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Sixty-Eighth Year



"Yeah, But It Gives Us The F eeling We're Controling It"

T ravn

aiPa' Prc


printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.

Interitenty Excelle
"TRAVIATA" is one of V e rdi's most melodic operas; first prod
1853, it gave discerning audiences ample evidence of the even
works to come from this (m)mposer. Based on a tear-jerker by
"La Dame aux Camelias," it tells a story to gladden the he
sympathetic middle-class (in-lookers: the redemption of a fallen
by the power of love so thi t she renounces her sinful ways-fort
in time to die.
The Speech Department has joined forces with the Music
and Women's Physical E'lucation Department to bring forth t]
duction of "Traviata: well staged for which we praise Ralph Di
well costumed for which we thank Phyllis Rogers, and translat
English, for which we bla me Prof. Josef Blatt.
Although the vocal line did not suffer as much in transla
one might expect, there r(!ally seems little reason not to sing "Tr

UGUST ', 1958


Knowland's Formula Would.

Help Solve Labor's Ills.


4Y ItOFFA, the tough and cockly little
K of the International Brotherhood of
sters, Tuesday began another round in a
ngly endless battle with his most power-
id persistent adversary, the Senate Labor
ts Investigating Committee.
fa was warned at the outset in a stern
e by Committee Chairman John L. Mc-
n (D-Ark.) that this was a showdown;
ommittee had added to its stack of evi-
on his underworld ties and had lots of
ons to ask, despite previous fruitless ex-
ce with Hoffa's consistently vacuous
an initial effort to jog the little man's
ry into some degree of function, the Com-
made Hoffa sit through more than five
of testimony by other witnesses, much of
tradictory to his own. And Counsel Rob-
Kennedy later promised that the memory
will' continue until it has some effect.
UBLE, particularly with the law, is noth-
new to Hoffa. In just the past year, he
mong other things, been accused on sev-
unts each of wiretapping, perjury, intra-
power politics (including packing last'
union convention with his own stooges),
>mething-like 48 instances of malpractice
inection with union affairs.
ardless of the outcome of the current in-
ation -- whether or not the Committeet
ds in sinking Hoffa- the original pur-
)f the Rackets Committee, that of gath-
information for use in formulating new
legislation, has been served.
committee has demonstrated widespread
leeply entrenched corruption in many
nts of the labor movement, and proven
eed for drastic new legislation to clean
or and keep the criminal elements out.,

But in spite of all the committee's disclo-
sures, a campaign-conscious Congress watered
down the' labor bill brought before it, then
finally scuttled it for this session.
IF, HOWEVER, pressure-sensitive Congress-
men ever get around to seriously considering
corrective labor legislation, they ,would do well
to remember a series of proposals made by
Senate Minority Leader William Knowland of
California almost a year ago.
Sen. Knowland's formula for a clean laboi
movement was a,seven-point plan for "union
democracy," including: 1) All union elections
held by secret ballot; 2) officers may be re-
called by secret ballot; 3) a union may strike
only after approval of the membership by se-
cret ballot; 4) protection of the rank-and-file
membership on union welfare funds; 5) strict
accounting of initiation fees and dues; 6) power
of 'the meibership to- overrule unfair actions
by union officials, and without fear of retalia-
tion from those officers; and 7) a provision to
prevent officials from perpetuating themselves
in office for long periods} without genuine ap-
proval of the membership.
THESE points, incorporated in a federal labor
control law along with right-to-work and anti-
trust provisions, would appear .to be the cure
for what ails the American labor movement-
;corruption. Such a law would provide much
needed protection, not only for the rank-and-
file union membership, but for society as a
The major problem remaining would be
apathy on the part of the union memberships
into whose hands would be put the power to
control their own affairs. Apathy, however,
is something pretty hard ,to legislate against.


