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A Real Meal Ticket

AN UNPLEASANT PACT which is not so
easy for well-fed America to pass off
lightly is that there are 230 million starving
children overseas.
Today, leap year's extra day, has been
,c t aside by the United Nations for the bene-
fit of poorly clothed and hungry children
everywhere. Workers, merchants, indus-
trialists, everyone, all over the world is
urged by the UN to give whatever they earn
on this extra day to the needs of the children.
Nor are students being overlooked in the
quest for funds.
At 8 p.m. tonight Leland Stowe will speak
at Hill Auditorium in a fund-raising lec-
ure. The United World Federalists and the
student Famine Committee, sponsors of the
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
acre written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

lecture, have set up a cry that all students
support the appeal for funds by buying
tickets. Yet the response to this worthy
cause has been negligible. It is especially
disheartening in view of the fact that tickets
for games, dances and movies are being
bought with ui sto on imms.
Herotofore M igau HIents have Inot
been advme to lending thwir support to
Crives for infantile paralysis funds and the
like. Famine relief is certainly no less
vital. The major part of these funds will be
used to provide at least 20 million starving
children with one supplementary meal a day.
A similar plan was employed successfully
last year on a much smaller scale.
In addition to swelling the fund for fam-
ine relief, the student will be profiting
from an analysis of world government by
ene of the most noted journalists America
has produced.
A ticket for the Stowe lecture means a
meal for a starving European child.
-Phyllis Kulick

C ity E d it o r ",,;SoTs

Letters to the Editor


0NCE IN A WHILE the flow
from or noble Congress in
gets so bad you can't ignore it.

o l i1 l l c
\Vasl hill!"t1. O

Useless Harvesit

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27-The economic
planting of the Republican-controlled
Congress during last year's special session
is beginning to reap its harvest. It is a
harvest largely of useless weeds, and the
poisoned soil gives promise of issuing forth
with some really dangerous crops! It is the
kind of harvest it had to be from the very
nature of the seeds that were sown.
The GOP refused last fall to enact Presi-
dent Truman's recommendations for gov-
ernment controls over the economy. In-
stead, the Tafts, the Hallecks, the Joe Mar-
tins decided to buy a package of seeds
marked "voluntary" cooperation among in-
dustry groups.
Now the Republicans find themselves


NOT QUITE A DREAM, Hughes, Double-
day, $3.00, 277 pages.
Major Hopwood Award, 1946
NNYNOVEL that centers around a social
problem runs the risk of being little
more than a sociological study. The risk is
doubled when the problem is familiar and
a popular subject, for the product is apt to
be a stereotyped study that lacks convin-
cing freshness. To avoid both traps and
raise the fiction above the level of ordinary
sociology, the author must have the imag-
inative ability that envisages people as
something more than the types which they
must first be to make the thesis valid. The
skill which raises them above typicality
will determine, partially, the value of the
novel. But an even higher level can be
reached depending on the value of the ideas
and the depth of their synthesis with the
rest of life.
Miss Hughes has been remarkably suc-
cessful in producing a problem novel well
above the sphere of sociology or journalism.
The story is a presentation in all its com-
plexities, of the Jew-Gentile intermarriage
conflict. The fundamental difference in in-
tellectual belief is combined with problems
of the emotional ties that bind each per-
son to his tradition and culture, the purely
social difficulty of facing prejudice from
outsiders, the strong family loyalties that
are involved, and the personal adjustments
that are necessary. The very complexities
avoid the usual pattern of such novels, and
they qre built up and interwoven with a
high degree of skill.
Perhaps the most unusual aspect of the
novel is the profound understanding and
sympathy with which Miss Hughes has
treated all facets of her problem. She has
portrayed an orthodox Jewish family with
sympathetic sensitivity, showing the faith
and the beauty of belief which binds all the
members together, even to the petty crim-
inal, somewhat sub-human, eldest son.
Though the two families are poles apart
culturally, they meet on the common ground
of their possessive love for their children.
Opposed to this perverse but powerful fam-
ily love is the love which drew the two
people, Sidney and Joslynn, together. Part
of the complete and deep understanding
from which the book was written is the
recognition that there is no simple solu-
tion. The author has presented us with no
optimistic view for the future of the mar-
riage. The chances are equal on either side,
but it will be a battle all the way.
Sensitivity and maturity, combined with
a technical skill that has made characters
into human beings and produced a fast
moving, sharply drawn story, all result in
a good novel. Its freshness comes from the
depth of understanding and from the in-
clusion of the larger issue of correlating be-
lief with practical living. There has not
been a synthesis of these larger issues ade-
quate to produce a great novel, but they are
touched upon sufficiently to extend its lim-
itations beyond the obvious story problem:
-Margery Wald
* * *
New Books at General Library

