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PAGE FOUR

THE MICHIGAN ]DAILY

SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 1951

PAGE FOUR THE MICHIGAN DAiLY SATURDAY, MARCH 5,1951

SL'S GIVEAWAY SHOW:
Interest, Proper Procedure,
Would Have Avoided 'Circus'

Integration Problem

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

DAILY
OFFICIAL
BULLETIN

r

T HERE IS somethin unpleasant about kick-
ing an organization whose existence will
be terminated in less than two weeks. Espec-
ially an organization that has striven reso-
lutely against many obstacles in its eight
short years of existence. However Student Leg-
islature's performance of the last two weeks
-called at various times "a circus," "chaotic,"
and compared to a "bunch of animals,"-is
open to criticism.
For three weeks SL has been trying to dis-
pose of approximately $6,000. The Legislature
had little trouble with the first $1,500. But two
regular meetings, and one special session have,
now passed without delegation of the rest.
The cause of the "chaos" is simple. SL mem-
bers didn't become interested in their own
money until after the problem reached the floor
of Legislature. Only a few members actually
gave thought to the problem. At a finance
committee meeting three weeks ago to formu-
late plans for finances, only nine SL members
were present. Five of these were members of
the committee. Attendance at other finance
meetings was less.
OME SL members as late as last week didn't
know how much money the body had
despite the fact the amount had been printed
in The Daily on more than one occasion.

Much of SL was giving real thought to the
problem for the first time a week ago Wed-
nesday. A main motion was brought to the
floor by the finance committee and since that .
time members have been battling to see who
can bring forth the most amendments to the
original finance committee motion. Most of the
amendments should have been presented as
suggestions at finance committee meetings. If
they were acceptable they would have been in-
corporated in the main motion.
Many amendments proposed to the whole
SL have been soundly defeated after long ora-
tions on the part of their maker. Certainly a
minority has a right to be heard but in this
case most of the minority opinions could have
been hashed out in committee.
PERHAPS SL's determination to keep the
finance information secret until it was pre-
sented to the Legislature is at the root of the
problem. If the finance information had been
made public early the campus and the whole
SL would have become interested early. If the
financial problem had been widely publicized
a month ago three-fourths of SL would not
likely have waited to get to the floor of Legis-
lature before formulating ideas.
-Dave Baad

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A.4SUPREr_ (
DREW PEARSON:.
Motley Witness Parade
Helps Judge Harlan

Touring European Orchestras
Aid Toward Future Peace

AMONG THE primary reasons our foreign
relations are not particularly successful is
that the average attitude towards the cultural
endeavors of European countries (in particular)
is one of unconcern or even glaring disrespect.
The educated European generally is much
concerned with the culture of the peoples
around him, and though he may have his own
definite ideas he is respectful.
The Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra
toured this country earlier this year with great
success, the Danish State Radio Orchestra last
year, and recently the Virtuosi di Roma from
Italy, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
These groups have promoted a feeling of great
closeness with the cultural environments of
our European neighbors in a manner that far
surpasses such mediums as newspapers and
films. (Curiously, there are few musical or-
ganizations that tour Europe from our coun-
try, only an occasional exchange of solo artists
and conductors. The unsuccessful American
policy has been to send money.).
France and England have been rewarded by
an exchange of musical and literary artists
and teachers with the Soviet Union.
WHAT HAS happened between this country
and Germany, Italy (from whence came

the Virtuosi di Roma) and Japan (the Azuma
Kubuki Dancers from Tokyo were in this coun-
try last year) in the past is of little importance
in relation to what is happening now or what
is to happen in the future. The Berlin Phil-
harmonic Tour is a sincere effort on the part
of the German and United States Governments
to better relations between our two countries
through recognition and appreciation of both
cultural similarities and differences.
IT WOULD seem to me, that since wars fail
as a manner of unification for peaceful ex-
istence (at least they have in the past) co-
operation and respect is the only answer to
successful relations between different political
powers. If we must relate politics and music
then here is a means; by an exchange of
cultural groups for an educational purpose. In
such a case, the efforts of groups to boycott
and discourage attendance at these concerts
and similar functions is retarding to peace-
loving peoples in their efforts toward inter-
national understanding.
Must the memories of a terrifying past ob-
scure the plans to prevent a more terrifying
future?
-Gordon Mumma

