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Formosa & The Seventh Fleet

"Rest Assured I've Got Europe Worried"

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 goaodtaste will
be condensed, edited or withheld from publication at the discretion of the

QUAD RESIDENTS and fraternity men
have been frequently scrapping over
rushing practices for the past five years.
The latest round ended Tuesday after sev-
eral months of the most intriguing blunder-
ing in the long-smouldering feud.
In the past, fraternity men were no-
torious for their misuse of dorm facilities
during formal rushing. Rushees' rooms
were invaded at will for the holding of
lengthy "sweat sessions" designed to help
the student choose his fraternity. In 1950
the Interfraternity Council began fining
men for entering the quads during rush-
ing and complaints came to a temporary
This fall, the IFC tried to amend its con-
stitution to permit free contact with rushees
in Club 600 and the common lounges dur-
ing formal rushing. There was to be no con-
tact in the residents' rooms.
Responsibility' for the ensuing mess
must, this time, rest squarely on the shoul-
ders of quad leaders.
The IFC wants its restrictions modified so
that fraternity men may come into Club 600
during rushing as they do throughout the
year. It feels it should be able to remove a
distasteful amendment from its constitu-
tion whenever it wishes. It still plans to
forbid its members entrance into quad
rooms during rushing.
To amend its constitution the IFC
sought a hearing before the Student Af-
fairs Committee this fall. However, Dean
Walter, who serves as chairman of the
SAC and the Board of Governors of Men's
Residence Halls, blocked the move and
suggested a series of conferences between
the groups
The IHC then announced its "compro-
mise." They voted to allow fraternity men
the use of Club 600 and the common lounges
during the spring rushing period, if the
fraternities would stop allowing first se-
mester freshmen to pledge.
This plan was obviously outside the realm
of the IFC's jurisdiction over the frater-
Tuesday night, when it became known the
IFC would diseuss the situation at'the House
Presidents' Assembly, quad leaders decided
to allow fraternity men the use of Club 600
only until 10 p.m. on rushing days. It is
hard to see that this is a particularly gen-
erous gesture.
What should have been done-and what,
could still be done-is to allow the frater-
nities to try their compromise plaA for one
semester. Probably nobody would notice the
However, quad leaders appear to feel
they will be disgraced if they even com-
promise with fraternity men. There are
indications that their stubborness is
merely an attempt to repay Greeks for
past injuries. If this is the case, then it
is time for these quad leaders to display
some of the maturity expected of those
who would govern approximately 4000 in.
The atmosphere in a University com-
munity will not be wholesome for long if
student groups take to warring upon each
other for some fictitious supremacy.
--Mike Wolff

- GOP Stand -
remove the U.S. Seventh Fleet from For-
mosan waters is a positive step toward end-
ing the Korean War and gaining the upper
hand in the cold war.
The fleet was first moved into the For-
mosa area soon after the Korean fight-
ing broke out in June, 1950. At that time
the purpose of the order was to prevent
attack upon Formosa and to insure that
Formosa would not be used as a base of
operations against the Chinese mainland.
Since then, the absurdity of protecting the
Chinese Communists from attack, while
Americans are dying in Korea, has be-
come apparent.
It has also become increasingly apparent
that the United States cannot afford to ig-
nore the use of Chiang Kai-shek's substan-
tially formidable forces on Formosa. At this
time Chiang has 12 divisions, trained in
commando warfare. He has a standing re-
serve force of 300,000 men which could bq
deployed in combat. His navy includes 50,-
000 men and 60 vessels of the type best
used in coastal raids. His air force numbers
300 planes of both the combat and trans-
port type. This fighting unit has been sit-
ting idle since 1949.
Effective use of Chiang's army could be
made by stepping up raids against Com-
munist installations on the mainland,
forcing the Reds to bring troops from
the interior of the country or from Man-
churia and Korea to protect the coast-
line. Further, Nationalist air attacks on
rail and communication lines along the
coast and in Manchuria would hamper
Communist troop movements to Korea.
The result would be to weaken the Chi-
nese economy and make the Korean war
more costly to the Reds.
Meanwhile, Chiang's raids will also give
us an opportunity to appraise his value as
an ally.
Eisenhower specifically emphasized that
his directive was not a forerunner of direct
U.S. action in China when he said, "permit
me to make crystal-clear this order implies
no aggressive intent on our part." Many
people have either ignored this or have in-
terpreted it to mean that we have com-
mitted ourselves to launching an invasion
of China or of directing an invasion of the
mainland by Chiang's forces.
These timid critics need only to note
that, according to latest reports, Chiangs' .
forces have been raiding the mainland for
seven months, without involving either
the Nationalists or ourselves in a full-
scale war.
The crux of Ike's decision is found in his
determination to end the Korean war even
if it means snipping off the apron strings
which ties American foreign policy to Bri-
tain. The Truman Administration was baf-
fled by the situation, and the American
public lost confidence in the White House
for that reason. Eisenhower has given
the nation a great morale boost by advan-
cing a positive policy to end the impasse the
United States has reached in the Far East.
-Eric Vetter

