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'Black Chiffon' Opens Drama season

Judith Anderson, one of the first
ladies of the stage, last night
opened the 21st University Drama
Season in "Black Chiffon."
The play will run through Sun-
day, nightly at 8:30 p.m., with
matinees on Thursday and Satur-
day at 2:30 p.m., in Lydia Mendels-
sohn Theatre.
Written by Lesley Storm, sus-
penseful "Black Chiffon" ran for
two years in London and then in
New York,
Story of A Woman
Brooks Atkinson of the New
York Times described it as "the
story of a gentle woman who un-
accountingly steals a black chiffon
nightgown in a London depart-
ment store. She does not know

why she has done it. She is a
woman of honor, good family and
sufficient wealth." Author Storm
goes into her polite and pleasant
family life,
Miss Anderson arrived in Ann
Arbor directly after the starring
engagement in Maurice Evans' TV
production of "The Cradle Song,"
in which two from the supporting
cast for "Black Chiffon" also ap-
She is best known for her stage
performance in the title role of
"Medea," her characterization of
Mrs. Danvers in the film version
of the novel "Rebecca" with Lau-
rence Oliver, and her Emmy award
winning TV appearance as Lady
Macbeth with Maurice Evans.

Murray Matheson, Stephen
Chase and Anne Hunter are fca-
tured in the supporting cgst.
Matheson made his American'
stage debut in 1950 with Cyril Rit-
chard in "The Relapse." His latest
film appearance was as Jennifer
Jones' medical superior in."Love is
a Many-Splendored Thing."
On Broadway Chase has beenI
seen in "The Caine Mutiny Court-
Martial," and in the Rodgers and
Hammerstein musical, "Allegro."
Others in the cast include Deir-
dre Owens, Pamela Simpson, and
Bradford Dillman, all New York
"Black Chiffon" was staged by
John O'Shaughnessy, Broadway
director of "Command Decision."

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The American Institute of Bank-
ing (AIB) has recently published
a book on elementary accounting
by University Professor Leo "A.
Schmidt of the School of Business
Written specially for the AIB,
which is the educational branch of
the American Bankers Association,
the book will be used in AIB class-
es taught in banks throughout the
More than .50,000 students ate
enrolled in these two-year courses.
Professor Schmidt is currently
working on an advanced account-
ing text for the AIB.


Soviet's Rail Network Called Her 'Achilles' Heel'

bIv~e M o uSmok

Associated Press Newsfeature Writer
Sparked by such news as the
boast of Communist party boss
Nikita Khrushchev in Britain that
the Soviet Union will soon have an
intercontinental guided missile
with an H-bomb warhe'ad, much is
being written recently about Rus-
sia's new profess in the field of
advanced weapons.
Assertions have been made that
the Russians are rapidly closing
the gap between themselves and
The Michigan Union Duplicate
Bridge Tournament, which meets
every Friday evening at the Union,
announced yesterday the winners
of 'its monthly Masterpoint Night,
held last Friday.
First place, North-South, was
won by Edwin Myers and Arthur
Kasplemas, Grad.
First place, East-West, was won
by Herbert Lavine and Frank Drin-
an, '57L.
Second place, North-South, was
copped by Richard Lawrence, and
John Jarsma.
Second place, East-West, went
to Jacquelyn Balas, '58, and
Charles Burger, '57.
Thir place, North-South, went
to Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Davidson.
Third place, East-West, was won
by Kenneth Appel, Grad. and Wil-
liam May.

the United States in long range
jet aircraft, guided missiles and
other tools of modern warfare.
Whatever strides the Reds have
taken in advanced scientific tech-
nology and whatever the relative
positions of the world's two biggest
powers at the present moment,
the Soviet Union . remains weak
in one field fundamental to success
in either peace or war: basic trans-
Analysis of Network
According to an analysis of the
Soviet transportation network
published in West Germany and
reprinted in the Military Review
of the U.S. Command and General
Staff College at Fort Leavenworth,
Kan., Soviet specialists themselves
have since the end of World War I
referred to the Russian transpor-
tation system as their "Achilles'
The German specialist who
made the analysis maintains that
the question of whether the Soviet
communication network - scarely
able to meet the demands of a
peacetime economy - would be
capable of meeting the require-
ments of modern warfare occupies
an increasingly large place in the
minds of the Soviet command.
Three times the size of the
United States, the Soviet Union
has a rail system only one-quarter
as long as that of the United
States. Russia's navigable water-
ways, which cover almost as many
miles as her rail network, suffer
the handicap of freezing in winter
and flooding in spring.
Map Shows Concentration
As the accompanying map
shows, most of Russian railway
trackage is concentrated in the

west. The analysis maintains that
because of the country's immense
size and present locatign of her
industry in relation to raw ma-
terial sources, 40 per cent of rail-
way freight must be carried over
distances of more than 1,000 miles
and 20 per cent over nearly 2,000
miles. This reportedly forces the
Russian rail network to carry
twice as much freight per mile
as the American or European rail-
ways. On most main lines trains
are said to move little more than
half a mile apart.
To cut down the length of aver-
age hauls, disperse industry from
the vulnerable Western section,
Student .Bar
Elects Men
Officers of Student Bar Associa-
tion were elected recently.
John D. Herbert, '57L, was cho-
sen president, while Henry H. Han-
cock, '57L, was picked for vice-
president and Edward Bouris,
'58L, for secretary-treasurer, ac-
cording to Richard Madden, '56L,
present SBA president.
Officials are elected in an all
Law School vote.
SBA is the co-ordinating student
group in the law school. Presidents
of all other organizations are
Among other things, it is re-
sponsible for all dances and repre-
sents the student body to the fac-

and take advantage of the vast
energy potential of the eastern
part of the country, the Soviets
are accelerating the transfer of
industry to locations east of the
Ural Mountains.
Industrial Regions In Asia
Of 10 major industrial regions
now established or being developed,
half are in the Asiatic region. The
Russian aim reportedly is to make
these regions economically self-
sustaining and independent of one
another by locating them adjacent
to the sources of the materials
they need.
Thus by means of what the an-
alysis calls a "better geography of
industrial production" the Soviet
Union hopes to eventually elimi-
nate its traditional transportation
The analysis concludes that un-
til Russian succeeds in achieving
this aim, in case of war she will
find herself faced with the acute
danger of Western airpower de-
stroying her tenuous traffic net-
work and thereby crippling her
Tap Men
When Zeus climbed high on
golden dawn and smiled on fates
of Priams' land,
He blessed pursuit at noble Hec-
tor's hand.
The call went forth for each to
take his stand.
Then all the best of Troy were
brought by honor to this noble
Mike Barber, John Boyles, John
Heath, Tim Leedy, Walt Naumer,
Ed Shannon, Nort Stuart.
Music Critic
To' Lecture
Matteo Glinski, internationally
known music critic will speak at
4:15 today at Rackham Assembly
Glinski will speak on "The
Father of Oratorio, G. F. Anerio,
and His 'Prodigal Son'." He will
also play the recoi'dings of the
musical performance in the Vati-



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