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Broadway Author Discusses Hit Play

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One of Broadway's biggest hits
this season was written by a Mich-
igan man who hopes to make AnnI
Arbor his home.
The author of the novel "Tea-
house of the August Moon," which
thus far has been performed on
the stage more than 220 times, is
Vern Sneider from near-by Mon-
roe. Sneider visited the University
campus yesterday to discuss prob-
lems of commercial writing with
journalism students.
* *
"TEAHOUSE," starring David
Wayne and John Forsythe, is bas-
ed on Sneider's experiences on
Okinawa in 1945. Declaring that
he was "extremely happy with the
cast" of the play form of his book,
the author reiterated the theme
of the play as "the problems of
East against West and the differ-
ent ways of thinking of peoples
from the two sides of the world."
Enjoying a full house at every
performance since it opened in
New York City last October, the
play is schedule4 to open In
London next week and will fol-
low with openings in Berlin,
Amsterdam and Vienna in May.
Most significant performance of
the play will be the one in Okain-
awa, for that is the scene of the
story. Theater-goers who were able
to view the drama in New York
during the spring vacation will re-
call that, because of the import-
ance of a teahouse to Okinawans,
a school was never built on the
For the benefit of the islanders,
U.S. servicemen will give perform-
ances of the- play to raise funds
for the building of a schoolhouse.
To advertise the coming produc-
tion, Okinawa's No. 1 Geisha girl
has. renamed her teahouse "Tea-
house of the August Moon."
* * *
DISCUSSING some of the back-
stage incidents connected with the
American version of the play,
Sneider reminded interviewers of
the goat, Saki, who drinks pop

SL Agenda
Student Legislature will dis-
cuss the following motions and
reports at 7:30 p.m. today in
Strauss-Anderson dining room
of East Quadrangle:
By-Law on order of Cabinet
Cabinet elections
Calendaring report
Appointment of Student Book
Exchange manager and assist-
Motion requesting a "bill of
particulars" from Congression-
al investigating committees to
students subpoenaed
Motion asking the University
to approach the Law School
concerning legal counsel for
students called to testify be-
fore Congressional investigating
SL has invited all interested
students and faculty members
to attend.

Speculation today centered a-
round whether or not the strange
pockmarks recently found in car
windshields from coast to coast
might be attributable to the Hy-
drogen bomb.
The theory was given credence
because the only substance known
to chemically affect glass is hydro-
fluoric acid, not ordinarily found
in the atmosphere.
IT IS POSSIBLE some theorists
contended, that the mushroom
thrown up by the powerful bomb
contains minute particles of sea
water, ' which contains flourine.
Under certain conditions, the flou-

rine could conceivably combine
with the hydrogen in the air and
precipitate as hydroflouric acid.
Prof. Robert Elderfield of the
chemistry department said "It
might possibly be the H-bomb.
There are a lot of things we
don't know about the bomb."
Prof. James Cork of the physics
department countered this theory,
pointing out that while the H-
bomb cloud may contain some
flourine, "there's a lot more given
off by factories and that has never
been known to cause damage."
Prof. Cork also noted the possi-

bility.that many car owners may
be reporting holes that were al-
ready in their windshields and
that had never been noticed before.
"Every windshield has some nicks,"
commented the physicist.
** U
WHILE gas station attendants in
Ann Arbor continued to report no
mysteriously damaged windshields,'
the Detroit area was heavily hit by
the spreading malady.
Alma, Dearborn, Mt. Pleasant,
Bay City and other Michigan
communities have reported heavy
damage due to pockmarked wind-

Theory Credits Pockmarked Windshields to H-Bomb

The strange markings h a v e
spread from Seattle to Burlington.
N.C. The spread from West to
East coincides with prevailing
wind conditions, another f a c t
supporting the H-bomb theory.
Anspach To Speak
Charles L. Anspach, president of
Central Michigan College of Edu-
cation, Mt. Pleasant, will speak on
"Pearls of Great Price" at the
speech department's assembly at
4 p.m. today in Rackham Lecture


-Daily-Dick Gaskiln
VISITING PLAYWRIGHT-Author Vern Sneider autographs a
copy of the playbill for 'Teahouse of the August Moon' based on
his novel of the same name.


out of a helmet in the play. "The
goat has a stand-in" the author
mused "The stand-in will only
drink orange pop," he observed,
"but the main character will only
drink coco-cola.
"I'm afraid the real Saki will
someday get mixed up with the
stand-in and will refuse to drink
what we have for him." The
author concluded that stage chaos
might result.
*9 * *
THE problems of the little peo-
ple in Asia" are of main interest to
Sneider. Evidence for this is found
not only in the "Teahouse" theme,
but in his more recent book "Pail
of Oysters" the subject of which
is the "police state of the Nation-
alists on Formosa." The author
feels that there is no fairness in
treasment of the Formosans by
Nationalist forces, basing his ob-
servation on a visit to Formosa in
the summer of 1952.
At present Sneider is working

on two projects. The primary
object of his attention is a novel
about a typical small town in
the Midwest. The aim of the
author is to "show the tremen-
ous changes in the patterns of
small town living in the past 64
The other project is a play bas-
ed on experiences in Hong Kong,
which like his other present
East-West problems.
"Actually, I started out as a
playwright", the Notre Dame grad-
uate said. "But I did better at
short-story writing, and have for
years been making contributions
to the pages of Saturday Evening
Post, Argosy and other magazines."
Sneider and his wife are leaving
soon for London where they hope
to gather material for the works
he ' is now planning. Following
their trip, they hope to build a
home in Ann Arbor because "we
like the town and the University