- Washington Report -
WASHINGTON - Before the Congress
lightheartedly votes for an invasion of
Communist China, it will be wise to ponder
a few dreary, sober facts. The fact that
invasion has been tried before might be con-
sidered first of all. The story of the attack
on Yunnan Province was hushed up with re-
markable success, but it certainly deserves
to be told now.
In brief, Yunnan, in the remote Chi-
nese southwest, has always been the most
independent of the great Chinese pro-
vinces. It was the last to be added to the
Chinese Empire, by Kublai Khan. It was
the last to be occupied by the Chinese
Communists. It was, and is, comparatively
lightly held by the Red Army.
When the Chinese Communists entered
Yunnan, an intact Chinese Nationalist Army
of about 12,000 men escaped across the bor-
der, into the trackless mountains of North
Burma and northern Thailand. This army,
commanded by the well known Nationalist
General, Li Mi, was thereafter supplied by
air from Formosa. The clandestine air sup-
ply system was set up with the assistance
of our Central Intelligence Agency.
In the summer of 1951, Chiang Kai-shek's
intelligence analysts and their American
collaborators were apparently gravely mis-
led. At any rate, Gen. Li Mi's army was
ordered to march back into Yunnan Pro-
vince, still with C.I.A. assistance. The at-
tempt was made late in the summer, with
catastrophic results.
A large part of Li Mi's army was des-
troyed or scattered, and several American -
liaison officers were lost. The remnant
of Li Mi's forces was routed and took re-
fuge again in the North Burma moun-
tains, where theGeneral andsabout 4.000
of his troops remain to this day. The
Burman and British governments got
wind of the adventure and all but ex-
ploded. The American Ambassador to
Rangoon resigned in protest. And Secre-
tary of State Dean G. Acheson took a deep
breath, and boldly denied that the Ameri-
can government had any share in what
had happened.
This experience hardly suggests that mil-
lions of anti-Communist Chinese will spring
instantly to arms, at the first muffled
tramp of liberating feet. On this point,
moreover, there is much other evidence.
The Chinese Nationalist claim that there
are "a million and a half anti-Communist
guerrillas" is strictly propaganda, and for
public consumption only. When talking
business with official American represen-
tatives, Chiang Kai-shek, people have re-
cently claimed no more than 200,000 guer-
rillas. American experts use an even small-
er estimate, because of the many signs that
the Chinese Communists have been grimly
efficient in stamping out guerrilla move-
ments everywhere. Even intelligence is hard
to get. Many teams have been lost. Many
villages have been wiped off the face of the
earth because of the suspected presence of
hostile intelligence agents. Astonishingly
little reliable intelligence comes through
from Chinese Communist territory.
It is clear, moreover, that Chiang Kai-
shek himself has no inclination to under-
estimate Communist strength. Chiang's
real mood (very different from the mood
now widely attributed to him) was re-
vealed by his response to the news of
President Eisenhower's changed orders to
the 7th Fleet. This took the form of two
rather nervous questions, which the For-
mosa government asked warmly sympa-
thetic American representatives on the
Did the change in the 7th Fleet's orders
mean that Formosa, being "neutralized" no

