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Third Party Blues

"Waleli It, Budi".

(Editor's Note is written by Managing Editor-
Harriett Friedman.)
THE 'LOFTY sure-to-be-elected attitude of
the Republicans has taken on a slightly
pleading tone.
In Republican papers throughout the
country I have been reading actual pleas
for the election of Republican senators. With
Gov. Dewey's election assured, according to
these papers, the United States can't afford
to have a Senate dominated by the other
Such thinking has led The Chicago Daily
News to back Sen. "Curly" Brooks, isola-
tionist and reactionary of the old school.
And this despite the fact that his oppo-
nent, Paul Douglas, is accepted by the
News as a Jiberal.
Gov. Dewey needs the support of a Re-
publican Senate to accomplish his great
plans, it is said. Such papers as the Daily
News seem to imply that the liberal Dewey
will welcome support of isolationists in order
to have his own party dominating the Con-
gress. Perhaps Dewey and the Republicans
are not quite so concerned over international
and labor problems as they pretended during
the campaign.
In support of this conclusion, we also
have the Republican pleas for Sen. Joseph
H. Ball of Minnesota, who has asked for
labor curbing laws stronger than the Taft-
Hartley Act. Sen. Ball is opposed by Hu-
bert Humphrey, Democratic-Farm Labor-
ite candidate, whose liberal views are well
Of course one can't expect Republicans
to oppose their own candidates.
But Gov. Dewey has made a big issue of
having good administrators and men of high
calibre in Washington. He has also asked
the American people to believe in him as a
fond supporter of labor rights,, internation-
alism, and liberal domestic legislation.
Even more memorable are Dewey's con-
stint cries for healthy bi-partisanship,
whereby good men of both parties shall
work together in solving the nation's prob-
lems. I also seem to have heard the word
"Unity" mentioned.
With such a background, the GOP weep-
ing for election of Republicans, just because
they are Republicans, seems a little con-
If the pleas are in vain, as I hope, thei
perhaps Gov. Dewey will get a chance
to show how well he can work with liberals
of both parties in obtaining his elusive
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
Guns or Butter
ONE TRIES to peer into the future, to en-
vison what sort of world it is'Mr. Dewey
and his friends see ahead of us, if, indeed,
they are looking very far beyond Election
Day. On that day, one of Mr. Dewey's prob-
lems will have been solved, but ours will go
right on, and one would like to have a
foretaste, a projection, a bit of an idea of
what things are going to be like after that.
It looks as if it would be a rather queer
time. If we carry forward into the future
the curve of Mr. Dewey's speeches, the
most remarkable perspectives open up.
First of all,.it will be (if Mr. Dewey is
right) a time of abounding unity. But in
this period of unity the most tiresome of
Republican reactionaries are going to have
a kind of charmed life; since no one has
suggested doing anything to curb them,
t1ey will carry on as they did before, ex-

cept that they will be immune to criticism
because this is going to be a period of
There is something else that seems a bit
strange about the picture Mr. Dewey pro-
jects, and that is that it is a picture of a'
country producing both guns and butter, and
doing so in an atmosphere of considerable
felicity. Now there have been countries (like
our own, normally) which have produced
butter instead of guns, and there have
been countries which have produced guns
instead of butter; but Mr. Dewey's schedule
plainly calls upon us to do both. One can-
not call to mind any country which has
been able to combine these objectives very
well over a long period; but Mr. Dewey does.
He sees the future, soothingly, as one
in which we shall be opening our new
little stores, and our new filling stations,
and making our new little inventions and
investments; living, in a word, our normal,
stable lives. But he also sees a future
in which we shall have to strain indefi-
nitely against a vast foreign uncertainty,
in which we shall have to continue to
pile up arms at a cost of perhaps 150
billions to 200 billions in the next ten
years, and in which we shall never know,
while living our brilliantly normal stable
lives, what is going to happen from one
day to the next.
And one has the feeling that Mr. Dewey
flashes these two pictures of the future on
the screens of our minds consecutively, never

