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PAGE FOUR

THE IMICI14GAN DAILY

SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 1951

PAGE FOUR THJ~ MICU4GAN bAILY SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 1954

Building a United
Front

By VIRGINIA VOSS
Daily Editorial Director
CAMPUS INTEREST in the up-coning
Clardy hearings has, of necessity shifted
into the procedural gear. The roving inves-
tigators who many justifiably feel have no
business stopping off at state or private
educational institutions will pretty certain-
ly be in the area in early May. Contrary
to the convictions of many of us and to
earlier indications of a not-to-be-trusted
Mr. Clardy, two students have been served
subpoenas.
'So, the consensus says, what we should
do now is overlook for the time a number
of existing disagreements on issues raised
by committees like Clardy's and get busy
agreeing on procedures which will safe-
guard us as an institution. We will act
like a University community even though,
as our sometimes opposed stands, indicate,
we aren't one. This approach is not at all
to be condemned as hypocritical-it is
the only possible one available.
To date, there has been genuine adminis-
tration-faculty-student cooperation evidenc-
ed in the formation of student and faculty
groups with varying degrees of powers on
handling of subpoena cases. A four-member
student group has been set up to advise the
President and five professors will hear pos-
sible faculty cases. In short, no segment of
the University is at all happy about Clardy's
coming and whether the interest in safe-
guards comes from a concern with the Uni-
versity's reputation or individual rights or
both, agreement on procedural channels of
action has been forthcoming. Luckily, the
Clardy hearings will be set in an atmosphere
in which "respectable" protests against Con-
gressional investigations are beginning to
make themselves heard nationally. For this
we can thank people like Mr. Murrow and,
somewhat backhandedly, Attorney General
Brownell, who in his recent address to the
nation excluded the committees from his
detailing of government actions against
Communism.

With the necessary groups ready to swing
into "advisory" action, one gap in the pro-
cedural structure remains: the two sub-
poenaed students have as yet found no
lawyers to take their cases. Both are at-
tempting, realistically, to find "conservative"
lawyers, and the fact that each student has
indicated he will be an "unfriendly" witness
and that one has declared previous Com-
munist Party membership should not, as
it has, scare such lawyers off. From a legal
standpoint the two are prospective cases
whose past activities and opinions will not
rub off on the nearest legal counsel and
will not, providing the counsel is already
established as "respectable," jeopardize his
position. And to appeal from a non-legal
standpoint, investigations being what they
are, the two will need sound advice.
Provided the students find good lawyers,
the procedural safeguards to all involved
will be as complete as they can be. Al-
though there is no sense in anticipating
that these procedures will be violated,
there is reason to hope that, particularly
on the student level, they will not be
brought into use at all. Presumably, the
student advisory group will ask that the
administration adhere to Student Legisla-
ture's November resolution and refrain
from action against students whether or
not they agree to testify. President Hatch-
er has indicated that no immediate action
will be taken towards the subpoenaed stu-
dents-"I would not want to judge them
before the fact"; it must be reiterated that
there is no justification for further
stretching the wide-open "conduct unbe-
coming a student clause" and judging
them during or after th3e fact either.
Other than state laws, no extenuating
circumstances should disturb the prin-
ciple that there is room here for students
of any belief.
At the risk of sounding unduly ominous, it
must be pointed out that the procedures we
have set up are only a facade-albeit a well-
constructed one. Having accomplished this
much, we wait and hope that none of the
builders decides to tear his work down.

Communism vs. the IFC

;LLOYD H. COCHRAN is the head of the
large, powerful National Interfraternity
Conference.
He is dedicated to the principal that what
this nation needs is a large, powerful Na-
tional Interfraternity Conference.
It is very disheartening to him there-
fore when the trustees of the State Uni-
versity of New York order the school's fra-
ternities to disaffiliate. Not only does he
see in the trustees' action a basic disre-
gard for freedom, "something that must
be battled," but it brings a pressure that
"echos in some instances the Communist
line of ,propaganda."
By this, no doubt, he Is referring to the
Communist Manifesto's closing sentence:
"Worker's, throw off your chains."

