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WEDN~DAY Ft~E~1iU LY 25, 1931?

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Sports Editor ..............Joseph A. Russell
Women's Editor...........Mary L. Behymer
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Assistant City Editor.......Harold 0. Warren
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Campus Opinion
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About Books MUSI ^NDRAMA
GARDENER OF EVIL: A Portrait President Charles A. Sink, presi-
of Baudelaire and His Times: by dent of the School of Music, seems
Pierre Loving: Brewer and War- dstined to surpass himself in im-
ren: Price $Z.50: Review co~ pressaric "scoops" for this year's
courtesy of Slater's Book Store. Ma Festival. The announcement
Paul Valery recently w r 0 t e. of the unexpected extension of
Padurewaki's Ameieanlyppeorence
"Baudelaire est au comble de la Paderewskis American appearances
gloire." And it is this very degree to include the Friday night con-
of attention given him that is caus- cert of that notable week is follow-



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homas M. Cooler
Mt -ton Frank
Saul Friedberg
Frank B. Gilbretk
ack Goldsmith
oland Goodman
Morton Helper
axes Inglis
ames johnson
ryan Jones.
Denton C. Kunz

Powers Moulton
Wilbur]j. Meyers
Robert L. Pierce
Richard Racine
Jerry R. Rosenthal"
Charles A. Sanford
Karl Seiffert
George A. Stauter
Tohn W. Thomas
loln S. Townsend

Titeen Blunt
Nanette Dembitz
Elsie Feldman
Ruth Gallmeyer
Emily G. Grimes
)ean Levy
Dorotnv Magee
Susan Manchester

Mary McCall
Cile Miller
Margaret O'Brien
Eleanor Rairdon
Anne Margaret Tobin
Margaret Thompson
Claire Trussell

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Night Editor-JOHN D. REINDEL
Religious Emphasis Week, now in
progress on the campus, may pro-
duce doubtful results in bolstering
up church attendance among stu-
dents or in the general field of mis-
sionary work; but it stands to make
several contributions along equally
important lines. The concerted
effort of all creeds will doubtless
,tend tomake sectarian lines dim-
mer; the topics under discussion
should stimulate those already re-
ligiously minded but, grown some-
what enervated by Ann Arbor's
regular religious fare.
The elimination of strong de-
nominational tendencies would be
of inestimable value to this univer-
sity community. Narrow sectarian
views . naturally become transpar-
ent in the brighter and clearer light
of a liberal college atmosphere; but
at the present time, they are more
formidable in representing an an-
tagonistic element in any move-
ment for a University chapel, the
acquisition of which would not
only be a boon to the religosity of
Michigan's students, but would b
more harmonious with their desires
and needs in religion than existing
The type and temper of the dis-
cussions offered are obviously de-
signed to stimulate interest in th
problems of religion and ethics ir-
modern society, as well as to pu
the churches' best foot forward
Both of these factors will un-
questionably increase the current
interest in religious affairs with the
aid of exceptional men in each oi
the denominations. This in itseli
is meritorious; the lack of interest
which the administration of th(
University has in religious studies
as witnessed by the paucity o
courses in even related fields, tc
say nothing of the lack of so muel
as a chair of theology, is a disgrac
to this institution. Hence, even th
efforts of somewhat extra-mural
organizations is to be commended.
Perhaps there will be few world-
beating achievements of this first
Religious Emphasis Week other
than a closer welding of the present