THIRD PARTIES have never won on elec-
tion in United States history and have
only rarely' collected an electoral vote-
which makes it seem strange that the third
and fourth parties were formed in 1948.
The one main purpose of third parties,
aside from election, is to put across a pro-
gram by forcing the major parties to in-
clude certain points in their platforms.
This was shown by the liberal points in
both Republican and Democratic plat-
forms this year.
But, having accomplished this point the
continued campaigning of such parties be-
comes a paradox of self-contradiction. Cer-
tainly this is true of the Progressive Party,
and with due consideration for the failure
of the southerners to get a reversal on civil
rights, their actions too seem contradictory.
THE THURMOND group is protesting
against the Civil Rights program by
helping to lose the election for Truman. Yet,
the party they will thus elect is pledged
to a similar program. The wishful thinking
that the election will be thrown into the
House of Representatives can be passed off
as simple naivete.
Simultaneously, the Southerners who
vote against Truman will not only be
putting in a party which says it will act
on Civil Rights, but is also putting in a
party which traditionally aided the big
business interests in their exploitation of
the South, by refusing to change railroad

rates so that the south could develop it-
self economically.
The Progressive group seems equally irra-
tional in its outlook. We have the words of
their own candidate, Henry A. Wallace, that
"A third party would guarantee a reactionary
victory." And that the "two party system
is the only system that will work" in the
United States. For a party that claims the
Democrats are aligning themselves with
"fascism and big business," they seem to be
coming dangerously close to that situation
* * *
NO PROGRESSIVE can still believe that
Wallace has the slightest cance of
election. The polls show that they will not
cast a "protest vote" as large as the one
cast by the Southerners. Rather, by their
strategic location in cities like Detroit and
New York, where they control ceven per
cent of the labor vote they will be assist-
ing in the defeat of anti-Taft-Hartley
President Harry Truman while maintain-
ing that they are for labor and liberal
So it would seem that both parties are
cutting off their noses to spite their face.
If the stubborn third partyites who still hold
out under these conditions cannot com-
promise, they are entirely unfit to hold a
public office where they could defeat the
general policies of liberalism for the sake
of one point to their disliking.
-Don McNeil.

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Letters to the Editor


Advertising Facts

STRIKING OUT against Communism, a
S nation wide advertising campaign will
soon be launched to explain the American
economic system in simple language.
The first in a monthly series of ads,
planned by the Advertising Council, Inc.,
is scheduled to appear in November issues
of magazines and newspapers. The ad will
bear the heading "Sure America's Going
Ahead If We All Pull Together."
The Council is made up of leaders ;in
business, labor, education, religion and so-
cial service. Its efforts represent an attempt
to utilize America's propaganda into a
single, coordinated drive.
Sporadic advertising in behalf of the
American way of life in the past has re-
sulted in a muddle of confusion. The
Office of War Information issued much
of the propaganda during the war, but
most of this was directed to the people
of Europe to convince them that America's
side was the right side. Many large cor-
pora'tions often ran full page ads in news-

papers and magazines to display their
belief in the American way of life. But
these groups did not present an organ-
ized campaign directed with a single pur-
pose in mind.
After the war the O.W.I. was disbanded
and most national advertisers dropped their
dramatic wartime appeals. On the other
hand Soviet Russia has consistently main-
tained effective propaganda campaigns in
all parts of the world.
If America is to answer the Communist's
claims that capitalism sdoes not bring the
greatest amount of good to the greatest
number of people, she must be able to
stack up her economic system with that
of any other country.
But before the success of American cap-
italism can be demonstrated to other coun-
tries, America has to be sure that her own
people understand it. The Advertising Coun-
cil's new campaign looks like it has the
-Janet Watts.

