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FRIDAY, NOV.20,1936

Letters Covering Variety Of Subjects


The Editor's Mail Basket

National Advertising Service, Inc.
College Publishers Representative
Board of Editors
George Andros Jewel WuerfeleRichard Hershey
Ralph W. Hurd ___obert Cummins
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, Irving S. Silver-
man, William Spaller, Richard G. Hershey.
Editorial Department: Marshall D. Shulman, Chairman;
Robert Cummins, Mary Sage Montague.
Sports Department: George J. Andros, Chairman; Fred
DeLano and Fred Ruesser, associates, Raymond Good-
Sman,Carl Gerstacker, Clayton Hepler, Richard La-
Women's Department: Jewel Wuerfel, Chairman: Eliza-
beth M. Anderson, Elizabeth Bingham, Helen Douglas,
Margaret Hamilton, Barbara J. Lovell, Katherine
Moore, Betty Strckroot, Theresa Swab.
Business Department
Departmental Managers
Jack Staple, Accounts Manager; Richard Croushore. Na-
tional Advertising and Circuation Manager; Don J.
Wilsher, Contrats Manager; Ernest A. Jones, Local
Advertising Manager; Norman Steinberg, Service
Manager; Herbert Falender Publications and Class-
fied Advertising Manager.
An Effect 4k The
Corporate Tax Law..
A MONG the substantial benefits re-
cently accruing to labor are the
bonuses and pay increases which have been
granted to employes of the Chrysler and General
Motors corporations. Congratulations are due
the workers fortunately affected, and credit
should be extended to the companies who have
made the beneficient decisions.
In an attempt to analyze the forces which
have caused Chrysler and General Motors to act
as they have, we think, must be listed as a promi-
nent factor the New Deal Corporate Surplus
Profit tax, passed last winter.
Under this law it is necessary for companies
with large surpluses to pay to the national gov-
ernment a large tax. Rather than pay the tax
these two prominent corporations-and it is to be
hoped that others will follow their lead-have
decided to reduce their surpluses by granting
larger returns to their stockholders and increas-
ing salaries and wages.
Critics of the bill hold that any undue deple-
tion of reserves built up from surplus profits will
weaken business in times of depression. Per,
haps, however, the indirect effect of the tax
which we now see is to induce business to ,pay
higher dividends and more wages and hence
to create and augment demand, will serve as a
depression preventative. If it be true that one
of the inherent faults of the capitalistic system
is that it tends to build up surplus profits at the
expense of consumer purchasing power, and
hence tends automatically to produce at periodic
intervals a condition where this reduction of'
demand becomes critical, this tax bill will have
the incidental effect of reducing the disparity
and hence of reducing one of the major objec-
tions to capitalism.
If the effect of the bill be to reduce this dis
parity between production and ability to buy, and
it seems obvious that this will be the effect of
the payment of larger dividends and higher
wages, then the condition in which these sur-
pluses may be necessary to the normal conduct
of businesses may be removed at least in part.
Whether or not the next tax law has this long
run effect remains to be seen. But the present
benefit to labor, which is undeniably an effect
of the law, apart from its government income
effect, is to be applauded.
The law was passed for a number of theoretical
reasons. Stimulation of higher wages was not
prominently among these, but it is no criticism
of the bill to say that in practice it is putting
more money in the working man's pay envelope.

Library's French .apers
To the Editor:

