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Latest Deadline in the State





Union Opera Premier

Benton Hit
By McCarthy
In Libel Suit


Critic Accused of
Fraud and Deceit




-Daily-Alan Reid
SOAPY AND NANCY-Governor and Mrs. G. Mennen Williams greet the radio audience in an
interview as they enter the theatre to watch their fourth straight Jnion Opera Premiere. The
governor posed with male chorus "girls" and thought the show was "terrific."

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* * *

* * *

Williams Watches Opener

Tradition reigned from the ap-
pearance of the three dancing
athletes to the visit of the Gover-
nor of Michigan as the 1952 Union
Opera opened last night with all
the frills and thrills of its prede-
Playing to a near capacity house
of first nighters, "Never Too Late"
received a flock of curtain calls
from what director Fred Evans
called "a great audience."
* * *
CENTERS OF attraction in the


crowd were Governor and Mrs. G.
Mennen Williams and former
president Alexander G. Ruthven
and his wife. The latter were see-
ing their first Union Opera open-
ing night.
The former University president
was enthused about last night's
premiere-he and Mrs. Ruthven
plan to go to see the opera again
next week when it plays in Detroit.
The governor, who hasn't
missed the show since its post-
war comeback in 1948, said it

More School Spirit
Gets SL Endorsement

was terrific as he rushed back-
stage to congratulate the cast.
Williams posed with the male
chorus girls before the show,-and
took everyone by surprise when he
grabbed the radio announcer's mi-
crophone in the lobby and started
to interview Opera General Man-
ager Jim Yobst, '52.
IN CONTRAST to last year
when a smoke bomb was planted
in his car, the governor enjoyed a
comparatively peaceful dinner at
the Phi Gamma Delta house and
rode to the theatre without inci-
dent. He did become waylayed
talking to constituents during in-
termission, though, and missed the
first ten minutes of the second act.
The show, itself, was full of
brightly colored costumes and
snappy music and dancing. Two
surprise numbers featured, the
gridiron trio of Merritt Green,
Ralph Stribe and Roger Zatkoff
and a specialty dance by Andy
The shapely chorus "beauties"
drew the usual "oohs" and "ahs"
from the crowd as tlhey did their
"bumps and grinds' in daring high
slit skirts.
As the prelude to Act II, the en-
tire cast gathered behind the cur-
tain to sing the traditional medley
of. Michigan songs, and the finale
was climaxed by a rousing chorus
of "The Victors!'
"Never Too Late" will play to-
day and tomorrow at the Michigan
Theatre. A few tickets for both
nights will be available at 1 p.m.
at the box office.
Next week the Opera will take to
the road for performances in Flint,
Toledo, Detroit and Buffalo April
2, 3, 4 and 5.

WASHINGTON --(A)- Senator
McCarthy (R.-Wis,) tossed a two-
million-dollar "libel, slander and
conspiracy" suit against Senator
Benton (D.-Conn.) yesterday,
accusing his arch critic of unlaw-
fully seeking to oust him from the
McCarthy's suit was filed in
Federal Court here eight days
after Benton, in a Senate speech
offered to waive his immunity
against court action for accusa-
tions he levelled against McCarthy
in sworn testimony on Capitol
Under the constitution, mem-
bers of Congress may not be sued
for anything they say in the halls
of Congress.
McCarthy told newsmen as
far as he knows his action is
without precedent - the first
time a U. S. Senator has sued
a colleague for libel under such~
The Wisconsin Senator also an-
nounced that he will serve as his
own attorney "so I personally will
be able to cross-examine Benton."
He is. a lawyer and former Wis-
consin jde
Benton was not-immediately
available for comment.
McCarthy said his suit was
based on Benton's testimony
before a Senate inquiry commit-
tee last Sept. 28 in which Ben-
ton demanded McCarthy's oust-
' er from the Senate. Among
other things, Benton accused
McCarthy in a 30,000-word
statement of perjury, fraud
and "calculated decit of the
American people."
Benton linked his accusations
to McCarthy's sensational Com-
munist - in - government charges.
McCarthy himself indicated
doubt as to the validity of any
court action against Benton
last week at the time Benton
offered to waive immunity.
In earlier exchanges' during
their running feud, McCarthy had
called Benton an "odd little men-
tal midget" and accused him of
trying to shield "the crimson in
the State Department."
The suit has two counts - (1)
libel and slander, and (2) con-
spiracy, libel and slander.
Under Federal Court rules,
Benton has 20 days to file an
Millard Turns
Down 'Probe
LANSING-(AP-Attorney Gen-
eral Frank G. Millard refused yes-
terday to call a grandjury to in-
vestigate Communism in Michigan
as asked by State Police Commis-
sioner Donald S. Leonard.
The Attorney General said, how-
ever, that he was in favor of a
Legislative investigation of Com-
Millard said he had not been
able to find any information to
justify the grand jury probe. He
said Leonard was meeting with his
subversive squad Friday and will
later submit any evidence he finds
to support his request for the
grand jury.
Millard added, however, that if
new facts justify the 'calling of a
grand jury, he would not hesitate
to file a petition asking for such.
Korea Talks' Show
Slight Progress
MUNSAN, Korea, Thursday,
March 27-(})-The Allies report-
ed "some slight progress" in yes-
terday's secret, informal talks on
exchange of prisoners, one of
three bedrock issues blocking a
Korean armistice.