To the Editor:
R. W. L.'s letter in The Daily of
February 20 has attracted my at-
tention because of the fact that the
writer cannot agree with some of
his statements.
In the first place, his "nasty
crack" at the "worthy Senate com-
mittee and dean's office," which he
fails to substantiate in any way or
form, reflects rather poor taste.
The writer fails to see any great
degree of consistency in his first
resolution when it is followed by
the fourth resolution. The writer
has been a student on two other
mid-western campuses before en-
rolling at Michigan and must take
issue with his statement that
"Michigan is probably as dry as
any university in the country." As
a matter of fact, Michigan has the
reputation of being one of the wet-
test campuses in the country and
personal observations here tend to
substantiate the reputation.
True, "much unfavorable publici-
ty has been visited upon our col-
lege," but do you think the impres-
sion would be any better if the
whole thing were now hushed up
and the public allowed to go on
thinking that such practices were
tolerated here, rather than punish
the offenders that all may know the
real attitude of the university au-
thorities, and to try to clear us in
the eyes of the parents, taxpayers
and public at large? A black
smudge has been attached to the
name of our school which can be
removed only by proper action by
the university authorities; punish-
ment of those they know to be vio-
lators of the university regulations.
One should remember that it was
not the university that 'instigated
these raids, but that the action of
the university was taken on the
basis of evidence furnished by civil
authorities. Therefore the school
officials cannot be accused of un-
derhand tactics or snooping into
the affairs of social groups on the
campus. "Unfair discrimination"
cannot be logically charged either,
because the action of the police
was based on evidence given by a
"squealer," one of the lowest forms
of humanity it is true, himself a
violator of the law. In legal circles
such evidence is usually deemed
sufficient to permit issuance of war-
rants for the arrest and seizure of
witnesses and evidence. The fact
that no charges are lodged against
any of the fraternity members is
sufficient proof of the good faith of
the police department in the pursu-
ance of its duty. Recent activities f
the prosecuting attorney in dealing
with cases in which university stu-
dents were involved do not bear out
the statement that "the officers o
the law ... have more to fear from
any action taken than have the stu-
dents themselves."
One might just as logically sa
,hat the police have no right to ar-
:est and punish one gangster o
"murderer because others are still a
large, as to say that the raids or
these fraternities were unjustified
'ecause other fraternities also har.
>oured liquor caches. It seems to th(
vriter that the law is its own justi-
ication for such raids when evi-
dence is at hand to show that ther
ias been violation of the law. We
ire tempted to ask: what could b
nore unethical than R. W. L.'s im-
>ied sanction of wholesale disre-
;ard of the laws of our countr
vhen steps toward repeal rathe
han disobedience are the o n 1

ionorable methods of propagating
i change of existing affairs.
It seems doubtful to the write
.hat the penalty prescribed for the
Alve fraternities by the Senate com
:nittee is "out of proportion . .
and) a bso1u tely preposterous.
Does anyone doubt for a moment
'hat the members of these and oth-
7r groups were ignorant that they
vere violating university regula-
tions and further that they would
be liable to severe and drastic ac-
tion if discovered? It seems to bE
i student characteristic to expect
to escape punishment if a suffi-
_ient "howl" can be agitated.
R. W. L. has shown the same il-
logical reasoning that characterize:
a certain portion of the student
body. Yet he has the nerve to say
that "the whole affair has demon.
strated that the students should
have at least equal representatioi
in the Senate committee and that





ing a fascinating complex of di- ed closely by the announcement
vergent interpretations, that arrangements have been made
Inevitably provocative, T. S. Eliot, for the appearance here of Lily
in an essay "Baudelaire In Our Pons, the sensational French so-
Times" and in his recent introduc- prano who made her Metropolitan
tion to the Random House edition debut about two months ago and
of Baudelaire's "Intimate Journals," has since created a lively body of
presents the thesis that: admirers in five important roles.
"the important fact about All the critics seem to have a-
Baudelaire is that he was essen- greed that Mme. Pons is the long-
tially a Christian born out of his awaited and much needed fresh
due time . . . he was a soul that and bold coloratura in both the
was naturally Christian; and be- operatic and recital field. The Vic-
:ing the kind of Christian he was, tor Company has already given her
born when he was, he had to voice cardboard for two arias and
discover Christianity for himself. there she seems to have a vivacity,
In this pursuit he was alone in magnificent ease, a n d sustained
the solitude which is known only bravura that justify the excited
to saints . . . To him the notion predictions that have been made of
of Original Sin came spontane- her career.
ously ... In an age of progessive Paderewski at the close, and Mme.
degradation, Baudelaire perceived Par at the cloaMie.
tha wht rall mater i .Si Pons at the beginning, of a great
thawhad R eptymattrcareer make two very glamorous ar-
and Redemption." tists for Ann Arbor's great musical
Evidence to make this thesis at event.
least plausible is plentiful. OneI
thinks at least of: his resolute de- A NOTE ON ELIHU VEDDER
sire to get a deep understanding of
sin, his firm insistence on the magic Elihu Vedder (1836-1923), whose
of prayer, the beautiful humility of artistry is quite fairly represented
some of his own prayers (the one in the memorial exhibition of his
that closes "Mon coeur mis a nu" work being sponsored all this week
for example), his incessant battle in Alumnae Hall by the Ann Arbor
against a strange paralysis of the Art Association, is one of those
will, and even his Dandyism which nineteenth century Americans who
was essentially a conscious social brought American art into a new;
symbol for his stern ascetic con- dignity by establishing a deeper re-
tempt for the world (and for that lationship with European art.
particular Louis-Philippe w o r 1 d Vedder studied a while in Paris in
characterized by Guizot's "Enrich- the early 60's where he somewhat
essez-vous" and anatomized by Bal- disappointingly managed to escape
zac). Baudelaire, then, as a Chris- the new wonders of Courbet and
tian, a curiously inverted Catholic Manet and even the established art
ascetic? of Ingres and Delacroix. But soon
Yet the "creative biographers" of in his journey to Italy he passed
the day (last year Francois Porche into a richer background-that of
and now Pierre Loving) give a vivid the Italian Golden Age. He satu-
and distressing picture of a will- rated himself in the tradition of
less neurotic whose defiant Satan- the Florentine designers. His as-
ism is traceable to his love for his similation of the principles involv-
young mother. Thwarted in that ed-particularly the principle that
love at the death of his father the human body designed in the
(forty years older than his wife) large is not only inherently beauti-
by the appearance of a step-father ful but an adequate focus for the
the utterly respectable and stupid great commonplaces of noble sym-
General Aupick, he plunged into bolism-was to show itself later in
self-torture. He worshipped wildly the famous set of illustrations for
at the black body of the great- the "Rubaiyat" and in the monu-
haunched negress Jeanne Duval mental murals by which he is
and sought false relief from the largely known.
horror of the worship in whiskey Meanwhile, however, he amused
and laudanum. These and all the himself by reviving the "little"
_ other material facts of Baudelaire's i
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life support Loving in his version
of Baudelaire, which produces a
figure very like those delightedly
dissolute Englishmen of the "nine-

