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abominable hodgepodge known as the English sys-
teen is -lowly but surely giving way to the scien-
tific decimal system commonly called the metric
system; and second, that all educated persons
d should lend lheir influence to accelerate the com-
Ing of the everyday use of the metric system.
To a University audience there should be no
necesity for submitting arguments in favor of the
metric system; but there, is a need for keeping its
advantages continually in the public eye and there
is a need for all of us, students as well as faculty,
to become boosters for the metric system. The
inertia and ignorance of the older generation must
be overcome by the enthusiasm and the wisdom
of the younger generation. Nowhere is this more
ticular one happens to be able to hit the upgrade
back to respectability.
Kiddo is a dancer in a dive. After she murders
a bum who enters her room, she is forced to flee
on Captain Boynton's ship. Boynton is a dark,
two-fisted gentleman, played by Bill "Stage"
When she is left on a -lonely island to the wiles
of a half-drunken lawyer, Kiddo is -only too glad
to meet Brian, a handsome enough young pearl
fisherman. Then there's a lot about a wrecked
schooner, the threatened return of Boynton to get
Kiddo, the marriage of Kiddo to Brian, and finally
the showdown with the rascally lawyer pairing off
with Boynton against the other two.
It is fairly good melodrama, and Peggy Shan-
non is remarkably attractive.
You may say it's old stuff. Perhaps. We aren't
saying much either way.
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THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 1932
strikingly illustrated than in the attitude of the
big manufacturers of little screws. Granted that
this is a machine age and granted that machines
require screws and bolts, little and big, by the
millions, it is encouraging to realize that the older
generation of factory owners who opposed con-
gressional legislation looking toward the wider use
of the metric system is now being replaced by a
younger and wiser generation scientifically
trained, not only sympathetic to the metric system
but also actively aggressive in furthering its use.
It formerly was said that %'he entering wedge
for the metric system in the United States would
be either an act requiring that all bids and specifi-
cations for government purchases be expressed
in metric units or an act requiring that metric
units be adopted in interstate commerce. While
either of these approaches would if adopted bring
metric units into every day use on the double-
quick, many manufacturers, without waiting for
such drastic action, are voluntarily going ahead
and changing over at leas t in part to metric
specifications, partly from a selfish but laudable
desire to simplify manufacturing and partly from:
a selfish and equally laudable desire to compete
more successfully in international commerce,
realizing that practically all of the civilized na-
tions of the world aside from Great Britain and
the United States are already actively on the
metric basis. There is scarcely a machine shop
of any consequence that does not have in it some
tools and some machines and some stock material
in metric units. Scientific work the world over
is done almost exclusively in metric units, and
both science and scientists wield a big influence
on the world these days., It is only a question of
time until this laggard United States will fall intc
line in the unescapable and highly desirable uni-
versal use of metric units. For our own sakes and
for our children's sakes let us speed the day.
Whenever we have the opportunity let us say a
good word for the metric system, I should likE
to commend Dr. Onderdonk for his .outspoker.
advocacy of this system.
-(Prof.) Daniel L. Rich
WHAT FUN IT IS
rO OPEN THE MAIL
-G. M. W. Jr.
B A L L
READ THE DAILY
This column has taken the privilege of annotat-
.ng Mr. Constantine's letter. Here it is.
To Screen Reflections:
Isn't it just about time we had another (1)
m1ovie editor? At least the one we have now is so
'ash, inaccurate, and (2) unjust that all the
>leasure of reading such an appealing and in-
formative column is taken away. He constantly
nisjudges the pictures-more than one person
aas remarked that his system of stars is all off.
of he has become so biased that he can't even
give a decent picture a break, why not give his
.ree ticket (3) to someone who canboth enjoy
;he picture and give us an idea of the story? We
ion't like to miss too many good shows because
)f a rotten editor. Let us have just the story-no
Sad criticism or- judgment. If we do have any,
.et it be impartial-no more prejudiced attacks
.ike the one on poor (4) Clara Bow--give the gal
(5) a chance. She wasn't as bad as he made her
.ook to be-at least her acting is improved (6)
md is up to Hollywood standard (7). The trouble
aith her is not that she is too fat but that she is
;oo thin (8). What do you think (9)? Remember
his misjudgment of the recently popularly recalled
3IG BROADCAST (10).
