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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Sun Never Sets on New Dorm

-Daily-Norm Steere
A THREE SECOND EXPOSURE AT 12:27, SATURDAY NIGHT, AT NEW DORM
* * ** * * * * *

HE SUN NEVER sets on the New Wom-
en's Dorm.
Last semester when the lampposts were
installed everyone's immediate reaction was
one of amusement and there was much
speculation as to the purpose of the brilliant
lighting. Some suggested that the deans had
simply prowled about one night at 12:29 and
wherever they saw a girl and boy, the had
put a lamppost.
Others began to whisper about secret
rebates from the Edison Company, and
the general attitude of the girls them-
selves was reflected in an order of the
day, posted on all floors.
"Girls leaving the dormitory are requested
to wear dark glasses and have their dates do
the same. In addition everyone is invited to

use our terrace facilities for studying after
dark.'
The ridiculous contrast between New
Women's and its neighboring dorms may
still seem quite funny to many, however, for
the girls who live there the situation has
lost most of its humor.
All that is needed is a calliope and some
cotton candy and it might be Coney Island.
Everyone like a Coney Island, but no one
wants to live there.
Saying good night to a date is like playing
to the balcony. There may be a time but
there is certainly no place for the girls of
the New Women's Dorm.
With those lights blazing in the windows,
it is impossible to fall asleep. In cooler
weather the problem was solved by closing

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the heavy drapes, but with the temperature
hitting ninety . . . To sleep or suffocate
that is the question.
Surely the venerable gentlemen who
shape the destiny of the University of
Michigan do not have any false delusions
about safeguarding the morals of young
America by this policy. And though they
believe in lighting the way for weary trav-
elers, these things can be carried to ex-
tremes.
There does not appear to be any useful
purpose served. But even if there is a con-
ceivable reason, would it be strong enough
to outweigh the inconvenience and discom-
fort suffered by the girls.
They are all beginning to wish that
Franklin had never flown his old kite.
-Martha Bazar.

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MUSIC

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MOV /IEs

DREW PEARSON
ON
a. %e WASHINGTON
MERRYGOROUND
WASHINGTON-It hasn't been published, but ECA Administrator
Paul Hoffman has written a strong private letter to Senator Van-
denberg, proteesting the plan to award a special $50,000,000 gift to
Spain.
This grant for the Spanish dictator, to be taken out of Marshall
Plan funds, was slipped into the ECA Appropriations Bill by Senator
Pat McCarran of Nevada, Democrat, at the prompting of Catholic
leaders.
It has aroused vigorous opposition from Protestant church-
men because of their contention that Protestants in Spain are
given only secondclass citizenship, and that the same principle of
religious discrimination exists in Spain against Protestants as
exists in the iron curtain countries against Catholics.
Hoffman, in his letter to Senator Vandenberg, avoided religious
references, but warned:
"Because no work has yet started on a recovery program for
Spain, it would be most unwise to attempt to gear such a program.
It would also violate the principle of European initiative. Further-
more, it would create the most difficult political problems for us
if we were to attempt to force the OEEC to admit Spain. Admission of
new members should, it seems to me, be initiated in the OEEC itself."
NO SPANISH PLANS
"Before granting or loaning Spain money," Hoffman continued,
"we should first request that Spain herself develop a recovery pro-
gram, just as we have insisted that the participating countries develop
their recovery program.
This program should then be studied, screened, and laid
before the Congress as a separate project exactly as was done in
the case of Korea. The Congress could then make its decision on
a rational and informed basis. Any other course would constiute
reversion to a practice which in past years has proved wasteful."
Nevertheless the Senate Appropriations Committee granted dic-
tator Franco a $50,000,000 share in the Marshall Plan, without even
requiring him to tell how he was going to use the money-though
this was demanded of all the other nations.
Note-In addition to church pressure, two Spanish diplomats
worked secretly with Senator McCarran and Senator Dennis Chavez
of New Mexico to put across the $50,000,000. They were: Ambassador-
at-Large Jose Felix de Lequerica, wartime ambassador to Vichy, who
came to Washington several months ago for the official purpose
of "inspecting the embassy" and has been here ever since; also Coun-
selor Pablo Merry Del Val, nephew of the late Cardinal Rafael Merry
Del Val,
TRUMAN CUTS HOSPITAL BEDS
While President Truman is preaching federal spending, he is also
practicing economy-in veterans' hospitals. He has ordered 16,000
beds cut out of 24 hospitals, even though Congress has already appro-
priated the money for these beds.
All the persuasion Senator Claude Pepper, Florida Democrat
could summon didn't change the President's mind of this the
other day. Truman bluntly replied that he was standing on his
original decision.
Pepper then pleaded with hte President to take up each veterans'
hospital individually, but he shook his head. He had acted upon the
recommendations of the veterans administration, itself, he retorted.
"Won't you designate someone we can argue with on this?"
begged Pepper.
"All right, argue with the Bureau of the Budget," Truman sug-
gested brusquely.
Pepper acted as spokesman for two Veterans of Foreign Wars
leaders who accompanied him to the White House. They were Lyall
Beggs, Commander, and Omar Ketchum, Legislative Chief, whose
mission was to invite the President to attend the VFW national
convention beginning August 22 in Miami.
Truman promised to make a "flying trip" to the convention if
Congress didn't load his desk with too many last-minute bills. And,
inp assing, the President dropped a hint as to when Congress might
adjourn.
Turning to Pepper, Truman remarked: "I don't think there
is a ghost of a chance of you fellows getting out of 'here until
Labor Day."
Ketchum said he understood they were shooting for August 20.
"I think they will get out around Labor Day," Truman repeated.
Note: The President had placed a cartoon on his desk to show
the visiting VFW.
"Which one of you guys was in the Navy?" he asked when they
filed into his office. Both VFW officers had served in the Army, but
Truman handed them the cartoon anyway. It showed a wife calling
to her skipper husband-a Navy veteran-at the helm of a motor
launch:
"I wish you would quit saying eight bells and all is well, and tell
me what time it is."
CAPITAL NEWS CAPSULE
Communism in Cuba-Ambassador Robert Butler in Havana has

