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THE MICHI GAN,_ D AILY

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 1934

E MICHIGAN DAILY

sal peace movement, we are necessarily brought to
a consideration of the disarmament question. We
can only hope that the approaching disarmament

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conference will accomplish more than
adjustment of the national quotas.

a mere re-

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NIGHT EDITOR: ROBERT S. RUWITCH
Disarmament Conference
And Existing Imperialism ...
NTERNATIONAL arbitration in the
interests of world peace is a goal of
long standing of the countries of the civilized world,
and a corallary of this movement is the drive for
disarmament. Immediately after the World War
the peace tendency took hold of the popular fancy,
which, expressed through the organs of the various
governments, led to peace pacts and expressions o
international good will.
To many observers the situation seemed to point
to that ultimate of all. goals, a universal and ever-
lasting peace, but keen commentators soon re-
marked that no such result could be obtained if the
peace was to have the Versailles Treaty as its foun-
dation. This, so far as we may judge by present
tendencies, seems to be the case.
Under the terms of this treaty, which was, of
course, a dictated peace, an arbitrary division of
Europe and of the losing power's foreign posses-
sions was made. The dismemberment of the great
empires of Austro-Hungary and Germany was
made generally on racial lines, a provision which,

it was thought, would alleviate the dissension
caused by divided nationalities. The treaty, with
the establishment of the League of Nations, seemed
a long step toward universal peace.
Why has this not proved to be the case? The
main reason lies in the fact that che nations of the
world, although all available territory was definitely
and finally allotted, have not all reached the limit
of their expansion, or have not all reconciled them-
selves to the fact that further imperialism is for-
bidden.
The three main examples of this fact are Ger-
many, Italy, and Japan. Herr Hitler has declared
that he cannot abide by the Versailles Treaty,
which he considers unfair to his nation, and that
Germany considers herself free to expand her
frontiers in any direction, as well as to violate such
other provisions of the treaty as that restricting
her armaments.
Mussolini has declared that Italy does not con-
sider her northern boundaries as fixed and further
seeks equality with France in regard to foreign
nossessins. The case of Janan has been lately and

Campus Opinion
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strued as expressing the editorial opinion of The
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The names of communicants will, however, be re-
garded as confidential upon request. Contributors
are asked to be brief, confining themselves to less
than 500 words If possible.
MORE ON MR. HALSTEAD'S
EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE
To the Editor:
Mr. Halstead's letter to the editor of The Michi-
gan Daily in yesterday's issue, telling of his arrest
by Toledo police and subsequent release upon bond,
has evoked in my hearing condemnatory comments
which seem to me radically unjustified: "It served
him right! What business had he at that strike!"
"Leave it to these Communists to get into trouble!"
Et cetera.
I think that probably Mr. Halstead, like myself,
has been wanting really to know what the facts
are in the Toledo strike situation, and that there-
fore he, a University of Michigan student, took
time out to go down there. Perhaps, like myself,
he felt that there must be some object other than
the excitement of throwing bricks through factory
windows which has motivated those hundreds of
men and women workers to violence. Many of us
have been reading the papers in search of an ade-
quate explanation of the facts, but since the last
issue of The Michigan Journalist is more than two
weeks out, we have not had even a chance for such
enlightenment..
I do not know Mr. Halstead, personally, and I
cannot say whether he thinks that first-hand
knowledge of our social and industrial problems is
a more trustworthy source of comprehension than
are the Associated Press accounts and luridly preju-
diced Detroit Free Press editorials, or not. But he
may well think so. Nine out of ten of us students
learn about these matters from the press and our
text-books. We learn at least to classify the forces
at work in unemployment, strikes, riots: "Strike
agitators' work!" we say. "Socialists!" "Commu-
nists!" Ours is the sacred and safe traditional edu-
cation which Professor Alfred North Whitehead
summed up when, in his "Science and the Modern
World' he said: "In the Garden of Eden Adam
saw the animals before he named them: in the
traditional system, children name the animals be-
fore they see them."
But this slight flaw in our education here at
Michigan will be rectified by the newly established
division of social science for the purpose of co-
ordinating research of the departments -maybe.
However, there still may remain the need for some
first-hand knowledge of the problems of our society.
If there should be any students, doubting Thom-
ases, who feel that in order to make su're of a more
factual basis upon which to build a knowledge of
such matters they should touch with their own
fingers the open wounds of our society, why perhaps
there will be more riots conveniently near.
-Elmer Akers
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.
AT THE MAJESTIC - DOUBLE FEATURE
"DAY OF RECKONING"
Richard Dix Madge Evans
Una Merkel Conway Tearle
"Day of Reckoning" is a flimsy, overacted melo-
drama dealing with the oh-so-tragic married life
of a young couple whose extravagances lead one of
them to jail and the other to the morgue. That is
about all there is to it, except for the fact that they
have two amusing babies whose antics and whose
ever faithful nurse are not only entertaining but
furnish the only genuine, worthy parts of the pic-
ture. This part is played ably by Una Merkel.
Richard Dix is very poor, and Madge Evans is her
usual self as the rather negative object of some-
body's desires.

