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City Bond Issue

Daily Managing Editor
A NEW AND highly worthwhile program
dedicated to "Student Citizenship" gets
underway Thursday.
Student Legislature seems to have come
up with an important service to the cam-
pus in the citizenship project. And $he
array of speakers and programs appear
calculated to set a high standard for the
It goes without saying that there is real
need on the campus for an increased aware-
ness of the responsibilities and rewards of
the extra-curricular life, particularly on
the freshman and sophomore level-at
which the SL program is aimed. The problem
of the "apathetic vegetables" described by
John Jenks on this page' Sunday is a very
real and vital one to student organizations,
faced by a dwindling supply of new tryout
For those who have already tried out
for an activity, the program is potentially
doubly valuable in providing an orienta-
tion to the general sphere of student acti-
vities, and giving them at the start the
foundations for a perspective on the cam-
pus community which heretofore has de-
veloped only after a couple of years of
In short, SL has set up an attractive and
well-planned program in student citizenship.
It is more than deserving of the support of
both organizations in encouraging their
younger members to attend, and individual
freshmen and sophomores in taking the
initiative to visit the opening session Thurs-
THE INTENT of this kind of review is to
evaluate and comment on performance.
Some reviewers discuss in these columns
tehnical aspects of the music (in this pas-
sage note the double counterpoint), or give
readers lessons in music history or musical
biography (in 1875 Brahms wrote to Clara
Sch'umann, "Liebe Klara ... ") And when
committed to write a criticism of the Buda-
pest Quartet there seems little else that one
can do. If, as the theologians tell us, per-
fection is not of this world, there was some-
thing unworldly about the Budapest's per-
formances on Sunday.
Their program began classically with a
superbly modeled and phrased performance
of Haydn's Emperor Quartet. No other
composer ever equalled Haydn's mastery
of the string quartet, and th Budapest's
performance made one aware of Haydn's
uniqueness: in his hands the quartet form
ecomes the image of an ordered world.
It is, of course, an aristocratic world,
made up of hierarchy and subordination;
it is perhaps not accidental that the cen-
tral movement of the quartet is Haydn's
hymn to the Emperor Franz of Austria.
And during the four variations on the
hymn, we never lose the melody; it is
heard clearly through the accompanying
The second work, the Quartet in E-fiat by
Hindemith, placed us in another world. This
is a vigorous, intellectual world, yet softened
by Hindemith's very apparent romanticism.
indemith's romanticism is not that kind
that feels sorry for itself, or attacks us with
shock troops of chromatic emotion. Rather
it is the romanticism of urban disillusion-
ment and ironic despair. Without the disci-
pline of craftsmanship and technique, of
attention to every detail of form and instru-
mental effect, it could degenerate into
pathos. But Hindemith never relaxes control
of his materials, and all is clear, balanced,
and to the point. Nothing is prolix, nothing
is confused. Comparing it to the other con-
temporary quartet played in the series,
Quincy Porter's Eighth Quartet, we can see

at once the difference between a work com-
pelled by sensibility and genius, and a work
of talent directed by vague impulse.
The Budapest Quartet are masters in
the interpretation of Beethoven's last
. quartets, and their readings of these works
have the same authority and sense of di-
rection that Schnabel's interpretations of
the late sonatas had. Authority, direction,
consistency are key words here. Authority
which results from the deepest under-
standing of the music so that performance
is re-creation, not the expression of "per-
sonality." A work of music is given di-
rection in performance in the handling
of phrasing and dynamics, and in the
proper placing of climaxes. And consis-
tency is that sense of a work as a whole:
that sense which makes us aware that a
movement of a quartet is unified work of
art, and not a selection of beautifully
wrought details.
These qualities were all in evidence in the
Budapest's performance of Beethoven's
Thirteenth Quartet. And indeed it is these
qualities which make the Budapest the su-
perb instrument it is.
-Harvey Gross
T IS NOT SURPRISING thaA groups wish-
ing to reduce education in this country
to a dissessionless training of their own

