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Unbeatable System

YES SIR. It's the greatest little check
distribution system there is. It "can't
be beat."
That's what E. J. Brennan told reporters
who asked him what he thought of the
present veterans' check distribution set-up.
E. J. is a big man in the Treasury De-
He claims that "there is no delay in our
Or more exactly, E. J. holds that there is
only one day's delay in mailing the vet's
check after the claim is received from the
Veterans Administration.
On the other hand, J. F. Campbell, of
the Detroit VA office, says there is a five-
day delay in getting the checks out of the
Cleveland disbursing office.
Far be it from us to contradict E. J. and
J. F.
It is difficult to disentangle the red tape
encountered in the VA and the Treasury
But the fact remains that even though
the present system is "unbeatable," there
are a great many veterans on this campus
who haven't received checks for months.
- V
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
gher Teach

There are also University students being
treated at University Hospital for 65 to 85
per cent disabilities who have not received
checks in four months.
Loans from the University are still be-
ing requested by veterans.
Whether or not the government knows
it, a large number of veterans at the Uni-
versity are living on less than a shoe-string.
Such a condition cannot be remedied
by government offices passing the buck
and claiming that the source of incon-
venience is "unbeatable."
The Daily's plan for decentralized dis-
bursing units, similar to those employed
during the war by the armed services, was
described by -Brennan as less efficient than
the present set-up.
Perhaps Brennan is right and the
Treasury Department should be absolved
of blame for late checks -which tosses
the entire problem right in the lap of
the Veterans Administration.
For if Brennan is right, then the pri-
mary source of check delay lies in the VA's
system for processing claims.
Either the inefficiency in the present
claim-processing set-up should be remedied
or the system should be decentralized.
That part of the procedure for paying
veterans subsistence, at least, is not "un-
Robert Goldman
Clayton Dickey
Paul Harsha
ers Salaries,

TfHE Michigan Education Association, as
a result of the adoption of the sales tax
diversion amendment in the.recent election,
is now conducting an extensive campaign
for higher salaries for school employes.
The MEA was one of the chief backers
of the amendment, which returns one-third
of sales tax proceeds to the cities and
schools and in addition guarantees a mini-
mum annual appropriation for schools of
43 per cent of sales tax returns for the
preceding year.
The president of the NEA, Lee B. Durham,
declares that there should be "better teach:-
ing, more teachers, smaller classes, better
buildings and more equipment," and that
there is "assurance of sufficient funds to
place all school employes on adequate pay
and at the same time to get a building
program under way."
We cannot deny, that better buildings
and equipment, and the increase in teach-
ers' salaries which would result in better
teaching, are sorely needed in this state's
educational system, as elsewhere, and that
if the sales tax amendment could really
fill these needs, it would be of infinite
However, we must ask whether, in the
long run, the amendment will actually re-
sult in increased financial benefits to the
school districts. Prof. Robert Ford, director
of the Bureau of Government, in his pre-
Oloction analysis of Proposal bto. Twd,

stated that the amendment will be of im-
mediate financial benefit to the schools,,
but that whether it will be of any perma-
nent benefit will depend on the level of
property tax levies.
If property tax levies remain at their
present level of $71,500,000 for the entire
state, there would be a gain of some $42,000,-
000 for school districts. However, with the
increased state aid the localities are apt
to reduce their property taxes, Prof. Ford
said, and the gain to school districts will
not be, as great as expected. Also, if the
state, imposes additional taxes to maintain
state services, as they will probably be
forced to do, residents of school districts
will have to pay more taxes.
Thus, the long-range benefit to school
districts of the sales tax amendment, which
the MEA is presupposing, is doubtful. But
there is a chance that the temporary finan-
cial benefit may bring about some perma-
nent good with regard to teachers' salaries.
Prof. Claude Eggertson of the School of
Education has said, "There is a possibility
that if schools receive more money for a
year or so, salaries might be advanced
permanently to a higher level."
If this slim possibility should be real-
ized, and the precedent for higher teach-
ers' salaries be established, then the MEA's
campaign will have done some good. It's
a half-way solution at best, but it's bet-
ter than none.
-Frances Paine

