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Sixty-Seventh Year


-4 -
vhen 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.



British Request
Borders on Insult

ENGLAND'S REQUEST for waiver of its
$81,600,000 interest debt to the United
States borders on international insult.
Postponement of this year's interest pay-
nent on the World War II and post-war loans
.s probably necessary. We are not in a position
to play games with the delicate and shakey
British economy.
But cancellation, in view of the circum-
stances which led to the present danger, is
out of the question. The United States has
clearly indicated its disapproval of the Anglo-
French "invasion" in the Middle East. What-
ever the financial considerations pi;essing them,
England and France were unequivocably wrong
-in their occupation of the Suez area.
In a move which seems to ignore our dis-
Lpproval, the Eden government has, very

clearly, asked that the United States share in
the violation of the United Nations charter.
THE MACIINERY governing the loan ad-
ministration is designed for just such eco-
nomic emergencies. It is fortunate that in
time of distress this country can quickly aid an
endangered British gold and dollar reserve.
Here, no matter what moral objections pre-
vail, we should again do everything we can to
keep our strongest ally strong.
But to cancel even one dollar of this particu-
lar interest payment debt would be to contra-
dict our disapproval, and to expose our good
faith to serious attack from the Arab nations.
Postponement of England's obligation should
come quickly, but cancellation and subsequent
financial support of the Egyptian invasion
must remain beyond consideration.

Tennessee Integration

THE VOTERS of Clinton, Tennessee have
made it quite clear that integration can
proceed in that area calmly and rationally.
The local mayoralty vote, 4-1 against a
White Citizen's Council-backed candidate, also
indicates that the closing of the Clinton High
School was unnecessary.
Some doubt may have existed in the eyes of
a nation carefully observant of race problems
as to the true feelings of the people in the area.
It could have been argued that inasmuch as the
citizenry appeared to be opposed to quick inte-
gration, school board officials had better bide
their time in forcing the issue.
But the election shows that the parents, if
not actively in agreement with the process, haver
refused to support a candidate receiving active
backing from segregationists.
The blame for the riots and disturbances,
then, can be placed at the feet of the" less
placid White Citizens Councils. And past re-
ports have shown that segregationists were
present and active in the area.
It also seems likely that other such "cancer-
ous" elements in the integration-torn South
are responsible for much of the inflammation
following the 1954 Supreme Court Ruling.
(N THIS ASSUMPTION can be found a par-
tial preventative to further racial violence:
Agitators responsible for inciting otherwise
placid citizens to mob action - rioting, demon-
strations, and violence-should be punished by
even stiffer fines and sentences than are pres-
ently extant. This is one outlet for federal
and state support in addition to the drastic
measures of enforcing the peace.
Perhaps most important, the White Citizen's

Councils themselves must eventually become
subject to- prosecution for "plotting to over-
throw" the Supreme Court's decisions. The
reference to the Smith Act is intended; these
organizations are just as dangerous to the
ideals of America, if not more so, than any
Football Bowl Games
Show Surprising Matches
FOOTBALL BOWL promoters are faced with
a rather ironic situation this year.
There just aren't any outstanding matchings
of teams. Through a combination of factors,
only unbeaten Tennessee will enter a post-
season game this year with a particularly im-
pressive record.
Iowa beat Oregon State, 14-13, earlier this
year, so their Rose Bowl game seems less than
spectacular. Syracuse-Texas Christian in the
Cotton Bowl and Colorado-Clemson in the
Orange Bowl also are new names to the post-
season games, but these teams all lack strong
won-lost records.
The Sugar Bowl contest between Baylor
and Tennessee could be a good one, but the
most interesting match seems to be between
Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech in-surprisingly-
the Gator Bowl.
At the same time, the East-West Shrine
all-star game has one of its best lineups in a
long time.

