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"I'M7 T-CHT AN DAILY

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the teaching profession be consid-
ered as in competition with big I
business. We long have held that
professors' salaries should appre-
ciably be raised, but to contend
that the wage level should be rais-
ed to a level comparable with that
of industrial salaries is to lend an1
unwarranted meretricious com-
plexion to the teaching profession.1
The incongruity is made com-
plete by attempting to compare the1
sales manager of an engine plant
with the head of an English de-
partment. The dollar and cents 1
value of the one represents its en- I
tire worth, both to the individual
and largely to society; the ideal-
istic, rather ethereal qualities of
the other profession, manifested
by the love of personal sacrifice of
its members which are considered
anachronic by the ilk Dr. Angeli
represents, far exceed the atten-
dant money return and involve
more worth than society can either
measure or repay. Turning out
bolts and nuts has little in com-
mon, for comparison, with turn-
ing out educations.
But these other remunerations
and amenities of the teaching pro-
fession are peculiar to the pro-
fession and constitute a basis for
the respect and high esteem in
which it is held. Further, as the
New Republic states it editorially,
"a professor of 'high intellectual
ability' is, presumably, a well edu-
cated man; and if education means
anything at all, it most certainly
means that it leads a nman out from
the naive point of view in which
the pecuniary criterion of value
covers the universe like a blanket,
into a state of mind in which val-
ues are a little broader, and more
complicated, and in which the
simple device of measuring all
things by the money you can get
out of them finds itself impracti-
cable."
Little doubt obscures The Daily's
belief that professors' salaries are
too low, but it is also true that
they will never be as high as those
of industrialists with comparable
mental ability. By all means let
us work for higher salaries, but let
us not set the money goal so high
that the teaching profession in its
present poverty is made to appear
unduly tawdry in the eyes of the
students and citizenry alike.
1 0
A LOBBYIST TURNS SENATOR.
Appointment of Joseph R. Grun-
dy, lobbyist-superissimo from Penn-
Sylvania to fill the vacancy caused
by the Senate's refusal to seat Wil-
ham S. Vare, makes circumstances
ideal for a highly spectacular side-
show in the official life of the na-
tion. The selection, made formally
by Governor Fisher but actually
the work of "Uncle Joe" himself
as the omnipotent political boss of
the state is not especially savory
to President Hoover and certainly
antagonistic to many Senators.
a There are chances .that, Grundyy
will not be seated, and if he is, only
after a bitter and' colorful fight.
President Hoover recently con-
demned lobbyists and their effect
on legislation, Grundy is born
and bred a lobbyist. A quarter of
a century ago he formed the Penn-
sylvania Manufacturers' associa-
tion and has been president of it
ever since. In that position his ma-
jor work has been the securing of
high tariff protection for industries
of the state. The effectiveness of
his work may be seen in the fact
that 42 of the 65 industries in

Pennsylvania are given higher
duties in the pending bill. Their
estimated profit under the in-
creases would be more than a bil-
lion dollars. In his recent appear-
ance before the Senate lobby in-
vestigating committee Grundyl
spoke about the sanctity of high
protection for industries and of the
superior right of Pennsylvania,
over the "backward" states of the
farm-west, to determine the na-
tion's tariff policy.
It is his statement about the
"backward" states on top of hisj
lobby activities that will make the
Senate not particularly delighted
to have "Uncle Joe" in their offi-
cial family (he has been in their
unofficial family for a score of
years). Senator Nye's fiery warn-
ing against the appointment of the
Pennsylvanian because of his con-
nection with the Mellon-Pepper,
Fisher political machine (that
spent two million dollars in the
1926 primary fight against the.
Vare slate) is some indication of
the opposition. It is not the main
reason for believing that Grundy
will have to fight for his seat, how-
ever.
Right now the low-protection
Senators from what he termed the
"backward" states hold the hal-

