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Daily Calendar of Events
Wednesday, July 9-
3:30-5:30 p.m. Dancing. (Michigan League Ballroom.) Free of charge. Come with
or without partners.
4:30 5:30 p.m. Lecture. "Writing For Radio." Miss Geraldine Elliott, Continuity
Editor of Station WJR, Detroit. (Auditorium, W. K. Kellogg Institute).
4:15 p.m. Lecture. "The Diplomatic Debacle: London and Paris Before Munich."
7:15 p.m. Men's Education Club meeting. (Michigan Union.)
Count Carlo Sforza, Carnegie Visiting Lecturer. (Hill Auditorium.)
7:15 p.m. Women's Education Club meeting. (Alumnae Room, Michigan League.)
7:30 p.m. Intermediate Dancing Class. (Michigan League Ballroom.)
8:30 p.m. "George Washington Slept, Here," by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.
(Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.)
Wash ington Merry-Go-Round

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Editorial Stalf
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Karl Kessler
Harry M. Kelsey
. William Baker
Eugene Mande berg
Alb rt P. Blaustein
Barbara Jenswold
Daniel H. Huyett
Fred M. Ginsberg
Florence Shurgin

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gan Daily are written by members of The
Daily staff and represent the views of the
writers only.
Help A Boy:
Tag Day Today ..
Those few words should be enough
in themselves: they mean that boys from the
University Fresh Air Camp on Patterson Lake
will be stationed at various places on the campus
They mean that those boys will ask you to
make contributions to the University Fresh Air
Camp Tag Day Drive.
And they mean that the nickels or dimes you
give today will go towards giving some under-
privileged boy from this region a real vacation
away from city streets-"the time of his life"
at the Fresh Air Camp on Patterson Lake.
HICH is more than all the lines of type I
" could write would say: Today is Tag Day.
-- Bill Baker
Federal Union
By Mr. Streit .,.
THERE IS a logic behind Clarence
Streit's Union Now, which ought to
stand up, beyond the man's silver-tongued ora-
tory, against any cynics who might term the
plan but a dream. History has proved the work-
ability of such a union, in the embodiment of
the United States, and, after all, history cannot
be refuted.
But here we are dealing with definite racial,
national and religious lines-what about that?
In answer, can anyone say that this country was
peopled by only one group? Whites, Orientals,
Redmen, Blacks-French, Portuguese, Dutch,
British-Puritans, Catholics, Protestants, Jews,
Huguenots. The only aspect these peoples had
in common was that they were refugees or ad-
venturous spirits in the same country and pio-
neers in building up that land. It was necessity
which made them finally band together.
Economic interests? Except for the splice
which brought on the Civil War and which is
still slowly progressing in its healing, there have
been no notable conflicts in this respect. Yet
one cannot say that the Germans in Wisconsin
and the ambitious Dutch who settled New York
followed the same grail.
But is it conceivable that countries separated
by days by wide oceans can enter into any kind
of unity? An ocean today means far less than
the Oregon and Santa Fe trails meant to the men
who built our country's foundations.
We cannot question the need for some far-
reaching action at this time-our pioneers felt
this same need, and the results of their fore-
sight stand today as a fitting example for hu-
mankind. Why cannot we take advantage of
this example and do just as they, only to scale
with the need we are facing-all of which
amounts to Federal Union. As Mr. Streit pointed
out in his lecture Monday, "a milennium of iso-
lation" could not guarantee our security, as it
did not guarantee that of the Aztecs, from na-
tions who have assumed a control of the seas.
Perhaps the lesson of history would have been
more deeply traced upon our consciences had
the British been able to abandon the alliance
idea and carry out their scheme for complete
union with France. It looked feasible to them
at the time, but the tardiness with which the
idea was introduced had swept away hope.
It wouldn't be too great a strain to look back
only a century and a half for proof of the natural
quality of Streit's propsal-it is next in the
mvna.ia nvii r of irinn. 1And iIIt nlll do litte

