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_______.________________ ThE D u1


be People's Choice

who ludlyque l( nU the ' (Ohmitulion-
ality of Ann Arbor's rmpech lice n., l , to
no avail last month, have found champions
in' two University prolesors. and may yet
see the ordinance at least modiied.
Requiring the approval of the raor for
all public gatherings < from Varsity nighi
parades and pep rallies to speechos by pub-
lic figures), the ordinance has ben the cen-
ter of bitter controven:y Suce is passay
MOst recently Profesors Pau C. Impe.
and Kenneth A. Cox of the aw chooli have
published an opinio, based Onl coutrdeci-
sions, stating that the ordinance is "vulner-
able to constitutional attack.
The statement was princd in apubli-
cation of the Ann Arbor Citizn ('ouneil
in order to--accordmng to (ouiiiI n mber
-~ riu, th a htt ow utey V >'e tn 1
The facts are out, then, but i ~e ordinance
is still on the books. Although a mlaxn r of
the Common Council has revealed itt the
law is in committee for revisioru-for re-
wording within constitutionna, limits - no
mention of this fact was made at the meet-
ing of the Common Council Tlhursday niht.
However, it does appear that mny Council
members who enthusiastically upheld the
measure--swayed undoubtedly by "memo-
ries" of the Eisler incident ow feel les
inclined to concentrate such tho~ught. ca-
trol in the person of the mayor.
It is agreed that the ,v can be reworded
-nicely phrased--so that it becomes less
obvious that civil rights are unduly re-
gut it is aIlso quite clear that riots may
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

he controlled (or prevented) without de-
priving the citizen of a, basic right. The
Council will have to decide whether to
jietIly (but certainly and very discreetly)
throw out the Fourteenth Amendment, or
re,;olve the situation in an orthodox, truly
constitutional manner.
Meanwhile, we find a poem, published in
the Washtenaw Post Tribune, excellently
If you'd hold a swell parade,
Ask the Mayor!
For the living or the 'daid,'
Ask the Mayor!
Sure, it contravenes the law,
Ten to two they voted for,
Can I punch you in the jaw?
Ask the Mayor!
If oU wisa t mae a
Ask the Mayor!
If a hearing you beseech,
Ask the Mayor!
What is brown in '48,
May be green just 10 years late-
Laws like this made the country great?
Ask the Mayor!
Lots of people think it's raw,
A'sk the Mayor!
Think it negates U. S. law,
Ask the Mayor'!
Is the Constitution dead?
The'one for which our fathers bled,
The thing which makes us US, 'tis said!
Ask the Mayor!
Just hysterical, we think,
Ask the Mayor!
Makes them see all colors pink,
Ask the Mayor!
To handle things is sure their goal,
It puts the City in a hole,
And it sounds to us like thought control!
Ask the Mayor!
-Naomi Stern

Mie c By Decree

mittee in Moscow has growled a repri-
mand against the "bourgeois" music Rus-
sian composers are writing.
According to the Associated Press, "the
committee in a resolution upbraided Dmitri
Shostakovich, Serge Prokofiev and five
other composers for writing music with a
'vicious formalistic trend agaist the peo-
ple.' " The composers abjectly apologized.
This may revolutionize Russian music if
someone will define "bourgeoise," Perhaps
the composers in question will have to give
'up such established forms as the symphony
and concerto. Considering how t~ougi this
would make things for Shostakovitch, the
Party may merely insist that he revise
things a little. Say, give the first violin
part to the tympani and the 'cello to the
trombones. And of course he will have to
cut out the Enighsh and French horns.
We may expect considerably more dis-
cord and chaos, to symbolize the conditions
under which Communism flourishes. Oper-
atic arias will carry such words as "I love
Joseph Stalin, the Communist Party, Rus-
sia, cooperative farming, and next best of
all, with the sanction of the Bureau of
Increased Population, I love you."
Can you imagine what would happen if
our art were subject to such control? Think
of all the popular songs we would have
to scrap because they were stolen from
Other forms of art would come in for
Criticism, too. Some year ago a Russian
miovie company filmed "Treasure I san
What they did to the story was a crime.
'hey warped the motives, the characters,
and the setting beyond recognition. Action
Was set on a south-sea island; and the hero,
Jim, was converted into a girl, Jennie, to
provide love interest. The censors took one
look and hung the director.
It might not be a bad idea, at that.
Ideological censorship of art is the height
of sillyiness. Yet from Plato to the present
day, people have tried to choose their
"culture" to fit political standards. During
the first World War German music vir-
tually disappeared from American concert
halls. Hitler allowed no music by Jewish
Communists today cannot like those
works of Prokofiev composed while he was
living as a contented capitalist in this coun-
try. Only a few months ago Fred Waring,
in a concert at Hill Auditorium "patriot-
Too Too Soid
"SOLIDARITYFOREVER" was not coined
about the solid South, but it might just
as well have been, at least in regard to its
traditional stand on civil rights for Negroes.
Neither wind nor sleet nor Roosevelt could
stay these stalwart voters from the Demo-
cratic party's ranks, but the civil rights issue
seems to be the straw that may break the
camel's back.
To 15 Southerners who were interviewed
on the matter, the President's civil rights
program was nothing but an outrageous
scheme which would permit Negroes to live,
like white men. None of them had even
heard of the Civil Rights Committee upon
which Truman based his recommendations
to Congress.

