THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1941
IT SO HAPPENS...
o Wampum-Mad World
A FRIEND OF OURS was dragged from his "Today I am a BMOC," he said, rising from
beautyrest the other night by one of thoseIhis cross-legged position on the floor.
"tapping" organizations. *
The miembers of the organization (who were u dtn
ugh-ing all over the place) deposited our friend BlurredReltnship
on the floor and did a chanty around him. E WERE TOLD recently of that most happy
"Help, needum help," our friend cried weak- W of all occasions - a successful blind date.
ly after the savages had departed. His room- Although both parties usually wear glasses, they
mate claims Buck Jones couldn't have done left them home in the interests of social grace,
and both had a wonderful time.
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AT EIGHT booms of the clock (that's Indian) But their troubles began the next day when
AT ET bom ofnh, ock (that' ndian) tthey arranged a study date. With their glasses
the next morning, our friend, enroute to on, neither one recognized the other.
class, met the U. S. Mail at the door and found
a letter from a fine old jewelry firm in Ann
Arbor. It said in part: Watch That, Son'
"Catch um TRIBE RING
Costum Ten Rocks O NE OF OUR friends takes a great delight
(Plus Plenty Pebbles for White Fathers)" in his course in elementary philosophy. He
Our friend, marvelling at the rapidity of the rushed in yesterday to give us the lowdown
mails these days, went over to a local haber- on the story of philosophy.
dashery to replace his pajamas, which had been "MVost of those early philosophers were a
reduced to threads in the holocaust of the little off-the-beam," hF said, "but this Pluto
previous night. --he's terrific."
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ALTHOUGH HE was unable to replace his Ready To 'Sell Short'
sleeping apparel, our friend did not seem
much perturbed over it. 0UR BRIGHT and able economics professor
was all set when one of his students asked
him when we will have deflation in the United
NIGHT EDITOR: STUART FINLAYSON States.
"I can give you the date," he said, "but I
don't know whether it's in the morning or the
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily afternoon."
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only. Contributions to this column are by all members
of The Daily staff and are the responsibility of the
All or Nothing
AFTER PRESIDENT Truman's Monday night
address the Meat Packers and the Repub-
licans might well declare a holiday. They have
won their battle.
It is almost laughable that Mr. Truman
should lash out against those men who "are
more interested in millions of dollars than in
millions of people," and then conclude by de-
claring meat controls abolished.
If this had been the only way out of an
otherwise politically fraught situation, the ad-
ministration might plead expediency. But there
were other ways of dealing with the intransigent
The Trumahi administration well knew that
there was no real shortage of meat. They knew,
too, that the four big Packers, Wilson, Armour,
Cudahy and Swift, were exerting all of the
pressure which a big trust possesses in its ef-
forts to restrict the supply of meat. They were
well aware that the only "real" solution lay in
seizing the Packing houses and their subsidiar-
ies and simultaneously recalling Congress for
stronger control measures. .. True, they would
have incurred the unending wrath of the in-
dustrialists, those few who control so much in
this country, but they would have gained more
support for the administration from the broad
masses of the people than they had ever had
Nor are the President And his advisers the
only ones to be blamed. Several of those men
who have repeatedly fought for price control,
including Senator Pepper, urged decontrol.
To assume, as so many people have asserted,
that rent controls can be maintained when a
severe dent exists in other ceilings, is sheer
nonsense. To hope that production can meet
consumption in the scarce commodities, and
thus avert inflation, is, at best, wishful thinking.
The Industrialists know that it can't. The Ad-
ministration knows that it can't. The only
people who don't know that it can't are the
majority of those small people who are the
The result cannot but deepen the conflict
between wages and prices. It cannot but lead
to prosperity for the few, poverty for the many.
-E. E. Ellis
I'D RATHER BE RIGHT:
By SAMUEL GRAFTON
I DO NOT KNOW what Mr. Eugene O'Neill's
politics are, but I find it interesting that only
now, after a lapse of twelve years, has he felt the
urge to present a play. The great pessimist
comes out of his retreat at a moment when
man's hopes are at their lowest ebb. This is
O'Neill climate; now he can operate; and he
gives us, accordingly, "The Iceman Cometh,"
with its savage message that to face reality is
to die, and that it is better to be deluded.
