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The Masonic Ban

Daily Associate Editor
UST FOUR YEARS AGO I attended a Pro-
gressive Party rally. It was held in an au-
ditorium in one of the Chicago Public high
schools, and Henry Wallace appeared and
made a two-minute address to the crowd.
Like most pre-election rallies, there was
lots of noise, some fervor, and very little
activity which could be termed "import-
ant." The thought of the Progressives'
meeting in the high school apparently
frightened no one, for there was no public
It seems rather strange that all this took
place merely four years ago.
Both political conditions and the Progres-
sive Party have undergone some changes
since 1948. In this short time forces from
within and without have resulted in the par-
ty changing from merely another in a long
line of "thirds" to an object of unpopularity
to one of downright fear and suspicion.
Now the high school would no doubt be

closed to this group. And here in Ann Ar-
bor, the Progessives can't find a place to
The party plans for a local contribution
to the give-and-take campaign activity were
squelched when the Masons, setting them-
selves up as guardians of the public virtue,
reneged on an agreement to open their au-
ditorium to the group. A main reason cited
for slamming the doors was the scheduled
appearance of singer, party leader Paul
Robeson. Robeson, although he has never
been indited, or, for that matter, officially
accused, is often looked upon as a "subver-
Many people are convinced the air has
been, in effect, sterilzed. But the Mason's an-
ticeptic devise leaves a poor taste in the
mouths of many others. For they have
proved nothing against the Progressives;
they have provided no service to the com-
munity. They have fallen in, merely, with
a long series of steps to nowhere.

Reporters Covering Ike Prefer
Adlai; Soured on Generalities

Usually it is silly for reporters to write
about reporters, but Gen. Dwight D. Eisen-
hower's press relations present a problem so
curious and significant that they ought to
be written about.
In brief, the reporters assigned to cover
him were warmly sympathetic to Gen.
Eisenhower from Abilene to Denver. To-
day however the sixty or so newspaper
men who barnstorm through the country
with the General are almost solid for Gov.
Adlal E. Stevenson.


THE MEETING on parliamentary proce-
dure tonight in the Union should serve
as the answer to a long-recognized need on
campus for more information on the meth-
ods and procedures of orderly group meet-
ings and discussions.
Of the many groups on campus which
hold formal meetings, few are able to
avoid the waste of time and effort that
come with a breakdown in the meeting's
Members of various organizations have,
often come away frommeeting4 withOut
knowing what went on, why. certain meth-
ods of conduct were used, how they might
have participated in the discussion, or why
they were ruled out of order on certain
Efficient meeting procedure insures
swift orderly handling of business which
results in time saving, clarity of discus-
sion, and a better understanding of the
issues by the members of the group.
Attendance at the Union meeting tonight
should be enlightening for all house presi-
dents, members of political groups and leg-
islative bodies on campus and for all stu-
dents who desire more information concern-
ing parliamentary procedure.
-Eric Vetter

The General knows this and is obviously
hurt by it. In one of his rare informal mo-
ments, he has told his press escort, with
something close to bitter defiance, "I know
you so-and-sos aren't for me, but I'm go-
ing to win anyway."
What is the explanation of this sudden
souring of men who were so friendly to Gen.
Eisenhower when he started his active cam-
paigning? The answer lies in the way the
General has been handling certain really
vital issues. Take, for example, his repeated
intimations that he will "bring our boys
back home" from Korea, and fill their places
in the battle line with South Korean troops.
These intimations, which are not exactly
promises but sound perilously like promises,
go over big with the General's huge audi-
ences. Every American naturally wants to
end the horrible drain in Korea. His hearers
naturally take what the General says at
face value, when he implies he can manage
this great feat. But his hearers fail, so to
speak, to read the fine print on the back of
the contract. And the newspapermen are
more or less forced to read the fine print
simply because the contract is offered to
them so often.
In the first place, a maximum effort to
create powerful South Korean ground
forces had actually been going forward at
full speed for two years ever since it was
launched by Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
Second, neither Gen. MacArthur nor Gen.
Ridgway nor Gen. Mark Clark nor any
other commander-on-the-scene has ever
believed that the South Koreans would
withstand the present enemy pressure
without our aid, even after the maximum
number had been trained and armed.
Third, neither Gen. Eisenhower nor the
men around him really claim that Eisen-
hower can accomplish what he seems to
promise his audiences.
The contrast is sharp, when you recall the
rugged courage of Gen. Eisenhower's original
approach to- the Korean problem. From the
first, he rightly and forcefully criticized the
Administration bungling that invited ag-
gression in Korea. But in his first period, he
also emphasized that the challenge of ag-
gression had to be met when offered.
(Copyright, 1952, New York Herald Tribune, Inc.)

