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SUNDAY, MAY 23, 1937

G.D. Eaton~VA Neo-Menckenite;
Colleague Recalls 'Daily' Rebel
( Manager of the New York Times Washington Bureau)

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ago, in the sweltering heat of a New York
hospital, G. D. Eaton died. He died as he lived.
Though unconscious for days before his death,
he fought, in his delirium, a fearful struggle for
survival. When he died there was a great void
in the hearts of the small circle that knew him
Now, seven years later, like a voice from the
grave comes the novel he completed not long
before he died-John Drakin. It is a difficult
book to review. Some of G.D.E.'s friends say
he told them he never wanted it published, that
it was not up to the standard he set for himself.

was doing occasional feature jobs for The Daily.
Much of his writing, I can see now, bordered
stylistically on the insufferable. He was one of
the neo-Mencken school, in the days when Men-
cken was at the height of his godhead with=those
of us who were vaguely dissatisfied with things
as they were, and who were looking for a Voice.
Mencken was that Voice, and G.D.E. sturdily
echoed it on the campus.
As the year-1921-22-wore on, he began to
do features and book reviews for the Sunday
Magazine of The Daily, then in its first year.
Thornton W. Sargent was its editor, but he
turned much of the work over to G.D.E., who

But it is a very ,per-
sonal document, a
book recalling G.D.E.
the man to his friends.
To those who knew
G.D.E. only from
hearsay, from the
brash things he wrote
in The Michigan Daily
and afterward, from
the reputation foisted
upon him by those
\who would not or
could not understand
him, it should be re-
quired reading. But
they - the closed
minds, the comfort-
able, smug minds, ever
alarmed at ideas that
dislocate the littlie
world of wish-fulfill-
ment they have built
for themselves-
should be cautioned in
advance against the
assumption that John
Drakin is G. D. Eaton,
for he is only a part of
the man, and that the
weak part.


loved it, so that be-
fore the end of the
year it was really G.-
D.E.'s Magazine. From
its pages he stormed
and thundered at the
closed minds on the
campus, and while his
thunder was not very
loud. considering that
he was one in about
8,000, it was heard,
and many students
and faculty quivered
whenever they heard
it. (One of the better
known clergymen once
preached a sermon,
advertised in advance,
on this dreadful young
By the end of that
year G.D.E. was so
well-known on the
campus that the in-
coming managing ed-
itor of The Daily
dared not make him
editor of the Maga-
zine, a position he had
earned, and offered it

Words To
The Young.


YOUTH from all sections of the
nation will meet in Milwaukee,
July 2-5 to consider its problems, seek resolutions
and consolidate efforts among youth organiza-
The meeting will mark the fourth American
Youth Congress which this year will be consti-
tuted as a model United States Congress with
"Senators" and "Congressmen" from Y.M.C.A.'s,
youth church groups, students, and youth polit-
ical organizations. Endorsement has 'been re-
ceived from such leaders in American life as
Sen. Robert M. LaFollette, Jr., Sen. Gerald P.
Nye, and 33 members of the House of Represen-
Already the widely publicized campaign by the
Youth Congress for the American Youth Act has
received the support of thousands of young
people who are interested in econopic security,
peace, increased educational and recreational
facilities, and race and religious tolerance and
To the wise on the campus we conclude with
the words of President Roosevelt in his message
to the Third American Youth Congress on July
3, 1936: "Like the rest of our population, young
people today are faced with problems both serious
and perplexing. Their solution is not simple.
But there is real hope in the fact that young
people themselves are coming together to seek,
through cooperative endeavour, a solution to
these problems and a clarification of these per-
plexities. This is in keeping with the tradition
of our country; itis a real-evidence of the vitality
of our democracy."
Up A Tree,
R ECENT EVENTS have placed
President Roosevelt and his court
proposal in a politically embarrassing position.
Opponents of the measure hail the resignation
of Justice Van Devanter and the unfavorable
report of the Senate Judiciary Committee as a
certain sign of defeat for the administration.
Those in favor of the bill see in Van Devanter's
resignation a victory for a liberal court but do
not say very much about the plan to reform the
Those in the middle see in the developments of
the week the foundations for a compromise,
something which we feel that the President will
not readily accept. As a result, Roosevelt is in
what might be termed a fix, unless he can regain
some of the lost ground and rally the forces
supporting the court plan.
It has become increasingly doubtful that the
measure can now be passed. But if the Pres-
ident chooses to stand his ground, he stands
an excellent chance of going down with the ship,
accompanied by a great loss of political prestige.
His ability to command the passage of "must
legislation" will have pretty well vanished.

