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THE M IC I LEAN. DAILY

PAGE THREE.

~HE MTCTTTE~AN DAILY PAGE TEREE
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Pinza and Rose Disagree
On Plans To Help 'Met'

RECENT MOVE PROTESTED:
French Fear German Recovery Push

By RAN IVICK
Billy Rose's recent beau geste to
pull the Metropolitan Opera out of
the red was just a misguided pub-
licity maneuver in the eyes of
Basso Ezio Pinza.
The noted baritone, who brought
down the house in his concert at
Hill Auditorium last night, had his
own proposal for raising the Met's
financial status, which, coming
from one of the opera's foremost
stars, should carry more weight
than showman Rose's.
* * *
"AFTER CONSIDERING Rose's
plan," Pinza said, "two facts are
UWF Reports
On Convention
The United World Federalists
should take the lead in urging the
United States to participate in the
proposed People's World Consti-
tutional Convention it was decided
at the National UWF convention
held last weekend in Minneapolis.
Deborah Rabinowitz and Gilles
Corcos, delegates from the Uni-
versity UWF chapter, also report-
ed that Cord Meyer, Jr., was re-
elected president of the national
convention. Such notables as Sen-
ator-elect Hubert Humphreys, of
Minnesota, Paul Douglas of Illi-
nois and University of Minnesota
President J. L. Morrill addressed
the gathering of 300 adults and
200 students.
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evident : all he is thinking about
is making money, and he doesn't
know what he's talking about."
Show producer Rose, whose
position on Broadway is based on
his Diamond Horseshoe girlie
show and a modern adaptation
of "Carmen," last summer pro-
posed that the Met recoupe its
empty purse with consecutive
performancesrof each opera and
a full battery of streamlined
prima donnas.
Commenting on Rose's scheme,
Pinza said that opera stars cannot
play more than two performances
a week, or their voices will suffer.
This, Rose did not consider.
* * *
"THE ONLY WAY to cut down
the costly set-changes between
each day's performances," Pinza
sa'i, "would be to have three sets
of stars rotating in the parts with
a single opera running a full
week."
In respect to the female leads
who frequently do not combine
a good voice with glamorous
looks, Pinza said. "The voice is
the important factor, and a good
singer iscnot always beautiful.
Nothing can be done about this,
unless Rose thinks he's God
himself."
Americans' attitude toward
opera is quite different from that
of Europeans, Pinza declared. "In
this country, people hear an opera
once and are satisfied, whereas
people on the continent go to the
same opera again and again, wish-
ing to know it well."
The great baritone paralleled
this attitude in Europe to our
country's feeling toward baseball.
"They have their sports over there,
too. But they are not so material-
istic that they can't relax long
enough to enjoy opera as they
should."
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PARIS-UP)-French fears that
Britain and the United States are
pushing German recovery too fast
appeared today to be a greater
danger to the French government
than the Ccrrmmunist strike prob-
lem.
The National Assembly's com-
mittee on foreign affairs protest-
ed violently the recent decisiop, of
the British and American military
governments to return control of
Ruhr coal mines and steel mills to
German trustees.
THE COMMITTEE demanded
that French representatives to the
London six-power conference on
the Ruhr take a stand not only
for international control over dis-
tribution of the industrial area's
coal and steel, but for "interna-
tional technical and commercial
control as well."
Foreign Minister Robert
Schuman will be called before
the foreign affairs committee
next week. He will have to do a
lot of explaining to appease the
assembly.
United States Secretary of State
Marshall talked privately today
with Britain's Hector McNeil, and
it was understood French objec-
tions on the Ruhr were discussed.
* * *
ALL FRENCH factions are unit-
ed against pushing German recov-
ery, and differ only as to degree.

Gen. Charles De Gaulle at a obligation "inconsistent" with the
news conference yesterday even pact.
suggested that Marshall Plan
aid was secondary to France's Guided by popular fears of
essential interests in the Ger- German resurgence, the gov-
man question. He called the ernment has protested to Brit-
British-American decision the ain and the United States
"gravest" of the 20th century. through diplomatic channels
The Communists voted against against the Ruhr .action.
the assemby committee's protest Meanwhile in Dunkerque, fa-
today, but only because it was not mous in World War II, soldiers
strong enough. faced Frenchmen over the bari-
* * * cades.
OFFICIALS IN touch with the About 2,000 Morrocan infantry-
French Foreign Office said the men were rushed to the port when
government may invoke the 20- about the same number of strik-
year Dunkerque alliance with Eng- ing dockworkers dug themselves
land on the grounds that Britain in behind a barrier of shipping-
disregarded a clause binding each crates, wine casks and paving
signatory not to enter into any stones.

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FOUNTAINS AT UN PALACE-The Palais de Chaillot, where the United Nations General Assembly is
meeting in Paris, is seen through a screen of pl tying fountains.

DON'T PUT IT OFF!

CHINA OMITTED :
Truman, Forrestal Discuss
Diplomatic, Defense Issues

First Lady in Cuba
Mrs. Harry Truman, traveling
aboard the presidential yacht Wil-
liamsburg, arrived at Havana,
Cuba, yesterday.
She had been vacationing at Key
West, Florida, with her husband.
Mrs. Carlos Prio Socarros, wife of
the Cuban president, and Carlos
Hevia, Minister of State, greeted
her.

KEY WEST, Fla-(MU)-President
Truman and Secretary of Defense
Forrestal went into a 45-minute
huddle on diplomatic and defense
problems but postponed a discus-
sion of the crisis facing the Chi-
nese Nationalist Government..
The defense secretary, fresh
from an inspection of the Euro-
pean peace fronts, submitted a
ten-page memorandum and re-
ported orally to the President on
his observations of the peace out-
look in Europe.
*4 *
PRESIDENTIAL PRESS Secre-
tary Charles G. Ross said the Chi-
nese situation did not come up and
that there was no discussion of
Forrestal's pending resignation
which Forrestal has said would
become effective at the "will of
the President."

Presumably the talk covered
the European situation, with
emphasis on the Berlin block-
ade.
Forrestal flew here for the con-
ference and returned to Washing-
ton in the afternoon.
y *
HE WAS accompanied-by Major
General Alfred Gruenther, Direc-
tor of the Joint Staffs, who carried
a bulging brief case and joined in
the conference.
The discussion took place on
the palm-shaded lawn of the
temporary "White House"-the
commandant's house on the sub-
marine base here.
The conversation at the lunch-
eon table was general, and then
the President went out on the
lawn to talk with Forrestal. j

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