(1) No. (2) Harsh words, them. (3) 10 cents,o
'ou mean. (4) Calling Clara Bow "poor" is like
:alling an Alaskan husky "pretty-boy.." (5) A
nore, apt terminology. (6) What could it have
)een before-? (7) Do they have one out there? (8)
refer you to Mr. Ind's review. (9) We still think
he's too fat. (10) What do you mean? A. E. B.
ave it 3 stars.
Mr. Allison Ind, dramatic critic and movie re-.
Aiewer of the Ann Arbor Daily News, rated "Call
Jer Savage," starring Clara Bow, the lowest of
ny show he has yet reviewed under his percent-
xge system, 65 per cent. He said that Clara Bow
adn't lost a pound-"not even a ton."
Mr. Ind further said that the public does not
,vant *'that" type of Clara Bow to return to the
>creen. And when critics agree, as he and I do,
.hat means something.
I think Miss Bow must have difficulty in get-
.ing in and out of doorways. Mr. Ind thinks she's
modelled on the lines "of an inter-state bus." So.
-G. X. W. Jr.
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ties Slap The
Of Scientists .
T IS NOT greatly surprising that a
group of. fanatics should object to
admission of Dr. Einstein to the United StatesI
he charge that he is a communist. In this
[ of the free there .are people to uphold every
ement, however outrageous to common sense
pay be. It is surprising, however, that theI
nrican embassy at Berlin ever should have
ia moment's notice to the protests.
ifficulties attendant upon travelling from
ntry to country are fruitful subjects of con-
ation among globe trotters, and perhaps they
e been overdone even in the case of the pril-
- citizen. That Dr. Einstein should be delayed
unduly quizzed is the height of discourtesy.
merica is jealous of her growing reputation as
intellectual country, and has seized with well-
ified eagerness the opportunity to add Eu-
's most distinguished, scientist to an American
ilty. The benefits. to accrue from this rela-
ship are certainly ours to the greatest degree.
at inconsistency it is, then, tb bar the door
ch we ourselves have opened to welcome him!
ven if it were true, which Frau Einstein in-
Ently denies, that the professor has any com-
iistic leanings, it is ridiculous to suppose that
would descend to the dissemination of "red"
>aganda, and it is to prevent that that the
stionnaire is administered.
"deluge of cables" to the Einsteins evidenced
regret of the American people over the inci-
t, and an apology would not be out of order.
Letters published in this column should not be
nstrued as expressing the editorial opinion of The
Lily. Anonymous communcations will be di,,regardl-
The nanes of comunicans will, however, be re-
rded as confidential upon request. Contributors are
ked to be brief, connfning tnemselves to less than
0 words if possible.
RE ON THE METRIC SYSTFEM
week or so ago there appeared in this column
: the signature of Dr. Onderdonk some excel-
comments on the metric system. In the corre-
adence that followed there was a tendency, as
nfortunately often the case, to depart from the
its of the question under discussion and to
ge in personalities and references to national
To The Editor:
The writer spent his undergraduate days in a
small provincial college., He was subjected to a
narrow, superficial and moral education. His in-
structors called it culture, and he, accepting the
judgments of these supposedly well-educated men,
knew no better. These instructors in their easy-
going way were given to adulteration. They
praised painters and preachers, Frenchmen and
Germans; they praised Matthew Arnold not only
as a poet but also as a critic; they praised both '
Saint Francis of Assisi and Benito Mussolini.
Worst of all was their attitude toward musicians.
They invariably hastened over the flaws in order
to expound more fully the virtues. Only last year
I was sent a review of the Detroit orchestra'}s
recital in whichl high praise was given to this ob-
viously uncouth aggregation. I have heard Sigrid
Onegin and Myra Hess and Horowitz praised to
the skies, -(but, thanks to myMichigan stars, I
shall be saved all such unhealthy adulation this
year). I have even heard kind words spoken of
the Cleveland Symphony.
