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Editorial Staff
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Mike. Dann . . . . . . Sports Editor
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The editorials published in The Michigan
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Mismanagement Causes
Acute Steel Shortae. .
ERHAPS the most sensational revel-
ation to be made to the American
people in the last two months is the disclosure
that we are so short of steel that vital ship
and plane production is already beginning to
suffer and will do so increasingly from now on.
The public hasn't been told in so many wor;s
that the situation is such, but it is to be inferred
from several important recent actions of the
War Production Board. We won't quarrel about
why steel and production moguls didn't let us
in on the dreadful secret, but we must inquire
how the shortage came about.

(Tis week's Plastic Ring-Brass Rings aban-
doened for the huration-goes to Howard and David
Corcoran, two undiscovered members of the brain
trust family.)
WASHINGTON-For a long time official
Washington never knew that the celebrated
'Tommy "the Cork" Corcoran ever had anyone
else, in his family. The public spotlight which'
beat down on him as the most intimate adviser
of the President was so intent that it put every-
one else in the shadow.
fecently, however, Washington has discovered
two of his brothers. In fact, it has become very
much aware of them.
One is Howard Corcoran, assistant United
States district attorney in New York, the man
primarily responsible for the wholesale arrests
in the German-American Bund.
For more than a year, Howard Corcoran
waged an up-hill battle to round up the Bund.
Other federal officials argued that the Bund
could not be touched, most of the members being
American citizens. Some of the leaders might
be arrested, but that was all, they said.
Bund's Nemesis
Howard Corcoran, however, maintained that
the proper strategy was not to arrest the leaders
and scare the others underground, but to watch
the entire organization, then make wholesale
arrests. This quiet surveillance was carried on
for more than a year, and resulted in the largest
arrest in our history.
David Corcoran, the other brain trust brother,
is fighting the Nazis in a unique manner. He
has become the chief American spearhead in
routing the Nazi drug trust from South America.
To appreciate the importance of this, it is
necessary to know that the drug industry for
years has been the chief undercover organiza-
tibn for Nazi propaganda in Latin America. Nazi
traveling salesmen, penetrating the byways,
were able to report on everything a foreign mili-
tary power wanted to know, in addition to ar-
ranging political contacts, and using radio and
newspaper advertisements to spread Nazi "kul-
tur" among Latin American good neighbors.
So important is this drug propaganda network
that until a short time ago the Nazis flew essen-
tial drugs into South merica, smuggled aspirin
from 'the United States through pro-Nazi Latin
American armies and, thanks to the lar stocks
accumulated before war broke, have continued
to carry on.
Guns Turned Around
It is paradoxical that the commercial instru-
ment through which Corcoran works is a firm
that for a time had patent connections with the
German drug trust.
Corcoran's firm, the Sydney Ross So., is a sub-
sidiary of Sterling Products, the biggest drug
business in the U.S.A. Its enormous resources,
once partially derived from its relationship with
the German drug trust, now have been com-
pletely reversed and, through Sydney Ross,
thrown into an economic war to the death in
Latin America. As one Washington official ex-
pressed it: "We have boarded the Bismarck and
turned her guns around."
Dave Corcoran, the driving force behind the
Latin American Sydney Ross venture, got to it
in a roundabout way, in fact via Asia. Origin-
ally he was preparing for a medical career, but
a girl diverted him into Asiatic trade. When he
was graduated from Princeton, he was entered
at Oxford for medical studies, but he fell in love
and wanted to get married. His father insisted
he have a professional education first. A medi-
cal course would take several years, so Dave

