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Age of Eye-Aiei

WASHINGTON--It is a commentary on
our times that the FBI, almost alone of
government agencies, was spared the eco-
nomy axe when the House Appropriations
Committee, in its omnibus appropriation bill,
cut over a billion dollars from Budget Bu-
reau estimates.
Instead of slashing, as in most other
cases, the committee accepted intact the
Budget Bureau's recommendation of $57,-
400,000 for the Federal Bureau of Investi-
gation for the 1951 fiscal year, an increase
of $4,800,000 over the current year. The
FBI would be authorized to expand its
force by hiring 700 more employees, of
whom 325 would be agents. This would
bring its total personnel to 10,600, and
its agents to 4,425 of that number.
The salary of J. Edgar Hoover, FBI chief,
would be boosted from $16,000 to $20,000,
putting him almost in the class of cabinet
members and Supreme Court justices, who
get $22,500, and above Under Secretaries,
who get $18,000.
We are, truly, in the era of Dick Tracy,
the private eye-and the G-man.
* * *
THE COMMITTEE, in its report, phrased
it a little more prosaically when it said
that "it does not feel justified in reducing
the estimates of the Bureau in view of con-
ditions at home and abroad" and, more
pointedly, when it specified that the increas-
ed staff was to investigate "clandestine ac-,
tivities of the Communist Party and other
groups who aim at our national security."
The FBI has, indeed, become a big and
powerful agency in recent years under
Mr. Hoover's direction.
This reporter, then a very young man,
recalls interviewing J., Edgar Hoover, him-
self then also a young man of 29 and little
known, on the occasion of his appointment
in 1924 in the Coolidge administration as

director of the Federal Bureau of Investi-
gation. It was quite an assignment for on 4
of his years, though he had been in the
Justice Department since 1917.
* * *
THE FBI was not near so imposing in 1924
as it has become since under Mr. Hoov-
er's energetic management. Tucked away
then in the old Justice Department building,
it has expanded in the new Justice Depart-
ment building-with its experts, its elab-
orate paraphernalia, its 100,000,000 fin-
gerprints. Mr. Hoover, with all the addition-
al honors he has gathered in the years, now
commands as much space in "Who's Who"
as former President Herbert Hoover, one of
the six presidents under whom he has ser-
The emphasis on the FBI manifest in
the current projected expansion, neces-
sary as that may be, can become exagger-
ated in such an era as this. This was dem-
onstrated when the house inserted a pro-
vision in the National Science Founda-
tion bill which would empower the FBI to
pass on the loyalty of students before
they could get scholarships. That would
clothe it with discretionary authority,
whereas it is now confined to an investi-
gative function. Luckily, Mr. Hoover, him-
self, has opposed such authority, along
with the Justice Department.
The readiness of the House to accept such
a broadening of FBI powers illustrates the
dangers that must be guarded against in
times like these in dealing with federal po-
lice authority in a democracy. Under care-
less management it could become harmful
and the possibility of such management at
some future time, under a change of direc-.
tors, must always be considered. Congress
sometimes forgets that it is legislating not
for just now, but for the future.
(Copyright, 1950, by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.)

At The State'.'.' new ship as a passenger. There is a girl on
board, played by Gail Russell, with whom one
CAPTAIN CHINA: with John Payne, of the friends, Jeffrey Lynn, falls in love.
Gail Russell, and Jeffrey Lynn. But she seems to be in love with the ex-
THIS IS not a very good movie. But it captain, John Payne. They do a lot of talk-
' to bing about the past, and then a storm comes
isn't too bad. .u.
It is about a captain who gets drunk and up'
loses his ship in a storm. Some of the crew The storm is really thrilling. The dash of
members lie about what he did so he the wind and the rain is awful. Jeffrey
loses his commission. Lynn doesn't know what to do, so he tells
To get even with them, he gets on their John Payne to takeover the ship. He does,
and it gets safely through the storm.
The story doesn't seem very true to
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily life, but that really doesn't matter, I sup-
are written by members of The Daily staff pose.
and represent the views of the writers only. What the situation boils down to is
, that if you like to be entertained by inferior
movies on a low level, you might just as
NIGHT EDITOR: DOLORES LASCHEVER well see this as any other.
--Fran Ivick.
r Washington Merry-Ao-Round

