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1'AGE FOUR

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Editor....................George C. Tilley
City Editor...............Pierce Rosenberg
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Sports Editor ........Edward B. Warner, Jr.
Women's Editor ............Marjorie Follmer
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Music and Drama ........ William J. Gorman
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Night Editor - William C. Gentry
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1929
FOUR YEARS OF COLLEGE
Condemning four years of col-
lege as a background for business,
a New York banker of considerable
note, wealth, and ability said re-
cently through the columns of The
Daily Princetonian: "The most
formative period of the average
college man's life is spent in a
place where he acquires lazy habits
of thinking. A university cannot
produce in men the drive that bus-
iness gives them." The author of
these remarks is Floyd L. Carlisle,
head of the banking firm which
bears his name, president of the
St. Regis Paper Company, former
head of the Northeastern Power
Company, and a graduate of Cor-
nell.
It is not hard to guess the kind
of life Mr. Carlisle leads. Awaken-
ing with thoughts of efficiency, he
reads his mail enroute to the office,
shouts letters into a dictophone be-
tween conferences, carries a huge
mass of details in his head the bet-
ter to reach million dollar decisions
instantly, and by his personal ex-
ample of dynamic energy instills
that drive into his associates which
will mean dividends for the stock-
holders. For recreation he proba-
bly talks shop with his associates
between bridge hands or chip shots.
The wonder of it is how the
Princetonian reported got the in-
terview, and the pity of it Is that
by a strange warp in our civiliza-
tion this is called success.
Sinclair Lewis has painted the
outlines of Mr. Carlisle's portrait,
but it is doubtful if Babbitt's crass-
ness can approach the absorption
of the modern business tycoon in
the highly competitive art of mak-
ing a million. And with the dol-
lar placed upon so high and rever-
ed a pedestal, we have small cause
to wonder that a mere college edu-
cation looms trifling in the eyes of
a money magnate. Colleges, as yet
praise God, have not utterly for-
saken mellow culture for that min-
ute specialization, high-geared ef-

ustifying his condemnation of col-
eges, is nevertheless a fair Indict-
ment of today's college methods.
In defending themselves against
this charge, our colleges with their
low standards of admission, huge
enrollments, "pipe" courses, and
easy degrees have no leg upon
which to stand. But the whole
theory and value of education is
not vitiated, and the day must
soon come when our educators will
awake to the sloth of their stu-
dents and eject the impostor who
sleeps instead of prays at the
shrine of knowledge and culture.
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NEEDLESS POLITICS
Although it is not one of The
Daily's policies to stir up needless
issues which have lain dormant for
some time, it is our sincere belief
that there are certain organizations
on the campus which should (and
for their own good must) be re-
moved from the political vagaries
of the student body and party
bosses. Particularly notably among
these organizations is the Union,
which year after year employs the
spoils system in placing men in its
important offices.
For the past two years both fac-
ulty men on the Union Board of
Directors and the student officers
have made a conscientious effort
to pass an amendment to the con-
stitution which would guarantee
the election of officers entirely on
the basis of merit. The first time
this was attempted the ballots had
to be denied because of the farcical
way in which the students voted
Last year the amendment was ve-
toed at a pep meeting by voters
who wished to please their incon-
gruous vanities by defeating a wor-
thy measure.
Now the faculty men are through
They have been reasonable enougl
during the entire affair, but fee]
that if anything is to be done about
reorganizing the Union, thc
proposals must come directly from
the students. Because a certair
man, who controls many votes
throws his support to a particula
political candidate does not mak
the former the proper person t
hold a responsible position.
A situation quite similar to the
one at Michigan has arisen at Il-
linois, where a petty politica
squabble has caused all of the Un-
ion officers to threaten resignatior
just at a time when they are great-
ly needed. In commenting on the
trouble, The Daily Illini says:
"One thing which does seem pos
t sible as an outgrowth of the whole
affair is the removal of Union of-
fices from popular election. We
predict that within a few years the
officers will be appointed by a
board of students and faculty
members similar to the present Il-
lini board, which appoints th
staffs and supervises work of th
campus publications."
The attitude reflected in thi
comment is identical with that o:
many interested persons on thi
campus, and indicates the trend i
other large universities.
The only way to increase the
popularity of the Union, to make
it in fact as well as in name o
men's club and the center of cam
pus life, is to provide by selective
precedence capable men for all of
fices. When this has been accom
plished, it will be a small matte

to delegate powers to these men ix
proportion to the importance o
their positions, and a general im.
provement in the health of the en
tire organization is sure to ensue
The merit system is by no mean,
a dead issue, and it is The Daily';
hope that the time for the next all
campus elections will not pas,
without some definite action hav
ing been taken on this matter..

