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Daily Calendar of Events
Saturday, August 9--
8;30 pm. "Hobson's Choice." (Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.)
9:00 p.m. Social Evening. (League Ballroom.)

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Washington Merry- Go-Round

By DREW PEARSON and ROBERT S. ALLEN

Editorial Stafff

Managing Editor
City Editor
Associate Editor
Associate Editor
Sports Editor
Women's Editor

Karl Kessler
Harry M. Kelsey
William Baker
Eugene Mandeberg
Albert P. Blaustein
. Barbara Jenswold

Business Sta ff
business Manager...s...s.........Daniel H. Huyett
Local Advertising Manager . . . Fred M. Ginsberg
W~men's Advertising Manager . . Florence Schurgin
NIGHT EDITOR: BARBARA JENSWOLD
The editorials published in The Michi-
gan Daily are written by members of The
Daily staff and represent the views of the
writers only.
More Unity,
Not Uniformity...
MORE than a good five-cent cigar,
what this country needs is national
unity, 'tis said. In the world situation as it exists
today, a divided nation with divided purposes
stands no chance against the aggressor nations.
If we spend all our time on our own petty squab-
bles, Hitler's face will be deftly substituted for
the traditional eight-ball before we know that
game has started.
ELL AND GOOD, so let's have national unity.
But, let's distinguish between national unity
and national uniformity. The former seems to
be our best way of keeping, in the best sense of
the expression, "the American way of life." The
latter will make us no better than the forces we
are now opposing. Uniformity, as too many of
our "leaders" are prone to define unity, must
necessarily call for sameness in thought and in
action. It is a stiff, unbending term that makes
no allowances for minority rights, and inevitably
persecutes those who deviate from the uniform
path.
Politically, unity may be defined as an intelli-
gent course of action, arrived at by a decision
of the majority, with ample latitude for change
and correction should that become necessary.
Foreign and domestic policy are not conditioned
for rigid and unswerving lines of action. Con-
tingencies arise that make changes of decisions
an integral part of government policy. Unified
action can make those changes without "loss of
face" and with the realization that the needs
call for changes of action.
UNIFORMITY, on the other hand, leads to a
stubborn and bigoted line of thought. The
die has been cast, and nothing can be done to
alter a decision already made. Think the way
"I" do or you are a traitor . . . . This tendency
towards uniform demands on the individual's
thought has invaded all party lines. It includes
the Republican and the Democrat, the radical
and the conservative, the know it all and the
know nothing. Each demands blind allegiance
to his way, or his party's way of thinking. It
appliesespecially to the Congress of the United
States. William Allen White's letter to the Re-
publican congressmen, recently quoted in the
Washington Merry-Go-Round is a sample of
how the party demands uniform action. And a
good Democrat could write a note to his brothers
in Congress with equal justification.
Yes, we need unity. But we need room for
individual and honest thought and honest
change of action, too. Unity is our goal, but we
must be dead sure that we don't arrive at uni-
formity by mistake. Once that mistake has been
made, a change of policy will be as difficult as
believing that now famous quote by the little
man with the moustache, "I have no more terri-
torial claims in Europe."
- Eugene Mandeberg
A No-Strike Record
Organized labor in Massachusetts, which has
avoided any important strike in defense industry
in a State that has scores of plants devoted to
the military effort, deserves public praise.
Such a "no strike" record should be a proud
feather in union labor's cap, but to date no
union official has publicly called attention to
it, strangely enough. It remained for the an-