DEAN ACHESON'S ability and loyalty as
our Secretary of State is being question-
ed in a get-Acheson campaign.
The Daily Worker, which claims he is
too tough with Russia, and Hearst news-
papers, which proclaim he is too soft with
Russia, are helping to promote this cam-
Years of experience and effectiveness as
a public official speak for Acheson and
make the campaign look sick.
When Acheson was appointed Secretary of
State fifteen months ago he was enthusi-
astically applauded by most Congressmen.
They had every reason to receive him en-
Following Acheson's graduation from Har-
vard Law School he became a private sec-
retary to the late Supreme Court Justice
Louis Brandeis.
In 1933 he began government service as
New Deal Treasury Under-Secretary.
Acheson became influential as a policy
maker in 1941 when he became Assistant-
Secretary of State. His reputation grew when
he was promoted to Under-Secretary of
State in 1945.
Since he has been Secretary of State,
Acheson has worked to prevent the spread
of Communism and the political power of
the Kremlin. He has worked to win pre-
sent Soviet satellites from the domination
of Moscow.
Acheson has helped to launch the Mar-
shall Plan and the Truman Doctrine. He has
been instrumental in carrying out the Mil-
itary Aid Program, the World Bank and
Monetary Fund. Acheson has been coop
erative with the UN, which he helped to
The fact that worries "Life" magazine is
another point in his favor. "Life" has been
worried because Acheson "in his tortured
search for means of agreement tends to look
more and more inward to America's defects
rather than outward to the enemy's defects."
This shows Acheson is aware that our
own internal difficulties and faults aid
the Communists. Secretary of State Ache-
son understands Russian power. He knows
that its greatest weapons are the imper-
fections of the societies it attempts to add
to its sphere of influence.
Today Acheson stands out as a figure of
major dimensions at a time when the world
is filled with men too small for the com-
plicated situations they are facing.
-Leah Marks
Beta Mu
THE APPEAL of fraternal living attracts
many more than just those who are
fraternity members. But these people refuse
to become associated with fraternities as
long as they are undemocratic and fosterers
of social bias. They prefer to maintain their
ideal rather than to accept fraternities as
they currently operate.
Now these people have the opportunity
to gain the advantages of fraternal life
without having to sacrifice principle.
A non-sectarian, inter-racial fraternity,
Beta Mu, is being organized on campus. To
those who have a yen for fraternity life,
this group can offer a really democratic type
of brotherhood and togetherness. In addition
support of this organization could also go
far in dealing a crushing blow against the
undemocratic attitudes that most frater
nities now hold.
-Paul Marx.

At The Orpheum .. .
TON, Gertrude Lawrence, Elsa Lanchest-
er and Roger Livesey. Directed by Alevan-
der Korda.
'HERE'S an entertaining concerto for
ham on exhibition down on Main Street
this weekend. Ostensibly the story of the
monumental ups and downs of the great
painter from Leyden, the picture seems
much better suited to show off the varied
talents of Charles Laughton, the obese
Carrying out the concerto idea, a trio
of cadenzas have been inserted to let Laugh-
ton 1. discourse on women; 2. bring tears
to the eye as he tells the story of Saul and
David, and 3. read a bit of the Bible.
And that's not the end of Charlie's high
jinks. At various times he looks like Charles
Laughton playing Captain Bligh; at others
he's Charles Laughton playing Henry VIII.
Sometimes he even might be Charles Laugh-
ton playing Rembrandt. But all the time he
is Charles Laughton.
Charlie's ham is rather well seasoned by
good supporting performances, in particu-
lar from Gertrude Lawrence and Elsa Lan-
But what it all boils down to is: Do you
want to go see Laughton battle gloriously
against society for 90 minutes. I didn't
mind it too much myself.
Of course, it would have been nice if
Korda had told a little about the real
Rembrandt, but then I guess that's ex-

