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ROTC Public Relations

AT REGISTRATION last week a husky stu-
dent stood in the middle of the gymna-
sium floor, reading a comic book and guf-
fawing spasmodically for several minutes.
Wondering what brought out his blatant
show of questionable intellect, I sided up
to see what was so interesting.
To my surprise, it was not Mickey Mouse,
Bugs Bunny or Superman tLat held his in-
terest. It was a propaganda book put out
by the ROTC to interest freshmen in the
And it was an insult to the intelligence of
any college freshman.
The book told the story of a poor friend-
less freshman who found friends, fame and
a gorgeous girl with a sleek car all because
he joined the ROTC.

These days no one questions the right of
the ROTC to solicit for men. Every eligible
man is going to be drafted eventually, and
few would dispute the fact that the ROTC
program can provide some good experience
and some good breaks for the young men of
But this booklet, presented on an eighth
grade level was a waste of money, time and
good printers' ink. Men who join the ROTC
" these days will not sign up so they can
wear snappy uniforms, drive around in
their girls' cars and take them to the
Military Balls.
And they will join in spite of the inane re-
cruiting book of the public relations "ex-
perts" who, unfortunately, know nothing
about their subjects.
--Donna Hendleman.

Tilted Scales.
IT WOULD BE almost impossible to main-
tain a perfect balance between internal
security and individual rights, but the Dewey
Administration in New York has upset the
balance by needlessly adding weight to the
internal security side of the scale at the cost
of civil liberties.
Under way in New York are proceedings
by the State Insurance Department to
ban the International Workers Order, a
fraternal organization whose membership
is made up mainly of Communists and
fellow Travelers. The state is attempting to
liquidate the organization by proving that
the IWO is part of a Communist-directed
plot against the state of New York.
IWO property is being made subject to
confiscation by legal action which does not
charge that any criminal act has been com-
mitted. If successful the action would force
members of the IWO to leave the insurance
company of their choice and seek commer-
cial insurance against their will.
The state in attempting to prove that
the IWO is part of a Communist plot has
been seeking to establish its guilt by as-
sociation by pointing out that most of the
IWO's political and social activities have
been in accord with those of other "Com-
munist" organizations. Nobody denies that
the IWO is loaded with Communists and
Communist sympathizers.
But the wisdom on the part of the Dewey
administration in attempting to deny the
right of citizens to join an organization for
Communistic purposes or otherwise, is to be
doubted. In a society that claims to be demo-
cratic only charges of a criminal act should
be grounds for prosecution. In this case the
charge is a belief in a particular political
--Paul Marx.

"See Any Knaves Approaching The Moat, Sire?"

Xette/' TO
The Daily welcomes communications
from its readers on matters of gen-
eral interest, and will publish all let-
ters which are signed~by the writer
and tn good taste. Letters exceeding
300 words in length, defamatory or
ibelousletters, and letters which
for any reason are not in good taste
will be condensed. edited or withheld
from publication at the discretion of
the editors.
City Council .
To the Editor:
AH, WHAT wonderful lessons
about subterfuge can be gain-
ed from. politics, even at the mu-
According to yesterday's Daily,
the present City Council President
Cecil Creal is reported to have
said, apparently with a straight
face, that the Democrats were
"apparently uninformed" about
what the Council is doing when
their candidates for Mayor and
City Council President drafted a
platform for the spring election.
If Democrats Lewis C. Reimann,
candidate for Mayor, and Karl
Karsian who is seeking to replace
Creal had been a bit less gentle-
manly in their presentation it
would be clear even to Mr. Creal
that a lot of people in Ann Arbor
are just a ,bit disgusted with the
inaction and ineffectiveness of Mr.
Creal and some of his Republican
colleagues on the council.
Creal's statement seeks to make
the community think that the
Council is already wisely and ef-
ficiently handling the issues raised
by the Democrats.
Let us look briefly at a couple of
instances of Council inaction
which may emphasize the need for
electing people who will carry
through on projects instead of
talking about them over the years.

