THE MICHIGAN DAILY
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1932
BEHIND THE LINES
9 The Daily's Independence
By CAL SAMRA
Daily Editorial Director
ON ANY college campus, there is, unfor-
tunately, a score of damning pundits
who always have an invective at the point
of their pen. One must not suppose that
they ever get lost in their respective jungles,.
for they at all times seem to have a mystical
insight into which path is right and which
The other day an interesting letter
found its way into the senior office. It
was a highly impassioned denunciation of
The Daily. We were accused of every-
thing in the Belgian Congo, but primar-
ily of beng unfair to the Republican Par-
ty. This Is hardly borne out by the facts,
If the facts mean anything.
Checking back over five weeks of editorial
comment in The Daily, I discovered that
both the Republican and Democratic Par-
ties were blessed with seven partisan edl-
torials apiece. Total amount of column inch-
esifor the Republicans was 69% inches, for
the Democrats, 89% inches. These figures
seem to be fantastically equitable when it
iA taken into consideration that predominant
sentiment on The Daily is in favor of Adlai
Another attempted dent was the charge
that columnist Drew Pearson "has a ten-
dency to be one-sided." To reiterate for the
second time, The Daily for two years ran
uncensored Pearson columns exposing scan-'
dals in the RFC, Justice Dept., Commodity
Credit Corporation, the internal revenue bu-
reau, and the OPS. Generally, the*"qualites
of a good columnist can be judged in pro-
portion to the number of people in both
parties he can make squawk. As for the Al-
sop Brothers, it seems obvious enough that
they have been quite independent, in fact
even showing a leaning towards Ike.
In this respect, it should also be noted
that The Daily has been running violently
partisan cartoons, financed by the Repub-
lican National Committee and sent to us
free of charge. We would accord the Dem-
ocrats the same privilege, if they could
Regarding The Daily's news pages, cov-
erage of national, state, and local politics
has also been remarkably fair in terms of
column inches and newsplay. The views of
all candidates have been given equal treat-
To dispense with one final complaint, The
Daily's fairly thorough coverage of the
Young Republicans' debt of $146 was not
motivated by evil intent but simply by a
sense of what is interesting reading matter
for the campus. The reason the Young
Democrats' debt of $46 was not given equal
publicity is rather obvious: The YD's small
debt was paid off, while the YR debt has
not been liquidated.
It is disgusting personally to this writer
to be forced to defend what needs no de-
fense. Today nearly every college paper
in the country is supporting a candidate,
bending its news, and being what one
might call "unfair" editorially.
Faced with criticism from extreme parti-
sans on both sides, it is becoming exceed-
ingly difficult to remain independent.
with DREW PEARSON
WASHINGTON--The Wage Stabilization
Board's veto of the mine workers' wage
boost, thus precipitating a coal strike on the
eve of the election, may cause a serious po-
litical , backfire against the Democrats on
Preliminary reports indicate that the
miners are up in arms in the key states,
of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Illi-
nois. They are sore at the Government,
since the mine owners had already come
to terms, and it was the Government that
upset the applecart.
Yet the mai who stiffened the Wage
Boutd's backbone is a'loyal Democrat-eco-
nomit stabilizer Roger Putnam, appointed
-through ex-Democratic chairman Frank Mc-
Kinney. He sent a confidential letter to Ar-
chibald Cox, the board's chairman, urging
him to "adhere strictly" to the Govern-
ment's stabilization standards.
By these standards, the wage increase
promised by the mine owners was too
high. Putnam has disregarded these stan-
darids in past disputes, but this time called
uponk Cos to hold the line regarding the
mine workers' case.
What Putnam apparently feared was the
accusation that the Administration was
buying the miners' vote by giving them a
full increase on the eve of elections.
CRUCIAL NATO CONFERENCE
HE SHOWDOWN won't come until the
North Atlantic Treaty nations meet in
Paris in December, but Britain is looking
for a cheaper way to defend Europe, based
on atomic power.
The British want to reshuffle European
defense plans, slacken the rearmament
race and fall back on America's atomic
arsenal. This would require a free ex-
change of atomic information among the
However, Gen. Omar Bradley, chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has advised the
British and French privately that the most
they can expect from the United States is
data on how many atomic bombs and other
Weapons would be available for Europe's de-
fense in case of an attack.
The British are bargaining for an ex-
change of technical information, however,
on the grounds that their scientists are
ahead of our own in some phases of atomic
research. Trading atomic secrets, they claim,
would benefit both countries.
