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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1952

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German
Rearm'ament

A Fused Magazine

"What's The Big-Brother Routine Today, Chief?"

THE DECISION of the Big Three minis-
ters Sunday to bar Germany temporar-
ily from full membership in the North Atlan-
tic Treaty Organization is an example of the
selfish nationalism which may prevent any
international army in Europe.
There was also evidence of a spirit of
reticent concession to one of the most
important nations in western Europe.
The Germans, who have been a subject
race since the end of the war, showed their
strongly independent tendencies earlier this
month when they demanded certain condi-
tions before they would provide troops for
a Western army. They asked for:
1) The freeing of all war criminals except
those wiose crimes were "in the convention-
al sense of the word."
2) A guarantee of full membership in NA-
TO sometime, in the future.
3) A pledge from France that she would
not "prejudice" the settlement of the cur-
rent Saar crisis.
4) The lifting of Allied controls on atomic
experiments, war production and German
cartels.
With these demands in mind Dean Ach-
eson, Robert Schuman and Anthony Eden
meet in London to try to prevent pre-war
rivalries from disrupting the tenuous post-
war peace. Their answer to Chancellor
Konrad Adenaer's Bonn government can
hardly be satisfying to the Germans.
They asked that Germany accept mem-
bership in a European army, implying that
avoice in NATO decisions would come later
as a natural development. The supposed
merit of this plan is that it would show that
Germany is willing to cooperate with the
West, subjecting its national aims to the
general benefit of all Europe.
In the eyes of the Germans, however, this
plan will probably serve as further evidence
that the Allies have no intentions of relin-
quishing their hold over Germany.
The French in particular, in line with their
age-old tradition, have been especially chary
about allowing their neighbors to the east
any military power. At the present time, with
the resources of France in a deplorable state,
their position is understandable In a strictly
national sense. Yet it is this feeling of na-
tionality, as opposed to an international
viewpoint, that is theoretically in the po-'
cess of elimination.
In a spirit of semi-acquiescense to the
German demands the Big Three decided to
allow Germany a seat on a proposed four-
power appeal board that would have the
authority to review and modify the sen-
tences of more than 1,000 war criminals
now serving prison terms. Of the third and
fourth conditions brought up by the Bun
destag at Bonn little or nothing was said.
From all this we can only deduce that the
western powers, including Germany, have
not yet reached that stage of thought where
complete cooperation is possible. Personal in.
terests and fears were still in evidence both
in the Bonn debates earlier this month and
at the London conference Sunday. Until all
nations concerned have broadened their
viewpoints and have, begun to think in terms
of the whole free world we can expect little
better than the makeshift plans and deci-
sions that were the result of this latest for-
eign ministers' meeting.
-Tom Arp
Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writer only.
This must be noted in all reprints.
NIGHT EDITOR: SID KLAUS
MUSIC

T HE BUDAPEST STRING QUARTET clos-
ed the Twelfth Annual Chamber Music
festival Sunday afternoon with an unpreten-
tious, essentially light-hearted program
which gave the experienced instrumentalists
few problems.
The opening quartet, one of Beethoven's
early works, is by its structure more pre-
cise than profound, more graceful than
P o e t i c, but nevertheless Beethoven
throughout. The precision and a sort of
sophisticated gaiety were both present in
the Budapest's performance. But even
though their study was admirably con-
scientious, with perfect attacks and releas-
es and harmonious ensemble playing, their
interpretation, perhaps meant to agree
with the work's immature qualities, was
too consciously played down. The opening
movement seemed a bit stilted, and the
adagio cantabile, particularly with the
first violin, could have been more lyric.
Samuel Barber's B minor quartet was the
focal point if not the highlight of the con-
cert. Despite the almost macabre opening
measures, its generally romantic harmonic
concept sometimes reminiscent of Sibelius
proved to be in keeping with the easy-to-

