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Sixty-Seventh Year

Parting The Sea


To The Editor

When Opinions Are Free
Truth Will Prevail"

Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers or
the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.

Y, NOVEMBER 14, 1956


Meeting at Summit
Not Desirable Now

THE UNITED STATES, it seems, has declined
to consider a "meeting at the summit"
concerning the present crises in Hungary and
The suggestion of such a meeting of the
Big.Three at this time indicates a lack of real
understanding of what such a meeting has
meant in the past.
Only the overly optimistic peoples have ex-
pected any major international problems to be
settled at any of these meetings; they amount
to starting points and glorified bull sessions-
the values resting wholly in public relations .
Summit meetings, for these reasons, have
been successful in the past, but no recent
meetings have accomplished anything else in
terms of major problem areas.
TfO HOLD such a meeting at, this time, in
order to discuss Hungary and the Middle
East, would be to stretch the value of such a
meeting and to wish for the near-impossible.
Certainly anything in these major crisis areas
that has to be discussed can be done equally
as well through the United Nations, which has
been set up to handle problems of this nature,
and is constant touch with actual happenings
and problems under consideration.
Such a summit meeting, moreover, would be
a declaration of lack of faith in the United
Nations. This body, for the most part, is ,trying
hard to come to some ~greement, or conclusion,
or truce.
This does not suggest, however, that if in-
vited to join in on a summit conference, the
United States should decline. Although there
may be better ways to accomplish satisfactory
results, we have nothing to lose.

But a meeting at the summit at this time
would be a false start in the wrong direction.
Voting Responsibility
Of Thinking Citizen
THE VOTE for Student Government Council
yesterday was neither encouraging nor dis-
couraging. Approximately 3700 people turned
out, about the same number as the first day
of balloting last fall.
This turnout is not encouraging as it repre-
sents only one-seventh of the enfranchised
electorate-in this case, every student now en-
rolled in this University. It isn't as discouraging
as it might be-the polls will be open and oper-
ating until 5 o'clock this afternoon.
Americans have been noted the world, over
for their disinterest in community affairs. In
recent years, a fortunate trend has been noticed,
that of increased participation in the activities
of the communities. Of particular significance
is the increase in thie vote in the national elec-
One of the primary reasons for attending
this or any university is to learn something of
one's responsibility as a thinking citizen. Cert-
ainly, student government is an essential ele-
ment in this process. And the participation of
each individual is in turn essential to the work-
ing of this process.
Today another opportunity presents itself for
the exercise of one's rights and the fulfillment
of one's responsibilities. It might be worthwhile
remembering, too, that people in many lands
would and have given their lives for the priv-
ilege of voting that we have here.
Editorial Director

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Implication: Informers
To the Editor:
ACCORDING to Jim Dygert's
article on the LYL, the Michi-
gan State Police Detective Division
claims to know who in Ann Arbor
belongs to the LYL, who sympa-
thizes with its point of view, etc.
We should feel shocked and
alarmed at such a revelation. It
implies the existence of political
dossiers in the files of the State
Police; a system of informers, i.e.
police spies, feeding those files:
private citizens under surveillance
-the very things we rightly con-
demn in other nations. (Are your
thoughts clean and pure? Big
Brother is watching.)
That we tend to take such things
for granted nowadays is a sad
commentary on the deterioration
of our concepts of democracy un-
der the pressure of Attorney Gen-
erals' lists, Un-American Com-
mittees, and Smith Act trials.
The same might be said of the
fact that a Daily editor can pre-
tend friendship with members of
the LYL, pretend to have an honest
curiosity about their ideas, only
for the purpose of gathering in-
formation on a not-so-sensational
"expose" article-yet see nothing
immoral in such behavior. What
does Mr. Dygert have against Mr.
Dormont and Mr. Schor, that he
would jeopardize their personal
Van Assists
Naive Cops
BLIND playwright Van Johnson
plays h u in a n bloodhound,
causes a murder, and outguesses
an incredibly naive London police
inspector in "23 Paces to Baker
Street," in Cinemascope.
It seems that policemen on either
side of the Atlantic Ocean would
be left helpless without amateur
Hollywood sleuths like Van John-
son poking their noses into the
law enforcement business.
Johnson is , a, successful, but
bored, blind playwright who over-
hears a bar conversation in which
a kidnapping is being planned. He
performs his civic duty and im-
mediately informs the local gen-
darmes who, fools that they are,
do not take him seriously.
SO, with the help of secretary-
valet Cecil Parker and girlfriend
Vera Miles, Van proceeds to crack
the case openasans 'bobbies.'
Being blind, he relies primarily
on his acute senses of sound and
smell and uses the vaguest of clues,
including the odor of an expensive
perfume, to discover the kidnapper.
In his enthusiasm he even insti-
gates the slaying of a cute nurse-
maid who might have lived without
his meddling.
* * *
VAN'S brilliance slips momen-
tarily when he allows himself to
be gullibly led by the murderer to
to top floor of a semi-demolished
Blind Van barely escapes a fatal
plunge to the sidewalk as- the
floor begins to collapse beneath
After a slow start, the film
moves excitingly from one sus-
pense-laden sequence to another.
Those with a propensity towards
good detective stories with a
unique twist should enjoy "23
Paces to Baker Street."
* * *
JOHNSON'S performance as
playwright-detective show little
dramatic flexibility and suggests
that might do better in tearful
roles with Elizabeth Taylor. Cecil
Parker does an effective job as his

