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German Shortsightedness

It Seems to Me

The Week's News



A THUMBS DOWN by the Bonn govern-
ment of the Atlantic powers proposal
for rearmament of West Germany is a tough
blow to the hope of a united Western Euro-
pean army.
The proposal called for combat team (a
regiment of 6,000 men) at the present, and
later a gradual organization into divisions
when more Germans were added to the
The plan which has been in the fire for
the last several months was a compromise
concession in which the French, with a gal-
lant Gallic bow, conceded to the wishes of
the other members. And this was quite a
concession in view of the traditional French
attitude toward an armed Germany.
The objections of Bonn government were
based on the fact that the German units
were to be interspersed throughout the West
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

Europe force, and the majority of their
staff officers would be men of other nations.
The Germans said that they would. "not
accept any plan that involves discrimination
against German troops."
Although Chancellor Konrad Adenauer
probably would not have supported this stand
a month ago, the victories of the Socialist
opposition have forced him into a position
of demanding equality. The Chancellor's
stand has also been influenced by the "peace
and unity" campaign that the East German
government currently has been waging.
The Germans, who were our enemies
only five years ago, ought to realize that
the Atlantic powers proposal represented
a great compromise by the French. Europe
is in a critical danger of attack from the
Communists of the East, and the nations
of West Europe must cooperate and hang
together for the benefit of all.
But at this critical moment, the narrow
German request for "full equality" is more
than short sighted-it smacks of an attempt
to capitalize on the situation of the Atlantic
powers and add to their own personal bene-
-Ron Watts.

Religion &

Everyone but the demoralized students
seemed to be worried about the state of
demoralized students at the Lane Hall Stu-
dent Morale meeting Thursday.
The objects of all the concern stayed
home and were quietly "demoralized".
And in the light of the meeting's nature
perhaps those who stayed away were pur-
suing the wiser course.
To an outside observer (and there were
three or four among the dozen regular faces
at such meetings), most of the proceedings
were an object lesson in futility.
As it developed those who were there
got no remedies, not even an attempt at so-
lutions-they got panaceas. Religion, faith,
morality, convictions were tossed around
glibly like so many beanbags.
But sitting there in the middle of the,
floor like prisoners' ball-and-chains were
the students questions about the draft
and its effect on school or marriage, and

even more pressing, the prospect of im-
mediate destruction.
When the students left they dragged their
ball-and-chains home with them, almost
untouched, almost unmentioned by the re-
ligious leaders to whom they looked for
That is why the more cynical students
may have been wiser in absenting them-,
selves. They, at least, escaped the frustra-
tion and disappointment of the affair.
Those who were there could say with the
poet Omar Khayyam:
Myself when young did eagerly fre-
Doctor and Saint, and heard great ar-
About it and about: but evermore
Came out by the same door where in I
Is it any wonder that the modern stu-
dent is leary of even entering the door.
-Zander Hollander

Washington Merry Go Round

WASHINGTON-When Gen. George Mar-
shall was appointed Secretary of De-
fense, criticism was raised that he would
instinctively break down civilian safeguards.
Traditionally, civilians have commanded the
Army, Navy and Air Force, so it was argued
that putting a military man in charge of
all three services was dangerous.
One phase of this criticism now seems
justified. Though he has been in office
three months, General Marshall has not
yet called a formal meeting of the Secre-
taries of the Army, Navy and Air Force.
These three civilians--ail able men-are
supposed to be the real bosses. Under Louey
Johnson they met almost every week-some-
times oftener. But under Marshall they have
not met at all. Instead he, a military man,
leans almost entirely on the Joint Chiefs of
In fact, the Joint Chiefs of Staff today
have become about the most important gov-
erning factor in Washington.
With broad-minded Gen. Omar Bradley
as chairman of the Joint Chiefs, this is not
dangerous. Furthermore, the other Joint
Chief--Gen. Joe Collins, Adm. Forrest Sher-
man, and Gen. Hoyt Vandenberg for air-
are also civilian-minded officers. However,
At The Mihigan .,..
HARRIET CRAIG with Joan Crawford,
Wendell Corey, and K. T. Stevens
OCCASIONALLY, with the Hollywood cre-
ative sump shows signs of running dry,
a number of old chestnuts are pulled out of
the back files for reconsideration. Craig's
Wife is usually among these. Originally pro-
duced as a play in 1924 and first filmed in
1940, the tired plot (with some. alterations)
is once again set in motion, this time as a
vehicle for Joan Crawford.
Pretty much of a cold fish, Mrs. Craig
spends most of her time nagging her hus-
band (principally about his untidiness),
needling the faithful old housekeeper, and
breaking up other people's lives with the
methodical thoroughness of a psychotic.
Her trusting spouse, in turn, spends most
of his time holed up in a sound laboratory
and is blissfully unaware of these devilish
goings-on. Eventually, however, even he
begins to think something is amiss and in
a cliche-ridden denouement tells her off
and clears out of the house for good. This
leaves Mrs. Craig to stagger up one of
those two-story, marble staircases alone.
eM raw.-d is mmrnah.ehi efrv he-

