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FFiTDAY, OCT. 23,19-356

FRIDAY, OCT. 23, 1936

Board of Editors
George Andros Jewel Wuerfel Richard Hershey
Ralph W. Hurd Robert Cummins Clinton B. Conger
Departmental Boards
Publication Department: Elsie A. Pierce, Chairman;
James Boozer, Arnold S. Daniels, Joseph Mattes, Tuure
Tenander, Robert Weeks.
Reportorial Department: Fred Warner Neal, Chairman;
Ralph Hurd, William E. Shackleton, William Spaller.
Editorial Department: Marshall D. Shulman, Chairman;
Robert Cummins, William J. Lichtenwanger, Willard
F. Martinson, Chester M. Thalman, James V. Doll,
Mary Sage Montague.
Wire Editors: Clinton B. Conger, Richard G. Hershey,
associates; I. S. Silverman.
Sports Department: George J. Andros, Chairman; Fred
DeLano and Fred Buesser, associates, Raymond Good-
man, Carl Gerstacker, Clayton Hepler, Richard La-
Women's Department: Jewel Wuerfel, Chairman: Eliza-
beth M. Anderson,tElizabeth Bingham Helen Douglas,
Margaret Hamilton, Barbara J. Lovell, Katherine
Moore, Betty Strickroot, Theresa Swab.
Business Department
Departmental Managers
Jack Staple, Accounts Manager; Richard Croushore, Na-
tional Advertising and Circulation Manager; Don J.
Wiisher, Contracts Manager; Ernest A. Jones, Local
Advertising Manager Norman Steinberg, Service
Manager; Herbert Falender, Publications and Class-
ified Advertising Manager.
MICHIGAN and the nation los.t a
statesman yesterday, with the
death of Senator James Couzens.
To be more exact, Michigan and the nation
lost him last month, because they couldn't under-
stand a man putting the public good above party
Senator Couzens dies repudiated by his party
and the subject of vigorous personal attacks by
the press of the State. He has been accused of
stubbornness, disloyalty to the party, and general
Nevertheless, the perspective of time will show
James Couzens as a man who thought with vig-
orous independence of party machinery, a man
who consciously chose to take the road that
meant incurring powerful enmities rather than
swerve from what he believed to be right. This
was so in the case of the Michigan bank failures,
and it was true of his stand in the recent pri-
maries, in the course of which, without any cam-
paigning on his part, he received more than 100,-
000 votes with an almost unanimously hostile
press and party.
Neither of the two candidates for Senator
Couzens' post are of his stature. He belonged to
the nation. His name will be remembered for
his exemplification of national rather than party
statesmanship, and for the philanthropy that
gave new hope to thousands of unfortunate chil-
dren in the State.
TO THE MAYOR, City Hall,
Terre Haute, Indiana.
Dear Sir:
Please forgive us for taking some of your
valuable time, but we are faced with a problem
on which we would appreciate the benefit of your
There are rumours circulating on the campus
that certain organizations are planning to invite
Earl Browder to speak here sometime next week.
Inasmuch as you have had considerable experi-
ence with that sort of thing, we wonder if you
would tell us how to cope with the situation..
We noticed that you substituted a vegetable
barrage for the arrest idea the second time.
Would you suggest that we skip the vagrancy'
gag and go directly into the vegetables? Of course
that must have been rather expensive, wasn't
Of course we have a rather special problem.
At the time Mr. Browder created that last dis-
turbance in your city, the Detroit newspapers
condemned you for exercising your Americanism,

and they might object just as vigorously to any
efforts to keep Mr. Browder from making another