CITY PROPERTY owners will vote today
on a $7,650,000 bond issue which is vi-
tally needed to insure Ann Arbor school
children a decent education. School offi-
cials, faced with rising enrollments and an-
tiquated facilities, see the bond issue as the
only means to solve Ann Arbor's school
In confirming the issue, voters would
only increase the authorized amount for
school construction by $3,450,000, since an
authorization of $4,200,000 was passed in
1949. A favorable vote today would cancel
this issue.
Funds from the bonds would be used to
finance a new high school designed to ac-
commodhte 2,100 students. Anne Arbor's
present high school, built 50 years ago for
800 pupils is now over-crowded, with more
than 1250. Vocational courses have been

curtailed and athletics are carried out un-
der bad conditions. High school teams must
journey to various parts of the city for al-
most all their games, and the track team
is forced to practice in a basement hallway.
Cramped conditions and inadequate fa-
cilities are found in many of the ele-
mentary schools. Enrollment in Mack
and Northside schools has nearly quad-
rupled in six years. The junior high
school facilities also must be enlarged to
take care of stepped up enrollment.
Voters must face the fact that their city
is growing up while school facilities are de-
teriorating. Only by approving this bond
issue can they restore the schools to a con-
dition in which the city's children can re-
ceive a decent education.
--Harry Lunn

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WASHINGTON-The worst not happening is not news, according
to an old rule. There must be an exception, however, for the
relationship between President Eisenhower and Sen. Robert A. Taft.
The worst was widely expected, by friends of both men. In this case,
the fact that the best is happening instead of the worst is news of a
rather major kind.
The difference between Taft, the opposition chieftain, and
Taft, the Senate leader of the party in power, no doubt holds the
key to the matter. The Ohio Senator, who used to be so strident
in his attacks on the Democrats, has now become a rather lonely
voice of calm good sense, in a Congress which regrettably alter-
nates between rhodomontade and plain drivel.
When the witch-hunters were heating up their branding irons, it
was Taft who quietly deprecated invasions of academic freedom.
When the lawmaker-strategists were talking of bombing Peking to-
morrow, it was Taft who pointed out the difficulties and dangers of
a China blockade. And when everyone else was still pretending that
they could happily combine lower taxes, a balanced budget, an ef-
fective national defense and a' creative foreign policy, the bleakly
honest Taft was the first to warn that all existing taxes would quite
probably have to be continued, at least until July, 1954.
A deep respect for facts and intense political partisanship are
two of the strongest traits of Taft's character. When he was. in op-
position, Taft went to partisan extremes which profoundly alarmed
the more moderate and world-minded Republicans. But Taft today
is in contact with the facts, and he bears a large share of the res-
ponsibility for the success of the first Republican Administration in
twenty years. Hence he seems, and in a sense he is, a quite different


At the Michigan -:--
THE FOURPOSTER, with Lilli Palmer
and Rex Harrison.
THE; FILM VERSION of this successful
play is more conventional and less sat-
isfying than the stage presentation which
the Drama Season brought to Ann Arbor
last spring. It seems certainly to be better
cast-Betty Field and Burgess Meredith
were given the responsibility for re-creating
it in the live version-and the sequences
representing the intermissions are 'superb.
Fortunately the scenario writers did not try
to blend out those between-action periods;
instead UPA cartoonists (Gerald McBoing-
Boing et al.) provide highly amusing and
very impressive interludes which sometimes
threaten to steal the show.
Rex Harrison seems much more. appro-
priate as the husband than Burgess Mere-
dith was. He is infinitely more explosive
and suave, and seems to show a greater
understanding of the role. Lilli Palmer cap-
tures the comic nature of the wife while
preserving more of the matronly qualities
of the woman. The two pf them bring out
all the subtlety and humanity of the char-

acters, and seldom lapse into just a "co-
medy routine."
Unfortunately, however, there seems to
have been a, decision somewhere in the
Hollywood hierarchy that the action of
the play was not enough to sustain the
movie audience. There are two or three
episodes which didn't appear in the play,
and shouldn't have appeared in the film.
They are given to exposing the tenderer
-perhaps melodramatic would be more
accurate-side of this marriage. In one
the couple is shown reacting to the death
of their son, which gives Miss Palmer a
wonderful opportunity for histrionics but
only serves to confuse her characteriza-
tion. The most obnoxious addition is a
new ending, an attempt to tighten up the
story and finish it off neatly. It almost
kills the whole effect.
Despite these changes-which should be
evident even to those who didn't see the
play since even the dialogue lacks its cus-
tomary vivacity-"The Fourposter" is a very
entertaining movie; the Harrisons overcome
the barriers of the altered story with su-
preme skill, and only occasionally does the
odd twist of events become really indiges-
-Tom Arp


