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Fire Hazard at 'U'.4 .** .....

SOMEONE asked the other day why there's
this picture of an ape on the editorial
page of The Daily.
The reason is, perhaps people need to
be told pictorially that in this corner of
the universe the problem is not how to
build a machine but what to do with it,
just as the ape's problem is not how to get
his hands on a typewriter, but what to
The picture may be appropriate as a re-
minder that Man, in spite of his Glorious
Works, is essentially a hairless primate with
a puzzled look.
-Phil Dawson
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

IT REQUIRES a disaster such as the Okla-
homa dormitory fire to start people won-
dering about their own safety. It is not too
long, however, before they lapse back into
a "it can never happen to me" attitude.
When a calamity of this type occurs, of-
ficials begin investigations, strengthen
fire prevention measures and snap nap-
ping inspectors to attention.
Right now university officials the coun-
try over are looking to their own dorm sys-
tems, warning students to be wary and
checking fire extinguishers. But no sooner
than they turn their backs another, no mat-
ter how small, will start.
At the University the officials will tell
you that dormitories are fire proof, that
they have regular fire drills that the stu-
dents and staff are fully aware of the pro-
cedure to follow in case of fire.
The officials will further say that frater-
nities and sororities are fully equipped for
fire fighting and carefully inspected.
The Chief of the Ann Arbor Fire De-
partment will back the officials up in
these statements. But he will add that 50

per cent of the fires reported in Ann Ar-
bor occur in student residences.
Most of the outbreaks take place in room-
ing houses. And as the fire chief can protest
that he does not have enough men to inspect
every private dwelling in the city, Univer-
sity officials can protest that it is impossible
for them to inspect all students' quarters.
University officials, however, must see
and meet the need for adequate fire pre-
caution inspection. This action must be
extended not only to dormitories, frater-
nities and sororities, but to rooming houses
as well.
In addition, students must be made fully
acquainted with fire signals and exit pro-
cedure. This job will require particular at-
tention in rooming houses because of the
transient populace.
Only when the University officials in
charge of fire regulations include all stu-
dent residences on their check lists will there
be a good chance of preventing fire disas-
ters here.
-Vernon Emerson

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At The Michigan.. .
with Lucille Ball, William Hlolden, and
Jean Gleason.
WITH LUCILLE BALL in the lead role, this
comedy couldn't have been too bad.
Nevertheless, it wasn't outstandingly good.
To start the ball rolling, Holden chooses
Ball-as the ideal inefficient secretary to front
for his book-making. She proves unbeliev-
ably inefficient, but also gets Holden and
co-horts into hot water.
By involving him in a low cost housing
project, she runs them into debt and virtu-
ally shuts down the business. Just as he is
leaving to go into a new racket, however,
she is able to pull the irons out of the fire,
and everything ends up beautifully-the
housing project, the extinction of crime,
and the blooming romance between secre-
tary and boss.
It all sounds simple, but with much ac-
tion, reaction, and frenzied by-play, the
show is kept remarkably interesting and
amusing. Miss Ball is particularly respon-
sible for this, though her part demands that
she seem incredibly stupid. Also, it is only by
a million-to-one chance that her stupidity
has the far-reaching results it has.
Holden does a rather good job in a
straight part, and an unusual one-the hon-
est-looking businesslike book-maker, bent
merely on making his living. Gleason high-
lights the, criminal side of the fence, and
makes it seem acceptably harmless and hu-
The picture has its faults-incredibility
and frequent slow pace-but it surpasses
two-thirds of the movie comedies in its
amusement value.
-Fran Ivick