It is undemocratic,- "purely totalitarian-
istic" to suppose that a group of college stu-
dents could possible get any good simply from
living together in friendly companionship,
without the stirring ideals of a national or-
ganization behind them.
Can the lo'cal chapter possibly develop in,
its members "ability to accept responsibility,
the art of self-discipline, and the basic ac-
ceptance of divine guidance" without the
national backing?
No! "In these times," says Mr. Cochran,
"when Communism is a challenge to free-
dom, a cherishing of freedom means that
we must fight."
And with divine guidance, how can the
national IFC possibly lose?
-Murry Frymer

A Shaky
Alliance
TNITED STATES strategy at Geneva on
April 26 will rely heavily upon the abil-
ity of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
to mend the split that has occurred between
the U.S. and its Western European allies,
especially France.
Indo-China is the main issue at hand
and there the U.S. planning has run into
stiff opposition from the French. That
nation, tired from the prolonged, ex-
pensive eight-year war favors pulling out
at any cost. The United States has indi-
cated that it will take a firm stand at
Geneva to prevent concessions to the
Reds in the Indo-China area.
A high government official has stated that
should the French withdraw there is a good
possibility that U.S. troops would be sent
to the battlefield. The official acknowledges
the fact that such action may lead to a
large scale war, but he states, "the loss of
Indo-China might put all Southeast Asia
behind the Iron Curtain."
This is essentially correct, for the achieve-
ment of a negotiated peace, as hoped for by
the French, could mean Communist domi-
nation within a few years. However, the
subject should be weighed carefully. A set-
tlement similar to the one in Korea does not
necessarily indicate Communist domination
over the area. At least such a plan is worth
a trial. Then if the Communists decide tha4
they are impatient troop action or even more
drastic measures could be taken against
them.
As long as the Communists know that we
are seriously going to deal with aggression
in a given area, they are not too likely to
make sudden moves.
The idea of such a proposal seems to
many to be a concession to the Commun-
ists, but the Korea truce, although the na-
tion is still not unified and there is not
yet entire settlement on all issues, has
curtailed military action. War in Indo-
China could lead to another Korea with
fighting stalemated for years and the re-
sult the same. The only way that military
action could be staged and yet not produce
a stalemate would be to swing into a full
scale war-a consequence that is not look-
ed upon with favor in any part of the
world.
So it seems that the best we can hope for
is a Korea-style peace. It is not a good sit-
uation, but it is perhaps the best answer,
and is certainly better than a full scale war,
or even a repetition of the local conflict wag-
ed in the small peninsula. The proposal
would be a compromise with the French as
well as one with the Communists, and would
strengthen the allied position before the
Geneva convention.
Should the Reds decide that they need to
move they would be doing so at their own
risk-the risk of being recipients of the first
hydrogen bomb to be used in warfare.
The bomb itself has involved the U.S.
in other disputes. The European nations
are still living with the memory of World
War II bombing and can conceive of the
H-Bomb as a weapon for instituting war
only-not as a threat to aggressive na-
tions, thus safeguarding the peace.
In addition it has involved us in a dis-
pute with Great Britain, where the labor
party blasted Sir Winston Churchill for al-
lowing the U.S. to develop the bomb in se-
crecy from England, supposedly its closest
ally.
The European army, although it is not a
point for consideration at Geneva, affects in-
directly the success of the conference. The
French are still bitterly opposed to the re-
arming of a nation that has three times
within a hundred years overrun them. No
one has blamed France for that. One must
wonder, however, if the French are going to
let those memories interfere with their ef-
forts for present defense. In this area it
seems necessary that the French do the

backing down in order to keep Europe strong.
The integration of troops under one uniform
should prevent the Germans from resurg-
ance to power and thereby give the French
faith.
Recognition of Red China is still anoth-
er disputed point. The United States, al-
most a bloc of one, is set upon a firm pol-
icy of non-recognition. This is not to be
condemned simply because it is in oppo-
sition with the other allies. It is however,
a point to be considered from the stand-
point of how it will benefit us most. It
might be well to note that a united front
at this convention may be of most benefit
to us.
All in all it seems that the U.S. and the
allies are going to Geneva as a shaky alli-
ance. They have too much at stake to be
able to afford this, and yet there is no over-
all compromise that will solidify the situa-
tion. Each dispute must be treated individu-
ally to aid the most groups possible, or else
the Communists are going to leave Geneva
with sizeable gains. All of the allies should
realize that the closer we come to a united
front against the Communist delegation,
the better the chances for an advantageous
solution,
-Lew Hamburger
TIHE POWER to grant our recognition,
,t some form of admission to the United
Nations, and the resumption of trade are
the most effective instruments available to
the Secretary of State at Geneva. Whether
their full value is realized will depend
nortl on M.Dr uiles'' nrformnce oa

