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Sixty-Eighth Year

"Well, Men, What'll We Refrain From
Doing Now ?"

"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.
A Study in Similarities
IT IS RARE when ideas expressed in a lee- worldism" ' detachment of the classroom from
ture are illustrated so effectively as was the the outside world."
case last week. "When you're in your room you want to
Prof. Philip Jacob of the University of Penn- be as content as possible."
sylvania gave a political science lecture Thurs- "We're here for an academic education."
day. The same day, Inter-House Council met,
primarily to discuss roommate integration in Jacob lecture: "The pivot of this composite
residence halls. student personality is self-centeredness ..
The group heard Nan Murrell, head of the "I am under a impression that there are
Human Relations Board of Student Govern- a vast number of students who would react
ment Council, ask the group to approve a poli- violently" (to random selection of roommates.)
cy of completely random roommate selection. Jacob lecture: "Higher eudation is not dis-
Reaction to the proposal could best be de- charging its obligation to liberate students."
scribed as cautious. Here are some sample com- The IHC meeting ended when it was pointed
ments, interspersed with quotes from the cov- out there was no longer a quorum.
erage of Jacob's speech: Jacob lecture: "an extremely thin line of
"Are you aware, Miss Murrell, that there leadership supports student activity on most
is quite an international cross section already campuses."
in residence halls?" There are people who would say that all the
Jacob lecture: ". . . Most students are quite above illustrates is the clever use of quotes. We
contented." would hope this is the case.
"Social education is a side issue." But we don't think so.
Jacob lecture: " 'There is a kind of two- -LANE VANDERSLICE
Sobell Deserves Hearing
THE PLIGHT of a University graduate - in to the United States border at Laredo. Appar-
prison for almost eight years after convic- ently the men were not officials of .the Mexi-
tion of "conspiracy to commit espionage" in can government. While the prosecution later
the trial which sent the Rosenbergs to their claimed that Sobell had been "extradited," the
deaths - was called to the attention of at Mexican government does not substantiate this
least a few members of the University commu- claim, Mrs. Sobell said .
nity last week. After his forcible return to the United States,
Helen Sobell charged here that her husband's Sobell was not indicted for several weeks. Dur-
conviction came as a result of testimony from ing this time, Mrs. Sobell claimed, "repeated
an "admitted perjurer" at the height of Mc- attempts to have my husband become a prose-
Carthyism when "accusation was tantamount cution witness" were made. When he refused,
to conviction." she said, the prosecution merely added his
Mrs. Sobell pointed out that the testimony name to the indictment already drawn up
against her husband, Morton Sobell, was so against the Rosenbergs.
"vague and tenuous" that atomic scientist Har- At the trial, principle witness against So-
old Urey remarked after reading the trial bell was Max Elitcher. Elitcher, who was a col-
transcript, "I do not know what it is that So- lege friend of both Rosenberg and Sobell, tes-
bell is supposed to have done." tified that he had served as an intermediary
The case of the People of the United States between the two, transmitting information
vs. Morton Sobell is perhaps one of the most which he thought was espionage. Mrs. Sobell
tangled in the history of American jurispru- noted that Elitcher admitted he had perjured
dence. Essentially separate, it has become inex- himself in other testimony. The importance of
tricably intertwined with the Rosenberg case. Elitcher's testimony to the case against So-.
In fact, while the Rosenbergs were charged bell was emphasized in the trial judge's charge
with transmitting atomic secrets to the Rus- to the jury.
sians, charges against Sobell only specified that After conviction, Sobell was sentenced to 30
he had "conspired" with the Rosenbergs -. years in prison with the recommendation that
not necessarily on atomic matters. Mrs. Sobell he not be paroled.
observed that -her husband was at first ar-
raigned for having "conversations" with Julius THE CASE against Morton Sobell, with all
Rosenberg. of its complications, can be summed up
Sobell, who received his master's degree in in one word: tenuous. As Mrs. Sobell pointed
electrical engineering from the University in out, even charges that the Russians got heir
1942, had been a classmate of Julius Rosen- atom bomb due to the Rosenbergs' alleged spy-
berg's while an undergraduate at the City Col- ing become increasingly hard to swallow as we
lege of New York. During the war - at the observe the rapid progress of Soviet science.
time of the so-called conspiracy - he worked The guilt of the Rosenbergs is still questioned
for General Electric and, as Mrs. Sobell noted, by many. And if the Rosenbergs were inno-
did not have access to information on the cent, Sobell must also be guiltless.
atomic bomb. Even if the Rosenbergs were guilty, the case
against Morton Sobell is not exceedingly
IN 1950 - before arrest of the Rosenbergs-- strong. It may well be that he was merely an
Sobell and his family traveled to Mexico. unfortunate victim of the net the prosecution
Mrs. Sobell explained the trip by saying that spun around the Rosenbergs: a net drawn
her husband had just completed a government tighter by a scared witness. Mrs. Sobell's re-
project and was taking a "vacation." This trip mark that "a number of other people who were
became one of the principle side-issues of the in the same class with my husband and Julius
trial. It is of course easy to suppose that Sobell Rosenberg" were threatened with involvement
made the trip because he was guilty. As Mrs. is significant.
Sobell pointed out, however, the Sobells used The Supreme Court has refused to hear the
normal tourist transportation in going to Mex- many attempted appeals by Sobell. It is true
ico. If he had wanted to escape the country, that the case will not probably set any new
it seems probably that Sobell would have at- legal precedent of importance. Nevertheless
tempted to lose himself in a much more se- several important procedural and factual mat-
cretive manner than by flying to Mexico City ters in the case deserve the attention of this
and taking an apartment in his own name., country's highest judicial body. Questions have
A few weeks after the Sobells' arrival in Mex- been raised which demand an answer.
ico City, the Rosenbergs were arrested. A case which has been compared to that
In the early morning, a few days later, five of Sacco and Vanzetti must not be allowed to
armed Mexican men knocked on the door and remain restless on the conscience of the na-
burst into the Sobells' room. Mrs. Sobell said tion.
her family was then piled into a car and driven -LEWIS COBURN