warned the State Department htat the Communists are going to
launch a tremendous anti-American campaign throughout Latin
America this summer. Butler learned from a Communist informant
that this will be accompanied by a drive to seize control of the
shipping unions. The drive will be master-minded from the Russian
embassy in Havana-the center of all Communist activity in the
western hemisphere.
House for $5,900-Housing Expediter Tighe Woods has quietly
built two attractive, low-cost homes-just to prove it can be done.
He worked out the plans with Richard Barr, a Chicago architect.
Each home will sell, complete with electric utilities, for $5,900-and
still leave a fair profit. Ordinarily the same homes would sell at twice
that price. Yet Woods figures the cost can be cut another $1,000 by
mass-scale production.
(Copyright, 1949. by the Bell Syndicate, Inc.)
Looking Back

FINE MUSICIANSHIP was the keynote of
last evening's concert by the Stanley
String Quartet before 1000 people in Rack-
ham Lecture Hall.
The concert was the third in the summer
series of Hayden, contemporary, and 19th
century French music. On the program were
the Hayden C Major Quartet, John Verrall's
Quartet No. 4, and the Franck Quintet in
F Minor.
An invigorating first movement in the
Hayden quartet opened the concert. At
once it was evident that the integration
among the four players had definitely
improved since their first concert.
A very fine Andantino grazioso followed,
in which the delicate nuance and shading
was in the best Hayden style. To me, the
playing in this movement was the best
among all four.
A typically Haydenish Menuetto followed
by a technically difficult Vivace completed
the performance. Except for one brief pas-
sage early in the latter movement, the spici-
ness of the playing was very well co-ordin-
ated among the instrumentalists.
Tremendous contrast followed in the
Verrall Quartet No. 4, composed for and
dedicated to the Stanley Quartet.
Five movements "centered generally in
the tonality of F wMinor," and using a
specially-constructed scale for unusual tonal
variety, were played with vigor.
A melodious Lento and lyrical third move-
ment were the easiest parts to digest, and
the delightful contrast from movement to
movement coupled with the energetic inter-
pretation by the Quartet brought forth the
best in Verrall's work.
Following intermission, Willard MacGre-
gor joined the Stanley Quartet in a per.,-
formance of the Cesar Franck Quintet in F
Minor. It was typically Franck and was the
highlight of the entire program.
Tremendous emotion and expression in
the playing of all five artists was in evidence.
The quiet, but deep, inward intensity of
Paul Doktor, Viola, and Emil Raab, 2nd
Violin, was in fine complement to the
strong outward expression of Gilbert Ross,
1st Violin, and Oliver Edel, Cello. Pianist
MacGregor fitted into the Franck har-
mony with natural warmth and fine tech-
nique exhibited in his playing.
Everyone in the audience was decidedly
well-pleased with the entire concert. To
put it in the words of a young coed who
was sitting nearby, "They're powerfully
good!"
-David B i
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
NIGHT EDITOR: PAUL BRENTLINGER

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"Thou Shalt Not Read"