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THE WEEK ON CAMPUS
TOP AMONG the news happenings of the week on campus was the
revelation Wednesday tha ttwo University students have been sub-
poenaed to appear before Rep. Kit Clardy's subcommittee of the House
Un-American Activities Committee in Lansing May 10.
On;- of these students, a candidate for a PhD. in economics,
refused to make his name public for fear of losing his job. The
other identified himself as Mike Sharpe, also a grad student in
economics, and local chairman of the Labor Youth League.
Rep. Clardy in confirming the fact that these students had been
subpoenaed also apparently reversed a previous position maintaining
that no students would be called to testify before the committee prob-
ing Red acivity in labor unions and educational institutions in Michi-
gan.
The following day it was announced that President Harlan H.
Hatcher had formed a four-member student advisory group which
would concern itself specifically with cases arising out of the May
hearing. The group will be on call to advise the President on proceed-
uies andeactions to be taken toward students as a result of their tes-
tifying before Clardy.
s* * *

BITTER FIGHT continued to rage throughout the week over the
use of the new Salk polio vaccine in Washtenaw County. The
Medical School blasted the Washtenaw County Health Department's
stand not to participate in the tests charging that the action was not
warranted in the light of the oncoming polio season.
But the department stuck to its guns and said there still re-
mained too much doubt as to the advisability of using the vac-
tine here.
A statement is expected this week from the Michigan Medical
Society which had previously warned against the use of the Salk vac-
cine.
THE STUDENT AFFAIRS Committee approved the new Student Leg-
islature constitution which includes a provision for the levying
of a twenty-five cent student tax per semester on all graduates and
undergraduates. The final test for approval of the constitution will
be consideration by the Regents. The official date when the consti-

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official publication of the University
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University. Notices should be sent in
TYPEWRITTEN form to Room 2552
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the day preceding publication (before
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SUNDAY, APRIL 18,31954
VOL. LXIV, No, :135
Notices
School of Business Administration.
Faculty meeting, 3 pm., Tues., April
20, Room 164.

of Appointments, 3528 Administration
Bldg., Ext. 371.
The Department of Aeronautical En-

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gineering will sponsor a ectue by Dr. tution will come under Regents' scrutiny, has not as et been set.
J. C. Hunsaker, Chairman, National Ad-
visory Committee for Aeronautics, * * * *
Mon., April 19, The Development of THE UNIVERSITY may be slated for a Vice-President of Student
External Form Since the Wright Broth- Ah
ers. Lecture to be given in the Kellogg Affairs within the week when the Regents meet. Just who this
Auditorium at 8 p.m. All interested are will be has been left up in the air by administrative officials.
invited to attend. * * *

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SLectures
The Department of Aeronautical En-
gineering will sponsor a lecture by Dr.
J. C. Hunsaker, Chairman, National Ad-
visory Committee for Aeronautics,
Mon., April 19, The Development of
External Form Since the Wright Broth-

May Festival Ushers. Pick up usher ers. Lecture to be given In the Kellogg
tickets for May Festival at Hill Audi- Auditorium at 8 p.m. All interested are
torium, Mon., Apr. 19, between 5 and invited to attend

Y)I LTA KAPPA EPSILON is appealing a $1,000 fine by the Joint
Judiciary. Four members of the fraternity last fall were involved
in the theft of two water pitchers and some food from the American
Legion post here. Other circumstances entered the case but under a
new policy the Judiciary wasn't talking.
-Mark Reader
Xette/'J TO THE EDITOR
The Daily welcomes communications from its readers on matters ot
general interest, anil 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 wil
be condensed, edited or withheld from publication at the discretion of the
editors.
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6 p.m.
Seniors. College of L.S.&.A., and
Schools of Education, Music, and Pub-I
lic Health. Tentative lists of seniors for
June graduation have been posted ont
the Registrar's bulletin board in the
first floor corridor, Administration
Building. Any change therefrom should
be requested of the Recorder at the
Registrar's window number 1, 1513 Ad-
ministration Building.
School of Business Administration.
Students applying for admission to
this School as juniors with the inten-
tion of majoring in Real Estate are
eligible to apply for the RAM's Real
Estate Scholarship, Applications and

The Thomas Spencer ,Jerome Lecture.
'The Architecture of Imperial Rome
and Its Importance for Mediaeval Town-j
Building" by Axel Boethius, Professor
of Classical Archaeology and History at
Goteborg University, Sweden, Tues.,
April 20, 4:15 p.m. Angell Hall, Audi-
torium A.
Academic Notices
Undergraduate Speech Correction Ma-
jors will meet on Tues., April 20, 7:30
p.m., at the University Speech Clinic,?