Letters published in this column should not be
construed as expressing the editorial opinion of The
Daily. Anonymous contributions will be disregarded.
The names of communicants will, however, be regarded
as confidential upon request. Contributors are asked
to be brief, the editors reserving the right to condense
all letters of more than 300 words and to accept or
reject letters upon the criteria of general editorial
importance and interest to the campus.
Remake Versailles Treaty?
To the Editor:
So The Daily, although apparently disagree-
ing with Mr. Zeder, would agree with Mr. Mow-
rer! What did Mr. Mowrer say about militarism?
He said he would prefer it to war, and yet he
knows as The Daily editors know that increasing
militarism all over the world would bring war. So
the only contribution Mr. Mowrer can make is a
proposal that meant world war in 1914 and would
bring world war in 1936.
In the question period after his lecture last
Thursday night, I asked Mr. Mowrer if he
thought we must have another World War in
order to "make the world safe for democracy."
He sidestepped the question very neatly by saying
democracy must be on her guard in order to save
herself from annihilation by those Fascist mad-
men of Europe. The only way, says Mr. Mowrer,
to peace is to arm so heavily and so mightily
that we can frighten Adolf and Benito into sub-
mission to our wishes. Now isn't that a most
brilliant piece of reasoning? It's about the stalest
kind of reasoning I've ever heard. That's exactly
what England and France were trying to do in
1914-frighten the bogey of Prussian militarism.
The results of what happened are only now being
felt in their deepest meaning. Beware lest The
Daily fall into that silly reasoning of so many
forgetful thinkers of today-that the way to
peace is through a psychology of force and fear.
In a time when there are still millions of un-
employed, millions of dispossessed people in our
land, it is consistent with democracy that the
army and navy be built up out of proportion
to any actual needs in order to frighten the
Supermen of Europe? Why not spend some of
that billion-dollar war budget in feeding hungry
mouths this winter? After all, if the nations of
the world really want peace why don't they say
to these misled nations "We know you're having
difficulties. We realize we treated you very un-
fairly at Versailles in 1919. Sit down with us
at another round table, and we'll try to figure
this thing out together. There is no reason
to kill each other about this problem. Let's
see if we can't readjust our difficulties on a fair
and square basis. We'll try and apportion to
each country according to its need." In other
words, let the nations rewrite the Treaty of
Versailles. And above all, let this country realize
that our pact is in living out democracy, not in
dying for pseudo-idealism.
P.S.: By the way, I'll bet Mr. Zeder chuckled
when he read Sunday's editorial in The Daily.
-Robert Dell Satterlee, Grad.
Playing The Phonograph
To the Editor:
General James A. Farley assured the electorate
months ago that this would be a "dirty cam-
paign." What intuition! The campaign has in-
deed become base since the Republicans in their
moments of despair have lowered themselves to
unethical practices.
Last Saturday evening Sen. Arthur H. Vanden-
berg spoke on a national hook-up in what he
called a "Fireside Chat." He had phonographic
records of the President's past speeches. Just
think of it, a United States Senator from Mich-
igan putting the voice of the President of the
United States out over the air on phonographic
records! It would seem that any citizen of
this country, much less a United States Senator
who hopes and expects to be President himself
some day, would have so little respect for the
dignity of the high office which Mr. Roosevelt
now holdIs as to put the incumbent's voice on
records and broadcast them. Phonograph rec-
ords might be all right for two-for-one clothiers
to advertise their wares, but certainly they are
not becoming a Senator especially when the
voice is that of a President. If Sen. Vandenberg
wants to point out weaknesses in Mr. Roosevelt's
past speeches, let him do as others do by quoting
from them. m-"A Rooseveltian."

'Rabble Rouser' Replies
To the Editor:
In an article entitled "'Rabble Rouser' Chal-
lenged" printed in Sunday's Forum, one John I.
Carr proceeded to criticize a letter written by
me and published in last Thursday's Forum. In
my letter I stated my disagreement with Senator
Vandenberg in his condemnation of President
Roosevelt's recommendation that needed laws
be passed even if of "doubtful constitutionality."
I tried to justify my disagreement by showing
that the court in the past has not been en-
tirely consistent. I said the court was made
of human beings and that no one knew whether
an act was valid or not until the court actually
decided. I do not quite see Mr. Carr's point of
disagreement when he says "that everything
about us smacks of human beings and their na-
ture." Surely I do not agree on that point for
it seems to corroborate my contention. Since
matters of constitutionality, and matters in gen-
eral if Mr. Carr insists, are so indefinite the
President should not be criticized for making this
statement. I repeat, the representatives of the
people should concentrate on the people's inter-
ests and not worry about constitutionality since
it won't do them any good anyway.
But the challenge is the most important part
of Mr. Carr's letter. He asks what laws "Gover-
nor Landon proclaimed null and void" and adds
that they must have been "pretty old 'blue' laws."
I did not mean to infer that Governor Landon
declared any laws null and void. Naturally,
he hasn't the power. That power rests with

