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THE MICHIGAN DAILY w

CHIGAN DAILY
Established 1890

complied with as long as they are on the books.
For unless the fraternity community decided to
give up the battle, the judiciary committee must
stay in the saddle as the general upon whom
everything depends.
Governor Condones
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NIGHT EDITOR: WILLIAM G. FERRIS
r'ternity Compliance
ith The New Rules...
THE explanation given by some fra-
ternities for the unhappy turn theira
utual financial endeavor is taking is that the new3
gulations are paternalistic. "It is not to our1
ing," the wayward houses say, "to submit budg-
s and monthly statements to a central agency{
no other way connected with us."f
This paper has never advocated paternalism.
t we are in favor of these regulations. One
the reasons for this is that they are not pater-
listic.
Did they emmanate from the University? The
swer is no. They are the result of a visit to this"
mpus and an investigation of its fraternity.
rnmunity by a group of national fraternity secre-
Iies. What these men found was that a major-
( of houses were in a financial muddle and that
actically all houses were spending more money
an was necessary. The remedy was easy to
escribe: the situation could be overcome if
uses could be induced to chart their financial
as, to plan their receipts and expenditures and
e up to their budgets.
Like most such solutions, the problem was, how
put it into effect. Again the answer was not
r to seek: let the fraternities set up a central
ency to which they should submit their budgets
d reports.
The idea was put in the form of four rules and
esented to the Interfraternity Council as a sug-

stion. It came, thus, as the spontaneous offering
sincere advice by men whose purpose in life is
e well-being of fraternities. Their proposal was
cepted by the council by a tremendous majority,
posed, if our memory is correct, by only one
te.
There was no outside interference. There was
paternalism. The measure passed for the sole
ason that the men who composed last year's
uncil were able to recognize their worst eco-
imic foe in the sluggishness, the procrastina-
mn, and the apathy with which their physical
isiness was being conducted.
It should not be surprising to And that the
achinery is proving difficult to get started.
tssage of the regulations was a normal declara-
on of war against what was recognized to be a
mmon foe, and it is to be expected that the foe
still there. For it is rare that we can rid our-
Ives of an enemy simply by acknowledging his
'esence and announcing a determination to
ittle.
There are many ways in which the Judiciary

