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Published every morning except Monday
during the University year by the Board in
Control of Student Publications.
Members of Western Conterence Editorial
The Associated Press is exclusively en-
titled to the use for republication of all news
dispatches credited to it or not otherwise
,redited in this paper and the local news pub-
lished therein.
Entered at thc postoffice at Ann Arbor,
?fchiikre assecond class matter. Special rate
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Offices: Ana Arbor Press Building, May-
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Chairman, Editorial Board....Norman R. That
City Editor............Robert S. Mansfield
News Editor...........Manning Houseworth
'Women's Editor............ Helen S. Ramsay
Sport's Editor................Joseph Kruger
Telegraph Editor........ .William Walthvur
Music and Drama.......Robert B. Henderson
Night Editors
Smith Ii. Cady Leonard C. Hall
Robert T. DeVore Thomas V. Koykka
W.Calvin Patterson
Assistant City Editors
Irwin Olian Frederick H. Shillito

Gertrude Bailey
Charles Behymer
William Bryer
Phillip Brooks
Farnum Buckingham
Stratton Buck
Carl Burger
E dgar Carter
ke Chamberlain
& leyer Cohen
Carleton Champe
D~ouglas Doubleday
Iugene H. Gutekunst
Andrew Goodman
James T. Herald
Russell Hitt
Miles Kimball
Marion Kubik

Harriett Levy
Ellis Merry
Dorothy Morehouse
Margaret Parker
stanford N. Phelps
timon Rosenbaum
Wilton Simpson
Janet Sinclair
Courtland Smith
Stanley Steinko
Louis Tendler
Henry Thurnau
SDavid C. Vokes
Marion Wells
C'assam A. Wilson
Thomas C. Winter
Marguerite Zilske

favored American entry into the
League of Nations. The statements
were not made in a classroom, al-
though even if they had been, if
plainly given as the opinion of the
instructor, it is hard to see what
harm could come therefrom. Speaking
out of the classroom, there is not the
slightest reason why a university pro-
fessor or university president should
not say what he thinks, without hav-
ing his statements used as reasons'
for his discharge. Infringement on
the right of freedom of speech is in-
excusable in such cases.
A university president is expected
to have opinions on topics of the day,
as is every intelligent man, and to
forbid him from expressing his opin-
ions would often deprive the world
of logical and authoritative informa-
tion. In President Little, we have
not only a university president, but
an eminent scientist-he must not be
"gagged" on this important issue.
In response to the editorial requests
of The Daily and-other newspapers in
this section of the state, the legisla-
ture at Lansing has passed its first
air law, introduced by Rep. Charles
A. Sink, of Ann Arbor,, which pro-
hibits -the flying of aeroplanes over
open air assemblages at a height of
less than 1,500 feet. The bill, al-
though in force throughout the state,
is primarily intended to protect Mich-
igan football crowds at Ferry field
from the "stunt" flyers who have, in
the past, zoomed their planes close
over the heads of the spectators in
the crowded stadium.
Mr. Sink, who has served the Ann
Arbor district in the state legisliature
for many years, has established an
enviable record for himself. In all
that time he has aided the University,
the students of the University, and the
citizens of Ann Arbor, and has pro-
tected their interests at the capital.
University appropriations, especially,
have been ardently championed by
him, and the unprecedented generosi-
ty of the state in the matter of Uni-
versity funds in the last few years is
well known. His advocacy of the bill
just passed, prohibiting the use of
Ferry field as a location for fancy
aeronautics; is another example of
his close touch with University needs.
Of course, no aeroplanes have ever'
fallen into the stands of Ferry field,
'but foresight is better than regret,
and the possible loss of life resulting
from such a crash has been elimi-
To Mr. Sink and to the Michigan
state legislature, the University ex-
tends its appreciation for the passage
of a law which was becoming more
and more necessary each year.



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Margaret Smith,
Sidney Wilson

