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Daily Managing Editor
THURSDAY'S RETURN of the stolen Jap-
anese festival banner was a refreshing
reminder that the student conscience is still
a functioning mechanism.
Occuring as it did the evening after a
home football game, it was obvious from
the outset that the theft was merely a
student prank. What was .not clear was
whether the banner would remain for the
year as interior decoration, or would be
quietly returned.
As it turned out, the pangs of remorse
outweighed the wallpapering exigencies, and
the decorative flag was anonymously routed
back to the sponsors of the Japanese Art
Festival through The Daily.
It is unfortunate that our downtown
competitor chose to magnify the incident
in an editorial by drawing patently absurd
inferences that the prank might have been
due to anti-Japanese feeling in Ann Ar-
bor. The mention without apparent basis

of such a theory does disservice to the
spirit of the whole festival, with its motif
of deep Japanese-American friendship.
Another still unresolved problem is the
damage done to the banner apparently in
the process of dislodging it from its van-
tage-point above the entranceway to Alumni
Memorial Hall. The flag was ripped in half,
with some other minor tears.
It would be a fitting gesture to close off
the entire incident if those responsible for
the banner's original disappearance would
reimburse the festival authorities for the
cost of the repairs. Again this could be per-
formed incognito through The Daily.
At any rate, it is a happy note that
the banner will be back in place in time
for the Japanese ambassador's visit to-
And it is to be further hoped that the
repercussions from a rather indiscreet prank
and some rather illogical editorial conclu-
sions in no way mar the contribution the
present festival is able to make towards
Japanese-American friendship.

Ike Expected To Be Far More
Liberal if Elected President

important thing to realize about Gen.
Eisenhower's campaign is that a working
theory lies behind it. In these last weeks,
the General has said and done a good many
things that have seemed out of character.
He has gone so far, in fact, that Col. Robert
R. McCormick, the bitterest enemy of ev-
erything Eisenhower has been presumed to
stand for, has now joyfully hailed "the new
Yet if the Colonel understood this
working theory being followed by Eisen-
hower and his intimate staff, he might
not be so jubilant about the General's ap-
parent transformation.
In brief, Eisenhower was appalled by the
sheer violence of the fight within the Re-
publican party, which he only discovered
when he was rudely plunged into practical
politics. It seemed to Eisenhower then, and
it seems to him now, that the two party
system itself could be destroyed by this
They argue that another Republican de-
feat will give Sen. Robert A. Taft and his
partisans full control of the party machin-
ery, if only by default. They argue further
that the more respectable Republican con-
servatives, even Sen. Taft himself-will be
quite unable to dominate this altered Re-
publican party. The men who will really
be in the driver's seat, they say, will be the
new breed of right-wing rabble-rousers -
men of the stripe of Sen. Joseph R. Mc-
Carthy and Sen. William Jenner.
WITHOUT MOVING more than a few
paces from the manuscript scroll, you
will find another extremely interesting dis-
play. The set of five Kutani-ware saki cups
is evidence of an art inuwhich the Japanese
are unexcelled; the care with which layers
of lacquer are applied to their base (not
uncommonly gold) and decorated to pro-
duce a set of this quality is excruciating.
Requiring just about the same degree
of patience and skill are the three netsukes
(one with a hinged lower jaw), ornaments
of utility; ivory is a difficult substance,
especially as the scale is necessarily small,
leaving little room for expensive mistakes.
The tea ceremony set includes a great many
objects whose use is unknown to me, but
they are certainly pleasant to look upon.
Just outside the North Gallery are three
fine pieces of ceramic ware, one of Imari
porcelain, and two Seto plates, together with
two small sculptures, in bronze and wood.
Directly across the mezzanine are three more
wood objects, a guardian fox, a Buddhist
shrine, and a table.
Here, as elsewhere in the exhibit, an ori-
ental preference for things simple and aes-
thetic is evident. Most of the items, which
in the western 'world are found in museums
or in the possession of wealthy collectors,
are common household objects in all but the
poorest oriental homes. The netsukes which
here are kept under glass are worn on Jap-
anese belts; the finest pieces may only ap-
pear on special occasions, but they are gener-
ally utilized and within reach at all times.
As further preof of this contention,
wander into West Gallery and take a long
gander at the Japanese house and ac-
coutrements. Although this is not the typ-
ical home, complete, the flavor is accurate.
Another shrine, outside, and look closely
at the simple but extremely pleasant fur-
nishings within. Compare these with the
oddly assorted, often ugly (taken individu-
ally or in toto) effects you have observed