Pro .. .
HERE IS REALLY nothing wrong with
the two magazines on campus. For the
3,000 students who can appreciate esoteric
poetry mixed with 16 pages of music, Gen-
eration is an ideal publication. And "Who
Stole My Dinosaur" seems to satisfy the
5,000 humor-hungry readers of Gargoye
Yet, though you can't make all the peo-
ple happy all the time, there would be
more people happily parting with their
two bits if presented with a publication
containing elements of both art and hum-
or. This could be done by a simple fusion of
Generation and Gargoyle into one maga-
zine.
The idea of an art-humor magazine is
nothing revolutionary in itself. Many
schools have adopted it with varied degrees
of success. Here are several reasons why it
could work here:
1. In a step such as this, compromises
on the part of both parties would have to
take place. Compromise is not always a
necessary evil-in this case it could produce
vitally positive results. Most of the tradi-
tional smut appearing in Gargoyle would
have to give way and some of the conscious
artiness for which Generation is criticized
would also have to be modified. Thus a well
balanced publication plus a high literary
standard could be set up as humorists and
artists blend their products.
2. The dual function of any student pub-
lication is to provide a training experience
for its staff. Though many of the staffers
are there just for the creative effort there
are also those who will enter professional
magazine work. In the case of Gargoyle
or any other humor magazine, it is a type
of publication which doesn't exist outside
of college campuses. There are no profes-
sional pure humor magazines. Thus a more
realistic training could be offered on a
more general type publication, perhaps
something like the New Yorker which
blends humor with literary endeavor. Also
more talent could be drawn from the part
of the student body which writes well but
neither has a terrific sense of humor nor
wins Hoijwood Awards..
3. From an economic standpoint a general
art-humor magazine would be a sound pros-
pect. It is obviously cheaper to publish one
magazine than two. And it is equally ob-
vious that students might go without lunch
to buy one magazine but would be reluctant
to miss supper besides for another. Though
the quality-of a magazine does not neces-
sarily depend on its circulation, being in the
red for any length of time never is much of
an asset.
4. The actual transition from two maga-
zines to one would not be too difficult to
achieve. Both publications are situated
in one room on the first floor of the Stu-
dent Publications Building, so no physical
disruption would be necessary. Being in
close contact with each other, a combina-
tion of staffs could be achieved quite nat-
urally and with a minimum of conflict.
From all angles this step would seem to be
a pretty sound bet. And though immediate
action is too much to hope for, an unbiased
consideration of the idea should be bene-
ficial to both Gargoyle, Generation, and
students.
_-Jan_ inn
Local Electionl
SINCERE advocates of honest government
have been hopeing that the recent ex-
posures of political corruption will result in
an increased public determination to clean
the soiled character of our public official-
dom.
If the sparce turnout in yesterday's
primary election in Ann Arbor is an in-
dication of political behavior elsewhere,
the prospects look dim indeed. At stake
were the Democratic Party nomination
for City Councilman in two wards and
the Republican nomination in a third
ward.' The total sum of votes cast in the
three wards from 8 a.m. to noon amounted

to 61 (a figure which could have been at-
tained if only the members of the can-
didates families voted) and by the end of
balloting the total had reached 609.
The primary election is an essential com-
plement to the regular electoral process. It
is the voters' sole opportunity to mold the
nature of political parties and prevent cor-
xupt machines from entrenching them-
selves within their ranks.
Senator Kefauver said in a speech last
week that the tone of public service is de-
termined in the locality-the local unit of
government. Ann Arbor is a favored city.
Its residents have the opportunity to come
in contact with some of the greatest minds
of the generation and to become acquainte
with political problems, if my no other
means, at least through University spon-
sored public lectures. If the inhabitants
of such a municipality are as complacent
about the status of local government (and
incidentally turnouts at state and national
primaries seldom demonstrate much more
public enthusiasm) as was shown yesterday,
what right do we have to be shocked at
public scandals?
In a democracy such as ours elected of-
ficials are responsible to the electorate. If
the people chose not to make use of the
various means at their disposal for con-
trolling the character of their public serv-
ants no amount of investigations, prose-
cutions and dismissals will elevate Ameri-

