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VOL. LIX, No. 136 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 1949
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Easter Sunday Spirit Infects Campus
By Official Move
PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia - (A')
-In a move officially described as
intended to better Czechoslovak-
American relations, the Czecho-
slovaks freed Vlasta Vraz yester-
The United States had protest-
ed sharply against the secret ar-
rest of Miss Vraz Saturday, de-
manded her release, and asked to
be informed of the "specific char-
ges, if any."
* * * -
ZDENEK Fierlinger, acting for-
eign minister, told U.S. Ambassa-
dor Joseph E. Jacobs yesterday
that Miss Vraz had been accused
of complicity with persons plot-
ting against the Communist gov-
Fierlinger disclosed that Pres-
ident Klement Gottwald had re-
ceived a telegram from Rep.
Adolph J. Sabath (Dem., Ill.),
who was born in Czechoslovakia,
asking for the release of Miss
-Vraz. The acting foreign min-
ister said he knew Sabath and
indicated the telegram had been
partly the cause for the speed
with which she was freed.
Fierlinger also told Ambassador
Jacobs that a formal answer to
the American note on the Vraz
case will be delivered next week.
* * *
AFTER BEING held incom-
municado for three days, Miss
Vraz told a U.S. consular repre-
sentative that she thought she
was detained for an investigation
into the political activities of
Nervous after a week in prison,
Miss Vraz said she plans to leave
the country as soon as she can
close the Prague office through
which she distributed more than
$4,000,000 in Americal relief sup-
plies for Czechoslovakia since
Released unconditionally, she
went to the American embassy,
where she met consular officials
who escorted her home. Because
of her nervousness, embassy per-
sonnel advised her not to talk to
Approximately 72 per cent of
the students questioned in an in-
formal Daily opinion poll think
costs of living in Ann Arbor are
high, and many of them made
caustic comments about the prices
set by local businessmen.
Meanwhile, slightly less than
100 students have joined Club 211.
which will serve 19 meals per week
for $9.50 starting tomorrow.
* * *
THE SURVEY, which does not
claim to be scientific, drew re-
sponses from 237 students.
An analysis of the statistics
reveals that 77 per cent said
food prices are high, 61 per cent
felt the same way about rents,
and 79 per cent called clothing
Less than two per cent think
food prices are low; approximate-
ly five per cent think rents are
low; and only one per cent think
clothing prices are low.
Of those who think rents arc
low or normal, 54 per cent live in
University dormitories, while only
42 per cent of the students polled
live in dormitories.
THE EATING CLUB, which
needs 300 members, will open its
doors tomorrow in a State Street
cafeteria. Students can buy meal
tickets for the week then, accord-
ing to Mel Bondy, Grad., one of
the organizers of the club.
"It is the students' responsi-
bility to combat high prices," he
The eating club was mentioned
by several students in The Daily's
survey; one of them said it is "a
way to beat high prices.'"
* * *
OTHER COMMENTS were di-
rected against local merchants
who were charged with monopolis-
Rain To Dampen
Hope for 8,500
Initelsive Campaign on Campus
Narilg Climax for 116 Politicos
Weathermen put a damper on hopes for a heavy voter turnout
Tuesday and Wednesday for the campus elections. -
Forecasters predicted showers for late Tuesday which they said
may last most of Wednesday.
STUDENT LEGISLATURE officials had hoped for an 8,500 turn-
out-largest in history-on the basis of intensive campaigns being
waged by 116 student politicians.
Sixty-one are competing for 25 SL seats. Seventeen seek
four literary college senior class positions. Sixteen are battling
for six Michigan Union vice presidencies and 22 are fighting for
positions in engineering classes. O
With or without rain, students
Wiho ihu an dnswill line up from 8 a.m to 5 p.m.Se a o a
at voting both ath inee at rCa l
Arch, Diag, behind Haven Hall,
Alumni Memorial Hall, Union
lobby and the Bus. Ad. Building,
Manning the booths will be
fcorps of student volunteers
from eight organizations. tThey
are: Alpha Phi Omega, Inter-
Fraternity. Council, Association
EASTER IN ANN ARBOR--After attending joyful church services this morning (lower left) in celebrationof Christ's resurrection 2,000 years ago, students stepped out
in new spring finery to join the Easter Parade along the Diag (upper right). Some of the coeds, like Turry Welden (upper left) received corsages from attentive males.
Typical of the couples who strolled along State St. to admire merchant's Easter displays were Jim Lorenz and Mary Burton (lower right).
Revived Drama Festival
To Feature Galaxy of Stars
After an absence of six years,
Ann Arbor's famous drama festi-
val will return to Lydia Mendels-
3ohn Theatre this year with a five
week season stretching from May
9 to June 11.