INTERPRETING THE NEWS
By J. M. ROBERTS "It just isn't the right time. Things aren't
Associated Press News Analyst built up right. We'd know if there was really
THE IMPRESSION has grown up over many danger."
years that people everywhere are in a con- " l n ,,,d
stant flap over the possibility of having to face "Well, anywa, wat ouldiwero?"
the agig terorof Aboms.'We'd be jlust as well off sitting here as do-.
the raging terror of A-bomnbs. in ntiges.
Wednesday evening I was in a group of six ing anything else."
or seven men in Rockefeller Center when the "I'd want to get my wife started out of town
sirens went off across the Hudson river for an and then get to work," said a newsman.
air raid drill in New Jersey. "My wife probably knows more than I do
" "Here come the Rooshans," said the first to about it," said another. "They have meetings
recognize the eerie sound above the din of the- around the neighborhood. She hasn't been, but
ater-time traffic in the streets below. "I hadn't women pass things around among themselves."
heard there was going to be a drill." "Yeah, but even the Civil Defense workers
Neither had anyone else in the group. don't seem to know much, or to be able to make
"Maybe one of the things has gone off by up their minds."
accident," said another. Among the Jersey millions a few thousand
"It's a helluva thing to have an accident called police to find out what was going on.
about," was the reply. West side New York precincts said most of
"Wonder what we'd do if it were real?" their calls were from Civil Defense workers
wanting to know if there was anything they
"HOW DO WE KNOW it's not?" Nobody should do.
made a move to find out. It had been In Rockefeller Center somebody said "Go
announced but they hadn't noticed. ahead and deal."
MUSIC REVIEW'

WASHINGTON-A motley par-
ade of witnesses has been
marching behind closed doors to
deliver some of the weirdest tes-
timony ever heard on Capitol Hill
regarding the fitness of a Supreme
Court Justice. The man the op-
pose is John Marshall Harlan. But
some of their testimony was so
bizarre, so unfair, that it boom-
eranged.
Heredis a cross-section of te
witness parade, some for, some
against Harlan:
Herwin K. Hart, lobbyist for
right-wing causes, called on the
Senate Judiciary Committee "to
reject the nomination of Justice
Harlan and not to confirm any
nominee who is not known to be
in favor of America first."
Radio commentator Fulton Lew-
is's protege, George Racey Jordan,
speaking for the American Coali-
tion and the "patriotic world" in
general, declared stirringly: "We
have no interest in politics or re-
ligion or anything except where
it strikes the basic security of the
country, and then we swing into
action."
John Buchanan of Pittsburgh,
disdaining a crack by North Da-
kota's Sen. "Wild Bill" Langer
that he was "a professional wit-
ness," appealed "to John Marshall
Butler (Maryland Republican Sen-
ator) and the other members of
this committee to vote for the con-
firmation of John Marshall Har-
lan in order that that great name
may be continued in American
history."
Harry Klinefelter of Baltimore,
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describing himself as "A Jeffer-
sonian constitutional state-rights
Republican," suggested that the
country made a terrible mistake
when it began printing money. He
didn't say much one way or the
other about Harlan, but he seem-
ed to be against him.
15-cent -Progress
AIRS. ERNEST W. Howard re-
presenting something called
the "wheel of progress," complain-
ed that her cause wasn't properly
publicized by the radios and news-
papers, except for a pocket-sized
magazine called Jet. "Everyone is
buying it every week for 15 cents,"
she testified.
New Jersey's GOP Sen. Alex
Smith, appearing as a witness, not
only came out for Harlan but as-
sured everyone that the late Sen.
Bob Taft would also have favored
Harlan.
Herman Methfessel, ex-District
Attorney on Staten Island, blamed
his defeat on the way Harlan ran
the New York State Crime Com-
mission and concluded Harlan was
"an unsuitable Justice for the
court of last resort."
Herman's Grandpa
THROUGHOUT the hodgepodge
hearings, Idaho's irrepressible
Sen. Herman Welker acted as sort
of a comic prosecuting attorney,
alternately ripping into witnesses
and reflecting about his famous
grandfather.
"I had a grandfather that was
a great preacher down in North
Carolina," he boasted, after New
York Bar President Edmund Lew-
is told how Harlan's grandfather
had been on the Supreme Court.
Welker added coyly that he had
never been able to achieve his
grandpa's fame.
Later, while Buchanan was ap-
pealing to John Marshall Butler
to confirm John Marshall Har-
lan, Welker broke in again: "Well,
I had a famous relative."
"What was his name?" asked
Buchanan politely.
"Reverend George W. Welker
of Greensboro, North Carolina,"
happily responded Welker.
Pure Theatre
FROM THE point of view of
pure theatrics, the best show
was put on by Fulton Lewis's
friend, George Racey Jordan, who
started off his testimony against
Harlan by announcing: "I had
never heard of him in my life un-
til he came up for the nomina-
tion."
Jordan was suspicious of Har-
lan's friendly attitude toward the
Atlantic Union, whose aim it is to
unite the democracies against
Communism. He was skeptical of
the other democracies.
"We think they are broken-
down socialistic empires that are
absolutely studded with Commun-
ism," he explained in the closed-
door hearing.
He also had a feeling that the
Supreme Court wasn't standing up
vigorously enough for the Consti-
tution.
"We are very much concerned
in the patriotic world," he said,
"about this situation on the Su-
preme Court. We are horribly up-
set about it."
As for Harlan, Jordan conceded
with tongue in cheek: "He may
be a very fine person individually,
but we listened to a lot of recom-
mendations for Alger Hiss once
upon a time."
Klinefelter, the Jeffersonian Re-
publican, had trouble hearing. "I
have been here three days in suc-
cession, and my batteries ran
down," he explained.
Ater pointing out that "It re-
quires printed money to be Social-