LYNCH LAW is never justified, the
governor of California to the con-
trary notwithstanding..
Monday, a mob in San Jose, California, took
the law into its own hands, and lynched the mur-
derers of Brooke Hart, scion of a wealthy family
of the city. The lynching was brutal as the mur-
der of Hart itself. It will remain an uneradicable
blot on the history of justice in California, not
only because of its brutality but because of the
fact that Governor Rolph actually condoned the
act of the lynchers. His statement that he would
like to parole all kidnappers in California and
turn them over to the people of San Jose is
one of the most vicious statements uttered by
a law-enforcement official in the history of the
United States.
It is true that the murder of Hart was a par-
ticularly gruesome affair. But it did not justify an
act just as gruesome. Murder does not make mur-
der right. Mob slaughter does not add to the pres-
tige of our system of justice. We have regularly
constituted courts and authorities to deal with
infractions of the law, from murder down to
.speeding. It is one of the functions of govern-
ment to see that the rules of society are enforced.
In a barbarous state, the multitude must take ac-
tion against the transgressor. In a civilized society,
that function is delegated to persons of respon-
sibility and the mob, as an enforcer, is unneces-
sary.
Governor Roph said that he did not send the
militia to San Jose because the sheriff had the
situation in hand. Itis quite obvious that he did
not since the men were captured and murdered.
The sheriff did not fulfill his legal obligation
either since no shots were fired at or over the
crowd to prevent the lynching. The resistance by
the officers was half-hearted. We can imagine]
what beautiful campaign tender this will furnish
Upton Sinclair in his campaign for the California
governorship.
Lynching is a horrible thing. All of the high
priuiciples of modern society have not been able
completely to stamp it out in the south. It is a
new thing in California and may be expected to be
repeated there since the governor upholds the
practice. One vicious aspect of the southern
lynching was-missing in the California affair, that
of race prejudice. It is the only mitigating aspect.
That the mob was led by a youth in his teens
makes the affair all the more disgusting. We
have had a national wave of kidnapings. A
national wave of lynchings would be even more
revolting. A certain newspaper Monday pointed
to the San Jose affair as evidence of the fact that
we need a more drastic national law against kid-
napping. It also illustrates, we believe, that we
need very stringent laws to stoplynching.
The Theatre"
OH, TILE.BELLS, BELLS, BELLS
Mr. Robinson's "The Round Table"
and Mr. Windt's Play Production
By GEORGE SPELVIN
Lennox Robinson is a playwright of considerable
reputation for Irish charm, whimsy, .and sensi-
tivity. That is why it is genuinely difficult to ex-
press the strong objection aroused in us by the
messiness and incoherency of his writing in "The
Round Table," offered last weekend and Tuesday
by Play Production.
Presumably he had an off day or two while
composing "The Round Table." Or perhaps the
eminent Irish whimsyist sent two plays to the
printers at once, and they got mixed together.
The theory is plausible. Whatever the explanation,
the fact remains that he has, in our opinion, cov-
ered himself with confusion by writing one of the
most addled plays seen in these parts for many
years agone.
Since the Lady Gregory and Yeats school of
thought discovered how amusing their country-
men can be, there have been a great many Irish
plays, most of them delightfully amusing. Irish k
whimsy has been established in a class by itself.
Another observation to be made is that besides
amusing themselves, the Irish have had a tend-
ency to mystify themselves as well.
The only time it would be allowable for us to
object to such ao national trait is when the mystic
element interferes with the whimsy to a grotesque

and disturbing degree.
In seeing "The Round Table" you get the im-
pression at first that you are witnessing a highly
amusing and rather extravagant comedy of home
life, done with an unusually keen ear to the stale
chit-chat and feeble innuendos of a middle class
family. One Mrs. Drennan, a nice vague old lady,
is especially pleasant. Daisy Drennan, her daugh-
ter, one of those lovable busybodies who bustle
about managing things, is naturally not liked very
well by the audience, but on the whole the first
act seems to be first class home-folks farce. Mrs.
Drennan has a relish for big funerals, her more
idle children collect stamps or Indian philosophies,
and none of the family knows how to brew a
cup of tea unless Daisy is there. The whole thing
is enjoyable and quite charming; it is that same
charm which later is to disrupt the play.
In the last scene, in fact the last line, of the
first act comes the tip-off. Play Production's
Daisy Drennan drops her high-comedy-with-wist-
ful-love-scene technique and, shifting gears, goes
into my-god-the-pain-of-it. "Bells, bells," she
cries, taking center stage. She heairs some bells
somewhere, she advises the startled audience.
Then she faints, which seems a clever way to get
out of a bad situation.
That tasty bit of climax-building leaves the
spectator to consider during the intermission a
number of alternative directions the play may

