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Night Editors
Joseph E. Howell Charles S. Monroe
Donald J. Kline Pierce Rosenberg
Lawrence R. Klein George E. Simons
George C. Tilley

Paul L. Adams
Morris Alexandc
C. A. Askren
Bertram Askwiei
Louise Behyme
Arthur Bernste..
Seton C. Bovee
Isabel Charles
L. R. Chubb
Vrank E. Cooper
Helen Donmine
Margaret Eckels
Douglas Edwards
Valborg Egeland
Robert J.Feldman
Marjorie Follmer
William Gentry
Ruth Geddes
David B. Hempstel
Richard Jung
Charles R. Kaufm
Ruth Kelsey

Donald E. Layman
Charles A. Lewis
Marian McDonald
Henry Merry
iaehElizabeth Quaife
Victor Rabinowitz
Joseph A. Russell
Anne Schell
Rachel Shearer
Howard Simon 1
Robert L. Sloss
Ruth Steadman
A. Stewart
Cadwell Swanson
L Jane Thayer
Edith Thomas
Beth Valentine
Gurney Williams
ad Jr.Vaiter Wilds
George E. Wohlgemth
an Edward L. Warner Jr.
Cleland Wyllie

respectable and desirable citizens,
but this average can hardly out-
weigh the trouble caused by their
less desirable brothers.
The provision passed by the
House of Representatives is wise in
that it tends to exclude all whose
skilled labor cannot be replaced by
American unemployed. It tends to
leave common labor for Americans
unskilled in trades, except for the
continuation of the objectionable
allowance for wholesale importa-.
tion of Mexican labor.
Illiterate foreigners have long
beeen robbing American labor of
its rightful position, and where
regulations have been made which
secure a decent living to Ameri-
cans against foreign competition,
aliens who have not been accus-
tomed to higher living standardsl
have been overpaid in proportion to
their needs.
Many have not been satisfied
even to live peaceful lives on a low
level, but have entered onto such
ventures as have led to the crime
waves with. which the papers are
In either case we do not have
the most desirable type of citizen.
We do not find skilled laborer or
the professional foreigner predom-
inating; we find the most unde-
sirable types of citizens in the ma-
jority. It is high time that the
flood gates of immigration were
closed to all but those intelligent
foreigners who are capable of as-
suming our standards of living and
becoming completely Americanized.
The present measure is a progres-
sive step, but more far-reaching
regulations should follow.
On the campus there are always
some organizations booming under
vigorous leadership, others declin-
ing. Among those unquestionably
on the up grade at the present time
ris the heretofore little known
Hillel foundation.
The most recent and important
achievement of this, organization
is bringing to the campus to-
day a distinguished man of let-
ters, Louis Untermeyer. Mr. Un-
termeyer, anthologist, poet, critic,
essayist, and educator, cuts one of
the most prominent figures in con-
temporaneous American literature.
We take pleasure in extending
this eulogy to Hillel foundation in
recognition of meritorious service
to the University.