About Boks

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Mjsic And Drait

A CURSED ROMANCE "MERRIE-GO-ROUND"
BY GERTRUDE ATHERTON. A Review
by George C. Tilley
Dido. Queen of Hearts, The Michigan Union Opera,
By Gertrude Atherton. Mimes' annual extravaganza in the
Horace Liveright, New York City. gaudy vein, is again on the boards
Price $2.50. steeped in the colorful, expensive,
Review Copy by Courtesy of semi-professional tradition of other
Wahr's Book Store. years. There are no radical de-
Mrs. Atherton began writing in partures from hoary custom, and
the early nineties and has publish- the sour critics of former operas will
. not find the old defects remedied.
ed continuously ever since. The But those happier spirits who can
subjects vary; she has written of appreciate lively, sincere effort,. and
historical California, of imperial who can make a few allowances
Austria-Hungary. She has even for student limitations without do-
uwritten a Hearst-circulated noveling violence to their critical stan-
writena eart-irclatd ove jdards, will find Merrie-Go-Round
of contemporary life. Once she sentd slnot
through a sturdy biography of t only good but the best that the
Hamilton. Mrs Atherton has always last college generation of four years
has seen. It is still neither ama-
been school-marmish in her writ- teur nor yet quite professional-
iing, but in "Dido, Queen of Hearts" ' and it must be classified some-
she brings us back to school books whd in te hazy ibo be
themselves. And in a certain sense, wherei m the hazy limbo between
it is daring to publish a romance musical comedy and comic opera-
g p but this failure to fall into a defi-
about Aneas and his wife, for the nite category cannot be invoked tot
dismal curses of second year Latin mean that the show fails as a piece
students rest with these characters of entertainment. Rather this in-
land their original creator. o netimn ahrti n
adThe authorigives us the old gang definiteness is characteristic of all
Teof characters of cheap romance. similar collegiate efforts and de-
Here is a towering queen whomevery tracts, to our mind, not one whit
Here is atering quen wigho e y from the thrill and the enthrall-
man loves. at first sight. and a mn n h ogoseso h
handsome irresistible goddess-born ment and the gorgeousness of the
king. Enter a gigantic, boisterous, ectacle.
* 'In such a production as this it
conceited tyrant. Place with him must always be the music which
a faithful but timid lover and a has the power to make ormar. Aft-
dead husband's memory; add an er the poer have one t-
incident ' which is be-ponied in er the composers have done their'
inen Lwichtet i beponty inwork, the voices and orchestra car-
every Latin text in the country; ryo:ti erMmssest
and you have Mrs. Atherton's story. have coralled a p irl happy
Though it is probably unfair to say combinatio of allteeiarly haT
that the author has shown no in- S Love, who composed 17 of the
clination of originality. She does, 22 musical numbers, a special trib-
for Queen Dido's suicide is not ute is owing for his "Mine Alone"
caused of her desertion by Aneas. hit which is probably the best bit
Rather the founder of Carthage of the entire score. Truesdale May- I
dies to save her city from the wrath ers' "Vagabond's Dream," on which
of the barbarian, Tarbas. Such David Hempstead as the beachcom-
touches are appreciated. ber scores a vocal triumph, rank5s

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But we know this tale of Virgil, a close second, and his'
and he has presented it adequate- lieve in Dreams" is per
ly. The author who takes to telling though Love's first act
a familiar storgy assumes the re- the best manner of C
sponsibility of presenting a new Sullivan is a powerful ar
and original style. Mrs. Atherton ly well-executed piecec
has not done this. The style of the tion.
most unimaginative newspaper re- A very definite effoi
porter is exhibited in this work. dently been made this y
The words selected to interpret the singers and make acto
characters and situations are rather than to cast the
empty. She is relying upon words, available and pray Go
combinations, and sound affects will be able to sing. Al]
that have rendered duty hundreds with the possible excep
of times. She is stale; every hill, Browne's and Byron
ship, palace is described with the' are trained and amply
same adjectives. Dido offers exact- In the past some of
ly the same prayer every time she vocalists have scarcely
goes to the temple. The descrip- first half dozen rows a'
tions of the several banquet scenes ney; this year they all
are all alike. "Tyrian purple" is fill the Michigan with

"If You Be-
haps third,
Finale after
Gilbert and
nd singular-
of composi-
rt has evi- '
year to take
rs of them
best actors
d that they
I the voices,
ption. of Bill
Dalrymple's,
voluminous.
the opera's
carried the
t the Whit-
managed to {
ease and

Laura Codling
Agnes Davis
Bernice Glaser
)Tortense Gooding

Alice Mct illy
Sylvia 1Miller
Helen . .iisselwhite
Eleanor Walkinshaw
Dorothea Waternian