fished through college catalogues to find the
.professional education requiring the least time.
He took a two-year course at the Harvard Busi-
ness School.
Romance Changes Career
At the end of the course, he married his girl
and went to work for an Asiatic trading com-
In the Far East, he became Tokyo manager of
General Motors, saw the movement through
Japan of the first military trucks for the con-
quest of Manchukuo, left General Motors to sell
American, pharmaceuticals for Sterling Products
in China, the Philippines, Malaya and India.
Later, Corcoran was lent to Washinton as
president of China Defense Supplies, Inc., of the
Lend-Lease Corporation, and was the first of
the crusaders to get supplies up the Burma Road,
to make up for the trucks he had sent into Man-
churia ten years ago. About this time Sterling
Products promised the Justice Department to
compensate for its previous partnership with
the Germans by trying to drive' the German drug
business off the commercial map of Latin Amer-
ica. It seemed an impossible job.
But Sterling fished Dave Corcoran out of its
pocket and put him in charge of an economic
drive against the key item in the German line-
aspirin, which had been trademarked and adver-
tised in Latin America for nearly 20 years And
had a practical monopoly. Corcoran had to be-
gin from scratch with a new name.
The Germans had stocks carefully accumulated
against the lossibility of war. Corcoran had to
export from the U.S.A., often by the air, as
submarines handicapped shipping routes. The
Germans had a solid, 65-year-old organization;
Corcoran had only' a handful of young Ameri-
cans. ,
Dave Goes Into Action
The way the Sydney Ross Co. swung into
action still has Latin America gasping. Cor-
coran called in his old team from all over the
world and scoured the lists for every good export
man he had ever known.
In six months, the Latin American organiza-
tion had tripled. The new trade name mejoral"
became the subject of the biggest American pro-
motion job in Latin American history.
Overnight, Sydney Ross became the biggest
radio and newspaper advertiser and the biggest
sound and movie truck operator in Latin Amer-
ica. For the first time the American Govern-
ment has a Latin American "sales" organization
comparable to anything the Germans ever had
in their commercial conquests. This organiza-
tion covers not only the city areas, but follows
the trail of the famous German peddler and hi
mule throughout the interior. ,
The success of the drive has been phenomenal.
Wherever Sydney 'Ross can get supplies it is
already consistently outselling the Germans and
has developed such a fierce competitive tech-
nique that anti-monopoly cranks in Washing-
ton already are moe' concerned that Sydney
Ross will dominate the market than lambasting
the Germans.
All of which causes Dave Corcoran to remark:
"Monopoly! About the same kind of monopoly
the Marines had at Wake Island!"
An Axe To Grind
(The following column is written by your colum-
nist, who agrees fully with everything he has to
say . . . . Torquemada.)
THE FIRST THING is that we have become
too involved in the smooth intricacy of using
the first person plural and from now on ego
rides in the saddle. I thdught it would be a good
idea to keep from punctuating every third or
second sentence with a screaming collegiate
"I," but it's too much trouble, an too artificial
for me to do otherwise.
* * * *
A story of the army comes from Al Dann,
ex-Daily editorial director. Imagine Fort Custer
at 5:30 in the morning. A bunch of rookies
straggle out, tired, sleepy, and disheveled. A

rookie tall, gangly, and corn-fed, only a few1
days in the -army himself, looked scornfully atJ
the bunch as though he could stand it no longer;
then turned to the guy next to him with a per-
fect imitation of Groucho Marx imitating an
Army sergeant, "And they expect me to make
soldiers out of this."
* * .* *
While we're with old campus biggies, Jack
Grady, last year's Union secretary, than whom
no high-pressurer ever pressured higher, is now
working for the Pet Milk corporation. Good
luck, Jack.

