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THE MICHIGAN

DAILY'

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 1931

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recognition to Russia.
This case is comparablein some
ways to that of the French debt
situation. While Francophiles cla-
mor for reduction or cancellation
of war debts; and while the so-
called liberals demandhrecognition
of the U. S. S. R., they do not take
into account the many bondholders
who have put their savings into
Russian government bonds, or Lib-
erty Loan bonds, and, if the wishes
of a minority , were respected,
would stand to lose their invest-
ments, or else would force the gov-
ernment to assume that burden.
At present Russia is desirous of
American recognition in an effort
to further commerce, and also to
raise their somewhat doubtful
standing in the eyes of the world.
ITheir propaganda methods, which
shave been debated pro and con by
'the many adherents and oppon-
ients of communism, and at times
vigorously prosecuted by Congress-
;Man Fish, constitute another rea-
son for not recognizing them. Each
state is bound to permit nothing
which will bring about subversion
of existing governments. This is
manother obligation which Russia
declines to assume. At present, the
United States has nothing to gain
by recognizing Russia. Commerce
continues uninterruptedly in the
absence of treaties and diplomatic
agents. After Russia has passed
through a longer period of experi-
mentation, perhaps they will see
the wisdom of adherence to inter-
national standards. Then the Pre-
sident and State department may
take their case under advisement.
Campus Opinion
Contributors are aked to be brief,
confining them'sc'Ies to less thai. 300
words if possible. Anonymous corn-
munications will be disregarded. The
names of communicants will, howwer,
be regarded as confidential, upon re-
quest. Letters published should not be
construed as expressing the editorial
opinion of The Daily.
To the Editor:
If Michigan reintroduces capital
punishment she will be taking a
backward step instead of making
progress.
Capital punishment does not
solve the problem of crime; it avoids
the real issue. Modern penology
and criminology are showing more
and more that even capital crimes
are the result of maladjustment
and not of inborn evil in the crimi-
nal. Murderers, says Mr. Lewis E.
Lawes, warden of Sing Sing prison,
are almost invariably quiet, de-
pendable trustworthy prisoners. The
main argument for capital punish-
ment seems to be that the execu-
tion of a murderer deters other
would-be murderers. If that is so
why are executions not made public
instead of being performed in priv-
ate behind closed doors? The fact
that capital punishment does not
deter the criminal is well demon-
strated by the fact that in England
when pickpocketing was punisha-
ble by death, pickpockets plied their
trade even among the crowd as-
sembled to watch a hanging. The
real deterrant to crime is not the
brutality or the ugliness of the
thrieat of the law, but the sureness
and speed with which the threaten-
ing gesture reaches home.
Capital punishment is irrevocable.
Warden Lawes relates how a con-
victed man was reprieved A few
moments before he was to be

strapped to the electric chair. Later
he was proved positively innocent.
In New York since 1889, 415 persons
were committed to Sing Sing prison
for execution; thirty of these were
re-tried and acquitted. Is not this
percentage of error altogether too
high to warrant the infliction of
such an unalterable sentence? Be-
cause of the large number of per-
sons who object to capital punish-
ment and the skill of lawyers in
playing on their feelings, juries
nore and more refuse to convict in
first degree murder cases and dan-
Ierous criminals are thus allowed
to go free.
Capital punishment is an act of
revenge on the part of the state.
We must have a punishment that
presents an opportunity for indi-
vidual treatment and that is in
accordance with modern crimino-
logical methods. Can we not have
the vision to see the possibilities of
the more humane methods of treat-
ment, the courage and the faith
,o progress towards these possibili-
ties?
Next Friday's meeting in the Na-
tural Science auditorium should be
of interest to students in general,
and to those in particular who may
have a vote on this issue April 6.
Lit. '33.

