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The Tru
THE Michigan Legislatur has taken an-
other step backwards.,in the fight
against Communism with its passage of the
Trucks Communist Control Bill.
The bill, which contains a rather fren-
zied outlawing of the Communist Party
from the ballot, loose definitions of Com-
munists and Communistic organizations,
registration of known Communists with a
compulsory informer process and the ban-
nings of suspect Communists from state
employment, is of doubtful constitution-
ality. Instead of strengthening the pro-
cesses of democracy, it indiscriminately
tears, down a good many, heretofore valued
precedents of law, order and citizens'
rights. And in helping to drive the CP
underground, it will negate its supposed
purpose of controlling the party.
Since the Bill was passed a week ago.
more than one admitted Communist has
strongly implied that no registration pro-
cess would serve to keep the party down.
"The party will always find a way and a
means of functioning," one CP official told
the press last week.
The underground versus on-the-surface
schools of thought have been dragged about
so much lately, it seems repetitious to back-
track again. Yet it cannot be emphasized
It is better to have the Communists func-
tioning in plain view of everyone, operating
so that they can be openly refuted, than
to have them function exclusively from a
tight underground network. Such a web is
harder to keep track of and harder to
counteract than any openly operating
In accomplishing its purpose, the bill
poses a threat to the constitution, and to
the citizenship priviledges of a good many
innocent people. Under the law, known
Communists in Michigan are fored to
register, on threat of being charged with
a felony and landing in prison or paying
a large fine. Never in the past have citi-
zens been forced to openly incriminate
themselves in writing. The Communists,
under this bill are backed against a wallz
There are those who may argue that
known Communists are by political allegi-
ance, not citizens of the United States, and
so do not deserve protection under the Con-
stitution. Even if this point were granted,
the bill would still foster injustice, for the
way the registration has been set up, known
Communists would not be the only ones to
get on the list.
s* *
E ACT is so loosely worded it- can, in
the words of a state policeman, "Make
them tell us anything we might want to
know about Communists a'nd Communist
activity in Michigan." This includes listing
the names of people who have ever attended
one meeting of a Communist or allegedly
Communistic front organization.
There are a good many people who have
no doubt attended such meetings from time
to time. Yet, though it would be ridiculous
to believe that anyone who ever attends
such a meeting is automatically a Commun-
ist, this bill is suggesting just that, and
would put such people on the Michigan sub-
versive list.
The definitions, which compose a bulk

As Bilk
or the bill, are on the whole, nebulously
worded, and could be open to any kind of
interpretation. A Communist is anyone
who commits or advocates the commission
of any act "reasonably calculated" to over-
throw the government. A Communist or.
ganization is any group which is "sub-
stantially directed" by the USSR. And,
perhaps worst of all, no person may hold
a state office where "reasonable ground
exists" for the "employer or another su-
perior" to believe that such a person is a
There is no statement within the act to
say who is to interpret these clouded phrases.
It might be the state police, who are charged
with carrying out the provisions of the act,
or it might be the courts. But In either case,
the chance for injustice is great.
With little or no evidence, a person can
be branded a Communist, perhaps deprived
of his livelihood, and made an outcast with
a dangerous political record. This could hap-
pen not only to Communists, but to anyone
who might disagree with current foreign
policy, or perhaps agree with something that
the CP might advocate. It would take only
the impetus of a frightened or unthinking
"employer or other superior" to send the
axe falling down on an innocent neck.
Finally, the Trucks bill provides that the
records and registration data which the
State police collect will be open almost with-
out restriction to the public. This is an al-
most unheard of precedent; the FBI keeps
its security records secret even from the
Senate investigators. But almost any mem-
ber of the general public could look at the
police records. Someone on the list could
be pursued mercilessly, guilty or not, by
the public fact of the listing.
* * *0
ULTIMATELY a localized McCarran Act,
the Trucks bill is another bad example
of fear overtaking and overpowering ration-
al intelligence in the now raging cold war.
On March 3 Justice William O. Douglas,
in a speech in Philadelphia explained
some of the process, which he noted, leads
to legislation like this bill.
"Irresponsible talk by irresponsible peo-
ple has faned the flames of fear," he said.
"Accusations have been loosely made. Char-
acter assassinations have become common.
Once we could debate with impunity along
a wide range of inquiry . . . Now there is a
suspicion-innocent acts become tell-tale
marks of disloyalty. The coincidence that an'
idea parallels Soviet Russia's policy for a
moment of time settles an aura of suspicion
around a person,..
Justice Douglas said a great deal more.
But he seems to have hit the core of the
problem, with these few words.
People are so overwhelmed by the fear
of Communism, they forget how to fight
it. They are willing to throw over even the
precious In order to squelch the enemy.
They fight fire with fire-forgetting that
a little water might have more effect.
The Trucks bill is one of the conflagra-
tions of the age. It is a sad manifestation of
this overwhelming Fear. It will cause a great
deal of misfortune, unnecessary problems
and headaches.
-Donna Hendleman

