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prove the situation tremendously with the assist-
ance of intelligent legislation. The drawback
however comes in the famer's antipathy to organi-
gation. He balks at restraint and, even when he
does join an organization he fails to recognize it
as his own.
The European situation presents a distinct con-
trast. The European farmer is, generally, in a
better position than the city dweller. Instead of
living in rural isolation, European farmers live in
small communities. Their lives are bound up in
their communities. They are not wealthy but they
are contented, secure. In Denmark, they have
actually taken control of the government.
What the eventual solution of the farm prob-
lem in America will be is uncertain. It is certain,
however, that it will not come through a pro-
cess of unguided evolution. Intelligent, informed
leadership will be necessary. -
The initial step in providing this leadership has
been taken in many of our colleges and univer-
sities. During the present year, this movement has
manifested itself on the Michigan campus. A class
in the rural community has been established
under the guidance of Prof. Roy Holmes. Profes-
sor Holmes, with the aid of his students, is making
a survey of agricultural conditions. It is com-
mendable that the university should pioneer in
this new field, in which so much remains to be

Campus Opinion
Letters published in this column should not be
construed as expressing the editorial opinion of The
Daily. Anonymous communcaions will be disregard-
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300 words if possible.
To The Editor-
King football, the all-amazing sport, is again
bringing to a close another successful season,
having claimed 37 of our young men and dis-
abling many others for life. The season is not
quite completed, but the 37 lives which this game
has taken hardly compensate for the high
scores, excitement, and glory that brings out the
Last year when 50 lost their lives in the game.
coaches and fans found it a very easy matter to
'efend the sport by pointing out shortcomings in.
'he* rules, yet these corrected rules failed to pre-
vent another slaughter this fall. We have had a
lecrease in the total number, we must admit, yet
'p to last year the record of 20 lives lost in 1925
:vas looked upon as ample evidence of the rough-
ness and danger of playing football.


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TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 1932
Farm Relief Studied
At The Umversty...
A FEW DAYS AGO we happened to
hear a portion of a broadcast
from the International Livestock exposition at
Chicago. A farm boy who won one of the major
prizes of the exposition was being interviewed.
When.asked about his plans for a life career, the
boy answered that he intends to spend his life
on the farm.
If the boy spoke sincerely, his attitude was, to
say the least, unusual. Few modern farm boys
are contented with the prospect of a life on the
farm. The hazy prospect of fame and fortune in
the city attracts them. But they are no different
than their fathers. The American farmer's' dis-
content with his lot has become tradiitonal. He
has assumed such an inferiority complex that, to
the average person, he belongs to a lower strata
of society than his city fellows.
The reasons for this degraded position of the
farmer are many. The first and probably the
greatest is his comparative isolation. He has little
contact with his fellow men. He lives, almost, in
a different era. Progress means little or nothing
to him. His schools are . poorly-equipped, and
poorly taught. He feels that he cannot afford to
hire good teachers. Education seems such a waste
of time and money to him.

Garner Makes
A Tactical Error.. .

.PEAKER GARNER started out thet
year wrong. He* played his high-
est trump and lost.
Intent, at all costs, upon fulfilling his oratorical
promises to "keep faith with the American peo-
pie," Mr. Garner fairly moved heaven and earthj
to get his repeal amendment passed. Against the
opposition of his dry foes and repeated warning:
of his wet allies he succeeded in getting the
House rule lifted, postponed the President's mes-
sage a day, and secured the services of Mr. Rainey
of Illinois to present the bill after Mr. Sumniei
had declined to do so. It was presented, the radio
public treated to forty minutes of congressiona
debate, and then it was promptly defeated. Mr.
Garner found that his opponents held the ace o..
The wet cause, thanks to its impetuous spokes-
man, is now in an embarrassing situation. It hay
been defeated in the first skirmish on a battle-
ground which is, notwithstanding yesterday's vote,
decidedly in its favor. The unfortunate part of :it
for the wets is that they chose a really important
issue as the basis for their first skirmish anti
have now lost the opportunity to accomplish the
thing for which they should have carefully pre-
pared and concentrated all their forces.
They even dimmed the happy prospect of "Beer
by Christmas." Of course, they may suspend some
more rules to force a Volstead repeal act in ahead
of the relatively important farm relief and
war debt problems, but whether it comes up
before Christmas or after, yesterday's precedent
will hang heavily over the heads of the wets and
will be a powerful stimulant to the dry forces in
Garner's mistake was in thinking that all the
beer sentiment could be directed toward repeal
of the amendment. He should have known that
many of the legislators who advocated the legali-
zation of beer would think twice before they
would vote for the absolute repeal of the eigh-
teenth amendment. They think they see in beer
a remedy for the billion-dollar deficit and pacifi-
cation of the thirsty voters, but they are not in
favor of the absolute repeal of the constitutional
amendment without definite substitute measures
on foot.
Had Garner allowed the Volstead act to come
up for consideration first and enrolled the cau-
tious and moist congressmen on his side for its
repeal, the movement would have been well under
way for the consideration of the larger 'problemI
Af removal of the constitutional barrier.
We hoped for complete repeal, but unfortunately,
,t's too late now. Yesterday's bill will never come
oefore this Congress again, the beer enthusiasts
vill find harder sledding on account of it, and
.he happy days have been definitely postponed.

