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JE of the most necessary pieces of equip-
ment for the editor of any newspaper
tough, thick hide that can withstand
ents of criticism.
'ntil very recently, I was certain that I
the most thick-skinned of them all.
)uring the past year, I had success-
ly weathered being called a socialist,
bigot, a reactionary, a Communist, a
fler, a fascist, and a New-Dealer. I had
en attacked by organizations as far
art as the Monroe Street Journal and
Labor Youth League. Nothing could
her me.
-Nothing, that is, until last Wednesday
n Professor William H. Hobbs walked
The Daily editorial office and shattered
ver my illusion of 'insensitivity by de-
ring a letter to the editor which appears
where on this page..
* * *
)T ONLY did Prof. Hobbs' letter call The
Daily treasonable, but it insinuated that
source of trouble might be the managing
or, who had a Russian surname.

Slightly provoked, I called Prof. Hobbs
that evening and asked if he questioned
my loyalty. No definite answer was forth-
coming, so I assured him that. I would
match loyalty oath for loyalty oath with
him at any time.
Prof. Hobbs finally admitted that. there
might be some Americans of Russian des--
cent who were not pro-Communist. I began
to think that I was making progress.
"But," he continued, "it appears that you
have a noticeable (Russian) accent."
* * *
ALTHOUGH this was especially gratifying,
since I have been attempting for years
to rid my speech of a tenacious Midwestern
twang, I felt that there was no point in con-
tinuing the conversation. Making a lame
excuse about having to get back to my bomb-
making, I hung up.
Of course, The Daily has printed Prof.
Hobbs' letter as it does all letters except
those in very poor taste.
But if Prof. Hobbs believes that his kind
of irrational writing and thinking will help
solve the problems which world Communism
presents, then he is wrong by a Dneprope-
trovsk-which geologist Hobbs must know
is a dam site.


Real Estate Lobby

"THEY want economy practiced on the
other fellow, but not on themselves."
This is how Sen. Paul H. Douglas des-
cribed American citizens after the Sen-
ate passed a $1,840,000,000 rivers and har-
bors bill by a 53-19 vote a few days ago.
Sen. Douglas had offered more than 50
amendments to the big appropriations mea-
sure in a vain attempt to trim some $840,000-
000 from it. He was completely unsuccessful
in his efforts, even though the Bureau of
Budget, generally liberal in its appropriation
estimates, had approved only about $1,000,-
000,000 of this particular spending program.
It looks very much as if the extra $840,-
000,000 was kept in the bill so that senators
could satisfy eager constituents who stood
to gain from what could very well be need-
less government spending. All this has hap-
pened at a time when it appears that the
federal government will operate at a huge
deficit in the coming fiscal year.
Undoubtedly, much of the government's
planned spending is very necessary. The
nation will probably have to run another
deficit. Even so, there seems to be no reason
for indulging in any spending that is not ab-
solutely essential.
Senator Douglas, a former economics
professor at the University of Chicago, has
blamed American citizens, to a great ex-
tent, for such policies. As he sees it, many
of them expect their Congressmen to look
out for the selfish interests of their own
constituency before everything else-even
before the general welfare of the nation.
Examples of such an attitude are not hard
to find. When the Army announces plans to
close a big hospital or camp, the Congress-
man in the constituency affected is sure to
do all in his power to prevent such action,
even though it would be best for the nation
as a whole.
It is typified^ by the editorial page of a
recent issue of a .Cincinnati newspaper,
which contained one editorial blasting Con-
gress for not pushing economy measures,
and another which urged the passage of an
appropriation which would greatly benefit
the Cincinnati area.
This attitude, rooted in selfishness, is
very dangerous. It confuses our thinking
and our action regarding government fis-
cal affairs to a great degree. It provides
wonderful ammunition for "economy
minded" legislatures who often ax neces-
sary spending measures in order to save at
any expense.
Such evils will be eliminated only when
citizens and Congressmen learn to put long
range welfare of the nation above the im-
mediate selfish interests of themselves or of
their constituents. Many prominent Con-
gressmen achieve just as much vote-getting
success by taking such a stand rather than
by merely bringing home the pork.
-Paul Brentlinger.