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Letter to Norman
Thomas .w.

1007 East Huron. Changes affecting some To the Editor:
of the courses to be taken to complete
the requirements for speech correction krHIS IS an open letter to Nor-
teaching certificates will be explained.,mn hoas

CURREtMQ'I AJ/I_~

At the State .. .
PRINCE VALIANT, with James
Janet Leigh, and Robert Wagner
in Cinemascope

Mason,

NOT HAVING had much previous expo-
sure to the original comic strip (copy-
right King Features Syndicate), it is very
difficult to judge just how faithful Twen-
tieth Century Fox has been to the millions
of Prince Valiant's loyal fans. It is fairly
clear, however, that in the Cinemascope ver-
sion of the career of the Camelot hanger-on,
there has been no attention to historical
fidelity, thespian Integrity,- or elementary
logic. Unsurprisingly, none of this makes
much difference. There are many silly mo-
ments in this movie, but few dull ones.,
Accordingly, "Prince Valiant" is as diverting
as the best of the films from Hollywood's
new King Arthur renaissance.
The script traces Valiant's early days
with his departure from his parents' haven
in exile to the court of Arthur where he
seeks to put himself in shape for a cam-
paign to regain his father's throne, w*ich
has, of course, been usurped by a pre-
tender. The first section of the pictures
touches on his adventures as a squire to
Sir Gawain of the Round Table. The last
part describes his exploits at the pretend-
er's castle where he has been betrayed by
Sir Brack, a bad knight, who pretends to
Arthur's kingdom. (This is much clearer
than it might seem; everything in the
picture is clear.)
Some shocking performances are turned
In as well in the course of the movie. Stirling
Hayden plays a kind of a hick knight, drop-
ping his "g's" and apparently not putting
much stock in the archaic dialogue em-
ployed by most of the other performers.
Janet Leigh in a Rapunzel hairdo is as
dizzy as usual and is not much outdone by
Robert Wagner, Fox's All-American boy,
who does the title role with a nice lack of
perception. James Mason, Brian Aherne,
and Donald Crisp fill in most of the other
noble gaps.
Most of them are lost from sight in the

At the Michigan ...
IT SHOULD HAPPEN TO YOU, with Judy
Holliday, Peter Lawford and Jack Lemmon
N° DOUBT there are some ridiculous
ideas which don't make funny movies,
but this one uses one of the ridiculousest
and produces one of the funniest. Judy
Holliday is a nothing girl from nowhere in
upstate New York who goes to The Big
City To Make a Name for Herself. All the
traditional methods fail her-what chahce
has a nothing girl anyway? So, with barely
a thousand dollars of her savings left, she
comes up with a remarkable idea.
She rents a billboard on Columbus Circle
for three months, and has her name paint-
ed on it. Still a nothing girl, but now she's
got a famous name (Gladys Glover, her real
natural-born name). Nobody knows who
Gladys Glover is, and Gladys Glover is still
nobody, but she's famous. One thing leads
to another, and using her famous name and
her natural endowments she soon finds her-
self with a chain of signs all over New
York, a millionaire soap manufacturer on
the string, and her picture in every subway.
But all that shines is not neon. Gladys
finds too that her nothing boyfriend has
ditched her, such being the price of fame
and egotism. So, after a careful examina-
tion of desires, Gladys throws away all'
this fame business to become a nothing
wife. Too bad there couldn't have been a
funny ending too, but then such is Hol-
lywood.
Judy Holliday is just Judy Holliday, and
as long as she's a novelty she'll be good.
Peter Lawford, the boy soap-king, does his
customary rich, spoiled snob. Jack Lem-
mon ("a guy you're gonna like," the ads
say) is a television comedian Gone West,
and seems to prove that it's easier' to trans-
plant a TV actor to films than take a suc-
cessful Hollywood star and expect him to
thrive in a New Yolk television studio.
Note to the Watch, and Warders: In one
shortseduction scene Gladys and her soap
magnate present a total eclipse of "The
Moon Is Blue."