ically" refused to encore with the requested,
But this new decree, not only condemns
works already written, but warns that all
future compositions must meet a political
standard. Music by decree threatens an
end to authentic artistic creation.
-Andee Seeger.

Bron x VictorIy
TfHE DAY AFTER Henry Wallace's candi-
date won the special Congressional elec-
tion in The Bronx, I was buttonholed at least
four times by horror-stricken gentlemen who
wanted me to tell them at once, and with-
out any nonsense, whether America was go-
ing ComunisL. Several looked as if they
were ready to tike off for Venezuela to flee
what tit was plain to see) they regarded as
revolution, revolution falling upon The
Bronx and the country with the terrible,
unpredictable suddenness of a flash flood,
Democratic Boss Edward J. Flynn of the
affected ajrea also took this sort of line to
explain ti edefeat of his candidate. "The
Communist menace to this country," he said,
probably in a deep, throbbing voice, "is
much greater than most people thought."
... But the election in The Bronx does not
show that Communism is strong. It shows
that Boss Flynn is weak, and so is his party.
The point is, and it is so obvious, that
you cannot drop price control during a
great shortage period, and permit the
housewife to be gouged and robbed, and
pass a Laft-llartley anti-labor law, andl
flood Che country with what sounds omi-
nously like war talk, and not get a reac-
tion. If you didn't get a reaction, this
wouldn't he America. It would be Ger-
many, or something.
The smugness with which important fig-
ures in both major parties have let these
successive blows rain down on the heads of
the people, saying to each other: "Ah, they
won't mind," is just the other side of the
astonishment with which both parties view
the defeat in The Bronx this week. The peo-
ple do mind. And if the Republicans are
much more closely linked with some of this
kind of stuff than the Democrats, the Demo-
crats, nonetheless, have shown that they
couldn't stop it, and the people in one dis-
trict, have voted their outrage and dismay,
even against a Democrat with liberal views.
I admit that special factors were at work,
such as the Palestine issue, the fact that this
was a by-election, which sometimes can
catch a machine sleeping, etc. But though
you can make a whole laundry list of special
factors, the point still is that you can't ex-
pect people to endure a sizzling inflation, a
burst of anti-labor legislation, and a war
scare, without reacting.
Yet that is exactlywhat the major parties
do expect. Their crisis; i a crisis of 'mng-
ness. Mr. Truman has made very good, sin-
cere statements in favor of lower prices, and
against the Taft-Hartley law, but he has let
it go at that; he has apparently expected
northern liberals to "understand," to feel
for him, for the difficulties of his position.
But they are not interested in the difficul-
ties of his position; they are interested in
the difficulties of their own positions.
It was smug, too, for the Democrats to
expect to win through an invocation of the
great name of Roosevelt, by bringing such
respected figures as Mrs. Roosevelt and
Mayor O'Dwyer into the district to speak.
But the old formula ofnusing normal organi-
zation tactics, plus a mention of Roosevelt,
began to lose its magic in local elections two
years ago. Finally, it is smug to expect to
profit very greatly because of the fact that
the Comnmunists support the other side. The
American people are overwhelmingly and
rousingly anti-Communist. But they are
not necessarily pro-anti-Communist, not
necessarily for any particular candidate be-
cause he or his party is anti-Communist;
they want to know what he and his party
are besides being that.
Llat the sug est reaction of all to what
has happened inT he Bronx is, I think, ie