In Natural Science auditorium The Junior Women of the Uni-
tonight Mr. Louis Untermeyer will versity have taken considerable
deliver a lecture on "The Critic's pleasure in announcing "Forward
Half Holiday." The general nature March" as the title of the play
of his remarks is a new sidelight on which they are offering, ostensibly
modern poetry, and this will in- to their friends the Senior Women.
clude a reading of some of his own Numerically speaking, this is the
verses and parodies, with some 25th production of its nature, will
critical remarks on his fellow poets. include 77 women, and will be of-
Untermeyer has been called "the fered March 18th for its premierej
most widely read poet in America," j at the Whitney theater.
which is a tribute to the popular The question which occupied the
appeal to his poetry. Essentially a Play committee for the greater
sentimentalist in his writings, his portion of the fall was which name
treatment of religious subjects is to announce, of eight candidates,
notable for restraint and care. As as the author of the show. The
a versifier Untermeyer ranks highly name of Miss Frances. Sackett fin-
for the fluidity of his style and the I ally emerged, and it is said by those
charm with which he invests his who have had access to the 'script
material. that the brilliance of her author-
But his claim to fame lies chief- ship amply justifies the decision.
ly in his critical work as an editor The subject of the play is, broad-
of anthologies. Of these he has ly speaking, a satire on women and
been sponsor of a large number. on war. In general this was the
The range of talent represented topic of last year's show, but the
ink one man is rather extraordinary brilliance of authorship with whichf
for he has shown remarkable pow- the topic has been handled, and
ers in poetry, in fiction (Moses, his the wit which has been crammed
lates novel will shortly be off the into the lines, precludes any possi-
press),and in the more prosaic bility of tiresome repetition. There
world of business where he has are all manner of dramatic possi-
achieved outstanding success and bilities in a kingdom of women, not
personal fortune. the least of which is the occa-
His lecture, in the variety of its sional introduction of the male
Hislecure inthevaretyof element as a disturbing factor,
subject, should be a fascinating
display of brilliant personality. and under these circumstances the
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"TAKE MY ADVICE" to more than war, while wonder-
Beginning Tuesday of this week, ing at the same time what male-
Comedy Club are offering Elliott 'less women would care about coldI
Lester's amusing popular comedy, cream anyhow. But the mysteries
"Take My Advice," in which a cam- must be left to the opening nightI
pus cast of considerable distinction and its satire.
will appear.
The Lester thing represents Com- SHAKESPEAREAN REPERTORY
edy Club descending from the pol- Filling. an engagement for a'
ished heights of Sardouian "Di- week, beginning next Monday eve-
plomacy" to the more intimate and ning at the Shubert Lafayette the-
certainly broader field of domestic ater, one of the world's best com-
comedy which has an almost uni- p a n i e s of the Shakespearean
versal appeal. No one can accuse drama, as well as most interesting
Lester of writing a very deep play, and important dramatic organizal-
' nor perhaps of writing a terribly tion, the Stratford-upon-Avon Fes-
good one if literary and idealistic tival company, will present a re-
standards are to be brought for- pertoire of six plays.
ward in judgment, but from the The troupe has come to Detroit
point of view of light entertain- from its home theater, the Shake-
ment, an evening pleasantly spent speare Memorial theater, in the
without too much difficulty of cere- ,town of the dramatist's birth and
bration, the play should stand up is under the management of Archi-

Night Editor-DONALD J. KLINE
Something is obviously awry in
the taxi rate situation now under!
the aldermanic eye of Dean J. A.
Bursley, but the solution would
seem to lie in. an agreement in-
stead of an arbitrary revision. The l
present system is not vicious but
Auto ban enforcement has called
into existence a large number of
local taxi companies that have been
coining money in the student trade.
They have, however, met a large
and rather irregular demand effi-
iently, and have been guilty of
scalping except on. rush occasions
such as J-Hops and.football games.
Unfortunately each company has
produced a different, system of
assessing passengers, and the pub-
lic are unable to estimate in ad-
vance the probable cost of a ride.
Some cabs charge a flat rate any-
where in town, others charge by
the speedometer, and still others
carry meters. Some companies
assess extra passengers, others do
To assist citizens to use taxis as
economically as possible, it is logic-
ally the duty of the city council
to establish and enforce a uniform
rate. It should, however, consider,
that the cab companies have over-
heads, maintenance, constitutional
rights, and a fairly clean record of
honesty in Ann Arbor. An a priori
assumption that their rates are
exorbitant and should be immedi-
ately reduced to what the public
wishes to pay would work injustice.
The Buick taxi's request for a pow-
wow on the matter between taxi
executives and popular representa-
tives should be honored.
The lower house of Congress has
passed two bills regulating immi-
gration in the United States, and it
is now up to the Senate to com-
plete a regulation which has long
been needed in the United States.
For decades European countries
have been puddling the teeming
mass of humanity which crowded
foreign cities and sending the
scum of the vats to increase the
population of a nation which of-
fered opportunity to all.
Many of these aliens who have I
been so wisely allowed to emigrate{
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Campus Opinion
Contributors are asked to be brief,
confining themselves to less than 300
wod it possible. Anonymous comn-
muncations will be disregarded. The
names of communicants will, however,
be regarded as confidential, upon re-
quest. Letters published should nut be
construed as expressing the editorial
I opinion of the Daily.
To The Editor:
I noted with interest your irrita-
tion at Gargoyle's infantile crit-
icism of campus dramatics. It was
quite justified. But may I perhaps
suggest another subject for irrita-
tion-a subject that is bound to be
taken more seriously than anything
in the Gargoyle? That is the cur-
rent performance of "The Mar-I
quise" at the Mimes theater. Com-
ing, as this performance does, in
the midst of a somewhat enthusi-
astic campaigntfor university sup-
port of dramatics, this effort of
Mimes is disappointing, almost dis-
illusioning. It is inconceivable to
me ( as it must be to others who
are, like myself, connected with no
organization but interested in the
success of their present movement)
why Mimes allowed to the stage
such a mediocre production of
such a mediocre play.
For the play is weak. It is borne
along for a couple of acts by the !
too obvious expose of a conven-
tional hypocrite-a bit of dramatic.
mechanism that has had a long
history of abuse since Moliere. Then
comes the conventional rebellion of
the daughter-so painfully acted
in this performance--the flavor of
immor-ality, the humour of clever
lines. After a little confusion, a
little comic sword parry, we reach
the conclusion with the long-ex-
pected confessions of love. Charm-'
ing it might have been with an in-
telligent performance. With the
imperfect, .astonishingly second-
rate performance of Mimes it is
best characterized by Miguel's own
'cry: "Labored, my dear Esteban,
labored." One's final impression of
the play is that it wasn't worth
All this might not havebeen un-
usual last year. In fact, it was
about the usual thing for campus
productions. But this year seems
to be a clear case of the psychol-
ogical moment. And such poor
psychology as Mimes has shown ins
choice of play and cast in this
production is sure to have a more

