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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22; -1949
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(EDITOR'S NOTE: The writer of the following article, a former teacher
of English at the University, is now editor of The New teader.)
By WILLIAM E. BOHN
(Special to The Daily)
IN ONE SENSE the American people have returned many verdicts
on the Communist Party. At every election a decision has been
rendered against it. But in Court of the Federal District of Southern
New York we had returned last week for the first time a judgment
reached' by a jury of average American citizens on the nature and
purposes of that so-called party. The trial lasted nine months and
was obviously fair. Judge Harold R. Medina was painstakingly
What was it that was decided? Of what are these 11 members
of the National Board of the Communist Party held guilty? The
Smith Act, which was passed in 1940 provides that it shall be
unlawful "to knowingly or willfully advocate . . . advise or teach
the duty, necessity, desirability or propriety of overthrowing .
any government in the United States by force or violence." There
is no reference to deeds.
The case of the prosecution was very well bolstered with facts.
Elaborate evidence was introduced to show that previously to April 1,
1945, or thereabouts, the Communist Political Association, under the
leadership of Earl Browder, had been an innocent and harmless organ-
ization. But at various dates beginning about that time, it was shown,
things were changed. Under orders from Moscow the whole plan,
policy and doctrine of American Communism was changed. From
then on the doctrines of Marx-ism Leninism were earnestly taught
as practical party policy. Joseph Stalin's book, The History of the
Communist Party (Bolshevik) in the USSR was made a standard
text in all Communist schools. It is maintained in this book and it
was often explained by the teachers that the actions of the Russian
Communists were to set the pattern for Stalin's followers throughout
the world. And these Russians obviously did use force and violence
in wresting power from their predecessors.
In rebuttal the defense placed five of the indicted men on the
stand. Through their testimony and the summations of the defense
attorneys a formidable attempt was made to show that the Com-
munists are the most innocent of people and the most high-minded
of political leaders. It was maintained that they have worked :effec-
tively for every social and economic improvement, that they have
defended the Jews and the Negroes, that they have promnoted .civil
rights. Especial stress was placed on the point that 4 of the 'ihen
served in the Army and one of them in the Navy. Their military
heroism was referred to with tiresome repetitiveness. You would
have thought that these men fought the war practically alone.
Toward the end emphasis was placed on the contention that
the trial was the result of a plot of the Truman administration
in alliance with Wall Street imperialists to put down the Com-'
munists in order to introduce a Fascist regime in the United
States. The jury was urgently asked to believe that a verdict
of guilty would mean a victory for Fascism and war. These men,
leaders of a party devoted to the people's welfare, were represented
as good, regular Americans-just a little ahead of Democrats and
Republicans, just a little better.
It was with these two pictures before it that the jury brought
in its verdict. When they-8 women and 4 men, including two
Negroes-voted unanimously that the prosecution was in the right
they were saying on behalf of the citizens of the United States that
the Communist Party is not a party in the accepted American sense
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Fraternity Men . .
To the Editor:
TO AIM: SO you think you have
it tough? Here is an excerpt
entitled "Interesting Facts About
Fraternity Men" from the official
IFC publication of the University
"On the campus you will find:
50 per cent of men receiving the
Order of the Northern Star,
46 per cent of men receiving the
Order of the Gopher,
36 per cent of men receiving a
Certificate of Recognition award.
53 per cent of men on the All-
73 per cent of men delegates
to the National Student Associa-
61 per cent of men on class cab-
inets: Senior Cabinet - 64 per
cent, Junior Cabinet - 43 per
cent, Sophomore Cabinet - 66 per
cent, Freshman Cabinet - 71 per
45 per cent of men in honorary
societies (All-University): Grey
Friars-52 per cent, Phoenix-61
per cent, Iron Wedge-29 per cent,
Silver Spur-58 per cent,
60 per cent of the men on the
Senate Committee on Student Af-
47 per cent of football lettermen
are fraternity men.
This in spite of the fact that
fraternity men make up only 7 per
cent of the total University of
Minnesota male population."
Moreover, inethe last all-cam-
pus election at Minnesota, 2,700
out of 24,000 students voted, 90-1
per cent of whom were affiliated.
Publication in The Daily Official
Bulletin is constructivenotice to all
members of the University. Notices
for the Bulletin should be sent in
typewritten form to the Office of the
Assistant to, the President, Room 2552
Administration Building, by 3:00 p.m.
on the day preceding publication
(11:00 a.m. Saturdays).
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1949
VOL. LX, No. 24
All Women Students: Because
of the Homecoming Dance Oc-
tober 22, all women students may
have 1:30 a.m. permission. Calling
hours will not be extended.
