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Sixty-Sixth Year

Wonderland Is Great, Said Tweedledum To Tweedledee
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"When Opinions Are Free
Truth Will PrevaiU"

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'Cash' Loves
Fights Hr
THERE is a certain conception of American manhood that is con-
stantly evinced in magazine edvertisements, proclaiming the merits
of everything from levis k"with that lean, Western look") tc cigars
("Ever notice? A man who enjoys cigars enjoys life!)
This is the American individual, silent. rugged and unpreturbed,
and only susceptible of life's two major emotions, seriousness an~d amuse-
The elements, the earth. the universe: all conspire to preserve his
utter detachment from the world of people and places-no man can

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Two Views on Harry's Stand

Hurts Stevenson
FOLLOWING last Saturday's bombshell en-
dorsement of Gov. Harriman, old Harry is
about to steal first place from Charlie Wilson
as the "man who has put his foot in his mouth
and swallowed" the most.
The former president's choice of words.
couldn't have been less fortunate. Before he
finished his statement Republican editors across
the country had coined the phrase "trial-and-
error" Stevenson.
A careful reading of Truman's endorsement
leaves doubt as to which party he favors. Even
Dmocrats will have to admit the best qualified
man "who has the experience and the ability to
act as President immediately upon assuming
office without risking a period of costly trial
and error" has to be President Eisenhower.
RUMAN'S TIMING was poor. The Demo-
crats are just now recovering from an all-out
mudslinging campaign between Stevenson and
Kefauver which left doubt in many minds as
to the dignity of both.
And there are more struggles to come:
reconciliation of north and south on civil rights
and the choice of a vice presidential candidate.
Perhaps the worst effect of Harry's maneuver
is that it undercuts the man most likely to
emerge victorious. Despite his veilel references
to other "qualified men" Truman has dealt
Stevenson's presidential hopes, though not his
npmination chances, a blow.
It would have been far better politically for
the Democrats to unite in a solid show of
strength on the man they advance for the
presidency and save their bickering and inter-
party fights for lesser issues.
FEW OBSERVERS, and we join them, believe
the cocky Missourian's edorsement of Harri-
man will sway the convention. It mnay postpone
things a while, leave the "favorite sons" strad-
dling the provrbial fence a bit longer, but it
is inconceivable that Harriman will steal the
show from Stevenson.
In 1952 Truman was king-maker, the titular
head of his party, the jaunty politician who'd
shown them all he could out-politic both the
Republicans and the public opinion pollsters.
In 1956 the story is vastly different. Truman
wields power and commands respect but he
cannot name the presidential candidate.
After it's all over Ave and Adlai will close
ranks and fight for Adlai and the former presi-
dent will retire to his Missouri home to lick his
wounds. We hope his love for political infight-
ing hasn't hurt the presidential chances of a
well-qualified candidate-to-be.

Helps Democrats
Bj Guaranteeing
V Audience
H ARRY TRUMAN, the pro of pros, has
granted the Democratic party the greatest
favor in his power.
This is not to say that his support of Averill
Harriman has provided the present inhabitants
of the Chicago Loop with a guide to Victory and
The Right; Mr. Stevenson is a sincere, capable
man who could easily serve in the office of
President. But Saturday afternoon's press con-
ference transformed the Democratic convention
from a routine gathering of smoky politicians to
an exciting spectacular which will hold the
Hooper rating of the country in the palm of
its collective hand.
Home viewers and readers who would have
turned to the Kraft Theater or the sports pages
after an hour of senators will now hang on,
waiting to see where the plot will lead next.
Hitchcock has found a rival in the business of
suspense, the photogenic Mr. Truman might
look pretty good in a beret.
E NEXT FEW DAYS may bring about a
startling change in the expected November
returns. Their audience guaranteed, the Demo-
crats now have the opportunity to demonstrate
to the nation, for hours on end, those ideas and
ideals which they believe make them the logical
choice in '56.
Their speakers can rant or rank, their pro-
jectors whirl, their glasses clink ad infinitum,
but nobody, nobody, is going to switch channels
until they see who wins.
The Republicans, unless the President should
make the unlikely choice of Tam O'Shanter
over the White House, will not have that oppor-
tunity. They start with two strikes against
them: everybody will be just a little sick of
conventions, and the thrilling race between
Eisenhower and Ike will not draw much of a
The final blow could easily come as the
result of a strenuous whistle-stop campaign on
the part of the Democratic nominee, the type of
campaign which, in the light of the President's
recent illness, would have to be delegated to the
Republican Vice-Presidential bidder. Again, the
battered name of Nixon sends shudders through
San Francisco.
Soon the Presidential race will enter that
stage in which all predictions dissolve to guesses.
Before enterting that stage, a glance at the
roof-tops of America, a consideration of the
tremendous part both television and radio will
play in this election, and a few thoughts about
the undivided attention of millions that the
Democratic party will command in the week to
come should cause some reevaluation of that
party's chances.
The next few months are certainly not as
predictable as they have seemed. After all, as
Mr. Truman loves to say, look at 1948!

