THE M1ICiIGAN DAILY
'HE MICHIGAN DAILY
the state is to be fairly distributed, it is seen that
amendment two would be an obstruction to this
much and justly desired goal.
Other proponents of the amendment argue, in
the second place, that they are necessary to force
the legislature to adopt new and fairer taxes.
But a study of the facts reveals that this argu-
ment is invalid. The property tax is already prov-
ing unsatisfactory and will, by the high percent-
age-35 per cent-- of its delinquency, force the
legislature to adopt tie desired additional and
fairer means of taxation.
From these considerations it is evident that
ratification of these amendments (1) would crip-
ple all institutions in the state dependent on a
mill tax, and (2) would not be a means to more
equitable distribution of the tax burden.
In the event of their ratification, the University
n must undergo hardship, and know that nothing
will be gained by its pain.
State, county, city, village, township, and school
district governments must suffer, and know that
r they suffer in vain.
Vote "NO" on proposed amendments two and
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when they are fired they go into selling life insur-
For this historical reason my clansmen and I
shall not give our voices for Heribjartr inn Digra
at the approaching Thing. We think he should be
succeeded by another king who may have better
luck. We feel too that we made an unwarranted
mistake in elevating Heribjartr on the shield in
1928, had we been aware that he had such facility
in making untrue political prophecies we should
have known that nature had intended him to
grace the Political Science department of some
Prof. Normani L. v Wiiey
DR. ANNING LEAVES
A POINT OPEN
To The Editor:
It seems to me that, on a strictly logical basis,
given the premises that there are thousands of
Indians to each British soldier on the plains of
India and that these soldiers are not immediately
wiped out, there are at least three possible con-
1. The one given by Dr. Anning, vs. that the
majority of Indians desire the presence of the
2. That the majority of Indians are indifferent.
3. That the majority of Indians, being peace-
fully inclined, desire to try peaceful methods be-
fore ruthlessly wiping out the British.
Why does Professor Anning leave the second
two possibilities out of all consideration?
G. A. Cook, 28Ed...
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TUESDAY, NOV. 8, 1932
Vote 'No' On Two
Fax Amendments . .
S OME of the persons who read this
will, as residents of Michigan, vote
in the elections today. Among the decisions con-
fronting them will be whether to say yes or no
to proposed amendments two and four to the
state constitution. We believe that it is definitely
in their best interests to reject these amendments.
Amendment four, the "$3,000 Exemption-
Amendment," proposes, with a few exceptions, to
exempt from taxation all owner-occupied prop-
erty assessed at $3,000 or less, and to exempt the
first $3,000 worth of owner-occupied property as-
sessed at more than $3,000. If ratified, it will
destroy a large part of the basis of the property
tax and cripple all governmental institutions in
the state dependent on a mill tax. The University
in such an event must suier heavily, as would
state, county, city, village, township, and school
The "$3,000 Amendment" in addition proposes
to allow property owners to assess their property
themselves, provided that they are willing to sell
their property for a cash amount equal to their
assessment. Since the larger businesses and in-
dustries are aware that their properties have a
cash value that is but a very small fraction of
their real value, they would assess them at ma-
terially lower figures than those at the present
time. They would thus escape a large portion
of the tax burden which they justly should carry.
Amendment two, the "15-Mill Limitation
Amendment," proposes to limit the property tax
to 15 mills per dollar of assessed valuation, which
will reduce it materially; if amendment four is
also ratified the revenues collected in the state
from property will dwindle to a mere fraction
of their present sum. Since such revenues today
amount to about 80 per cent of the state govern-
ments' incomes, they would obviously be crippled
by their ratification to the point of inconvenient
and perhaps perilous inefficiency.
Furthermore, and of particular importance to
those interested in maintaining Michigan's repu-
tation for unsurpassed public education, it would
be necessary to divide the revenues collected under
these amendments between state, county, city,
village, township, and school district, and the
University. It is inconceivable that the Univer-
sity, with its virtually negative political influence,
should not be worsted in the scramble for shares
in the pauperishly small funds available.