*** IT ALL
,- By Bonth Wiliams
To the Editor:
We feel that it is to the best interests of
the Michigan Daily, as well as to the student
body, as a whole, to put Bnth Williams "be-
neath it all." Rumor has it that the Daily's
star columnist works under a pseudonym, as
indeed anyone should who writes such tripe.
Shades of Bud Bernard and Toasted Rolls!
This guy Williams has the unhappy fac-
ulty of dishing out the most insipid, boring,
and nonsensical stuff that we've ever read.
Camouflaging his ow'n silly ideas in a sup-
posed human interest column, he manages
to turn out the gooiest and, at the same time,
most annoying smart-aleck column in our
wide experience as column readers.
Away with him!
-Louis Goldsmith, '37.
-Stewart Oston, '37.
P. S.: Thanks to Bonth Williams we've
now developed this facetious style of writing
-only better than his, don't you think?
Thank you gentlemen, thank you.
Bonth Williams, Esq.,
Michigan Daily, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Dear Mr. Williams:
I do not know what your official position
is as I do not find your name on the editorial
page of The Daily. This is strictly confi-
dential. I do not wish my name in any
I want to congratulate you on your article
in The Daily of Oct. 20th. You have the
right slant and what you say is true in prac-
tically every particular. The team is making
decided improvement each week. Every
game has been against experienced lines
and mostly experienced backs. If experi-
ence means anything it should pay dividends.
It has in years gone by for Michigan and
it did pay for Michiga State and Indiana
and Minnesota. We have no reason to cry or
lament. This present team is going to upset
some important apple-cart soon. Remember
Kipke is not getting the athletes except
where a few of us love Michigan. There are
numerous kids that are getting a free edu-
cation, as could my boys, and easily a
scholarship at two of the leading Eastern
schools from their alumni, but we love Mich-
igan. But Kip has a squad now and they
will do him honor before they graduate.
The boys referred to as getting a free educa-
tion could not begin to meet requirements on
the Michigan campus. That's why we do
not get the material. How about Minnesota's
General College? What a joke. That was a
clearing house there. They have other in-
ducements, as at Ohio State. Why go on. I
could tell you what they do at Pitt.
I could write reams about this but I simply
wish you to know there's lots of us that have
your viewpoint
* * *
H AVE you ever been to the Big House? No, not
Jackson-Danny Sullivan's. It's probably
the biggest gambling joint in the State and en-
joys a patronage which keeps a 500 car parking
lot full 24 hours a day.
Located on the east side of Detroit, the Big
House attracts people from all walks of life, but
particularly factory and plant workers from
Budd Wheel, Hudson, Chrysler and Borg-Warner.
The Big House is what was once intended to
be a ramp garage, but has been remodelled into
one of the best equipped gambling spots in the
Twenty-four hours a day Sullivan's is open
to the devotees of crap and blackjack, while from
noon to six o'clock the elaborate bookie depart-
ment entertains the countless followers of the
Entrance to the "spot" is gained by means of
a long passage with a system of electric doors.
Before anyone is admitted to the main gambling
room where hundreds of thousands of dollars

