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In last May's issue of "Whimsies" there is a place for jazz music. Pure
there appeared a sonnet by Forman GI jazz, unashamed and unapologetic, is
Brown wherein he lamented the "re- a form of expression from which much
cent appropriation to purposes of jazz that is- important may come. In its
the aria 'Un bel di' from "Madama unrelenting emphasis on rhythm there
Butterfly." In a heartfelt apostrophe is something elemental which is not
to Cio-Co-San he promulgated the to be despised. It is only when jazz
scorn and contempt which every true seeks to hide its inherent animalism
music lover must feel toward the under the cloak of more refined mus-
"thieving fingers" which are reach- ic that it becomes most obnoxious. I
ing out and robbing of their beauty am free to say that when I hear such
so many famous and beloved melodies. a song as "Mon Homme" or even a
I want to take part in this hounding "Second Hand Rose" sung by an ar-
of the conscienceless plunderers of tist like Fanny Brice, I clap my hands
musical treasures; I want to carry a with the rest- It is only when I hear
fearful tom-tom and pound it with a the beauty of a Massenet "Elegie" mu-
vengeance. tilated almost beyond recognition by a
This vulgar jazzing of great music numbskull, blared forth by a jazz band
has been carried to unforgiveable that I wring my hands instead of clap-
lengths, and its results are dismay- ping them, and therewith leave the
ing. It has come to pass that at a hall.
dance one can close one's eyes .and The composers who have been long
not be quite certain whether one is I dead, and whose works are now pub-I
actually at a dance, or at the opera lic property, have no means of de-
where the orchestra has suddenly to fending them against the beast of sac-
a man become demented. And, what religious plagiarism. But one -would
is of more import, at a legitimate con- naturally suppose that any serious
cert the effect of a poignant melody ! composer who is alive and in his right
is often ruined because the same mel- mind would take care to protect his
ody has been heard before in vulgar works from its claws. It was with a
settings. feeling of incredulousness then that
Witness the singing of the air many people received the news last
"Vous dirai-je Maman?" from "The summer that Giacomo Puccini had
Daughter of the Regiment" by Frieda sold for a staggering sum the "jazz
Hempel at the May Festival here last rights" to his opera "Tosca." Yet the
spring. This quaint old air which report seems to be indeed true. Just
has descended from Mozart is not of- what these "jazz rights" are is leftI
ten heard in the concert hall today. I rather vague, but I doubt if they arej
dare say that half the audience who worth the sum paid for them; forI
heard Hempel sing the air had never "Tosca" does not in its tense, melo-
before heard it in its proper setting. dramatic music seem to offer any very
But I wonder whether any one in the promising material for the jazzifier.
hall had been so lucky as to have es- But such reflections are beside the
caped hearing it attached to the in- point. The significant fact is that a
sufferably mean words about one great composer, one of the most prom-
Sweet Hortense who "ain't good look- inent of his time, has deliberately sold{
in~r hi.+ ° BoTo! one of his art-products (I do not stop

"Nonsenseorship," being "Sundry
Observations Concerning Prohibitions,
Inhibitions, and Illegalities," sounds
promising, in view of its authorship.
Those whose gems of protest are in-
cluded range from Heywood Broun to
Frederick O'Brien, and in between are
many old friends. The book is pub-
lished by G. P. Putnam's Sons.
Harold H. Armstrong, a Detroit
lawyer and a Michigan alumnus, dis-
guised himself as Henry G. Aikman
until his first novel, "Zell," proved a
success. His second offering, "For
Richer, For Poorer," is published un-
der his own name.
The battle still rages over tbe
morals of "us decadent young people,"
and Stephen Vincent Benet has -some-
thing to say in our defense in his see-
ond novel, "Young People's Pride,"
which Henry Holt brought out re-