Note to a Vandal
Late Friday night, the large cloth ban-
ner advertising the Japanese Festival at'
Alumni Memorial Hall was stolen.
The banner, valued at $200, bore hand-
sewn designs and lettering made by the
Ann Arbor Garden Club for the festival.
Festival officials naturally want it back.
It would be a fine gesture if anyone
fitting the description of a vandal would
return it. After all, the show must go on.
-Gene Hartwig
THROUGH OCTOBER 24th, the Ann Ar-
bor Art Association is sponsoring three ar-
tists in a show at the Rackham Galleries.
(Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, closed
Over two dozen miniatures by Virginia
H. Irvin are displayed in the glass case
lin one of the rooms. Most of them are
round or oval, from the size of a quarter
on up; the largest are rectangular, not
much over post card size. As is usually
the case in western miniature work, these
are all portraits. Even the Madonna dif-
fers only superficially from the rest, in
costume and pose; the style remains the
Since physical likeness is aimed at, and
because the working area is small, don't
expect too much variety. The portraits are
very likely excellent as such, with perhaps
a tendency to beautify the subject, quite
justifiable on aesthetic grounds. All are well
executed and very cheerful, done in rich
In the same room are a number of water-
colors by Jane McAllister Dart. Her abstract
ventures depend heavily on design, and
sometimes tend toward surrealism. Occa-
sionally, as in Wormwood and in Sand Due
Rococo, the composition is too meticulously
worked out, so that the picture is stiff and
the structure obtrusive. The Root and the
Rock is similar in style, but more successful.
On the whole, her representational paint-
ings are better than her abstract. Carboni-
ferous and Fishing Dock are good scenes
without being scenic. Mrs.,Dart works well
in a variety of 'styles; the only constant
seems to be her preference for certain colors
in combination. All are for sale, ranging
from $20 to $175, depending on the size.
One of the nicest surprises to come my
way in several years of attending exhibits
in the local galleries is the work of Bill
Lewis, the third artist in the show. I don't
recall having seen any of his watercolors
in the past, though my memory is likely
at fault, but I will certainly watch out for
him in the future.
Generally, his paintings are characterized
by unusual force, vigorous in line and color.
Most of these watercolors are representa-
tional, and Lewis prefers the darker hours,
and as subjects, transportation, big cities,
and industry. In every such instance, he
shows boldness and a clarity of purpose un-
excelled by modern artists in any medium.
Take a look at Freight Yard, Pennsylvania,
Time Freight, or any one of a dozen others.
Despite the gloom pervading most of
these, a positive quality is always apparent
(as opposed to the negative art of social
protest, typical of our 'thirties). All are well-
defined, but not academically outlined.
Lewis' coloring is as forceful and indi-
vidualistic as his line. See Used Cars and
South Side Summertime; in the latter you
can feel the heat. Note also that although
the coloring is not naturalistic, it is quite
real psychologically, considerably truer than
a physically accurate blending could make
His abstracts are only slightly less
striking, and in some instances, as good
as any in the room. Sunstroke is particu-

larly vivid, reminiscent of Paul Klee (in
an unimitative way), excellent in compo-
sition, color and conception.
Out of nearly 30 watercolors, only two or
three are at all weak-Summer Cloud is one
such. At least one is just a colored drawing
(Bug with Cat), but nonetheless excellent.
His two mobiles are all right as mobiles go;
unfortunately, I have never been able to
take the things seriously. Most of Lewis,
works are for sale at $25 to $150, and cheap
at the price.
-Siegfried Feller
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.
"IT IS ONLY a man whose intellect is
clouded by his sexual impulse that could
give the name of the 'fair sex' to that under-
sized, narrow-shouldered, broad-hipped, and
short-legged race. . . . Instead of calling
them beautiful there would be more war-
rant for describing women as the unesthetic
sex. Neither for music, nor for poetry, nor
for the fine arts, have they really and truly
any sense of susceptibility; it is a mere mock-
ery if they make a pretense of it in order
to assist their endeavor to please.... They
are incapable of taking a purely objective in-
terest in anything. . . . The most distin-