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


WASHINGTON-Few people on the out-.
side know it, but the jailed Commun.
ists are going right on making trouble be-
hind bars-except for the most celebrated
Communist of them all, Alger Hiss. He is
"taking it hard," but is an "excellent pris-
This is the confidential, off-the-cuff
report, of federal prison boss James Ben.
nett, delivered behind closed doors of a
Senate judiciary subcommittee the other
day. He gave senators the lowdown on
names that made headlines yesterday,
but are only prison numbers today. They
included Hiss, atomic spy Morton Sobell,
husband-killer Yvonne Marsen, and kid-
napper Harvey Bailey.
"The Communists cause a lot of trouble"
Bennett complained. "For one thing, they
get neurotic and we have to move them to
the hospital when there is nothing serious-
ly wrong with them. These fellows are dif-
ficult. Some of the other men pick on them,
steal their shoes, or mess up whatever their
work is."
"Has Alger Hiss been a good prisoner?"
demanded Sen. Herman Welker (R., Ida.).
"Yes, he has made an excellent prisoner,"
Bennett acknowledged. "He has taken it
hard, and he is doing what the boys call a
'hard time.' He is thin, neurotic, but he has
never asked a favor or a privilege. We have
assigned him to the storehouse (at Lewis-
buig Penitentiary).
"That's another thing you have to wor-
ry about with these hot-shot prisoners,"
added the prison chief, as an afterthought.
"If Hiss had not been so notorious, we
would have assigned him as a teacher and
to the hospital, but I just couldn't do
Bennett listed Morton Sobell, who was
implicated with Julius and Ethel Rosen-
berg in the atomic spy case, a4 a "serious
offender," but "not so dangerous."
* * *
frank remarks to Adlai E. Stevenson,
at their recent luncheon, about tidelands oil.
"All I know about the tidelands oil is-
sue," he confided, "I picked up by accident
six years ago.
"Back in 1947, I was visiting in Fort
Worth, Tex., and somebody casually show-
ed me a document," Ike continued. "That
document is the basis for my belief that
the tideland oil reserves belong to the states,
not the Federal Government.

public lands .. . That, of course, includes
tidelands. I believe that a contract is a con-
tract and the government, above all, must
live up to its word.
"Frankly," concluded Ike, "that's just
about all I know about the subject. It's
as simple as keeping your word."
NOTE-The document was shown Ike
when he was the guest of Amon Carter, No.
1 Texas citizen.
THE DEWEY-TAFT fight inside the Re-
publican Party is deeper than most peo-
ple realize. Sometimes it breaks out even
over minor appointments, as it did the oth-
er daybehind the closed doors of the House
interior and insular affairs committee.
The session started as a routine meet-
ing to select the committee's professional
staff. Before it was over, Taft and Eis-
enhower Republicans were at each other's
Committee chairman A. L. "Doc" Miller,
genial Nebraska Republican and a Taft
supporter, began by reading off the names
of the staff technicians he wanted the com-
mittee to approve. Usually this is a simple
procedure, but as Miller finished Pennsyl-
vania's pro-Eisenhower Congressman John
Saylor objected.
"Mr. Chairman," said Saylor, "who's this
fellow George Abbott of Grand Island, Neb.
-your home state-who's listed as counsel
of my subcommittee on etrritories?"
"There shouldn't be any objection to
him," replied Miller, "He's a graduate
lawyer of the University of Nebraska and
a very able fellow."
Ike-man Saylor and Taft-man Miller
sparred with each other over this routine
appointment while the Democrats grinned.
Finally, California Democrat Clair Engle
suggested that the Democrats leave the
room until the Republicans could settle
their own housekeeping problems, at which
point Saylor walked over to Chairman Mil-
ler and whispered in his ear. Flushed and
angry, Chairman Miller then addressed the
full committee.
"Saylor ought to say aloud what he just
whispered to me," announced Miller. "He
said he's expecting a phone call from Mil-
ton Eisenhower (Ike's brother) about this
appointment. Looks to me like the Dew-
ey people are going to try to choose every-
body-even our own professional staff!"
When the Democrats returned half an
hour later. Republican committee members

