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Through the years that freshmen
classes have come to Michigan, there
have inevitably grown up traditions in
connection with the members of these
classes that give them a distinction
in outward appearance as complete
as their distinction in attitude from
that of the average upperclassmen..
Among the most notable and colorful
of these traditions is the practice of
wearing 'that significant article of
headgear-the freshmen pot.
In recent years, however, there has
been a growing neglect of this custom
on the part of the freshmen. This fall,
thus far, -large numbers of the class
of '31 are noticeably neglecting to
observe this custom which for years
has been judged the 'duty of all fresh-
The freshmen should understand
that the little gray pot is not a mark
of degradation or servitude but rather
a sign of distinction. It is a means.
by which the members of the begin-
ning class may readily recognize
each other and thereby become more
easily acquainted with their class-
mates. The wearing of the pot is a
boon to class unity which in turn is
a stepping stone to true Michigan
For the freshmen t attempt to. de-
ceive the student body as to their
identity is futile, for, to the experi-
enced eye of an upperclassman, a
freshman is as distinguishable from
a veteran student as the sunshine
from rain. Moreover, for the fresh-
men to assume an attitude of defiance
to the traditions of the school is to at-
tempt to overthrow one of the most
colorful and time-honored customs of
the univerdity which they have
adoptedi -
Rather than attempts at either de-
ceit or defance, it is better that the
freshmen wear their pots; it is better
that they avoid any general resent-
ment which their contrary action may
kindls; and it is much better that they
use this traditional method of foster-
ing class unity.
Amid the conglomerate confusion of
the League of Nations, where dozens

ready to go to work on the whole
armament question.
Naturally of especial interest to
citizens of the United States is
whether or not their governnent will
be represented in these conferences..
It is incongruous, to say the least, that
a 'ation posing as a champion of uni-
versal peace should refuse to co-..
operate; but, on the other hand, per-
mission to send a delegation would
only be a matter of courtesy on the
part of the League if Nations, for we
have as yet no legal status in con-
nection with that organization.
On the preparatory committees the
American government has been fully
represented. It has fostered and
abetted proposals for arbitration and
security guarantees, and it is only
reasonable to suppose that if invited
it will take part in the disarmament
conference. The experience of last
summer should have proved that any
attempt to negotiate outside the
League on the problems of naval or
land armaments is likely to be futile;
and if. America Is to contribute her
share to the progress of pacific pro-
posals she must not neglect to avail
herself of the opportunities that the
League of Nations commission will
Despite the insistence with which
the assembly is demanding the report
of the preparatory commission, how-
ever, it is difficult to believe that any-
thing definite will come from the
negotiations. With masses of tech-
nical and often unimportant objec-
tions responsible for former failures,
only the most optimistic observer can
view the present situation without
cynicism. Yet, sooner or later, it is
hoped, European diplomats will cease
their silly bickerings to do something
worthwhile in the way of disarma-
ment and other anti-war moves.
It is recognized that in the infant
stages of any industry pioneering
may often lead to lengths that must
later be restricted by control. The
nature of.this control offers a prob-
leWp that is ,best determined by the
nature of the industry; but it is al-
ways advisable, if possible, that the
control should come from within and
not from without.
Al of the plans that have been sug-
gested for the control of aviation,
by individuals, by societies, and by
committees, have suggested that the
government should take immediate
action. They have all smacked of
paternalism and the resultant stunt-
ing of free endeavor.
Eward P. Warner, assistant scere-
tary of the navy for Aeronautics, now
comes forth with a plan that seems to
clarify the whole problem and lead
to a logical and definite end. Mr. War-
ner's plan strikes at the evil by mak-
ing aviators and their companies re-
sponsible for the injection of sanity
and common sense into the acts of
fliers. . He suggests rigid tests for
pilots and mechanics, and the regis-
tration of all machines which might
be used for such flights. Armed with
all of -the knowledge which would be
required for a license, and protected
by a good plane and an understanding
of the weather conditions, the chances
for disaster to the pilot are reduced
to a minimum.
The Warner plan is indeed the most,
senisible one yet suggested. Not only
does it remove the stigma of govern-
mental control from the field of avia-
tion, but it places the responsibility in
the hands of those who have the fu-