At The Michigan .manages mostly to be wholly predictable
ga Band, as a consequence, quite boring.
AFFAIR IN TRINIDAD, with Rita Hay- Glenn Ford, whose appearance in Trin-
worth and Glenn Ford. idad is never fully explained, portrays the
RITA HAYWORTH'S "comeback" picture brother of the murdered man. He is
seems rather to be a "last-ditch stand" rude, tough, and cynical, and his only
to regain her former popularity. It repeats real function in the picture is to be the
many of the details of "Gilda," probably her object for Miss Hayworth to beguile. He
biggest financial success, and even con- makes the best of his limited talents, but
tains an almost exact duplication of her never quite amounts to anything but a
famed strip-tease dance at a large and fa- righteous young man whose mouth seems
shionable party. to be full of mush.
The story is neither original nor good; it The only saving factor of the whole show
concerns the efforts of a night-club enter- is the cartoon. It is one of the clever pro-
tainer to pi the murder of her husband on ducts of the same company that turned out
an international information-seller. The role "Gerald McBoing-Boing" and "Frankie and
calls for an extremely beautiful woman-- Johnny." With a little care and planning
which Rita Hayworth is not-able to ex- one can manage to show up in time for
press just about every possible emotion- the cartoon, and then escape before Miss
which Rita Hayworth cannot. As a result. of Hayworth begins her pathetic attempt to re-
her incompetence the picture fails to build capture the heart of the average American
up one whit of suspense or excitement, and male. -Tom Arp
The Disillusioned Liberals

"Just Pot Luck, You Know"
b -
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WASHINGTON-Having focused some attention on the finances
of Senator Nixon, the GOP vice-presidential candidate, here is
a report on the finances of the Democratic, vice-presidential candidate.
In 1942, Senator John J. Sparkman of Alabama, then a
member of the House of Representatives, telephoned this column
to say:
"You have been writing up members of Congress who put their
wives on the payroll. "I've never had Mrs. Sparkman on my payroll
yet, but I'm about to put her on. She's going to be a real working
member of the staff, and anytime you drop around to the office,
you'll find her there. If that's a story make the most of it."
This column has frequently called attention to relatives of Con-
gressmen carried on the public payroll who merely draw a salary
but do not work. Likewise this column has been careful to point to
family members who performed real jobs for Congressmen-among
them Mrs. Irving Ives, wife of the Republican Senator from New
York, who works in his office and works hard.
Another was Arthur Vandenberg, Jr., son of the late Republican
Senator from Michigan. It would have been difficult for Senator
Vandenberg to have accomplished what he did without his son's help.
Likewise Vice President Jack Garner kept his wife on the payroll and
she earned every penny she got.
However, in keeping with the healthy policy of dissecting the
financial affairs of candidates, here is a scrutiny of Senator Spark-
man's income.
His income taxes, already made public for the past eight years,
show that in 1944 he grossed $9,493.52 before taxes. This climbed to
$13,005.47 in 1951, and the average income was around $11,000-all
before taxes. Against this, Sparkman paid an average tax of about
$2,300 a year.
THE SENATOR'S income, chiefly his Congressional salary, was aug-
mented by rent of $75 a month on a six-room bungalow in Hunts-
ville, Ala., plus rent of $400 a year on a 160-acre farm near Hunts-
During his sixteen years in Congress he has made a total of
$2,000 on lecture fees and $950 from two magazine articles. His
wife receives a base salary of $4,500, which with overtime comes
to around $6,500. She is also a 49 per cent owner of radio station
WAVU at Albertville, Ala., the other owner being the husband of
the Senator's niece.
Senator Sparkman's capital investments include: $50,000 in life
insurance; about $20,000 in Government bonds; about $10,000 in
investment certificates; $675 of stock in a vending-machine company
that sells insurance at airports; and a $35,000 home in Washington.
Sparkman bought his Washington home in 1947, paying $15,000
in cash, by converting Government bonds. He took a mortgage of
$20,000, of which about one-half has been paid off.
Sparkman began life as the son of a tenant farmer in Ala-
bama, and it was always his ambition to own a farm. He now
owns what he describes as a rather run-down farm, but says he
is trying to build it up.
The Senator has a savings account in Huntsville, Ala., of $3,000
and a checking account in Washington of about $1,000 plus a 1950
Buick and a 1946 Chevrolet.
ASKED WHETHER he found it difficult to live on a Senator's in-
come, Sparkman replied: "It isn't easy, but you can do it all
right, and I know plenty of members of Congress who do.
"I made it a practice to save ten per cent of my income every
year, and while I don't always do it, I usually come pretty close."
He sets aside $50 every month for Government bonds.
Asked whether he sent out Christmas cards (Senator Nixon sent
out 25,000) Sparkman said that unfortunately he didn't. He said he
didn't want to reflect on anyone else who sent them out and that
sometimes he felt kind of sheepish at not being able to reciprocate
when he received so many nice cards from others at Christmas time.
The Senator said he did not use all of the money alloted
him by Congress to run his office, but turned part of it back to
the Treasury.
Of the $98,000 given him to run the Senate Small Business Com-
mittee, of which he is chairman ,he also turned back around $15,000.
ON JUNE 1, 1946, this column, in reporting how Senators Thomas
of Oklahoma and Bankhead of Alabama had speculated in the cot-
ton market on the basis of Government information, also reported the
following under the heading "Honest John Sparkman."
"Lunching with friends, House Majority Whip John Spark-
man of Huntsville, Alabama, was discussing the question of cam-
paign aid to members of Congress. Sparkman mentioned several
instances where he had turned down offers of money from con-
stituents whom he had helped in Washington and who wanted to
contribute to his campaign fund as a return favor.
"On one occasion, Sparkman said, he studied his bank statement
and thought he discovered an error of $500 in his favor. Upon query-
ing the bank, he learned that a constituent had deposited the $500 to
Sparkman's account. The Congressman had introduced a bill by
which the constituent was paid $5,000 damages when an army truck
killed a member of the constituent's family.
"Sparkman wrote the bank that prosecution of the claim was

