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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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NIGHT EDITOR: THOMAS E. GROEHN

WHEREAS NEXT Saturday has been
designated as Navy Day, citizens
have been urged in a proclamation by the mayor
to observe it by appropriate exercises and acts.
Whereas Navy Day will not be a legal holiday,
citizens are much more likely to do nothing about it
at all. Even were it a full holiday there would
probably be nothing about it to distinguish it par-
ticularly in the minds of the average person from
other of the annual occasions.
To many individuals national holidays have
become nothing more than less frequent and more
glorified Sundays; opportunities for good times
that might be otherwise missed. They differ with
the seasons more than with their original pur-
poses. With Thanksgiving, you have turkey and
football, with Christmas, it's gifts and evergreen
trees, with New Year's, a bad headache, with Me-
morial Day, the first chance to get out into the
country, with the Fourth, fireworks, with Labor
Day, you have to come home from the lake.
It may be a sign of growing maturity that we no
longer place so much faith in symbols and sym-
bolic occasions. It could better be described as
a sign that we have lost sight of the values we
once held. Enthusiasm and proper respect, espe-
cially for things of the past, are to be frowned
upon.
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By BUD BERNARD

For years an old professor of Greek at the Uni-
versity of Missouri had been in the habit of calling
on his students in alphabetical order for recitation.
Of course the students were not slow in recognizing
the unique method, and consequently each stu-
dent prepared that part of the day's lesson which
he knew he would be required to translate in class.
One day the absence of several members of the
class so altered the order of recitation, that most
of the students were wholly unprepared, and the
whole scheme becamt apparent to the duped old
man. He was heartbroken.
"Since you are not to be trusted any more," he
announced, "I will be forced to fool you. From now
on, in calling on you for translation I shall start at
the other end of the alphabet."
"Students of Penn State are as manly and as
honorable in their conduct and as correct in their
morals, as any other similar body of young men
in any institution in the state or county." So says
legal document No. 18 in the state legislature at
Harrisburg. It all happened in 1881, when students
had a right to be honorable.
We dedicate this so-called poem to many
co-eels on this campus:
Never throw a kiss,
For then a kiss is wasted;
A kiss is not a kiss
Unless a kiss is tasted.

Rosa Ponselle

SIX YEARS AGO, Rosa Ponselle opened the con-
cert series as she does this year. I have heard
others sihce whom I might consider finer artists,
but I am certainly not ohe of those who say in a
bored tone, when asked if going to the concert,
"I've heard Ponselle." Opportunities to hear great
songs sung by a fine artist are too rare to miss,
and some of the songs she is going to sing are
among the world's best.
The program is particularly rich in German
songs, Strauss, "Schubert, Brahms, Wagner, and
Schumann. The Strauss "Morgen' is a musical
eypression of quiet musing on a cool morning. It is
unique because, in it, the singer is a listener to
another melody, which floats etherially above, pro-
jected by the piano. The Wagner "Traume" ac-
cording to the composer, was written as a study
for Tristan and Isolde, which, in my opinion,
reaches far greater heights. The song seems a bit
vague and formless, (though the words claim the
dreams to be very vivid), but perhaps the artist
Ponselle will find in it that which I missed. The
"Vergebliches Standchen" is a pert little song (al-
beit something of a concert chestnut) about an
upsuccessful serenade. Watch Ponselle play up
the dramatic in it; she acts as well as sings. I am
wondering what she will do with "Der Erlkoenig."
I've heard Schumann-Heink sing it on the records
and she does it so very successfully, the ballad of
the seduction of the little boy by the spirit of the
storm. Her voice expresses so perfectly the luring
tones of the Erlking, the hysterical pleadings of
the little boy, and the quieting words of the father.
It will be interesting to see what Ponselle, so dif-
ferent an artist, will make of it.
For me the high spot of the evening is the
Schumann "Dedication," (incidentally I took "De-
votion" a better translation). Fortunate is the per-
son who understands German, for this song repre-
sents a perfect synthesis of words and music to
create the most beautiful love song in the world.
But even if you miss the words, Schumann has
managed to crystallize so perfectly the essence of
deep and true feeling in the rhythmic surge of the
harmonies and the exquisite changes of harmonic
color at the beginning and close of the middle part,
that the song will be a rare experience without
them.
The songs stand alone and are complete in them-
selves, but the arias being taken out of a dramatic
context, gain by an understanding of the occasion.
"Divinitas du Styx," Alceste is addressing the god
of death. Her husband is about to die. The gods
have promised him his life if another will offer
to die in his place. None are willing to make the
sacrifice except Alceste, the devoted wife. The song
is a perfect expression of pathos and courage. She

The other day at the University of Illinois a
pr cfessor stopped in the middle of his lecture and
gazed at a young lady. When the room was quiet
with that awful silence that precedes such mo-
ments, the professor spoke:
"Young lady, I don't feel so had when someone
locks at her watch during my long leetures, but
when she shakes it to see if it is going -- well that's
the height of something or other."
It's the "little things in life" that are most apt
to get in one's hair and under one's skin if the
results of an experiment conducted recently by the
psychology department at Los Angeles Junior Col-
lege prove anything, for in a list of "annoyances"
checked by a number of subjects, details such as
earthquakes, and tornadoes were completely ig-
nored.
Men agree that back seat driving is extremely
annoying but listening to baby talk is considered
the worst possible annoyance. Loud girls, excess use
of makeup and bitten fingernails also bother men.
Uncleanliness annoys women most of all. Co-eds
do not like conceited people as "people who know
it all" and braggarts are high in percentage among
their peeves. College men should know that when
they keep their dates waiting they are aggravating
them to the utmost degree.

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So What,
0 Flyers...

