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* money, being raised by schools, col-
leges, and alumni bodies throughout
the country, will be used to erect thel
jiHblished every morning except Monday Walter Camp Memorial Arch at the
4pting the University year by the Board in
ttrol of Student. Publications. entrance to the Yale athletic fields.
a of Western Conference Editorial On it will be inscribed the names of
A aation. ithe schools contributing to the fund.
the Associated P s is .exelusively en- It will be a fitting tribute to the man
til to the use for republication of al news who did so much for present day
dj$)atches credited to it or not otherwise
credted in this paper and the local news pub- sports.
ed rein. The memorial fund is being capably
ntered at the postoffice at Ann Arbor, managed and is heartily supported by
34biaas second class matter. Special rate
tag, e granted by Third Assistant Post- athletic directors, including Coach
eneral. Yost. A memorial to the man who
.ibscription by carrier, $3.75; by mail, t
:4d o, was the father of football and who
fl es: Ann Arbor Press Building, May- gave it such terms as 'the eleven,'
,pones: Zlditorial, 4925; business 21214. the scrimmage,' the quarterback,' andI
'yards to gain,' certainly deserves the
EDITORIAL STAFF support of all followers of the now
Telephone 492. national game.

itor . ....W. Calvin Patterson
CiEditor.......... .Irwin A. Olian
SEditors... ......r-derik Shillito
NCR' Edtor . .." "" " Philip C. Brooks
SEditor. ......... . ..Iarion Kubik
Sp s Editor ..........Wilton.A. Simpson
4rihEditor........Morris Zwerdling
sa d Drama... ..Vincent C. Wall, Jr.
Night Editors
Chrles Behymet Ellis Merry
Chaitn Chamnpe Stanford N. Phelps
$ Chamberlin Courtland C. Smith
J ,es Herald Cassam A. Wilson
Assistant City Editors
e -Burger Henry Thurnau
Joseph Brunswick
9ron Anderson G. Thomas McKean
~O Bchowski Adeline 'Brien
in J. Cohn Morris Quinn
ee Rdelson Sylvia Stone
liam -Emery James Sheehan
Friend William Thurnau
ett Gessner Milford Vanik
ie Gruber Herbert Vedder
Etona B. Icove Marian Welles
C. Kern Thaddeus Wasielewski
"pn Kirshbaum Sherwood Winslow
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ertisin.'....Paul W. Awfd
rtsin....William .Pusch
tefjssig........Thomas Snderland
Otisig.:.......George H. Annable, Jr.
ulation ...T Kenneth Haven
{cation.............John iHBobrink
bounts....... F......ranci A. Norquist
rge Ain Jr. L. J. Van Tuyl
n H. Baer J. B. Wood
BrotEsther Booze
Cain Hilda Binzer
le# Finley Dorothy Carpenter
i. Haniley Marion A. Daniel
M. Hinkley Beatrice Greenberg
JL. lThlse Selma M. Janson
Kerbawy Marion Kerr
A. Meyer Marion L. Reading
vey Rosenbum Harriet C. Smith
}l~am . Spencer Nance Solomon
Tlcott Florence Widmaier
Michigan welcomes Wisconsin
th a sin erity and respect that
4hus always accompanied the true
athletic relationships existing be-
tween the two institutions. In
victory or defeat, this whole-
hearted welcome remains - firm,
because the sportsmanship dis-
played by the athletic representa-
tives- of the two schools while in
combat has been commendable.
Each desires a victory, but not at
the expense of true sportsman-
ship or this traditional welcome.
Defeat is preferable to the sacri-
Ace of this, and that is why vic-
tory in the lichiganWisconsin
game is so glorious."
,Every year in which it is apparent
that Notre Dame will have a success-
ful football season, sports editors for
numerous Western newspapers sug-.
gest the enlargement of the Western
Conference by the inclusion of Notre
Dame and Michigan State college.
uchi action is advocated on the
grounds that it would make the race
for athletic honors more exciting, as
well 'as increasing the revenue of
cersain participating schools.
From other viewpoints, however,
the proverb, "the more the merrier,"
is not satisfactory when applied to
the Big-Ten. The Conference already
includes so many members that it is
impossible for all of them to meet
i .competition in every major sport.
For this reason, championship claims
are frequently dimmed by ties, much
to ithe dissatisfaction of all those in-
terested in the outcome of the com-
With only its present membership,,
full utility cannot be made of the Con-'
ference as a medium for the promo-
tion of healthy athletic relations. Ex-
pansion would only complicate the
affairs of this organization and lead
to greater sources of dissatisfaction.:
Despite the occasional criticism of
over-emphasis on present day college
athletics, few will contend that sports
are ndt on a far higher ethical plane
than they were twenty or thirty years
ago. Athletics have been extended
to the masses, to factory workers and.
clerks. This change has been broughtf