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stand in his way, no woman can
melt his heart, no wind can put
out his cigarette. And when he
speaks (words hissed out between
rows of precise and clenched
teeth), every sentence is an aphor-
sim, pure pith from one who
watches and waits,
But this man has to learn about
life, and the people he meets are
going to help him along the path
to sagedom; before he settles down
he is going to be a better man
because along with seriousness and
musement he will have learned
he emotion that serves as a caty-
lyst between the other two. It is
tenderness, and it can be found in
women and children.
In Hollywood this man has been
played for some 15 years by Alan
Walbridge Ladd.
* * *
MR. LADD is currently on dis-
play in town in an unflinchingly
dull adventure called "Santiago."
As the title suggests, there is a
Latin flavor to this one, but it is
only slight.
In "Santiago," Mr. Ladd is
called "Cash" Adams, "Cash" be-
cause he loves money, Adams be-
cause his father had the same
name. He is an ammunition smug-
gler, hoping to sell illegal arms
to Cuban patriots during the Span-
ish-American war. He is initially
surly, hurt over having been ex-
pelled from West Point over a
But "Cash," can be CHANGED.
And on a boat bound for Cuba, he
becomes the hypotenuse in an
eternal triangle, flanked on one
side by Cuba's symbol for inde-
pendence, Dona Isabella (Rossana
Podesta), who is RIGHT and on
the other by an ex-buddy-now
villain, who is WRONG. There is
no doubt that "Cash" must go
By the time "Santiago" has
cleared up its geometric difficul-
ties, "Cash" has learned the fol-
lowing things: ,
1. R I G H T is better than
2. West Point's motto ("Honor,
duty, country") comes first, money
3. The Cubans are a simple,
happy people who frolic when the
day's work is done ("La Conga,"
Dona Isabella explains, watching
a group of male dancers. "My
people dance it all the time.")
4. Imperialism must give way
to nationalism and isolationism.
Having stabbed, dynamited, shot,
drowned, and strangled a few score
of imperialistic Spaniards, "Cash,"
a man's job done, puts his arms
around Dona Isabella, staking his
claim and asserting his tender-
--Ernest Theodossin
On the eve of the nominating
conventions, the President's
health, the Republican party's as-
sumption of victory, and the inter-
est in local issues and personalities
are the Democratic party's main
long-chance hope for victory.
-James Reston in
The New York Times-

To the Editor:
Recently the thought has been
repeatedly expressed, "The nation
is shocked by the Parris Island
tragedy," It merits, perhaps, more
thorough analysis than it has
publicly received.
After all the majority of Ameri-
cans apparently accept the con-
cept that "might makes right"
despite our self-righteous denunci-
ations of others, notably Com-
munists, who share that material-
istic point of view. If this were
not so, why would we accept the
crushing burden of supporting a
completely non-productive group
such as comprises our far flung
military establishment?
With specific reference to the
Marine Corps fiasco, what else
could logically be expected? As the
toughest of the tough, the Marines
are systematically trained to a nice
abandon in the gentle art of kill-
ing. There is a ruthless efficiency
about their work difficult to imag-
ine apart from a callous contempt
for human life.
The unhappy Sergeant should
not have been on trial. He was but
properly enthusiastic about his
"duty." The Marine Corps and a
"way of life" that for one moment
tolerates, let; along glories in such
training-they were on trial. But
now we've been served our sacri-
ficial lamb and all is well again.
No, the nation was not shocked
at this tragedy, or if so, not for
the proper reason. After the mass
killings of Hiroshima and Nga-
saki, how could we be? ,