MUSC AND DRAAbout Books
- -- -- - - -- -- -- iOUJS; PATY"-E:. M. elafield
GEORGE POINAR Ihar'per and Brothers.
A Review
George Poinar is at once one of Wit without frothiness; si'ewd
the most promising student musi- Wiratorzo without rtiesbitercS
cians and the best student pro- characterization without bitternes
gram-maker in my experience of and common sense without dull-
School of Music recitals. And at ness characterize E. M. Delafield'
least in my mind, the two judg- latest novel, "House Party." Ier
ments are inter-related. His pro- most extraordilary characters seem
grams show such courage in good perfectly plausible, although they
taste that they should be recom-
mended to Choral Union artists. never approach the ordi'nary. Pei-
Last year and last night, for ex- haps after all, they are not extra-
ample, he defied the rather too ordinary in themselves, but merely
easy assumption that because the seem so against the varied back-
violin is primarily a single-lined ground of Miss Delafield's imagina-
cantabile instrument it should not tion, for Clarissa, the central figure,
attempt countrapuntal composi- has a prototype in many women,
tions by giving the prominent posi- and the Princess de Candi-Lac-
tion in his programs to the Prelude quierriere is a combination of many
and Gavotte from the Solo Sonata old ladies of fiction, although more
in E Major and the Adagio and erratic and charming than most of
Fugue from the Solo Sonata in G them.
Minor. Last year, with delicate in- It is the women rather than the
sistence on his point, he added the men who give added brilliance to
Andante from Bach's Third Solo the highly colored intensity of the
Sonata as an encore. Around this plot itself. The neurotic Alberta,
Bach, he has played the Corelli La the pelidly uninteresting Aldegonde,
Folia Variations and several un- the deceptively demure Sophie, and
familiar eighteenth century com- the mournful ghost, Catiche, com-
positions. Last year he led a per- pose an interesting gallery of por-
formance of the Mozart Quartet in traits, which can hardly be equaled
D Major. And then, there have by Reggie, the lazy egotist, Lucien
been the Mendelssohn Concerto and the straightforward, or even the
the Bruch Concerto in G Minor. excessively tractable Cliff e. It is in
I list the numbers from his two these portrayals, rather than in the
programs because that list is just conception of the plot that Miss
as fundamental a reason for my Delafield's genius is shown.
belief that Mr. Poinar is a very The house party is an occasion
promising student violinist as alist arranged by the strong minded
of the aspects of his technical effi- Clarissa to marry off her docile
ciency. A violinist,.who so early in :step-daughter to the best catch of
his career wants to prove his talent the London season. The old fash-
in such fine contexts, has an es- ioned theory that love will find a
sential integrity of taste which is way obstrudes itself here in a most
sadly lacking in the 'major per- acceptable fashion, and Sophie and
formers on the concert stage (Spal- Lucien, aided and abetted by al-
ding substituted a Vieuxtemps Con- most everyone but Clarissa, find
certo in Ann Arbor for the solo their problem settled in a neat and
Bach he played in New York). precise English fashion, with no
That Poinar is physically ade- ngljng maternal objections.
quate to his intellectual pretensions "House Party" is not an outstand-
his splendidly integrated perform- ing novel, and it will not go down
ance of the G Minor Bach Fugue- in history as this generation's an-
as imposing a composition as one wer to the current world problems.
could wish-amply proved. It was nevertheless, it is as genuinely en-
a splendid performance for a stu- tertaining and amusing as any book
dent. of the season, and it rises above
Poinar 's most striking quality, the drabness of some of Miss Del-
which pervades all his performance, afield's earlier works. M. O'B-
is his quite obvious desire to real- - - --------
ize all his strong rhythmic impulses '''
within metrical bounds. One of 1~cr Re ectins~
Mozart's letters to his father de-' cee c
scribed this quality as "freedo - 4A - ° - - ---- -"
within rigidity." Obviously, it is a
classical virtue; and it gives PI IN BUISTER'S R OOM
strength and compactness to all With Eddie Cantor, Buster Keat-
his playing. Last night his concern on, and Charlotte Greenwood all on
in realizing that virtue was so great'-n0e bill, the quality of comedy at
that his intonation was careless the Michigan is certainly not
and uncertain. But maturity (that strained. Said Mr. Cantor makes
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FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 1931
Night Editor-CARL S. FORSYTHE
RUSSIAN RECOGNITION
Secretary Stimson's announced
study of conditions in Russia has
led many pro-communists and so-
cialists to hope that Senator
Borah's wish .to have the Union of
Socialistic Soviet Republics recog-
nized by the United States will be
fulfilled in the near future. Mr.
Stimson, however, himself put the
'damper on these premature pro-
phets in a second statement in
which he stated that the survey
was for commercial purposes only,
and that recognition was not forth-
coming, or even under consider-
ation.
The policy' of the United States
on the matter of recognition has
been to recognize a new state or
government that is fairly estab-
lished and is able to assume the
duties it owes to other countries,
regardless of how that government
has acceded to the control of the
nation. This cardinal principle has
been the basis of all decisions of
the state department since the
French Republic was recognized in.
the 18th century. The necessity of!
dealing with some government has
led the United States to accept the
one which appears to be perman-
ently established .as the true one,
whether it gained control by vio-
lence or constitutional methods.
Under these circumstances, many
Americans find it hard to under-
stand why we have not yet recog-
hized Russia. The reason lies in
the qualifying clause, "the ability
and willingness to assume its inter-
national obligations." Under inter-
national law, a new government
succeeds to most of the debts,
treaties and other obligations which
have been assumed by previous
governments. If this were not so,
the United States could repudiate
its debts every time a new presi-
dent came into office; but this
method would only insure them of
getting no more loans. This, then
ds the predicament in which Russia
ifinds itself. Instead of assuming the
obligations contracted by the Ker-
ensky government, which were
largely in loans floated by American
citizens, or even promising their
payment in the future after the

