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THE MICHIAN DAILY THURSDAY,:

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NIGHT EDITO
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EDTOAL COMMENT
OUR GENIAL WOLVERINE HOSTS
(The Milwaukee Journal)
Wisconsin must go to Michigan next Saturday to
do its part in the post-season Big Ten charity foot-
ball schedule. At any time a trip to Ann Arbor is
a pleasant journey. The sand dunes and the vine
clad fiel'ds are not without recompense. And the
classic atmosphere of Michigan's university city is
always inspiring. This year, even though November
be with us, the pleasure of the pilgrimage will be
greater than usual. Michigan is overflowing with
sweet charity toward Wisconsin.
With Michigan's students telling, the world of
their disappointment that their team did not get a
game with Northwestern (a lucky thing for Michi-
gan) and booing the name of Wisconsin at every
mention, the reception ought to -be as exhilarating as
a whiff of laughing gas. And with' the Michigan
boycott in force, Wisconsin can have that rarest of
privileges- the honor of furnishing most of the cus-
torners in somebody else's stadium.
Michigan, it seems-and on this point the Hon.
Fielding Yost, director of Michigan's athletics, ap-
pears also to be kidding himself about Northwestern
-interpreted ,the post-season game as an extra'
chance to grab the Big Ten championship. The Big
Ten athletic council -had no such idea in mind.' L
made the mistake of thinking one Big Ten team as
about as good as another, when it ought to have seen
that Michigan should have had special honors and
special privileges. We suggest that, in condonation,
a band be employed the next time the athletic com-
missioners meet, just to receive the Michigan dele-
gates.
Just how Michigan gets that way we don't know.
She has not been such a whirlwind in the Big Ten
conference this year. Her 6 to 0 victory over Minne-
sota was not so amazing. And speaking of other
scores, Wisconsin' lost to Ohio State, 6 to 0, while
Michigan Was knocked off by the same Ohio team,
20 to 7. If anybody should be kicking, it is Wiscon-
sin. By all odds, Purdue is entitled to play North-
western on the- record. And since Wisconsin beat
Purdue, surely the Cardinal team is no mean choice
for Michigan.
But Michigan's hospitality does not seem to fol-
low reason. It overflows regardless- spilling its good
sportsnanship ;.l over the peninsula. And Wiscon-
sin will have, to meet the deluge.. Coach Thistle-
thwaite, who has been a good sportsman throughout
a trying situation, no doubt is prepared to be kissed
on both cheeks:' We hope he kisses the Wolverines-
about 21 to' 0. .That might ,go a little way toward
deflating Michigan, although one doubts it.

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BCOOKS
Their Fathers' God, by O. E. Rol-
vaag. (Translated by Trygve M.
Ager) Harper and Brothers. $2.50.
Review copy courtesy Wahr's Book-
store.
A Review by
° John W. Pritchard.
"To the west gold-fringed cloud, l
floated in the still evening. Alive.
Magnificent. What was their car-
go? Where were they bound? Only
mocking, impotent man! ..
A mi d the barrenness of a
drought-parched South Dakota in
the summer of 1894, Rolvaag lays
his complex tragedy of a Norwe-
gian free-thinker, Lutheran by
birth and all 'the traditions :of his
ancestral Norway, mismated to an
Irish Catholic girl, steeped in the
religion of orthodox Romanism. It
is a situation that requires delicate
but courageous handling; and the
author rises to the occasion with

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NIGHT EDITOR-JAMES
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER

INGLIS
26, 1931

hdnksgiving
iThe. Depressioni
HANKSGIVING DAY had its origin in a
time of adversity. It was, as it has been said,
outward expression of an inward determination
'O misfortunes. The Pilgrims, having passed
rough a winter of hardship, were entering upon
other. But as they cast about for motives to
ank God and to take, heart, they found in them
rtain values more important than material bless-
Ds. Similar motives for giving thanks are as
plicable today as they were then, for there is
idence the same manifestation of spirit.
We have passed through not one but two win-

of h

rdship. A third lies ahead. Fpr one thing,
be said that the hard times have made:

hard the spirit of Americans. Nor has breaking
prosperity, as Governor Brucker said in making
his observation last week, broken their morale.
They have maintained an optimism quite unexam-
pled, and have kept their heads erect. The bottom
has been scraped and the way is now upward. This
same spirit has served to strengthen the free insti-
tutions of the nation which goes forward with
sober determination. There has been displayed
an invincible faith in the government. During the
last year we have seen in the discontent bred of
economic depression the rioting and the revolution
which has led to the crumbling of governments.
Those of Brazil and Peru fell before the God of
might; monarchism in Spain gave way before re-
publicanism; insurrections and rioting broke out
in the Latin-Armerican countries, particularly Cuba
and Nicaragua; fascism strengthened its bonds in
Italy and communism in Russia sought to height-
en chauvinism. Even now Japan and China are
at war, irresolute in upholding all lawful authority.
In the midst of a world where/turbulence and dic-,
tatorships have been common, America has main-
tained a cheerful confidence in the demoeratic
institutions devised for her more than a century
and a half"ago. For this faith we may well be
thankful today.
'President Hoover in his Thanksgiving procla-
mation said, "Many of our neighbors are in need
from causes beyond their control. Generosity on
the part of those who have, toward those who have
not, should be quickened in this festival mio& than
for many years." It will be diffic'ult for some in
distress to give thanks for harvests that have not
been so abundant. But even better than our faith
in government is the fellow-feeling and human
kindliness which Americans have been manifest-
ing during these trying months. To the unfor-
tunate there has been and is flowing a stream of
ahndant and nronized nhilanthrnnv A ain. in

An excellent exhibition of oil paintings is being
held in Room B, Alumni Memorial Hall. They are'
from the Duncan Phillips Memorial Collection in
Washington, D. C. The exhibit is a delight from the
standpoint of sheer color. The pictures are very re-
presentative of the general trends in modern art
today and are full of variety and interest. Most of
the work is by American and French artists, but there
are also some English, Mexican and Roumanian con-
tributors.
The most outstanding picture in the show is Barn-
ard Karfiol's "Boy", because of the beautifully and
delicately expressed sadness. The lad is sitting with
his head in his palm, looking wistfully away. The
mood is exquisitely conveyed by the misty grays
which subdue and yet dominate the picture.
Maurice Ut1illo is represented by "Snow in the
Suburbs," which seem a bit negative and indefinite.
Of the "Harbour of Toulon" Othan Fri'ez gives a
vigorous and well balanced panorama.
It is hard to know what overtook John Graham in
his study of "Harlequin and Heavy Horses". Perhaps
he was striving to arrange 'forms in an interesting
way, but there is no intrinsic beauty in color or draw-
ing, and his meaning escapes in lack of coherence.
To understand Georgio de Chirico's "Two Horses"
is just as difficult. Realistic -study of form was not
what interested him, nor did color or line. The aes-
thetic value of these two paintings is hard to appre-
hend.
Women have a delicacy of viewpoint that Georgia
O'Keeffe catches in her clear-lined, pure-toned leaf
study. The composition is satisfactory, made inter-
esting by the ray of yellowish green light shining
thrbtlgh the rent in the leaf, which relieves the rich
reddish brown. By shading to a clean cut edge she
makes the leaves look flat and realistic, and a fami-
liar 'subject newly fascinating.
Still lifes comprise the majority of the pieces
shown. Jean Negulesco presents a carefully balanced
still life, in which the colors are well related..
Karl Knath's is a different type from this. His
colors seem to blend into one another, delicately and
softly. The harmonies of the sea greens, lavendars,
and pinks are beautiful.
One of the most striking pictures is Marsden Hart-'
ley's "Camellias", a forinally arranged object study.
It is so vivid that one feels as though the artist were
staring hard at the vase making it start from the
canvas, held down by the rich gray background.
Lovely in their coloring are the three landscapes
which, to my mind, top off the show. \4ax Weber's
"High Noon" is pulstating with warm tones. Pierre
Bonnard in "Morning Over Roofs", has given tireless
charm of full color.
"Exiles" 4y Pepino Mangaravite has satisfying de-
sign, color exquisitely used, and more spiritual depth
than any other picture, except Karfiol's Boy, which
has much the same wistful feeling differently achiev-
ed. Karfiol uses his gray and brown tones to make
his dreamy mood prevail, while Mangaravite employs
light pastel tones with equal success in creating the
saddened mood of the prison colony at Lipari.
The American Federation of Arts and the College
Art Association combine in bringing this exhibition
here. It closes on the thirtieth of the month.
:{ Harriet Adams.

