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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

SUNDAY, DECE iriR 3, 1922

EIGHT

F

THE PLAYERS CLUB
(Continued from Page Four)

gram of last year, and the first pro-
gram of this year did not occur until
the Wednesday after thereview ap-
peared. owx, Mr. Bartron,, as there

THROUGH THE OPERA GLASSES
T I 'A

SUNDAY MAGAZINE
ANN ARBOR, MICHIG AN, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1922

.. L N. be given a copy of the constitution, !had been no productions since the re-
a__ which places ultimate responsibil- signation, by what did you judge when
ity with the Sponsor, a faculty mem- you said that the standards had fallen?
UP IN THE CLOUDS tion, and tend to intensify or relieve, ber. He would learn that the present Standards have dropped,-standards
Last Sunday I bad a rich and varied as the particular situation demands. chairman of programs is a graduate. in the ranks of dramatic criticism.
experience. I went to the Michigan The director did well in giving the Mr. Bartron is quite right, absolute With the general trend of the re-
leading roles to Arnold Gluck and .Atog
entral station to do my share in Dorohy CrtisT hae char student control would be unfortunate.t,fIew, I have no argument. Although
greeting r. the Champions of the "'West.perzsnalit, , and sing Tha Mr. Bartron continues,- "while this I have never seen "Pygmalion" as giv-
The exhibitions of spirit, fireworks,t more than canbe said of many of the may possibly be of great benefit to the en in London, and in spite of my hay-
nd bonfires made me fairly drunk leads that play in current musical ! actors, it is often lamentably hard on ing seen so few plays of any kind that
Id s dri the long-suffering audiences." One I cannot with any effect say, for in--
with joy. Then I was caught in the Ted music is the only drawback may remark that as yet, attendance at stance, that they "were quite the most
seething, and victory-intoxicated mob, from the show's being a complete suc- r Club program is not compulsory. In perfect amateur characterizations I
and pushed along up State Street, un- cess It is tuneful-but that is a . spite of the sufferings incurred by had ever seen, "-nevertheless, I do
P1I found it. convenient to break None of the songs linger in one's mem- taking in a Players .Club evening, thei feel cinalified to state that Mr. Bar-.
way. Leisurely I wandered toward ory, forcing themselves to the lips in audiences have continued to grow. tron's criticisms were, in the main,
che Whitney. When I arrived there I whistling or humming. Neither do The writer freely admits that he, very fair and very just. Most of fs
found a mob of people storming the they appeal to one's emotions. along with the poor critics, has often are proud of the same things he laud-
loors. After much difficulty I man- The management of the theatre and I had his various senses painfully man- ed, and most of us turn our thumbs
aged to get inside the theatre. I bribed the personnel of the show deserve 1gled by the crude spots in some of the down on several of the plays and
one of the policemen present to dis- thanks for the complete performance Club's efforts. Two years of experi- near-plays he had the admirable can-
iodge the young men who occupied my staged in site of the late hour and ence can hardly be expected to yield dog tafind disagreeable. What I na-
ieats, so thaf I might be seated. Well the disturbance that preceded it. perfect results. Other of our dramat- turally object to in the review is Mr.
and good. #icorganizations have had a much Bartron's lack of information leading
Eight-fifteen. The orchestra stum- .!longer time at it, and they should and to mis-treatment, and a too--obvious
oled through a few opening strains. Willard Huntington Vright's series do shine by comparison. cast of mind, inspired or otherwise,
Eight-forty-five. The curtain was still on "The Future of Painting" began in The closing sentence of the para- that allowed him to libel the Players
down. The varied audience was get- a recent issue of the Freeman. graph tells us that ."most unfortunate Club with the fallen standard idea,
'ing restless: Hoots-catcalls--whist- jof all is the fact that their (the Club's) when he could have no knowledge of
ling-cheers. Dean J. A. Bursley Charles Scribner's Sons have just I standard has perceptibly fallen since a change in standards, even if such
made his stage debut. But the' audi- published Sir James Barrie's "Dear the resignation of Professor Hollis-. had taken glace. It is 3pdeed amaz-
ence did not seem to appreciate his Brutus," a play which was produced ter" For a critic, that was a naive ing, how vague impressions can some-
acting ability. In spite of this fact in America several years ago with stroke. Professor Hollister remained times grow into bold statements of
the honorable dean held the stage for William Gillette heading the cast. with the Club until after the last pro- facts. A. D. MOORE.
forty-five minutes. President M. L.
Burton appeared on the scene. Cheers
ior the team-frenzied yells for
'Prexy." Through the employment of ! 1 #itai######1####[1?ti# I#!##1 31ililrlll3###1#####1
particularly good psychology the
President persuaded the untitled hold-
ers of seats to relinquish them, the "Put Your Duds in Our Suds"
aisles were cleared, the boxes reduced
to seating capacity, and the audience
quieted... Coach F. H. Yost gave an
informal talk from his seat in the.
theatre. Then the orchestra, which
had suddenly disappeared, sneaked in- -
to its place and again hastened
through the opening strains of the
show. Then the curtain went up. Ten .-
o'clock. Such was the prologue to =
the performance of "Up in The Clouds"
at the Whitney. theatre last Sunday
evening.*
Th nk -,-.1