bumbling Man Friday. And Vera
Miles tries hard, but does a medi-
ocre job as Van's persistent girl-
-Sol Plafkin

Emotion, Not Answers

IVY BAKER PRIEST is an accomplished poli-
tician. This was evident to anyone attend-
ing her lecture at Hill Auditorium last night.
For one hour Mrs. Priest spoke and said very
The topic of Mrs. Priest's talk was "Our
Monetary System." Rather than describe it
she merely extolled it. After a few introductory
remarks in which she stated that the post of
Treasurer of The United States did not make
her an economic expert, she gave forth a speech
fully befitting this political year.
Her address was constantly punctuated with
incensequential anecdotes that were indicative
of the tone of the whole speech. She constantly
appealed to the emotions of her audience
through the use of such politically hackneyed.
phrases as "cherished ideal," "the scientific

miracles of our century," "challenge to life,"
and "founding days of our republic."
A T THE CONCLUSION of the lecture, when
confronted by actual questions concerning
our economic policy, Mrs. Priest refused to give
any specific answers, in the true political tra-
dition, to questions posed her. She merely stated
that she felt that our economy could continue
expanding, infinitely, and that credit was def-
initely necessary. She also refused to discuss
her personal views on economic issues.
Actually, the speech in Hill Auditorium last
night was but another indication of the widely
spread belief that emotion is replacing fact as
the means to answering the questions of today.
Given the facts we can make progress, but
when emotion is substituted for them we will
only stagnate intellectually.

sat down with the President
last week learned that the world
was in a much more precarious po-
sition than appeared in the news-
It was stated publicly afterward
that the briefing was reassuring.
Privately Congressional leaders
said just the opposite.
Next week will tell whether the
world will be plunged into war,
President Eisenhower was repre-
sented as saying. The United
States is powerless to control de-
We are willing and able to fight,
the congressmen were told, if it
has to come to that. What Russia
does in the next few days will
tell the story.
* * *
EISENHOWER himself made
the essential points at the White
House session. He was eloquent
and assured. In past conferences
involving domestic matters the
President has sometimes seemed
opaque and bored. But in the cur-
rent crisis he was well prepared.
His analysis was sharper than that
of his subordinates.
The President opened and closed
the conference. Herbert Hoover,
Jr., acting Secretary of State in
the absence of John Foster Dulles,
read a prepared statement, and
read it as his father used to read
statements in press conferences -
not effectively. He did not seem
too well prepared.
Allen Dulles, younger brother
of the Secretary of State and head
of central intelligence, also gave
a long schoolroom lecture which
did not impress congressional
Admiral Arthur Radford, dy-
namic chairman of the joint chiefs
of staff, spoke of the logistic
troubles the Russians would have
in moving troops into the Suez
area. He estimated it would take
several weeks because of the dis-
tance, and because of the fact
that Egypt is completely sur-

