An audience of 75 people half filled Sever 11 yesterday noon to hear Payson S. Wild, assistant professor of Government, and five other speakers advocate consigning the entire Neutrality Act to the wastebasket.
"The Act is diametrically opposed to the present policy of our government," Wild stated, sounding the keynote of the meeting. He argued that arming the merchant marine is justified by German attacks without warning on American ships, and added that the sea lanes to Britain should be opened at once.
The meeting lasted less than half an hour and none of the speakers talked for more than five-minutes. Representing the Liberal Union, Edward Ames '42 appealed for immediate action. "The German army is removing every obstacle facing it in Europe.... Repealing the Neutrality Act may mean American ships sunk and American lives lost, but in comparison to the risks of inaction, these sacrifices are small."
Hiring mercenaries to take American supplies to England on a ship flying the Panama flag is a cowardly way of avoiding responsibility, James Landgan 31 argued. "Much of the fighting against the Nazis is inspired by a faith in the honesty and strength of America," and America must not betray that important responsibility by loss haggling over to peal, he urged.