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MANAGING EDITOR... ..THIOMAS K. CONNEIJAN
E~DITORIAL DIRECTOR ....... ......C. H4RT SCHAAF
CITY EDITOR........................BRACKLEY SHAW
SPORTS EDITOR.. . ;.'.. .... ...ALBERT H. NEWMAN
DRAMA EDITOR...............JOHN W. PRITCHAR
WOMEN'S EDITOR .................... CAROL J. HRANAM
NIGHT EDITORS: A. Ellis Ball, Ralph C. Coulter, William
G. ]. errin, Jolm C. Healey, George Van Vleck, Guy M.
their assignments, Pat meets Joan, a hotel switch-
board operator and talks himself and her into
being in love with each other. Joan loses her
job, but is secured another by Pat in the office
of an investment banker he has befriended. A
gang of thieves works itself into her office and,
while some confederates keep her busy answering
phone calls, the thieves intercept some bonds and
escape. Joan pursues but is unable to catch them
and hides in an obscure hotel, afraid to face
charges of complicity. This situation, of corse,
resolves itself and permits the story to end hap-
Hollywood] thrives on two types of noney-
makers: the slushy romance and the wisecracking,
smutty comedy. Clean comedy, of the sort that
Charles Chaplin unfortunately produces so sel-
dom, is the exception. In "I'ye Got Your Num-
ber" the hero is again the wiseacre, the fool-
hardy go-getter, unpretentious in his economic
station, but invariably rewarded for his services
to his employers. The dramatic possibilities were
not taken advantage of in this film. Instead it
was turned into a vehicle for O'Brien's brand of
double-entendre wisecracks and puns. At times
these are hilariously humorous; at other times
they are frankly vulgar. But since the college stu-
dent often classes these two in the same category,
this reviewer is sure that the student wil enjoy
seeing "I've Got Your Number," which is the
reason it was called thoroughly entertaining at
the outset. The comedy is heightened by the pres-
ence of Glenda Farrel, Eugene Pallette, and Allen
Jenkins, whose pet expression, "Let's get out of
here!" never fails to bring a laugh.
Short subjects: A newsy Paramount Newsreel;
a Vitaphone presentation, entitled "Operator's
Opera," which is saved by Donald Novis' singing;
a Grantland Rice sport short entitled, "The March
Of Champs"; and another Vitaphone musical one-
reeler called, "The Barbershop Blues," wherein
is presented a colored band playing plenty hot,
and a quartet of darkies who figuratively burn up
the floor with their shoes.
VILLAGE TALE, by Phil Stang: flarcourt, Brace
(1934) $2.00. (On sale at Slater's and Wahr's)
By SIGMUND K. PROCTOR
TEN YEARS AND MORE AGO there flourished
the literature of "revolt against the village."
In the novels of Sherwood Anderson, Floyd Dell,
and numerous others the typical situation was
that of the young man who sought escape from
the spiritual barrenness of small town life in
mid-west America. The novels of Phil Stong,
beginning with State Fair, are just one indica-
tion that the novel of such revolt has run its
course. State Fair was praised by many critics
as a joyous book, a celebration of the values
to be found in the simple life of the hinterland.
It exhibited the contentment of the younger gen-
eration (and of the older) in settling down to the
prospect of life on the farm.
Village Tale is in grimmer tone - passion, jeal-
ousy, malice, and lust contribute to the intensity
of its emotional pattern; and yet it too implies
that the essential values of life may be found in
the narrowest, most in-bred environment. It is
the story of a milieu -the small neighborhood
of Brunswick, Iowa, and its handful of characters
comprise perhaps a third of the population. The
love, raised in the end above guiltiness by courage,
of Slaughter Somerville and Sybil Jamieson forms
the central action, but the novel exists as the
chronicle not so much of this as of the varied
fabric of neighborhood relations. The group of
characters evolve themselves distinctly in the
reader's mind, but the scale of the story does
not permit the intimate knowing of them from
the inside. Bolly, in the bravery that surprised
his weakness, is as notable as any. Old Ike and
Aunt Tessie have been mellowed by "the necessary
anaesthesia of the decades." Their sins of long
ago linger as pleasant memories, and the pres-
ence in the book of these two oldest villagers
affords a perspective on the intense and troubled
lives of the younger folk that is a distinctive part
of the total effect.
There is concentrated drama in this short novel,
drama so concentrated as to be unrealistic in the
narrower sense. But the effect is convincing
enough. It is not difficult to imagine the action
transferred to the stage, and the story could be
made into an excellent photoplay.
