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by b. s. brown
co-managing editor

I'd Rather Be Right

"In The Future, One Rini Will Be Enough"
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PEGGY MOORE, an 18-year-old Ann Ar-
bor resident, was killed almost two
weeks ago when she was struck by a car on
Portage Lake Drive. The driver, fearing con-
sequences or gripped by panic, left the scene
of the accident without the least hesitation.
I'm not going to condone the guilty party's
actions. Even if he is not apprehended by
the police, he will suffer, through the work-
ings of his own mind, as much as if he were
brought to justice.
But what I am going to say is more im-
portant. Though Peggy was wearing a
white dress on the night she was killed
(one of the first rules of night pedes-
trians), she was walking with her back to
She was disregarding all she had ever
learned, if she had been taught to always
walk towards oncoming cars when on a
highway. If she hadn't been informed of the
safety rule, then it is the fault of her par-
ents and her school.
Traffic fatalities in the United States
reach appalling figures each year. Many of
the accidents could have been avoided, and
can be avoided, if only an effort is made
to teach all people-not only youngsters-the
rules of the road.
Instruction should begin in the home and
in the school. Many safety.organizations dis-
seminate information through the mails;
several states publish booklets which are
required reading for all motorists (some
states demand that a test be taken on the
contents); and other organizations offer
free lectures on the pitfalls of the open
In spite of all efforts, thousands of
persons continue to die each year, victims
of ignorance. Written words and admoni-
tions usually fail to strike home-but trag-
edy does.
And it's too late to learn, when you be-
come a Peggy Moore in the obituary columns
of your local newspaper.

whether we can do anything about un-
employment, because we obviously can, if
we want to. The only real issue is whether
we are going to face up to the problem; the
question is whether we are going to take up
the question. Ours is much more a crisis of
complacency than it is an economic crisis;
it is, if anything, a moral crisis.
The plain truth is that we have passed
through a long period of complacency on
economic questions, of which Mr. Dewey's
complacent campaign last year was the cul-
mination. And Mr. Truman won that elec-
tion precisely because he wasn't complacent.
He did not win because he knew all the
answers; he won because he knew what the
questions were.
The American people voted for Mr. Tru-
man not so much because they believed he
would solve all their problems, but because
they felt he at least identified those prob-
lems correctly; they voted for him because
he lived, politically, in the same world in
which they lived, a world of concern about
a potential decline in living standards and
the threatened loss of extremely hard-won
And now the same curious fight has to be
fought all over again; it is not a fight over
whether we can solve our problems, so much
as it is a fight just to get them on the
agenda. It is a strange, almost a hidden
quarrel, over whether we intend to continue
with complacency for a little longer, or
whether we propose to get hep to ourselves.
The issue is whether we are going to face
the issue.
And the auestion before us isn't Lilienthal.
It isn't even economy in government-ex-
cept insofar as that question is always with
us, like truth, beauty and what is love.
These and other such issues are being raised
for us, often and passionately, but they are
not the problems which threaten our sta-
bility at this moment. The problem which


is a threat to our stability is unemployment
-the problem which, as I say, can't seem
to get a place on the agenda.
To put it another way, our problem is
ourselves, and that is a more difficult and
complicated problem than any straight eco-
riomic issue could possibly be. The level of
unemployment at the moment is not calami-
tous; the seeds of potential calamity are
not in the objective situation, but in that
strange, deep-seated reluctance of ours t
take up the question.
For to take up the question means that
we have to drop a good deal of patter which
we have been using for several years now,
and so hugely enjoying-patter to the ef-
fect that such problems do not arise, in any
really troublesome way, if only you let na-
ture take its course, and stop messing thine
up by thinking and planning. To admit that
anemployment may be the leading question
of the moment is to admit that there was
perhaps something wrong with this patter
-and to that degree our crisis is a crisis
of patter.I
We have no problem except a prejudice
against problems of a certain kind. There
is nothing in the whole situation that we
can't handle, except perhaps ourselves, the
stands we have taken and the postures we
have assumed-not against certain solutions
so much, as against even the recognition
that there are certain situations which may
need solution.
But this kind of problem is the hardest
there is. Compared with the psychological
and other factors which prevent us from
taking up what is so -clearly next in order
of business, the actual specific and concrete
difficulties in the situation are, by compari-
son, almost child's play.
(Copyright, 1949, New York Post Corporation)

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East' Quad Mores

at the Lydia Mendelssohn.
Thompson, Jim Wessinger,

Paul Osborn,
With Robert
Nafe Katter.

