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Sixty-Sixth Year

Only One Step Away

When Opinions Are Free,
Truth WID Prevail"

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the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.

Hope for Suez Settlement
Lies in Mutual Moderation


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Brando Does Well
As'The Wild Onte'
FOR THOSE who enjoy getting their emotions worked over occasion-
ally by a director with a broken beer bottle in one hand and a
sociology book in the other, today and tomorrow's selection at the
Cinema Guild, "The Wild One," is a must.
The production by Stanley Kramer is effective. the mood miusic
(mostly motorcycle engines) is sufficiently moody, and the members
of the cast all do a fine job. The only flaw comes in the story line
which leaves one too much up in the air after a weak ending.
Marlon Brando stars as the young punk leader of a roving band

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IF THERE is to be any hope of a peaceful
and profitable settlement in the Suez, both
the West and Middle East must moderate their
present policies. While this may sound like a
mfeaningless platitude, overlooking this neces-
sity and failure to correct present trends will
encourage an outcome unprofitable to both
Moderation can only come from more specific
actions on the part of all governments con-
cerned. At the present, there are few signs of
In France, internal affairs make it almost
impossible for a government to survive without
promoting quick effective policies. Built on a
shaky coalition, haunted by the uneasy situa-
tion in North Africa, and under pressure from
a strong faction of radical right-wingers, the
Mollet government cannot easily avoid asking
for forceful action in the present crisis.
ENGLAND'S propensity toward using force
comes from different sources. There is the
same desperate need for a secure passage to
Middle Eastern oil, but armed intervention
would be prompted by ultra-conservative,
rather than radical forces.
With the Conservative party in power and

dominated' by its old guard, there is a strong
temptation to intervene in a traditional manner.
But no matter how conservative or radical
the French, English and American governments
may seem, moderation will come last in Egypt.
In its dealings with Egypt, the West has
found little reason to expect sobriety in that
quarter. When the United States helped Egypt
force the withdrawal of British troops from the
Suez, the result was the further demand for
financing the Aswan Dam. When the West
offend to build this dam, Nasser stalled for
six months while trying to make the best of
playing Russia against the West.
Before the Western Powers will be tempted
to deal moderately with the situation, they
must feel that they are dealing with a govern-
ment it can trust.
HOWEVER, if the West is to force a solution
not unfavorable to everyone's interests, it
must attempt moderation even in the face of
Arab radicalism. It must also attempt to bring
the more sober elements in the Middle East
into position of power.
Avoiding a reassertion of imperialism, subtle-
ty and ciafty statesmanship must be used to
encourage moderation both Middle East and

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Formulating Party Platform
Height of Uselessness


A. D. Moore Regrets Statement

ED. NOTE: "The following is our reporter's per-
sonal impression after two days of hearings be-
tore the Platform Committee of ThehDemocratic
National Convention."
IN COMPILING one's list of the most useless
people in the world, it would be unjust to
exclude the 108 men and women who patiently
sit on their parties' platform committees.
They are exceeded in uselessness only by the
long parade of witnesses equally patiently wait-
ing to testify on their views as to what the con-
tent of the platform should be.
Pittsburgh's Mayor David Lawrence symbol-
ized this feeling as he sat at the head table
in the Sheraton-Blackstone Hotel and devoted
full attention to a series of Chicago newspapers,
scarcely bothering to notice when one witness
finished and another began.
Perhaps Mayor Lawrence didn't do the hear-
ings justice, though. They are far from devoid
of excitement, human interest or an occasional
spurt of intelligent comment.
For excitement, delegates yesterday got a
preview of the passions to be stirred up Friday
and at the convention over the civil rights
plank. A Negro delegate from Washington,
D.C. asked a witness about the effect of race
relations in America on the colored peoples
of the world. The witness' reply that they dim-
inished our influence among the uncommitteed
nations brought a delegate from Alabama to
his feet:
"If the only way we can keep them with us,
with all the economic and military- aid we give
them, is to disrupt our local traditions and cus-.
toms," he prophesied, then they're going Com-
munist anyway." But no blows were struck, and
the immediate tension subsided.
For human interest, most amazing figure in
the pre-convention deliberations is the Senate's
oldest member in history, Theodore Green of
Rhode Island, a durable 88 years old. Not only
does he never miss a party function-let alone
a convention-but he prominently sits at head
table during the platform hearings.
Those who aren't used to the Senator hold
their breath as his knees inevitably buckle
while climbing steps, but he always makes it
to the top, usually without any help. Anti his
questioning of witnesses. is unhesitant, un-
wavering, coherent and above par for pertinence
and incisiveness when compared with that of
his far younger colleagues.
THERE is interest, too, in the frequent Abbot-
and-Costello exchanges between committee
members and witnesses, with the former asking
hopefully about this or that Republican plat-
form pledge and the latter agreeing that, surely,
the Administration has ignored or bungled
everything they promised us in 1952.
The witnesses themselves-one-worlders and
no-worlders, pro-parity and anti-parity men,
Editorial Staff
LEE MARKS. Managing Editor
Night Editors
Richard Halloran, Donna Hanson,