in 'Italian. A fragmentary knowl-
edge of the story should be suf-,
ficient for comprehend on, the
singers would get valuab' a foreign
language experience, andr'we would
all have a rare opportuniitw to hear
genuine Italian Opera aI part of
our educational developrent.
The English transla tion was
anyway adequate, and Prof. Blatt's
direction was generally much more
lively than I had expected.
* * * .
THERE ARE ONLY tthree sig-
nificant roles in "Travi ata": the
heroine, Violetta; her lover, Al-
fredo; and Alfredo's fatther, Ger-
Miss Lovell found tie vocal
demands of her role rot gh going
during act I, showing a tendency
to rough and uneven sirqging, and
a regrettable lack of emotion, but
her act II duets with Germont
were much more pleasin'.
Her act III duets with Alfredo
were considerably better;, but the
best singing from Miss Livell came
at the close of act IV w.Len, sum-
moning her strength. :he sings,
"Ah! gran Dio! Morir si giovine"
(Ah, dear God, to die so young).
And she out-acted anyoie else on
the stage.
Millard dates was hardly an im-
passioned Alfredo; his best vocal
moments came in act III; here he
also unbent a trifle from, his hith-
erto wooden postures. His voice
cannot always be heard over the
orchestra, but it is ,certdinly ade-
quate throughout its rwige. Un-
fortunately, some of "TIuraviata"
is written for a more rait gy range.
* * *

Violetta Valery .... Sandra Lovell
Alfred.......Millard Cates
Gefoii "n;" Gordon Ohisson
Flora Bervoix .... Miriam Barndt
Doctor (Grenvil ........ James Berg
Baron Douphol ........ Don Rildley
Marquis D'Obigny .... Wendell On
Gaston .........Paul Watts
Joseph . ...... Edward LaMance
any particularly noticeable at.
tempts at realistic action, but sinci
"Traviata" is not "verismo," a cer
tain amount of artificiality can bi
The only departure from thi.
stage tableau was in act II, wher
the chorus, aided by six dancers
enacts a sham bull - fight. Tht
Matador, Joe Brown, I think, iF
carried off by the "bulls" even.
tually, and everyone is delightec
at this first sign of something
worth watching.
* * *
PROF. BLATT'S orchestra i
surprisingly effective, even making
the usual allowances for the strini
section. There are numerous point.
throughout the opera at which wi
can see Verdi breaking from the
nineteenth century Italian operatic
tradition, heading for a distinction
of his own.
These brief melodic and har-
monic moments are not missed by
Prof. Blatt's musicians.
* * *
IT MUST BE remembered tha
operatic performances presen
much more complicated problem
than do mere plays.
Performers in opera must no'
only deliver their musical lines
they must in addition follow an
orchestra and a conductor, and
incidentally, attempt to act out
their roles. Although music is a
partial substitute for this action
it is not a replacement, hence the
difficulties of successfully present-
ing opera are compounded, and the
final result correspondingly more
liable to imperfections.
Although some of the deviation,
from sought-after perfection are
noted above, this production of
"Traviata" is adequate if not out.
standing, and intermittently, i
not consistently, excellent.
-David Kessel

Production Mixes Up 'Cray Girl'


Ike Needs New Advisors



LE we do not know niuch about the meet-
g 'at Peiping over the weekend between
ssians and the Chinese, we do know that
added a new complication to a summit
ishchev's original proposal had the great,
al advantage that it looked to the Middle
vthout raising the problems of the Far
)n this essential point, Gen. de Gaulle's
al took advantage of what really was an
ant concession, and offered to meet at
mmit without Red China participating.
our own counter proposal which insisted
imbedding a, summit meeting in the
w Council meant only that Mao was not
present but that Chiang had the right
resent and in case there was any voting
the Council's procedure, to exercise a'
Mr. Dulles has missed the bus, and if
s to be a summit meeting at all, we must
that in one way or another Mao will have
in it.
r OWN VIEW I am unhappy and appre-
yive about the way we are being pushed
,rds with our minds confused into a'
b meetinK.
[udging by Mr. Dulles's press conference
ek he has not cast himself in the role of
sman who knows that to make progress
s stability in the Middle East he must
well as take. He is playing the part of
ting lawyer who hopes to win an argu-
He is out to prove first, that the inter-
, in Lebanon and Jordan was legal.
undoubtedly true.
second, he means to turn the table, and
the Russians and the United Arabs with
ct aggression." If someone had tried to
a formula most likely to set off a
cal explosion which will poison the air,
ld not have found a more sure-fire
ONE to whom the President will listen,
uld warn him thathe will make a great
if he thinks that he can dominate the
conference with 'charges of indirect
the truth is that indirect aggression-
to say, propaganda, infiltration, bribery,
ion - is an old instrument of power
, and in our time it is the way the cold
ought. Both sides use it when they think,
n do so to their own advantage.
uld impair, not enhance, the President's
redit if he were to become blindly self-

