T HIE MICHIGAN DAILY
TUESDAY, MAY 9, 1933
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further in the way of regulation is necessary to
make these movies a thing to be enjoyed rather
than endured. Let's try for a workable plan to
avoid smashing up show-cases and personalities.
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TUESDAY, MAY 9, 1933
Is Too Severe..*.
YESTERDAY George Reed was sen-
tenced to a life of solitary confine-
ment and hard labor in Marquette Prison to pun-
ish him for the murder of his former wife. Such
a sentence would be just punishment for a pre-
meditated murder committed by a hardened crim-,
inal or a habitual killer, but seems unnecessarily
severe in the case of a man who, blinded by anger,
killed his former wife in order to protect the child
which she had threatened to kill.
The prosecution stated that they could find no
evidence which pointed to premeditated murder on
Reed's part. His record as a fireman was com-
mendable, and his only previous acquaintance
with a police court was in connection with the
payment of back alimony which had not de-
creased along with his wages.[
According to his testimony,.Reed's former wife
had twice threatened to kill him, and to kill
their adopted daughter. He'swore that she had
lived with two different men while accepting ali-
mony from him. One time when the alimony was
overdue, she threatened to have him "put on the
spot" if he failed to pay, he testified.
Last Wednesday evening Reed met his former
wife for the purpose of paying in scrip the money
which he owed to her. He had in his car an
automatic pistol which had been placed there at
least a month before, according to the evidence.
He became blind with rage. Reed remembers
nothing of the actual murder. Eighty hours later
The character of Reed's former wife does not
justify the murder. Reed's previous good char-
acter does not justify the murder. But taking both
things into consideration, it seems evident that
Reed was not a hardened killer nor a habitual
criminal; yet he has received the severest penalty
that the State of Michigan can exact.
The prosecution recommended that Reed be
given a life term in Jackson Prison in order that
he might be able to see his five-year-old daugh-
ter. This, in the opinion of many people who were
familiar with the case, would have been a just
sentence. Even the officers who made the arrest
are inclined to believe that the existing sentence
k, too severe in view of the circumstances.
It lies within the power of the judge to alter
the sentence at any time during his term on the,
bench. We urge that he reconsider his verdict in
the interests of humanity and justice.
Jeanette Rabinowitz, pianist, pupil of Professor
Albert Lockwood, will give the following gradua-
tion recital in the School of Music Auditorium at1
8:15 p. m. today, to which the general public with
the exception of small children is invited:
Prelude in A minor (from an English Suite) Bach
Pastorale ...................... Scarlatti-Tausig
Rondo a Capriccio Op. 129 .......... Beethoven
Prelude Op. 28, No. 17 .Chopin
Prelude Op. 28, No. 16................Chopin
Waltz in A flat major, Op. 42..........Chopin
Reflets dans l'eau ...................... Debussy
Der Jongleur ....................... ......Toch
June (Barcarolle) ................Tschaikowsky
The Bumble Bee
(Arr. by Rachmaninoff) ..Rimsky-Korsakoff
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10 ........... ..Liszt
'ROBIN HOOD' AT THE
DETROIT CIVIC THEATRE'
An opera famous in American musical annals
will be revived by the Detroit Civic Opera Com-
pany for the last week of its season-"Robin
Hood," which will be sung in Orchestra Hall,
Detroit, Wednesday evening, May 10, and Satur-
day afternoon, May 13.
"Robin Hood" was the most successful ve-
hicle of the Bostonians who made light opera his-
tory in this country from 1888 to 1916. It was
first sung in Chicago, June 9, 1890, with Henry
Clay Barnabee, Jessie Bartlett Davis, Camille
d'Arville and W. H. MacDonald in the cast. It was
hailed at once as a light opera masterpiece, and
served to keep the Bostonians afloat during the
depression which followed the panic of 1893, while
other companies were failing. It has been revived
many times, but it has seldom been presented by
a grand opera company on so extensive a scale
as that of the Detroit production.
The libretto of "Robin Hood" was written by an
American, Harry B. Smith; the music was com-
posed by an American, Reginald De Koven; and
all the principals in the Detroit cast are Amer-
icans. Only the story is English of the thirteenth
century, and therefore part of the American
The cast includes Edward Molitore as Robin
Hood, Forrest Huff as the Sheriff of Nottingham,
Warren L. Terry as Sir Guy of Gisborne, Raymond
Middleton as Little John, Charles E. Galagher as
Will Scarlet, William J. McGraw as Friar Tuck,
Joan Peebles as-Allan-a-Dale, Ethel Fox as Maid
Marian, Fritzi von Busing as Dame Durden and
Elizabeth Hamilton Duggan as Annabel. The opera
will be conducted -by Thaddeus Wronski, execu-
tive director of the Detroit Civic Opera Com-
pany. The score will be played by members of the
Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
HENRY DEWLIP AND
By Robert Henderson
Henry Dewlip was a rich young profligate who
dled from noon to night in his smart Mayfair
apartment; played the gramophone rather well
and took a strong breakfast and soda at half-past
eleven every morning. His chief occupation was
seducing the wife of his best friend.
In this midst of such a roseate pastime he hap-
pened to acquire a prim but beautiful secretary,
who was, as she phrased it, "tremendously keen
on the decent thing." To shorten a long story, she
reformed Henry Dewlip. He gave up drinking,
gambling and the charming depravities. He raf-
fled off his cocktail cabinet for the temperance
eociety. He went to work. His speech became a
horror of noble sentiments. He oozed sweetness
and unction. In fact, he was just on the point of
proposing honorable marriage to his celestial sec-
retary when he discovered something about the
lady that filled him with amazement. It was too
good to be true.
