THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
the majority of the people of the United States,
or of Ohio, do not want compulsory military train-
ing. The forced study of the tactics of war reeks
too much of the Middle Ages, or perhaps even of
modern Germany or Italy.
If the students of Ohio State University or the
residents of the State of Ohio wish adequately to
attack the problem of compulsory military train-
ing, we suggest that they pull up the roots, in-
stead of clipping bits of leaves. Perhaps this is
fit matter for a State referendum.
People are coming to resent any shabby system
which dictates to the individual his attitude on
such a vital perplexity as. training for war.
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NIGHT EDITOR: A. ELLIS BALL
Should Be Stopped..
I N UNION there is strength. At
least that seemed to be the pre-
vailing thought at the Lawyers Club Thursday
evening, when a group of some 50 law students
went in a body to the Automotive Mechanics
Laboratory to insist that the automobile motor
test being conducted there be stopped. The law-
yers presented a most convincing case. They
claimed that they had made numerous complaints
to the administration, which had resulted in
promises but not in action. They stated that the
continuous roar of the motors interrupts sleep
and makes study next to impossible, and this
when with final examinations coming on study
is a necessity. They had no desire other than to
see that the disturbance was stopped. The as-
sembly was entirely peaceful, nothing but a good
natured group, desiring that the proper author-
ities be made to understand how the noise was
Under the circumstances, we wonder if the
school has the right to carry on its disturbing
work. This particular test has been going on now
for three weeks. We do not doubt that research.
is necessary to engineering, but we are 'skeptical
about its being so vital that it is necessary to
create a public nuisance for three weeks in con-
ducting it. We realize the necessity for equip-
ment in the engineering college and hope that,
when funds are available, the proper share of
them will be used for this purpose. In the mean-
time the peace and rights of the individuals who
are unfortunate enough to live in the vicinity of
the test must be protected.
The law students have appealed in vain to the
authorities for some action. Their appeal have
been ignored. They have taken the alternate
way of bringing the realization of what the noise
meant directly to the public eye. They are en-
tirely justified in their claims. We join them in
appealing to University authorities to put a stop
to this "common nuisance."
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MESSNER'S ACTION -HARMONIZES
WITH METHODIST TEACHING
To The Editor:
Mr. Sherwood Messner's recent courageous and
socially constructive action in resigning from the
R.O.T.C. is in harmony with the recorded think-
ing and resolutions of the youth of his Church,
namely the Methodist. Not many years ago the
official delegates of the National Conference of
Methodist S t u d e n t s assembled in Louisville,
Kentucky, adopted the following resolution con-
cerning military training in colleges and univer-
"Whereas, the ultimate purpose of military
training in our colleges and universities is prepar-
ation for war, and,
Whereas, the psychological influence is detri-
mental to, and, and not in harmony with, the
Christian attitude of mind, and,
Whereas, military training is a positive contra-
diction to the teachings and principles of Jesus,
Whereas, the physical benefits accrued from
military training can be provided by other meth-
ods of physical traning.
Therefore, be it
Resolved by the National Conference of Method-
ist Students assembled in Louisville, Kentucky,
that we urgently recommend to the Methodist
Church that it immediately set as its aim the ab-
olition of military training in all its colleges and
Is not an inescapable corollary to, and impli-
cation of, this Resolution that all Methodist stu-
dents in non-Church colleges and suniversitie
should set before themselves the task of working
in every possible way for the immediate abolition
of the military units on their campuses? And
is not one of the most effective ways to accom-
plish this an emulation by Methodist students now
participating in the R.O.T.C. of Mr. Messner's
G. B. 1141stead, Grad.
As Others See It
By June 30. 1935, Mr. Roosevelt estimates the
public debt of the United States will approach 32
billions, or approximately five billions more than
the peak reached after the war. Figuring our
population of that date at 128,000,000 this means
a debt of $250 per capita. In addition, debts of
states, counties and municipalities to about 20
billion dollars, making a total of 52 billion, or
about $406 per capita. Senator Thomas, contem-
plating the vast total of both private and public
debt ,says the United States is bankrupt. Perhaps
On the other hand, our plight becomes some-
what rosier when compared with that of other na-
tions. Great Briain, for example, with a popu-
lation of 46,000,000, has a public debt of 32 billion
dollars today, or per capita debt of $696. France's
debt is 16 billion dollars and its population 42,000,
000, or a per capita debt of $376. Italy's debt is
7.5 billions, population 41,000,000, $183 per capita.
These figures do not include the war debts which
Great Briain, France and Italy owe externally.
These nations, besides being smaller than the
United States, are in far poorer position in terms
of real wealth and potential income. Our present
debt of 24 billion dollars amounts to only 27 per
cent of the national income, using the year 1928,
whereas the debts of Great Britain, France and
Italy are 188 per cent, 160 per cent and 125 per
cent respectively, of their 1928 incomes. Great
Britain's debt amounts to 37 per cent of her esti-
mated national wealth; France's to 23 per cent.