the precedent is dangerous. For it creates a
system similar to that which dominated
MOST PEOPLE have forgotten that, re-
gardless of Harry Truman's letter to
music-critic Paul Hume, the right to criti-
cize musical and dramatic performances has
been established by the American courts in
the case of New York Times versus the Shu-
bert Theatres.
It happened that the Shuberts objected
to New York Times drama reviews, re-
fused to give Times critics the customary
passes, following which the critics pur-
chased their own tickets. However, these
were not honored at the entrance and the
critics were barred.
The New York Times then went to-court,
and its attorney, Alfred Cook, brother-in-law
of Washington Post publisher Eugene Meyer,
won the important verdict that newspapers
have the right to access to musical and dra-
matic productions in order to criticize. No
power can bar them.
Ironically, it was Eugene Meyer's critic
who got the wrath of President Truman on
his head when he exercised that right.
NEBRASKA'S Senator Ken Wherry was
queried by a friend as to why he voted
against statehood far Hawaii.
"I'm afraid we might get some of these
New Dealers in the Senate," Wherry replied,
referring to the fact that Hawaii, as a state,
could send two senators to Washington.
"You'd get Joe Farrington'as a senator,"
Wherry was reminded, the reference being
to the stanch Republican delegate who now
represents Hawaii in Congress. Do you con-
sider Joe a New Dealer?"
"How did he vote?" asked the GOP Sen-
ate Leader.
The friend of Hawaiian statehood, though
amazed at Wherry's ignorance, didn't dare
tell him that the delegate of Hawaii and of
other territories cannot vote at all, and that
this is the main reason they want statehood.
So he replied: "Oh, Joe voted about the way
you did."
IRONY OF the GOP attack on Dean Ache-
son is that he had wanted to retire around
Jan. 1. Now, in view of the bitter battle
against him, both he and the President's
dander is up. . . . When Acheson does get
out, keep an eye on Tom Finletter, now Sec-
retary for Airy as the new Secretary of State.
Finletter did a bang-up job for the State De-
partment at the San Francisco conference,
has also handled various big international-
economic problems. . . . Quoth Wyoming's
Sen. Joe O'Mahoney to Herbert Bayard
Swope when asked if he'd take the Senate

T SEEMS rather remarkable how our
thinking about the Chinese Communists
has changed during the past five years.
In the year or two following the war
the ideal prevailed in many quarters that
the Chinese rebels were not Communists
at all-that they were merely "agrarian
reformers" seeking to throw off the cor-
rupt Nationalist Government and give the
Chinese people the reforms they have
needed for so long.
However, when it became apparent seve-
ral years ago Mao Tse-tung and his followers
were getting aid from Russia and that they
stood a good chance of taking over control
of China, it generally came to be accepted
that they were full-fledged Communists.
Then when Mao finally wrested control
from Chiang Kai-shek, there was all kinds
of talk in this country about his becoming
another Tito. There was a good deal of op-
timism expressed here that we could do busi-
ness with Mao and persuade him to follow
a friendly policy toward the Western Pow-
This hope was dashed when Mao went to
Moscow a year ago to sign a treaty with
Russians. Even after the Korean war broke
out the hope persisted among "informed"
persons that the Chinese could be persuaded
to stay out of that conflict, despite the ap-
parent pressure from Moscow for them to
join in and tie up huge American resources
in the Far East.
NOW WE HAVE reached the point where
there seems to be no doubt that the Chi-
nese Communists are every bit as much a
threat to our security as are the Russians.
Many individuals are now going around
with the "I told you so" attitude. Persons
in the State Department who hold the view
that we might be able to work with the Chi-
nese Communists are being denounced as
Communists themselves. General MacArthur
has urged the bombing of Manchurian ci-
ties, a step which undoubtedly would involve
us in all out war with China and probably
with Russia, a war for which we are at pre-
sent totally unprepared.
British opinion, as expressed by Prime
Minister Attlee in his talks with President
Truman, tends to be more cautious than ours
in the present crisis. The British apparently
think that some sort of deal can be made
with Peiping whereby the fighting in Korea
can be stopped. Our official attitude is that
the price is bound to be too high.
What does all this mean to Americans
who will have to bear the brunt of war with
China, if it comes?
IT SEEMS TO ME that the time has come
to stop making optimistic assumptions
about the Chinese Reds. We have gone our
merry way since the war with almost total
disarmament, and with an almost fantastic
unappreciation of the responsibilities that
befall us as the leader of. the free world.
This is not an age in which we can sit
back comfortably and assume that wars
are a thing of the past. It is not an age in
which Americans can shun the duties
which rest on them in their role as a world
The real trouble is not that we are un-
willing to take responsibility but rather that
we are not aware of the burdens that go
with such obligations.
It certainly stands to reason that we can-
not assume leadership in the world if we
are not strong enough, both militarily and
intellectually, to make our weight felt in the
various world capitals, especially in those
which contemplate the destruction of the
free world
Instead of being realistic about the world
situation in the past few months, we have
bumbled along with half-way measures so
that now we find ourselves with a situation
for which we were not adequately prepared.