The Theatre
AT THE LYDIA MENDELSSOHN:
"THE SHINING HOUR"-A Review.
By JOHN W. PRITCHARD
A RAPID TRANSITION from a first act of do-
mestic comedy into two acts of heavy, vital
melodrama is employed in Keith Winter's "The
Shining Hour." This play deals, as have so many
others, with a cross-marital love affair, but handles
it (after the drama is under way, at least) as a
situation whereby strong character conflict may be
exposed. The result, in the hands of Mr. Winter,
is a tragedy of great power, having in it at least
two characters who transcend the ordinary run of
human beings whom we meet in a day's journey,
and containing a thesis which is at least as good as
any that has been offered regarding such situa-
tions.
The two persons of superior strength are Judy
Linden (Audrey Ridgewell) and Mariella Linden
(Selena Royle). Judy is a bright being who deeply
and unrequitedly loves her husband David (Rollo
Peters); Mariella, a woman of great repressed emo-
tional intensity, overly blunt honesty, and non-
existent sense of humor, is merely fond of her own
husband, Henry (Francis Compton). The Henry
Lindens are staying temporarily at the home of the
David Lindens; thus Mariella and David meet and
fall in love with each other. Yet each has deep
regard and admiration for Judy, and here, of
course, is the obstacle. Judy, learning of the love
affair, and knowing that she does not share the
love of David, now discloses a mightiness of self-
sacrificing idealism, which Mariella is too fine to
countenance; meanwhile, the superhuman, unbe-
fogged clarity of Mariella's mind is brought into
sharp relief.. Henry exerts a restraining impulse;
David is a thoughtless but deeply sensitive weakling
whose heart is divided between loyalty to an
admired and respected Judy and love for Mariella.
Mr. Winter displays in this play specific dramatic
technique that is fine enough to be called Ibsen-
esque. He begins with a careful study of the Linden
household, and the characters it contains; also, of
the carefree nature of this household. Into the
group he introduces Mariella, and her character
(duly intimated in pre-entrance conversation)
marks the presence of a disturbing element. Yet
it is clear throughout that Mariella herself is not to
blame for what happens: she is she, and the Lin-
dens are the Lindens, and if they bruise themselves
against her she cannot help it. It is clear that a
certain element of the pathological lurks in Mari-
ella; yet she, in the main, is different and disturb-
ing because she is a mentally clear superwoman.
Her conflict with fuzzy normality is drawn out
with great thoroughness by the use of a vitriolic
spinster sister, Hannah Linden (Edith Gresham),
and of a shredded-wheat-brained youngest broth-
er, Mickey Linden (Richard Kendrick). Against
Mariella the wholly healthful and human but deep-
ly idealistic personality of Judy is played to build
the theme. I can take no objection to this play
save to what I think is too sudden a transition from
comedy to melodrama between the first and second
acts, and to rather too fortuitous fire which con-
sumes a barn at the climax of Act II in order to
clear the field for the denouement.
The production is an excelelnt one, with scenery
and direction which exceed in worth anything pre-
viously done in the current Dramatic Season. There
is some trouble experienced in the use of offstage
lighting, as also in the placing of the dinner table
in the first and third acts.
Miss Royle expressed notably an entire compre-
hension of her role as it is sketched above. The
beauty of her work lay in her intensity, her con-
centration, the expression of which was confined
almost entirely to hands, voice, and facial expres-
sion: restrained emotion was her keynote, and she
carried it to a high, shivering pitch. Miss Ridgewell
was not inferior to her in her brightness, her per-
fection of tragedy at first partly concealed, and
later entirely overcome by her sense of idealistic
beauty. Mr. Peters was splotchy during the first two
acts, but pulled himself out of it with a grand (al-
though perhaps a bit overworked) portrayal of an
emotionally desperate insomniac in:Act III. Miss
Gresham and Mr. Compton dealt admirably with
their supporting roles; Mr. Kendrick possibly made
Mickey somewhat more of an ass than the writer

intended.
Collegiate Observer

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Warren William

Jean Muir

Ham actor Warren William is this time starred
as a quack doctor whose chief attributes are his
bedside manners and his ability to bluff his way
into the medical profession without a legal M.D.'s
diploma or anything else. It is pretty poor stuff.
-C. B. C.
AT THE WHITNEY
C "MOONLIGHT AND PRETZELS"
with Leo Carrillo, Mary Brian, Roger Pryor,
Lillian Miles, William Frawley, Herbert
Rawlinson. Directed by Karl Freund.
A million dollars worth of entertainment! Fifty
gorgeous girls! Six big hits! Radiant romance!
Lilting laughter! Everything you want piled into
one grand and glorious picture that will make you
glad you're alive! Stop me, somebody,please! I
got my dates mixed and thought I was a press
agent. The picture is "Moonlight and Pretzels,"
another musical that came out quite a while ago'
but is little different than the others that have been
swamping our movie palaces ever since the movies
started to squawk. This Universal product offers
its share of tuneful music and lengthy nude legs.
It manages to be entertaining because of its infor-
mality and the presence of Leo Carrillo, who still
is the fine character actor and amusing dialect
dispenser.
The story of the piece is one about a song writer
who makes his first attempt at producing a song
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By BUD BERNARD
A professor at the University of Delaware said
that what the present day college needed was a
congenial stein of beer. The only fallacy in this
argument is that one stein wouldn't go very far in
one college.
* * * *
A Junior at Ohio State University is think-
ing of breaking it all off with his girl on
account of her new finger- and toe-nail polish.
It seems as though he once assisted at a
butchering and has a complex.
Justice Brandeis told a representative at the
Yale Daily News that college life is too luxurious
and that everyoneshould plan out his life as nearly
to his liking as he can 50 years in advance. "Look-
ing ahead," said the Justice, "is one of the most
essential factors for success in the world."
A contribution of a student at the University
of Illinois:
THINGS YOU CAN ATTEND A HOUSE PARTY
WITHOUT
LIQUOR - Someone has always more than
enough.
MONEY-- Some one will always be glad to
nay for you. .

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