T HERE CAN BE NO DENIAL that
the winners of the London to Mel-
bourne flight deserve all the credit and glory, that
the world is giving them. They have succeeded in
winging their way around half the globe in less
time than any man has done it before. To them,
the laurel wreath. To the world, the question,
"So what?"
Such advance is not new. Materially the world
has progressed with great strides during this
century; socially, it has failed to keep up With the
pace set by technology. The world has not yet
learned to use the tools at its disposal to build
where construction is needed, and to destroy where
the old set-up is rotten.
The world must catch up with itself or suffer
decline. Instead of using the airplane for war, it
must use it for peace. Instead of making these con-
querors of space and time the instrument of im-
perialistic ambitions, we must make them the tools
that will bind the nations of the earth more closely
together and bring about international under-
standing.
What has been done with the rest of our tech-
nology? The problem of production has been solved.
Food will flow from the farms, and manufactures
will pour out of the factories. The necessary me-
chanical and man power is available. Yet people
are going without necessities all over the world.
The fault lies somewhere in the present system,
which, if it isn't completely hopeless, is certainly
far from perfect.
Starvation in the midst of plenty is so curious
a phenomenon that it would make Malthus, the
economist who insisted that the food supply could
never keep up with the inicrease of population, turn
over in his grave. In fact he would jump right out
if he learned that little pigs were being slaughtered
by the government, acting in a sort of big, bad
wolf role.
So what, oh intrepid fliers to Melbourne? While
you are showing how science is advancing, the
world muddles along, much as ever, without the
haziest notion in which direction it is heading. The
solution is beyond us.
But it prompts the question as to what the con-
stant advancement of the physical sciences is going
to mean for their ever-lagging social cousins.
Military training is no longer comnulsory at the

DILEMMA
I can't find a subject
I can't write a poem
To heck with the whole thing
I tank I go home.
The University of Missouri political science pro-
fessors should be convinced that their students
know something of politics. There were 200 more
ballots cast in a recent student election than there
were persons registered for the election.
asks no pity nor quarter but literally triumphs
over the Fates in her sacrifice of possionate de-
votion.
I have been unable to locate a score of this Verdi
aria. The opera is concerned with the massacre of
the Sicilians by the French, but as to the exact oc-
casion I have been unable to acquire any informa-
tion.
Withal I do not see how the evening can fail
to be a pleasurable one. The program is interesting,
Ponselle a fine artist, and the audience is always
in its most receptive mood with the return of a
favorable artist. --M.L.

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PLEASE". . . and in
a moment you /re
talking with Mother.
TODAY'S telephone service that brings you into touch almost
instantly with home, whenever you choose, did not just
happen. Responsible for it are more than half a century of
research, manufacturing development and constantly-improving
operation and maintenance methods by companies in the Bell
System.
TELEPHONE HOME TONIGHT ! Long distance rates are
surprisingly low. Note the Station-to-Station rates for calls from
Ann Arbor. Rates to other points are listed in the telephone
directory, page two.

DAY
(4:30 a.m.-
7:00 p.m.)
PETOSKEY ....... 1.30...
CHICAGO ........ 1.05...
GRAND RAPIDS.. .80...
BAY CITY .........70.
BATTLE CREEK... .60...
LANSING ... .45

The Truth About Texas

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following paean on the
glories of Texas is part of a publicity effort already
underway for the Texas centennial of 1936. It is re-
printed here purely for its own interest, not to
encourage counter-claims by Californiarand Florida
enthusiasts.
TEXAS occupies all of the continent of North
America except a small part set aside for the
United States, Canada and Mexico. Texas owns the
north half of the Rio Grande, one of the few rivers
in the world with one bank wet and the other dry.
Texas is bounded on the north by 25 or 30 states, on
the east by all of the ocean except the Pacific, on
the south by the Gulf of Mexico and South Amer-
ica, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean and the
rest of the world. Underneath Texas they have at
this writing been down only 8,000 feet or so for oil;
and up in the air Texas has in Guadalupe Peak,
9,500 feet above sea level, the highest hill in the
United States east of the Rockies.
Texas is so big that the people in Brownsville
call the Dallas people Yankees, and the citizens of
El Paso speak of the residents of Texarkana as
being "effete Easterners." It is farther from El Paso
to Texarkana than it is from Chicago to New York,
and Texarkana is closer to Milwaukee by airline
than it is to El Paso. The United States with Texas
left out would look like a three-legged Boston ter-
rier.
The chief occupation of the people of Texas is to
try to keep from making all the money in the world,

be opened the map of the state would be found on
his brain., The word "Texas" is of Indian origin
and means "Friends" and the Texas people are that
way unless you take a slam at their state. If your
front gate is not at least 18 miles from yourfront
door, you do not belong to society as constituted in
Texas. Down on the King ranch the front gate is
150 miles from the front porch and the owner is
thinking of moving the house back so as not to be
annoyed by passing automobiles. Other Texas
landlords have whole mountain ranges on their
ranches, and one Texan has 40 miles of navigable
river on his farm. If the proportion of cultivated
land in Texas were the same as in Illinois, the value
of Texas crops would equal that of the other 47
states combined. If all the people of the United
States were to move to Texas, it still would be no
more densely populated than is Massachusetts.
Texas has land enough to supply every man,
woman and child in the whole world with a tract
20x200 feet, and have enough left over for all the
armies of the world to march around five abreast.
To move the Texas corn crop would take a string
of box cars longer than the distance between New
York and San Francisco. If the 1,500,000 tons of
sulphur mined in Texas annually were in the hands
of his Satanic Majesty, they would solve his fuel
problem. If all the cotton grown in Texas were
baled and built into a stairway it would reach to
the Pearly Gates. If the 255,557,000 barrels of oil

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