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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Unfair Elliott Decision

rfHE DECISION OF the Western Confer-
ence faculty representatives on Bump
Elliott's eligibility comes as a great shock.
With this ruling one of the last vestiges
of the belief that collegiate football belongs
to the men who play it, disappears. It is
deplorable that men supposedly representing
the best interests of intercollegiate athletics
should be guilty of the selfishness and un-
fairness which this decision entails.
A few questions arise concerning the
nature of the decision. Would it have been
the same had Elliott not been so out-
standing a football player? Would it have
been the same had he not represented a
university which has been doing rather
well in conference competition, especially
this school year? Was any attention paid
to what this decision would mean to the
man himself, or was that considered an
incignificant detail to be sacrificed be-
cause of what he can do?
Prof. Frank Richart of Illinois announced
the decision this way: "It was a difficult.
. decision to make. In the past several years.
.there undoubtedly have been cases where.
.we have given boys more of a break..
.However, we are now trying to tighten.
.up the rule."
Prof. Richart's statement is a flimsy ex-
cuse for a flagrant display of jealousy.
To begin "tightening up the rule" over the
Elliott case in particular makes the intent
rather obvious. The faculty representatives
chose to kick Bump Elliott off the Michigan
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
ire written by members of The Daily stafff
and represent the views of the writers only.
NIGHT EDITOR: ROBERT WHITE

football team because he was too good.
Since when has excellence of achievement
been rewarded by this kind of treatment!
In hopes of reducingdMichigan's athletic
potency; it has been decided that Bump
Elliott should be denied the honors he would
have received next season and to which his
talents so entitle him. He is to be denied
another year of competition over details
of previous experience that have apparently
been overlooked in similar past cases. It
makes no difference that he has been a
great credit to the University he represented
and the game he plays. It makes no dif-
fetence what this disappointment must
mean to the man personally. To the faculty
representatives it seems that Bump Elliott
is important only insofar as he represents
ability which might have a bearing on next
season's conference standings. It is quite
probable that he would be eligible next
fall if he were a third-string guard and not
an All-American halfback. To these men
Elliott is a football player, not a human
being.
We hope that the false standard of values
displayed in this decision will serve as a
challenge to Michigan's 1948 football team
to repeat 1947's record step for step, to
prove that our still-excellent gridiron ma-
chine has not become anemic because of
the loss of Elliott. Michigan will show the
faculty board that the only achievement of
their lamentable decision was to cut short
the career of a man who hardly deserved
that kind of a deal. Meanwhile, the fac-
ulty representatives should answer the ques-
tions posed by the nature of the ruling and
show enough sportsmanship to reconsider
their decision from a more objective point
of view.
-Jan Brodt.

fix

Palestine for the Arabs

THE POSSIBILITY of a reversal of the
UN policy toward Palestine suggests a
reexamination of the conflict behind the
partition. Basically, this conflict has been
between the Arabs and the Jews, with
the British working both sides of the street.
The Arabs feel that the partition plan
ignores all of their rightful claims to Pal-
estine and they are understandably deter-
mined to oppose it at all odds. Historically,
these claims are based on an unbroken
occupancy of Palestine for almost two mil-
C leniums. The Jews likewise submit a his-
torical claim to Palestine on the grounds
that they were once the dominant people
of the country. Their occupation, however,
came to an end in 71 A.D. Since then the
Arabs have held the country and they be-
lieve that a tenure as long as theirs con-
stitutes a valid claim to the territory. If
such tenure does not establish a claim,
they point out, some extremely ridiculous
situations could arise in almost every part
of the world.
Both the Jews and- the Arabs cite legal
claims. The Jews point to the Balfour Dec-
laration of 1917, in which the British prom-
ised to use their "best endeavors" to estab-
lish a "national home in Palestine" for the