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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

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WASHINGTON-The need for a detailed
and thorough investigation of specific
lobbies operating here is illustrated in the
ease of one of the most powerful here, the
real estate lobby.
The public is entitled, as a matter of in-
formation essential to the democratic pro-
cess, to know howthis and other lobbies
operate, how they are financed, and what
are the objects of the interests that finance
them. The House Lobby Investigating Com-
mittee, headed by Rep. Frank Buchanan.
Democrat of Pennsylvania, could get all of
the necessary facts and present this picture
to the public, instead of the general seminar
that it is now conducting which tells the
public little,
HE real estate lobby, embodied in sev-
eral national organizations, offers an in-
teresting and significant story.
Recently it won a big victory here in de-
feat of the loans-to-Co-operatives pro-
vision of the 1950 housing bill for middle
income housing. For many years it con-
ducted a successful fight against the so-
called long-range housing bill with its
authorization for public housing projects
iP imunicipalities developed by local hous-
ing authorities upon approval by local
governments, to be financed partly by
federal grants but largely by local funds.
But this measure finally became law last
However, the lobby did not accept this
action of Congress as final. It did not rest,
and that is an intriguing story. Instead, it
is now concentrating on a campaign back
in local communities to prevent low-cost
public housing developments by a highly
financed campaign in which it organizes
local real estate, business, banking and util-
ity interests and is spending large sums for
advertising. In some of these campaigns
racial and class prejudices are being stirred
up to defeat public housing projects, as ex-
hibits reveal. Such projects have been de-
feated recently in a number of cities by
referendums, after intense campaigns,
though a large number also have been ap-
proved by local government authorities.
* * *
IPI Etip-off on the lobby's back-home
campaign came in a letter of Rodney M.
Lockwood, then president of the National
Association of Home Builders of the United
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

States, to members of that organization af-
ter passage of the 1949 law, in which he
"Approval of Public Law 171 by a narrow
margin transfers the fight from Wash-
ington to your front yard. What you do
about it now will determine whether your
business is to be preserved or is to be-
come a function of a government bureau."
What was to be adone about it was out-
lined by Mr. Lockwood and others at the
organization's annual convention in Chica-
go in February this year, including the
raising of funds, of which the results are
beginning to show in the "front yard"
campaign in cities and towns over a wide
front. A kit is being used which was ex-
plained to the convention by John M. Dick-
erman, legislative director for the various
groups in the lobby here, as including "ma-
terial for speeches, radio and newspaper ad-
vertising, various legal and technical steps
you can take and the arguments you will
have to face and what to say in reply."
MR. LOCKWOOD explained the tactics
that are being followed which he said,
should begin with an effort to "cut the
whole thing right out at the source" by get-
ting state legislatures to repeal enabling acts
for local housing authorities. If that is im-
possible, then he urged attempts to prevent
creation of local housing authorities but,
where they are established, to fight requests
for federal funds. If the money is obtained,
then, said he, get the city council not to use
it and to accept no more. Finally, if that
fails, then fight selection of a site, which
must be approved by the city council and
zoning board.
This detailed and exhaustive process is
being revealed here and there.
People of a city can do what they please
about slum clearance and public housing.
That is their choice under the democratic
process. But they also should be informed,
under the democratic process, of the issues
involved, of the interests engaged in trying
to stop low-cost housing in their commu-
nities, of the money that is being spent for
this purpose. Big finance is on the side of
the real estate lobby. Sponsors of public
housing, including local citizens groups and
public officials, find themselves hard put
to it to improve conditions in their com-
munities, though fighting vigorously in
many cases.
The house lobby investigating committee
could perform a public service by exploring
this whole subject.
(Copyright, 1950, by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.)

Forum Debate ...
To the Editor:
IN A BOX on the front page of
Tuesday's Michigan Daily is an
article signed "The Editors" which
condemns the authorities of the
University for preventing an
avowed Communist from preach-
ing treason on the campus of the
University. The closing statement
of this editorial is: "In a world
where the crucial issue is capital-
ism vs. communism, the faculty of
an educational institution have
decided that students shall not be
allowed to hear that issue dis-
cussed (on the campus of the
state university).
This statement implies that
whether this nation is to adopt
Russian Communism as its na-
tional policy, is now the vitalis-
sue for the country to decide. I
can not believe that the twenty
members of the Daily's Editorial
Board (under a managing editor
with a Russian surname) have
unanimously consented to sign
such a false and treasonable state-
ment. Will The Daily kindly ad-
vise its readers whether this is so?
The same issue came up when
the "Red Dean" of Westminister,
after preaching treason in his own
country, came to America to cir-
culate the same propaganda here.
Then as n ow, the University
banned his lecture. Unfortunately
a considerable group of profes-
sors printed in The Daily a signed
protest, and the Dean of the lit-
erary college so far forgot the re-
sponsibilities of his office as to
preside at the lecture held in the
Masonic Temple. The speaker was
introduced by a professor in the
Harvard pink group.
When will some of our people
wake up to the fact that Russian