There is but one right attitude
toward the slaughter of one's fel-
lowmen and that is to refuse to
condone it. But a nation rapidly
becoming a military garrison state
wouldn't understand this, much
less be shocked. Violence is an im-
portant part of America's "way of
Actually we are quite prosperous
and when layoffs become serious
in a specific area, it can be desig-
nated "emergency" - as though
the "commies" were coming-and
presto, men are working again,
We look aghast at cannibalism
even as we figuratively eat some
of our young people because our
economy seems to demand a little
blood along with the sweat and
Do our brave, crusading labor
leaders say anything? Yes, they
chorus, "Give us more military
Do the Friends, The Women's
International League For Peace
and Freedom, or The Fellowship
of Reconciliation denounce this
hypocrisy? They do indeed, but
they get very little press coverage
and very few people even know
they exist. If their voices were
heard more widely it is likely the
majority of Americans would be
"shocked" at such "subversive" ut-
Recently on the TV program
"Meet The Press," there was some
discussion of the distinction be-
tween "clean" and "dirty" bombs
as related to the fall-out menace.

And despite our collective self
esteem predicated upon "religious"
grounds, no less distinguished a
person than Senator Anderson
said he wasn't concerned about
the bombs we might drop on
"them," but only with those "they"
might drop on us!
Unless we've reached the point
of no return, morally speaking, we
should be utterly shocked at such
statements. But were we? I have
yet to see an editorial in the daily
press calling us to repentance and
a new way of thinking. It appears
to me that we have a lot of very
serious thinking to do.
-R. F. Burlingame
Milan, Michigan
One of the characteristic fea-
tures of the Soviet regime under
Stalin was its creation of what
George Orwell so felicitously called
'unpersons". Human beings who
had lived, created ald been fa-
mous suddenly vanished from
Today the reverse process is tak-
ing place. "Unpersons" of yester-
day are being rehabilitated, usual-'
ly posthumously, and elaborate
measures are now being taken to
perpetuate their memories, to pub-
lish their writings, and the like.
Two of the latest examples are
Vsevolod Meyerhold, once one of
the brightest stars of the Soviet
theatre world, and Isaac Babel,
once counted one of Russia's most
brilliant writers.
-The New York Times

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Student Recital by Eleanor Anne
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14, in the Rackham Assembly Hall.
Miss Becker is a pupil of Lewis Coop-
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Student Recital: Helen Karg Murray,
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Summer Session Choir, Donald Plott,
conductor, 8:30 p.m. Wed., Aug. ,1, in
Hill Auditorium. Compositions by Vit-
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Martinu, Randall Thompson, Healy
Willan, and others. Open to the gen-
eral public without charge.
Student Recital: Yvonne Beatty, pl.
anist, at 8:30 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 16, in
the Rackham Assembly Hall; compoi-
tions by Bach, Beethoven, Berg and
Chopin, in partial fulfillment of the
requirements for the Master of Music
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School of Education, School of Music,
School of Public Healt, School of
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Classical Studies Tea: The Depart-
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Mathematics Colloquium: Tues: Aug.
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Prof. Fritz Herzog, of Michigan State
4University, will speak on "Metric Pro-
Perties of Polynomials."
Doctoral Examination for Raymond
Jackson Pitts, Educatino; thesis: "An
Analysis and Evaluation of Supplemen-
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lected Secondary School Textbooks,"
Tues., Aug. 14, 4017 University High
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Doctoral Examination for Charles
Glenwood Rickard, Pathology; thesis:
"Dissociation of Liver Cells", ues.,
Aug. 14, 41 West Medical Bldg., at 300
p.m. Chairman, C. v. Weller.
Seminar, Department of Aeronautical