ture of aviation at heart.
Settlement of the Russo-French
debt negotiations in Moscow recently
is apparently indicative of two fur-
ther steps by Soviet officials: first,
to settle up its debt to the United
Sates; second, to promote goodwill
th.roughout the world in the interest
of world peace.
Coming as it does, after a period in
which Russia paid in interest alone
on the debt to France no less than
400,000,000 gold francs, the settlement
is hailed as a big victory for Soviet
diplomacy. It is that, but a great deal
Russia's economic interests with the
United States are materially more
vital than those with France. These
can continue to the best advantage of
both countries only under conditions
which permit a wholesome attitude on
the part of one country toward tthe
other. Settlement of the debt would
be a great stride in that direction.
Indications are now that Russia's
debt to the United Stateso will soon
be settled. A foreign spokesman is
credited with saying that such an
exigency should prove more simple
because of he fact that a smallerI
amount would be involved, and be-l

Enthusiastic approval of their own
entertaining and instructing program
for this year's entrants into the Uni-
versity was expressed by the exe-
cutive committee for Rolls Freshman
week on the eve of the final day of the
ceremonies. "No matter what the
Freshman, the faculty, or anyone else
around here thinks about it," declared
the president of the committee, "we
are sure it has been an unqualified
Final Progran
I 10:30-12:00-Freshmen will at-
I tend church of preference. A
strictly non-religious service
for those without preference
will be given by members of
the coaching squad at Ferry
1:00-5:00-Special showing of
the feature picture of each
Ann Arbor movie house at Hill
auditorium, under the auspices
of the Student council. An or-j
gan recital by Palmer Chris-,
tian will accompany -the pic-
6:00-6:30-Farewell banquet, at
State street lunch counters.
8:00-11:45-Farewell program,
at Hill auditorium.
* * *
No effort has been spared by the
executive committee to mate tonight's
farewell program the biggest event
of the year for the entering Frosh-
men. All the campus is invited, the
only reuest being that guests will not
interrupt any part of the program.
* * *
A number of other events have been
considered, including reception of a
radio message from Professor Hobbs,
and if possible they will be included
in the program.
* * *



Rolls Freshman Week
Duet-"Till We Meet Again"....
. ...Deans Bursley and Emery
Bass Drum Solo-"Forget-me-
not" . . President C. C. Little
Reading-"I'll Meet You At The'
State Officer Kenneth Wood-
Vocal Solo-"'What Do I Care
What Somebody Said".....
.....,.........Harry Tillotson
Novelty Reading-'Don't Go
Away Mad"....Dean Effinger
Address-"Our Freshman Week"
...............Benjamin Bolt
Itesponse-"It Wasn't So Bad"'
.Percival Squirt
Song-"Some .Other Day" .....
Gamma Iota Mu Girls' Quartet
Feature-"'Ask Me Another"....
...............Dr. Tom Lovell
Closing . Address - "Get To
Work!" ......Student Council