Fraternities . .
To the Editor:
I WOULD LIKE to answer Louis
Zako's reply to Harry Lunn'st
editorial concerning fraternities.
Having one semester of fraternity
life and two years of quad life be-
hind me, I feel that I can speak
with a fair amount of experience
on the subject.
In my opinion most of Zako's ar-
guments against the advantages of
a fraternity can easily be eliminat-
ed as they are only pure matters of
viewpoint. If one is a 'die hard"
independent such as Zako then
quite naturally quad life would'
seem better, but to myself and
countless others who feel strong-
ly toward their fraternities our
sort of life is far more attractive.
As for this matter of education
In fraternities that was mentioned,
allow me to point out another ad-
vantage of the Greeks. All frater-
nities possess a smaller number of
men living in their houses than in
the quads and these men are kept
under control much more easily
because of their fewer numbers.
Because fraternity men are bound
by deep friendship and common
interests they also are much more
apt to respect such study measures
as quiet hours and others which
demand wholehearted co-opera-
tion seldom found in dorm life.
Everyone who is concerned with
fraternities, or who is in a posi-
tion to know, will admit that
their parties are far from dull and
stuffy. The participation is much
greater and they still do not be-
come overcrowded as quad parties
do. I say this because of my ex-
perience with both types of par-
Fnially I would like to conclude
by pointing out to Louie that Fra-
ternities are noted for their
"homelike atmosphere" instead of
the quads. With a group of forty
men or so living together in a
closely knit group it is much easier
to attain a genuine warmth of
comradeship than in the quads
with their stereotyped rooms and
regimentation. Fraternity life is
based on the "one big happy fam-
ily" idea and with its homelike
qualities it is very difficult to beat
for real happiness in college.
-Bob Sprybroech
Backhaut Blues .. .
To the Editor:
THE YOUNG Republican Execu-
tive Board recorded a black
day in Y.R. history when it voted
unanimously to censure me for a
letter I wrote to The Daily in
which I asked Democrats and In-
dependents to join the Young Re-
The Y.R. board claimed that
only Republicans are allowed to
join the club. The very fact that I,
as an Independent Democrat, was
allowed to remain a member of
the past four months, with many
club members fully knowing I
was not a Republican, shows the
"Republicans only" rule must ei-
ther be newly adopted or suddenly
However, a more important is-
sue is involved than just who
should be allowed to join the
Young Republicans. By its action
last week, the Executive Board as-
sumed that it has the authority to
censure members whose personal
opinions happen to disagree with
theirs, and, moreover, they have
the right to do so without first
giving the accused a chance to de-

precedent will be set whereby
membership in the club will en-
tail surrendering one's right to
public expression of his own views.
If that happens, the club will be
well on its way to total dictator-
-Bernie Backhaut
Amos Beery .. .
To the Editor:
A MORE careful reading of Al-
lan Seager's new novel, Amos
Berry, gives a different impression
from that which Mr. Wiegand re-
ceived. One discovers that it is
not really a book about spinach,
spoiled or unspoiled; that it is not
a horticultural novel at all. A so-
ciologist might conceivably be in-
terested in the picture of small-
town society; a fanatic might be
incited to violence were he to see
the novel, as Mr. Wiegand inter-
mittently did, as a revolutionary
The theme that is disclosed to a
moderately reasonable and atten-
tive reader is a tragic one - the
"sanctity of the organization over
human life." Such a reader would
perceive that insofar as they are
dehumanized by the system every-
body in the novel suffers defeat,
but that only the central charac-
ter is aware of the enormity of it
all. Tragic protagonist that he is,
Amos Berry not only suffers, he
struggles and is rewarded with vic-
tory and illumination. His illumi-
nation in part is the realization
that his murder of the man who
personified the evil fate which isE
destroying everybody was a blowI
struck not against the system but
merely against a man. Amos dies
completely unrepentant, his death
being in no sense a "moral sop."
More inclined to sneer than to
praise, Mr. Wiegand found the
book disappointing. His review im-
pressed one as more vituperative
than critical, as- personal rather
than objective, as a cellophane-
wrapped red-herring that is all
b-Edwin A. Engel

Yet this is really only the beginning of the story. The Ohio
Senator has not shown much knack, in the past, for forgiving those
who have opposed him. Barring Lincoln, few Presidents in the past
have given their confidence to their former rivals. Yet a personal
relationship is growing up between Taft and Eisenhower which is also
immensely important.
The President and the Senate majority leader were not-they
could not be-on easy terms when their work together began. Even
today, Taft is the only one of the Congressional leaders whom Eisen-
hower still calls by his title; but this avoidance of the first name,
which at first looked like strangeness, has come to seem a mark of
special respect.
The two men are not only together for the long leaders' meet-
ing every Monday, which they jointly dominate. The President also
calls Taft into special consultation at least once and more often twice
a week. The White House, where at first almost everyone expected
trouble from the Ohio Senator, now begins to regard him as the grand
Congressional mainstay.
By the same token, Sen. Taft, who no doubt began by regarding
the President as a mere facile amateur in politics, is beginning to
warm up toward Eisenhower. "He's, certainly a man of good will,"
was his somewhat unexpected way of telling his fellow Congressional
leaders that he had admired Eisenhower's handling of a thorny issue.
What is more important still, Taft, the greatest legislative or-
ganizer this country has seen in a generation, is plainly using all
his immense power in Congress to forward the Eisenhower program.
The old bull-headedness, the old impatience of any views but his own,
seem to have vanished. He not only appears to be enjoying his new
situation to the limit. He is also conscious, that in the long run,
Republican policy must now be formed in-the White House.
According to authentic report, Taft invariably intervenes when
the Republican policy committee shows signs of taking off on its own,
saying simply, "We'd better wait to find out what Eisenhower thinks."
At the White House itself, Taft has repeatedly been the first to sup-
port the President; and this has been true even when Taft was re-
quired to reverse himself in some measure.
Few Republicans have been as strident as Taft about the Yalta
pact, for instance, but when Eisenhower declared that "repealing
Yalta" was not really desirable after all, Tgft carried the argument
on the President's side.
At this time, to be sure, some caveats must be entered. Sen. Taft
still has the same hot temper that led to his outburst against ap-
pointment of Secretary of Labor Martin Durkin. Like every President,
Eisenhower still labors under the same handicaps that usually end
by generating bad White House-Congress relationships. Much work
must be done on both sides, and many very touchy issues must be
.resolved, for the Eisenhower-Taft partnership to continue to grow.
But if it grows and strengthens, there are few limits to what it can,
(Copyright, 1953, New York Herald Tribune, Inc.)