1N THE PAST, much has been said about
dormitory food-both good and bad.
But the kitchen staff of the East Quad-
rangle should be applauded for the meals
served this past week.
In comparison with previous semesters,
Quad food this summer has been vastly im-
At the Michigan...
BAD BOY, with Lloyd Nolan, Audie
Murphy, Jane Wyatt, James Gleason and
Martha Vickers.
A RATHER unpleasant tale of a juvenile
delinquent is told in a fairly interesting
manner in this movie.
The plot concerns a "baby-faced" lad
of 17 who is well on the way to being
classed as an incorrigible criminal. Thanks
to a sympathetic lady juvenile court judge,
he landed in the Variety Club's Ranch for
Boys instead of the reformatory, after
what appeared to be his first major tangle
with the law.
It seems that the "bad boy," played very
capably by newcomer Audie Murphy, is la-
boring under the delusion that he had killed
his mother. Since she was apparently the
only person who cared much about the boy,
this delusion caused a considerable amount
of mental distress in his young mind, and
sent down his road of crime.
Lloyd Nolan, as the head of the Boys'
Ranch, ferrets out the secrets of the boys'
past, and in the end virtue triumphs, with
the "bad boy" transformed into a full-
fledged Texas Aggie, all decked out in the
flashy military uniform of dear old A&M
While the idea behind the story is hard-
ly new, it does present some new twists to
the old juvenile theme. The whole thing
is marred by some rather trite lines which
occasionally provoke laughter at the wrong
Nolan gave an adequate performance as
the young delinquent's friend, but he failed
to create any great amount of enthusiasm
for his acting ability on the basis of what
he did in this role.
Murphy gave a performance which seemed
more real than those of the other actors.
Perhaps this was because he had a trace of
a Texas accent, which somehow seemed to
be in keeping with the story, which took
glace deep-in-the-heart of you-know-where.
-Paul Brentlinger.

proved. Meals seem to be better planned,
better prepared and offer more variety.
Let us hope that these better meals will
continue throughout the summer and if
possible, carry over to the fall.
But there are still a few minor details,
such as delays in serving, that might be
polished up.
Though this is perhaps a trivial matter,
nevertheless, having to wait sometimes as
long as ten minutes for food to be brought
ip to the serving counter, can ruin a good
One might expect that as the summer
progresses, this occasional problem is work-
ed out and any delays minimized.
Recently, a strong objection has been
raised to the policy of requiring Quad-
rangle residents to wear a shirt and tie
or sport shirt and jacket to evening meals.
Perhaps it is befitting of college students
and in good taste to dress for dinner. And
this regulation might readily be accepted
-if the dining rooms were air-conditioned.
In hot weather, why #ot modify the rules
pf good taste to meet practical conditions?
Why not a clean sport shirt to replace the
prescribed shirt and tie or sport shirt and
Waiting on line or just eating 'a meal can
become almost unbearable when cooped up
in a personal "sweat cabinet."
To meet this condition, many students
remove their ties or jackets as soon as they
pass the checker and enter the dining
room. If neatness is the object of dress-
ing, certainly a tie or jacket across the
back of a chair does not add this quality
to the dining room.
The residents of the Quadrangle are not
Why not request that tie or jacket be
worn to evening meals but also permit a
person with a clean sport shirt to enter the
dining room-putting the choice of clothing,
at the discretion of the men in the residence
Tradition is sometimes out of place!
-Herb Kravitz
EVERY MAN who has declared that some
other man is an ass or a scoundrel, gets
angry when the other man conclusively
shows that the assertion was erroneous.
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by .members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