VOL. LII No. 34-S
All Notices for the Daily Official Bul-
letin are to be sent to the Office of the
Summer Session before 3:30 psm. 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 has received notice of the fol
lowing State of Michigan Civil Serv
ice Examinations. Closing date i
August 19, 1942, except in the las
case, which is August 27, 1942.
Prison Physician III, $250 pe
Highway Designing Engineer I
$155 per month.
Highway Designing Engineer II
$200 per month.
KeypDrive Calculator Clerk CI
$105 per month.
Key Drive Calculator Clerk B
$115 per month.
Sanatorium Physician II, $200 pe
Public Health Laboratory Scien
tist VII, $650 per month.
Prison Farm Superintendent III
$250 per month.
Utilities Property Assessment Ex
aminer III, $250 per month.
Utilities Property Assessment Ex-
aminer IV, $325 per month.
Liquor Stores Executive III, $25(
per month.I
Liquor Stores Executive II, $20(
per month.
Photographic Laboratory Techni-
cian I, $155 per month.
Junior Professional Assistant, Au-
gust 27, 1942, $2,000 per year. This
examination is being givenefor th
benefit of Seniors. There are no op-.
tions, but students are particularl3
desired in -the fields of Public Ad-
ministration, Business Administra-
tion, Economics, Library Science
Statistics, and Mathematics throug
Further information may be hac
from the notices which are on file ir
the office of the Bureau of Appoint-
ments, 201 Mason Hall, office hour
9-12 and 2-4.
Bureau of Appointments and
Occupational Information
Academic Notices
School of Music Students may se-
cure complimentary tickets to th
song recital to be given at 8:30 p.m
Monday, August 10, by Blair M-
Cosky, baritone, by applying at th
office of the School of Music before
the end of this week. Due to th
limited seating capacity of the As-
sembly Hall of the Rackham Build-
ing, admission is by ticket only, anc
after August 3 any remaining tickets
will be available to the general pub-
Exchange Fellowships and Profes-
sorships Leaflets and other informa-
tion pertaining to the Exchange
fellowships and professorships in
Latin-America provided by the gov-
ernment of the United States under
the convention for the promotion of
inter-American cultural relations can
be obtained in the office of the In-
ternational Center by anyone inter-
Senior Chemical Engineers, Me-
chanical Engineers, and Chemists:
Mr. A. A. Scullin of the Texas Com-
pany will interview seniors in Room
3201 East Engineering Building qn
Monday, August 3rd. Sign interview
list in Room 2028 East Engineering
Students, College of Engineering:
The final day for removal of incom-
pletes will be Saturday, Augut 8.
Petitions for extension of time
should be filed in the Secretary's Of-
fice at once.
The final day for dropping courses
without record will be Saturday,
August 8. A course may be dropped

only with the permission of the
classifier, after conference with the
Consumer Education Exhibit may
be seen daily at the Michigan League.
Hours-11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Notice to Students in the College
of Literture, Science and the Arts:
Students transferring to a new
course during the second half of the
Summer Term, or to a new instructor
in the same course, are hereby noti-
fied that the first half of the Sum-
mer Term will end on August 5th and
the second half of the Summer Term,
will begin on August 6th.
L. S. Woodburne, Assistant Dean
Engineering Faculty: There will be
a meeting of the Faculty of this
college on Tuesday, August 4th at'
4:15 p.m. in Room 348.
A. H. Lovell,
Assistant Dean and Secretary
Students and Faculty of the Latin
and Greek Departments will meet
for a Coffee Hour and Round-table
discussion of teaching problems on
Tuesday, August 4, at 4:10, in the
East Conference Room of Rackhaam

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"I was just thinking. Willis-ene iy planes coming to bomb our vic-
tory gardens might overshoot their mark and hit that aircraft factory!"


School. 4:05 p.m., Tuesday, August
4, (University High Auditorium.)
Weekly Review of the W r, by Pro-
fessor Howard M. Ehrmann, Depart-
ment of History. 4:15 p.m., Tuesday,
August 4, 'Rackham Amphitheatre.)
Lectures on Statistical Methods.
Professor C. C. Craig will give' the
second of his series of lectures on
"The Control of Quality of Manu-
factured Products" on Tuesday, Au-
gust 4, at 8 p.m., in 43011 A.H. All
persons interested are cordially in-
Events Today
Dancing: This evening from 9-12
at the Michigan League. Come with
or without a partner.


Student -Dance:


There is no doubt about the acuteness of the
shortage. Andrew Jackson Higgins and his
novel shipbuilding schemes were smashed by
lack of steel priority-when he was ready to
produce America's most vitally needed pro-
duct. Henry Ford's Willow Run plant plans
were cut because of the steel shortage and
much needed future bomber construction was
liven up beeausQ of the steel shortage. In
fact original plans for 190,000 men were cut
to plans for 60,000 men.

p.m., Saturday, Rackham Ballroom,
Lounge and Terrace. Single and
couple admissions.
"Letters to Lucene,"-by the
Michigan Repertory Players of the
Department of Speech. Lydia Men-
delssohn Theatre. Last performance
this evening at 8:30.
Academic Notces
Candidates for the Teacher's Cer-
tificate. for August or September,
1942 are requested to call at the
office of the School of Education be-
fore August 10 to take the Teacher
Oath which is a requiremernt for
the certificate.