Distinguished by five outstand-
.ng plays, the Festival will bring
to Ann Arbor such brilliant stars
if stage and screen as Basil Rath-
bone and Martha Scott.
* *, *
"AH WILDERNESS" the only
2omedy from the master pen of
Eugene O'Neill, will open the sea-
son May 9. It will be followed by
"Twelfth Night" on May 17,
"Night Must Fall" May 24 and "As
You Desire Me" May 31.
"The Heiress," based on the
novel "Washington Square" by
Henry James, will open June 7
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. - (P) -
Secretary-General Trygve Lie an-
nounced last night that Israel and
Syria have signed a cease-fire
agreement as a preliminary to
further armistice negotiations.
Meanwhile, troops still guarded
the way to the Holy Sepulchre in
the old city of Jerusalem. Mili-
tary authorities, however, made
special arrangements for Chris-
tians to cross the lines to attend
an Easter mass in the historic
and conclude the 1949 season
with its last performance on
Valentine Windt, who was di-
rector for the Ann Arbor Drama
Season the three years preceding
its war-time interruption in 1943,
will again be director this year.
* * *
COUNTER SALES of tickets will
open Thursday in the Garden
Room of the League. Mail orders
will be filled in the order re-
ceived any time before then.
Since it was first produced
with George M. Cohan in the
leading role, "Ah, Wilderness"
has returned again and again
to Broadway. The Ann Arbor
production will star Ernest
Truex, his wife Sylvia Field and
their young son, Barry.
Arnold Moss and Frances Reid
will head the cast of Shakespeare's
"Twelfth Night," and Lucille Wat-
son and Donald Buka will star in
"Night Must Fall," the spine-
tingling melodrama by Emlyn
* * *
Marta Abba, the famous Italian
See FESTIVAL, Page 3
By The Associated Press
SALMON BEACUa, Wash.-An
earthquake-loosened side of a cliff
broke loose and roared past this
community yesterday morning,
threatening the safety of the in-
habitants of its 108 homes.
BERLIN-Allied fliers shat-
tered all Berlin airlift records
yesterday and said they proved
that combat divisions could be
completely supplied by air alone.
ence on military bridgeheads on
the south bank of the Yangtze
River was reported yesterday to
have thrown a new hitch into
Chinese peace talks.
* * *
ski (D.-Mich.) declared that a
new Republican - backed labor
law compromise proposal "is a
sham that actually would
toughen the Taft-Hartley Act."
* * *
DETROIT-A strike threat at
the Ford Rouge plant was rein-
forced with a union decision to
poll 65,000 workers next week
on a walkout.
By FRAN IVICK
While coeds read weather re-
ports and envisioned an Easter
Parade down State Street in ga-
loshes, optimistic men at the Uni-
versity went right ahead sending
flowers and candy, and homesick
students prepared Easter eggs
over makeshift dormitory hot-
* * *
MORE travel-minded students
took a look at the dreary, snow-
covered ground Friday, and
doubled train traffic as they went
home to spend Easter with the
This year's Easter Parade will
be the best dressed ever, with
better quality spring frou-frou
being bought up at a cost about
20 per cent less than last year's,
the nation's garment-makers
But the finery is geared to warm
breezes, and Ann Arborites will
probably have grim going in their
* * *
THE AVENUE will probably
look like a WAVE parade is pass-
State Street Easter Parade
Highlights Holiday Festivity
ing by, as the majority of women's
Easter outfits have as their main-
stay sleek navy blue suits topped
off by beige or navy bonnets.
Despite the long Easter build-
up, late-shoppers were still
bumping and buffeting one an-
other in local stores yesterday,
with the most care and crowd-
ing in the hat departments.
Spring finery wasn't the only
concern in Ann Arbor, where flor-
ist store personnel are spending
the day recuperating for a return
to normal business after the ex-
haustive trade of the past few
* * ,
CANDY STORES bore their
share of the load, with business
more than quadrupled in the pre-
Easter rush. Having sold most of
its four-pound chocolate eggs, one
establishment is preparing to melt
down a-$50, 72-pound solid choc-
olate bunny it had put in its win-
Meanwhile, to give the Easter
aura to their living places, many
students bought stuffed rabbits
or bunny balloons to brighten
up their rooms.
The more ingenious took to dye-
ing eggs and holding egg-rolls be-
fore church this morning. But the
college students' touch was evi-
dent even in these holdovers from
COEDS OOOHED in childish
delight at their eggs, many of
which sported weird surrealist pat-
terns--one end of the eggs done
in misty chartreuse, the other
dyed mauve with angnlar lines
passing through both.
