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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

F IIDAY,NOVEMBER 15, 199

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1 dress overlooks many of the vital
facts. A more careful scrutiny of
Published every morning except Monday "riots," "booze parties," and "gam-
during the University year by the Board in
Control of Student blications. bling hells" might help obliterate
Member of Western Conference Editorial the false impressions many people
Association. now hold concerning college life as
The Associated Press is exclusively entitled it actually exists.

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LITERATURE AS HISTORY

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MANAGING EDITOR
ELLIS B. MERRY

Editor................ .... George C. Tilley
City Editor .. .........Pierce Rosenberg
N4ews Editor ............ Geo~rge E. Simons
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Women's Editor ..........Marjorie Folmer
Telegraphi Editor ........Cassamn A. Wilson,
Music and Drama ....... William J. Gorman,
Literary Editor....... Lawrence R. Klein
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History and literature of contem-
poraneous times have never been
dissociable, despite the age-old
practice of offering separate cours-
es in each of these subjects. In
fact, the life narrative of a people
and its literature are so inextrica-
bly related, being offsprings of the
same source, that one cannot deal
with one singly without injustice
to the other. In lieu of this bond,
the need for a chair of historical
literature, or of literature treated,
on the historical method, has as-
sumed worthy import.
The subject matter of the chair
would include the combined ma-
terials of the literary effects of a
specific period and of historical
sources of that time. For example,
if the field of civilization marked
off for treatment should be the age
of Louis XIV, not only would the
institutions, political and social,
and the temper of society in that
day be studied in course, but also
Racine, Corneille, the letters of
Madame Denigne and the dramas
of Moliere. This correlation could
be counterparted in any other era
of the world's history with even
slight conjecture.
Despite the rather obvious ad-
vantages of synthesizing isolated
scraps of knowledge which such a
course would provide, certain tran-
sient discomforts would doubtless
be incurred by its introduction into
the curricula. However, more im-
portnts than the travail of demol-
ishing or adjusting a small part of
the academic machinery to allow
place for the course, is a further,
hindrance. This impediment lies
in the attitude of many University
There is something queer about
advertising men. Our own staff
propounded us this euestion: If
two white-wings had been drink-
ing, but one had,, had one more
drink than the other, which would
be the fuller brush man?