ill-concealed jollity of the Republicans,
who, thinking only of the Presidency, are
delighted that there is so much disaffec-
tion with the Democrats. The sight of the
most conservative party we have chortling
with glee because the people are in a state
of discontent and protest is, I feel, a kind
of comic classic. It is a triumph of short-
sightedness which would have been beyond
the skill of any master of paradox to have
(Copyright, 1948, New York Post Corporation)
NORTH CAROLINA'S two senators C. R.
Hoey and W. B. Umstead, aided by
State's Democratic National Committeeman,
J. L. Blythe, have rejected President Tru-
man's latest choice for the CAB chairman-
ship. He was James F. Pinckney, professor
of political science at Davidson College,
-North Carolina and former chief examiner
for the Interstate Commerce Commission ..
the two Senators and the National
Committeeman turned thumbs down be-
cause Pinckney "was not actively affiliated
with the Democratic organization in North
Carolina." This highly irrelevant objection
bore weight with the Administration. Per-
haps it was because Southern politicians
are badly roiled over recent suggestions
that Negroes are entitled to a citizen's rights
even in the Solid South -. .
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch.



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9 M ick WiMore

His Master' SVoice?
A COUPLE OF THE delegates to the UMT
conference report an incident which is
a revelation about our political operations.
While they were waiting in+ the crowded
office of one of our Michigan senators,
the phone rang. One of the assistants an-
swered and shouted into the next room,
"Take line 567." "Who is it." came the dis-
tant reply.
"Take line 567," the first man said more
firmly. "What is it,' cane the reply again.
The first man, becoming increasingly im-
patient, tried once more with "Take line
567." When the other voice, just as irritated,
came back with another, "What is it," he
shouted furiously:
"It's Republic Steel you fool."
Shari) B kfire
r IlePROFESSOR in one psych class
was comparing the results of a com-
mon sense test taken by his students with
a similar exam given in California sev-
eral years ago.
He had just finished remarking that
his Michigan class showed much more
sophistication when a loud.pop was heard
in the back of the room.
The professor looked back to find two
sophisticated coeds blowing bubble gum.
* * *
Happy Ever After
AN INFORMANT tells us that there are
three kinds of lustre in rocks, glassy,
adamant and vitrious. His geology instruc-
tor held up a rock in class the other day
and asked, "What kind of lustre?" "Vir-
tuous," one eager youth replied.
"And I suppose," said the professor, "that
when you get married you'll want a vitrious
THE GREAT NEED at the moment is for
cool heads in government as well as in
business. So far, it seems to us, the Admin-
istration has behaved sensibly. Mi. Truman
has stuck to his position that safeguards
against inflation are still necessary, and
the government has not rushed to support
commodity markets, though Secretary of
Agriculture Anderson has hinted that the
Commodity Credit Corporation might buy
some additional wheat for foreign relief.
This comparatively nonchalant attitude
should prove reassuring to those who are
apt to fear that prices have started to fall
into a bottomless pit. Meanwhile, the Re-

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EDTOR'S NOTE: Because The Daily
prints every letter to the editor re-
ceived (wh ih is sKned, 300 words
or loss inn tand 1in good taste)
we remind our reatders that the views
expressetd in letters ire those of the
writers only. Lotters of more than
300 nords are <diortened, printed or
omitted .it the ilserrtion of the edi-
torial director.
* * *
TIo the Editor:

