THE MICHIGAN D AILY
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 1935
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To the Editor:
We are witnessing on the campus what is to me
a very disquieting development. I refer to the
spread to the University community of the chain
letter fad. Nothing could better illustrate the
inability even of intelligent people to understand
or give sufficient weight to the remote consequences
of their acts. At least, that is the charitable in-
terpretation. We must hope that those who start
and continue such chains are not just plain rack-
eteers. Though they seem to be perfectly willing
to take wealth they have not earned, they probably
are not fully aware that they are simply robbing
Peter to pay Paul. If they do realize all this,
if they are hoping merely to transfer wealth
from the pockets of others to their own without
any remuneration, then these events are not merely
disquieting, they are disgusting. For this would
mean that University people are as completely de-
void of any but pecuniary standards as the veriest
Babbitt whom they so delight to ridicule. The
foreign jibe concerning our pursuit of the almighty
dollar might then be all too true.
-Robert C. Angell.
Series Of Frauds
To the Editor:
This comment is inspired by information the
writer has received concerning certain chain-
letter promotions. In one instance an enterprising
young sophomore purchased 50 envelopes and
stamps, filled in 10 dummy names and addresses
arranged so that in reality the sender would him-
self receive all contributions sent to these ad-
dresses, and mailed these to his friends. This per-
son expects to be a rich man in a week, and with
the sudden dissipation of all common sense and
morality which the temptations of the present fad
seem to have caused, it is not likely that he will
snare his pot of gold.
A skeleton analysis of some of the aspects of this
scheme is appropriate. The person who is offered a
chance to participate in what amounts to a pur-
chase of the list of names with his dollar doesn't
stop to consider that he can get such a list by
the simple process of making one for himself. How
do you suppose each one was started but in this
way? And the boys who started them are the
ones who cash in on them and the ones who
keep the chain growing are the suckers who put
up the antes.
The whole scheme consists of a systematic series
of frauds, each gullible victim doing his part and
then attempting topass the buck to his friend.
The use of the mails for this scheme is a Federal
offense under Section 213 of the Criminal Code
(18 U.S.C.A., 336; 23 Opinions of the Attorney
General, 200) which prohibits the use of the mails
to promote "lottery, gift enterprise or similar
scheme" and is punishable.by fine of $1,000 or im-
prisonment for two years or both. Even the send-
ing of the dollar bill with nothing else is probably
within this statute as this consummates the crime.
It is hop'ed the suckers are exhausted and this
fraud is about at an end.
-H. H. Darbo, '35L.
As Others See It
Main Street Underestimated
(From the Trenton, Mo., Republican-Times)
FOR SOME TIME there has been a growin con-
viction that the general public is more intel-
ligent than might be suspected. Not even the pro-
ducers of motion picture films, through Will Hays,
moviedom's "czar," admit it.
Hays, in his annual report, points out that pro-
1 ducers of films are turning down sex plays giving
preference to the old classics as vehicles for their
stars and near-stars.
The success of such pictures as "David Copper-
field," "Little Women," "Ruggles of Red Gap" and
others of like stripe have created the feeling in
Hollywood that the public is fed up on lower type
features and is ready and willing to accept better
films based on more cultured themes.
Apparently movie producers have been giving
the theater public what it thought it wanted rather
than what it was ready to accept. It is doubtful
tha the mass of people who attend the movies de-
veloped a taste for Dickens and other classical
writers during the last two years.
Perhaps there has always been a readiness on the
part of the public to accept something better in
movie entertainment. The movie producers have
just found that out.
Hays' suggestion that Main Street's intelligent
appreciation has been underestimated applies not
only to the movie business but to others as well.
It is notable that the American public, made up
of the same persons who attend theaters, is more
eager than ever before for an understanding of
international affairs, of national and state and
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By BUD BERNARD
Students at the University of Washington re-
cently testified that they like professors who can
do the following things:
1. Can fire facts, uninteresting as they may be,
at their classes without putting them to sleep.
2. Wear polka dot bow ties on Tuesday and
Thursdays and knit ties on the other days.
3. Find it unnecessary to take roll because
they make their class too valuable and interesting
4. Tell jokes no older than the earliest Mae West
5. Stimulate thinking instead of third grade
6. Have read something on their subject since
Then, of course, there is the professor's side of
the question. They select as the ideal student one
who has the following qualifications.
1.. Can stay awake and show at least a slight
interest in their courses, even though they do not
intend using them in their life's work.
2. Realize that even though spring is here they
must put in at least a reasonable amount of work.
3. Take enough pains to make an examination
paper at least readable.
4. Act grown up.
"Dear Bud," writes Dam Dumm, '35, "How
about giving our chumistry students a break by
We're made up of a mixture of acids and bases
Ions and salts, done up in their cases,
Perusions, diffusions, osmosis, and actions,
Reactions, hormones, cist-trans, and supersions
So why think of life in terms of devotion
Nunc omnia est a chemical notion.
Non est intra vitam sed chimica change
Free energy to bound the ultimate range.
