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TH, EMICHIGAN

SAILS'

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 1931

DAIL ...EDA, A1-25-13

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 1931
Night'Editor; CHARLES R. SPROWL

as "Persian Pussies."
Such declarations as these come
from individuals who have been ab-
sent from the campus for many
years or who have been entirely
blind as to the attitude of the new
order. Undergraduates today are
more skeptical of educational
trends and leaders than ever be-
fore, and Michigan has not been
one of the universities where stu-
dents have lacked the back bone to
do and act as they believe right.
Alumni are right when they say
we have ceased to wave our hats,
tear seats from theatres, and en-
gage in fights with the town po-
lice. But they have overlooked the
fact that Michigan has just won
three winter Western Conference
sports championships. They fail to
see that the new order is studying
harder than the old did, and that
they are meeting requirements the
old knew nothing about.
Campus Opinion
Contributors are asked to be brief,
conining themsel es to less tha 300
words if possible. Anonymous com
munications will be disregarded. The
S names of communicants will, however,
be regarded as confidential, upon re
quest. Letters published should not be
construed as expressing the editorial
opinion of The Daily.
To the editor:
At a recent meeting of Michigan
sheriffs fear was expressed that the
capital punishment bill would be
defeated as "the underworld and
the church are opposed to it". Mrs.
Kathleen Norris, Henry Ford, Prof.
Robert Morse Lovett, William Allen
White, Zona Gae, Jane Addams,
Senator Royal S. Copeand, and
Clarence Darrow will be among the
many who will have to decide
whether they belong to the under-
world or the church as they are op-
posed to the state murdering hu-
mans, which savagery bears the
dignified name of "death penalty".
The sheriffs who spoke in favor of
capital punishment, like thousands
of others who plan to vote for it,
would surely visit a doctor to con-
sult him in health questions and
advise with a lawyer concerning
legal proceedings; yet they imagine
that they need no information
from specialists when it comes to
fighting crime; they believe inno-
cently that they are experts on
what forms a deterrent. Men like
Lewis E. Lawes, former Warden of
Sing Sing, Prof. Arthur E. Wood
whose special field is criminology,
Prof. Sunderland, Director of the
Legal Research Institute and many
others who have studied the prob-
lem are convinced that capital
punishment -far from being a de-
terrent-actually tends to cheapen
the value of human beings. Hence
the public would do well to take
the advice of these informed men
and vote "NO" in the coming refer-
endum. Out-of-town students
would be fulfilling a humanitarian
duty in procuring their ballots for
this purpose.
Among those who will vote in
favor of Capital Punishment will
be some who are thereby signing
their childrens death-verdict. It is
a superstition to believe that mur-
derers plan their crime years in
advance or that respectable, moral
parents cannot have children who
commit a murder. Crimes are fre-
quently the result of passion and
no one can foresee the temptations

which may be in store for him nor
the circumstances that will bring
him or her into an insane rage.
As Dr. Will Durant asked "Which
of us is not guilty?". Goethe said
he had never heard of a crime
which he could not imagine him-
,self committing, and of which he
had not the roots in his own heart.
But then, the thousands of voters
who will try to bring back capital
punishment to the state which was
the very first to abolish it are
better and more intelligent than
Mr. Durant or Goethe!
In Henry Ford's opinion "capital
punishment is as fundamentally
wrong as a cure for crime as char-
ity is wrong as a cure for poverty.
I don't see how any one can vote
for capital punishment unless he
himself were willing to be the ex-
ecutioner. I think there are
mighty few citizens who would be
willing to take that job. Then why
ask the state, through any citizen,
to do the killing? I am sure capi-
tal punishment is not a deterrent
to crime. Any man who has
reached the point of being willing
to kill another does not care
whether he himself gets killed. It
was only 13 years ago we were
teaching millions of people to kill."
According to Professor Coffey, thel
gangster is used to gamble withj