Most of the proponents of these two amend-
ments admit that they would inconvenience the
governments in the state, but desire them as a
mueans to lighten the burden at present carried
by property. We concur whole-heartedly in their
belief that property in this state is overtaxed.
We subscribe without reservation to their propo-
sition that the tax burden should be equitably
distributed. But we do not believe that proposed
amendments two and four would be a means to
A Vote For Thomas
Is Not 'Thrown Away'
TIHIS FALL, The Daily, as a student
. newspaper, has felt that its duty
was political impartiality. It has tried to present
the platforms of the rnree leading national parties
However, since Republican and Democratic
stories are overwhelmingly favored by national
news services, and since those stories are more
important to The Daily's Republican-Democratic
public, we have been unable to give as much
space to the Socialist party as we would have
To counteract this unfortunate circumstance,
but more especially because it feels that the effort
is a necessary one, The Daily has tried to point
out to its readers that Norman Thomas and the
Socialist party deserve their consideration.
On the morning of Election Day we intend to
reiterate our stand.
A vote for Norman Thomas is not a vote
'thrown away,' Although Thomas has no chance
of being elected, that vote will count as a protest
against the two established parties, and against
the vast volume of bigoted "anti-Red" propa-
If you believe, as we do, that that protest might
well be made; if you believe, as we do, that a
powerful third party is necessary to the country's
well-being, you will vote for Norman Thomas.
The Daily could not actively campaign for
Thomas, but it can and does insist that you recog-
nize the value of some Socialistic ideas, and the
blindness to those same ideas on the part of our
more popular politicians.
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TIME TO IMMOLATE
'HERBERT THE FAT'
To The Editor:
Since no reporter from The Daily has approach-
ed me to inquire how I intend to vote at the
coming election I think that it is incumbent upon
me to ask for a little space in the disgruntled
column that I may give my statement.
This Spring it was my privilege to stand on the
venerable Thingvollr of Gamla Uppsala, where,
according to Snorri Sturlasson, the ancient Sviar
once killed their king, Domalldi, and wet the
altars of the gods with his blood because during
his reign there were three successive years of
That the Sviar were right in killing their king
was proved by the result, for under his successor
there were abundant crops again. The king in
those days, just as in our own times, promised
prosperity to his people, a chicken in the pot and
two autos in the garage, and if he could not
perform he knew what to expect. Domalldi had
not lived up to his campaign promises.
We cannot call this a barbarous custom which
we no longer follow, for we have today the same
attitude toward our foot-ball coaches. The coach
is hired for his success, not for an alibi, he is
supposed to produce a winning team every year
and for that reason he is paid as much as all
the rest of the Faculty together. If he does not
produce satisfactory results we kill him, witness
the Ohio- procedure.
It strikes me that we are in precisely the same
situation today as were the ancient Sviar at Upp-
sala some fifteen hundred years ago. We have
suffered four years of famine and misery and it
is high time that we sharpen our spears and go
to the Thing to immolate King Heribjartr in Digra
(alias Herbert the Fat).
However there is this unpleasant difference to
be noted between the ancient customs and the de-
generate ones of our modern times. Domalldi,
Music and Drama
SUNDAY'S FACULTY CONCERT;
With a brilliant technique underlying his firm
conceptions, Joseph Brinkman gave a recital Sun-
day afternoon that was outstanding both from
the .standpoint of his individual medium and that
of music in general. In order to be truly sig-
nificant, a pianist, violinist, or any other repro-
ducer of music, must not only imitate but re-
create and that implies a technique so facile
that it can be forgotten, a sound and deep musical
understanding, and a genuine ability to develop
out of another's work an art form that is unique-
ly your own while it is still primarily and funda-
mentally his. It is not a simple task. .Only a
few of our contemporary "artists" are fully en-
dowed with this God given capacity-the rest
seem content to remain as "interpreters." But,
in Mr. Brinman's playing, one could not help
feeling a sincere merging of the self with the
written music in order to create a unified and
clearly conceived whole that assuredly set him
out from the ranks of the latter level. There is
nothing superficial or careless about his playing
-it is serious, nearly studious work, and yet im-
mensely vital at the same time.