R adjoact
WASHINGTON - Sooner or later, and
probably sooner, a decisive question must
be answered. It is simply this: Can Western
Europe, with American help, be placed in a
posture of defense, despite the vast pre-
ponderance of man power at the disposal of
the Kremlin? One fact may well have an
important bearing on the answer to this
question. That is that the experts are giv-
ing serious attention to the defensive po-
tentialities of the radioactive by-products of
atomic fission.
The basic facts are simple. Atomic fis-
sion has made the mass production of
radioactive material possible. If a soldier
(or any one else) is exposed for a suffici-
ent length of time to this radioactive ele-
ment, he becomes a casualty. At first, he
feels no ill effects. Some hours later, he
begins to vomit. Subsequently his pores
begin to bleed, and if he has been suffici-
ently exposed, he dies.
From these facts, it is possible to jump
to all sorts of startling - and incorrect -
conclusions. Indeed, an idea worthy of the
most excitable writers of "science fiction"
has been quite seriously discussed. This
scheme called for a sort of radioactive Mag-
inot line across Western Europe, perhaps
from northern Germany to theAlps, to pre-
vent an advance of the Red Army to the
For all sorts of reasons, the atomic energy
experts consider this fantastic concept al-
most certainly impractical. But very serious
attention is nevertheless being paid to the
less spectacular possibilities of radioactive
defense. The object is, of course, to find
some way to use this by-product of atomic
fission to deny vital ground to an aggres-
If this object is achieved, the implica-
tions are obvious. The greatest weakness
of the Red Army is transport - during the
last war the Russians depended very heav-
New Books at General Library
Chaplin, Ralph-Wobbly: The Rough-and-
Tumble Story of an American Radical.
Chicago, University of Chicago Press,
Erskine, John-My Life as a 't'eacher. Phil-
adelphia, Lippincott, 1948.
Gide, Andre-The Journals of Andre Gide.
New York, Knopf, 1948.
Hobart, Alice-The Cleft Rock. Indianapolis,
Bobbs-Merrill, 1948.
Michener, James-Tales of the South Pacific.