For several years now a city rub-
bish disposal system has been of
concern to a great many Ann Ar-
bor householders. This is not a
partisan issue, certainly so far as
the principle is concerned. Demo-
crats, Republicans and Indepen-
dent voters all put up with the
present inconvenience and expense
of privately contracting for the
removal of rubbish. In the sum-
mer of 1949 when Council action
on this matter appeared stalled,
the Democratic city committee
suggested in a letter to the council f
the establishment of a citizens
committee to tackle the problem.
This was politely brushed off. The
council would do the job, pre-
sumably sooner and better.
Now, a year and a half later, and
conveniently just before a city
election, city officials are meeting
with representatives of other com-
munities in the county to discuss
garbage disposal and will, along
with garbage, incidentally, consid-
er rubbish disposal.
The Daily might well ask Mr.
Creal whether, in the event that%
he should happen to be re-elected, '
the Council will continue to carry
in the same speedy and efficient

Opera in English


BEEFY GERMAN sopranos and Italian
tenors, singing strange words to other-
wise listenable music, have driven too many
people away from opera. It just isn't a
popular art form in this country. The study
of opera has dissolved from its everyday
charm in Europe to an intellectual exercise
among American long-hairs.
If opera is good enough to deeply stir
those who have taken time to study it, it
is a shame that more people can't get in
on the enjoyment.
In opera drama merges with music. The
music speaks for itself but the drama has
provided the stumbling block for most
Americans. Their inability to understand
what's going on on the stage is the reason
for opera's popular failure.
When I heard the NBC Opera Theatre's
production of Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi "
an Italian opera sung in English, I realized
I was mildly acquainted with the plot and
the melodies, I was amazed at increased
appreciation that I got from listening to
the opera in English.
If skillful writers and poets can be enlist-
ed, many of the great repertoire operas can
be transformed into well-written English.
A step such as this could obviously not be
accomplished overnight. More experimental
operas have to be produced to convince
operatic entreprenturs of the values of
But eventually good English versions
could be standard in the Metropolitan.
The people of Italy, Scandanavia, Ger-
T he Weekend
In Town
MICHIGAN's stickmen face a rough battle
tonight and tomorrow night wtih the high-
rated University of Toronto hockey team.
At Coliseum, begins 8 p.m. both nights.
THE UNIVERSITY wrestles, literally,
with Michigan State in what is expected
to be an exciting meet above and beyond
the standard rivalry between the schools.
Field House, 7:30 p.m.
rpted as the top ensemble of its type in the
-,ountry, give three concerts at Rackham
Lecture Hall this weekend, each program in-
cluding both modern works and those from
the standard repertoire. At 8:30 p.m. to-
night and tomorrow night, 2:30 p.m. Sun-
UNION DANCE tonight and tomorrow
night at, of course, the Union. 9 p.m. to
BORN YESTERDAY, starring Judy Hol-
liday, a version Garson Kanin's play of the
same name, is rated as one of the year's
top comedies. All about an influential,
rough-grained junk dealer's - -er, compan-
ion -, a dumb blonde who learns but quick.
At the Michigan, starting tomorrow.
EDGE OF DOOM, which concerns the
challenge to evil in a Man's soul, according
to the advertising, stars Dana Andrews,
Farley Granger and Joan Evans, ends its
run at the Michigan tomorrow.

STORM WARNING finds glamorous Gin-
ger Rogers mixed up with the Klan. Ru-
mored to be quite exciting. Starts Sunday,
at the State.
THE GLASS MOUNTAIN, involving the
difficulties in climbing an icy mountain, and
including, somehow, quite a bit of music as
weLl ends its run at the Michinn tonight.

many and France now enjoy opera in their
native tongues. As Deems Taylor has point-
ed out, even your corner barber, Tony, can
probably master as rnany arias as you can
songs from "South Pacific" and other Broad-
way musicals. This illustration shows the
popular potentialities of opera.
If opera were popularized, much more
could be done to enrich the art. New
opera companies would be formed and
hopeful singers would be encouraged to
pursue their goal.
The goal of opera in English is still remote
but if arrived at, Verdi and Wagner might
someday be counted on to offer serious com-
petition to Rogers and Hammerstein or Cole
--Harland Britz