What the British will propose at the NATO
meeting in December is to lower the present
goal of a 96-division European army by 1955.
They are already arguing behind the
scenes that the economic drain is too great
and the rearmament load must be lightened'.
They claim the danger of a Soviet attack
has diminished in the past year anyhow.
This is in the face of an urgent warning
from Gen. Mathew Ridgway that the Eu-
ropean Army is dangerously weak and
must be based on Russian capabilities,
rather than any estimate of the Kremlin's
The result may be a serious split between
the United States and Britain at the forth-
coming, crucial NATO conference.
* * *
MAYOR JOHN HYNES of Boston has
sent out speeches to 988 fellow mayors,
who have promised to campaign for Steven-
son in their towns ..... The League of Wo-
men Voters has had numerousrequests from
people who want to know how they can vote
for Eisenhower, but not Nixon . . . . The
Pennsylvania Power Company gave its em-
ployees time off with pay to attend a poli-
tical rally for Senator Nixon . . . . Jay
Franklin, who helped write Truman's whis-
tle-stop speeches in 1948 is now working
hard for Eisenhower.... Suzanne La Fol-
lette of Wisconsin has been helping Sena-
Two strong prospects for the cabinet, in
case Stevenson is elected, are: crime-busting
Senator Kefauver as attorney general, and
Secretary of the Air Force Finletter as Sec-
retary of Defense .. . . The Republican Na-
tional Committee has given up all hope of
re-electing Senator Cain of Washington,
and has refused to send him any more cam-
paign money. The committee is also holding
back on Senator Lodge of Massachusetts.
All other GOP Senatorial candidates have
received a flat $5,000, but Lodge so far has
been limited to only $2,500 . . . . Governor
Stevenson has been closeting himself alone
in his office until 3 a.m. writing speeches.
It's one thing that has slowed up his cam-
paign ... . The Senate elections committee
will try to total up the stupendous cost of
the 1952 campaign. Questionnaires are be-
ing sent out to hundreds of Democratic and
Republican campaign committees, demand-
ing a full financial accounting.
(Copyright, 1952, by the Bell Syndicate)
I WANTED to cash a check. The banks
were closed. "Will you cash a check for
$12.50?" I asked the gent at the desk in
"Sure. May I see your Union Card?"
"I haven't got a Union card. Won't an
ID card do?"
"Nope. Gotta have a Union card. Better
go to the Student Offices and get it now."
"OK," and I trudged down the hall to
the Student Offices.
"I want a Union card," I said to the
three or four young men in the office
with the carpet on the floor. They were
"Sure. Wait a while; someone will be here
to take care of you," one replied. He lapsed
back into his swivel chair, doing nothing.
Five minutes passed. Finally one of the
officials arose. "Guess I'll be noble and
get the Union cards." r
"Do you have a cashier's receipt?"
"No, but I have an ID. Won't that do?"
"Nope. Gotta have your cashier's receipt."
So I departed from the office with the
carpet on the floor, made out the check for
$12.50 to a friend, and waited out in the
driveway while he cashed it.
But he returned with only $12.45.
"There's a five-cent service charge on
Yes, it's YOUR Union.
MATTER OF FACT:
By JOSEPH and STEWART ALSOP
WASHINGTON-Next Monday, Sen. Jo-
seph R. McCarthy will "reluctantly"
tell what he calls "The Stevenson Story"
over a national radio and television hookup.
The first thing to note about this forth-
coming performance, which will undoubted-
ly be the low-water mark of this not very
high level campaign, is that it will be strict-
ly McCarthy's own show.
Neither Gen. Eisenhower's close advisers
nor Eisenhower himself were consulted by
McCarthy before he announced his inten-
tion to "expose" Eisenhower's opponent.
The Republican National Committee is
not sponsoring the McCarthy speech, and
has not contributed to the cost of the
performance. Instead, a group of Mc-
Carthy admirers, headed by Gen. Robert
,Wood, of Sears Roebuck and America First
fame, is collecting the needed money-
more than $50,000, according to the best
Thus McCarthy is in a position to play
his little game in his own way, without re-
gard to the head of his ticket. McCarthy
has, indeed, been playing a lone hand
throughout this campaign. And many ob-
servers, Republicans included, have become
convinced that the prize he is playing for
is nothing less than the Republican Presi-
dential nomination in 1956.
