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The Union Officers;
ongratuLa ions ...
officers of the Union for 1934-35
comes the expiration of the terms of two students
who contributed unlimited time and energy to the
furtherance -of every activity the organization has
undertaken, These retiring officers, Robert Saltz-
stein and Edward W. McCormick, are to be con-
gratulated on the sincerity with which they have
discharged their duties, and their success in making
the Union even more of a center for men's activ-
At the same time, we wish the incoming officers,
Allen McCombs and Douglas Welch, the best of
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real responsibility, but with hard work they will
keep the Union on the high plane it has reached
this year.
Death Of
Ex-Governor Sleeper...
IN THE DEATH of Albert E. Sleeper,
Michigan has lost one of her truly
great citizens. Never spectacular, never self-ex-
ploiting, honesty, integrity, and courage were his
maxims. Always he had great faith in humanity.
During all his years as a banker, as a business man
and as a public official, he was loved and respected
throughout the State.

Michigan's wartime governor, Mr. Sleeper's ad-
ministration was characterized by the same high
ideals which regulated his personal life. The mob-
ilization of this state in those tempestous days was
among the fastest and the equipment of our troops
among the best, of any in the whole United States
Army. It was largely Governor Sleeper's intense
work and ability that made this possible. '
The last of Michigan's "Elder Governors," 'his
passing is deeply mourned not only in his.own
thumb district, but In the entire state and nation.
Michigan owes a debt of eternal gratitude to Albert
Sleeper, and will long honor and respect his mem-
The Theatre
"THE BRONTES" - A Review

it is reminiscent of "The Barrets of Wimpole
Street":domineering old Rev. Patrick Bronte
(Francis Compton) is in many respects like the ty-
rannical Mr. Moulton-Barrett in the other play,
and the conflict is between this selfishly possessive
father and his daughters who are straining for in-
tellectual liberty. Yet "The Brontes" is not by any
means a repetition of the Barrett episode; it is
looser, more individualistic, for one thing; it has
more humorous pathos; it psychologizes the women
more thoroughly; it is kinetic, its central characters
not being confined to a single spot as was Elizabeth
Barrett; it is more varied in theme. Probably in
content (certainly in structure) it is not so excel-
lent a work of, art -it has not the restrained
tenseness, nor the tightly conceived dramatic power
of "The Barretts." Yet it is a drama of immense
appeal, great emotional strength, and engaging
character authenticity.
The play opens in the parlor at Haworth Par-
sonage, the Bronte home, in 1840, while the girls
are dreaming of the possibility of future literary
glory. It is evening: prayers are being read by Rev-
erend Bronte. In the room are Aunt Brandwell
(Jessie Busley) and Tabitha, the family servant
(Helena Stungo). There are also the three sisters,
in exactly the pose in which we have always pic-
tured them - seated around the parlor table, sew-
ing while they listen to the scripture lesson. At
the left is impetuous Charlotte (Elizabeth Risdon),
the Charlotte whom you would expect from a read-
ing of "Jane Eyre"; at the right is demure young
Anne (Audrey Ridgewell), evidently paying more
attention to her dreams than to the Lord's word.
At the rear, tempestuous, moody, mystic, aloof,
sits Emily (Violet Kemble-Cooper), seemingly
mulling over in her mind the storm-tossed subjec-
tivism of "Wuthering Heights," and of her smoul-
dering lyrics. I have dwelt at length on this open-
ing scene, because it is one which lingers in the
mind throughout the dramatic 20 years that follow.
Mr. Sangster has constructed this play single-
mindedly. In many places he is none too sure of his
theatrical technique: at least one scene is robbed
of expected power by an unfortunate injection and
disposal of Reverend Bronte where he i's not need-
ed; and weak business and loose ends crop up in
(more than one instance. Yet, whatever its struc-
tural flaws, "The Brontes" is an enthralling and
entertaining story. Although the conflict between
father and daughters is often obscured in the sub-
sidiary action, nevertheless it is always felt in the
background; and the development and unfolding
of character indicate great feeling on the part of
the author for what he was doing. Above and in-
fused in the action is a supernatural element,
largely sustained by Emily and her profligate
brother Branwell (Robert Henderson), but wholly
in place in connection .with the other characters,
none of whom has a perfectly balanced mentality.
From a production standpoint, the play was al-
most airtight. With his customary directoral felic-
ity, Mr. Henderson has shown complete grasp of
the character subtleties in the play, and of the
staging necessary to further (perhaps even more
than Mr. Sangster wrote) the central focus of the
Miss Kemble-Cooper presented an Emily who
very unobtrusively penetrates one's mind and then
explodes silently but devastatingly. Sombre, aus-
tere, permeated with the wild independence of the
moor on which she was bred, blessed (or cursed)
with divine creative lunacy, Miss Kemble-Cooper's
Emily Bronte was a fine piece of dramatic artistry.
Not less so, however, was the very different per-
sonality built up carefully, thoroughly, and dynam-
ically by Miss Risdon as Charlotte. Comparatively
insignificant at the outset, and outwardly some-
thing of a prude, she became at the close the right-]
fully central character, delightfully human, re-:
belling powerfully after many years against her
father's selfishness.
Mr. Henderson must be cited for a very potent
piece of erotic acting as Branwell Bronte, the
young artist gone haywire on dope and dipsomania.
Mr. Compton, as Reverend Bronte, was, I think,
handling a role that somewhat transcended his
capabilities: he was very good, however, his error
being that he was playing unvariedly at the top of
his emotional projective powers and letting.the au-
dience know it. Miss Stungo nicely accomplished
the transition from aged decadence to positive sen-
ility as Tabitha. There was only one definitely bad
performance: that was turned in by Ludmilla Tor-
etzka as Madame Heger. Donald Randolph, as her