The twelve years of Mr. O'Neill's absence
correspond very closely to the thirteen years of
the successive Roosevelt administrations. I do
not know if Mr. O'Neill is consciously aware of
the coincidence, or even whether he reads the
newspapers; and I do not suggest that he is
a Republican playwright. But a kind of point
can be made, I think, to.the effect that this
great, unhappy, confused man seems to find his
release during static social periods when public
sorrow more nearly matches his internal woe.
For "The Iceman Cometh" would have
seemed a little peculiar during the early Roose-
velt days, when, for a time, we found ourselves
hoping that men could live together in amia-
bility and security. We might even have won-
dered, without regard to period, why the snor-
ing, destitute bums in his play weren't on work
relief. And certainly the play would have
seemed grotesque during the war years, our
years of faith that we could have one world,
and a good one.
But Mr. O'Neill himself has become some-
thing of an anachronism during these dozen
years; a generation has grown up which hardly
knows his name; and it makes a point about
our times that only now does Mr. O'Neill turn
to the public again, with "The Iceman Cometh."
It is as if lie had waited patiently in the
wings for our little period of joy and hope to
spend itself; now he comes out, as one remind-
ing us, almost with a leer, that life is a formless
mess, to be tempered, if at all, with alcohol
The message, then, is that life is worthless,
and in making us miss our cocktail hours to
hear a poem in praise of whisky, Mr. O'Neill's
play strangely resembles several other pessi-
mistic plays lately produced in Paris by the
new, negative philospohical movement known
as Existentialism. Here we come to some large
questions: Why does pessimism take the stage
in two great Western nations, at the same time?
Why do audiences accept it? The first point
to be made, I think, is that public acceptance
of these plays is a phenomenon of great, even
frightening, current significance.
Why, indeed, do men and women go to the
O'Neill play, and respond to it? It is a valid
question, for I am sure that the well-dressed,
well fed socially gay audiences do not at all
share Mr. O'Neill's view of life.
And here one has an odd, but inescapable,
feeling that the play actually comforts these
audiences in some strange way, that has to
do with the fact that this is a period of right-
ward drift and noticeable political apathy.
If life is basically worthless, and hateful, one
is excused from having to meditate deeply on
the fate of one's fellow men. These audiences
do not really share Mr. O'Neill's bitter an-
guish; they do not take from the play what he
has put into it, but only as much as they
need. They go out of the theatre, not to death,
but to gin rummy, and golf, and to a time of
increasing social unconcern. If life is hateful,
yet worthy, one must try to improve it; but if
life is hateful, and also worthless, one is ex-
cused from work, even from thought; and
what the audiences take from Mr. O'Neill's
play is not his savage contempt for all of life,
but on a quite different level, a kind of special
permission to enjoy their own little segments
of it, regardless of the rest. Mr. O'Neill gives
them a way of hating their own society with-
out having to improve it, a clear out for
the twinging but lazy conscience.
On this level, the O'Neill play becomes a
fantastic phenomenon; it is pessimism serving
sloth, and nursing the social destructiveness
out of which itself has been born. One looks at
it, fascinated, as at a crowning curiosity of our
time; and Mr. O'Neill has never written a story
so strangely tragic as this one, of the uses to
which a social setting that he detests puts him.
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DAILY OFFICIAL BULLETIN
Answer to Grady
JAMES V. GRADY, in a letter to the editor
today, claims that I overlooked certain points
in my previous editorial on race restriction in
I am entirely aware that the eight white
property owners are motivated by a desire to
increase the value of their property as well as
by prejudice. However, Mr. Grady overlooks
the fact that that the white property owners
are trying to get the court to evict, not bar the
41 prominent Negro movie stars, who now live
and have been living for some years in West
Adams Heights. If there has been property de-
valuation (which I doubt), it has already oc-
Furthermore, the issue is not being forced
by the Negroes, as Mr. Grady implies, but by
the white property owners. It was they who
brought suit against the prominent Negro stars
and who were defeated in court last Dec. 9 when
Wqllv Now= v 8 I'm wlwmw
Judge Thurman Clarke declared the race re-
strictive covenants to be in violation of the
fourteenth amendment. It is the white prop-
erty owners who are now further forcing the
issue by taking the case to the California su-
It is true that you cannot legislate prejudice
out of existence. You can't legislate crime out
of existence either, but that is no argument to
stop making laws against crime or against dis-
crimination or segregation. FEPC and an anti-
poll tax law will not end prejudice but they will
certainly lessen discrimination.
