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FRIDAY, OCT. 30, 1939

PA~*E FOUR FRIDAY, OCT. 30, 1936


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936 Member 1937
issoc ied Colie ica Press
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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. Contributorsare asked
to be brief, the editors reserving the righttto 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.
Daily Wrong? -
To the Editor :
In spite of the assertion that it is no "personal
opinion" but "just mathematical truth," The
Daily's "mathematical analysis" of the Literary
Digest poll is wrong. The arithmetic has been
used incorrectly.b
We all agree that the Digest poll is inaccurate
because it does not represent a true cross-
section of the voters. If we look in the present
poll at "how they voted in 1932" we discover that
Hoover is now President! For every 100 who
state that they voted in 1932 for Hoover, merely
93 claim to have voted for Roosevelt; the actual
election results are 100 Hoover against 145 Roose-
velt. Thus the Literary Digest is way off in the
"prediction" of a fact in the past!
Is it possible to make an objective correction
for this serious discrepancy? The right answer is
no. The method of correction will depend upon
the opinion as to what causes the discrepancy.
Who are these 1932 Democrats which were missed
by the Digest poll? Will they divide their votes
between Landon and Roosevelt in the same ratio
as those who answered the poll? Or do they
perhaps belong to classes of which it can be
assumed that they will all vote for Roosevelt?
There are many more possibilities. The first
assumption would change the Landon-Roosevelt
prediction to 100:95, the second to 100:120.
The Daily makes the logical error of first
applying a correction and afterwards attempting
to explain the failure of the Digest poll. It is
often believed that the use of arithmetic can con-
vert any reasoning into a "mathematical truth"
(which probably means an objective conclusion).
Perhaps this is because so many cannot see
through it at once and have an abnormal admira-
tion for what appears difficult.
Aside from the above mentioned general objec-
tion, The Daily's arithmetic is incorrect in itself.1
It takes too long to explain this and few are
interested anyway besides its author. The fol-
lowing remark may be sufficient. If we disre-
gard the Digest columns "did not vote' 'and "vote
not indicated" the total vote before and after
correction should of course be the same. This
is not so for the method applied by The Daily.
-S. A. Goudsmit.
More On Sex Lectures
To the Editor:
My dear cultured friend of yesterday, 'tis in-
deed piteous that your singularly blithesome soul
should have been so beset by the "great shock"
of "good humor" and "smutty jokes" which stunk
the sex lectures the other night. Many of us are
in consonance with you in feeling that nothing
practical resulted from that good hour of wasted
time. But, my friend, whereas we may agree as
to the immediate worthlessness of the talk, we
disagree decidedly as to the causes and the ulti-
mate purpose thereof. Let us for the moment
drop our indictment against the Doctor, who,
may he rest in peace, was serious enough, so
serious that he naively delighted in fumigating
the room with the commonplace of that which
I knew at the age of six, and pity we ought to
have for him, for, certainly, he must have felt
like a heel; and let us turn to our endeared fresh-
man listeners who sounded like a pack of sex-
starved wolves. (And mind you, my friend, you
were one of these freshmen. Perhaps, that is
the reason for the whiteness of your skin.) Come.
come, try to remember how this fine group of
backwoodsmen of a specially cultured civility
continually howled over the least of trifles and
the gravest of comments, how it jested even the
most serious into the most sensuous, how it
besmirked itself with its unbecoming conduct
and unpleasant ignorance. Your "aeroplanes"
and "wise cracks" (and of what an ingenious
character they were) must, of course, have been

intended to humor the Doctor a bit. I am told1
that is no less than woodcutters' ceremonial of
condescension. We are verily pleased to have
such a morally bred group of inmates come into
our Institution. Our only hope is that, before you
leave us, you will be able to see in a woman an
essence more beautiful than anything you find
in your whole litter of pornographic photog-
raphy and erotic imagination.
Yes, I agree with you that Doctor Bonny-
clabber especially shined of much to do about
nothing. It is just too bad that, in the face of
a problem as definite as sex and under such a
favorable condition as having a student body
which has reached a level where the question is
no longer to be thought of as unclean, our-would-
be advisers hedge in circumlocution which half
the time doesn't even bear upon the point in is-
sue. We are not particularly concerned about
the sex of mythology; we are concerned, serious-
ly concerned, about the natural expression of
the sex impulses, right here, on the campus. It
was this problem that one expected to hear dis-,
cussed, yet which was not in the least hinted.
And unless my judgment deceives me, the only
solution pertaining thereto, in so far as I could
gather, is masturbation, be that sound or not.
It does not seem very unreasonable if one of
the profession were to speak on this matter in
shining language. free of all technical jar-
gon, and even assuming alley-talk if necessary,
and bring to bear at least some stimulating
thought or frankly admit that little can be done
about it, which most likely is the case.
-J.G., '38L.

