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* uri stit~*
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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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Sports Editor...............W. Morris Quinn
Women's Editor..............Sylvia S. S tone
Telegraph Editor.............George Stauter
Music and Drama...............R. L. Askren
Assistant City Editor...........Robert Silbar
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 Donald E. Layman
Morris Alexander Charles A. Lewis
C. A. Askren Marian McDonald
Bertram Askwith Henry Merry
Louise Behymer Elizabeth Quaife
Arthur Bernstein Victor Rabinowitz
Seton C. Bovee Joseph A. Russell
Isabel Charles Anne Schell
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Frank E Cooper Howard Simon
Helen Domine Robert L. Sloss
Margaret Eckels Ruth Steadman
Douglas Edwards A. Stewart
Valborg Egeland Cadwell Swanson
Robert J. Feldman Jane Thayer
Marjorie Follmer Edith Thomas
William Gentry Beth Valentine
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and united by the bond of doing r
the same work and meeting the
same problems. The Daily, in addi- L
tion, offers students an unequalled
chance to strike up more than
speaking acquaintanceship with KEEP
faculty men, and to meet person- THEMĀ®
ally the many national figures that QUIET
visit the campus. The talkies, it seems according
To those who cast their lot with to Friday's Daily, are getting it
The Daily this opening for inter- coming and going.
views offers a revelation. They dis- * * *
cover the other side of the faculty Phidelah Rice, upholding the
too often hidden in the class room, honor of his profession (not to
and chat with professors who are mention the net profits) says that
recognized by civilized humanity the "audience feels a certain touch
as authorities and who do things with the actors that the talking
of world importance. I films will never be able to repro-
A few of those who provide Daily duce."
copy . are President Little, hu-
manist and humorist, Hobbs and True, Mr. Rice, true. But the
Belknap of Greenland meteorolo- T
gical fame, Larry Gould of Byrd's touch the audience much more
Antarctic expedition, Reed, repair- strongly. Consider these shows
man sought by ailing municipal hat sell seatsat $.0 cover
governments, Colonel Miller, who charge per head. Isn't that a
knows as much about the "Big touching scene?
Bertha" as the German war de- ,
partment, VanTyne, recognized Then there's Professor Muyskens,
authority on the American Revolu- who is evidently upholding the in-
tion, Case, paleontologist who tegrity of his phonetics courses,
studies animals several million who says that "pronounciation is
years old, Fries, lexicographer not at all a matter of control on
with his thumb in the Oxford dic- the part of the speaker."
tionary pie, and a host of other
brilliant and distinguished men But to come back to the talkies.
whom space prohibits listing. I * * *
Among the noted visitors whom A brand new Rolls Policy is
Daily men interview are Com- being worked on at present in
mander Byrd, Publisher G. P. which we are instigating a
Putnam, Adventurer Count Luck- powerful drive for the "Vita-
ner, Wise-cracker Rogers (Will), tone" or the "Moviephone" to
Pianist Rachmaninoff, and a steady be installed in the Arcade the-
procession of artists, scholars, ex- ater. Mr. Butterfield, please
plorers, entertainers, preachers, notice. Papers in Lansing,
poets, and politicians. Little Rock, and Ishpeming,
Second to the privilege of know- please copy.
ing these men should be mention- * * *
ed the opportunities the publica- One of the main obj ections to
tions offer for a brand of technical having these talkies in the Maj
experience that leads in many or the Mich is that young couples
cases to a profession. Many have who desire a bit of privacy now
gone out from the Press building and then, will no longer feel alonej
with sound foundations on which with a voice constantly roaring inI
they have built. a life work. Men their ears.
from the business staffs of the * * *
publications have carried away aT
wealth of actual practice in ac- TH E DEABE A THIDEADFPAST
counting, bookkeeping, advertis-
ing, circulation, management, and TWO
the art of making both ends meet. pTAE
To the members of their upper LAST
staffs the publications offer a Rw
third inducement, outweighed by,
the less material ones, but still of -
vast importance to the college man.
This inducement takes the form * * *
of a stipend that increases to a And don't you think the really
fair-sized salary in the case of the frightfully overworked students,
senior executives, after listening to no less than six
The tryout proposition is thus one professors a day, deserve some di-
of mutual co-operation. The publi- version. Once in a while-even if
cations must have tryouts to pre- they do get jailed for it the. stu-
petuate themselves, and offer these dents ought to be allowed to make
benefits in return. Tryouts, for the noise themselves.
their part, are not guilty of any t
excessive philanthropy in filling Then there is the looming danger
their niches on the staffs, for they of the talkies driving vaudeville
reap in season pleasure and profit from the picture house. This in
that will be a lasting satisfaction. mthe.Ctrefnonn e.n Thn ~o n