longer, would no longer be protected from
invasion by the Chinese Communists? Hav-
ing been reassured on this point, the For-
mosa government asked about air defense.
Since President Eisenhower has authorized
the use of Formosa as a base against the
mainland, the Chinese Communists may
seize the pretext to launch aIr attacks on
Formosa. With his obsolete F-51s, Chiang's
flyers cannot intercept jet-powered Com-
munist IL-28s. Would the United States de-
fend Formosa in the air?
These were not the questions of a man
who had been fretting and fuming to be
"unleashed," so that he could assume the
offensive. But these questions are char-
acteristic of Chiang, who is a shrewd, sen-
sible and eminently cautious commander.
For this very reason, most of the expecta-
tions that are now being raised are trans-
parently silly.
Chiang will no doubt take all the sup-
plies he can persuade President Eisenhow-
er to give him. He will no doubt continue
the pin prick raids on the China coast,
that he began long before Eisenhower's
famous order that is supposed to have
unleashed him. But it is also pretty cer-
tain that Chiang will not attempt any
major operation against the Chinese Com-
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'BERLIN-A young German teacher was telling why he escaped from
East Berlin where he had been teaching school under the Communists.
"I debated it a long time," he said. "Most people do. It isn't
an easy decision to make. A lot of us think we can do more good
staying among the Communists and undercutting them.
"Take my case," he continued, - "I had to work terribly hard be-
cause at night, after school, I had to attend special Communist night
classes where we were told what to teach. And we had to go through
the pretense of teaching Comunist drivel. However, the children are
smart and by the tone of your voice or by using sarcasm they get the
truth. I suppose that most of the German teachers in East Berlin
are teaching that way-going through the motions yet doing their
best to convey the real truth about Russia.
"However, one night I went to a movie in West Berlin. It
was a movie about Marshal Rommel, called 'The Desert Rat.' I
wanted to see what it was like but, coming out of the movie,
I saw a Communist spy who had been keeping an eye on me. I
knew my time was up, so I stayed in West Berlin that night and
have never gone back."
IT ISN'T HARD to cross the iron curtain between Communist Ger-
many and Free Berlin. There are 66 streets leading between the
Communist world and the free world. And, while at every place else
along the long line of barbed wire leading from the Baltic to the Bal-
kans you are likely to be shot, if you want to cross the iron curtain at
Berlin you merely ride the subway during the rush hour or walk down
a side street. You can even carry a suitcase and the guards won't
bother you-unless you take too many suitcases..
Berlin has always had some refugees. Berliners got used to them,
like the steady drip of a leaky spigot. But now the spigot has turned
loose a flood sea of humanity seeking refuge from Communist op-
pression. It's the greatest challenge to the free world since the Ber-
lin airlift.
Obviously the Communist leaders on the bother side of the iron
curtain are chortling at the embarrassment of German officials who
have already absorbed 11,000,000 refugees since the war and are now
called upon to handle this additional influx despite a quarter of a
million unemployed already in Berlin.
(Copyright, 1953, by the Bell Syndicate)

Red Series ..*.
To the Editor:
IT SEEMS rather unfortunate
that Mr. Beecher F. Russel in his
recent letter (Daily, Feb. 10) has
assumed that all who disapprove
of Mr. Hollander's "expose" are
of necessity to quote Mr. Russel,
"pro-Soviet." Because something
is not white does not mean that it
therefore must be black. Mr. Rus-
sel in deciding that the people who
wrote letters protesting the recent
expose were against it and not
white, thereby assumed that since
they were not white, they must be
black or Communists. It is not the
prosecution of brown Communists
that offends me, but the use of
such puerile logic by a college stu-
dent with the exceedingly im-
pressive name of Beecher F. Rus-
-Ken Bronson
* * -
Rosenberg Affairr...
To the Editor:
PRESIDENT Eisenhower must
now make a decision on whe-
ther the Rosenbergs are to live or
die. Due to the large world-wide
protest ("the pressure is tremen-
dous"-U.S. News and World Re-
port) the chances for clemency
have risen in recent months. Har-
old Urey, renowned atomic scien-
tist, has urged the President to in-
tervene in the case, saying that
the testimony of the Rosenbergs
was more credible than that of
their chief accusers, the Green-
glasses. Albert Einstein followed
the example of Dr. Urey. Fifteen
hundred Protestant ministers in
this country have spoken for cle-
mency. Growing numbers of trade
u n i o n s, newspapers, religious
groups, and other groups have spo-
ken up against the death penalty.
Internationally , t h e protests
have come from larger numbers of
prominent people and from organ-
izations representing many mil-
lions. In France, for example, Sar-
tre and Cocteau have added their
appeal, and unions representing
most of the French workers have
come out for clemency.
All in all, the protest has been
strong, but still certainly not
enough to insure the lives of the
Rosenbergs. And here many people
that undoubtedly have feelings
against the death sentence have
remained silent. It would be grati-
fying if some University of Michi-
gan professors would add their
names to those who already have
spoken out.
We urge everyone no matter
what their reason to write to Pres-
ident Eisenhower asking him to
stop the execution.
-Stephen Smale
Ellsworth Janifer
Edward Klein
Larry Hulack
Paul Dormont
Haskell Rothstein
** *
Commentary.. ..
To the Editor:
A QUOTATION from the preface
of a book which has been po-
pular for 200 years:
"Alexander Cruden was born ii
1701 at Aberdeen, where he was
educated at the grammar school
and Marischal College. He was in-
tended for. the Presbyterian min-
istry, but ill-health, which for a
time affected his mind, led him t
take up teaching."
--Norman Anning
* * *