TicetSae y,

Iareferenc(

Editor's Note: From thme fol-
lowing ai cle it can readily be
seen that something is seriously I
wiong with the present system ,
of ticket distribution at Michli.
gan. It is a pretty well known I
fact that tickets sold for as high
as fifteen and twenty dollars at i
the Detroit Board of Trade on i
the day cif the Wisconsin game
this year, Ther were also other
outstanding cases of scalpibg
which have become known.
There seem to be foo many loop-
holes in the present systenm,
and suggestions from the stu-
dent body seem to be in order.
(1). Byron Ayres)
Confirmation of the rumor that fa-
voititism is shown in the distribution
of football tickets was established last
week in an interview with Harry A.
Tillotson, Assistant Director of Inter-
collegiate Athletics, and by a study of
the 1922 distribution of seats to stu-
dents for the Illinois and Wisconsin
games.
When asked if perhaps the so-called
"class preference" system of distri-
bution contained a preference within
v preference, Mr. Tillotson said,!
"There areof course, certain groups,
clubs, and organizations which have
sections reserved for them in advance
and whose applications are filled be-
fore those of the general student body.
Around these especially reserved sec-
tions the student body receives its
seats by our class system of distribu-
tion'"
Mr. Tillotson admitted when ques-
tioned further that there are also some
bodies of alumni who receive blocks
of seats in recognition of their good,
work in boosting Michigan, and in be-
ing instrumental in sending athletes,
to this University. He also admitted
that athletes are given preference
over all students in general, they be-
ing able, on a mere technicality, to
dpdge the rule forbidding any person
from receiving more than four tickets
to any one game, and to obtain an al-
most unlimited number of tickets for
their friends and others.
Further questioning brought out
confirmation of the fact that the Pal-
estine Lodge of Detroit had received
a block of 500 seats to one of the
games this year and that they had
done so for the past ten years. A
nlepiber of this lodge stated that this:
year a check.for $1250, covering the
cost of the reseryed section, was
mailed to Ann Arbor on August 14 by
the lodge. In this connection, a. par-
tial admission was made by Tillotson

Faulty Diributin Systemere are any departure
O ur auly ~y~emrufle in the distribution of
are due to unavoidable mi
an inquiry, that he doubted very much nounced that all seats had been sold, part or to class misrepre
whether the organization would ave Mr. Tillotson explained that-he always *
been able to secure these seats omj kept out several seats in many sec- A very high percentag
year to year had it not been for this tions to rectify mistakes-that were in- "mistakes" was brought
peculiar nrelation which existed be- evitable in the distribution of 45,000 result of a canvass of ten
tween Mr. Ablard and Coach Yost. 'tickets. He further added that it was sentative fraternities on
o e. not unusual for the Athletic Associa" with regard to the Illinois
"As to certain alumni bodies," said tion to have several very good seats sin games. Reports from
Mr. Tillotson, "we do reserve groups left over at the last minute before the es come from reliable me
of seats for a few. But there are a game through this precaution on his organizations, approxim
great many more who are and have for part. hundred cases of appli
a long time been disappointed in this "Fully twenty-five tickets were sold their results being repoi
regard. I will admit that the alumni ; immediately before and during the tempt was made to canv
Holland received about 150 seats in al first part of the Wisconsin game" or graduate students. WI

block for the games this year, and said Mr. Tillotson. "These were put
they have for some time past. 'The cn general sale at the ticket office on!
former president of the "M" Club lives Ferry Field, and this happens nearly
in Holland and has done great work every time there is a big game in Ann
in the way,-of boosting Michigan. It 1 Arbo-."
was he who was instrumental in get- Mr. Tillotson pointed out that stu-
ting Roby and Cappon to come here." dents often fail to consider the fact
When asked how he accounted fo; that they send in their applications
the fact that four seniors were able to { wih 'men of lower class than them-
get seats on the forty yard line when selves.- "This, of course, rates a stu-
they protested about their west stand dent the seats of the lowest class re-
seats two days before the Illinois game presented in the application," he ex-j
and about a week after it was an. plained, "and then they complain. If
Stevenslon and isArt