More On Stubbes
To the Editor:
Philip Stubbes, who wrote What the Colleges
Are Doing in the Contemporary magazine, evi-
dently doesn't seem to realize-that not everybody
has a lifetime to spend at college. Sad as it
may be, most of us have to earn a living, and
our fathers, if they do pay for our education, are
not willing to have that expense go on indefi-
nitely. So it is all very well to say that college
students ought to learn less, but learn it more
thoroughly, but the student who can afford to
spend only a few years at college is liable to
find himself with a thorough knowledge of one
narrow field and nothing more. No one would
claim, that "a well-rounded smattering" is the
best thing. But it is at least something. And,
though Mr. Stubbes thinks differently, it seems
to me that the person who has a general knowl-
edge over a wide field will find, it easier to
continue educating himself after he graduates
than the one who knows only one narrow, spe-
specialized field.
Gabriel Harvey, in his letter in yesterday's
"Daily," makes much of what he apologetically
,alls "the finer things." But we live in an age
where the mere struggle for economic security
has become tremendously important, and no
one who does not happen to be a millionaire's
son can afford to ignore it. Whether he likes it
or not, the college student must be concerned
with fitting himself for earning a living, and for
this reason practical courses are just as neces-
sary as cultural courses. Mr. Harvey can starve
on his "finer things" if he likes. The days when
such courses as Latin and Greek were compul-
sory are gone, and I see no reason to regret their
If the editors of Contemporary, by printing
such articles as What the Colleges are Doing,
choose to affect an airy indifference to the
problems of the twentieth century, which are
not the same as the problems ."of the Renais-
sance, they will soon find themselves without
an audience except for a few collegiate aesthetes.
There are more important things to learn than
how to understand Elizabethan sonnets, pretty
as those sonnets may be.
Seeks Culprit
To the Editor:
When I returned home from Ann Arbor I in-
tended writing you my appreciation of your ef-
forts in my behalf to secure my Freshman Credits
in the School of Literature, Science & the Arts
for the academic year of 1908-09.
But when I arrived, I discovered that I either
lost-or my pockets were picked-of an envelope
containing either $40 or $50-and an uncashed
check for $25.
The theft, or loss, occurred either while I was
watching Professor Heber Curtis' pictures on the
demonstrations on the sun-or while attending
Prof. John Lewis Brumm's mystery play-But-
ton, Button.
I strongly suspect that Frederick 0. Crandall
has the envelope-and I wish you would have a
committee go up and search him at once. A cloud
of suspicion also envelopes Mr. Lee White of the
Detroit News, and I am having him shadowed.
If neither Mr. White or Mr. Crandall is guilty,
I will always believe the culprit is Morlye Baer,
who played Emma.
-Chet Shafer.

cumstances. But here we cannot, because thej
first statement completely commits itself to am-
biguity. Certainly when it is stated that "hap-
piness for the most people is founded on a sense
of security, we cannot big-heartedly accept any
other meaning except what the word there im-
plies. This meaning implies a condition, whereas
subsequent uses of the same word implies some-
thing tangible.
Naturally, with such false reasoning to start
with, the whole editorial runs wild. We, the
readers, find ourselves suddenly competing for
"security"-and once again the word has as-
sumed a different connotation. Might I add here
that Miller did not once use this word, which
is, at best, an ambiguous term anyhow.
Finally, one of the conclusions arrived at is
that "government interference or humanitarian
activities may impede or further progress, and
the validity of neither is subject to generaliza-
tion." This mighty thought resulted from some
preceding dissertation in which it was suggested
that the poor were not competing for security,
and that they were receiving security gratis-
from the government. So we see that false reas-
oning to start with, has produced a bi-fold con-
clusion that should never have been reached.
As for the last clause of the sentence: they
are still teaching here at Michigan that once
one has adequately proved a point, that proven
point is a truism, and may be used in generaliza-
tion as much as one pleases. I was taught this
in the freshman composition course 2, and, as
yet, no subsequent course has refuted the truth
of it.
-Fred A. Thomson, Jr.
Proctors, Cont'd
To the Editor:
It is plain that the very witty (maybe her
family thinks so) young Freshman who so ex-
postulated concerning the proctor system, has
been tied to the proverbial apron strings for
a number of years. She is now revelling in the
freedom of college life and definitely resents
having her little fling harnessed by a nasty old
proctor! Well, perhaps the system does repre-
sent to her a terrifying abridgment of freedom.
Be that as it may, the infantile manner of the
article belies any intelligehce behind it.
The author says "driving us to our books every
evening will not make us more studious." It
seems to me that if that is the object of the proc-
tor system it should get under way before 11:15
p.m. You know there are some people who don't
give a d n about studying and prefer bed be-
fore 11:15. The ones who do study have cer-
tainly hit the books before that hour.
The little paragraph concerning "the privileges
of the rich" is a laugh. Is money the discrimina-
tion between dorm women and sorority women?
It is evidently a case of "judging others by
thyself" when our freshman expresses doubt as
to whether even four girls out of 200 possess the
qualities of "tact, confidence, and respect."
Finally, it is surely a mark of ill-breeding to
refer to the Dean of Women as merely "Lloyd."
Even if Miss Lloyd does not command the respect
of our little girl, she certainly must have done
something to deserve the title of Dean and it
would not have taken a great amount of effort
on the writer's part to precede the name by those
four little letters!
Personally, I think the proctor system is just
one of those less important idiosyncrasies of a}
university official and should be taken less ser-
iously than the "Mosher-Jordanite" and the
"Angry Mosherites" have taken it. I doubt if
being in one's own room for fifteen minutes is
going to greatly impair the physical or mental
capacities of Mrs. Ray's little family. It prob-
ably isn't such bad work for four girls to earn
NYA money, either.
I suggest that Athena sponsor a debate on the
subject between Dean Lloyd and the "Mosher-
Jordanite" and send bids to those interested!
-Jane Reinert, '39.
If The Man I Marry had come out six years