NEAR EAST RIOTS-Above, an Egyptian is carried from court
having collapsed after receiving a sentence of 15 years at hard
labor for alleged activities in spreading the January Cairo riots.
Elsewhere in the turbulent Mediterranian area, the French yes-
terday clamped martial law in Tunisia, after arresting its premier
and three pro-nationalist ministers.


Brown Praises, Attacks
Contemporary Drama
The 1951-52 Lecture Series came to a brilliant close last night as
drama critic John Mason Brown alternately praised and blasphemed
modern drama.
Speaking before a large audience at Hill Auditorium, the as-
sociate editor of "Saturday Review' sharply criticized modern authors
who "write like angels but are spiritually lice." Brown feels that the
role of the writer is "to bring eternal verities into a world needlessly
inundated with negativity."
"THE MAJOR PROBLEM of today." Brown maintained, "is
how man the individual can somehow maintain dignity in a world
- - -Owhere uncertainty is the only

"I don't see how any voter
can possibly decide what prin-
ciples or policies the hybrid
tickets stand for," Taft said.
"Anyone who votes for me
knows exactly what principles
and what candidate he is sup-
Taft's statement answered an
announcement Harold Stassen
made Tuesday night. Stassen de-
clared in a speech that one-half
of any delegates he wins in the
Wisconsin primary election next
week will be permitted to vote for
General Eisenhower on the first
ballot at the Republican Nomi-
nating Convention in Chicago
next Jty.
And -the Nebraska primary
gathered momentum as retired
Lt. Gen. Albert C. Wedemeyer,
native of Omaha, threw his ef-
forts and prestige into a Nebraska
"crusade for Taft". Write-in
movements in behalf of th* Ohio
Senator, as well as General Eisen-
hower were stepped up.
In spite of lively political de-
velopments elsewhere, Truman

Taft Name Kept
On Jersey Ballot
Ohioan Blasts Wisconsin Opponents,
Calls Their Slates 'Hybrid Tickets'
By The Associated Press
Senator Taft, by no doing of his own, yesterday was catapulted
back into the New Jersey Presidential preference primary-just as
,abruptly as he withdrew a week ago.
State Superior Court Judge Ralph J. Smalley threw out a state-
instituted suit seeking removal of Taft's name from the April 15
Republican popularity poll ballot with the comment:
"In view of overriding public interest, . . . I feel now that the-
sentiment of the public is for Taft's name to remain on the ballot."
The court action was necessary bebause Taft withdrew-closing
his headquarters here and stopping all campaigning--after the formal
withdrawal date, March 12.
IN WISCONSIN, Senator Taft quickly countered the newest ma-
neuvers of his Republican opponents yesterday with a statement
declaring their respective slates
now are "hybrid tickets."
He indicated he expects to Hjeed J SB
benefit from the, confusion.

