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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 1931

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MANAGING EDITORt
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HENRY MERRY
FPANK E. CooPna, City Editor
News Editor..............Gurney Williams
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Sports Editor........Joseph A. Russell
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Campus Opinion
Contributors are asked to he brief,
confining themsehes to less that. 300
words if possible. Anonymous com-.
iunications will le disregarded. The
names of communicants will, howvr,
be regarded as confidential, Upon re-
quest. Letters pulished should not be
construedeas expressing the editorial
opinion of The Daily. -
WHy RELIGIOUS EMPHASIS?
To the Editor:
Activity of University students in
the promotion of a Religious Em-
phasis week prompts the question,
Have they a purpose?
Arc they indolents with nothing
to do in efforts toward material
betterment, and, satisfied with per-
sonal literary achievements, have
consequently adopted religion as
an outlet of effortless mental activ-
ity, or are, they maturely imagina-
tive individuals who hope to realize
in their earnest spirit a more im-
mediate approach to the happy mil-
lennium with "peace on each, and
good will to all men?"
Sponsors of the week assert that
with the conclave and addresses of
the religious leaders brought from
all corners of the country, a decay-
ing spirit will be reborn in our
fast-pacing youth. They maintain
that the student needs an intangi-
ble divine counsel, and that he will
achieve it with the aid of the spiri-
tual guidance of paid and adver-
tised churchmen, or at least learn
how to secure closer communica-
tion with Him who controls all
humans as though they were pul-
leys and He the engineer.
Ours is a very practical age. Ma-
terial accomplishments are reckon-
ed more than theory. "Results rate
higher than theory," Rabbi Heller
of the Hillel foundation maintained
from his pulpit in a recent sermon.
The test we apply to a project is
not one determining "what it is,"
but rather one seeking an answer
to the querie, "What is in it for
us?"
Tradition has had man pursuing
religious studies in a desire to en-
lighten his soul. It has made Con-
fucius, Newman, Maimonides and
Cadman dispel worldly cares with
the thought that an inner some-
thing theretofore lacking has been
satisfied - that their fellowmen
-could likewise achieve that spiritual
ease by devoting predetermined pe-
riods to prayer, and speculation of
what is tocome, regardless of mo-
mentary inspirations or Sunday de-
pressions.
Yet the majority modern concep-
tion seems to have adopted the be-
lief that today is today, man is
free-willed, let him do as he cares
be a Browning,--if one wishes to
inhabit the church let him, if he
stays shy of worship it is his con-
cern.
Dr. Frederick B. Fisher of the
methodist church expressed the be-
lief in his discussion with Rabb
Heller on "The Religion of E-
Istein" that man may devote him-
self to God in his particularl
chosen manner, and that as he
thinks and does, so is his religion
If by poring over books the scholar
derives his satisfying sense of in-
ward achievement, let him read
content in his communication with
the Immortal through w r i t t e n
words. If the scientist worships hi
tools, and spends hours and day
doing research work in his labora-
tory, his investigations are his pe-
culiar religion. His religious philos-
ophy is that of the minister, merely
tempered with a scientific applica-
tion of mathematics.
Our industrial world seems to

f have chosen Dr. Fisher's conception
of religion. It is content to strive
toward financial or literary achieve-

Screen Reflections
IN LIKE A LION--
What's Where
Current attractions are headed
by "Illicit" at the Michigan center-1
ing more or less around free love
as enacted by Barbara Stanwyck,
James Rennie, and Ricardo Cortez.+
The Majestic offers Chester Morris!
in "The Bat Whispers," a mystery
melodrama reviewed below. John
Wayne and Marguerite Churchill's
"The Big Trail" is the Wuerth fea-
ture, also commented on below.,
March 1, 1928
Three years ago, when we ver-
dant freshmen furnished the talk
and sound effects in the local cine-
ma palaces, the Michigan, then less
than two months old, featured May
McAvoy and Ralph Graves in "A
Reno Divorce" and Ken Murray in
+big stage revue, the Majestic was
announcing "Douglas Fairbanks as
The Gaucho," while the Arcade
(now there was a theater!) proud-
ly proclaimed Lewis Stone in "The
Prince of Headwaiters."
March 1, 1921
A yellowed Daily file reveals Bebe
Daniels at the Wuerth in "Oh Lady,
Lady" with Harrison Ford a mere
ten years ago, with the Majestic
offering Lionel Barrymore as "the
world's shyest man in Arnold Ben-
nett's great comedy 'The Great Ad-
venture.'" Hill auditorium was
showing benefit movies for the
Union, and the Orpheum announc-
ed none other than Tom Moore in
"Officer 666."
-AND OUT LIKE A BAT
Displaying unusually brilliant
photography and perfect mastery
of camera technique, "The Bat
Whispers" at the Majestic is ex-
cellent in many respects and only
fair in others. Producer-Director
Roland West undertook a difficult
task in attempt-
ing an effective r
talking picture
transcription o fH
this stage mystery
drama, but with
the aid of a well-
selected and com-
petent cast has
succeeded to an
entertaining ex-
tent, while failing
f to attain the ab-
sorbing heights of u OAWKLL
interest which marked his previous
production of "Alibi."
The story revolves around the ac-
tivities of a master arch criminal
'known as "The Bat" because of his
, singular apli)arance and uncanny
methods. While we saw the silent
production a number of years ago,
it was impossible to recognize the
true identity of the Bat until the
final scenes. In this respect sus-
pense is remarkably well-maintain-
r ed. The main flaw, however, is the
absence of a logical ard under-
standable sequence of events lead-
ing up to the admittedly intense
climax-with the result that the
audience is confused rather than
baffled.
Chester Morris contributes the
strong polished performance now
regularly expected of him. Una
1 Merkel is the feminine lead but has
s too little to do for a fair appraisal
s of her acting. Gustav Von Seyfferit2
is outstanding among the remain-
ing characters.
"The Bat Whispers" is on the
V borderline between B and C. Tc
compromise we'll rate it C+B-.

