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... . .


Tobaccoland Paradise

ALL UNKNOWING we sheep were led to
slaughter in a State street theater the
early part of this week.
Well, practically all unknowing. A few
in the theater's audiences noticed that a
short on the tobacco industry was copy-
righted by one of the largest manufac-
turers of cigarettes. To these few who no-
ticed it was not strange that such familiar
phrases as 'the right combination of the
world's best tobacco' kept popping up in
the commentary; or that packs of the
manufacturer's cigarette frequently glit-
tered across the screen. Knowing who was
sponsoring the film, these happy few were
prepared to take it as the malarky it is.
But what about the greater number of pa-
trons who didn't know what the score, or
rather the copyrighter, was? Most of them
probably took it hook, line and sinker. They
no doubt half-way believed, as the picture
indicated, that the munificent tobacco man-
ufacturers were doing a big part in build-
ing Vp our national defense, while at the
same time sending our public works pro-

gram forward with a mighty shove. All this
by paying millions of dollars a day for cig-
arette tax stamps. Of course this cost is
passed on to the consumer like a hot potato,
but the commentary was charmingly reti-
cent on that point.
The manufacturer can't really be blamed
too much, though, for this short's propa-
ganda. After all, they're trying to get their
product before the public in a favorable light
by any means. This is, heaven help us, part
of the 'American Way.'
But it is certainly not right that the film
should have found its way into a commer-
cial movie theater. It's okay to sic the
harmless little mess on a luncheon club
or some similar group where it is known
who's throwing the bull. However, it is
not okay to have you unknowingly chip in
part of a 55c admission for the privilege of
seeing the short.
There's more than enough advertising in
easy reach without having to pay to have it
-Davis Crippen


WASHINGTON - Franklin Delano Roose-
velt Jr., a less impulsive character than
his brother James, is not likely at any tide
in the near future to follow his brother's ex-
ample. James Roosevelt has amazed ab-
solutely nobody by announcing his desire
to become governor of California. There will
be no similar announcement from his broth-
er, who is sticking carefully to his knitting
as a Congressman, and firmly tells inquirers
that the thought of the governorship of New
York has hardly even occurred to him.
Nevertheless, there are a number of rea-
sons for supposing that the idea will soon
force itself on his attention. It is only
necessary to add together two facts to
see why young Roosevelt's name is very
much to the fore in speculation about the
Democratic nominee in next year's New
York gubernatorial contest.
One fact is that Roosevelts are constitu-
tionally incapable of turning down a chance
for high public office. The other fact is that
it is only necessary to comb over the poten-
tial Democratic candidates to find that
Roosevelt is almost certainly the best Dem-
ocratic bet to beat Governor Thomas E.
Dewey, if Dewey runs again; the finger of
fate is pointing at young Roosevelt because
there is hardly anywhere else for the finger
of fate to point.
T HIS OF COURSE does not mean that
Roosevelt is more than a good sporting

bet for the nomination. He will be only
thirty-six next year, with only part of one
Congressional term behind him, and pro-
fessional politicians do not like upstarts,
whatever name they bear. Moreover, Harry
S. Truman will presumably have something
to say about the New York nomination, and
the sudden upsurge of Roosevelts east and
west has not caused any audible shouts of
joy in the White House.
Nevertheless, young Roosevelt is shrewd,
with a finely developed sense of political
smell. He briefly climbed aboard the Eis-
enhower bandwagon last year, but unlike
his brother James, who hung on to the
last, he climbed off again when he saw it
was not going anywhere. This is one rea-
son why the younger Roosevelt's name is
greeted with less chilliness than his older
brother's in the White House.
Moreover, young Roosevelt is too good a
politician to make the sort of mistake his
brother made in California. James Roose-
velt backed ballyhooer George MAClain's
pension scheme there, and was smartly
slapped down when the scheme was repealed
by a 400,000 majority in a referendum. Nev-
ertheless, observers give Roosevelt an ex-
cellent chance to win the nomination and
the election. Altogether, it begins to look
as though it were time for the bitter-end
Roosevelt-haters to begin to worry quite se-
riously about "that boy." The only question
is which boy to worry about most.
(Copyright, 1949, New York Herald Tribune, Inc.)