****#* IT ALL
"s-By Bonth Williams;-- - &
PROBABLY you've never seen a pigeon race.
Maybe you've never even heard of one. In
either case you have been missing a sport that
has as it's only rival for corruption and fa-
nangling, the pounding of hoofs on packed dirt
Pigeon racing is the sport of the masses. It
attracts people from all walks of life, but it is
most popular by far with factory workers who
raise their pure bred strains in dingy apart-
ments and small homes.
I got interested in the thing one day this
summer while working in a Detroit factory, and
was invited over for a big handicap race the
following Sunday.
The birds are all finely bred homing
pigeons, mated for speed and endurance. All
poor birds are immediately killed off and
generally eaten so that the strain is con-
tinually becoming faster and faster.
Each loft or stable is registered with a
local club, and these clubs stage handicap
races at stated intervals during the summer.
An owner may nominate as many birds as he
wants from his loft so long as he pays the
entry fee and has each bird officially tagged.
The entry fee in most clubs is 25c per bird.
The odds for all entries are the same and are
made by the clubs. Thus in small, non-handi-
cap races, odds are generally 8-1. In the handi-
caps, purses as high as several thousand dollars
are offered and the odds range somewhat higher.
CAME SUNDAY and Norm and I climbed up
to the loft of his house. Armed with a pair
of binoculars and two arm chairs we swept the
skies as he told me some of the inside stuff in
the racket.
For a handicap the course is generally 500
miles. It takes two days to ship the birds and
one day for them to fly home. A good bird will
average about 60 miles per hour.
The birds are all sealed in boxes by the club
officials and then accompanied by them to see
that the seals are not tampered with before the
start of the race.
Widowhood is the common practice used
by owners to give their birds added speed
and incentive. Just before a big race, the
owner selects a bird which has laid a nest
of unhatched eggs. Then, making a pin hole
in one of the eggs, he inserts a live fly which
buzzes around and raises the maternal hopes
of the mother to a high pitch.
Immediately the bird is removed and
shipped off to the races. The result is that
the mother in her frantie desire to get back
to her supposed brood, pours every ounce of
her energy into flying and will often arrive
home practically dead, but far in advance of
the rest of the flock.
The same general scheme is followed with
cocks, but the incentive is of a different nature.
In addition, doping, starving, and 'speed feeding'
are made use of to increase bird flying ability.
The birds are trained in the homing instinct
from earliest age, and the length of trial flights
is gradually increased until the bird's range is
500 to 1,000 miles.
SUDDENLY Norm stood up. "Here they come,"
he muttered, as a few specks of black ap-
peared on the horizon. As the birds came nearer,
it was apparent that there were about 20 in the
flock. Winging their way up Warren Avenue
they came, bucking a heavy head wind, when
suddenly one bird detached itself from the flock
and headed straight for us.
"Get the clock, get the clock," Norm shout-
ed as the bird sprinted towards us. I handed
the timer to him and as the exhausted
pigeon fluttered down on the roof, Norm
expertly removed the tag and stamped it in
the clock.
"Boy, and to think I was going to eat that bird
last week, Norm laughed as he shouted down-

stairs,,"he's come in ma, bring us two more
Later that afternoon we went down to the
club where the owners were assembled. Each
man submitted his tags and his clock and the
official, after computing the difference in city
distances, awarded first place and 500 dollars to
WE SAT around the club rooms for an hour
or so afterwards and listened to the old
timers swap stories. They got to discussing the
start of distance races, when the birds rise and
wheel. If they hesitate, or wheel twice, they are
generally out of it, for the other birds will have
a half-mile lead. It was generally agreed that a
bird that once stopped for food or water was
.lost, and would probably never be recovered. In-
stances of birds missing by as much as two hun-
dred miles and being found in Northern Canada
are numerous. These misses are most often made
by 'hopped' birds, birds straining under one of
the widowhood practices or doped.
I also learned to what extent the officials
go to prevent fraud in the timing. Because
it is possible to slow down a watch by freez-
ing it and to speed it up by heating it, a
thin film of sensitive wax is painted over the
inside of the clock. If heated, the wax runs
and gums up the clock. If frozen, the wax
cr.ystallizes and is readily discernible.
Racing pigeons are used to a large extent in
modern newspaper work. Pictures are sent fron)
ship to shore via racing pigeons, and pigeon post

