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E THOUGHT the non-fraternization
policy in Germany was over with, fini,
passe, kaput, as dead as Prohibition, or what
have you. But no! The military coinman-
dant of the American Sector of Berlin tells
his occupation troops and his Department of
the Army civilians to stop fraternizing with
In a UP dispatch in Tuesday's "New
York Times," Col. Frank Howley is quoted
as saying: "None of my men are going to
-Aay footsie-wootsie with the Russians
under such conditions as their intolerable
blockade." Apparently the commotion was
chiefly caused by the overt act of an
American official wishing a minor Rus-
sian official "all the best" for the New
Year and inviting him for dinner.
Pretty funny. Personally, we aren't wor-
ried. We did once have a talk with Russians,
but that was in May, '45, and even the girls
weren't at all good-looking. They kept
marching around the parade ground next to
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

the DP barracks and were waiting for the
time when Comrade Stalin would let them
make war against Japan. They seemed to
think they were our allies.
We also saw unspeakable Russians in
Berlin, that is, Russians who did not speak.
Most of them were standing in front of
monuments the Red Army put up, with
long faces and long rifles at their side, and
they were in no mood to fraternize. And
maybe we had forgotten too much of our
Russian 31 and 32 to make New Year
wishes in that language.
Or maybe wishing any Russian a good
year is subversive. It might be construed as
a support of the "bestial" Berlin blockade,
the Five Year Plan, the Marxist-Leninist
principles, and the Soviet version of "Auld
Lang Syne."
Non-fraternization was once a good idea,
but it did not work. Too many temptations
were occupying the occupiers. However, the
term was flexible, and Patton's classic dic-
tum was: "It isn't fraternization if you don't
stay for breakfast."
Will this new prohibition to associate with
Russian blockaders work? It all depends on
whether a good bottle of vodka is as much
a temptation as the siren calls of the tra-
ditionally good-looking Fraulein. If it is,
Col. Howley might as well give up.
John Neufeld


At the Michigan may come when we shuffle off to the li-
AN INNOCENT AFFAIR, with Fred Mac- Heck! Let's go to the show!
--Bob White.
Murray, Madeleine Carroll, and Buddy
Rogers. * *
At the State,
S IT GOOD? Well, gee whiz, I laughed
quite a bit, and there were nice lush sets, PITFALL, with Lzbeth Scott and Dick
and the music was okay, and the photog- Powell
raphy was typically good .. .
GRANTED that several lives can get all
Is it bad? Well, land sakes, it's the same mixed up over a single incident, and
old husband-wife intrigue you've seen a granted that there may be rats of the cali-
hundred times, and it drags like most of ber protrayed by Raymond Burr, "The Pit-
these pictures do, and you sometimes feel fall" is nonetheless a pretty contrived kettle
like you're laughing from force of habit. of trouble. Yet the dialogue, acting and gen-
Do you want to see it? Well, it's nothing eral handling of the plot keep your interest
ohud your tokseeitn W, git nthg and curiosity going until the last hopeful
And th dropyt's fiin tert to 'n speech. Lizbeth Scott is a lovely and plaus-
hen again-it fairly entaining ible reason for three men to get hepped up,
once you're comfortably seated in the the- but for insurance investigator Powell, the
atre. idyll is short and firmly terminated.
Shucks, I don't know what to tell you. Raymond Burr, however, won't let well
It's pleasant to see Madeleine Carroll again, enough alone, and his methods of wooing
And Fred MacMurray is as funny as he ever involve manipulating manslaughter among
was-and you can take that remark any his rivals. (A Sidney Greenstreet size ver-
way you care to). The seldom-seen Charles sion of Peter Lorre, Mr. Burr has a bright
"Buddy" Rogers completes the handsome future at this sort of thing.)
and likeable trio. Things go from bad to worse, as they al-
'We can give you a plot summary in a ways do in the middle of the picture, and
very few words: Advertising Executive by the time everyone is properly confused
courts flush female account, Exec's wife over what will happen to whom, an un-
suspects foul play and acquires own suitor, happy but logical climax is deftly unfolded.
fireworks ensue. It's not a picture that rates either orchids
or onions, but merely a "B" budget drainer
To go or not to go? 'Tis nobler in the mind that does all right for itself.
to study, of course . . . but what boredom --Gloria Hunter