It isn't a ,matter of whether one believes
the Chinese will stop their offensive or not.
In either case we must have something more
than peace proposals to offer Mao. Further-
more, we simply cannot afford to take a
chance with either Peiping or Moscow. If we
gamble and lose, we lose everything.
Garg's Return
Garg is back.
This announcement is good news to
the countless numbers of students and
alumni who have been pulling for the
popular humor magazine, in its cam-
paign for readmittance to the student
publication family
The comeback trail was filled with obsta-
cles: Choice campus sales locations were
denied to the magazine. The technical and
office facilities of the Student Publications
Building were likewise unavailable. Most im-
portant, organizing a competent staff for a
non-official publication was a hurculean
Sparked by a nucleous of veteran writers,
an eager volunteer staff cheerfully toiled in
a drab basement furnace room "office."
They knew that to reach their goal-a re-
turn to the campus-their magazines would
have to be good.
They succeeded. Gargoyle nublished two

-Daily-Bil Hampton
"You know, Schultz, I'd be willing to swear we laid that guy
away lastSpring"
GARGOYLE ONCE AGAIN graces the list of official student publi-
cations. The little man with the rakish horns is reportedly back to
stay for a while, after a brief sojurn in exile, and will do his part to
bolster what certain administrators and others of note have termed
"student morale."
Around the World ...
KOREA-This week in Korea was another of retreat. In the cri-
tical Northeast, the broken U.S. Tenth Corps battered its way through
huge Communist forces to reach the sea at Hungnam. The evacuation
by sea began immediately, as elements of the troops threw a defense
ring around the port town. An estimated 100,000 Reds probed gingerly
at the buffer ring, then smashed hard. The battle was described as
a strange mixture of medieval and modern warfare as howling Chinese
mounted on Mongol horses made fanatical attacks along the defense
perimeter. The attackers surrounded the foremost American troops,
and further breakthroughs appeared imminent.
Meanwhile, ground action in the West was held to small skir-
mishes in the vicinity of the 38th parallel 45 miles northeast of Seoul.
However, Allied air power got a workout both in the West and North-
east, and the Communists were reported preparing for a large scale
air offensive.
UNITED NATIONS-Despite fierce opposition from the Soviet
bloc, a plan to set up a cease-fire committee for Korea made its way
through the UN this week. After passing each committee in turn, the
plan received a final okay from the General Assembly on Thursday,
and a three-man mediation board was duly appointed. Though the
UN has given extensive support to the cease-fire plan, the Russian
bloc bluntly warned that it would never succeed.
Local.. .
STACY TRIAL-Robert H. Stacy, erudite former Latin and Greek
teaching fellow at the University, sat impassively yesterday as a nine-
woman and three-man jury convicted him of arson. Witnesses in the
three-day trial, which bega on Wednesday, related details of the sev-
eral confessions which Stacy had made concerning the burning of
ancient Haven Hall last spring. Although Stacy later repudiated all
his statements, the prosecution established to the satisfaction of the
jury that Stacy actually had set the blaze, very much according to his
National . . .
RAIL STRIKE-It all began in an innocuous enough fashion. On
Wednesday a wildcat strike by a number of railway switchmen began
in Chicago, the heart of the nation's rail network. By Wednesday
night, the strike had become serious enough to cripple most freight
movement out of the city, as well as causing a few cancellations in
passenger train service. Union officials staunchly declared the strike
unauthorized as federal judges issued restraining orders in an effort
to stop the fast-spreading walkout. On Thursday, the United States
Post Office was forced to clamp far-reaching limits on parcel post
shipments, while the strike continued to throttle shipment of vital
war materials and freight in general. Saturday, the sweeping strike
ended quietly, as 10,000 workers went back on the job-without any
wage settlement.
NATIONAL EMERGENCY-To most administrators in Washing-
ton, events in Korea and the rest of the world pointed out one course
of action for the United States to follow: there must be a huge mo-
bilization. To facilitate the move, President Truman made the formal
announcement yesterday that "a national emergency exists." On Fri-
