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during the University year by the Board in
Control of Student Publications.


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Editor.....................Nelson J. Smith
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Assistant City Editor...........Robert Silbar
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Marie Wellstead

Night Editor--DONALD J. KLINE

Contributors are asked to he brie,
confining themselves to less than 3
words it possible. Anonymous com-
mnunications 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
opinion of the Daily.
To the Editor:
Permit me to comment on certain
statements in the Daily issues of
February 16th and 17th, which ap-
peared in connection with the pub-
licity given the forthcoming lec-
ture on Esperanto.
Of course, I do not placq the re-
sponsibility for the misstatements
with you, as every editor has to
depend to some extent on infor
mation furnished him by others,
however, I think this rectification
will be of benefit at least to the
promoters of Esperanto.
In the above issues of the Daily
your informer gives, as the reason
for creation of Esperanto by Dr.
Zamenhof, the alleged peculiarity
of Poland as a quadrilinguial coun-
try and the resulting "chaos and
hatred" in the mutual relations of
the various racial elements inha-
biting the country. This idea as
to the origin of Esperanto is just
as absurd as it is untrue.
I do not know of any quadrilingu-
ial country, unless it might have
been Turkey. There is a trilingu-
ial country, Switzezrland, where
many of the people speak all the
three languages (French, German,
and Italian), and practically ev-
erybody speaks any two of the
above three, and the Swiss people
live in perfect peace, harmony and
order. There is, also a bilinguial
country, Belgium, where perfect
order also prevails, although no
amount of Esperanto would help
the Belgians to solve their racial
differences, which the almighty
Forces of life are ironing out slow-.
ly but steadily. If such were the
motives of Esperanto then it should
rather have been born in New
York's Eastside.
The facts are that the entire
population of the former Russian
part of Poland has never used any
other vehicle of mutual under-
standing but Polish.
Hebrew of the variety of church
Latin was and is known only to
the rabbi and few Jewish scholars,
as is also the case in other coun-
tries. The uneducated Jewish pop-
ulation who among themselves use
Yiddish (a corrupted old German
language which, outside of the al-
a phabet, has nothing 'in common
with Hebrew) are certainly per-
fectly versatile in the language of
the country of their adoption.
Russian was used only by the
comparatively small group of gov-
ernment officials who, however,
were also very well versed in Pol-
ish for the sheer necessity of ex-
erting their duties in relation to the
population. The only Russians in
Poland who did not speak the lan-
guage of the country were the
floating military garrison which,
being confined to their barracks
and fortresses, did not count in the
population. .
The origin of Esperanto was the
following: Dr. Zamenhof, while a
student of medicine at the Uni-
versity of Warsaw, belonged to a
group of patriotic students who
were imbued with ideas of prog-
ress, liberalism, etc. At that time
(in the eighties of the past cen-
tury) the university was not yet'
completely Russianized and was
still alive with the traditions of the
former regime which furnished the
country a number of distinguished

leaders in its struggle for inde-
pendence. During that time the
Socialistic doctrine started to
spread in Poland and the patriotic
youth of the country, being aware}
of the hopelessness of realization ofI
their ideals on the grounds of in-
ternational politics, thought that
the Socialistic gospel of "brother-
hood of nations" would bring them
the solution of their difficulties.
This was the time and circum-
stances which gave the young Lud-
wik Zamenhof the idea of devising
an easier and simpler international
language than the "Volapuck" ex-
isting at that time, in order to fa-
cilitate and speed up this coming
brotherhood of nations.
I am in a position to offer this;
information with certain authorityI
due to the fact that some thirty-f
five years ago I was actively inter-'
ested i the Esperanto movement
in Warsaw, which at that time en-
joyed the personal leadership of
Dr. Zamenhof.#
F. W. Pawlowski.