WHEN YOU ARE going to do a play in
I which you intend to combine fantasy,
old men and small boys, and mean old aunts,
you have to be very careful that you don't
produce a flock of stereotyped people in
stereotyped situations. If the point of your
play is to be that old people and children
are just about the only people who have
any faith anymore, and that death isn't such
a dreadful thing after all, you have to be
very careful that it all doesn't sound like
what's been said a million times before.
Paul Osborn's play accomplishes all of
these things and avoids most of the pit-
falls. Except for the fact that it probably
makes more humor out of little boys who
swear than it has a right to, it is a delicate
and tender little play. Given this, plus a
competent cast, intelligent direction, and
some very fine staging indeed, last night's
cast made a good thing of "On Borrowed
Chief contributor to this remarkable pro-
duction was Robert Thompson as Gramps
Northrup, a sharp and shrewd old coot, al-
beit a profane one. Thompson's performance
was chiefly distinguished by his refusal to
render Granps in the old Rough-Exterior-
But-Heart-of-Gold tradition, and by his as-
tonishing ability to convince people that he
was a pretty old man. He was abetted in.
this by Jim Wessinger, who appears to be a
small boy and who, fortunately, has a great
deal of what actors like Margaret O'Brien
have not. He is not at all precious, and for
this reason demonstrated a talent which
must have Play Production itching to have
him matriculate on his own home grounds.
Ann Husselman, whom I seem to re-
member having seen last as a lady detec-
tive, acquitted herself of the part of the
avaricious Aunt Demetria Riffle with felic-
ity and all proper piety, and, of course,
found herself roundly foiled in the end.
Ted Heusel, an old hand in Play Produc-
tion, renders Dr. Evans, the medic who
.runs up against a case of pure faith, with
progressive confidence to bafflement to
As Mr. Brink, Death's emissary, Nafe
Ketter is properly omniscient, even in an
apple tree. Completely competent in lesser
parts were Jane Linsenmeyer, Lillian Boland,
and, by George, another small boy, Erik Ar-
The production was directed by Claribel
Baird, who obviously knows what she's about.
Art Director was Oren Parker, and costumes
were by Helen Forrest Lauterer. Jack Bender
was technical director.
If the department's scheduled series of
plays this summer go as well as last night's
presentation, there ought to be cause for
general rejoicing all around, and a sudden
rush to the box office.
-W. J. Hampton.