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_Letters to the ]Editor-

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At the Michigan . "
NEPTUNE'S DAUGHTER, with Red Skel-
ton, Esther Williams, Keenan Wynn, Betty
Garrett, Ricardo Montalban, Xavier Cugat
and his orchestra.
THE NAMES OF THE CAST should be
enough to tell you what this movie is
about.
It is an inconsequential bit of entertain-
ment combining Esther Williams'
swimming, Red Skelton's comedy and
Xavier Cugat's orchestra in a story that
is the least important of the film's assets.
The plot, what there is of it, involves Miss
Williams, Keenan Wynn, and Ricardo Mon-
talban (as a South America polo player
named O'Rourke!) in a romantic triangle,
and Skelton and Betty Garrett in a secon-
dary love interest, plus a certain amount of
confusion brought about by Skelton's passing
himself off as O'Rourke to impress Miss
Garrett.
Skelton and Miss Garrett work hard at
supplying the comedy, but succeed only
moderately well. There is one hilarious scene
in which Skelton tries to get on a horse, but
for the most part the jokes seem a little
tired, probably from being overworked.
Miss Williams swims and poses on rocks
as beautifully as ever, and Xavier Cugat
supplies several interludes of not unpleas-
ant Latin American music.
There are two musical numbers by Miss
Williams and Montalban, both of them good.
One of these is the catchy tune, "Baby, It's
Cold Outside."
In spite of such high spots, however, the
film suffers from triteness. So many of the
situations and even the lines seem familiar
that you will get the impression of having
seen the picture several times before.
-Virginia von Schon.
At the State .. .
THE STRATTON STORY, with Jimmy
Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Morgan
and Agnes Moorehead, and Gene Beardon,
Bill Dickey, Jimmy Dykes and Mervyn
Shea as themselves.
F YOU LIKE baseball, see The Stratton
Story; if you don't like baseball, see it
anyway.
I was pleased and happy to have the
chance to review this movie-it's the best
one I've seen in months. With the cast, it's
a sure-fire hit, and with the story, it's a
cinch. The story is good simply because
it's a true story-about Monty Stratton the
pitcher who made good with two good legs
and made good again after losing one of
them in a hunting accident.
Jimmy Stewart is his charming self, as
is usually the case, and June Allyson is

convincing as his wife. Frank Morgan
outdoes himself as an old' down-and-outer
whodalso makes good,nand AgnesrMoore-
head, usually seen in sinister roles, is
charming as Monty's mother back home
on the farm. The baseball players play
themselves with no flowery additions and
are exciting just because they are base-
ball players. , , . . t ,
There is plenty of baseball in the picture,
but not too much to make it slow-moving to
the non-baseball fans. The romance reads
a little like a whirl-wind in spots, but be-
cause it's a true story, it is moving. There's
some tear-jerking during some of the mo'vie,
but it isn't a sob story. And the suspence,
as well as the comedy, is excellent.
But the best thing about the show is
that it's about a man who's still living-
it's a true tribute, and the best I've seen
since "Sergeant York" and "Pride of The
Yankees."
This movie cannot go by the boards as
just another film-'-I think it has Academy
Award possibilities.
-Paul Brentlinger
TO KNOW is nothing at all; to imagine
is everything.
-Anatole France.

The Daily accords its readers the
privilege of submitting letters for
publication in this column. Subject
to space limitations, the general pol-
icy is to publish in the order in which
they are receivedallletters bearing
the writer's signature and address.
Letters exceeding 300 words, repeti-
tious letters and letterswof a defama-
tory character or such letters which
for any other reason are not in good
taste will not be published. The
editors reserve the privilege of con-
densing letters.
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Picketing.. .
To the Editor:
OUR "LIBERAL" friends are
suddenly up in arms against
the use of picketing by the Young
Progressives. Where were the pro-
tests of these gentlemen when the
recent Peace Conference was pick-
eted in New York? Where were the
protests of these gentlemen when
Progressive Party meetings were
not only picketed last year, but
were forcibly broken up? Where
are the voices of these gentlemen
when a-Negro is lynched, or denied
theu seof a public swimming pool,
or refused employment, or cast in
the "Steppin' Fetchit" stereotype
in our movies.
I-t seems that it isn't picketing
that bothers them but only who
does it.
It is important to note that
these critics do not care'or dare to
discuss 'the issues which were ex-
pressed by the picketers. Not once
do they mention that Gov. Wil-
liams has the power to end dis-
crimination in MUCC where em-
ployers are permitted to ask for
"whites only" or "gentiles only."
Not once do they mention that
Gov. Williams has the power- to
end Jim Crow practices by state
insurancec ompanies. Not once do
they mention that despite his hyp-
ocritical statements to The Daily,
Gov. Williams is one of the leaders
in inciting the present Communist
witch hunt. Nor do they mention
that Gov. Williams, if he wishes
to, can recall the legislature to
pass a program to meet the real
needs of the people.
If Gov. Williams does'not wish
to be picketed, let him carry out
ap rogram which meets the real
needs of the people and use his
powers to end discrimination and
witch hunts in Michigan.
-Ed Freeman.
* * *
To the Editor:
MR. VETTER'S article on the
Young Progressives was an
fortunate piece of "journalism."
The editorial was notably lacking
in any constructive ideas. Instead
the writer glutted his article with
the unsubtle labeling effectively
utilized by a prominent House
Committee in Congress.
Mr. Vetter would have the
Young Progressives take no action
on progressive measures, for the
support of YP, he claims, is the
kiss of death. If we carry the
logic (a heavy burden) a bit fur-
ther, we can see what the results
would have been in the case of
the "Trenton Six." The Progres-
sives first broke the story. Even
your paper carried the dispatch
praising the Civil Rights Congress
for their successful struggle for a
retrial. And the Civil Rights Con-
gress, Mr. Vetter, is a "subversive"
organization! However, according
to the editorial, it would have
been more proper to forget about
the whole affair even if it would
have meant the lives of six inno-
cent Negro men.
Evidently, it's quite suitable to