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

Campus Elections.. ..
To the Editor:
ON TUESDAY, October 14, pe-
titions for the all campus elec-
tions to be held November 18 and
19 may be picked up at the Student
Legislature Building. This year it
is of particular importance to have
serious, qualified and interested
candidates. The Legislature is in
a strong position today and in or-
der to maintain and even to su-
percede its present position, the
very best people are needed to
This letter is an appeal-it is an
appeal first of all for good candi-
dates and secondly, for an intel-
ligent and enthusiastic electorate.
If you are sincerely interested in
the projects of Student Legisla-
ture and share with us the philos-
ophy that "students must partici-
pate in shaping their own educa-
tion," then I urge you to run.
A candidate for the Legislature
should be sincerely dedicated to
Student Government. This dedica-
tion should manifest itself in a
willingness to work and to work
hard. There are many projects
which need to be done and these
can only be done by interested and
hard working students. Often
times students are elected because
they want to do just one particular
thing. When this item is disposed
of that member relaxes for the
rest of his term. These are not the
people we need nor want on the
Legislature. What we are appeal-
ing for are those who, while hav-
ing a specific project in mind, still
maintain an interest in all proj-
Many people have criticized the
Legislature for "never accomplish-
ing anything concrete." These
concrete somethings can only be
done if you elect the people to do
them. Perhaps, if you are not in-
terested in running yourself, you
can encourage those whom you
feel are qualified. If they accept
your encouragement, help them to
become elected. It is up to each
student to take a personal inter-
est in the election, for only then
is any criticism justified.
I sincerely hope that these two
appeals will bear fruit by Novem-
ber 18 and 19.
--Robin Glover
Director of Elections
,* *
Bogdono f's Blast.. .
To the Editor:
off's blast "Reapportioning
Michigan" I wonder whether she
has even bothered to read either of
the proposals involved. It is ob-
vious that she knows nothing of
the background of the question.
To apportion BOTH the senate
and the house on the same basis
(population) is to defeat the check
and balance sytem inherent in the
bicameral legislature. On the face
of it, the bicameral system de-
mands two different methods of
chosing the members of the two
houses. Proposition three main-
tains this difference in method.
Proposition twodoes NOT pro-
vide for redistricting Wayne coun-
ty. Wayne is still to be carried as
a group of districts in which ev-
eryone votes for all the district
candidates. This permits a man
in Grosse Pointe to vote for a man
to represent people living on Wy-
oming Avenue. Is this "representa-
Proposition three does redistrict
Wayne county. It will eliminate the
confusing "bedsheet" ballot upon
which 189 names appeared in the
last primary.
There IS a force clause in prop-
osition three. In the event that the
legislature refuses to reapportion,
then the state board of canvassers
MUST do the job. To have the task
fall on one elected official, as re-
quired by proposal two, places too