Holiday Party
THE SIGNS are that we Americans plan
a whale of a holiday week for ourselves
at the end of this year. Christmas shopping
has never been better. And that is odd, be-
cause when it comes to buying necessaries,
like shoes, the public is ornery and resist-
ant. The Wall Street Journal tells of one
shoe producer, forced into a price increase
by rising costs, who has reports from his
retailers of business dropping as much as
40 per cent. But no toy is too expensive.
It is going to be a party, a party for which
pennies are being saved and piggy banks
raided. There will be a certain reminiscent
cast about the party, of course, for it will
be a party in memory of the wartime boom,
and for a little while it will seem to those
who participate that the boom is still on.
It will be a blessed week of bliss recaptured,
an odd New Year's Eve of looking backward,
for no one really buys Scotch at $12.50 a
bottle in order to hail cotton futures at 25
cents, down from, 40. It will be Christmas
Past they' will be looking for in the bottom
of the glass.
Perhaps, underneath, we do remember
how, during all those hysterical years, when
so few were at home, nobody was really
outside; and perhaps that is one reason
for the coming party. Wave to the people
at the next table, and sing with them, in
spurious communion; for ahead lies the
cold hour of dispersal, when the race is to
the swift. There was a time when your
neighbor walked the street with you as you
watched, perhaps naively, yet somehow
splendidly, for the approach of the enemy's
aircraft; now he will take your shirt, if he
can, for a beefsteak. But not tonight; sing
The last party of the boom is indeed a
kind of farewell party, in clear memory of
an old acquaintance, even though it may
have been a strange, passing brief acquaint-
ance; and tomorrow you will be alone. Per-
haps in time to come we may be haunted
by the hope of recapturing that old togeth-
erness for our days of peace; but it will
be difficult to think of methods, and we
shall each be busy.
(Copyright 1946, by the N.Y. Post Syndicate)
0 The Budget Problem
Style Changes
A COED we know is having a time trying
to plan her clothes budget for the rest
of the school year.
She's a senior.
She isn't sure whether she can last out
her college career without buying at least
one more pair of saddle shoes.
They don't wear such things much on
the outside, she thinks.
Only for weekends in the country - is
about it.
They Were Expendable
A PRETTY RELIABLE pipeline tipped us
off that the University is in the process
of inventorying its office and room equip-
The word we get is to the effect that coat
hangers are being inventoried while waste-
baskets are not.
Wastebaskets seem to be written off to
something or other.
Senior High Seances
TALKING about this wild new world, we
note with interest two plays currently
advertised - about - drug -store - windows. It
seems that the local high school classes of

'47 are hotly competing with the usual sen-
ior class plays.
The thing that stopped us was the titles.
One school is giving out with "Blithe Spirit"
while the other group of budding thespians
will stage something called "One Mad
Next year: "Lady in the Dark" and "Spell-
Naked Imagery
WE WERE sitting in a class a couple of
days ago with the professor reading
from a contemporary's latest work on gov-
"According to this authority, 'the current
concept of the state would have state cov-
ering society much as the skin covers the
The instructor looked up and added, "I
will not attempt to pursue this image any
Contributions to this column are by all members
of The Daily staff, and are the responsibility of
the editorial director.
The gravest danger arising from the
abandonment of controls is its probable
effect on the housing situation. Although
rent ceilings are to remain, Mr. Truman in-
dicated that they would probably have to
be raised, and the real-estate interests will
certainly now redouble their efforts to
boost revenues.
-The Nation

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The Unknown Soldier-1946



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EDITOR'S NOTE: No letter to the
editor will be printed unless signed
and written in good taste. Letters
over 300 words in length will be
shortened or omitted; in special in-
stances, they will be printed, at the
discretion osf the editorial director.
* * *
To the Editor:
LAST Spring and even occasion-
ally last Summer I got letters
from Cleveland. Yes sir, the V.A.
Finance Officer there used to write
me every once in a while. I liked
those carefully penned notes, too.
They made it easier for me to keep
up with my wide correspondence
with bill collectors.
But for months now, I have not
heard from Cleveland. I have writ-
ten to Washington and Detroit.
Still no word from Cleveland. My
friends thee have cut me cold.
I try not to feel forgotten; I
suppose tney are busy. With so
many veterans in school, they must
be swamped. I do get some bitter
consolation from The Daily head-
lines; 75% of Vets checkless. I
watch carefully the tabulated box
scores on University loans. I read
the long, explanations for the de-
lay. I even- sympathize with the
overworked government employes



Letters to the Editor ..