AIM's Error,
THE LIST OF Independent candidates be-
ing circulated by the Association of In-
dependent Men is not an effort to get out
the vote but to get the Independents to vote
This is clear from AIM's literature which
implies that 29 candidates are for the
two issues listed merely because they are
These 29, all Independents of course, are
going to make faster progress in eliminating
discriminatory clauses, according to the AIM
Yet AIM has made two serious mistakes.
1-It has among its candidates people who
are opposed to the anti-discriminatory cam-
paign, including one who voted in the spring
SL AGAINST the Michigan Plan.
2-It did not consult with the candidates
and therefore included several affiliated
people as Independents and omitted other
With a brochure like this, and the hope
that enough anti-fraternity sentiment has
been stirred up to carry an independent
election, AIM makes its stand.
Yet, they remain silent in response to an
earlier request of mine that they name a
single issue in the SL on which there has
been a catastrophic Independent-Affiliated
It is an encouraging fact that the can-
didates polled in a Daily survey do not
agree with the organization leaders. They
at least, believe that what they stand for
has far more significance than the fact
that they are on a list put out by the
AIM, IFC or any other group.
Unless they can figure out a real reason
for the alleged difference between politicians
based on residence, I feel confident that the
voters will think likewise and hesitate to
vote on the grounds cooked up in some back
room by would-be political bosses.
-Don McNeil.
SL Votes!;
S TUDENT Legislature is one of the piti-
fully few campus organizations which is
supposed to be representative of the students
-at least those who vote.
But as for actually being representative
of the entire campus, it is sadly lacking,
because if SL is to have real power, it
must represent the majority of the stu-
Ever since its beginning three years ago,
the Legislature has run up against a stone
wall. The Administration refused to give it
too much power, claiming SL is not repre-
sentative-which is perfectly true.
Everyone wants to see a more representa-
tive Legislature, but will everyone do any-
thing about it? Each Legislator represents
800 students, of whom less than 300 tote.
If twice that number voted, each legislator
could bring twice the backing, giving SL a
chance to negotiate with the administration
on a much more equal footing.
Students have been complaining long
and loudly for abolition of many Univer-
sity regulations that have kept students
in line. Some of the regulations are es-
sential to student life, but others are im-
SL will have more power to get rid of
some of these impractical regulations by its
Take five minutes off Monday and Tuesday
higher representation, if EVERYONE votes.
and cast a ballot. With an "impossible"
15,000 votes, SL will be able to serve the stu-
dents the way they want to be served.
-Peter Hotton.
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

- ,/
- *
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

Washington Merry-Go-Round


Banner With A Strange Device



(EDITOR'S NOTE: The brass ring, good for
one free rideNonthe WashingtonMerry-Go-
Round, today goes to Maj. Gen. William A.
Worton, the ex-marine who is now cleaning up
Los Angeles.)
LOS ANGELES-When singer Paul Robe-
son came out to Los Angeles shortly after
the Peekskill riots, it was generally expected
that all hell would break loose.
But just the opposite happened. .Robeson
came and left Los Angeles without a ripple.
No baseball bats were wielded. No rocks
thrown. And, most important of all, no
propaganda fed the Moscow radio.
The man responsible for this efficiency
is a stocky, quiet-spoken officer who
trained the 3rd Marines for the landing at
Okinawa and who is now tackling the
. toughest.job of his life. It is no exaggera-
tion to say that Maj. Gen. William Arthur
Worton would rather lead troops into bat-
tle than face the political morasses and
pitfalls that await the Chief of Police of
Los Angeles.
His job is probably typical of that faced
One Too Many
Listed on the greatly overcrowded ballot
which will greet student voters next Mon-
day and Tuesday are the names of thirty
candidates competing for eight positions on
the J-Hop committee.
This is an example of an abuse of the prin-
ciple of democratic election.
Political scientists have long understood
that too much as well as too little voting, is
an ill of democracy. A guiding principle of
political science is that only those offices
which make major decisions of fundamental
policy should be elective and that offices
concerned with administrative and practical
details should be appointed by the elected
The J-hop committee is a group of stu-
dents who plan the publicity, entertainment,
ticket sales and refreshments for one dance,
attended by a small minority of the stu-
dent body.
Its nlans and decisions certainly cannot be

by the modern, overgrown, big American
city which is now trying to prevent the new
wave of sex crimes, robberies and degeneracy
that has engulfed every big city in the wake
of war.