forced to help in reaping the maturing har-
vest. They are doing it a bit shamefacedly,
slipping the crops in through the back
door, trying to make as little fuss about it
as possible. The other day, the Senate
quietly passed a bill to allow the govern-
ment to ration grain to the nation's distil-
lers, legislation which the Administration
had to ask because the distillers persistent-
ly refused to agree to grain-saving measures
under the voluntary procedure laid down
by the Republican legislation.
And, with the "anti-inflation" legislation
written large on the statute books, news
comes from that most basic industry. steel,
not of a price drop, but of an increase. The
Republicans have to help in harvesting that
crop too. In addition to Administration in-
vestigations, the Joint Congressional Eco-
nom Committee, headed by GOP policy
leader Taft, is summoning steel men for
questioning on the inflationary move.
About the only voluntary agreements be-
ing made these days are agreements in vio-
lation of the anti-trust laws, not to lower,
but to raise and fix prices. The Justice De-
partment claims it is finding such illegal
agreements all over the place, and depart-
ment officials say there are plenty more to
be uncovered. Indictment follows indict-
ment-rubber, real estate, all kinds of man-
ufacturing industries, and even, in the lat-
est anti-trust action, dairy companies.
The GOP had better go shopping again.
Right there on the shelf, as easily obtain-
able and infinitely more effective than the
seeds marked "voluntary agreement," is
another package. It is marked "compulsory
MYDA Request
sity approval has yet to be acted upon,
but the results can easily be prophesied.
Despite the support of YPCM, AVC, IRA
and ADA, approval will not be granted
because the conditions that originally led to
the MYDA ban still exist. The University
saw fit to ban the organization; it will
undoubtedly see its way clear to maintain
that ban for the same reasons.
Just what these reasons were that led
to the ban, were never officially released.
President Ruthven did not wish to discuss
the matter even after an appeal from the
Student Legislature. The resulting haze of
misunderstanding has led students to two
possible interpretations of the University's
actions, that must be analyzed.
Students blamed the current Red scare.
But the witchhunters have increased their
activities with the approach of the pres-
idential elections.
Students also blamed MYDA, itself, for
the manner in which it operated. As an
affiliate of the American Youth for Democ-
racy, Communist dominated organization,
MYDA is a local version of the Pied Piper
playing a liberal tune. The tune piped
begins with an aria to racial tolerance, free-
dom of speech and other enticing melodies.
The claim is that when all the students
fall in line, and are united, the melody will
revert to Communism.
This Pipe Piper concept points out that
MYDA should announce itself for what it is
-an organization that "will afford an op-
portunity for Communists to present their
views . . .. " (The Karl Marx Society was
formed for the express purpose of studying
Marxian doctrine and was approved as
MYDA has made no move to reorganize
and explain its real motives and the Red
scare continues unabated. Although this
writer considers the scare only a manufac-
tured propaganda device and the charac-
ter of MYDA insignificant (caveat emptor-
-let the buyer beware), those are the two
best reasons put forth for the ban and
neither of them have been removed.
Unfortunately, MYDA is still out of luck.
-Craig 11. Wilson.

FOR THE FIRST TIME, practical South-
ern politciians are talking seriously
about the end of the one-party system in the
South. This is, of course, the result of the