Engineering. Dr. Sin-I Cheng, assistant
professor, Aeronautical Engineering De-
partment, Princeton University, Tues.,
Aug. 14 at 3:30 p.m., Room 1504, East
Eng. Bldg. Subject "Hypersonic Boun-
dary Layer Flow Over Solid Bodies."
Doctoral Examination for John Mit-
chell Gary, Mathematics; thesis: "Dual-
ities in Generalized Manifolds and
Higher Dimensional Cyclic Element
Theory, Wed., Aug 15 3010 Angell Hall,
at 3:15 p.m. Chairman, R. L. Wilder,
Doctoral Examination for Robert
Leonard Martin, Physics; thesis: "Re-
sults of Investigation of Low-Intensity
Reciprocity Law Failure", Wed., Aug.
15, 2038 Randall Laboratory, at 10:00
a.m, Chairman, Ernst Katz.
Doctoral Examinationtfor Phillip
Parker Mason, History; thesis: "The
League of American Wheelmen and the
Goad-Roads M o v e m e n t, 1880-1905",
3609 Haven Hall, t 1:30 p.m. Chairman,
Sidney Fine.
Doctoral Examination for Donald Earl
DeGraaf, Physics; thesis: "The Vibra-
tional Spectrum of N-Methyl Forma-
mide", Thurs., Aug. 16, 2038 Randall
Laboratory, at 2:00 p.m. Chiarman, D.
L. Wood.



TV Will Ar'ouse Interest

WHILE THE upcoming political conventions
have been Variously described as the world's
greatest three ring circus and America's great-
est commercial entertainment venture, this
year's extensive radio and television coverage
may prove a milestone in presidential politics.
Since the advent of television as a communi-
cative medium, the nation has twice seen
great spectacles of American politics in action.
First came the crime investigation conducted
by Senator Kefauver, The second was the
McCarthy-Army hassle.
Both of these public hearings accomplished
more in the way of expediting their respective
issues than months of tedious hearings. Public
opinion soon demanded the breakup of big city
vice rings and more was accomplished than had
ever been done in one burst. For McCarthy,
publicity brought the excremental smell of his
activities into the open and spelled the end
of his reactionary movement.

PERHAPS the public will respond to the
political conventions in the same manner.
Few people will deny that a great many
Americans are dreadfully unaware of political
happenings. Traditionally, this has been one
of the major weaknesses and objections of our
system of government.
With the publicity that conventions will
receive this year, a start will have been made
in the right direction. Faced with the apparent
machinery of nominating a president, and
pointed toward its hidden workings, the public
could easily come up with a healthy interest
in presidential politics and a demand that more
of the nominating machinery be brought out
where they have a chance to observe it closely-
perhaps even demand that the voter be given
more influence in the choice of candidates.

Chicago Excited, But Not Unduly Impressed

Weather Has Been Good

C H I C A G O-With aplomp that
would startle any other city
unused to that sort of thing, Chi-
cago has opened its broad arms
to the 1956 Democratic National
Long accustomed to hordes of
people pouring into it from plane,
train, bus, car and pogo stick, the
city is excited, but not unduly im-
pressed with Democratic antics
within ints environs. Although the
world-famous loop can only be de-
scribed as a shambles, residential
districts are quietly going about
their business as if conventions
were an everyday affair, which
they are. Only a heightened in-
terest in politics, common to every
city at this time, betrays the pre-
sence of something special.
But step into the downtown area,
and the something special becomes
overwhelmingly obvious. Every
major hotel displays the familiar
red, white and blue bunting, and
donkey facsimiles and signs read-
ing "Welcompe Democrats" are
very much in evidence. Hotel res-
ervation clerks are patiently trying
to take care of crowds of people
eight or ten deep and rooms, even
at the "Y" are at a premium.
And all this before the conven-
tion itself even started. Although

