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Dorothy Stonehouse
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Marie Wellstead

the weakling crowd outnmen of
sterner stuff. The demand, inci-
dentally, is for college-trained men,
not college-mollycoddled men.
THE TEST OF A DECADE
No debate club need ever feel
at a loss for a lively subject for
discussion as long as the Eigh-
teenth Amendment remains part
of the nation's law. Glance into
the smoking room of almost any
Pullman car and you will probably
overhear heated arguments be-
tween hitherto perfect strangers on
this same topic. But what does it
all mean and how are these in-
significant opinions going to rem-
edy the complicated situation
which now exists?
Many organizations through out
the country have long fought the
liquor problem, notably the Anti-
Saloon league and the W. C. T. U.
Finding that they could accomplish
little or nothing toward the en-
forcement of prohibition after they
had managed to foist it upon a
shortsighted country, these organ-
izations have recognized the need
for combination and have formed
a "new central agency to co-ord-
inate the activities of the coun-
try's many prohibition agencies."
At the same time that these
agencies are arraying their com-
bined front in battle formation
comes the announcement from
Private Citizen John L. McNab that
he will perform his "patriotic duty"
though it be a "burden," by for-
mulating legislation to bring about
better prohibition enforcement and
relief of court congestion. This is
simply added evidence that the
supporters of the Eighteenth
Amendment realize their precari-
ous position and that the last hope
lies in the centralization of power
and unification of forces.
A decade, to most persons,
would seem ample time to test a
law from the standpoint of prac-
ticability, and to weigh its advan-
tages against its disadvantages
Prohibition h a s accomplished
much for the poor and certain
other classes, but consider the toll
in life taken'every year, every day
A score burned to death in a speak-
easy fire, youths killed by suspic-
ious officers, hundreds murdered by
rival racketeers. . . . The test o1
a decade does not seem to have
proved the value of the law.
What developments will come o1
McNab's undertaking and the com
bination of the nation's temper
ance organizations will assuredly
be watched with. great interest
Perhaps their work will be the ac
in the hole.
ABOLISHING HAZING
(The Detroit Free Press)
The decision of Columbia sopho
mores to abolish the time-honore
practice of hazing has been follow
ed by provocative acts on the par
of the first-year classmen that ma
necessitate the restoration of thi
unofficial course in the freshma
curriculum. The subject has bee
revived by the painting of a "33
on South Field, within plain vie
of Alma Mater, as she sits in braz
en effigy on the steps of the millio
dollar library building erected b
Seth Low out of the fortune rolle
up on the China coast by Abie
Abbott Low, years ago. Althoug
the numerals were promptly re
moved, a faction in the class o
1932 apparently thinks that the in
sult should be wiped out and thos

who perpetrated it put in thei
places and kept there.
Whether it is to be war or peac
depends largely upon the freshme:
at Columbia and at many othe
American universities, where me:
who have been a whole year on
campus have discovered bette
ways of putting in their time tha:
fooling around with a bunch o
kids still unweaned from their pre
school ways. As long as freshme:
persist in living up to their nam
they are likely to find sophomore
who regard taking some of th
freshiess out of them as a solemi
obligation to alma mater and th
cause of higher education in gen
eral.
The unappreciative conduct o
the freshmen on Morniingsiid
Heights has points in common wit]
that of certain larger aggregation
of more mature individuals yclep
nations. They have to be remind
ed of their place in the worlk
Otherwise they would become a
annoyance to those who have t
live with them. As long as hazin
does no more than that to under
classmen it is not to be altogethe
condemned. The purpose of i
should be to humiliate, withou
annihilating. Skulls need not t
be fractured to let out a little c