are lying around, a professional 'Fanner' gives
you the once over.
Once in, you can do what you like. Four
or five crap tables always have their devotees,
and the small blackjack tables are scattered
about the one main room.
The bookie system is the most elaborate and
attracts the greatest number of customers. Sell-
ers and cashiers almost as numerous as at the
track, are available for betters; and complete
track postings are carried on individual boards.
In addition the next races to be run at all tracks
are kept on a separate board in the center of the
book. Boys, much like a stock exchange board,
run up and down and keep tab on the latest odds
and jockey changes. The House pays 15-6-3 on
win, place, and show, and parleys stop at $100
plus the bet.
Free coffee, sandwiches and plate lunches are
provided for the patrons, the only qualification
necessary is that you must show 4 bucks in cash
when you enter.
There is no roulette and absolutely no drink-
ing. Everything is conducted in a business-like
and methodical manner,
the proof for that. What is more, these laws
were not "petty old 'blue' laws." Two of them
were farm bills. One was in regard to a mort-
gage moratorium extension. Another concerned
soil conservation. Naturally these acts are not
so important as federal acts. But from the
standpoint of the importance of laws that can
be made in Kansas, they are of comparable
nature to Federal acts. They are certainly not
"petty old 'blue' laws."

Sinclair Lewis In Theatre
A PLAY that has managed to get in
the news more than most plays do
is the dramatization of It Can't Hap-
pen Here. First, Sinclair sold the pic-
ture rights for a large sum and a
movie vresion was made by Sidney
Howard. Then for some reason its
production was stopped. Howard and
Lewis charged Will Hays with do-_
ing this, the words "industrial pol-
icy" were used. A report supposed
to be from the Hays office said that
the story is "of so inflammatory at
nature and so filled with dangerous
material that only the greatest pos-
sible care will save it from being re-
jected on all sides." Lewis said it
contained "no propaganda except for1
the American system of democracy,t
with all its failings, as opposed tot
dictatorship." The novel, as most
everyone knows, shows how fascism{
l would start in America and what it
might be like.1
Late in the summer Sinclair Lewis<
announced that although he had sold
the movie rights he still held the
rights for the stage, he was working
on a dramatization of it with J. C.
Moffit, Hollywood script writer andE
that it would be produced by the
WPA Federal Theatre. Mrs. Hallie
Flanagan, who is national director of
the Federal Theatre (she was head
of play production at Vassar before)t
announced that the play would be1
produced by 28 companies in 15 citiest
simultaneously on Oct. 27. One of,
these cities is Detroit. The play is,
now in rehearsal there and will open,
at the Lafayette Theatre next Tues-
Four companies are to play it in]
New York. The principal produc-
tion is at the Adelphi Theatre where
Mr. Lewis has office now. There
will be a production in Brooklyn, a
Yiddish version on Broadway, and the
Suitcase Unit will play it in various
auditoriums and halls. In some other
cities it will be played in German and
Spanish and two Negro companies
will play it on the west coast.mes
The different directors and scene
designers have been given the liberty
to produce the play as they see fit.
No rules have been laid down by the
National Director. It is quite a job
from the technical standpoint as it
has eleven scenes in its three acts,
28 speaking parts and a varying
number of extras depending on the
size of the stage. Incidentaly, Alex-
ander Wyckoff, who has been art
director for the Michigan Repertory
Players here for three summers, is
doing the scenery for the Newark, N.
J., production and Edward Jurist, who
(has played in a number of Play Pro-
duction shows, will be Swan in the
same production.
According to Lewis the play follows
the novel only slightly. About nine-
teen-twentieths is left out as in any
dramatization of a novel, he says,
and there are at least four main
characters of equal importance in-
stead, of emphasis on one as in the
novel. These four would be Doremus
Jessop, the Vermont editor; Lorinda
Pike, Bishop Prang, the radio dema-
gogue; Buzz Windrip, the President
who becomes dictator. However, the
author says it is still the story of a
little man in Vermont and his fam-
ily. Although a number of living
people are mentioned in the novel-
President Roosevelt, Norman Thom-
as, Father Coughlin, among them-
none will appear or be mentioned on
the stage.
Since it was first announced, people
connected with the production have
been denying rumors and supposi-
tions about it. Mrs. Flanagan says1