Short Memory ...
To the Editor:
OBJECTIVITY is not to be ex-
pected of college sportswrit-
ers when they write up the week-
end exploits of the home team.
Their plaudits should, however,
remain within th bounds of rea-
son-and a year's memory - if
possible.
I refer to the statement in Tues-
day's Daily that "Not only did
Michigan beat Nortl-. Dakota (in
hockey), but never in recent mem-
ory did such a supposedly 'good'
team take such horrendous beat-
ings as did Fido Purpur's Nodaks.
Now it takes an amazingly short
memory to fail to recall the ex-
perience of a "supposedly good"
(NCAA tournament caliber) team
just one short year ago when it
journeyed to Grand Forks for a
two-game series.
The beatings suffered by that
Michigan team were only slightly
less "horrendous" than those suf-
fered by North Dakota last week-
end. The scores then: 10-3 and 5-3.
Remember?
-Bill Vogel
*' * *
Speculation ...
To the Editor:
IN RE: Jordan Hall Food Prob-
lem
"Wiggle, wiggle little worm,
Through the spinach you do
churn,
Chewing and munching we see you
crawl
Despised and hated at Jordan
Hall,
Have pity on these girls in grief,
Just hope they turn over a new
leaf,
For if your kind they forever
spurn,
What will happen when the poor
worm turns?"
-Harvey Silets, '55L
Policy Slap .. .
To the Editor:
IF Mr. David Kaplan wants to
defend the Berlin Philhar-
monic Orchestra he should at least
be consistent in his arguments. In
one sentence he states that the
orchestra's tour represents "the
efforts of a musical group to play
music-nothing more," while in
the very next sentence he charges
that a boycott is "a slap in the
face of our foreign policy." How
the orchestra's tour can be at one
and the same time both a purely
musical event and an adjunct to
our foreign policy, Mr. Kaplan
does not explain.
The very fact that both Mr.
Kaplan and a certain unnamed
professor have raised the issu of
American foreign policy shows
that the orchestra's tour has po-
litical as well as cultural conno-
tations. It is indeed difficult to be-
lieve that the Musical Society was
motivated purely by cultural con-
siderations in extending its invita-
tion to the orchestra. In recent
years, for instance, the Society has
not seen fit to sponsor one of
America's finest artists, Paul Rob-
eson. Yet, in the different politi-
cal atmosphere prevailing before
the advent of the "cold war," Mr.
Robeson appeared as an honored
guest on this campus. Thus, it is
obvious that political considera-
tions play a not unimportant role
in determining the policies of the
Society.
While Mr. Kaplan is wrong
about the purely musical charac-
ter of the tour, he is right when
he says that a boycott is "a slap
in the face of our foreign policy ."
But, I ask you, Mr. Kaplan, isn't
it about time that someone slap
our foreign policy in its face? Any
policy which revives the German
militarists, who have already
plunged the world into two wars;
any policy which finds it neces-
sary to use as its allies such dregs
of humanity as the Nazi generals,