As if this were not enough to cure a man of vir-
tue, Dr. Dewlip's best friend-a Mr. Jelliwell-
angrily upbraided him for neglecting the lustrous
Mrs. Jelliwell, and especially for leaving the Jelli-
wells too much in their own company. Mr. Dewlip
came to his senses and took the only course open
to a true gentleman of pleasure.
On such antic adventures Benn Levy wrote the
demented story of Henry Dewlip and the spring.
As "Springtime For Henry," it has followed in the
wake of "Private Lives" and "There's Always Ju-
liet," and scored a similar success. It is now cur-
rent at the Booth Theatre in New York city. For a
playwright to turn a sober metropolitan audience
into gales of hilarity and laughter in these sober
days, is a sufficient task. To do it as lightly, as
:ardonically and brilliantly as Mr. Levy is an
Such excursions into the world of inspired silli-
ness require actors, and the cast for "Springtime
for Henry" patently has them. Tom Powers and
Violet Heming are crackling comedians indivi-
dually; together they should be extraordinarily
funny. In such a comedy role as Henry Dewlip,
Tom Powers has the faculty of combining a kind
of indignant thrust, hilarious earnestness and a
hard, sharp line. Dressed in a muddy rain-soaked
evening attire, as Henry is in the last act, with a
battered derby pulled down about his ears, and
wrapped up in a pink quilt, Mr. Powers should
be as wretched a comic figure as you can dis-
There is in the cast, as well, Rose Hobart of
the Park Avenue manners. She is one of the few
actresses I know who are both very beautiful and
at the same time not cursed with their beauty.
Hers is a cleancut, modern style of acting, rather
audacious in its bluntness. She can wear clothes
in the manner, let us say, of Ina Claire and Violet
Heming: which is high praise. Her modelled face
For the closing production of the Dramatic Sea-
son, Miss Cooper is appearing in Romney Brent's
"The Mad Hopes," in which she was starred on
Broadway this winter.
In it she plays the role of Mrs. Clytaemnestra
Hope. Mrs. Hope is not unlike the Mrs. Jelliwell
which Miss Hobart impersonates in "Springtime
for Henry;" unless it be added that Mrs. Clytaem-
nestra Hope is rather older and therefore rather
Mrs. Hope is frankly a field-holiday for Miss
Cooper. The part is of an elegant woman with the
grandest manner, and nothing but feathers for
brains. Unfortunately, her scattered mentality has
been passed on to her children, who are quite as
vague and distrait. Things are always getting
mixed up in the Hope household, as, for example.
the weekly laundry. Invariably, Mrs. Hope is
wearing her sons' "shorts" while they are in
their mother's step-ins . . . There was once a Mr.
Hope, but he died in his soup-plate. It was at a
legation banquet at the German Embassy. Mrs.
Hope got confused. She rose in all her majesty
and toasted the long life and happiness of the
Russian Empire ! Mr. Hope collapsed.
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THE PETITION TO
THE BOARD OF REGENTS
To' the Editor:
This was the Resolution presented to the Board
of Regents by the National Student League on
April 28, 1933:
The House has passed the bill which provides
for a cut of more than a million dollars below the
figure proposed by President Ruthven. In all prob-
ability the Senate will also pass the bill. To quote
the President, this means a "radical increase in
tuition, and a curtailment of departments."
The National Student League, reflecting the
sentiment of the entire student body, submits the
1. No tuition increase.
2. No dismissal of assistants or instructors.
3. Democratically elected faculty commit-
tee to control expenditures of the
These proposals are sound and logical. An in-
crease in tuition, while it would raise funds, would
be offset by the fees lost through the dropping
out of students because of this very increase.
These students will be forced into the ranks of
the 17,000,000 unemployed, and thus add to the
burden of the Michigan communities.
It is a known fact that the major part of teach-
ing is done by instructors and assistants. It is
also known that standards of a university are
judged partly by the number of students in each
class. Therefore, if the number of instructors and
assistants were reduced, the size of the classes
would be increased and thereby the standards
would be lowered.
The National Student League feels that a fac-
ulty committee administering the budget would
remove the economic pressure from the teacher
and allow him greater academic freedom. With
the more democratic administration of the budget,
representing both the lower and higher salaried
brackets, a more just distribution of salaries ac-
cording to hours of teaching will prevail.
We realize that the State Legislature by pass-
ing this cut will almost tie your hands, but we
insist that this cut should not be taken out on
the students, instructors, and assistants. We sug-
gest the following as one of the ways of meet-
ing the million dollar deficit. By cutting the pro-
fessors 40' per; cent, the associate professors 37
per cent, and the assistant professors 33 per cent,
as well as reducing the salaries of the deans
down to $5,000, we can obtain the necessary mil-
lion dollars. The argument against the cutting of
the salaries of the highly paid professors is that
they will leave the University and obtain other
positions. The student body asserts that every uni-
versity in the country is going through the same
crisis, and that therefore, these men, except in a
few cases, could not go elsewhere.
This resolution will be in the hands of every
student on campus, and we urge you members
of the Board of Regents to take favorable action
upon our demands.
-Edward T. Cheyfitz.
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-By Karl Seifer--
Father's Pledge of 48 Hours
Discovers Girl on Boat of
Kidnapers Return Heiress In
Silence Broken As Coast Guard
William Lee, Intermediary;
Early Morning Hours.
-Headline in Altoona (Pa.) Tribune.
So that's the true story of what happened,
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SLY WINK DEPT.
"A new and beautiful midget set has been
developed by the International Radio Corpora-
tion, and orders already are being filled. It is
absolutely the last word in the realm of small
receivers. Production presumably will go ahead
at a rapid pace. The International has done ex-
ceedingly well even during the last lean eco-
nomic year. That is gratifying to Ann Arbor
in more ways than one."
-Editorial in local paper.
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