Communism is not merely an in-
teresting and harmless political
philosophy, but a system of sla-
very under a dictator, which the
powerful U.S.S.R. is determined to
impose by force upon the world?
-William Herbert Hobbs.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: How can peo-
ple wake up NE:o the facts about
Communism when they areanot
allowed to come in contact with
those who espouse it? In regard
to ThewDaily's "false and trea-
sonable statement," all 20 editors
agreed to sign the editorial al-
though it was impossible for me-
chanical reasons for a number of
them to see the specific statements
made. Of course, none of the edi-
tors agree with the implication
which Mr. Hobbs gets from the
statement by reading "this nation"
where the editorial specifically re-
ferred to the entire world.)
Ad Nauseam ...
To the Editor:
IT is a common assumption that
the success of democracy ulti-
mately depends upon an enlight-
ened citizenry. It is a further as-
sumption that higher educational
institutions will help produce an
enlightened citizenry. The action
of the Lecture Committee makes
the soundness of both of these as-
sumptions somewhat dubious.
Perhaps the Committee was in-
terested in shedding more light
and less heat on a rather contro-
versial question. However, its de-
cision seemingly will only produce
more heat and less light!
We would welcome a little more
faith in- our maturity as students
and in our ability to recognize the
superiority of democratic princi-
ples over competing principles.
-Harvey L. Weisberg, '50L
To the Editor:
IN re "Ad Nauseum"-Quo usque
tandem abutere, Bershad, pa-
tientia nostra?
-J. D. Cook,
A. A. Sullivan

A representative of The North-
western Mutual Life Insurance
Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
will be at the Bureau of Appoint-
ments on Monday, April 24 to in-
terview men inetrested in a career
in Life Insurance.
A representative of the North
AmericanCompanies of Philadel-
phia, Pennsylvania will be at the
Bureau of Appointments on Mon-
day and Tuesday, April 24th and
25th. They are interested in young
men from any college of the Uni-
versity for their training program
for field supervisory positions with
their company. They are interest-
ed in Engineers, Business Adminis-
tration, and L.S.&A. students. {
A representative of Union Elec-
tric Company of Missouri, a pub-
lic utility company with head-
quarters in St. Louis, Missouri,
will be at the Bureau of Appoint-
ments on Tues., April 25 to inter-
view electrical and mechanical
engineers for the Engineer Devel-
opment Program.
For further information, and
appointments for interviwes, call
at the Bureau of Appointments,
3528 Adminstration Bldg.
Public Lecture: Mr. Walter P.
Reuther, President, United Auto-
mobile Workers of America (CIO)
will address the Midwest Confer-
ence of Political Scientists on Sat.,
April 22, 4:15 p.m., Rackham Lec-
ture Hall. Open to the public.
Public Lecture: "The Action
Level of Foreign Policy." Mr.
Francis H. Russell, Director of the
Office of Public Affairs and Ad-
viser on the Policy Planning Staff
of the State Department will ad-
dress the Midwest Conference of
Political Scientists on Fri., April
21, 8 p.m. Rackham Lecture Hall.
Open to the public.
American Chemical Society Lec-
ture: 4:15 p.m., Mon., April 24,
1400 Chemistry Building. "Three-
Dimensional Electron Density in
Academic Notices
Doctoral Examination for Ed-
ward Carter Moore, Philosophy;
thesis: "Metaphysics and Pragma-
tism in the Philosophy of C. S.
Peirce," 2 p.m., Sat., April 22.
Chairman, A. W. Burks.
English 303: Meeting of this
course, 7:30 p.m., April 24, English
seminar room, 3217 Angell Hall.
Miss Evangeline Bollinger will
discuss her dissertation "Twen-
tieth Centrury English and Ameri-
can Criticism of Dante's Divine
Education B-133 Classes. H. E.
Hansen and F. L. Lemler will hold
their sections in the Audio-Visual
Education Center auditorium, 4051
Administration Building, Sat., Ap-
ril 22.
Student Recital: Patricia Ellen
Letz, pianist, will play her reci-
tal in partial fulfillment of the re-
quirements for the Bachelor of
Music :degree at 4:15 p.m., -Fri.,
April 21, Lydia Mendelssohn Thea-
ter. A pupil of John Kollen, Miss
Letz has planned a program to
include compositions by Bach,
Beethoven, Debussy and Shubert.
It will be open to the public.
Student Recital: Millard Bush,
pupil of Ava Comin Case, will pre-
sent a piano recital in partial ful-
fillment of the requirements for
the Bachelor of Music degree at
8:30 p.m., Fri., April 21, Architec-
ture Auditorium. Compositions by