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AboutBooks jMusic And Drama I
[NDIAN LOVE, TODAY: Tony Sarg's Marionettes
SUBJECT OF NEW FANTASY present performances this after-
Laughing Boy noon and tonight in the Lydia
by Oliver La Farge Mendlssohn Theatre.
Houghton Mifflin Company * * x
Boston, Massachusetts "THE JEST"
Price $2.50 A Pre-view by Robert WetzelI -
Review Copy by Courtesy of Printdr
and Book Shop The dramatic fare offered to the
campus next week will be seasoned
Oliver La Farge, who makes his with the spice of glamour; for at
debut to the reading public with the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre,
"Laughing Boy," a novel of Navajo Comedy Club. oldest of local dra-
Indian love, has succeeded so well matic organizations is presenting
in this initial attempt that we may "The Jest," a colorful drama of
compare his creation to the fan- mediaeval Florence by the Italian
tastic literature of Wilder and poet Sem Benelli. The play ex-1
Hudson. He is romantic, and as udes the rich atmosphere of Celli-
far as this type of writing goes, he ni's autobiography; in it Benelli
has followed through. The sor- limns that vivid society which dis-
ported itself beneath the windows
row is that that one cannot go far of Raphael. "The Jest" is vibrant
enough with fantasy. In the in- with the spirit of Florence in the
troduction to this work, Mr. La lusty fifteenth century, when pas-I
Farge says: "this story is meant sion, intrigue and revenge were
neither to instruct nor to prove a merely the order of the day. I
point, but to amuse. . . . the plc- Men did not write tragedies in
those spacious times; they lived -
ture is frankly onesided. But ,lit- thein; and so it was left for Eliz-
erature at its greatest cannot do abethan England, half a continent
this; it must be wide in its scope away, to record the fierce drama of
and applicable to the solution f the times a half-century later. Still
the problems of existence. later by some three centuries, we
find the Italian Renaissance again
The world is real, too real we are the subject of drama-this time
wont to believe at times, 'but it is it is Sem Benelli who taps the rich
not the strong who avoid its reality. sources of Webster, Kyd, and Mid-
One can never get away from so- dleton. ,And from these sources he
ciety as a matter of fact. It is gives us no solemn platitudes
drawn from ancient days, no facile
fate, and the only thing for us to do e
is to accept. We can spin fantasy manner of John Erskine or Robert
after fantasy, but they do not help Emmet Sherwood.
us in the least to escape.' There is "The Jest" has something of the
only one way to escape the reality richness of the ample dramas be-
of life, that is through death; and loved' of Good Queen Bess; and in-
of nobody has ever come back to deed as a 'piece for the theatre its
expostulate, we are not certain that ructure is more taut and more
this is the delightful sensation tit efficacious than those of the Eliz-
abethan dramatists. As a dramatic
appears to romanticists. poet Benelli has been compared to
"Laughing Boy" deals with Na- Shakespeare; as a theatrical trick-
vajo Indian life. A youtlh meets ster, to Sardou; and as a force in
at a ceremonial dance an outcast modern drama, to D'Annunzio. The
of The People, Slim Girl, who has last comparison alone is worth
been educated in American schools. considering. For Benelli does have
They fall in love, and go away to his countryman's sybaritic ele-
a distant valley to make money gance, his untrammelled emotion,
from tourists that they may return his frank sensuality, without pos-
to the clan. Theirs is ideal love. sessing the taint of D'Annunzio's
The catastrophe is the contact of self-conscious morbidity or his de
this love with civilization. Love cadent world-weariness.
conquers, but Slim Girl is killed by' Next to his opera, "The Love o
a scamp on their return to the Three Kings," "The Jest" is the
tribe. best known of Benelli's works. As r
Mr. La Farge is well acquainted "Las Cene delle Beffn" it has long
-with his subject having graduated been in the repertoire of every I
from Harvard with a degree in an- prominent actor in Italy. In 1910
thropology. He has been present on ernhardt played Jean Richepin's
many archaeological expeditions translation of the play in Paris
through Central American coun- where it met with a reception akin
tries, and has lived for years to that of Rostand's "Cyrano." Ar-
with the Navajos. But for his' thur Hopkin's notable production
knowledge, the author has not giv- of "The Jest" in New York is one
en his work any suggestion of of the cornerstones of his reputa-
bookishness. He has not tried in tion as a producer. It is his ver-
the least to cram his profession tlon of the play, a translation by
down our throats, and we can hope Edward Sheldon, that Comedy Club
that Paul de Kruif will catch up is employing in the'forth coming
some of this spirit before he tackles production. This colorful version
another volume. There is an ease by the author of "Romance" at-
of style in the author which re- tempts to realize Benelli's own po-
sembles Wilder. It makes a great etiq ideal of picturesqueness with-
1 impression upon us while reading out artificiality, of drama in verse
the book, but we' cannot forgive the that still preserves a close contact
purpose in writing. Although there with life; and for this purpose
is somewhat of interest in reading Sheldon employs a cadenced prose
of primitive life, we cannot return which is poetically rich but not
to its ideality, no more than the I monotonously rhythmic.
Indians of La Farge's story can re- For the direction of "The Jest"
sist Americanization. There are Comedy Club has been fortunate

evils of civilization, but we cannot enough to secure the seasoned serv-
overcome them "by returning to 'fees of Miss Bertha Creighton, a
nature." The problem can only be veteran actress who has "trouped"
coped with by attack. extensively with such actors as
R. E. M. Richard Mansfield, Sol Smith Rus-
* * * sell, Henry Miller, Frank Keenan,
RECENT NOVEL and the vitaphonic Walter Huston.
OF JOHN MASEFIELD The cast of "The Jest" is a large
one, the three main parts being in
John Masefield im his new novel the hands of Kenneth White, of
"The Hawbucks," turns to the coun- "The Queen's Husband" and "In
'tryside of mid-Victorian England the Next Room." and Mildred Todd
and depicts with poetic charm the and Richard Kohl, both remem-
mode of life and thought of a gen- bered for a number of able per-
eration which lived according to formances in the Play Production
the ancient code of a country gen- shows..
tleman. The book may. fairly be . ,
described as "jolly English"- for
it is filled with the smell and sound
and feeling of English country, En- Detroit Civic: This theatre is en-
lish weather, and English sports. joying unusual success with Willard
It is Mr. Masefield's 'first novel in Mack's dramatization of H. H. Van
ithree years. Loans story "The Noose" and is

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Night Editor-FRANK COOPER
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1929