ye Defense
ily on American-made trucks. Under any
circumstances, in case of war, the task of
transporting and supplying the Red Army
from bases in distant Russia would be im-
mensely difficult. It requires no acquaint-
ance with top secret documents to under-
stand how these difficulties could be mul-
tiplied if important centers of communi-
cation, crossroads, bridges and, above all,
railroad marshalling yards, were even
temporarily denied to the invader. And
any area sufficiently impregnated with the
radioactive by-product of atomic fission
would of course become, at least for some
time, a death trap.
Yet it is important to understand the
limitations of the radioactive defense. In
the first place, of course, there is the "prob-
lem of dissemination."
This could probably be done - the Atomic
Energy Commission's David Lilienthal has
already announced that planes powered by
atomic energy are now known to be practi-
cable. But even if the problem of dissemina-
tion were solved, the radioactive defense
would not be a total defense.
It would not, for one thing, be a permanent
defense. Heavy rains over a period of time
on an area impregnated with the atomic by-
product would greatly reduce radioactivity,
and under any circumstances the radioactive
effect slowly weakens over a period of time.
Moreover, there is a close correlation be-
tween the deadly effects of radiation and
the length of time of exposure. Lead sheets
under trucks or tanks would give some pro-
tection and so would the distance of a soldier
from the ground. Men in such vehicles,
traveling at top speed, could probably cross
a considerable radioactivated area with-
out becoming casualties. That is one reason
why marshalling yards, where men must
work for long periods of time, would be an
obvious target for the radioactive defense.
Finally, the ingenuity of the Red Army
experts would certainly be brought to bear
to find some counter-measure. The deadly
radioactive material would cover only the
surface of an area. If the surface were re-
moved, perhaps by specially protected and
specially equipped squads working for very
short periods at a time, a passage might
be forced through a radioactivated area.
In short, the experts do not believe that
the use of the radioactive by-product of
atomic fission will miraculously solve the
problem of the defense of Western Europe
overnight. Yet even the most skeptical of
the experts are agreed that the mass pro-
duction of radioactive material may well
have introduced a wholly new element into
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(Continued from Page 2)
elude works by student composers
Louis Dean Nuernberger, Fred-
erick Truesdell, Edward Chuda-
coff, and LeRoy Eitzen, present-
ed by Millard Bush and Robert
Henderson, pianists, Michael Polo-
vitz, clarinetist, and Joan Bullen,
The general public is invited.
Carillon Recital: by Percival
Price, Univerity Carillonneur, at
7:15 p.m., Thluts., Oct. 28. Pro-
gram. Program will include group
of Flemish carillon composihions,
and eight British Folk Songs.
Events Today
Engineering Council Meeting:
7:30 p.m., W. Engineering Bldg.
American Institute of Electri-
cal Engineering and Institute of
Radio 'Engineers, , Joint Student
Branch: Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Rm.
348 W. Engineering Bldg. Mr. R.
1-. Barnes of. the Michigan Bell
Telephone Co. will speak on "The
'I'iai),sistor"' and "Bell System
Transnissiun of Television by
Wire md Microwave.' The pro-
posed changes in the by-laws will
be voted upon. Microwave dem-
onstration. All interested are
A.S.M.E. Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Nat-I
ural Science Auditorium.
Movies: "Tornado in a Box"-
through courtesy of Allis-Chalmer
"Building the Golden Gate
Bridge" - through courtesy of
Bethlehem Steel
"Atomic Hydrogen Welding" -
Shorts: "Are Welding" and
"Atomic Hydrogen Welding" -
through courtesy of General
All those interested are invited
to attend.
English Journal Club: 7:45 p.m.,j
East Conference Room, Rackham
Bldg. "Belief in Literature" will
be discussed by Mr. Manuel Bilsky
of the Philosophy Dept. and Miss
Catherine We' ver of the English
Dept. All those interested are wel-
Pre-Medical Society: Meeting
7:30 p.m., Rm. 3-G, Michigan Un-
ion. Discussion and movies: "Hu-
man Reproduction" and "Medical
Service Second to None." Every-
one invited.

port on his recent trip to Spain.
An open discussion will follow.
United World Federalists Gen-
eral Chapter Meeting: 7:30 p.m.,
Michigan Union. Agenda: Ds-
cussion of Plans for the Peoples
World Constitutional Convention
in 1950; Election of delegates to
the UWF National Convention.
Every member is asked to bring at
least one new member.
Roger Williams Guild "chat:"
4:30-6 p.m.
I.Z.F.A.: Wednesday study group
7:45 p.m., Rm. 3 B Michigan
Union. Topic: "History of Zion-
Westminster Guild: Social tea.
4-6 p.m., 3rd floor parlor.
Women of the University Fac-
ulty: Afternoon Tea, 4-6 p.m.,
Rm. D, Michigan League.
American Veterans Committee:
Election of officers, 7:30 p.m.,
Michigan Union. Nominations will
be accepted at the meeting prior
to balloting.
Coming Events
Ordnance Film Hour: 8 p.m..,
Thurs., Oct. 28, Rm. 3-R, Michigan
Union. All Ordnance ROTC stu-
dents are invited. Films for this
"Task Force Williwaw" (North-
ern Operations), "Concrete Pierc-
ing Nose Fuzes," "The Cathode
Ray Oscillograph."
Eta Kappa Nu: Dinner meeting,
6:15 p.m., Michigan Union, Thurs.,
Oct. 28.
U. of M. Rible Club: firing, 7
p.m., Thurs., Oct. 28, Basement,
ROTC range.
Deutscher Verein: 7:45 p.m.,
Thurs., Oct. 28, Rm. 38, Michigan
Union. Program: presentation of
Hans Sachs' Ein Fah~rend r
Schuler im Paradies, poetry read-
ings, and a movie.
International Center weekly tea,
4:30-6 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 28. Host-
esses Mrs. Martha Wentworth and
Mrs. Homer Underwood.
University of Michigan Young
Republican: Last meeting of the
semester, 7:30 p.m., Thurs., Oct.
28, Hussey Room, Michigan
League Gerald R. Ford, jr., candi-
date for Congress from Grand
Rapids will speak to the group on
"The Future of Young People in
Republican Party Affairs."
Young Democrats: Meeting,
7:30 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 28, Michi-
gan Union. Last meeting before
Delta Epsilon Phi, Hellenic Club:
Meeting concerning the coming
Mid-Western Convention which
begins Thanksgiving Day, 7 p.m.,
Thurs., Oct. 28, Michigan Union,
Room 3B. All students of Hellenic
descent and Phil-Hellenes are
urged to attend.
B'nai B'rith Ilillel Foundation:
Membership Dance, 3 p.m., Thurs.,
Oct. 28, League Ballroom, Admis-
sion by membership card only
(membership cards will be sold at
the door).
University of Michigan Dames:
Drama Group will meet at 8 p.m.,