Jews. Arabs reject this declartion on three
counts: (a) its phraseology is so vague
that it is subject to any number of inter-
pretations; (b) the British did not own
Palestine when the declaration was issued,
and so were in no position to give it to
anyone; and (3) the declaration was ante-
dated by the McMahon-Hussein protocol
of 1915, which stipulated British support for
Arab national independence in return for
Arab support of the Allies against the
Turks.
In addition, the Arabs summon up a num-
ber of moral arguments to enforce their
claim. Perhaps the most forceful of these
is to the effect that it has been the Chris-
tians-not the Moslems - who have perse-
cuted the Jews, bringing them to their
present position in the world. Consequently,
the Arabs argue, the Christians should solve
the problem they have created . . . Chris-
tians, they are convinced, should open their
own doors to Jewish immigration before
they make Moslems suffer from Christian
intolerance.
The significance of these facts is that,
while a reversal on the partition question
by the UN will undoubtedly be extremely
injurious to the prestige of that body, it
may also further international justice by
leaving Palestine in the hands of the Arabs,
where it would certainly seem to belong.
-Kenneth Lowe,
rCURRENT MOVIES

I'D RATHER BE RIGHT:
Czech Coup Cause
By SAMUEL GRAFTON
ASAMMUNITION for their coup of last
week, the Czechoslovakian Communists
used the argument that members of the
other Czechoslovakian parties were "con-
spiring with foreign powers." The coup itself
is described by the Communists as the
"defeat of a foreign conspiracy." But it is
the Communists, everywhere around the
world, who are, ordinarily, described as
working for a foreign power, a charge which
makes them very cross. Now they themselves
have adopted a similar line against their
opponents throughout Europe, becoming, for
the purposes of the argument, pure and
virtuous nationalists.
And here we see the nutcracker effect
that is being created in many a small
country by the American-Russian break.
It is we who are the foreign power which
the Czech Communists used as a bogey
last week. And the more openly we talk
of containing Russia by force, of ex-
panding our influence, of using every
means within our power to achieve our
ends (talk which the Russians are much
too smart to imitate directly) the more
it becomes possible for the other side to
make a bogey of us in certain spot situa-
tions. Pressure summons up counterpres-
sure; the smaller and weaker countries
crack under the squeezing, and are jostled
and hurried into decisions which, per-
haps, could have been postponed.
* * *
This does not mean that Czechoslovakia
might not have been taken over, even if
we had been on the friendliest terms with
Russia. But I think it would have been
harder do do, that it would have taken
longer, that it would have seemed a greater
outrage to much of Europe, and that we
ourselves would have been in a better posi-
tion to protest, because we would not have
exhausted so much of our indignation in
the preliminary verbal skirmishes. We are
angry about Czechoslovakia, but it is pretty
hard for us to top the anger against Russia
that flows through, say any ordinary
speech on behalf of the Marshall Plan.
When the real thing comes along we find
that we have already spilled over, and are
left, in an odd way, wordless. Besides, it
is hard to be horrified by an event which
seems to confirm a view of the world, and
of the world's split, that we ourselves have
accepted, and on the basis of which we
are framing our own policies.
The lesson of the Czech coup, it seems to
me, is how necessary it is to the somewhat
wan hopes of the smaller nations that the
big ones shall make peace.
* * s, *
One cannot blame America for the fall
of Czechoslovakia; it remains unjustifi-
able; it remains a Russian grab. But the
plain truth also is that the containment
policy has yet to show us any successes.
And it is producing certain debits, of
which the propaganda use made by Czech
Communists of our pressure policy is one.
We tend, I think, seeing the containment
policy from a distance and as a whole,
admiring it almost as a work of art, to be
somewhat soft and lenient with ourselves
about its local failings. We are disturbed
when the Greeks, our Greeks, set up a death
penalty for striking; but after a shudder or
two, we forget. Others don't. We propose
now to barge openly into the Chinese civil
war. We seem almost oblivious to what
it may mean locally, in China, for us to
take sides in a struggle now thirty years
old, one filled with complex asperitiies and
bloody reminiscence; a setting in which we
must seem like brash, who-asked-you new-
comers, joining in jauntily for reasons of
our own.
On balance, we are accumulating propa-

ganda debits faster than we are picking up
containment credits; and an astute opposi-
tion will make full use of them, even
distorted use. The way out, if there is one,
is to begin to clear, at any cost, the weed-
grown road to peace; to try for the better
of the two improbables; to propose peace
plans and to demand peace pledges; to
back away from competitive arms shipments
and to demand mutual military evacua-
tions instead-and to start on all this before
the jerry-built containment structure grows
totteringly higher.
(Copyright, 1948. New York Post Corporation)
CAN PRESIDENT TRUMAN really believe
that by discarding these appointees he
will wash the New Deal label from off him-
self? The maneuver can't possibly work po-
itically. GOP candidates will be running
against Franklin D. Roosevelt for years, just
as the Democrats have run against Herbert
Hoover for more than a decade. They will
ignore Mr. Truman's appointments and
point to his lip service to New Deal goals.
At best the President can assure himself
a hesitant, conservative administration,
competent enough but uninspired. In the
process he will insure that men who might
be tempted by ideals to take government
posts will turn him down on every job offer.
-St. Louis Star Times.