bigots and civil-libertarians, unity advocates
and aid-to-Israel proponents--add their own
color to the proceedings when they finish drone-
fully reading their prepared texts and begin
answering charges that big-business Republi-
cans control their organizations or that they
advocate peace-at-any-price.
For intelligent comment, the delegates on
the committee heard the Master of the National
Grange futilely warn that traditional parity
figures have become an obsolete standard of
fair farm prices and that supply and demand
factors should be allowed some way in the
changing market for farm goods.
And they encouraged the Chairman of Am-
ericans for Democratic Action as he delivered
an impassioned indictment of declining United
States influence in Asia. He cited as causes
overemphasis on military aid over economic,
the playing down of the United Nations, the
feeling that strings are attached to what aid
we give, and a series of contradictory and un-
called-for Administration statements on the
morality of neutralism,.
But what makes Mayor Lawrence prefer the
Chicago Sun-Times and makes plenty of seats
available for whoever cares to listen is not a
lack of excitement, human interest, or intelli-
gence. It is rather a lack of power and real
importance on the part of the committee and
the document it will eventually endorse.
For one thing, the final platform will be
largely the brainchild of professional staff
workers, many of whom had written early
drafts of their respective planks before one
witness began to read his statement.
Secondly, wherever the platform could be
really significant or imaginative, it will largely
be couched in generalities and general-perhaps
irresponsible-indictments of the record of the
opposing party.
A third reason is that not one voter in fifty
will read more than a few sentences in either
party's voluminous platform.
PRIMARILY, the uselessness of all this fuss
over a platform is that it is binding to no
one-not even the delegates,. who will half-
heartedly or enthusiastically adopt it and for-
get it, and least of all on the party's Presi-
dential nominee, who will chart his own course
on the issues with scarce regard for what the
platform writers have said.-.
During the 1928 campaign, for example, Al
Smith was as "wet" as he ever was despite
a Democratic plank endorsing prohibition.
Some special interest.,groups will gnash their
teeth to see their recommendations ignored,
but far more will grin with pride over the
"victory" they have won at the convention,
though it may be years before they will hear
of their program again-four at least.
Negroes, for example, can seldom find serious
fault with a party platform, but legislative
achievements have been nonexistent since Re-
construction ended and the Sons of the South
were let back in congress.
The statement that the platform will be
without importance needs qualification. It can
be a useful instrument for dividing a party, if
not for committing one. Their civil rights plank
may "break" the Democrats this year, though it

'U' Minor Factor«. .
To the Editor:
LEE MARKS has recently writ-
ten an excellent series of ar-
ticles on city-university financial
relationships. Coming now to his
editorial on this subject (August
8) I find this statement, which is
true,-"City fathers are well aware
of the need for more money." But
it is followed by this statement,
which is not true,-"Unfortunate-
ly, most of their thinking has been.
in terms of the University."
How Mr. Marks could possibly
"know" this, is beyond me. Having
spent sixteen and a half years on
the City Council, I happen to know
that it simply is not so-that we
have done most of our financing
thinking in terms of the Univer-
As a city father and as forty-
year member of the University, I
know perfectly well that the Uni-
versity never can be more than a
minor factor in the city's problem
of finding enough money with
which to operate, and to make
capital improvements.
But it is an important minor
factor, and both parties are trying
very hard to work out and main-
tain good relationships based
solidly on fairness to both parties.
These good relationships are
definitely not promoted by any
such careless statement as is
quoted above. I regret that it was
-A. D. Moore
Benchwarmers *.
To the Editor:
,T SEEMS from here that the
chief mystery of the current
Republican Administration is not
why President Eisenhower does

