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announcement that everyone must
be dealt with fairly, and that honest
opinions are in order concerning
the candidates. Immediately the
various forces will swing into action.
Whether by the blackball or the
vote system, the see-sawing will go
on. A compromise effort is generally
effected with apparent results. The
worthwhile qualifications are usual-
ly overlooked, and with the matter
at a deadlock, it is quite possible
for the skilled politician to slide in
some "dark-horse," who hardly de-
serves consideration. Such a state of
affairs is highly unsatisfactory but
the solution is still awaited.
The only apparent antidote can.
come solely 'with the general real-
ization among the electors that
their choices must be deserving and
that justice should stamp their
selections. Unquestionably, higher
campus societies have suffered in
the past few years. Cases of indi-
vidual discrimination have been
flagrant. Such practices should not
be continued--it is unfair to the
richness of Michigan tradition.-
0 El
SEditorial, Comment |

Music and Drama ' '

TONIGHT: The first concert in the
thirty-eighth Festival with Mme.
Lily Pons, soprano, and the Chi-
cago Symphony Orchestra under
Frederick Stock.

A Review by Prof. Jean Ehrhard

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Dlorothy Laylin
With National Cleanup week well
under way, perhaps this is a good
time too call attention to our own
campus needs along this line. Few
students realize the real beauty of
the University campus, that is, if
the careless scattering of trash over
the yard is any criteria.
Certainly the campus would offer.
a much better appearance if this
littering were discontinued. The
University maintains a large build-
ings and grounds staff to condition
lawns, set out shrubs, and in gen-
eral care for the campus. But in
spite of all the effort spent by this
department, the campus cannot
offer an appealing sight if it is con-
tinually covered with stray bits of
paper or empty cigarette cartons.
Perhaps this situation is due to
carelessness, perhaps to lack of
pride on the part of students; in
any event, it is a condition which
could easily be remedied if every-
one took a more earnest and appro-
priate interest in the appearance of
Michigan's campus.
Within the next few weeks an-
other set of campus leaders . wi:.
be ostensibly established with the
annual spring elections of the honor
societies; the Michigamua, Sphinx.
Druids, Vulcans, Triangles, and
others. Tradition framing much
that is worthwhile in college life in
the University dictates these elec-
Student opinion in general, fra-
ternal hat-waving groups, grudges
and cases of individual accomplish-
ment combine to force the hands of
the outgoing members of these
societies, to whose care is entrusted
the duty of electing a deserving
group to the coveted positions of
recognition. All the frailties of
human nature enter into these elec-
tions and the campus speculates
freely on the possibilities of this or
that candidate "making the grade."
The members of campus honor
societies are supposed to be men
hat have done things for Michigan
-those who have contributed to1
he glory of their Alma Mater and
have assisted unstintingly in main-
tainino' the TTnivrsit in hr high'

(The Daily Cardinal)
"The best testimonial our colleges
and universities have had in a long
time," says The Nation, "comes
from the lips of that sterling patriot
and spender of special party funds-
RobertH. Lucas, executive director
of the Republican National com-
mittee, who finds' it well-nigh im-
possible to make good traditional
Republicans out of young person
infected with the heresies of uni-
versity theorists."
Mr. Lucas' statement has been
much publicized. Most of the na-
tion's newspapers have commented
on it one -way or another; in gen-
eral, the attitude has been one of
mild amusement at his frankness.
The Chicago Tribune, although
commending his distaste for "text-
books which teach free trade, inter-
nationalism, public ownership of
private industry, etc., andsat the
same time adding its own word on
the unrealistic heresies of cloistered
economists and political scientists
seemed to feel that he had been
just a bit precipitate, just a little
too outspoken. Other papers have
censured him violently for his re-
actionism, and a few have chimed
in with him with even less reluct-
ance than the Tribune manifested.
For ourselves, we are inclined to
agree with The Nation, which says
that "after all, Mr. Lucas is unduly
disturbed. The percentage of ignor-
ance among our graduates is high
enough to maintain a good working
Republican majority. Thought is
not very catching, even in the
colleges, and a high proportion of
the population is wholly immune.
Let the Republican sage not de-
The Nation is sadly right. Most
of the well-educated, professors in
iarticular, have too much distaste
for the puerility and compromise
and stupidity of politics-any style
-to have much interest in the fate
of politicians either minor or major;
and the less educated, i. e., 95 per
,ent of college graduates, are as
good Republicans or as conscien-
tious and unthinking Democrats as
their fathers were before them. The
virus of radical thinking is a much
attentuated germ; its effects .are
weak and of short duration, and it
it not a little embarrassed in its
action by, the unfortunate mortal
weaknesses, the disgusting stupid-
ity, bad taste, undisciplined emo-
tionalism, lack of information, pet-
tiness, and demagoguery shared by
conservative and radical politicians
alike. Those who are too healthy
financially and socially to be influ-
enced by radicalism in college,
throw it off shortly after gradua-
tion; those who are more suscept-
ible are immunized by its non-
comitants. Indeed, Mr. Lucas need
not despair.
"When a big tarpon leaped into
the boat I threw it back in the
water because I don't believe it
sportsmanlike to catch fish that
way," says Rex Beach, whose ro-
mances have entertained the mil-
lions.-Detroit News.
The provisional government in
Madrid rushed Alfonso a number
of royal limousines at his request.
It had become humiliating, this
thumbing a ride from Fontaine-
bleau in Paris.-Detroit News.
It was during Be Kind to Animals
Week that a drunk nicked un in