In accordance with the vote at
least three-fourths of each or-
ganization of the Board of Repre-
sentatives, and of the League
Council, and with the approval of
the Dean of Women the following
change is made in the House
There will be campus-wide late
permission on the nights of 1 a.m.
special permission dances.
This means that all women stu-
dents may stay out until 1:30 a.m.
regardless of having attended the
special dance. It is to be under-
stood that calling hours are not
extended beyond-the present 12:25
a.m. closing time.
Dances not approved by the Stu-
dent Affairs Committee for 1 a.m.
permission will still close at mid-
night. Both houses and chaperons
are responsible for this closing.
University Lecture: "Fish Farm-
ing, with Special Reference to In-
dian and Chinese Practices" (il-
lustrated). Dr. Sunder Lal Hora,
of the Indian Museum, Calcutta,
Director of the Zoological Survey
of India; auspices of the Museum
of Zoology and the Department of
Zoology. 4:15 p.m., Mon., Oct. 24,
Doctoral Examination for Rob-
ert Gadsby Shreffler, Physics;
thesis: "The Design of a Magnetic
Focusing Coincidence Spectro-
meter and its Application to the
Analysis of the -48 Day Hafnium'
Activity," . Mon., Oct. 24, East
Council Room, Rackham Bldg., 1
p.m. Chairman, J. M. Cork.
German 1 and 2 final make-up
examinations will be given Mon.,
Oct. 24, 7:30-9:30 p.m., 109-Tap-
pan. If you have not yet regis-
tered for this make-up, please do
so at once in 108 Tappan Hall.
Mathematical Logic Seminar:
Mon., Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., 3217 An-
gell Hall. Professor Burks will
continue the application of recur-
sive functions in the Godel result."
Political Science 52, Examination:
Tues., Oct. 25, 11 a.m.
The following sections meet in
1035 Angell Hall:
No. 5 and 6 (Eldersveld)
No. 7 (Bretton)
All other sections meet in 1025
Mathematics Orientation Semi-
nar: Mon., Oct. 24, 3 p.m., 3001
Angell Hall. Mr. Norman will pre-
sent "Dehn's Theorem."
Organic Chemistry Seminar:
7:30 p.m., Mon., Oct. 24, 1300
Chemistry. Speaker: Richard
The Boston Symphony Orches-
tra concert: 7 p.m., Sun., Oct. 23.
Conductor Charles Munch has re-
vised the program, as follows: "La
Procession Nocturne" by Hnri
Rabaud; Beethoven Symphony No.
5; Piston's Symphonic Suite; and
the Ravel "Daphnis & Chloe" Sec-
Standing room tickets only are
available for the Sunday concert;
however, tickets are still available
for the second Boston Symphony
concert Tuesday evening at 8:30
(different program) and may be
procured at the offices of the Uni-
versity Musical Society in Burton
Tower; and on the nights of the
concert at the Hill Auditorium box
but that it is, on the contrary, a
States system as we have it today.
office one hour preceding each
Movie: American Society for
Public Administration is co-spon-
soring the movie, Boomerang, 7:30
and 9:30 p.m., Architecture Audi-
Open House following the Home-
coming game at 438 Maynard.
Wesley Foundation: Alumn i
home barbecue, Methodist Church,
following the game.
Saturday Luncheon Discussion:
11:30 a.m., Lane Hall. Reserva-
tions must be made at Lane Hall
before 10 a.m.
Westminster Guild: Post-game
weiner roast at the church.
International Center Sunday
Night Snack: 6:30 p.m., followed
by World Affairs Round Table on
United World Federalists: Meet-
ing of all UWF members and oth-
ers interested in effective world
government political action now,
Sun., Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m., Union.
'Russian Circle: Open meeting, 8
p.m., Mon., Oct. 24, International
U. of M. Hot Record Society:
Jam session featuring the best mu-
sicians on campus, League Ball-
room, Sun., at 8 p.m. No admission.
Purdue Club: Organizational,
meeting for all Purdue graduates,
8 p.m., Mon., Oct. 24, Kalamazoo
NSA-UWF: Planning meeting
for mock UN Council meeting. All
those interested invited. 4:30 p.m.,
Mon., Oct. 24, Union.
conspiracy to destroy the United
Hillel-I.Z.F.A.: Beginning. He-
brew group will meet Mon., 8 p.m.,
League. Everyone welcome.
U. of M. Theatre Guild: General
meeting, 2 p.m., Sun., Oct.- 23,
UWF Seminar: 807 S. State,
Sun., Oct. 23, 8 p.m. Topic: "Par-
liament of Man."
League Exhibition Dance Group:
Meeting of all those who were
members last semester, Mon., Oct.
24, 8 p.m., League Ballroom.
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M Malley, I wish you wouldn't
be mad because Mom's letter won the
No, m'boy, I am not angry that your mother
won. I am angry at what happened to me.
Surely you realize there is