There are those, to be sure, like Repub-
lican National Chairman Arthur Summer-
field, who think that McCarthy is an "as-
set" to Eisenhower. There is, in truth, some
superficial evidence to support this view.
Any political observer travelling about this
country often hears a twin pair of ques-
tions: "What's wrong with Joe McCarthy
anyway? He got the Communists out of
the State Department, didn't he?"
The second question is easy enough to
answer, since McCarthy has yet to iden-
tify a single Communist in the State De-
partment. But the first question is more
difficult. One way to try to answer it is
to quote the climactic peroration of Mc-
Carthy's only pre-primary speech in Wis-
consin, at which one of these reporters
was present. McCarthy spoke as follows:
"There are those who say that there are
no longer Communists in the government.
I am not going to ask you to take my word
for that. I have in my hands a brief pre-
pared by seven lawyers of the Justice De-
partment, dated July 28, 1952: 'Illegal pass-
ports have been used to expedite travel in
foreign countries by members of the Com-
munist party. Plans have been discussed by
leading members of the Soviet secret police
to obtain blank passports from the U.S.
State Department from Communists employ-
ed in the State Department'."
The words McCarthy quoted were in-
deed taken from a report of the Justice
Department. The Justice Department has
been taking millions of words of testi-
mony in order to prove that the Com-
munist party is a subversive "action
group" within the meaning of the law.
But there was one fact McCarthy failed
to mention. The words he quoted came
from the testimony of one Paul Crouch,
who left the Communist party years ago.
And the incident about which Crouch tes-
tified occurred in 1928, whei Calvin Cool-
idge was President and the impeccable
Frank B. Kellogg was Secretary of State.
"What's wrong with McCarthy" then, is
simply that he does not play the American
political game according to the ruler. He
cheats. He proceeds on the assumption that
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on the 28th through the E.. Depart-
ment, and on the 29th through the MI.
University Lecture, auspices of the
Department of Anthropology and tie
women's Research Club. "Various Con-
cepts of Culture and Their Bearing ou
Problem solving." Dr. Cora Dubois, Be-
search Director, Institute of Interna-
tional Education, New York, Mon., Oct,
27, 8:15 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatey.
Doctoral Examination for Harold An
thony O'Hern, Jr., Chemical Engineer-
ing; thesis: "Diffusion in Carbon Di-
oxide at Elevated Pressures," Sat., Oct.
25, 3201 East Engineering Bldg., at 9:00
a.m. Chairman, J. J. Martin.
Doctoral Examination for Hrbet
Schering, Germanic Languages and Lit.
eratures; thesis: "Social and National
Problems in the work of Richard Dehe
mel," Sat., Oct. 25 102-D Tappan Hal,
at 10 a.m. Chairman. F. B. wahr.
Orientation Seminar in Mathematics
will meet Mon., Oct. 27, at 3 p.m..3001
Angell Hall. Mr. Paxson will speak on
the Last Fermat Problem.
Order Types Seminar, Mon., Oct. 27,
3:15 p.m., 3217 Angell Hall. Mr. Prins
will continue his discussion of Sier-
Game Theory Seminar. Mon., Oct. 27.
4:30 p.m., 3220 Angell Hall.
Saturday Luncheon Discussion Group
will not meet today at Lane Sall be-
cause of Homecoming.
B5eacon. Lunch at noon in League
Cafeteria. Adjourn at 1:15 to Prot.
Price's studio in BurtonTower to read
"The Man Who Came to Dinner."
Michigan Christian Fellowship. Prty
honoring the alumni at 7:30, in Lane
Hall for all members and Interested
Roger William Guild. Open house at
Guild House following the football
game. Refreshments. All Baptist su-
dents and Baptist alumni welcome.
Congregational Disciples Guild. Opit
house at Guild House after the gam.
Fireside discussion from 7:15 to 8 :0
on the burning issue "The Theological
Implications of lying Saucers,"
Wesleyan Guild. Homecoming alumni
barbecue, following the game until
Newman Club. There will be an open
house after Saturday's victory imme-
diately followed by the annual Hone-
coming dinner at 6:00. All Oatholic stu-
dents and their friends are Invited,,
School of Music Council meeting,
Sat., Oct. 25, 11 a.m., 206 Burton Tow-
er. Please be prompt.
