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University .
Women Aid
Dr. Sargent]




(By Frances Oberholtzer)
To teach the Chinese to "swat the
fly," to show the danger of germs
lurking in filth, and the necessity of
drainage and ventilation, to combat
such prevalent diseases as cholera,
bubonic plague and tuberculosis, to
point out the connection between mos-
quitos and malaria, in short to preach
the gospel of health and sanitation,
this is the work of Dr. Clara Sargent,
'15M, working in China, supported by
the University Y. W. C. A.
Women of the University of Michi-
gan are being solicited for $1,700.00,
to pay Dr. Sargent's expenses while
conducting this campaign during the
next year. The drive for this fund, in
charge of' Gertrude Boggs, '22, was
begun in a meeting Thursday night
at Martha Cook building, when Mrs.
Katherine Willard Eddy, foreign sec-
retary of the National Y. W. C. A., ex-
plained to the workers, the value of
the health work and the necessity for
a suecessful campaign.
Points Out Needs ,
Dr. Sargent's letters to the local or-
ganization present forcibly the great
need for this type. of work. She tells
of houses, closely packed together,
crowded with inhabitants, lacking in
ventilation, of, streets flled with filth,
with gutters clogged with old vege-
table debris and waste matter.
"You wonder at the number of little
children everywhere and how they
ever survive after fairly wading and
crawling through this filth day in and
day out," she writes. "There is a
great deal in acquired immunity of
course. Then you must remember this
is winter. If it were summer you
would see many thin little bodies and
much evidence of disease. Doctors
who have been in China for any length
of time have said that they believe
infant mortality to be at least 50%.
These people are very prolific and
there is no attempt made toward vital
statistics of any sort."
The health campaign against the
appaling situation there is being
waged through direct contact with
the people, by meetings throughout
the cities, where charts similar to
those used in our earlier health cam-
paigns, though almost entirely pic-
torial because of the illiteracy of the
people, and motion pictures are used,
and also through the schools from
which the Chinese women will go out
to spread the message.
Colleges Co-operate
One of Dr. Sargent's letters told of
a call to come to Foochow, where
there had lately been a terrible
scourge of cholera, with 20,000 deaths.
The people had put their efforts and
thousands of dollars into idol parades,
the only prevention in their ignorance
and superstition they know anything
about. Here, Dr. Sargent had the co-
operation of the students of a local
college, and great numbers of meet-
ings were held throughout the terri-
tory. Evidence of the awakening of
the people to the nec i of sanitation
was seen as a result of her campaign
in greater efforts at cleanliness and
attempts at screening against flies.
In Newberry hall, there is a huge
poster depicting China and United
States, with the broad ocean between.
For every one of the teams working
on the campaign for $1,700.00 to pay
Dr. Sargent's expenses this year,
which brings in its quota, a ship will
be plated on this chart. How many
ships will reach China? Hand carved
toys showing the customs of that
country and pictures telling the story
of Dr. Sargent's work are also on
exhibit there.

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Frances Maire,

Bunty. Element Smith, '23,
as Wellum Sprunt. Below,
Prof. J. Raleigh Nelson, who
is directing the production.


Graham Moffet's renowned play,
"Bunty Pulls the Strings" is to be
presented by Comedy club at the Whit-
ney theater Wednesday, March 9. The
successful production of this piece is
a task of no mean proportions, and it
the club succeeds in its efforts, as it
undoubtedly will, the achievement will
merit a great deal of praise.
The setting of this drama is placed'
on the west coast of Scotland, while
the story follows the fortunes of a
group of the bourgoisie, as it were
of that country. Frances Maire, '21,
in the role of Bunty takes it upon her-
self to be the controlling factor in the
lives of the other characters, manag-

ing her father, Tammas Bigger, played
by Richard Forsythe, '22L; her bro-
ther Rab, known on campus as John
Hassberger, '23 Sch of M; and even,
her fiance, played by Clement Smith,
'23; with amazing facility.
Other actors in the cast are Mildred
Sherman, '21, in the role of Eelen
Dunlop, the father's former sweet-
heart; Carrie Smith, '21, as Teenie
Dunlop, Eelen's niece; Camilla Hay-
den, '22, in the part of Susie Simpson,
a cross old maid; Carrie Pairchild,
'21, as Maggie Mercer, the village gos-
sip. A number of other members of
the Comedy club make up the Lintre-
baugh congregation.