Most of the girls at Martha
Cook were content with mere
of independent Men, Pan Het,
Assembly, Union, League and
Couzen's Hall women.
Voters will be required to show
their ID cards and a transcript
of their scholastic records if their
class is not shown on the card.
A special page of candidate's
statements and vital election in-
formation will appear in Tues-
Transcripts will be available at
the Offices of Dean Mary C. Brom-
age, Rm. 1514 Administration
Building, for women; and Dean
Erich A. Walter, Rm. 1010 Admin-
istration Building, for men.
* * *
MEANWHILE, on a poster-
splashed campus, politicos went
into the stretch drive to pick up
the last-minute votes which could
decide the races.
Meetings and openhouses
scheduled tomorrow will keep
them running from early after-
noon until late evening.
AVC has planed an all-campus
rally at 3 p.m. tomorrow, in the
See ELECTIONS, Page 3 '
A libi Tactic
WASHINGTON -- (P), - Re-
publican Chairman Hugh D.
Scott, Jr., accused the Democrats
today of using "cry baby" alibis
for Congress' failure thus far to
complete much of President Tru-
man's legislative program.
Senator Sparkman (D-Ala.)
said Scott is talking too soon and
the 81st Congress will end "with
an excellent job done."
* * *
SCOTT SAID: "The Truman
administration leaders on Capitol
Hill are giving a perfect imper-
sonation of the youthful bully
who runs home to mama."
Noting that Democrats con-
trol both houses, the GOP Na-
tional chairman said in his
statement that if the opposition
party could agree on a program
it could pass it without any Re-
Scott charged that Democratic
leaders "know they can't get more
than a very small part of the Tru-
man 'promise - the - world - with-
fence-around-it' program through
Congress" and are holding im-
portant bills in committees.
Sparkman told a reporter he
doesn't think the Republicans can
dodge responsibility for taking up
most of the time in Senate debate.
Dead at 64
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.-()-
Wallace Beery, the movies' lovable
rascal with the gravelly voice and
squash-like puss, is dead.
He slumped to his living room
WASHINGTON - () - Sena-
for McCarran (D.-Nev.) charged
today that the State Department's
division of Far Eastern Affairs is
"definitely soft to Communist
He made the charge in a state-
ment accusing the State Depart-
ment of opposing "even the sug-
gestion of any aid to fight the ris-
ing tide of Communism in Asia,"
* * *
McCARRAN is the author of a
bill to authorize a $1,500,000,000
loan to help the Chinese Nation-
alist Government fight the Chi-
Secretary of State Acheson
condemned the proposal in a
letter to Chairman Connally
(D.-Te.) of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee. Acheson
said it would involve thisr 3ow
try in an undertaking of such
magnitude it "would almost
surely be catastrophic."
Senator Bridges (R.-N.H.) ex-
pressed strong resentment over
Acheson's attitude and said Con-
gress ought to make a complete
investigation of the State Depart-
ment's treatment of Chinese af-
MVcCarran said, "when our own
State Department peddles the
Communistic propaganda line, as
in the case of the Department's
assertion that Mao Tse-Tung, the
Chinese Communist leader, is not
a real Communist, it is time some-
thing was done about it,"
Turning to Acheson's letter;,he
described it as "both inaccurate
and misleading." MoCarran took
particular exception to the cabinet
officer's statement that American
aid to China since V-J Day has
totaled more than $2,000,000,000.
Prof. Herbert J. Philipps, recent-
ly dismissed from the University
of Washington because of "ad-
mitted membership in the Com-
munist Party," will speak at 4 pm.
todayin the Union.
Under the sponsorship of the
Young Progressives, Prof. Philipps
will discuss the "Freedom of the
PROF. PHILIPPS, and two other
Washington professors dismissed
on similar charges, are presently
touring the country to present
The American Association-of
College Professors and other civ-
Ipil liberties groups are investi-
gating the dismissals, according
to Gordon MacDougall, president
of the Young Progressives.
The dismissals set off a nation-
wide controversy regarding the
aptness of Communist Party mem-
bers to hold teaching posts.
Prof. Philipps, who was in the
philosophy department, had taught
at the University of Washington
for more than 20 years, and was
dimid 1bydeciion of a seven
Prof. Chafee To Treat Equity
* * *
Tomorrow the University plays
host to one of the "big names"
in the legal profession when Prof.
Zechariah Chafee, Jr., delivers the
first of the Thomas M. Cooley law
lectures at 4:15 p.m. in Hutchins
himself to domestic problems,
Prof. Chafee was a member of
the United Nations Conference
on Freedom of Information in
1948. At present he is further-
ing the cause of free speech as a
member of the UN Sub-Com-