ago when audiences were sympathetic with the
adjustment the picture industry was making,
there would be some commendable things to say
about it. Audiences realized in those days that
recruits from the stage had to be introduced, and
if the introductory vehicle weren't so good, better
results were patiently hoped for from the next
attempt. But when a new star is thrust upon a
1936 movie going public, not only that star must
be good, but the picture must be above average
to compete with those of popularly acclaimed fa-
The Man I Marry has potentialities of high
comedy. The situation is right, but the story
development falls flat, and becomes increasingly
slow in pace. It is about a girl running away
from her about-to-be-groom (an unbelievably
stupid millionaire) to a secluded, supposedly un-
inhabited country estate. There she finds a
playwright trying to write a play. She turns his
stark tragedy of a racial problem into a breezy
colored revue, and the playwright (who turns
out to be another millionaire) marries her.
Doris Nolan, from Broadway, is the runaway
girl. She is an actress of the Tallulah Bankhead
school, not unlike that lady in appearance. She
does well enough with her large part of the
picture, but I doubt if she will establish much of
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THOSE who understand more art
mediums than the more colorful
oil and water color paintings will be
interested in the black and white
prints now on exhibit at Alumni
Memorial Hall. The bulk of the ex-
hibit is from the permanent collec-
tion of the Institute of Fine Arts, to-
gether with a few prints from PWA
projects, loaned to the university by
the government. It is an excellent
collection, ranging from 15th century
Bible woodcuts to modern etchings,
lithographs, and drypoints. The col-
lection includes an imposing array of
such famous names as Whistler, Cor-
ot. Goya, Orozco, Thomas Benton,
Reginald Marsh and George Grosz.
The Whistler lithograph is cer-
tainly among the best of the entire
collection, a farmyard theme built
into a superb composition. It is car-
ried out with a minimum of detail,
yet no essential is forgotten. Those
of us who feel that contemporary art
should keep in close touch with life's
realities will find two other prints of
espec{al interest. One is an etching
by Peggy Bacon called "Dressmak-
er," a simple genre subject carried
out with extreme simplicity of line, a
medium well suited to the subject.
The other is a drypoint by Martin
Lewis, a rural snow scene entitled
"Grandpa Takes a Walk." The scene
is so typically American, it might be
set upon any midwestern farm.
By no means the least valuable of
the collection is a drypoint sea and
landscape done by A. Mastro Valerio,
who is well known to Ann Arbor au-
diences. The subject is a rocky
coastline jutting into the sea, tran-
quil and dim in the distance. The
picture is beautifully composed; and
presented in a subtle contrast of dark
and light.
But by far the best and most in-
teresting corner of the exhibit is one
made of those prints lent from the
PWA collection. The subjects are
all close to the actualities of modern
America, and crowded with life and
vitality. "Quincy Mine" by G. Bak-
her is a beautifully executed wood-
cut in which the artist has taken
full advantage of his medium, a sharp
chequered effect of sunlight and
deep shadows. Although the picture
is realistic enough, it is executed in
the sort of pattern a modern Cubist
might strive for, and probably fail
to achieve. In sharp contrast, there
is a charming lithograph of a Staten
Island convent by Mabel Dwight,
carried out with a softness of tone
which helps lend significance to the
peacefully religious theme.
Some of the PWA prints could
hardly escape the odium of falling
under the heading of "propaganda,"
which should prove once for all that
propaganda can be decidedly great
art. The Mexican Orozco is repre-
sented by one of his characteristic
macabre conceptions, a Negro lynch-
ing. Of the same evident proletar-
ian sympathy are Thomas Benton's
"Mine Strike" and "The Hero" by
Carl Grosz, one of those savagely
scathing indictments which caused
him to leave Nazi Germany. Among
the others is Reginald Marsh's
"Union Suare," which has been so
often reproduced that it is super-
fluous to describe it, and a clever
satire by Adolph Dehn, called "The
American Scene."
Criticism of the exhibit is diffi-
cult, almost unnecessary. It pre-
sents a careful selection of the finest
type of prints available to the public,
prints that are certainly worth the
trouble to see.