At Michigan I have learned another lesson, a
lesson that has enlarged my appreciation, that
has stimulated a sound and healthy critical atti-
tude. For two years I have read Mr. Gorman's
appreciations. Where, I ask, could one find so
youthful a critic with so clever, so caustic, so
brilliant a mind? Time after time has Mr. Gor-
man pointed out flaws that I, in my untutored
innocence. have missed. Several times I have
found myself on the verge of giving my approval
to a recital when the Daily has brought' me Mr.
Gorman's- clear-sighted, analytical condemnations
and I have not only learned a more reasoned ap-
preciation but have also been spared several em-
Mr. Gorman is gone, but luckily Miss Murphy,
his successor, is equally clever, caustic, and bril-
liant, and even more scintillating. She has the
first attribute of a good critic-the ability to
make white whiter and black more black. She
criticizes favorably or adversely with equal skill.
She pointed out a few weeks back the glory of
Mr. Tibbett's "natural" genius, his ability as a
showman, his admirable restraint (which I had
taken foolishly for a kind of Coolidge-like immo-
bility) and only yesterday she quite surpassed
herself by granting high praise (alleviated, of
course, by a few exquisite qualifications) to Mr.
Frantz and by condemning wholeheartedly the
atrocious performance of the orchestra. Miss
Murphy completely avoids the foolish art of
damning with faint praise. She calls a spade a
spade. The crowning glory of the criticism was
the frank, clear-as-crystal comment on the con-
Now I trust ycu will understand my appreciation
of the Michigan Daily type of criticism and how
I find it so superbly set forth in the straightfor-
ward, honest phrase describing Mr. Gabrilowitsch
as "a doddering old man." -W. H. T.
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.By Karl Seiffrrt
Our Mr. John (Inside Dope) Thomas, mad czar
of Page Three, remarks on the mortality rate
among Daily editorial page columns. And The
Press Box-ah, with what rapture we search each
norning for its modest paragraphs - goes on
Intl on, like Time itself. And sometimes pretty
nuch like the Detroit Free Press.
One that Mr. Thomas missed: Westbrook Peg-
er, prominent sports columnist, is now a Wash-
ngton correspondent. He ought to be able to find
at least one member of the House aggregation
gho flashed a bang-up brand of ball at the initial
sack back in East St. Louie.
* * *
After long and weighty deliberation, the
American consul general at Berlin has decided
to admit Albert Einstein to the United States.
Maybe Max Schmeling put in a good word for
And then there is the golf club manufacturer
who has invented a club that won't slice. That
ought to have a profound effect on the expressive-
ness of the American language.
Congress struggled through the first day of its
session without the attendance of Dolly Gann, the
Vice-President's sister. Considerable speculation
was rife as to her whereabouts, because whatever
Charley's next job is going to be, she's probably
out arranging for a ring-side seat.
The first few days of the Michigan deer
season saw nearly a score of men killed in
hunting accidents. A rumor that several deer
also fell is gaining ground.
The Americans whose names are listed in the
British Who's Who for the first time this year are
Clarence Darrow and three novelists, an artist,
and a motion picture producer. That makes
three novelists, an artist, a motion picture pro-
ducer, and a circus performer.
A Vassar professor points out that the food left
over- from an American holiday dinner would feed
a'French family for a week. We'll admit that here
N \ J
How to keep silt and sand from clogging tele-
phone cable ducts was one problem put up to
engineers at Bell Telephone Laboratories. No
known method of joining sections of vitrified clay
conduit effected a seepage-tight joint.
With scientific thoroughness, telephone men
made many tests under service conditions. They
devised a bandage of cheese-cloth, waterproof
paper and mortar. Easily made and applied, this
mortar bandage is tight against silt and sand. It
prevents clogging, greatly simplifies the installation
of new telephone cables and the removal of old ones.
Through solving such interesting problems,
Bell System men work steadily nearer to their goal
-telephone service of -highest possible efficiency.
'ortunatelyfor me if anyone attacks me on the
is of my ancestry he will find little information
ilable. I am inclined to think that probably I
J some ancestors, but a cousin of mine after
vincing himself that all tracks of our racial
e is -lost some six or seven generations ago in
wilds of western Pennsylvania gave up the
Four stars means extraordinary; three' stars very
good; two stars good; one star just another picture;
no stars keep away from it.
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