(Editor's Note-Drew Pearson is now in
Europe making a survey of General Eisen-
hower's work as he concludes his European
assignment and of Russia's current drive to
upset the formation of a unified European
army. This is the second of Mr. Pearson's
dispatches from France.)
PARIS-If Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected
president, the time may come when
American publishers and newsmen who now
berate Truman will look back on the free-
and-easy press relations of today with signs
of nostalgic longing. For Ike's press rela-
tions are going to be a lot different from
the present system, under which a news-
naperman can throw any question under the
sun at Ilarry Truman and have him bat the
ball back most of the time. They will also
be a lot different from the present system
whereby a White House press conference can
be quoted verbatim except for putting quo-
tation marks around the President's actual
Ike just isn't going to do it that way.
His press relations are pleasant and cor-
dial but are played according to his rules.
And his rules so far do not permit ques-
tions. Current White House rules whereby
you can ask Truman "Have you written
any more letters to music critics?" or
"Who is your candidate for president?"
are out with Ike.
Furthermore it looks as if free and open
press conferences, such as those conducted
by Senator Taft and other candidates, would
be out when Ike gets back to the U.S.A. be-
tween June 1 and the Chicago convention,
There will be some press conferences but not
many, and detailed questions will not be
encouraged. In brief, the old Herbert Hoo-
ver system whereby questions had to be sub-
mitted in writing 24 hours in advance may
be the order of the day under the next
Republican president.
EISEHOWERS personal prestige and
popularity are so great in Europe that
the job of replacing him is much more diffi-
cult than is generally appreciated. If it
weren't for a little-known event in a muddy
Dutch village during the Winter of 1944,
Gen. Omar Bradley, Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, would be the natural choice.
At that time General Bradley had suf-
fered a setback in the Battle of the Bulge
following which his First and Ninth Armies
were transferred to Field Marshall Bernard
Montgomery and, with this added American
support, Monty hit the German flank
through Holland and stopped the Nazis.
After the victory Monty's chief of staff
phoned-Allan Morehead, now press relations
officer of the British War Ministry, and
said: "Monty wants to hold a press confer-
ence. What do you think of the idea?"
"I think it would be a great mistake,"
Morehead replied. "The Americans will be
mortally hurt and no good can come of it,
Go back and persuade him not to.,"
However, Montgomery held the confer-
ence just the same. British, Dutch and
American journalists were called into the
schoolhouse in a Dutch village where
Monty, in a red beret and red blouse and
with hand grenades strung over his shoul-
der, told how he had won the Battle of
the Bulge.
Of course, the use of Bradley's First and
Ninth Armies was not mentioned during the
interview and Bradley never forgave Monty
for this, as was made quite clear in Bradley's
recent masterful book in which he told how,
prior to the Battle of the Bulge, Montgomery
remained rooted alongside the English
Channel demanding more troops while
American forces chased the Nazis up to the
Rhine. .That book caused a furor in England
and fanned the flames of national jealousy
to the point where Bradley couldn't possibly
get British cooperation in the NATO Army.

FRENCH COMMUNISTS have adopted a
-k policy of cutting the tires on any Amer-
ican car that looks too prosperous if they
find it parked in an isolated street. The
strategy behind this policy is not so much
anti-American as to make Americans anti-
French. American tourists visiting France
this summer should bear this in mind. They
should also bear in mind the fact that, if
the Communists are able to stir up ill will
betwen France and the United States, they
will have taken an important step toward
thwarting the formation of a unified Euro-
pean Army - an Army which Moscow fears
more than any other single postwar develop-
Incidentally, that's why Sen. Pat Mc-
Carran of Nevada, while making a great
fetish of tracking down alleged Commun-
ists with one hand, plays right into the
Communist lap with the other hand by
curtailing U.S. propaganda abroad.
In Alsace, a French friend told me he had
listened to the Moscow radio recently broad-
casting an interview with an alleged "Mr.
Iks" who had "escaped" from New York.
"And what did you do for recreation in
America?" the Moscow interviewer asked.
"Oh, on Sunday," Mr. Iks replied, "we went
to the lynchings."
"Who did you lynch?" he was asked.
"Mostly Negroes," was the reply. "Some
Jews and some other people."
"How many did* you lynch?" the alleged
refugee from America was asked.
"About ten every Sunday. Finally I got
sick of it," he continued. "I couldn't stand
it any more and had to come back to