Committees Require Consideration

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Olivier's 'Henry'
Returns in Style
LAURENCE OLIVIER'S fine production of Henry V has returned to
Ann Arbor for at least the third time since its opening here a decade
ago. The first Shakespearean play to receive the "extravaganza" treat-
ment, "Henry V" has been re-released this year in "Superscope"-
presumably in an attempt to take advantage of the interest aroused by
Olivier's recent, award-winning presentation of Richard III.
For those who have not seen the film already, "Henry V" is both
an interesting and an exciting experience. Not entirely successful in
some of its more experimental aspects, it is nevertheless a good example
of the success with which cinematographic techniques can be used to


,. Y


Powell Probe Stymied

WASHINGTON - Justice De-
partment officials have been jit-
tery as a cat on a hot tin roof over
the federal grand jury in New
York which now appears ready to
hold its own independent inves-
tigation of the income taxes of
Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, the
Negro Congressman from Harlem.
In the summer of 1956, this col-
umn reported that Powell, a Dem-
ocrat, had discovered he was un-
der tax investigation and that
three of his secretaries were be-
ing indicted under circumstances
which involved giving salary kick-
backs to the congressman.
Powell, in the past a rootin'
tootin' Eisenhower critic, then got
in touch with Vice-President
Richard Nixon and became a
rootin' tootin' Eisenhower boost-
er. As a Democrat he urged Ne-
groes to vote Republican. A spe-
cial press conference was ar-
ranged for him, first in New York
by Max Rabb, the White House
aide, and John Roosevelt, the
GOP member of the FDR family.
Later another press conference
was arranged right inside the
White House by Jim Hagerty him-
* * .
THEREAFTER the grand jury
investigating the Harlem Con-
gressman mysteriously came to a
halt. On Nov. 24, 1956, this col-
umn reported: "The United States
Attorney's office in New York
wants to press the case against
the congressman. However, there
are indications that the Justice
Department planned to drop the
case in return for Powell's cam-
paigning for the Republicans."
Last week, 18 months later, full
confirmation of this came from
Thomas A. Bolan, the Assistant
United States Attorney in charge
of the Powell Grand Jury.

