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Sixty-Sixth Year

'I Don't Want To Complain, But You
Never Take Me Anywhere"

Phen x' 13lood-Soaked
Morality Lsso
FROM a series of reports on sin-ridden Phenix City, Alabama,
brought to the nation's attention in widely circulated periodicals,
Allied Artists Pictures has fashioned a terse, sometimes overdone
screenplay that presents an ethical lesson in the style of a childlike

Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only. This must be noted in all reprints.

Molotov's Israel Peace Offer
Devoid of Meaning

RUSSIA has told Israel she will not be hurt
by the flow of Red arms to Egypt. Soviet
oreign Minister V. M. M4olotov has said Russia
as no desire to see Israel hurt in the Red
process of combating Western politicies in the
One wonders if the Communist foreign min-
ster kept a straight face while making this
tatement. If the Red process of combating
Vestern policies in the Middle East included
ome hurt to Israel, there would be no Soviet
oftness to prevent it.
In fact, the Western policy in the Middle
last at the pi'esent time is to reduce tensions
etween Israel and the Arab nations. Comr-
ating Western policy concerning this situa-
ion would mean building up tension. This is
xactly what the Reds are doing by shipping
reapons to Egypt.
Molotov's statement that Russia does not
rant Israel to get hurt seems a gross misre-
'resentation of true - Soviet feeling. As ten-
ion builds, so do the chances of Israel being
.urt. Assuming an equality of military
trength between Israel and the Arab nations
efore the first shipment of Red arms to Egypt
>r the sake of argument, the balance is now
eing loaded in favor of the Arabs. So, in
nother way, too, Israel's danger is growing.
1USSIA'S guarantee that Israel will not be
hurt by the arms shipments is not only

meaningless, but was never intended to mean
anything. Unless the Soviet, through Czecho-
slovakia, has obtained a condition from Egypt
that the arms will not be used against Israel,
Russia could never enforce the guarantee; and
it is doubtful that she could even if such a
condition existed.
But it seems evident that Russia never had
any intention of enforcing such a guarantee.
The Reds are aware of the tensions in the
Middle East, and foresee much more profit
in exploiting them than in alleviating them.
Shipping arms to Egypt is certainly exploiting
Anyone who up to now retained some faith
in Russia's peaceful intentions should now be
convinced she is only looking for trouble, cau-
tiously. Russia's real reason for shipping arms
to Egypt is, sure enough, to combat Western
policies, which just happen to include the pre-
vention of strife between Israel and the Arabs.
The important question is what can the West
do about it? It obviously cannot stop the ship-
ment of Red arms to Egypt, unless it wants to
blow up a few ships and start a war.
What seems necessary is to ship Western
arms to Israel to maintain the balance of
power, a system of preventing war that defin-
Itely has not passed out of vogue, despite the
aims, and idealism of the United Nations.
Daily City Editor

Hit 'Policy', Speed Limit


tical affairs in Europe, Wa'
sumes his regular column.
Lippmann will appear in Th
THE MOST comforting
say, after a few week
eve of the Geneva confer
does not need to be so w
primary trouble is not th
has very strong cards a
strong cards. It is that:
reasons the, Western gov
time unable to play theirc
and conviction.
The summit meeting at
a public recognition byk
could not use thermo-nuc
of it to settle the struggle
did not mean that the s
meant that the strugglei
lomatic contest.
In this contest the So
the summer shown ag
maneuvering, for liquidat
new initiatives. - The fourV
Bonn, Paris, London an
on the other hand, remai
mobile in all their pre-Ge
cow has been acting while
ments have been reacting
main not by actions of
complaining. They have d
able in its weight and sc
gambit in Austria, witht
ment of Tito, with the S
of diplomatic relations wit
with the. Soviet's incursion
political front into Egypt.
to believe that the G
nounce nuclear war was
standing that the Sovie
henceforth' to accept our
ment of the cold war. Bu
ever had the slightest rea
this would happen. The G
mean that we were goin
way.tIt meant that the gr
able to negotiate and strik
unless they did this suc
lose control of the probl
posed to solve.
For this kind of mane
have to be sufficiently su
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Jim Dygert ..................
Murry Frymer ................
Debra Durchslag ............,
David Kaplan ............
Jane Howard ...........
Louise Tyor .,...............
Phil Douglis ............,..,
Alan Eisenberg,..............
Jack Horwitz............
Mary Helithaler ..,...,
Elaine Edmonds...........A
John Hirtzel...............
Business S
Dick Astrom ...,..........
Bob Ilgenfritz ............Ass
Ken Rogat....,.....
Marty Weisbard .............
Jerry Pusch ................

