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Published every morning except Monday
during the University year by the Board in'
Control of Student Publications.
Member of Western Conference Editorial,
The Associated Press is exclusively en-
ttiled to the use for republication of all news'
dispatches credited to it or not otherwise
credited in this paper and the local niews pub-
lished herein.
Entered at the postoffice at Ann Arbor,
Michigan, as second class matter. Special rate
of postage granted by Third Assistant Post-
master General.
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Offices: Ann Arbor Press Building, May-
nard Street.
Phones: Editorial, 4925; Business 21I4.
Telephone 4925i
Editor......................Ellis B. Merry
Staff Editor...............Philip C. Brooks
City Editor.............Courtland C. Smith
Editor Michigan Weekly..Charles E. Behymer
Women's Editor..........Marian L. Welles
Sports Editor............Herbert E. Ved-ler
Theater, Books and Music.Vincent C. Wall, Jr.
Telegraph Editor...,....Ross W. Ross
Assistant City Editor....Richard C. Kurvink
Night Editors
Robert E. Finch G. Thomas McKean
J. Stewart Hooker Kenneth G. Patrick
Paul J. Kern NelsonJ. Smith, Jr.
Milton Kirshbaum
Margaret Arthur Sally Knox
Emmons A. Bonfield Jack L. Lait, Jr.
Stratton Buck Richard H. Milroy'
. Jean Campbell Charles S. Monroe
Jessie Church Catherine Price
Sydney M. Cowan Mary E. Ptolemy
William B. Davis Harold L. Passman
William C. Davis Morris W. Quinn
Clarence N. Edelsori Pierce Rosenberg
Margaret Gross David Scheyer
Valborg Egeland Robert G. Silbar
Marjorie Follmner lloward F. Simon
James B. Freeman George E. Simons
Robert J. Gessner Sylvia Stone,
Elaine E. Gruber George Tilley
Joseph E. Howell Edward L. Warner, Jr.,
Charles R. Kaufman Leo J. Yoedicke
Donald J.*Kline Joseph Zwerdling-
Telephone 21214
Assistant Manager....George H. Annable, Jr.
Advertising .............Richard A. Meyer
Advertising .. ........Arthur M. Hinkley
Advertising...............Edward L. Hulse
Advertising............John W. Ruswinckel
Accounts................Raymond Wachter
Circulation ...........George B. Ahn, Jr.
Publication .. ........ ..Harvey Talcott

office; but when the machine-control-
led newspaper comes to his doorstep
with columns of publicity for the ma-
chine politician, and the billboard
across from his front door emblazons
forth to the waiting world the sup-i
posed fitness of the machine's own
choice, even the laboring man's better
judgment is likely to be swept aside,
and he goes to the polls on election
day and votes for the machine-made
politician, who immediately upon his
accession to office begins to misuse
the public funds which that laboring
man, pays in taxes.
The thing has happened over and
over again in American politics. The
threat of labor; the ominous shadow
of thousands and millions of votes
has been cast across the horizon times
without number. But the machines
have learned to disregard them; they
have learned that whatever the policy
of the thinking laborers may be, the
great mass of them can be coralled
and herded into the machine's or-
So whether or not the charges made
by Green that gunmen were hired as
special officers by the state during
the recent mine strike, and that count-
less other malpractices have occurred
in the administration; the great ma-
chines of Pennsylvania will no doubt
sneer again, as they have always
sneered at the threat of a Labor vote.
From the periodicals of entrenched
bigotry% there may be culled such
statements as "Candidates for office
have long since learned that on elec-
tion day the vote of the Labor unions
does not exist," and the pitiful feature
of the whole thing is that the state-
men is literally true.
It is to be hoped that the Pennsyl-
vania attempt will not be another
fiasco. It is to be hoped that if the
laboring men in that state are right,
they will be able to swing the election
in their direction; and it is to be
hoped most of all that Labor as a
group will some day reach the point
where the headline,athe billboard, and
the crisp new dollar bill on election
day do not warp its better judgment.
When Ruth Elder, Florida aviatrix
who hoped to fly to Paris, hopped off
from RooseveltsField, New York, the
Associated Press carried the news to
the world in the following manner:
"An American woman today placed
her life in balance in an attempt to
be the first of her sex to cross the
Atlantic in an airplane." Today, safe
after being rescued by a steamer at
sea, thousands might well ask "What
has she accomplished?"
There is more to the question than
that. It should be asked: "What
could she have accomplished?" The
flight, admittedly, was nothing more
or less than a stunt. The hazards of
trans-Atlantic flying has already been
shown. Science could have gained no
more had Ruth Elder landed in Paris
instead of in the ocean.
Lindbergh's achievement did much
to further aviation and science of the
air; Commander Byrd and his ac-
complices did likewise; Nungesser
and Coli lost their lives in that at-
tempt. But the Hawaiin stunt flyers
and the numerous others who follow-
ed them impair, rather than further,
scientific aviation.