rounded by non-communist na-
tions. He suggested Russia might
be able to make a secret concen-
tration inside Jordan along the
Israeli border, then invade from
that direction.
* * *
.IT WAS brought out that Rus-
sia already has technical equip-
ment on hand in the Near East to
fight a war. That was why the
British lost a plane over Syria fly-
ing at 45,000 r feet. It could only
have been brought down at that
altitude with radar interceptor
equipment, obviously supplied by
Heart of the White House brief-
ing was summarized by the Presi-
dent as follows: We do not intend
to give up the Middle East. What
happens there is .now up to Russia.
There are three chief moves Rus-
sia could make:
1. Move in the Red Army-which
would mean war.
2. Move in volunteers - which
would not mean war. It would be
serious but war could be avoided.
3. Let the United Nations police
force settle the dispute.
* * *
THE OPINION was expressed
that the UN and the West had
moved so fast to send a police force
that they had caught Russia off
base. It was believed that Moscow
definitely intended to move troops
but the UN got there first. If Rus-
sia does not move byathis week,
peace will be preserved.
No matter what happens, how-
ever, the congressmen were told
Russia will end up with a new
satellite - Syria. Already that
Country is communist infiltrated.
Opening the Suez Canal will be
much more difficult than the
,public realizes. Not only has it
been blocked at both ends, but
Congressmen were told the ship
sunk in -the middle was a con-
verted LST loaded with quick-
setting cement.
* *>*

listened to this gloomy report in-
cluded men from both political
parties, all walks of life, all parts
of the country: Clarence Cannon
from the Mark Twain; country of
Missouri, who has battled against
Ike's aid for private utilities; Carl
Albert from the cattle country of
Oklahoma; ex-speaker Joe Mar-
tin from the jewelrylmaking area
of Massachusetts; Charlie Hal-
leck of Indiana; 87-year old Sen-
ator Theodore Francis Green, the
Rhode Island millionaire; Senator
Knowland, of the California news-
paper publishing family; John
McCormack, the kindly congress-
man from Boston; Senator Harry
Byrd, millionaire apple-grower
from Virginia, and so on.
Some of them wondered, as Ike
talked, why he as a Peace Presi-
dent didn't make some of his dan-
ger-of-war statements before elec-
tion. And there was some intima-
tion that Moscow by splitting the
Western alliance had accomplished
the most coveted objective of its
entire foreign policy.
Congressional le a d e r s were
franker in expressing the opinion
that the United States should have
done something to show anti-com-
munist Hungarians we were be-
hind them. One suggested we
should have given the Russians
twelve hours' notice to withdraw
Soviet troops, then recognized the
rebel government of Hungary.
WHEN administration leaders
were asked whether we would rec-
ognize the rebel government, the
answer was absolutely, no.
Ike was sympathetic toward the
problem of keeping the spark of
liberty alive in Hungary, but did
not see just what we could do
without risking war.
As the conference closed, Sena-
tor Lyndon Johnson, the Texas
leader, gave assurances of bipar-
tisan approach on foreign affairs.
(Copyright 1956 by Bell Syndicate, Inc.)