* ' * 2l


Chief Worton's job has been difficult not
only because Los Angeles filled up during the
war with a motley migration of Midwest war
workers, pension-hunting oldsters and mi-
grant Mexicans, but also because large sec-
tions of the city are not under his control.
What Worton found was that Hollywood,
Beverly Hills, Pasadena, and half a dozen
of the other cities that nudge Los Angeles
and really make up its metropolitan area,
operate their own police forces. On top of
this, Los Angeles County has 3,000 police
of its own, and it is in the county rather
than the city that Southern California
gambling really flourishes.
King-pin of Los Angeles County is colorful
Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz, who seems to get
no more excited about an occasional gang
shooting than about the gambling that at-
tracts crowds along Sunset Strip.
THE LOS ANGELES press seems to love
Sheriff Biscailuz and seldom points to
the fact that it's in his bailiwick that things
are wide open, free and easy. Of course,
there may be a reason for this love. Not long
ago the sheriff threw a party at the East-
side Brewery, with a young army of news-
men present. There was also plenty of
bourbon and filet mignon. Just how the
sheriff could afford such a party remains
a mystery, but his objective was no mystery.
No wonder, when General Worton took
over the Los Angeles police and started
cleaning up, he was razzed by certain news-
papers. He hadn't learned the trick of pass-
ing out filet mignon, bourbon and deputy
sheriff badges,
The ex-Marine corps general leads a
lonely life, but it's beginning to pay divi-
dends. Every night after supper he makes

Board in Control .. .
To the Editor:
IN REPLY to the letters concern-
ing my views on the Board in
Control of Student Publications I
would like to make a few com-
I always marvel at the legal
mind at work. I did not "jump to
the conclusion that members of
the publications' staffs should be
eliminated from the Board," as
one writer stated. I did imply that
perhaps the practice of electing
former publications' staff mem-
bers was a questionable one. Is it
in keeping with the original spirit
of the rule, namely that admini-
stration of the publications should
be impartial, experienced, and un-
obligated? I inferred these adjec-
tives from the fact that student
representatives on the Board are
supposed to represent "student
opinion." It seems to me that ac-
curate student opinion can only
be reflected by students who are
impartial, experienced, and un-
obligated to any special groups or
persons on the campus. This fur-
ther implies that members of the
Board who have recently served on
publications' staffs may have asso-
ciations, and experiences which
would hinder their ability to dis-
cover and correct the faults of
the publications.
I do not believe the Board's
function is to censor opinions; nor
did I ever so state. I did imply
that impartial, experienced, and
unobligated representation on the
Board would provide a better pic-
ture of student opinion as con-
cerns financial or appointive pow-
ers of the Board. My source for
this duty of "representing stu-
dent opinion" is a Daily article
appearing Nov. 16, 1945 as an
election guide.
My main point is simply this:
freedom of the student press is
not provided by electing candi-
dates who have extensive per-
sonal and group associations-
especially close associations with
staff members-since such asso-
ciations might color their thinking
on such important issues as that
of editorial appointees for the
publications' staffs.
To B. S. Brown: I stand cor-
rected on implying you were a!
member of the Daily staff. How-
ever, my criticism of undesirable
associations with publication staff
members still stands whether you
are a "guest" or not.
-Lloyd Putnam.
AIM vs. IFC . .
To the Editor:
DON KOTITE, in his editorial'
in The Daily of Thursday, No-
vember 17, has accused AIM of
using poor judgement in issuing
the "statement that the motion to
eliminate discriminatory clauses
from fraternity charters failed
passage because of some IFC mem-
ber's fear that 'it might show
something rotten in the frater-
nity'." Brother Kotite continues
that "AIM's statement on the mo-
tion and the fact that its tabling is
'highly discouraging to students
hoping that affiliates could cleanse!
themselves of these undemocratic1
clauses' seem in need of some con-!
crete proof and disgustingly prej-
What I want to know is who'sc
accusing whom of being "disgust-

