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must be the result of the strike; trade will thus
be crippled. And legislators are notoriously touchy,
and are likely to take the attitude that "if the
farmers want to get tough, O.K."-and let the
matter ride there.
When a capable, farsighted, and fearless admin-
istration is in power in Washington, an adminis-
tration which is not afraid to experiment in order
to achieve the desired results, violence is mere
stupidity. Franklin D. Roosevelt does not require
the spectacle of farm revolution in order to under-
stand that agricultural conditions are deplorable,
and the President's task is greatly hampered by
such action as Minnesota has at present entered

from the dusty hands of pretentious, dreary mimes
and restored to its rightful rank as a lusty and
delightful comedy.
Indeed, at the hands of Jane Cowl, Shakespeare
lives again. The Bard of Avon, I can imagine,
turns over in his grave with a grunt of satisfac-
tion as she reads his lovely lines. She makes the
play, in the vernacular, a hit. It seems even
Shakespeare could write one!

Musical ]Events

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THURSDAY, MAY 11, 1933
The Wrong Kind
Of Government.

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The iTheatre
This evening in "Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Comedy Club will open its annual Spring Home-
coming production. It is Leslie Howard's gay com-
edy, Murray Hill. The play concerns itself with
the famous Wendell Sisters, who insisted on living
and finally dying, in Victorian elegance despite
anything the twentieth century may have to offer.
It was produced at the Bonstelle Civic Theatre
this past season and is an excellent choice for
the homecoming week-end.
The show was produced a few years ago in
New York featuring its author in the role of Al-
fred Wrigley, who made the famous sisters realize
that matrimony was more than a polite word,
and Edna May Oliver as Elizabeth, the more spir-
ited of the sisters. Frances Johnson, Kathleen
Carpenter, Billie Griffiths, Robert Hogg, Virginia
Frink, Al Gold, Hobert Skidmore, Clarence Moore,
I and Leonard Stocker are in the Comedy Club
As a dramatic organization on the campus,
Comedy Club's position is an important and sig-
nificant one. It lists among its past members Rob-
ert Henderson, Amy Loomis, Valentine Davies,
Paul Stephenson, Mildred Todd, Phylis Laughton,
Alan Handley and Lillian Bronson, who are now
active in the professional theatre. The club is
not associated with any branch of the Univer-
sity, but is a social-dramatic club offering its
members experience in the theatre. The club is
distinctly an amateur organization. The word is
used here as it' refers to one who enjoys working
in the theatre and not as opposed to professional.
The club produces three shows each year. This
season it has done "Meet the Wife," and "Three
Times the Hour," the latter written by Valentine
Davies, a former member of the club, and now has
its final production ready. Members in the club
gain experience in every branch of the theatre
from the thankless job of painting scenery to the
more satisfying one of acting.
We hear too often that the theatre is on the
down-grade and that the average person has no
desire to associate himself with it. Though it has
decreased some in the past it is steadily regaining.
This new interest is coming from the younger
members of the dramaturgic art. As if suddenly,
we have realized that the theatre offers a means
of enjoyment both for ourselves and for others.
We have learned that the drama is a very neces-
sary part of our lives. Today the professional
theatre is-g b*ing its impetus from its younger
members. The little theatres and amateur organi-
zations throughout the country lend themselves
to this movement. Comedy Club, and its produc-
tions, fall easily into this group.
It is always the policy of the club to secure
a professional director for its production and this
spring it has been fortunate in securing Mr. Ains-
worth Arnold, well known to Ann Arbor for
his work in past Dramatic Festivals. Mr. Arnold
was recently made an honorary member of the

Louis Fink, violinist, pupil of Professor Wassily
Besekirsky will give the following graduation re-
cital at 8:15 p. m., today in the School of Music
Auditorium, to which the general public with the
exception of small children is invited. Winifred
Arthur will be the accompanist.
Sonata in A major (for violin and piano . .Brahms
Allegro amabile
Andante, Vivace
Allegretto grazioso
Largo .................................Bach
Bouree ........................Bach
Concerto in M minor, opus 61 ........Saint-Saens
Allegro non tropo
Andantino quasi allegretto
Allegretto non troppo
Romance in E minor .................... Sinding
Perpetuum Mobile ..................... Novacek
Screen Reflections
Four stars means extraordinary; three stars very
good; two stars good; one star just another picture;
no stars keep away from it.
James Gleason is the detective and Edna May
Oliver is the school teacher who helps find out
who shoved the man into the penguin pool in the
aquarium on the Battery. You know that the
man's wife had a rendezvous with a friend in the
aquarium, but what appears fortuitously at the
trial is that the friend wasn't the only one with
whom she had a rendezvous that afternoon.
It is a fairly good detective picture but, as
is usually the case, the audience isn't given the
necessary information to determine the murderer.
By far the best character in the picture is Edna
May Oliver as the school teacher who was leading
her brood through the aquarium on the fatal day
and became involved in the murder. Showing
twice the intuition of the detective she practically
solves the crime by herself. Her remarks at the
detective-not without asperity-are the highlight
of the show. -B. S.

Vocal cords
made of coal!l
Typical of Western Electric care and precision
in manufacturing Bell Telephone apparatus, is the
making of the transmitter button which transfor.ms
spoken words into electrical impulses.
This transmitter button-the telephone's vocal
cords-contains coal. Only a fine grade of se-
lected anthracite, specially treated, is suited for
this delicate work. First :the coal is ground into
fine granular form -next it is carefully sifted and
washed. Then, after being roasted in special ovens,
it is put into the transmitter button. Approxi-
mately 50,000 tiny grains must go into each button
-too few or too many would impair transmission.
Such infinite care with "little things" is one rea-
son why Bell System apparatus serves so faithfully.