WASHINGTON-Wendell Willkie, first-gener-
ation American, came within four million votes
of being elected President. William Knudsen,
born in Denmark, is Director General of the
OPM. Sidney Hillman, born in Lithuania, is
Associate Director of the OPM.
But despite their fame and eminence, not one
of these national leaders could get into Naval
Reason is that no matter what the ability,
experience or proven loyalty of a native-born
citizen, he is barred from service in Naval Intelli-
gence-unless he is a fourth-generation Ameri-
There is no law or Navy regulation setting up
such an extreme restriction. In fact, Navy brass
hats are very careful not to admit its existence
in writing. But like the unwritten caste rule
that bars enlisted men in the Navy from perma-
nent commissions, so this invisible but ironclad
barrier operates to keep all but a select class out
of Naval Intelligence.
How the system works is shown in the follow-
ing specific case:
A crack Washington newman who is a native-
born American with a law degree and knowledge
of two foreign languages, eager to serve in the
emergency, applied for a reserve commission in
Naval Intelligence. His recommendations were
of the best. But all he got was a courteous run-
Finally, after writing a letter direct to Secre-
tary Knox, the newman was referred to Lt. Com-
mander W. L. Gates, Director of Naval Reserve
activities, Washington Navy Yard. The news-
man called on the officer, who questioned him
about his experience and background and then
asked, "Were your grandparents born in the
United States?"
"No, they were not."
"I'm sorry," replied Gates, "but no appoint-
ments are being given in Naval Intelligence ex-
cept to men whose great-grandparents were born
in this country."
Washington Social War
In addition to hot weather, war debates and
national defense, Washington now has some-
thing else to worry about, a social squabble over
Aid to Britain vs. Aid to American Draftees.
The first engagement in this momentous strug-
gle took place in the lobby of Washington's fash-
ionable Mayflower Hotel.
Mrs. Walter Tuckerman, with all the unction
of a dowager, was dispensing stamps to buy
British ambulances, while Mrs. H. Charles
Spruks, wife of the Ceremonial Officer of the
State Department, was offering buttons for the
United Service Organizations.
The trouble was when Mrs. Spruks left her
booth for a visit to USO headquarters. Return-
ing, she found that Mrs. Tuckerman, with British
colors flying, had taken her place, and the USO
booth had been relegated to a more obscure posi-
Promptly Mrs. Spruks appealed to the man-
agement. With Yankee fire in her eye, she de-
manded, "I want to be put back where I was, in
the center of the lobby."
"But my hands are tied," said the manager,
"Mrs. Tuckerman is prominent socially, and she
brings us a great deal of business."
"It's not a question of business," shot back
Mrs. Spruks. "It's a question of whether the
American soldier boys have as much right to
be represented here as the British. Besides, the
British promised they would hold off until our
campaign was over on July 17."
The manager wrung his hands, said he would
do what he could. Meantime, Mayor LaGuardia
innocently stepped into the hornet's nest and
was asked to settle the argument. But he hastily
sidestepped with, "Oh, it's all in the game."
In the end Mrs. Tuckerman retreated.
When Cavalry Faces Gas
When a congressional committee on Appro-
priations recently refused to honor the request
of the Chief of Cavalry of the United States
Army for funds to buy gas masks for horses, it
was practicing a very questionable economy. The
Army today has a total of 50,000 horses and
mules-twice as many as a year ago.

It ought not to be necessary to appeal to man's
consideration of his own interests in order to
obtain every possible protection for his animal
friends and servants that are exposed to the
dangers of war. It is no more just to send a
drafted horse into battle without protection than
it is to treat thus a drafted man. There should
be a fine sensibility in"mankind that would ac-
knowledge a special duty toward creatures hav-
Iine no freedonm of their own but completely subh-