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Music And Drama

Heyward's Negroes:
No matter how devout the negro
may be in his religious belief, su-
perstition plays an important part
with him in all matters of the
spirit. It is his natural right
through centuries of African in- t
heritance. Of the writers of this
frantic quality in the American ne- t
groes, none have captured the high
emotionalism to the degree thatt
Du Bose Heyward has. He has re-s
cently shown his understanding of"
the psychology of the primitive!
blacks of his native Carolina inh
two immensely popular volumes,C
"Mamba's Daughters" and "Porgy."d
We are told that Heyward in his
latest, "The Half Pint Flask," hasB
built up once more a Poe-like at-o
mosphere of mystery and suspense.-
It is a tale of conjuring on thef
part of a white man who has takenb
a flask from a grave in a buryinga
ground. By their concentratedt
mental efforts, the outraged ne-P
groes, through their knowledge ofr
the occult and ready practice ofv
black magic, succeed in reducingt
the man to a state of abject ter-1
ror and helplessness.f
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Hawthorne Biographyc
Of all the American authors,t
none is more individual, more ap-Y
pealing to the biographer, or more
engaging to the student of Amer-
ican life and letters than Nathaniel
Hawthorne. In a new biography,1
"Hawthorne," by Newton Arvin, the
thesis is made that the writer'sf
creative characters grew out of his.f
subconsciousness and that a studyI
of them illustrates Hawthorne'sp
own disastrous struggle to adjust;
himself to the everyday world. t
From the very start, the uniquet
quality of Hawthorne's spirit, hisI
strange shrinking from normal hu-
man contacts and the misanthro-
pic fields where his imagination
ranged, set him lonely and apart
from other writers. Nothing new
is presented concerning the life of
Hawthorne. The book is meant to
be a critical and mental biography.-
Newton Arvin is one of the.I
youngest of biographers. He is a
native of Indiana, and a graduate;
from Harvard with high honors.
At the present tine he is an as-
sistant professor of English at
Smith college. He was selected by
Hawthorne's authorized publishers
to edit "The Heart of Hawthorne's
Journals" which came out earlier
this year. The most valuable and
individual quality of Mr. Arvin's re-
cent study is his understanding of'
the man and his appreciation of
I his works.
"Field of Honor"
"The last of the traditional Irish
story-tellers," Donn Byrne was sud-
denly cut off in his prime a little
more than a year ago. Born on
Manhattan Island, in the city of
New York, Mr. Byrne returned to
Ireland before he was able to talk.-
In 1911 he came to the United
States and became an assistant on
the staff of the Century Dictionary.
He soon won prominence with his
short stories, but it was the pub-
lication of "Messer Marco Polo" in
1921 that definitely caused him to
be. hailed as an interesting writer.
."Field of Honor," the last novel
that Mr. Byrne wrote is leading the

fiction best seller lists of fourteen
representative book houses
throughout the country. It is a
novel of the Napoleonic wars. To
- Castlereagh, sitting in London and
spinning his cunning web of sol-
diers, spies, and money around the
head of Bonaparte, comes a young
Garret Dillon bent on serving his
country. The book tells two stor-
ies in one. It tells the love story
of Garrett Dillon for his wife Joce-
lyn, and in its wider scope it is
an epic of the overthrow of chiv-
alry with the vanquishing of Na-
poleon.
* * *
Week's Best Severs4
Fiction: "A Farewell to Arms,"
Ernest Hemingway, Scribner, $2.50;l
"The Methodist Faun," Anne Par-
rish, Harper, $2.50; "Field of Hon-
or," Donn Byrne, Century, $2.50;I
"The Dark Journey," Julian Green,,
Harper, $2.50; "Ex-wife," Ursula
Parrott, Cape and Smith, $2.00;
"Enough of Dreams," Francesco
Perri, Brentano, $2.50.I
Non-Fiction: "Dynamo," Eugene
O'Neill, Liveright, $2.50; "The Spec-
ialist," Chic Sale, Specialist Pub.,

