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THURSDAY, MAY 29, 1930
Night Editor-DAVID M. NICHOL
The sad plight of Detroit's mu-
nicipal government calls to mind a
conviction of some years' stand-
ing that popular sovereignty is
failing to justify its reputation as
the acme of governmental perfec-
tion. It is apparent in Detroit as
in Chicago, Philadelphia, and doz-
ens of other municipalities, that
somehow the wrong element in the
population has secured the politi-
cal hegemony. While thesubstan-
tial, respectable citizens are intent
on their own business or profes-
sional careers, the second-raters,
the people who never seem en-
tirely above suspician as sharp or
shady dealers, seize the reins of
Many of our governing bodiesC
have become mere caricatures of
what the constitution framers in-
teinded. Political control seems to
have passed from the people into
the hands of professional politi-
cians who carry elections by weld-
ing poolroom loafers and their ilk
into compact minorities. These
solid blocks of votes are the boss-'
rules "machines" made notorious
by Tammany Hall in New York, the
politics-for-profit outfit of the
Philadelphia Vares, the Thompson-
Crowe bludgeoners in Chicago,
and the promising organization
that John Gillespie was whipping'
into shape just as the lid blew off
The cruix of this unwholesome
situation goes back to a funda-
mental error imbedded in the Un-
ited States constitution and pious-
ly mouthed ever since by us who
reside under the star-spangled!
banner of freedom. All men are
created free and equal, wrote the
fathers of our country. Biology,
amply surrounded by experience
and common sense, has lone since
exploded this prime tenet of our
political faith. We now know that
the man who sweeps streets, hauls
garbage, or promotes dens of vice
tionately much less. This unwise
equality of suffrage gives the dem-
agogic professional his opportunity
to exploit voters of low intelligence
or morality for his own purposes.
The solution seems to be a re-
turn to the practice of those same
fathers of our country who wrote
universal freedom and equality in-
to the Constitution. In their several
states, they placed stringent quali-
fications on the right to vote. Re-
ligious tests, educational tests, and
above all, property ownership were'
made perquisites of suffrage. These
precautions were taken against the
political ascendancy by the moron,,
criminal and near-criminal classes.'
Today it would require almost a
revolution/ to restore such safe-
guards to our political machinery,,
but the future is not without hope.
The respectible citizenry, when
thoroughly aroused by extreme po-
litical rottenness as in Detroit, can
usually assert itself in the name of
ethics and justice, and restore
good government and order.
A DUEL STILL POSSIBLE?
Reports that the police broke up
a recent duel in the town of Mis-
koloz, Hungary, has tended to re-
call many of the famous fights of
the days long past When a male
the "Upper Ten Thous-
to show at least three?
scarcely seems possible
all these years there
be a duel, and one reg-
the "judgment of God."
among the more famous en-
counters in the days when dueling
was a habit in Budapest is record-!
ed the duel between Count Victor!
Zichy-Ferraris and Count Stephen
Kardyi. The former fought to re-
tain his social standing after hav-
ing been ruined financially in a
bank scandal. The Budapest no-!
bility registered the encounter as
a "judgment of God," whether or
not Count Victor's death was due
to his guilt or to his awkwardness
with the pistol seems to be aside
from the point, at least as far as
records are concerned.
Victory in duels doesn't always!
go to the strong. Sometimes half
blind men have shot accurately,'
and then again novices have oc-
casionally defeated fencing experts.
A certain Count Stephen Kezlevich
was defeated by a young deputy
who had never handled a sword
till he waschallenged.j
Finally duels became so common'
that even the romantic Hungar-
ians became worried over the loss
of life. In 1834 Baron Nikolaus re-
fused to ,settle an affair of honor
with ' swords or pistols, and as a
result was boycotted socially. His
statements that his life belonged
not to himself but to his country
made a lasting impression, and his
revealing more than one thousand
deaths as a result of some twenty;
thousand duels recorded in the
court books, made"many opponents
to the ancient custom.