Mr. I. A. Richards of the Univer-
sity of Cambridge England lastT
night addressed a large audience
that had moved from Angell Hall to
the Natural Science auditorium for
seating room. Mr. Richards spoke
on the work of five contemporary
poets, Walter De. LaMare, Thomas*
Hardy, D. H. Lawrence, W. B. Yeats,
and T. S. Eliot. In a short hour he
made so many cogent illuminating:
statements so lucidly that the now
nearly established opinion of him]
as a very great critic (suggested by]
and strengthened locally by the
practice of Prof. Peter M. Jack, one
%f his students) was pleasantly
Mr. Richards confined himself
mainly to the remarks on Hardy,
De La Mare, Lawrence and Yeats
which can be found in more or less
the same form in the section "Some
Contemporary Poets" in his Science
and Poetry. But he closed his lec-
ture with an exposition of T. S.
Eliot's "The Cooking Egg": that
type of exposition (in its clear form
more or less originated by him) in
which his personal experience of
the poem is made perfectly explicit
in the course of a discussion of the
poet's technique (that is, of the
poet's poem). The method is an
extremely skillful way of solving
the main problem in criticism of
poetry: the problem set by the fact
that one is forced to be talking
about one's own mind which is
:eading the poem though the fund-
,mental desire is to talk only about
the poem. Mr. Richard's method of
discussing a poem, if widely adapt-
-ed, promises to make criticism con-
siderably more definite and conse-
quently, considerably more influen-
tial. Many in the very clearly en-
thusiastic audience had been pre-
pared for Mr. Richards by the prac-
tice of Professor Jack. For these,
Mr. Richard's excellent lecture con-
firmed Professor Jack, as Professor
Jack's excellent seminars had pre-
viously confirmed Mr. Richards
A Review by Cile Miller.
What could be more effective
than parody expressed through
wooden puppets? A take off on the
tendencies of our present forms of
light entertainment in the theater,
as given by the Tatterman Marion-
ettes last evening in the revue
Stringing Broadway was sufficierrt
evidence of the success of this
method of satire. Not only did th
jointed actors put across their jabs
at the theater but they also brought
to light some of the many idiosyn-
crasies of American life,
The evening's entertainment was
a rare cross section of Broadway,
a rather clever hash of the theater's
innovations and permanent char-
acteristics. And the choice of the
puppets to carry out this plan was
as effective as Swift's Lilliputians
in their more serious satire. .
The cleverness of the skits were
necessarily dependent on the man-
euvering of the puppeteers; and the
execution of their tasks was most
effectively carried out. The program
included everything and anything
from a modern society sketch which
aimed its laugh at the recent series
of plays with names similar to
"The Last Mrs. This" and "The
First Mrs. That," in their produc-
tion, The Penultimate Mrs. Whortle-
bury, to an exploitation of theater
"isms." With a drawling Algernon
and the overconfident Mrs. Whor-
tlebury discussing the pro's and
con's of London social circles we
have in the former a delightfully

absurd perversion of Oscar Wilde.
And Christopher Morley's revival
of After Dark, the small actors car-
ried off with shrieking melodra-
matic heroines and loathsome vil-
lains, in their own improvisation,
Way Down in East Lynne. At an
equal pitch of gentle sarcasm, their
miniature production of The Cloak
and Suit Case made stabs in the
dark at the popular S. S. Van Dine
mygteries in a style worthy of the
farcical book, John Riddel's Murder
Nor did the producers neglect the
more modernistic tendencies of the
drama and the more serious inno-
vations, when they took off the
current psychological drama in the.
skit, Emancipation From Thought.
As the nrogram stated the nlay

