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Established 189Q


result from another prolonged series of butcheries
will fall upon the Mexican nation. As long as men
of the caliber of Calles and Rodriguez hold sway,
Mexico is doomed to remain one of the back-
ward nations of the world, if, indeed, she remains
long a nation.


By George Spelvin



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Now that we've gone definitely Philistine on the
subject of Bill Gorman, our public's attitude is
probably. in general, "That's all right, but what
about yours'lf? So what?"
About all we can do toward a statement of
our critical aims is to list the various schools
of student criticism we dislike and promise to
avoid them.
There are three in all; the Esoteric, the So-
phisticated, and the Ladies Literary. Though these
are expressions of three very different types of
minds they are, to us at least, equally annoy-
ing. Rather than go into a learned exposition
of their several imbecilitics, we'll give you ex-
amples of what we mean.
Pertinently obvious, "The Incipient Mrs.
Bowersox", purist-fascist-realist-hedonist,
(Socrates, it seems, was right) penetrat-
ingly succeeded last night at the Lydia
Mendelssohn. If this is high comedy-
Dos Passos, Renan, and Harold Bell Wright
to the contrary-then its point was made
by (refreshing because absolute) recurrent
undertones of culmination....
We've discussed this sort of thing before. It is
meaningless because of its absurd supposition that
the public is interested in the quibbling purisms
of the chosen few. Granted, it has all the solidity
of a log of wood, all the weight of a lump of
stone. But its pretensions to dignity are those
of the very young-the freshman back after a
semester at the U. and ready to tell father how
to run the business.
Not only should Play Production not
have produced "The Transcendental Mrs.
Twickenham," but it should never have
produced it, if any. Moreover, probably the
worst 'thing about the production was the
production itself, if any. Valentine Windt
has a blond beard and I loathe people with
blond beards-if any....
Admittedly, there is too much of this on cam-
pus. It may be, and has often been, amusing.
As criticism it is worthless.
An enthusiastic audience at the Lydia
Mendelssohn last night had the privilege of
viewing none other than the scintillating
Miss Todd in that charming play, "The
Twenty-Seventh Mrs. Goltzmeyer" which
ran so long on Broadway the early part of
last February. Those who are in the know
whisper that never has the Lydia Mendel-
ssohn's stage been transformed into such a
veritable fairyland of color, lights.
If it is unfair to deprecate always, it is quite
as' unfair always to praise. When a fine play
comes out there's nothing left to say. The Pol-
lyanna attitude is very dull reading, too.
That just about sums up what we're not going
to do. As for our intentions on the positive side
-that's for you to figure out.
Screen Reflections
Four stars means a super-picture; three stars very
good;two stars good; one star just another picture;
no stars keep away from it.

understand and why what people write leters to
I might begin by explaing that ill attacking
Mr. Friedberg I at the same time disclaim andd
disavow any connection with or support of Mr.
George Spelvin, whose strange document that eli-
cits this - well, a strange i n t e r 1 u d e between
strange documents. Mr. Spelvin's a r t i c 1 e said
nothing so trenchantly that I know he must feel
not a little ashamed at seeing it in print. So I
leave him to whatever conscience he might have.
But Mr. Friedberg should have better sense.
In the first place he is a Gorman-trained man.
He was discovered by Gorman, he aped Gorman,
he walked, talked, wrote, and-this to those who
know them both-even slept like him. He was a
willing if obscure bull dog for him. If Gorman
slept through the 5 p. m. deadline for his column,
good old Saul was always ready to fill the Music
and Drama colume with Gorman catch-words.
In spite of this rigid fromulative background,
he announces, a la Edmund Wilson, a sudden
swing to the left. Mr. Friedberg, who has never
read Das Kapital, professes to be a Marxist critic.
What happened to the thin crust of Anglicanism
baked prettily about him by Gorman via T. S.
Eliot he neglects to say. But I do know for a
fact that his revolutionary activity still consists
in smoking a twenty dollar pipe and reading the
Hound and Horn acd medieval philosophy by day
and listening to Bach by night. Hence he is
worse by far than a parlor socialist: he is a
dishonest kitchen communist.
His letter the other day accuses me of being
the first editor of Diagonal and part of the picture
that depicts Pansies playing bridge in the Parrot,
presumably the partner of Mr. Spelvin, whose
acquaintance I have not yet had the pleasure, or
the reverse, of making. The first editor of Diago-
nal was not I but Rhodes Scholar George Tilley,
at present abroad muddling through with Eng-
land. With George Dusenbury, editor of the only
artistically excellent 'Ensian ever published, I
took over the next issue of Diagonal with the
simple policy of honesty and the making of mon-
ey. If the making of money conflicted with hon-
esty, we were broad-minded about it. But it was
a good little liberal magazine, well-written and
derisive of tle very things Mr. Friedberg is at
last-allegedly-derisive of. Its critical tenet was
an amiable scepticism about the collegiate world.
We did not seek, as did Mr. Friedberg then and
very probably now, to protect a dishonest cyni-
cism within a medieval renegation.
What irks me more than anything he wrote is
the category Mr. Friedberg places me in. That
is, he includes me among the scoffing bourgeois
crowd-men who failed to recognize Gorman as
their champion. He overlooks the fact that I
had to live with Gorman at the time he was first
discovering T. S. Eliot and the Harvard intel-
lectuals. We had the same environment and
were subjected to the same training. Gorman was
more readily adaptable to bourgeois idealogy and
was impervious to any other doctrine, He went
ahead into philosophy and discovered bourgeois
security. I ventured into anthropology and dis-
covered the International Labor Defense.
And finally, I take issue with Mr. Friedberg's
vociferous praise of Mr. Gorman's honesty. If
Mr. Friedberg were a good Marxian critic he
would see that honesty to a cause is invalid unless
the cause itself is honest. He would not praise
Mr. Gorman for being faithful to his class but
would take him to task for supporting a cause
which in itself was not worthy of support.
Lawrence R. Klein,