The issue is whether or not the State of
California (and all states) should give legal
sanction to racial segregation. Many people
condemn the racial segregation policies of the
South, but very few have the courage of their
convictions to fight segregation next door.
See Letter to Editor below.
(Continued from Page 2)
cation immediately, if they have not
already done so. Secure applications
from School of Music office or Regis-
International Center: All foreign
students, their friends, and interest-
ed persons are cordially invited to at-
tend the following activities: Thurs.,
Informal Tea, 4 to 6 p.m. Fri., Infor-
mal Tea Dance, 4 to 6 p.m. Sun., Ori-
entation Program, Rms. 316-320
Union, 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Willow Run Village
West Court Community Bldg.
Oct. 17, Thurs.-Open class in
-CHILD CARE sponsored by the
Washtenaw County Public Health
Dept. A movie will be shown,
2:00-4:00 p.m. Univ. of Mich. EX-
TENSION CLASS in ELEMENTARY
PSYCHOLOGY-Mr. Herbert Meyer,
Instructor, 8:00 p. m Amateur Dra-
matic Organization, 8:00 p. m.
Oct. 18, Fri.-Classical Recordings.
Mr. Weldon Wilson, Commentator,
8:00 p. m.
Oct. 18, Fri.-Student Dance, Jerry
Edwards' Orchestra, 8:30-11:30 p. m.
Gov. Ellis Arnall, liberal governor
of Georgia, will be presented tonight
at 8:30 in Hill Auditorium as the
opening number of 1946-47 Lecture
Course. Recognized as one of the
leading political figures of today, as
well as an authority on the South,
Governor Arnall will speak on the
subject, "The South Looks Forward."
Tickets are on sale today from 10:00-
1:00 and 2:00-8:30 in the Auditorium
Botany I Make-Up final Examina-
tion will be given on Mon., Oct. 21 at
4':00 p.m. in Rm. 1139 N.S. Students
eligible for the examination must
have their records checked before
Monday by Prof. Jones in 1005 N.S.
Makeup examinations'in German I
and 11 are scheduled for Mon., Oct.
21 from 2-4 p.m. in Rm. 204 Univer-
sity Hall. Students who have not yet
handed in their names should do so
at once at 204 U. H.
History Final Examination Make-
Up: Fri., Oct. 18, at 4:00 p.m. Rm. C,
Haven Hall. Students must come
with written permission of instructor.
The preliminary doctoral examina-
tion in chemistry will be held at the
following times: Analytical Chemis-
try, Oct. 25; Organic Chemistry, Oct.
29; Physical Chemistry, Nov. 1.
Anyone wishing to take one or more
of these examinations should consult
with a member of the Graduate
Committee in Chemistry.
Veterans' Tutorial Program: The
following change has been made in
Chemistry 4-The Saturday section
will now meet from 10:00 a.m. to
11:00 a.m. (Rm. 165 Chem. .
Algebra Seminar on Fri., Oct. 18, at
4:15 p.m., 3201 Angell'Hall. Mr. Rab-
son will continue his talk on Lattice
Biological Chemistry Seminar will
meet in Rm. 319 W. Medical Bldg. on
Fri., Oct. 18, at 3:00 p.m. The subject
to be discussed will be "The Excretion
of Creatine and Creatinine." All in-
terested are invited.
Physical Chemistry Seminar will
meet today in Rm. 151, Chemistry
Bldg. at 4:15 p.m. Prof. D. M. Denni-
son will speak on "New Methods of
Producing High Speed Particles." All
interested are invited.