Col...
THE PROPOSALto combine an arts mag-
azine with a humor magazine has crop-
ped up before. In fact, when the Gargoyle
returned to campus following World War II
it was just that type of book. At this time,
and until the time when Generation 'made
its appearance, the Gargoyle was a finan-
cial, and in many respects, an artistic fail-
ure.
However, when Generation was con-
ceived, a competent board of faculty and
student judges was set up, able to devote
their full time to the selection of the best
in student art-a thing that the harried
Garg editors had had neither the time nor
the qualifications to do.
A combined magazine of the sort pro-
posed would result either in an ununified
mixture or else become a weak imitation of
the New Yorker. The New Yorker staff is
doing quite a competent job in producing
their own publication, and any imitation of
it would be at best an unnecessary repeti-
tion and at worst a blend of "sophisticated"
literature and smart-alec humor.
From the standpoint of training, some con-
crete examples will show the value of ex-
perience on the older publication. Guerney
Williams, cartoon editor of Colliers, is an
ex-managing editor of the Gargoyle. George
Lichty, the art editor of the 1927-1928 Garg-
oyle, graduated from that publication to his
famous "Grin-and-Bear It."
There are also numerous technical diffi-
culties involved in merging the two maga-
zines. Generation, which sells for 35c, is pub-
lished bi-annually and contains upwards of
eighty pages. Gargoyle, on sale for 25c,
comes out four times a year and consists of
thirty-two pages. If combined, bi-annual
publication would result in a great loss of
revenue to the Board in Control of Student
Publications, and quarterly publication
would rush both the writing and editing of
literary contribution, lowering its quality.
Aside from this, the problem of balance
between art and humor would rest with
the managing editor. It is highly improb-
able that any such editor could strike a
balance that would not be influenced by
his personal bias. Conceivably, two co-
editors could be appointed, but this solu-
tion would result in a division of author-
ity, causing dissension within the staff,
factionalism, and a disunified end pro-
duct.
Completely ignoring the spiritual discon-
gruity, the technical difficulties, financial
results, and the overall sagging of standards
which would follow from such a merger, to
our minds, would make such action un-
workable.
-Don Malcolm
Peg Nimz
YD Action
THE SELF-ESTEEM in which light Young
Democrats seeni to regard themselves is
excelled only by their sullen complacency.
As yet, the club has done absolutely
nothing to justify its existence.
To all appearances, the heavy-lidded
YD's have lounged around twiddling their
thumbs, hashing over the victories of the
past, while permitting campus Republican
clubs to capture the headlines, the publi-
city, and the limelight.
The Daily's poll to the contrary, there is
every reason to believe that a large segment
of the student body has an affinity for the
Democratic Party. In this year of political
uncertainty, these people expect a vigorous
espousal of Democratic ideals.
They expect the Young Democrats to book
speakers from all levels-local, state, and
national, to assemble a group of speakers
like Sen. Kefauver, Gov. Williams, and Sen.
Moody.
No doubt, the above-mentioned, and

others, would relish the chance to appear
before the YD intelligentsia, even at the
expense of a "non-political address."
The attitude of the Young Democrats is,
in every way, reminiscent of the intrepid,
hard-working, idea-pregnant idols -- Bryan,
Wilson, and Roosevelt.
-Cal Samra
[CURRENT MOVIES
At The State ..
THE STRANGE DOOR, with Charles
Laughton and Boris Karloff.
THIS picture, with its stars, might have
been another super thriller.
Sadly, for such a movie would have been
preferable in this case, the final result of
their efforts is pure melodrama. The story
is taken from Robert Louis Stevenson's
"The Sire de Maletroit's Door," but the
screenwriter failed to make the necessary
changes that would have made it acceptable
to modern audiences.
"The Strange Door" is fraught with
wild laughter, lunatic streams, ghostly
shadows and clanking chains. Shocks
and suspense, the essence of a picture of

XettelA TO THE EDITOR
The Daily welcomes communications from its readers on matters of
general interest, and will publish all letters which are signed by the writer
and in good taste. Letters exceeding 300 words in length,. defamatory or
libelous letters, 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.

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Washington Merry-Go-Round
with DREW PEARSON