UtJ -Warns,


Steel Chiefs
United Steelworkers demanded
yesterday that the steel industry
accept the government's recom-
mendations for ending the steel
wage dispute or take responsibility
for a nation-wide strike April 8.
Negotiations on the wage sta-
bilization board's proposed settle-
ment opened with two of the
country's largest steel producers
but brought no apparent results.
PRESIDENT Philip Murray of
the CIO and the CIO-USW com-
mented briefly after a one-hour
negotiating session witi United
States Steel Corp.
But he told a cheering Penn-
sylvania CIO convention in an
address that responsibility for
any strike would rest squarely
on the steel companies.

Longer student parties and pep-
;pier football spirit got Student
Legislature backing at last night's
weekly meeting.
In overwhelming fashion, SL
recommended that the Student
Affairs Committee allow - women
,k to remain at official house parties
in mens residences until 1 a.m. on
late permission nights instead of
the current midnight deadline.
THE BODY also passed a new
plan for a student flash card sys-
tem. Proposed by varsity commit-
tee chairman Dick Demmer, '53
BAd, the motion calls on SL to
support a pep section around the
35 yard line from rows 30 to 60.
The Wolverine Club was
charged with the responsibility
for setting up and maintaining
the section.
A According to the plan, when stu-
dents pick up their football tickets,
they will be informed whether or
not their seats are in the flash
card section.
If the students do not wish to
take part in the plan, they may
get different seats. Demmer felt
that 98 per cent of the students
would cooperate.
The plan has the backing of
World News

Athletic Director H. O. Crisler,
Demmer maintained. Prof. C1'is-
ler, Demmer said, wants SL sup-
port before submitting the mea-
sure to the athletic board.
*' * *
was passed because of the one and
a half hour lag between the cur-
rent midnight closing time for
parties and the 1:30 a.m. dead-
line for women returning to the
Only recently men were per-
mitted to remain in women's
residences until 1:25 a.m. on late
permission nights instead of the
former 12:25 a.m. 'curfew.
SL also endorsed the proposed
constitution for the combined sen-
ior classes that had been prepared
by the current combined senior of-

' Payment
Plan Altered
The East Quadrangle Council
last night decided to oppose the
dorm leaders' plan advanced Mon-
day to reimburse the University
for damage suffered Thursday
night from the quad and residence
hall treasuries.
Instead the council proposed
that a campus-wide solicitation
drive be conducted to collect the
money. (Leonard Schaadt, Busi-
ness Manager of the Residence
Halls, said Monday the University
incurred $180 damage during the
student demonstration.)
* * *
-EARL ALDON, '52, president of
the council, explained that 'the
East Quad men felt individual
contributions to a fund would af-
fect the students directly. "Paying
the money on the Council level
would be too 'easy'," he said,
Members of the Council sug-
gested that buckets be set up
on the diagonal and in the resi-
dence halls to collect the money.
"Of course if our plan doesn't
prove feasible, or if the other
Quad Councils don't agree with
it, we will reconsider our action,"
Aldon said.
* * *
THE COUNCILS of the three
quadrangles will hold a joint meet-
ing at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the
South Quad to discuss the prob-
The possibility of paying for
losses to individuals or damage to
fraternity and sorority houses will
also be discussed at today's meet-

Generalization and "billboard
spontaneity"-- reducing every-
thing to its simplest level-were
also targets of a Brown attack.
Comparing today's Broadway
with the theatre of the 1920's,
Brown found it sadly lacking.
HOWEVER, he had nothing but
praise for American musical com-
edy. Speaking in a soft, easy-
,spoken voice which was to grow
hoarse as the evening passed, he
warned, "Don't look down your
noses at musicals.
"If 'Pal Joey' had been written
200 years ago, it would be safe
for your professors to admire it,
because it would be called 'The
Beggar's Opera'," he main-
Before the performance, the
lecturer gave some backstage ad-
vice to aspiring drama critics-
"Hope for actuarial expectancy."
He half-jokingly, half-earnestly
advised them to "Wait and pray
for one of the old men to die."
An announcement made by
Brown during the evening came as
a surprise ,to most of the audi-
ence-"Don Juan in Hell," with
Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton,
Agnes Moorehead and Cedric
Hardwick, is tentatively slated for
a one-night stand here this fall.
Student Tickets
Available for Play,
Students may still obtain a spe-
cial 50 cent ticket for tonight's
performance of "There Shall Be
No Night" at 8 p.m. in Lydia Men-
delssohn Theater.
The Pulitzer Prize winning play
by Robert Sherwood will run
through Saturday. Regularly
priced tickets for $1.20, 90 and 60
cents are on sale at the Lydia
Mendelssohn box office.