BILL MAULDIN
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ago - 1
Cop ' 4by United Faure Syndicate, --c.
"It's a bottle of fresh air I scooped up in Central Park. I take
a whiff from time to time."
DAILY OFFICIAL BULLETIN

Jewis Home
IN A MASTERFUL BIT of diplomatic
double talk last week, Warren Austin, U.S.
delegate to the Security Council, in no cer-
tain terms, said that this country would
support UN action on Palestine, but that
the U.S. would not suggest any action.
Ex-Senator Austin's speech, which marked
the first official reversal of the polidy which
had put through the long-fought-over parti-
tion plan, tossed a soaking wet blanket over
t1 e hopes of the 200,000 Jews still in con-
centration camps in Europe, caused dismay
to spread over Jewish groups in this country
and brought violent protests, such as the
IZFA rally here.
The U.S., by its refusal to lift the arms
embargo, by its suggestion of sending an-
other committee to Palestine (this would be
the twenty-second or twenty-third since
1917) was, in effect throwing the problem
out of its hands. There was no one else to
take over.
Arab claims of occupation since the be-
ginning of the Christian era, their denials
of the British Balfour Declaration, but espe-
cially the threat to cut off the flow of
oil, had done their work last week and
culminated in Austin's speech.
Forgotten was the suffering of the Jews
still alive in Europe's concentration camps;
their brethren scarcely better off in Cyprus;
and the six millions who had died before
the onslaught of Hitler's Aryan philoso-
phies.
The path toward a Jewish National Home-
land was littered with British broken prom-
ises 'and compromises, from the Balfour
Declaration to the refusal to allow UN com-
missioners to enter before May 1. The U.S.,
seemingly motivated by the ideals which
political leaders had been expounding for
a century had looked as if it were going
to help. But, like the British promises,
American aid faded into nothing.
The claim of the Jews had been estab-
lished. Established by sixty years of work in
Palestine, by the death of six million in
Europe, by the flaming determination of
the Jews in Palestine and in Europe, and
by the United Nations Commission. - - -
As British forces prepared to withdraw,
as armed Arab forces marauded. pillaged

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A4t the Michigan~~.
"GREEN DOLPHIN STREET," Lana Tur-,
ner and Richard Hart.
AS THE ADAPTATION of a best seller,
Green Dolphin Street is mainly the
dramatization of as many of the highspots
of a long and adventurous story as could be
crammed into the allotted time and film.
The story takes place in the days of clipper
ships and hoopskirts, with the setting al-
ternating between an English coastal island
and the backwoods of New Zealand. It con-
cerns two sisters of contrasting tempera-
ments who both love the same handsome,
but not overly bright nor strongly charac-
tered man. His marriage to one, and the
solution to her woes worked out by the
other, is traced through many years of
trial and tribulations.
The detail and background possible in a
several hundred page novel must obviously
be omitted in a film version, and those who
read and enjoyed the book will be neces-
sarily disappointed. But by hitting so many
of the highspots and playing each gripping
episode for its full worth, the audience be-
gins to feel a "how dramatic can they get"
reaction by the time the last crisis has been
resolved.
-Gloria Hunter.
At the State . .
"THAT .HAGEN GIRL," with Shirley
Temple and Ronald Reagan.
N THIS ONE, a couple of village loafers
misapply the rules of logic and turn a
small Ohio town into a big fat rumor fac-
tory. The gossip travels faster than the
latest dirty story, and concerns the identity
of the real parents of a baby, Mary Hagen.
Consequently, as Mary grows up she lives
under a social stigma until her supposed
father returns to town eighteen years after
her birth and clears up the mess. Your scribe