Law Mock Trial
Will .Feature
Four Juniors
Culminating two years of prac-
tice four Law School juniors will
present their final oral arguments
in the Case Club's annual Henry
M. Campbell Competition at 2 p.m.
tomorrow in Room 100 Hutchins
In a mock trial at the Supreme
Court level, the petitioner is re-
presented by Richard C. Hoste-
tIer and Gerald Warren. Davis
M. Roach and Donald G. Black
will defend the respondent.
The case involves the activities
of a state prosecutor who has is-
sued a list of books deemed obscene
according to state statute, includ-
ing one published by the petitioner,
a publishing house.


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VOL. LXIV, No. 137
Regents' Meeting. Friday, May 21.
Communications for consideration at
this meeting must be in the President's
hands not later than May 13.
English Honors Curriculum. There
will be a meeting for students inter-
ested in entering the Honors Curri-
culum that begins next Fall on Thurs-
day afternoon, April 22, at 4 p.m. in
1412 Mason Hall. The members of the
staff are urged to inform all likely ap-
No Appointments Needed
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plicants of this meeting. The nature of
the program will be discussed and the
students will be invited to raise ques-
Late Permission: Because of Michi-
gras, all women students have a 1:30
a.m. late permission on Friday and
Saturday, April 23 and 24. Women's
houses will close at 12:25 p.m. There
will be no late permissions for prep-
aration of floats or booths before
Selective Service Examination. Stu-
dents taking the Selective Service Col-
lege Qualification Test on April 22 are
requested to report to 140 Business Ad-
ministration Thursday morning at
The University of Michigan March-'
ing Band will participate in the Mich-
igras Parade this Friday. Band mem-
bers are requested to be at Harris
Hall, ready to go, not later than 3 p.m.
on Friday. Music will be passed out at
that time. Check the Marching Platt
in the lobby of Harris Hall for your
parade position.
Men-Seniors and Graduate Students.
Psychology, Sociology, Social Work; Ed-
ucation, Physical Education Majors.)
The University of Michigan Fresh Air
Camp has a few openings left for men
student counselors for its camp pro-
gram this summer, June 21 to August
21. Selected candidates for counselor
positions can earn eight hours credit
toward their degrees at camp. The Camp
will furnish room and board and a
small salary. Students pay their own
tuition. Candidates interested in tak-
ing advantage of this unique program
should contact E. J. Slezak at 504-D
University Elementary School as soon
as possible.
Tuesday, April 27
Mandel Brothers, Chicago, Ill., will
have a representative at the Bureau of
Appointments on April 27 to interview
June men and women graduates in
Bus. Ad. or LS&A for the department
store's training program.
rPenn Mutual Life Insurance Co. In
Detroit will visit the campus on April
27 to interview June and August men
graduates in Bus. Ad. or LS&A for life
insurance sales positions.
Tues.and Wed., April 27 and 28
Michigan Bell Telephone Co. will

have a representative at the Bureau on
April 27 and 28 to talk with June wo-
men graduates in all fields about the
company's various administrative and
supervisory training programs. Women
who are expecting degrees in Math.,
Physics, or Chemistry will be inter-
viewed for Technical Aide positions in
the Bell Telephone Laboratories.
Wednesday, April 28
The LaSalle & Koch Co., Toledo, Ohio,
Division of R. H. Macy & Co., will be
on the campus on April to interview
June men and women graduates in
Bus. Ad. or LS&A for its Department
Store Training Program.
Argus Cameras, Inc., Ann Arbor, will
have a representative at the Bureau on
April 28 to talk to June and August
men graduates in Physics for positions
in the optics field, and to graduates
in Engineering and LS&A for various
trainee positions in such fields as Sales,
Quality Control, Accounting, Service,
and Engineering.

J. I. Case Co., Lansing, Mich., will
visit the campus on April 28 to inter-
view June men graduates in Bus. Ad.,
LS&A, or Engineering for its Sales
Training Program. The company, who
are manufacturers of power farm ma-
chinery, would prefer that candidates
for positions have a farm background.
Thursday, April 28
National Bank of Detroit will be at
the Bureau of Appointments on April
29 to talk with June men graduates in
LS&A about Management Training
Programs in such fields as credit, trust,
and general bank management.
Friday, April 30
The Wurzburg Co., Grand Rapids,
Mich., will visit the Bureau on April
30 to interview June men and women
graduates in Bus. Ad. or LS&A for its
Department Store Training Program.
Students wishing to schedule ap-
pointments to see any of the companies
listed above may contact the Bureau
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