day night, he outlined a plan which would place the country on an
immediate preparedness footing, and which foreshadowed a new era
of austerity for the American people. Declaring that "we are in grave
danger" of World War III, Truman advised 1) a huge buildup of U.S.
armed forces to 3,500,000 men and 2) immediate price controls on vital
The President's message came a day after a similar plea by Gov.
Thomas E. Dewey, Republican standardbearer. Gov. Dewey called for
"the greatest mobilization in American history" to combat Commu-
nist aggression. Among Dewey's proposals were general registration
for every man and woman over 17 for national service, and a demand
for Universal Military Service.
WILLIAMS-On the night of Nov. 7, not many people thought
that "Soapy" Williams had a chance to be reelected to the Governor-
ship of Michigan. However, by noon of the next day, Williams had
crept to within a few thousand votes of Republican Harry F. Kelly,
and Kelly's lead was steadily diminishing. When the first count was
completed some days later, Williams had about a thousand vote edge.
The Republicans, confident of eventual victory, called for a statewide
recount. Wednesday, about a month after the start of the massive
recount job, Harry Kelly threw in the sponge. Williams became go-
vernor on his original plurality of 1,154 votes, the smallest in the state's
MISCELLANY-The Supreme Court ruled this week that wit-
nesses may refuse to answer questions pertaining to possible Com-
munist affiliation on grounds of self-incrimination. . . . Widespread
rioting swept through Signapore this week between Moslems and Eur-
opeans. . . . President Truman sent some colorful letters. . . . The
United States virtually cut off Marshall Plan aid to England, saying
that Britain had regained its economic feet. . . . Congress Passed a
bill to provide 38 million dollars worth of food for Yugoslavia.
--Chuck Elliott

(Continued from Page 3)

Academic Notices
The results from the language
examination for the M.A. in his-
tory will be posted in the History
Office, Room 10A, Rackham
Building on Mon., Dec. 18.
Geometry Seminar: Wed., Dec.
20, 2 p.m., Room 3001, Angell Hall.
Prof. Rainich will speak on Zhito-
mirsky's Paper on the Curvature
of Polyhedra.
Mathematics Colloquium: Tues.,
Dec. 19, 4:10 p.m, Room 3011, An-
gell Hall. Prof. George Piranian
will speak on "The Needles and
Blisters Technique in Conformal
Doctoral Examination for James
Alfred McFadden, Physics; thesis:
"Conformal Mapping and a Per-
turbation Method in the Study of
Conical Flows." rues., Dec. 19,
East Council Room, Rackham
Bldg.. 3:15 p.m. Co-Chairmen,
Otto Laporte and R. C. F. Bartels.
Michigan Singers, Maynard
Klein, Conductor, will be heard
in a program of Christmas music
at 4:15 Sunday afternoon, Dec.
17, Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
Program: Choral music by Ga-
brieli, Nanino, Vaughan Williams,
Benjamin Britten, Johannes
Brahms, Healey Willan and Gustav
Holst. The public is invited.
Faculty Concert: Mischa Meller,
Assistant Professor of Piano in
the School of Music, will play the
final program in the series of
three faculty piano recitals at
8:30 Monday evening, Dec. 18,
Lydia Mendelssoh Theatre. Pro-
gram: Bach's Chaconne, from
Sonata in D minor, Haydn's Son-
ata, E-flat major, Beethoven's
Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, and
Chopin's Ballade in F minor, Op.
52. The public is invited.
Museum of Art, Alumni Memori-
al Hall. Work in Progress in Michi-
gan; Water Colors and Drawings
from the Newberry Collection; and
Work of University Printmaking
Class; through Dec. 31. Galleries
open to the public, weekdays 9-5,
Sundays 2-5.
Events Today
Canterbury Club: 9 a.m., Holy
Communion followed by student
breakfast. 5 p.m., Evening Prayer
followed by annual Christmas din-
ner and party.
Lutheran Student Association:
5:30 p.m., Regular supper meeting
in Zion Parish Hall. Christmas pro-
gram at 7 p.m.
Roger Williams Guild: 10 a.m.,
Bible Study at Guild House. 6 p.m.,
Christmas Program at the Church.
Guild Play "By-Line for Saint
Luke," followed by worship service.
7 p.m., Refreshments at Guild
Congregational, Disciples, Evan-
gelical and Reformed Guild: An-
nual Christmas Tea and Carol Sing
at the Congregational Church, 4-
6 p.m.
Michigan Christian Fellowship:
4 p:m., Lane Hall (Fireside room).
Dr. Karlis Leyasmeyer, a Latvian
DP educated on and experienced
with Communism, will speak on
the subject: "The World Crisis and
Its Only Solution."
Gamma Delta Lutheran Student
Club: Supper at 5:30; Christmas
program at 6:15 p.m.
Newman Club: Student-Faculty

