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VA Bottleneck

IT IS NOT surprising that more than one-
seventh of the University's 11,030, student
veterans have not yet received their Sep-
tember and October subsistence payments.
Even top regional VA officials are unable
to cut their way through their own red tape
to find out how many student veterans have
received their checks. In an outfit where
all records are made in duplicate, tripli-
cate and even sextuplicate, there seems to be.
no record of just how many checks have
been mailed out and to whom they were
Last Tuesday after the VA made its .
third attempt, since the checks were due,
to find out how many veterans on campus
were still checkless, regional officials ex-
pressed surprise that at least 1,360 stu-
dent veterans had not yet received their
fall subsistence. Wednesday 319 more
reported to the VA.



Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only..



One Idea,

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Daily here prints excerpts
from 4'Jobs - Peace - Freedom," Henry Wal-
agce's first article as editor of The New Republic
magazine. Wallace asserts that he will make
thtat magazine the mduthpiece of a new pro-
gressive movement.
IEHARDS of the Right today assert that
jobs for all are beyond the reach of a
society based on peace and freedom. Die-
hards of the Left maintain that freedom
must be sacrificed for the sake. of jobs and
peace. Modern imperialists dream that in
the name of jobs and freedom we shall
fight a third world war.
Rejecting all these, I stand for one
idea: that jobs, peace and freedom can
be attained together and can make pos-
sible One World, prosperous and free,
Within our lifetime.
We can achieve peace, jobs and freedom
in One World without war. But we can-
not preserve any one of these conditions
in any country unless we achieve all three
in all countries. Peace, freedom and jobs
for all are indivisible. Before we win lasting
peace, .we must achieve some measure of
world government and law. But society
conmes before government, as our own his-
tory proves. Before we get world gov-
ernment and law, all peoples must become
in some measure part of One World. Amer-
ica will never be part of One World in
which there is not civil liberty. The USSR
will never be part of One World in which
there is not economic and social security.
All who really believe in One World recog-
nize that the search for peace, freedom and
jobs for all is one worldwide search. This
search is the basis for our new start.
Jobs for all means actionpow to prevent
a serious depression in the United States.
A depression is coming unless we act to
prevent it. If depression comes, two-thirds
of all veterans who have started their own
businesses will go bankrupt; farmers will
face foreclosure; workers will be unem-
ployed. When 2.5 million veterans have no
homes, when 20 million American families
hake incomes of less than $40 a week, when
other millions have used up all their savings,
a depression in America means disaster.
Lowered depression in America will cause
depression everywhere.,
FUNCTION of business today is to
produce goods abundantly at reasonable
prices, pay decent wages and make a fair
profit. Industry cannot and should not bear
the sole responsibility for keeping our econ-
omy at full production. Full employment
at fair standards is the responsibility of
government. We are for whatever measures
deinocratic government must .take, in low-
cost housing, public health, regional de-
velopment, foreign loans, the provision of
minimum standards, progressive taxation,
the lowering of prices through trust-busting
or the efficient operation of disorganized
basil industries by government ownership
or control.
Peace today means action to halt the
dangerous drift toward war. The drift has
gone so far that all governments act as if
they held a mandate from their people to
prepare for the next war. Through this false
ndate the most trivial issues become in-
soluble because they are seen as war prep-
arations. The United States is left to squan-
der its greatness in propping up corrupt and
undemocratic regimes as supposed safe-
guards against comr.nism. Iii the name
Hof security, America is spending $13 billion
a year on armaments and Russia is keeping
five nillion young men in the Red Army.
while factories and fields lie idle. In the
name of security, we are destroying UNRRA
and refusing to send food and supplies to
relieve famine and misery overseas because
relieving famine and misery among other
peoples is supposed to raise their ability to
fight a war.
To carry out a political purpose we are
con emning thousands of people to death
and millions to misery. In the name of
security, German scientists are working in
Russia to develop rockets capable of at-
tacking America while other German scien-
tists work in America to develop rockets
capable of attacking Russia, at a tine when

