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such honor.
If the partisans of the honor sys-
Published every morning except Monday tem would perform a real service
during the Timiversity year by the Board infor the literary college by prpar-
Control of Student Publications. o h ieaycleeb rpr
Asember. of Western Conference Editorial ingthe ground for a general instal-
Association. lation at some future date, they;
The Associated Press is exclusively entitled must forget their impatience. At
to the use for republication of all news dis- present the best work they can doI
patches credited to it or not otherwise credited .
in this paper and the local news published is to Study examples of successful
herein. honor systems, derive the princi- 1
Entered at the postoflice at Ann Arbor, ples of their success, and formu-
Michigan, as second class matter. Special rate late a plan that would fit local con-
of postage granted by, Third Assistant Post-
master General. ditions. Their next duty would be
Subscription by carrier, $4.00 ;, by mail,
$4.50 sIto prepare publicity matter to be
Offices: Ann Arbor Press Building, May- sent to an incoming class of fresh-
Phones: Editorial, 4925; Business, 21214. men -publicity matter mfinitely
EDITORIAL STAFF more skillful that the average
Telephone 4925 '"fight talk" to freshmen. They
MANAGINGEDITOR must also discover and provide for
ELLIS B. MERRY the right kind of oral explanation
Editorial Chairane C Tilley during Freshman Week of the pur-
City Editor------airman.. .eorge llosenberg pose and principles of the honor
News Editor-.........Donald J. Kline I system. Such a program would
Sports Editor.,......Edward L. Warner, Jr.
Women's Editor............Marjorie Follmer have our complete and hearty sup-
Telegraph Editor.........Cassam A. Wilson port.
Music and lDrama........William J. Gorman
Literary rlitor..........Lawrence R. Klein 0
Assistant City Editor.....Robert J. Feldman
Night Editors--Editorial Board Members CONTINUE THE COMMISSION.
Frank E. Cooper Henry 3. Merry
William C. gentry Robert L~. SlossCogesnaatisw ch av
Charles R. Kaoff an Walter W. Wild Congressional antics which have
Gurney Williams' reduced the Senate to a disreput-

.. About Books...
The smoke of battle has cleared The new English war book which
away and the rehabilitated In- London believes will soon occupy
lander, after having commanded a place in current literature ana-
more attention and gossip in the lagous to that occupied by "Jour-'
past two weeks than the total ney's End" on the contemporary
amount of attention paid to it in stage will be published in this
all its past history, stands solidly country next month by The Cen-
entrenched on the summit of its tury Co. The title of this novel is
success. We ventured, at one point "Retreat" and it is the work of C.
of our campaign for the "new- R. Benstead, a young Englishm
policy" Inlander, to assert that any who witnessed the retreat of the
magazine with a sincere objective Fifth Army in 1918 and who is now
would by a natural process be suc- an officer in the Royal Navy.
cessful. Verification of our project- One of the first reports on "Re-
ed truism lies in this February I treat" to reach this country comes
lander. The sincere "objective" from Herbert Read, the London
(and an "objective" obviously for editor who discovered and spon-
the first time put into practice and sored "All Quiet on the Western!
hence for the first time sincere) is Front" in England.
expressed by the editor, Mr. Cour- "Benstead's book is great," Mr.


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able condition and threaten to
place the House in a similar state
have turned upon President Hoov-

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It is impossible to deny that the{
honor system of conducting exam-
inations is in theory the best that
has ever been developed. Any argu-
ment in favor of installing an hon-
or system in the literary college
need not seek to establish the in-
trinsic merit of the plan, but rath-
er to decide its practicability. The
honor system would unquestionab-
ly be an excellent thing for the lit-
erary college-if it could be made
to work
There are at the present time
several campus organizations'agi-
tating the installation of the hon-
or system in the literary college.
They have taken the logical and
obvious first step of interviewing
Dean Effinger and several depart-
ment heads in the hope of uncov-
ering a large and authioritative
opinion in favor of the honor sys-
tem. Such a favorable opinion they
failed to uncover, but rather they
found' a lukewarmness that grant-
ed all that was claimed for the vir-
tues of the honor system but ex-
pressed an honest, if hardly flatter-
ing, doubt as to its practicability
to the heterogeneous and not very
serious literary students.
With their heads bloody but un-
bowed by this rebuff, the partisians
of the honor system, intent on
hanging up some tangible accom-
plishnent to their memory, are
now about to embark on an attempt
to install the honor system in one
or two favorable departments of
the literary college as a sort of-pre-
liminary demonstration of its beni-
sons. This seems to be a dangerous
and doubtful expetient. It presup-
poses that the honor system has
only to get started to thrive - a
supposition unwarranted by ex-
perience. To be a success such a
delicate affair as an honor system
has to be introduced in carefully
prepared soil and sympathetically
nurtured during its fragile youth.
Suddenly thrust into one or two
departments where it would have
to fight for existence side by side
with the crib-what-you-can proc-