About Books




Mary Chase
eanette Dale
\ernor Davis
BessierEgeland .
Sally Faster
Anna Goldberg
Kasper Halverson
George I- amilton
ack Horwich
ix Humphrey

Marion Kerr
Lillian Kovinsky
Bernard Larson
Hollister Mabley
I. A. Newman
Jack Rose
Carl F. Schemm
George Spater
Sherwood Upton
Marie Wellstead

Night Editor-Charles S. Monroe
Recently a first page editorial in
the Daily called attention to the
pfactice of conference officials to
ballot each year concerning which
schools were in every way the most
hospitable and sportsmanlike in
their attitude and conduct to-
wards visiting teams and officials.
It was explained further that the
best recognized officials were us-
ually sent to the schools ranking
The fact that Michigan has stood
among the leaders in the rating
speaks well for the conduct of
spectators and for their general
attitude in athletic contests held
locally. But a recent communica-
tion from Coach George F. Veenk-
er discloses the fact that there has
been considerable discussion and
agitation concerning the sports-
manship of Western conference
basketball crowds, alleging that
in many institutions the attitude
is far from commendable. Coach
Veenker states further that it has
been a great satisfaction for him-
self and his associates to realize
that "Michigan has a fair and
sportsmanlike crowd which at the
same time has encouraged and
supported- its team to the limit."
The spectators at the Illinois
game here tomorrow night will
have the opportunity to once more
demonstrate to a conference team
that Michigan- is proud of its rep-
utation and means to continue to
be known as a school where visitors
are treated with the same fairness
they would receive on their home
stands. Tomorrow night will pre-{
sent duty to carry on the com-
pletely satisfactory sportsmanlike
attitude of past years.
When # the University's three;
major student publications issue
their annual calls for tryouts at
the beginning of the second seme-
ster, an opportunity of vital inter-
est will be opened to freshmen. It
is an opportunity that every one
with extra-curriculum ambitions
and one grade better than a "C"
average should investigate.a
Work on the publications, per-i
haps contrary to popular concep-
tion, is not merely a thorny path;
of campus fame or a means of
keeping the mental machinery
well-oiled during spare time. It
offers other immoluments of a far;
more profitable nature that are at
once valuable, pleasant, and pe-,

There have been two outstanding
novels published during the year
11928. Of these, one is Aldous Hux-
ley's "Point Counter Point," a novel
of certain social importance. The
other is the Eric Sutton transla-
tion of "The Case of Sergeant Gris-
cha,"* a novel that, unlike its co-
holder of distinction for the past
year, is likely to maintain the posi-
tion of an important novel for
years to come.
War novels, like all novels bear-
ing a distinct historical back-
ground, are a precarious venture
for the author. There is always
the danger of inaccurate over-
emphasis, chauvinism, and the
chance of verging into pseudo-
heroic epic. Despite these barriers
to the type, the market in 1928 has
been teeming with books of his-
torical nature, andhsome of them
Irather successful. The late World
War, of course, has served as the
setting for most of them.
The chief difference between
these books and "The Case of
Sergeant Grischa, setting aside for
the moment the consideration of
plot and character, is the treat-
ment of setting. To read Sergeant
Grischa one must, unless he be
an expert in recent political
geography, keep ever before him
a map of eastern Germany, Poland,
and the Western extent of the
Russian boundary. That is the
physical setting of the volume. The
historical setting is the plane
wherein the novel is unique from
the others. War in "The Case of
Sergeant Grischa" is not an active
force. True, it is a motivating,
present force, but in a passive
sense. One cannot possibly take
sides in this war and follow be-
hind the sweep of its events to its
conclusion, consciously pursuing a
purpose. War in this book is not
a bald melee carved in relief. It
is not outstanding, but subdued,
casting out a heat that sets aglow
its characters, yet itself remaining
dim and merely existing in the
background. The book is not of a
conflict of nations, but of mankind.
And that brings us to the charac-
ter of Grischa.
Sergeant Grischa is a powerful,
I vital character, vibrant with living
and doing, loving of life and man,
disdainful of danger; flaunting
smirks in the face of death. He
fights not the wars of nations but
the war for individualism, for a
mankind that is free not as a poli-
tical group but as a man within a
man; and he fights it not in the
fashion of nations, in physical con-
flict, but in practice of personal
freedom. But finally the Machine
of mankind gets him and destroys
him because he sought to live and
love his life.
The book is mighty in its im-
port. It is fashioned with a search-
ing, introspective, analytical at-
tachment to detail that holds and
rivets without sway the mastery
of the reader. It cross-sections its
character's mind in a manner that
is sure and penetrating and exac.t-
ly reproductive. It is an epic of
mankind's war and war within war.
* The Case of Sergeant Grischa by Arnold
Zweig The Viking Pres L..
s* a
"Of all the intellectual weapons
that have ever been wielded by
man," wrote Lord Macaulay, "the
most terrible was the mockery of
* * *
Often in the course of prepar-
ing a critical biography of a per-
sonage of ages past, the biographer
is wont to lay emphasis upon the
fact that the hero is a figure of the
past instead of drawing the reader
back through the centuries and
making him live as a contemporary
of the hero. Such, however, is not