Night Editor-GURNEY WILLIAMS
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1929
BLASTING SOPHISTICATION
Chicago's youthful, whimsical,J
forward-thinking new president re-
cently pointed to Yale, his almal
mater, and expressed pleasure at
"the spectacle of a group of active
and inventive professional schools
in close relation to undergraduate!
schools whose faculty and student{
personnel are constantly being ad-
justed to the needs of the present
day."
Dr. Hutchins here put his thumb#
on one of the vexing problems of
American universities: namely,
how to inspire undergraduates with
earnestnets in their quest after
knowledge. At Yale evidently, a1
partial solution has been found in
bringing graduates and undergrad-
uates into closer contact so that
the higher seriousness and greater'
purpose of the former may perme-
ate and elevate the latter. It is a
step in the process of transform-
ing our universities from country
clubs into institution, of learning.
It is gratifying that Dr. Hutchins
has recognized this problem and
has shown a disposition to guide
the transformation. He has the
unique qualification of being young
enough to remember his own un-
dergraduate -days while he is, at the
same time, chief arbiter of a uni-
versity's destiny He said recently,
"It is a fallacy to assume that only
the stupid can be stalwart, and that,
high intelligence means low vital-+
ity." Evidently he knows not only
what is wrong with the college stu-
dent but also (and this is vital)
how to appeal to him. With sym- r
pathetic understanding. he has
neatly blasted the sophistication of
the undergraduate bon vivant that
will not allow study to interfere
with pleasure.

used so many times that it reminds sureness. Art Sutton. and John
one of the "little" habit of James White rose to heights when they
M. Barrie. sang the "Mine Alone" duet for
Mrs. Atherton in reading the Di- the hand of the colonel's wife.
do episode of her Anelad again has Donal Haines has celebrated the
' been stimulated by many pseudo- recognition of his authorship of
' romantic ideas. The Latin primer the opera books by producing a
has re-awakened a lot of silly and plot that is adequate without a sin-
' childish ideas about the nature of gle pun, stale crack, two-line joke,
kings and queens. The superficial or other traditional form of club-
ideas about ancient Tyre and Car- footed humor. There are only two
thage have walked pictorially in laughs, both rather doubtful, in
pictorirh allgt-the spoken lines. But the book ful-
S front of the author; she has got-filt
ten out her pocket camera, and fills the requirements of satire,
photographed them. It is a waste characteristization, and action up
of time to read "Dido" unless you to the denouement which flops
fstill believe in prince-charmings with poor motivation and meat-ax
I sillbelevein rine-carmngssubtlety in the happy ending.
and lovely god-mothers. You al- Slteto be he e dney
ready know the story and (unhappi- Slated to be .the hero,: Sidney
ly) the style. R. E. M Straight overacted the dreamy sol-
' dier role assigned him by the play-
FOERSTER PRINTS ESSAY wright, and Bill Browne and Byron
ON AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP. Dalrymple showed a tendency to
Dr. Foerster of the University of let their dialogues drag. In the first
" North Carolina has recently pub- act Art- Sutton had to hem and
lished through the presses of that haw while the orchestra was pick-
institution an essay discussing the ing up a dropped cue, and in the
conditions of American academic second act John White injected
I life. The. little book, "The Ameri- some unintentional comedy when
can Scholar," is a mighty blast he found his wife being kissed by
against what the author believes the major and shouted "Well, I'll
the greatest course of American be damned" in a tone of pleased
literary scholarship, the accumu- surprise instead of anger. On two
lation of insignificant facts. There occasions Hugh Claney had to
Is needed the author says aemore break suddenly from his oily, vil-
definitely critical attitude. "Only lanous patter into sentimental
by the integration of history and song. But these minor defects were
criticism, the temporary and the opening-night slip-ups rather than
permanent, motion and rest, can inherent faults, and by no means
the literary scholar really escape overshadowed the success of the
from the superficiality and futility acting viewed by and large.
that appears to crown all his la- This review would be sadly defi-
, ours." Again in speaking of recent cient if it failed to mention the
literary biography he says: "Ama- comic triumph of George John-
teurs and dabblers of all sorts have son whose black bottom stomp and
made a hasty study of both psycho- tango interlude carried on with-
logy and literature and written out anticlimax the "Pow-Wow
biographies and criticisms which iPoppa" standard of mirth-produc-
are professedly science and actual- tion set up by Danny Buell last
ly buncombe." Dr. Foerster is one 'year Johnson not only has tre-
of America's most competent crit- men ous possibilities for being
ics and is interested in "humaniz- funny but adds a lot 'of personl-
ing" literature. The essay expres- ity, inventiveness and stage pres-
ses some of the author's views for ence.
revolutionizing teacaing methods The girls' chorus snapped
in American universities thrnuh their 'niniv.u -rif I n.

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NOT SO TAWDRY.
President James Rowland Angell
of Yale recently informed a group
of professional men that to obtain
maximum results in educational

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