Once a year I find occasion to let
loose my stock of superlatives. "Up
In The Clouds" is the performance
that gives me an opportunity to do so
this year. I saw this show when it
played here two years ago, and was
of the conviction that I was in for an
evening of boredom. However, these
prejudices were dispelled soon after,
the first curtain was pulled up. The
production has been speeded and tuned
up-the cast changed-the chorus
touched by the magic wand that be-
stows beauty.
"Up in The Clouds" is a happy mix-
ture of pure musical comedy and pa-
geantry. And yet, it cannot be said that
one is used at the expense of the oth-
er, for the pompous epispdes are in
perfect harmony with the general tone
of the foregoing events. 'The sym-
bolic scenes are veritable riots of col-
or, but orderly in their presentation.
Most interesting and beautiful of alll
is the "Money Pageant." Here the
color of costumes is blended with the
grace and form of exquisite dancing.
by Ledru Stiffler as the Gold Man, and
Cecile J)'Andrea as the Flight of Gold.
The comedy roles are entrusted to
three people who are not only capable
of the ta'sk' delegated to them, but al-
so of gaining the most out of every
situation by little mannerisms and
tricks. At this point I propose that
those who believe that comedy can
only le gained by bordering on the1
obscene should sit through a perform-
ance of "Up In The Clouds" and study
Will B. Johnstone's witty lines. They
will be convinced that humor can be
elevated and rib-tickling at the same
time.
The story is simple-as all musical
comedy plots should be. Archie Daw-
son, a young idealist, has ambitions
and ideas, but no money. He proppses-
to produce a motion picture that will
startle the world. Everything. is at
his command,. but the necessary sum
of money. He procures, the money,
produces. the picture, which is a suc-
cess, and wins the leading-.lady, who
is not Jean Jones, the novice, as we
are led to believe, but a renowned
star~. The sub-plots aire very cleverly
entwined about the main line of ac- ,

cairy its spirit throughout the year
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(Helen G. Lynch),
Any consideratloi of Stevenson's lit-
crary style cannot be divorced from
a consideration of his life. Someone'
has very aptly said that his writings
are the romantic illustrations of his
life. They certainly are scenes in his
sketch-book of imaginative travels.
We must examine this character
that went adventuring with brave
buccaneers and staunch rogues. Of
Stevenson:, Andrew Lang has jsaid,
"He was like nobody else I have ever
met," and "He was as unique in char-
acter as in literary genius." Anyone
who has seen his picture never forgets
the pale, oval face, the straight hair
hanging long, the velvet coat, the soft
collar, and the eyes and lips that don-
inate all other features. The strong
contour of the face and the nervous]
hands give an impression almost of
unreality. And need I mention - the
fastidious pose and slight affectation
of the Romantic? If so, only to dis-
tinguisTi these from the pose and af-
fectation of such a lover of beautiful
artificiality as Oscar Wilde, who wore
his hair Nero-fashion and hired a cab
to cross the street. Stevenson's was
a pose that pleased his fancy when he
observed himself in the mirror. It
was for his love of the picturesque,
the unusual, that he arrayed himself
in strange garbs and trappings. He
had an irresistible love for himself;

bonds, strolling players, and artistic
ne'er-do-wells were his- hobby.
When we take un the subject of Ste-
venson's writing we must understand
his attitude. He looked upon his I
work as an art. Benevolent madcap
that he was, his art was no fleeting
pastime. What Henry James said of
his feeling for style is probably true:
"Mr. Stevenson delights in a style
and his own has nothing accidentaj or
different, it is eminently conscious of
its responsibilities and meets them
with a kind of gallantry-as if lan-
guage were a pretty woman, and aj
person who proposes to handle it had
of necessity to be something of a Don
Juan."
If I were to select certain words to
describe Stevenson's style, "eager,"
"impish," "vivid," "concise," "unex-
pected," "intimate," "genial," "agile;"
"picturesque" should be among the
first to occur.
Ther is a spontaneity about his
prose-texture,--its flow is swift and
light,-which hides all semblance of
the tireless effort and toil of the art-
ist. There is a kind of Japanese-print
technique, a melodic sparkle and ele-
gance in such sentences as these:
"Night is a dead monotonous period
under a roof; but in the open world
it passes lightly, with its stars and
dews and perfumes, and the hours are
marked by changes in the face of Na-
ture."