One-Woman Theatre
MISS SKINNER has hit upon the
name Modern Monologue for the
type of sketch she uses in her un-
usual program. Eight of these made
up her program last night at Hill au-
ditorium. Sometimes as in Hotel
Porch she impersonates a single
character, managing, however, to
make us see vividly the other charac-
ters and the setting. Although the
stage time is only a few minutes we
see the drama in a situation covering
years in the lives of two people. Oth-
er sketches are simply comedy epi-
sodes, like her well-known Homework,
which shows a mother trying to do a
difficult problem for her son, not dar-
ing to admit she can't solve it, finally
calling her husband away from a
bridge game to work it out for her.{
Her best number, it seems to me, is
Being Presented. The scene is a bed-
room in a London hotel where a wom-
an from Nebraska is getting ready to
go through the ordeal of bowing be-
fore the king at Buckingham Pal-
ace. The situation is amusing and
she seems to have developed all its
comedy possibilities both in the writ-
ing and in the acting, getting a laugh
on almost every line.
Times Square and A Morning in a
Dressmaking Establishment represent
a different type. In each of these
she does a number of characters
changing from one to another with-
out leaving the stage. This line from
a Czarist exile turned model got one
of the biggest laughs of the evening:
"She (the boss) almost makes me
understand Lenin." Her more dra-
matic sketches, On the Beach at Bar-
bados for example, are better in their
acting than in the writing which
does not escape triteness.
Hill Auditorium was nearly filled
for the program and the audience was
unusually enthusiastic.
Lady Precious Stream
AMORE charming and delicate
play than Lady Precious Stream
can rarely be seen. Its story covers
a long period of years, moving from
eastern China to beyond its western
borders and back again, with a hero
and heroine who get no older or worn
in spite of 18 years of poverty, hard-
ship, and dangerous adventures. It,
is less positive, less melodramatic
than The Chalk Circle which Thom-
as Wood Stevens did here in the
summer of 1932, and consequently
less interesting and more difficult to
present to a Western audience. It is
for the most part quiet, with scenes,
of pathos touched by a sense of hu-
mor. But there are occasionally;
deeply moving scenes and one episode
of battles and marching armies.
Lady Precious Stream-its original
title was The Eight Acts Concerning
the Wang Family-has greater pos-7
sibilities for entertainment in our
theatre than were given it in the
present production. It is not my aim
to tear it down, to emphasize its
faults since it did make an interest-
ing evening in the theatre. But it
would have been so much better if it
had at least unity in its acting. A i
few of the actors had charm and
sincerety; others lacked feeling and
subtlety. Some of them reminded
me of nothing less than the late De
Wolf Hopper's performance in The
Mikado. When the style of a play is
other than realistic, it seems even
more necessary for the motion back
of it to be strongly felt in order than
the human element may get through
the surface. No matter how stylized
the movements, for example, in the
parting scene between the mother and
daughter, the audience must feel the
deep grief back of strange and un-
real movements and lines

While the unfamiliar traditions of
the Chinese are difficult for us to
understand, many of their stylized
actions are quickly accepted by the
audience-so willing are people to use
their imagination once the theatre
asks them to. Our realistic theatre
rarely gives them an opportunity.
These fundamental traditions should,
of course, be kept. But there are
many incidentals in the present-day
theatre of China which-as ElmerE
Rice points out in a recent article in
the New York Times-are decadent.
They are often amusing but they de-
tract for an audience that is not used
to them. The bored property-men
smoking cigarettes, reading the news-
paper are possibly less distracting to
a Chinese audience than the cracks
in the scenery of a box-set are to us.
It seems to me these should be min-
imized in favor of the play itself and
the stylized mannerisms that arel
closely connected with the script it-
self. The externals can be diverting
for only a short time anyway. The
play will stand or fall on its ownf
merits. The accidents of develop-
ment, the retrogressions of the tradi-
tion should be dropped. Of course, it
would be as impossible to do an au-
thentic production in the manner of
a past period as it would be to try to
do Shakespeare's plays exactly as they
were done at the Globe. But we could
get a closer interpretation of the play
itself. The costumes, for example,
can be used to point out the decad-
once f1thepresent-dav 1I th.c i'of