American and Russian veterans are still dy-

George Beauchamp, acting assistant chief
of the VA regional Rehabilitation and Edu-
cation Division, said, "I had not expected
that there would be so many complaints
1"om veterans who have not received their
Veterans' records are filed with the Uni-
versity and another copy is sent to Jack-
son. Jackson forwards it to Detroit where
it passes through three separate offices.
Apparently the VA loses track of the
records somewhere in one of these four
As a possible solution to the problem, an
editorial in The Daily Nov. 17 proposed that
student veterans be paid by district dis-
bursing officers who would visit each cam-
pus the first of every month.
This proposal drew fire from E. J. Bren-
nan, Chief Disbursing Officer of the Treas-
ury Department, who told a Washington re-
porter that the present system of paying
by check "can't be beat."
The results of the survey are concrete
evidence of the inefficiency of the VA sub-
sistence plan. It is now up to the VA to
clean out its organizational bottlenecks.
-Stuart Finlayson
One World
nations accept world law. Leaders of the
present bipartisan bloc maintain that wel-
fare comes after the peace settlement is
made and security established. I answer
that there will be no permanent settlement
and no security until a world welfare pro-
gram is begun.
This means a Peoples' Peace for every
nation in the world based on the idea of an
all-out effort to eliminate illiteracy and star-
vation. To establish a peoples' peace there
must be international planning by the Unit-
ed States, England and Russia to increase
the productivity of the so-called backward
areas by irrigation dams, power dams, rail-
roads, docks, highways, agricultural ma-
chines, textile mills, machine tools and hos-
We need two 20-year plans. One, the
elimination of illiteracy and starvation
from the world by 1966. Two, the elimina-
tion of transmissible disease and the es-
tablishment of higher worldwide living
standards by 1986. Technologically, it
can be done. Morally, it must be done.
Practically, it is cheaper than war and
the only alternative to war.
This program of making world welfare
a primary objective does not mean aban-
doning a security program. It means dis-
armament, including the effective dismant-
ling of our stockpile of atomic bombs. It
means opposing every step in the scramble
for uranium resources and overseas air bases.
It means supporting collective security
throfigh effective international inspection
and control of activities that could be a
part of war preparations.
rf DAY, of course, we progressives are in
the opposition in Congress. As a minor-
ity party the Republicans were interested
solely in opposition and placed that opposi-
tion above the general welfare of the U.S.
and the world. That is why we are suffer-
ing inflation and facing depression today.
In contrast, the Democrats need to show
how an opposition should act. They should
generously support good legislation and vig-
orously fight bad legislation. We must not
assume that all Republicans are reactionary
tories. We must assume that many millions
who voted Republican last November be-
lieve in One World and not in isolation.
Certainly as progressives we shall appeal
to these millions. Our purpose is not to
play party politics or palace politics, but to
develop a program around which men of
good will can gather,
(Copyright, 1946, The New Republic)