Young Republicans "Manpower for
Eisenhower" Project. Members who are
signed, up and/or available for .as-
signments please contact the followin
chairmen: (1) Handbill distributiornat
factory gates the day before election:
Jo Scherer, Martha Cook; (2) Election
Day handbill distribution at 'polling
places: Seymour Greenstone 204 We-
ley; (3) handbill distribution at games
Ed Levenberg, 7710 Huber; (4) city pre.
cinct work: Bruce Ideson, 8220 Va
Tyne.rFor further information, contact
Jasper Reid, 4909 Taylor House, or Ned
Simon, 2006 Washtenaw.
Faculty Luncheon with Dr. Ashley
Montagu, Rutgers Anthropologat and
"This I Believe" lecturer, Tue., Oct.
28, Michigan Union, 12:15 p.n. Phone
reservations to, Lane Hall, Ext. 281,
by Mon. 10:00 a.m.
The Ann Arbor Girs Club will meet
for an important election of officers at
7:30 p.m., Mon., Oct. 27, in the Michigsn
League. Members may also sign up for
activities. Refreshments will be served.
All Ann Arbor girls who are University'
undergraduates are welcome to come
and participate in club activities.
Hillel Reception for Israeli students
on campus. Refreshments and enter-
tainment. Everyone is invited. From 8 to
9 p.m. at 1429 Hill.
Hillel supper Club, Sunday night
from 6 to 7 p.m. Followed by a social
hour of dancing at 1429 Hill.
Interguild Assembly. Dr. Karlis Leya-
meyer, an authority on the Communist
strategy and Soviet System, will lecture
on "The Present Crisis and Its Solu-
tion" in the Social Hall of the Metho-
dist Church on Mon., Oct. 27. The pro-
gram will begin with a brief social pe-
riod at 5:30. Dinner at 6 will precede the
lecture. Call 2881 for reservations.
BlockM ... .
To the Editor:
IN REPLY to yesterday's target
of Harland Britz' "Pointed
No doubt Mr. Britz was among
those fans who appreciated the
spectacle presented last week by
the Northwestern flash card secs
tion. We doubt however that' he
witnessed Northwestern's section
two years ago, at that time a far
cry from the present impressive
There are certain minimum es-
sentials which every flash card
section must have to be a success:
1-First and foremost, the sup-
port and cooperation of every
member in the section.
2-Organized stunts and admin-
istrators to put them into effect.
3-Adequate finances to supply
the necessary equipment for a
By the good turnout at our mass
meeting preceeding the Michigan
State game, we saw evidence of
student support and enthusiasm.
The improbability of being ableto
find a time when all 1600 students
could attend practice led us to fol-
low the advice of experienced sec-
tions such as Cornell and Ohio
State to devise a system simple
and clear-cut enough so that pre-
game practice would not be neces-
sary for success. This year for the
first time, a formal signup for
seats in such a section has taken
place, various administrative com-
mittees have been set up, and ush-
ers have been appointed to syn-
The Wolverine Club has accept-
ed the challenge of the University
by trying to prove this can be a
successneven without thefull fi-
nancial supportthat everyother
college section has been granted.
If we can prove successful this
year, even with our limited equip-
ment and resources, next year,
with financial support, Michigan's-
section will be "Hello-ing" right
back, "all in several colors," too.
What you haven't taken into
consideration, Mr. Britz is that a
card section must be given time
and support to make a showing
comparable to its more mature
competition. You give us the three
fundamentals, Mr. Britz, and the
University of Michigan's card sec-
tion will be at the top in its field
just as Michigan's bands and
teams have managed to be.'
Co-Chairmen, Block M
Complaint .. .
To the Editor.
j AGREE with Bernie Backhaut
that "a campus newspaper is
expected to present its news cov-
erage impartially," or at least both
sides of the question. The Daily's
coverage of the debts accrued to
the Taft and Young Democratic
Clubs is just one example of the
many numerous biased reports
that have appeared in The Daily
to date this semester.
An important example of biased
coverage that appears in the Daily
is Mr. Drew Pearson's column,;
"On the Washington Merry-Go-
Round." Mr. Pearson, himself, has
admitted that his news has a ten-
dency to be one-sided. In all due
respect to Mr. Pearson as a col-
umnist, I feel that there are other
leading writers who do present an
impartial view and who also have
more constructive and thoughtful
views which will be of more im-
portance to the college reader.
--Mitchell G. Drake
* * *
Complaint .. .