LAKE SUCCESS-Talking more generous-
ly than we act is a common American
failing detrimental to our good name.
For example - in opening this UN Assem-
bly, President Truman assured the listen-
ing world that "the United States will
support the United Nations with all the
resources we possess." -
Yet a couple of weeks later John Foster
Dulles came out with a plan for an Ameri-
can; strategical trusteeship which would
give us undisputed control of the entire
Pacific Ocean. He followed up his plan by
remarks construed by the newsmen. who
heard them as meaning that if our plan
should be refused by the Security Council
(whose approval is legally necessary) we
should go ahead with much the same high-
handed, plan, regardless.
The newsmen also construed Mr. Dulles
as having implied that anyway we could
keep the islands in question "by right of
That American interests would really be
furthered by a militarist scheme that serves
to- hide the ability of our army and navy
to foresee the shape of the next war is
very doubtful. That such a unilateral veiled
annexation would be contrary to the Presi-
dent's promise to "support the United Na-
tions with all the resources we possess" is
certain. For our strongest resource is the
decision steadfastly to exert our power
through the United Nations and not uni-
laterally as a bossy or imperialist nation.
U. S. stock at Lake Success fell several
points as the result of our trusteeship pro-,
The notion of holding the strategical
area by "right of conquest" would be of-
fensive in another way. It would make
mock of our resistance to certain intended
Soviet grabs. It is hard to see how we
could logically be opposing South Africa's

Defeat in World War II will erase the
claims of Japan and Italy to any part
in that sovereignty. But the three re-
maining Powers, the U. S., France, and
Britain, have equal rights. For the U. S.
to set these aside on the ground that "we
conquered the islands" would be opening
an auction in grab wherein the U. S.
would not necessarily come out on top.
American experts explained that they had
been forced into the Dulles position, not
only by the American armed forces (whose
hatred of real international cooperation
amounts almost to a frenzy) but by Ameri-
can public opinion. It is 4 fact that the
American Administration has to tread a
careful path between enlightened interna-
tionalism concentrated on avoiding the next
.war, and obsolescent nationalism intent
on winning it regardless.
Happily, the Truman promise of support-
ing the United Nations' is returning to the
fore. In a second speech, Mr. Dulles ex-
plained, that the United Nations is not yet
capable of undertaking any sort of collect-
ive trusteeship.
It appears that when the American Pro-
posal comes before the Security Council
for approval, sometime within the next
week or two, the American spokesman will
explain that 1) we do not intend to hold
the three archipelagos indefinitely as a
"closed" strategic area; 2) that once the
other Pacific countries have accepted reg-
ulation of armaments with supervision, we
are prepared to review our original position;
and, conceivably, 3) that once the United
Nations Trusteeship Council shows that it
can function satisfactorily, we might con-
sider entrusting to the UN part of the
million square miles involved.
This does not go far enough. What our
spokesman should promise is not that
we may, but that we will, turn the bulk
of the Pacific islands over to the collect-
ive trusteeship of the United Nations
just as soon as certain nrecise cnnditinns

Publication in The Daily Official
Bulletin is constructive notice to all
members of the University. Notices
for the Bulletin should be sent in
typewritten form to the office of the
Assistant Lo the President, Room 1021
Angell Hall, by 3:00 p.m. on the day
preceding publication (11:00 a.m. Sat-
SATURDAY, NOV. 30, 1946
VOL. LViL, No. 5
Faculty Meeting of the College
of Litera!.ure, Science, and the
Arts at 4:10 p.m., Mon., Dec. 2,
Rm. 1025 Angell Hall.
Hayward Keniston
1. Consideration of minutes of
meeting of November 4, (pp. 1295-
2. Consileration of reports sub-
mitted with the call to this meet-
a. Exe Sutive Committee-Pro-
fessor Clark Hopkins.
b. Unversity Council -Pro-
fessor S. B. Myers. No re-
c. Executive Board of Gradu-
ate School-Professor K. K.
d. Senate Advisory Commit-
tee on University Affairs-
Professor R. V. Churchill.
e. Deans' Conference -
Dean Hayward Keniston.
3. Special order. Nominations to
the Executive Committee panel-
Professor N. E. Nelson.
4, Announcement. Machine
scoring of examinations-Profes-
sor G. M. Stanley.
5. New Business.
School of Business Administra-
tion-All tudent who intend to
transfer to the School of Business
Administration for the spring se-
mester, 197, and who have not
submitted the ir applications,
should secure these blanks at Rm.
108, Tappan Hall and turn them
in immediately.
Automoie Regulation, Senior
Medical ' udents: The automo-
bile regulation will be lifted for
graduating seniors in the Medical
School at noon on Sat., Nov. 30.
Office 01 the Dean of Students
Students, College of Literature,
Science and the Arts: Applica-
tions for scholarships for the year,
1947-48, should be made before
Dec. 2. Application forms may be
obtained at 1220 Angell Hall and
should be filed at that office.
Recreational Swimming for
Women Students: The Michigan
Unin Swniming Pool will be open
from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Sat., Nov.
Mr. Woislegel of International
Business Machines will be in our
office on Tuesday, Dec. 3, to inter-
view electrical and mechanical en-
gineers for design and develop-
ment work on small electrical and
electro-mechanical mechanisms.
He is also interested in a limited
number of industrial engineers.
Any men who will graduate in
February and are interested in
talking to him, call extension 371,
for an appointment.