Labor Scouts
A new figure on the defense horizon is giving
the U.S. Employment Service plenty of head-
aches. He is the labor scout.
Certain large defense contractors, desperate
for skilled workers, have taken a cue from base-
ball magnates and are enticing men away from
other plants. At least two West Coast aircraft
plants have full-time "personnel representa-
tives" in the East luring skilled craftsmen with
tempting offers of higher wages, more overtime
pay and other inducements. Some companies
even offer to pay the transportation of workers
who sign up.
This raiding is causing serious complications.
The chief sufferers are small factories and ma-
chine shops, many of which have frantically
complained to the Government that they will
have to close down unless the raids are stopped.
So far the Employment Service has taken no
direct action. But it has privately warned some
of the big offenders that unless they cease their
scouting, the matter will be placed before the
OPM for disciplinary action.
Note-A recent report to the OPM from public
employment offices puts the skilled labor short-
age in a startling light. In April and May, 1941,
15 times as many requests for die-designers were
received as were registered. The ratio of demand
to supply in other crafts was: tool designers, 16
to 1; shipyard loftsmen, 35 to 1; boat builders,
40 to 1; aircraft woodworkers, 40 to 1; tinplate
workers, 49 to 1; aircraft assemblers, 50 to 1,
and toolmakers, 12 to 1.
Townsend Victory
Congressional Townsendites are congratulat-
ing themselves on putting over a fast one in get-
ting a special seven-man, Senate committee to
investigate the operation of the Social Security
Senator Sheridan Downey of California, chair-
man of the committee, has bigger things in mind
than merely the announced purpose of exam-
iningthe old-age pension system. He isn't ad-
vertising it, but he also plans to hold lengthy
hearings on the Townsend old-age pension plan,
which got a rough brush-off in a House com-
mittee and faces the same fate in the Senate.
That's why Townsendites are cheering. They
will get a hearing on their scheme without hav-
ing to depend on antagonistic committees. Dr.
Townsend himself and other big guns in the
pension movement will be invited to testify.
Four members of the special committee-
Downey, Pepper of Florida, Brooks of Illinois
and LaFollette of Wisconsin-are supporters of
the Townsend plan. Connally of Texas and
Green of Rhode Island are against it, while
Thomas of Idaho is neutral.
An Omaha World-Herald editorial panning
General "Pa" Watson, White House secretary,
got under his skin when he received copies from
a number of Nebraska acquaintances . . . . A
statewide poll by The Great Falls (Mont.) News
on the question of approval of Roosevelt's or
Wheeler's stand on the foreign issue showed the
President leading the isolationist senator six to
one . . . . While GOP leaders in Congress are
pot-shooting at the St. Lawrence waterway pro-
posal, The Republican, monthly GOP publica-
tion, strongly endorsed the project in a recent
Mystery Rider
A mystery man who calmly helped himself to
a lift in Senator Carter Glass' limousine has the
Senator's office in a terrific dither.
Late in the afternoon, while Glass' chauffeur
was waiting outside the Senate office building
to take him home, a smartly-dressed, middle-
aged man suddenly stepped into the car and
settled back comfortably on the back seat. "Take
me to the National Press Building," he com-
"There must be some mistake, sir," said the
chauffeur. "This automobile belongs to Senator
"There's no mistake," replied the stranger.
"I just left the Senator. He kindly suggested
that I use his car as I am in a big hurry."
Accepting this explanation, the chauffeur
drove off. Ten minutes later Glass stamped up
to Capitol Policeman Ralph Dunn, demanding

to know "where in blazes" his car and chauffeur
had gone. Together, the 83-year-old Virginian
and Dunn searched the neighborhood without
Finally giving up, Glass tartly instructed the
bluecoat: "When my chauffeur returns, please
tell him that I have concluded to go back to my
office and that, at his convenience, I would like
to go home."