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ninth concert in the Choral Union
Series, Tues., March 2, 8:30 p.m.,
Hill Auditorium. Program: Sonata
in A major, Vivaldi; Sonata in G
minor, Tartini; Sonata in A minor,
Enesco; Bach's Preludium e fuga
in G minor; Ravel's Kaddisch and
Perpetuum Mobile; and the Sara-
sate Zigeunerweisen.
A limited number of tickets are
available at the offices of the Uni-
versity Musical Society in Burton
Memorial Tower.
University of Michigan Concert
Band, William D. Revelli, Conduc-
tor, will present its annual spring
concert at 8:30 p.m. Thurs., March
4, in Hill Auditorium. The pro-
gram will include compositions by
Rimsky-Korsakov, Bach, Gomez,
Holst, Wagner, Tansman, Schu-
bert, and Dvorak, as well as three
Michigan songs. The public is in-
vited.
Exhibitions
Museum of Art, Alumni Memo-
rial Hall: 26th Annual National
Exhibition of Advertising Art.
Through March 7. Tuesday
through Saturday, 10-12 noon and
2-5 p.m.; Wednesday 7-9 p.m.;
Sunday 2-5 p.m. The public is in-
vited. '
A photographic exhibition of
Contemporary Soviet Russian
Sculpture will be on view in the
West Gallery of the Mezzanine of
the Rackham Bldg. from March
1-6, presented under the combined
auspices of the Dept. of Fine Arts
and the Dept. of Russian.
Events Today
Radio Program:
5:45 p.m., WPAG, The German
Series, Prof. Otto Graf and Mr.
Walter Rickoff.
Debate: McMaster University
and University of Michigan,
10 a.m., Rm. 4003, Angell
Hall. "Resolved That a Federal
World Government Should Be Es-
tablished.,"
Films on Geography and Travel:
Kellogg Auditorium, 4:15 p.m.,
"TOMORROW'S MEXICO," and
"WINGS TO IRELAND" (color);
auspices of Audio-Visual Educa-
tion Center.
Intercollegiate Zionist Federa-
tion of America: 7:30 p.m., Hillel
Foundation, Song and Dance
Group; 8 p.m., General Meeting,
News Report, Student Forum,
"Settlement on the Land," discus-
sion of political action, singing
and dancing. All welcome.
Theta Sigma Phi-7:30 p.m.,
Russian Tea Room, Michigan
League. Important meeting:
pledging ceremonies and work on
the fashion show.
Science Research Club: March
meeting will be held in the Rack-t
ham Amphitheatre at 7:30 p.m.1
Program: "Recent Advances in the
Epidemiology of Poliomyelitis,"
Gordon C. Brown, School of Pub-
lic Health; "Upper Atmosphere

Research, Utilizing V-2 Rockets,"
Floyd V. Schultz, Engineering Re-
search.
American Veterans Committee
(AVC) meeting, 7:30 p.m., Michi-
gan Union. Membership discussion
of European Recovery Program.
Nomination of officers.
Christian Science ,Organization
will meet at 7:30 p.m. in The Up-
per Room in Lane Hall. All are
welcome,
University of Michigan Radio
Club: Meeting at 7:30 p.m., Rm.
1084, E. Engineering Bldg. Speak-
er: Mike Scherba. Topic: "Anten-
na T-Match Measurements."
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 at 8
p.m., Michigan Union.
The Deutscher Verein will meet
at 8 p.m., Rm. 305, Michigan Un-
ion.. Dr. Burg will speak on "Life
in Heidelberg."
Michigan Dames Sewing Group
meets at the home of Mrs. Gaylord
Finch, Apt. 723, 1435 -University
Terrace, at 8 p.m. Miss Maude Mc-
Mullen will speak on "Remodeling
Clothes."
Coming Events
The American Society of Me-
chanical Engineers will hold a field
trip the afternoons of Wed. and
Thurs., the 3rd and 4th of March,
to Great Lakes Steel - plant in
Ecorse. All Engineering students
are invited. Those interested are
requested to sign up for the trip
at the A.S.M.E. bulletin board out-
side the Heat Engine Lab. in W.
Engineering. Additional informa-
tion is posted there.
All Campus Fencing Champion-
ships: Preliminaries and finals in
the three weapons, are to be held
during "Open House," March 23,
IM Bldg. All undergraduates are
eligible. Application forms now
available at the IM Bldg.
A Laboratry Bill of One-Act
Plays will be presented Thurs.,
8 p.m. in the Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre by students in the Speech
Dept. who are in advanced courses
in theatre. Admission is free to the
public and no tickets are neces-
sary. Doors of the theatre will be
open at 7:15 and will close prompt-
ly at 8 p.m. No admittance during
the performance of any of the
plays.
Delta Sigma Pi, Professional
Business Fraternity, announces
Formal Pledging at 8 p.m., Wed.,
March 3, Michigan Union.
Rabbi Herschel Lymon will hold
his weekly study class on the Out-
lines of Jewish History at 4 p.m.
Wed., at the B'nai B'rith Hillel
Foundation. This week he will dis-
cuss the Biblical Period in the his-
tory of the Jews. All students are
invited.