0100 f ~W'ASfA-6 Uwan~~c

Truman Terne

WASHINGTON-The best news congres-
sional Democratic leaders could get
would be that President Truman was about
to take off for a lazy holiday in the Key
West sunshine.
They are not panicked by his recent
outbursts; they side with him largely on
the questions of principle in the Recon-
struction Finance Corporation fight, the
railroad strike, etc., but when he gives
free rein to temper on personalities and
thereby makes one political mistake after
another, they worry.
Harry Truman is not the Machiavellian
politician Harold Stassen said he was but
he hung up something of a record for po-
litical effectiveness against overwhelming
odds. It is not in character for him to
insult his own side and add to the heavy
burdens of his friends, the speaker of the
house and majority leader McFarland, who
on practically every issue must depend upon
coalition support.
Some of the more hysterical predicters
here suggest that Mr. Truman has either
blown his top or is deliberately planning
to make his own 82nd congress a whipping
boy in '52 as he did the GOP 80th in '48.
Democrats in close touch with him merely
laugh at that; but they do wish he would
* * * *
AS THEY REVIEW the RFC situation in
private conversations they reach one sad
conclusion: it didn't need to happen.
This is not a case of the President pro-
tecting an agency congress hates. Con-
gress dotes on this lendingsoutfit to which
it can send eager borrowers from the 48
states; RFC has attained almost the pri-
vate patronage status of the army engi-
neers, the No. 1 sacred cow on Capitol
On balance RFC probably makes more
friends and fewer headaches for senators
and representatives than for the White
House. The one big depression potion com-
pounded by Herbert Hoover, congress never
let it die during the country's palmiest days.
Senator Fulbright was flatly warned by con-
gressional veterans that, no matter what he
proved, he couldn't pass a bill to abolish it.
The white house had ample warning.
* * * *
THE INVESTIGATING subcommittee -
Chairman Fulbright, an ad'inistration
Democrat; Senator Douglas, a Fair Dealer,
Flaw in Finals
WHILE FINALS ARE still fresh in every-
one's mind, the time might be ripe to
point out how senseless the examinations
Of course final test scores do enable in-
structors to provide students with a semes-
ter mark, but under the present method of
handling the exams it is dubious that this
has any value. Marks generally carry the
student a step nearer graduation, but based
on grades alone the journey is a dead one.

and Senator Tobey, a Aiberal Republican--
took their case personally to the President.
When they perceived they had not altered
his "purely politics" attitude, they enlisted
his friend, Senator Anderson, to warn him
his RFC nominees could not be confirmed.
When that failed, they begged his per-
sonal aide, Charles S. Murphy, Clark Clif-
ford's successor and an alumnus of con-
gressional committees, to look over their
material and report back. Murphy ducked.
Aides Donald Dawson and National Chair-
man Boyle were being names; apparently
Murphy preferred to take no risks of ven-
dettas within the White House walls. Still
another Democrat on good terms with the
President took a hand; he prefers not to
be named.
But Senator Fulbright, a foreign-policy
stalwart and one of the rare Democrats
on the honor roll of Acheson defenders,
had suggested Truman abdicate in '46.
People were mentioning Senator Douglas
as a presidential possibility.
"Just politics" instilled into the President
at the White House graduated through
"asinity" at a press conference into an open
row on the hill.
At Hill Auditorium . .
Tight Little Island with Basil Radford
and Joan Greenwood.
In sharp contrast to the recent spate of
rather heavy-handed Hollywood products,
this expert study of illegal tippling o a re-
mote island in th Hebrides provides a much
needed breath of fresh air to the local cine-
ma scene.
Briefly, the island's leisurely life is to-
tally disrupted when their normal whiskey
ration is cut off by wartime shortages.
Plainly the end is in sight, but Providence,
in the form of a reefed cargo ship, comes
swiftly to their aid. The islanders upon
learning the nature of the contents of the
ship's hold, feel it their bounden duty to
salvage as much of it as possible. This
act and its immediate consequences form
the slender plot line and constitute much
of the film's hilarious action.
The cast is uniformly excellent. Joan
Greenwood as a local girl is an enticing
mixture of winsomeness and sexuality. Basil
Radford is near-perfect as the stuffy com-
mander of the island's Home Guard who
attempts to prevent the whiskey seizure.
But the real stars are the islanders them-
selves. Even though aided by professional
actors, their traditions, especially the art
of gentle tippling, and manners come
through wonderfully well. The authentic lo-
cale, the often brilliant direction, round out
the picture's effectiveness.
Without a doubt, this is a superb example