Indonesian Report
BATAVIA, DUTCH EAST INDIES-Batavia is an utterly character-
less colonial town of unimaginable stuffiness, which boasts the
most inedible food, the most outrageous prices and the most tireless
mosquitoes in the Orient. Yet there are two things here which,
to the weary traveller from other parts of Asia, make all the difference.
The first of these unexpected phenomena is an actual, solid, under-
standable, constructive American policy. The second is simply hope
in the air.
There is hope here-good, solid hope-of a final settlement be-
tween the Dutch and the Indonesians. The settlement would transform
a huge area in Southeast Asia, probably the world's richest area in
natural resources ,into a great, savereign, non-Communist state. It
is almost impossible to exaggerate the importance of such an event
to the whole future of Asia, and indeed of the world.
The drama which is being played out here may yet end in
tragedy. But a happy ending is ultimately far more likely. To
understand why, it is necessary to know something of three of the
principal actors in the drama-a Dutchman, an Indonesian and
an American.
The Dutchman is H. J. Van Royan, a thoughtful, fair-minded,
highly intelligent diplomat who has spent much of his life in the
United States. Before he arrived a few weeks ago, Dutch policy here
was largely in the hands of the high commissioner, Louis Beel, a
conservative who looks a good deal like Senator Robert A. Taft.
Beel was mainly responsible for the "second police action" last
winter, when the Dutch tried to crush Indonesian resistance once and
for all. This was a brilliant military operation. But it was political
insanity. It confirmed the Indonesians' worst fears. And, perhaps
more important, it forced the United States to make up its mind.
Beel has now resigned, in protest against the new Dutch policy which
Van Royen has brought with him from Holland.
The Indonesian actor in the drama is Mohammed Rum, the
leader of the independence movement with whom Van Royen
has been negotiating. He is a small, shy, brilliant man, with a
game leg (he was shot during the early fighting) and the jug ears,
the pointed face and the sharp brown eyes of a particularly shrewd
mouse. The third actor is the American, H. Merle Cochran, of the
United Nations Commission-a large, pink, clever man who suffers
the tropical heat uncomplainingly despite his vast bulk.
These three men, the Dutch diplomat, the small Indonesian, and
the large American, have only one thing in common. All three-and
the governments they represent-now want the same thing. They
want a settlement in Indonesia which, while protecting the Dutch
economic interests, will lead to a transfer of sovereignty from Holland
to a new state-the United States of Indonesia.
This is the new policy which Van Royen has brought with him
from Holland (although the Dutch, with more or less straight faces,
deny that it is new). And this new policy springs very largely from
the fact that the United States, which for a -very long time really had
no policy in Indonesia, has at length decided that a free Indonesia is
in the interests of the United States and of the whole Western world.
Van Royen and Rum, tactfully but tirelessly prodded by
Cochran, have accordingly reached a preliminary agreement.
This provides that the Indonesian leaders will return to their
former capital, Jogjakarta; that there will be a cease-fire, and
that the Indonesians will then fly to the Hague to work out with
the Dutch the terms of the transfer of sovereignty' to the new
Indonesian state.
Clearly this is no more than an agreement to try to agree. Similar
agreements have been reached by the Dutch and the Indonesians
before, and they have always ended in a bloody shambles. There are
still great dangers, which will be considered in a forthcoming report
in this space. Nothing is certain until there is a final settlement.
Yet there is one new element in the Indonesian situation. This is
the quiet, friendly pressure which the United States is now effectively
bringing to bear on both sides.
Without this pressure, the accumulated bitterness of the post-
war years would, have made it impossible for the Dutch and
Indonesians even to start toward settlement. The American pres-
sure will continue. And this is the basic reason why a final settle-
ment here appears ultimately inevitable, although a good deal of
blood may be shed on the way.
A free, non-Communist Indonesia is the best, and perhaps the
last hope in Southeast Asia. It is pleasant to be able to report that
this hope exists, and that a wise and well executed, if belated, Amer-
ican policy is in large part responsible for its existence.
Despite the contrary view in some Washington quarters, having
a,policy is often a good plan.
(Copyright, 1949, New York Herald Tribune, Inc.)

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Bulletin are to be sent to the Office
of the Summer Session in typewritten
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day when the notices should be sub-
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ministration Building.
VOL. LIX, No. 7S
Student Organizations planning
to be active during the summer
session are requested to submit to
the Office of Student Affairs, Rm.
1020 Admin., not later than July
8, the following information: (1)
a list of officers and members, (2)
the acceptance of a member of the
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to the group. ORGANIZATIONS
Forms for reportingtherequired
information may be secured in
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The I. M. Building will be open
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basketball, paddle ball, and bad-
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summer session.
College of Literature. Science
and the Arts, Schools of Educa-
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Health: Students who received
marks of I, X, or "no report" at
the close of their last semester or
summer session of attendance, will
receive a grade of E in the course
or courses unless this work is made
up by July 20. Students, wishing
an extension of time beyond this
date in order to make up this work,
should file a petition addressed to
the appropriate official in their
school with Room 1513 Adminis-
tration Building, where it will be
Health Service Eye Testing-
Students wishing eye tests for
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appointments. Only emenrgency
conditions can be attended after
July 25th.
Graduate Students expecting to
receive the Master's Degree in Au-
gust, 1949, must file a diploma
application with the Recorder of
the Graduate School by July 1st if
they have not already done so.
Overseas Positions. Representa-
tives of the Department of the
Army will be at the Bureau of
Appointments Thursday and Fri-
day, July 7 and 8, to interview
people interested and qualified for
the following teaching positions in
Dependafit Schools: In Japan-
Men with math, science, physical
education combination; physical
education men to coach basketball
and baseball; combination French
and Spanish teachers; music and
art teachers.
In Germany: elementary teach-
ers to handle four grades in two-
room schools.
Age limits: 22-40. Two years
successful teaching experience re-
quired, five years preferred. For
further information and appoint-
ment, call at 3528 Administration
Bldg., or call extension 489.
The Department of the Army is
alsohrecruiting recreational work-
ers (women) for Army Service
Clubs in the Pacific theater. (Ja-
pan, Okinawa, Guam, Korea).
Qualifications: Assistant Service
Club Director - graduation from
college and experience in adult
recreation; age limits 30-40. Rec-
reational Director - graduation
from college and practical knowl-
edge of arts and crafts, music,
dramatics or group recreation. In-
terviews will be held the latter
part of next week, for further in-
formation, call at 3528 Adminis-
tration Bldg.

