THE MICHIGAN DAILY THURSDAY, :VOVE'r THEE 28, 1,935
FOUR TilE MICHiGAN DAILY ThURSDAY, NOVEMJ~ER~ ~8, 1935
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man crime wave in which he imagined himself
one of the desperadoes he had seen in the picture.
With him he took a revolver, a rifle, and $20 stolen
from his parents and a hunter lodged there.
His first exploit was to hold up a home for
food and a pair of hunting boots, forcing his
way out of the neighbors who surrounded him
by flashing the gun; he followed this by stealing
a car, in which he was finally caught by the
Only then was the haze engendered in his mind
by that Saturday night movie partly torn away,
so that he realized the true meaning of his week-
end escapade. and the wave of shame which must
have been swept across his mind was followed by
a bullet as his only way out.
Can this be blamed on a weak mind, or,
must the responsibility rest ultimately on the mov-
ing pictures in their latest round of gangster
shows? Even accepting the explanation of a
weak mind, or weak will, Howard would still not
have "gone wrong" without the impetus of a
thrilling portrayal of gun battles and defiance of
In response to a wave of public protest over
gangster movies for children, the movie industry
has made the agents' of the law, rather than the
crooks, the heroes of the encounters, but while'
some of the boys who see the pictures now aspire
to be agents in the Federal Bureau of Investiga-
tion, the bark of guns and the "lone-wolf" battle
against society is still the main spice of the pro-
A survey of children's games will show that they
do not play "Congress" or "School"; their make-
believe runs to more vigorous pursuits: "Cops and
Robbers," "Soldier." There is already too much
of the spirit of violence in their amusements.
It must not be encouraged by highly dramatic
Either the movies must be cleaned up, or the
children must be barred from pictures of a lower
rThi Conning Tower A Washington
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What! No Graft,
Mr. Hopkins?. . .
HARRY L. HOPKINS, who has the
distinction of being the greatest'
spender of modern times, is a supreme optimist.
Heading a vast and intricate bureaucracy admin-
istering $4,880,000,000 worth of work-relief through
the complex agency of local commissions, district
boards, and national supervisors, Mr. Hopkins
flatly declared the other day that "not a dollar
of the WPA money has been spent for graft."
We are not casting any aspersions upon Mr.
Hopkins' personal integrity and we cannot claim
to know nearly as much about his organization as
he does, but we feel safe in saying that even the
most innocent and trusting Democrat will con-
sider such a statement just a little naive.
It is unfortunate that public officials feel con-
strained to condition their statements according
to political expediency. We feel that the work
being done by the Works Progress Administration
under Mr. Hopkins' able supervision is fulfilling
a definite need in this country and fulfilling it as
well as can reasonably be expected. It is,-in one
way or another, actually and realistically pro-
viding work relief for persons who need work relief
and need it badly. Whatever its shortcomings may
be, it is accomplishing its chief purpose and there-
fore is a success.
But there can be no doubt that it does have its
shortcomings, that graft and politics creep into
the huge mechanism. Instances of corruption and
favoritism are not merely fabrications of a bigoted
opposition. Mr. Hopkins would display more
political sagacity, we feel, by admitting the im-
perfections of his administration, for only by
straightforward frankness can he maintain the
confidence of the people whose hard-earned money
he has been entrusted with spending.
T ODAY being the last Thursday in
November and by proclamation,
Thanksgiving, we have been casting about for
something to be thankful for, if merely for the
purpose of writing the traditional Thanksgiving
The social and economic condition of the world
eliminated itself first as a subject for thankful-
ness, with war raging or threatening in many
portions, and unemployment and starvation the
general order of things.
Coming back to Ann Arbor, the football season
furnished little to be happy about - unless one is
thankful that it is over; mid-semester examina-
tions are just behind or just ahead, being between
the devil and the deep blue sea would be a
pleasure; as for the weather--we are still in
The first Thanksgiving was supposed to be a
giving of thanks for a good crop of something
or other; now the AAA thanks you for not raising
a good one, so this is out.
Ah well, Christmas is coming and the girls can
stay out until 1:30 of a Friday night.
And Their Effects ...
44(,OME AND GET ME," one side of
Howard Missler's personality said
to two armed state troopers who advanced on
THE FORUM t
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as confidential upon request. Contributors aregasked
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all letters of over 300 words and to accept or reject
letters upon the criteria of general editorial importnceg
and interest to the campus.