Washington Merry-Go-Round
WASHINGTON-Secretary of State Dean Acheson got an education
on the headaches of Senators at a private luncheon for new
members of the Foreign Relations Committee.
Over the coffee cups, Sen. Guy Gillette, the white-haired
solon from Iowa, turned to Acheson.
"Every congressman has been swamped with mail on foreign
policy," he said. "I've had 6,000 letters alone on this topic since
Christmas. People are confused and bewildered. They want to know
what our policy is and why. The hostility toward the State Depart-
ment can be traced right back to the bewilderment of the people."
"Well, what should we do about it?" Acheson inquired.
"Tell the story over and over again," was Gillette's advice. "Why
are our boys fighting in Korea? Why do we need an army for the
defense of western Europe? Why must we raise taxes and impose
controls and rationing for defense? Tell the story simply."
"We are doing all we can, Senator," said the Secretary ff State.
"Members of the department are speaking as never before.'
"I made 22 speeches in the last 10 days," volunteered one of
Acheson's aides.
Senator Gillette shook his head. "There are only two people
who carry the weight to be listened to-the President and you,
Mr. Secretary. You must stump the country, if need be, to
explain and sell our foreign policy."
Note-Real fact is that adSecretary of State almost has to be
two people-a politician, in order to sell foreign policy to the public
and the senate; and a student of foreign affairs, in order to decide
what that policy should be. It is hard to find a man who can do both.
T WILL PROBABLY be denied, but President Truman and the
National Security Council have approved a secret plan for sending
American military supplies and ammunition to Chiang Kai-Shek's
forces on Formosa. Several shiploads of military equipment already
have left the west coast and more are due to leave shortly. . . Admiral
HillenKoetter, former chief of central intelligence, has been quietly
assigned as naval commander of the Formosa straits. He will be in
close contact with Chiang's intelligence, which supposedly comes from
guerrillas on the China mainland . . . General MacArthur has told
John Foster Dulles the United States should give up the idea of a
peace conference for Japan. MacArthur says a peace treaty could
be written more quickly by exchanging notes through ordinary diplo-
matic channels. This would also torpedo any Russian scheme to use
the peace conference as a forum for new propaganda attacks against
the west, he says . . . Dulles, much impressed with MacArthur's ideas,
has promised to talk it over with President Truman to see if a peace
treaty for Japan can be written by July 15.
TWO RIVAL NEWSPOYS, taking sides in the Pearson-McCarthy
feud, carried on a shouting match on a busy Washington street
corner the other day.
The boy hawking the Washington Times-Herald shouted: "Sena-
tor McCarthy accuses Pearson of publishing secret documents!"
Not to be outdone, the boy selling the Washington Post on the
same corner shouted back: "Drew Pearson tells how Senator Mc-
Carthy aided Nazi war criminals! Read all about it!"
ONE OF THE TOUGHEST questions facing the 82nd Congress is the
reapportionment of the House of Representatives to conform with
population shifts of the last census.
It is easy enough to transfer the 14 seats from nine states that
gained the least in population to the states that gained the most.
However, this won't solve the problem.
Sooner or later Congress must face the fact that the House-the
chamber our founding fathers said should be "close" to the people--
hasn't grown up with the country. The first House of Representatives
(1789-91) had 65 members, or one to approximately 61,500 people.
Today the ratio is one congressman to approximately 146,000 people.
To use a more modern comparison, there were about 92,000,000
people in the United States in 1911 when the number of House
seats was raised to 435. Today we still have 435 house members,
though the population has grown by more than a third.
Smart, young Rep. Frank Chelf of Kentucky did some straight
talking on this the other day to President Truman in a plea for his
bill to raise House membership from 435 to 450.
"I don't want the House so big that the tail will wag the dog,
and my bill doesn't do that," explained Chelf. "But we've simply
got to do something to give the people the democratic representa-
tion they deserve and the framers of the Constitution wanted them
to have.",
Truman promised to "think it over."
Note-Under reapportionment, California (which has led the
population spurt since the 1940 census) will gain seven house seats,
Florida will gain two, and Maryland, Michigan, Texas, Virginia and
Washington, one each. Pennsylvania will lose three seats; Missouri,
New York and Oklahoma, two each; and Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky,
Mississippi and Tennessee, one each.
(Copyright, 1951, by the Bell Syndicate, Inc.)