simplicity and magnificence. Yet,'
from beginning to end, one senses
that Rolvaag is arguing against
Catholicism with all the vigor that
subtlety will allow.
Peder Holm, young and hand-
some, endowed with powerful, and
rugged physical and mental equip-
ment, is a farmer in a region whose
populace is split into two factions,
ardent Catholic and stalwart Scan-
danavian, who bitterly lash each
other with all the vituperation
their brains can muster. Peder
himself, although freed from most
of the blind religious egoism that
permeates his fellows,is as bitter .
' against the Roman faith as any of
them. Yet he commits the unpard-
u onable fault in marrying a Catholic
woman - Susie D o h e n y- whose
heart is tugged in one direction by
her love for Peder, and in another
by her undying fierce loyalty to the
Church. "For God's sake, be ra-
tional! Leave your idols and your
timorous superstition, and be free!"
cries Peder; but his wife, weeping,
answers, "You don't understand."
Despite his apparent propagan-
dism, Rolvaag is remarkably im-
partial in dealing alike with the
impetuous bitterness of the Irish
Catholic faction and the stolid big-
otry of his own countrymen. One
feels that he is watching the head-
long clash of the tio armies of
stupidity, generaled here and there
by 'flashes of brilliance whose worth
the self-appointed crusaders are,
for the amost-part, slow to appre-
ciate. A constant sensation of an-
tagonism threads it way from page
to page, making the reader restless,
indignant; and longing, like small
boys at a movie, to cry out words
of advice to the hero, who is rea-
sons' only potent advocate.
As in most Norwegian literature,
the characters are so real, so liv-
ing, that printed words vanish and
vital three-dimensional people ap-
pear in their place. The reader is
white-lipped and silent before the
white-lipped, silent wrath of Peder;
he suffers the Tiental agony that
often transforms Susie into a sob-
racked, quivering bundle as she
hears Peder rip into shreds the re-
ligious doctrine that is her cradle;
he is made tender by their love,
which the writer paints a thing of
fearless beauty; 'he snickers as
Irish Tom, 'seeking to confound
Peder's hopes for election as coun-
ty commissioner, casts stupid as-
persions as to the why and where-
fore of the' marriage of Peder and
Susie, and their manner of life to-
gether; and he finds his indigna-
tion at the meddlesome nature of
old Beret, Peder's mother, mingled
with compassion for the dumb sad-
ness'that fills her life, because she
is relegated, to the position of a
snooping old mother-in-law.
And yet, alive as they are, the
characters in the story are sym-
bols-symbols which Rolvaag has
used as pawns in the tragic game
of religious controversy. The au'
thor has analyzed shrewdly the
difficulties which make it next to
impossible for bigoted national and
religious patriots of two different
sects to live amicably together. The
clarity of his thene is further en
hanced by the unsupported at-
tempts of Peder to bring the two
factions together as Americans-
not as Irish and Norwegians. But
Peder himself, as we have said be-
fore, has scant success because he
i steeped in an overwhelming hat-
red of Catholicism.
Rolvaag, author of "Giants in
the Earth," has done entire justice
to his theme, and has provided us
with a thoroutghly entertaining

novel. We shall look forward to I

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