On Mr. Seldes .. .
To the Editor:
I read with no little surprise Mr.
Kelsey's editorial (July 2nd) in which
he accuses the newsletter In Fact,
edited by George Seldes, of being pro-
Nazi. As a subscriber to In Fact and
as an enemy of Nazism and any other
manifestations of fascism, I feel it
my duty to challenge that statement.
Not only is it a libel on Mr. Seldes,
who is one of the most outspoken
enemies of fascism, but it is an insult
to the -thousands of In Fact sub-
scribers who are equally anti-fascist.
Certainly, Mr. Kelsey cannot be
familiar with the work or reputation
of George Seldes or he would not
make such a wild accusation. Hardly
one issue of In Fact has appeared
without containing some attack on
Nazism or fascism. Nor has Mr. Sel-
des limited his attacks on fascism
to manifestations of that evil in for-
eign countries; he has been equally
outspoken against fascists in our own
country and has helped to expose
such local Hitlers as Coughlin, Win-
rod, Pelley, Hart, and others. It is
doubtful whether there is any paper
that fascists hate more than they do
In Fact.
In a period of crises such as the
present there is nothing more dan-
gerous or vicious than confusing the
public so that they can't distinguish
friend from foe. Mr. Kelsey is adding
considerably to that confusion when
he states or implies that In Fact is
I challenge Mr. Kelsey to present
in the columns of The Daily the
source of the accusations against In
Fact. Further, I have in my posses-
sion an almost complete file of In
Fact and I challenge him to examine
that file and to show me one single
statement which by the widest
stretch of imagination can be called
pro-Nazi or anything else un-
- Samuel Sass
* * *
In Reply .
If reader Sass has been reading In
Fact as carelessly as he read my edi-
torial, his impressions would be ac-
counted for. The editorial stated "In
Fact .... often in the past accused
of pro-Nazi tendencies." Far from
being an accusation of Nazism on the
part of Mr. Seldes, it is the record-
ing of a rather general opinion that
does not seem to have reached Mr.
Sass' ears.
I had no intention of being so
subtle in my references as to be mis-
understood. My point in that state-
ment was that a definite right-about-
face can be seen in Mr. Seldes' edi-
torial policy since the opening of
Russo-German hostilities. Whereas
before inch after inch of column
space was devoted to listing British
losses and belittling British victory
claims, now articles are appearing
debunking reports of Germany's
strength and Russia's weakness.
I don't like the tactics of red-
baiters, and am not one myself, but
since Mr. Sass has asked for it I
might as well point out that Mr. Sel-
des' editorial policy in In Fact and
the Communist party line have coin-
cided at every turn. When the Rus-
sians and Germans were bedfellows,
the impression was gained by many
of In Fact's readers that the sheet
was pro-Nazi.
As to Mr. Seldes himself, I was an
avid reader of his early books and

admired his courage and idealism as
shown therein. But times change,
conditions change and people change.
While I can still look back wistfully
on the Seldes that was, I cannot see
my way to following him in his pres-
ent line of thought.
If I add considerably to the con-
fusion of distinguishing between
friend and foe, I am very happy, for
such a state of mind leads ultimately
to a more discerning appraisal of all
sources of news rather than the sub-
missive acceptance of one or two.
There is no single source in this
country today from which a true pic-
ture of events may be gained. The
discerning reader. must note the of-
ferings of every faction and weigh
one against another in order to ap-
proach reality. This situation is
more than unfortunate, but it exists,
and to encourage the public to be-
lieve otherwise is sheer folly.
- Harry M. Kelsey
* * *
The Whirling Dervish .
To the Editor:
Local students of escapist religion
may well ponder the most recent
switch of the Ann Arbor branch of
the whirling dervish. I refer, of
course, to the letter in the Daily of
Aug. 8 signed by the executive coun-
cil of the Young Communist League.
The day before Hitler declared war
on Russia the Roosevelt policy of aid
to England was a step towards fas-


By Lichty

S- -~ -o --
"I've often said that my family has enough troubles to be a
radio serial, too!"