"Here We Are Again"
%4PI /
/ettep4 TO T HE EDITOR
The Daily welcomes communications from Its readers on matters of
general interest, and will publish all letters which are signed by the writer
and in good taste. Letters exceeding 300 words In length, defamatory or
libelous letters, and letters which for any reason are not In good taste will
be condensed, edited, or withheld from publication at the discretion of the


W ASHINGTON-Prince Bernhard of the
Netherlands was in New York's Stork
Club the other night as the guest of famed
toy manufacturer Lewis Marks.
Prince Bernhard is a much-loved consort,
but hasn't been too good at fulfilling his
basic obligation to the Netherlands-supply-
ing the Dutch people with a male heir to
the throne.
Bernhard, who had never been in the
Stork Club before, asked his host to point
out some of the celebrities. So Marks call-
ed popular columnist Leonard Lyons over
to the Prince's table and introduced him.
"What's so special about him?" whisper-
ed the Prince of the Netherlands into Marks'
"He," replied Marks, "has four sons."
gore of West Virginia finally spoke out
against the highhanded methods of Senate
Judiciary clerk Richard Arens, noisy Sen.
William Jenner of Indiana yelled back in
Arens' defense. "I cannot," replied Kilgore
calmly, "shout as loud as the Senator from
Indiana." . . .
So many senators have acquired ghost-
writers that sometimes you can't tell the.
senator from his ghost . . . The peppery
statements of Sen. Ken Wherry of Nebraska
are dashed off by Arthur Hachten, former
The Weather
THE ZULUS have their medicine man. New
York State has its new- corps of rain
makers. Ann Arbor claims nothing-except
fame as the screwiest meteorological pot-
pourri in the country. .
Witness these facts:
One dressed for the nine o'clock yesterday
morning with raindrops beating on the win-
dowpane. Enroute to class, hail supplanted
the rain.
During the ten o'clock, one shivered when
the huge barrage of snowflakes hit campus,
but chalked it up as typical of Ann Arbor

ace newsman for Hearst . . . Ghosting for
Senator McCarthy is George Waters, former
city editor of the Washington Times-Herald.
Waters has been especially active in Mc-
Carthy's State Department attacks . . .
Another McCarthy ghost is Ken Hunter, who
master-minded Hearst's "MacArthur-for-
President" campaign ...
Secretary Acheson will fly to London
around May 1 for the Big Three foreign
ministers' meeting .. .
Congressman Mike Mansfield is smother-
ing his bill to prevent deportation of Nazi
propagandist Werner Plack. A Montana
rancher sold the Congressman on the idea
that Plack was a worthy citizen, and he
introduced a bill permitting him to stay in
the U.S.A. Later Mansfield discovered
Plack's real record as an aide to Goebbels,
and reneged.
SOME MEMBERS of the Joint Congres-
sional Committee on Atomic Energy think
that the British spy, Dr. Klaus Fuchs, may
have given the Russians all except the very
latest atomic secrets. They said so after
reading a confidential copy of Fuchs' con-
If the committee concludes that this is
highly probable, then it should take a
fresh look at security measures. It would
be ridiculous to keep from American sci-
entists and engineers what is well known
to the Russians. It would also be harm-
ful, because lack of information impedes
the progress of the American project, as
many scientists have pointed out.
The Russians have made no comment on
the Fuchs case except one. That was when
Tass said Russia got no secrets from Fuchs.
This is exactly the impression the Russians
would want to give. If they can make Ameri-
cans doubt that they know what they do
know, then the U.S. will continue to hamper
itself with out-of-date restrictions. It is not
very smart after the horse has been stolen
to lose the race by locking yourself behind
the barn door.
,r-fi la - -c w u r e n n n f ni"Ur -;