The Daily accords its readers the
privilege of submitting letters for
publication in this column. Subject
to space limitations, the general pol-
icy is to publish in the order in which
they are received all letters bearing
the writer's signature and address.
Letters exceeding 300 words, repeti-
tious letters and letters of a defama-
tory character or such letters which
for any other reason are not in good
taste will not be published. The
editors reserve the privilege of con-
densing letters.
* . S
Speakers Ban
To the Editor:
At a meeting last week of the
council of the Student Religious
Association, it was requested that
the president write a letter to The
Daily stating that those members
present felt that the current in-
terpretation of the University
ban of political speakers and ral-
lies, as it effects impromptu and
unorganized group discussion and
debate of political issues, consti-
tutes a serious infringement of
academic freedom. It was fur-
ther felt that in an issue of such
controversial nature, every reason-
able effort should have been made
to inform the student body of all
the circumstances concerning the
discussions as well as the reasons
justifying such an interpretation
of the ban.
In a democracy, the very nature
of which is based upon freedom of
expression and the right for as-
sembly, it would seem that col-
lege students would be mature
enough to be reasonably prudent
in their evaluation of the content
of such discussions. If this is not
the case; then surely the entire
system of our democracy, in which
the vast majority have not at-
tended college, is unsound.
In the current issue, however, it
seems that it is entirely within the
right of the signer to raise ques-
tions or discussion. Can this be
considered a reasonable situation?
Are we to assume, by the current
interpretation, that it is impossi-
ble to get student opinion on is-
sues of importance?
On November 2 many of us will
go to the polls to elect the next
president of the United States.
We desire to be informed about
the issues at stake. Is is not our
right to participate in such in-
formal discussions as might arise
on the diag in an effort to clarify
our thinking? Evidently not, but
I for one would like to be sure
-P. E. Culbertson
IC *
To the Editor:
In, the past two years one of the
finest parts of every football game
was the band. I always enjoyed
their pregame ceremony. The sight
of the band Marching majesti-
cally on the field seemed to sym-
bolize Michigan's power. When I
went to Lansing for the State
game, I was in the State section
when the band came on the field.
The M.S.C. students almost fell
over themselves laughing at the
pussyfooting entry of our band. I
hoped this was just an experiment.
But when the practice of sneaking
on the field was continued in the
two home games I was very disap-
pointed. I hope the band will re-
vert to the type of entry they used
a year ago.
-W. Upthegrove
Rite of Spring
To the Editor:
How many hundreds of music
students have written to The Daily
to remind Ralph Matlaw (Off the
Record, October 23) that the
Sacre du Printemps of Stravinsky
is translated "Rites of Spring" and
not "Scenes of Pagan Russia"?
-Elinor Anne Patterson
'1 * ' * *

