THE MICHIGAN DAILY
SUNDAY, NOVEME3ER 5, 1950
THE MCHIGA DAIL
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1950
IN ALL the recent screams of financial an-
guish about police enforcing the peddling
ordinances, the partisans of the student en-
trepeneurs have overlooked one simple fact.
There is a definite law which prohibits
the activity they are engaged in without a
peddling license. The program salesman can
either buy a license or stop peddling pro-
Or they can be arrested and fined-that
is the law.
This being the case, the sane thing to do
is not to complain against the enforcement
of a law but to move for a change in the
With the law still on the statute books,
however, enforcement of it is really a very
fine thing. We assume that it is only the
first shot fired in a new campaign of law-
fulness here in Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor has more than this one un-
enforced law on its books. Many communi-
ties do. Popular magazines are forever dredg-
ing up statutes about the Sunday herding
of goats on the Main Streets of certain com-
In Ann Arbor's case, however, the only
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
NIGHT EDITOR: VERNON EMERSON
other unenforced law which comes to mind
is that which prohibits ticket-speculating.
That is the one which was intended to be
used against the racketeering characters
who plague the Union steps on Saturday
football mornings with the blue-and-yellow
pieces of cardboard in their fists, the ones
who move from game to game each week-
end fastening on the best pickings.
But this law too has not been enforced
That is why we say this new era of law
enforcement is a good thing. Surely the next
step in the crackdown is to stop the scalp-
It is difficult to understand why the po-
lice didn't begin the campaign with the
anti-scalping enforcement rather than the
It would have been much easier to pick
up forty or so scalpers concentrated on
the Union steps than 250 student program
hawkers scattered all over town.
And hardly anybody would have minded
the pickups except for the scalpers them-
selves. Moreover the scalpers can afford the
fines. They are a bigger traffic problem,
too. Ask the Union.
But this is all hindsight and relatively un-
For now that the law enforcement pro-
gram has been begun, the police will cer-
tainly continue the laudable campaign.
Scalping will be wiped out next, naturally.
Funny thing though, the scalpers don't
seem worried at all.
It has been several days now since Hal-
loween swept over Ann Arbor in a sudden
frenzy, shattering some windows, painting
parked cars, and setting road blocks with
sawed down trees.
But let us not be fooled by the illusion
that Halloween has left the town. The
Halloween spirit resides in Ann Arbor all
year long. As a matter of fact it visits the
campus every day, for some unfortunate
fellows at least. The students inspired by
it play tricks on the other students; they
borrow their bicycles from the racks and
do not bring them back.
According to police department, an average
of three bicycle thefts are reported daily in
Ann Arbor; the great majority being around
the campus. Most of the time these bicycles
are recovered within a few days. The people
who "borrov" them usually take a ride to
somewhere around the town and leave them
there. The period between the disappearance
of these bicycles and their recovery depends
on how soon a police officer or somebody
else takes notice of an abandoned bicycle
on the sidewalks. It takes a longer time
however, sometimes many weeks, to detect
an abandoned bicycle in a bicycle rack
around the campus.
Police recommend, therefore, that all bi-
cycle owners should lock their bicycles when
not in use and get a license number so they
could be more easily identified in case they
The best solution to the bicycle disappear-
ance problem in Ann Arbor, however, would
be the Halloween inspired friends' not bor-
rowing a bicycle at all without the know-
ledge of its owner. But, if they can not resist
the temptation, they should at least return
it where they had borrowed it thus saving
a fellow student from lots of inconvenience.
-A. G. Atatur
It Seems to Me]
By DON NUECHTERLEIN
T HE CONTROVERSY that has arisen on
German rearmament seems to center
about this assertion: If we don't permit the
Germans to rearm, there is little chance of
defending Western Europe against Russia.
One letter writer states that the Rus-
sians have taken the question out of our
hands by building a strong military force
in East Germany. Another argues that
top-level control by the Atlantic Pact
Powers would keep this new German force
under control so that the West need have
no fear of rearing a "Frankenstein."
But it seems important to me that we
decide just what kind of threat we fear in
Western Europe: that of the East Germans
launching an attack on West Germany, as
was the situation in Korea, or the threat
of a Red Army attack across the continent.