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

FRIDAY, OCT 30, 1936
President and Mrs. Ruthven will be
at home to faculty members, towns-
people, and their friends on Sunday
afternoon, Nov. 1, from 4 to 6 p.m.
President and Mrs. Ruthven will be
at home to students on Wednesday
afternoon. Nov. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m.
To the Members of the Faculty of
the College of Literature, Science and
the Arts: The second regular meet-
ing of the faculty of the College of
Literature, Science and the Arts for
the academic session of 1936-37 will
be held in Room 1025 Angell Hall,
Nov. 2, at 4:10 p.m.
1. Adoption of the minutes of the
I meeting of Oct. 5, which have been
distributed by campus mail (pages
2. Reports.
a. From the Executive Committee
by Prof. H. D. Curtis.
c. Deans Conference by Dean E.
H. Kraus.
d. Reports of progress from sev-
eral committees.
Committee on Courses by Prof.
F. E. Bartell.
Committee on Examination
Schedules by Prof. H. C. Carver.
3. Announcements and new busi-
E. H. Kraus.
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
Hall. E. A. Walter,
Chairman, Academic Counselors
Graduate School Students: The.
approved schedules of study should
be filed in the office of the Grad-
uate School this week. Transcripts
that have been loaned must be re-
Teacher's Certificate Candidates: A
special meeting of all students in the
School of Education, College of Lit-
erature, Science and the Arts and
Graduate School who expect to be
candidates for theteacher'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 prob-
lems relating to the certificate will be
discussed, application blanks will be
distributed, and opportunities for'
students to ask questions will be-
Physical Education for Women:
Tests in archery, tennis, golf and
badminton will be given this
afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. Anyone
desiring to take these tests to sign!
up at the Women's athletic building.1
Swimming test will be given at the1
Union on Saturday morning from 9
to 11 a.m. Those wishing to take this
test, are asked to report to the poola
at that time.
Meteorites: Application blanks for
membership in the Society for Re-
search on Meteorites may be se-
cured in Room 2051 Natural Science
Carlos De Vega Dance Ensemble:
Carlos de Vega and his two dance
partners, Ynez and Mariluz, will ap-
pear for three performances this af-
ternoon, tonight and tomorrow eve-
ning at the Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre. The program will present a
rhythmical picture of life in Spain

The Great..

and Mexico. Tickets are still avail-
able at the Lydia Mendelssohn box
office. Please make reservations as
soon as possible.
Father Hubbard Lecture: Single
admission tickets are now on sale
at Wahr's State Street book store.
Faculty Concert: The first program
in this season's series of concerts by
members ofthe faculty of the Uni-
versity School of Music will take
place in Hill auditorium, Sunday af-
ternoon, Nov. 1, at 4:15 p.m. The
general public, with the exception of
small children, is invited.
Academic Notices
Professor Marc Denkinger will not
meet his 2 o'clock class (French 115)
Exhibit of Buddhist Art, with spe-
cial emphasis on Japanese Wood
Sculpture, under the auspices of the
Institute of Fine Arts. South Gallery,
Alumni Memorial Hall, Nov. 2-14, 9
a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 8, 3-5
p.m. Gallery talks to be announced
Events Of Today
The University of Michigan Public
Health Club cordially invites all stu-
dents who are interested in public
health to a Hallowe'en Party to-
night at 8 p.m. at the Women's
Athletic Building (corner N. Uni-
versity and Forest). Games, bowling,
dancing and over 30 prizes to com-
pete for. Come and meet others pur-
suing public health. Come and be
merry with the ghosts and witches
-it's a Hallowe'en party.
Esperanto: The Esperanto class will
meet today in Room 1035, Angell
Hall, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. All in-
terested are cordially invited.
Stalker Hall: There will be a hike
to the Island and a hot dog roast
there. We will leave Stalker Hall-at
8:30. After the roast, all who wish,
may return to the Hall for radio-
Congregational Students: There
will be an informal Hallowe'en Party
and Dance at 8:30 p.m. this eve-
ning at the Congregational Church
for Congregational students and
friends. All are requested to bring
The Disciples Guild will have a
Hallowe'en party at the Chruch of
Christ, Hill and Tappan Streets to-
night at 8 p.m. In addition to the
usual games of the recreational pro-
grams there will be folk games, con-
tests, stunts, ghost stories and for-
tune telling.
Baptist Guild: A Hallowe'en ghost
party will be held for members of
the Roger Williams Guild and their
friends immediately following the pep
meeting tonight. Those planning to
attend are asked to wear fairly old
clothes that will not soil easily. All
students are invited.
The Lutheran Student Club will
have a Hallowe'en party tonight at
Zion Parish Hall. The early part of
the evening wil lfeature a Scavenger
Hunt and the latter part will feature
Hallowe'en games and refreshments.
Come at 8 p.m.
Coming Events
Graduate Outing Club: Hallowe'
en party at Psio cabin Saturday eve-
ning. Trip leaves Lane Hall at 6:30
p.m. All graduate students are cor-
dially invited.
Fraternity-Independent Party, '40
Engineers: Will meet in Room 304 in
the Union at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov.