S 0 NOW it turns out that all
the crying over lost tradition
when Union Opera folded was
nothing but sentimental tears. The
new Musket organization's pre-
sentation of "Brigadoon" is fifty
times more vital, more enjoyable,
more theatrical than any Union
clambake I have seen. Musket is
a hit, and "Brigadoon" is a beaut.
The presentation of the Graus-
tarkian musical is not perfect,
but the defects are minor in light
of the attributes. Perhaps it's best
to get the faults out of the way
first: the lighting was ofen slop-
py, never up to the show's level
and quite- erratic; the scenery did
not fulfill its promise and grad-
ually diminished in quality by the
show's end; most important, the
pace was inclined to drag at times
and the show got creaky. With a
little faster pick-up on dialogue
and a little more push by cer-
tain of the principals, the latter
defect could have been avoided.
Okay, enough of the not-so-hot.
* * *
LAST NIGHT, "Brigadoon" had
flash, color, lots of genuine talent,
real musical quality, and dancing
that really sparkled. Not every-
body had the ability of a pro, but
the polish and assurance were un-
mistakable. The people on the
stage of the Michigan theatre
knew what they were doing, knew
where they were going, a d, what
is most important, really enjoyed
what they were doing. "Briga-
doon" is a lovely musical, with a
score that is tuneful and tender,
telling of a Scottish town that
comes to life only one day every
hundred years and what happens
when two modern outsiders stum-
ble upon the town.
They didn't lose the vitality
last night. A word of praise first
for the excellent dancing, chore-
ographed by Lou Ann Rosengart-
en and Joyce Prange with origi-
nality and style, and interpreted
by a corps of dancers with grace
and effervescense,
* * *
PLAUDITS, too, to Gerhard
Lindemulder's direction and pic-
torially satisfying staging. But
the major credit goes to the per-
formers, and in this department
there were some real standouts.
Marian Mercer, the reigning
queen of Ann Arbor theatre, con-
tributes a dazzling and riotous
performance as the sensual sou-
brete, captivating the audience
with the mere lift of an eyebrow.
Pat Wright, as the heroine Fiona,
plays the role as if it were written
for her especially, showing grace
and warmth combined with a
lovely singing voice. And Herb
Start, portraying the troubled
hero of the piece, displays an in-
tense and honest approach to his
character which -results in 'a per-
formance of realmerit. His voice
also, is one of the show's delights
and biggest assets. Rog Allen con-
tributes an effective piece of
characterization, Don Rosenberg
impresses with his dancing prow-
ess, and a small ball of fire in the
dancing chorus, Terre Petziner,
"Brigadoon" has what it takes,
and those who had a hand in it
may well be proud. It is lively
stuff and most welcome stuff at
-David Newman

"Look What They've Unleashed Now"'

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On winning New Friends

Sports Editor


THERE is a notion going around
Washington that the great ob-,
stacle to understanding and good
cooperation with the Afro-Asian
countries is in our relations with
Great Britain and France. Vice-
President Nixon gave voice to this
this notion in a campaign speech
on Nov. 2 when he said that "in
the past the nations of Asia and
Africa have always felt that we
would, whenever the pressure was
on, side with the policies of the
British and French governments
in relation to the once colonial
This is untrue, and if it became
a popular dogma, it could be very
misleading. It is not true that we
have "always," or even that we
have often, used our influence to
preserve "colonialism." Quite the
contrary, as anyone knows who
remembers the role the United
States has played in Indoesia, In-
do-China, in the British evacua-
tion of the Suez Canal Zone, and
in North Africa. What we have
"sided with" in regard to the old
imperial territories is the move-
ments in Western Europe to bring
about their independence ration-
ally and in a workable way.
* * *
BUT THE deeper error of the
notion launched by Vice-President
Nixon is the assumption that the
cooperation and support of India
and of other Afro-Asian nations
depends upon our relations with
Great Britain and France - and

that somehow we can win new
friends if we cut ourselves off from
old friends. To believe this is to
forget half the world, to forget the
Far East and the Pacific. The
United States is present there in
It is present in Japan, in Korea,
in Okinawa, in the Formosa Strait,
in South Vietnam, and in, the
mandated islands, the so-called
Trust Territories. Mr. Nixon is
deceiving himself mightily if he
forgets all this, and hugs the illu-
sion that the Afro-Asians accept
the position towards which we
have expanded as a result of the
second World 'tzar.
We should have' no doubt that
the Afro-Asian nations challenge
our position in the Far East, and
will raise the issues as and when
the opportunity asises. They will
raise the issue of our refusal to
let the Red Chinese take the
Chinese seat in the United Na-
tions. They will raise the question
of the status of Formosa. They
will raise the question of the ques-
tion of the detonation of big nu-
clear bombs in the Pacific Islands.
We must not delude ourselves with
the notion that our differences
with the Afro-Asiandnations, with
the so-called Bandung powers,
arise out of French and British
policies and not out of our own.
* * *
I HAVE LONG been an ardent
advocate of a policy of under-
stand and cooperation with the
new nations, and it has always