CHICO, CALIF.-Traveling across the U.S.A. these days you are struck
with a new cynicism on the part of the American public. It's a re-i
bellious cynicism, inclined to lay all our troubles on the doorstep of
Washington a feeling of frustration, of disgust with corruption, andg
weariness with the Korean war. It's an, atmosphere that lends itselfx
to any flag-waver or tub-thumper who wants to take advantage ofr
this cynicism by running for office.
This is exactly the atmosphere that swept a lot of Democratic
screwballs into office with the anti-Hoover tide of Roosevelt vic-
tory in 1932, and it may sweep a lot of Republican screwballs into
office this fall.
One dangerous part of the current feeling has been a certain dis-
allusionment with our electoral system. Folks are resentful of the
bosses in both parties and they figure that though President Truman
probably didn't mean to blurt out what he did about "eyewash" pri-
maries, nevertheless he was telling the truth.
On the other hand there is growing interest in the proposal of
Sen. Paul Douglas of Illinois and Rep. Charles Bennett of Florida
to hold a nation-wide presidential primary, which, though not
binding on the delegates, might put a crimp in the party bosses
and prevent the traditional picking of presidents in the 3 a.m.
quiet of a smoke-filled room.
The smartest thing Mr. Truman could do. in view of his eyewash
remark and this public cynicism is to exert some altruistic leadership
and help put across the Douglas-Bennett nation-wide primary.
--EYEWASH ROLLCALL--
EANWHILE, HERE IS the rollcall of states conducting eyewasht
primaries or conventions plus some of those which do noti
BOSSED DELEGATES-In five states it's a fact that the people
have no say whatever in the selection of delegates attending the presi-
dential conventions. In Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia and
Louisiana, the delegates are chosen by party leaders and are simply
told how they are to vote.-
In 27 other states democracy fares little better. These states1
for the most part follow the plan of state conventions, where the
party bosses can railroad the selection of delegates. The bigger
states which follow this hand-me-down convention system are:
MICHIGAN, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North
Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas and Virginia.
BEST PRIMARY-The state generally conceded to have the best
primary system is Oregon, where presidential aspirants are unable to
keep their name off the ballot if they feel they won't make a good
showing, Eisenhower's name, for instance, has been kept out of the
Wisconsin primary on the belief that he wouldn't make a good show-
ing there but in Oregon, any candidate's name can be entered without
his permission, which makes for a genuine popular test.
Nebraska voters had the same "free filing" privilege until 1951
when a reactionary legislature abolished it.
New Hampshire, in connection with which, President Truman
used his eyewash term, happens to have one of the nation's fairer
primaries, though somewhat complicated by the town meeting
system.
Boss Flynn's Bailiwick-In New York, which controls the largest
bloc of delegates and therefore is most influential in nominating our
presidential candidates, the delegates do not have to reveal which
candidate they favor. Thus, when New Yorkers vote in a primary,
they are forced to vote for pledged party stooges. They do not know
whether those delegates will favor Truman, Kefauver or Stevenson;
all they know is that the delegates will vote the way Boss Flynn of the
Bronx and State Chairman Paul Fitzpatrick tell them to.
Massachusetts and New Jersey have similar provisions making it
possible for the bosses to manipulate unpledged convention delegates
like pawns on a chessboard.
OHIO'S TRICKS-Ohio has still another gimmick which plays
into the hands of the bosses. In Ohio, delegates must remain pled-
ged to a certain delegate only as long as their "best judgment and
ability" so dictate,.k
Though it's never happened, this conceivably could mean that
delegates could decide the day before balloting started that their man
didn't have a chance, and switch to someone the bosses liked better.
Illinois has a similar loophole for countermanding the people's
choice. Thus, in both Illinois and Ohio, Senator Kefauver might win
the primary but have the delegates run out on him if Boss Ray Miller
of Cleveland and Boss Jack Arvey of Chicago so directed.
These and other boss-dictated jokers In state election laws
have reduced today's presidential primary system to a mockery,
which instead of being called eyewash by the President, should be
rectified with the Douglas-Bennett popular primary or some other
reform.
Though the American people elect the president, the bosses fre-
quently nominate, under any fair electoral system the people should
do both.