Dr.fW. F. Hilton, Aerodynami-
cist from the National Physical
Laboratory at Teddington, Eng-
land, and Consultant, Applied
Physics Laboratory of Johns Hop-
kins University, will lecture on the
subject of "Experimental Super-
sonic Aerodynamics" on Thursday,
June 30, at 4:15 p.m., in the Archi-
tecture Auditorium, Room 102 on
the first floor of the Architecture
Dr. Hilton has published exten-
sively in the subject field, and his
lecture should be of interest to
students and faculty of the De-
partments of Mathematics and
Engineering Mechanics, as well as
Aeronautical Engineering.
Thursday at 4:00 in Room 247
W. Engineering Bldg. Mr. Theo-
dore W. Hildebrandt, a member
of the design staff for the Whirl-
wind Computer at MIT, formerly

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 received all letters bearing
the writer's signature and address.
Letters exceeding 300 words, repeti-
tious letters and letters of 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.
* * *
To the Editor:
ing of the University of Mich-
igan Young Democrats, Prof. John
P. Dawson, of the Law School, will
present a few introductory re-
marks about the Democratic Party
and its principles and policies. The
purpose of this meeting was orig-
inally to stimulate some construc-
tive thinking on the part of Young
Democrats about the issues of the
day confronting our country and
the position the Democratic Party
has taken on these issues.
It has occurred to us, however,
that constructive thinking can be
even more encouraged by enlight-
ened debate which presents all
views. Therefore, I hereby take
this opportunity to invite all
thinking students, faculty, and
townspeople to attend our meeting
which will be held at the Union,
Thursday evening at 7:30. Unfor-
tunately, one of the other major
political organizations on campus
will be holding its first meeting at
the same time. To them, I extend
a special invitation to join us; if
for just part ofhthe time and if
the press of their own activities
permits. We would welcome an op-
portunity to exchange views with
them on this occasion.
-Theodore Souris, '49L,
Summer Chairman, Univ.
of Mich. Young Democrats.
1 114'iuanSUM~

associated with the computer de-
velopment at the Institute of Ad-
vanced Study speaks on "An Ex-
ample of Coding for an Electronic
Digital Computer."
Lecture: June 30, 7:30, Rack-
ham Amphitheater: "Tones in the
Riming System in the Sui Lan-
guage" Professor Fang-Kuei Li,
Visiting Professor, Yale Univer-
Lecture: "Biosynthesis of Pur-
ines." John Buchanan, Assistant
Professor of Physiological Chem-
istry, University of Pennsylvania.
4:15 p.m., Room 1300, Chemistry
Lecture: "Practices and Trends
in Canadian High Schools." Char-
les E. Phillips, Professor of Educa-
tion, University of Toronto. 3:00
p.m.. Auditorium, University High
Summer Session Lecture Series:
Natural Resources in World Af-
fairs, "Above All, the Land." Wil-
liam A. Rosecrans, Vice-President
of the Chamber of Commerce of
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