Annlountcing1 --
ensPencils, Desk Sets and Skrip
We will feature among Sheaffer's produc ts the new
. heaffer "Feathertouch Lifetime" pens as a regular
item in our stocks. Thursday, Oct. 6th, Mrs. Loring,
of the Sheaffer Company, will offer suggestions and
advice about pens and pencils at our State street store.

State Stree t

East Unive rsity AvCnuC

Alfred E. Smith,
hide endeii[ L Citizen . ,
ALFRED E. SMITH, the man with a
conscience, has at last made up
with candidate Roosevelt.
Mr. Smith is above designated as "the man with
a conscience" because hitherto his personal con-
victions have prevented him from supporting Mr.
Roosevelt, although thereby he has done his party
more harm than good.
Always a conscientious citizen, Mr. Smith has
attempted to be fair and non-partisan in the
opinions he has presented to the public. In his
recent article in the Saturday Evening Post, he
presented a dispassionate view of the bonus ques-
(igl, and incidentally berated the House of Rep-
resentatives for its stand on that issue. Although
he failed to mention it, the House is Democratic.
However, he sought to make up for this party
deficiency by lauding the Democrats in a later
article running in his own magazine, The New
Outlook, wherein he stated that the only hope
of the nation was in his party's forthcoming vic-
tory. But he could not quite bring himself to
mention Mr. Roosevelt. His diplomacy was su-
perl, but it was not quite sufficient. The memory
of his circumvention at the hands of wily Mr.
McAdoo at the Chicago convention, nerhaps, still
rankled. Consequently, although he was decidedly
a conscientious citiz~en, it is seriously to be
doubted whether he showed himself the best sort
of Demno;rat.
The dispute seems at last to be patched up, as
indicated at the nomination Tuesday of Herbert
H1. Lehman for New York Governor. Now Mr.
Smith can do his party a great deal of concrete
Mexico's President
Aid(i Ctl ollCis1i . .
A FTER a few short years of peace,.
Mexico a p p e a r s to be on the
threshold of a repetition of the bloody days of the
Plutarco Calles regime.
Under Ortiz Rubio, the situation in the land of
revolutions remained very quiet. Rubio displayed
a willingness to meet the Catholic Church half
way, and the church responded in a very satis-
factory fashion. But the days of co-operation and
peace are near an end. Rubio is gone and his suc-
cessor, General Rodriguez, a statesman of the old
blood and thunder type, is ready to sacrifice the
future of his country to a petty quarrel with Ca-
In a blustering s t a t e m e,n t of his intentions,
Rodriguez calls the attitude of Pope Pius XI "ihso-
lent." This, from a petty national politician ad-
dressed to the head of the Roman C a t h o 1 i c
church, is the height of arrogance. It is Rodri-
guez, obviously, who is "insolent" and in no small
An~aaAc',. r rof the lamest rPani7ationf it the

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to a large shipment. The lined coat may be used
as a separate sports or top coat. Tweed mixtures,
bAku brown, forest green, wine, blue.