! About Books"
FALL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Gesticulating Lindsay
Vachel Lindsay, native trouba-
dour poet, makes it known through
the MacMillan publishers that an-
other volume of his verse, "Every
Soul Is A Circus," will be circu-
lated this month. The notice should
prove a curiosity for the students
on the Michigan campus for it
was just one year ago that Mr.
Lindsay visited Ann Arbor under
the auspices of the Inlander and
gave a recital of this poem.
There was much consternation
among the Toasted Rolls editors
last October when the poet hand-
ed out mimeographed sheets to
those attending the recitation and
requested a general refrain of
"Bring, bring, the wonders down."
Indeed, the whole university was
humming the ditty for a day or
so.
This new book of Mr. Lindsay's,
like his "Candle in the Cabin,"
and "The Congo and Other Poems"
is illustrated by whimsical draw-
ings from the author's own pen.
Then, the directions in the margin
of the page which are such a dis-
traction to so many readers: all
this is there. In the foreword to
the edition, the author discusses
the experiments he has made for
combining recitation with dancing
and choral gesture. After last
year's entertainment some campus
writer declared that the gesticula-
tions of Lindsay's poems were their
greatest feature. The troubadour
heartily agrees with this in his in-
troduction to "Every Soul is a Cir-
cus." He thinks he has rescued
poetry from the library and re-
stored to the art its early dignity
as a social exercise.
Mrs. Woolf Opines
Interesting among the announc-
ed books for the fall is "A Room of
One's Own" by Virginia Woolf. Just
as "Orlando" contains some of the
1 most brilliant literary and histori-
cal comment of our age, and the
famous essay, "Mr. Bennet and Mrs.
Brown," as much color, human sig-
nificance, and aesthetic form as a
f piece of fiction-so this new book,
we are informed, manifests Mrs.
Woolf's ability to see in all direc-
f tions and from all points of view
- at once, and then create an artis-
- tic whole from her observations.
It is the account of a visit to
an English college with the auth-
- or's reflections on many subjects-
the relations of men and women,
wealth and poverty, and their ef-
fects upon life and literature. The
book is scheduled to be distributed
about the last of this month, The
- Daily has placed its order with the
publishers and will offer a review
- as soon as the copies are circu-
t lated.
y
s "Seven Iron Men"
n Paul de Kruif, a new writer, wh
n has achieved much popular succes;
with his "Microbe Hunters" an
v "Hunger Fighters" has publisheda
- new book which is called "Seve
n Iron Men." The new work isa
y discussion of the downfall o
d American individualism. It is th
A true and tragi-comic story of th
h rise and fall of the iron-huntin
family of Merritts, pioneers o
f northern Minnesota; the story o
- the conflict of the American pio
e neer spirit with industrialism. Th

r Merritts discovered the great Mis
sa-be Iron Range, and three year
e after the discovery were penniless
n but the iron of the range was be
r ing poured into the steel frame o
n American civilization.
a The industrialist and the finan
r cier superseded the pioneer. Wal
f Street had outwitted Minnesota
A Not that it mattered to the Mer
p' ritts !They went back to the bust
n to look for more iron. And th
e fact that they did not find it wa
s all right, too. America now ha(
e plenty of iron.
n The geologic, geographic back
e ground makes the Merritts an
- money-barons seem insignificant
The book is the history of the
f American continent, but histor;
e made by geographic necessity, nol
h by men.
s Luther Biographer
- Of the books in biography tha
1. are scheduled to be published thi
n fall, "Martin Luther: A Destiny,'
o by Lucien Lebvre promises to bi
g among the worth while. Mr. Lebvri
- is a professor at the University o
r Strassburg, and has attempted il
it his work to present psychologica
t and philosophical study of the grea:
o reformer.
f Luther has always been overwrit

