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v Freytag's Plays is
ig in Small German
Are Provided WithL



ie Journalisten," to be presented by the
utscher Verein next Friday evening, the
n town-the "Union," organ of the Lib-
of the Conservative party, are the real
persons, in whom the attention may be
ve have here two groups of persons1
r and political activity.
fairs into comedy, a woman's finesse
r is needed.
11 Adelbeid Runeck, a fresh, young,
k country heiress, just of age, comes to
town to settle her newly acquired es-
:e tates, and pays a visit to her friend
Ida. Adelheid is in love with Conrad
ir Bolz, of the "Union," and with his
help she manages the denouement.
n Of course, she can not prevent Colonel
Berg's defeat, but she learns that Old-
.d endorf must quit journalism as a first
condition to a rekistatement into the
tt graces of his dkrling'h father. She
also inveigles the Colonel into a prom-
is ise to unite Ida and Oldendorf, on
condition that she select a husband for
er herself, during the winter.
The exit of the Professor,from the
e; profession she brings about by buying
e out the proprietary right to the
h "Union," thus forcing Oldendorf's res-
er ignation. The latter she accobnplishes
by renewing the childhood love with
le Conrad Eolz, to whom she makes a
er gift of-the newspaper, and herslf,
J. W. S.

Froir out of the seclusion of the
wilds of the NIolverine state, stepst
Sara M. Franck, who, as Adelheid Ru-c
neck, the rich, young, heroine of "Die
Journalisten," will burst forth intoc
campus prominence in her most dil-t
cult, and exacting role of the "Goodl
Miss Franck's life has been one of
great quiet and seclusion, a life lived
exactly as that of Adelheid was. Add-.
cd to this great advantage of being-
cast for a part in which she'is by tem-i
perament and training fitted, the
Nashville actress-for. Miss Franck
hails from the blooming village ofi
that name i the utstern part of treis.
state--has had a wde exerience upon
the pu 'ic iplatform. Bes ides being
the winner of numerous debates, and
victor over mainy of her male fellow
students in ast many more oratorical
contests, she has carried, with great
success, several leading, and second-
ary roles in amateur productions put
on in the vicinity of her home town.}
The glare of the footlights and the
load of the contents of the make-up
box, will therefore hold no terrors for
the leading lady.
Miss Franck has not had the advan-
tage of spending some time in the
"Vaterland," bit she has done the next
best thing. The last seven years of
her achtool work have been devoted,' n
great part, to the study of German,
and her use of this language is very
fluent and easy.
Although this is her junior year in
college, this will mark the first ap-
pearance of Miss Franck in any Uni-
versity function, and the work of the
two new stars will be eagerly watch-