THERE'S A LONG, LONG TRAIL
Raoul Walsh's epic of the settle-
e ment of Oregon proved to be a long
- drawn-out, but none-the-less in-
teresting talking film with some

DRAMA FOR MARCH
As generally, March promises to
be the busiest month dramatically
of the year. This coming week be-
longs to Play Production, which will
offer a laboratory production- of
a three-act play, "Mrs. Partridge
Presents" by Mary Kennedy and
Ruth Hawthorne, Tuesday, Wednes-
day and Thursday night, and will
sponsor Sir Philip Ben Greet's
Shakesperean players Friday eve-
ning, Saturday afternoon and eve-
ning.
Recently knighted by King George
in grateful appreciation of a life
of conscientious educational service
in behalf of the best stage tradi-
tions, Sir Philip jen Greet devot-
edly continues his tours of England
and America with a Shakesperean
repertory. His appearance here last
y e a r with his productions of
"Everyman" and "Hamlet" in the
first quarto was well received. This
week he will present "As You Like
It" Friday evening, "Twelfth Night"
Saturday matinee, and "Macbeth"
Saturday evening.
In prospect for March Drama are
"Came the Dawn" or the Junior
Girls' Play now in vigorous rehear-
sal, and immediately following that
Grace George in "The First Mrs.
Fraser" the popular production
which has been residing in Chicago
and New York for the past year or
Eso and is being brought here by
the Ann Arbor Alumnae.

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Presenting the Unusual
A Vie v of ihat's What on the Campus
1vw 3 V AF
PRICES
FIRST E -h f OWS . . . . . . . . $2.50
EXCEPT FOR BLOCKS OF 15 OR MORE
REMAINING FIRST FLOOR . . . . . . . . . $2.00
BALCONY . . . . . . . . . . . $1.50
LAST HVE ROWS .$1.00
IR>ERS TAKEN NOW
oLSSOHN Theatre

~MUSIC AND DRAMA

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Parry R. Begle,
Vernon Bishop
William Brown
Robert Callahan
William W. Davis
Richard H. Hiller
Miles Hoisington
Ann W. Verner
M~arian Atran
Helen Bailey
o yephine Convaei
Uorotliy LeM ire
orothy Laylin

Erie Kightlinger
D7on W.' Lyon
William Morgan
Richard Stratemeier
Keith Tyfer
Noel D). Turner
Byron C. Vedder
Sylvia Miller
Helen Olsen
Mildred Postal
Marjorie Rough
Mary E. Watts
Johanna Wiese

SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 1931
Night Editor-RICHARD L. TOBIN
THE "WORLD" DISSOLVESy

Joseph Pulitzer's New York World,
founded on equality for all classes
of people, has been purchased by
the Scripps-Howard chain because
of an unparalleled financial crisis,
By the will of Joseph Pulitzer, who
died in 1911, the "World" was to
have continued pullication "for-
ever" on the same policies which
made it the pillar of journalistic
equality for twenty years. But fi-
nancial depression in recent years
coupled with the fact that the
"World" is neither an ultra-con-
servative, nor a "sensational" news-
paper, have placed the once power-
ful journal in the red side of the
ledger at an annual loss of ap-
proximately $800,000.
News of this sort carries with if
a very discouraging note, somehow
Joseph Pulitzer started in early ir
1901 with little money, plenty o
courage, and an ideal in journal-
ism-that the mass of the peoplE
should be equally represented it
the press of the nation with the
richer families; that never, as long
as it was published, should the
paper become partisan. Mr. Pulitze:
founded the New York "World" or
just such principles. He stuck to hi;
ideal through thick and thin
through terrific competition be-
tween ultra-conservative New Yorl
Times on one side and sensationa
Mirror on the other.
Now, because a fickle public has
refused to realize the merits of such
idealism in journalism, the "World'
goes to the enemy camp, to bE
swallowed up in the "Telegram" as
a daily New York paper. Employees
of the paper, wishing to extend the
ideals which made Mr. Pulitzei
famous, were outbid by the greet
Howard chain whose offer of $5,-
000,000 cash is the largest in the
history of American journalism.
The "World" has dissolved at last
but not without a valiant fight
Sensation on one side, with its steel
armor of public approval and tre-
mendous circulation, ultra-conserv-
atism on the other with its fac-
tional, partisan viewpoint - both
have been insufficient to outride