A Community Group
The Hampstead Community Players
of Ann Arbcr .present FRONTIERS.
Book by Lowell Juilliard Carr, music by
Heinrich Handorf. Directed by Peter
Badger, scenery by Frank Wurtsmith,
costumes supervised by Ann Withrow.
At Pattengill Auditorium, Ann Arbor
High School.
Amateur musical and dramatic
groups in Ann Arbor are under a dis-
advantage. There are so many ac-
tivities and the standard reached
makes it difficult for new organiza-
tions to get started. This is in a way
unfortunate because there is a need
for an active group of townspeople
who have no other opportunities for
this sort of work. However, the pres-
ent group needs either strong rein-
forcing or a great deal of additional
training. The script of this musical
was beyond their abilities and be-
sides needs more careful thinking
out. It is not satiric enough nor
since much of its comedy depends
on anachronisms aoes it go far
enough in this direction either.
The voices are the best asset of
the group, both in the ensemble and
in the solos of Carl Nelson, Ralph
Clark, and Lois Grie 'Th emusic

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( FRIDAY, NOV. 20, 1936 Aaei Nocs
I~I~tJ1I, IUV. ~Academic Thotices
Bacteriology IIIA (Laboratory
Notices Course) will meet Monday, Nov. 23
.at 1 p.m. in Room 2552, East Medical
Faculty, College of Literature, Sci- Building.
ence and the Arts: Midsemester re-!Bulig
ports are due not later than Satur- I Each student should come provided
day, Nov. 21. More cards if needed with a $5 Hygienic Laboratory Coup-
can be had at my office. on procurable at the treasurer's of-
These reports are understood as fice.
naming those students, freshman and
upperclass, whose standing at mid- Lectures
caetr tim is D7nr E not merely

sem1eser m11e 1 s U11~, 1VU lCy
those who receive D or E in so-called
midsemester examinations.

Students electing our courses, but1
registered in other schools or col-
leges of the University, should be
reported to the school or college in
which they are registered.
W. R. Humphreys,
Assistant Dean.
College of Architecture, Midsemes-
ter Reports: Instructors are request-
ed to report any student whose work
is unsatisfactory. Cards for this pur-
pose have been distributed; theseI
should be filled out and returned to1
the office of the College of Archi-
tecture, 207 Arch, not later than Nov.
21. Additional cards may be secured
from the office of the College of
Architecture or from the Registrar's
office, Room 4 U.H.
School of Music, Midsemester Re-
ports: Instructors are requested to
report any student whose work is un-
satisfactory. Cards for this purpose
have been distributed, these should,
be filled out and returned to the of-
fice of the School of Music, 108 SM,
not later than Nov. 21. Additional
cards may be secured from the office
of the School of Music or from the
Registrar's Office, Room 4, U.H.