The Right Michigan Spirit t
To the Editor:"
Inasmuch as it was a letter of mine published o
in your columns a few days after the Ohio Statet
game in 1921 that started all the furor about the
removal of Fielding H, Yost as football coach,I e
feel it is my duty to comment upon the current C
newspaper discussion of the present coaching staff. o
As we grow older, we grow more and more into i
a belief that a winning football team is not at all 1
essential to the University of Michigan as an edu-
cational institution. What does matter is that
those who wish may have an opportunity to ex-
press themselves on an athletic field under the
tutelage of a coaching staff which can teach fun-
damentals of courage and sportsmanship.
It is my belief that Michigan has such a coach-
ing staff and that the present hullabaloo is un-
called for and will serve only to keep alive the all-
too-prevalent notion that a modern university can,
like a professional organization, continue to exist
only in its athletic victories.
The letter I wrote in 1921 did an injustice to a
man who had long been identified with Michigan
athletics. I hope that those in power will consider
the current propaganda as only another outburst
of warped enthusiasm. The memories of' grand-
stand coaches are very short indeed. They have
forgotten the Michigan teams of just a few years
ago and they will continue to forget, particularly
in those intervals of mediocrity which come now
and then to any person or institution. They should
not be taken too seriously.
-Robert S. Tubbs
On To Berlin
To the Editor:
Much has been written for and against, although
more against than for, America's participation
in the Olympic Games to be held at Berlin next
Surely American athletes should not forego the
pleasure of going to Nazi Germany where there
is so much to be seen and admired. There is first
of all, Chancellor Hitler himself, the man who
ordered the murder without trial of some 1,200
Germans during the blood purge of June 1934.
Next to the Chancellor there is General Goering,
made famous in connection with the Reichstag
fire. Dr. Goebbels, minister of propaganda and
enlightenment, will undoubtedly also appear in
order to "enlighten" the foreign visitors on the
superiority of Fascism over democracy. And
finally there is Dr. Alfred Rosenberg, who more
than any one in the Third Reich is trying to destroy
Christianity in order to replace it with the myth-
ical Teutonic deities Thor and Wotan.
Moreover, our athletes must not forget to get
a glimpse of the concentration in camps and
prisons where the victims are shamefully mis-
treated, not because they have committed a crime
but because of political opinions.
Upon their return to this country - sweet land
of liberty" -our athletes will thus be able to depict
in glowing colors the glory and magnificence of
the Hitlerland where there is no justice, no truth,
no honor, no honesty, no freedom of speech, of the
press, of assembly, no fair play, no true sports-
manship, where every high ideal towards which
Let all who call the Duke sublime L
Because the trains now run on time
And clean is each Italian street,
Turn homeward now lest they should meet ,
Thosehtrains, from scheduled time set free,
Once more crowded with soldiery , s
Whose blood, afire with Christian wrath, s
Must cleanse each tropic mountain path. r
W. L. WERNER h
Mr. W. R. Hearst has been writing a good deal t
ecently, and there is a lot to be said for his p
tyle; to us, at least, it has charm. But he ist
.n unforgiving fellow. On Wednesday night, in N
;he Hollywood Barber Shop, 1570 Broadway, ata
'orty-seventh Street, Martin Krompler was shot. r
I'he Time's subhead fixes the place as "Broad-
way Barber Shop." But the American, in an t
normous headline, had "Gunmen Wound 2 in e
Dimes Sq." Why, Mr. Hearst, even Jersey City h
las its Journal Square. B
Of course, there is Post Avenue, too. There is noe
3erald Tribune Street, but there is Herald Square,t
nd appropriately melting into it, Greeley Square.a
Atlantic City has invited Mr. Hearst to make w
Lis residence there, and the town of Weston
ereby invites him to dwell in that garden spot
>f Fairfield-and-No-Favor County. For neigh-
>ors he will have members of his staff --Leop
Varsh, of Westport; William Soskin, of Wilton, w
.nd Gilbert Gabriel, of Towners, N.Y. t
"It Can't Happen Here"e
ROME, Oct. 23 - (P) - Effective Nov. 5, no t
iewspaper in Italy will be allowed to publish t
nore than six pages.a
Every time we get a poem frim Baron Irelandd
we feel that we ought to make another solicita-t
ion about the sale of Conning Tower manuscripts.n
V'oney received goes to the Tribune Fresh Aire
rund or some other organization or person desig-v
iated by the buyer.-
One of our bad habits - though we insist that
t is not all bad-is that of taking things for
granted. Once we print a notice that Conning
Tower manuscripts are purchaseable, and weh
hink that once is enough for all time. It is likee
elling somebody that you love her, and adding 1
"Continue thinking that I do until I tell you t
otherwise." Or, as the printers say, tf; meanings
Connecticut's tercentenary celebration hasb
ended, but her minnesingers still are articulate.F
Our favorite poetical celebrant is Nellie E. Bourke,s
of Thomaston. Her poem, "Connecticut," printedv
n the Waterbury Democrat, is too Jong to quotek
n full, but here are some of the more memorablev
Mark "The State of the Charter Oak!"r
Where our great Charter did elope.r
"Answer to a Perfect Dream."v
Of United States cities, "Golden Queen!" s
Hartford! most brightly gleamingt
With intellects every meaning.