University Lecture: Charles P.
Parkhurst, Jr., curator of the Al-
bright Art Gallery of Buffalo, will
lecture on the subject, "The Dis-
covery ani Restitution of Art.
Loot in Geimany" (illustrated),at
4:15 p.m., Tues., Dec. 3, in ,the
Rackham Amphitheater; auspices
of the Department of Fine Arts.
University Lecture: Professor
W. V. D. Hodge of Cambridge Uni-
versity, England, will lecture on
the subject, "Harmonic Integrals,"
at 4:15 p.n., Wed., Dec. 4, in 3011
Angell Hall. under the auspices of
the Department of Mathmetics.
The public is cordially invited.
Universiy Lecture: Dr. John R.
Knott, Assistant Professor of Clin-
ical Psychology, Department of
Psychiatry. State University of
Iowa, will lecture on the subject,
"Electro cortical variations in be-
havior disorders," at 4:15 p.m.,
Mon., Dec 9, Rackham Amphi-
theater; auspices of the Depart-
ment of Prychiatry and the Bu-
reau of Psychological Services.
The public is cordially invited.
Academic Notices
Doctoral Examination for Max
Richard Matteson, Zoology; the-
sis: "Life History and Ecology of
Elliptio complanatus." Saturday,
Nov. 30, at 9:00 a.m., Rm. 3091,
Natural Science. Chairman, F. E.
Mathematics 300: Orientation
seminar meet at 7:00 p.m., Mon.,
Dec. 2, Rm.. 3001 Angell Hall. Mr.
C. L. Peiry will speak on Arc
Homeomo. phisms.
Wildlife Management Seminar
at 4:30 pm., Mon., Dec. 2, Rm.
2039 Natural Science Bldg. Dr. G.
A. Ammann of the Michigan Con-
servation Department will speak.
All students in Wildlife Manage-
ment are expected to attend, and
anyone else is welcome.
Faculty Recital: Mabel Ross
Rhead, pianist, will present a pro-
gram of compositions by Bach,
Scarlatti, Schumann, and Chopin,
at 4:15 Sunday afternoon, Dec. 1,
in Lydia Mendelssohn Theater.
The public is invited.
Orchestra Concert: The Univer-
sity of Michigan Symphony Or-
chestra, Wayne Dunlap, conduc-
tor, will present its first concert of
the season at 8:30 Wednesday eve-
ning, Dec. 4, in Hill Auditorium.
Soloists wiA be Andrew B. White,
Professor of Voice in the School of
Music, and Nelson Hauenstein,
flutist, a graduate student. The
program will be open to the gen-
eral public without charge.
Student Recital: Under the aus-
pices of the Epsilon Chapter of
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, national
honorary music fraternity, 8:30
p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in Lydia
Mendelssohn Theater. Emil Raab,
conductor, and Robert Holland,
tenor solist, students in the
School of Music. Open to the gen-
eral public