detailed information can be obtained
cteauet iromaton anoe otane English 150 (Playwriting) will meet at On the evening of April 15, you
in 150 School of Business Administra- five minutes to seven instead of 7:30 spoke to a University of Michigan
tion. Applications must be submitted
Maon Tues., April 20 audience. The express purpose of
The Seminar in Complex Variables your talk, you stated, was to get
School of Business Administration, i me Mon pr. 19 x 3 pm people to "take an intelligent in-
Students intending to enroll in this 3011 Angell Hall. Professor A. J. Loh- terest in their own fate."
first time as MBA candidates must take water will speak on "The Schwarz Re- The evasions, half truths, and
the Admission Test for Graduate Study lection Principle" complete negation of important
In Business. Next test will be givenfatwhc pem tdyoral
May 13. Applicationsare available in Geometry Seminar, Wed., April 21, facts whic permeatedas induc
150 School of Business Administration ' 7 pam., 3001 Angell Hall. Mr. W. Al-mcn t be cepe asninduc-
Building. Applications must be received, Dhahir will present "A Theorem Con- ments to the clear thinking which
in the New Jersey testing office not lat- cerning a Desarguesian Property of is required if people are to take
er than April 29. the Pappian Configuration." "an intelligent interest in their
-sown fate." In this talk, as you
The J. R. Nelson House is no n Mathematics Colloquium, Tues., .. ail
terviewing applicants for the position 20, 4:10 p.m., 3011 Angell Hall. Dr. Kurt have done for over twenty-fiv
of house parents for the coming school Strebel, from Zurich and the Institute years, you proposed tinkering with
year, 1954-55. Married couples, with or for Advanced Study, will speak on "Ex- the effectshof an economic system
witoutchidre, re nvied o pply.j tremal Distance and a Theorem on Con- through the media of social in-
Phone NO - 3-8506 for appointment, formal Mapping." stitutions createdyby and subser-
Applications will be accepted until May Patj cura eiwCaswl vient to that system. Yet, you
22 Part II Actuarial Review Class will lmtob mytfdby urnt
meet Tues., April 20, 4:10 p.m., 3010 claim to be mystified by current
Mortgage Loans. The University is in- Angell Hall. Discussion of Integral cal- public apathy. Whether intelli-
terested in making first mortgage loans culus problems. gently or not, most people instinc-
as investments of its trust funds. The ~ - I tively recognize the futility of
Investment Office, 3015 Adminisrration Doctoral Examination for Charles Ed- such an approach, Futility breeds
Building, will be glad to consult with ward Vann, Education; thesis: "Inter- suha prah uiiybed
anyone considering building or buying relationships between Language Guid- apathy.
a home, or refinancing an existingo ance Used by Teachers and the Social The situation Is akin to that of
mortgage or landcontract. Appoint- and Developmental Status of the Child," theycolonists in pre-revolutionary
menits may be made by calling Exten- Mon., April 19, Michigan Union, at days. The colonists were subject
sion 2606, noon. Chairman, W. C. Olson. to social institutions which grew
for stM -out of afid served the economic
Placement. Abroad. Nigeria, West Af- Doctoral Examination for Lester Mar- oto n evdteeooi
rica, is seeking the services of a s -vinWolfson. English; thesis: "A Re- and feudal interests of England.
ence instructor for the 1954-55 school reading of Keats' Odes: The Intrinsic As long as the colonists thought
year. Candidates should be qualified in Approach in Literary Criticism," Mon., in terms of solving their difficul-
two of the following subjects: physics, April 19, East Council Room, Rackham
chemistry, and biology. Interested per- Bldg., at 3 p.m. Chairman, C. D. ties within that framework, there
sons may contact the Bureau of Ap- Thorpe. was no solution. But, as soon as
pointments, 3528 Administration Build- they became aware that new re-
ing, telephone NO-3-1511, Ext. 2614, for Concerts1lationships and new institutions
additional informationas of their own creating were the
_______Stanley Quartet, Gilbert Ross and'
Detroit Armanian Women's Scholar- I Emil Raab, violinists, Robert Courte, answer, they cast off their sense
ship. Two of these scholarships are violist, and Oliver Edel, cellist, will be of futility and lost their apathy.
available to undergraduate men and heard in a concert at 8:30 Tuesday It was especially inappropriate,