righteous, and were to tell a knowing and
skeptical world that we do not resort to what
he calls indirect aggression and that only our
adversaries do.
Panama will be sitting on the Security Coun-
cil, a living reminder of how the United States'
obtained the Canal Zone in order to build the
canal. Guatemala was only recently the scene
ofta'successful coup, publicly applauded by Mr.
Eisenhower himself, to oust an anti-American
and fellow travelling government.
The President will be reminded of what
happened in Iran when Mossadegh was pushed
out. Over the whole of the President's denuncia-
tion of external interference against existing
governments will hang the Dulles theory of the'
liberation of Eastern Europe, and the obvious
fact that if we knew a way to overturn the
existing governments - without the enormous
risks of war, we should be only too happy to
use that way.
THE CENTRAL FACT is thaj in the cold war
today, the opportunities open to our adver-
saries are much greater than those open to us.
For we are opposing three big revolutionary
movements-the Russian, the Chinese, and the
Arab-which have a potent appeal to the intel-
lectual leaders and to the masses of backward
Notrall countries are vulnerable to these
revolutionary movements. But a great many
countries are, and It is in them that indirect
aggression works. Governments are not * easily
overthrown from abroad unless there is already
within "the country a strong disposition to
encourage and to receive external aid.
The thesis, propounded by Mr. Dulles and
accepted by Mr. Eisenhower, amounts to a de-
mand that in the weapons of the cold war, our
adversaries shall disarm, and in effect acquiesce
in their own military containment, as for
example, by the remaining members of the
Baghdad Pact.
Mr. Dulles is telling the President to demand
the impossible and national policies based on
impossible demands are very unwise indeed.
They are likely to lead a country into a dilemma
where it must choose between a retreat which
is humiliating and an advance which may be
MR. DULLES is concerned, and rightly so,
by the progress of the revolutionary move-
ment' in the Middle East. -But he is indulging
In a legal day-dream, and is in the highest
degree unrealistic, if he thinks the President
can induce Mr. Khrushchev, or the United Na-
tions, to agree to a legal prohibition that is
more than a pious platitude.
It is a startling footnote to Mr. Dulles's thesis
that having announced his doctrine about in-
direct aggression on Thursday, he followed it up
on Saturday by recognizing the revolutionary
government of Iraq, presumably a product of
indirect aggression.
The real problem of the Western statesmen
is to find the ground on which an accommoda-
tion can be reached with the revolutionary
movements which now dominate so much of

DON'T CONFUSE the George
and Ira Gershwin hit musical
"Girl Crazy" of 1930 with the cur-
rent fare at Music Circle Theatre
in Farmington, the Robert K.
Adams production of "Girl Crazy."
Both shows are basically the
same story of a wealthy dude,
Danny, who is sent West to the
family ranch to be cured of his
girl-crazy nature. But in the latter
production, Danny is also a cham-
pion figure skater and the ranch
is a winter resort (in Arizona.).
Translating this to the theatre,
Music Circle has just about re-
placed the stage with a nice block
of ice, an expensive feat for Au-
ton, who plays Danny, is one of
the few members of the cast who
can skate. The others must be con-
tented with standing around the
out side of the ring, almost in the
audience, singing and delivering
their lines with a show of bravery.
This makes it, particularly dif-
ficult for Danny and Molly (play-
,ed by Lorrie Bentley) to get to-
gether. Their "Embraceable You"
duet has Button doing all the
work, singing and skating, while
Miss Bentley looks on.
As a skater, no one will question
Button's ability. But there is doubt
that he is much of an actor and
still more doubt that he can sing.
The non-skating Miss Bently