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Night Editor-NELSON J. SMITH, JR.
Next week the University will be
host to a speaker unique in his line,
a musician of no ordinary talents, who
will come not in concert but as a
lecturer. His message will be a sen-
sitive one, attuned to the niceties of a
great art. Ife will speak in a dingy
auditorium, the front of which is tak-
en up with laboratory benches.
As a conclusion to the Freshman
Week activities, there was held in the
same auditorium a small convocation,
at which the principal speaker was
a faculty man. His message also had
a finer appeal than that of a lecturer,
it was planned for a Sunday morning,
but the same dingy trappings damped
the spirits of the few present.
The one campus theater is over-
worked by the combined efforts of at
least three dramatic societies to edge
in their productions, and the occa-
sional musicales which shun the vast
emptiness of Hill auditorium are
usually forced to seek strange quar-
Tentative plans for completing the
south wing of Angell hall call for the
inclusion of another small auditorium
such as that in the science building.
Since the date of construction is evi-
dently distant, and the demands for a
different type of auditorium or theater
increase year by year, it would seem'
that some alteration in the plan made
a few years ago would be -justified.
With certain ends in view, those of
caring for esthetic assemblies of the
smaller sort, and supplying a home
for the development of dramatic
courses in particular, some project
might be worked out before the time
of legislative grants comes around
again, whereby such ends might be
realized. It is worth the thought.
Out of the boss ridden state of Penn-
sylvania, from ,under the yoke of
Vare, Mellon, Pinchot, and the great
Quaker state politicians, the voice of
the laboring man is about to be heard
and William Green, president of the
American Federation of Labor has
served notice on the state of Penn-
sylvania that Labor intends to or-
ganize to throw off the oppresive+
tactics of the men who are running
the state's political organizations. '
This sounds very well, and there is
no doubt but that united action on the
part of the laborers could overcome

To the Editor:
May I, as a former student of the
University who has always been in-
terested in Michigan's automobile sit-
uation, contribute a few more words
to the countless thousands that may
have been squandered so recklessly on
that subject? The impulse to write
this was prompted by President Lit-
tle's remarks at the recent convention
of the Michigan Motorbus association,
as reported in The Daily of Oct. 8,
but this desire has been growing ever
since the motor-less university opened
this fall, and needed little to pre-
cipitate action.
The President is quoted as saying
"until we find which of our boys and
girls learn to drive wisely, we will
take the privilege away and give it
back gradually," or words to that
effect. The theory behind such ac-
tion is good, but in actual practice,
the difficulties en'countered will prove
well-nigh insurmountable, no matter
how many assistant deans and traffic
policemen are hired. Just what
standard does the President mean to
use to determine which of the "boys
and girls" shall be allowed the in-
estimable privilege of driving a motor
As a student who was unfortunate
enough to be a member of the so-
called automobile enforcement com-
mittee of last year, I feel safe in say-
ing that no yard-stick which will
measure student's worthiness to drive
a car has yet been discovered. The
latest decision at Ann Arbor, accord-
ing to press dispatches, is that mar-
ried students shall be allowed to
drive, but those who are unmarried
should not. Just how the bonds of
matrimony bring about this startling
transformation in the student's driv-
ing ability has never been explained
to me. Except for providing at least
one real incentive for the eary con-
summation of college romances, I fail
to see what this decision has ac-
complished. To draw the line on a
matrimonial basis appears unjust to
me-quite obviously so.
However, it is needless to point out
all the injustices that have necessarily
accompanied the automobile rulings
-most persons at Ann Arbor are
familiar with them. ' The whole auto-
mobile question is merely a phase of
a much larger problem, which con-
cerns two conflicting theories of edu-
The kind of education I like to
think is beiig offered at Michigan is
the kind that Ernest Thompson Seton
had in mind when he wrote "Manhood,
not scholarship, is the first aim of
education." I believe that slogan
should appear daily at the head of
The Daily's editorial columns in these
days when Michigan is so sadly in
need of it. It is the kind of education
that leaves the student free to meet
toe problems that he must meet soon-
er or later, that teaches him to live
in the environment in which he must
live after graduation, that rewards
him with a diploma if he succeeds on
his own initiative, and that politely
sends him home if he fails.
In contrast to this, there is the type
of education so aptly described by
President Little when he declared, in
his "motorbus" speech, that the uni-
versity official must combine the roles
of preacher and parent. Under this
theory, the faculty would lavish
fatherly care on some 10,000 "boys
and girls," peotect them from all the