women of Armanian parentage whose evening, April 20, in the Rackham Lec- Mr. Thomas, for you to decry (in
residence is in the Metropolitan dis- ture Hall. The program will open with Ann Arbor) the apathy caused by
trict of Detroit. The amount of the Mozart's K. 575 in D major. This will be
first scholarship is $150 and amount followed by Milhaud's Quintet, No. 2, inR muddy thinking It was in Ann
of the second is $100. which the Quartet will be joined by or in pri, , y ou
Further information and application Clyde Thompson, doublebass (a cor-
forms may be obtained at the Scholar-sy rection in the previously announced
shi Ofice 11 Ad~nstrtio Buldigprogram). After intermission the group Breakfast at Canterbury House follow-
ship Office, 113 Administration Building. porm.Atritriso h ru ing the 7 and 9 a.m. Hold Communion
Applications must be in the hands of will play Beethoven's Opus 132 in A ingvthe. and C a, Hopym.,mmunion
the Detroit Armenian Women's Club minor. The concert will be open to Serv Su
Committee by May 15, 1954. the general public without charge. terbury House,
PERSONNEL REQUESTS. Exhibitions Coming Events
Arthur D. Little Inc. an industrial
consulting firm in science and engi- Museum of Art, Alumni Memorial Trip to Van Gogh Exhibition at To-
neering, Cambridge, Mass., has an- jHall. Accessions 1953, Paintings by Jo- ledo, Thurs., April 22. Bus will leave
oune the opportunis it has for sef Albers, Original Drawings for Book side door of Union at 1 p.m., returning
granedatei ppMecnicals EIneeasor Illustrations, all showing through May about 6 p.m. Cost per person $2.00, in-
graduates ih Mechanical Engineering' 2. Hours: 9-5 weekdays; 2-5 on Sundays. cluding entrance fee. All students de-
Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering. The public is invited. siring to make this trip should sign up,
The Maryland Casualty Co. is inter- '_at the Department of Fine Arts, 206
esterd in contacting June and August Tappan Hall, by Tues., April 20. Please
men graduates about its training pro- Events Todfybe prepared to pay for reservation in
gram in the insurance field. advance.
N. WV. Ayer & Son, Inc., Philadelphia, Michigan Christian Fellowship. Dr.
Pa. isAyeri& sorn g.,rPhadatespi 'Frederick Aston will speak on "Old Tes- Annual Joint Meeting of the Wom-
ter sted in making a business career tament Messiah." 4 p.m., Lane Hall. All en'sReseartheClubwithterResear
in the field of advertising, students invited. Refreshments will beI Club and the Science Research Club
served. on April 21 at 8 p.m. in the Rackham
Ronningen-Petter Co., Vicksburg, WESLEYAN Guild. Supper 5:30, Wor- } Amphitheater. Subject: The Nature of
Mich., has an opening for a graduate hip and program 6:45 p.m., Dr. Ken- Research in the University.
Mechanical or Electrical Engineer toj neth Goulding will speak on "The Holy
work as a Sales Engineer throughout the Spirit. Michigan League Dancing Class that
states of Indiana and Ilinois.regularly meets on Tuesday evenings
Haviland Products Co., manufactur- Evangelical and Reformed Student in the Michigan League ballroom will

challenged the author of this let-
ter to debate "What is Social-
ism?". You subsequently confirm-
ed your publicly made challenge
in writing.
Before your audiences can be in
a position to evaluate your pro-
posals intelligently, they must be
in a position to judge the merits
of your authority. For over twen-
ty years, theeSocialist Labor Par-
ty has challenged your right \ 'to
speak or to write as a Socialist.
The right to represent Socialism
is a privilege which we of the
S.L.P. have claimed for over sixty
years.
Until the Working Class ma-
jority of the United States (wage
workers of brain and brawn) re-
cognize their enslavement to the
Capitalist system and its institu-
tions and, by voting for the pro-
gram of the Socialist Labor Par-
ty, declare their right to erect
their own administrative institu-
tions there can be no rational
method of dealing with internal
or external problems.
The longer you use your influ-
ence, Mr. Thomas, in the present
crisis (like the Pembertons and
other Tories of earlier days) to
encourage the American people to
be loyal to worn out institutions
and to "petrified opinion," the
greater will be the sense of futil-
ity and the deeper the apathy.
And in their apathy, the Ameri-
can people may let the revolution-
ary hour and means of social sal-
vation slip through their hands,
-Ralph W. Muncy
Sixty-Fourth Year
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