Latest item, a piece of drivel quoting
Michigan's Representative George A. Don-
dero, was carried by the Associated Press
a few days ago. Dondero ponderously af-
firms that the Stars and Stripes, army
newspaper in the German Occupation Zone,
is printing "pro-Soviet, pro-communist and
anti-American material."
Hot dn the trail of this "subversive
activity," Dondero excitedly pointed to
Stars and Stripes yarns about a CIO at-
tack on the Taft-Hartley Act, an insult-
ing allusion to Eve Peron and a cartoon
unfavorable to the House un-American
Activities Committee.
Dondero wants the army to investigate
Stars and Stripes to find out if these "an-
ti-American" articles are the result of
"sheer stupidity or the machinations of a
communist clique in the American Military
That's the kind of stuff put out by our
representatives in Washington. Rather in-
ocuous to have an ignorant lawmaker talk-
ing about stupidity in military government.
According to full-fledged American Don-
dero, newspapers can't print stories detri-
mental to the un-American Activities gang
in Congress, or fascist Peron of Argentina,
or labor's views on the Taft-Hartley bill.
I can see his point, stories of this type are
liable to degenerate into criteisms of Con-
gressmen themselves. In fact, this column
is probably anti-American because it slings
mud on spotless Dondero.
Just because a newspaper is controlled
by the Army is no reason why a run of
the mill representative in Congress should
have the power to tell them what to print.
GI's in Germany have just as much right
to know everything going on back in the
states as have the readers of the New
York Times or The Michigan Daily.
Come on, Dondero, wise up. Just be-
cause you're a high and mighty Congress-
man you can't throttle freedom of the press.
That's something safeguarded by the Con-
stitution-and not subject to the whims of
a publicity-seeking representative.
Strange Criteria
SOME TIME AGO we pointed out the in-.
evitable approval of the veterans pay
hike due to the fact that it is an election
year. But even the optimistic could scarce-
ly have foreseen what the Congressional
vote seekers may shower down on our
shoulders in the way of politicdl plums.
Every veteran is to be given a free life
insurance policy with no strings attached.
No money to pay, just a $10,000 life insur-
ance policy "to every man or woman going
on active service," and a slightly lower policy
for veterans.
In the realm of philosophic thought, this
program MIGHT be considered socialistic.
But no, it is not. According to Rep. Shafer
(R), Mich., the present National Service
Life Insurance is "expensive and Socialis-
tic in implication."
The varying shades of pink between the
present insurance program and that offer-
ed by the Congressman as a gratuituous
gift from the gods in Washington managed
to escape our notice.
The big difference seems to be that:
1. Veterans are now paying for their
own insurance, (a truly socialistic mea-
2. The free "bonus" would be more in
keeping with the "Santa Claus" nature
of our great free enterprise system.
-Don McNeil
Illusion Gone

IN ONE RESPECT the United Nations is
superior to the defunct League of Na-
tions. The superiority lies in the fact that
any illusions we may have had concerning
the effectiveness of the UN were dispell-
ed in much less time than similar illusions
concerning the League.
It required almost fifteen years before
the world finally recognized the fatal weak-
ness of the League after the Manchurian
and Ethiopian fiascoes. But it has taken
less than three years to despair of the UN.
It is small consolation for us to know
that we are undeceived in so short a time,
but there can be no other after considering
the repeated inefficacy of the UN in solv-
ing some of the problems most essential to
Jake Hurwitz

(Coninued from Page 3)
Faculty Recital: Charles Vogan,
Instructor in organ in the School
of Music, will present the second
in a series of Sunday afternoon
programs at 4:15 February 29, Hill
Auditorium. His recital, consist-
ing of organ music of the Nine-
teenth Century, will be open to
the general public.
Events Today
U. of M. Hot Record Society: A
meeting will be held at 8 p.m. in
the Michigan League Ballroom.
Carl Conlin will lecture on "Duke
Ellington." Be-hoppers, D xieland-
ers, or otherwise are welcome.
9:15-9:45 a.m. WJR-Hymns of
Freedom - Donald Plott, Music
Director; James Schiavone, Nar-
Roger Williams Guild: Meet at
6 p.m. for a cost supper. Owen
Monroe will speak on the subject,
"Christianity and the Brotherhood
of Mai."
Lutheran Student Association:
Meet at 5:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran
Parish Hall. Supper at 6 p.m., fol-
lowed by worship service and re-
port on the Ohio Valley region
Congregational-Disciples Guild:
Supper at 6 p.m., Memorial Chris-
tian Church, followed by a student
led discussion on the subject "A
Christian Relation to the Isis."
Unitarian Guild: Meet at 5:30
p.m. Miss Ethel Hampton, Broad-
way actress, will speak on the sub-
ject, "Of the Need for Overseas
Westminster Guild: Meet at 5
p.m. Mr. Stanley Harbison, of
Puerto Rico, will speak on the
subject, "The Stricken Land."
Wesleyan Guild: Meet at 5:30
p.m. Student panel on World Gov-
ernment. Supper meeting to fol-
Gamma Delta: Meet at 4 p.m.
for Bible Discussion Hour. Sup-
pci' meeting at 5:30 p.m.
Canterbury Club: Following a
supper meeting at 5:30 p.m., Rev.
Hugh White, Episcopal Chaplain
at Michigan State Normal Col-
lege, will speak on the subject,
"Why I Believe in Christ."
United World Federalists are
urged to attend the Leland Stowe
lecture, 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium.
Subject: "An Analysis of World
Coning Events
Women's Research Club: The
next meeting will be held on Mon.,
March 1, 1948 in the West Lecture
Room of the Rackham Bldg.
Speakers will be Dr. Alvalyn Wood-
Woodward who will speak on "Vi-
tamins and Cell Division," and Dr.