At The State .. .
FIGHTING MAN (Randolph Scott) OF
THE PLAINS (Kansas) with Bill Wil-
liams, Victor Jory, and Rhys Williams as
IF IT WEREN'T for the waitress at the
Granada I would have gotten to that
exciting technicolor extravaganza Fighting
Man of the Plains on time. As it was, I came
in when they was shootin' it out for the
fust time (somewhere near the first I trust)
anl what they were doing was very fami-
With Fighting Man of the Plains, all them
that loves adobe and shootin' and ridin'
hosses will be pleased. Randolph Scott, the
Jim Dancer desperado who has killed the
father of the girl who loves him, takes the
identity of a Pleasonton detective, gets him-
self made sheriff and proceeds to clean up a
town of nasty types with remarkable facili-
ty. Not that he doesn't run up against a
moronic and, of course, smiling trigger-
happy one (Tom Williams) who wants
desperately, for reasons uhknown to me, to
wear Scott's oheriff's badge, and also a very
clever (Don't get ahead-the gambler's a
good Joe all the way down the line.) busi-
ness man named Slocum who doesn't like
Scottie messing around. Someplace around
here Jesse James makes his appearance and
such a suave one he is! There are words
but not too many since Scott is one of the
screen's most muscle-bound faces and so
it's all right for Jesse to return at the end
of the third reel to save Scott from the
It's not a bad movie, but I'd advise you
to leave your spurs at home just this once
and see instead a very funny film "Miss
Brown Takes Richmond" at the Michigan.
-S. J. Winebaum

Sherman and
The Schuorkels
WASHINGTON-It is already evident that
Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson and
Secretary of the Navy Francis Matthews
have done remarkably well in selecting Ad-
miral Forrest Sherman as the new Chief of
Naval Operations. Sherman has moved
quickly and effectively to deal with the messy
Navy revolt. But what is a great deal more
important, he is already succeeding in fo-
cussing the Navy's effort on its vital, basic
role-control of the seas.
The hullaballoo stirred up by the Navy
revolt has served to obscure a deeply im-
portant fact. This is that the United
States Navy, although it enjoys at least a
ten to one ratio of superiority over any po-
tential, enemy navy, still cannot assure
control of the seas in case of war. This is
because no successful answer has yet been
found to the challenge of the German-
developed, long-range, high-speed, radar-
proof type 21 Schnorkel submarine, now
being intensively produced by the Soviet

"Nice going, Jerry - you made it; but now
let's start on next year's."

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


WASHINGTON - The other day I went
down to the trial of Congressman J.
Parnell Thomas and sat in the courtroom
while the jury was being picked. He was
there making a show of being unconcerned
and confident, but somehow or other I felt
sorry for him.
Thomas was a lot different in the court-
room than when he blustered over wit-
nesses in his own Un-American Commit-
tee. He had sent a dozen or so witnesses to
jail himself chiefly for refusal to answer
questions. And he had denied them the
right of counsel and head hauled them be-
fore his committee from as far away as
California at any time of the day or week
that suited him.
In contrast he now enjoyed all the care-
fully built-up Americanprivileges of a free
jury trial. He was represented by a good
lawyer. He sat before a good judge, Judge
Holtzoff, who was very fair. And he had the
right to exclude certain jurors-though a
witness before his committee had no right to
exclude any committee members.
Furthermore, the Justice Department
had given Thomas one year's delay in his
trial, and had sent him to an Army Hospi-
tal at government expense to get his
health completely restored.
So perhaps I shouldn't have felt sorry. But
nevertheless, as he sat there, one little guy in
the crowded courtroom facing certain con-
viction, I did. After all, there isn't any fun
in sending a man to jail.
[N RETROSPECT, however, there are a lot
more important considerations in our
lives and in our nation than pity and the dis-
comfiture of one man.
A military commander in time of war
sometimes has to sacrifice whole com-
panies and regiments of fine men in or-

cold war to uphold it. So if the man at
the head of a committee supposed to be
an example of good Americanism prac-
tices cheap, tawdry and illegal American-
ism, then I suppose I should not, in a weak
moment, feel sorry for him.
However, I couldn't help thinking of some
of these things as I sat in the courtroom.
Thomas's excuse, of course, is that he had
to augment his Congressman's salary. But
there can .be no excuse for helping soldiers
escape combat duty in wartime and then col-
lecting cash from their parents afterward.
Nor is there any excuse for putting a char-
woman and a girl who never came near the
office on the secretarial payroll and then
pocketing the money. It's bad enough put-
ting a wife, a daughter-in-law and a bed-
ridden aunt on the payroll.
I can sympathize with the problem of
our public servants in making some extra
money, but there are other ways of mak-
ing it. I remember when William Jennings
Bryan was Secretary of State, he was in- .
vited to speak on the Swarthmore Chau-
tauqus which were then in Maryland, Vir-
ginia and Pennsylvania, not far from
Bryan, not a wealthy man, accepted, and
filled about twenty speaking engagements
at $250 each.
Well, the Republican newspapers let out
a terrific howl-not about the bucket and
dipper but about the Secretary of State
appearing on the same platform with Ty-
rolean Alpine Yodelers, which was not ex-
actly true. However, I still think it 'was
a good idea for the smaller towns of the
U.S.A., which seldom see a Secretary of
State in person, to learn about our for-
eign affairs from the man who runs them.

