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October 07, 1923 - Image 16

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(Continued from Page Three)
And your others are too busy hustling
to head the animal off. I don't kno
about your "down-and-outers," your
patient- looking negroes, your " ean
white." I think there's ror vio-
lence and injustice here and more
popular indifference. And less patiet
resignation in the victims. Mentally,
I think there's little to chose. You
think you pay much less deference
to tradition. Yu don't need ever to
pretend to believe in shams. But I
fear there is more mass-thinking here,
tmrseuneonscious oedience to ties
instincs of the ierd,beerenorganie-
tisn. I feel less originality. Your
hest novels are English novels. The
Movies are yours. I doubted if I
should see a good play here till I saw
that the Michigan Repertory Theater
was coming. The English stage, by
the way, is pretty bad at the moment.
It has more or less recovered from
the war. There is the "Everyman" at
Hamstead, of course,ties "Old Vi";
ties humblelshome of Shkepeare in
Waterloo Road. There was a tempor-
ary "highbrow" revival about a year
ago. As many as a dozen Shaw plays
running at a time And Drinkwater's
"Abraham Lincoln" drew full houses
to the Lyceum. His "Robert E. Lee"
was running when I left. Barrie and
Milne and Galsworthy struggle their
several ways against, the predominant
inanity. It is good to see the good
light being fought here in Ann Ar-
bor. The intelligence of the average
English-speaking audience is surely
higher than the average producer es-
timates it.
But I digress. For the mid'dling
sort of people in Anerica, life must
be a very fline thing. You have all
sorts of opportunities. You have
space and air and freedom. Many of
the shackles with which we still wres-
tle your forefathers have thrown off
for you. Many things fell into your
laps which we beyond the water dare
not even hope for. You must be pre-
pared for a kind of envy-for a stren-
uous pretence that many of the grapes
are sour.
It is a pity that more of us do not
come to visit your shores. To the
few who do you are very good. You
must try to be patient wih the youth
of the Old World if you detect in them
a seriousness; a frontal elevation you
do not quite understand. On the
whole wes do not take ourselves seri-
ously. I know one visitor from Eng-
land who takes his Mission, and per-
haps himself, very seriously indeed.
but, you see, we young people of the
Old World have gone through some
very difficult years. We have some
almost insoluble problems to face.
We feel responsible, and with our
sense of responsibility, with our ser-
iousness goes a certain sombre pride.
This paper began with tetetst of
intentions. I end it with an ueasy
feeling of quiet. Have I let myy
thoughts run away with sty pen?
Anyway, I am just as tired of playing
the role as you must be of hearing
the Privileged Spectator say his piece.
For I comfort myself with the k nov-
edge that by the time this appears in
print the Privileged Spectator will no
longer exist. He hopes by then to be.
enjoying the greatest privilege you
can give any man-to be an active
part of a great organization.
Continued from Page Two)
victory of democray are the educat-
ng forces of at least the forms of
dsmocratic governnment, teoselsfalen
ation of the reactionary (student)
youth from the people at large, and
perhaps most of all the liberalizing
influence of athletic sports. The ele-
ments in favor of a victory of reac-
tion are: tradition, preponderance of
influence in the administration of jus-
tice and academic life, a powerful
and unscrupulous press, and a well-
organized and hitherto highly effec-
tive monarchist propaganda. Inertia
works in favor of reaction; national
distress is likewise its ally. In point
of numbers alone the Democrat and
Socialistic youth are not. at a disd-

cantage; in influence and resources
they are seriously handicapped."-Mr.
Lasker's conclusion as to the effect
upon the Youth Movement of this po-
litical antagonism between these two
powerful extremes is summed up as
follows: "I do not believe that either
the conflict between the ideals of na-
tionalism and internationalism, or
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