careers by the public allegation
that they are. or were, members of
the LYL?
That the way to journalistic
success lies in destroying one's
neighbors is indeed an indictment
of our times.
-David R. Luce
Impartial Appeal . .
To The Editor,
IN VIEW of the already super-
heated feelings on the part of
most foreign students on campus,
Dr. Ilvis of the International
Center, who should be the most
impartial University official, should
not have made his appeal to the
American students in behalf of
the Near-East students on cam-
pus. If taken seriously, his appeal
could result in the formation of
a group of students for Arabs
in one hand and a group of stu-
dents for the French, British and
Israeli students in the other. I fail
to see in which way this could
tighten the bonds of the so called
University Family.
Dr. Davis' appeal should have
been on behalf of all people in-
volved, not only those from the
Near East. Dr. Davis' appeal should
have been for more international
understanding and perhaps for a
prayer that all the important men
of the world set aside their per-
sonal ambition, stop playing Hit-
lers, and realize that the destiny
of the whole humanarace might
depend on their next actions.
Such an appeal would have been
more fitting of the director of a
truely International Center, and
not of a Near Eastern Center like
the one which seems to exist on
-Harold Grisoni
Where Mar nes,
To the Editor:
T THE football game on Satur-
day, Nov. 10th, I was pleased to
see a fine tribute paid to the Army,
Navy, and Air Force; a tribute
which certainly was well deserved.
I was, however, shocked at the
inexcusable lack of recognizance of
what is undoubtedly the finest
military organization in the world,
the United States Marine Corps.
A tribute should have been paid
it not only because it was the day
before Veterans Day, but also, and
primarily because on Saturday,
November 10, it was the birthday
of the organization which, since
its founding, has been unexcelled
In military performance. From the
hot hells of the Orient to the icy
regions of the North, Marines gave
their lives to help make this coun-
try what it is.
In 1741, even before the birth of
our nation, Col. Wm. Gooch of Vir-
ginia formed a Marine Regiment.
On November 10, 1775 Congress re-
solved that a group of Marines be
organized and this now stands as
its official birthday. Not only is
the Marine Corps the oldest fight-
ing force in the United States (one
day older than the Navy), but it
also has the distinction of having
taken part in every action, large
and small, in which the United
States has been forced to defend
-Martin Lederman, '59
Constructive Criticism
To the Editor:
"CRITICISM" is a misnomer of
Richardi Laing's Plowboy re-
view, since only one third of his
article is devoted to a constructive
examination. The remainder of
the commentary is an attempt at
so-called "Gargoyle" style, which
Mr. Laing is supposedly against.
Actually, we don't particularly care
whether he went to the Blue Front
or not, and it certainly isn't im-
portant whether an "Econ prof,"
or a dinosaur stood beside him.

Critic Laing tries to convince the
reader that he is free from the sin
of reading such lurid literature as
Playboy and Esquire. Such at-
tempts at ill humor can be moti-
vated by an extreme jealously of
Gargoyle writers. From now on,
Mr. Laing, try to criticize subjects
about which you are not already
-Irwin Gage, '60
-Harvey Katz, '60
(Continued from Page 2)
Lecture, auspices of the Department
of Philosophy. "Esthetic Values." (in
English). Mikel Dufrenne, professor of
philosophy, University of Poitiers,
France. 4:15 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 15, Aud.
C, Angell Hall.
University Lecture. "Fluid Motions on
Rotating Bodies" by Dr. Dave Fultz,
director, Hydrodynamics Laboratory,
Department of Meteorology, University
of Chicago. Architecture Auditorium,
Thurs., Nov. 15, at 4,15 p.m. Auspices
of the Department of Civil Engineer-






Russian Mis take?

Associated Press News Analyst
ONE OF THE most serious dangers in connec-
tion with the Middle East crisis has been
that Soviet Russia would mistake the disagree-
ment between the United States and her two
chief "Western allies as the end of the North
Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Gen. Alfred M. Gruenther, outgoing NATO
chief, whether on his own initiative or by Allied
diplomatic choice, has spoken out on that
In a clear reply to Premier Bulganin's sug-
gestion that Russia might use rockets on
France and Britain unless they withdrew from
Egypt, Gruenther promised instant retaliation
and the destruction of Russia.
It is true that NATO has been seriously dis-
turbed by the Anglo-French action in Egypt in
direct defiance of clearly expressed American
Editorial' Staff
Editorial Director City Editor
GAIL GOLDSTEIN................Personnel Director
ERNEST .THEODOSSIN................Magazine Editor
JANET REARICK..........Associate Editorial Director
MARY ANN THOMAS...........:. Features Editor
DAVID GREY...................Sports Editor
RICHARD CRAM*.iR........... Associate Sports Editor
STEPHEN HEILPERN......Associate Sports Editor
VIRGINIA ROBERTSON..........Women's Editor
JANE FOWLER .............Associate Women's Editor
ARLINE LEWIS................Women's Feature Editor
JOHN HIRTEL .................. Chief Photographer
Business Staff
DAVID SILVER, Business Manager
MILTON GOLDSTEIN.....Associate Business Manager
WILLIAM PUSCM..................Adertising Manager
CHARLES WILSON....-...............Finnaner .