Asked whether it was true that
on March 18, 1957, he was in-
formed by his superiors that on
orders from Washington the
United States Attorney's office in
New York was abandoning the in-
vestigation and turning it over to
the Treasury Department, Bolan
"That is correct."
"Is it correct that you were
asked to write a letter to the At-
torney General advising that the
case should be handled by the
Treasury and that you declined?"
"That is correct," Bolan replied.
He did not say so, butitwas
clear that he did not go along
with any political fix in the Pow-
ell case.
MEANWHILE here are some of
the facts in the files of the United
States Attorney's office which
have prompted the jury to take
the Powell case into its own hands
-whether the Justice Department
likes it or not.
In 1954, Powell's campaign
manager, Joseph Ford, broke with
Powell and thereafter some of the
Congressman's financial records
reached the Justice Department.
Subsequently two of Rep. Pow-
ell's secretaries, Acy Lennon and
Hattie Dodson, were convicted; a
third, William Hampton, was in-
dicted, while John Henry Harmon,
treasurer of the Federal Credit
Union of the Abyssinian Baptist
Church, pleaded guilty to em-
bezzlement. Powell is pastor of
the church, one of the biggest in
the world, and has been president
of its "Federal Credit Union." His
secretary, Hattie Dodson, was
treasurer. Both resigned when the
tax investigation started, and
,Harmon, succeeding Mrs. Dodson,
p l e a d e d guilty. Lennon and
Hampton, two of Powell's secre-
taries, received salaries of $8,000

a year from the Done Miller
houses in addition to their gov-
ernment salaries.
* s
PART OF the deal arranged in
the election campaign of 1956 was
that the Congressman's secre-
tary, Hattie Dodson, should be
released as soon as possible from
the Women's Federal Penitentiary
at Alderson, W. Va. She became
eligible for parole on Sept. 25, got
a hearing that same day, and was
granted parole effective Oct. 17.
Mrs. Dodson had been convicted
of income-tax evasion after pay-
ing salary kickbacks to the Con-
gresman. This writer has helped
to convict three Congressmen for
taking kickbacks, and in each
case, they, not their secretaries,
were prosecuted. In the case of
Rep. Powell, however, the secre-
taries were prosecuted while he
campaigned for President Eisen-
Indicative of the jitteryness of
Justice Department officials over
the Powell Grand Jury is the fact
that Herbert Brownell, former At-
torney General, never held a press
conference in Washington after
the Powell case came up.
NOTE-In contrast to the Jus-
tice Department's maneuvering to
stymie the Powell Grand Jury, the
same Justice Department called
three grand juries in Omaha, Kan-
sas City and St. Louis in an effort
to try to indict Ex-Secretary of the
Treasury John Snyder and other
high officials of the Truman Ad-
ministration. In the end former
Assistant Attorney General Lamar
Caudle and Matt Connelly, secre-
tary to Truman, were convicted,
not of taking bribes, gifts, or of
tax evasion, but of "depriving the
United States of their best serv-
(Copyright 1958 by Bell Syndicate, Inc.)

convey a spirit and an atmosphere
as well as a story.
Those more familiar with the
old film will find that the addition
of "Superscope" to this release is,
unfortunately, of dubious value.
Already larger-than-life characters
are blown up to unnecessarily gi-
gantic size, too often at the ex-
pense of a head or a hand at the
top of the screen, and the film
itself is often flickery and uneven.
* . *
RATHER THAN drawing the
audience immediately into the
action of the play, Olivier begins
his production with views of an
Elizabethan audience filing into
an apparently accurate replica of
the Glove Theatre. The prologue
and first few scenes are presented
as they might have been on the
stage of the original theater. The
rhetoric moves along magnificent-
ly in these scenes, despite inter-
ruptions by catcalls, confusion,
and rain, but the emphasis of the
film in this early part seems to
lie far more on the interesting
aspects of Elizabethan play pro-
duction than on the lines or plot
of the play itself.
The minute the play moves
away from London, however, a
note of unashamed fantasy is in-
troduced and the movie becomes a
drama instead of a document.
"Henry V," of all the history plays,
is the most spectacular and pag-
eant-like; the producer happily
makes fewtconcessions to the
"average human" level of presen-
tation or to strict verisimilitude.
e *
HENRY V is the final play in a
series of three and in it, England
through the rational courage of
her king, achieves the victory and
peace for which she had struggled
throughout the earlier two dramas.
it is primarily a symbolic play and
one which is necessarily abstracted
from life.
Olivier's King Henry is superb.
An entirely sympathetic character,
Hal is at the same time a symbol
of the ideal ruler. Presented
against a tapestry of vari-colored
situations, Henry is as sharply
defined as the ordinary fairy tale
hero and far more convincing than
-Jean Willoughby
I ussia ...
Ni kita Khrushchev evidently
doesn't believe what he reads in
the (United States) papers. Any
clipping service could have sup-
plied him with 10,000 items since
Sputnik proving, by declaration of
nine-tenths of our local authorities
on the subject, that the Soviet
educational system is so far be-
yond anything the free world of-
fers that the only sensible thing
for an ambitious young scholar to
do is enroll at Moscow University.
But Khrushchev-perhaps looking
over the figures on Soviet student
expulsions and engineering break-
downs-has just issued a blast de-
nouncing the methods of the So-
viet schools, and demanding that
Soviet educationists start showing
better results, or else ---
And when Khrushchev says "or
else," brother, the little boy at the
back of the classroom doesn't yell,
"Aw, shaddup."
-National Review