(Editor's Note-The Brass Ring is good
for one free ride on the Washington Merry-
Go-Round, and this week goes to S. Bech-
hold, the German boy who onec fought in
the Kaiser's army and is now helping to beat
Hitler by building modern American tanks.)
WASHINGTON-The scene is a conference
room in the War Department. Seated round a
long table are a group of generals and manu-
facturers-British as well as American. In front
of each is a microphone, but the discussion is
not being broadcast to a listening world. It is
strictly confidential, with each detail transcribed
on a wax recording and filed so there shall be no
mistake about the promises being made to the
United States or Britain.
At the head of the table is a slight, mild-
manner man with thinning grey hair, General
G.' M. Barnes of the Ordnance Corps. Seated
near him are Ed Hunt of Chrysler, H. B. En-
sign of American Car and Foundry, Charles
Wright of Pullman Standard, H. S. Colby of
Baldwin Locomotive, S. Bechhold of the Pressed
Steel Car Company, and several others.
THIS is the Tank Committee. And to the men
around this table has recently come word
that President Roosevelt demands more tanks,
and in a hurry.
Already the members of the Tank Committee
and their factories have 4,700 light and medium
tanks on order and are turning them out at
the rate of about 300 a month. In addition to the
American orders, this group has a British order
for $200,000,000 worth of medium tanks.
However, Germany has a reserve alone of
6,500 tanks. And with every battle on the Rus-
sian front showing the ever-increasing impor-
tance of the tanks, Roosevelt has now written
identic letters to Secretary of War Stimson and
OPM bosses Knudsen and Hillman, demanding
that tank production be rushed full speed.
r
British Need Tanks
Lack of tanks, it has now leaked out, is why
the British have not been able to land an in-
vading force on the European continent. Also
it is why the British could not continue the of-
fensive in Libya.
The companies represented by the gentlemen
seated around the table of the Tank Committee
have done an excellent job of producing tanks.
They are turning them out more quickly than
the Army expected. But even so, when they
reach full production they will only produce
about 800 tanks a month.
AT THIS RATE, which will not be reached for
another year, it will take two years to match
the r'eserves accumulated by Hitler.
Therefore, the chief question facing the OPM
and American industry is to spread out tank
production among other factories: first, by let-
ting smaller firms make tank parts on sub-
contract; second, by drafting a great many other
factories now making farm machinery, automo-
biles, etc., into the tank production program.
Without drastic action, and without curtailing
the "business as usual" program in other indus-
tries, no real speed up of the tank program will
be possible.
German-Born Tank Expert
Of all the men grouped around the Tank Com-
mittee conference table, the most interesting is
a slender, boyish figure of about 40 who is mana-
ger of the Pressed Steel Car Company and presi-
dent of the Armored Tank Corporation..
It happens that S. Bechhold was born in Ger-
many, and fought in the German Army during
the last war. Yet no one in the group now work-
ing overtime to build tanks for use against Hitler
is more determined to speed production, more
determined that Hitler shall not win this war.
BECHHOLD was the first private manufac-
turer of tanks in the United States. Prior to
the outbreak of war, American tanks were manu-
factured only by the Government itself in its
arsenal at Rock Island, Ill. Private industry,
except for Bechhold, did not go in for tanks.
The story of how the German-born Bechhold
reached a position of eminence and trust, where
he now sits in on the military secrets of the
United States and Great Britain, illustrates the
traditional melting-pot theory of the American
system.

Fed Up With Militarism
Bechhold was sixteen when drafted into the
German army in 1916, saw desultory service for
which he had no enthusiasm whatever, and like
thousands of other German boys, got thoroughly
fed up with the German military system. So in
1922, having saved up enough money for trans-
Atlantic passage, he came to America.
Landing in New York with $40 in his pocket,
he got a job wrapping packages at $14 a week.
"Jobs were easy to get in those days," Bechhold
says. And studying English at night, he soon
got to be a clerk in an export firm at $16 a week,
remained with the same company four years
until he was drawing a salesman's salary of
0 a week.