The Immobilized West
three-week tour of pol- home to be flexible and responsible abroad.
lter Lippmann here re- Go me nts that ae n res of t eb l ves
As in the past, Mr. Governments that are unsure of themselves
e Daily three times each are usually able to be firm only if they are
rigid and obstinate. They become immobile-
thing I can find to unable to move lest they appear to be retreat-
ks in Europe on the ing. It is the immobility of the Western
nce, is that the West governments, not the inherent weakness of the
eak as it looks. Our Western position in the world, that makes the
prospects so dark in Central Europe, in North
Iat the Soviet Union Africa and in the Middle East.
nd that we have no -
for internal political Thus in Germany we are immobilized upon
ernments are at this a policy that not even the Germans, much less
cards with confidence the Soviets, can be counted upon to believe in
the end. In the relations of the West with the
t Geneva in July was Moslem upheaval, which extends from the At-
both sides that they lantic Ocean to the borders of India, there is
lear war or the threat the greatest reluctance to do anything new for
between them. This fear of losing something old,
truggle was over. It
would become a dip- THE WEST Germans are immobilized by Dr.
Adenauer's illness and by the fact that, like
viet Union has since Eisenhower, he has no recognized successor who
greater capacity for can be counted upon to carry out his policy.
ing liabilities and for There is, in fact, every reason to think, as
Western governments, Moscow most certainly does think, that Ade-
d Washington have, nauer's successor will not stand upon, that
ined frozen and im- he will negotiate about, the terms that the
eneva positions. Mos- West is proposing at Geneva. Our position at
the Western govern- Geneva is inspired primarily by loyalty to Dr.
-and reacting in the Adenauer; by a determination not to concede
their own but by anything which might be construed in Ger-
lone nothing compar- many as rocking Dr. Adenauer's boat. If we
ope with the Soviet's concede an inch, we fear that Dr. Adenauer's
the Soviet's appease- German opponents will be encouraged to con-
oviet's establishment cede a yard. So on Germany the West is
,h the two Germanies, immobilized and unable to put itself in a posi-
n behind the Western tion to negotiate.
The trouble with this position is that in the
not so very long run it will alienate us from
may have been led the Germans who mean, if they must, to
eneva accord to re- negotiate for reunification directly with the
s a kind of under- Soviet Union and the East Germans. Our
t Union was going problem in Germany is how to overcome the
terms for a settle- immobility of our policy. This means that we
t no one in the know must find a way to take a position about Ger-
son for thinking that many that the Germans at least will regard as
eneva accord did not genuinely negotiable.
ig to have our own
kgt have ursm oghtn The French are immobilized bythe crisis in
reat powers might be North Africa which has posed the question of
ke bargains, and that whether the French have a government that
cessfully, they might can take decisions and have them carried out
ems they were sup- by its own Generals and officials. France has
the primary responsibility for the relations
uvering governments between the Western world and the Arabs of
ure of themselves at Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The outcome
depends upon what is in essence a constitu-
tional crisis within France. For unless there
is, a French government that can govern, there
j1 7IaTJ4J is no prospect of a settlement in North Africa.
Staff THE BRITISH do have a government that
..tafEt governs. But they have a new Foreign Sec-
Maa.......... City Editor retary. They are having a recurrence of their
.... . . iyE io
...... Editorial Director old money troubles. As they do not feel strong
....... Magazine Editor in the outer world, they are not in the mood for
.......As.Feature Editor the kind of brilliant initiative which Anthony
.......Associate Editor Eden showed in his last Years at the Foreign
. Sports Editor Office,
Associate Sports Editor
Associate Sports Editor Here, the President reigns but does not gov-
..o.....Women's Editor en, and, in addition, we are facing an election.
.ssoclate women's Editor Mr. Dulles has the President's confidence. He
... Chief Photographer cannot have the President's authority, which
taff is a non-transferable attribute. He cannot,
.Business Manager therefore, initiate new policies with a certainty
ociate Business Manager that he will have the support of the country.
.. Advertising Manager The safest and one might add the inevitable
n. anrccaeithing is to go on saying what was said before

Good Book Cover...
To the Editor:
DO YOU see yourself as a great
crusader of the "liberal"
cause? Well, 20,000 Michigan stu-
dents see you as a narrow hack
writer, having a rough time digging
up copy. Your two editorials at-
tacking the performances of the
band would have been funny if
they hadn't been so symbolic of
your editorial policy of being anti-
Eisenhower, anti - big business,
anti-Greek, anti-Republican Par-
ty, and anti-anybody and any-
thing which happens to conflict
with your own pseudo-intellectual
Your newspaper's editorial page
is completely unrepresentative of
the student body-from its Her-
block cartoons to the drival of

Drew Pearson.
Its only appeal to
student is its sports
its movie section.