Mondays and Thursdays 2:30 to 4
p.m., and Tuesdays and Fridays
10:30 to 12 noon.
The University Musical Society
will present the DETROIT SYM-
Krueger, Conductor, in the Choral
Union Series, Monday, Feb. 23,
8:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. The re-
vised program is as follows:
Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op.
93, Beethoven; Overture-Fanta-
sy, "Romeo and Juliet," Tschai-
kowsky; Three Chorales Bach-
Castro; "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry
Pranks," Strauss; Roumanian
Rhapsody No. 1, Enesco.
A limited number of tickets are
still available at the offices of the
University Musical Society in Bur-
ton Memorial Tower.
Rackham Galleries. Exhibition:
work of members of the faculty of
the College of Architecture ad
Design. Through Feb. 28
Events Today
Cornedbeef Corner of the Bnai
B' rith Hillel Foundation will be
open from 10:30 to midnight Sat-
urday. All students are invited to
use this service.
('ongregationabl-iisciples Guild:
Fireside. 7:30-9 p.n.. Guild House.
Prof. J.IH. Meisel will lead a dis-
{utioiol on "Comumnunismn vs. ib-
Coitiii9 Eceids
Social Seminar, auspices of the
University of Mic higan Chapter,
American Society for Public Ad-
ministration: open to interested
persons. Address by Prof. Leonard
D. White, University of Chiago.
National President of the Ameri-
can Society for Public Adniis-
tration. 8 p.nm. Wed.- Feb. 25,
West Conference Room, Rackham
Association of University of
Michigan Scientists: Mon., Feb. 23,
8 p.m., East Conference Room,
Rackham Bldg. Dr. W. Kincaid
will speak on the subject, "Science
and Public Policy." The public is
A.Ph.A. Branch Meeting, Mon.,
Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., Rm. 151, Chem-
istry Bldg. The First Annual Stu-
dent Speech Contest is scheduled
for this meeting. All students and
others interested in pharmacy are
Alpha Kappa Psi, Professional
Business Fraternity: Mon., Feb.
23, 7:30 p.m., chapter house.
Graduate Outing Club: Hiking
or skating. Meet at 2:30 Sunday
at northwest entrance to Rack-
ham Bldg. Sign up at Rackham
check desk.
Quarterdeck Meeting: Tues.,
Feb. 24, 7:15 p.m., Rm. 311, W. En-
gineering Bldg. Prof. L. L. Car-
rick will speak on "Marine Points."
Open meeting for all Engineers.
Sociedad Ilispanica: Conversa-
tion group, Mon., Feb. 23, Inter-
national Center, 3 p.m.


FOUND Mr. A. C. Johnson's
suppoedly Iumorous letter
concerning Donald Anderson's;
criticism of the Minneapolis Sym-
phony dite interestng. I agreei
that Mr. Mitropoulos is to be
congratulated for his admirably]
straight-forward reading of the1
Mozart and Beethoven works, andi
I find no fault with his views
on that basis. Ilowever, why does
he object so austerely to that
beautiful work by Chausson? I
realize that lie has heard the com-
posiuon more than once or twice
before, for no one would condemn
a work on a first hearing. Mr.
Johnson, is. no doubt, an in-
telligent man, therefore, what did
ie find so displeasing? Was theI
harnony too difficult to compre-
hend? Was the gently expressive
emotion of the symphony simply
too delicate for his ears? Or is he
one of those individuals who likes
his classical music in five-min-
ute doses? Perhaps Freddy Mar-
tin is more to his comprehension
or interest, not Mr. Anderson's.
-Frederick C. Schultz.
To the Editor:
IN A RECENT letter to this de-
partment Mr. Bill Carter
adopts the familiar tactics of
"squeezing out the middle," and
in doing so betrays a lack of com-
prehension of fundamental polit-
ical reality. Ills zeal in pushing
a cause, namely the drive against
UMT, is not to be maligned; ra-
ther I thing we might well ap-
plaud such zeal, at least those
of us who share his displeasure
at the prospect of UMT's enact
ment. But applause is not in or-
der when, due to this fervor, wis-
dom is relegated to the rank of
a secondary viitue.
The position of ADA, as I un-
derstand it, is that the UMT bill
is unlikely to become an issue
in the present Congress; and
should the issue be forced to a
vote now there is enough pressure
fromi a variety of sources to bring
about the passae of the bill.
There are two developments
which might force Congress to
act on UMT in this session: one
is an increase in world tensions
verging on war, the other is the
realization on the part of our
Senators a n d Representatives
that the anti-UMT drive is Com-
munist-controlled and directed.
ADA reasons that, while little di-
rect influence can be exerted to
prevent the former development,
h' latter can be prevented.
That is why ADA is staunchly
supporting time non-Communist
fordes working against UMT and
withholding support from the
Lobby in Washington which, they
believe with good reason, is Com-
munist - dominated. The NYA
Lobby, warmly embraced by Mr.
Carter,, appears to be in a good
position to mobilize Congress for
UMT while the need, recognized
and acted upon by ADA, is to
generalize and mobilize popular
Opposition to UMT.
If support for Truman makes
ADA's position "conradictory,"
I still prefer it to the obvious con-
tradiction in Mr. Carter's line of
-Lyman 1. Legters.
u* *
Point of View
To the Editor:
IT SEEMS ODD that i a place
like the University, where the
society is composed almost sole-
ly of students assumed to be liv-
ing on a minimum income, that so
much petty thievery goes on.
I have heard of books, coats and
purses galore, disappearing from
buildings. Yesterday, I lost my
purse, to have it turned in minus
the five dollars that was in it.