Juana de Laban whose subject
is, "The Dance as One of the
Major Arts."
Debate: McMaster University
and University of Michigan, Tues.,
March 2, 10 a.m., Rm. 4003, An-
gell Hall. "Resolved That a Fed-
eral World Government Should Be
Established." ,
La P'tite Causette: Monday at
3:30 in the Michigan League.
The Gilbert and Sullivan Soci-
ety will hold regular chorus re-
hearsal in the ABC Room of the
Michigan League at 7 p.m., Mon.,
March 1.
The Economics Club: Mon.,
March 1, 7:45 p.m., Rm. 304,
Michigan Union( notice change of
place). Dr. Walter Isard, of Tufts
College, Department of Economics,
will speak on "The Locational Pat-
tern of the Iron and Steel Indus-
try, Past and Future." Members of
the teaching staffs and advanced
students in economics and busi-
ness administration are invited.
Russian Circle: Mon., 8 p.m.,
International Center.
The Ballet Club and Modern
Dance Club have openings for
dance participation in a program
scheduled in May. Anyone wishing
to apply, please call 3-1511, ex-
tension 391.
Science Research Club: March
meeting will be held in the Rack-
ham Amphitheatre at 7:30 p.m.
on Tues., March 2. Proram: "Re-
cent Advances in the Epidemiol-
ogy of Poliomyelitis," Gordon C.
Brown, School of Public Health;
"Upper Atmosphere Research,
Utilizing V-2 Rockets," Floyd V.
Schultz, Engineering Research.
American Veterans Committee
(AVC) meeting Tues., March 2,
7:30 p.m., Michigan Union. Mem-
bership discussion of European
Recovery Program. Nomination
of officers.
Intercollegiate Zionist Federa-
tion of America: Tuesday, 7:30
pm., Hillel Foundation, Song and
Dance Group; 8 p.m., General
Meeting, News Report, Student
Forum, "Settlement on the Land,"
discussion of political action, sing-
ing and dancing. All welcome.
Theta Sigma Phi-Tues., March
2, 7:30 p.m., Russian Tea Room,
Michigan League. Important meet-
ing: pledging ceremonies and
work on the fashions show.
Americans for Democratic Ac-
tion: Organizational meeting to
include program of action for the
term. All interested in ADA's ac-
tivities are urged to attend. Tues.,
March 2, 8 p.m., at the Michigan
Motion Pictures: "The Electron-
ic Age in Music Teaching," a film
showing 1947 activities at the Na-
tional Music Camp, Interlochen;
(Continued on Page 8)

Pro P0Iairiai


EDITOR'S NOTE: Because The DaIly
prints every letter to the editor re-
ceived (which is signed, 300 words
or less in length, and In good taste)
we remind our readers that the views
expressed in letters are those of the
writers only. Letters of more than
304 words are shortened, printed or
omitted at the discretion of the edi-
torial director.
Who's Progressive
To the Editor:
BERNARD SHAW's observations
on the American political
scene were, as all Shavianisms, in-
cisive and instructive, whether you
agree with him or not. There is
only one thing about the inter-
view I didn't like, and it doesn't
hinge on anything Shaw said. In
fact, he noticed the same thing.
In questioning Shaw, Mr. Chase
made the very rash and entirely
unwarranted assumption that
American liberals are ipso facto
Wallacites. This is an howling fal-
lacy of astonishing arrogance.
Sadly enough, too many Wallac-
ites think they have exclusive pos-
session of the "progressive" pipe-
In the first place the third party
is loaded with anti-democratic ele-
ments of the extreme left. It is a
splendid front group to wean lib-
erals from their old allegiances, to
split them, and send reaction into
power. This is the game all over
Europe, now they are trying it
here. Destroy the middle ground
and the crisis of capitalism will
come that much earier. And they
do this with ringing emotional ap-
peals about liberty and democracy
and equality, tenets to which they
do not even subscribe (except in
their own very special defini-
tions.) .. .
Secondly, the definition of lib-
eralism is not, nor ever will be, giv-
en in terms of membership in the
Wallace party. He is bitter and his
bolt is as much a matter of per-
sonal vindicativeness as of "ideal-
ism." But even more important,
the true liberal is not a mystic. He
doesn't go into an emotional state
over reform ideas. He doesn't be-
lieve that evil will be conquered by
telling verybody that good is bet-
ter than evil, so there. The true
liberal has the courage to
face historical and psychological
And so again, American liberals
are far from the Wallace fringe.
His ideals are fine, but so are those
of Amy MacPherson. American
liberals don't want an evangelist
in the White House' They don't
want our government to become
one big, jolly, rollicking camp
meeting, any more than they want
it in a catatonic stupor of the
-George Vetter
* * *
Arab Clarification
To the EEditor:
T® N READING the report pub-
lished iii The Daily of Feb. 26,
1948 about the Zionist meeting
Feb. 25, I was astonished to see
all the false charges brought
against the Arab'countries in the
support of a "cause" that has
nothing to do with the nature of
these charges. The least that can
be said in this connection is that
the defender of a weak cause
gropes desperately for whatever
weapon comes handy to hold on
This accounts for the use of
some of the most hateful catch-
phrases of social terminology,
such as "feudalism."
I do not know if the speaker
who mentioned "Islamic Feudal-
ism" means to launch an attack
on the Moslem World or on the
Arab World. Before running into
such sweeping generalization he
might have' better remembered
that the Arabs in the Moslem
World do not even form the ma-