Though the University entrance re-
quirements have been made consider-
ably more stringent in the past year
or two, it is painfully evident by the'
crude painting on University walks,
that a few morons have been allowed
to slip in.
Constructive criticism of the Uni-
versity or its officials has always been
welcomed, usually considered, occa-
sionally followed-but not when it has
been expressed through the imbecilic
tnethod of daubing the diagonal.
To the students of Michigan, the
annual interclass games mean more
than mere "horseplay." They repre-
sent a tradition that has come down
to them as a heritage from those who
comprised the student body years ago.
Surely, anything based on mere
"horseplay" could not have survived
and thrived as have the games.
The Fall games represent the first
fundamental step in initiating the
freshmen into University life here.
Michigan men do not believe in ex-
cessive hazing, and so far this year
freshmen have been chided but little
by upperclassmen.
Michigan men do not believe in deal-
ing separately with each individual
freshmen in this initiation process. If
they did, some 'individuals would be
taken advantage of and others would
escape all initiation.
So, today the freshman has a
chance. He and all his classmates
.grouped into one body will hold their
own against the sophomores in the
Fall games. They will meet in friend-
ly athletic contest, and a friendly feel-
ing will prevade. Freshmen will
match their physical prowess and
skill with the sophomores.
With the conclusion of the games,
friendly relations exist again, and
sportsmanship is displayed by the
winner. If the sophomores lose they
will take defeat with a smile. Fresh-
men will do likewise if they win, for
freshmen in the past have always-done
Mixing with upperclassmen in the
Fall games, gives the freshman a feel-
ing of assurance. He feels that he is
included in this great University life
and is not obscure. The fears of haz-
ing which he has carried within him-
self since school began will have
largely disappeared.
The Fall games instill into the
freshman spirit, courage, patience,
and true sportsmanship. That is the
reason why they are worthwhile.
Michigan may well feel a certain
pride in the appointment of Prof.
Claude H. Van Tyne to the Sir George
Watson lectureship in British uni-
versities, as announced in Friday's
Daily. This lectureship is one of the
highest honors which can fall to any-
one in the field of American history,
patronized as it is, by H. R. H., the
Prince of Wales.
Professor Van Tyne has spent a life
time in the study of American history.
This honor comes as a signal appre-
ciation of that effort.
The conception, prevalent among
many, that the average convict is ig-
norant, irreligious, and of foreign
birth or descent was dealt a body blow
by the annual report of Lewis E.
Lawes, warden of Sing Sing prison.
Of the 1,452 prisoners at that institu-
tion, all but seven are members of
some religious denomination, and

more than two-thirds of them are
native Americans. Moreover, nearly
half of the inmates had gone to school
until the sixth grade, and 67 had re-
ceived college degrees.
These figures either indicate that
the criminals of foreign extraction are
surpassing their American brethren
in eluding the police, or that the re-
sponsibility for the present crime sit-
uation rests directly upon the Amer-
icans for their criminal activities and
indirectly upon them for allowing a
criminal mentality to develop among!
those who have attended the public