established contacts at the State Department
and over a period of several years, sent in de-
tailed reports on German rearmament. One of
these reports predicted the Nazi Anschluss be-
tween Austria and Germany 18 months before
it happened.
Saw Christie Tank
Bechhold's visits to Germany also convinced
him that Hitler was far ahead of the lest of
the world in developing modern military weap-
ons. Back in the United States, Bechhold be-
came interested in the famous Christie tank.
The U. S. War Department at that time found
Christie's tank too expensive; in fact, the only
man who urged the Army to buy this fast-moving
modern tank was Congressman Ross Collins of
Mississippi, who has been far ahead of the gen-
erals in urging mechanization.
It was Ross Collins who encouraged Bechhold
to produce tanks in the United States and who
paved the way for his association with Christie.
BECHHOLD is no technician; one of his chief
contributions to tank building has been im-
portant banking connections which raised the
capital. However, one contribution he, made to
tanks cannot be over-emphasized. He conceived
the idea of powering them with airplane motors.
The Diesel engine or ordinary gasoline motor
took so much space and was so heavy when built
for sufficient power, that it bogged down the
tank. So Bechhold thought of the relatively
simple, but at that time revolutionary idea of
using a light-weight airplane motor.
Bechhold's Armored Tank Corporation now
has the biggest slice of British tank orders in
this country. The Russians also are dickering
with him. And today British and American army
experts, who once scorned his theory that a tank
could be carried by air, have now seen what hap-
pened in Crete and have even come around to
Bechhold's ideas on that.
of Mikes & Men
By JUNE MCKEE
THE Michigan University of the Air will pre-
sent from its campus studios this week-end,
works of Shakespeare and Thomas Wood Stev-
ens. Today, Whitford Kane and Hiram Sher-
man will star in "A Midsummer Night's Dream,"
adapted for radio by James Church. Tomorrow,
"The Pilot's Interlude" will be produced for the
first time on the air.
James Church, producer-director from
NBC, is mainly responsible for these pro-
grams. The "clown scenes" from "The
Dream" will bring Whitford Kane back to
his favorite role of "Bottom,"
Hiram Sherman, stage and radio actor
well known in Ann Arbor, will enact the role
of "Flute." Students in "The Dream" cast
are E. S. Cortright, Hollister Smith, Murray
lilly, Robert Reifsneider, Margaret Brown,
Clara Behringer, Sheldon Finklestein, Rager
Reed, Virginia Whitworth, and Tomm Bat-
tin. Robert Rittenour will announce. WJR
carries the program for thirty minutes from
2 p.m.
* * *
Thomas Wood Stevens grants special permis-
sion to present his drama, "The Pilot's Inter-
lude" on radio for the first time-tomorrow at
11 a.m. This play for four voices is one of the
best scripts we have ever read, even surpassing
"White Cliffs" . . . Under the direction of Don
Hargis, Tom Armstrong will portray the Pilot,
Edward Wright, the Old Man, Claire Cook, the
Girl, and Sheldon Finklestein, the Narrator.
Marvin Levey is the announcer.
* * *
Leo J. Fitzpatrick, vice-president and gen-
eral manager of WJR, was recently named
Champion Radio Executive of Michigan by
the Detroit Board of Commerce, while Jim-
mie Stevenson, WJR newscaster, received
the title of Champion Commentator. Both
were given tiny gold boxing glove replicas
for their watch chains.
* * *
Billy Mills, musical director of the NBC's

"Hap Hazard" series currently replacing "Fibber
McGee and Molly," creates themes music and
signature melodies with ease-having written
the Mimes Union Opera for Michigan When he
was only a freshman ...
Whitfield Conner, much-missed in radio
and drama here, has won the Chicago audi-
tion for the lead in "Arnold Grimm's Daugh-
ter," to resume its air run the end of August
.... Early in September, Orson Welles re-
turns to radio in a new drama series for
Lady Esther, in Guy Lombardo's stead. He
is also signed for three pictures with RKO-
"The Magnificent Ambersons" slated for
shooting in mid-September, followed by
Journey Into Fear," and "It's All True," his