Ours is only 7 per cent of the country's estimated
If the huge emergency expenditures pull us out
of the depression, and, of course, that is a very
large "if," the public debt will cause no real hard-
ship. It will have been, on the contrary, the finest
investment ever made.
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Off The Record
By SIGRID ARNE
MRS "DOLLY" GANN, sister of former Vice-
President Curtis, whether she knows it or not
did some left-handed selling of her book at a re-
An ambassador's wife gushed: "Your book was
so interesting, I read every word."
"Why, thank you," said Mrs. Gann, "bring it
over and I'll autograph it."
- "Well, the ambassador's wife had read a copy
from a circulating library.
philosophy Mrs. Copeland spoke at a tea table.
"Never ask your husband questions," she said.
"He'll tell you about his work if he wants you to
And the proof of that pudding lies in an in-
scription the white-haired senator wrote in one
of his books. It says: "To Frances (his wife)
In memory of endless hours of delightful silences
when we thought out much of this material."
THE "celebrity hunters" always are confused by
Attorney-General Cummings and Secretary
Morgenthau, Jr., of the treasury. They look very
much alike. Both are more than six feet tall,
both are a little bald, both wear rimless eye-
POSTMASTER "JIM" FARLEY has a young
son, Jim, who has a way of asking "that kind"
A family friend arrived two weeks after Chist-
mas with a gift for him. She said, "Santa left
this at our house for you."
After she was gone young Jim turned to his
"Why do you suppose a smart fellow like Santa
made a mistake in houses?" he asked.
'Why," explained Mrs. Farley, "it wasn't a mis-
take. He just left it there so she could bring it
over. She likes to come here."
The boy thought a minute and then said
"Mother, I don't think you believe that story
THE diplomatic corps is being "vamped" by a
very young linguist, the three-year-old daugh-
ter of the Nicaraguan Charge d'Affaires, Henri de
Bayle. The young lady understands three lan-
guages. She has been in the United States only
nine months, but she turns up her nose at any-
thing exceptthe English language, even when an
ambassador addresses her.
T11HE White House secretaries tell this story to
prove that Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt would
be an excellent secretary if she ever wanted to be.
She received a letter from a New York woman
who wanted to know about the state's old age
pension law. The writer said, "I'm that farmer's
wife who wrote you about a year ago," and signed
"Wait a minute," said Mrs. Roosevelt. She flew
to the files and found the letter. The woman was
THE story is the latest laugh at the department
of agriculture. Assistant Secretary Rexford
Tugwell went into a mental whirl one day about
the pure food and drugs bill. News of the rumpus
reached the President, who messaged back to the
"Tell Rex to keep his shirt on."
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By BUD BERNARD
According to the Marrieta College Daily a
college graduate is supposed to know the fol-
1. A correct use of the mother tongue.
2..A working knowledge of some foreign
3. An appreciation of the beauty of the
world, whether in literature, art, music
or other pleasures which make a life
4. A knowledge of the Bible and religion.
5. An understandment of history, the epic
6. A knowledge of government and citizen-
7. The use of correct social manners.
No, you don't go to college to learn to make
* * *
When Amherst College professors delay more
than ten days in giving the students their marks,
they are fined a dollar for each additional day.
* * *~
A sign is reported to hang in the girls dor-
mitory at Radcliffe College which bluntly
reads: "If you need a man after 10 o'clock,
call. the janitor." It seems to us the sign
should not stop right there. It should at least
add directions on what to do in case the jAni-
tor's wife is around and won't let him keep
* * *
An interesting judge of the girls who make up
the beauty section of the Louisiana Tech's annual
has been chosen. The judge will be none other
than Mae West. Wonder what the winners will
look like, but maybe the "come up sometime" gal
doesn't practice what she preaches.
Upon observing the notice, Dates signed for
English Exams," a student at the University
of California, remarked, "There are hardly
any more functions here where a gentleman
can go stag."
* * *
Going home one night, a Miami University stu-
dent was already partly undressed before the sight
of three sleeping girls reminded him that he had
moved to another boarding house.
Students in the department of chemistry
and geology at the Pacific College will make a
trip to the Mohave desert region and Death
Valley during the spring vacation.
Tired of asking his father for the regular
monthly check, a University of Denver student
had his immediate paternal axcestor led before
the bar of justice. The student sought by legal
means to compel the father to pay his college ex-
penses. The son alleged he gave love, affection,
and other valuable consideratioi, expecting in re-
turn the advantage of a college education. The
judge, however, held these wel:e not sufficient
causes for suit and dismissed the' case.
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P RESIDENT GEORGE W. RIGHT-
MIRE of Ohio State University has
expelled the student conscientious objectors who
refused to take part in the University's com-
pulsory military training program.
There is no use in dodging the immediate issue.
President Rightmire had to expel the objectors or