the words
are direct quotes from Mr. Ervin's "psycho-
pathic" (I quote "Mr. Jacobi") letter. Fur-
thermore, 258 more words are wasted in in-
troduction and such unnecessary padding as
"Our Boys says" . . . "Mr. Ervin continues,"
etc. This leaves exactly 120 words of criticism
on "Mr. Jacobi's" part. "
And of what does this "criticism" consist?
(Really, you might have had more respect for
reader credulity than this) . ,. merely, in nearly
all cases, in restating Mr. Ervin's previously not-
ed remarks.. . with the obvious device of adding
question marks to the precis. Did you really be-
lieve the mental calibre of the University stud-
ent to be so low as to swallow this cheat as com-
ing from an actual critic? In trying to make
your critics appear to be cretins, my dear fellows,
you merely expose yourselves. You might have
been more clever about it.
And when you do not stoop to this device ...
in all other cases, you turn to mere name call-
ing. Intimating, of course, that "Mr. Jacobi"
(and, by analogy, all Mr. Ervin's critics) has
no real basis for his arguments, and must sling
mud in defense of his ideas. It is significant,
in this regard, that in no place does this "Mr.
Jacobi" ever answer the questions lie raises ...
that he never offers one singl strong argu-
ment rebuking Your Boy as you made the mis-
take of calling him in the "protest").
This thing goes deeper than the YFC move-
ment . . . it goes far further than the mere con-
sideration of whether Mr. Ervin may be right
(indeed, I was prone to think his letter a serious,
intelligent commentary). What I wish to state is
that Mr. Ervin's letter ought to be allowed to
stand or fall by its own right, and not by means
of such a weak journalistic prop as you tried to
use in this "letter of protest". As a University
newspaper, you must realize the responsibility
that student trust puts on your shoulders; with-
out taking advantage of that faith by such a
trick as this. Play fair with the students! Admit
that this fantastically impossible Jacobi person
has no real existence; that he was merely a de-
vice for reprinting Your Boy's letter in another
issue. Believe me, you will be respected the more
for it.
R. Fine
(Eds Note: The charges contained i the
above letter are too preposterous to be consid-
ered in detail. Suffice it to say that4the mythi-
cal Mr. Jacobi lives in oom 42, Vaughan
Iouse, and may be reached at telephone 25558
To our knowledge he has never been inside the
Michigan Daily.
UJnderstanding v. Wit
U PON reading R. C. Jacobi's letter in Wednes-
day's Daily, I felt moved to inquire as to the
purpose of the author in writing it. Even with
careful study it is difficult to find anything but
caustic criticism of Mr. Ervin's literary talent,

which after all is of slightly secondary import-
ance to the matter under discussion.
I venture to guess that a wider acquaintance
on Mr. Jacobi's part with both historic and pre-
sent day Christianity might answer some of his
questions for him. For example, a look at the
Inquisition may shed some light on the query,
"Is it likely that, one who really accepts and be-
lives will be led to un-Christian actions?"
It might also be suggested that an attempt
on Mr. Jacobi's part to meet the church all the
way might aid him in obtaining a more sympa-
thetic understanding of the difficulties en-
countered by those who are now so attempting.
If there "ought to be a law", perhaps it would
better be aimed at encouraging a more construc-
tive and useful outlet for literary ability than
the mere display of the possessor's wit.
-Rachel Shields