As I see it, the only way to re- austere visionary and a fine im-
solve these for the most part in- aginative designer that he made
compatible conceptions of Baude- his brilliant American debut dur-
laire is through the assertion that is brii Ar.cThebut dur-
ing the Civil War. These small can-
the production of a classical poetry vasses have a gravity and fine sim-
should be considered a moral disci- L y
plicity; technically they are not-
pline. In spite of his drunkenness, able for emphatic lineararythms.
his drugs, and his satyriasis, Baude-
laire is conceded to be the greatest They are also interesting for their
force for clarity, discipline and limitations: the dull flatness of the
hard finality of utterance in French ! colors, their complete lack of the
intimate and particular graces of
poetry since Racine. It seems, then, pting and avicome g sce
that however complete the surren- paiting which have came in since
der to external degradations, Bau-' he"science' of the early impres-
delaire was always c o n s c i o u s sionists.
enough to watch and understand The present exhibition also con-
the process. For his poetry is any- tains the preliminary drawings for
thing but a thin series of lyrical the Huntingdon murals, which re-
cries de coeur. Involved in it is a veal a considerable Renaissance
terrific spiritual and literary disci- t a 1 e n t for surrounding massive
plJine, a tremendous effort to attain gracious forms, lending themselves
the highly concentrated crystallisa- easily to interpretation as noble
tion of the firm, intricate poetic abstractions, with intricate winding
line: the sort of line in w h i c h patterns of arabesques and small
every word is "necessary." To slight- caryatids.
ly modify a statement of Yvor-
Winters': Baudelaire can say "C'est himself all over Paris in all possible
affreux, mon ame" and prove it vices, he actually remained "one"
within the poem. (Swinburne, or (his best friend Gautier confessed
Dowson, or Verlaine were never able to knowing nothing of the man and
to do that; they had no souls; sin certainly Jeanne Duval was unable
was a game.) to). He remained one and "prosti-
"Ennui et spleen" were not senti- tuted himself in a particular way"
ments which Baudelaire's poetry ex- -the way of Poetry. His way of
pressed. They were highly complex asserting his integrity was through
attitudes, the intensity, meaning Poetry. Are there better ways? At
and justification of which his least we should be infinitely grate-
poems entirely establish. And this ful for the personal sacrifice in-
poetic confrontation of his exper- volved in Baudelaire's determina-
ience I take to be a considerably tion (in his own words) : "to give
more difficult and more significant one's self to Satan"; and to answer
moral discipline than, let us say, his own question "What does that
the exercise of the "inner check" mean?" in poetry.
(which was so eminent in his step- If this theory, of the actual poetic
father). process as a respectable moral dis-
Baudelaire's "Journal" has a cipline and integral with the Man.

the Italian Renaissance. And it
was with a collection of these small
canvasses-which m a k e up the
larger portion of the present ex-
hibition-revealing- his nower as an






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