If we think primarily of an East German
attack on West Germany, as the first argu-
ment indicates, then our big job is that of
maintaining security in West Germany.
If, on the other hand, we consider the
Russian threat of primary importance, we
must think in terms of the security of all
There is a vast difference in the course
of action to be followed in dealing with
these two situations.
The threat of an East German attack on
West Germany can be solved quite simply:
increase the size and caliber of the West
German police force, and strengthen the
The Korean crisis developed because
the South Korean army was not built up to
meet the challenge.
Some persons might argue that if we
create a strong West German army, we
could withdraw our occupation forces from
Germany and let the Bonn Government
deal with the internal problem.
However, it seems to me that there is
less danger of an East German attack on
West Germany if American, British and
French troops could immediately be in the
conflict. Further, there would be no need to
run the risk that the West Germans would
make some kind of deal with the East.
If, therefore, our primary concern is an-
other Korea in Germany, we do not need a
full-fledged West-German army.
On the other hand, if we fear an out-
right attack on Western Europe by the
Red Army, our calculations must be al-
tered because such action would certainly
mean World War HI, whereas a German
crisis alone need not.
Enlisting German personnel in a general
European army may be advisable; but as
yet there is no European army and there
is no supreme commander. How then can
we rearm the Germans, unless it be under
a German command?' And if there is a
German command, how can the West exer-
cise enough control over it unless the oc-
cupation of West Germany is continued?
And if the occupation is ended, we are in-
creasing the chances of an East German
An interesting aspect of this whole dis-
cussion is the attitude of the German peo-
ple. These arguments about rearming the
Germans seem to assume that the German
people would welcome such a prospect. How-
ever, this is not the case.
But reports from Germany in recent
weeks indicate that the Germans do not
want the Bonn Government' to have a
larger police force, let alone a new Ger-
man general staff and army.
Proponents of rearming Germany seem to
think that young Germans love war and
that they are more willing to fight than we
are. The truth is that most Germans today
fear another war much more than any of us
realize; and no small wonder, what with the
terrible destruction their cities sustained
during the recent conflict.
So, let us not make the mistake of
thinking that all we need to do is say
the word and the Germans will be flocking
to join the army and fight the Russians.
They are no more eager to die than any
Our big problem today isgetting a Euro-
pean army command set up so that some
volunteer German forces can be trained
along with other Europeans. Until such ac-
tion is taken, there is little point in arguing
about what can be done to use German
manpower in defending the West.
The Week's News
... IN RETROSPECT . .
(EDITOR'S NOTE-The following article was written for The Daily by Mr.
Chase, a University graduate, who is the founder tor.the George Bernard
Shaw Society of America. Mr. Chase is now Book Editor of the Flint Journal.)
By WILLIAM D. CHASE
AFTER NINETY-FOUR YEARS of his wit and wisdom, it is not
easy to imagine a world without a George Bernard Shaw. No one
could seriously consider the Western World -of 1856-1950 without
taking GBS into account. Although he was a vegetarian, a creative
evolutionist, a dramatist, a novelist, a critic, and (what he called) a
Communist, he was above all a humanitarian. His object through
life was consistently world betterment.
I have been asked whether Shaw was conceited. I don't
think so. It would be nonsense for a man who had written more
than fifty plays, five novels, hundreds of books and pamphlets
which have stimulated intelligent readers through decades, to
wave all this aside and say, "It is really nothing." This would not
be modesty; it would be stupidity. A critic who cannot arrive at
something approaching a satisfying evaluation of himself had
better drop out of the game.
Perhaps he was wrong when he spe'culated on the possibility that
his plays were better than Shakespeare's. However, it is reasonable
to assume that his plays should be better than Shakespeare's, for
Shaw had the advantage of a 300-year greater cultural accumulation
than his dramatic predecessor.
If Shaw is, as many critics seem to agree, the greatest dramatist
of our century, then if we are to say that he was not as good as
Shakespeare, we are in effect claiming that the best playwright of the
20th Century cannot match the best playwright of the 16th Century.
This leads us to the conclusion that our intellectual giants have pro-
fitted none from their predecessors, a conclusion that at once limits
or destroys the significance not only of Shakespeare, but of the great
writers of all preceding ages.