For Over Quarter of Century,
Society Has Been Prominent On
Campus in Many Dramatic Per
and Other Activities.
In the days before modern journalistic mefh:ds were
the office o The Michigan Daily, little other than personal
LAWRENCE CLAYTON ial, and ninety per cent of advertising could be found. Anc
In the person of Lawrence Clayton, years since this rural style has been abandoned. Conseq
the Mormon capital, Salt Lake City, anything that happened in the dark ages before 1905 or 19(
claims the leading actor of "Die Jour- the Daily files is almost an impassibilty.
nalisten." Mr. Clayton, in the role
of Bolz, an editor of the "Unin," in- It is, therefore, but the briefest outlines of a history
tiates himself into public activities at Verein that can be given here. One thing is certain, howe
Michigan. His high school work be- the' Deutscher Verein of the University of Michigan, is t
ing completed in 1909, in Salt Lake order on the campus. 'It even antedates the Athietic Asso
City, he spent all the intervening time,
untl~astsume inGemay, tuy-ganization apart from 'direct faculty contril,
until, ast summer in Germany, study-
ing the language, and Germanic cus- For over twenty-five years the Verein before :his y
toms. In this he did not resort to the Deutscher Verein has beed active in members of the Ger
popular Berlitz School, nor did he University functions. In this quarter ly maintain that thi
identify himself with the American of a century it has numbered among nual production. '
colony routine at-Berlin, both of which its members some of the greatest men any pretentious size
prevent, or at least hinder so many in the German teaching and political Sarah Caswell Ange
Americans from acquiring a genrune life. Some of the more familiar names not 'until the year 1
German speech are Prof. Calvin Thomas, now of Co- finally transferred 1
Mr. Clayton was wise enough to iso- lumbia University; Prof. Karl Hempl, ney theater. .
late himself in the German quarter, of the University of California; the The first product
and absorb as much of the genuine at- late Prof. Robert Hench and numerous the drama by Er
mosphere and culture as possible. To other world-famed educators. als Erzicher." This
aid further in this endeavor, he early Letters received by individual smem- Sarah Caswell Ange
affiliated himself with numerous Ger- bers of the -Verein, but unfogtunately was considered a gi
wgan clubs and societies, ands soon not kept, show that severiof the cially as well as art
found himself a regular lecturer on members after graduation have en- lowing year, tle Ter
American subjects before his German tered the field of German journalism tav Freytag's "1
associates. To these experiences he and dramatics. The success of all which. has agair
owes his possession of 'an "Echtes has been attested for. Probably the for production ths
Deutsch" that is hard to beat, even by best known in newspaper work us 6f the ply Was:s
those of German descent. "Bob" Montsieur, with the New York the facutlty grated'
In dramatics, Mr. Clayton has had as Sun.- Mr. Montsieur is one of the K rmsson to take t
thorough a training as in the use or greatest reporters in the country hay- The perfornmatnce ti
the German language. During the last ing covered such imppr antevents as etitio. of the succe
few years he has taken the leading the recent English coronation, the Du.r- sentation. This is
roles in four operettes. In his senior bar rat Delhi, and the Mexican out- the Deutscher yeio
year in high school, he was the captain breaks for the New York Sun and the Its play out of Ann .
of the school debating team, and won large Lafan News bureau which it ond drimc for any IJ
a handsome gold medal offered by the controls. In 1907 Moser's d<
Sons of the American Revolution for The records in the Daily show but edy, Der Bibliot
the best original partriotic oration. seven plays given by the Deutscher with een greater
With these laurels of earlier days to than were its pre
his credit, Mr. Clayton enters the field outside, Mr: Townley secured an act- cessful was the l
of college dramatics distinctly well ing position with the Ben Greet Wood- again the faculty
equipped, and he is certain to produce land players last summer. In the for the play to be
a slendid sample of acting in the lan- course of the summer's tour he gained Saginaw .being, the
guage of the land of "Sauerkraut und wide experience in all sorts of roles great number of pe
Wiener Schnitzel." in the classic drama, turned away from
When it came time for Mr. Townley splendid success in
to leave the company, Mr. Greet ex- the Deutscher Ver
.Tg rutnev pressed many sincere regrets at the old, and cramped a
o£ loss of nis m'gt promising young ac Caswell Angell Ha
tor, and said that any time Mr. Town- Whitney Theater, G
ley wished to go on the professional annual productions
Coa ne Acorsstage again, that he would be glad staged.
.- to use him or recommend him strong- The play of 1908
Is First Professional Coach Deutscher ly. the classicist, Les
In clege, Mr. Townley's dramatic 'Minna von Barnh
Verein Has Ever work has been estricted solely to the The great success
Evd r French plays. Last year he carried probably due to th
-Had an important part, an this year he grban e to t
scored a Iremendous hit in the ex- teel.
HAS VERY LARGE EXPERIENCE. ceedingly dificult role of Roger de The following y
Ceran. mont," a deep t
For the first time in the history of what is probably tli
the Deutscher Verein, a professional The supposedly sy and bashfulesentation that
coach has been engaged to produce the Fritz Klelnmichel, i love with Piepen- any college show.
play. And in this first step towards brink's daughter Bertha will be played success.
adding the greatest possible finish to by John 0. Dieterle. Although Mr. The performanc
the annual production, the Verein was Dieterle has had but little experience years are fresh in

not compelled to go outside of the in present generation
d rhe i a m a it o s, asr et, eredh s m a- e en~eer t
University. Within our walls was thetically into his part, which Is al- 'Arronge's "Dr. E
found a man wlho had wide experience most exclusively pantomime, and he is Fulda's "Der Dumk
in professional, as well as amateur certain to add greatly to the amuse- each, an advance,
t dramatics. He is John Hurlburt Town- ment in the Piepenbrink scene. their predecessors
t ley. Bertha will be played by Jean over all but "Egmoi
In the capacity of coach and gen- Sharpe. Miss Sharpe has done a Thus endeth th
eral director, Mr. Townley has been great deal of work in high school and activities of the
- in charge of the work from the very other amateur dramatics, but this is But by no means
beginning, and his careful work with her first college appearance. Her sly haust all the pub
love-making with Fritz~, while' thepr
the cast, individually and ensemble, e par- years before annua
t insures a smooth and most effective ents consider both innocent, is food ed as an institution
performance. for much laughter. sporadically, somet
Mr. Townley is as junior in college, in one year, and a
s and is well known in literary and dra- Louis P. Haller, who will play the years.
I matic circles. Besides being upon The part of the Justice Schwartz, hails Besides,. several
f Michigan Daily staff last year and this, from Omaha, Nebraska, where he min- brought to the Un
f he is also a member of the Painted gled in high school and other ama- by the Deutscher I
- Window staff. He has long been a teur dramatics. While in- college, Mr. on.things German
. student of the drama, aid of the stage, Haller has appeared in two German, Some of these lect
i and brings to his work the knowledge 'and two French plays. over the world fo
e of practical stage technique that has ship, and upon the
has beer invaluable in getting the play The members y the German faculty the annual plays
into. shape. have written, or edited, most of the to 'which outside s
t After much experience in amateur German text books now being used in vited to Michigan
dramatics, in high school, college, and the country. the Deutscher Ver