Why disturb equilibrium by cephales oxide
And set up a caloric, acidic inside?
Far better addendium a buffer sufficient,
Equunimitas neutraliser ad exeunt quiescent.
At the University of Syracuse a class in crim-
inology has discovered that morons can dance as
well, if not better, than most people of normal
mentality. Morons are gifted with a sense of
rhythm that makes most of them excellent danc-
ers. All you ordinary hoofers, reflect on this be-
fore you turn multi-colored shades of envious green
upon seeing some of these "smoothies" strut their
Here's an excerpt taken from an editorial in
the Washington State publication: "There's one
big trouble with reading worthwhile, knowledge-
imparting literature. It makes you think. Taking
up the dangerous practice of reading "intellectual
stuff' may give the reader a cultural background
that will make him a contrast to his associates. It
is apt to brand him as a leader, one who is barred
from the haunts of a Babbitt and the social hound.
So avoid being dubbed one of the 'inteeligentsia.'
Stick to the paths of the average man through
the avoidance of books. They're apt to brand you
as being different.
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What the Governor means is
that crossing on a German
Linergives an opportunity for
first -han d observation on
what he terms "combin-
ing the Science of.Navigation
with the Art of.Fine Living. "
S OMETHING like orchestral playing is
this running of ships across the ocean-a
special aptitude for ensemble work required of
all members ... You find it on German Ships:
Every steward, seaman, officer born to a part,
trained by years in working in unison. Ships
and equipment as fine as can be made, kept in
perfect order. And a tradition that has its
hand on every shoulder, day and night.
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Midnight a sailing of the "Famous Four"
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travel or study. Write Educational Service Depart-
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THE NEW DEGREE PROGRAM in
the development of American cul-
ture is in more than one sense a decided step away
from the outworn formalism that has been ham-
pering American higher education these many
The program might well open the way to adop-
tion - to a greater or lesser extent as experiments
warranted - of some of the innovations that are
making their way at other universities and col-
leges. Specifically, the de-emphasizing of class
attendance, semester exams, hours and honor
points in favor of comprehensives and total intel-
lectual achievement would fit more easily into such
an integrated and uniform program than into the
older forms of the curriculum.
The announcement of the plan is also valuable
in that it presages an attitude of consideration
on the part of University administration and fac-
ulty toward other attempts to make the formal set-
up of the University more adequate to the chang-
ing demands of changing times. Though the
change may be gradual, there is likelihood of
change, and when it comes it will generally be
better thought out and more certain of success.j
Undergraduate criticism, often hasty and incon-
siderate, may well be turned into more useful chan-
nels when there is some realization that protest is
not futile but can be effective in guiding the re-
forms that are now made so much more likely of
A Woid Of
AS A SCHOOL YEAR full of highly
complex, history-making news draws
to a close, The Daily wishes to express its appre-
ciation to all those members of the faculty who
so greatly contributed to the general understand-
ing of its-readers by granting timely interviews on
A part of the great benefit of attending a uni-
versity is the association with scholars, who are
outstanding experts in their fields, and their ideas.
The numerous interviews, appearing in The Daily
during the year, have, we believe, done much to
make available to the community as a whole some
of the benefits of the expert knowledge at hand.
mA sa fi }hpfm iltn1+man, who have cooneratedl
By KIRKE SIMPSON
WASHINGTON, May 16.
CHAIRMAN BOLTON (Ohio) of the Republican
House campaign committee, has fixed upon a
label for the next party platform. It will be drawn
to appeal, he says, to "the
s o u n d liberal - conservative
"We cannot hope to out-
radical the New Deal."
Exactly what a liberal-con-
servative in political philoso-
phy might be, is not ex-
plained. It would be about
as difficult a definition to work
out as would be a detailed
explanation of G.O.P. Chair-
man Fletcher's declaration
that the party is "progressive"
because it is "conservative."
statements represent another
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way of saying the G.O.P. will follow a middle-of-
the-road course in '36. That means, if it means
anything, that in the minds of these spokesmen
for the party it is already clear that no straight
out "conservative" program will have a chance
that year; that the party will be faced with the
delicate task of drawing up a platform liberal
enough to win back lost ground in the West yet
not so liberal as to alienate Eastern ultra-conserva-
FOR SPEECH-MAKING purposes that is not an
impossible task. Such phrases as Bolton's
"liberal-conservative" or Fletcher's "conservative-
progressive" cover the ground. Reducing them to
practical planks on burning legislative issues of the
next campaign will be a different matter.
Ogden Mills, still a much-talked-about possibil-
ity for the Republican '36 nomination, tried his
hand at it in his recent Boston 13-point speech.
That got a hand among Republicans in Washing-
ton; but most of those quoted were of the hereto-
fore old guard group. The Mills' formula, for in-
stance, pleased Representative Wadsworth of New
York, another '36 possibility. It pleased Bolton,
presumably; it pleased Senator Dickinson of Iowa.
rPTT REPTTRTTCAN "lihral-conservative" ann-