THE MICHIGAN DAILY.
THE DAR FLOWER
By JohnGs (sworthy (828 G1784d R4)
Conventions connected with mar-
riage are attacked in this earlier work
of the notable English writer. Passion
is made to over-ride reason, and the
chief character, an artist, is given a
free rein by the author, the result of
which is that he forms a series of
questionable attachments. In his
typical manner, the writer, while
seeming to give some justification to
unrestrained love, shows, at the same
time, the disrupted homes brought
about by a loose view on questions of
The hero is represented as being
somewhat abnormal, so that the theory
of the argument is scarcely applicable
to, or analogous with, everyday life.
The story uses the element of' sus-
pense to a degree which almost
amounts to misuse; the reader isamade
to expect that the artist will, in the
end, return to his first love, which
consummation is never reached.
Ualswortliy's regard for poignancy
is apparent on every page. He even
goes so far as to have one of his
characters, Sylvia, ignored for the very
lack of it. The book is stirring to
even-minded persons who have settled
opinions on a much-discussed topic.
Editor, The Michigan Daily:
The disgraceful deal which was at-
tempted by "Joe" Reinger has, of
course, caused considerable comment,
and the guilty party has come in for
Ihis just share of criticism. Without
attempting in the least to excuse this
rotten scheme, I believe that an at-
tempt to point out the underlying
causes of it all would not be amiss.
I firmly believe that those students
who are supporting the institution of
betting on the big games are directly
and morally responsible for this dirty
scheme. It is the money which these
students put up which is the stake
for which Reinger was dealing, and it
was out of this money that he planned
to pay the players for throwing the
This same institution of betting robs
all clean sport of its attractiveness and
interest. It killed wrestling as a pro-
fessional sport and all supporters of
the boxing and fighting game have be-
come disgusted with stories of frame-
ups in connection with large betting
pools on the big fights. Horses have
been doped and poisoned, jockeys have
been bribed and general enthusiasm
in racing has died down, and now we
hear of a gigantic frame-up to buy off
two of our Varsity men. Blameless
and honest as we know these men to
be, yet the campus will never forget
the insult to them and to the team.
Yet we cannot fail to think of the con-
sequences had the deal not fallen
through, and if our team had been
made up of men of different calibre.
In the exposure which would have fol-
lowed, college athletics would have
received a death blow.
Looking at it from a different angle,
the true sportsman is the man who
desires to see the best team win. To
him, the real exhilaration comes from
the pleasure of seeing the exhibition
of perfect form in a race-horse, or in
a fighting man, to see every man on
the team excel in individual play.
True sportsmanship has not, and never
can have, anything in common with
the mercenary spirit of the bettor who
sits with his mind only on the score,
and upon the few filthy sheckles
which a lucky .score may roll his way.
The man who bets on Michigan is not
backing the team or supporting Mich-
igan traditions, but his whole mind is
on his money, and his whole enthu-
siasm is directed toward a lucky out-
come of his bet.
While none of us desires to excuse
the culpable part played by Reinger,
let us hope that a consideration of the
real cause of his scheme will bring
all loyal Michigan men to use their
influence in mitigating this betting
evil which has twice been the cause
of such scandals.
MELVIN E. CASE, '15E.
Editor, The Michigan Daily-
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of our state universities, and th
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the consideration of the adoption of
some sort of a military system here a
Michigan. Gym work, while it is of ar
unquestionable value, has alway.
seemed irksome to most freshmen, ane
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not required. Of course it is not held
that drill would not at times become
dull and monotonous, yet it has several
advantages over gym work. It gives
every man some actual training In the
elementary art of defence, in simple
manoeuvers of group action, which,
however impracticable they may seem,
are always useful for the rigid disci-
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At Michigan, in particular, it will
solve the band problem, and it, will
certainly go a long way to fill the want
of group spirit which is a natural con-
sequence of the segregated private
residence system of housing students.
Thentoo, the general epidemic of mil-
itarism makes it proper that Michigan
at least consider the matter. A fea-
ture, so elemental as militarism, in
our civilization, cannot be wiped out
even in many generations. The subject
might be aired in The Daily, referred
to the student council, and submitted
to student vote. If desired by the
students, petitions to the effect might
be presented to the board of regents.
The government usually is anxious to
install such a system, and the ~mere
expression of the student wish for it
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