Unfair Reporting . .
To the Editor:
WEDNESDAY I was astounded
to read the advertisement on
the back of The Michigan Daily
to the effect that Harold Stassen
was appearing on the University
campus. The front page was filled
and had therefore crowded any
article on such a meeting off the
front page. There was a high-pri-
ority article about Soapy's boy
Roth favoring a reduction of the
voting age. If this was news it is
only months old. Intra-campus
functions in East Quad also seem
to take a priority over a national
figure. Prof. Laing was speaking
at East Quad. He may be a fine
fellow, but he certainly should not
(in my humble estimation) push
a former (and possibly future)
candidate for the Presidency off
the front page of our "fair" news-
The Daily is one of the first to
take any other newspaper to task
for unfairly reporting news. Yet in
three years at Michigan, I have
seen no evidence of fair report-
ing by The Daily. There has been
a preponderance of Democratic
and Progressive Party news, and
a paucity of Republican. I am the
first to grant that Republicans of-
ten do not make good copy, but
that never seems to prevent the
printing of Democratic news.
For a group who constantly cry
for "fairness", The Daily people
show a shocking lack of it, if it
does not meet their own ideas of
what is good.
I am not writing in hopes of
any improvement, only to express
my own disgust with The Daily.
-James F. Schoener
(EDITOR'S NOTE: We under-
stand Mr. Schoener to be referring
to our coverage of the local poli-
tical groups and their activities.
Last semester, The Daily published
a total of 46 column-inches of
news, excluding the DOB, about the
local Young Republicans, Young
Democrats and Young Progressives.
Of this total, 17 column-inches con-
cerned the Republicans, 17.25 col-
umn-inches concerned the Demo-
crats, and 11.75 column-inches con-
cerned the Progressives.
This semester, The Daily pub-
lished 10 column-inches about the
Republicans, four column-inches
about the Democrats, and five col-
umn-inches about the Progressives
- up to and including the issue
of sunday, March 19.
For news of Harold Stassen, see
Page 1.)
Free Economy, Yes
To the Editor:
HOW FREE is our free economy?
Time magazine last week, us-
ually the Lords' friend (both Spi-
ritual and Temporal, that is) re-
ports that Congress has repealed
the Federal Tax on yellow oleo-
margerine. After 64 years of back-
breaking churning housewives can
take margerine directly from the
grocery bag to the dinner table
with none of the old ritual in be-
tween. But what about the eco-
nomic side of repeal. At best it is
a hollow victory; 1) margerine
must henceforth be clearly iden-
tified as such when sold retail, 2)
restaurants must serve it in tri-
angular pats or use some other
identific-ation, 3) sixteen states
still prohibit sale of yellow- mar-
gerine and six have special taxes
against it. This is discrimination;
all it means is that the butter boys