last election really did was to nation-
alize Congress. It is never again going to be
a haphazard collection of winners of local
popularity contests. It is now, and I believe
it will continue to be, a body elected on na-
tional issues, as part of a national political
struggle. It will make the laws, but without
being a law unto itself, as it certainly was
during the years when it was able, incredi-
bly, to defy the most popular President in
our history, in spite of his three re-elections.
Mr. Truman's name will grow when we
look back and see what he accomplished
in the last election by making the Eighti-
eth Congress the chief issue. He broke an
interest. It'was an interest as clearly rec-
'ognizable as the farming interest or the
steel interest. It was an interest composed
of conservative Southern Democrats and
Northern Republicans, who, though they
never had the endorsement of the major-
ity of the people (except maybe for about
five minutes in 1946) had nevertheless
been able to take control over the most
important segment of our government.
They did this through a combination of
archaic House and Senate rules, of over-
representation for the undervoting poll-
taxed districts of the South, and of over-
representation, too, for some of the rural
regions of the North. It was a structure
built of spit and tissue paper, but it was
strong enough to dominate Congress for ten
years. It enabled a handful of men on, say,
the Rules Committee, to tell the House what
it could or could not vote upon, or even
discuss; a setup which made Congress itself
an issue-as much of an issue as any issue
before Congress.
That power has now been smashed. The
change in Rules Committee procedure is
more than a mere reform of Congressional
methods. It is a shift in the vary basis of
power in Congress, a change of control.
Ultra-conservatism, long ago beaten on
the level of content, on the level of mean-
ings, had intrenehed itself on the level of
form, on the level of methods. It has now
been pursued even into this area, and
there defeated. We are making the forms
of things correspond to their content; that
is the meaning of the revolt against the
House's rules.
think that now the very color of our
lives will change a bit. The all-too-charac-
teristio Congressman of the last decade has
been the angry Congressman, telling the
people. We may now get more Congressmen
who listen to the people instead. The typi-
cal, finger-waving Congressman, threaten-
ing to do something very severe, to labor, to
the consumer, to anyone at all is, I feel,
about to pass into history. This formidable
figure, who has been able to rule the country
without being able to win or influence a
national election, has had his day.
coming changes will show up on the
Republican side, no less than on the Dem-
ocratic. It seems to me that the Demo-
crats, by having had the courage to beak
with their conservatives, have made it in-
evitable that the Republicans will lose
their liberals. There is a very good chance
that the old bi-partisan block will now be
stood neatly on its head, with many Re-
publicans voting steadily, on key issues,
with the majority Democrats. Forty-nine
of them voted so, in defiance of party
policy, on reform of House rules. They'll
have to do more of this. They can't help
themselves. They've read the election
REMEMBER? : One last word. These im-
mense changes have taken place in two
months. It is hardly ten weeks since a num-
ber of American liberals felt that all was up,
all was over. There must be some kind of

a moral here about realizing that policy in
this country is going to be shaped by the
underlying needs of the people, and by simi-
lar realities, regardless of anybody's passing
panic or temporary exultation.
(Copyri;ht, 1949, New York Post Corporation)



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Bill Mauldin

"Cease fire, do you hear? Cease fire!"


Letters to the Editor




Foggy Bottom Upheaval

WASHINGTON-There is now at least a
chance that something will actually be
done to bring order out of the chaos in
which the State Department operates, al-
though every previous such attempt has
failed abysmally since the days of John
Adams. A Hoover Commission subcommit-
tee, in a yet unpublished report, has recom-
mended a long overdue and far-reaching
reorganization of the department. And per-
haps this time some sort of action will re-
The basic problem which the report
boldly attacks is that of responsibility and
authority. As things now stand, there are
jest four men in the State Department
with the authority to act on American
foreign policy in any of its aspects and
in any part of the world. These are the
Secretary, the Under Secretary, the Coun-
selor and the Chief Planning Officer.
Looking Back
Announcement was made of a new cam-
pus literary magazine to be published Jan.
20. "A joke department" of size and im-
portance" was to be featured.
Financial problems ended the four-year
"friendly rivalry" between Michigan and
Vanderbilt. Money to cover expenses for
the jaunt to the Nashville, Tenn., gridiron
was difficult to obtain, University officials
The Union Opera of 1909, "Culture,"
netted about $2,000, general chairman How-
ard L. Barkdull said.
A Daily advertisement advised coeds that
they could get tan rubbers to fit their tan
shoes at a local shoe store. "Exclusively
styled" dress shoes were selling for $4.00 and