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,The Gingerbread House

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(Continued from page 2)
mittee on Graduate Studies in Educa-
tion, 4019 University High School.
History 12, Lec. Gr. 11, Examination.
Fri., April 25, 10 a.m., Natural Science
Aero Seminar: Dr. Maurice A. BruU
will discuss "The Effect of Creep in
Aircraft Structures Operating at Ele-
vated Temperatures," Thurs., April 24,
4 p.m., 1504 E. Engineering Bldg. Inter-
ested students, teaching and research
staff welcome.
Chemistry Colloquium. Prof. R. W.
Parry will 'speak on "Borine Comi
pounds," Wed., April 23, 4:10 p.m., 1400
Chemistry Bldg. Visitors are welcome.
Engineering Mechanics Seminar, Wed.,
April 23, 3:45 p.m., 101 W. Engineering
Bldg. Prof. o. Laporte will speak on'
"A. Sommerfeld and His Work in En-
gineering, Physics, and Mathematics."
Geometry Seminar. Wed., April 23,
4:10 p.m., 3001 Angell Hall. Mr. Kilby
will speak on "Convex Polyhedral Cones
and the Weyl Theorem"
Logic Seminar. Wed., April 23, 2 p.m.,
2219 Angell Hall. J. R. Shoenfield will
speak on "Axiom Systems for Mathe-
Seminar in Applied Mathematics.
Thurs., April 24, 4 p.m., 247 W. Engi-
neering Bldg. Mr. Paul Gray will talk
on "A New Approach to Dirac Delta
Functions: Theory of Distribution."
6Seminar In Mathematical Statistics
Wed., April 23, 3 p.m., 3201 Angell Hall. I
Speaker; Mr. Bicknell.
Orientation Seminar (mathematics).
Wed., April 23, 2 p.m., 3001 A. H. Mr.
Al Dhahir will conclude his remarks on
"Some Problems in the Beginnings of
Non-Euclidean Geonetry," and Mr.
Stubblefield will begin his discussion
of "The Transcendental Character of
p1 and e."
Doctoral Examination for Wilbur Al-
len Williams, Education; thesis: "Re-
lationship of Eye-Hand Coordination in
Children to Total Development," Wed..
April 23, West Council Room, Rackham
Bldg., 4 p.m. Chairman, W. C. Olson.
Doctoral Examination for ' James
Schuyler Jordan, Wildlife Management;
thesis: "Lead Poisoning in Migratory
Waterfowl, with Special Reference to
the Mallard Anas platyrhynchos L.,"
Thurs., April 24, 9 a.m., East Council
Room, Rackham Bldg. Chairman, W. W.
Doctoral Examination for Chi-Jung
Lu, Pharmaceutical Chemistry; thesis:
"The Preparation of Local Anesthetics
and Antispasmodics from Basic Alco-
hols which Contain 5-, 6-, 7-, and 8-
Membered Nitrogenous Rings," Thurs.,
April 24, 10 a.m., 2525 Chemistry Bldg.
Chairman, F. F. Blicke.
U. of M. Women's Glee Club Spring
Concert, under the direction of Jean-
ette Floyd Estep, will be held tonight
at 8:30, in Rackham Aditorium. Pro-
gram; works by Bach, Noble Cain,
Gershwin, and others. Ellen Traxer will
be the guest soprano, with Mary Ann
Smeltzer playing a piano repetoire. It
is open to the general public.
Voice class Program, 4:15 p.m., Wed.,
April 23, 506 Burton Tower, under the
direction of Arlene Soilenberer. Solo-
ists: Mary Gallagher, soprano, Alice
Woodard, Mezzo-soprano; accompanists:
Margaret Strand and Bethyne Bischoff.
Open to the public.
Composers' Forum under the direc-
tion of Ross Lee Finney, will be held at
8:30 Wednesday, April 23, in the Rack-
ham Assembly Hall. The program will
include works by Rolv Yttrehus Karl
Magnuson, Donald Harris, George Wil-
son, and Alexander Smith, payed by
Unto Erkkila and Donald Miller, violin-
ists, Donald Truesdell, William etter-
son and Karl Magnuson, pianists, Da-
vid Ireland, violist, and Jerome Jelinek,
cellist. It will be open to the- general-
Student Recital: Joan Robinson, stu-
dent of piano with Marian Owen, will
be heard at 8:30 Thursday evening,
April 24, in the Architecture Auditor-
ium, presenting a program in partial
fulfillment of the requirements for the
degree of Bachelor of Music. It will in-
cude works by Bach, Beethoven,
Brahms, Villa-Lobos and Prokofieff, and
will be open to the public,. f
Events Today