the case in Victor . Thaddeus'
"Voltaire, Genius of Mockery-'
The biographer has delved deep!
into the seventeenth and eigh-
teenth century France and neigh-
boring Europe. He colors his back
ground with a tinge of fiction, yet
adheres unerringly to fact, mingl-
ing it with a splurge of local atmo-
Throughout the account Voltaire
rises as the genius of his time, the
friend and the fear of kings, the
companion of Frederick of Prussia,
and the scourge of the Church and
all things he assails with his battle-
cry, "the greatest battle-cry of all
ages," 'Ecrasez L'Infame!' And it
is the French Revolution. It is
a fascinating, highly-toned account
of France's greatest philosopher
and his time, and Mr. Thaddeus'
pen is drenched with the spirit of
The account of Voltaire's curious
friendship with Frederick forms
one of the most moving parts of
the book. The two Olympians
meet, quarrel, make strange wide
gestures first of mutual respect,
then of cordial hatred, all to the
accompaniment of a fundamental


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deCapital punishment legislation
definitely providing a death penalty
for first degree murder is being de-
manded for Michigan by the De-
troit Free Press.
"An act drawn along such lines,"
the Free Press contends, "ought to
be sufficiently potent to reach
those criminals it is most neces-
sary to reach, that is to say, the
professional thugs and killers; and
it meets one of the most serious
objections to infliction of the death
penalty by minimizing the danger
of irreparable miscarriage of jus-
The people of Michigan and their
legislature over a period of years
have evolved a criminal code which
has been both a credit and a bene-
fit to the state, stamping it as out-
standing among its fellow com-
monwealths in the field of criminal
Undoubtedly one of the salient
features of the state criminal code
has been the absence of any death
penalty. In no case has the amount
of crime current in the state reach-
ed such proportions as to indicate
a break down in the criminal code.
It is the belief of the Free Press
editors, doubtless, that capital pun-
ishment as a penalty for first de-
gree murder will act as a deterrent
for gang killings in Detroit. The
remedy, however, is not nearly so
simple, and as a matter of fact
there is no justification for the
contention that capital punishment
will solve the problem.
The existence of a death penalty
on state statute books has often
made it possible for dangerous
criminals, charged with murder, to
escape all punishment. At the
same time, it has been demon-
strated that crimes of violence to
human life are usually more pre-
valent in states which have capital
punishment than in those which-do
If a remedy must be sought for
crime evils, logic would seem to dic-
tate that the already excellent
criminal code of the state be left
untouched and attention directed
instead toward improvement of the
police and judicial system neces-
sary for adequate enforcement.
"East is east, and west is west,
and never the twain shall meet,"
says some famous saying. Now
that a tunnel through the Cas-
cade Mouintains has cut. two houirs

turn brings us lace to lace with
the new danger of losing out acts
at the Mich. No one would ever
be able to survive this.
Who, if any, would care to give
up pleasures such as this which
are offered so rarely?
But the true old Michigan
spirit which the above picture
clearly calls for, has perished,
to a considerable extent. Now-
adays, students no longer carry
eggs, and even those from Chi-
cago go armed with nothing
more powerful than tear-
S* * *
Why, the "powers behind the
projectors" who used to love a
fight bettern than a hearty meal,
have now gone so far as to dis-
courage even the aiding of actors
who have families to support. This
sort of thing cannot be done with
a sporting instinct.
* * *
It really is a shame to forbid
philanthropic members of the
student body to throw pennies
to the needy performers. Think
of the case of poor Tom Carr,
to say nothing of Marygold.
What a Godsend would a few
of those self-same pennies be
to Tom!-
* * *
In the future, if the talkies are
instituted, how would a penny or
perhaps a slightly over-ripe egg
affect a shadow on the screen? Do
you believe that even a crowbar
would stop his talk?
* * *
So we want, we demand, the
talkies for the Arcade, but we
refuse to accept them at the
Majestic or the " Michigan.
Yet, no matter how thin you slice
it, the substance remains ex-lax.
** *
We suggest to Baron Butterfield,
that the insurance of the recentlyj

Extraordinary care and attention must
be given to the laundering of dress
shirts and collars. The college man
demands work of the highest quality.
We have, therefore, developed a
method of exacting care which satisfies
the most meticulous.

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