THE LAST LETTER I received from GBS was a message concerning
the founding of the George Bernard Shaw Society of America. In
it he said, ".... In my best days .. . I was one of the hundred best
playwrights in the world . . ." And, for those who called him an
atheist, he went on to say, "I helped to set the religion of creative
evolution with its feet on the ground, because I saw that no established
religion in the world is wholly credible, and that without religion
men are political timeservers and cowards."
He was pleased, I think, to know that a GBS Society was
being founded in America, for he knew that he could not carry
on much longer. He wrote me, "I can only hope that in other
hands, Shavianism will be carried so far that future generations
will say, 'We agree with your. doctrine; but who the devil was
I do not believe that Shaw expected the world to mourn his death.
When his wife was cremated in 1943, he whistled a little tune at
the services; "I thought she would like it," he said. And so it is now
for those who admired him to whistle their own little tunes and carry
on-in the most Shavian way possible.
EDAILY OFFICIAL BULLETIN
WITH DREW PEARSON
PROTECTING THE PRESIDENT
THE SECRET SERVICE has been urging
the President, following the assassina-
tion attempt in front of Blair House, to give
up his early-morning walks around the
streets- of downtown Washington.
They point out that this is the 'riskiest
part of his daily curriculum, even though
they have seven men with him. Actually
the public doesn't realize that seven men
are with him, because a couple are in
front, two or three behind and others in
However, Mr. Truman is most reluctant
to change his habits. He enjoys this breath
of fresh air when most people are not yet
stirring. It is his only chance to see a little
of his ordinary normal life, and among
other things he likes to windowshop. "
Once, while walking past the Grape Jew-
At The Michigan...
ALL ABOUT EVE with Bette Davis,
George Sanders, Anne Baxter, and Ce-
HOLLYWOOD is admittedly a strange
place. It excites the interest of even the
anthropologists. Once in awhile its ponder-
ous machinery grinds out a good picture.
This is one of them And once in a very
great while it brings to light, a writer, a
producer or director with exceptional talent.
Joseph L. Mankiewicz is probably one of
the sharpest writer-directors working in
the industry today. In All About Eve he
has brought together some of the brighter
young contract players on Twentieth Cen-
tury Fox's roster, including one not so
young party, Bette Davis, and extracts from
all of them able performances. From Miss
Davis, he manages to cajole a performance
which is her best in recent memory, per-
haps in her entire career.
Writing and filming a story about the
theater., especially from a Hollywood view-
point, often produces lamentable results.
But Mankiewicz knows what he is about.
The dialogue is deft and sure, often quite
hilarious. The fact that it is essentially
phony frequently makes little difference be-
cause of the skill and ease with which it is
delivered. The picture is polished to a de-
liberate high gloss in order to better point
up the jittery half-world it is portraying.
elry shop on Connecticut Avenue, for in-
stance, he saw a pair of black and gold
garters which caught his fancy-price $80.
He sent for them.
LIST OF POSSIBLE ASSASSINS
THE SECRET SERVICE has long kept a
file on those who might attempt violence,
against the President, and immediately after
the Blair House attempt they checked
through the file - which totals 50,000 names.
The two Puerto Ricans were not on the list.
Almost 99 per cent of the list are crack-
pots who have written threatening, ob-
scene or objectionable letters to the Presi-
ident. What hasn't gotten into the papers,
however, is that several have actually
pocketed guns andstried to get into the
The Secret Service isn't talking about
these cases, except to say that the armed
callers and other dangerous cases are hustled
to St. Elizabeth's mental hospital.
All crackpot letters are carefully screened
by the Secret Service's protective research
section, and are indexed 28 different ways-
by type, script, print, color, paper, wording,
etc. Thus even the anonymous letters can
be associated with known writers.
These letters pour into the White House
at a rate of more than 1,000 per month.
However, only the most dangerous are thor-
oughly investigated. Last year, the Secret
Service made field investigations on 2,600 of
the worst cases.
Significantly, in times of stress the num-
ber of crackpot letters shoots up.
Note-In spote of all these precautions,
the Secret Service had not investigated the.