FROM a mysterious messenger who
assailed the towers of the Fourth
Estate last night. The poem, sayeth
the poet, can be sung to the tune of
"Poor Tommy is dead and is laid in
his grave." It may or may not aid
in the search for the answer to the
Education Onward!
Integrate, correlate, investigate,
Cooperate, coordinate.
Mouth-filling slogans come down
in a spate
When we Progressives orate.
Who are the Progressives? Why,
Dewey and I,
Dewey and I, Dewey and I.
We are pleased to admit it and
can we tell why,
Can we, oh can we, tell why?
The school we propose is the child-
centered school,
Child-centered school, child-cen-
tered school,
For we have discovered the child
is no fool;
Not as a general rule.
we never drill children for disci-
pline's sake,
discipline's sake, discipline's sake.
if they take what they like, they
must like what they take;
surely they'll like what they take.
Why should we teach them to write
and to spell,
To write and to spell, to write and
to spell?
We had to learn it but, needless to
That's now old-fashioned as hell.
Progressive youth will choose pro-
gressive mate,
Progressive mate, progressive mate.
Babes will belong to the progres-
sive state;
Only a few years to wait.
Gnashing teeth, yes, and tearing
old hair,
Tearing old hair, tearing old hair,
Last conservative elder will die in
Going progressives know where.
When ultra-progressives will chal-
lenge our sway,
Challenge our sway, challenge our
Hyper-ultra-progressives will drive
them away.
Every dog has his day.
Ergo Progressive Education. Q.E.D.
* * 4'
-HEMISPHERES move closer to-
gether and the barriers of civili-
zation break down. Long ago they
used to say that the world was be-
coming smaller, what with telegraph
and air-place, etc. But FDR did
more overnight than inventors did
in year. Moved into Iceland and
thus brought the distance between
this country and Europe down from
3,000 to 1,000 miles. Ingenious!
* * *
My-oh-my Department: From an
AP story in The Daily, July 8:
The momentous step (occupa-
tionhof Iceland)uwas takencupon
the invitation of Prime Minister
Hermann Jonasson, of Iceland,
who acted apparently at British
Art Note
A painting by Turner has been put
on sale in London by an art adver-

inspiration, which presumably fol-
lowed consultation with the United
Vicious circle, ain't it? And who
done it?
* * *
Don't forget, folksies, today is Tag
Hill Auditorium last night to get
some shots of the Mexican dance
group. They went back to the dress-
ing room to get some posed pictures.
Decided to put a blanket up for back-
ground, and as there was a nice little
fellow there interpreting for them,
asked him to hold the blanket. He
seemed rather reluctant, but did it,
and they got the shot.
Afterwards the two photogs went
out front to take a look at the show.
Very nice show, and later in the pro-
gram the master of ceremonies comes
out to make a speech: "Let me in-
troduce to you now the Mexican
It was the nice little fellow.
Of-milkes & Men
UCH OF MOMENT is offered on
the radio bill of fare today. First,
of interest to all broadcasting stu-
dents, is the Schools of the Air of the
Americas, presented at 3 p.m. in the
Rackham Lecture Auditorium on the
eighth international conference of
the New Educational Fellowship.
Sterling Fisher, director of educa-
tion and radio talks for the CBS,
will speak on public address develop-
ment in classroom radio. Then "The
Ships of the Spanish Main" will be
produced from the New Horizon ser-
ies, written by Hans Christian Adam-
son, assistant to the president of the
American Museum of Natural His-
tory. The program is under the su-
pervision of Jane Waring, and the
actors supplied through the courtesy
of Station WJR.
While the basic cast for this script
will come from Detroit, five other
actors will be chosen from campus.
So all men feeling fit for roles of
priest, sailor, laborers, or shepherd
boy should stop by the Morris Hall
studio for tryouts and rehearsal at
11 a.m.
The second radio assembly of the
Summer Session then features Miss
Geraldine Elliott, continuity editor
for WJR, and former student at the
University, discussing "Writing for
Radio" in the W. K. Kellogg Insti-
tute. Everyone interested is cordially
While the Army has claimed Bill
Rice, Mike Wallace carries on at
WXYZ, announcing "Ned Jordan,
Secret Agent," and "The Green
Hornet" . . . Ward Quaal writes glow-
ingly of WGN in Chicago, a network
program he sends each night over
Mutual, introductions of Jan Garber
and sundry orchestra leaders, as well
as Senator Wheeler . . .. Bob Lewis,
with WTRY, declares, "Honestly, I
have never been so completely happy
in my life." He has his own half-
hour show on Saturday nights, and
does a man-on-the-street broadcast.
Students from last summer's ses-
sion, now away but well remembered,
include Atwood Hudson, who gave up
teaching at Gulfport to study at Penn
State, Ruth Landers (Landwehr)
.vith station WAAT, Mary Pray,
teaching at St. Catherine's College,


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