No Mood To Laugh
launched by President Truman and so
ably administered by Wilson Wyatt, has
been flushed down the drain. In the cir-
cumstances, Mr. Wyatt did the only thing
that a self-respecting man could do. He
resigned. That is particularly unfortunate
because there can be no doubt that Mr.
Wyatt was pretty nearly the last outstand-
ing man in an Administration the deck of
which is awash with hungry water.
President Truman promises lightly and
reneges on his promises even more lightly.
His selection of Mr. Wyatt as Housing Ex-
pediter was excellnt. Unfortunately for the
veterans, those who too often have the final
say at the White House first slowed up the
housing program until they could persuade
the President to adopt the scuttling policy
that was put into effect on December 3.
Not only was power to do the housing
job granted by the Patman Act, it was
clearly set out in an Executive Order
signed by the President himself. So, by
statute and by Presidential decree, Wyatt
had plenty of authority. But when he
aimed a directive at George E. Allen, and
Allen refused to obey it, the only recourse
was to appeal to the President. This Mr.
Wyatt finally did. At first the President
stalled, and then Allen and his merry men
got busy. They tossed a forward pass to
Captain Clifford, who crossed the goal
line while Referee Truman blew his whistle
for a touchdown against the veterans.
The first crippling blow at the housing
program was at the hands of the present
Secretary of the Interior, Mr. J. A. Krug.
As chairman of the War Production Board,
he sunk without trace "L-41," an order giv-
ing priority to building materials for low-
cost housing. With this priority struck down,
there resulted a rash of skating rinks, bowl-
ing alleys, etc. Thus the veterans will be
able to bowl with their wives and infants,
even if they have no roof over their heads.
Folloving Mr. Krugs retreat, strike fol-
lowed strike. Housing went into the ash
can. With prices constantly rising, as one
decontrol fell after another, it was neces-
sary to raise wages, increases of which were
followed by still higher prices.
Most of the strategy for destroying the
housing program was developed by George
E. Allen. He and Captain Clifford work
so closely together that the ,Captain has
come to adopt Allen's cliches, one of them
being that "prefabrication would destroy
real estate values." Instead of providing
adequate housing for returned veterans,
these master-minds are now working ort
a theory of scarcity which will mean high-
er housing costs. Henry A. Wallace's con-
ception of killing little pigs was not nearly
so brilliant as is Mr. Allen's plan to kill
prefabricated houses for veterans.
Mr. Allen also believes that it is more
important to get a bill through Congress
next year, extending the life of the RFC,
and therefore his job, than it is to build
houses. The veterans, whose hopes of being
able to buy or rent prefabricated houses at
reasonable prices have beet dashed, may
have any consolation that may be gleaned
from Allen's membership on RFC.
George E. Allen is a funnyman to Presi-
dent Truman. He is to the country, too.
But the country is in no mood to laugh.
(Copyright, 1946, N.Y. Post Corp.)




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EDITOR'S NOTE: Wo 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 of the editorial director.
* * *
WISH to make a corr ction in
the first sentence of t second
paragraph of my letter entitled
"Anti-Lynch Bill" which appeared
in Thursday's Daily. It should not
read "In the past 75 years there
have been 203 recorded lynchings
in the United States . . ." but
"there have been 203 recorded
lynchings in the state of Ten-
nessee alone . . ." I should ap-
preciate it very much if you would
print a statement to this effect in
the Letters to Editor column to-
morrow as this represents a very
grave misrepresentation of the
facts on my part.
-Hanny Gross
Bit Players
To the Editor:
I N REPLY to Mr. Grimshaw's
letter which appeared in Sat-
urday's Daily, I would like to state
-in case said statement should
be of any solace to him-- that a
year agoI was a constant mem-


ber of the audience at both the
Weurth and Whitney theatres, I
am in full accord with his state-
-ment that they show some of the
best pictures in town. It is a
matter of torment and sorrow to
me that a few minor activities
such as classes, studies, eating a-d
sleeping keep me from reviewing
their programs. The exclusion of
the East Side Kids, the Cat Man
series, the Purple Monster, Roy
Rogers and Trigger (the smartest
horse in the movies), Richard
Fraser and Martin Kosleck from
my life has left a cavity only par-
tially filled by the Gargoyle and
Daily staffs. All I can say is:
more power to Mr. Grimshaw. It
is comforting to know that there
are still persons in the world who
can appreciate the lower-cost but
better efforts of Hollywood and its
irreplaceable bit players.
--Joan Fiske
* . *
Basketbaldl Tickets
To the Editor:
THERE may have been justifi-
cation somewhere in putting
us in the end zone football seats.
And possibly Mr. Baker had jus-
tifiable reasons for appropriating
the misused football ticket from
the veteran who felt he was en-
titled to use his wife's ticket when
she chose not to go to a game.
But one wonders just what kind
of ticket manager we have when
basketball tickets are offered to
the public before all the students
have had a chance at them.
Granted we did not turn out
eighteen thousand strong for the.
alphabetical distribution system
but many more would have been
out last Saturday night had we
known with any certainty that
we could have got in the field
house. Why not distribute tickets
to students in the afternoon of a
game on a first come first served
basis as the hockey tickets are
now sold? Any remaining tickets
could be sold to the public at the