Say How & When...
Io the Editor:
Dear Ben:
As one nearing the pinnacle
in his formal medical education
and due to step forth from these
hallowed halls; to go forth to serve
mankind, I can speak with reflec-
tion and retrospective candor of
this monstrous socio-pscho-econo-
mic problem confronting you.
Let me show by way of parallel,
the answer to your three major
premices. I am the only son of a
poor but honest, underpaid, and
overworked country surgeon, who
despite the mediocrity ,of his staff
of assistants, and the smallness of
his clinic, has lived to see his son,
(of common and honest stock),
rise to this role as a servant to
humanity.
Of personal satisfaction to me
was the fact that, despite my f a-
ther's reluctant appointment to a
duty-demanding, but menial po-
sition with the state, (the exact
department slips me by), I was
able to receive favorable comment
from no less than five medical
schools. Honest people wrote my
recommendations; the general
storekeeper, the barber, and our
local minister.
Additionally, pride welled with-
in me as I looked upon my under-
graduate-school transcripts of
grades, (I'm too modest to tell you
publically what they were. The
result, however, was due to rugged
individualism, perseverance, stick-
to-itiveness, and faith in myself.
I admire you for your logically
sane, sensible, and well modulated
approach to this problem. This
medical school needs people who
demonstrate judgement and read-
ily evident abilityr to correlate. It
goes without saying that a grad-
uate school needs people of gradu-
ate school calibre.
Good luck to you-Laudes atque
carmina,
-W. W. Kimbrough, HI
Med, '52
The Inquisitors .
To the Editor:
MR. LUNN seems to be per-
turbed because Oliver Clubb
resigned his 'position as head of
the State Department's Office of
Chinese Affairs, after having
been cleared of "loyalty and secur-
ity charges." (Understand that he
was not charged with being loyal
and an investment in the security
of the state, but just the opposite.)
Clubb doesn't play according to
the rules: he should have kissed
the foot that was giving him the
boot. After all, it turned out that
the allegations purporting to fir*l
him traitorously inclined and a
risk to the security of our Ameri-
can Republic were refuted; after
all, Clubb was vindicated and re-
instated. after his six-month's
suspension; shouldn't he, then,
have trotted back to his office
like a good little boy and worked
with renewed fervor for the prin-
ciples of American democracy and
freedom?
The trouble seems to be that
the investigations of the loyalty
board aren't secret enough. Hor-
rors! Clubb found out what h
was charged with. Perhaps the
accused will soon learn who is his
accuser, who is making what Mr
Lunn admits are. oftentimes triv-
ial and inaccurate reports; the
informer and crank will thin
twice before pointing his finger
But better that 500 State Depart.
ment employees (how did tha
number get out!) face the secret
inquisition, than a Hiss and a
Remington escape their just des
serts.

What is needed is an absolute
secrecy; and what is needed afte
that, is an absolute cooperatio
of all investigated personnel
Then the inquisition-loyalt;
board, I mean-can, without em-
barrassment, separate the sheet
from the goats; the unavoidabl(
mistakes will-no, not never hap-
pen-never be illuminated. Isn'
that tantamount to never having
happened?
Then we can successfully figh
totalitarianism and despotisni
abroad, the communist variety
that is. We will be able, then, i
the words of many great Ameri
can patriots, to enfranchise an(
to free the bonded and enslave(
of the world; we will give then
our own particular brand of free.
dom. But please, Mr. Clubb, coma
back and work for us.
-John Talayco

IN LAST SATURDAY'S issue of
The Daily dated February 16,
1952, there appeared an article by
Donna Hendleman entitled "Coeds
Reluctant to Jump at Leap Year
Opportunities." This article con-
tained several comments which,
according to the author, were ut-
tered by Michigan coeds: "I think
it's a stupid tradition. It's the
man's job to do the proposing."-
"It's good manners (for the girl)
to wait to be asked."-"After all
the man's got to think he's got
the upper hand.
I would like to express my opin-
ion that these comments are dog-
matic rationalizations designed,
either unconsciously or conscious-
ly, to perpetuate the present so-
cial system of courtship where wo-
men play a most ungenerous role.
I would like to suggest to those
who advocate equality between
the sexes (and I, most emphati-
cally, am one of these) that there
are certain responsibilities which
go with the privileges of equality.
One of these responsibilities is a
more active role on the part of
women in courtship.
I'would be happy to expand and
discuss this topic further with
anybody.
-David R. Reitz,
French Rule ..
To the Editor:
(STUDENT Legislature's present
position concerning discrim-
inatory clauses has not been clari-
fied by articles discussing the
recent passage of the new bias
bill.
The legal status of bias bill
legislation is important to the
campus, and it should be realized
that the passage of a weaker bias
bill in, no way rescinded S.L.'s
policy of last year which asks for
the removal of discriminatory
clauses as of October of 1956. S.L.
will continue to work for the. re-
moval of discriminatory clauses
by that date.
In passing' a motion which asks
campus groups to fight for the
removal of discriminatory clauses
from their local and/or national
organizations, S.L. was merely
attempting to implement a part
of that policy already on the
books. This means that Student
Legislature is still committed'to
the time limit policy and merely
postponed implementing the whole
policy until part of the policy be-
came official University law.
' --Leah Marks

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Sixty-Second Year
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Student Publications.
Editorial Staff
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But you can't remain the child's
Fairy Godfather if he grows up-

How can he help growing-up?

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Dear me. I think you had better abdicate
gracefully, O'Malley. Just fade away-.

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