IT NOW APPEARS that the two powers step-
ped into something they will be unable to
finish, because of the pressure of world opinion
against them, and that a new start will have
to be made on the Suez problem.
This would be seriously complicated by con-
tinued Russian military moves in the Middle
East, and the crisis indefinitely extended. If
Russia can be convinced of the dangers she
is running, there may now be a chance for a
settlement such as that originally demanded by
the United States, in which the sovereignty of
Egypt ca_ be made compatible with a canal
system under which it could not be used in
Nasser's political maneuvering.
One factor supporting this possibility is that
the Anglo-French-Israeli military action has
knocked out a large part of the Russian arms
supply which gave Nasser his pre-eminence
among Arab leaders of the Middle East.
The international police force, if and when
it goes to work, presumably would eliminate the
danger that Nasser, at some stage of the nego-
tiations, would knock out the canal rather than
yield. Indeed, it appears that due to the
invasion, the canal will be inoperative for some
time anyway, and that Nasser has therefore
lost much of his deterrent power.
T HE FAILURE of the other Arab states to
undertake direct action against Israel also
suggests that Nasser is not as strong in that
quarter as he may have supposed.
Russian talk of "volunteers" in case of further
trouble in Egypt is also vague.
If the cease-fire is made to stick; if negoti-
ations over the eventual control of the canal
are resumed, presumably through the United
Nations, one of the big questions before Nas-
ser-if his government survives long enough to
be a principal-is how much he can rely upon
All Nasser has left from his attempt to play
Russia against the West is a big debt to Russia.
Will Russia run the necessary risks of continued


Ford Auditorium and the Detroit Symphony'

Daily Music Reviewer
DETROIT'S new Henry and Ed-'
sel Ford Auditorium down near
the river front was opened last
month. It is to be Detroit's cultural
and musical center: home of the
Symphony and if possible, opera
and ballet,
The building is very modern in
appearance: "functional" on vari-
ous counts. For one thing, when
approaching it, the feeling one
gets is that of being swallowed up
into a speaker cabinet-electro-
static, with the honey-comb fac-
ade. What should 'epitomize a
music hall now-a-days more than
a hi-fi component?
For another thing, the exterior
lines of the building are all immac-
ulate and clean cut; the surface
textures flat and polished, devoid
of any play of imagination.

you suddenly realize that the
whole scene looks most like a bus
station in a small town. You must
rush away to another destination-
the lobby is only a passageway.
The best that can be said for the
color schemes in the lobby is that
it is pallid. It has,the virtue of
being nearly unobtrusive. But hu-
man fancy has not contributed to
any sense of elegance.
* * *
IN THE HALL itself, the color
scheme is livelier. The seats are
aquamarine. The drapery on the
stage is a dull gold, in elaborate
foldings reminiscent of a night
club. The stage is pastel peach.
The ceiling is a metallic gray, the
walls pale lemon. Ultimately, the
wide auditorium is like a cinematic
dream of an expensive High School
At intermission time, the audi-
Pne gnP ionth aCAm _ f ,,_

the hall is like when a full orches-
tra is playing in it, along with a
soloist (in this case Jerome Hines,
the bass-baritone.) I am sorry to
report that the acoustics in general
is variable, unreliable and disap-
The program of the evening con-
sisted of Schumann's Symphony
No. 3; three numbers from Mous-
sorgsky's Boris Gudonov and Pro-
kofieff's Romeo and Juliet Suite
No. 2.
The orchestra was arranged on
the stage in conventional fashion,
except that the brass section, mak-
ing up the last two rows, is raised
on a podium above the strings and
the woodwinds. In quality, the
orchestra is average. They are
* * *
GRANTED the orchestral tex-
tures created by Schumann and
QrlnfnfenatnOIr.if _+ -n

transparancy in it, could not be
destroyed by his exaggeration of
sentiment-like the swells in the
chords, and over-emphasis of the
melodic contour.
The Schumann symphony sound-
ed poor in the hall. Schumann's
orchestration is far from ideal-
but Paray did not show ability to
sift out the strands and to display
the musical fabric both in form
and in sound.
Except in the softest passages,
none of the instrumental sections
were identifiable (in row E, right
of center of the balcony.) Any-
thing above a forte was amuddied
blast; and except in the loudest
fortissimos, the sounds seemed to
be forward, muffled and dry, as if
transmitted through a megaphone
located on the stage.
Hines ,sang as effectively as he
did last spring in the same. role
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