About Books.
WORDSWORTH: By Herbert Read:
the Clark Lectures 1929-1930:
Jonathan Cape and Harrison
Smith, N. Y. C.: Price $3.50.
This book,-a reprint of the im-
portant Clark Lectures at Trinity
College, Cambridge -is vigorous,
dogmatic, original and probably
provocative on nearly all of its is-
sues. It is to-date the sanest, most
well-balanced vindication of Mr.
Read's own prediction (made some
years ago in his "Reason and Ro-
manticism that certain of the psy-
choanalytic theorems would prove
valuable in literary studies and in
theories of the poetic proces.
Mr. Read's own Introduction con-
tains the most lucid definition of
his intentions:
"I had two general intentions.
The first is strictly biographi-
cal and concerns the develop-
ment of Wordsworth's person-
ality. That has been too often
and too exclusively treated as
an intellectual development...
Wordsworth.
'Prelude" was conceived as
an account of the growth of a
poet's mind.... But what is
the mind of the poet. It is con-
ceived as independent of the
body? That was evidently
Wordsworth's idea. By apostro-
phizing the mind, he hoped to
conceal the significance of the
body..... the greatness of the
Prelude does not consist in its
biographical veracity. It is not
a true poem in that sense.
Rather it is a deliberate mask.
It is an idealisation of the
poet's life, not the reality. To
show what that reality was-
that is my first purpose.
"My second purpose is criti-
cal and is only concerned with
Wordsworth as type illustrat-
ing certain processes of the
poetic mind. I believe that
Wordsworth in his life and lit-
erary activities reveals more
clearlythnn h
ythan any other poet in
our literature the delicate re-
lations that exidt between poe-
try and the poet's experience
.......What crrelations can we
make between the physical,
psychological and e c o n o m i c
factors in Wordsworth's life
and the nature of his verse?
That is roughly the object of
my second enquiry.'
Mr. Read's speculation on both
of these points hinges around his
reading of the "French experien-
ces" of the young Wordsworth. He
is in essential agreement with the
official biographer professor Har-
per, when he says: "Wordsworth's
spirit, his mental energy, was a-
wakened and given its poetic cast
by the great event of his youth the
French Revolution-not by direct
inspiration, but through the phys-
ical and emotional reactions which
it brought to him in its train.
It is only under stress that theim-
agination develops, that intensity
of application which is the poetic
vision," Wordsworth's desire to af-
firm the "representative human-
ity" of the people (which led him
to see the infinite in the "plain
man") is traced, probably correct-
ly, to his contact with the French
revolutionary movement.
But Mr. Read parts company
with nearly everyone in therfield
(with Professor Herford's recent

book, for example) in his interpre-
tation of the effects on Words-
worth's life and poetry of the re-
cently discovered Annette Vallon.
Here is his evaluation of that un-
happy affair:
"It transformed his being; I
think that this passion and all
its melancholy aftermath was
therd e e p e st experience of
Wordsworth's life - the emo-
tional complex from which all.
his subsequent career flows i
its intricacy and uncertainty.
It was this experience which
Wordsworth saw fit to hide, to
bury in the most complete sec-
recy and mask with a long-sus-
tained hypocrisy... With this
key he becomes, not, indeed, a
rational being, but a man whose
thwarted emotions found an ex-
ternal and objective compensa-
tion in his poetry."
In the light of this thesis, he ex-
plains Wordsworth's apostasy (his
turning against France, his change
from a passionate revolutionary to
such an uncompromisingly rigid
Tory that Shelley exclaimed of him
"What a beastly wretch") as due
to Wordsworth's "uneasy consci-
ence" about Annette, which "was
salved by moral bombast against a
nation associated with his early
loss of self-esteem." Similarly,

/IC AND DRAMA
TONIGHT: The Detroit S t r i n g
Quartet in the Mendelssohn
Theatre at 8:15.
THE DETROIT STRING QUARTET
The Detroit String Quartet will
present the last concert in the
splendid series sponsored by the
Chamber Music Society tonight in
the Mendelssohn Theatre. Such a
fine program has been announced
that perhaps the students would be
grateful for the reminder that the
Chamber Music Society makes a
special price concession to student
devotees of music and admits them
for 50c. The program follows:
Quartet in B flat major, opus 67
.................:.....Brahm s
Folk Song Fantasy in G Minor,
Opus 18 .....H. Waldo Warner
Sextet, "Verklaerte Nacht,"
Opus 4 .............Schonberg
The Schonberg composition,
though it is given frequent per-
formances in metropolitan centers,
is probably being given for the
first time in Ann Arbor. It belongs
to the first period of a composer
whose activity and influence have
made him fundamental to the con-
temporary musical scene. It was
written, the Chamber Music Ency-
clopedia reveals, about the turn of
the century when all composers
were still overawed by the genius
of Wagner and, fearing to write
opera, were doing the next best
thing-the symphonic poem. Schon-_
berg's work in one movement was
a highly original attempt to intro-
duce the symphonic poem's princi-
ples into chamber music. It is a
musical treatment of a poem of
Dehmel's, the subject matter of
which is, briefly, the wanderings
of two lovers, mutually conscious of
their guilt-laden love, on a cold,
moonlit night. The content, and it
is said the musical treatment, dis-
tinctly derive from "Tristan."
H. Waldo Warner is an English
contemporary who was until re-
cently the violist in the London
String Quartet. He won American
prominence by winning in 1921 the
Coolidge Chamber Music prize
which offers the severest competi-
tion of any music contest in the
world. Since then, several of his
works have been in the repertory of
most American quartets. The pres-
ent Fantasy is based on the Berk-
shire Folk Song, "Dance To Your
Daddy.'
ORGAN RECITAL
The weekly organ recital in Hill
Auditorium this afternoon at 4:15
will be played by William Zeuch,
guest organist from Boston, whose
annual series there is one of the
well-known musical events of the
East. The program follows:
Chorale Improvisation...
.Karg-Elert
Andante from Fourth Organ
Sonata..............Vach,
Sketch in D Flat.... Schumann
Finale from Third Symphony..
... ............ Vierne
Ave Maria ........... Schubert
Cantilene ........... McKinley
Distant Chimes .......... Snow
Crillon Sortie...........Mulet
"Meistersinger," Introduction to
Act 3 ............... Wagner
Ride of the Valkyries... Wagner
BAND RECITAL
Under the direction of Nicholas