cannot do so if it is now gracing
the wall of someone's little abode.
Placed in front of the Union
several days ago, the sign, watch-
ed protectively by Soph Cab
agents, disappeared suddenly when
one of them carelessly .. . so care-
lessly left the vigil. We on -the
Central Committee are distraught
and horrified at this act of crime.
We must have our sign!
--Jill Coleman,
General Chairman,
Soph Cab
* * *
An Appeal.
To the Editor:
I SHOULD like to make an ap-
peal to the students. Last se-
mester, a posted list of book re-
ferences in the Angell Hall read-
ing room was stolen, and I am
told that many copies of old ex-
aminations kept for student refer-
ence in the main library reading
room are missing. The resulting
inconvenience falls on the other
students, who would like to con-
sult reading lists and examination
questions, and may hamper or de-
lay their work. It ought not to be
hard to, remember that to de-
prive one's fellow students of the
aids which the faculty have pro-
vided for them is what diplomats
call "an unfriendly act."
--Preston Slosson
"PROBABLY the greatest single
danger to our civil liberties is
our super-patriots. After them
come the political opportunists,
the McCarthyites, et al. We feel
that the strongest means of coun-
teracting threats to our civil lib-
erties is education. We believe that
newspapers have a prominent and
responsible part to play in this
defense by education."
-L. S. Fanning,
Managing Editor,
The San Francisco





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THE SPRING SEASON of our Arts Thea-
ter Club opens, as was devoutly to be
wished, on a joyous note: Shakespeare's Much
Ado about Nothing. One had almost forgot-
ten what it was to laugh, without wondering
first whether the joke was as bad as all that,
or deserved the mercy of a hypocritical
cackle. Beatrice and Benedick have it all
their own way in this production; this is
just, and Beth-Sheva Laikin and Len Rosen-
son have done well by them. Miss Laikin
with her strut and her haughty voice gives
us a tart, imperious Beatrice; her dozens of
"poignards" are thrust firmly into an agile
and able Benedick, who, for all his gallant
wise bachelorship, is overripe and ready to
come off secondbest in this fray of a wooing.
Mr. Rosenson is new to the Arts company;
he should be praised not only for his de-
lightful performance in this play, but in
retrospect for the almost wordless bit he
did in the previous production of that Dane
woman's "play." If he were somewhat more
mercurial and offhand as Benedick, he
would be fine.
The cast is a large one, and since most
of the interest arises from the duelling
pair of lovers, its action is mostly of a sup-
porting nature. Lee Henry as Leonato gives
an impressive performance; Mr. Richards
as Don Pedro, John Devoe as Claudio, and
Danger Signtals
THE DEMOCRATS came into office, twen-
ty years ago, at a time when nearly
twenty-five per cent of the labor force was
unemployed. The Republicans came in
when the labor force is much larger but
less than two and a half per cent of it is
unemployed. There is room for considerable
disagreement about the past: Whichof the
two, the New Deal or the war, did the more