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
300 words are shortened, printed or
omitted at the discretion of the edi-
torial director.
a a a
Group Recognition
To the Editor:
R. A. H. Dilley's comments
about MYDA news on the
front page of The Daily leads me
to point out that if MYDA was a
recognized organization, it would
have to pay for its publicity, and
thus we would hear much less
about it.
In this connection, I believe the
university should state a policy in
regard to recognition of arganiza-
t ions.In banning MYDA for af-
filiation with national AYD, Pres-
ident Ruthven makes being a
communist (making the wild as-
sumption that to belong to MYDA
means one is a communist) illegal,
a position which neither the state
government nor the national gov-
ernment has taken.
What makes an organization
OK with the university? 51 %
Republicans, perhaps? Why are
the religious guilds recognized,
and how much longer? It didn't
take too long in the German Uni-
versities under Hitler after ban-
ning the commies, to ban Jews,
Catholics, Protestants, Masons,
etc.
-Merle E. Smith, Jr.
* * *
To Grfton-
To the Editor
(Open letter to Mr. Samuel
Grafton)
SO NOW WE are comparing
Roosevelt with President Tru-
man. Okay by me.
In your article dated Feb. 25,
1948, you compare the vocal lib-
eralism -of Truman with the pri-
vate liberalism of Roosevelt. You
are concerned over Truman's loss
of popularity, although he has
supported liberal views, a practice
at which the late president was a
master. You further imply that
the main cause is that Truman
talks liberalism, but that Roose-
velt lived it.
Let's look at a few facts, shall
we,
Was F. D. R. s vocal support of
socialized medicine backed up by
his business venture located at
Warm Springs, Ga., for the treat-
ment of infantile paralysis?
Did Roosevelt practice the code
of Civil Liberties for all, other
than vocally? If he did, was the
provision written into a contract
by him concerning the sale of
some George's property, which
specifically forbids the future re-
sale of the land to or the use of by
any person of the Negro race, a
mere slip-up?
Granted that he and his bril-
liant wife practised tolerance pub-
licly, but let us forever remember
that a synonym for tolerance is
endurance and in order to tolerate
something, one must first recog-
nize his own superiority. I toler-
ate flies in the summer-What
about you, Mr. Grafton?
No, President Truman's stand
on Civil Liberties is to be admired.
That is, however, if he isn't as
two-faced as his predecessor.
You claim Mr. Grafton that
you'd rather be right, then why
do you continue to be-oh, so
wrong?
-Harold Edward Evans
* * *
Daily Attacked
To the Editor:
SINCE I AM a transfer student
and have only been on campus
to read The Daily for the past

nine months, I amaware of its
past persecutions, but I am very
sure Mr. Parsons has misplaced
his "yakking." Mr. Dilley's letter
attacking The Daily's bias was
long overdue. The manner in
which the campus liberals have
been spilling their tear-diluted,
beer in the news columns, the edi-
torial page, and the "Letters to
the Editor" column, certainly
seems to fit better the classifica-
tion of "yakking" than does Mr.
Dilley's lonely complaint. If Mr.
Parsons defense of bias is sup-
posed to represent the editor's
viewpoint, then Mr. Thomas' edi-
torial in the same issue attacking
the bias with which a LIFE writer
treated the subject of Senator
Taft is rather incongruous.
Before I evoke another blast
from Mr. Parsons, let me remind
him that just as every voter
doesn't have to. become a poli-
tician to make his wishes known,
so every letter writer doesn't have
to become an editor before his
opinions will merit respect.
-John F. Bates.

Classes in Hebrew will be
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