are using our governmental ap-
paratus to maintain their own fa-
vored position and to keep oleo
at a disadvantage, the while
gouging housewife and consumer
How free can a free economy
be? How can the federal govern-
ment bring anti-trust suits against
A and P, and at the same time al-
low the butter interests to main-
tain these anti-competitive prac-
tices at public expense. Apparently
someone is not letting the right
hand know what the left hand is
doing. All those profs and teach-
ing fellows in Bus Ad and Engine
School (and anyone else, for that
matter) who think this is a free]
economy must have holes in their
head (and that includes Brother
James Gregory, of Plymouth Rock
fame). There's more fat boys at
work in our national and state
capitals than thereever were or
will be in the Kremlin. See cover
of last week's Time for Kremlin
fat boy number 2%2.
-Phil Parmenter
P.S. In Michigan the use of
margerine is prohibited in non-
penal state institutions.
Politics & Pedagogy...
To the Editor:
RECENTLY A letter was publish-
ed in The Daily criticizing
Preston Slosson for openly express-
ing his political views. I must say
that I heartily agree with the
author of the letter. Students con-
stantly declare their political feel-
ings and that is at it should be,
but to allow professors to do such
a thing is quite another story. Pro-
fessors have not nearly the exper-
ience or background their students
do and are therefore not as worth-
while to listen to. A man with
Preston Slosson's knowledge and
experience should surely take a
back seat to one of his more quali-
fied students.
-Nancy Washburne
* *.*
Sullenberger Acquittal
To the Editor:
IN RE Dr. Sullenberger . . . We
have followed this affair with
great interest over a periodhof
weeks. It seems to us that there
has been a vast amount of hysteri-
cal rabble-rousing involved. We
know nothing of the actual facts
of the case (other than the various
versions appearing in The Daily,
and several rumors) but we won-
der whether these "ravings" which
have been appearing in The Daily,
couched in words of "bitterness,
emotionalism, and complete un-
objectivity," have been the result
of an honest, sincere attempt to
help the position of the Negro;
or have they been the more emo-
tional ramblings of twisted, bitter
minds, who, feeling their own un-
importance in life, have selected
this form of expression to gain at-
tention for themselves and thus
compensate for their probably
well-founded feelings of inferiority.
In other words, are those who
write such letters really interested
in the Negro, or are they in-
terested in seeing their names in
print, behind a mask of "intel-
lectualism," in feeling that they

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Ireland, violist, will be heard in
a program at 8:30 p.m., Sun., Mar.
26, Architecture Auditorium. A
pupil of Albert Luconi, Mr. Rober-
son presents the program in par-
tial fulfillment of the require-
ments for the Bachelor of Music
degree. Compositions by Pierne,
Saint-Saens, Bozza and Schu-
man. Open to the public.
Student Recital: Nathen Jones,
flutist, will present a 'program at
8:30 p.m., Mon., Mar. 27, Rackham
Assembly Hall. Assisted by Lor-
raine Jones, pianist, and Jerome
Jelinek, cellist, Mr. Jones will play
works by Bach, Beethoven, De-
bussy, Honegger, Ibert, Scott, Nor-
man Dello Joio, and Lora. The
program is presented in partial
fulfillment of the requirements
for the Master of Music degree.
Open to the public. Mr. Jones is
a pupil of Nelson Hauenstein.
Student Recital: Carol Neilson,
soprano, will present a program in
the Architecture Auditorium, Sat.,
Mar. 25, at 8:30 p.m., in partial
fulfillment of the requirements for
the degree of Bachelor of Music.
A pupil of Arthur Hackett, Miss
Neilson's program will include
compositions in Italian, German,
French, and a group of Irish songs.
The public is invited.
Events Today
Fireside with James Crai, So-
cial Action Department, United
Christian Missionary Society. Con-
gregational Disciple Evangelical &
have it within their power, that
they are now important enough,
to make Dr. Sullenberger suffer
for his "sin" (even assuming that
he DID commit an assault).
We feel we are not prejudiced
against the Negro, but we wonder
would the same amount of fuss
have been raised had a doctor al-
legedly struck a white woman.
Racial tolerance should work both
-David L. Summers,
Beecher F. Russell.
* * *
Two LeUtters . .
To the Editor:
IT HAPPENS quite often that a
Daily letter to the editor will
rile me so that I feel like flashing
back with a reply. But it seldom
hapens that three of th'em will
come on the same day as they did
last Saturday, so for the sake of
efficiency I'd better snap up the
opportunity to give my emotions
full reign.
The first, from a Gerald Alex-
ander was-so hopeless that I think
it can be taken care of by simply
pointing out that Tito is no capi-
talist and strangely enough the
squabble between him and Mar-
shall Stalin is essentially the same
that capitalist nations squabble
about - namely economic rivalry.
The second is not so easy and is
far more grave in its implications
in that it seriously reflects on the
character of a member of our
faculty who in my estimation is
deserving ,o the highest admira-
tion on the part of students. Jack
Upper in his letter implies that
Prof. Slosson's letter to The Daily
was simply dogmatizing about the
wickedness of Communism. I only
appeal to the reader to reread the
letter and see if it does not rather
appear that it is simply an honest
reply to what he believes to be a
seriously mistaken point of view
and in doing so appeals to apply-
ing logic to.observations that have