what he does, but why he doesn't
do anything. Take, for instance,
the- disagreement between Nixon
and Stassen. Eisenhower has care-
fully avoided backing Nixon, ex-
cept for a non-committal "Would
be glad to have him," which was
the least he could possibly have
said (one doesn't disapprove of the
man most likely to replace him
when one's health is tentative.)
At the same time, he has given
Stassen a month off to fight
Nixon's renomination. Eisenhower
has again washed his hands of a
quarrel, reminding us of another
ruler whi remained "above" the
It seems, however, that this is
not merely apathy on the presi-
dent's part, nor a distaste for
political squabbles. It seems, in-
stead; to be apathy with a motive,
some more of the president's poli-
tics in disguise. Besides making
political use of dissatisfaction with
Nixon as best as he can in his posi-
tion, the president is benefiting
directly from the distraction.
Drumming up controversy over
Nixon keeps the critics' barbs off
the president's health for a while.
And, the whole thing might get
the Republicans a vice-presidential
nominee whom more voters would
accept on the bench waiting for
the signal to go in. For that has
become the Republicans' primary
concern. May the Party with the
strongest bench win.
--Jim Dygert
Review Questioned . .
To the Editor: ~
CERTAIN of Mr. Brendan Lid-
dell's statements in his review
of the recent concert of Bach con-
certi are clearly in poor taste and
deserve to be questioned.
When Mr. Liddell criticizes
Robert Courte's bowing technique,

which he found "leaves something
to be desired, since it affects his
tone to a disturbing degree," he is
speaking of the craft of an artist
who has performed for the past
twenty-five years both as member
and guest with world-renowned
string quartets and orchestras.
Mr. Courte's bowing is well-nigh
impeccable, and has been acclaim-
ed as such by performers and
critics alike wherever he has
played. Is it not curious that it
should be the object of criticism
by a Michigan Daily reviewer?
Furthermore, for Mr. Liddell to
speak of Mr. Ross as indulging in
(to quote Liddell) "his usual bit
of poor pitch" is the kind of heart-
less observation that Mr. Ross by
no means deserves. Any string
player knows the pitfalls of playing
on a humid night. It would have
been more appropriate for your re-
viewer to praise the ability by
which Mr. Ross compensated for
the effects of humidity while play-
ing, than to score him as he did,
with the additional censure im-
plied by the term "usual."
Mr. Liddell must not know, fin-
ally, that the Stanley Quartet are
not overworked, at least in the
ordinary sense of that word. They
are not driven to perform except
as they voluntarily take upon
themselves the playing of music
which they love, and which they
know their audiences love. Were
they as jealous of their time as
Mr. Liddell would have them be.
we should not have been rewarded
by their thrilling performance of
last Friday evening.
All of these remarks are by way
of saying that Mr. Liddell could
have used a more constructive ap-
proach to his review, an approach
infused with love, and one which
eschewed the trivial.
-Louis L. Orlin

of motorcyclists who, in the course
drive, tear a small town into small
pieces and spread it out along the
highway. We will admit that we
entered the Architecture Auditor-
ium ready to pan Brando on the
basis of past performances but he
did a superlative job. Maybe it
comes naturally.
Mary Murphy, the waitress in
the local cafe where the worst
brawls are centered also does a
fine job. Like everything else
shown at Cinema Guild, this movie
is a couple of years old and we
wonder what has happened to her
since that time,
Of the minor characters in the-
movie, only the judge failed to do
a convincing job. Possibly he can
shift the blame to the writers who
gave him lines which were in them-
selves unconvincing.
THE STORY line itself was sub-
ject to much editorializing when
the movie was first released, and
deserved it. The question of adult
delinquents with juvenile minds is
a problem which has been hacking
away at society for a long time.
The writers quite obviously were
trying to answer it, or at least
make a movie that would show
that it doesn't pay. Somehow it
didn't quite come off. It is a good
statement of the problem but the
answer given doesn't carry much
conviction.' 0
The program also includes a
short subject on hunting and
hunter's paradises. It is too b*dd
that the producer hasn't ever gone
hunting himself. Of the three
scenes which he chose to show,
only one is a place in which any
self respecting sportsman would
--Ken Johnson
By The Associated Press
- The stock market gained ground
again yesterday in its second climb
up from Monday's setback.
At thq opening, the market pick-
ed up where Tuesday's advance left
off and made its biggest gains in
the first hour. Some increases were
trimmed slightly, but the market
generally held steady until the
final hour when prices again im-
The two-day rise was viewed on
Wall Street as a sign that' the
Suez Canal situation was being
viewed more calmly. Brokers said
this allowed the market to rise on
the basis of a good business out-
look and inflation prospects,
The Associated Press average of
60 stocks rose 60 cents to $190.10,
with industrials up $1.400, rails
up 30 cents and utilities up 10
In two. days the average has
gone up $1.30, compared with a
drop of $2.10 Monday.
Trading was heavier for the
second day's advance, with volume
at 2,480,000 shares compared with
2,180,000 for the day before.
On the American Stock Ex-
change prices were mostly higher.
Volume was 1,170,000 shares
compared with Tuesday's 930,000.