Who Will Play in Hill Auditorlnim


stood in a position to suffer. It had1
loaned money -to Entente powers, the;
money had been spent in America for
American made munitions. An allianceI
with the Entente would insure Wali.
Street against loss and it promisedI
manky great gains.
Turner shows that the country was,
for the most part, against this war.
It elected Wilson on an anti-war bas-
is in 1916. In the first draft more than
half claimed - exemption (50.62 per;
cent); more than eight per cent (252,-
294) failed to appear. From 300,000
to 500,000 made themselves liable to
penitentiary punishment in order to;
escape. It is shown that in the first
year of the war over 14,000 desertions
occured from the army and over;
twice as many sought dishonorable1
discharge. In fact, the first month
of the war brought less than a tenth
as many men (enlisted) as the first
draft of conscripts, the vast majority
of whom were, as shown, very loath
to fight for democracy, the integrity
of small nations and the freedom of
the seas.
The book, moreover, shows that
Wilson never made a single speech on
the war which he did not flatly con-
tradict, sooner-or later, in some other
speech. These conflicting speeches
alone are utterly damning. The rea-
son for the contradictions are ob-
vious. On one hand he was talking
to the people, on the other hand he
was talking to business men, to Wall
It is further shown that Germany
tried again and again to meet our de-
mands and that England did not. TheE
most convincing proof of this lies in!
the fact that Germany agreed to live
up to the tenets set forth in the Dec-
laration of London which was drawn;
up before the war, if England would.
England refused. The whole affair of
the submarine situation and the
blockade situation shows many more
trangressions by England than by
The villainy of our financiers is al-
most past belief. The profit of U. S.
Steel company, represented in divi-
dends, increased holdings, and outlay
for expansion, was about quadrupled
in 1917 over that of 1916; the Baldwin
Loconotive company increased its
profits five hundred per cent; the re-
sources of the trust companies in
New York state increased more than
three billion dollars- At the end of the
war there were 21,000 new American
'The government liquidated the debts
o insecure nations to Wall Street-at,

been a thousand-dollar-a-year clerk -in Philip Ashton Rollins, author of
a Pittsburgh mining company, that "The Cowboy" (Scribners), prizes par-
the fifteen million dollar "loan" to this ticularly among the many congratu-
little country never left America? It latory letters which his book has in-
was spent by American bankers. Our spired one from Andy Adams, author
hand in Mexico, Haiti, and Santo Do- of "The Log of a Cowboy," who write,
mingo was just as black. "When your characters talk I see the
The whole thing is nauseating. I men."
need not go on. I simply recom-
mend the book to those who are fair-
minded enough to read it. I do not
ask that anyone be convinced. I mere-..
ly ask that he read. And let me con-
clude with the assurance that I did FIR
not take this stand willingly. It was
a bitter pill to confess that my own.N A T I
country was in the wrong. I relin-
quished my faith as reluctantly as I
gave up the idea of Santa Claus, and B A
the Christian religion. T h e s e
things were sweeter to believe than ( ORGAN I:
note to believe. But the bitterness of
losing an illusion is intensified by the
opposition to the right-thinkers who
are nevertheless swindled daily by the
makers of illusions, swindled of their
money, their property and their very
Socialism will never cure these
wrongs. No form of government can.
Only a free press, unattached to other
interests can help, and our free press ----OLDEST BANK
has always, like that 4f most other " O S B
nations, been a travesty. OLDEST NATIONAL
G. D. E.
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"The Americanization
Bok," has now reached
printing, Charles Scribn
'Memories of Travel,"
Bryce, will be published
by The Macmillan Coml
ZED 1863

All members and tryouts of
The Sunday Magazine staff will
meet at 5 o'clock Monday in the
reading room of The Daily
office. It is essential that every
staff writer, whether permanent
or tryout, should be present at
this meeting. Anyone interested
in writing for The Magazine is
also invited to attend.