The ugly words, "fascist party," have
been known to be whispered in the inner
recesses of the Eisenhower train. Men
haunted by such a specter are naturally
inclined to make sacrifices to expediency,
in order to avoid the thing they so much
Meanwhile, by his speeches, as well as by
such gestures as his appearances with Sen-
ators McCarthy and Jenner, Gen. Eisen-
hower has sought to heal the Republican
schism and bring the party's factions to-
Liberal Republicans hope that men of
the McCarthy stripe will eventually sink
into relative insignificance-after all, they
can hardly go on decrying the "softness
towards Communism" of their own ad-
ministration. They hope that Republican
isolationists will at last face world-facts,
when they hear the facts from a Repub-
lican President. And they hope that mod-
erate and progressive Republicans, sup-
ported by all the authority of the White
House, will gain constantly increasing
weight and influence.
It is a promising picture, this picture of a
modernized Republicanism. Certainly it ig-
nores several very grave problems, such as
Gen. Eisenhower's commitments to Sen.
Taft and Sen. Taft's vast prospective power
in the kind of Congress an Eisenhower vic-
tory will help to elect. If the General seri-
ously seeks to realize his picture of a re-
constructed Republicanism, one can confi-
dently predict a nation-shaking Taft-Eis-
enhower struggle.
(Copyright, 1952, New York Herald Tribune, Inc.)
RT +
clothing on either side are much more sat-
The "Oriental Roon" with the gallery con-
tains, among other things, a pair of exquis-
ite folding screens, painting, on a gold
ground. Amazing what can be done with a
few sticks, some paint and paper, and ar-
tistic skill. On the same high plane are the
scroll paintings, table with flower arrange-
ment, and wooden Buddha, within the same
On the walls are the six prints by Ho-
kusai (previously reviewed), and two doz-
en-plus specimens of Japanese textiles.
Only a few of the items in the glass cases
can be considered as "ordinary" house-
hold objects. Some, as in the case of the
letter box, are obviously expensive items,
out of reach to anyone but an aristocrat,
and the samurai swords, of course, are for
military use.
Both inside and just outside the Oriental
Gallery are a number of flower arrange-
ments, on pedestals. They are very interest-
ing and (especially if you missed the open-
ing lecture on the subject) demonstrAte how
much can be done with plants to beautify
the home. Don't overlook the containers;
they are worth a good deal of consideration
for themselves.
The accompanying display of books on
the art of flower arrangement are in-
formative (provided you read Japanese)
and splendid examples of book art, both
in calligraphy and illustration. The color
plates are superb, and all the drawings,
whenever worked into the text, make each
page an aesthetic entity in itself.
A large wood Kwannon of the 8th or 9th
century, a series of -24 large photos of Japa-
nese scenes, and several colorful fish kites
of various sizes are among the more import-
ant and attractive items remaining, but by
no means complete the catalog. If I mention
no more, it is only because space does not
make it feasible.
Once more I would like to pay tribute
and express my appreciation to the many
hands that did the wnrk of nntting this