When the general rejoicing has sub-
sided perhaps there is food for
thought in the career of this man;
for he was remarkable, no matter
what anyone may say. There is al-
ways the inclination to blame without
reason a man who has committed as
many horrible crimes as he did, and
the self righteous attitude of the sin-;
less individual always moves him to,
great gratification and smug joy at his
blameless life. There are things to be
learned, and many of them, however,
before we pass thus lightly over thel
career of this criminal.
The killer was born in Hell's kitch-
en, New York city; a place which is
highly flattered by its name. If he
ever went to school it was not for long
and then in one of the lowest of all,
the schools which that fair metropolis
can boast. At a comparatively early
age he was earning an honest living {
by threatening taxicab drivers of'
rival companies in order that one
group might have a monopoly in cer-
tain desirable places. In this pro-,
fession it is not the least surprising
that he should learn the use of fire-
There was no trade or profession
open to this man when he reached!
maturity except that of crime-and he
had no choice. If ever society was
responsible for a sorry plight it was
responsible for this one, but before
long this society placed him in prison
for grand larceny.
This wasathe first safe place he had'
ever been. But the "Kindness to
Prisoners" club couldn't stand seeing,
a man of his culture confined so they
secured his release-aided by a graft
seeking governor and a polluted ju-
dicial system.
Within three years he was again
arrested and convicted-after escap-
ing several times because witnesses
refused to testify against him (New
York witnesses value their lives-and
he was the killer). This time the .
humane gentlemen of the state let
him out even sooner-because he was
a model prisoner, and hadn't killed
anyone for eighteen months-and then

TONIGHT: Comedy Club presents
Rol Cooper Megrue's "Tea for Three"
hin ines theater at 8:30 o'clock.
A review, by Philip C. Brooks
An enthusiastic interpretation of
fifteenth century English melodies, a
perfection of technique, and an air of
pleasant informality combined to make
this one of the most enjoyable of eve-
nings. The strange characteristic
quality of the music was made ex-
tremely effective as rendered by these
attractive artists.
The atmosphere of the cloistered
monastery, of the old time inn, of
those musical gatherings in the old
mansions, was maintained throughout
by the careful selection of the num-
bers. Motets, with a simple reverence
which is only approached by the old
English hymns which survive in some
churches; madrigals, pleasant lyrics
of lovely maidens and their laddies;
folk songs, giving a delightful impres-
sion of the society of the times; fol-
lowed by duets and a trio, a canzonet
and a ballet-all were sung with an
artistic yet unassuming attitude
which could not help but make one
like the Singers personally as well as
admiring their technique.
Collectively and individually, there
was such character in their interpre-
tation! By remarkably precise enun-
ciation, by a nice inflection, by their
very facial expressions, they gave a
splendid opportunity to enjoy fully
the beauty of the songs. One could
easily imagine being seated at the
table with them in a candle-lit Tudor
hall, singing for the pure joy of it.
Throughout the program, the Eng-
lish singers were actresses and actors
of admirable quality. The spirit of the

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music was carried out not only in the
the trouble started. "Rotten courts!rendition, but in the dramatization of
and governors and parole boards
might work for a while" reason the performers.
mThe compositions fulfilled precisely
Cuniffe, but why depend on them?
Safe it oul be o kil 1the requirements of one of the com-
policemenposers who work they gave, William
and never get arrested"--and so he Byrd, that "the music should be
did. At the age of thirty-two his bril- fae otevr .ieo h od.
liant career was cut short by an un- framed to the very life of tile words."
.timel ed-ad th ort byan un-This quotation was given us in that
timely end-and thus ends the storv


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The moral is simple. Hell's kitch-
en, parole boards, illiteracy, firearms,l
and unscrupulous taxi companies are
just as responsible for Cuniffe's career
as he is--in fact they are the only
things responsible, because he couldn't
help their existence nor his and they
could be altered. It is fortunate that
"Killer" Cuniffe is dead; it is unfor-
tunate that in a civilized nation there
should exist institutions that make
crime inevitable. How much more
happy, for humanity and Cuniffe, if
he had never been born.