'Oh, I know five dollars doesn't
seem like much in these days of
high living. And I should be
thankful that my unknown well-
wisher even returned the purse
which held my housekey and a
check (which if he had cashed it,
would have left him open to a
federal sentence.) But, five dol-
lars to me, is, specifically, seven
hours work checking coats (which
I invite my light-fingered friend
to try-just for fun-some snowy
night), or it is five sqare meals,
or, it is one week's rent.
I suppose the person is congrat-

ulating himself on having made
such an "easy" five. But I sug-
ges that these slick gay pilferers
think a little about another's point
of view before enjoying the fruits -
of other people's labor.
--eth Singer.
'o tie Editor:
r HE TROUBLE with Germany's
neighbors is that they are so
stupid that they do not recognize
the Reich's true aim . . . an
abundance of goods for the rest
of Europe. This is particularly
di'-gustimg in the light of historic
precedent vhi c l conclusively
proves the point. Germany has
been so keenly interested in her
mission that she has not hesi-
tated to drop her "goods" from
airplanes or launch them with
rockets. It is high time that these
miserable Europeans realized this:
the minor consideration that mil-
lions have been killed as a conse-
quence of the Reich's "kindness"
and zeal is ill conceived and naive.
If Germany can only regain con-
trol of the Ruhr and Silesia,
she can res'ume her role as ben-
efactor and again favor her
neighbors with the necessitiesof
life such as steel in the shape of
88 shells. These confused recal-
citrants should be less concerned
with tabulating their dead and
more interested in rebuilding the
most magnanimous nation In
Western Europe. Providentially,
our State Department has the
services of a number of experts
compe tent to set these wretches
-Henry Kowalczyk.
* * '
Adams Adl
To the Editor:
PARDON MY presumption in
continuing a train of thought
in Provost Adams' eloquent lec-
ture of Wednesday afternoon. I
should like to see stronger light
poured on the condition today of
the "moral fibre" so indispensable
to our democracy, so absolutely
necessary 'if our order predicated
upon the "dignity of the indivi-
dual" is to be maintained.
I wonder how real the danger
is that the average Amerian
might be willing to sell his birth-
right of individual freedom for a
mess of potage. It would see,
rather that the danger lies in the
opposite direction. The individual
is making a fetish of himself. Too
often he doubts that he owes any-
thing to anyone outside himself.
As a child already, in the best
of homes and in the best of
schools his "likes" and "dislikes"
are supreme. He grows up and
helps swell the enrollment of our
colleges and universities, having
chosen to prepare himself for the
profession that will offer him the
best salary check, what respec-
table citizen feels it anyone's bus-
iness but his own whether he will
save, spend or waste what he has
learned? And should he be un-
usually "successful" or perhaps
marry a fortune, who will dare
say that his choice of a life of
ease and luxury is immoral?
"Moral fibre" involves "con-
science" and "conscience" involves
responsibility to something or
Someone outside ourselves. Let's
turn the light on an existing con-
fusion between the "dignity" f
the individual and the "auton-
omy" of the individual. Democ-'
racy is the home of the former,
anarchy of the latter.
-Clarence Boersma.

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