The Soviet rate of production is believed
such that within six years the Soviets will
have enough of the new submarines actually
to drive allied shipping clean off the seas,
provided no effective way has been found in
the meantime of dealing with the new men-
ace. These are the facts which impelled Ad-
miral Sherman, as one of his first acts in his
new office, to order a complete survey of the
whole Navy anti-submarine effort. The re-
sult of this survey was to confirm the view
long held in the Joint Research and Devel-
opment Board-that the Navy anti-subma-
rine program had been subordinated to am-
bitious schemes like the giant carrier proj-
ect, and that the pr'ogram was thus wholly
inadequate in view of the need.
Sherman therefore approached Mat-
thews and Johnson, and asked for a much
greater proportionate allocation of effort
and funds for the anti-submarine pro-
gram. It then transpired that Johnson,
only a couple of months before Sherman
had takenover, had asked Admiral Louis
Denfeld, then Chief of Naval Operations,
whether everything possible was being
done to deal with the Schnorkel subma-
rine threat. Denfeld (who is himself, un-
like Sherman, a submariner) had replied
flatly that everything that could be done
was being done, and that no more money
could be used for the purpose.
Johnson repeated these Denfeld views to
Sherman. Nevertheless, Sherman has now
persuaded Johnson of the desperate need
for a stepped-up anti-submarine program.
Although the details are of course secret, it
can be stated with assurance that a far
greater proportion of effort than ever be-
fore is now planned for the Navy's attempt
to find techniques for dealing with the type
No dramatic, overnight development is
to be expected from this greater effort.
No magical device or invention is likely to
be found which will suddenly render the
Schnorkel harmless. If the new subma-
rines are to be brought under control at
all; it.will only be by a long, slow and ex-
pensive process of trial and error. But it
is at least encouraging that, thanks to
Admiral Sherman, the greater effort is
now being made.
For unless real control of the seas can be
achieved, the United States will have half-
lost any war before it starts. Control of
the seas is not as dramatic a role as it was
in the days of great battles between sur-
face ships. But it is perhaps more than ever
a matter of life and death, in the days of
the Schnorkel submarine.
(Copyright. 1949, New York Herald Tribune, Inc.)

To the Editor:
WITH SOME trepidation, I no-
tice that one Dave Haggerty, in
these very columns, has proposed
a campaign against bicycles on
campus sidewalks. I wonder if you
realize, Mr. Haggerty, that in sug-
gesting such a thing you are strik-
ing directly at one of the few
traditions poor old Michigan has
left? The privilege to careen along
the diag on wheels has been a hal-
lowed tradition since time imme-
morial, and to deprive the students
of it now ... .unspeakable.
And who says it's dangerous?
The fatalities are almost negli-
gible. Good clean fun never hurt
anyone, and it is such fun. You
ought to try it sometime, Mr. Hag-
gerty. It's not everyone who can
weave fearlessly among mobs of
pedestrians at 25 miles an hour.
You call cyclists "two wheeled
maniacs." Come now, let's not be
slanderous. Some of the most in-
telligent people on campus ride
Besides, it should be obvious
that cycling on campus is entirely
safe. Just the fact that you have
been hit twice this season and are
still able to write a letter to The
Daily is proof enough of that.
-Chuck Elliott
Tragic Flaw .
To the Editor:
BITTERNESS has been evident
in some circles because Dick
Kempthorn was not chosen on any
of the many All-America teams.
We submit that the fault was not
Kempthorn's, as any back who has
been stopped by him could testify.
The fault lies with Bennie Ooster-
baan and the gentlemen who make
up the game lineups.
Kempthorn should not have'
been listed as a back. He should
have been designated on the pro-
grams, and referred to in press
releases, as a center. Because of
his unequaled defensive play, the
All-America center position would
have been a toss-up between Ton-
nemaker and him.
But Kempthorn would have
walked away with the honors when
the various voting sportswriters1
took into consideration his ball
carrying efforts, very remarkable
indeed for a center. Votes would1
have poured in and Kempthorn,
and not Tonnemaker, would today
be a consensus All-America, reap-
ing, along with Hart of NotreI
Dame, considerable praise for hisl
versatility and team spirit.
It seems- Kempthorn's .tragicI
flaw was the thin line between
"B."and '"C."
-Milton Franks,
Norm Rappaport. I