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disregarded. The names of communi-
cants will, however, be regarded as
confidential upon. request.

To The Editor:
In addition to your comment on Mr.
Stawn's speech delivered in Chicago
last week, I wish to give to our Amer-
ican friends some real facts concern-
ing the present political situation of
China, which seems unknown to Mr.
Stawn, although he is a very learned
lawyer. The right of independence or
of liberty of action or, as it is more=
generally called, of sovereignty, is by
the traditions of international law a
fundamental right; and also a state
has jurisdiction over all persons and
property within its territorial borders.
According to this, China should have.
I a free hand in dealing with her own
affairs. If not, it must be either that
international law is "bunk," or that
Mr. Stawn's criticism-China's present
precarious status is not due to im-
perialism or lack 'of tariff autonomy,.
to extra-territoriality or to unequal
treaties-is "bunk."
Another fact I want to call your at-
tention seems to be entirely lost to I
Mr. Strawn. It might also show how
careless Mr. Stawn was in observing
the Chinese politics while he was del-
egating the United States in China.
He says that the war lords are fight-
ing for control of the national govern-
ment and treasury. Is this true? I
should say' not. I am telling you the'
truth that the recent war in China is
not a fight among the war lords for
personal benefits, but it is a real fight
for setting China free from the for-
eign powers' control. The definite
purpose and the very aim of the Can-
tonese government to take up this
unavoidable and deadly struggle are
to turn down the Peking government,
so that China will be rebuilt with full

beautiful pure English by the gentle-
man who, one might say, presided over
the group.
Not to mention the most attractive
numbers, difficult as it is to choose
them, would be neglect. So one should
speak of the "Dark-eyed Sailor," "The
Wassail Song," "The Three Fairies,"
and "My Phyllis Bids Me Pack Away."
Perhaps the chief common character-
istic which made these especially
table was the manner in which they
were sung. All the music was on such
a plane that only the rendition could
make any stand out from the others.
The Italian street cries deserve
mention for their vigor. They pro-
vided a desirable variation in the pro-
gram. And the encore, one of the all-
too-few, at the intermission, "The
Springtime of the Year," was brilliant
by virtue of the exquisite pianissimo,
a seemingly impossible tone, which
was achieved.
* * *
A review, by Vincent Wall
In an article of pure hersey contri-
buted to a recent issue of Le Temps,
Jules Romaine recommended that for
a period of ten years plays dealing
with the love theme be prohibited
from the French stage; this, of course,
may be an unpleasant emphasis of his
prejudice. But if it were not for oc-
casionl performances of such plays as
Roi Cooper Megrue's="Tea for Three"
the triangle motive-the husband, the
wife and the other, done and under-
done since the ancients-would cer-
tainly be eternally placed on the in-
dex expurgatorius of dramatic ma-
It may be true that the play is the
obvious combination; that Megrue is
not a dramatist of the dimensions of
the great God Shaw in the field of
social satire; that New York suc-
cesses in the hands of amateurs are
often fatal. * * * The treatment in
spite of this avoids all the banality
which seemed inevitable, and by turn-
ing on itself in a satire of -the situ-
ation became unique in the chronicle
of campus dramatics. The farce it-
self being a more or less accurate in-
terpretation of the acerbities ofI
married life required a delicate and
subtle analysis, and everywhere the
direction of Phyllis Loughton was evi-
dent in the well-ordered sequence of!
the mechanics.
This, however leaves a wide margin
of praise for the triangle itself. The.]
crisis in the third act was played by
Minna Miller-the Glorious Miller
whom God and Amy created last year.j





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