conditions of students. If it becomes
necessary to advance reasons for
this progressive step, you might use
the following:-In the first place,
the discernment and aggressiveness
of the President of this University
could be improved, if he were only
placed at the head of the B. and G.
M department. We propose this as
an immediate measure, for it logi-
cally follows that he has been
wasting his time with mere scienti-
fic work, that being well shown by
the reception of his educational
ideas. Then too, if he were to
take an active interest in the prob-
lem that we present, he could ac- I
quire that poise and polish so nec-
essary to the head of a State Uni-
versity, and he would be relieved of
the worry that it must occasion
him to realize that he is no politi-
cian. Furthermore, the problem of
voice culture enters, for where
could better training be secured
than in the process of 'giving di-
rections from the sanctuary in U.
Hall to some industrious aide on
the other side of the campus? By
these means, he could develop
himself into the type of leader that
we need here, for he is too woe-
fully an academician of the newer
sort. He could become a mighty
figure, filled with weighty knowl-
edge, and able to voice it to an
extremely busy legislature who, in
turn, would unhestitatingly dole
forth the necessary finances for
factory production. Verily, this
one advantage should manifest it-
'self to those higher up, and we
should be able to procure our ob-
ject, sidewalks cleared of ice.
As is usual, there will without
doubt be a small group as yet un-
convinced, and we suggest the see-
ond main argument to propose. In
f the near past, we of Michigan have
been intolerant of genii for we
have through our general attitude
at such things as campus elections,
provoked them greatly. They have
rightfully voiced their indignation,
for they have been "treated like
children." They will be men, why
should we fail to recognize this ob-
vious fact? Enroll them in the
corps of the new B. and G. boys,
and give them an opportunity.
Thus, when industriously chipping
ice from off the steps of U. Hall,
from such an important position
they could have their say. Con-
sider with utter sincerity the
wholesome results; we should have
satisfied their demands, we should
have retained them from the
clutching business world, and kept
them in the relative position with
the Head, with whom they had
aligned themselves.
From the foregoing, you have
seen low near to our hearts lies
this whole matter of cleaner side-
walks, how grievously we have been
effected by the situation, which is
daily becoming more unendurable.
We demand that justice be done,
that the wheels of this great Uni-
versity continue to grind without
the impedance of ice, and that this.
menace be removed at once.
The Committee,
Per A. W. L., '9.

Play Production announces that
public performance will be given
the four original one-act plays in
the contest sponsored by the Divi-
son of English, beginning March
12, Tuesday, and running through
until Friday, March 15 when a spe- I
cial invitation list will be issued
for the occasion of the decision of
the judges on ultimate merits of
the plays.
The Division of E n g li s h an-
nounces a second contest, this time
for full length plays. The contest
is open to the entire student body
and is purposed to draw out all
evidence of talent in the longer
play form that may exist on the
campus. Manuscripts should be
submitted not later than April 19,1
which is after the Spring vacation,
at noon.. The Rhetoric office in i
Angell Hall will act as repository
for MSS. Judgment on the plays
will be announced April 25, by a
group of judges who have not as
yet been chosen, and production of
the, plays will be determined at the
same time. It may be that no play
of merit will be discovered, and it
may also result that Play Produc-
tion department is swamped with
grealy produceable material; the I
judges will also determine this.
If the Editor be allowed an ob-
servation it is to the affect that
in the final decision the judges will
probably find themselves dealing
with far more material representa-
tive of talent outside the play-j
writing class than in the previous,
contest. A full length play is a far
greater drain on dramatizing abil-
ity than the one-act, which means
that students will not so much
write new plays for the contest as
revise ones already written,-
which is certainly not the case in
the play writing class.
* * *
Play Production, from the depthsf
of financial poverty and the
heights of theatrical enthusiasm,
announce their willingness to re-
lieve all persons in this town of
any useless but not entirely de-
molished furniture, costumes, bric-
a-brac or whatnot. It takes all 4
sorts of'things to make up an ade-
quate theatrical storeroom of
'props', and Play Production have
a still nebulous scheme to produce
some early American dramas if
they can arrive at a sufficient
wardrobe of early Americans. They
are anxious to accept anything any
zealot may offer, drawing the line
only at gold fish.


Still, available
Many of our finest suits, including
Hickey-Freeman, in patterns ideal
for the Spring season-at reduced
j~r men 1778S1ce ,i 1 4g

Music And Drama
TONIGHT: Comedy Club presents
Elliott Lester's comedy, "Take My
Advice," in Mimes theatre, begin-
ning at 8:15 o'clock.