The party personnel will -be chosen.
All '40 Independents and Fraternity
men are urged to attend because of
importance of meeting.
Hallowe'en Dance at Lane Hall,
Saturday evening from 9 to 12, for
S.C.A. and Rendezvous members and
all others interested.
Arab Students Union: A meeting
of the Arab Students Union will be
held at the Michigan Union, Sun-
day, Nov. 1, at 3:30 p.m., in Room
302. A special invitation is xtend-
ed to all students of Arabic or Sy-
rian descent who have not yet be-
come members.
The Lutheran Student Club will
meet Sunday night at Zion Parish
Hall. Fellowship and supper hour at
5:30. Forum hour at 6 p.m. The
discussion will be led by a graduate
student on "A Christian's Relation-
ship to his State."
The Eastern Religions Group will
hold its second meeting Sunday, Nov.
1 in the Russian Tea Room of the
Michigan League. Mr. Hisung Pak

A NATION FULL of college presi-
dents must have muttered things
under their breath yesterday morning as they
read of William Allen White's Boston interview,,
in which he declared that he would "like to see
more riots on college campuses."
"I am a little appalled sometimes," said Mr.
White, "when I see students in college more
conservative than their fathers. It's rather sad
when you see a freshman who is a Hoover Demo-
crat. I like the English way, where people are
radical when young and conservative when old."
It would be difficult to judge whether this
campus is guilty of too much conservative think-
ing or too much radical thinking. In fact, it is
difficult to discover whether there is any think-
ing at all on the campus.
With one of the most decisive elections in
many years coming next week, the campus yawns
and goes to the movies. Spokesmen for the
two major parties visited the campus last month,
brought by the Union. At both of these ad-
dresses, students were conspicuously absent, and
the shiny heads of townspeople and faculty com-
posed a meagre audience. Only about one-third
of the student body cared enough about the
coming election to vote in the campus poll. A
reporter sent out to secure representative views
of students on the major issues of the campaign
as they were voting brought back scores of rea-
sons which would reflect no credit to a retarded
class in kindergarten (Landon's O.K., but Roose-
velt's a better guy.)
There might conceivably be an excuse for being
bored by political affairs at this stage of the
campaign, if this were anything but a symptom
of a chronic apathy, a gorgeous indifference that
extends to anything requiring cerebral activity,
We don't want riots on the campus. We
wouldn't like to see the Universities in this
country occupy the position in political affairs
which they do in many foreign countries, where
their extremism involves them in constant vio-
lence. Still, if people who represent our educated
ten per cent are not sufficiently interested in
public affairs to participate actively and at the
very least to keep themselves informed, democ-
racy must inevitably become the tool of the dem-
agogues. If we cannot expect a keen and lively
interest in current issues among college stu-
dents, where on earth would be hope to find it?
In specific terms, we mean that plans for
forums, discussion groups, lucheor. clubs, polit-
ical clubs or any organization, formal or in-
formal, which pretends to a serious interest, can-
not survive on this campus, cannot overcome
that huge wall of inert apathy. The only clubs
that have any healthy life are those of the
radicals, and it is the fact that they alone are
actively interested that the campus may give the

HERE is a picture that comes as a
surprise. It is by no means a
great production; it is intended to be
no more than a class B program, fea-
tuLre. But the sincerity and direct-
ness of Lady Be Careful raises it far
above its technical rank.
The story is mediocre enough. A
sailor, Lew Ayres, is rescued by a
group of society girls whose sail boat
has run into his rowboat. When they
return him to the battleship, every-
one gets the erroneous impression
that he is a bear with the women.
Down at Panama, the next stop, is
a chorus lassie known as Stonewall
Jackson-a girl who won't give the
boys a break, Miss Mary Carlisle. A
bet goes up that Ayres, now known
as Dynamite, can break through the
wall of stone. The rest of the picture
concerns the inexperienced sailor and
the chorus girl, with "a little home
and rose bushes" ideals. All of this
sounds ordinary enough, and it is,
but it is the direction of the picture
rather than the story which gives
this film a boost.
Here is a good example of what
can be done with a little sincerity.
The characters are down to earth
people, and they talk like them. The


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