MusicAnd Drama
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"PYGMALION"
It is disconcerting to see the
Theatre Guild, the theatre in
which we are trying to be so proud,
blundering into the typically ama-
teur conception of that theatrical
scapegrace, Bernard Shaw. In all
amateur and most professional cir-
cles Shaw is already that tragic
person-a radical towards whom
everyone is indulgent, whose beard-
ed chin everyone chucks kindly. He
is made out as a perserve, comic
sentimentalist, not to be taken
very seriously. Hence when it
comes time for production of his
plays he is thought of and played
as a purveyor of delightfully enter-
tertaining comedy.
This mistake is deplorable and
leads to such a disappointing-yea, -
even stupid-production as the
Guild is giving "Pygmalion." The
difficulty of a Shavian production
is well-known. The trouble, as itI
appears to me, is that he is essen-
tially a thinker; his dramas very
largely dramatised discussions.
Thus his dialogue is very seldom the
conventionally social spech from
which we ordinarily imagine his
character; it is most always the di-
rect expression of the thought of
the characters, which is quite a dif-
ferent thing. Thus actors in a
Shavian production must have the
intelligence to completely build in
their minds a character; gestures,
intonations, appearance, and man-
ner have to be imaginatively con-
ceived with but little reference to
the text.
The difficulty appears clearly in
the part of Marchbanks in "Cand-
ida." A certain local actor in his
own professional production of this
play some years ago fitted gesture
and manner to the wildness of the
poet's speech with amazing, tech-
nical accuracy; the result was very
low comedy, quite annoying to
those who think the part and the
play good. The same thing hap-
pened to the two leads in the
Guild production of "Pygmalion."
Miss Inescort in her first few
scenes as a guttersnipe played her
vulgar lines like the feminine part-
ner of a music-hall Apache dance,
eliciting many loud but cheap
laughs. The result was that her
transition to the refined girl, sen-
sitive and even proud, (which Shaw
meant to be absolutely real),was in-
credibly romantic. Eliot Cabot as the
professor adid quite as badly. Shaw
gave him humorous, unconventional
lines, lines that expressed his
thoughts; Cabot -proceeded to
match the lineswith most uncon-
ventional tearing of hair and strut-
ting. The result was an amusing
caricature of what Shaw possibly
meant the character to be.
The transformation of the girl's
speech used broadly for humor and
- as a symbol of the superficial way
to respectability was the least im-
portant motive of "Pygmalion."
More important was a study in the
o peculiar depth and twists of a
s human relation--a thing which
d Shaw notably understands. The
a actor and actress playing the Pro-
n fessor and Eliza should project
a clearly the uncompromising, un-
f changing misogyny of the one
e character and the shifting view-
e point of the other. If this is done
g the full logic of "Pygmalion" ap-
pears. The last act then becomes
f fluid and supple-the perfect, if
- not prodigiously dramatic, expres-

e sion of an absorbing type of
human relations.
s The Guild by concentrating on
; the more whimsical and entertain-
- ing motive made "Pygmalion" a
f delightful comedy that undoubtedly
appealed to most of those who saw
it. But to betray Shaw into the
-1 hands of middle-class seekers of
amusement is to do him as much
' damage as to place Alfred Doolit-
tle, a member of the "undeserving
e poor," at the mercy of "middle-
s class morality." It is not intelli-
d gent treatment of Shaw and we do
expect intelligence from the Guild.

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 4, 1929
MOLLYCODDLED MEN
With the University between
presidents and the broad outlines
of its policies in a state of flux or
suspension, the present seems an
auspicious time to inquire how
much paternalism the administra-
tion must practice and how little
will make the students happiest.
The regime of President Little, pa-
ternalist extraordinary, has ended
with mixed sighs of regret and re-
lief-regret, we are inclined to
think, for the passing of a good
fellow prolific in ideas and relief
for the departure of a tactless pa-
ternalist.
Fresh from the East, President
Little toured the state, talked with
some parents, and returned to Ann
Arbor with the doctrine that Mich-
igan was to keep on her students
somewhat the same protective eye
as a parent. In pursuit of this
doctrine he evolved freshman week,
liquor snoopers, the auto ban, foot-
ball dance restrictions, deferred
rushing, and the elimination of
fraternities, no one of which has
taken with any noteworthy degree
of success or popularity. Granted
that he was endeavoring to please
the taxpayers who support the Un-
iversity, he tactlessly ignored the
feelings of a student body alert to
resent insults.
For it is deliberately insulting to
an upperclassman to be perpetual-
ly treated as a freshman. It is rec-
ognized that the average freshman
is younger today that he was a
decade ago- and must be more
carefully disciplined- but this is
hardly an excuse for disciplinar-
ians always thinking in terms of
freshmen. Surely the upperclass-
man of today is the mental and
moral equal of yesteryear's yearl-
ing.
We do not believe in liberating
the college libido to the everlast-
Sstillhave faith in Darwinian sur-
vival of the fittest.. Give the cal-
low youngster a year or two of
watching to save him from him-

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ska who falls in love with an en-
gaged childhood playfellow, Miss
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emotions.,
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