seemed to me that the key coun-
try, because of its size and its
moral prestige, is India.
We shall not be able to go far
side by side with India towards
a new relationship between the
West and the East until there is a
settlement which stabilizes in a
peace treaty the relations between
Communist China and the United.
States. There, rather than in what
remains of the British and French
empires in the Middle East and
North Africa, lie the crucial issues
between the United States and the
Afro-Asian countries.
To those issues the President
will have to address himself quite
seriously if his new hopes are to
bear fruit.
1956 New York Herald Tribune Inc.
Food Prices Drop
By The Associated Press
Housewives will find bargains
a-plenty in the nation's food mar-
kets this weekend with beef, pork
and chicken leading the parade.
Chicken is far and away the
outstanding buy. One big chain
has slashed its price of dressed,
oven-ready broilers and fryers to
the lowest. level since this type
of poultry has been pre-packaged
for the retail trade.
Beef prices are down from last
week and considerably below the
high levels which prevailed as re-
cently as September.

Fairy Opera
sounds as fresh and exciting
today as it did in 1893 when its
first performance won world wide
fame for Humpef-dinck. Last night
the enchanting melodies and
charming subject which has en-
deared this fairy tale opera to
viewers of all ages throughout the
years were very apparent.
Mary Mattfeld and Svea Blom-
quist as Hansel and Gretel com-
pletely captivated their audience
and charmed them into the make
believe land of Grimms' story of
the Bad Witch of the Ginger-
bread-Candy house.
One of the most effective scenes
for Miss Mattfeld and Miss Blom-
quist occurred in the first act
when Gretel teaches Hansel to
dance. The portrayal of childish
joy and abandon was wonderful.
Another nicely played scene came
in the last act when Gretel picks
up an eldeberry branch and, by
imitating the Witch, sets Hansel
free of the curse the Witch has
placed upon him. Both Miss Blom-
quist and Miss Mattfeld possess
voices to match their acting abili-
ties. Their voices fit the parts so
well that one would almost think
that Humperdinck wrote his opera
for these two young singers.
JAMES BERG, as the father
(the only male role in the opera),
displayed a fine strong voice that
filled the theater without any no-
ticeable strain.
To the role of the Mother, June
Howe imparted warmth and feel-
ing through her beautiful singing
and fine acting.
Without some mention of the
sparkle and brightness which Jan-
et Ast gave her dual roles of the
Sandman and Dew Fairy this re-
view would be incomplete. Miss
Ast has a remarkably fine voice
although she has a small problem
with diction.
Alice Dutcher gave a fine per-
formance to the difficult part of
the witch. She very effectively por-
trayed the wicked emotions of this
The orchestra was very respon-
sive to Josef Blatt's direction. Al-
though the score is taxihg in its
complexities the orchestra exe-
cuted its accompanying role with
ease. The horn solos at the begin-
ning of the overture were played
very nicely.
The Angel ballet which ends
the first act showed fine choreog-
raphy. Although the space in
which to dance is very limited one
is seldom aware of this fact. The
initial appearance of the angels
in their blue &id silver costumes
under blue light is beautiful but
much of the beauty of the dance
is lost because no change is made
in the lighting, thus the light
comes from behind the dancers.
In fact one sees the dancers only
by the "spill" from the orchestra
stand lights.;
Clever sets helped to make the
performance fast moving.
It was fun to watch the chil-
dren in the audience, who, unwill-
ing to miss a single thing would
move from seat to seat. Even the
adults of the audience seemed to
have been infused with the en-
thusiasm of the younger set and
were enthralled by the stage pro-
ceedings. All the people who are
responsible for this fine produc-
tion are to be congratulated.
-Bruce Jacobson

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Quads Want Immediate Action

gTLUDENTS' CAUSE concerning dormitory
food received another boost yesterday.
In an open letter, signed by 32 of 40 readers,
to University Dean of Men Walter B. Rea,
West Quadrangle residents listed 11 specific
complaints concerning quad meals.
The letter rightly called for "immediate ac-
tion." It said most people in the quads expected
that a riot similar to Sunday's would "occur
before the semester was over."
Points listed are so frequently brought up
they become truisms. The letter emphasizes
that University officials have been lax in
handling the food situation. Tuesday night's
Board of Governors meeting point out that
the directing body of the Residence Halls often
does not know how or why certain courses of
action are taken.
If University officials could somehow over-
hear conversations in dorm rooms after meals
they might bear observations similar to these:
"Meal was better than usual, but that meat