Francisco Franco, Bao Dai and
Chiang Kai-Shek abroad and Har-
vey Matusow, Louis Budenz, Paul
Crouch, Elizabeth Bentley and
Manning Johnson at home deserv-
es to be roundly condemned by all
decent people. If a boycott can do
anything to change the mad, in-
sane policy our government is now
pursuing, then this is the best
reason yet for not welcoming the
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
-Ed Shaffer
* * *
Understanding ...
To the Editor:
AFTER WRITING a letter to The
Daily on Feb. 24 concerning
the protests against the tour of
the Berlin Philharmonic, we were
sorry to read in The Daily edition
of March 1, that our letter pro-
voked such an unfavorable re-
sponse from two campus groups.
We regret very much, that the bias
and the antagonism of the New
York musicians has now also
spread to a university which is one
of the best known American uni-
versities in Europe. A boycott of
the concert would not only, as we
said before, be demonstrant of
little artistic spirit, but would also
be another poor display of aca-

in the aily of March 1. This edi-
torial expresses in moderate and
rational terms what we meant in
our letter of Feb. 24 when we
pleaded for a chance for rehabili-
tation and understanding instead
of continued antagonism and ill-
will.
-Peter H. Hay,
H. Chris Krueger
* * *
Crossed Views ...
To the Editor:
CONCERNING the recent con-
troversy over the concert to
be presented by the Berlin Phil-
harmonic Orchestra with its al-
leged Nazi members, only one side
has been presented to the readers
of The Michigan Daily, that of the
Communist-front Labor Youth
League. Their whole idea of ban-
ning this performance is pure in-
consistency.
This is inconsistent because the
LYL spends a good deal of time
distributing pamphlets that pro-
test the outlawing of the Com-
munist Party by the United States
Government, and advocating free-
dom of speech for all minority po-
litical factions. By this same tok-
en, then, the Labor Youth League
should, to be consistent with this
viewpoint, not wish to obstruct an
orchestra with a few Nazi mem-
bers from playing to an audience
which is mot concerned with poli-
t~ics but with good music.
Although I am a person who
tends to follow the more conserva-
tive thinking in politics, I would
not care if an orchestra was Com-
munist or Fascist as long as the
performance was good. This, in
my opinion, represents the feel-
ings of the majority of the stu-
dent body.
-Don Sproat, 57
Second Look...
To the Editor:
T APPEARS that I am being ac-
cused of being a Nazi and
sympathize with the Fascist move-
ment. If my coming actions make
me a Fascist, then Heil Hitler! In
answer to Miss Styler, who wants
to know whether I would go to
hear one A. Hitler play the pic-
colo, the answer is yes, if I cared
for piccolo solos and Hitler could
play well. I have never found my-
self being influenced politically
by music. If this were so, I would
now be a British, as I listen to
"God Save the Queen" before all
the Canadian hockey broadcasts.
Neither do I think that any of the
notes played in this concert are
going to slaughter millions *of
helpless people. If I see any swas-
tikas issuing from the instruments,
I will be the first to apologize to
those who may be hurt.
I wonder if Mr. Sharpe would
protest so vigorously if the Mos-
cow Symphony, a fine musical or-
ganization, were playing? I don't
believe Robert A. Taft, whom I
have always admired, would call
me a Communist for listening to
their records. Not event McCarthy
could find groundshere.
I think that Mr. Sharpe and
Miss Styler better taken another
look at Lincoln's second inaugural
address before they sound off
again. Never, have I heard such
utter hogwash.
-Richard A. Hamilton
Economic Factors .. .
To the Editor:
CONCERNING the Berlin Phil-
harmonic Tour:
A musicians union in New York
objected to the Berlin Philhar-
monic Tour supposedly for poli-
tical reasons, but the cause of
their outcrys were actually eco-
nomic; "don't give the foreigners
money we should have" might be
the most convenient wording.
The LYL (in particular) has
contradicted their stand for "li-
berty and justice to all," in the re-