At present, all four of these officers,
George C. Marshall, Robert A. Lovett,
Charles E. Bohlen and George Kennan, are
men of great ability and energy. But they
are badly overburdened. And this concen-
tration of authority in so few hands has
led to a sort of paralysis in the lower ranks.;
One consequence is that, in order to
spread responsibility where no individual
can take final decisions, a grotesque com-
mittee system, fantastically time-consum-
ing, has developed. (One wag has sug-
gested that the theme song of Foggy
Bottom, as the State Department is not
very affectionately known, should be "Set
Up Another Committee," sung to the
tune of "Give Us Another Old Fash -
ioned.") This committee system has in-
evitably led to a tendency to shove all
but the most absolutely inescapable de-
cisions under the rug, in the same way
that a lazy man puts off answering a
letter until it is no longer necessary. to
answer it.
Yet there is a further problem, aside from
internal reorganization of the department,
which obviously has worried the authors of
the report, but which they have not suc-
cessfully attacked. The State Department
is the agency of the government charged
with making foreign policy. Yet there are
vast areas of policy in which the depart-
ment has- either lost or abdicated its au-
thority. One has only to remember the in-
dependence with which General Lucius Clay
and General Douglas MacArthur operate in
Germany and Japan, or the way ECA Ad-
ministrator Paul Hoffman appeared recently
to revise American policy in China, or the
serious charges hurled on his own hook by
ECA Deputy Howard Bruce at Great Britain,
thus infuriating our only dependable ally,
to recognize this fact.
As a consequence, American foreign pol-
icy has shown a tendency to go galloping
off in several directions at once, which is
certainly a dangerous tendency in these

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ments call Ext. 371 or at 201 Ma-
son Hall.
The Marathon Corp., Menasha,
Wisc. will be unable to come for
interviews before examinations,
but they will be glad to receive
applications. They are interested
in personnel, sales, accounting, re-
search, and manufacturing
trainees. Information and appli-
cation blanks may be obtained at
the Bureau of Appointments, 201
Mason Hall.
Economic Lecture: Kenneth E.
Boulding, Professor of Economics
at Iowa State College, will speak
on "Foundations of Wage Policy,"
4:15 p.m., Tues., Jan. 11, Rackham
Lecture Hall; auspices of the De-
partment of Economics. The pub-
lic is invited.
Academic Notices
Doctoral Examination for John
Wesley Steedly, Jr., Chemistry;
thesis: "The Absorption Spectra
of Some P-Aminoaryldiaonium
Derivatives," 2 p.m., Fri., Jan. 7,
3543 Chemistry Bldg., Chairman,
L. C. Anderson.
Doctoral Examination for Paul
Henry Eschmeyer, Zoology; the-
sis: "Reproduction and Migration
of the Yellow Pikeperch, Stizoste-
dion Vitreum Vitreum, in Michi-
gan," 9 a.m., Sat., Jan. 8, 3091
Natural Science Bldg. Chairman,
R. M. Bailey.
Doctoral Examination for Paul
Richard Annear, Astrnomy;
thesis: "An Investigation of Ga-
lactic Structure in a Region of
Cygnus," 9:30 a.m., Sat., Jan. 8,
Observatory. Chairman, D. B. Mc-
Astronomical Colloquium: 4:15
p.m., Fri., Jan. 7, Observatory.
Speaker: Miss Ruth Hedeman;
Subject: "Current Status of Mi-
cro-Wave Astronomy."
Biological Chemistry Seminar:
4 p.m., Fri., Jan. 7, 319 W. Medical
Bldg. Subject: "Human Nutri-
tion." All interested are invited.
Electrical Engineering SPE-
CIAL Colloquium: 4 p.m., Fri.,
Jan. 7, 1042 E. Engineering Bldg.
Mr. J. A. Morton of Bell Tele-
phone Laboratories will discuss
Ginette Neveu, distinguished
French violinist, will be presented
in recital by the University Musi-
cal Society in the Choral Union
Series at 8:30 p.m., Jan. 8, hill
Miss Nevcu will play the follow-
ing program at her Ann Arbor;
Concerto in G major, No. 3,
Mozart; Chaconne (violin alone),
Bach; Sonata, G major, Op. 30,1
No. 3, Beethoven; Piece en forme
de Habanera, Ravel; Etude in
Thirds, Scriabin; Nocturne et Tar-
entelle, Szymanowski.9
Tickets are available at the of-