Events Today
Gamma Delta, Lutheran Stu-
dent Club, skating party at 7:45
Saturday night. Meet at the Stu-
dent Center, 1511 Washtenaw.
Coming Events
Science Research Club meeting
at 7:30 p.m., Tues., Dec. 3, Rack-
ham Amphitheater. Program:
Spaces and Functions, S. B. Myers,'
Mathemati ;s Department;
The Enzyme Approach to Bio-
logical Problems, P. K. Stumpf,
School of Public Health.
Introduction of new members.
First and Second Year Fores-
ters: Round table and general get-
together meeting at 7:30 p.m.,
Mon., Dec. 2, Russell Seminar, Rm.
4065 Natural Science Bldg. You
are urged to attend.
All students taking courses in
the School of Education are invit-
ed to the School of Education So-
cial Hour from 4-6 p.m., Sun., Dec.
1, Elementary School Library.
Wives and husbands of students
are also invited. The School of
Education staff will be present.
Women's Research Club meet at
8:00 p.m., Mon. Dec. 2, Rackham
Amphitheater. Mrs. Kamer Aga-
Oglu will speak on the subject,
"Ying Ch'ing Porcelain Found in
the Phillipines."
Wood Technology Students: Mr.
J. C. McCarthy, Secretary, The
National Association of Furniture
Manufactuiers will speak on the
subject, "The Furnitu e Industry,"
at 10:00 a.m., Tues., Dec. 3, Rm.
2042, Natural Science Bldg. All
Wood Technology students are ex-
pected to be present. Others in-
terested are invited.
Le Cerele Francais meeting at
8:00 p.m., Tues., Dec. 3, Rm. 305,
Union. Mr. Ferdinand Dierkens,
graduate engineer from Belgium
will speak informally on 'La vie
des etudiants a Bruxelles et a
Conversation group of the So-
ciedad Hispanica meet at 4:00
p.m., Mon., Dec. 2, International
The Graduatee Outing Club
hike at 2:30 -p.m., Sun., Dec. 1,
Outing Club Rooms, Rackham
Bldg. Sign up at the check desk
in Rackham Bldg. before noon
The U. of M. Hot Record Society
will present a record concert of
jazz music at 8:00 p.m., Sun., Dec.
1, ABC Room, League. Anyone in-
terested is cordially invited.
Phi Eta Sigma pictures for the
'47 Ensian will be taken at 9:00
p.m., Tues., Dec. 3, Room C,
Russian Circle Members meet at
7:00 p.m., Mon., Dec. 2, 3rd floor
of the League, to have Ensian pic-
ture taken.
Russian Circle meet at 8:00 p.m.,
Mon., International Center.
Mrs. Lill Pargment will speak
(Continued on Page 4)

who must check and double-
check record after record before
we get our checks. Sometimes I
even dream about my records go-
ing through hundreds of cautious
hands in Detroit and Cleveland of-
fices, and I silently wish them
Godspeed and a safe, swift pas-
sage. I try to understand the de-
lay' is caused by the grim necessity
of keeping the many records down
to the very last cent.
I try to do all this, but it is
tough, especially when I talk to a
neighbor of mine. Strangely
enough, lie tells me that he has
gotten his subsistence checks right
along as regularly as you could
want. Every month promptly the
brown envelope with a Cleveland
postmark arrives. This guy is in-
deed lucky, too, because he was in
Summer School and hasn't even
sent in his report on income yet.
He doesn't see why he should re-
port his income, however, because
he isn't in school now and hasn't
been this fall. As a matter of fact,
he dropped out of school last sum-
mer. Yet every month he gets that
subsistence check.
Don't think that this neighbor
of mine is trying to cheat anyone.
Way last summer, he says, he
promptly reported to the V.A. that
he was quitting school. Since then,
every time he gets a check, he re-
minds the V.A. that he is no long-
er in schocl, no longer entitled to
the subsistence. But every
My neighbor says frankly that
he doesn't know how to stop the
things. You can see that he has a
problem. I feel sorry for the poor
guy too, when I'm not busy feeling
sorry for the overworked V.A.
--Keith McKean
* * *I
A Slight Case
To the Editor:
WITH reference to the small
item Lsy Harold L. Ickes on
Sunday's editorial page, I wish to
say that DmecoartseNors,eod are
placed in a rather repcarouis ('&
position othbyy Mr. Ickes and the
aidl's sypetetters. Whether or not
htheir defeat in the recent elec-
the recent election by the
Rebupilcans was due to bonfyde
resurgence of converstism ermains
to be seen. Wit a satisfact-satis-
factory majority in both houses,
be seen. Wit a satisfact- the poll
tax states. On this we are all
agreed. Mr. Ickes has indeed
struck a telling blow.
-E. A. Rutan
Bus Controversy .
To the Editor:
In reference to the editor's note
under the letter captioned "Village
Bus Service" in Thursday's Daily,
I would like to say that dispatch-
er Sam Conway is a prevaricator.
Upon confronting him five min-
utes after the incident occurred he
admitted to me that there were
fifteen people in line and one seat
left on the first bus. (I say that
there were twenty people.) He in
no way indicated that the "fif-
teen or twenty" people in line
should get on the full bus since
another would not be run, but in-
stead had all three, buses depart
leaving "fifteen or twenty" of us
Plant Superintendent Walter
Roth oughtuto know that his em-
ploye's story is sheer fabrication
of the truth.
Barton Koslow
Aid~iuu4&t A
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