of a pleasant Sunday afternoon
The Daily Official Bulletin is an
official publication of the University
of Michigan for which the Michigan
Daily assumes no editorial responsi-
bility. Notices should be sent in
TYPEWRITTEN from the Room 3553
Administration Building before 2 p.m.
the day preceding publication.
General Notices
Faculty Fulbright Applicants. A rep-
resentative of the Conference Board
of Associated Research Councils of
Washington, D. C. will be in Ann Ar-
bor on Wed. and Thurs. Aug. 8 and
9, to confer with applicants for teach-
ing and advanced research in foreign
universities. Anyone wishing an inter-
view should call the Graduate School,
Ext. 372.
Additional ushers are urgently needed
for, the Pearl Primus Concert Thurs.,
Aug. 9 at Hill Auditorium. Please re-
port to the east door of Hill Auditor-
ium at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 's.
See Mr. Warner at the door.
Prof. Bernard Lewis of the School
of Oriental and African Studies, Uni-
versity of London will speak on "The
Muslim Discovery of Europe" Thurs.,
Aug. 9, 4:15 p.m,' aud. B. Angell Hall,
sponsored by the'Depts. of History and
Near Eastern Studies. Open to the
Astronomy Department Visitors' Night
Fri., Aug. 10, 8:30 p.m., Room 2003 An-
gell Hall. Prof. F. D. Miller will speak
on "Recent Advances In Astronomy."
After the talk the Student Observatory
on the fifth floor of Angell'Hall will
be open for inspection and for tele-
scopic observations of Saturn, Mars, and
a double star. Children welcomed, but
must be accompanied by adults.

Carillon Recital, 7:15 this evening,
by Sidney Giles. Assistant University
Carillonneur, and students Julia Holl-
yer and Bevery Brehm. Five Rhapsodies
for Two Carillonneurs, composed by
Percival Price, University Carillonneur.
Academic Notices
Law School Admission Test: Candi-
dates taking the Law Schol Admission
Test on Aug. 11 are requested to re-
port to Room 100, Hutchins Hall at
8:45 Sat, morning.
Admission Test for Graduate Study
in Business: Candidates taking the Ad-
mission Test for Graduate Study in
Business on Aug. 18 are requested to
report to Room 140, Business Adminis-
tration at 8:45 a.m. Sat,, Aug. 18, 1958.
La Sociedad Hispanica of the Depart-
ment of Romance Languages weekly
"Tertulita" (Spanish c o n v e r s a t i o n
group), Thurs., Aug. 9, at 3:30 p.m.,
in the Snack Bar. Michigan League. Re-
freshments available. ,AlI interested are
Doctoral Examination for Frank Les-
ter Scott, Education; thesis: "A Study
of the Origin of the Recreation Acti-
vities of 252 Male Students of San
Diego State College", Thurs., Aug.d9,
East Council Room, Rackham Bldg.,
at 9:00 a.m. Chairman, E. D. Mitchell.
Doctoral Examination for Franklin
Essenburg, Jr. Engineering Mechanics;
thesis: "An Improved Theory of Plates
of Variable Thickness", Thurs., Aug. 9.
220 West Engineering Bldg., at 2:00
p.m. Chairman, P. M. Naghdl.
Doctoral Examination for George
Baugh Spence, Physics; thesis: "An
Investigation In the Zone Theory of
the Energy of Electrons in Metals",
Fri., Aug. 10, 2038 Randall Laboratory,
at 3:30 p.m. Chairman, Ernst Katz.
Doctoral Examination for Otto Mar-
tin Riedl, Social Psychology; thesis:
"Rationality in the Determination of
the Soclo-Economic Attitudes of a
Demographically Homogeneous Group
of Semi-Skilled and Unsklled Manual
Workers", Fri., Aug. 10, 7811 Haven Hall
at 1:00 p.m. Chairman, Daniel Katz
Doctoral Examination for Clyde Hen-
derson Thompson, Musicology; thesis:
"Marin Marais, 1656-1728", Fri., Aug.
10, East Council Room, Rackham Bldg.,
at 4:00 p.m. Chairman, H. T. David.
Doctoral Examination for Joseph S.
Lambert, Electrical Engineering; thesis:
"Analysis of the Blocking Oscillator
Circuit Utilizing Transmission Line
Characteristics of the Pulse Trans-
former," Fri., Aug. 10, 2500 East En-
gineering Building, at 1:30 p.m. Chair-
man, N. R. Scott.
Doctoral Examination for Donald
Maiynard Martin, English Language
and Literature; thesis: "The SeaNovels
of William McFee", Fri., Aug. 10. West
Council Room, Rackham Bldg., at 9:00
a.m. Chairman, A. L. Bader.
Doctoral Examination for Charles
Graham McClintock, Social Psychology;
thesis: "Personality Factors in Atti-
tude Change", Fri., Aug. 10. 7611 Haven
Hall, at 3:00 p.m. Chairman, Daniel
Placement Notices
The Air Force has several vacancies
for Directors and Assistants in a new
recreation program in the Arizona,
Texas and Nevada, Crew Training Air