the productions will be strictly non-
partisan and that the opening has
not been "timed" for a week before
election. It's just that they wanted
to open the second season with a
"major objective." Lewis said he
gave the play to the Federal Theatre
rather than to .a private producer
because it would give all sections of
the country a chance to see the play.
He denied he was especially anxious
about this because Hollywood had
banned it.
At the time the movie version
was banned-well, not banned but1
withdrawn because of industrial pol-
icy-Lewis said that precisely what
he meant by the title It Can't Happen
Here was that it most certainy could.
Now he still says that it could but
I that it probably won't.
Anyway the play is attracting lots
of attention. About 40,000 seats have
been sold for theupricipal New York
$ production extending over the first
12 weeks. 4,000 people will see it in
the opening night in New York. So
the Federal Theatre and Sinclair
Lewis have announced that they do
not care for this spectacular ad-
vance publicity but want the play tol
stand or fall on its own merits as it.
would do (might do would be more
accurate) in the commercial theatre.
The Detroit Project's It Can't Hap-
pen Here is announced to play three
weeks, then to tourU-possibly com-
ing to Ann Arbor. The United States
Government always sells seats to its
shows reasonably-usually 25 to 55
1 cents And many of the nroiion, -,

FRIDAY, OCT. 23, 1936

Notice to the faculty of the College
of Literature, Science and the Arts:
The five-week freshman reports will
be due Oct. 31, Room 4, University
Senate Reception: The members of
the faculties and their wives are cor-
dially invited to be present at a re-
ception by the president and the
senate of the University in honor of
the new members of the faculties to
be held on Tuesday evening, Oct. 27,
from 8:30 o'clock until 12 o'clock in
the ballrooms of the Michigan Union.
The reception will take place between
8:30 and 10:00, after which there
will be an opportunity for dancing.
No individual invitations will be sent
The Angell Hall Observatory will
be open from 7:30 to 10 p.m. this
evening to observe the moon. Chil-
dren must be accompanied by adults.
Teacher's Certificate Candidates:
A special meeting of all students in
the School of Education, College of
Literature, Science and the Arts and
Graduate School who expect to be
candidates for the teacher's certifi-
cate within the next two years is
called for Monday afternoon, Nov.
2, at 4:10 p.m. in the University
High School Auditorium. Important
problems relating to the certificate
will be discussed, application blanks
will be distributed, and opportunities

for students to ask questions will be
C.O. Davis, Secretary
School of Education.
The Health Service will administer a
vaccine for the prevention of colds to
as many students as are desirous of
taking it. This will be done up until
Nov. 15. No charge is made for this
service. The vaccine may be obtained
by calling at the Health Service on
Tuesday or Saturday mornings be-
tween the hours of 8 and 10.
Riding Test for Women: Any stu-
dent wishing to take the riding test
should sign up at the Women's Ath-
letic Building by 10 a.m. this morn-
The test will be given today.
Students are to meet at Barbour
Gymnasium at 2 p.m. promptly.
A 1936-37 medical examination is
Academic Notices
Make-up examination in Zoology 1
for all those students who were ab-
sent from the final examination in
that course last semester or last
summer session will be given Satur-
day, Oct. 24, from 9 to 12 a.m., in
Room 3092, N.S. This will be the
only opportunity to take the make-up
examination in that course.
University Lecture: Mr. H. H. Nin-
inger, Curator of Meteorites in the
Colorado Museum of Natural His-
tory, Denver, will lecture on the sub-
ject "Meteorites" at 4:15 p.m., t to-
day in Natural Science Auditorium.
The lecture will be illustrated with
slides and specimens. The public is
cordially invited.
Annual Ann Arbor Artists Exhibi-
tion: Open to public until Wednes-
day, Oct. 28. Alumni Memorial Hall,
2-5 daily.
Events Of Today
Esperanto Class: All interested in
Esperanto please meet in Room 1035
Angell Hall today, from 4:30 to 5:30.

Publication in the Bulletin is constructive notice to all members of the
University. Copy received at the office of the Assistant to the President
until 3:30; 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.