Megrod ...
To the Editor:
so called Mr. Megrod of which
I have heard so much and yet so
little, during the past week? I
have seen the advertisements in
your newspaper, The Daily, and
they have merely said-"Watch
for Mr. Megrod." Not only this,
but also I have seen signs painted
in red on the snow at different
points on the diagonal. What is
this all about? It worries me great-
From one source I have heard
that Mr. Megrod is a high official
in a leftist party, and a right hand
man to the head of the party.
Furthermore, I have heard rumors
that his coming visit to Ann Arbor
and the University of Michigan is
expressly for the purpose of stir-
ring up trouble on the campus. I
definitely think that this should
be nipped in the bud and that im-
mediate action should be taken.
-Jerry Scott
(Continued from Page 3)
tion is looking for teachers for
schools and colleges in Greece,
Turkey, and Lebanon. Positions
start in September, 1950. Con-
tracts are for three years. Single
persons are required for most of
the positions. Vacancies exist in
English, Mathematics, Sciences,
Piano, Psychology, Philosophy, Po-
litical Science, and Physical Edu-
cation for Women. Experience is
required for many of these posi-
tions. For further information call
the Bureau of Appointments, Ext.
La Verne Noyes Scholarships:
Applications for La Verne Noyes
Scholarships may be obtained in'
the Scholarship Division of the
Office of Student Affairs, 1020 Ad-
ministration Building. These
scholarships are available to pay
tuition for the Spring Semester
1950 to recipients who must be
blood descendants of veterans of
the United States Military Forces
in World War I. Applications
should be filed by Dec. 16.
The 'attention of those who are
holding this scholarship for the
Fall Semester is called to the ne-
cessity of filing an application for
renewal in February shortly after1
academic grades for this semester
are available.7
Recipients of this scholarship for
the Spring Semester will be an-

nounced -by the Committee or
=UniversityScholarships early I
March. At that time refund of tui
tion paid at Registration will b
Bureau of Appointments:
Women's Medical Specialis
Corps of the Army Medical De
partment is offerin a Dietetic In-
ternship, a Physical Therapy
Training course, and an Occupa-
tional Training course to women
graduates or prospective gradu-
ates. Selected applicants wil b
appointed 2nd Lt in the Women'
Medical Specialist Section of the
Officer's Reserve Corps and will
receive appropriate pay and al-
lowances. For further information
call at Bureau of Appointments,
3528 Administration Bldg.
International Labor Office an-
nounces vacancy for Research As-
sistant in the Statistical Section,
International Staff, International
Labor Office, Geneva, Switzer-
land. Age range 21-30. Knowledge
of foreign language is required-
French preferred, others consid-
ered. Applications accepted until
Dec. 20, 1949.
i The American Institute for Eco-
nomic Research at Great Barring-
ton, Mass., announces two-year
fellowship awards for men and
United States Civil Service Com-
mission announces an examination
for Soil Conservationist and Soil
Scientist Engineer. The closing
date for the position of Geogra-
pher, is announced for Dec. 14,
The Michigan State Civil Serv-
ice Commission announces an ex-
amination for Chemist. Closing
date: Dec. 28, 194.
Detroit Civil Service Commis-
sion announces examinations for
Civil Engineer, and Architectural
For further information on the
above announcements, please call
at Bureau of Appointments,. 3528
Administration Bldg. Students
may come in office on Tuesdays,
Thursdays, and Fridays.
University Lecture: "The Evolu-
tion of the Stars." Dr. Otto Struve,
Chairman, Department of Astron-
omy, University of Chicago; aus-
pices of the Department of Astron-
omy. NOTE: This lecture takes the
place of the Visitors' Night at the
Student Observatory, previously
announced. 8 p.m., Fri., Dec. 9,
Rackliam Amphitheater. The pub-
lic is invited.
Academic Notices"
Doctoral Examination for Stan-
ley Schachter, Social Psychology;
thesis: ".Deviation, Rejection, and
Communication," Sat., Dec. 10,
East Council Room, Rackham
Bldg., 10 a.m. Chairman Leon
Astronomy 30: Examination of
11 o'clock section on Fri., Dec. 9,
will be held in 205 Mason Hall.
Astronomical Colloquium: 4:15
p.m., Fri., Dec. 9, 4:15 p.m., at the
Observatory. Speaker: Dr. Otto
Struve, Chairman, Department of
Astronomy, University of Chicago,
"Spectroscopic Binaries."
English 149 (Playwriting) will
meet Monday evening, Dec. 12, in-
stead of Tuesday evening, Dec. 13.
Theory of Games Seminar: 7:30
p.m., Wed., Dec. 14, 3001 Angell
all. Note change of date.