Riches of nature and finance;t
The best to see, you have a chance.t
Connecticut's other cities sustain
Important places in the Hall of Fame.E
Your beauteous, quaint old townse
Abound with what always renowns,
Majestic mountains, valleys and hills;
Fine settings of thy great, large mills.
This state's stately, noble trees,
Dainty, sweet flowers and pretty leaves
With shade and dreamy ease,
The most fastidious please.
The history of this state
Is like silver lining to a cloud;
Clear, noble, powerful to relate
Of what her natives can be proud.
Her motto, "Qui Transtulit Sustinet,"
Tells us a grand old story.
Here, the nation's honor is well kept.
Connecticut's ablaze with glory!
Thy newspapers are works of art.
In all that's good they have a part.
We get from them the latest news,
Styles, pictures, intelligent views.
The best in literature and art
In their annals have a part,
In everything it's plain to see
Connecticut tops the highesttree.
That the drama reviewers of New York have
decided to award a prize for the best, in their
opinion, play of the year is an interesting piece
of news. But that the prize will be a medal robs
the award of much of its joy of receipt. Our
feeling is that the prize should be about $1,500
in immediate cash, and a medal. But a medal
And now the book critics should form a circle
and award their own prize to their own choice
of fiction, verse, and history. Of course, it would
be a lot of fun for the winners of these prizes
if the Pulitzer committee's choice coincided with
It has been suggested that the columnists de-
cide on whom of their number should receive a
prize for the year's best column, or the highest
average - of excellence, but one of the cynical
Spoiled Darlings of the Press says that it
wouldn't work: that each of us would get one vote.
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By KIRKE SIMPSON
WASHINGTON, Nov. 27.-Does the
form of President Roosevelt's
uggestion to the mayors' conference
or a far-reaching study of the tax
ource problem, federal, state and
municipal, represent confidence on
his part that he will be re-elected next
year? It could be so construed. In
hat case the first Roosevelt blue-
print for the 1937 congress is now in
hand. It involves dividing up the
axation field into what Secretary
Morgenthau calls "zones," each tax
authority to operate only within its
That no doubt would be a boon to
axpayers. Overlapping taxes, fed-
eral, state, county, municipal or what
have you, have plagued everyone.
How to avoid it in a nation built on
he states' rights theory, is something
else. Presumably, only a constitu-
ional change could establish any-
hing better than a gentlemen's
agreement between Washington and
he state capitals to apportion the
whole tax field between them.
MR. ROOSEVELT was careful to
say that the joint study of the
problem beginning next spring, in
which he invited the cooperation of
the mayors, was not a matter for the
next session of Congress. Since an
entirely "no-partisan" approach to
the matter is what he proposes, get-
ting it mixed up with election year
activities was deemed inadvisable.
It is quite possible that the Presi-
dent never even thought of the fact
that the way he put it would suggest
that it would be a matter for the
next Congress, the Congress to be
elected next year. That, in effect,
would suggest he confidently expected
still to be President when that Con-
* * * *
HjIS initiation of the tax field divi-
sion study harks back to ideas he
had much in mind at the time of his
election. One was closer cooperation
between national and state execu-
tives, chiefly in relation to efforts at
simplification of the machinery of
government, elimination of unneces-
sary counties and the like. As gover-
nor of New York and an active mem-
ber of the governors' conference, Mr.
Roosevelt had much to say on the
subject. It was one of his most fa-
vored speech topics at a time when
he was not admitting as yet that he
was an aspirant for the presidency.
That and the tax field apportion-
ment survey now proposed to the
mayors, would seem to run hand in
hand. It appears possible Mr. Roose-
velt might take steps to revive the
simplification idea as well as project
anew the tax study invitation when
the governors' conference next meets.
Furthermore, there is the sugges-
tion that the chief "new deal" archi-
tect himself regards that edifice as
about complete, with only such tink-
ering as experience or the courts dic-
tate to come either in the next ses-
sion of Congress or the next Congress.