University Lecture: Mr. C. M.
Bowra, Fellow of Wadham College,
Oxford, will lecture on the subject
"Hellenism and, Poetry" Monday,
Nov. 30, at 4:15 p.m. in Natural Sci-
ence Auditorium. The public is cor-
dially invited.
Astronomical Lecture and Films:
Members of the faculty and students
who have not had the opportunity of
seeing the remarkable moving pic-
tures of solar phenomena, etc., taken
at the Lake Angelus Observatory of
the University, may see them at a
showing, planned primarily for mem-
bers of the astronomy classes, but
which others are welcome to attend,
at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, in Natural
Science Auditorium.
Oratorical Association Lecture
Course: Alexander Woolcott will ap-
pear in Hill Auditorium on Sunday
night, Nov. 29, at 8:15 p.m. Tickets
are now available at Wahr's State
Street bookstore. This number re-
places the Bertrand Russell lecture
and tickets originally issued for that
number will be honored on Nov. 29.
Exhibit of Color Reproductions of
American Paintings comprising the
First Series of the American Art,
Portfolios, recently acquired for the
Institute of Fine Arts Study Room.
On view daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
in Alumni Memorial Hall, North Gal-

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

.School of Forestry and Conserva-
tion, Midsemester Reports: Instruc-
tors in divisions of the University
other than the School of Forestry
and Conservation are requested to

report any Forestry student who is!
doing unsatisfactory work. Cards for Exhibition of Original Etchings
this purpose have been mailed out; and Lithographs from the Perman-
these should be filled in and returned ent Collection of the Fine Arts Study
to the office of the School of For- Room. Until Dec. 1, daily 9 a.m. to
estry and Conservation, 2048 N.S., not 5 p.m., South Gallery, Alumni Mem-
later than Nov. 21. Additional cards orial Hall.
may be secured from the office of
the School of Forestry and Conser-
vation or from the Registrar's Of- Events Of Today

Three Rivers, Mich.
P.S.: And there's
about this, either.