husband, would have been better had he known
how to manipulate a French accent..
Campus Opiionn
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struied .as expressing, the editorial opinion of The
Daily. Anonymous communications will be disregarded.
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garded as confidential.upon request. Contributors
are asked to be brief,confining themselves to less
than 500 words if possible.
To the Editor:
As a result of the Anti-War Conference and
things which have appeared in The Michigan Daily
I have so many things on my mind that it will
be hard to be coherent. I hope you will bear with
me in content and over-look the construction..
A letter printed in The Daily, states that two
organizations sent the delegates to Detroit on May
Day. Another article states that a charge that the
delegation was mostly communists was refuted. As
a member of the Michigan League Against War and
Militarism I wish to point out that the matter was
brought before that group by a communist and that
I among others, did not support the motion for
representation of The Michigan League Against
War and Militarism. I was the one who made the
charge at the Conference that. the movement
(mis-quoted delegation) was largely communistic.
I do not mean that of the 38 students; 19 and a
fraction were communists. I do mean that com-
munists instigated the trip and dragged in inno-

Screen Reflections
The rating of motion pictures in this column is on
the.following basis: A, excellent; B, good; C, fair; D,
poor, E, very bad,
George ...................Clarke Gable
Laura .....................Myrna Loy
Barbara ................Elzabeth Allen
"Men in White" is an undeniably excellent mov-
ing picture, and in comparison to the average
movie, it !does not deserve a minus sign following
its A rating. But, in viewing it in a super critical
manner, it has flaws which are so Hollywodesque
and which could have been prevented so easily
that they cannot be overlooked.
Being concerned with the problems of a brilliant
young doctor, the plot has two conflicting influ-
ences, the first, his medical career, the second, his
love life. As the story begins, George Ferguson
is serving his interneship in the hospital of a fa-
mous, benevolent surgeon, who sees great potential-
ities -in him. Ferguson is engaged to a wealthy,
impatient society girl whose demands of him are
detrimental to his work. A young, inexperienced
nurse enters the picture as George has found that
he cannot keep an engagement with his fiancee.
Their mutual interests and the tenseness of their
situation precipitate an impetuous, momentary love
affair which eventually results in a climatically
gripping situation in which all three of the main
characters are brought together most effectively.
Before discussing the liabilities of this work, the
assets should be considered, because there is credit
due in almost every branch of work that was ap-
plied to produce "Men in White." Noteworthy in
this aggregation is the performance of Elizabeth
Allen. Although her part is comparatively small,
she makes it powerful and effective. Jean Hersholt
and Myrna Loy also are deserving of a good amount
of credit for their sympathetic and intelligent por-
trayals. The most excellent element in the whole
piece is the medical, scientific, specialized atmos-
phere which increases the potency of the theme.
The list of liabilities is headed by Clarke Gable's
performance and the manner in which his "mat-
inee appeal" is exploited. If the producers had
either cast someone whose appeal was more ver-
satile than Gable's -or had eliminated some of the
scenes showing his manly figure and face doing this
and that (things that have very little bearing on
the purposes of the picture as they should be),
the general effect would have been infinitely better.
Also, there are some scenes in which the bull ses-
sions of the internes are a little overworked and
a little unnecessarily detracting from the plot.
They furnish good pauses and accents for the at-
mosphere of the picture, but their character is of a
crudeness that is out of keeping with it. Myrna
Loy's final scene is poor, far below the standard
she set for herself in the earlier parts of the picture.
Otto Kreuger, as the struggling doctor-husband of
a dying woman is obviously type-cast, and this
would have been excusable if his acting had not
been as overdone as it is. His part is too unim-
portant to warranst the extreme amount of sym-
pathy that he gave it. The settings of "Men in
White" are beautiful settings, but their palatiality
is a little too illusionary to get by the eye of the
critical realist.
The above criticism should not be considered
as extremely derogatory, because in spite of its
shortcomings, "Men in White" is definitely worth
an A rating, and some time will pass before we
have another moving picture using this type of
material that is done as well as this one is.
Collegiate Observer
Attired in night shirts, pyjamas, and other bits
of unrelated sleeping paraphernalia, more than
800 fraternity men at the University of Minnesota
swept down upon sorority row, leaving screeching
co-eds, sweating policemen and clanging firemen
in their wake. Not in the least abashed, the pyjama
clad paraders rushed the Tri-Delt house only to be
repulsed. They did however gain admittance to the

A.O.Pi house.
Forty nurses failed to show up at the hospital
the next day. They were downtown shopping for
"teddies" to replace those lost, as home-going py-
jama-paraders prowled through the nurses' home
and stripped rooms of feminine undergarments.
The Kappas didn't like the parade. "Not
many boys got in," they said.
No arrests were made.
* * *
There is a story making the rounds at the
University of North Carolina about a freshman
who brushed his teeth with starch the day of
an exam in order to keep a stiff upper lip.
Because a student appeared at the University of
Missouri Scoop Dance dressed as Mahatma Gandhi
all future -costume dances will be permanently
barred. The Scoop Dance is the annual affair spon-
sored by the School of Journalism.
* * * *
There was an unfounded rumor at the University
of Oregon that pictures of a nudist colony would
be shown in assembly and the entire student body
turned out; however, orchestra seats were filled
by the faculty a full half hour before starting time.
there was a motion on the floor to have those
words stricken out.
It is tobe regretted that the group cheered
President Tucker Smith, who spoke of The Cross
one moment and tried to be "funny" by using
obscene language the next.
Also, I wonder if Dr. Fisher knows how many
of the 18,000 ministers who denounce the capital-


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