was tough"; "Can't they serve us ,something
else for desert than those stale cookies we've
been -getting for the past three days?"
Those two comments were overhead follow-
ing yesterday's noon mal. A third comment,
more intense, even if not rational, was "If they
don't do something about the food pretty
soon, I'm going to move out of the quad."
BOARD OF GOVERNORS has decided to
meet twice a month instead of monthly in
an effort to better understand dormitory prob-
lems. But, will the Board act positively after it
understands the problems, or will it follow the
usual course of "We will look into it," as
brought out in the Adams House letter?
And, seems as though action of any kind,
even if the Board were so disposed, takes 'a
year and a Wednesday' to accomplish.
Quad students want positive action now.

Nationalist China-and Quad Food at Michigan


Eden Wrong or Failure?

RAssociated Press News Analyst
IT IS DIFFICULT to judge at this distance
whether the Conservative party rebellion
against Anthony Eden is because he was wrong
or because his Suez venture failed.
There is suspicion of the lattet since it comes
after confirmation of the failure instead of at
the beginning of the adventure.
Americans, however, in passing judgment on
the British and on the mess into which they
have got themselves, morally and economically,
should remember that there were Conservative
MIm Airbinan t

as well as Labor voices raised against the pro-
ject as soon as it became known.
O NE OF THE THINGS that has caused the
reaction against Eden is the danger in
which he placed Britain's alliance with the
United States.
For a while British indignation was great
because the United States would not support
her in this case. The rumpus drowned out the
more sober thinkers who recognized the alli-
ance as far more important in the long run
than any canal or any passing indignity in-
flicted by a small country.
As they seek to mend the break, however,
there are some factors in American policy
which they must keep in mind from here on
While it is all well and good and true to talk
about the traditions of friendship between the
United States, Britain and France, there are

Free China Replies ..
To the Editor:
After reading the editorial in
the Michigan Paily, I, as a per-
son from Free China, was not
only surprised, but also felt deeply
regretful because of your point of
view in regard to the problem of
Chinese representation in the
United Nations.
Fortunately, I found out that
the editorial only expresses the
individual opinions of the writer.
So far as I know, the majority of
the freedom-loving people and the
government of the U.S. are
strongly opposed to the admission
of Red China into the UN-a sol-
emn organization for the curb-
ing of aggression and the main-
tenance of international peace,
security and righteousness.
Based on the three reasons
which you presented in the edi-
torial. I should like to have this
opportunity to bring a few points
to, v ,.ii r t sn ,

loyal armed forces and people both
at home and overseas, has not
only greatly improved during the
recent years the administration
of continuing the campaign a-
gainst Communists, but is also
making active preparations for the
counter-attack against the main-
Secondly, the Chinese Commu-
nists have shown themselves to be
tools of Soviet aggression in China
and other countries in Asia. They
invaded the Republic of Korea
under the direction of the So-
viet Union, engaged and stepped
up its work of infiltratoin and in-
tensified its subversive activities
with a view to conquering Viet-
nam and many other countries in
To appease the aggr essor is
tantamount to helping them by
whetting their appetite. Anyone
who knows the nature of Com-
munism will not deny that it is
virtually impossible to have any
sccessful, annmasmen anr din-

Pointless, Childish
To the Editor,
THE demonstration of many
residents of the South and
West Quadrangles Sunday con-
cerning the inferiority of resi-
dence hall food was a pointless
and childish exhibition. Led into
the streets by a group of ego-in-
flated, ivy league demagoguse,
their shouts of "we want food"
and "down with the barf" only
epitomized the impulsive imma-
ture actions so prevalent among
dormitory inhabitants.
The perverted instigators of this
purge entertained the false con-
ception that their actions would
reach the big city newspapers
causing alumni to put pressure on
the university administration.
One can be certain that our il-
lustrious alumni have little desire
to improve eating conditions in
campus dormitories. They don't
eat here and would rather see

longs in the same class as paint-
ing buildings and staging patty
-David N. Lyon
Rioto us* . .
To the Editor:
WHAT is meant by the Mid-East
How will it alter American prices?
Why did the British bomb the
Did the Israelis have cause for
Hungary feels the UN will by-pass
While Russian duplicity pacifies
Why did Egyptians destroy their
own fleet
By placing it surely and pouring
Russia hates powers who start
war for oil;
Russian tanks plow through Hun-
garian soil.
Students on the green


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