STUPID
By Terence
WELL, the boys in one end of the
Capitol finally made up their
minds, and put through a draft ex-
tension bill which would keep
draftees, reservists, National Guards-
men and Army enlisted men in for
an additional 18 months, salving it
all with a $10 pay raise. Now the
thing goes to the other end of the
Capitol, where it will suffer a rather
uncertain fate, because the House
hasn't always been a rubber stamp
body.
But that's neither here nor there.
The bill will get through, with at
least some kind of an extension. And
then what'll we have?
A larger army.
BUT there's a lot we won't have,
and that's mostly morale among
soldiers. Look at it the way they do:
they were signed up for a year, at
least that's what they were told, and
while a lot of them objected, most
of them took it pretty much in stride.
Now they are told they're going to
be kept in for another 18 months,
that the government was giving them
a deliberate bum steer, broken faith
with them.
Put yourself in their places.
You've already had your life pretty
wellrbusted up. Sure, it was just a
year, but when you're in your
twenties, ruining a year means a
lot to you. That's when you are
getting started, getting a hoie and
a job that will mean security in
the future, really beginning to live
and be on your own for the first
time. But that's all right.. . . it's
over and done with now, and all
the griping in the world won't do
any good.
Now, however, you're going to be
kept in for another 18 months. When
and if you return home, you will have
been gone for two and a half years:
your jobs taken, the business you
were in has changed so in a fast-
changing era, that you are two and
a half years behind time, and it takes
a long time to catch up. Your girl,
patriotic about duty and uniforms
as she may be, probably hasn't
waited. Girls don't wait forever, you
know, even for the sake of national
defense, and you can't blame them.
And everyone back home is a stranger
to you....
THIRTY MONTHS is a mighty
long time.
How would you feel about that?
Frankly, I wouldn't like it. And
I don't think I'd stick around for
another 18 months ... not if they
told me it would just be a year.
I'd take a year resignedly enough,
Ibut when they tried to keep me in,
well, I'l balk at that. You see, I'm
young, just like those fellows. I
want to get along in life, to really
start living and be on my own.
And while I love my country just
as much as everyone over 35 that
sits smugly back and settles the
future of youth, I'll be darned if
I'll let it play traitor to me like
that.
And I'm not being unpatriotic.
I'm just as good an American as you
and you and General Marshall. I
don't approve of chauvinism like
some Americans have come to, but
then that's a matter of taste in how
you want your patriotism. I'm not
pro-Roosevelt, but if he keeps us out
of war and gives draftees a square
deal through it all, I'll agree with
historians 20 years from now that he
was the greatest President of them
all. If ...
\ T, I'm not unpatriotic, I'm not a
Red, I'm just a good American.
But you see, I don't think it's neces-
sary for my government to break

faith withethousands like me
throughout the country ..
We do need an army: granted.
But I'll argue with anyone that says
we need a standing army. General
Marshall says it would ruin the army
to let the draftees out. Well, look at
it this way: they wouldn't all be go-
ing out at the same time. They were
drafted over a period of a year, and
they'd go out over a period of a year.
And in the meantime others would
be coming in, keeping the size of our
standing army as large as or even
larger than before.
NVOW how about those that were
dismissed? Well, they could go
back home, resume their jobs, be
with their sweethearts or wives
again, get back in the normal swing
of American life. Most of 'them
would be pretty well trained. Why
not put them on the Reserve rolls?
Give them, say, one day of drill in
local armories a week, and during
the year two or three weeks at a
Reserve camp. That way they
wouldn't grow rusty, AND they
wouldn't feel their government had
broken faith with them. That
would mean a lot in keeping up
morale, which is the most im-
portant factor in any man's army.
Those who are honest enough to
admit it say our army lacks mor-
ale, and extending the draft period
is the best way to lose what we do
have.
But if you keep these fellows on
the Reserve lists, let them resume

"But, honey--I don't think now's the time to tell him he'll be
president-it'll rob him of such a pleasant surprise later!"