Finally duels have given away
largely to the "courts of honor,"
where impartial judges assuage
wounded pride. Although the ro-
manticism may be gone, it is un-a
doubtedly true that one's life is
safer in Hungary today as a result
,of the prohibition of duels!
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SYRIA A REPUBLIC.
To the Editor:
According to late dispatches,
France has granted Syria complete!
home rule status.
The only Arab state that remainsa
governed by a foreign parliament
is now Palestine. So naturally all!
the Arab attention is focused upon
it now. This leaves us wondering!
what will Great Britain do with
those Palestine Arabs who are con-
sidered as the most unified and
the most advanced of all the Arabs
in the other states.
An Arab Student.I
Inasmuch as several recent 1
communications to The Daily
have been received annony.-
mously, the occasion seems ripei
to call attention to the insis-
tance of the editors that articles
and letters for the Campus Op-
inion must be signed. If the
AST RLL Music and Drama
ANTIGONE: Throughout the rest'
EXP SED! of the week with matinees Thurs-
day and Saturday at 3:15: evening
Dear Readers: I at 8:15.
No one has introduced the new 1 --
Rolls editor to you yet. As one of STUDElT PLAYS.
the old stand-bys, I believe it our Mr. Quinby, speaking for the
iuty to review the outstanding
facts of his life for you.judges last night, confessed to the
He wrote some of Rolls last year same wavering of decision that,
under a different name than Dan from talk, seems to have been
Baxter. I present. in the minds of the three
He is the notorious enemy of the j large audiences that have seen theI
Rover Boys. bill of student one-act plays pre-
He has proved his capacity for I
fun and joking. Once he was al- sented by Play Production. Robert
most arrested for throwing large Skidmore's Lassitude and Mrs.
spikes down to the sidewalk from Smith's Wives-In-Law, strikingly
the top of a ten-story skyscraper. different in character, both seemed
More illuminating facts next to deserve the encouragement,
Isuch as it is, that first prize af-
The- judges finally chose Mr.
ROLLS WEEKLY SUGGESTION.
Skidmore's Lassitude. The decis-
Go early to the Michigan some ion was interesting because at the
day-that is, some day when you're play's reading in Prof. Rowe's class
going to the Michigan anyway if and at the time of the preliminary
you ever do, and see what a thrill productionI think most of us fa-
it is to be allowed by the keeper vored Mrs. Smith's play. A strik-
of the sacred portal to choose for ing ingenuity of plot and writing
yourself which aisle you are to sit striking enough to sustain the
on. I did it the other night, and rythm of revelations which the
I wish to state that it's a feeling plot produced made its appeal im-
that doesn't come every day. mediate. In the mouth of a delight-
.:fully blackguard of a woman Mrs.!
Well, Boys, I went to Anti- Smith managed to strike lightly
gone as I promised. Anything 'and forcefully at various types of
to please my public. I think I sentiment from adolescent love to
will be wisest to be content orange shirts. It was good writ-
with saying that I was impres- ing, definitely, better than any-
sed by everything but the clas- thing last year.
sical dancing. That was a trifle Yet I think production last night
over my head I'm afraid. How- probably proved Lassitude a some-
ever, as a charter member of what more important achievement.