her young relatives in order that she may herself
be free to get away from it all. Then back to a
darker mood. She doesn't want to marry her
young man when she learns that there is furniture,
even a round table, in his old home. She has a
round table by her bed, and the dust keeps sift-
ing in on it every day, no matter how often she
dusts. Her young man suggests aspirins and hot
milk, and takes his leave. Then, catching you
unawares a second time, she begins hearing bells.
"Bells, bells," she cries, giving the second act a
curtain punch equal to that of the first, and quite
as baffling.
And it goes on that way to the bitter end, Mr.
Robinson's psychic revelations getting his farce
down and sitting on its head, then his farce kick-
ing his psychic revelations in the tummy. His two
separate plays fight it through; and striking for
a parallel, you think of pickles with ice cream,
a Jews-harp solo in the Ninth Symphony, or
Hamlet's soliliquy done on a tight-rope.
We would be the last to try to prove that a
serious play shouldn't have comic relief; it should;
audience psychology demands it. But it certainly
should be expected to fit into the mood or moral
or problem that the playwright is trying to put
across. It shouldn't disrupt the serious structure,
rendering its heavier technique pompous and
ridiculous.
That is the unfortunate thing about "The Round
Table," and the real reason that we feel uncom-
fortable for disliking it so much. Of the two plays
it contains, the farce is full of good writing and
good observation. Likewise, though he fails com-
pletely and ingloriously to show it, Mr. Robinson
may have something very fine to say about the
sensitive character who wants to get away from
a bad environment. His central idea of a girl
torn between love and hatred for her family,
although we are allowed to see it only vaguely
through a fog of befuddlement, has large pos-
sibilities. His symbols for romance and the every-
day, the bells and the dusty table, are not in
themselves laughable. But they are nothing but
funny coming after hot milk and aspirins. What-
ever serious purposes he had are smothered by
his whimsy; it carries him away to the point
of making his stodgy-family-life scenes quite
charming, instead of downright nasty.
Mr. Windt's debatable direction of "The Adding
Machine" last. year, when he made Elmer Rice's
poignantly horrible comments on the wage slave
into a big laugh riot, might lead one to suspect
that the Robinson play had been treated in the
same way. That is not the case, however. Mr.
Windt did the best he could; if the author did
not know what kind of play "Round Table" was
supposed to be, Mr. Windt cannot be expected to.
Robinson, in a quite inexplicable confusion, has
put so much evidence of his two separate ideas
into the play that there is no deciding. Play
Production's director had a free hand; he could
make the play into anything he wanted; it could
be a wild farce or a problem play. Mr. Windt
has directed it, by a canny stroke, in both direc-
tions.
The production, since we are on the subject,
while excellent in spots, is decidedly no triumph.
Play Production's two leading ladies go through
the old paces with little distinction, and there is
a particularly unfortunate drunk act. These at-
tractions are counter-balanced y two expert per-
formances on the part of Hattie Bell Wright and
Frank Funk, two comics of which more will be
heard later. There are so many good small
touches in the play, and the production too, that
it seems unfortunate the total effect is so poor.
It is like a three-ring circus with something going
on in every ring, and you a bit sick from too much
pink pop. You may like "The Round Table," but
we personally are of the considered opinion that
Mr. Robinson has laid an egg.
Musical Events
TWILIGHT
ORGAN RECITAL
Prelude in D Major.................Bach
Choral Prelude: Nun danken alle Gott.. Bach
Lol Nedrei................. _........Bruch
Suite: "A Chinese Garden".....De Lamarter
Nocturne
The Fountain
Legend
Symphony for Organ, No. 1, Op. 18. ... .Barnes

PROFFESOR CHRISTIAN opens the program
of this afternoon recital with two Bach
works, appropriate to the spirit of thanksgiving
that is pervading the atmosphere: the Prelude
is one of those that abounds with vigor and life;
and the Choral Prelude, "Now Let Us All Thank
God," is truly a hymn of thanks in spirit as well
as title.
The D Major Prelude was marked "concertato"
on the manuscript to indicate that is was not
intended for divine service.
The Lol Nedrei is one of the fine Hebrew melo-
dies; Bruch wrote one arrangement originally
for cello and orchestra.
Eric De Lamarter, composer of the fourth part
of the program, is known in Ann Arbor primarily,
as the associate director of the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra which performs at the May Festival
concerts. He is one of the leading organists of
the country, besides, and in this work as in others
shows that he is an able composer. This suite
is characterized by delicacy and refinement.
Another American organist is represented on
the program. Mr. Barnes, of Philadephila, who
has composed many good things for the instru-
ment et.
Coflle-giate Oh serve, r,
By BUD BERNARD
The students at Inn College at Lee-McRea of
of North Carolina turn the dormitory into an inn
during the summer months. Home economic ma-
iors wash dishes, football huskies hustle bags.

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