much power in one place, again
violating the check and balance
Proposal two was placed on the
ballot by the efforts of the social-
ist dominated CIO, and is as neat
a contrivance for political chican-
ery as could be imagined. With the
legislature, the governor and the
secretary of state in the hands of
the socialists, the door is open for
complete control of the state.
-T. H. Hunter
To the Editor:
IN FRIDAY'S Daily was a lette
announcing a forthcoming
meeting of the Continuations
Committee of the National Stu-
dent Conference on Academi
Freedom, Equality and Peace (N.-
S.C.A.F.E.P.). Mentioned in tha'
letter were a number of nationa
student organizations including
the Students for Democratic Ac-
tion. Now that this conference
has again come to the attention of
Michigan students, we feel it ad'
visable to make clear the relation-
ship of the conference to the vari
ous organizations mentioned an
particularly the Students for Dem

viduals and not as representatives
of their organizations. Most of the
organizations mentioned are not
in any way connected with either
the Conference or its Continua-
tions Committee.
The Executive Secretary of Stu-
dents for Democratic Action at-
tended the conference as an ob-
server. In his report to the Na-
tional Board of SDA he stated that
the Conference, which was billed
as an attempt to form a broad co-
alition of student liberal opinion,
was, in fact, dominated by persons
with the political coloration of
YPA and LYL (Labor Youth Lea-
gue) and that the resolutions it
passed, on the whole, had a bias
that would make them totally un-
acceptable to liberals. On the ba-
sis of this report the National
Board condemned the conference
and declared that SDA was In no
way to be connected with the Con-
ference or any of its works.
-Gordon Scott
Chairman, U.ofM. Chapt.
Students for Democratic
-Blue Carstenson
Former Executive Secre-
tary of the Pittsburgh
Area Chapter.
* * *
Robeson Ban .. .
To the Editor:
I AM WRITING J. Stalin t
award the Red Star to the Ma-
sons of Ann Arbor; none but they,
with their stand on the Robeson-
Hallinan meeting, could have pro-
vided more abundant propaganda-
fodder to a communistic press, as
sensation-starved as H e a r st's
worst. Such an opportunity for
triggering off lively argument, for
inciting rallies of righteous pro-
testation, for demonstrating dra-
matically the hypocrisy, tyranny
and chicanery of one's opponents
is worth millions of advertising
dollars.It is by adopting obvious-
ly worthy causes (such as the pre-
sent one) that the real subversives
produce their most convincing
writing, shine the best during
court proceedings, predominate
the easiest in every bull session.
If I bought a ticket to the Ma-
sonic Temple meeting it is BE-
CAUSE the Masons raised this
rumpus by their frantic contor-
tions. Without the spice provided
by Reaction most people would
have shied away from another
probably dull meeting, highlighted
by another couple of probably
naive or boring parrots.
No subsrsion, no conspiracy is
more repulsive than plain stupid-
ity. A few more people with the
blockhead mentality of this Ann
Arbor group and the triumph of
Communism is indeed inevitable.
-Stefan Vail
Backhaut, GOP .. .
To the Editor:
SENATOR Richard Nixon's visit
to Ann Arbor Wednesday will
especially delight University stu-
dents, since his candidacy reflects
the emphasis Republicans place on
America's youth.
While serving on the House Un-
American Activities Committee,
Senator Nixon first gained nation-
al fame for his exposure of Alger
Hiss. Since then, much of his time
has been devoted to investigation
of Communist influence in the
national government, but at no
time has Nixon ever accused any-
one of subversion unless his proof
was unquestionable.
At the railroad station Wednes-
day, 9 a.m., Senator Nixon will
give another of his famous whistle
stop talks. It would be well to
come, if only to compare his tech-
niques with another whistlestop-
per-or should I say, "FIZZLE-
-Bernie Backhaut

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SACRAMENTO - Gov. Earl Warren is
maintaining his usual acceptability to
California voters of both parties this presi-
dential year. It is an attitude which induces
a considerable frustration both in ambitious
Democrats and right-wing Republicans.
Neither seems to dent the handsome
Governor, whose capacity and assurance
are steadily more impressive. He welcom-
ed President Truman at his point of en-
try. He flew north to meet General Eisen-
hower and campaign with him.
The Governor also has a crazy-quilt

in the last three presidential campaigns.
Coining a phrase, the liberals begin to talk
about the swing of the pendulum and laying
aside their spears for entrenching tools.
It appeared for a time that Adlai Steven-
son might lead the Democratic pack in this
direction. President Truman put a stop to
that with the help of inevitable pressures
from vital elements of the Democratic co-
Mr. Truman's contempt for what he
calls "fake liberals" is even more con-
suming than for music critics. Apparently

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