Tea, 3-5 p.m. honoring all Catholic
faculty members. All Catholic stu-
dents invited.
Newman Club: Graduate Party,
8 :30-midnight. Entertainment and.
gifts from. Santa.
Annual Carol Sing on the Li-
brary Steps, 8:15 p.m., followed by
refreshments at Lane Hall Open

rent them there. Bring ID card.
Meet 2:15 p.m., Outing Club room,
northwest corner of Rackham.
Caroling after supper. All grads in-
U. of M. Hot Record Society,
presents on record a BIX BEID-
ERBECKE program, 8 p.m.,
League. Public invited.
Inter-Arts Union: Meeting, 2 p.
m., League. Anyone interested is
Coming Events
Canterbury Club: Caroling Par-
ty, Tues., Dec. 19, 7 p.m.
Nazarene Student Group: Meet
at 7:30 p.m., Mon., Dec. 18, Lane
Industrial Rel--tions Club: Meet-
ing, Tues.,,Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., Un-
ion, Speaker: Mr. Frank Arm-
strong, Personnel Director of the
Burroughs Adding Machine Com-
pany. All persons interested are
Electrical Engineering Depart-
ment Research Discussion Group:
Meeting, Tues., Dec. 19, 4 p.m.,
Room 2084, E. Engineering Bldg.
All students and faculty members
are invited. Dr. Alan B. Macnee of
the E.E. faculty will discuss "OP-
La p'tite causette meets Mon.,
Dec. 18, 3:30 p.m., League.
Gothic'Film Society: Meeting,
Mon., Dec. 18, 8 p.m., Rackham
Amphitheatre. Film: Buster Kea-
ton in The General (1927). Mem-
bers may bring guests provided
arrangements are made in ad-
vance with the Director, 2-1225.
Naval Research Reserve: Meet-
ing, Mon., Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., Kel-
logg Auditorium. "The War in Ko-
rea." Films and talk by Capt. C.
W. Klipstine, U.S. Army.
Russian Circle: Annual Christ-
mas get together, Mon., Dec. 18,
8 p.m., International Center. There
will be Russian songs
Undergraduate Botany Club:
Meet at the home of Prof. 1. U.
Clover, 1522 Hill, Wed., Dec. 20,
7:30 p.m.
Le Cercle Francais: Annual
Christmas party, Mon., Dec. 18, 8
p.m., League. Christmas carols and
a reading of Charles Tagewell'
"The Littlest Angel."
Sigma Rho Tau, Engineering
Speech Society,Meeting,'sues.,
Dec. 19, 7 p.m., Union. Discussion
on parliamentary procedure fol-
lowed by practice on the more dif-
ficult motions and actions by the
members, followed by a social hour.
Members are urged to bring guests.






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Pop! You insulted Mr. O'Malley...
Gosh!-What a lot of packages!-

But my Fairy Godfather
is going to be awful mad.
He has your Christmas
shopping all planned--
; ,

All he needs is an idea of
what you want to give Pop
and what Pop waits to give
you. Then you can all relax.

Tell your imaginary Fairy
Godfather HE can relax-
Your father and i are not
exchanging gifts this year.

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