Wind Instrument Recital: Harris
Hall, Fri., Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. Program:
Allegro movement from Concerto II
by Williams, Mary Kelly, cornet;
Concertino by Guilhaud, Edwin
Kruth, clarinet; Drumming it Three-
fold by Buggert, Edward Reilly,
George Cavender and Harry Grims-
ley, drums; Solo de Concours by Ra-
baud, Daniel Kyser, clarinet; Adagio
from original Woodwind Octet by
Beethoven, Menuet from Piano Sona-
tina by Ravel, Variations on a Corsi-
can Theme by Tomasi, Nelson Hauen-
stein, flute, Bernard Poland, oboe,
Earl Bates, clarinet, Charles Yancich,
French horn, and William Weichlein,
bassoon. Mildred Andrews and Beat-
rice Gaal, pianists. Open to the pub-
lic without charge.
The Museum of Art presents water
colors by Doug Kingsman and De
Hirsh Margules from Oct. 4-Oct. 27,
Alumni Memorial Hall, daily, includ-
ing Sunday, 2:00-5:00 p.m., Wed.
3:00-5:00 p.m. Mondays closed. The
public is cordially invited.
Art Exhibit: Non-objective, color
mono-types by Jeanne de Wolfe, Cal-
ifornia artist, and an extensive col-
lection of textiles from Guatemala
are now on exhibition.in the ground
,floor corridor of the College of Archi-
tecture and Design. The exhibit will
be current until Oct. 31.
Michigan Chapter AAUP: All mem-
bers of the faculty are cordially in-
vited to attend the initial meeting of
the year in Rms. 101-3, Michigan
Union, tonight. Prof. C. L. Jamison
will speak on "Standards of Academic
Freedom." Reservation dinner at
6:00. Those unable to attend the din-
ner are urged to come for the pro-
gram at 7:15.
Alpha Phi Omega, national service
fraternity, will hold a rushing smok-
er tonight at 7:30 at the Union for
all men who are or were scouts or
scouters, and are interested in join-
ing a campus service organization.
Undergraduate Education C 1 u b
meeting will be held today at 4:15
p.m. in the Library of the Uni-
versity Elementary School. T h e
topic for this meeting will be "The
English School System." Refresh-
ments will be served. All who are in-
terested are cordially invited to at-
Graduate Outing Club: Absquare
dancing class, sponsored by the
Graduate outing club, will be held in
the Women's Athletic Bldg., tonight
at 8:00. All interested students are
invited. There will be a small fee.
The Regular Thursday Evening
Record Concert sponsored by the
Graduate School will include in its
program Schubert's Symphony in C
Major, Brahm's Piano Trio in B Ma-
jor, and Dvorak's Slavonic Dances. All
aCaV, l.O A Q fl ' C r t rnf l n~ljl} lin -
Economy in that institution. Al
Latin American students are cordially
invited to attend.
Student Religious Association:
Seminar in the Sociology of Re-
ligion will meet today at 3:10 at Lane
The Committee on Cooperation
will meet tonight at 7:45 in Lane Hall.
The Kappa Nu Fraternity will meet
tonight at 7:30 in the Michigan
Union. All members are requested to
The Modern Poetry Club will meet
tonight at 7:15 in the League. See
bulletin board for room. Bring sug-
gestions as to poets and subjects you
would like discussed during the se-
D.R.A.S.: Meeting today at 3:00 at
the League for women from Detroit
holding Regents-Alumni Scholarships.
See Bulletin Board at the desk for
Room. If you cannot be there, phone
Pat Hall 5663 and leave your Ann Ar-
bor address and phone number.
meeting today at 4:00 at the League
for all women living in private homes
on Campus. See Bulletin Board at
the desk for Room.
MYDA meeting today at 4:00 p.m.
in the Union. A report by the Edu-
cational committee will be given. Rec-
ords and singing are included; on the
Agenda. All invited.
Visitors' Night will be held at the
main Observatory on Fri., Oct. 18,
from 7:30 to 9:30. The S t a r
Clusters will be shown if the night
is clear. Children must be accom-
panied by adults. If the sky is cloudy,
the Observatory will miot be open.
The faculty and graduate students
of the chemistry department are cor-
dially invited to attend a mixer at
Rackham, Fri., Oct. 18. Dr. C. B.
Slawson will speak on "Diamonds" in
the Amphitheater at 8:00 and there
will be dancing, food and cards in
the Assembly Hall from 9:00-12:00.