Grad Advises
Students To
Learn Books
It is perhaps a trifle late to add1
comment to the query which appeared
recently in your Michigan Daily, "Is
Michigan asleep?" but looking at the
matter from a broader angle, it should
never be out of place to present a sug-
gestion which will really solve a perti-
nent problem, and if Michigan is really
asleep, a reply which will solve the
question should be most apropos.
Not that this article claims to be
the last word on the question-far be
it from one who is separated from his
university by a comfortable space of
years to attempt the solution of its
most vital problems. But just a word
may be helpful and if it does no more
than to heap fuel on the flames of con-
troversy, the time spent in writing it
will surely be well spent.
Points to Reading
Perhaps more than one student will
be surprised when he reads that this
long delayed solution is to be found
merely in a self-imposed course of re-
quired reading. Undoubtedly many
will turn right here to the sport page
or the editorial column and brand the
writer as another of those aged num-
skul's who believe that the problems
of the entire world may be solved by
reading its literature, and it is to be
feared that he must admit the charge.
There is no single thing which is
more important in the acquirement of
culture than is a firm foundation in
literature. It immediately places the
final stamp of "education" upon the
man, and marks him for all time as
one who has spent his spare time
And now, as to what one should
read to acquire his education. Doubt-
less your professors and instructors
will be better able to give you the
final word on the earlier periods of
English literature than this article
ever could. Just in pasing, it might
be said that some of the essentials
are to be found in Shakespeare, Mil-
ton and a few of the Elizabethan and
seventeenth century lyricists and son-
nettees. There are others of course,
and if one is really to enjoy them, he
must din into each one and pick out
for himself those things which inter-
est and please him.
Many Good Works
But to come down to the present
day. Ther is so much being written
today, and so little of it is worth the
time spet in perusing it, that it seems
quite probable that a list of those
books which are really worth while
would be somewhat appreciated-at
least by those who are searching for
the better things in contemporary
fiction. Of course, there are some
writers whose works should be read
complclely-there is not a single one
of them which one can more possibly
waste his time in reading.
Joseph Conrad is one of these
representing as he does, a style whic
is hardly paralleled in English liter-
atura today. Among his later things
"The Arrow of Gold" and "The Res.
I cue" are worthy of note. Then ther
t is James Matthew Barrie, the patro

saint of women and children, whose
plays and stories are among the
sweetest and most fanciful which we
have today. His "Alice Sit-By-The-
r Fire" will be remembered as having
* been presented by some of your stu-
denis a year or two ago.
And then there is George Bernard
Shaw. Whether you like him or not,
you should not fail to become ac-
quainted with this gentleman whose

The accompanying article,
written by an alumnus who de-
sires to remain unknown, was
sent in at the request of the
Editor as a contribution to the
matter which accumulated fol-
lowing the query, "Is Michigan
asleep $"
The article does not attempt
to answer the question, but it,
does say some mighty interest-
ing things about books in gen-
eral which will be well worth
the while of every student to
The Daily feels that there is no
medium through which the view-
point of the student-body in gen-
eral can so surely be broadened
as through its reading and it is
in the interest of widening this
outlook on life that the accom-
panying article was solicited.
The writer of the article
wishes it to be clear that he has
made no attempt to list all of the
books in contemporary literature
which are worth reading, but he
has simply attempted to put
down a few which have come at
random to him, and which he
feels to be among the best of the
output of contemporary fiction.

}'any Writers
Named Who
Merit Study

More Readin

a great deal more beneficial.
Let's start out with "Moon Calf,"
(Knopf) by Floyd 'Dell, one of the
latest novels of naturalistic fiction
and one of the best. It falls under
Chesterton's indictment of showing its
hero's "psychological. thrills over his
first hair-cut" and yet, nevertheless,
it is interesting, and it is one of the
best written books of the day.
"Potterism," (Boni and Livright) by
Rose Macaulay has gone into its 20th
edition since last September which
would seem to give some sort of hint
of its intrinsic worth. It knocks off
the hero rather unexpectedly and quite
uselessly in the last few pages, but
you will find it interesting, and you
will also discover just what ailment
you are suffering from if someone
calls you a "Potterite."
Knut Hamsum, who numbers among
his achievements the driving. df a
horse-car in Chicago in the latter half
of the last century, and the winning
of the Nobel Prize in literature for
1920 for his book "Hunger," is also
the author of "The Growth of the
Soil" (Knopf) which has just ap-
peared in a two-volume edition.
-Naturalistie Work
"Hunger," his earlier book, is writ-
ten in that intensely naturalistic style
peculiar to many continental writers
and while it is highly interesting, it
must make its strongest appeal tc
devotees of that particular school.
For those who desire to get away
from the purely fictional side of liter-
ature there is "Steeplejack," (Scrib-
ner's) in which the late James Hune-
ker has recorded a sort of intimate
account of some of the interesting fea-
tures and encounters of his life. Mr
Huneker, who died only recently, is
remembered as one of the foremosi
critics of the last two decades.
Also out of the fictional line, there
(Continued on Page Four)

fiery attacks upon the adverse critics
of Ibsen thirty years ago did much
to bring the great Norwegian into
prominence in England. I believe
Shaw's latest plays are issued in a
volume which goes by the name of the
principal drama in the book, "Heart-
break House." "Heartbreak House"
is now having a more or less success-
ful run in New oYrk. Among Shaw's
better-known works are "Man and
Superman," "Candida," "Caesar and
Choosing Authors
But what of the authors of fiction
of the present day? Well, there are
many and some of them are good, but
most of them are bad. The question
is, then, to separate the sheep from
the goats, for while one is reading fic-
tion, he might just as well read good
fiction,-it is just as interesting and