First of all, let us say for all those
who are interested in reading the.
right thing, who are inclined to keep
up with the present mode in litera-
ture, that Washington who incident-
ly holds a very high position on this'
staff (if you don't believe ask him)
is reading "The Rover Boys on the
River." This is the latest fad-read
ing this racy, slightly off color, but
very subtle kind of thing.
* * *
Years ago an engaged college man
was a monstrosity, today he is noth-
ing. Not that he deosn't amount to
much, but college engagements have
reached that stage where at least
every youth takes one flier in a. near
matramonial tangle, before his sopho-
more year is over.
..Authorities upon the sex problem
and statiticians lay the blame for this
apparent let down in the amount of
thought-given t h e pre-marriage
agreement to the rise of the flapper
and youthful sheik, but others in
closer contact with college life are
inclined to lay the trouble at the
door of a much abused institution, the
Many a lad in the eighties died with
the words on his lips for he had no
ring to offer his lady fair, for in those
good old days money came hard, and
was spent in the same way. In addi-
tion to the money angle the purchase
of a ring in the home or college town
jewelry store led to pletny of dis-
Fraternities have solved the prob-
lem however for the modern youth.
As each budding collegian hooks u
with one of these eating house clubs
he becomes, upon the receipt of
enough money to cover the cost of the
badge and to give the national office
a rake off, the possessor of a fratern-
ity pin, which he may stick where he
A pin is a pretty thing to wear
around for a while but afterwards it
becomes rather bothersome, changing
it from one vest toanother, Land from
one shirt to another shirt, so that the
howlings of the stand patters are all
that drives the collegian to keep
wearing his pin.
Then he meets the maiden of his
dreams (or one of them) and he is
struck with a sort of a half dazed
feeling and temporarily loses his
right sense. The time comes, moon-
light and moonshine and all that sort
of thing, when he is alone with this
fairone. His mouth is parched, his
heart beats rapidly, he is falling.
Here's where his older brother had
it over him. The old boy had to wait
until by hook or crook he could get a
ring and therefore usually postponed
i the fatal question for a week or two,
and by that time the novelty had van-
ished. Not so with Joe Campus, the
modern lad, with deft fingers, unseen
by his lady love, he plucks his pin,
from his vest and before she can re-
fuse he has fastened it tight above
his lady's heart.
Of course the spread of fraternities
bring with them their advantages.
Many a youth has been saved from an
early grave because the apple of his
eye didn't like the resign of his pin.
One youth even reports that his Chi-
cago him turned him down because
I his house wasn't national.
Since that time however he has
made an honorary national organiza-
tion and swears that he is going back
with blood in his eyes and do the riot
act all over again.
We sort of envy Michael and The
Deacon's Cousin, and the others whose
opuses or Opi or whatever the correct

word is ,appear in this department
occasionally. All of them write in
other fields, and dash off the stuff we
use off hand. They can take humorj
or leave it alone. So can many read-
ers of the Daily. Besides, they don't,
have to worry for fear that they may
inadvertantly give somebody publicity
or anything. Not that we feel sorry
for ourselves, for all in all this isn't


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The Students' Recital
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Night Editor-W. C. PATTERSON

TONIGHT: Masques present "Why
Marry" by Jesse Lynch Williams in
the Mimes theatre at 8:15 o'clock.
* * *
' ~"WHY MARRY 2" I
A review, by Robert Henderson.
How stupid and wrong they have all
been: all of us-even, it seemed from
the rehearsals, the author himself-
who solemnly persisted in the theory
that "Why Marry?" wad drama salted
with chance epigrams, a problem play
in serious imitation of "The Madras
House" ,and "Getting Married."
The stage, the theatre! What ap-
peared to the life as gentle melo-
drama blossomed last night before
its audience into broad slapstick farce
over the teacups. What wonder that
no one could make reason out of the
foolish rhyme that marriage, after all,
was the best of the poor excuses for
love; or what wonder that everyone
searched desperately for the bitter
analysis of a Granville-Barker or the
quick irony of a Shaw.
"Why Marry?" in actual perform-
ance makes no more claim to a sound
philosophy than the Rover Boys. It
is scarcely ever more than a delicious
twitter over what price marriage. It
is delightful nonsense, hokum, a
pinch of drama, and a gallon of bur-
lesque. It is, as far as I know, the
only significant, completely successful
American approach to the English
comedy of manners. It has little more
reason than "The Importance of Being
Earnest" and all the bustling mock-
ery of a French liaison farce.
The play, in every sense, is a splen-
did achievement-caviar and antidote
for the grandeur and bitter heroism of
O'Neill. It tells with the politest of
snickers the silly, sentimental tale
of a charming child who thought her-
self a "new" woman able and capable
to cope with the impossible problems
of marriage and love. It is the first
and signal work of America's first
high comedian.
The production itself. was a tri-
umph for the director, the actors, the
whole idea of campus dramatics, for
its student ,audiences, for Masques,
and for the institution of the Mimes
theatre. In absolute contrast to "En-
gaged," "Great Catherine" and "Beg-
garman," it topped, I believe, and
surely climaxed each preceding sue-
Those of the cast who most con-
sistently laughed through their parts,
Lillian Bronson and Valentine Davies
especially, most vitally caught the
spirit of the play's foolery. In the
occasional scenes where the charac-
ters took their platitudes seriously the
action halted and the theme wavered
-this Lucy and John, the husband I
and wife, who are ironic parodies in
themselves and relieve the constant
burlesque of the others with their
very near tragedy.
Thus the verdict of the audience
turned soggy drama into brilliant bur-
lesque, and the stray indecision of a
few scenes can be planted and limed
in the remaining performances with
the grotesque kidding that is the heart
of the comedy. "Why Marry?" will
outrun even the week of "Engaged."
It is a triumph and a triumph.
Theodore Harrison will present
Barre Hill, baritone, in his gradua-
tion recital this evening in the School
of Music auditorium at eight o'clock.
This concert was postponed several
weeks ago on account of the illness
of Mr. Hill, who will sing the same
program as originally announced, in-
cluding the Schumann "Dichterliebe."
* * *
A review, by Robert Carson.
There is . something irresistible
about Russian music; it expresses
the melancholy, the joy, the love and
the beauty of its land. The program
of the Matinee Musicale was purely