cent writings daming H. von-
Karajan, von Westermann and
the Berlin Philharmonic. They
might well object to the political
implications of pianist Walter Gie-
seking (also to appear on the con-
cert series) who performed for
Nazi German audiences during the
war.
Why not also boycott the en-
trance of Winston Churchill (for
example) into this country. After
all, we were at war with England
once too.
Regardless of previous historical
blunders, I, as one of the Chosen
Race find it most inconsequential
to be concerned with the now de-
funct Master Race.
The Berlin Philharmonic Or-
chestra is one of the very great
musical organizations of the world,
and the LYL ( and others) pro-
claim disrespect for all humanity
by condemnation of any group
whatsoever.
-Joseph Bernstein
Out of the Rut.. .
To the Editor:
ONE of the important functions
of a newspaper, especially a
college one, should be to give cov-
erage to all aspects of daily life.

(Continued from Page 2)
Twinning, Michigan-Teacher Needs:
Commercial.
Wednesday, March 9, 1955-
St. Clair Shores, Michigan - Teacher
Needs: Early and Later Elementary.
River Rouge, Michigan - Teacher
Needs: Early and Later Elementary.
Thursday, March 10, 1955-
Gaines, Michigan - Teacher Needs:
Early and Later Elementary, Football
Coach, Math, Instrumental and Vocal
Music, Commercial, Industrial Arts.
Redlands, California- Teacher Needs:
All Elementary and Secondary.
Litchfield, Michigan-Teacher Needs:
All fields,
For appointments contact the Bureau
of Appointments, 3528 Administration
Building, NO 3-1511, ext. 489.
Academic Notices
Biological Chemistry Seminar: "The
Hormones of the Thyroid," under the
direction of Dr. Lila Miller; Room 319
West Medical Building, Sat., March 5
at 10:00 a.m.
Preliminary Examinations in English:
Applicants for the Ph.D. in English who
expect to take the preliminary examina-
tions this spring are requested to leave
their names with Dr. Ogden, 1634 Ha-
ven Hall. The examinations will be giv-
en as follows: English Literature from
the Beginnings to 1550, Tues., April 12;
English Literature, 1550-1750, Set., April
16; English Literature, 1750-1950, Tues.,
April 19; and American Literature, Sat.,
April 23. The examination will be given
in Room 76, School of BusinessAdmini-
stration, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:OOm.
First meeting of a beginning class 3n'
fencing for men will be held Mon.,
March 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the boxing
room of the Intramural Ildg. Weap-
ons and protective equipment will be
provided.
Mar. 5.
Events Today
Verdi's Opera, "Falstaff," will be pre-
sented by the Department of Speech
and the School of Music promptly at
8:00 p.m. in the Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre March 5. Latecomers will not
be seated during the first scene. There
is no overture.
Episcopal Student Foundation. Stu-
dent and Faculty-conducted Evensong
Sat., March 5, at 5:15 p.m., in the Chap-
el of St. Michael and All Angels.
Party sponsored by SRA Sat., Mar. 5,
from 8:00-12:00 p.m. at Lane Hall. Social
dancing, square dancing, and other
forms of entertainment.
Ingeborg, a comedy in German by
Curt Goetz, will be given in the Pat-
tengill Auditorium, Ann Arbor High,
on State St. at 8:00 p.m. Sat., Mar. 5.
Tickets are available at Tappan Hall and
will be sold at the door. Student ad-
mission :75c.
"Guest in a Hundred Homes." Mrs.
DeWitt C. Baldwin will speak to the
SRA Saturday Lunch Discussion group
of her five months' stay in Europe. Res-
ervations by Fri. Lane Hall. 12:15 Sat.,
Sailing Club. Work parties to repair
boats Sat., Mar, 5, 9:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
and Sun., Mar. 6, 2:00 p.m.
Russian dance group will meet 2:30
p.m. today in Room 3G of the Michigan
Union.
Coming Events
Episcopal Student Foundation. Can-
terbury House breakfasts following both
the 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. services Sun.,
March 6. Confirmation Instruction, 4:30
p.m., Sun., March 6, at Canterbury
House. Canterbury Supper Hour at 5:45
p.m., Sun., March 6, at Canterbury
House. The Rev. Stanley D. Dodge, De-
partment of Geography, will discuss
"The Sacrament of the Ministry." Cof-
fee Hour at Canterbury House follow-
ing the 8:00 p.m. Evensong Sun., March
6.
Hillel: Chorus Rehearsal Sun., Mar.
6, 4:30 p.m. in main chapel. Supper
Club., Sun., Mar. 6, 6:00 p.m. followed by
record dance. Religious Committee is
sponsoring a group to study the five
books of Moses Sun. after supper club.
The Graduate Outing Club will meet
at 2:00 p.m. Sun., Mar. 6. Wear old
clothes. Enter at the northwest corner
of the Rackham Building.
Wesleyan Guild. Sun., March 6. 9:30
a.m. Discussion "Paradoxes of the Chris-
tian Faith;" 5:30 p.m. Fellowship Sup-
per; 6:45 p.m. Worship Service and
Program. Dr. William Baker will speak
on, "What is the Place of Jesus Christ
in Salvation?"