discuss the problems facing hu-
manity, but the writer of the edi-
torial objects to any concrete ac-
tion which places these problems
before hte public. Oh, Yes, Mr.
Vetter is for a restoration of the
full University budget, for a Fair
Educational Practices Act, etc., -as
long as we refrain from picketing
the Governor; refrain from asking
him to call a special session of the
Legislature so that these measures
can be enacted!
Thus, after pruning his flowery
verbiage, we find that the core of
the writer's argument lies in the
fact that YP dares to bring public
issues before the public.
Suffice it to say that no amount
of red-baiting from any writer will
halt our attempt to publicize those
facts that affect all of us so deep-
ly.
-Hy Bershad.
To the Editor:
IN GEORGE VETTER'S diatribe
against Progressives, (July 15
Daily) he commits a sin against
understanding which is the hall-
mark of those whom he berates.
When he writes, ". . . so the lib-
erals these sad days must not
only fight fof the narrow-minded-
ness of the groups ranged on the
right ..." he impugns, by implica-
tion, the freedom of thought of the
non-left. Alas he is not alone in
the duplicity of relegating think-
ers with whom he disagrees to
categories of undesirable labels,
while saving for his own breed
those appellations which are com-
monly considered virtuous.
After cleansing our language
and our understanding, we must
admit, with Webster, that a "lib-
eral" (uncapitalized) is one who
is independent in opinion and not
bound by orthodox tenets. Why,
then, may' not a free, broad
thinker examine all conceivable
political and economic systems,
and conclude (rightly or wrongly)
that one based on the primal char-
acter of man is in greater equili-
brium, and therefore is a better
and more stable basis for a dy-
namic world than one which is
based on an arbitrary contem-
porary concept of statism? Such
a man would be the right of
center, but, regardless of his con-
clusion, would be liberal.
Let us not perpetrate the twist-
ed patois of the "Progressives"
(another corrupted word) by call-
ing names. Certainly what we gen-
uinely seek is the right answer, not
victory for our side. Moreover, in
these days of continual and grow-
ing paternalism in government,
one who applauds the trends may
find his position as "liberal" un-
tenable, for he is not advocating
the same trends that have existed
for the last sixteen years, and is
he not therefore performing as a
conservative?
,--Taylor Drysdale.
MEMBERS of the New York
Meat Trade Institute have
signed a contract to provide free
eye examinations and spectacles
for their AFL butchers. Eye
trouble, an institute spokesman
hastened to explain, is not an oc-
cupational disease of butchers.
Surely there are some housewives
who will disagree-or are they
just putting on an act when they
demand a second reading of the
scales?
-St. Louis Star-Times.

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35 YEARS AGO:
The University Board of Regents
blasted the faculty for "not prop-
erly attending" commencement ex-
ercises or being present during
commencement week as a mark of
respect to returning alumni.
20 YEARS AGO:
On the tortured Manchuria-
China border the Chinese Nation-.
alists refused a Russian ultimatum
demanding that they withdraw in

three days from the Manshurian
Railway they had seized a few
days before. The refusal brought
the severing of Russian-Chinese
diplomatic relations.
* * *
10 YEARS AGO:
J. Louis Comiskey, 54, owner of
the Chicago White Sox, died at
his Wisconsin Summer Home af-
ter a long illness.
-From the Pages of The Daily.

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