TONIGHT: At 8:15 in Hill
Auditorium, Madame Louise
Homer, American Soprano, in
the first of the Choral Union
Series.
"THE TRUTH ABOUT BLAYDS"
A. A. Milne has long been one of
the most popular entertainers in
America and England. Both coun-
tries have given up hope of his
ever becoming very important;
there is a certain quality of
sprightlyness and lack of the great
"high seriousness" in each of his
plays that quite clearly expresses
his desire to avoid importance.
Contrary to most of the British
dramatists who adopt cynicism as
a sort of defense reaction, Milne
seems quite proud of the famous
British sentimentality and trades
on it boldly. He writes scene after
scene sentimentally in the Barrie
fashion and indulges in threadbare
happy endings. He very carefully
avoids the more serious implica-
tions of any of the characters or
problems that he creates. He is
not ashamed that he is merely
whimsical and delightful but
rather looks upon it as a duty not
to be anything else. The result of
his sincere avoidance of a grand
fling at an immortal drama is that'
he invariably succeeds in being a
very good entertainer-quite an ac-
complishment in the theatre. Even
the critics with the highest and
most serious brows cannot carp
at Milne because he obviously ac-
complishes what he sets out to do.
A nimble and altogether smooth
gentleman writing drama is Mr.
Milne.
"The Truth About Blayds," the
first dramatic morsel for the hun-
gry campus, is one of the best, and
probably the least flimsy, of the
Milne plays. With a few deft
strokes Milne paddles us back to
the green and shady waters of Vic-
torianism. The play is laid in the
home of Blayds, nonogenarian, the
last of the Victorians, a poet who
is clad in light and walks in glory.
The whole household-fussy son-
in-law, idolatrous daughters, op-j
pressed and mutinous grand chil-
dren-revolves around the figure of
the old poet. In fact, he is sort
of an institution, a vested interest.
Under the guidance of the son-in-
law . the family cultivates Blayd's
reputation, extracting all possible
advantage from the enviable and
amiable British habit of honoring

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great poets. At the moment of
death, Blayds, either in a moment
of senile aberration or remorse,
confesses to his daughter that for
seventy years he has been palming
off the poems left to him by his
roommate who died young.
The daughter takes this disclo-
sure to the family and they are
faced with the disconcerting vision
of their whole world crumbling
with the exposure of the literary
crime. The last two acts are taken
up with the reactions of the fam-
ily to the confession and their so-
lution to the problem, of whether
the public should know of the mute T O]
Jenks, who had really written all
this poetry while still a youth. This
is a good store for humor here and
Milne fills it with delicious turns,
carefully shunning any possible
profound implications the problem
may have.
One critic confessed that the
play inspired in him a grim dis-
trust of all literary reputations and -O
a suspicion that sooner or later
it will turn out that Longfellow was
a crook (an exposure which he
said would give him much satis-
faction).
W. J. G.
"THE PERFECT ALIBI"
Well, this man Milne is quite
important. The only play coming
to Detroit this week is his latest'
"The Perfect Alibi." This is a new
type of detective thriller, which re ,
doesn't sound very promising, but -
which critics actually called "at +
least ninety times better than a
mystery play." In the play one
sees a vendetta murder, coldly and iii A i d it
cunningly planned, carried out
with the only mystery falling on
the actors themselves. The bal-
ance of the play is concerned with Sao ikt
the solution of the problem arisinge
from the peculiar ,circumstance
that Scotland Yard has found all- Still Availal
bis for everyone and declared "sui-
cide." It is left for a young slip
of a girl, an ardent reader of de-
tective tales, to bring about jus-
tice. It is in watching this so ten-
der heroine track the murders that
the audience derives its thrills.
Milne's name suggests immedi-
ately that there will be no shrieks
in the dark, no bony hands grab-
bing bony necks, or other blatant Auditorium
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Campus Opinion
Contributors are asked to beabrief,
confining themselves to less than 300
words it possible. Anonymous com-
munications 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.
RATHER BACKHANDED
To the editor:
Dr. Clarence Cook Little was the
subject of a dissertation by one of
the department heads of the Lit-
erary college during the course of
a lecture on modern languages.
Said he, "If the University of
Michigan had not been as big as it
is, it would never have survived the
irreparable damage done by Dr.
Little."
The speaker elaborated upon. his
theme, maintaining that he and
several others had realized from
the first that the University was

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