way Westcott. New York: Harper
and Brothers. $2.50.
A review, by Maryllnd Frank's.
It is too often the case that the
awarding of a prize for any work of
fiction has a stigmatizing effect. That
is, thereris always some one to find
fault and propose at least a dozen
other books of superlative qualities
which should have received it. How-
ever with the Harper prize novel for
1927-28, this cannot be said. It should
stand with the mose excellent prose
works of the most experienced. "The
Grandmothes," by Glenway Westcott-
is the author's second novel, but is a
distinct contribution to American let-
ters of the last decade.
The book is a history of a Wiscon-
sin family told through the medium
of Alwyn Tower, whose grandmothers
title the book. He had sat at their
feet as a child and hear.the strange
stories of his family, and these stories
form the chapters of the novel. They
live through the pages unstained by
sentimentality, and the characters
breathe as strong men and women
-characters who color the book with
a unique tone. Each chapter is de-
voted to one or more members of the
family and the chapters are not re-
lated as to time, but nevertheless they
merge one into the other and form a
perfect and indissoluble whole. It is
an unfamiliar form that Mr. Westcott
has chosen, and yet it could not be
better for setting forth what he has
to say and what he says so poignantly
and well. ; 0
The bulk of the book is the human
drama of the Towner family with its
death and birth and life. But in the
last chapter Mr. Westcott turns to
consider the country in the light of
its men, and women. But the interest
always is in the story of his grand-
mothers - resolute and divergent
strong women; his mother, whose
tragic and lovely history is one of the
finest parts of the book; and other
relatives who are sketched here and
there with accurate strokes. It is this
quality that makes "The Grand-
mothers" not only entertaining but
something more than an ordinary
t'prize novel."
The Bonstelle Playhouse is to open
for the winter season Sept. 19 with
several ne* members added and many
of the favorites remaining. The new
Bonstelle company is of unusual in-
terest this season in that it will have
two leading men and women, and the
whole organization is more one of
youth than heretofore.
Among the new members are the
two new leading men,;Craig Ward and
George Blackwood. The former is a
graduate of the University of Cali-
fornia and a native son of tOlat state.
He was associated 'with Sir eerbohn
Tree and also with stock companies
on the coast, had started on a career
in moving pictures wlhen an unfor-
tunate accident made itg necessary .to
abandon that pursuit. During his
recuperation he wrote short stories
and fantasies, some of which are being
used by Ruth St. Denis in her dance
programs. Mr. Ward was the original
hero in "White Collars" during-its run
of two years in Los Angeles.
Mr. Blackwood, formerly with the
Coburns and under the Belasco man-
agement, has done some very credit-
able "o rk in a special production com-
pany ii'y Brooklyn. The types of the
two leading men are vastly different,

which will add zest' to their interpre-
tations of roles.
The.: two leading women' who will
sharo honors are also "of a -different
type.. ss Eden Gray will be remem-
bered as having been with Miss Bon-
stile di'Iing her occupancy of the
Gar Fj4a few years ago., Since her
forme ij)onstelle days she has reach-
ed a hiigh rung in the ladder, having
resigned from one of Brady's pro-
ductions now current in New York
to join the group at the Playhouse.
Her companion in the leads is not new
to Detroit as she has be'en playing in-
genues during the last season. She
is Joan Lowell, at present the object
of a new play which Thompson Bu-
chanan is writing for her, and which,
when completed, will be given its pre-
miere at. the Playhouse under the di-
rection of Miss Bonstelle.
Miss Bonstelle has also announced
that four of her people who have been
with her for ten or twelve years are
remaining. They are the two "Walters"
Sherwin and Young, in their usual



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* * *
Program Draws Comment
Great was the suprise manifested
yesterday by the executive committee
of Rolls Freshman week when a rep-
resentative group of Freshmen, head-
ed by Percival Squirt, came to thank
them for their efforts in behalf of the
entering class.
* * *
"It was far better than anything
of the kind we have ever seen," de-
clared the perfect Freshman, "and I
have no doubt but that the events I
missed were fully as good as those I
* * *
Freshman Squirt, who will respond
for his classmates as a part of this
evening's program, was the winner of
the autographed datebook awarded by
the Pan-Hellenic association for the
survivor in the general information
contest. "After my experiences with
the team that conducted the tests,"
he declared when presented the tro-
phy, "I have made my choice of a
campus activity."
* * *
Our fullest measure of gratitude is
hereby extended to the enterprising
reporter who brought in the news that
the scaffolding erected about the Law
building was merely for the purpose
of putting a new cover on the roof.
* * *
We had been worrying about that,
scaffolding ever since returning to
Ann Arbor. Our first guess was that
it had been placed thei-e as an emerg-
ency measure and we were about to
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