COLLEGE "RIOTS"J
Almost any tussle between en-
thusiastic collegians, in which a
few tomatoes and perhaps an over-
ripe egg or two area hurled, is front
page news for most of the papers
throughout the country. As a rule,
any particularly bad features are
played up in the headlines and
lead of the story, while the facts
are buried somewhere toward the
end.
Anent the recent "riot" at
Princeton, most journals featured
the fact that two students were in-
jured in a "clash with police after
riotous cane spree." The students
were but slightly injured, and the
traditional fight, which takes place
after every cane spree between the
Princeton sophomores and fresh-
men, would have ended peaceably
had not a lone guardian of the law
attempted to break it up. His ef-
forts ended in his own completeI
humiliation.
In an attempt to retaliate, the
policeman got into a car with an-
other officer and charged into the
crowd. In this manner were the
two students injured. Naturally,
this action aroused the mob spirit,
set the. crowd parading down the
street, and ultimately caused the
damage to traffic lights, windows-of
the Governor's automobile, and
sundry other items about town.
In commenting on the affair,
the Daily Princetonian says: "With
the class traditions of -Princeton
fading as they are, we would al-
most say that a good mob fighti
such as that of last night is a
hopeful sign. There are those, of
course, who consider any such ex-
hibition beneath the dignity of the
college man, and who bemoan the
latent rowdyness which always
springs up on such occasions. But
the time has come when tradition,
a priceless' heritage, (take what
form it may), has descended to
such depths that the lowly fresh-1

Campus Opinion
Contributors are asked to be brief,
confining themselves to less than 300
'words ii' pos,:ihle. Anonymous corn.
munications will be disregarded. The
namnes of communicants will, however,
S be. regarded as confidential, ulon re-
quest. Letters published should nut be
construed as expre sing the editorial
opinion of the Daily.
WE'RE NOT SO BAD
1 To the editor:
Was amongst the fortunates priv-I
ileged to read the rather diverting
comment of the 1928 Alumnus as
contained in the editorial columns
of The Daily, recently.
Upon reading the article, one
learns straightway that 'tis but two
years since the writer left the uni-
versity, "then in fine reputation."
Follows, a somewhat extensive list
of the individual's accomplish-
ments.
The assertion that the university
was left in fine shape is a felling
one. This excessive display of mod-
esty is peculiarly becoming.
The tragic inability of the cur-
rent crop of embryos to maintain
the erstwhile existant ultimate in
campus morals and school spirit is
subsequently bewailed with much
gusto and enthusiasm.
This latter cannot but redound
to the lasting and utmost shame of
I the present day student. It should
react as a spur toward moral re-;
demption when the full impact of
the idea seeps through. In the in-
terim, let all good students hang
their respective heads in humility
and contrition.
One becomes afflicted with the
thought that it was a bad day for
Michigan when the writer graduat-
ed. Indeed, it was a grievous error
to permit him to depart. Retention
as an aid to the perpetuation of
idealism, and bona fide school spirit
would have been more in keeping,
with the progressive policy of the
university.
The attendant sketch reveals a
most deplorable and revolting state
of affairs on the campus, today.
The university, it would seem, bids
I fair to become a paradise for moral
I degenerates. The only activities in-.
dulged in extensively by the pres-
ent day Michigan student are pet-
ting, poker and ticket scalping.l
Truly an alarming condition.

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Fiction: "A Farewell to Arms,"
Ernest Hemingway, Scribner, $2.50;
"Didi-Queen of Hearts," Gertrude
Atherton, Horace Liveright, $2.50;
"Sincerity," John Erskine, Bobbs
Merrill, $2.50; "Fugitive's Return,"
Susan Glaspell, Stokes, $2.50;
"Laughing Boy," Oliver La Farge,
Houghton Mifflin, $2.50; "Way of
. Ecben," James Branch Cabell, Mc-

holding -'t- overnext week. Willard
Mack hasnt been heard from lately,
but this one of his reveals clearlyI
that he has lost none of his cun-
ning in fashioning successful mel-
odrama. Taking a best-seller he t
has brought forth three acts with
all the melodramatic fare richly
distributed. Mack has always man-
aged to steer his way with reason-
able success through the two ex-
tremes of the melodramatic path,
the strict logic of plausibility and
the nir,, ,rill

A specimen of construction work 'in the
Bell System is t;he new catenary- span
carrying telephone Wires' across the Gila
River, Arizona. The "natural" obstacle is
no longer ar 'obstacle while there are tele-
phone men to find a way through it or
over it.
This is but one example in a general ex-

pansioi 'program. O thers arc such widely
varied projects as linking New York to
Atlanta by cable, erecting 200 telephone
buildiigs i ill1929,developi nga, .$ 5g,oooooo
factory at Baltimore.
The telephone habit is growing apace,
and the Bell System will continue to keep
a step ahead of the needs of the nation.

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