open' tonight at 8 o'clock! in Lydia
Mendelssohn' Theatre. Presented by the
Dept. of Speech, the satire will run
through Saturday night. Tickets for
all performances may be purchased at
the Mendelssohn box office, 11 a.m. to
8 p.m., daily. Students may purchase
tickets at a reduced fee for tonight and
tomorrow night's performances.
Canterbury Club: Chaplain and Mrs.
Cooke are inviting all Episcopal stu-
dents and faculty to an open house in
their home, 1005 Lincoln, this evening
from 7:30 to 10:30.
Leadership Training Retreat: First
meeting of committee for organization
plans, Lane Hall, 4:30 p.m.
Comparative Religions Seminar, Lane
Hail, 7 p.m. All interested students wel-
Michigan Christian Fellowship. Ev-
eryone is invited to the Bible Study
at. 7:15 p.m., Lane Hall.
Wesleyan Guild: Do-Drop-In for tea
and chatter, 4 to 5:30 p.m., at the
lounge. Visitors are welcome.
Ukrainian Students Club. Meeting,
7:30 p.m., Madelon Pound House, 1024
Hill Street. The official picture of the
Club will be taken and the presence of
all members is required,
Literary College Conference Steering
Committee. 4 p.m., 1011 Angell Hall.
Michigan Arts Chorale will meet in
Lane Hall, 7 p.m.
U. of M. Rifle Club. Meeting, 7:15
p.m., ROTC Rifle Range. A postal match
is to be fired and a meeting of the club
officers to be held.
Scabbard and Blade. Meeting, 7:30
p.m., TCB, to elect new officers and
finish unsettled business of this se-
mester. Try to attend.
Undergraduate Botany Club. Meeting,
7:30 p.m., at Dr. Clover's house, 1552
Hill. Our speaker will be Dr. Wagner at
8 o'clock.
Albion College Alumni and friends are
invited to meet at 7:45 p.m., West Con-
ference Room, Rakham Building. Mr.
Robert McCoy, Detroit, will talk on
"Human Relations," and college repre-
sentatives will be present. Refresh-
ments, Further information may be ob-
tained from the local president, Mr.
John Stone, 'phone 5695.
Coffee Hour for students and faculty
of Economics and Business Administra-
tion, 4-6 p.m., Union Terrace Room.
Weekly Union Bridge Tournament.
7:30 p.m., small Ballroom, Union. Open
to all students. Late permission for
Polonia Club. Meeting, 7:30 p.m., In-
ternational Center. All those of Polish
descent and all who are interested in
Polish culture are invited
Delta Sigma Pi, Professional Busi-
ness Fraternity. Regular meeting and
election of officers, 7:30 p.m. at the
chapter house.
Coming Events
Kappa Phi. Dinner and program, 5:39
p.m., Thurs., April 24, at the Methodist
church. All members are urged to be
U. of M. Sailing Club. Meeting, Thurs.,
April 24, 7:30 p.m., 311 W. Engineering.
Shore school on regattas and racing.
Michigan Invitational Regatta Satur-
day and Sunday at Whitmore Lake.
Union Opera Cast: General meeting,
Thurs., April 24, 7:30 p.m., Union. Re-
cordings and other unfinished business..
Inter-Cultural Outing, Saturday and
Sunday, April 26-27, Pinebrook Farm.
Theme: "Life in the United States."
Leave Lane Hall Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
and return Sunday, 3 p.m. 'Phone Lane
Hall by Thursday noon for reservations.
International Relations Club. Meet-
ing, Thurs., April 24, 7:30 p.m., Room
3D, Union. Topic for discussion: "South
Hillel Social Committee meets Thurs.,
7:30 p.m., at. the new Hillel building,
1429 Hill St. All members and inter-
ested people are invited.
Open House. All members of the fa-
culty are invited to attend thehAlice
Lloyd Hall Open House, Sun., April 27,
3-5 p.m.
Chess Club. Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thurs.,
April 24. Union. Spring tournament to