Economics Club meeting at 8:00
p.m., on Mon., Oct. 21, in the Rack-
ham Amphitheater. "OPA: Some Im-
plications for Public Control," by
Prof. Gardner Ackley. Staff members
department of economics and school
of business and graduate students are
The Graduate Outing Club is plan-
ning a hike and supper for Sunday
afternoon, Oct. 20. All graduate stu-
dents, faculty members, and veter-
ans are invited. Sign up at the check
desk in the Rackham Bldg. before
noon Saturday. Meet at the Outing
Club rooms in the Rackham Bldg. at
2:30 p.m. Sunday. Use the northwest
Le Cercle Francais will hold a meet-
ing on Mon., Oct. 21, at 8:00 p.m in
Rm. 305 of the Michigan Union. Prof.
Rene Talamon, of the Romance Lan-
guage Dept., will offer adramatic
reading of several masterpieces of
French literature. On the program
also: Group singing and a social hour.
Students interested in joining the
Cercle Francais may procure mem-
bership tickets from Mr. Koella (Rm.
412, R.L.) or from Mr. Gravit (Rm.
111 R.L.). Any student with one year
of College French or the equivalent
may join the club. All foreign stu-
dents inteirsted in speaking French
and graduate students are cordially
invited to become members.
Hindustan Association: General
meeting on Fri., Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m.
in the International Center, to dis-
cuss plans for Divali celebrations and
affiliation with Hindustan Students'
Association of America. Members and
all others interested are invited.
The Armenian Students' Associa-
tion will meet on Fri., Oct. 18, at 7:30
p.m. in the League. The room number
will be posted. All students of Ar-
menian parentage are cordially in-
The B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation
Library Committee will hold its first
meeting on Fri., Oct. 18, at 4:00 p.m.
Former members and all those inter-
ested are requested to attend.
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To the Editor:
WOULD LIKE to point out a few overlooked
points in reference to the article of racial
discrimination entitled "Is Charter Law?" by
Walt Hoffman which appeared in The Daily
I think it would be well to look into the
cause of action of the residents of West Adams
Heights in seeking to bar Negroes from living
there. I have had some experience in the real
estate business, and I believe more is behind
their move than mere prejudice. Homes in that
suburb represent a goodly outlay, and the people
there are faced with seeing the value of their
property decline considerably. It is a sorry
thing to say, but the state of mind of the coun-
try is still such that the neighborhood will de-
cline in value if Negroes move in. Anybody will
admit that the prospect of losing thousands of
dollars is enough to make the most liberal flinch.
We are all working toward the day when
Negroes will be welcome everywhere, and such
situations will not occur. Still, I believe that
forcing the issue as is being done in California
does not help p, bit - you cannot legislate a
Admittedly we need much enlightenment as a
whole, but misunderstanding issues as in this
case and causing unwelcome, friction will not
help the problem we are all working to resolve.
--James V. Grady
To the Editor:
THE STUDENTS of the English 2 course will
be especially interested in the news that for-
mer Secretary of Commerce Henry A. Wal-
lace has accepted the editorship of the New
Republic, a weekly journal of liberal opinion.
They are using that magazine for their thought-
provoking course. However, the entire student
body of the University will eagerly await the
December date on which Mr. Wallace officially
takes up his new job.-
It is difficult to predict the changes that
Mr. Wallace will make in the magazine's format;
but, undoubtedly we shall be treated to more
bystander considerations of world politics. No
matter what the public's reaction has been to
his past ideas, more discussion will be raised on
the new issues that are to come next December.
This discussion will center public thought on
the problems of world peace and increase pub-
lic knowledge of present world conditions. Mr.
Wallace, whether he creates indignation or
contempt, will stimulate public interest by pro-
voking the present foreign policies. The pub-
lic's added knowledge and new ideas, that will
not necessarily be those of Mr. Wallace, shall
greatly improve their chances of leading the
world to a successful peace.
Congratulations, Mr. Wallace. We shall be
waiting for December to roll around.
-Craig H. Wilson
Before adjourning, gentlemen, let me suggest
that we incorporate two additional points in
the new school syllabus. One. Bring back the
dunce cap .. Two. Decentralize recreational
On his parents' time.
Not on the tax payers. 4d'rro
All those in favor ... ? Aye'
Pop pays taxes,