C.P.E. Bach, Haydn, Beethoven,
Brahms, and Skryabin. Open to
the public.
Student Recital: Jane Williams,
Soprano, will present a program
in partial fulfillment of the re-
quirements for the degree of
Bachelor of Music at 4:15 p.m.,
April 22, Lydia Mendelssohn Thea-
ter. A pupil of Arthur Hackett,
Miss Williams will sing composi-
tions by Paradies, Pergolesi, Pucci-
ni, Debussy, and Brahms, and a
group of Swiss Folk Songs. Open
to the public.
Michigan Male Chorus Associa-
tion Annual Sing, sponsored by
the Lyra Male Chorus and the
School of Music, 8:30 p.m., April
22, Hill Auditorium. Male choruses
from Kalamazoo, Flint, Lansing,
Grand Rapids, Detroit, and other
Michigan cities will be heard dur-
ing the first half of the program.
After intermission, guest conduc-
tors will lead ;the massed group of
740 voices in several songs. Open
to the public without charge. Tic-
kets are available from any mem-
ber of the Chorus; Jahnke Ser-
vice Station, William & Maynard;
Information Desk, Administration
Bldg.; School of Music office; and
on Sat., April 22, from the box
office of Hill Auditorium.

Museum of Art: Alumni Memor-
ial Hall: Chinese Buddhist Bronzes
through May 7; weekdays 9-5,
Sundays 2-5. The public is invited.
Events Today
University Museums: A program
of exhibits and moving pictures
of the University Museums, Fri-
day evening, April 21, will feature
"The Habits, Nests, and Eggs of
some American Birds." The ex-
hibits in the Museums building
will be open from 7 to 9 p.m.; mo-
tion pictures: "Arctic Borderlands
in Winter," "Song Birds o the
North Woods" and "The Blue-
bird," Rackham Amphitheatre;
auspices of the Museums, through
the courtesy of the Audio-Visual
Education Center. An exhibit of
Watercolors of 'Michigan Mam-
mals by Richard P. Grossenheider
is in the rotunda of the Museums
Visitors' Night, Department of
Astronomy: Fri. April 21, 7:45
p.m., Angell Hall. A short illus-
trated talk will be given by Mr.
Kenneth Yoss in 3017 Angell Hall.
Following the talk. the student ob-
servatory, fifth floor, Angell Hall,
will be open for observation of the
Moon, Saturn, and Mars with the
telescopes, provided the sky -is
clear. Children must be accom-
panied by adults.
Acolytes Meeting: Prof. Theo-
dore Newcomb. "Social Reality."
Fri., April 21, 7:30 p.m., West Con-
ference Room, Rackham Bldg.
Open to public.
Special Chinese Tea in coopera-
tion with Michigan Christian Fel-
lowship. Lane Hall, 4:30-6 p.m.
University Choir: Rehearsal, 3
p.m., Haven Hall.
I.Z.F.A.: Executive C o u n c il
meeting, 4:15 pm. Union.
German Coffee Hour: 3:15-4:30
p.m., League Coffee Bar. All stu-
dents and faculty members in-
B'nai Brith Hillel Foundation
Friday evening services at 7:45
p.m. Fireside discussion led by
Professor William Haber, Chair-
man, Division of Social Sciences.
Topic: "Social Security: Ameri-
can Pattern," the Problem of
Freedom and Incentives. Saturday
morning services at 9 a.m.
Baptist Students: Party at the
Guild House, 8:30 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Guild:
Instead of the regular party, the
group will attend the party at
Lane Hall.
Dinner Meeting, Unitarian
Church, 6:15 p.m:, Fri., Unitarian
students invited. Student price.
Prof. J. Philip Wernette will speak
on the Phoenix Project. Action will
be taken on resolutions being in-
troduced before the 125th Annual
Meeting of the American Unitar-
ian Association in May.
(Continued on Page 5)