er's commission on law enforce-
ment and observance. Claims that
the Wickersham commission is not
accomplishing what it should have
been made by national legislators
who propose that further funds
should not be granted to continue
the work.
The preilminary report of the
commission as released to the
public Tuesday gives the lie direct
to these obstructionist tactics. This
report outlines a very concrete pro-
gram of improvements to be made
in the prohibition enforcement
machinery, representing the ex-
pert opinion of those in the best
position to know where the present
M machinery is weak. Their recom-
mendations are the soundest yet
found on which to base a real test
of prohibition's enforceability.
Both the wets and the drys are
pleased by the report. The drys be-
lieve that prohibition enforced to
the hilt in accordance with the
'recommendations of the Wicker-
sham commission cannot but prove
a huge success. The wets, on the
other hand,convinced that prohi-
bition as we have it can never be
enforced in this country, are look-
ing forward to showing that the
most effective enforcement pos-
sible is inadequate to foist a thor-
oughly unwanted law on the pub-
lic. Between these two extremes the
Wickersham commission has steer-
ed a most wise and clever course
by reserving judgment as to pro-
hibition's future, thus conceding
to wet partisans that prohibition
may turn out to be unenforceable
and at the same time saving their
faces to the drys.
Most certainly appropriations for
the continuance of the commission
should not be stopped. The com-
mission has promised 'that it will
undertake next a detailed study of
"public opinion and the criminal
law." It will "look into the -several
factors in the attitude of the peo-
ple, both generally and in par-
ticular localities, toward the laws
in general and toward specific reg-
ulation." At the same time it will
have the opportunity to observe
exactly the efficacy of the changes
they have already proposed, and
reach an authoritative conclusion
as to the great prohibition issue:
is it enforceable?
The appointment of Harold H
Emmons to the post of police com-
missioner of Detroit is a happy
augury for a wise and successful
administration by the new mayor
Mr. Bowles. Mr. Emmons is a mar
with no political axes to grind, ab-
solutely above reproach in his pri-
vate life, of ability amply proved
' in his practice of law, of a warn
and genial personality, and with-
out a penchant for the spectacular
such as characterizes too many
police commissioners.
It would have been impossible
for Mr. Bowles to find in Detroit a
man better fitted for the job 01
jacking up the morale and effi-
ciency of the city's police force, and
at the same time it is splendidl3
to the credit of Mr. Emmons thai
he is willing to lend his talents tc
public service.
The judicial mind: Pigs stoler
" in Mississippi were dead wher
found. An indictment of the thiel
was thei'efore dismissed, the ground
being that "hogmeat" should have
been the specification.

lander. "It is to be a workshop for
student material, yet something
more than a collection of indiffer-
ent rhetorical attempts. It is nol
favor to writers to publish littlel
diit tipscomposed in a moment of


tMarch 1918 was' very much the
inspiration. It gives them a false
same as Benstead's, and the book
confidence in themselves."
has made me live through the'
And that last sentence gives jus-
whole experience once again. I was

R~eaddeclares. "On sober reflection
I think it is the best English war
book we have had yet. I know of
no other book which gives the same
subtle sense of the actual show.
"My own track in the Retreat of

tification to the mntroduction oz that
over-debated policy (a policy intrin-
sically and in a certain reactionary
sense harmless and even- unimpor-
tant) of bringing in outside material
to augment the selection of campus
work. Side by side with the lyric

completely absorbed. But its actu-
ality is not its only merit. It is more
than a brilliant narrative of an
episode of the War.Jt is a profound
study in human character. I be-
lieve that the book is sure of great