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ecess is insecure as
rf is a daily guest at
of their most respect-
conservative, retired
3erg, whose daughter,
flianced to the liberal
is friendship, Senden,
olonel Berg to write
Coriolan." These are
written, and present
ts that invite. attack.
is, no one suspects
and the "Union" an-
t number with a most
ourse, further angers
iel, and when Profes-
ill unknowing of hisj
t his fiancee's home
jolonel Berg banishes
ouse, and forbids his
Being her lover again.
old friendship makes
ruly pathetic.
e difficulties already
mmittee of conserva-
Senden, induces Col-
ept the nomination as
e Conservative party
ce which his intendedI
mpting to win. Thus,1
the Professor becomel
s. As neither willi
ror of the other, and
iotic and self-sacrific-
d of their country, to
e but the election can

Gustav Freytag, the author of "Die
Journalisten," was born in 1816, in
Kreuzburg, a smvll town in Silesia,
closely bordering on Slavic territory.
The last years of the Napoleonic wars
had seen his father as Burgomaster of
the town, and Freytag, in his boyhood,
was a witness ;f not only the unweary-{
ing struggle to overcome the results'
of the terrible devastation, but also of
the complacency and even cheerful-
ness with which everyone, grateful for
the dearly won peace and security,
bore the incidental hardships and ma-
terial deprivations.
After his preliminary education he
entered the University of Breslau in
1835 to study classical philology,
where he soon became deeply interest-
ed in the study of his native literature.
It is worthy of note, that for his doc-
tor's thesis he chose, "The Beginnings
of Dramatic Poetry among the Ger-
mans" as his subject.
Even while a student Freytag start-
led upon historical tragedy, though he
found himself unable to complete his
first attempt. But in 1843 a comedy,
"Die Brautfahrt" was successfully pro-
duced many times. It has since been
abandoned. In 1844 he 'closed his
academic career, studied the drama in
Leipsi'c for a time, and until 1848 de-
voted himself to literary studies in
Dresden. At that time he bought out
a political paper, which he edited
until 1870.

1853; "Die Verlorene I-andschrift" in
1863. he wrote several historical
treatises, of which "Bilder aus der
deutschen Vergangenheit" is the most
important. His cycle of historical
novels, "Die Ahnen" appeared during
the Franco-Prussian war.
"Die Journalisten" appeared in 1852.
four years after Freytag had entered
upon his journalistic career. This
comely is usually put in the same
class with Lessing's "Minna von Barn-
helm," which was so successfully pro-
duced by the Deutscher Verein a few
years .ago, and with Kleist's "Der zer-
brochenne Krug." It readily won ad-
mission to the German stage, and has
lost ione of its popularity to this day.
Freytag also wrote another play,
"Die Fabier," but it never won much
favor. He is best known among the
English speaking people by his won-
derful treatise on "The Technique of
the Drama," probably the last word on
that subject..
He died in Wiesbaden in 1895.
Because of the fact that he is presi-
dent of the Deutscher Verein, Carl A.
Helmecke would not take a large part
in this year's play. He is taking a
double part, acting the character role
of Mueller, the "Union" printer's devil,
and the part of a servant in the Pie
ponprink scene. Even the waiter has
had a large experience, having taken
part in French and German plays at
Michigan, and high school playlets..
Kleinmichel, one of Piepenbrink's
constituents and lieutenants, is wel'
taken care of by John F. Lauver, of
Detroit. As the careful guardian o
his captains interests he adds mate
rially to the humor of the situation
Mr. Lauver has taken part in high
school dramatics, as well as in the
Michigan Union Minstrel Show.
This is the first Daily supplemen
i published by the Deutscher Verein.

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