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as a spend-worthy proposition.
The cast, as the roster run in this
column previously bears witness,
includes the major Mimes of cam-
pus celebrity, and Director T. J.
Dougall possess sufficiently the!
light touch and the comic sense toj
be able to interprete the play to'
the best interests of "the audience
-in this case the author's inten-
tions can only agree with the di-
rector's if amusement is the re-
Critical prejudgment ranks this
play, "Take My Advice" as being
far more within the range of cam-
pus talent at present than was
"Diplomacy" in which Comedy Club
dived off the deep end of rather
heavy theater into a sea of trou-
bles not the least of which wasI
their unfamiliarity with the the-
atrical convention in which Sardou
"Take My Advice" will run five
nights, without having recourse to
a matinee.

bald Flower, chairman of the board
of governors of the Memorial asso-
ciation. The company, arriving in
Detroit in its entirety, is bringing
with it the complete equipment of
scenery and costumes used at
Stratford so that the performances
may in every way be given in pre-
cisely the same fashion as at the
Memorial theater.
The repertoire for the week's en-
gagement includes many of the
most popular of Shakespeare's
comedies and tragedies and is un-
der the direction W. Bridges Adams.
The bill for the week is: Monday,
"The Taming Of The Shrew";
Tuesday, "Hamlet"; Wednesday,
"The Merry Wives Of Windsor";
Thursday matinee, "Julius Ceasar";
Thursday evening, "The Taming Of
The Shrew"; Friday, "King Rich-
ard III," Saturday matinee, "A Mid-
summer Night's Dream," Saturday
evening "The Merry Wives of
C. A A



Now that Mimes have completed
their run of "The Marquise" and
critical remarks can in no way in-
fluence public appreciation of their
show, it seems only fair that cer-
tain critical standards be re-em-
phasized to establish the criteria
whereby the coming season of
Mimes and Comedy Club will be
Since the recent unfavorable re-
view given "The Marquise" reaction
has been rather strong. There was
unholy glee in some quarters at ai
Mimes razz; in others there was a
sense that the review was unfair,
and that consequently the reviewer

material has appeared without a
by-line identifying the author and
establishing the article as personal
opinion. But, and this is peren-
nially true, there are certain queru-
lous Pollyannas who feel that a re-
view should always be a boost, and
that criticism should be concerned
only with "the good points" of a
production. There is ail analogy
here with the type of person who,
after appearing ii)a show, gets up
early the next morning to read
what nice things dear friend re-
viewer has said. If this is to be the
aim of criticism then it night bet-
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was "out to get Mimes." Each of But if there is to be any con-
these re-actions is as unfortunate I structive value to criticism it must
as it is natural, Mimes quite na- I be given from a sincere sense of
turally having enemies as well as ;justice, and be received as a per-
friends. But the last is especially sonal expression of opinion by one
unfortunate. As has been pointed who attempts to bring [ie best
out before in this column, Mimes is standards of judginent to bear, re-
one of the most important pro- membering that calrpus produce
ducing groups on the campus; im- tions are amateur and not profes-
portant because of the facilities I sional.
and talent it commands, and be- I Of cou Se, il tlhe case of "The
cause of the frequency of its pro- .Marquise" where faults of casting,
duction, which makes it a definitely interpretation, and d i r e c t i o n
educative force in dramatics. changed a Noel Coward high coin-
Criticism of such a group can be edy into comedy of manners, which2
directed at several phases of its I is an entirely ditlerent thing, crit

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