D. Falcone of the faculty of the
School of Music, the Michigan Band
has in recent years transcended its
( function as a marching and field
organization and entered the grow-
ing field of symphonic bands.
The Band's first appearance in
this function this year will be to-
morrow night at 8:15 in Hill Audi-
torium when it will appear in the
regular School of Music Series. Out-
stilding on the program will be
the band's performances of Mr. Fal-
cone's arrangements of Bi z et's
L'Arlesicnne Suite No. 2 and of
Rovel's Bolero. Leonard V. Falcone
will appear as a guest soloist, per-
forming on the Euphonium.
riage-such a poet is killing his
feelings at the root.'
I haven't the background to judge
this speculation, thus loosely out-
lined. But I can affirm that Mr.
Read is a critic who conpels atten-
tion. He draws a convincing pic-
ture of Wordsworth as turning a-
way from the passionate instinc-
tive life (which had stimulated him
to his best poetry) to a placid sob-
riety in which he produced his
worst and became a comically pa-
thetic figure, a self-deceived egoist,
a moral prig, vaguely conscious of
the suicide he had committed and
for forty-three years, weaving a
ceasless net of words to conceal
the truth from himself and the

A star of the Chicago Civic Opera Company
Thursday evening and Friday afternoon concerts

Cyre . Vati Gordon

Contralto

Chicago Civic Opera Company star
Saturday evening concert

Eleano Reynolds

Contralto

SIX May 19,14
CONCERTS "J.UX 15 9

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Chicago Civic Opera Company and Staats Operas of Berlin and Vienna
Thursday evening and Friday afternoon concerts

Metropolitan Opera Company
Thursday evening concert
W -dd
British National Opera Company
Saturday evening concert
Chicago Civic Opera Company
Saturday evening concert
Nelson Eddy
American Opera Company
Thursday and Saturday evening concerts
Fred i'atton
Metropolitan Opera Company
Thursday and Saturday evening concerts

Tenor

FESTI

Tenor

.IlY Pons

Baritone

Baritone

Soprano

Sensational French Prima donna of the Metropolitan Opera Company
Wednesday evening concert

i

Ililula .rke

Bass

Soprano

I

iuth ,ret n

Violinist

Renowned woman virtuoso
Saturday afternoon concert

SIC TRANSIT NAUSEA

Last Monday night's hearing on
extortionate and indefinite taxicab
fare should go far toward relieving
the unpleasantness of a situation
which abounded to the students'
'disadvantage since they were first
placed under the automobile regu-
lation. At this 'recent meeting of
the common council's committee,
the city, students and administra-
tion and officials of the taxicab
companies aired their charges and
presented their defenses, leaving
the question somewhat mooted, but
withal paving the way for an equit-
able and, we hope, an immediate
solution to this aggravation.
The Daily's view in this affair
may briefly be stated: we hold that
the practice of permitting taxicab
drivers to set-their own charges ac-
cording to their whims or expecta-
tions is a rank and diseriminating
injustice to the students, whose
business accounts for perhaps 80%
of the revenue from taxicabs. Our
chief concern, therefore, is that a
consistent and, dependable method!
of determining the fare be installed
and that a rate equitable to stu-
'dents and taxicab concerns alike
be established.
To insure the effectiveness of.this
solution, meters should be required
an all taxicabs, subject to regular
testing by the city, and equipped
to register the total charges for a
single trip. The matter of the rate
to be charged is admittedly open
to some, experimenting. It is suf-
ficient to say that it should allow a
reasonable profit to the operators
without fleecing the students.
The most immediate requirement
is that a consistent rate be estab-
lished by ordinance, and provision
made for insuring its enforcement..
An immediate solution of this nuis-
ance would, meet with complete sat-
isfaction of the students and would
also permit the taxicab companies
to exchange better service for the
good will of their customers.
THE NEW ORDER
That Michigan students have
been curbed by the faculty until
they cannot express and govern
themselves freely is the belief held

Ignace Jan Paderewski
World's most renowned pianist
Friday evening concert
Palmer Christian.
Leading American Organ virtuoso
Friday afternoon concert
Cerle V. Moore
Conductor of Choral works

Pianist

Organist

Musical Director

Frederick Stock

Orchestra Conductor

Conductor or Orchestral and Miscellaneous programs

Erie elamnater

Assistant Conductor

Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Juva igbee

Children's Conductor

Supervisor of Music, Ann Arbor Public Schools
Un iversitYChoral Union

Thursday and Saturday evenings.

Three hundred voices.

Chicago Symuphony Orchestra
Entire Festival week. Seventy players
Childrens tFestival hors
Friday afternoon concert. Four hundred voices

Bnrjs ~odjjf in English

Mussorgsky

Saturday evening concert

St. at enfis o A sssee
Thursday evening concert

Pierne

Old Jonny Appleseed (children)
Friday afternoon concert

Gaul

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