Copt. 1946 by Unted Feature Syndicae, Inc.
Tm. Reg. U. S. Pet. Off.-All rghts reserved

U. N. delegates, discussing disarmament, agree that there should
be a world-wide troop count, but can't decide when and how
troops should be inspected. (News item.)

Letters to the Editor.



3 '



At the State . .
Andrea King, Helmut Dantine.
FOR THOSE who love Dantine's sensitive
eyes and King's pearly teeth, this pic-
ture may hold some kascination. Those dis-
tinctive features of the two aforementioned
players leave me chilly and irritable. Their
performances in this tiresome excuse for
entertainment did nothing to warm me to
them. The difficulties in overcoming an
implausible plot and trite dialogue are great.
It helps, however, if one's lines are read
with some semblance of conviction.
* * A' *
At the Michigan .. .
REBECCA (Selznick), Laurence Olivier,
Joan Fontaine.
Y NOW REBECCA can be put in the
category of a film classic. Although the
third trip around one cannot help but no-
tice the subtle overacting, the mechanics
of the. suspense, and the development of
the characters, all this only adds to the
appreciation of a fine job. It is also inter-
esting to view Mr. Olivier in his pre-Shake-
spearian days.
-Joan Fiske

At the Lydia Mendelssohn,...,
THE 39 STEPS. Robert Donat and Mad-
eleine Carrol. Alfred Hitchcock, director.
From the novel by Robert Buchan.
THE FACT that many of us saw this film
at the age of eight should not mar its
effectiveness as one of the thriller classics
of movie history. The well-known Alfred
Hitchcock touches are distinctly evident,
even to the traditional brief appearance of
the great director himself in one of the
early pursuit scenes, of which there are
Even to those who are not familiar with
the famous story of spy-rings and cross-
country chases, it will be clearly evident
that the plot is the thing and that the
actors are there just to help it along. Robert
Donat remains handsomely imperturbable
throughout adventures which, though ster-
eotyped, manage to retain the suspense
which sometimes approaches breath-taking
proportions. Madeleine Carroll does well in
an exasperating role.
The greatest difficulty in appreciating the
picture is to be found in the faulty sound-
track. One almost wishes for English sub-
You may laugh at yourself for sitting on
the edge of your seat, but you'll be sitting
there just the same.
-Natalie Bagrow
PILING paradox upon paradox, the Brit-
ish Laborites fervently believe that they
can achieve American capitalist productive
efficiency, not through competitive private
enterprise, but through state-owned and
managed monopolies. One can only conclude
that it will be a neat trick if they do it.

