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harmonies with the most exquisite delicacy. He
has an emotional power that has proved deeply
effective, even if somewhat quiet."
In place of the Beethoven Sonata of her first
program, Mildner has selected a Haydn Sonata,
one in E-flat major, that is hearty, vigorous and
clean. The second movement is a short, effective-
ly melodious adagio. This young pianist has added
a strenuous task to her program in the "Wanderer
Fantasy," Op. 15, in C major. This is the one
that Schubert himself gave up in a pet once when
playing it for his friends because of its difficulties
in the last movement. The two Chopin, brilliant,,
full of contrasts, dynamic and emotional, laden
with that rare charm that is Chopin, are things
that almost every student of piano, at sometime,
haggles through; a technician's performance will
bring a new delight in them. Mildner has added
a modern Russian Impromptu in the small piece
of Bcrtkeiwicz. This composer has written a
piano-concerto, and numerous children's pieces.
His style is "always pianistic and decidedly skill-
ful." To close the program in a truly grand man-,
ner, Poldi Mildner has picked out the Rhapsodie'
Espagnol, in the arrangement for piano alone,
which is unusual, since it's usual medium of per-
formance is with orchestra, having been trans-
planted to this form by the same Busoni that has
made the Bach arrangements, and which has
superseded the piano original of Liszt.
It will .be interesting to see and hear this young
girl, just college age, on the stage of Hill Audi-
torium where a few prodigies have appeared, but
where for the most part, veterans. and old hands
at the concert game have thrilled audiences for
many years.

like spring water smoothing away a hundred feet
from the spring. A mingling this of plain and
true and direct with the scarcely insistent meta-
phor and the symbol that fades and flashes. Here
is writing that hears, that sees; that senses, and
yet writing that may in an instant stay the
evanescent moods of a woman's labyrinthian
mind. Does Celie fear? Her fear is "as small as
a bead on the rim of her glass," and yet Popoca-
tepetl in all his fury has not such power as this
tiny fear. Does Celie cry out her wrath? Her
voice has in it a half sob that goes into the walls
of the box-like house and becomes part of their
timber. Exquisitely subtilized at times, at times
strong and plain - the style of Fireweed.
It is satisfying to observe that this novel in
itself out-modes alike green fancies impacted with
sex and sadistic bitterness smartly' clicking its
tongue in uncouth urbanity. It brings us for-
ward through sensible maturity into a wholesome
treatment of life. In the work of Mildred Walker
the efforts of our writers at the University of
Michigan have gained authentic representation.
The work is sound. Fireweed merits its honors
and worthily carries its responsibilities. To the
literary nation it makes us known honestly and
as we should like to be known. Our work here,
already significant, will through this book become
more significant. For us, the publication of Fire-
weed is in a true sense epochal.
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Forgotten Students'
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EFINITE announcement that needy=
Vichigan students are to receive
york under the Federal relief administration to
fnable them to continue their education was made
esterday. One hundred thousand college stu-
lents in the United States will benefit from this
pochal move -up to 700 of them at Michigan.
In addition, those receiving the aid will earn
t as any other student who is working his way
hrough college would do, so they will not be
enefiting from charity, but helping themselves.
t means that thousands of students the country
ver who have seen their "castles in the air"
uilt on foundations requiring a college education,
oppling to the ground, will have another chance
o build for themselves. And they should be bet-
er Americans because of it, inasmuch as it is
heir government that has given them the op-
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Musical Events
Prelude and Fugue in D Minor..Bach-Busoni
Sonata in E-flat Major... .......Haydn
Wanderer Fantasy . . .... . .........Schubert
Waltz, C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2)
Scherzo, C-sharp Minor ) Chopin
Impromptu ........ , .............Bortkeiwicz
Rhapsodie Espagnole .................. Liszt
VOLDI MILDNER has given concerts in Ger-
many, Holland, Italy, Rouipania, France, Swit-
erland, aid some of the Balkans, winning fame
nd praise wherever she has played. And now
he has come to America where she is continuing
o win more fame 'and more praise. When she"
vas eleven she made her debut in Vienna, playing
i Beethoven Sonata, two Chopin Waltzes and the
Aiszt 'fungarian Rhapsody No. 13. Since that
ime, a half dozen years 'ago, the type of program
hat Podi Mildner is giving has not changed