The French Cercle gavei ts last I
performance of the year last night
in the Laboratory Theatre. The
program was composed of two
plays: "Il faut_ qu'une porte soit.
ouverte ou fermee" by Alfred de
Musset and "La souriante Me.
Beudet" by Denys Amiel and An-
(lre Obey.
. The title of Musset's Proverbe
means ."A Door must be either
open or closed": a lover must not
beat about the bush in making his
proposal. The play dates back to
1845 and the setting was composed
of oldish sentimental (and quite
bourgeois) furnishings in the Louis-
Philippe style. The actors, Miss
Mary Karpinski and Mr. James
O'Neill, gave ample evidence of
their feeling for French culture
and the genuine spirit of Musset.
"La souriante Madame Beudet"
is a more recent play, first pre-
sented in Paris in 1921. The au-
thors were then quite young and
unknown and after many difficul-
ties in finding a producer, finally
obtained an enormous success. At-
mosphere of a French provincial
town. A badly matched couple. Mr.
Beudet is well-intended towards
his wife; but he is dull and what
is worse in a husband? He likes
to display his money, to see old-
fashioned operas, to speak mono-
logues, etc; he is touchy about
where his furniture is placed; he
has ridiculous habits such as pre-
tending to kill himself with an un-
loaded revolver. What a jokester!
Madame Beudet, in contrast, is a
very delicate and sensitive soul. Her
taste runs to modernistic music,
estheticism in the household. She is
less a dreamer than Madame Bov-
ary, she is a shrewd judge of all
those around her and finds no at-
traction in the loves of the local
Although her husband seems vul-
-gar to her, with his low jokes, and
his ready-made good sense, she
tries to play her part bravely; she
is the Smiling Mrs. Beudet. But one
day she notices her white hair, and
feels there is no time to lose. She
flips a bullet in Beudet's revolver:
this may be -her liberation: an acci-
dent, just a little accident . . . you
But remorse comes quickly! Beu-
det takes up his foolish game again.
She dares not stop him. He jokes:
I "If you deceive me,.I'll kill myself
isee? ..." And plays with the trig-




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ger. "It's you I'll kill!" he says and
fires at her. Glass shatters behind
her. Then Beudet, out of his senses,
'"Poor darling, you wanted to kill
yourself!" Up to the end, Mrs. Beu-
det is misunderstood.
Miss Bradley starred as Madame
Beudet with distinction, reserve,
and impeccable diction. Her stage-
presence was truly exceptional. It
was even better than her appear-
ance in the "Ecole des belles-
meres," at the preceeding French
performance. George Meader, as
the husband, a well-built man, per- Charles A. Sini
sonified the exuberant French bus- Ann Arbor, Mi(
iness man, impulsive and brutal- My dear Mr. S
with a shade of exaggeration which
brought out the comic side of the I have ju
play and fitted in well with his and I want to c
somewhat "meridional" accent. Miss program you ar
Morley, full of poise as ever, with a I think of your
clearer diction, and Mr. Richard what a marvel(
Payne, very natural, are well known hear the very fir
to the Cercle public. Miss Lacombe resident of Ann
was true to life, with an inimitable programs has a
way about her. Mr. Wilfred Sellars $6o.oo for one
shows that he must have been in New York, besi
Montparnasse. hours of time g
The public of the Cercle Francais of Ann Arbor a
is very much indebted to Prof. Tal- for a single fee
amon who directed both produc- single program
tions with his long proved knowl- where such a F
edge of the stage. in any city wou
stage effects than in the other cos- have offeredain
tume work. Some how or other the The artists are
figures seemd to have a more na-i little to be s
tural anatomy -were less bulky is an outstandir
and more real.
If we are to compare these mari- You are
onettes to those of Tony Sarg we singing has crez
will find that in just this last re- season, where it
spect, that of costuming, the Tat- coloratura sopr2
terman production compares less Patti and Melbz
favorably. The Sarg Productions price of your wl
show a much greater care in de- ski. This will r
tail of the costuming. The -sets, for in America. Ar
the small stage were sketchily ef- to hear him thi;
fective. There was suggestion rath- has missed som
er than completeness in the stage- who hear him
craft, and the properties. existence. I co
Another thing which was obvi- every one richly
ously better in the execution of the I often wonder,
dance features was the control of the tremendous
the mechanism. The puppeteers can May Festiv
had the strings completelv under are awake to w

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