A Deal
To the Editor:
[N REGARD to the letter written
by Messrs. Tilly and Sibley of
Purdue, concerning the exchange
of women between Michigan and
Purdue we would like to say, "It's a
-Al Goldman.
Mike Schwartz.
Harvey Belfer.
To the Editor:
A short while ago I braved the
rigors of Campus Society, and in a

brief epistle expressed my humble
opinion as to the physical charms
of the species female which pre-
vale upon the greens and walks
of Michigan.
Since the ill-fated day when said
note received publication, I have
been the target for some of the
more expressive digs and sneers
of which Kampus Kids are cap-
Therefore, I desire to clarify the
issue. I have been gal-gazing since
early years, it being unavoidable
in a bi-sexual society. In general,
I have been happy. No complaints.
At Michigan, I have found innum-
egable coeds over which I can sigh,
or howl heartily, treasures are
these. Needless to say, there are
also a few objects' over which
tears can be shed. "'Nuff-said."
Therefore, I here withal pre-
sent: Krell's Koed Klassification:
1. Delicious: This class is com-
posed of married, engaged, or
steady girls. Completely unob-
2. DeMiddle: This class is plenti-
ful, pleasing, and pretty.
3. Deplorable: This class is almost
extinct, with a few still Avail-
able. However, I have a virtual
I sincerely hope that everyone
is now clear as to my position.
- -Bob Krell
Old Tricks
To the Editor:
I see where those Russian Bol-
sheviks are up to their old tricks
again. Last week they rammed one
of their pet projects through the
United Nations against the futile
opposition of the Western demo-
On page two of the Oct. 23 issue
of that staunch opponent of Red
Fascism, the Chicago Tribune, the
following story appears:
"Russia won a rare victory over
the United States and Britain in
the United Nations today. With
Latin American support a Soviet
delegate rammed through a hu-
man rights amendment prohibit-
ing slavery and the slave trade 'in
all their aspects.'
"The 58 nation social commit-
tee's vote favoring inclusion of the
Russian amendment in a proposed
world declaration of human rights
was 22 to 17 with three absten-
tions. The United States, Britain,
and China were on the losing side.
"Russian delegate Alexei Pav-
lov, introducing the amendment,
claimed eight million persons still
are held in slavery in Africa, Asia
and the American continent. He
charged the system of peonage in
Latin America amounts to 'slave-
like conditions'."
It is gratifying to see the West-
ern democracies resist these total-
itarian concepts of human rights
and equality for all. We shall con-
tinue to fight for the democratic
ideals of Jim Crow and segrega-
tion. -Edwin Freeman

Fifty-Ninth Year

Delta Sigma Pi,
Business Fraternity.
meeting and pledge
p.m., Chapter House.

meeting, 8,

Sigma Gamma Epsilon: Meet-
ing 12:15 p.m., Rm. 3054 Natural'
Science Bldg. Mr. John Lemisi;
will speak on "The Economic'
Geology of the Iron Springs Dis-
trict, Utah.
Modern Poetry Club: Meeting,
7:30 p.m.. Russian Tea Room,
Michigan League. Discussion of
Whitman's Influence. Read Mad-
dow's "The City," and MacNeice's
"The Kingdom," in Oscar Wil-
liams Anthology.
Student Religious Association:
Easy Chair group will meet 7:30
p.m., Lane Hall lounge.
Sociedad lHispanica: Meeting 8
p.m., Hussey Room, Michigan
League. Mr. John Longhurst of
the History Department will re-

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Oct. 28, at the home of Mrs. Jonas
Kristinsson, 1032 Vaughan. Mrs.
Gordon Keister will conduct the
meeting in the absence of the
chairman, Mrs. Cameron Mere-
dith. Plans for the play to be
presented by the group in the
spring will be discussed.

Mr. Merrie doesn't like people. So
you're lucky to have US taking care
of your case for you, Gus. Now who S
can resist the tearful entreaties of o
soulful little children? ... Nobody!

And then we have the irresistible
appeal to Man's Best Friend here.
Loving, wistful, dumbly pleading-

And to top it all, the
intercession of a Good
Fairy! And one of the
best in the business,
if I do say so myself

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