That the Alumnit University idea,
which had its active beginning at
Michigan, has been recognized as
something of great value is assured
by the appointment of a Michigan
man, Wilfred B. Shaw, to make a
survey of the universities of the
country in an attempt to discover
the extent of general interest in
this system of adult education.
That such interest is considerable
in educational circles is evidenced
by the fact that many of the na-
tion's leading educators have ex-
pressed a sincere belief in its plaus-
There can be no doubt that a
student in college will be keeping
up at least with the timely devel-
opments in the courses in which
he is primarily interested, but
there is a great chance of his stop-
ping at the point to which progress
has been made"at the termination
of his college course. This is due
to several reasons. Unless there is'
some motivating force such as the
Alumni University to spur him on,
he is likely to feel that he has
gone as far as necessary in his
line when he has finished the re-
quirements for graduation. Then,
too, his source of study may very,
possibly be inadequate without as-
sistance from some reliable bureau
of information.
With an Institution such as the
Alumni University firmly estab-
lished, every graduate would be af-
forded an opportunity to continue
his education both in cultural and
scientific fields.
Through theefforts of Mr. Shaw
and other men of high calibre who
are interested, the time should not
be far off when we observe the
smooth functioning of an active
system which will serve to bring
nearer completion a process of
comprehensive education which
has only begun at the University.
'T'here is prevalent on the cam-
pus at the present time a legiti-
mate complaint regarding the
ushering and the seating at the
Oratorical Association lectures. The.
practice of allowing holders of
cheap seats to fill high priced seats ,
as soon as the lecture begins has
created great dissatisfaction and
has, at many, times, worked an in-


Comedy Club announces the
premiere of their production, "Take
My Advice," by Elliott Lester. The
curtain ill rise at 8:15 o'clock, in
Mimes tljatre. Any advance no-
tice whic may be considered at all
trustworthy has it that the play is
by no means a masterpiece of cere-
bral effort done in the dramatic
1ledium, but that it is amusing.


the stadium the sportsman-
of Michigan's student body


leaves little to be desired. Unfor-
tunately the same cannot be said
with regard to the classroom.
One of our most eminent profes-
sors is constantly made a mark of
by this classroom unsportsmanship.
Because he enjoys conducting his
lectures in a fashion highly pleas-
ing to students; that is, by fre-
quently interposing humorous an-
ecdotes between the various de-
tails of his text, and by allowing
an air of familiarity to prevail
throughout the hour, a surprisingly
large number of individuals show
their disrespect of privilege and
their ill-breeding by imposing upon
his good nature. Talking is often
so prevalent, especially in the back
of the room, that those who are
attempting to hear the lectures are
prevented from so doing. Invari-1
ablj at five minutes before the
close of the hour there is a shuffl-
ing of feet and a rustling of papers.
IHowever, the greatest imposition'
upon this professor occurred dur-
ing the period of several weeks in
which the assistant in one of his
courses was ill, making it impos-
sible for roll to be taken. On more
than one occasion during this pe-
riod not over half his class was
present. He said little about the j
matter, for he is too great to stoop
to petty disciplinary methods, but
certainly he must have, been deep-
ly conscious of this gross disre-
Can we not appreciate privileges?
Can we not at least repay gener-

' he Harris Players announce two
performances by "The Puppeteers"
from Yale, in the Ann Arbor High
School Auditorium, this afternooni
and evening. The young men who
compose "The Puppeteers," Forman
Brown and Harry Burnett, are
Michigan graduates who have de-
veloped their art with Professor
George. Pierce Baker at Yale.
The School of Music announces
the appearance of Mile. Yelly
D'Aranyi in violin concert tomor-
row night. This represents the
ninth in an all-star Semi-centenni-
al celebration series of ten con-
The Hungarian virtuoso is fa-
' mous among her audience for the
charming fire of her playing, and,
thoroughly respected by her critics
for her sure technical skill in con-
veying the brilliance of her warm
personality through her music. The;
toast of musical Europe, Yelly'
D'Aranyi achieved no less acclaim
from her American audiences dur-
ing her previous tour, 1927-28, and'
her concert tomorrow night should
be a vital emotional experience for
Ann Arbor devotees of music.
. *
The editor of this column hopes
that for Mile. D'Aranyi's concert
the comic elements in the audience
will abandon the vaudeville-act
tactics of applause which they em-
ployed to embarrass Rachmanin-
off, and will limit their clapping,
to honest reaction to the concert.!
These rowdy horny-fists who make i

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Wrath, like guilt must out, we
with grievances turn as a last re-,

us, is a problem for our future leaders. It
is for them to develop and utilize new
applications of electricity--the force that is
pointing the way over uncharted courses,
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found on large electric
locomotives and on
MAZDA lamps, electric
vacuum cleaners, and a
multitude of other appli-
ances which serve us all.
It is the mark of an

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