flee of the University Musical So-
ciety in Burton Memorial Tower;
and will also be on sale at the Hill
Auditorium box office one hour
preceding the concert Saturday
Cancellation of Recital: . The
student recital by James Merrill,
pianist, previously announced for
8 p.m., Mon., Jan. 10, Rackham
Assembly Hall, has been post-
poned until a later date.
Organ Recital: Elva Wakefield,
student in the School of Music,
will present a program in partial
fulfillment of the requirements for
the Master of Music degree at 8
p.m., Fri., Jan. 7, Hill Auditorium.
Miss Wakefield has been studying
with Frederick Marriott, and has
planned a program to include
compositions by Bach, Schumann,
Karg-Elert, Mendelssohn, Vierne,
Jongen, and Franck. The general
public is invited.
Art privately owned in Ann Ar-
bor Art Association; Alumni Me-
morial Hall, daily 9-5, Sundays
2-5. The public is invited.
Events Today
Bill of One-Act Plays will be
presented at 8 p.m. in the Lydia
Mendelssohn Theatre by the de-
partment of speech. Admission is
free to the public and no tickets
are required for admission. Doors
of the theatre will be open at 7:30
p.m. and be closed promptly at 8
o'clock. Playstosbe given include
"Love and How to Cure It," by
Thornton Wilder; "The Lovely
Miracle," by Paul Johnson; "Man
of Destiny," by George Bernard
Music-Student Council mem-
bers: Meeting 12:30 (noon) at the
School of Music. Review of pro-
posed Constitution, and neces-
sary procedures for official recog-
nition of the "Music School As-
Student Religious Association
Coffee Hour: 4:30 p.m., Lane Hall.
German Coffee Hour: 3-4:30
p.m., Michigan League Soda Bar.
All students and faculty members

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 00 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.
Winter Carnival
To the Editor:
NRESPONSE to the question of
why the winter carnival is to
be'held on February 2 and 3, Pat
McKenna and Dick Slocum, gen-
eral co-chairmen have issued the
following statement.
We realize that in some respects
the dates Feb. 2 and 3 seem un-
reasonable and arbitrarily set.
However, in deciding the date, we
had to consider a great many fac-
I. The best weekend for cold
weather and snow is Jan. 22 and
23 according to the weather sta-
tion at Willow Run.
2. Jan. 22, 23 is the weekend
between the two weeks of final
examinations. Many students will
have left for home, and many will
be studying for their remaining
3. Jan. 15, 16 is just preceding
final exams.
4. Jan. 8, 9 is the final week-
end after Xmas vacation and
would give little time for prepara-
5. Jan. 29, 30 are during vaca-
tion between semesters.
6. Feb. 4, 5 is during J-Hop
7. Feb. 11, 12 would be suitable
in many respects except that fra-
ternity and sorority rushing would
prevent participation of all
rushees and affiliated men and
women, especially the women.
8. Any later date is not prac-
tical because of the unpredicta-
bility of the weather.
Feb. 2 and 3 were decided upon
as the most logical date for the
carnival. Registration will start on
the 2nd, orientation of freshmen
will be underway and school will
not be in session. The booth prep-
arations will not require more
than a few hours attention by
each organization planning one.
With these reasons for our
choice of dates for winter carni-
val, dorms, leagues, fraternities
and sororities will not feel that
these dates were chosen with the
intention to favor any group of
students or with complete disre-
gard for a number of students
present on campus during the
days of registration.
We hope your winter carnival
will be a smashing success, and
with your support we are sure it
will be. Why not plan to be in
Ann .Arbor on Feb. 2 and 3 as
well as for the J-Hop on the 4
and 5 and start the new semester
off with a bang?
-Dick Slocum.
Praise to W UOM
To the Editor:
W UOMDESERVES much praise
for its numerous excellent and
varied special holiday programs.
From both technical and program
standpoints, WUOM is one of the
best educational stations on the
air anywhere. When the broad-
cast day and power output are
increased, WUOM will have even
greater prestige.
WUOM offers many fine pro-
grams of wide variety. Foreign
language broadcasts, "Here's to
Veterans," excellent children's
program, and others suit a wide
range of tastes. Full sports cover-
age and special concerts make
outstanding listening.
Programs such as the Medical
Series and Hymns of Freedom

heard for years on other stations
are even better listening on full-
range FM. It would be only a
slight exaggeration to state that
a few hours of listening to WUOM
would be worth the price of a good
FM radio.
The nightly two hour period of
recorded music are welcomed by
many who find 6 to 8 p.m. a dead
spot on most stations. Listeners
are glad to find long broadcasts
rather than a choppy diet of
many short ones, especially if the
commercials are numerous and
religion in the curriculum and the
election of a vice-president.
Graduate Outing Club will meet
at 2:15 p.m., Sun., JTan. 9, at the
northwest entrance to Rackham
Building for ice-skating and hik-
ing. Sign list at Rackham Check-
room desk. All graduates wel-