the Michigan
coverage and
Other than

- i '
that it's good to cover books on
a rainy day.
Mr. Baad, go back to proofread-
ing, before The Daily ; slips still
lower in student esteem.
-Donald Reisig, '56
Safer, Not Slower...
To the Editor:
MAY I remark to Mr. Hambur-
ger (Editorial pake Sunday)
that there is at present a speed
limit in Michigan. In fact, the
present limit is the only fair and
sensible one. It is currently il-
legal for drivers to exceed a safe
speed, defined as a speed at which
one can stop within the distance
clearly visible ahead. This law
identifies legal speeds with safe
speeds, which is all one could ask.
A fixed speed limit will some-
times make safe speeds legal and'
will sometimes make unsafe speeds
legal. A fixed speed limit may
make people drive more slowly; it
does .not necessarily make them
drive more safely. That can only
be accomplished by driver educa-
tion programs and non-trivial li-
censing procedures.
Your casual remark in reference
to the Pennsylvania Turnpike that
drivers must be -alert under a
system of variable speed limits
seems to imply that under a fixed
limit they can afford to be less so.
This 411 too common assumption
is the fatal error of the speed
limit thinker. Save me from en-
countering on the road those who
seem to think that not exceeding
a certain fixed speed constitutes
safe driving.
The adoption of a fixed speed
limit would be a return to the
thinking before 1927, in which year
the 35 mph state-wide speed limit
was replaced with the modern
.,n-rnahla ael .nn -lm.

More on Kelly. ..
To the Editor:
CONCERNING MR. Kenney's let-
ter of the 26th which in turn
concerned Mr. Kelly's letter of the
25th, we should like to submit a
few observations.
A careful reading of the Kelly
letter will reveal that the implica-
tions thereof were a little more
subtle than Mr. Kenney may have
perceived. He construed the letter
as a personal attack on the Presi-
dent; when, in reality, it merely
foreshadowed p o s s i b e develop-
ments if the misguided zeal of cer-
tain groups is permitted to run
its course.
Although we possess a copy of
Roget's Thesaurus, we will not
consult it for the purposes of de-
scribing Mr. Kenney's attack. How
anyone could label Kelly's reflec-
tions "outrageous," "disgraceful,"
"small-minded," "disgusting" and
"putrid," while, at the same time,
calling him a bigot, is beyond us.
While appreciating the "un-
biased and nonpartisan" view of
Mr. Kenney, we were disconcerted
to. learn that the deification bri-
gade has such a champion. At
least, Mr. Kelly escaped being
-George Caspar, 57L
Thomas Quinn, 57L
More on Ike..*
To the Editor:
SEVERAL weeks ago a frenzied
barrage of Letters to the Edi-
tor attacked Daily Editor Baad
for his editorial on the Eisenhow-
er Marching Band show. This un-
fortunate epistolary reaction was
climaxed last 'week by a letter at-
tacking Eisenhower himself and
calling for the Republicans to spin
the ex-general's coffin.
The entire display of poor taste
exhibited in those letters resulted
from an act of even poorer taste
which Baad rightly recognized. The
band show, centered about the
President, and sponsored by the
University, was distinctly partisan.
And this was a certainly logical
occurrence at a university so dis-
tinctly biased by Republican in-
fluences (e.g. General Motors, the
University administration's hand-
ling of the Subversive Activities
Hearings of May, 1954, etc.).
A logical but hardly. justifiable
occurrence it seems. The entire
University concept, liberally con-
ceived, calls for no official dogma,
no official political affiliation;
such was once called free choice.
In an electoral climate of opinion
so extremely intensified by the
President's illness, the band show
could evidence nothing but parti-
Some enneiv in thne letarsQ

cally, would have been a far bet-
ter honoring of Eisenhower than
the disturbing event which led
to one student's asking the Re-
publicans to carry his coffin on
their forthcoming campaign train.
Daily Editor Baad did not vili-
fy the President, he criticized what
he felt was an act in bad taste
according to the democratic tra-
dition. I wholeheartedly second
his defense of that tradition.
-David Elliot Levy, '57
Letter's Implications.,.
To the Editor:
ATFIRST glance one is tempted
to dismiss Mr. Kelly's letter
in Tuesday's Daily ("Spin Ike") as
the effort of someone with nothing
to say and with a talent for say-
ing it in incredibly bad taste. Or
perhaps the gentleman thinks he
is being witty in a most pene-
trating manner.
If, however, one happens to re-
call America's dominant position
in the world, along with the fact
that university students presum-
ably represent the intellectual elite
of today's voters and the potential
leadership of tomorrow's states-
men,. these remarks of necessity
acquire contextual significance.
Could it be that the famed lib-
eral mentality, recently charact-
erized by successive retreats to-
ward a position virtually indisting-
uishable from that of the alleged
opposition, is now genuinely un-
able to effectively present any
real alternatives? In such a situ-
ation Mr. Kelly's remarks can
only be regarded as typical of the
irrelevant, the trivial, and the vul-
gar to which we will be subjected
from now until the latter days of
If this becomes the most mean-
ingful level of American politics,
it can safely be predicted that we
will succeed in isolating ourselves
to an increasing degree from the
new and vital political currents in
the rest of the world. For better or
worse, the peoples of Asia and
Africa will look elsewhere for dir-
-Henry Elsner, Jr., Grad
Story With A Moral...
To the Editor:
ONE WOULD assume that the
function of the University
Health Service is to provide
medical care for the students
of the University wJenever neces-
sary. It is time for the officials of
this Health Service to realize that
sickness works a twenty-four day;
it is not confined between the
hours of eight and five.
The unfortunate student who
should contract his ailment at 5:01
is given some aspirin and told to