Suez Parley Right Move Toward Settlement

THE LONDON Parley about
Suez, in which Secretary Dulles
took a leading part last week, was
only a beginning. But there is
good reason to think that it was
the right beginning.
Before the Western powers can
act fairly or effectively to assert
their rights, it is essential that
they define precisely and publicly
what they claim are their rights.
and in what way their rights are
being violated. For they can never
win support at home or abroad for
coercive measures unless their
case is impeccable and their rea-
sons indisputable.
The London parley, with Mr.
Dulles's televised speech inter-
preting it, have, if I am under-
standing correctly, defined the is-
sue in this way. The right of Egypt
to buy out the shareholders and
then to nationalize the Suez Can-

operate the Canal as a free and
open waterway. The issue between
President Nasser and the three
Western powers turns on the fact
that they do not believe they can
rely on him to resist the tempta-
tion todiscriminate, as he has al-
ready done in the case of Israeli
They believe that their rights
under the treaty of 1888 will not
be safe if President Nasser is in
complete and sole administrative
control of the operation of the Ca-
WHEN THE Foreign Ministers
met in London last week they
were in a position where, though
they believed their rights were
going to be violated, their rights
had not in fact been violated.-,
Moreover, convinced though
they were that sooner or later
Nasser would violate their rights,
they could not argue that there
was imminent danger of irrepar-

measures just short of war, on the
claims that you believe that you
are going to be hurt. Mr. Dulles
was surely right in saying that in-
tervention at this stage in the de-
velopment of the Suez problem
would be a violation of the United
Nations charter.
* * *
THE LONDON parley was
therefore right in principle when,
putting aside coercive intervention
on an emergency basis, it chose to
internationalize the problem. The
Canal is subject to an internation-
al treaty, and it is the vital inter-
est of many, not merely Britain,
France and the United States, but
also the Soviet Union and India,
for example, that this treaty be
upheld and maintained.
The London parley decided to
call an international conference,
chose the place where it was to be
held, the date, and the govern-

placed as the operating agent by
an international authority - in
principle something like that
which has been set up in Western
Europe for coal and steel.
This would be a brilliant solu-
tion of a thorny problem and, far
from impairing the international
prestige of Egypt, would greatly
enhance it. It would be such a de-
sirable solution that no effort
should be spared to persuade Pres-
ident Nasser and his freinds of
its advantage.
BUT IN the present climate of
opinion, when the winds of na-
tionalism are so high, we dare
not expect a quick agreement. Mr.
Dulles in his speech said he had
been asked "what will we do if
the conference fails," and that his
answer is that he is assuming that
the conference will succeed.
He could also, so it seems to me,




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