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11g ou U s u eS g U g UU .ul z ' - .. ,.. .v. - k v .v. -
those listeners who had recently been to heed the loud protest from the anti-
afflicted with hearing this banal dit- Puccinian camp at my use of the'
ty, there was something preposter- term) for the express purpose of hav-
cus-even ludicrous-in seeing and ing it degraded. If the time has come
hearing Madame Hempel sing, with when the composer himself has no re-
the accompaniment of .the Chicago gard for the well being of his own
Symphony Orchestra, what was known work, then I feel forced -to join, not
as "Sweet Hortense" to every jazz- iwithout reluctance, the large, tor-
hound on the street. mented company which querulously
These "Madama Butterfly" and cries, "What's the world coming to?"
"Daughter of the Regiment" airs are -
only two of a legion which are be-
ing irreverently defaced. Consider the The young English artist who will
"Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix" from illustrate the new limited (Manaton)#
"Samson et Dalila." Its passion-swept edition of John Galsworthy's works
measures are ruthlessly being but- is a nephew of Mr. Galsworthy. His
chered to make a *saxophonist's holi-- name is R. H. Sauter, and he will be
day. The dusky "Song of India" from remembered as the illustrator of
Rimsky-Korsakoff's opera "Sadko" nc Awakenig" when it first appeared
longer exhales a rich and heavy per- in book form several, years ago. The
fume, but emits a sweet and sickly Scribners announce the first volumes
smell as, in its rehashed forms, it of the Manaton to be limited to 750
comes from the hands or mouth of ev- sets.
cry would-be musician in America.
The list can be prolonged indefinitely.
Add Chopin's."Minute Waltz" turned
into tottering "Castle of Dreams;"
Grieg's seductive music to "Peer
Gynt" ground out in a clattering j
jumble called "Peter Gink." Can un-
scrupulous imbecility go further?"
I have sometimes heard it said that Besides Barney's K(
this popularizing of- good music by past we have a spec
way of jazz should be smiled upon
by musicians, because it is spreading jC
and cultivating a love for good music N ew S
among the masses who otherwise
would never hear it. This' is sheer- introduced by our ne
est nonsense. Condescensions will not "Detroit," "Chicag
win respect for music. The way to in-,g0.
culcate in the public mind a love for "Indianapolis," Hot D
painting is not to scatter broadcast
ten-cent reproductions in black and
white of great paintings. Culture can
not be spread by grinding up the loaf
and handing down the crumbs.
Is there so little ingenuity among Try Our Special
makers of this self-styled popular mu-
sic that they must constantly turn toP
Italian opera and French song liter-
ature for material to strip and de-
spoil of its beauty? Surely the jazz
idiom offers abundant enough oppor-
tunity for a new kind of expression,
without its workers going in consist-
ently for tearing the soul out of an
art-work, reshaping what is left, and 640 Haven
turning the new thing out, a deformed I 20$_
and limping bastard which is neither'
one thing nor another,and which has Cigars
no possible raison d'etre.
In the musical scheme of things

The names of two distinguished
poets appear on the fall juvenile list
of the Macmillan Company. Sara Teas-
dale has made a selection of the best
poetry, old and new, for girls and
boys. With pictures by Dugald Walk-
er, it is made into a beautiful small
volume, called "Rainbow Gold."
Padriac Colum's new fairy tale is
called "The Children Who Followed
the Piper." He starts with an old
theme, but brings into it strange new

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par! In one case it paid 53 cents for a I Two qualities in "B
Russian ruble which was worth but novel by the negro writ
27 cents. It was hard on the people ran, which won the cove
but the Street had to be protected. court, have aroused the
When the government fixed the the American critics. C
price on steel the steel men, with traordinary vividness wi
Judge Gary presiding, sang "The Star ran has pictured the life
Spangled Banner"-and proceeded to I tribe in the African juni
make unheard of profits. is the restraint and b
Coal profits, under government writing.
prices, ran as high as 7,856 per cent,
according to the Senate Document, No.
259. "Mr. Burleson laid down, as a
condition for the enjoyment of second-
class mailing privileges (Oct. 9, 1917)
that 'Papers must not say that the1DA
government is controlled by Wall
Street." After the war the govern-
ment continued the contracts with the
copper interests until there was a sur-
plus of 140 millions pounds on hand.I
Athough it had paid twenty-six cents
a pound for this it sold it at fifteen-
back to the copper interests, which,
in turn, sold it again for twenty cents.
A benevolent country, indeed!l t
And so on, through the book, factsE
and figures rush at the reader. None
of them is to be denied., They are not
fictions of the author' They come
from undisputable sources. f t Io
I refer to the Armistice: Germany t
surrendered on the basis of Wilson's
fourteen points, with a couple of!)yourSen
amendments. Everyone of these that
held any favor for Germany was
swept by the board. Germany's col- PiCtue-mak i
onies were taken from her as "man-
datories"-so that they could not be-ow yt
included in the indemnity; etc., etc.
"Peace without victory" became vic-
tory without peace.
Our attitude toward small nations
is clearly shown in our treatment of
Mexico, of Haiti, of San Domingo, of
Nicaragua, Did you know, for in-
stance, that in the last named coun-
try the president, Adolfo Diaz, rail-
roaded into office by Wall Street, had I



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Pictures about the Camp
you r classmates, fo r exar
with their snug sombreros
grow smaller with each rain.
ake now and begin to grow pricelt
ior year.
ng the KODAK way is easy and enjoyable. Come

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