Elsewhere all over the country, less-publicized
but almost equally important war factories are
being forced to cut or halt production. All this
because of a steel shortage.
Where did this sudderi and amazingly com-
plete lack of the precious metal come from;?
From what unexpected sources did it spring?
Unexpected it must have been, for certainly the
WPB did not indicate that any serious ethreat
was upon us, in fact did not even predicate its
actions upon such a theory.
WE IN NORMAL TIMES can produce about
91,000,000 tons of steel in a year. Because
of scrap shortage we can produce but about.
85,000,000 tons this year. That's still a lot of
steel and plenty for all peacetime needs. But
in time of war steel is like oil-something with-
out which modern armies are helpless, and so
although nothing has been publicly said about
it, many government officials realized that we
needed an expanded capacity as far back as
But we didn't get it, for the steel industry said
it could take care of all needs and then some,
and Roosevelt, grinning with satisfaction over
the statement, believed it.
Thus while needs have shot far beyond the
rosiest steel production hopes, we have not
had enough capacity to take care of it. But
that is only our first mistake; there have been
others which unnecessarily decimated our al-
ready too small supply.
Principal reason for all this peculiarly un-
publicized waste was a lack of adequate control
in the War Production Board set-up. Not until
July 1 was there an actual mechanism for ac-
counting for what happens to American steel.
Not until then was WPB certain of how steel
was being used and where-and by that time
it was too late.
Thus because of this complete lack of control,
manufacturers with large stockpiles-but with-
cut permission 'to do anything with them-sold
them on the black market, bootlegged them to
the highest bidder.
BUT NOW stockpiles amount to about 17,000,-
000 tons while peacetime inventories never
found more than 4,000,000 tons on hand.
Other misuse has been charged to the Army
and the Navy who according to Walter R.
Reuther have practically thrown away 2,500,000

Examination Schedule for
Week Courses in Education:

Time of Regular
Class Meetings
8 a.m.
9 a.m.
10 a.m.
11 a.m.
1 p.m.
2 p.m.,
3 p.m.

Time of
Fri., 4_6 p.m.
Sat., 7-9 a.m.
Sat., 1-3 p.m.
Sat., 9:J1 a.m.
Sat., 11-1 p.m.
Fri., 2-4 p.m.
Sat., a3-5 p.m.


Is Sugar Rationing
Really Necessary?

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ATIONING OF SUGAR speaks of the
government's evident belief that the
public has little interest in winning this war. The
rationing program is an efficient set-up, and is
working well. But what does such a program
The OPA says that rationing means "share
and share alike." War time usually makes the
public ready to sacrifice life, property and time
for the common good. They are ready then to
voluntarily "share and share alike."
The government has said to its people, "Chil-
dren, you can have only this much." And react-
ing in a child-like fashion they retaliated by
worshiping every granule of the white stuff. In
the last war sugar rationing was accomplished
-by the individual. Have the people changed so
radically that they can no longer be careful of
this precious commocdity?
NOW CONSCIOUS that they"'are entitled to a
certain amount of sugar the public greedily
consumes it. Customers who never touched sugar
before demand their quota for every cup of
tea. One hotel manager found that the return
of the sugar bowl (rapidly becoming extinct)
saved more than the question, "Sugar in your
Consider the cost of doleing out this commod-
ity. Dozens of men put in 15 and 16 hours a day
for weeks on end before War Ration Book One
was ready for distribution. All the school super-
intendents in the country had to be instructed
in the registration program.
ND REMEMBER the days of registration last
May. 1,250,000 public school teachers spent
three days registering the civilian population.
Tons of paper have gone into the necessary

Mail is being held for Mr. Carmen
Baggerly in the Museums.
Coming Events'
Graduate Outing Club: Everyone
planning to go to Greenfield Village
Sunday, August 2, must be at the
Greyhound Bus Station ready to
take the 2 o'clock bus; Purchase
your own round-trip ticket which,
will cost $1.42.
Swimming or canoe trip planned
for Sunday, August 2, at 2:30 for
Graduate Outing Club members not
interested in going to Detroit. Please
sign up by Sat. noon at information
desk, Rackham Building. 'Approxi-
mate cost $1.00, deposit $.25.
Avukah, the Student Zionist Or-
ganization, will hold another of its
communal suppers at the Hillel
Foundation this Sunday at 6:30. A
short discussion on the Avukah pro-
gram will be followed by group sing-
ing. Reservations may be made by
:calling Netta Siegal at 2-2868 before
12:00 noon Sunday. The cost of the
supper is 35c.
The first of a series of three re-
citals by Gilbert Ross, violinist, .and
Mabel Ross Rhead, pianist, of the
School of Music faculty, will be pre-
sented Monday evening, August 3,
at 8:30 in the Assembly Hall of the
Rackham Building. The program
will. be devoted. to three Beethoven
sonatas, and admission is by ticket
only, due to the limited seating ca-
pacity of the hall.
Bridge Monday evening from 8 un-
til 10:30 at the Michigan League.