laissez-faire down at the old Phi
Sigma Kappa house that these are
the words of the IFC originally
and not AIM.
As to Brother Kotite's other
argument I go on record as being
one highly discouraged student
"hoping that affiliates could
cleanse themselves of these un-
democratic clauses," and further
that it doesn't seem the least bit
unreasonable or in need of "con-
crete proof" to me that IFC's slug-
gardly demur on this matter
should be discouraging to others
who espouse the cause of true
brotherhood on our campus.
-Phil Parmenter
P.S. "And the Lord said unto
Cain, where is Abel thy brother?
And he said I know not: Am I my
brother's keeper?"-Genesis 4, 9.
To the Editor:
IN REGARD to the recent attacks
by the organization known as
the AIM on fraternities, we would
like to bring up a few points. First,
we resent being instructed by peo-
ple ignorant to the Greek-letter
way of life as to how we may run
our social fraternities. When the
fraternities wish to make any
changes, they will be quite able to
do so without the aid of the AIM.
These people, we believe, are ex-
pressing the old "sour grapes" at-
titude of those who don't belong.
We also are inclined to think from
their recent action that they have
adopted .an old motto: "If you
can't join them, fight them."
In every society there has always
been a group of people who band
together in order to preserve the
social graces, the further inves-
tigation into the classics, and the
maintenance of fine and gracious
living. These groups, whether they
existed in New England and were
called The Saturday Club, or
whether they exist at all leading
colleges and are known as frater-
nities, have always been under at-
tack by the masses who are intel-
lectually and culturally unable to
meet the rigid standards. But
these groups, regardless of how
great the attack and onslaught by
the masses, will find a way to
continue with their heritage, even
if they must, to all appearances,
bow down to the hordes.
The AIM should realize all this,
and accept the fact that in at-
tempting to rule out and hamper
fraternities they are attacking the
old American traditions that must
exist if America is to remain a
leading country. We feel that if
the AIM charted its inferiority
complex to other goals this group
of sincere, though misinformed,
young men could do much.
-Edward C. Fordney
Preston Neimi
To the Editor:
STUDENT politics have long
~'been dominated by fraternities
and sororities. While there is no
question of the ability of many af-
filiated people in campus affairs,
even the best of them often have
difficulty in understanding Inde-
pendents and their particular
problems. With better representa-
tion-which means a great num-
ber of Independents on the Stu-
dent Legislature and other campus
posts-Independents can better
carry out their needs and interests.
More truly representative stu-

Publication in The Daily Official
Bulletin is constructive notice 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 255
Administration Building, by 3:00 p.m.
on the day preceding publication
(11:00 a.m. Saturdays).
SATURDAY, NOV. 19, 1949
VOL. LX, No. 48
School of Business Administra-
tion: Students from other Schools
and Colleges intending to apply
for spring admittance should se-
cure application forms in 150
School of Business Administration,
as soon as possible.
Academic Notices
Doctoral Examination for Rob-
ert Warren Stevens, Economics;
thesis: "Partial Equilibrium in the
Theory of International Econom-
ics," Sat., Nov. 19, 105 Economics
Bldg., 9 a.m. Chairman, C. F. Rem-
Mathematical Logic Seminar:
7:30 p.m., Mon., Nov. 21, 3217 An-
gell Hall. Mr. G. Spencer will dis-
cuss Post's treatment of Recur-
sively Enumerable Sets of Positive
Integers and their Decision Prob-
Mathematics Orientation Semi-
nar: 3 p.m., Mon., Nov. 21, 3001
Angell Hall.' Mr. Cross will discuss,
"Applications on Continued Frac-
tions to the Separation of Roots."
Organic Chemistry Seminar:
7:30 p.m., Mon., Nov. 21, 1300
Chemistry. Speaker: Mr. Cava.
Topic: Santonic Acid.
Events Today
Martha Graham Concert: The
These are examples. The poten-
tial advantage of real representa-
tion for independents can only be
But true representation can be a
reality only if all independents
vote! Student government will be
effective if you vote for those who
can best represent you! Vote. Don't
let 15% of the campus elect 77%
of all student officers!
Vote Monday and Tuesday, Nov.
21 and 22! Everyone can vote!
Everyone should vote! Don't forget
your ID cards-you need them to
-Marvin L. Failer..
Vice President
Association of Independent Men
* * *
Discrimination . .
To the Editor:
ing the SL in the next term is
discrimination of students with
respect to race, religion, national
origin, and sex. For this reason we
three candidates for SL invite all
interested candidates to join a
slate devoted to this specific cam-
1-We recognize the Michigan
Plan as being a good compromise
between north and south at the
National Students Conference this
summer, but that it can by no
means be considered adequate for
the U. of M. The Michigan Plan to
end discrimination prohibits new
student organizations having re-
strictive clauses, but in no way
attacks the status quo. We seek
an end to discriminatory practices
in University student organida-
tions. If the IFC can do the job,
fine. If riot the SL at some future
determined date should step in.
Apparently the SL at present
doesn't consider Michigan more
advanced than Mississippi.
2-We demand the removal of