GRIN AND BEAR IT
;y

By Lichty

DAILY OFFICIAL BULLETIN

All Notices for the Daily Official Bul-
letin are to be sent to the Office of the
Summer Session before 3:30 p.m. of the
day preceding its publication except on
Saturday, when the notices should be
submitted before 11:30 a.m.
The University Bureau of Appoint-
ments and Occupational Information
has received notice of the following
Civil Service Examinations. Last date
for filing applications is noted in each
case:
United States Civil Service
Under Mimeograph Operator, sal-
ary $1,260, until further notice.
Senior Cook, $2,000, August 24, 1941.
Junior Engineer (Aero & Naval
Arch & Marine Engr.) $2,000, June
30, 1942.
Michigan Civil Service
Janitress C, $100 per mon., August
20, 1941.
Janitor C, $100, August 20, 1941.
Janitor B, $115, August 20, 1941.
Janitor B & Janitress B (husband
and wife), $230, August 20, 1941.
Housemother, C1, $105, August 20,
1941.
Housemother B, $115, August 20,
1941.
Boys Supervisor B and Housemoth-
er Cl (husband and wife), $220, Au-
gust 20, 1941.
Boys Supervisor C, $100, August 20,
1941.
Boys Supervisor B, $115, August 20,
1941.
Boys Supervisor A, $135, August 20,
1941.
Graduate Nurse A2, $125, August 20,
1941.
General Graduate Nurse A, $135,
August 20, 1941.
General Graduate Nurse Al, $145,
August 20, 1941.
Psychiatric Graduate Nurse A, $135,
August 20, 1941.
Psychiatric Graduate Nurse Al,
$145, August 20, 1941.
Tuberculosis Graduate Nurse A,
$135, August 20, 1941.
Tuberculosis Graduate Nurse Al,
$145, August 20, 1941.
Superintendent of T.B. Nurses I,
$155, August 20, 1941.
Cashier B, $115, August 20, 1941.
Insurance Examiner II, $200, Au-
gust 27, 1941.
Complete announcements on file at
the Bureau, 201 Mason Hall. Office
hours: 9-12 and 2-4.
The Ecuadorean Fiesta. The stu-
dents from Ecuador in the Latin
American Summer Session will cele-
brate August 10, their national holi-
day, by presenting a program of
dances and short speeches in the ball-
room of the Michigan Union, Sunday,

at 8 p.m. The public is cordially in-
vited to attend.
Speech Conference: Second annual
Speech Conference, sponsored by the
Department of Speech, will be held
Monday,Tuesday, 'and Wednesday,
August 11, 12, and 13, The program
will include lectures and conferences
on public speaking, debating, speech
science, radio, interpretation, and
draamtics. All sessions are open to
the public.
Speech Concentrates: Al Speech
concentrates who will receive their
A.B. degree at the end of the present
Summer Session must report to the
Speech office on or before Monday,
August 11.
Spanish Lecture: Professor Clar-
ence Finlayson, of the universities of
Santiago, Mexico City, and Notre
Dame, will present a lecture in Span-
ish in the recreation room of the In-
ternational Center on Monday, Au-
gust 11, at 8 o'clock in the evening.
His subject will be "El Futoro de las
Americas." All persons interested in
this Spanish lecture are invited to
attend.
Faculty Concert: Palmer Christian,
Organist; Joseph Brinkman, Pianist;
George Poinar, Violinist; and the
string section of the summer session
Chamber Music Class, under the di-
rection of Hanns Pick, will present a
concert at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Au-
gust 12, in Hill Auditorium. . This
concert will be complimentary to the
general public.
Lectures on French Painting: Pro-
fessor Harold E. Wethey, Chairman
of the Department of Fine Arts, will
give the third illustrated lecture on
French Painting Monday, August 11,
at 4:10 p.m., in Room D, Alumni
Memorial Hall. The subject of his
lecture will be "The School of Paris"
(20th century).
The lecture, which will be given in
English, is open to all students and
Faculty members. This will end the
series of lectures on French Paint-
ing offered by Professor Wethey dur-
ing the Summer Session and spon-
sored by the Department of Romance
Languages.
Lectures on French Diction and In-
tonation. Professor Charles E. Koella
will give his fourth lecture on French
Diction and Intonation on Monday,
August 11th at 7:15 p.m. at "Le Foyer
Francais," 1414 Washtenaw.
Students teaching French or con-
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