been validated by competent ob-
servers and seldom denied by par-
tisans of Communism. I have
heard Prof. Slosson express his
views on academic freedom and
civil rights a number of times and
I am quite sure that he would be
the first to defend Mrs. Robeson's
right to speak and even is glad
that students have the opportunity
to hear an opposing point of view,
but lestsome poor uninformed
soul accept it as the straight scoop,
he is simply pointing out the fal-
lacies he sees in it and feels obli-
gated to do so since it falls with-
in his sphere of professional com-
petence. I think it is definitely to
his credit that he is one of the
few members of the faculty that
is truly interested in the way stu-
dents feel about things, and de-
spite Mr. Upper's assertions, also
one of the few truly democratical-
ly minded members of the faculty.
Whoops! There's three hundred
words already. Looks like Mr.
Hurd's letter will have to wait
til tomorrow after all.
Al Wildman.

Reformed Guild, 438 Maynard. 7:30
Holiday Jamboree for Summer
Projects, sponsored by S.R.A. and
N.S.A., Lane Hall, 8 p.m.
Inter-Arts Union: Meeting,
1 pim., 500 BMT.
Union Opera Ushers: Ushers are
needed for the matinee perform-
ance of the Union Opera's "Lace
It Up" to be. held at the Michi-
gan Theatre, Fri., Mar. 31, at
3:30 p.m. Suit and white shirt are
required. Reporting time will be
2:30. Anyone interested call the
Union, 2-4431, ext. Union Opera.
A.I.M. Campus Action Commit-
tee: Meeting, 2 p.m., Rrm. 3C, Un-
"U. of M. Hostel Club: Leader:
Dorothy Bell. Leave League at
1:30 p.m., carrying own box lunch
for hike along Huron River to
home of Amneus' in Pittsfield Vil-
lage. Beverage cost shared by
I.S.A.: Open House, 8-12 p.m.,
International Center.
Coming Events
Inter-Guild Council: Meeting,
Sun., Mar. 26, 2:30 - 4 p.m., Lane
Hall Library.
Group discussion on Aspects of
Living Religions, Lane Hall, Mon.,
Mar. 27, 4 p.m. Topic: "The Uni-
tarian Approachto Religion." Dr.
Redman as leader.
Social Seminar of the American
Society for Public Administration,
Michigan Chapter: "Comparative
Administration." Mr. Edward H.
Litchfield, visiting professor' of
Public Administration, Cornell Un-
iversity. 7:30 p.m., Mon., Mar. 27,
West Conference Room, Rackham
Bldg. Interested persons invited.
Annual French Play: Le Cercle
Francais will present "Les Jours
Heureux," a comedy in three acts
and four tableaux by Claude-An-
dr6 Puget, Mon., Apr. 3, 8 p.m.,
Lydia Mendelssohn Theater.
U. of M. Hot Record Society:
Lecture-record program on "The
Effects 'of Gold Stocks on Big
Band Jazz." ABC room, League,
8 p.m., Sun., Mar. 26. Everyone in-
Bowling: There will be no open
bowling at the Women's Athletic
Building on Tuesday, Thursday
and Friday evenings hereafter.
Ballet Club: Meeting, Mon., Mar.
27, 7 p.m., Dance Studio Barbour
Gym. All interested persons, both
men and women, invited.







Faculty Women's Club,'
Play Reading Section:
meeting, 1:45 p.m., Tues.,:

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