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Women of the University Faculty,
dinner meeting, April 29, 6:00 p.m., In-
glis Estate, 2301 Highland Road. Elec-
tion of officers; informal talk by Mrs.
James Inglis.
All students who expect education
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University Lecture. Sponsored by the
English Dept. Prof. F. E. L. Priestley of
the Univ. of Toronto will speak -on
"Sciencevand the Poetic Imagination"
on Tues., April 29, in Aud. A, Angel
Hall, at 4:10 p.m. All interested per-
sons are cordially invited to attend.
The English Journal Club will present
Prof. F. E. L. Priestley of the Univ. of
Toronto, who will speak on -The Dual
Newtonian Tradition." He will speak
on Tues., April 29 in the W. Conference
Rm., Rackham Bldg. at 8:00 p.m.
Lecture: "Atomic Power at Laguna
Beach." Myron Beekman, Director of
the Nuclear Power Development of De-
troit Edison Company. Wed., April 3,
8:00 p.m., Aud. B, Angell Hall.
The Henry Russel Lecture will be de
livered by verner W. Crane, Prof. of
American History, Wed., April 30, ab
4:15 p.m., in the Rackham Amphi-
theater. Dr. Crane's lecture topic to
"Dr. Franklin's Plan for America."
Psychology Colloquium: Prof. Cornet
Giurgea, Inst. of Physiology, Rouma-
nian Academy of Science will speakon
"The Experimental Approach to the
Problem of Time and Space Perep-
tion." Wed., April 30, 4:15 p.m., Ra.
443, Mason Hall.
Student Recital: George Papich, who
studies viola with Robert Courte, will
present a recital on Tues., April 29 at
8:30 p.m. The recital, which is present-
ed in partial fulfillment of the require-
ments for the degree of Master of Mu-
sic, will be held in Aud. A, Angell Hall.
The program will include compositions
by Haydn, Hindemith, Brahms and vi-
valdi. Open to the general public.
Student Recital: Elmer Thomas, bari-
tone, assisted by Shirley Dabora piano
and Raymond Lynch, oboe, will present
a recital at 8:30 p.m. Wed., April 30,
in Aud. A, Angell Hall, In partial ful-
fillment of the requirements for the
degree of Master of Music. Mr. Thomas,
who studies voice with Harold Haugh,
has included in his program, works by
Dowland, Rosseter, Jones, Bach, Han-
del, Williams, and Copland. Open to
the general public.
Academic Notices
Student Teaching in Music: All stu-
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dent teaching in music next year (eith-
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mit an application on or before Mon.
May 5. Majors in music education may
obtain forms from their advisors oth-
ers may obtain them at 10 School of
Instrumentation Engineering Semi-
nar: "Prediction and Filtering for Ran-
dom Parameter Systems," by Dr. F. J.
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Operations Research Seminar: Wal-
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ture on "OR as a Philosophy of Man-
agement" on Wed., April 30. Coffee
hour will be held in Rmn. 243 W. Engrg.
at 3:30 and Seminar at 4:00 in Rm.
229 W. Engrg. All faculty members are
Botanical Seminar: Dr. George H.
Lauff, Dept. of Geology will speak on
"The Productivity Concept in Limolo-
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pends to a great extent upon its numerous
committees. The areas they cover are many.
The action coming from them is often nebulous.
The assumptions under which these many
committees are established are often com-
mendable. But too many times committees are
set up with little regard as to the effective ac-
tion which will come from them.
Such is the case with the committee recently
organized to study drinking regulations at the
Many students have expressed the belief
that drinking regulations on this campus are
an unnecessary limitation on their actions. Re-
stricting students, regardless of age, from
drinking within their quarters seems to be
a superfluous extension of the state law.
If students under the state's legal age of 21
are found drinking, state enforcement of regu-
lations would provide punishment.
Rowdiness as a result of drinking by students
over 21 years old can be curbed by the enforce-
ment of University rules governing student
conduct. The rule states that any student
found conducting himself "in such a manner
as to make it apparent that he is not a de-
sirable member or part of the University, he