The "three B's" of music had ample chance to
justify their triumvirate glorification-Bach in
the lovely little Italian concerto, Beethoven in
the famous "Appasionata" Sonata, and rather
unfortunately, and certainly tediously, Brahms
in his Variations and Fugue on a theme by
Handel. The concerto is a beautiful miniature of
the clear strength of its master, and it was so
sympathetically played that one, as it should al-
ways be in the final analysis, lost the intellectual
conception in an emotional whole. The Beethoven
is not as perfect music, but it is more vital, more
vigorously close to the imperfect personal be-
cause of this very fact. Where the former goes
serenely along on the calm levels of a self-sup-
pressing control, the "Appasionata" flares and
dies away and burns innately like a leaping, sky-
licking flame. But only in spots, which, how-
ever, are so fine that they almost make up for
the rest, are the Variations Brahms. They are
mostly pedantic, conventional and heavily Ger-
man. In many ways Handel and Brahms are ex-
tremely different-that might account for the
many forced and uninspired moments. Then,
too, the form is a difficult one to handle with
any emotional plasticity or freedom of treatment.
But when he can be so very, very good, it is sad-
dening to realize that he can also be just boringly
and commonplacey bad. And yet, by comparison,
such things, like the Fourth symphony, should be
even more brilliant. So, even one of the hallowed
three must be granted a mistake, even if a very
lengthy one occasionally.
The familiar Chopin numbers were as well
played in their, way. Mr. Brinkman's conception
of the Polish composers works is far from the
"silver filagrees" and the effeminate "pastels"
that the poor man is so often confined into, and
while one may agree or disagree with the vibrant
colorings and highly emotional climaxes, it is
undoubtedly interesting from the first note to
the fading, final chord.
Screen Reflect ions
Four stars means a super-picture; three stars very
good; two stars good; one star just another picture;
no stars keep away from it.
AT THE MAJESTIC
** "THE PHANTOM OF CRESTWOOD"
Curtis .................Ricardo Cortez
Jenny Wren .............Karen Morley
Esther Wren .............Anita Louise
Priam Andes ............ H. B. Warner
Andes' Sister ......... Pauline Frederick
The program in brief: "The Phantom of Crest-
wood" is old hokum, adapted from a recent radio
mystery of the same name. It is more than ordi-
narily scary, is well acted, is somewhat obscure
in that events transpire too fast, but the identity
of the murderer is well enough concealed to give
the finish a big punch.
Credit is due Pauline Frederick for her fine
AI~-1 n c the cic-.i'r of Rnkr iPriam. Andes.Kare~ni
ileiiioeraiic t alididdie
He is a native of Ann Arbor,
highly qualified for that office.
On the Mexican border in 1916
with the United States troops he
served as sergeant and was select-
ed for special duty with the Texas
Rangers and the Sheriff's and Po-
lice departments at El Paso. Fol-
lowing many months of active
service, his duties always properly
performed, he was honorably dis-
He was educated in the public
schools of Ann Arbor and is a
graduate of Ann Arbor high school
and of the University of Michigan.
As a member of old company "I"
from Ann Arbor he served his
c o u n t r y on the battlefields of
France. Then he was again hon-
orably discharged and worked as
engineer on construction for the
For three years he served with
credit on the Washtenaw County
Board of Supervisors.
He can and will reduce the oper-
ating expenses of the Sheriff's
He will enforce the laws with
fairness, competence and intelli-
His deputies will be competent
men, capable of enforcing the laws
in a fair, impartial manner.
Pommerening has always hon-
estly and efficiently fulfilled the
duties with which he has been en-
He will prove a most trustwcrthy
Elect him as your Sheriff.
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