THE SUPREME LAW.'.
By Maurice Maeterlinck. s:
By EDWARD BEGLE p
Along with every advance which
man has made, no matter along what in
line, one always finds a few cranksa
who are sure that a backward stept
has been taken, that their fathersJ
were right, that common sense shows0
that such new-fangled ideas are com-
Their chief characteristic is thatd
they completely misunderstand what
they are writing about. They have
a hazy idea of what it is they aret
opposed to, but they never can doI
more than make a few even haziera
rationalizations of their objections
and appeals to obscure authorities.
Einstein seems to be one who hasf
roused into action a great army ofi
such monomaniacs. Great numbers
of books have been written against
his theories, and against the modernt
scientific theories which make user
of his work. A few of them are in-
telligent discussions and are worthyt
of attention but the great majority
have no value, except, perhaps as
illustrations of the strange channels
along which some minds run.
It would be rather rash to claim1
that Maeterlinck is to be included in
this latter group, but there is much
evidence in this latest book to in-
dicate that this is the case. In his1
old age he has turned to a field
about which he knows almost noth-
ing, and has become almost a crank
on the subject of physics. The
change which has come over him
since his book, The Life of Space,
which he wrote a few years ago
on a closely related subject, is rather
startling. There he was as rational
and moderate as a mystic, such as he
is, could be expected to be. Here he
is very different. His arguments are
either very naive or else completely
unintelligible and are very dogmatic.
He makes numerous mistakes of fact,
drawing impossible conclusions from
them. He seems to have learned his
physics from those popular books on
the subject, which of course would
explain, but not espouse, his complete
misconception of the nature and pur-
pose of this science. It is impossible
to take seriously anything he says
In all fairness it must be said that
a certain amount of enjoyment can
be gained from this book, since Maet-
erlinck writes with an excellent style,
though it has been spoiled to some
extent in translation. A few of his
ideas are very clever and many of
them are amusing, either because of
their cleverness or because of their
THURSDAY, NOV. 28, 1935
VOL. XLVI No. 50
President and Mrs. Ruthven will be
at home to members of the faculties,
their friends, and other residents of
Ann Arbor on Sunday, Dec. 1, from
4 to 6 o'clock.
Faculty Meeting, College of Litera-
ture, Science, and the Arts: The regu-
lar meeting of this Faculty will be
held in Room 1025 Angell Hall, Mon-
day, Dec. 2, beginning at 4:10 o'clock.
Report of Executive Committee-
C. D. Thorpe.
Report of University Council-J. G.
Report of Deans' Conference-E. H.
Report of the Committee on the
Jones' Resolution-J. G. Winter,
Faculty, School of Education: The
regular December luncheon meeting
":. BOOKS ":.
the Faculty will be held on Mon-
Ly, Dec. 2, at 12 o'clock, Michigan
Premedical Students: The Medical
Aitude Test sponsored by the Amer-
an Medical Association for all stu-
nts who expect to enter a medical
hool by the fall of 1936 wil be given
iday, Dec. 6, from three to five in
atural Science Auditorium. Regis-
ation blanks may be obtained in
om 4, University Hal lthrough Nov.
. A fee of one dollar is charged.
Bronson-Thomas Prize in German
alue about $50.00) - open to all
ldergraduate students in German
American birth and training. Will
awarded mainly on the results of
three-hour essay competition to be
old under departmental supervision
te in March (exact date to be an-
>unced two weeks in advance.) The
say may be written in English or
erman. Each contestant wlll be
ee to choose his own subject from
list of ten offered. The list will
ver five chapters in the develop-
ent of German literature from 1750
1900, each of which will be repre-
mted by two subjects. Students who
ish to compete should register and
tain a reading list as soon as pos-
ble at the office of the German De-
artmfent, 204 University Hall.
The University Bureau of Appoint-
tents and Occupational Information
rnounces the following United
ates Civil Service Examinations;
unior Medical Officer (Interne), $2,-
0 a year; Junior Medical Officer
Psychiatric Resident), $2,000 a year;
egative Cutter, $1,800 a year (Hy-
rographic Office, Navy Department,
lashington, D. C.).
For further information concerning
aese examinations call at 201 Mason
[all, office hours, (9:00 to 12:00 a.m.
nd 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.)
Extension Course in Freehand
'rawving and Painting: Assistant Pro-
ssor A. M. Valerio's extension course
1 Freehand Drawing and Painting
ill open on Saturday afternoon at
o'clock in the School of Architec-
ure. This is a noncredit course
eeting sixteen weeks and is open to
11 persons who are interested. The
uition is $10.00 for the course.