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About Books
FIREWEED, by Mildred Walker, New York:
Harcourt Brace (1934).- A Review.
"Fireweed" is a simple book. It deals with life
tenderly, intimately. It is not for the sophisticate,
the bitter, and the wise. It will leave some critics
chewing the fur on their tongues and caressing
the mould on their word-hoards. Those will appre-
ciate it most whose eyes have been cleaned with
sunlight, whose throats have been refreshed by
winds from the white pine, whose hands have
twisted the fibres of trees and felt the grain of
earth and gravel. Here is a book of life begotten
in the open-iri the open wher'e fireweed flames-
begotten there and born in such love and agony
as befits the coming of a new generation. Simple,
yes; for it is the story of passion, conception,
birth; of growing and becoming aware and for-
getting; of death and burial. Behind us stand the
forests forever renewing their strength against
fire and lightning and storm; before us moves
Superior unrestless with cosmic power; over us
the grey skies change and roll apart to reveal the
glittering eternality of the stars; and between
forest and lake and under the heavens man sets
his naked hand to work for life and woman gath-
ers her children close against her to sense the
only comfort for her pristine fear, the warmth of
generations young on their way. This book is as
simple as life.-
The story never gets in the way of itself. It
does not trip"itself with intricacies. We are in
the northern lumber town of Flat Point; we see
the rows of box-like houses joggled away from
the mill; we meet the Svensons and the Hein-'
richs,' the French Canadians and the Finns; and
straightway we are told that "The Hendersons
have a daughter, Celie; Lin Linsen has a son,
Joe." Celie has blue eyes, "Real Swede eyes," her
father says. "They could grow dark with pity-
Or they could turn light blue like a child's when
a little edge of fear crept into them." Celie is
seventeen, hungry for experience, for pretty clothes,
for romance and adventure in life beyond the
Point. Joe's mother is a French woman. His hair
is black; but he has blue eyes that go at once
for Celie and rest on her. The story is of these
two; and the counter characters who come in
from the outside cannot break through the integ-
ument of it. They can only pull the weaving tight.
We do not depend on devices here; we study the
human heart. The fate of this man and this
woman comes out of themselves, and their pas-
sion determines their way. "The fireweed moved
in the wind." Rose Marie is born of them; and
Ole, the father of Celie, is killed and put into the
earth. The fireweed springs again, and little Jole
is born. Christina, the mother of Celi, dies and is
put into the earth. Then, in one of Christina's
trunks which has come from Sweden, Celie finds
the wedding picture of her mother. "She looked
at it a long time. Christina looked back at her
with merry eyes. Soft loops of fair hair lay under
the coquettish lace cap. Celie noticed the firm
throat above the collar of the dress. She remem-
bered Christina's neck with the deep hollows and
her wrinkled, sagging breasts . . . Celie set the
picture on top of the sideboard. She showed it to
Joe when he came home to dinner." What inti-
mate courage! This is the story. "Thus do the
generations of the earth . .
Those whose palates are not high-cloyed or
curry-killed will find the story sufficient. But in
this little town, from which Greek-wise we have
no escape and wish none, we are yet to live with
many kinds of people. In her characterizations
Mildred Walker has the instantaneousness of a
woman and the subtle sureness of an artist. With
a stroke she gives us the big and brutal Anna
Andres, cursing at the scum of her own body; with
another the dipsomaniacal doctor, with "his sad,
weak, brilliant face intent." Now she presents
Mrs. Maloney, hearty as the Wife of Bath, who
"had some jokes that would make a woman laugh
fit to start her labor pains"; and now she brings
forward the mad old lumberjack, filthy and smell..
ing of filth, who gives the flowers of the fireweed
to baby Rose Marie and then shuffles away to
nameless'nothingness. Upand down the street
we go, in and out of these box-like houses, meet-
ing people, until human life comes about us warm
and real. It is the old truth: where the artist's

eye looks, there is the eternal world. The ways
of American literature do not lead to New York,

This week the Art Cinema League is presenting
the all-Chinese production "China Express." This
evening a performance will be given at the usual
8:15 hour, while Friday and Saturday evenings
will see two runnings at 7:15 and 9:00 each night.
This production involves some of the latest de-
velopments in screen direction and production
and these qualities might be worth a word or two.
At the present moment Sergei Eisenstein seems
to be the pace setter of the eminent Russian
cinema movement and this picture "China Ex-
press" is directed by one of his ardent followers
Illya Trauberg. Trauberg owes much of his train-
ing and directing skill to the famous Russian and
his works are flavored with that Eisenstein touch
that is the envy of most modern directors of
today. Eisenstein's belief in the non-professional
actor is reflected in Trauberg's work and the se-
lection of the casts used in his productions re-
veals the fact that people "in the same boots"
as the person they are about to portray are best
for that part. After all, why make an actor
train for a part of an old man when you can get
a man who has been training for the part fr
80 years or so? Such is the Eisenstein attitude,
and hence the Trauberg one. The reflection of
such a philosophy in pictures should prove in-
teresting to the audience and mate for' a new
type of cinema drama.
The main point of interest in "China Express"
is what takes place on one of its journeys from
whence much excitement and chance for fine act-
ing is derived?
"Soviets on Parade," the added attraction ac-
companying "China Express" and "Pied Piper I
of Hamlin," has received much praise from critics
throughout the world ani is a two-reel dondened
affair with the choicest bits taken from the origi-
nal full feature picture of the same name reveal-
ing the amazing strength of the Russian army
of today and has a huge cast of some 160 million
odd people of which the New York Enquirer has
said, "a thrilling panorama."
People who missed Walter Disney's "Pied Piper
of Hamlin" will get a chance to see it this evening
and again have a chance to remark, "gosh!"
-R. E. L.
To the Butterfield Theaters:
"The Private Life of Henry VIII" is undoubtedly
one of the best pictures so far this year. Why is
it that an inferior picture such as Eddie Cantor's
"Roman Scandals" is allowed to run a full week
while "The Private Life of Henry VIII" remains
for a short run of four days? Many people will
undoubtedly miss this fine picture for the reason
that it was here for just four days and it will
be some time, if I know anything about bringing
back fine pictures to this town, before it will re-
turn to Ann Arbor. Many will undoubtedly agree
on this point.
-R. E. L.
e -- a-
This-is an authentic story coming from 'the
Cornell Campus. Two co-eds of that institu-
tion were arguing over the eligibility of the
prospective date of one of them.
"I think Bill is swell," said one of them.
"The only thing you can possibly question is
his morals, but of course you can't expect
him to have everything."
University graft is a legend on many campuses,
but promulgators of these legends should doff
their hats to the vague rumor that the president
of the University of Missouri student council paid
the paltry sum of $3750 for his job and the attend-
ant glory.
A professor at the University of California,
discussing Lucretius' conception of matter and
void, found the following note on 'the black-
"Can matter be considered a dirty void?"
And the dear prof, ignorant of this particu-
lar brand of collegiate humor, very earnestly
devoted the hour to explaining this difficult
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