morality play.
"The Phenix City Story" open
interview with actual town resident
gangland-syndicate rule. Setting
the tone for the remaining hour-
and-a-half fight between good and
evil, the prologue is so skillfully
edited and directed that the ensu-
ing dramatic portion often seems
weak and superfluous.
Cinematically, "Phenix City" re-
lates how Alabaman John Patter-
son began a one-man fight against
corruption that eventually cost the
lives of his father and friends.
The approach is documentary, the
acting (by a largely unknown
cast) heavily realistic, and the di-
rectorial technique throughout one
of raw shock.
* * *
THESE considerations aside, the
film suffers most from three com-
mon crime-story ailments. First,
since it must conform to the con-
troversial Motion Picture Produc-
tion Code, it can only approach
its sinfulness in standard patterns.
Such things as dope - addiction
are only mentioned briefly. And
prostitution is deliberately obscur-
ed through Meg Miles' rendition
of the title song, "The Phenix
City Blues." But where it does
make itself clearly understood is
in the -violence department, since
sadism is a regular Hollywood
method of exploiting moral de-
An old man is riddled with bul-
lets, a child smashed by a car,her
lifeless body thudded next to a
baby's plaSpen, numerous men
and women beaten up-sexual
transgressions are minimized, bru-
tality accentuated: the result, a
little one sided.
** *
SECOND, the villains and he-
roes of "Phenix City" are so gross-
ly one 'dimensional, that morality
becomes a childish study in black
and white. With the exception of
one young lady, who changes
"sides," the characters are either
basically rotten "bad men" or vir-
tuous, noble "good men."
Third, some of the philoso-
phy (you gotta exterminate evil
through the laws, you gotta take
sides in a moral conflict) may not
seem quite so universally logical
or undisputable as shown in the
picture. Unlike the advertise-
ments suggest, "The Phenix City
Story" is not so risque as viciously
-Ernest Theodossin
'Gold' Spoils
Early West
IN 1769, Spain sent columns of
soldiers into, the unexplored
country of California to search for
gold. "Seven Cities of Gold" re-
lates the adventures of one such
Anthony Quinn leads the band
of mercenaries, plunderers, and
men of God. Michael Rennie plays
the Franciscan priest who goes
along as the "spiritual director" for
the purpose of founding missions.
When he rips open'the folds of
his robe and buries a flaming torch
in his chest to impress the soldiers
just what deviltries former col-
umns of plunderers had perpet-
rated against the friendly savages,
you begin to get a feeling of un-
priest get lost together in the
desert during a sand storm. A
house suddenly appears in the
darkness and the two men stumble
toward it. Inside, they are fed
and comforted Ily no less than
the Holy Family.

A little later, the same priest
breaks a 60 day drought as rain
falls at the first peal of his new'
mission bell. He also wins over
the chief of a hostile tribe with
the gift of a pair of scissors.
The lieutenant, however won't
let well enough alone. Behind the
back of the tireless priest, he woos
the savage chief's beautiful daugh-
ter. When time comes to leave
the mission, he feels she wouldn't
fit in so well back in Seville and
she leaps over a cliff into the sea.
* * *
tenant, strangely, has a com-
pletely inexplicable change of
character. Since it is he alone
the Indians want, he decides its
would be the thing to do to give
himself up to them, thus saving
the rest of the crew. He does this,
losing his heart in the process.
Everybody seems to think this was
the right thing for a man to do,
though, and luckily the supply
ship arrives just after the inci-
dent and everyone is happy to
hush up the affair as a graceless


with a thirteen-minute newsreel
telling of their experiences under
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Lecture - "Enzymatic Adaptation In
Bacteria" by Dr. Jacques Monod, Micro-
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Depart~ment of Bacteriology ad the
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University Lecture 'on "The Role of
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(Only high school age and older admit.
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Ojars Risgin will speak on "Chemical
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Engineering Seminar. "Opportunities
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