tions may b'e made through the of-
fice of the Romance Languages D-
The Regular Tuesday Evening ke-
corded' Program in the Men's Lounge
of the Rackham Building is can-
celled because of the Faculty Con-
cent to be given on the same evening
in Hill Auditorium.'
The ROTC 4)rum and Bugle Corps
will meet Tuesday, August 4, at 7:30.
All ROTC freshmen who are inter-
ested in playing in the corps should
report at that time. The meeting
will be held in the ROTC hall,
The English Journal Club will
meet at 7:45 p.m., Tuesday, August
4, in the West Conference Room of
the Rackham Building. Professor
Cleanth Brooks will speak ton "Rel-
vance in Poetry: What Belongs
There." All graduate students mi Eng-
lish are invited.
The faculty concert planned for
8:30 Tuesday evening, August 4, in
Hill Auditorium will include a group
of works for organ played by Frieda
Op't Holt, English songs by Thelma
Lewis, and2Sonataquasi una fan-
tasia, Op. 27, No. 2, by Beethoven,
which John Kollen will present as
his portion of the program. The
concert is open to the general public.
Faculty Concert: Thelma Lewis,
Frieda Qp't Holt and John Kollen
of the School of Music will present
a program of compositions for or-
gan, voice and piano at 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 4, in Hill Auditor-
ium, to which the general public is
invited. -
Miss Op't Holt has chosen organ
works by Marcello, Bach, Rameau
and Pachelbel to open the program,
the fifth in the current series of reg-
ular faculty concerts. Miss Lewis will
be accompanied by Miss Mary Fish-
burne in her group of English songs,
and Mr. Kollen will bring the pro-
gram to a close with Beethoven's
Sonata quasi una fantasia, Op. 27,
No. 2 for piano.
Women In Education: Luncheon,
Russian Tea Room, Michigan League,
Wednesday, August 5, 11:45 to 1:00.
Dr. Elzada Clover, Instructor in Bot-
any and Assistant Curator in the
Botanical Gardens, will speak on
"Some Adventures in the Southwest,"
Come and bring a friend.
Graduate Coffee Hour, Wednesday,
August 5, at 4:30 in the Men's Lounge
of the Rackham Building. All Grad-
uate Students, Faculty, and frieids
are invited,
Bridge Wednesday afternoon from
2 until 4:30 at the Michigan League.
Coffee hour at 4:30 in the Rackham
Speech Students: The activities
of the Speech Clinic will be the
subject of the departmental assem-
bly at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the
Rackham Amphitheatre. Movies of
the ClInic will be shown, and a typi-
cal case will be reviewed. All speech
students should attend.
Zion Lutheran Church Servies
will be held at 10:30 a.m. with Rev.
Stellhorn speaking on "Do You Know
Godi?" The .text is taken from Acts'
Trinity Lutheran Church will hold
Church Services at 10:30 a.m. Rod-
erick Anderson, President of the Ohio
Valley Region of the L.S.A., will
speak on "The Lord Invites Us."
The Lutheran Student Association
will meet at the Parish Hall at 4

*, *


YOU MAY have wondered about why there
were so many guest columns running in this
spot lately (at least I hope you have). It's al-
most like a big executive who can't do account-
ing so he gets someone else to do the accounting
for him. My big idea was to 'run the two good
,ones that appeared Sunday and Thursday, and
then get some Union staff member to write a
lousy one for Union points, so the quality con-
trast between the guests and myself wouldn't
start people to thinking, but I failed in that.
Anyway, I might as well explain that the guest
column is rather strictly for Daily people, past
and present, and may Letters to the Editor take

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