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(Continued from Page 2)
Logic and Foundations Seminar.'
Tues., Feb. 24, 3:10 p.m., 3001 Angell
Hall. Dr. Frank Harary will conclude
his talk on Universal Algebras.
Student Recital: John Beck, Bassoon-
ist, will be heard in recital at 8:3i Tues.,
Feb. 24, in the Rackham Assembly Hall,
assistrd by Sally Davis, piano, Darlene
Rhodus, flute, Ann Shelley, Oboe, Nan-
cy Symmonds, clarinet, and Robert
Ricks, French horn. The program will
include compositions by Telemann, Mo-
zart, Hindemith and Beethoven, and
will be open to the public.
Events Today
Debating: Meeting of the debate or-
ganization today at 4:30 p.m., Room
4208. Angell Hall. All previous partici-
pants are urged to attend in order to
fill out this semester's schedule cards.
All people interested in extra-curric-
ular debating and/or discussion are in-
vited. The activities of the organization
and plans for this semester will be dis-
Modern Poetry Club. Organization
meeting at 8 p.m., Michigan League,
Rumpus Room. All those interestd in
being members of the club are urged to
attend. We will try to select a num-
ber of poets to be discussed throughout
the term and settle other organizational
Congregational Disciples Guild. A very
special tea today, 4:30 to 6 p.m. All stu-
dents welcome.
The Hillel social Committee will meet
at 4 p.m., Hillel Bldg. All committee
members and interested people are in-
Motion Picture. Fifteen-minute film,
"Photosynthesis," shown Mon. through
Sat. at 10:30, 12:30, 3 and 4 o'clock and
on Sun. at 3 and 4 o'clock only, 4th

U.J.A. needs clerical helpers. All those
interested please report to HillelTues.
or Thurs. from 1 to 5, or Wed. from 3
to 5.
Sigma Rho Tau, engineering speech
society, will hold debate practice, 7:30
p.m., 2084 East Engineering Building.
Inter-Arts Union. Meeting at 5 today
in the League.
Square Dance Workshop for budding
callers, experienced dancers, and any
others interested, Lane Hall, 7:30-10:00
Intercultural Outing at Lake Huron
Camp, February 28 to March 1. Leave
Lane Hall at 2 p.m. Saturday, return
Sunday afternoon. Make reservations
before, Friday p.m. 3-1511, Ext. 2851.
Coming Events
The Linguistics Club will meet Wed.,
Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. in the East Conference
Room, Rackham Building. The speak-
ers for the evening will-be Miss Eloise
Kerlin and Professor L. B. Kiddie. Miss
Kerlin's subject is "Language and Cul-
ture: Notes on Whorf." Professor Kid-
die will discuss the use of vos in Span-
ish-American Spanish. All members
and all faculty and students interested
in Linguistics are cordially invited to
attend the meeting.
UNESCO Council. Meeting Wed., Feb.
25, 8 p.m., Room 3-MN, Michigan Union.
Dr. Robert E. Ward, of the Political
Science Department and Assistant Di-
rector for Japanese Studies, will speak
on the Formosan Question. Students in
international relations, faculty, and
townspeople are invited.
Wesley Foundation. Morning Matin
on Wed., Feb. 25, from 7:30 to 7:50. Also
refresher Tea from 4 to 5:30.
Society for Peaceful Alternatives will
sponsor a program of peace movies at 8
p.m.. Wed., Feb. 25, in Auditorium C,
Angell Hall. The movies are "No Place
*,-a1. Pon.a.+ Will Xi,, ' and t he


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