the Hoi Polloi, (that one is to Mr. Skidmore was working on the
lend the Greek atmosphere) I naturalistic plane where excellent
ought to be privileged to fall writing means not only fine in-
down somewhere on my appre- genuity but sound characteriza-
ciation. All fooling aside, I tio. The good production his
thought the whole thing was play received last night revealed
well done and worth seeing. All excellences in his writing-excel-
in all, I advise going to see it lences relevant to character-draw-
-and if that doesn't wreck the ing-which hadn't appeared in the
show nothing could.-DAN. reading or initial production. His
AC bold conception of deliberately
AMONGST THE CLASSIFIEDS. juxtaposing comedy in the tragic
NOTICE - Canoe in storage. setting and mood he opened with
Broke. Pay half of season's stor- (a conception that had been quib-
age, paint materials, and use until bled about and called superimpos-
school is out. mg and disunifying in class dis-
No thanks, if there's any one ( cussion) was proved brilliantly
thing I think I can't afford to plausible last night by the domin-
pay for at present, it's the ating presence of Florence Ten-
privilege of using a broke ca- nant. Mr. Skidmore dared work
noe. with,, commonplace people and
commonplace emotion; the con-
AI, A CONTRIBUTION. sistenitSkill of his realization did
Dear Dan: A filler on the Wo- not come completely clear until
man's page yesterday gives me an last night.
idea for improving Ann Arbor. Said All of which proves something
the item: "All business was sus- that all three playwrights would
pended for a day recently at Mul- agree with me in calling more im-
linsville Kas., while the residents portant than the awarding of the
improved the cemetery." Anyway prize: the absolute soundness of
it must have eased up the work for the project which last night's pro-
the census takers. ductiohc doncluded: the project of
Jasper. co-opertive effort towards a
Dear Jasper: If I am correct sound tradition of all-student dra-
in assuming that the idea you ma at Michigan.
got from this article was to The productions given the plays
plant some Ann Arbor citizens last night were very adequate. Mil-
in a cemetery, it sure would be Idred Todd was outstanding in
a great improvement. Three A Day as the small-time
DAN, actress coming to a decision about
making big-time by dangerous
I discovered yesterday afternoon methods and then sentimentally
quite by accident that an amusing reverting. She gave conviction to
form of entertainment for rainy a not too easy part. John O'Neill
afternoons is looking up telephone and Ruth McCormick,, playing a
numbers of personal friends in last' chorus, horsed their parts obvious- 1
years' Directory and calling them. ly rather than subtly, and proved i
The more often you call the same annoying rather than funny.
number and insist that the person There were definite flaws in the
you're calling does live there, the production of Wives-In-Law that '
more riotous the merriment be- somewhat minimized the appeal of
comes until-it is likely to land you ithe play. Mrs. Galloway, I think,
in a cell for a week or two -for us- misinterpreted nearly all of Mrs.
ing the wrong sort of words over' Smith's temps, taking the frequent
the phone. ironic self-dramatizations a bit
too nervously and hastily. They
ROLL'S POET'S CORONER. weren't as pointed as they should I
Hmmm, things are certainly have been to the audience's re-
looking up. Here is a chance, to! sponse. An impresion in the wo-
print my first contributed limerick.; man of cool, planning reserve (of a,
I had about given. up in despair. woman who would point, in fact,
This is indeed -a happy day. was pointing herself to an audi-
A dumb engineer from Mystem ence) would have done more jus-
Thanks God for the swell honor tice to Mrs. Smith's character and;[
system. would have better realized Mrs.
Remarks to the donor':- Smith's writing. Lynne Adams in-
The profs. have the honor, terpreted the flighty girl's pathetic
The students, you know, have path from indignation to pleasant;
the system. i excitement at her new hat pleas- [
Jumbo Bunko. ing someone very intelligently.
Harry Allen, directing the produc-
Dear Dan: It is rumored that the tion of this play, got considerable CC
headline "LANTERN NIGHT ALL more movement than did the pre-
WET" was to have surmounted the vious director of it. He effectively
story concerning Tuesday night's circled the Woman around the girl
colorful performance at Palmer in various chairs.IC
Field, but fear of prohibition agents Lassitude received a very fine
swooping down on subsequent cer- production, directed by Miss Gert-
einonies caused a change in the rude Hicks. Florence Tennant, as C
wording. I have suggested, unified the play
At that the Junior women were in spite of comedy's threatened in-
pooping it up. trusion by a consistent projection
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