A WEALTH OF German lieder highlighted
Rise Stevens' performance last night in
Hill Auditorium when she presented the first
of the season's Extra Concert Series. Ap-
pearing in a striking black gown with scar-
let underskirt and sash, she completely cap-
tivated a near capacity audience in the
manner for which she is so famous.
The opening selection, from the "Mes-
siah," was delivered in a fairly straightfor-
ward manner and served as a good begin-
ning for both singer and audience. A song
described in the program notes as "typical
of the Old English pastorale melodies of the
seventeenth century" seemed neither sev-
enteenth century nor appropriate between
this and the aria from "Orfeo." An ex-
tremely wide vibrato distorted the simple
beauty of Gluck's music.
Miss Stevens' sensuous voice is basical-
ly well-suited to German lieder, and judg-
ing from the generous programming which
she gave this idiom she fully realizes the
fact. Such slower songs as Wolf's "Ver-
borgenheit" and Strauss' "Heimkehr" dis-
played a sensitivity of expression compar-
able to the most famous of the lieder in-
terpreters. A slight lack of vocal agility
detracted from the more rapid numbers,
such as Schubert's "Wohin" and Wolf's
"Elfenlied," in the latter of which a final
bit of dramatic display was also allowed
to interfere with vocal control. Undoubt-
edly Brahms' "O liebliche Wangen" was
sung at a faster pace than usual for cli-
mactic effect, but it would have been more
effective at a tempo which allowed fuller
exploitation of the nuances.
The artist was completely in her element
in Tchaikovsky's "Adieu forets" from
"Jeanne d'Arc." It provided an excellent
climax to the first half of the concert which
was hardly equaled by the inconsequential,
encore-like song by Bernstein with which
she closed the program. The accompaniment
and solo selections by Brooks Smith at the
piano were adequate, although colorless,
and evidenced better than average musician-
-Tom Reed
AS OLD AS any other insight into the
fabric of existence is the despairing cry,
To have lived is good, but better yet never
to have been born at all. On this numbing
apothegm Camus' play, "Cross Purpose," is
built. The difficulty of his theme lies in the
fact that men of good will, having looked
into the abyss, become silent. One senses
the terrors of the void lurking behind the
action; and Camus has spoken of them in
an allegorical stutter. Oedipus returns, not
in fatal innocence to murder his parent, but
to be snuffed by his mother and sister, who
hover over his mysterious identity like foul
furies materialized from the filthy air of
Europe. This bizarre plot is conceived well.
In the end, however, the playwright tries to
resolve it in a spate of words: the same old
sententious Existentialist lecture on deprav-
ity, though occasionally eloquent, is neither
shocking, moving, nor profound.
The play does have theatrical power.
Unfortunately the production is hollow.
The potential melodrama - with - moral
never reaches us because we can't hear it.
Miss Henry, who carries the chief part, is
incapable of expressing any real emotion;
she misreads, indeed her reading defeats
a most willing attention; she fails to con-
vey personality, and in a play where
"reality" is attenuated this is fatal. One
can count on Mr. Elcar even if he speaks
only four words. Miss Edgar is a welcome
return. Miss Laikin, the newest member,

revealed herself an actress of first talent;
she will grace the company.
The Arts Theater has proved itself vital
to Ann Arbor; but this production betrays
the flaws of its technique: the power of in-
timacy is precisely the power which, through
uninspired or incompetent acting, or un-
sure direction, smashes illusion. It is curious
that this, the second modern French play
attempted, fails for the same reasons as the
first, "The Sulky Fire," while the nihilistic
gloom of Ibsen, who has so much less to say
to us, resulted in splendid theater.
-Jascha Kessler
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.


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"Anybody Care What I'm Like?"

WASHINGTON-A small eruption took place aboard the Eisenhower
"train recently over a Boston banker.
He is Brig. Gen. Robert Cutler, president of the Old Colony
Trust Co., friend of Senator Cabot Lodge, and put aboard the
train as personal aide to Ike and a sort of ambassador for Lodge,
who was Ike's first campaign manager.
Because Cutler's duties were undefined, and because .he is an
energetic gentleman, Cutler soon rose to be a top member of the
Eisenhower brain trust. He branched out into speech-writing, sat in
on policy sessions ,issued pronouncements.
But one morning at 4 o'clock, he routed the speech-writing crew
out of their berths, told them they would have to get to work on the
next speech, though actually it wasn't due until the next evening.
This was too much. The speech-writers had only just got to
bed. They rebelled. Cutler insisted. Finally they told him where to
get off, went back to bed.
Gov. Sherman Adams of New Hampshire, top man in the
Eisenhower camp, backed them up. Adams is a small, pleasant
person, usually mild-nannered. But when he sticks out his
jaw, his face looks like New Hampshire granite.
Adams has now demoted Gen. Cutler. He is seen a lot, less often
GETTING BEHIND THE day-to-day headlines, here is a summary
of the Korean fighting, based on secret Pentagon reports:
The Chinese launched 55 probing attacks against our line
in one day last week, then put on the pressure at the weakest
point. This happened to be in the Chorwon Valley, where an Am-
erican division was moving out and a South Korean division mov-
ing in. The South Koreans hadn't yet dug in, so the line gave way.
However, the Communist attack failed to penetrate what the
Army calls its MRL (main resistance line), but pounded a dent in the
OPRL (operations resistance line). In other words, our main defense
nosition are solidly intact.
Meanwhile, the Chinese have wheeled up an impressive array of
field artillery and even front-line anti-aircraft guns. Last week, the
Chinese lobbed 200,000 rounds of artillery across the line and for
the first time threw flak at our planes up front.
But there are still no signs of a big push--no speed-up of
supplies, no massing of reserve troops. The press has reported that
the Chinese have moved 16,000 reserves into the battle area.
This is not the case. The Chinese have simply been juggling two
front-line divisions, not bringing in reserves from the rear
The Pentagon appraisal is that the Chinese are deliberately
bleeding UN troops, knowing our regard for human life. The Chinese
also may be trying to straighten out the battle line in order to improve
their bargaining position at the conference table, in case truce talks
are resumed.
THE LADY WHO would be hostess to bachelor Adlai Stevenson, if
elected, his sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Ives, got off some cogent com-
ments on politics recently before the North Carolina Democratic Club
of Dashington, D.C.
"The family didn't realize that Adlai was a good story teller
until he left home," she quipped. "He never got a chance to talk
at home."
Telling how her brother rejected a campaign proposal to make a
special radio broadcast to women voters, she continued:
"Adlai reasoned that it would be equally silly to slant a broadcast
to barbers, storekeepers, bus drivers, or other vocational groups. No
speeches should be written especially for women. They are interested
equally with men in better working conditions, prices, schools, public
welfare, public health, public housing, rural electrification, homes,
peace, and other issues."
"Campaigning with Stevenson," she said, "was easy. They
tell you where to go, what to do, what to eat, and whom to speak
to, but they don't tell you what to say."
Mrs. Stanley Wohl, the presiding officer, later asked Mrs. Ives
if she would become hostess to her brother if he were elected. The
"Will I become the White House hostess? Just let Adlai ask me!"
(Copyright, 1952, by the Bell Syndicate)