(Continued from Page 3)
ceptance of veteran book and sup-
ply orders at the bookstores. All
faculty members are requested
to anticipate material needed
through the end of the semester
and authorize same on or before
Dec. 20. All back-orders for ma-
terial not in stock at the book-
stores will be canceled as of Dec.
Application blanks for Scholar-
ships and Fellowships in the
Graduate School for 1947-1948
may be secured from the Office of
the Graduate School between Dec.
9, and Feb. 15. No applications
will be accepted after the latter
School of Education Faculty
meeting at 4:15 p.m., Mon., Dec.
16, University Elementary School
Pre-Medical Student Registra-
tion for Professional Aptitude
Test.Pre-medical students who
are bona fide applicants to the
1947 freshman class in this and
other medical colleges must regis-
ter for the Association of Amer-
ica Medical Colleges Professional
Aptitude Test in Rm. 100B, Rack-
ham Bldg., Dec. 16, 17, or 18. This
examination will be given from
9:00-12 noon and 1:30-4:00 p.m.,
Sat., Jan. 11, 1947, Rackham Lec-
ture Hall. All applicants to the
1947 freshman class in colleges of
medicine will be expected to pre-
sent results on this Professional
Aptitude Test.
All students who have not re-
ceived refunds of their $25.00 Ac-
ceptance Deposit Fee are remind-
ed that unless request for refund is
made at the Cashier's Office,
South Wing, University Hall, on or
before Dec. 20, 1946, the fee will be
The Michigan Bell Telephone
Company will interview men stu-
dents graduating in January at
the Bureau of Appointments, 201
Mason Hall, today for posi-
tions in Commercial, Traffic, and
Accounting Departments. Call
4121, ext. 371, for an appointment.
University Radio Program:
Friday-2:30 p.m. Station
WKAR, 870 Kc. Michigan Mati-
nee, "The Three Wise Men."
Friday - 2:45 p.m. Station
WKAR, 870 Kc. "Explosions in the
Stars"-Dr. D. B. McLaughlin,
Professor of Astronomy.
Friday - 3:30 p.m. Station
WPAG, 1050 Kc. Dorothy Ornest,
All books which have been re-
moved from the libraries of the
University without being properly
charged should be turned in at the
Circulation Department on the
second floor of the General Li-
brary during the week of Decem-
ber 16-20, 1946.
The assistance of all members
of the University in restoring such
books to the Library collections is
earnestly requested.
Warner G. Rice, Director
Orientation Advisers: Thirty to,

forty men are needed to serve as
orientation advisers from Feb. 3
until Feb. 8. Advisers will receive
two meals per day. Veterans and
non-veterans from all schools are
needed. If interested, leave your
name and phone number at the
Registrar's Office, 107 Mason Hall,
or contact Al Farnsworth at the
Union Student Offices.
Willow Village
West Court Community Bldg.
Fri., Dec. 18, 8:00 p.m., Classi-
cal Music Record Concert.
Sat., Dec. 14, 3:00-5:30 p.m.,
Tea given by President and Mrs.
Alexander G. Ruthven for wives
of all University students and fa-
culty members living in Willow
West Lodge
Fri., Dec. 13, 8:30 p.m., U. of M.
Student Record Dance.
Sat., Dec. 14, 8:00 p.m., Inform-
al bridge session.
Swimming and sports for coup-
les every Friday evening at the
Intramural Sports Building.
Lunchrooms have been made
available by the University to stu-
dents and members of the Univer-
sity staff who bring their lunches.
Room 316 of the Michigan Un-
ion and the Russian Tea Room,
opposite the cafeteria on the main
floor, of the Michigan League are
being used for lunchrooms.
Men of Buffalo, and Erie Co.,
N. Y., interested in becoming
members of the Michigan chapter
of Scalp and Blade call Hal Beam,
Mr. R. W. Holmes of the Cur-
tiss-Wright Aircraft Corporation,
Columbus, Ohio, will be at the Bu-
reau of Appointments, 201 Mason
Hall, this morning to interview
aeronautical, mechanical, and
electrical engineers graduating in
February. Call 4121, ext. 371, for
an appointment.
Dr. Wolfgang Stechow, profes-
sor of Fine Arts at Oberlin College,
will lecture on the subject "Rem-
brandt; Genius and Tradition's
(illustrated with lantern slides),
in the Rackham Amphitheatre at
4:15 p.m. today; auspices
of the Department of Fine Arts.
The public is cordially invited.
The Museum of Art presents
Prints by George Rouault, and
African Negro Sculpture, in the
galleries of Alumn i'Memorial
Hall, Dec. 4-20; weekdays, except
Mondays, 10-12, and 2-5; Sundays
2-5; Wednesday evening, 7-9. The
public is invited.
Exhibit of student work of the
Cooper Union Art School, New
York, will be current from Dec. 5
to 20, ground floor corridor, Col-
lege of Architecture and Design.
Michigan Takes Shape -a dis-
play of maps. Michigan Histori-
cal Collections, 160 Racklham.
Hours: 8-12, 1:30-4:30 Monday
through Friday; 8-12 Saturday.