tires are not complete, t
resentative of the situatic
case it was first ascertal
the student questioned 1
with all the requirement
mate preference. Here
the "mistakes."
In one fraternity six j
as such by the Athletic
received much better se
average senior in this sa
both' the Illinois and
games.
In another house wher
sent in with two juniors
received were better than
average senior.
In one State street fi
seats for all the uppercl
outstandingly better than
other house that report
trast, another fraternity
street received correspo
seats, the best seat repor
ing on the twenty-yard 1
by a senior. This also i
games.
Out of the ten fraternit
88 seniors were listed, of
occupied seats back of
line, due to "mistakes" o
the Athletic Association.
* * *
Another interesting fe
situation is the admissioi
lotson that players get
forty-five or fifty tickets
their friends. They sen
tions for the number tha
and if they haven't the n
as one player explained,
corded the privilege of n
cations without enclosin
However, they "do not
tickets until they pay fa
they may "take out their
installments as they get
Mr. Tillotson pointed o
was a moral justificatior
crimination; that the "I
representedthose who he
best for Michigan, and c
ingly to receive preferer
selves and their friends;
ulty had always had gc
served for them in ord

that the check was received a few
days before the first day for accept-
ance of applications, iSeptember 1,,
apd was not returned with the many
others. that came in before that date,;
but was held over and-thus given pre-j
ference.
In an interview in Detroit last Sun-I
day, Mr. George Nedweg, Manager of+
the Palestine Lodge, pointed out. that,
the, lodge's system of distributing theI
tickets was. practically "air tight,"
and almost immune from. the practice
of "scalping." He further indicated;
that he himself had nothing to do di-.
rectly -with- the securing of the block
of seats from the Athletic Association;
but that each year Mr. John Ablard,
proprietor. o.f a small cigar store in
Detroit, was: apnointed chairman of
the lodge football comulittee, because-
of his former intimate relations and
Ufed~lpr. ~with. C i k4fldtg H"
Yost. Mr. N\ed weg stated, In reply t,

he was his own romance. ". . . a faint wind, more like a good feeling might be pr
He is not the reality, butthe rom- moving coolness than a stream of air, certain alumni bodies we
ance, of boyhood-boyhood that never passed down _tlhe glade from time to ers and deserved some .
had its feet firmly planted on the solid, time'." nition and appreciation
muddy: earpth because it deliberately "The stars were clear,.coloured, and had to be reserved for
played Sir Walter Raleigh with itself. Jewel-like, but not frosty. A faint sil- ex-deans, ex-Presidents
The- laughter-loving gaiety, the pic- very vapour stood for the milky vWay." and all sorts of prominE
turesque graciousness, have won the Stevenson has his epigrammatic ential men . throughout
critics. His gypsy jauntiness-iias .re-. side.; ,hisessays--show this to the best ithese seats being comp
fused to -e .censored. He was, .aad advantage: His satire is- always gen- j Vb.m for the continua
stilL is to his readers, delightuty. ial, and. his.- irony. playful. When he good will; and that t;
whimsical. Agility and eagerness wrote, he either was, or made himself could be no doubt that
characterIzed his personality just as pretend to be in a holiday mood in themselves ought - to re
it does hia art.. His, life was an- ex- spite of the fact that much of his work kenj yer others.
quisite evasion of the stern problems was done-in the sick-hed. We are siwaya willi
of reality. And how he. lved the Stevenson's.prose and verse, likeits .any legitimate mistakes
land of "nake-believe". and "Just-sup- author, .a.,graceful. It is rich in im- .Mr. Tillotson, explained,
pose"! -He shrank. from the-carnal, agery. Exquisite.sons.:and.-the to be .fair In .the best v
and .no -touch. of -the intensely- breod--.beauty, .and.1asination. :of ineiense- how. Any better systen
ing side of;life ever disturbed.the pag- quential irreLevanciEs bte hed-.this tion would be heartily
eazltry and brilliapce of his career, character. He fell Jhopelawly in lave fthere are many flaws.h
His artful inconsequence. and pleas- with .the picturesque. He. spent his one. I do not mean tha
at ir -.wereBohemian .u the ex- days in wooing theloyely .will-o'-the- adopted, but it.w ould: n
ttrem. L oving. peddlers, genial vaga- 'wisp,.-receive . eipmous nsidr,

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