We heard someone in bacK of us say after the
show was over, "Pretty good." And that ex-t
presses it perfectly.
"New Morals for Old" is neither a new picture
from point of view of plot, nor does it receive
original treatment. It tells of the adventures ofr
two wayward "children," a boy and a girl, whol
gradually drift away from their parents, the boy
to an artist's colony in Paris, the girl to a doubt-
ful relationship with a married man.
T{ollywood errs when they carry the despairing
mother characters to such extremes. While Rob-
ert Young is convincing as the artistically-bent
son, and a newcomer, Margaret Perry, is entic-
ingly beautiful as the daughter, there is too much
"come-hither-to -mother" action to be palatable.
The picture undeniably has its good points: It
is on a far higher plane than "Are These Our
Children" or the "Dancing Daughters" series, and
Lewis Stone, the versatile onetwho refuses star-
dom, gives a performance that can be described
in the all too familiar word, "consistent," but
this picture never quite gets across.
There are some shots that are worth noting.
The cenes in Paris are done with a flair for
ca, iatre; there is the bewhiskered arst-over-
reer who. tells his class where and why they get-
off; the Robert Young in bed sequence gets a
laugh; and Robert's pickup Parisiall midinette
had us sitting on the edge of our seats when she
opened an apartment door and screamed, For
a moment we thought mother might be there
ready to plead with Robert to come home again,
but the girl comes out with, "So you have a pri-
vate bathroom."
For the fight fans there is presented the eight-
round technical knockout featuring Max Schmel-
ing and Mickey Walker. Also Hearst Metrotone
News and that's all for today.
G. M. W., Jr.

By Barton Kane
0. K. America And,
America Is 0. K.
Do You Inhale?
OCCASIONALLY I have been accused of Win-
chelling and I take this opportunity to say
that scandal mongering is not the purpose of this
column. The real purpose of Diagonal is to show
that the campus big-shots are really only little-
shots and that the University big-timers are only
Not that there isn't a great deal of scandal
on the campus. For instance: Bully Boy Joseph
F. (Peaches) Zias, who is supposed to be that way
about the daughter of the WWJ announcer C. C.
Bradner ("This concludes the broadcast for this
evening and-good night a1', is M-Hutting and
Parrotting after hours with a very charming local
girl. The home breaker is none other than little
Alice Cleveland,
Noise like a siren. 0. K. Clevelant.
0NE of the young couples that was married
last spring during the epidemic of hoine-mak-
ing is expecting a blesed (event. 0. K.,Americ a
and America is O. K.
A UTO BAN Walter B. (Buddy) URcu, assistant
to Deferred Rushing Joeph A. (Uncle J>e.
Bursley, is being driven cr'-razy by a local school
Noise like a siren. Do you inhale?
A D whaile Student Governm(en[, Edward J.
(Boss) McCormick, )a 1932 graduate of Br,
sley's School for Boys, and Margaret Grant claim
that it has not been wedding bells for them, ,
the same time, the Alpha Phis (pronounced fees
say that Maggie and Jiggs were missing all .o[
the day that the rumor came out.
K. Miss America, we thank you for your
patronage-and now it looks like it might be
Niagara Falls-ing soon for Rehn Nelson and Lit-
tle Orphan Annie. They have been keeping com-
pany for a long, long time.


Unusual Program New Low Prices

Will Duranit,
Frederic William
William Butler
Dr. Raymond L.

Campus Opinion
Letters published in this column should not be
construed as expressing the editorial opinion of The
Daily. Anonymousscommunications will be disre-
garded. The names of communicants will, how-
ever, be regarded as confidential upon request.
Contributors are asked to be brief, confining them-
selves to less than 300 words if possible.

ONE of the secretaries in Dr. Alexander Grant
(Butch) Ruthven's office has pulled a fade-
out this year. No one seems to know where she
went. 0. K. Ann Arbor.
SO now we send a greeting to E. Jerome Jerry)
Pettit, ladies' man and chiseler who is sick
in Idaho and is fighting for the morals of the
University of Michigan through the columns of
a paper there.
THE Engineering School (The Purdue of the
East) had trouble getting started this year
because one -of the professors was Renoing. The



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