Pubilcation in the Daily Official Bul-
letin 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 AngelI sall, by 3:30 p. m. on the day
preceding publication (11:00 a. m. Sat-
VOL. LVI, No. 95
School of Education Faculty: The
March meeting will be held on Mon-
day, March 25, in the University Ele-
mentary School Library. The meet-
ing will convene at 4:15 p.m.
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.
All students possessing driving per-
mits, who have not reported their
1946 license number to the Office of
the Dean of Students, Room 2, Uni-
versity Hall, are requested to do so
at their earliest opportunity. The
registration of the new license num-
ber is necessary to the continuance
of such driving privileges during the
remainder of the current term. Stu-
dents who are entitled to exemption
privileges on the basis of age or part-
time enrollment are likewise re-
quested to register their 1946 license
Students. College of Literature, Sci-
ence, and the Arts:
Applications for scholarships should
be made before April 1. Application
forms may be obtained at 1220 Angell
Hall and should be filed at that office.
Each sorority, dormitory, and
lgeaue house must turn into the Ju-
diciary Box in the Undergraduate
Office of the League by Friday
March 29, the name of their house
president for the spring semester.
Men interested in outdoor work
with the Department of Agriculture
in Calif ornia during the summer
months may obtain further informa-
tion at the Bureau of Appointments
and Occupational Information,m201
Mason Hall. The work is primarily
concerned with plant disease con-
Announcements from Washington
State Personnel Board have been re-
ceived in this office for:
1)Field Auditor Salary $265 to
$325 plus a,$20 bonus
2) Statistical Clerk Salary $170 to
$210 plus a $20 bonus
3) Also various clerical positions
Salary $200 to $240 plus a $20 bonus
5) Claims Taker Salary $160 to
$200 plus a $20 bonus
6) Appeal Examiner Salary $295
to $360 plus a.$20 bonus
7) Various Social Service positions,
including Children's workers, super-
visors, visitors, and psychiatric work-
8) Various Department of Health
positions, including graduate nurses,
Public Health Nurses, Bacteriologists,
Health Officers, Psychologists, Medi-
cal Social Work Consultants, Roent-
ONE OF THE more unusual pro-
gi'ams of the year was given last
night at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
by John Jacob Niles, who sang songs
of the Kentucky mountains to his
own dulcimer accompaniment.
Mr. Niles began with a few prefa-
tory remnarks about ballads, and about
dulcimers, of which he used three in
the course of his program, and which,
it seems, he whips up himself in his
spare time.
After a moderate amount of hu-
morous comment, Mr. Niles, dramati-
cally clad all in black, sat down upon

a pink plush chair at a table and be-
gan to sing such songs as "Black Is
The Color," "Oh, He Was A Lord of
High Degree," and "Go Away From
My Window," followed by a group of
carols including "The Seven Bless-
ings of Mary" and "I Wonder As I
Wander." Mr. Niles' extraordinarily
high singing voice that lends a great
air of authenticity to his perform-
an ce, espqcially when heard against
the gentle, subtly keyed strumming
of the dulcimer. It is a remarkably
true voice as far as pitch is con-
cerned, and has amazing variations in
tone which are employed. with
equally amazing control. One of the
most striking things about Mr. Niles'
performance is his flawless diction.
The program conluded with fa-
miliar songs such as "Mary Hamilt-
on," "Barb'ry Allen," and "The
Hangman," among others. It was
good entertainment and fine artistry.
-Paula Brower
By Crockell Johnson

genographer, Medical Social Work-
ers, and Institutional Workers.
Closing date for all of these is
April 4, 1946.
Announcement for Milwaukee
County Service Commission for posi-
tion of Personnel Technician I, Sal-
ary beginning at $264.44 has also
been received.
For further information, call at
the Bureau of Appointments, 201
Mason Hall.
University Lecture: Dr. Y. P. Mei
(Mei Yi-pa), President of Yench-
ing University (Peiping) will lecture
on "Confucius and Confucianism" at
4:15 p.m., Monday, March 25, in the
Auditorium of the Kellogg Building
under the auspices of the Depart-
ment of Philosophy and the Interna-
tional Center. Educated at Oberlin
(B.A.), the University of Chicago
(Ph.D.) and at Cologne University
(1927-28). Dr. Mei is widely known
through his English publications on
the early Chinese philosophical
schools. Dr. Mei is on a special mis-
sion in America to promote Chinese-
American cultural relations at the in-
vitation of the U. S. State Depart-
University Lecture: Dr. Gregor
Wentzel, Piofessor of Physics at the
University of Zurich, Switzerland, will
lecture on "The Theory of the Mason"
at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26,
in the Kellogg Auditorium, under the
auspices of the Department of Physics.
The public is cordially invited.
Academic Notices
College of Literature, Science and
the Arts Schools of Education, For-
estry, Music and Public Health. Stu-
dents who received marks I or X at
the close of their last semester or
summer session of attendance will
receive a grade of E in the course or
courses unless this work is made up
by April 4. Students wishing an ex-
tension of time beyond this date in
order to make up this work hsould file
a petition addressed to the appropri-
ate official in their school with Room
4, University Hall, where it will be
Economics 51, 52, 53 and 54:tMake-
up final examination for -students
with excused absences from the fall
term examination will be given Thurs-
day, March 28 at 3:15 p.m., in Room
207, Economics Bldg.
Student Recital: Mary Katherine
Harris, violinist, will present a recital
in partial fulfillment of the require-
ments for the degree of Bachelor of
Music at 8:30 p.m., Sunday, March
24, in Lydia Mendelssohn Theater.
Her program will include composi-
tions by Tartini, Mozart, Debussy, and
Beethoven, and will be open to .the
general public. Miss Harris is a stu-
dent under Gilbert Ross.
Student Recital: Virginia Long
Lowry, a student of piano under Ava
Comin Case, will present a recital in
partial fulfillment of the requirements
for the degree of Bachelor of -Music
at 8:30 Monday evening, March 25, in
Lydia Mendelssohn Theater. Miss
Lowry will play compositions by Bach,
Schumann, Franck, Mingone, Fer-
nandez and Khatchaturian.
The public is cordially invited.
Faculty Recital: Robert Maas, dis-
tinguished Belgian cellist, will pre-
sent two programs of compositions
for cello alone, by J. S. Bach, at 4:15
Monday and Tuesday afternoons,
March 25 and 26, in the Assembly
Hall of the Rackham building. Mr.
Maas appears through the courtesy
of the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge
Foundation in the Library of Con-
gress, Washington, D. C. Monday's
program will include Suite No. 1 in G
major, Suite No. 5 in C minor, and
Suite No. 4 in E-fiat major.