discriminatory questions on Uni-
versity ;admission forms. The SL
is now so conservative that it re-
fused to approve the CED request
for a campus-wide referendum
which would have taken a mild
3-Our program on discrimina-
tion in' regard to sex is an impor-
tant one and embodies points 3
and 4. We cite specifically wom-
en's hours and advocate a revision
of the existing regulations.
4-As a means to this revision
we ask that the Women's Judic be
taken from the hands of League
officals and made responsible to
the SL as is the Men'svJudic. In
this way women can have a direct
voice in issues which directly af-
fect them.
If you are interested in such a
program, kindly notify one of us.
-Roger Bell
Gordon MacDougell
Joanne Stoller
To the Editor:
ter on discrimination against
Negroes in relation to Michigan's
varsity basketball squad interested
me greatly.
I first attended the University
of Michigan in 1945. In that year

bus will leave at 6:15 p.m. from
Hill, Auditorium for those who
have made reservations for the
Wesleyan Guild: 5:30 p.m.,
Hamburg Fry in the Pine Room.
U. of M. Hostel Club: Square
Dance, 8-11 p.m., Jones School.
Everyone invited.
Westminster Guild: Postgne
hotdog roast at the church.
Coming Events
Institute of Public Administra-
tion: Films on administrative
management, 7 p.m., Mon., Nov.
21, East Lecture Room, Rackham
Bldg. All Public Administration
students and interested persons
Play Reading Section of the
Faculty Women's Club: 1:45 p.m.,
Tues., Nov. 22, Michigan League.
Phi Mu Alpha: Meeting, 7 p.m.,
Mon., Nov. 21, Union. 'Ensian pic-
ture will be taken. Program by
Emil Raab, violinist, and Digby
Bell, pianist.
Graduate Outing Club: Meet-
ing, 2:15 p.m., Sun., Nov. 20, north-
west entrance, Rackham Bldg.
Treasure hunt and supper.
Young Republicans: 3 p.m.,
Sun., Nov. 20, Rm. 3D, Union.
Inter-Arts Union: Meeting, 7:45
p.m., Mon., Nov. 21, League. Room
will be posted on the League bulle-
tin board.
Chess Players: Organization
meeting for a proposed U. of M.
Chess Club, 7:30 p.m., Mon., Nov.
21, Rm. 3R, Union. Chess will be
English Journal Club: Open
meeting, 8 p.m., Tues., Nov. 22,
East Conference Room, Rackham
Bldg. Mr. Strovan Robertson of
the Speech Department and Inter-
Arts Union, will discuss certain
problems related to the writing
and producing of modern poetic
drama, namely, T. S. Eliot's Mur-
der in the Cathedral.
Michigan Gothic Film Society:
Meeting, 8 p.m., Mon., Nov. 21,
Rackham Amphitheater. Two
films: "Variety" (German, 1925)
with Emil Jannings; and the ex-
perimental "Ghosts Before Break-
IZFA: Hebrew Circle meeting,
11 a.m., Sun., Nov. 20, Rm. 3N,
Young Progressives of America:
Membership meeting, 7:30 p.m.,
Mon., Nov. 21, Union. Delegates to
National Convention will be select-
ed. Plans for further action on ap-
plication blanks will be discussed.
Phi Iota Alpha presents BASES
round table discussion by five Lat-
in American students. Films: TO-
p.m., Sun., Nov. 20, Union. Every-
body welcome.
U. of M. Hostel Club: Sun., Nov.
in Stinchfield Woods. Leave League
at 2 p.m. Bring own supper. Call
Dorothy Porter, 5077, for trans-
Sun., Nov. 20- VISIT TO
CRANBOOK Academy of Art and
Science Museum and HIKE in
Bloomfield Hills. Meet at Palmer
Park car loop (Detroit) 9:30 a.m.
Bring lunch and cars.



At the Orpheumn.. .
TY: Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo.
EVERYONE has seen or heard by now
the terrible thing that Hollywood did to
poor James Thurber's "The Secret Life of
Walter Mitty." I'm compelled to agree that
much of the original charm and subtlety
is gone. However, I won't agree to any judg-
ment that what remains is not a good mo-
tion picture. I found "The Secret Life of
Walter Mitty" a fine, enjoyable comedy.
Shelving Thurber fans and English pro-
fessors momentarily (obviously Samuel
Goldwyn did), we discover a movie about
a day-dreamy sort of guy whose techni-
color dreams are a far cry from the tired
life he lives consciously.
Unfortunately the producers felt com-
pelled to weave a plot around Mitty's day-
dreams. It is here that the movie loses
ground . . . one minute in slapstick, the
next in the best Gothic Frankenstein tra-
Never having been a Danny Kaye fan
by any means, I was surprised to find him


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