Elf ty-Nith Year

unpleasant. Freedom from adver
tisements possible on an educa
tional station and advantages o
FM help to make WUOM a fa
vorite arpong radio listeners i:
this area.
Its many fans wish it good.for
tune in 1949 and years following
and hope and expect a continue
and expanded fare of good listen
-Carl H. Zwinck.
Health Insurance
To the Editor:
PROPONENTS, of compulsor
health insurance point wit
alarm to the high rate of selec
tive service rejections and tell 'u
the health of our nation is de
plorable and that our present sys
tem of medical services is woe
fully inadequate. A recent edi
torial and a letter to the edito
inquire why so many young me:
were refused in the draft.
Recent surveys of the probler
indicate the rejection rate is nea
30 per cent, rather than the 5
per cent quoted by the President
Even this is an alarming figur
and would bear further analysis
About 44 per cent of all rejection
of 18 year-olds in 1944 were for
mental reasons.
Another 9 per cent of all re
jections were for cardiovascula
defects, largely due to rheumati
fever, a disease controllable mor
by living conditions than by pre
ventive medicine. Next follow
per cent due to musculoskeleta
defects, made up mostly of resid
uals from accidents and polomy
elitis, neither preventable by me
ical means at present. Eye and le
defects make up another 11 pe
cent, followed by five per cent du
to neurological defects, includin
epilepsy and residuals from polio
myelitis and accidents.
Thus about half the rejection
were for mental reasons, and a
least another 20 per cent well
due to conditions neither prevent
able nor remediable by medic
means. Dr. Leonard Rowntre
former service medical. director
has stated that rejections fai
remediable defects constitutec
about 15 per cent of all rejec
tions or about 6 per cent of al
men examined. Yet Federal Se
curity Agency propaganda claim
one-half to two-thirds of 'rejec
tions could have been prevente'
by adequate medical care.
It would appear there is littl
basis for such hysteria in then
draft rejection figures. Whim
some form of voluntary healti
insurance to provide financial aiF
probably is desirable, the health o
our country is not in such a des
perate state that control of med
ical care must be surrendered int(
the hands of an all-powerful fed
eral agency which has been re
sponsible for such distorted prop
-H. T. Johnson, M.D.

At Architect. Auditorium
THE 39 STEPS, with Robert Donat, Mad'
eleine Carroll and Peggy Ashcroft. Direct-
ed by Alfred Hitchcock.
T'HOSE of you who became avid followers
of Hitchcock after THE PARADINE
CASE will find in The 39 Steps the fas-
cinating fare through which he established
his reputation.
The film begins in London at a weird
sort of a vaudeville show which is sud-
denly transformed into a brawling panic
by a couple of shots fired into the audi-
ence. In the ensuing riot, a beautiful
brunette appeals to our hero, Robert Do-
nat, for refuge which he is only too glad
to proffer.
However, this simple act has different
ramifications than might be expected. The
lady has run amuck of powerful interests
and her persecutors turn up almost imme-
diately. Thus Hitchcock sets up his plot

Roger Williams Guild:
8:30 p.m., Guild House.


Coning Events
Economics Club: Prof. Kenneth
E. Boulding, of Iowa State Col-
lege, will speak on "Economic Be-
havior," 7:45 p.m., Mon., Jan. 10,
Rackham Amphitheatre. The pub-
lic is invited.
Institute of Aeronautical Sci-
ences: Annual Banquet, 6 p.m.,
Sat., Jan. 8, Michigan Union.
Guest Speaker: Colonel Dregne,
U.S.A.F., Selfridge Field, Michi-
gan. Topic: "Operational Engi-
neering." Tickets on sale in 1507
E. Engineering Bldg.
Inter-Guild Council: Last meet-
ing of semester, 2:30 p.m., Sun.,
Jan. 9, Lane Hall. Discussion of

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