however is a very fine singer. Her
performance of "Could You Use
Me," following Button's attempt'
at the same song, is one of the
few indications on the part of the
Music Circle cast that this group
thinks anything of George Gersh-
win's music. She performs "But
Not for Me" equally well.
Education Bill
AN ACCEPTABLE Federal aid-
to-education bill can yet be
passed before the adjournment of
Congress if its advocates will really
put some last-minute steam behind
There is nothing new or novel
in principle with. Federal aid to
education: the Morrill Land
Grant College Act was passed
nearly a century ago, and the
latest bill continuing the eight-
year-old program granting direct
Federal aid to local school dis-
tricts containing unusually large
numbers of children of Federal
employes was passed only a week
While it is too bad that there
is no Federal aid to school con-
struction in this measure, the bill
does represent significant assist-
ance to education and, despite its
defects and deficiencies, would
still be a major achievement of
this Congress.
--New York Times

THE REAL STAR of the evening
is Jane Connell as Kate, the dance
hall madam with all the experi-
ence. She, too, has her own par-
ticular treatment for the Gersh-
win music, a treatment that is suc-
cessful and flattering even though
it often ignores the melody.
Mrs. Connell is so good, in fact,
that there isn't enough in "Girl
Crazy" for her to do. And the
production is stretched again to
admit new musical numbers, one
of them "Boston Beguine," which
is very well done by this deep-
voiced blonde. But it just isn't
"Girl Crazy."
* * *
ALEX PALERMO is very good
as Slick, the gambler, but his
characterization needs just a little
polish and his voice a lot more.
Allen Mulliken plays Brooklynite
Gieber Goldfare with surprising
results and a good many laughs.
Judy Guyll, who could have
taken a bigger role than that of
Patsy, and Tony Price, team up for
a "speciality dance," that fits in
with what has now become a
variety show. Don Sheehan, oozes
personality, but once again over-
acts his role with gusto.
The dancing ensemble, composed
of Fred Terko, Barbara Janezic,
Tony Price, Ronnie Tassone, and
Tam Wood deserves applause,
especially for its attempts on the
-Vernon Nahrgang

THE MOST generally satisfying
voice belonged to Gordoi L Ohlsson.
He has excellent dictioiL as well,
and can be heard over end above
any of the other singers ;and most
of the orchestra. Ohlsson; never let
his characterization of 'the elder
Germont drift into mauinlin senti-
mantality or unrelieved 1 pomposity,
and he is a rather striling stage
figure, besides.
Most of the supportirng singers
and practically all of ie chorus
stood around singing anedi looking
at the conductor withott making

Two for the Road.
/ FlyandCosmic Rot

HE FLY" opened yes I:erday at
the Michigan theate. Here
we have a fairly well constructed
film, marred only by occasional
lapses in the minor details, which
should hold its audience in the
grip of suspense for a go td while.j
The problem of the sio-called

Poles Dissatisfied but Do Not Talk of Revolution

(EDITOR'S NOTE:- Daily Night
Editor Thomas Turner is living in
Warsaw, Poland, this summer as
part of an Experiment In Inter-
national Living. This is the first of
two articles dealing with Poland).
Special to the Daily
WARSAW - Warsaw was 85 per
cent or more destroyed dur-
ing the war.
This one fact characterizes Po-
land's capital as no other could.
There is much new housing as one
can see anywhere. But there are
also .thousands of .burned-out
buildings and vacant lots.
In Mokotow, the residential dis-
trict where I am staying, most of
the buildings are four story apart-
ment houses. All the buildings
visible from our fourth story
building are postwar.
* * *
THIS building, in which my
host, Tomasz Krzeszowski, and his
grandmother rent a two-room flat,
is owned by a housing cooperative
and is representative of the new
The room in which Krzeszowski
and I sleep is L-shaped, measur-
ing 12 by 16 feet in its largest di-
mensions. It contains a desk be-.
longing to Krzeszowski, his book-
case, a piano he recently bought
but cannot afford to have tuned,
a table on which we eat, four
straight chairs, an armchair, a
wardrobe, a table radio on a box,
and a bed in which I sleep. The
armchair is called an "American
Chair" - it folds out like a studio
couch into ai bed for my host.