Handel's "Messiah" will be pre-
sented in two performances by the
University Musical Society Satur-
day, December 10, at 8:30, and
Sunday, December 11, at 2:30, in
Hill Auditorium.
Lester McCoy will conduct the
participants, which will consist of
Chloe Owen, soprano; Anna Kas-
kas, contralto; David Lloyd, ten-
or; Oscar Natzka, bass; with tie
University Choral Union of 300
voices; a special orchestra, with
Mary McCall Stubbins at the or-
The Saturday evening perform-
ance will be broadcast; and ac-
cordingly, the audience is respect-
fully urged to come sufficiently
early as to be seated on time,
since obviously latercomers can-
not be seated.
A limited number of tickets are
available, and will be on saleaat
the offices of the University Mu-
sical Society until noon Saturday;
and at the Hill Auditorium box
office one hour preceding each
Events Today
University Museums: Exhibits of
Natural History, open to students
and the general public, Museums
Bldg., 7 to 9 p.m. Motion pictures:,
"How Nature Protects Animals,"
"Snakes Are Interesting," and

"Birds of Prey," 7:30 p.m., 3024
tMuseums Bldg.
Westminster Guild: Christmas
Party at the Presbyterian Church,
Recreation Hall, :30 p.m.
Roger Williams Guild: Christ-
mas Party. Humorous gifts will be
exchanged. 8:30 p.m., Guild House.
B'nai B'rith Ilillel Foundation:
Following Friday Evening services
Rev. Redman of the Unitarian
Church will talk or "The Future of
Religion." 7:45 p.m.
Wesleyan Guild: Christmas
Party, 8 p.m. Refreshments. Every
one invited.
Japanese Tea, honoring Miss
Ruth Seabury, 4:30-6 p.m., Lane
Canterbury Club: Tea and Open
House for all students and their
friends, 476 p.m.
German Coffee Hour: 3:15-4:30
p.m., League Cafeteria.I All stu-
dents and faculty, members invit-
Film Program for students, fac-
ulty, and the general public. Cross
Section of Central America-Guat-
amala and Highlands of the Andes
-Peru, 4:10 p.m., Kellogg Audto-
rium. Sponsored by the Audio-Vis-
ual Education Center and the Uni-
versity Extension Service. No
charge for admission.
Sociology Club: Meeting of the
proposed Sociology Club, 3-4 p~m.,
ABC Room, League.
Coming Events
Saturday Luncheon Discussion:
12:15 p.m., Lane Hall. Call Ext.
2148 for reservations.
B'nai B'rith Billel Foundation:
Open House Saturday night, 7:30
Auditions for the Gulantics Re-
vue: 1 p.m., Sat, Dec. 10, Room
3-G, Union. Acts of all types are
needed. The best three acts will
receive $100, $50, and $25. Those\
unable to attend this audition,
please drop a card to the Men's
Glee Club, 1020 Administration
Bldg. The Show will be the last
weekend in .February.
Cleveland Club: You may pay
your money for bus tickets, Christ-
mas dance or dues at the Admin-
istration Building between 3 and
4:30 p.m., Friday or Monday.
Navy Banquet: Second annual
Naval R.O.T.C. Banquet, 7 p.m.,
Wed., Dec. 14, Union. Dr. George
A. Peek of the Dept. of Political
Science will deliver the main ad-
dress. All Naval officers person-
nel are invited. Tickets are avail-
able at North Hall.
Inter-Arts Union: Meeting 2
p.m., Sat., Dec. 10, League. Room,
will be announced on the bulletin
A.I.A. (student chapter): 4:15
p.m., Mon., Dec. 12, 247 Architec-
ture Bldg. Subject: Xmas party
and activities.








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