Yet the tale falls short of a distinction that
might have been achieved. Possibly it is not mas-
sive enough, but it must be granted that some
of the stark power springing from the concise-
ness of the telling and from its objectivity would
have been lost by expansion and the introduction
of minute psychologizing. The writing is undis-
tinguished, though an occasional phrase has the
happy condensation of poetry, and a sentence
here and there the swing of good prose. The
beginning scene might have been handled in a
The story is readable and affecting. It repre-
sents the integration of realism and sympathy
in the portrayal of the stronger emotions in the
commonplace life of a tiny American community.
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SPORTS ASSISTANTS: Charles A. Baird, Arthur W. Car-
stens, Roland L. Martin, Marjorie Western.
WOMEN'S ASSISTANTS: Marjorie Beck, Eleanor Blum,
Lois Jotter, Marie Murphy, Margaret D. Phalan.
REPORTERS: C. Bradford Carpenter Paul J. Elliott,
Courtney A. Evans, John J. Flaherty, Thomas A. Groehn,
John Kerr, Thomas H. Kleene, Bernard B. Levick, David
G. MacDonald, Joel P. Newman, John MO'Connell,
Kenneth Parker, William R. Reed, Robert S. Ruwitch,
Arthur S. Settle, Marshall D. Silverman, Arthur M.
Dorothy Gies, Jean Hanier, Florence Harper, Eleanor
Johnson, Ruth Loebs, Josephine McLean, Marjorie Mor-
rison, Sally Place, Rosalie Resnick, Jane Schneider.
BUSINESS MANAGER............ W. GRAFTON SHARP
CREDIT MANAGER..........BERNARD E. SCHNACKE
WOMEN'S BUSINESS MANAGER .......................:
........................ CATHARINE MC HENRY
DEPARTMENT MANAGERS: Local Advertising, Noel Tur-
ner; Classified Advertising, Russell Read; Advertising
Service, Robert Ward; Accounts, Allen Knuusi; Circula-
tion and Contracts, Jack Efroymson.
ASSISTANTS: Milton Kramer, John Ogden, Bernard Ros-
enthal, Joe Rothbard, George Atherton.
Jane Bassett, Virginia Bell, Mary Burley, Peggy Cady,
Virginia Cluff, Patricia Daly, Genevieve Field, Louise
Forez, Doris Gimmy, Betty Greve, Billie Orif'ths, Janet
Jackson, Louise Krause, Barbara Morgan, Margaret
Mustard, Betty Sliond.
FRESHMAN TRYOUTS: William Jackson, Louis Gold-
smith, David Schiffer, William Barndt, Jack Richardson,
Charles Parker, Robert Owen, Ted Wohlge cia Jerome
Grossinan, Avner, Kronenberger, Jim Horiskey, Tom
Clarke, Scott, Samuel Beckman, Hoer Lathrop, Hall,
Ross Levin, Willy Tomlinson, Dean Assen, Lyman
Rittman, John Park, Don Hutton, Allen Ulpson, Richard
Hardenbrook, Gordon Coln.
NIGHT EDITOR: WILLIAM G. FERRIS
Thle Army And
The Ar Mail.
rf, HERI IS AN OLD SAYING, but a
. good one, that it is a very ill wind
indeed that does not blow some good. The truth
of this statement must be more apparent to the
American people now than it has been in a long
time, for they have been called upon to watch,
silent even though their own interests were at
stake, a most amazing drama over the United
States Army Air service.
The American people were extremely naive wit-
nesses. The entire show came upon them uex-
pectedly. The world seemed to be progressing at
its normal rate, and then, suddenly, the President
announced that all air mail would in the future
be carried by the Army Air Service. The reason
seemed valid enough. The private companies had
obtained their contracts through collusion. They
had received enormous doles from the govern-
ment, building up an air fleet of their own and
bringing great profit to private individuals. There
seemed no reason why the army should not fly
the mails until new contracts could be awarded, on
more honest lines.
There immediately occurred a series of most un-
fortunate accidents. It is true that the weather
was bad. It is equally true that private air lines
also had accidents during this period. It is true,
too, that only four flyers were killed in the actual
flying of the mail. It is true, finally, that the
private air companies and the press which repre-
sented them made an amazing howl about the
army's poor equipment. This was propaganda, an'
considering its course, not worth particularly
much. But the a my forces, despite all the pa-
triotic enthusiasm the people would like to have
for them, were disclosed to be inefficient.
The President recognizes is ineffiiency and
has taken measures to remedy it. And the people,
who must in cases of emergency depend upon
their air forces, can at least be thankful that the
inefficiency was disclosed at a time when the
country is at peace with the world rather than at
a time when the army air forces were necessary
to defend the country. Whatever deficiencies
there are in the force, will, the people can feel
sure, be remedied during the coming years.
AT THE MICHIGAN
44.PLUS "I'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER"
As Others See It
TO BE OR
NOT TO BE?