It is very reassuring to know
that Mr. Creal and his colleagues
are considering the several reforms
proposed by the Democratic candi-
It seems to me, however, that the
real issue in this spring election
is whether the city of Ann Arbor
can afford to let its community
needs be neglected until the .Re-
publicans get around to taking ac-
tion. -Tom Walsh

(Continued from Page 3)
Velocities" by Dr. Freeman D.
Miller, Associate Professor of As-
English 150: (Advanced Play-
writing) will meet at 7:30 p.m.,
Mon,. Feb. 19 (instead of Tues-
Sociology-Psychology 62, Sec-
tion 5, Will meet starting Fri.,
Feb. 16, 12 noon, Room 4054, Na-
tural Science Bldg.-
Sociology-Psychology 274. First
meeting, Thurs., Feb. 22, 911 Oli-
via, 7:45 p.m.
The Budapest String Quartet
will be heard in three concerts in
the eleventh annual Chamber Mu-
sic Festival presented by the Uni-
versity Musical Society, in Rack-
ham Auditorium-Friday, Satur-
day, and Sunday, Feb. 16, 17 and
18. The Quartet, made up of Josef
Roisman, and Jac Gorodetzky, vio-
lins; Boris Kroyt, viola; and
Mischa Schneider, 'cello, will play
the following programs:
Fri., Feb. 16, 8:30-Bach Four
Fugues from "The Art of the
Fugue"; Bartok Quartet, Op. 17,
No. 2; and the Brahms Quartet in
C minor.
Sat., Feb. 17, 8:30 - Mozart
Quartet in D minor; Purcell's
Chaconne; Stravinsky Concertino;
and the Beethoven Quartet in C-
sharp minor.
Sun., Feb. 18, 2:30 - Haydn
Quartet in D major, Op. 20, No. 4;
Ravel Quartet in F major; and the
Schumann Quartet in A major.
Tickets are on sale at the offices
of the University Musical Society
in Burton Tower daily; and one
hour preceding each concert in the
lobby of Rackhan\_auditorium.
Horowitz, whose January con-
cert was postponed on account of
illness, will be heard Wed., April
18, 8:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium-
Choral Union Series.
Events Today
Congregational, Disciples, Evan-
gelical & Reformed Guild: Open
House, 7:30 p.m., Guild House,
438 Maynard St. Square dancing,
at 9 p.m., Congregational Church.
Canterbury Club: 4-6 p.m., Tea
and Open House. 6:30 p.m., Sup-
per followed by address on "The
Faith and Practice of the Epis-
copal Church," by Reverend Fa-
ther DuBois, Chairman of the
American Church Union.
Wesleyan Guild: Valentine par-
ty, 8 p.m. at the guild.
Westminster Guild: Hearts and
Flowers Ball, 8:30 to 12 midnight,
First Presbyterian Church.
Coffee Hour, Lane Hall, 4:30

Michigan Christian Fellowship:
Open House. 7:30 p.m., Lane Hall.
Hillel: Friday night services,
Upper Room, Lane Hall, 7:45 p.-
University Museums Friday Eve-
ning Program: -"Man and Trees."
Film: "The Story of Canadian
Pine," Kellogg Auditorium, 7:30
Hawaii Club: Business meeting,
7:30 p.m., Union.
Hostel Club: Swimming and
sports, I-M building Fri., Feb. 16.
Business meeting, 8 p.m. by volley
ball nets.
C.E.D.: Meeting, 5 p.m., Union.
Consideration of Deans' Report.
IZFA: Executive meeting, 4:15
p.m., Union.
All students interested in for-
eign travel: League Travel Serv-
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