L.Y.L. Answered ...
To the Editor:
THE LETTER written by several
L.Y.L.ers in Wednesday's "Dai-
ly" provokes only one reaction
from us-incredulity. Are they se-,
rious? Do the writers actually be-j
lieve that the Masons of Ann Ar-
bor are in intimate contact with
"a small clique of industrialists
whose profits have skyrocketed
since the war," and that the ban-
ning of Paul Robeson is a result of
a conscious analysis of the Korean
War as an economic buoyancy fac-
tor? This type of over-simplifica-
tion results from either naivete or
the desire for sensationalism.
The atmosphere of fear that re-
sulted in the Mason's decision is
to be deplored. A letter of the type
written by the L.Y.L. adds to rath-
er than counteracts such an atmos-
phere. It is difficult to believe that
a group such as this sincerely
wishes to improve the situation
when it is responsible for such
drivel. We would suggest that the
L.Y.L. restirct pronouncements of
this tone to handbills.
-Allan Leja
John Leggett
**. *
Welcome, Bernie...
To the Editor:
RE: Dave Kornbluh.
It is with great interest that
I read your letter expressing con-
dolences to one Berni Backhaut.
However, I could not help but
sense a certain tone of bitterness
in your missive. I realize that you
and the Young Democrats are hav-
ing an exceptionally hard time
thinking up reasons why your par-
ty should be returned to power
again and I truly sympathize with
the proportions of your task. Be-
ing affiliated with a political club
myself I know the sense of dismay
that you must feel at losing anoth-
er good member. However, we of
the Young Republican Club are
happy to welcome another member
into our midst. Bernie is a fine
gentleman . . . and remember,
Dave, any time you get tired of
Harry S. Truman and friends, we
hold meetings every week in the
-Ned B. Simon
President of "the other club"
* * *
Scared.. .
To the Editors:
THE NEAR hysteria that broke
out on Observatory Hill Tues-
day night when the sirens which
marked the beginning of the Com-
munity Chest Drive were unex-
pectedly sounded is indicative of
the complete lack of preparation
for any war emergency that is
prevelant in Ann Arbor.
Because of Ann Arbor's proxim-
ity to Willow Run and to Detroit,
it seems that some sort of prepara-
tion i sorely needed, in the event
the next siren actually is a warn-
ing of an enemy attack.
If Tuesday night's alarm hadn't
turned out to be a false one, the
complete helplessness that so many
felt would have had far more se-
rion results than that of mere
We feel most strongly that if
the Ann Arbor City Council and
the University would post shelter
signs and air raid instructions, the
potential hysteria, danger, and
death toll in the event of an at-
tack would be greatly lessened
-Roberta Snyder, 54
Sandra Schulman. '53
Frances Kochin, '54
Daone Golumbia, '55
Helene Jackson, '55
* *, *-
A poloia ...
To the Editor:
S A MEMBER of the Cornell
Weekend Central Committee, I
wish to make an apology to the
students of the University of Mich-