cant lots. A sign over the entrance
dedicates it to Poland "in the
name of Josef Stalin."
Inside there are several movie
theaters, a congress hall seating
3,000 people, a swimming pool, a
technical museum, a foreign book-
store and a restaurant.
In the bookstore controversial
popular works such as George
Kennan's "Russia, the Atom and
the West" and J. Edgar Hoover's
"Masters of Deceit" are sold, as
are nore substantial works such
as "Russian Thought and Politics"
from the Harvard Studies series.
It was pointed out, however,
that most of the books there ar-
rive one copy each, and are quick-
ly sold. They are not available in
other bookstores.
0 * *
THE PALACE was built in an
area of central Warsaw which was
almost completely leveled by the
war. But what is perhaps more re-
markable is the job which has
been done in restoring the oldest
sections of Warsaw to pre-war ap-
Both the "Old City" with its-
brick fortifications and the "New
City" are now substantially as
they were in the 17th century.
On the site of the old Ghetto,
however, grass still grows. Apart-
ment buildings, similar to those
here in Mokotow are being built,
but only a few are ready for oc-
cupancy. Here one can see the
monument to the thousands of
Jews killed by the Nazis.
Indeed, almost the entire story

King Jan Sobieski, who blefeated
the Tartars in Vienna in .the late
16th century.
Sobieski's Versailles-like palace
had fallen into disrepair and is
now being restored. The. farm-
lands were taken from their land-
lord at the end of the war iand are
now farmed by workers IAwho re-
ceive $40 per month, half 1Ioland's
average income.
In the city itself lies I' azienki
Park, a beautiful woodesi area
which once also belonged to the
Polish crown. Here are staitues of
both Josef Poniatowski, son, of the
last Polish king and leadc5, of a
revolt against the partitioning
powers in the late 18th c entury,
and of Frederic Chopin.
The statue of Poniatowski has
an interesting history. It. once
stood on a public square t'amed
Saxon Square. Then the Square
was renamed for Josef Plhihadski,
Poland's interwar strongmen.
During the second world wiir the
statue was destroyed anel the
square renamed for Hitler. When
a new statue was made, it "went
to Laziensi, and the square. was
christened "Victory" by the Com-
munist government.
THE SAME theme of "Vicibory"
Is carried out in the monuilent
to the Red Army here in Mokmtow.
Twin Soviet soldiers, one comff rt-
ing a fallen Pole, the other hold-
ing back a German, flank an (3be-
lisk topped by a Soviet star.
Poles today seem frankly Clis-
satisfied with their lot, particu. ar-

matter transmitter has intrigued
many writers over the years; the
story on which "The Fly" is based
is about as good as any, granted
the usual preposterous assump-
Briefly, a skilled Canadian in-
ventor puts together a device
which appears at first glance to
be a combination computor, pin-
ball machine, neon sign, and fish-
bowl. But it works, don't ask me
how. Curiously enough, the movie
company offers $100 to the first
person who can prove it can't
AT ANY RATE, the inventor
finds his transmitter works just
fine for tea-cups, champagne bot-
tles, newspapers, and guinea pigs,
although an occasional cat does
get lost in the works.
His wife, a vivacious creature
with never a hair out of place,
never a fragment of make-up'
smudged, never a cross word-in
other words, a highly unlikely wo-
man-is soon let in on his big se-
cret. But before the world can be
told, something definitely gets
crossed up, and the inventor and a
stray fly trade essential parts of
their respective anatomies as the
electron stream gets scrambled.
From here, one thing leads to
another, with half the cast out
chasing flies at one time or
Vincent Price and Herbert Mar-
shall, old hands at acting, more
than compensate for the rest of
the cast; Patricia Owens as the
inventor's wife, is just too well
washed to be true; Al Hedison
plays the Human Fly; his facial
expressions leave much to be de-
sired, but with those big eyes what
can he do?
SPACE MASTER X-7, on the
other hand, is just plain silly.
Handled in semi-documentary
style, this bundle of banality tells
how the Internlal Security boys,
with the help of the L.A. cops,
track down a woman contamin-
ated with spores from a sort of
cosmic iunale rot which was col-

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