Puerto Rican Nationalists since the anti-
America outbreaks in Puerto Rico. This was
admitted to this column at first by a Secret
Service spokesman, who later changed his
story and insisted that he simply had "no
comment." As a result, the Secret Service
did not have a line on the two attempted
assassins, Oscar Collazo and Grizelio Tor-
resola, though Torresola was one of the
ringleaders of the terrorist organization in
TROUBLED BY THE FACT that Comrade
Vishinsky steals the play at Lake Suc-
cess, the U.S. delegation is putting a new
spice into its speeches. Witness the refer-
ence to Frank Sinatra by staid Wall Street
lawyer John Foster Dulles.
Dulles had carefully prepared a speech
rebutting Vishinsky on the hot question of
vaidinaythe v n I wac mmenrr -h
ANN ARBOR WEATHER was even more insane than usual this
week. An off-schedule Indian Summer heat wave sent the mercury
scooting to 80 degrees on Monday and Tuesday. By Friday night it
had begun snowing. Nevertheless the wet flakes failed to deter thou-
sands of football enthusiasts who watched yesterday with frozen
hands and soggy bottoms as the Illini snowed Michigan, 7-0.
National .. .
PUERTO RICO-On Monday a small but fanatical group of
Puerto Rican rebels attacked the palace of the governor at the capital,
set off widespread rioting, and stormed police stations in several
other towns. By Tuesday the small but vicious revolt was coming to
a bloody conclusion, with a toll of 32 lives. The rebels were National-
ists, who want complete freedom from United States rule of Puerto
On Wednesday, however, effects of the then-dying Puerto Rican
revolt were felt in Washington, in a shocking fashion. Two Nationalist
fanatics, both residents of New York, unsuccessfully tried to shoot
their way into Blair House, the home of President Truman. Blazing
away at the White House guards, they got as far as the doorstep
before they were dropped, one wounded and one dead. The would-be
assassins killed one guard and injured two others, one seriously, before
CENSUS-The largest gain ever recorded in the national census,
which is taken every ten years, was announced Thursday. The United
States now has more than 150,000,000 inhabitants, compared with
about 131,000,000 at the timenof the 1940 computation, a gain of
aboOt 19,000,000, or 14 per cent.
HALLOWE'EN-Studies seemed to have dulled the wit of campus
pranksters this week as Hallowe'en came and went uneventfully.
Nobody tried to wall up the Engine arch; nobody even tried to tear
anything down, anything obvious,. at any rate. As for the rest of
the town: local sprites wandered through the streets looking for
handouts, vandals chopped down a couple trees in the Arb, and
police happily reported that it was the quietest All-souls Night in
DRAMA-This was a big week for theatre-goers. Charles Laugh-
ton, world-famed dramatic artist, presented a varied selection of
readings to a packed house at Hill Auditorium on Wednesday night.
It was rumored to be the largest crowd ever to turn out for a lecture
on this campus. The speech department production of "A Midsummer
Night's Dream" was also a sellout success during its threeday run.
PHONE SERVICE-A representative cross section of the student
body hearity damned the phone service in the women's dorms again
last week. In a Daily survey, more than 85%/ of the 90 students
questioned agreed that the service was sadly inadequate. The men
had the lowest opinion of the telephone facilities, some declaring
that it is usually easier to use the mails. But University authorities
said Friday that no new facilities would be forthcoming. Students
must be patient, they added.
Around the World ...
TIBET-As invading Chinese Communist forces pressed closer
to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa this week, the Reds calmly proclaimed
the fight a purely domestic Chinese affair, of no concern to other
UN-This was an active week in the United Nations. On Friday,
the General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a program suggested
by United States Secretary of State Acheson which would give the
UN power to meet aggression with armed force on a few hours notice.
This veto-free collective security measure gives the assembly the
authority to ask for troops if the Security Council fails to handle
On Wednesday, the General Assembly overrode Russian threats
that they would boycott Trygve Lie and voted him into office as
Secretary-General for another three-year term.
SHAW DEATH-George Bernard Shaw, the crusty playwright
who managed to revive the English theatre during his many years of
creative activity, died quietly at his Ayot St. Lawrence, England, home
on Wednesday night.
KOREA-The tide of war in Korea turned again this week. Fierce
opposition by combined North Korean and Chinese Communist troops
forced the UN forces to fall back up to 50 miles along the eastern
battle line, and trapped a number 'of Marine battalions. This action,
came when the allied armies were only 32 miles from the Manchurian
border at some points. But spokesmen for General MacArthur's head-
quarters said that despite setbacks, UN forces still hold the initiative
GERMANY-The Russians devised a scheme at Prague last month
to unify East and West Germany under one overall government.