pitfalls into which they might stum-
ble, eliminate all temptations that
might detract from their scholarship,
and finally present them with a
diploma, which they have not earned
in any way but by fulfillment of a few
scholastic requirements. That, in my
opinion, is not "education" even when
at its best, at Michigan where the size
of the "famlly" makes it impossible for
the 'fatherly care to be anything but
superficial, I believe that is entirely
There, however, is the real argu-
ment. Anyone who subscribes to the
latter policy must, perforce, approve
of the automobile rules, as they are
merely one example of the parental
care and solicitude. Anyone who be-
lieves in the former policy must in-
evitably oppose such infringements of
personal liberty as the auto ban, hit-
ting as it does that part of the stu-
dent's time which is his own, outside
of the classroom.
Needless to say, I prefer to remem-
ber Michigan as it was my first two
years there, when the student was

There comes a time in the life of
every editor-even in the life of the
editor of such a prosperous column
as Theater, Books and Music, when
the paper has to be filled with large
and nerve wracking blurbs. The thea-
ter is in a state of passive stagnation.
"On Approval" and "Dulcy" are in
rehearsal, but they don't open for
another week. Raisa and Rimini
don't sing until week after next. None
of the publishers have sent me any
interesting books.... local art and
belles lettres have fallen into the
most abject ennui. And there's noth-
ing to do but write advance notices
of this and that and what not. And
since "On Approval" seems to be
worthiest and most deserving effort
in this field, I might as well write
about it.
* * *
This show, which Mimes are going
to do next week-beginning Thursday
night and playing through the fore
part, of the week following-is just
what might be expected of the author
-Frederick Lonsdale. It is his latest,
barring "We All Do" which hasn't
opened yet, and bears the unmistak-
able imprint of th heavy hand of the
It is smart comedy-cleker, and
pleasingly social, and it has the kind
of story Michael Arlen tells of Mayfair
with its sophistication and bad man-
ners. The lines without seeming to
do so, rush headlong through a broad
side of comedy. There are only four
characters, but they are fascinating
and brilliant-like all people in par-
lor comedy. They are well bred, cul-
tured and have background; and they
insult one another with both polite
and dirty back slaps.
It is not the best of the Lonsdale
plays. "Aren't We All" has better
situation, and "The Last of Mrs.
Cheyney" is more dashing and agile.
But Lonsdale at his worst is better
than no Lonsdale at all. And when
"On Approval," with its featherweight
dialogue and risque application, opens
next Thursday night it oughtto pro-
vide one thing-an entertaining eve-
ning at the theater.
* * *
Barre Hill, baritone, late of the
Union opera, the Glee club and other
things opens his second professional
season next Wednesday evening in
Kimball auditorium in Chicago. In-
cidentally Chase Sykes, another grad-
uate, who has recently gone conti-
nental to the extent that he is now
Charles Baromeo, is making his de-
but with the Chicago Civic Opera
company this season. Theodore Har-
rison was maestro to both while they
were in the University, and both were
rather prominent in music and dra-
* * *
"The House of Women" which open-
ed at the Maxine Elliot took the cen-
ter of the New York stage last week.
Since there was considerable comment
and a review on this dramatization of
Louis Broomfield's novel "The Green
Bay Tree" when it was in Detroit on
try out, there is little that can be ad-
ded. The critics seemed to agree that
Nance O'Neill and Elsie Fe1'guson
were fine and that the play, except
for the character studies contained,
was awful.
* * *
On Tuesday night Walter Hampden
presented Ibsen's "An Enemy of the
People" at the ;theater which bears

his name. Mr. Hampden's decision to
give the romantic drama a vacation
was thought to be quite a nice idea,
although Mr. Woollcott announced
that he (Mr. Hmpden) was too thea-
trical-as usual.
* * *
Angelo Musco-Italy's most dec-
orated comedian-presented Nino Ma-
toglio's "L'Aria del Continente," and
according to The Times was given
quite an ovation at the Manhattan
Opera house. The play is given in
Italian which, of course, limits the
patronage and at the same time its
breadth of appeal, but by the aid of
an English translation in the program,
the audience captured the gist of most
of the play.
* * *a
In the field of musical comedy there
were two outstanding attractions:
"Sidewalks of New York"-which con-
tained Miss Ray Dooley's first starring
part-and H. H. Frazee's much be-
lated "Yes, Yes, Yvette." Miss Dooley
was presented by her husband, Eddie
Dowling (it was originally planned

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