If American industry has been in any doubt of
what is in store for it, that doubt was entirely
dissolved by Gen. Hugh S. Johnson, Administra-
tor of the NRA, in his address Wednesday night
to the great assemblage of code authorities gath-
ered in Washington this week.
The General was in fare form. He is a soldier
who has a commission from his comander-in-
chief. He understands what that commission is,
and he did not mince words telling industry
what it is. We are at war. This is just as true as
if we were engaged in physical combat with a
foreign foe. We are straining the national credit
in exactly the same way. We are calling upon the
people in exactly the same way. We are comman-
deering men in exactly the same way. We are
commanding industry precisely as we commanded
it when we were at war with Germany.
Gen. Johnson put the whole matter flatly,
picturesquely, finally. No other such public ad-
dress has been made in the United States within
our memory. Temperamental the General may be.
He may sometimes be tactless. He unquestionably
often is intemperate of speech. Nevertheless, he
was on Wednesday night what all great soldiers
have been in battle, and he displayed much the
same qualities that have characterized them all.
The Gen. Grants, the Shermans, Jacksons, et.
al., are not diplomats and therefore are not
skilled in the fine art of making words conceal
thought. They think and act in terms essential to'
their craft. So it is with Gen. Johnson. He laid
into the industrialists much as Samson laid into
the Philistires, albeit at times, as his critics
charge, with pretty much the same weapon. He'
smote them hip and thigh. Stunned, as they
doubtless were by his tremendous onset, they at
last could only applaud a man who appeals to
their enlightened self-interest and whose cause
is their own.
Before him sat the hierarchy of our great indus-
trial machine. No appeal to reason could surpass
that which the fiery soldier made to these men.
He urged them to stay in Washington and "act
before Congress acts." He sought to dissuade
them from sophistry as to company unions, as he
besought them to accept the co-operation of labor
and the Government. Apropos the Budds and
Weirs, he said he would ratherdeal with the party
leaders of the United States than with any 'Frank-
enstein' industry might set up. He urged them to
save themselves by making the sacrifices without
which capitalism cannot hope to endure. His
voice boomed like a cannon when he said of the
critical issue between capital and labor, of the
menace of industrial warfare upon such a scale
as no country has ever known: "Men, let us settle
this matter here and now, and settle it forever!"
It is a dramatic hour, an hour in which Amer-
ican capitalism, liketHamlet, propounds the prob-
lem: To be or not to be. Whether to be rational
or to perish. Whether to join with the government
in doing what must be done to put the people to
work, or to sulk like Achilles because it can no
longer enjoy the riches and privileges of laissez-
There is no longer any dispute as to the esen-
tials of this great debate. Capital did take excesive
gains out of industry. The record proves it. It did
turn too much of that profit back into the con-
struction of more plants and more production. The
record proves it. It did immensely enrich a few
people while impoverishing our great domestic
market. The record proves it. It cannot recover
until it restores the purchasing power of the
people. The record proves it.
Gen. Johnson reminded the industrialists that
the Bourbon is never supposed to learn. He ad-
monished them that if the Bourbon ever is to
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ST. PATRICK SPECIALS
By BUD BERNARD
An overly romantic freshman at Princeton Uni-
versity met a girl at a prom recently and decided
that he should know her better. After the dance,
he read a book of poems on love and then set out
to write to her. A most impassioned, lyrical mas-
terpiece it turned out to be. Unfortunately when
he came to mail this tribute to "Venus of the
Suburbs," he found that he had no idea what her
name was. Completely carried away by his amor-
ous and impractical mood, he addressed it neatly
and simply: "To the Most Wonderful Girl in
South Orange, New Jersey."
Two days later the letter came back unopened,
and readdressed by the postoffice department: "To
the Dumbest Boy in Princeton University, care of
the Princeton Lost and Found Department."
This comes from an ethics class at the Uni-
versity of Minnesota: "I will lecture today on
Liars. How many of you have read the
Nearly the whole class raised their hands.
"You're the very group to whom I wish to
spealr," said the professor. "There is no
Law students at Louisiana State College have
decided to follow the example of European law
students by wearing derbies and carrying canes
at all times.
"And what," asked a professor of Eco-
nomics at the University of Illinois, "is a
"A fraternity bull session," came the
prompt reply from the back of the room.
Michigan co-eds are complaining about the
hours they have to observe. Here is an excerpt
from the regulations at Houghton College. "-All
women are requested to be in their rooms in the
evening after 7:00 o'clock and lights are to be
out at 10:00 o'clock. Girls over 21 years of age
are permitted to have extension of time one night
Breathes there -the student
With soul so dead
Who ne'er to himself hath said
"Books be damned
I'm going to bed."
H4ere are two fraternity-house rules of a
prominent Greek house at Ohio State Univer-
1, No liquor of any kind will be allowed
in the house.
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