jority of the World Moslems. Does
his attack include the 100 million
Moslems of India, or the 70 mil-
lion Moslems of Indonesia, or the
60 million Moslems of China, to
say nothing of Turkey, Albania,
Asiatic Russia, Iran and Afghani-
stan? Does he mean that all these
countries are feudal being Is-
Well, the meeting being pro-
Zionist, I may as well presume
that he meant Arab feudalism. Or,
to please the speaker, "Islamic
Arab feudalism," which to spare
him running into one ridiculous
mistake, throws him into a more
ridiculous one.
x.Has the speaker ever had the
chance to learn about the present
system of government in Egypt,
Iraq, Syria, Lebanon or Transjor-
dan? Has he ever heard (,not to
say read) of our constitutional
monarchies, or republics? What
does he know about our elections,
parliaments and party politics?
Are all our statesmen feudal lords
and armed war-masters?

Let him run through a recent
edition of the Political Hand-book
of the World, if he is really in-
terested to know better. The
names of statesmen and cabinet
ministers mentioned therein would
show him, upon examination,
what type of men we have for
leaders. A little probing into the
lives or authentic biographies of
these leaders will tell him if it is
a matter of feudal wealth and
"holy terror."
Now I stop and let facts speak
f or those who have more respect
for their mentalities than to be
misled by cheap hearsay.
-Ahmed A. Omar.
Palestine Question
To the Editor:
ONE DOES not have to be on
record in disharmony with
Jake Hurwitz's vast truism that
"people are more important than
oil" to see a bit further than the
outlook that one side is entirely
right and the other inutterably
wrong in the terrible raging relig-
ious and political struggle in Pal-
estine. Certainly anyone but those
actually engaged in the bitter
"eye for an eye" fighting regrets
the massacre of the Jewish inno-
cents in the recent Jerusalem
bombing, but one cannot close his
eyes at the same time to just as
atrocious massacres on the part
of the more violent extremists
among the Jews.
Nor is one necessarily "condon-
ing Sunday's massacre," by in-
quiring a little into the purpose
of the Zionist rally before rushing
headlong into support of its
aims. . . . What are the aims of
the Zionists- If to assuage suffer-
ing of the sick and wounded in
Palestine, objections would not be
forthcoming, but if they are to
seek to repeal the arms embargo
and to urge an active immediate
use of the armed' force by the
United States to aid and to abet
the Jewish army, including the
core of Sternists and Irgunists,
then there is grave doubt that
they should be supported by a na-
tion that wants no war and has
been striving to avoid one.
I quote from a recent article by
Leigh White of the News Service
of the Chicago Daily News:
"No Arab will even be convinced
that a decision in favor of 1,000,-
000 or even 10,000,000 Jews against
the wishes of 70,000,000 Arabs has
anything to do with the principles
of justice which the U. S. says it
is defending.
"And it is important for Ameri-
cans to remember that Palestine to
the Arabs is an integral part of
the Arab nation.. .
"Americans may not know it,
but officials of the Jewish Agency
are counting on the U. S. to pro-
vide them with the weapons need-
ed to enforce the Palestine deci-
sion. In other words, the U. S. now
is involved in a military adven-
"The only hope of a weaceful
settlement-and it is waning as
the violence in Palestine increases
-is a compromise based on mini-
mum, rather than maximum Jew-
ish aims."
My purpose in writing this is
not to discredit any organization
or Hurwitz; it is simply to urge
that a peaceful settlement is to be
desired above all, brought about,
if it can be at all, by feelings of
compromise and attempts at un-
derstanding rather than a clarion
call for revenge and more wea-
pons. Certainly, the Jews have
claims of right and justice on
their side, but there are two sides
to the question
-Harry Welford

Fifty-Eighth Year





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