Ted Heusel as the mean villian, Don John,
who plots endless treachery, his forefinger
poked in his nostril, soft, soft-all these
are believable. But, I do not know why the
women are so behind hand and weakly
The bumpkins, through whom the happy
ending is reached, horse around as intend-
ed. But low comedy is an art too; I was
quite disappointed in Ken Rosen's version
of Dogberry. Whether he doesn't look the
part, frail and nervous as he is, or whether
his malapropisms lose their sententious mad-
ness through the frenetic delivery, I couldn't
tell. And the same disappointment comes
from the Verges of James Jones, although
I have decided that if Dogberry thinks he
is old and senile, then he should have been
made up to look that way; rather we see an
unshaven handsome young man who was
told to act the imbecile by mouthing.
The play is done in a reasonable facsim-
ile of modern dress, though I was at a
loss to know if any choice whatever de-
termined the nondescript cotton frocks
of the ladies and poolroom freedom of the
gentlemen. Not that the idea of modern
dress is a weak one; on the contrary, the
short scene where the players don period
clothing, which is not even of one period,
say Elizabethan, but a garble of Athens,
Medieval Padua (I think), Elizabethan,
and even the costume of the metamor-
phosed Bottom, and further, play charades
from the names of Shakespeare's plays;
shows how sound the modern clothes are.
Mr. Robertson, or someone, is always com-
ing up with a touch too gauche, a silly
gimmick, a boco like Beatrice's skulking
all round the Theater on fours, which ex-
plodes uselessly.
Finally, though, it is Shakespeare who
gives us our great pleasure, he must be cen-
sured, not for the poor logic of some of the
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Concert. The Minneapolis Symphony
Orchestra, Antal Dorati, Conductor, will
be presented in Hill Auditorium, Thurs-
day evening, Feb. 12, at 8:30, in the
seventh concert in the Choral Union
Series. Mr. Dorati and the orchestra
will play the following program: Mo-
zart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"; De-
bussy's "La Mer," and the Brahms
Symphony No. 1.
A limited number of tickets are
available at the offices of the University
Musical Society in Burton Tower daily;
and on the night of the concert after
7 o'clock in the Hill Auditorium box
May Festival season tickets are avail-
able at the offices of the University
Musical Society in Burton Memorial
Tower at $11.00, $9.00 and $8.00 each
(6 concerts). By purchasing season
tickets a considerable saving is made
over the individual concert ticket
Events Today
Arts Chorale and Women's Glee Club
rehearsal at 7 p.m., second floor, Lane
Hall. Old members and men and wom-
en interested in singing fine choral mu-
sic with these extracurricular groups
please attend.
La P'tite Causette will meet today
from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the North Cafe-
teria of the Michigan Union. All in-
terested students are invited.
U. of M. Sailing Club meeting at 7:30
p.m. West Engineering Building. Plans
for the open meeting which will be held
next week will be discussed. Arrange-

bers. Members need not be 21, or Michi-
gan residents, or adherents of any par-
ticular group within the party.
Christian Science Organization. Tes-
timonial meeting, 7:30, Fireside Room.
International Center Weekly Tea for
foreign students and America friends,
at 4-6 p.m.
Kappa Phi. Valentine party at 5:15.
Members are requested to bring aval-
entine for their big or little sisters.
Alpha Phi Omega will meet at 7 p.m.,
at the Michigan Union.
Ukrainian students Club. Meeting at
7 p.m. in the Medelon Pound House,
1024 Hill St. Review of activity of the
Fall term. Planning for the Spring se-
mester. Guests are welcome.
Campus Action Committee. Meeting
at 3:30 p.m. at SL Building, 512 S. State
St. ,
Union Student Offices-Tryout meet-
ing for all men interested in working
on the staff of the Union. Student Of-
fice at 8:30 p.m. Rm. 3A Union.
Coming Events
The Lutheran Student Association
will hold their gala annual square dance
this Friday evening at 8:30. Lane Hal
has been reserved for the event and
Professor Ivan Parker will do the call-
ing. Refreshments will be served.
Motion Pictures, auspices of Univer
sity Museums, "'Cell Division," "Dever
opment of a Chick," and "Meiosis,
Fri., Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., Kellogg Audi
torium. No admission charge.
Roger Williams Guild. Annual Valen
tine party Fri., Feb. 13, 8 p.m., in th
Fellowship Hall.
Delta Sigma Pi. Rushing smoker or
Fri., Feb. 13, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Al
Economics, Pre-Business, and Bust
ness Administration male students ar
invited. The Chapter House is locate(
at 927 Forest,
Wesley Foundation. Valentine Part
in Wesley Lounge Fri., Feb. 13, 8 p.m.
The a fl,,a ceSetin of th



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