no funny-doodle business

To the Editor:
May I never live to see another display of logic
like the kind in yesterday's editorial-the one
that was designed to "provoke thought" regard-
ing Col. Henry Miller's "sage assertions" about
governmental interference. What 'provoked' me,
was not Colonel Miller's customary fanatic stand
regarding matters of this sort, but the way in
which the editorial strove to arrive at a paradox
regarding humanitarianism by a kind of "flaw-
less" reasoning.
The editorial started with the following pro-
found observations of Colonel Miller: "that this
modern governmental trend is opposed to evo-
lutionary laws; that government interference in
social and economic problems is producing a
more dependent people, is saving the unfit, dis-
couraging talent in business, and works against
the necessary process of breeding resourceful
and capable men." Then the treatise goes on
to establish premises for some sort of argument-
an argument which started, undoubtedly, from
thought having been provoked.
First the writer had us assume that "progress
is the law of life," and that "progress" is meas-
ured by happiness for the greatest number (I
am sure that Jeremy Bentham, originator of
this phraseology, would have shuddered at this
wording, adulterated as it is in the foregoing).
However, we could, without much hesitation
accept it for the first premise. Now in the second
premise watch how the word "security" rapidly
undergoes a change in meaning.
VAcknowledge' that happiness for the most
people is founded on a sense of security, that
consequently security is one of the most impor-
tant of our goals, that the more prosperous one
becomes, the more is involved in the term "se-
curity," that consequently there never will be
enough "security" to satisfy everyone, that con-
sequently we compete for security and progress
evolves from this competition, and finally that
if we had all the "security" we desired there
would be little else for which to strive and
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fice, Room 4, U.H.
Students, College of Literature,
Science and the Arts: Except under
extraordinary circumstances, courses
dropped after. Wednesday, Nov. 25, v
will be recorded with a grade of E.
Students, School of Education:
Courses dropped after Wednesday,
Nov. 25, will be recorded with the
grade of E except under extraordi-
nary circumstances. No course is
considered officially dropped unless
it has been reported in the office of
the Registrar, Room 4, University
Students, College of Engineering:t
The final day for removal of incom-
pletes will be Saturday, Nov. 21.
To Department Heads and Others#
Concerned: All hourly time slips
must be in the Business Office Nov.
21 to be included in the Nov. 30 pay-
Edna G. Miller, Payroll Clerk
Notice: Attention of all concerned,
and particularly of those having of-
fices in Haven Hall, or the Western
portion of the Natural Science Build-
ing, to the fact that parking of cars
in the driveway between these two
buildings is at all times inconvenient,
to other users of the drive and some
times results in positive danger to
other drivers and to pedestrians on
the diagnoals and other walks. You
are respectfully asked not to park
there and if members of your family
call for you, especially at noon when
traffic both on wheels and on foot is
heavy, it is especially urged that the
car wait for you in the parking space
adjacent to the north door of Uni-
versity Hall. Waiting in the drive-
way blocks traffic and involves con-
fusion, inconvenience and danger,
just as much when a person is sitting
in a car as when the car is parked
University Senate Committee on
Registration for June and Feb-
ruaryagraduates, both teaching and
general, is being held until Saturday
noon, Nov. 21. Blanks may be ob-
tained at the Bureau, 201 Mason
Hall, hours 9-12 and- 2-4 p.m., and
9-12 only on Saturday. This is the
only general registration held during
the year, and there is no charge.
After Saturday there is a hate regis-
tration fee of $1.
University Bureau of Appoint-

University Broadcasting: 2:15 p.m.
The Professor Tours the World, Prof.
Jean Hebrard.
Esperanto: The Esperanto class
will meet in Room 1035 Angell Hall
from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today.
Stalker Hall: Autumn Dance, 9:30
to 12:30 p.m. tonight. Jimmy Fisch-
er's "Sleepy Hollow Swing Band."
Presbyterians: All members of the
Westminster Guild and their friends
Lre cordially invited to attend an
informal. Thanksgiving dance-party
at the MasocincN4 . ...... fi .....
at the Masonic Temple tonight from
8:30 to 12 p.m. There will be games
dancing, special intermission attrac-
tions, and refreshments.
6Recreation Night: All students re-
gardless of religious affiliation are
invited to the program of games
sponsored by the Disciples' Guild at
the Recreation Hall, Church of
Christ, Hill and Tappan Streets, each
Friday evening from 8 to 11 p.m.
There will be a variety of games in-
cluding table tennis, shuffle board,
darts, quoits, quiet games, and a
period of special music and group
singing. No charge.
Hillel Foundation: Abe Goldman
will officiate as cantor at the Sabbath
services held this evening at 8 p.m.
A social hour will follow the service.
The Foundation is located at the
corners of East U. and Oakland.
Faculty Women's Club: The New-
comers Group will meet this after-
noon at 3 p.m. at the home of Mrs.
E. R. Sunderland, 1510 Cambridge
Coming Events
Graduate Outing Club Overnite-
The annual Thanksgiving Overnite
of the GOC is to be held this week-
end at the University Fresh Air
Camp. We will leave Lane Hall Sat-
urday at 2:30 p.m., returning Sun-
day afternoon. Make your reserva-
tions Thursday or Friday from 6-8
p.m. by calling 574. All graduate
Students are cordially invited.
Songs stories, stunts, hikes, eats
and games.
S<C.A.: There will be a party at
Lane Hall on Saturday, Nov. 21, at
9 p.m. All students interested are
cordially invited.
Hillel Foundation: The third in a
series of Pop Concerts will be held
at the Foundation on Sunday. Nov.

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