paper men from every part of the
world, all filing stories on Harry
Truman's morning press confer-
ence. The press has long since
been moved to the Hilton's spac-
ious exhibition hall in the base-
ment,,as incoming reporters swell
to epidemic proportions.
Refreshments, in the form of
free cigarettes, soft drinks, are
available to legitimate delegates
and workers, as well as hangers-on
and sightseers. Pretty young girls
stand in headquarters, hotel lob-
bies and on street corners, hand-
ing out hats,'buttons and stream-
ers bearing the names of their
favorite candidates.
Stevenson headquarters is alive
and bustling with optimistic stu-
dents for Stevenson and his staff
of workers. Harriman and Chand-
ler headquarters, although quite
well - staffed are comparatively
lacking in enthusiastic lookers-on.
Business was particularly unbrisk
at Happy's hunting ground, where
the Kentucky governor, wreathed
in his perpetual smile, stared from
the walls at a deserted reception
On Friday, the All-Star football
game gave the Democrats some
stiff competition. The Hilton's
cocktail lounge was jammed with
people, most of whom were hailing

can people gamble, even if only at
-hurch suppers.
* * *
UPSTAIRS in the Blackstone,
just a little before, Harry Tru-
man made his historic announce-
ment and Ave was just wild about
Harry. Even half an hour before
the smiling ex-president was due
to arrive, harrassed members of
the working press were trying, in
many cases unsuccessfully to ob-
tain entrance to the crystal ball-
room, already crowded with tele-
vision and i'adio equipment. One
particularly insistant reporter al-
most got past two sweating police-
men, but when pushed back,
shouted, "I've come a long way
for this, and now I'm kept out
by some fascist policeman."
Immediately, all the other
equally unsuccessful reporters be-
gan to take sides with fascism,
and they and the Chicago Police
Department presented a united
front against the interloper, who
grumbled his way out. As a return
favor, the cops opened the doors
wide after Harry arrived, and
everyone was allowed in.
When Truman announced that
Harriman was his choice, there
was a general scramble for the pay
phones outside and a few scattered
cheers from the Ave eontingent.

would do for Harriman would be
to make Stevenson's first ballot
nomination hopes a little dimmer,
but that the former Illinois gover-
nor would eventually sweep the
nomination, no matter how many
ballots it took. When Stevenson
made his appearance there an hour
later, he was greeted with loud
cheers, applause and shouts of
"Give 'em hell, Adlai." And when
he asserted "I expect to be the
Democratic candidate," a loyal
supporter shouted, "You will be,
A few moments later, Mrs. Har-
riman, ably backed by India Ed-
wards, received the female press
at a tea across the hall. Beseiged
by newshens of all shapes and
sizes, she said that she thought
Truman's announcement "won-
derful" and admitted to having
nothing definite in mind for
White House redecoration.
And as the convention itself
drew closer and closer, the circus
went on. It was, and still is, a
whirl of parties, statements, coun-
ter-statements, speculation and
plain hard work that looks like
fun, a merry carousel of crowds,
bright colors and gay music that
covers up the clank and grind of
inexorable political machinery.



SUMMER IS beginning to fade now and
autumn is creeping up. It will be a while
before the first frost leaves its white mist on
Editorial Staff
LEE MARKS, Managing Editor
Night Editors
Richard Halloran, Donna Hanson,
Mary Ann Thomas, Adelaide Wiley
Sports Editor, Dick Cramer

the lawn and the twigs get brittle and the leaves
beneath one's feet crackle but there are signs.
Days are a little shorter and already there is
a touch of gold in the green of leaves and pines.
Ann Abor is vastly different in the summer--
it is less hectic, more friendly. The University
seems more a place to learn to think, less a
frantic center of activity. There is time to drop
in and just chat with people, time to attend
concerts and plays,
Barbers don't seem quite as anxious to get
you out of the chair as they snip and trim,
salesmen don't mind if you browse without
buying, waiters don't snap quite as much.
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