Considering this, SGC's interest in acting in
this area seems definitely valid. This is an area
of student concern and, if surveyed, student
opinion would probably support elimination of
the regulation. But when the SGC action taken
involves the establishment of a committee to
investigate the regulation, one questions the
effective action which this committee can take.
The committee was set up "to explore pos-
sibilities of modifying the so-called University
Drinking Regulations;" but it is doubtful that
modification of the rules will result from the
committee's work.
THE RULE has been on the books for count-
less years and student opinion on the sub-
ject has not changed during that amount of
time. About the only action the group can take
will be to send a recommendation from SGC
to the faculty Committee on Student Conduct
proposing possible re-evaluation of the regu-
This, then, is an example of an SGC com-
mittee. The intent behind it is good but the
effectiveness of it will probably be poor.
It seems time for SGC to begin to think a
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H ow the Pros Do It

WITH SUMMER looming, most
college students are hunting
for jobs that will garner them as
much loot as possible. It was with
some fascination, then, that we
visited a group of collegians who
cast aside financial gains in a
quest for artistic hoop-la during
the hiatus.
The occasion was prompted by
that growing part of show bsuiness
known as summer stock. Producer
Bill Adams and his staff were in
town to audition college talent for
the Detroit Music Circle Theatre
and the Flint Musical Tent. They
holed up at the Union, in a room
with a beat piano and a lot of
chairs. When we arrived a grin-
ning coed washvainly attempting
to cope with the lyric of "I'm in
Love With a Wonderful Guy."
Steadfastly refusing to look at the
sheet music, she blushed her way
through two stumbling choruses
and then lapsed into eight bars
of "La-la-la-la." Her face bespoke
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ager Bill Wilkins. "I think there's
been a very good showing this
year," he said, in a voice that rang
with professional eclat. "We've had
some good talent from Music
School." He pressed a ream of
folders on us, explaining that the
two stock theatres were profes-
sional companies that employed a
resident cast with visiting stars.
Scanning the star list, we picked
out such luminaries as Frank Par-
ker (without Marion Marlowe, be-
gorra!) and skater Dick Button.
We were about to ask what Button
would be doing, when the next
aspirant stepped up to do a turn.
* * *
ADAMS, a genial, white-haired
fellow, stood up. "I should ex-
plain," he announced. "Singers
will be notified in two weeks.
Dancers in three. Those of you who
will sing in the chorus must face
the fact that you'll be singing
with people from the Met chorus
and the City Center chorus."

well. Everyone leaned forward,
the better to watch her move well.
"Dear," said Adams, "do a series
of twirls across the stage for me."
She rapidly executed a bunch of
spin-, almost colliding with the
* * *
AN OPERATIC tenor followed
and impressed everybody. Adams
quizzed him on his past experi-
ence, complimented him on his
rendering of "This Is My Beloved"
and asked him, "Are you going to
brave New York next fall?"
"Yes, sir," answered the tenor.
"Oh, you fool," chuckled Adams.
Manager Wilkins showed us the
rating cards of some of the previ-
ous tryouts. Along with the name
and vocal range were scrawled
such comments as "Possible ap-
prentice," and "Nice voice, but too
"Most people who break into
show business," said Wilkins,'"they
break in as apprentices. There's
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