Lecture: The Problem of Evil, by
ishop Charles Hampton, Friday,
:00 p.m., Michigan League Chapel.
his is the last of a series of three
ectures given under the auspices of
he Ann Arbor Theosophical Society.
Che public is cordially invited.
Architectural Building Exhibition:
3atiks and block prints made and de-
igned by students in Decorative De-
ign are on view in the ground floor
orridor of the Architectural Build-
ng. The exhibit will be open daily
rom nine to six o'clock, through Sat-
irday, Dec. 7. The public is cordially
Delta Epsilon Pi meeting at the
Vlichigan Union at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
[mportant meeting. All members are
arged to be prompt.
Vocational Guidance Group: Be-
ause of the holiday, the Vocational
Guidance Group which ordinarily
neets on Thursday, will meet with
A4iss Muxen, Friday evening, 7:15, at
Graduate Outing Club will meet at
Lane Hall Saturday, Nov. 30, 3:00
p.m., for a hike to be followed by
supper at thexWomen's Athletic
Building (Approximately 30 cents).
In the evening there will be a swim-
ming and recreational games at the
Intramural Building for those who
wish at an additional fee of 15 cents.
All Graduate Students are cordially
invited to attend.
Young People's Society of the Pres-
byterian Church will hold a "Hard
Times" party Friday night at the
Church House, 1432 Washtenaw.
There will be games, dancing, re-
freshments, and prizes for the best
"Hard Times" costumes. Presbyter-
ian students and their friends cor-
Stalker hall: Party for all Metho-
dist Students and their friends Fri-
day evening at 8:30. Games, re-
freshments, dancing. Small charge
Lutheran Student Club: An ex-
perimental deputation plan will be
tried at the meeting of the Luther-
an Student Club Sunday evening,
Nov. 31, in the parish hall of the Zion
Lutheran Church on East Washing-
ton Street. Mr. Rolf Haatvedt is
deputation head and Mr. Gearhard
Naeseth, president of the club, and
Miss Dorothy Williams will give talks.
This committee will go to nearby
towns and put on programs for Luth-
er League meetings. They plan to
AT THE MICHIGAN
IT'S IN THE AIR"
A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer picture star-
ring Jack Benny, with Ted Healy, Una
Merkel, Nat Pendleton, and Mary Car-
If you're one of the unfortunates
who is forced to spend Thanksgiving
Day far from the family hearth,
here's one way to get cheered up -
see "It's In The Air." There isn't a
thing serious about it, but the laughs
(not by actual count) average about
one each minute, with Jack Benny
and Ted Healy supplying the impetus
As for the cast as a whole, there
couldn't have been better choices than
those which put Benny and Healy in
the main roles, with Pendleton and
Una Merkel bringing in the secondary
laughs and Mary Carlisle the pulchri-
tude. Benny is a natural in that he
never appears to be acting. Instead
one gets the impression that he's jus
having a normal chat. And Healy
needs no praise other than to say
that he is as funny as ever, and Pen-
delton the same.
The story finds Calvin Churchil
(Benny) and Major McGurkt(Healy
indulging in wholesale sports rack
eteering, but the minions of the law
get too close sohthey abdicate to Cali
fornia's sun-kissed shores, where w
meet Mrs. Churchill (Una Merkel
who has left her mate because of hi
liking for other people's money. Chur
chill has borrowed a plane on the
pretense that he's looking for a spo
from which to start a stratospher
flight, and eventually finds himsel
stuck with the story so that he, an
McGurk, have to go through with i
The rest of the laughs come whe
they get up in the air, 14 mile
and set a new record, meanwhile sur
viving all sorts of terrific hardship
Ten Years Ago
From The Daily Files
Of Nov. 27, 1925
Benny Friedman, star quarterbackf
of the Wolverine team this year, and-
captain-elect of the 1926 eleven,
spurned the offer to play professionalc
football against Red Grange in Flor-
ida on Christmas day.
"The United States Senate willc
approve entrance into the Worldf
Court at the next session," said ex-f
Governor William E. Sweet of Colo-
rado last night.
The army court martial trying Col.t
William Mitchell for publicly assailing
army and navy air service manage-1
ment approaches its end today after1
four weeks of testimony.1
Dr. Clarence W. Spears, head foot-I
ball coach at the University of Minne-
sota, said here today that there was'
no basis for the report that he was
considering relinquishing his position+