Town Points

A A FEW DAYS AGO we had occasion
+to hear a student politician ex-
pound his theory of what is wrong'with the- coun-
try. It was his proposition that our governments
are no longer satisfactory because all the fun
has been taken out of politics. Undoubtedly sin-
cere, he attempted to paint a disparaging picture
of the degree_ to which experts and their statistics
are being consulted by those we elect to guard the
public weal.
He argued that this is all wrong. What we need,
according to him, is a return to the good old days
when to be politically successful a man had to
know how to think on his feet, concoct smooth
answers to embarrassing questions while lighting
a cigarette, and be at all times ready to deliver
rosy five-minute speeches containing at least one
good joke each to after dinner audiences.
When Samuel Seabury was here last month he
told us about the kind of government we get
under this type of leadership. It might be more
glamorous, but it is hard 'on the paying public.
Its extravagances are a show that costs the man
in the street inordinate taxes that he is frequently
unable to pay. It furnishes no real leadership. And
the unseen base on which it is supported is priv-
ilege, pillage, and corruption.
Those who preach this sort of government are
surely misguided. It is our hope that they are,
and remain, a minority.
Farm Strikes
Are Ill-Advised. .
A NOTHER STEP complicating the
depression was taken when Min-
nesota members of the National Farmers' Holiday
Association voted a general farm strike, to become
effective Saturday.
, Swearing to "stay at home, buy nothing, sell
nothing," 4,000 irate farmers declared through
a resolution that Minnesota agriculturists were
being grossly mistreated. The measure is presumed
to be defensive; in reality it is offensive--an of-
fense against the effective passage and operation
of national government activity to relieve farm-
ers all over the country.
It is undeniable that farmers have received a
raw deal; but efforts have been made to pull them
out of their slough. These efforts have, truly
enough, hitherto counted for little; but the work
of the Roosevelt administration seems destined to
rrctt in uinrl-id industrial and aaricultural


-Hobert Skidmore.

By Alexander Wollcott
Note: Mr. Woollcott's article is re-printed by per-
mission. Miss Carey, Mr. Kingsford and Mr. Martin,
as well as the "Book" setting, mentioned by Mr.
Woollcott will be a part of the Ann Arbor production
of "Twelfth Night."
It has been Jane Cowl's duty, as a conscientious
first actress, to pay occasional devoirs to the hal-
lowed Bard. These events have always proved
highly gratifying to us drama-lovers, since she is
equipped with her charm, beauty, intelligence and
cunning to interpret these great roles reverently
and at the same time to give a good show.
Her 'latest genuflexion to Shakespeare is her
Viola in "Twelfth Night." It is a delightful exer-
cise in the gayer Shakespeare. I have dim memo-
ries of former Violas-Miss Julia Marlow, Miss
Annie Russell and Miss Viola Allen, all of whom
were claimed in their day as very pleasing. But
my happiest "Twelfth Night" recollections are
hlose of Jane Cowl and her communion with Him
of Avon and Broadway.
Many of the old rhapsodic things may be said
about Miss Cowl's Viola. The part has been called
"Shakespeare's most attractive twin." Certainly
Miss Cowl has the knack or the genius to speak
the lovely speeches with variety, making them
seem, ."actually, very human and intimate. She
tinges humor with melancholy, showmanship with
poetry, and in the traditional scenes, beloved by
all Shakespeareans, she forms a most successful
partnership with the Master. It is a case of Cowl
and Shakespeare, if I may give it a firm name.
Also as an inventive stage-director she has con-
trived a device by which the comedy's machinery
moves with swift alacrity. I am given to under-
stand that, because of this ingenious setting, not
a single line in her produc.tion is cut from the
original text. Even then, the curtain falls in rec-
ord time.
The settings of the play are presented as if
they were illustrations in a book, with the Clown
turning the pages at each change of scene. So
Miss Cowl's "Twelfth Night" is fleet so far as the
cog-wheels are concerned, and Viola and the hair-
oiled Duke of Orsino get together soon after 10:30
p. m.
My head must also be bared to Miss Joyce Carey
(daughter of Mrs. Lillian Braithwraite), for her'
majestically sentimental imnersonation of Olivia:

The bulletin board at the entrance of the En-
gineering Shops contains a Daily Official Bulletin
for Thursday, July 29, 1926.
George Mason, graduate in the class of '57 here,
is credited with having originated the plans for
the first World's Fair at Chicago in 1892.
The doors at the Lawyers Club open inward, al-
though the Michigan state fire laws specify that
the doors of all public buildings open outward.
The University was located in Ann Arbor in
1837, largely through the efforts of the Ann Arbor
Land Company, a syndicate of real estate men
who were interested in exploiting an addition to
the town plat. At first, they tried to get the
state capital for Ann Arbor, and, failing in this,
they made a successful bid for the University.
By Karl Seiffert
"Until I was injured a year ago, I was the
life of every party I attended," Miss Hooks told
the court. "I was considered the prettiest and mosLt
popular girl in our crowd. Now," she concluded,
"I am a wallflower."-Detroit Free Press.
Even your VERY BEST friends?
-* *
Huh? Don'tya hafta have NO brains atall?
* * *
And just now somebody walked in and claimed
that if we ever got around to being seen with a
woman she'd soon be known as nothing more than
a gagster's moll.
PERSONAL AD: A. and F. S.-Congrats., good
luck, etc.; C. and D. and me; all think swell idea;
what about B. and E.?
To us, my good fellow, B. and E. are just a
couple of things that make chicken soup more in-
* * *
"Who are the 'forgotten women' in Ann Arbor?"
queries an ad. Well, one of them is the gal who
spent most of last week bragging that she was
going to wear roller skates ALL the TIME from
now on, my dear.
* -: *
That's France's idea too, only they change
the "it" t "them."
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