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is, more isuenin Gons violn) wilt A va 6Ac
correct intoation. The other quali-. in a good talking
ty is rare and valuable. Specific short titled "In-
faults that seemed to suggest them- surance" wherein
selves were a rather too rapid tem- Eddie, the exam-
po ip the Bach Adagio and a too - ining doctor, and
thick tone-quality in the Schubert a well-built sten-
Rondo. W. J. G. ographer provoke
" CAME THE DAWN" laughter. Here's1
A Preview by Jean Levy. hoping more of
The annual Junior Girls' Play, in these appear in
spite of the "play," is not drama. place of some of
It is musical comedy, which this t h e inexcusably
year goes under the name of "Came rank t w o - r e e 1
the Dawn!", and like all produc- EDD!E CANTQRP atrocities s e e n,
tions of its kind, is really a series around here lately.
of specialty numbers tied together To delve into the feature, one
by a plot. finds the somber Mr. Keaton aided
Both the quantity and quality of and abetled by what is probably
these specialities depend upon the the best supporting cast and one of
talent available for the play. If one he most comical plots with which
can draw conclusions from a state.- he has even been favored. Need-
ment made by Amy Loomis, direc- less to say, the result is always
tor of the play, to the effect that funny and often borders on the
the amount of talent this year is hilarious. In fact, someone should
almost embarrassing in its abund- certainly develop a device by which
ance, the entertainment should be the film could be stopped until the
as good, if not better, than that audience regains its composure and
of previous years. silence. Many a good line is lost in
One of the highlights in the the laughter which accompanies
group of specialties this year is a "Parlor, Bedroom, and Bath."
chorus picked for the singing abil- Charlotte Greenwood, tall and
ity of its members. Several musi- funny as ever, is outstanding in
cal numbers will be presented by support of Buster, accompanied by
this group. Although there are to Reginald Denny, Cliff Edwards, and
be more choruses of men in this Sally Eilers. Slapstick is abundant,
year's production than there have but it's all sensibly and competently
been in recent years there will also handled. High B+! for this comedy.
be the usual number of girl chor- OTHERWISE
uses, which will dance and sing. Lois Moran, who has temporarily
As far as the cast parts of the deserted the screen for the stage,
play are concerned, character is be- is to be seen at
ing especially stressed, particularly the Majestic to-
that of Professor Horace Holcomb, day in "The Danc-
(Catherine Robinson), M a m i e, ers" with Walter
(Helen Dooley), and Cecil Sappe, B y r o n, Phillips
(Esther La Rowe). In the straight Holmes, and Mae
collegiate parts, the more subtle Clarke. Tomorrow
characteristics of the people being brings on "East
portrayed will be emphasized. Lynne" and Ann
"Came the Dawn!" is making a Harding. Mean-
specialty of the different types of while the Wuerth
students to be found on a college displays the great
campus. The graduate student, the Victor McLaglen
the professor's assistants, and even as "A Devil With

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