rC'Est La Guerre" To Bring
Wit of Trenches To Campus


Planned by Veterans of Foreign Wars, Not a Musical Comedy,
Not a Revere, But Something Different and
Original, Declare
(By Byron F. Fields)

lesmatosuclus, Newest of
Old, Discovery of Prof. Casd

Imagine a French Cafe in Amiens-
in it a lot of tables and chairs--on
them a crowd of people-American
doughboys-black and white-and
every color between, shave tails and
"bucks;" British Tommies with an
accent that will make you go to the
Blighty for drinks; a "frog" garcon
of 70 and his madame of the same vin-
tage; Susette, Julie and all the other
fair ones of the village, and you have
a bit of an idea of "C'est La Guerre."
Back in 1915, before most of us even
knew that the guns were firing in
France, Dick Hall of our own school
had already gone over in the American
Ambulance Section, and on the Eve
of Christmas of that very year had
had his fighting days ended for him
by a Boche shell. So, here on the
Campus, five years later, we have a
Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
honoring Dick Hall and the other men
who made the supreme sacrifice. The
Post is composed entirely of men who
saw service overseas. And now they
have determined to get a beautiful
stack of "colors," fitting accounter-
ments for such an organization. To
get the money they are putting on this
show, "C'est La Guerre" of which I
Meaningful Title
Now, while I said that 'you might
get an idea from the setting of what
the show would really be, I didn't
exactly mean that. Take the title for
example. "It is the war" is what it

means, and the French said it more
than all the other things put together.
In fact; I'm here to say without any
reservations that more meaning can
be crowded into that sentence as said
with the varying inflections than any
other combination of words ever
pressed together by anyone on earth.
And remember that the boys who
wrote the lines, the boys who trip the
tickle toe to the music of tinkling
glasses, the ones who tear off the sol-
dier songs that you never dreamed to
hear from the same platform where
Caruso and McCormack performed,
and in a way they never could sing,;
tle ones who spout the repartee of a
kind with which Stone and Bryan are
unfamiliar, the boys who make the
noises that even Earl Moore never
could produce on the organ,-all were
over there,-have been in just such
places, and certainly don't need any
sign board to tell them what is ex-
pected. There is something wrong
that isn't in the book if the things they
do and say don't satisfy even the most
bltse' of the Tap Room Hounds and
the Kings of the polished floor and
dim-lit parlor.
Maybe you've thought that the Spot
Lite and the Opera and the Minstrelsy
had exhausted all the things that could
interest you. Take another think,
George, for if you've ever heard any
such a program as this before it has
been only in just such a place as this
(Continued on Page Three)

Ten years ago, while travelingz
across the barren state plains oft
Texas, Professor E. C. Case, of thet
geology department, was caught in
a bad storm and wandering off aboutI
a mile from his camp, he came upon.
a gulley, where he found a number;
of bones. They were of the Triassic
age. Gathering what he could, he;
took them to camp. He found that he
had considerable of the back bone and;
armor plate of a great reptile which
appeared to be much like the ances-
tor of the modern crocodile.
Knowing that a part was missing,
he was able two years ago to return
within 20 miles of the place, and there.
found many more bones. Coming back
to the University with them, he found
that he had discovered a totally new
sub order of reptiles, having collected
in his later expedition a skull and a
good part of the plates of the back
and the vertebrate column.
ty Named Desmatosuchus
The creature has been named Des-
matosuchus, meaning betwixt and be-
tween, as this specimen is between two
known ones. The skull is so perfect
that it enabled members of the depart-
ment to take a cast of the brain cavity,
and has revealed much of the nervous
system. A complete description will
shortly appear in one of the geological

magazines, and a report on it will ap-
pear in the Carnegie Institute publiea-
tion at Washington.
The creature is between 12 and 15
feet long and shaped like an alligator
with an armor plate, while over the
shoulders are a great pair of spines
that stick out over 18 inches. The
skull is totally different from any
known. The specimen will shortly
appear in the geological museum.
On the same trip the skull of a giant
amphibian of the Triassic age wts
discovered, and this is also of a new
genus, and the most perfect specimen
in existence. It will give a knowledge
of bones of the skull unsurpased.
Discovers Others
Skulls of two other great reptiles,
which were about four feet long were
discovered. Both are apparently new
specimens. Many isolated bones and
teeth were discovered, and among the
teeth, one of a lung fish which at
present is found in Australia, but
which previous to this discovery was
never known to have been in Triassic
As the locality of the expedition had
never before been examined, it was
found to contain material which aided
Professor Case in adding much of
value to Michigan's collections.

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