Events Today
Lutheran Student Association:
Married Couples' Christmas Party
at the Lutheran Student Associa-
tion Center, 1304 Hill Street, this
evening at 8:00.
Gamma Delta, Lutheran Stu-
dent Club, will have its Christmas
Party tonight at '8 o'clock at the
Student Center, 1511 Washtenaw
Biological Chemistry Seminar
meet at 3 p.m. today, Rm. 319 W.
Medical Bldg. "The Use of Isoto-
pes in the Study of Carbohydrate
Metabolism," will be discussed.
Open meeting.
Christmas Party, 9:15-12 p.m.,
today, Robert Owen Co-operative
House. Dancing and refreshments.
German Coffee Hour, sponsored
by the Deutscher Verein today
from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., League
Coke Bar.
Lutheran Student Association
Christmas Party at Lane Hall to-
day, 8:00 p.m.
Academic Notices
Algebra Seminar: Will meet to-
day at 4:15 p.m. in 3201 Angell
Hall. Dr. Tornheim will speak on
Valuation Theory.
Coming Events
Le Cercle Francais Christmas
party Tues., Dec. 17, 8 p.m. As-
sembly Room of the Rackhaxmn
Building. French Christmas Car-
ols; dancing; refreshments. Miss
Rose Derderian will sing some
French songs. Women students
may have 11 o'clock permission.
The U. of M. Chapter of the In-
tercollegiate Zionist Federation of
America is celebrating Hanukah
with a gala festival at the Hillel
Foundation on Sunday, Dec. 15,
from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
The Christmas party of the
Sociedad Hispanica will be held
Sunday evening, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m.
in the International Center. All
members are invited to attend.
The Art Cinema League pre-
sents a British mystery film,
Hitchcock's "39 STEPS," with
Madeleine Carroll , and Robert
Donat. Friday, Saturday, 8:30
p.m. Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
Phone 6300 for reservations. Box
office opens 2 p.m. daily.
Graduating Outing Club. Hike
or outdoor sports at 2:30 p.m.,
Sun., Dec. 15. Sign up at check
desk in Rackham Bldg. before
noon Saturday.
A laboratory bill of one-act
plays, presented by the speech de-
partment, 8:30 p.m., Thurs., Dec.
19, Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
Admission free.
Scalp and Blade rushing meet-
ing at 7 p.m., Sun., Dec. 15, Rm.
325, Union. Actives -and rushees
urged to attend. Election of offi-
cers. Plans for Christmas Ball
will be discussed.


Yet's Subsistence
To the Editor:
I SAW your article in The Daily
last Wednesday concerning the
plan to increase veterans' subsis-
tence. I am a veteran and about
to be married. My future wife is
still in school and is, therefore,
unable to work full time. Due to
the recent tremendous increase in
the cost of living, my small tav-
ings accumulated during the war
are rapidly dwindling. I know
that there, are many other vet-
erans on campus with almost the
same situation. If we are to con-
tinue in school without undue
hardships, some plan of relief
must be proposed. This plan to
petition the government is the
first step in this direction. If we
all get behind the VO and support
this organization in its program,
we can --ease the veteran's situa-
tion in the colleges throughout
the country.
At present there seems to be
very little agitation either for or
against this measure. It is cer-
tainly worth the while of every
veteran on campus to consider it,
and I would like to hear some
opinions expressed.
-Harold J. Lawson

us a chance Mr. Baker.
-Robert Reinke

Fifty-Seventh Year
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