At Lydia Mendelssohn. .
THE AFFAIR BLUM, in German with
English titles.
GERMANY, 1926, contained all the ele-
ments which the Hitler regime served
only to intensify. Unemployment was ram-
pant, liberalism was fighting a losing battle
with conservatism, and the stain of anti-
Semitism was spreading through the minds
of the German people.
Against such a background it is a sim-
ple matter for Karl-Heinz Gabler to make
the police authorities believe his fantas-
tic accusations against Jacob Blum,
wealthy Jewish manufacturer. Gabler, a
member of several militant German youth
organizations, committed a murder with
the simple motive of robbery. When he is
picked up as a result of the stupid way
in which he cashed the dead man's checks,
he takes his cue from the innuendoes of
the police chief and rapidly implicates
Blum, a man he has never seen.
Gabler, with maniacal cunning, keeps re-
vising his story, and because the authorities
are so eager to believe him, nothing is done
to check his veracity. As Blum says, "You
are not trying to find the guilty man. You
are trying to find ways to show that I am
It is not until the case has become hope-
less that a man whose eyes are unclouded
by prejudice is persuaded by Blum's wife
and liberal friends to investigate the case.
Facts and evidence damning to Gabler are
so evident that it doesn't take long for In-
spector Bonte to discover the truth.
Even though Blum is eventually freed,
the end of the film reminds one that it
is 1926, and what might seem a near mis-
carriage of justice is in reality a symptom
of the mood of Germany. The people who
cared enough about justice to disregard
the religion of its recipients were fast dis-
appearing, and the urge to find a scape-
goat for their frustrations was growing in


(Continued from Paze 3)
Representative of Camp Q-Gull,
Charlevoix, Michigan, will be at
Bureau of Appointments, Friday
afternoon, April 21, to interview
candidates for position of camp
bugler, camp nurse, and experien-
ced female general counselors.
Representative of Camp Tyrone,
Fenton, Michigan, will be at Bu-
reau of Appointments on . Tues.,
April 25, to interview female can-
didates for positions in camp craft,
nature lore, handicraft, sports,
North Star Camp, Steuben, Mi-
chigan (Upper peninsula) has va-
cancy for experienced, Jewish,
male, counselors-one to handle
For further information, call at
3528 Administration Building.
American Airlines will interview
young women for stewardess po-
sitions next week. Interviews will
be held on Tuesday and Wednes-
day, April 25 and 26, and appoint-
ments should be made at the Bu-
reau. In addition, all those having
appointments, and any other girls
who are interested, should at-
tend a group meeting at 4 p.m.
Mon., April 24, 231 Angell Hall.

This meeting is also open to jun-
iors and other undergraduates who
may be interested in having infor-
mation regarding requirements.
J. L. Hudson Company will in-
terview men and women seniors
who may be interested in their
Executive Training Program. Their
needs are primarily for those in-
terested in merchandising, and
this year their program needs
more women than men. Interviews
Tues., April 25.
Washington National Insurance
Company of Evanston, Illinois,
will interview men for their Group
Training School. Assignments will
be in any part of the country, af-
ter two months' training in Evans-
ton. The work is selling of group
insurance on a salaried basis, and
a good deal of traveling is involv-
ed. Interviews Tues., April 25.
A representative of The Indus-
trial Tape Corporation of New
Brunswick, New Jersey will be at
the Bureau of Appointments Sat-
urday, April 22nd to interview
Chemical, Electrical and Mechan-
ical Engineers for positions in
their Management Trainig Pro-
gram. The men selected will be
given a well planned and complete
training program in all phases of
their Manufacturing and Techni-
cal Operations.

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A real carnival atmosphere, complete with
fake pall-bearers, a Frankenstein mon-
ster, a wild man and assorted gas-mask
clad campaigners swirled through the diag
at noon yesterday.
In front of the library there were the
vigorous Michigras promoters. Franken-
stein and the wild man belonged to them.
Fearless Fosdick and an ambulance helped.
Then there were several students advertising
a forthcoming play who joined in the fes-
tivities by riding a bicycle wildly through the
milling crowd.
The library steps were jammed with lunch-
bound students gleefully taking a few min-
utes off to take part in the pre-carnival

who did notice the protest march might
well have though it part of the Michigras
four-ring circus. So intermingled did the
two events become that the ambulance
zooming up the diag to reclaim Michigras'
Frankenstein monster was forced to de-
tour to avoid running down the funereal
And when the sad-faced pall bearing crew
left the sanctuary of the campus square,
they were stopped by a policeman for parad-
ing without a license.
This pathetic display was the result of
what might have been a successful student
demonstration against the Lecture Com-
mittee's ban on bringing avowed Communist
Herbert J. Phillips to campus.


Swell dinner, Ellen.

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