supporters remainect
Latest developme
Eisenhower front can
ver, where a friend o:
Eisenhower reported
and his wife expect
the United States wit
Source of the inf
a letter Mrs. Eise
written to her frien
In Milwaukee Gov.
of California made
would not follow the
sen and agree to turn
Eisenhower any GO]
delegates he wins it
day's Wisconsin prim
Hot A
ond in a series of ar
to acquaint voters w
issues in the April 7 el
If Ann Arbor vote
positions Six and S
April 7 ballot the cit3
a growing chunk of s
and an as yet unpopu
real estate.
No one argues ove
bility of annexing the
populated plot, a s
Huron River Hills to
the city. But the idea
the larger parcel, th
Hills area to the sou
raise a protest-most
ple who claim that t
afford to accept the
of providing services
* *
TO THIS, proponel
ation retort that Anr
afford not to effect

setCIO President Murray told the
nt on the CIO convention that steel com-
me from Den- panies would have to raise prices
f Mrs. Dwight only $2 a ton to cover the cost of
I that "Ike" pay increases. The industry has
to return to put the figure at $12.
thin a month. The WSB, which sought an ac-
ormation was ceptable settlement at the direc-
enhower had tion of President Truman, sug-
d. gested a 17/2 cent hourly pay
raise, paid holidays, higher week-
Earl Warren end pay,. union shop and other
it clear he benefits.
lead of Stas- Top level stabilization officials
a over to Gen. arranged to meet this morning to
P presidential "work out steps for the govern-
n next Tues- ment to take to avert a nation-
nary. wide steel strike."
7 Balot Includ es
nnexaion Issue
his is the sec-
ticles designed its 248 acres are vital to the city's
'ith important expansion and progress.
lection.) The City Planning Commis-
LLANDER sion, which has gone on record
rs okay Pro- as favoring both annexations,
even on the points out that the ideal me-
y will pick up tropolis should have from 30 to
uburban area 40 per cent unimproved vacant
Llated piece of land within its borders. But
experts point out ominously that
r the advisa- vacant property in booming Any
e smaller, un- Arbor has dropped from 11 per
ubdivision of cent to little more than, 6 per
the north of cent in the past year.
a of annexing Moreover, Ann Arbor health
e Ann Arbor authorities have frequently con-
xth east, does demned the existing Ann Arbor
tly from peo- Hills sanitary sewer system as a
the city can't potential threat to the city's well-
responsibility being. Annexation would bring
to the area's with it an extension of the Ann
Arbor sewage system to the new
area, wiping out the menace.
nts of annex- * *
n Adrhn na...' . .nvvi

Garg Tryouts

By The Associated Press
RANGOON, Burma - Burma's
government announced yesterday
its forces have launched a "large
scale" offensive against National-
ist Chinese troops in the North-
eastern state of Kentung.
Since 1943, Burma has been con-
cerned about the presence on her
territory of 10,000 or more ill-
equipped and hungry followers of
Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek
who were driven over the border by

n Ar gor can
the merger;

FeelingsStrong on Union Coed Policy

THIS LAST sounds wonderful
on paper but it too brings protests
-these from the city's own water
department. Foundation of the
water department's opposition to
taking in Ann Arbor Hills is that,
an outlay of around $20,000 would
be necessary almost immediately
and this would put a serious strain
on the departmental budget.
And this, opponents of the an-


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