(From The New Yor
treaties prepared by
Policy Association there
interesting statement:


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the Foreign Stanley Chorus: Tryouts will be
occurs this held from 3 to 5, today, in the glee
club roam of the League. All women

The gradual removal of tariff c
barriers, often a cloak for mon-
opoly, cannot logically be resisted 1
by those who decry Government
intervention in business.
What prompted the Government to
intervene on a gigantic scale in the
affairs of American business and agri-
culture in 1933? The more excited
Republicans would have us believe
that Mr. Roosevelt was then laying
the foundations of a Socialist re-
public. But those who can look back
to the recent past with less hysteria
and more regard for the sequence of
events will remember that in many
cases the Government was urged to
intervene by the very business men
and farmers whose affairs would be
mosttdirectly affected by govern-
mental action.'
NRA, in its original form, was,
favored and even sponsored by many
manufacturers precisely because it
promised to put an end to what was
then called "excessive competition,"
and because it promised, by means
of agreements to curtail production,
to hold prices at a profitable level.
Compulsory control of agricultural
production, first attempted in the
Bankhead Cotton Act, was not an in-
vention of the Government; it was
brought to Washington by cottonI
planters from the South, and it was
not approved by Congress until ques-
tionnaires sent to 40,000 producers
had revealed an overwhelming de-
mand for it. The primary reason for
Government intervention in this case
and various others was the fact that,
at the bottom of the depression, many
business men and many farmers
wanted Federal assistance in solving
the problem of "surplus production."
And why were American industry
and agriculture burdened with a sur-
plus? For one important reason, be-
cause, with the abrupt termination
of our foreign lending, soon after
1930, the bottom fell out of the for-
em markets in which American in-
dustry and agriculture had previously
sold their surplus at a profit.
That is why the Foreign Policy As-
sociation is perfectly sound when it
describes as inconsistent those critics
of the Administration who in one
breath vigorously denounce "regi-
mentation" and in the next breath
vigorously denounce Mr. Hull's trade
treaties. "Regimentation" and ex-
clusive nationalism are blood broth-
ers. Give the United States a few
bumper crops of wheat and hogs and
cotton-with no recovery of foreign
markets to absorb them-and no
matter who is President, we shall
hear again the demand for crop
control in the interest of protecting
The surest road to "regimentation"
(witness Germany) is to pursue a

except freshmen are urged to try
out. All S. C. officers are requested
to be present at tryouts.
Athletic Group: There will be a
meeting this evening at 8 p.m. at the
home of Mrs. A. G. Justice, 420 So.
Fifth Ave.
Presbyterian Students: The West-
minster Guild will hold a party and
dance this evening at Lane Hall for
all Presbyterians and their friends.
The party will be held from 9-12.
Refreshments will be served.
Campus Recreation Night: The
Disciples' Guild sponsors a game
night at the Church of Christ Recre-
ation Hall, Hill and Tappan Sts.,
each Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. In
addition to a variety of interesting
games, drama, stunts, group sing-
ing, and special music are provided.
All students and their friends are
welcome. No charge.
Hillel Players: Tryouts for the one-
act play "Theatre" will be held to-
day from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the
Hillel Foundation. Parts are open
to both members and non-members
of the Hillel Players.
Sphinx will hold a Columbia Rally
at 11 p.m. Friday in Hagen's Tavern.
Coming Events
Faculty, School of Education:
There will be a special meeting of the
faculty on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7:30
p.m. in the library of the University
Elementary School.
Graduate Outing Club: Songfest in
Lane Hall on Sunday evening, fol-
lowing a short hike in the afternoon.
Group leaves Lane Hall at 2:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be served. All
graduate students cordially invited.
Arab Students' Union: A meeting
of the Arab Students' Union will be
held Sunday afternoon, Oct. 25, at
3:30 p.m. in Room 316 of the Michi-
gan Union. All students of Syrian
or Arabic descent, either residents of
the United States or foreign stu-
dents from the Near East, are urged
to attend.
Delta Epsilon Pi: There will be a
meeting this Sunday at the Michigan
Union at 2 p.m. sharp. This meet-
jing will be important as the matter
of dues will be discussed.
The Hillel Independents will hold
a business meeting Sunday, Oct. 5,
promptly at 8:30 p.m. There will be
election of officers. After the meet-
ing Dr. John Shepard will address the
group on "Liberalism and other


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