Paintings by Eduardo Salgado of
current American Life. Daily from
2-5 p.m. and .7-9 p.m. in the 'mezza-
nine galleries of Rackham until April
Events Today
Saturday Luncheon Discassion.:
Lane Hall invites all students to at-
tend a luncheon at 12:15 p.m. today.
A current book will be reviewed after
the luncheon. Reservations must be
in by 10:00 on Saturday morning.
Congregational-Disciples Guild
will have a Fireside Discussion to-
night at 7:30 at the Guild House,
438 Maynard. Bipin Chrandra Meh-
da, from Bombay, India, will discuss
"Christianity and Hinduism."
Coming Events
Senior Class, School of Education:
An organizational meeting is planned
for Tuesday, March 26, at 4:15 p.m.,
in Room 2436 University Elementary
Sigma Xi, Special Meeting, jointly
with the Association of University of
Michigan Scientists, the Research
Club, the Science Research Club, the
Women's Research. Club, the Ameri-
can Association of University Profes-
sors, and faculty members'In the So-
cial Sciences, will hold a symposium
on Pending National Legislation Re-
lating to Governmental Support for
Research in the Rackham Auditorium
on Monday evening, March 25, be-
ginning at 8 o'clock. President Ruth-
ven will preside, and the discussions
will be opened with addresses by Pro-
fessors Robley C. Williams, Lawrence
0. Brockway, Thomas Francis, Jr,
and Robert B. Hall. The meeting will
be open to the public.
Michigan Chapter AAU.P: In
place of the regular March meeting
there will be a joint session with Sig-
ma Xi and other campus organiza-
tions Monday, March 25, at 8:00 p.m.
in the Rackham Auditorium for a
symposium on pending legislation re-
lating to governmental support for
Radio Proximity V.T. Fuze:
The official sound film and slides
released by the Navy will be shown in
Room 348 West Engr. Bldg. on Mon-
day, March 25, at 4:00 p.m. The room
is limited to 200 people. The pictures
are open to the. University and the
The Chinese Students' Club will
have as their guest Dr. Y. P. Mei,
President of Yenching University, on
Sunday evening, March 24, at 7:30 at
the International Center. Colored
slides depicting scenes at Chuigking
and in West China will first be shown
in Room 316-320 of the Michigan
Union, followed by a social hour in
the International Center. All mem-
bers and also friends of China are
The Congregational-Disciples
Guild will meet Sunday evening at
6:00 at the Congregational Church,
for a cost supper, followed by a talk
on "Christianity as it is related to
the Community" given by Mrs. Doro-
thy Pugsley Landon, a former Uni-
versity of Michigan Student and
member of Guild who has been work-
ing for the Red Cross in the Chicago
Slums this past year. The evening
will close with a worship service.
Hillel Social Committee will meet
on Monday night at 7:00 at the
Foundation. All members are urged
to be present.
Avukah, student Zionist organiza-
tion, will have a business organiza-
tion Sunday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m.
at Hillel Foundation. All students
are invited.



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