When former players tell of the days of the
dlying-wedge and 250-pound lines, they never
:mention the number of deaths, but confine them-
elves to explaining how noses were broken or
ieeth knocked out. The rules, in those days, were
nuch more lenient than they are at present and
ihe injuries received were on the surface; the
.ractured skulls, broken necks, and internal
;omplications of today did not seem to bother
,he old-timers. Have the rules actually had much
.Mportance in determining the number of in-
Figures show that college football, in which
oaches and trainers receive higher salaries, is
aver twice as dangerous as high school football,
n which the coaches are often faculty men who
lave seldom played on any larger teams nor have
they received the least notice from the board
,electing All-Americans. Can we say that expert
;uidance and competent leaders always reduce
,he number of injuries? Professional teams which
)ave no master-mind to guide them report less
njuries than any others.
Of course professional players are more experi-
:need than the average, but the college player
rho is more experienced than the high school
ythlete does not escape from injuries. Colleges
ikewise furnish better equipment to their teams
,han most prep-schools are able to afford. Less
leer (also spelt dear and beer) hunting and more
concentrated action on the part of "those who
speak" might help to remedy this unnecessary
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The conveniences offered by modern mechanical
inventions have affected the farmer less than the3
have any other class. Electric lights, gas for
cooking and heating, motion pictures, and so on
are rich luxuries which are not readily available
to him. His only community is his family and
he begrudges the fate which forces him to live
such a stilted life.
The farmer's plight has been heightened by the
depression, although the agricultural depression
began nearly ten years before the industrial ca-
tastrophe. Farms have been mortgaged to the
hilt, when they have not actually been seized for
non-payment of taxes. Farm produce was sold
and is selling at less than the cost of produc-
For a very long time, the farmer exercised the
virtue of patience to the nth degree, a patience
drilled into him by a life filled with hardship..
More recently, however, the farmer has experi-
enced an awakening. The membership in the
farm organization, has increased; new, virile
groups, such as the Farmers' Union and the
Farmers' Holiday associations have sprung into
existence; the farmers led by their organizations
have made a fight for legislation favorable to
In the latter respect, they have made notrio wi
errors, because the experience was novel to them.
In Michigan, they passed a real estate tax limita-
tion act, but worded it so that it excluded the
assessment of an income tax, leaving the alter-
+n rp o a e lcuv which wnn ertainly not

Screen Reflections
Four stars means extraordinary; three stars very
good; two stars good; one star just another picture;
no stars keep away from it.
Clara Bow returns to the screen in "Call Her
Savage." Clara Bow has not taken off all the
.veight she should have.
Clara Bow's picture abounds in triteness.
The following bewhiskered devices are trite: (1)
Aonroe Owsley saying-"We'll get away from it
dll-London, the continent, the Riviera (2) the
.rate father that never wants to see his daughter
igain, (3) the baby-in-arms, Constance Bennettt
tyle, (4) the downtrodden wife tries to become
I girl of the streets but her virtue is so all-
triumphant; she can't do it, (5) her baby iss
pikey-haired and very cute, (6) there are endless
:oy scenes between Mr. Owsley and Miss Bow in
vhich they laugh heartily at each other's jokes,
t7) other hellish examples of humor, (8) Miss#
3ow's Vassar style of acting.x
These factors are not trite: (1) the rattlesnake
in the opening scenes on the ranch.
Add trite things: (9) the covered wagon pre-
;ude to give the proper epic tonic.
Added attractions: Our Gang Comedy; Bugs in,
cove, a nice cartoon; and Paramount News.
It just came to the reviewer that there isi
something about Monroe Owsley's name that is
peculiarly apt-that is, the name fits the man's
1nnrs .Owslev Owslev.

By Karl Seiffert-
Politics in the United States is the only com- -
:etitive sport extant that is conducted to the
omplete satisfaction of all contenders. Win, lose,
r draw, you come out ahead anyway. Mr. Roose-
elt polled the greatest number of votes ever cast
or a winning candidate in a Presidential election,
Loover got the most ever accorded a losing
ominee, Norman Thomas drew nearly three times
s many as he did in 1928, and William Z. Foster
>iled up a substantial increase over his share of
the votes four years ago.
It's a nice system. You start out by promising
;he voters everything but the bronze off the
apitol roof, then you get somebody to go out
and solicit campaign expenses, and even if you
don't win you break a record. You can't lose.
*, * *
This election was certainly a statistician's
field day. Some enterprising young fellow has
yet to reveal, however, that all the campaign
speakers, if laid end to end, would reek from
coast to coast.
Economists are baffled by the fact that in
Canada the American dollar is worth $1.20.. The
20 cents is probably the deposit on the bottles.
* *s *
Democratic House leaders, hot after the pro-
hibition ogre, have been considering using caucus
measures to bind wavering colleagues in line for
outright repeal. See what the boys in the back
room will have. This one's on the House.
* *
And Republican leaders, not to be outdone,
are planning to install a new national ma-
chine in operation shortly after this admin-
istration goes out. Probably a pulmotor.
Up in Montreal a series of sewer blasts tore
through six square miles of the city recently,
spreading terror -among surprised householders.
More likely it was only one of the final campaign
speeches just arrived from below the border.
Good news for the practical wets-Federal pro-
hibition forces are planning to continue enforce-
ment as usual without regard for possible modi-
fication or repeal. No danger that the country
will go dry.
* * *
A dispatch points out the fact that Presi-
dent-Elect Roosevelt faces the prospect of
having the governmental budget for the first
fiscal year of his administration framed by
Republicans. That's the word, brother, that's
the word,
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