Serious Mischief..*.
To the Editor:
ACCORDING to the Daily of
April 19, the McPhaul dinner
conspirators are being charged
with violating a by-law which
reads: "No permission for the use
of University property for meet-
ings or lectures shall be granted
to any student organization not
recognized by University authori-
ties, nor shall such permission be
granted to any individual stu-
Isn't it obvious that this regu-
lation can only be violated by a
University official who grants
such permission? Are any of the
conspirators being charged with
illegally granting permission for
a meeting?
It may seem thatthe point I am
raising is pettifogging, but that is
the level of the whole affair. If
the University is really interested
in combatting subversion, the way
to do it is to let it out into the
open. Characters like McPhaul
spouting in public would lose more
followers than they would gain,
and might even learn something
themselves (if that is possible)
from having to face an audience
not composed entirely of the faith-
ful. Also, a good part of the thrill
that these affairs give their simple
minded participants is from the
atmosphere of conspiracy and re-
bellion surrounding them. But
maybe the University knows best,
and is intentionally giving the
students who are so inclined,
something to conspire about, and
thereby keeping them out of seri-
ous mischief, such as passing out
-Leonard M. Naphtali
Free Speech...
To the Editor:
IN THE latest issue of U.S. News
and World Report the cat has
slipped out of the bag. The cover
page is titled War Outlook for
1952. After discussing the fact that
for various reasons the Soviet
Union does not want a war in
1952 the following revealing state-
ment is made. "Problems for the,
U.S. are not overlooked in this
new situation. Strategy of avoiding
war, now dominant in Kremlin
policy, confronts the United States
with some real headaches. A sud-
den outbreak of peace' can change
almost everything. Rearmament
programs are far advanced in the
U.S. and are being pushed by the
U.S. in other Western countries.
Without the threat of expandingj
war, rearmament may take on less
More and more people are be-
ginning to realize that an artifi-
cially continued arms race is not
the way to peace. The question is
being asked, can nations of dif-
ferent ideologies and different eco-
nomic systems live together side
by side in peace? I think every1
outstanding difficulty on the road
to peace can be settled peacefully1
over the conference table if only
for the reason that the lives and
futures of all people in the world
would be jeopardized by a war to
an alarming degree. We can meet
our supposed enemies. We caii
meet themaround the conference
table, we can meet them in trade,
we can meet them in science, cul-
ture, and sport.
But we cannot do this if here
at home an atmosphere of fear
and hysteria is maintained. We
cannot do this when at a Univer-
sity which is .supposed to be the
citadel of free discussion of all
ideas, the Administration makes
every effort to make it a crime to
hear a speaker whose view they
don't agree with. When the Ad-
ministration tries to punish people
for the right to hear a speaker,

they reveal that they are gripped
by fear.
It is our responsibility to see
that speakers of all shades of
opinion be heard whether it be
Taft or Arthur McPhaul. There
is only one standard, that is the
standard of free speech for all.
. -Robert Schor
Stevenson Club . .
To the Editor:
THE BEST qualified man for the
Presidency today is undoubt-
edly Governor Adlai Stevenson of
As governor he has a remark-'
able record of positive achieve-
ment. In the field of civil rights,
Stevenson has abolished offi-
cial segregation in the public
schools, inserted non-discrimina-
tion clauses in state contracts, and
ordered the state labor depart-
ment to refuse to accept discrim-
inatory job orders from employ-
Illinois' labor laws have been
liberalized by increasing work-