Russian, four songs of Rachmaninoff
and a sonata of Medtner. Rachnianin-
off is a master of the prelude and in
his songs there pulsates a certain
depth of feeling. .It would be hard to
say which of his songs Miss Eunice
Northrup sang the best; they were
all beautiful. Her voice is sweet,
pleasing ,no harsh, forced tones, only
too much tremolo at times. Of her
selections the "Isle" and "In the Sil-
ence of the Night" especially brought
out the theme of the program.
Nicholas Medtner is primarily an
orchestral composer. In his "Sonata"
he seems to transfer to the piano the
orchestral form. Mrs. Maud Okkelberg's
rendition of this number was excel-
lent, demanding technical skill and
interpretation. The "Sonata" is a
new pattern of sound, made up of
sudden contrasts and close harmonies.
The theme changes quickly from


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President Clarence Coo Little has
taken so genuine and active an inter-,
est in birth control since he came to
the University that he has brought'
much adverse criticism upon himself. I
Newspapers have attacked him edi-
torially, and 'religious and civic or-
ganizations have condemned his
An editorial which appeared re-'
recently in the Grand Rapids Press
said, in part: "Dr. Little has so much
time and inclination for the promul-
gation of his birth control crusade
that it has come to be the hall-mark
of his reputation. He is the birth
control university president, or rath-
er, it would seem, the birth controlj
propagandist first and the university
president second."
It is quite evident that the edi-
torialist was not acquainted with the
work which President Little has al-
ready done at the University, and
does not know the far-reaching plans
which the President has formulated
for 'humanizing" education. He prob-
sably has not read of the proposed bet-
tering of the curriculum for women*
students; he is ignorant of the inves-
tigations being made to improve the
transition from high school to collegej
and from college to "the world;" no'
doubt the University's endeavors to
assist the fraternities in controlling
certain problems have escaped his at-
'ention in spite of the great amount
of publicity the matter has been
given; sand, more than likely, he has
not been informed of the progress
which has been made in bringing the
alumni intd closer touch with theI
The editorial, voicing the opinion
'which has been expressed by organi-
zations in many cities, contends that
the President had no right to take
sides on an issue as debatable as
birth control. The editorialist forgot
to mention the fact that, as a recog-
nized scientist, the President is ex-
trenly well qualified to speak upon
scientific subjects, especially the one
in which he is particularly interested.
Further, the editorial implies that
President Little is taking undue ad-'
vantage by making public use of the
authority and influence that his posi-

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(The Boston Transcript)
Despite some abuse of privileges by
certain sections of the foreign lan-
guage press in this country, we can-
not believe that the proper way to
check it would be taken through n-
actment of the bill of Congressman
Colton of Utah denying these journals
the second-class mailing privileges.
Such a procedure does not strike at
the root of such evils as exist. It
would be gratifying if the United
States were so homogeneous in point
of language that journals in foreign
languages might be issued only for
.popular education in other tongues
than English, but it is not. It is ne-
cessary, if millions of our inhabitants
are to learn what is going on about
them, that they should be served with
journals printed in the only language
they thoroughly understand, and to
weaken the capacity of these journals
to inform, enlighten land instruct this
large element in the ways of America
would be to render a distinct dis-
It is true that most of the disruptive
ideas which threaten American insti-
tutions come from abroad and are re-
ceived here more readily by some
sympathizers when set forth in Eu-
ropean languiages, nor is it to be de-



nied that many working men and
women, as in the mining regions, are {
fed in foreign languages with propa-
ganda designed to turn them against
their employers, and are debarred by
ignorance of English from learning
the facts which would controvert it.
But to debar all foreign language pa-
pers from the mails would be to con-
demn a great institution whose influ-
ence, on the whole, is very much more
for good than for evil. Indeed, the
principles of Americanism cannot be
instilled into many of our foreign- I
born immigrants except through such
agencies as the Colton bill would

-such a bad job.
For one thing, accuracy never
bothers us. We don't have to think,
up anything but a, (an, and the for the
first words, and we don't have to
write numbers after anyone's name,!
or any of the little things that the
average reporter on this great jour-
nalistic enterprise must do.
We have it from very authoritative
and confidential sources that there is
going to be a sort of ruction over in
Hill auditorium next week. It seems
a Harvard prof. and a hardboiled


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