To the Editor:
DEMOCRATS complain about a
"Republican" press. But the
reverse is obviously true on this
Two debts were incurred last se-
mester. One by a Re'publican club.
The other by a Democratic club.
The Republican debt received
front-page attention. The Demo-
cratic debt remains hidden.
We, the undersigned, believe it
is the duty of the Michigan Daily
to report the Young Democratic
debt with as much coverage as
that given to the Taft Club debt.
We ask so not as partisans to any
cause, but as believers in an un-
biased campus newspaper.
Kenneth G. Mackness
* * *
To the Editor:
IT WAS with deep regret that I
learned of the passing of that
"Fighting Liberal"-Bernie ,Back-
haut-from the scene of the Dem-
ocratic Party. I first knew this
young, aspiring worshiper of Alex-
ander Hamilton, in my days as
President of the Young Democrats,
and it breaks my heart to think
that he is gone.
Thinking it over, however, and
after reading Ned Simon's letter of
welcome to "our Bernie" I think
that he will be more at home in
the GOP ranks after all. He always
has opposed Civil Rights legisla-
tion; he always vigorously defend-
ed Taft-Hartley and the, Texas
position on Tidelands. He doesn't
like "socialized medicine," or aid
to education, and he always has
affirmed that we Democrats are
run by CIO bosses and "the ADA
Socialists." And besides this, con-
trary to most Democrats, he be-
lieves that "the people are too
dumb to govern themselves."
I cannot agree with my friend,
Dave Kornbluh, when he says in
his letter that Bernie formerly
"cheered" President Truman. I
think Bernie was the only Y.D.
member I ever knew who despised
our Harry. (I do remember Bernie
comparing Adlai to Jefferson, Wil-
son, and Roosevelt, however.)
If Bernie can now reverse his
position with regard to Governor
Stevenson, and can- support in-
stead a General who offers a smile
instead of a solution, he 'is wel-
come to do so. If he can defend
the Senator who has made "the
cloth coat and the cocker spaniel
symbols ,of American Democra-
cy," I say O.K. And if he wishes
to join in a great crusade to deliver
America into the hands of the Mc-
Carthy's, the Jenner's, and the
rest of their greasy ilk, I say, if
you can square with your con-
science, go right ahead.
The Young Democrats at Mich-
igan existed long before Bernie
Backhaut came to campus, and I
dare say it will struggle on long
after he leaves. And I doubt, seri-
ously, if any of its members (most
of whom represent the solid core
of the Party) will ever consider
leaving, or will ever tire of Harry
Truman and the principles for
which he fights. _
Rather I think that Dave, and
all the rest, will join with intelli-
gent Republicans like Wayne
Morse and will work for the elec-
tion of another great President
and for the continuation of the
At the Orpheum .. .
THE PRIZE, A French film with Eng-
AVING SURVIVED a heavy diet of the
Quo Vadises and the My Son Johns for
about a month, the modest Little Orpheum
is back with its modest little foreign canapes
again. With an attractive and tasty morsel
like Marcel Pagnol's "The Prize," it is only
too bad that the repast is gone so quickly
and does not leave more of an after-taste.
Set in the pastoral surroundings of many
sent the prize to a young man, the grocer's
son, whose reticence has been chiefly due
to an unfortunate allergy to women.,
From then on, the ball pretty much be-
longs to our hero, The Rose King, as play-
ed by Bourvil, a versatile comedian who is
something of a cross between Danny Kaye
and James Whitmore. He does very well
with a role that requires him to remain
one step above the level of village idiot.
By the finale, M. Bourvil is amply reward-
ed both for his virtue and for his enter-
prise, a trick that many brighter people
$i Sty-T hird Y ear
Edited and managed by students of
the University' of Michigan under the
authorit of the Board in Control oa
Crawford Young....Managing Editor
Cal Samra.........Editorial Director
Zander Hollander.......Feature Editor
Sid Klaus.......Associate City Editor
Harland Britz.......Associate Editor
Donna Hendleman.... Associate Editor
Ed Whipple..... .....Sports Editor
John Jenks.....Associate Sports Editor
Dick Sewell.....Associate Sports Editor
Lorraine Butler........Women's Editor
Mary Jane Mills, Assoc. Women'Ed'Sito
Al Green...........Business Manager
Milt Goetz........Advertising bManager
Diane Johnston .. Assoc. Business Mgr.
Judy Loehnberg..... Finance Manager
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