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SMARCH 12, 1922 THE MICHIGAN DAILY MAGAZINE s
Chimes--A Criticism

(By G. D. E.) a number of articles in the issue were
Some time ago, in a national publi- distinctly worth while. But before
taking up the February number in de-
cation variously damned and praised, tail, let me brief hastily a few features
I made the statement that Chimes of former issues, most of them ex-
carried the woist stories ever written, tremely bad.
that it was no good at all. , At the The worst thing in the October num-
time of writing that heavy-handed bit ber, as in all of the other numbers,
before or since, was of course, a story.
of criticism, what I said was perfectly Which of the two stories was the worst
true. But, between the time of writ- I am unable to decide. I thought
ing and the appearance of the article. b iefly of starting a popular vote to
ChimeS improved vastly. In fact, the settle the matter, but I was intimi-
campus publications generally- havedated by the thought that probably
the whole campus would decide that
pulled up visibly within the past few the stories Were both masterpieces.
months-even the Gargoyle, about Four articles, one editorial, a double-
which more later. page spread of pictures, and the cover
What I said about the stories in had to do with football. In fact, the
Chimes, however, still stands. I have whole number looked like a sporting-
Chims, oweerstil stnds I avegoods catalogue.
yet to see one worth reading. Worse In the November number athletics
than that, I have yet to see one that
isn't driveling, that isn't darned nigh were only given the cover, nine pic-
nauseating. tures, an editorial and three articles,
two of the latter being happily short.
The first improvement In Chimes Still the amount of space given over
ame with the December number to athletics did not total more than
when, for the first time in nearly two half of that donated in the previous is-
yearsi it had a decent cover. From sue, and it was to some extent split up
a thing useful only to keep my fern between team and track.
rorm wetting my desk it metamor- Since there are a great number on
phosed into a publication t. least the campus interested In athletics, and
worth reading; a (tremendous advance, since Chimes purposes to be more or
Sad to relate, the January number fell less amagazine of campus opinion, it
back, but it was apparently only a sis only fair. that athletics be given
temporary lapse evidently.brought on their share of tpace in the publics-
by the eager rushing away to the holi- tion, but I ask the editors forthrightly
day vacation by the young gents who tif they didn't overdo the thing.
run Chimes. While this possibly ex- Some poor poetry, some (as .usual)
plains the faults of the January issue, bad stories ,and silly articles marked
it doesn't condone them. The young the issue. - There was actually an
moen should be at least a trifle thought- encomium of James Oliver Curwood's
ful of the readers, latest book! But I suspect the young
But the February number came back man who wrote the review did so with
and was even an improvement on the his tongue in his cheek: "- what
December issue. The cover was excel- more could the American public
lent, except for the galoshes of the want?" he asks, and he asks it sarcas-
pretty gal on her way to the hop; the tically, or I miss my guess.
illustrations were generally good, and The December number, as I have
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said, had a decent cover. The art more than half bad. True, there was
work on it was none too well done, a -wretched article by that illiterate
but there was a flash of color and life scoundrel and enemy of all honest,
to it which has been absent in previous God-fearing men, G. D. E., but in spite
issues. An article by, Professor of this, and in spite of a somewhat
Charles' Vibbert,, a satiric poem by stupid article "From State Street to
Clement Smith were first rate, and an Wall Street," (which, however, tum-
article by Fred C. Kelly, an alumnus, bled a Couple of local gods, to my
was not bad, but the rest of the num- great delight!) by Earl D.,,Babst, in
ber was either nondescript or very bad spite of a piddling story;,"Lightnin',"
indeed. The stories, a written debate, by Jack Jay, the number was good as
"Is Michigan .Democratic?" between a whole.
Hershdorfer and Newton, and an arti- Let us consider, briefly', the story.
cle, "Michigan-A School for Minis- That it is for. grammar school chil-
ters," (almost exclusively, I should dren there can hardly be any doubt.
judge!) to say nothing of Jack Jay's It is of "Old Kalntuck," the hero wears
verse, were all utterly wretched. Still a coon-skin cap and carries a long
and all, the number, as I have said, rifle, (illustrations are very poor)
was about fifty per cent good. there is a Colonel who says "heah'.'
The cover on the January issue was instead o( "here," and who wears a
not, at all attractive. Nothing inside goatee. It might have well been lifted
the cover was worth while except "for from a book by the late John Fox, Jr.,
the fact that some space was given except that Jay's plot was even worse
over to the project of the Women's than any of those of Fox.
League building. Up until this time George Sloan, with his usual dili-
one could hardly gather from reading gence and hard work, dug up some in-
Chimes that there were any women teresting history and presented. it in
students on the campus. Chimes will an article labeled "Half a Century of
do well to consider them more in the J-Hop History." "Les Miserables," a
future. - sketch by the local F. Scott Fitzgerald,
I come to the February number. It Hardy Hoover, - is worth a passing
had, beyond a doubt, the most attrac- glance or so, but I warn him that he
tive cover that ever graced Chimes, is headed in the direction. of medio-
and it had for a frontispiece, a good crity.
sketch by James House, Jr. The first "My Pond," by Anna May M'Clain, is
article, "Great Men at the Arms Con- probably the best verse the Chimes.-
ferguce," by Herbert Case, was not (Continued on Page 8)
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