poetry of George Dillon and Alfred success."
Kreymborg, the choice of whose Frank V. Morley, brother of
work is fortunate when consider- Christopher Morley, who is cv dit-
ation is given to the fact (albeit la- I ed with the discovery of "Retreat,"'
mentable) that most of Inlander's declares that it is "magnificent,
poetry is lyric, poetry that pro- that rare thing, a great book."
clais life tobe Benstead takes as his principal
" . . . a cantata character in "Retreat" a highly
Played on a broken violi idealistic parson who loses faith,
Without strree sid if mute kind reason and life itself in his tragic!
.and bewildered effort to carry the
of criticism.
work of God to the men in the
In addition to raising standards, front line.
the inclusion of first-rate extra-


campus material will act as an in-
centive and even as an inspiration
to the student writers. It is a not-!
to-be-forgotten point, however
(and this is true in some instances
in this current number), that the
student contribution may outshine
by far the work solicited from out-
side. But the presence of promin-
ent names in the magazine will of-
fer an ever-present and bracingly
secure stability.
The current number gives proof
to the fact that the outside material
does not preclude the student work.
A total of four pages is taken by
Dr. Frank, Dillon, and Kreymborg.
The cheering thing to note (and
this will call attention to itself by
a mere perusal of the magazine, an
:pct that will be less sheepishly
donetonthe campus from now on)
is that there is a more all-campus
ring about the tone struck by the
writers in the book. For contribu-
tors who, I am sure, would never
have contributed under the old ex-
clusive regime are Messrs. Gorman,
Scheyer, Rabinowitz, and Donnelly.
Mr. Holden, recently had a composi-
tion rejected by Inlander (the for-
mer Inlander) and immediately
had it published in "transition." The
point is that the liberal policy is
attracting all the students: Mr.
Gorman's work is known to all -who
follow the trenchant criticism and
engaging freshness of his Music
and Drama column in The Daily
regularly. Obviously his talents
are needed by Inlander. Mr. Schey-
er since his early college years on
The Daily has been known as a
satirist and humorist of really rare
ability. Inlander needs the vigorous
charm of good humor. These stu-
dents have been drawn to the pub-
lication by Mr. Courlander's more
cosmopolitan outlook.
The real work is still ahead of
Mr. Courlander and his staff. They
have set a standard to be main-
tained. A let-down in the next issue
will not only discredit the splen-
did work of this issue but nullify any
hope in the future. Inlander has
had so many spiritual revivals in
the past that now,, having achieved
for moment a revival in both body
and spirit, it will fall into hopeless
stultifaction and consequent decay
that none of the traditional arti-
ficial respiration administrations
will alleviate if the next issue shows


Elizabeth Jordan's fame abroad
as a writer of thrilling inystery-ro-
mance continues to grow. Her last
novel, "The Devil and the Deep
Sea," already available in seven
different languages, has just been
translated into Dutch and will be
serialized in one of Holland's lead-
ing. reviews. Century will publish
her new mystery story, "The Night
' Club Mystery," some time in March.




* * *
Cale Young Rice's opera "Yolan-
da of Cyprus," had its New Yor'k
premiere at the Casino Theatre on
January 7. The production is spon-
sored by the American Opera Com-
pany. Clarence Loomis composed
the score.
Century announces the new mov-
le mystery story by The Edingtons,
authors of the celebrated "Studio
Myurder Mystery." It is to be called
"The House of the Vanishing Gob-
lets" and will be published in April.
* * *.
The death-knell has sounded for
the staid old book of etiquette! The
energetic team of Webster and
Hopkins, authors of "I Got Your
Number!" and the companion vol-
umes of parlor-psychoanalysis, has
just completed a nation-wide sur-
vey of the manners and morals of
the younger generation. After di-,
1 gesting the thousands of question-
naires turned in by young people in
schools, colleges and offices Web-
ster and Hopkins will publish "Mrs.
Grundy is Dead," a book of eti-
quette written by the much ma-
ligned generation itself. The Cen-
tury Co. will have the volume ready
for publication in next month.
Lyle Saxon has returned to his
cabin on Cane River near Baton
Rouge, Louisiana, to begin work on
his next excursion into the curious
byways of Southern history. His
current book, "Old Louisiana" has
proved to be the most popular in
his series, according to The Cen-
tury Co.
The first of a series of unusual
mystery stories to be published by
Century during the Spring is "TIhe
Villa Jane," by Janet Laing, which
will appear on January 14.
RETREAT, by C. t. B4ensiead,
(Century) Februray 23.
by Elizabeth Jordlan (Century)





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