Lutheran Student Association Sunday,
7:00 p.m. Dr. Harlyn O. Halvorsen of
the Department of Bacteriology will
speak on "The Recent Discoveries in
Biological Science rind Their Impact on
Christian Thought." Corner ofHill St.
and Forest Ave.
Westminster Student Fellowship -
sponsored Bible Seminar in Room 217
of the Presbyterian Student Center,
10:45 a.m., Sun., March 6. Discussion
on Matthew 18. Westminster Student
Fellowship Guild Meeting, 6:45 p.m.
Sun., March 6, Lounge of the Presby-
terian Student Center.
Unitarian Student Group. The outing
scheduled for Sun. afternoon, Mar. 6,
has been cancelled. Unitarian Student
Group will meet Sun., March 6 at
7:30 p.m. at the church. The record
"The Investigator" will be played. Re-
freshments. Transportation, from Lane
Hall at 7:15 p.m.
Floorshow Committee, Frosh Weekend
Maize Team. Interviews will begin 4:00
p.m. Sun., March 6 in the Undergradu-
ate Office of the League. Individual
times are posted in the Undergraduate
Office.
New Testament Discussion Group.
"Searching the Synoptics." E. Wendell
Hewson, professor of meteorology, Sun.,
3:00 p.m., Lane Hall Fireside Room.

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ANNA RUSSELL, Seven O'Clock Performance
T HIS IS a rave review. And as a raving re-
viewer it is only fitting I commence with a
meticulously abstruse description of the chan-
teuse going something like: "She has the face
of a -, the voice of an-, and a heart of solid
-" Very well, I shall.
Anna Russell has the face of a Bulgarian
collective farmer's daughter, the voice of an
obdurate fire-engine, and a heart of solid-gold,
I suppose. I really wouldn't know.
She is an artist of the worst rank, which is
only to say Miss Russell holds nothing sacred.
No, not even the Habanera. Or German Lieder,
very Grande Opera, The French Art Song, The
Italian Art Song, The Merry Madrigal, The
Madrigal of Gravity and the french horn.
MISS RUSSELL'S routine consists of saying
pleasant things, which somehow come out
as tremendously funny things; after which she
sweeps aside her pink boa (I really don't need it.
I just put it on to let you know I had one.") and

able; she can sing very high ("Oh Gentle Bird
With Feathered Breast") or very low (the bass
role of "The Madrigal of Gravity." Miss Rus-
sell, of course, sings all of the four parts), or
very loud ("Nacht.und Tag"-"Night and Day
for you Americans"),, or very tubercular (the
Death Scene from "Anemia"-"A role I created
as leading soprano of the Ellis Island Opera
Company").
The triumph of the evening was, perhaps, a
none too gentle spoof of a Gilbert and Sullivan
operetta, "appropriate for any place." To spoof
a spoof, is a pretty hezardous, if not impossible,
undertaking. Anna Russell, for some reason of
her very own, accomplished this feat, deftly
skirting any number of scyllas and charybdis-
es. Much of her success, with this and other se-
lections, has to do with what could be seen as a
studied disregard for the appropriate.
Miss Russell simply does not look like "a
maid of two and twenty," or Carmen, for that
matter. Leider rarely treats of the subject food
("du bist ein weinerschnitzl"). Neither do Ital-

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