igan. I regret having to say that
there will be no "Cornell Week-
end" this year.
Representatives from the Inter-
House Council, Assembly, Inter-
Fraternity Council, Panhellenic,
the Iague, the Union, and the
Wolverine Club have been meeting
since last semester working on a
plan to promote better campus
This committee drew up plans
for a "Cornell Weekend," including
a pep rally and dance on the Fri-
day preceding the Cornell football
game and jointly-sponsored open,
houses about the campus Satur-
day evening. I.H.C. would have
underwritten the project and
shared the expenses with the oth-
er organizations. Enthusiasm was
running high that "Cornell Week-
end" would provide a lot of fun
for Michigan students, repay the
hospitality of Cornell last year,
and most important of all, ring in
an era of Campus-wide soirit, co-
operation, and comradeship.
Most of the organizations had
voted to cooperate in sponsoring
ioint onnen houses with sororities.

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 of
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

The committee has failed to ac-
complish its purpose; the Michigan
student body as a whole will not
play host to our Cornell guests in
any way; and once again, apathy
reigns supreme on the Michigan
campus. And I, as part of that
failure, am very sorry.
-Booth Tarkington
** *
To the Editors:
er's letter, I wonder whether
he has read both proposals in-
volved. Had he read both pro-
posals he would know that pro-
posal 2 does redistrict Wayne
County, providing one senator and
three representatives in each dis-
trict. Since both proposals elimi-
nate the "bedsheet" ballot, it can-
not fairly be maintained that this
is a primary issue.
More important is the question
of a "balanced" versus a "repre-
sentative" legislature. Mr. Hunt-
er's defense of the check and bal-
ance system" is vulnerable and is
not upheld by the state consti-
tution which provides that both
houses of the state legislature be
reapportioned according to popu-
lation every tenth year. To reap-
portion both houses is to follow
the requirements of the state con-
stitution. (Article V, Section 2, 3,
and 4.) The refusal of the legisla-
ture to reapportion the Senate has
been in direct violation of the state
constitution. Proposal 2 will insure
the carrying out of the intent of
the constitution. Proposal 3 will
make legal the legislature's viola-
tion of the constitution.
Proposal three was placed on the
ballot by the Detroit Board of
Commerce and other special in-
terest groups. They are more in-
terested in defeating proposal 2
than in securing passage of their
counter proposal. It would seem
that their main interest is in split-
ting the vote sufficiently so that
neither proposal will be ordered.
To use scare words to frighten
the voter away from proposal 2
may be sound practical politics,
but it cannot hide the fact that
this proposal offers greater democ-
racy to the state of Michigan. Pro-
posal 3 would continue an inher-
ently unrepresentative and un-
democratic system.
--R. L. Darling
They Want Mail . .
To the Editor:
SITTING AROUND the barracks
here at Fort Riley, a few f us
former Michigan men decided to
draft a letter to our friends and
neighbors at school.
Our primary observation up to
this point is that the army is a
bit paternalistic. As yet we have
not, been granted late permission,
but we are allowed to ride in cars.
As for discriminatory clauses, we
find the army very liberal. In di-
rect contrast to the U of M, alco-
hol plays a very important part in
each of our lives . . . it is however
used after Physical Training to re-
lieve our throbbing muscles.
With all these advantages we
are becoming clean and sanitary
Americans and in conclusion we
would appreciate any mail - in-
cluding the Garg.
-Pvt. Steve Davis, '52
Pvt. Robert Leopold, '52
Pvt. Lem M. Stock, '5
Co. 'E'
86th Infantry Regiment
10th Infantry Division
Fort Riley, Kansas





DEMOCRACY is predicated on the possi-
bility of developing responsible, mature,
and independent individuals capable of
working with others but without a compul-
sive needtodominate them. At present pros-
perity and material well-being seem to have
weakened our devotion to non-material
values. There is a growing tendency to ac-
cept the shrivelling of democracy if only we
can continue to be comfortable.
-The Nation

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