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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 77, Number 1 (Nov. 1975)

Letters,   p. 4

Page 4

March and the (other) KKK
Ed Dobrow '47 asks in the July Wiscon-
sin Alumnus about my friend and
classmate Fredric March and the ref-
erence in the 1921 Badger to his mem-
bership in the Ku Klux Klan. Mr.
Dobrow need not worry about Fred's
being out of his normal, liberal character
in this matter. Page 450 of that Badger
shows that this was the (no doubt,
ironical) name used by the Honorary
Junior Society, whose members, all out-
standing students, are pictured on that
page. This obviously had nothing what-
ever to do with the night-riding, night-
shirt-wearing Klan which was in dis-
repute even then. Fred's fine reputation
remains secure.
Whitney North Seymour '20
New York City
. . . When March attended the Uni-
versity there were three interfraternity
social organizations: Skull and Crescent
and Innergate for sophomores, and
Ku Klux Klan for juniors . . . In a sense
they substituted for what is now the
Inter-Fraternity Council. In the spring
of 1922 and 1923, Ku Klux Klan was
listed in the Badger as a "Junior Inter-
Fraternity Social Society." This was
the last time. The members inducted
into the Society in the spring of 1923
thought the name was curious, irrele-
vant, and very unfortunate. So the name
was changed at that time to "Tumas."
Porter Butts '24
Inflation Understood
Thank you for printing "Understanding
Inflation" by Prof. Jon G. Udell in your
July issue. It recognized the impact
our government has as a cause of
our inflation, both by deficit spending
and increasing taxes.
Joan Pomprowitz Schaupp '54
DePere, Wis.
... Congratulations are due the author
and your staff for this article. It is
not only basically most timely in view of
current events, but also it is an unbiased
technical report of what has brought
our nation to almost a dead halt . . .
Never have I heard or seen a better
summary of the factors involved in these
problems. In my days in Washington
I struggled with budgets, incomes, taxes,
costs, prices, availability, and sources
of materials. I now recognize in an
open market their interrelation as being
so intimate as to affect not only gov-
ernment, but the individual as well . . .
I have sent a copy to President Ford
and to my Congressman, the Hon.
Edward Hutchinson, with the suggestion
that he have it inserted in the Con-
gressional Record or whatever other
means there is to get a copy on the desk
of each Congressman.
Arthur L. Luedke '10
St. Joseph, Michigan
      I agree with Prof. Udell, especially
 where he said "If we fail, the ultimate
 result is likely to be an economic blood-
 bath." His approach to the problem,
 I fear, would take too long. I'm sub-
 mnitting a plan to be completed in a
 five-year period or sooner. We have no
 time to lose.
 G. A. Bauman '17
 Carmel, Calif.
 Mr. Bauman encloses a page from the
 Carmel PINE CONE which printed a
 letter containing his suggestions. It is
 reprinted in part below.-Ed.
   1. Balance the budget with income
 and outgo by all governmental bodies
 as Federal, State, County and City
 (the current situation of New York City,
 for example, would never have hap-
   2. Stop inflation by placing a tem-
 porary ceiling or moratorium on wages,
 prices, rents, interest, etc.-all inclusive
 and then feed the economy by lowering
 interest rates. It is stated by everyone,
 government experts included, that if
 oil ceilings are taken off of old oil now,
 prices would skyrocket. The same reason-
 ing should apply to other temporary
 ceilings-keep them on until the follow-
 ing program is put into effect.
   1. Set aside and apply to our national
debt all receipts from our natural
resources (belonging to all people) as
sale of oil leases, royalties, forest returns,
mining, sale of property and all deple-
tion allowances of twenty-two and
one-half percent formerly deducted by
the oil companies and other mineral
mining ventures. By guesstimating, this
should produce about five billion dollars
a year on a five-year plan-amounting
to about twenty-five billion dollars.
   2. Reduce the debt by printing cur-
rency up to five percent of the national
debt instead of interest-bearing bonds.
This would amount to thirty billion
a year or one-hundred and fifty billion
for the five-year period.
  3. Pass legislation for every citizen
of the United States and foreign investors
to pay five percent of their net worth
in this country to apply on payment
of our national debt. "Charity begins
at home."
   Cash, mortgages, notes, government
 and corporate securities at market value
 would be accepted. Then cancel gov-
 ernment securities and obligations by
 paying them off as money is received.
 This should bring in approximately
 five hundred billion for a one-year period
 only. It would mean an average of
 $2275 per person, man, woman and
 child, figuring a top ten trillion dollars
 as total wealth of the country and invest-
 ments abroad.
   This would bring our debt down
 to a workable deficit, if not completely
   In hardship cases payment within
 the five-year period would be allowed at
 the going rates of interest.
   With this program you will find the
 dollar returning to its true value and
 most of our present troubles solved.
 Viva Kasten
 Your May issue contained a list of
 faculty retirees. On the list was Lloyd
 Kasten. Professor Kasten taught 47-
 or was it 48?---consecutive years at
 Madison and is now. continuing his
 work in retirement, namely directing
 the Hispanic Seminary of Medieval
 Spanish Studies. The Seminary is almost
 unique in the world in its use of the com-
 puter, and Professor Kasten won a
 $500,000 federal grant for the work
 they are doing there now. This humble
 man, whose love of animals, flowers,
 farms, photography, music, cooking
 and people has made him a modest spe-
 cialist in many areas, was voted the 1926
 School of Commerce graduate most
 likely to succeed! In 1937 he was one
 of 20 American Spanish scholars named
 as founding members of the American
 Academy of the Spanish Language. Upon
 his retirement, the Seminary has pub-
 lished a book, Studies in Honor of
 Lloyd A. Kasten, and he was presented
 a volume of testimonial letters, both
 from students, fellow teachers and
 friends all over the world.
 The first year I taught in Eau Claire
 I asked an intermediate class the names
 of any famous Spanish authors they
 knew. Two responses were "Kasten
 and Neale-Silva." At first I chuckled
 because their books the students were
 referring to were standard college text-
 books. On reflection I realized the
 greatness of these men not just at the
 beginning levels, where the really good
 teaching must be done, but at the
 research level where both Lloyd Kasten
 and Eduardo Neale-Silva have achieved
 international renown-Kasten for the
 General Estoria and work on the massive
tentative dictionary of Old Spanish
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