MAY FESTIVAL
A third artist of stellar mani-
tude has just been engaged for the
Ann Arbor May Festival according
to an announcement made by
Charles Sink, president of the
School of Music. Official confirma-
tion has just been received that the
cooperation of the three important
May Festivals, the ones at Ann
Arbor, Evanston and Cincinatti, in
offering him engagements has per-
suaded Walter Widdop, the dis-
tinguished operatic tenor of the
British National Opera Company,
to make his first American trip.
Mr. Widdop is recognized as the
outstanding Wagnerian tenor of the
British Isles and has for the last
several years won only enthusiastic
praise for his appearances at the
Royal Opera House at Covent Gar-
dens.and at his Majesty's Theatre,
London. Mr. Widdop's Ann Arbor
appearance will be made in the
Saturday evening concert, taking
the tenor role in the production of
Moussorgsky's "Boris Goudonov."
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" About Books6
THE INDIAN PROBLEM.
MASSACRE: A Survey of Today's
American Indian. By Robert Gess-
ner. Cape and Smith, 1931. Price:
$2.50.
Mr. Robert Gessner, the author
of this book, was graduated with the
1929 class of the University. Since
then he has been an instructor at
Columbia University. While in resi-
dence here he was a frequent con-
tiibutor to the Music and Drama
column of The Daily and to the
pages of the Inlander.
The present volume is a neat and
thorough expose of the injustice
done, and being done, to the native
American in the United States.
When Mr. Gessner resorts to au-
thority and quotes his facts, his
exposition is dignified and convinc-
ing. When he begins to talk about
himself, one is tempted to question
his sincerity. The latter trait, un-
fortunately, is spread about in
many chapters of his book.
In any book written with a cru-
sading purpose, the author must
'not be effusive unless he is a Har-
riet Beecher Stowe or a Billy Sun-
day, and it can be taken without
a gulp of doubt that Mr. Gessner
is neither. Rather must he see to
it that the reader knows the au-
thorities and that the authorities
are authorities. Mr. Gessner quotes
liberally from the authorities he
has bothered to include (or possibly
peruse), but they are quite limited
if good.
Mr. Gessner points out that the
Indian for 150 years has been not
only increasingly harassed, cheated,
and robbed outright by the Whites,
but actually subjected to a subtle
killing-off process through gradual
starvation and openess to disease.
The Congressional Indian Bureau
is fraught with graft and corrup-
tion and is openly antagonistic to
the peoples in its charge. The rem-
edy suggested is immediate Con-
gressional interference.

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right. exceptional natural backgrounds
Is the campus movement an at- and scenic effects, some interesting
tempt to change "we moderns'" roles well enacted by John Wayne
sense of spiritual security from one and Tully Marshall, and some fre-
of material satisfaction to one of quent bits of comedy by El Brendel.
abstract soul serenity? If it achieves B for "The Big Trail."
a general inquiry into the philos- RETURN OF THE MASTER.
ophy of the immortal, it seems For this week's Monday night Owl
worthy of purpose. Yet it seems show the Michi-
to have assumed the role of a Vol- g;aosn has secured'
taire exclaiming that "If there be j one of the great-
no God, it would be necessary to est talking pic-
invent one"-it has adopted the uires yet produc-
well-meaning but seemingly im- Icd - "Div:aeli,"
practicable philosophy of spiritual >= wherein George
scholars such as Rabbi Heller that - Arliss all but re-
religion is an indispensable "thing." I inc. nates t h e
Doubtlessly one coming from di- character of the
vine services feels somehow in- f a m e d p r i m e
wardly hollow, and owns a different minister. Histori-
feeling than that held when he ' cal realism here
went in. Yet Mr. Average Man's 2 3... !..proves to be in-
feeling is but temporary, and soon GORe AnUSs, finitely m o r e
is overborne by passion, greed, de- hrilling and unbelievably enter-
sire and sentiment. Religious Em- .ining than any fiction could pos-
phasis Week assumes the aspect of sibly be. Mrs. Florence Arliss and
a worthy but hollow movement to Joan Bennett lend considerable
force a superficial spiritual striv- charm in addition to the great ac-
ing into the souls of money-and- tor's perfect characterization. Un-
pleasure seeking youth. qualifiedly an A production.
F. M. OTHERWISE.

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