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THE DAILY COLLEGIAN
"For A Better Pear. State"
:._•essor to the Penn State Collegian; established 1901. and
the Free Lance. established 153:
Published daily except Sunday and Monday during the.
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11..inaging Editor This Issue
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Friday Morning, November 8, 1940
Ex-Editor Henderson Disagrees
EDITOR'S NOTE:—AII of the editors who
have served Collegian in the last 15 years have
been invited to write the editorial they would
most like to address to Penn State students to
By HARRY HENDERSON '36
When I received the Collegian's bid to do a guest
editorial, I asked an old friend to supply me with a
file of the papers published thus far this year. The
papers arrived. I have read every word in them.
Some of the editorials I have read twice.
And so it is that there is only one subject open
'to me—the Collegian's pro-war mumbo-jumbo,
that eloquent rubbish passed off 3'; logic in this
• The Collegian has gone to war blindly, without
question, without delay, without even a cursory
c-xamination of the causes or character of this war,
without even the liberal's customary mock debate
ever' the question. It has accepted without a
v - limper the role designed for it by the warmak
el•s of this country—that of a streetcorner pitch
man selling glittering but worthless . merchandise
"cheap." The Collegian's merchandise is war, the
glitter is "democracy," and the price—your life
Should we fight to preserve the British right to
oppress the Irish people? Should we fight
. to help
1S itish imperialism maintain its criminal exploi
tation and repression of the people of India?
Should. we fight to keep in _power the ruling class
that sabotaged the League of Nations, that betray
er the courageous people of China, Ethiopia,
Czechoslovakia, Poland, and France, that betrayed
its own people into this massacre.? Should we
fight to protect the investments of our own fat
boys in South America, Mexico, Europe and the
• There has never been a war as needless as this
one, nor one that could have been more easily pre
ented. Its character is plain. It is not a war for
"freedom." It is not a war against "brutality" or
"oppression;" the English record of brutality and
oppression haS never been exceeded. This is not
a war for "democracy." Neither the Axis nor
Britain has announced any war aims, and the
Collegian in stupidly assuming Britain champions
"freedom and democracy" preserves, only its right
to be disillusioned when the war ends.
This is a war for markets, concessions, minerals
zmd oil, and democracy has no mor' to do with it
than it had to dd with the last war "to make the
. ivorld safe for democracy." Nor is British im
perialism the lesser of two evils as the mystic pot
boilers_ of the New Republic declare. The victims
, of any imperialism will tell you there is no dif
ference in being eaten alive by either a tiger or a
There must be no mistake about the role the
'United States is playing. It is not arming to defend
democracy. It is arming to inherit the British
empire. If we fight the Nazis and their partners,
it will not be to preserve democracy. It 'will be
lo get the British Empire for our own fat boys:
Without hesitation the Collegian has endorsed
the fantastic arms appropriations, the chucking
of the College expansion program,"the conscription
the suppression of free speech, academic free
dom and civil liberties. Let me say this: conscrip
tion, arms, and the abolishment of free speech and
civil liberties have never saved :ivy country, and
Lawrence S. Driever '4/
_C. Russell Eel
1.19-121 South Frazier St
_Ralph C. Routsonir, Jr. '9l
John A. Baer '42
...Alice M. Murray '42
PENNSYLVANIA AND DEFENSE
By EDWARD STEIDLE, Dean,
School of Mineral Indusiries
• EDITOR'S NOTE:—Because oC the wide
spread interest interest in the series of six articles by
the School of Mineral Industries which was com
pleted last Friday, Dean Steidle was asked to
Write a seventh and concluding article. That ar
ticle. which is a summary of all that has ione
before, appears below.
At the beginning of the present conflict, Ger
many did not possess a sufficient supply of min
erals to hold out for any appreciable time. The
potential supplies of Great Britain were over
whelming and our leading mineral economists be
lieved that Great Britain would win the conflict
on this basis alone But the fortunes of war tell
another story. Germany, by • invasion and con
quest, has greatly replenished her stocks of war
minerals, coal, oil, and iron ore. Thus far, she has
not added much to her stocks of other essential
minerals, principally copper, tin, nickel, tungsten,
vanadium, mica, quartz crytsals, and industrial
diamonds. Nor has she commanded an adequate
supply of oil. Germany is likely to go down slow
ly because of a lack of these minerals unless she
can get control of the sea. Sea power is still the
most formidable power in war.
What is the general position of the United States
in regard to these questions? Germany insists on
controlling raw materials which means control of
the sea: This would mean a new order for the
United States since we are not self-sufficient with
r.-spect to supplies of all of the minerals that are
necessary to maintain our industries and military
power as well as the maintenance of our standards
of living. The list of so-called strategic minerals
includes manganese. tin; chromite, tungsten, mer
cury, mica, nickel, quartz crystals, and industrial
diamonds: also certain grades of graphite and as
bestos. Our first mo% e, and there is no time to
lose, is to invest some of the gold hoard in at least
a 3-year supply of the strategic minerals. Gold is
the universally accepied basis of currency and
credit. Its actual utility is less • than lead. The
:,ticking of strategic minerals is not a new idea.
Unfortunately, such steps as have been taken by
the Government to date have not secured ample
supplies. Obviously, these stocks should be regu
lated by our government so that no damage would
be done to the home industries.
Over in Mount Vernon, Ind., the student body of
Oakland City college recently had an organized
cheering session—for an oil well. The school had
turned to prospecting to support itself, so the guys
and gals vocally got behind the field crew. Now
comes some wag with this suggested cheer: Well,
Wel, 0-1 . -L; RAW, RAW, RAW!
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