of agriculture, the Illinois com-
merce commission, and the state
welfare system, have been reor-
ganized and cleansed of graft.
In making the government of
Illinois more efficient, Governor
Stevenson has made it less expen-
sive."Our aim," Stevenson assert-
ed, "has been a better job with
fewer employees."
Thus. Stevenson has proved
himself an exceptionally able ad-'
In the field of foreign affairs,
Stevenson has also had consider-
able experience. For nearly a year,
Stevenson was an American min-
ister in London and chief of the
U. S. delegation to the prepara-
tory commission that drew the
ground plans for the U.N. In
1946-47, he was the American
delegate to the General Assembly.
Unfortunately, Governor Stev-
enson said he could not run. But,
I for one, can not believe that he
would refuse to accept the Demo-
cratic nomination if it is tendered
to him,
No American as uniquely quali-
fied for the job as Stevenson so
clearly is, can or will refuse his
personal services to his country in
the time of crisis.
All those who believe the coun-
try needs a man like Stevenson to
lead it through the times ahead,
are invited to attend the Steven-
son-for-President Clubs meeting
at 7:30 tonight in Room 3D in
the Union.
-Joni Marlow
* 0 *
Lecture Committee ...
To the Editor:
NOT long ago, large posters dom-
inated University bulletin
boards, stating pointedly the wis-
dom of Senator Taft's politics and
leading the reader to believe that,
presumably with the full blessing
of the lecture committee, Mr. Taft
would publicly violate a University
regulation in Hill Auditorium.
On the other hand, some time
prior to that "educational lecture,"
another speaker, Mr. McPhaul,
whose announced topic was not in
violation of University regulations,
was denied the right' to. speak.
Subsequentrdevelopments are a
matter of record.
There are some aspects of Mr.
Taft's approach with which I do
not find myself in accord. Mr.
McPhaul has not been so explicit
in regard to his policies, but al-
though I believe in innocence until
guilt is proved, I strongly suspect
that his approach might also prove
foreign in some respects to my
However, I fail to see the jus-
tice in welcoming with open arms
one end of the political spectrum
(in flagrantly-announced viola-
tion of established rule-as inad-
visable as we may consider the
rule) and in banning a speaker
closer to the other end (even
though there were no such state-
ments - only unproved assump-
tions - that rules would be vio-
The net result is an increased
awareness of the awkward posi-
tion forced upon the unfortunate
lecture committee, which, as has
been said so often before, should
be eliminated. Perhaps the Uni-
versity is now better aware that
banning an unpopular speaker may
result in far more unfavorable pub-
licity than that which would re-
sult from allowing him the free-
dom quietly to appear.
Ed Vons
ail~~gn tu~h


R UDOLPH SERKIN, who presented a re-
cital in Hill Auditorium last night, is an
extraordinary pianist and a thorough-going
musician. His performance was elevating,
thought-provoking and fatiguing by turns,
and always rewarding.

Palmer Field
THE TENNIS SEASON is swinging into
full speed again. And the many tennis
enthusiasts on the campus are swarm-
ing to the courts in Palmer Field and Ferry
However, there does not seem to be
enough court space in Palmer Field, for
there are often many students waiting at
the sidelines for vacant courts. This line-
up is large over weekends, but it is just as
apparent during the week.
There are two ways by which this waiting
problem could be alleviated. First, more of
the men students could use the forty-eight
courts in Ferry Field instead of coming to
the Palmer courts which are primarily for
the use of women students.
And second, a lighting system could be
installed. It would be advantageous for the
following reasons:
1. The many students that are not lucky
in obtaining a court while the tennis classes
are in session, could come back at night.
2. There are a great number of students
that are unable to play tennis during the
day. They would appreciate a chance to
play tennis in the evening,
3. Also more outdoor activities such as
square dancing could take place on the
According to the director of Women's

As a technician; Serkin is almost, but not
quite, the complete master of his instrument.
His remarkable facility seems to explode
from a coil-spring nervous system, with
such drive and tension that control is some-
times sacrificed. His fortissimos are electric,
but they are also harsh; his legato is facile
but not fluid; his scale passages are brilliant,
but they are sometimes erratic. His tone
is very consistent, unerring in texture and
weight, but in this consistency he fails to
exploit variety of color.
As a musician, Serkin is scholarly, poetic
and profound. The Bach Prelude and Fugue
were approached matter-of-factly and with-
out variety, and in this they suffered. The
Busoni "Berceuse" and "Perpetuum mobile"
were delightfully conceived and executed,
but seemed, as music, hardly worth the
effort. The Chopin numbers were pleasing
and pleasingly free of misinterpreted rubato.
The well-known "Invitation to the Dance"
by Weber was pure delight.
The only really important thing that hap-
pened last evening was a Herculean reading
of the Beethoven "Hammerklavier" Sonata.
This vast composition, the immensity of
which cannot fail to awe, is taxing to com-
prehend, very nearly impossible to execute.
That Serkin not only comprehended, but
executed it so that his comprehension got
through to the audience, was an accomplish-
ment of no small proportion. The Allegro,
which seems to cry for resources richer than
those afforded by mere hammers and
strings, was forced at times, but on the
whole overwhelming. Serkin seemed to miss
the somewhat inscrutable humor of the
Scherzo-a humor which is essential to the
proper effect of the dolorous and profound-
'ly moving Adagio which follows. The col-
ossal fugue, over which the greatest artists
strain, was richly realized. The conclusion
of the work brought an ovation which testi-

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