Friday night the Soviets proposed a conference with American,
British and French foreign ministers to bring the unification planl
into effect. Western officials greeted the proposal with skepticism.
-Chuck Elliott and Bob KeithI
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ing your first Mentor Reports, 5 to
6 p.m., Wed., Nov. 8. Reserve this
hour for that kpurpose.
Geometry Seminar: 2 p.m.,
Wed., Nov. 8, 3001 Angell Hall. Mr.
MacDowell will speak on Milnor's
paper in knots.
Mathematics Colloquium: 4 p.m.,
Tues., Nov. 7, 3011 Angell Hall.
Prof. K. Knopp, University of Tu-
bingen, Germany. "Analytical Con-
tinuation by the methods of Euler
Cleveland Orchestra, George
Szell, conductor. Third concert in
the Choral Union Series, Sun.,,
Nov. 5, 8:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium.
Two works not previously heard
in Ann Arbor'comprise the pro-
gram : Mozart's Serenade in D
major, "With the Post Horn", and
Mahler's Fourth Symphony, the
last movement of which employs
a soprano voice, utilizing the text
from a collection of old German
songs-to be sung by Marie Sim-
melink Kraft of Cleveland.
A limited number of tickets are
still available at the offices of the
Musical Society in Burton Tower,
up to noon Saturday; and at the
Hill Auditorium box office after
7 Sunday evening preceding the
Program Cancelled: Opera Work-
shop program, previously announ-
ced for 4:15 p.m., Tues., Nov. 7,!
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, has
Faculty Concert: Paul Doktor,
violist, and Benning Dexter, pian-
ist, will appear in a joint recital
at 8:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 8, Lydia
Mendelssohn Theatre. Program:
Works by Dittersdorf, Milhaud,
Hindemith, and Schumann. Open'
to the public without charge.
Music of 17th and 18th Centur-
ies, played by the String Orches-
tra, conducted by Gilbert Ross,
8:30 p.m., Mon., Nov. 6, in Lydia
Mendelssohn Theatre. Program:
compositions by Purcell, Gemini-
ani, Bach and Mozart. Open to
the public without charge.
Student Religious Groups:
Gamma Delta, Lutheran Stu-
dent Club: 5:30 p.m., Supper and
program. Film strip depicting
Gamma Delta's 1950 Japanese
Congregational, Disciples, Evan-
gelical and Reformed Guild: 6 p.m.
Supper, Congregational Church.
Rev. Charles Schwantes, National
Director of Student Work of the
Evangelical and Reformed Church,
Lutheran Student Association:
5:30 p.m., Meeting and supper,.
Zion Parish Hall. Film, "For Good
Roger Williams Guild: 10 a.m.,
Bible Study at Guild House: "Ro-
mans." 6 p.m., Supper and discus-
sion at Guild House. "Why the
Church Is Significant."
Westminster Guild: 9 a.m., Cof-
fee and rolls. 9:30 a.m., student
Seminar in Religion. 5:30 p.m.,,
Student supper. 6:30 p.m., Supper,
"The Validity of the Bible."
Michigan Christian Fellowship:
4 p.m., Fireside Room, Lane Hall.
Rev. Harry Bultema, Pastor of the
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50 YEARS AGO
THE SKIN of a gold-faced monkey, brought
to the University from South America by
Professor Steere in 1880, was finally mounted
and put on exhibition in the University mu-
Election returns "by special wire" were
to be received, at Rosey's Billiard Parlor,
which, in convenience to its billiard play-
ing and politically inclined students,
wourd remain open all night. "Hear the of-
ficial returns and pay off your cigar bets."
Lindenschmitt and Apfel, local tailers, ad-
vertised their Stein-Block suits as "nothing
nobbier or neater. Price, $15."
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Where is Barnaby? Isn't
it about time he came in?
- He's plaving out
We're lucky we got rid of
that goose-Before Barnaby
could find out about it...
First he said that goose)
was a treasure. Then he
agreed with me when I
said it was worthless-
Yes. Your Fairy Godfather
may have a deal here. I'll
try to con him out of... Er,
persuade him to part with