In this book G.D.E. did the same thing as in
the other, and better, novel, Backfurrow. That
is, he married and unmarried people out of real
life; split up personalities, and fused two or more
individuals into one for the purpose of his story.
So you won't find G.D.E. or the things that hap-
pened to him in any one character. If you put
together the characters of John Drakin and Jerry
Clifton, make the character of Jerry dominant,
and forget much of the plot, you will have a
rough approximation of G.D.E. as he saw himself.
And, to the credit of his powers of self-analysis,
it is not a bad portrait. He liked himself, ad
mired himself (as who doesn't?), yet was able
to hold himself off at arm's length, coolly and
dispassionately, and take a good look.
'He Had To Write It'
The childhood and early youth of John Drakin
are, so far as I am able to compare, largely that
of G.D.E. The John Drakin who fought the
World War at Fort Oglethorpe and Camp Mer-
ritt is G.D.E. But the John Drakin at Ann Arbor.
must be fused with his friend Jerry Clifton to
get even an approximation of G.D.E., and from
then on to the end of the book this is so. Drakin
turns out weak, self-willed, potentially brilliant
but unable to control his self-destructive im-
pulses-a material, emotional and intellectual
spendthrift. As the novel ends he is on top of
the world because his uncle has died and left him
twelve thousand dollars, once' more postponing
the day when he will have to face facts. The
real G.D.E., the G.D.E. who facedfacts, put his
money in the bank, and never let down a friend,
is Jerry Clifton.
But John Drakin is G.D.E. as he might have
been had he lacked that iron spine which carried
him buoyant through all vicissitudes, that calm,
amused skepticism which let him laugh at him-
self as well as the rest of the world.
Wlty did Eaton write this book? It is not a very
good novel, as novel, and it is not difficult to
understand why he did not want to publish it.
Yet I think he had to write it. If it had turned
out as good as he hoped, he would have sent it
on the rounds of the publishers during his life-
time, and at least had the satisfaction of doing
his own proof-reading, eliminating the egregious
errors in typography which occur all through it.
But it was not as good, he knew, as he thought it
ought to be.
G.D.E. At Michigan
Yet he had to write it, I believe, because he had
to put himself on paper, dissect himself as he
used to dissect specimens in zoological laboratory
at Michigan, and see what made the wheels go
round. Like Goethe, he was fully conscious of
the "two souls" warring within him, and it would
enable a better appraisal and mastery of himself
to separate them and put them in cold type for
study. And that will explain why the book really
has very little plot structure, but is rather a
swift furious chronicle. It is G.D.E. explaining
himself to himself.
Too bad he couldn't have been explained to
some of those who hated him during his lifetime.
There was that in him which made him strike
back when attacked, and when the attack be-
came general, it was not hard to understand
how he repressed, so far as the public was con-
cerned, his gentle, humorous, sentimental, boon-
companion self, thrusting forward instead an ar-
rogant, truculent, egoism self which was only a
part of him.

to me instead! G.D.E. gave me his apostolic bless-
ing, and I asked him to take charge of the book
review page.
Then one Sunday we printed a nook review
by G.D.E., and the Board in Control of Student
Publications solemnly excommunicated him. All
the student publications were forbidden to print
anything he wrote or to refer to him in any way
thenceforth! What was the Book? It was "Shall
It Be Again," by John Kenneth Turner, and it
said what everyone now knows-that the World
War did not end wars, save democracy, or. do any
of the other things it was supposed to do, except
whip Germany. It imputed not too spiritual mo-
tives to some of the interests which helped get
the United States into that war.
The trouble with G.D.E.'s review was that it
agreed with the book, and in those days that
was heresy of the first water. How strange it all
seems now! But at that time we had not yet
had access to the unquestioned documents which
have proved again and again what that slim
pioneer volume contended.
Sunday Magazine Censored
Yet, I think, and G.D.E. always thought too,
that the severity of his sentence to Coventry was
due to a remark in the course of his review that
"most history professors are senile, simple, mis-
guided asses." After all, there were several his-
tory professors on the faculty! It was an example
of G.D.E.'s brashness, and there can be no ques-
tion that, had he said the same thing in a less
indelicate way, he might have survived. But he
never could hedge. He might have said: "Most
history professors, being old men, are inclined
to take the most comfortable line of reasoning,
accept fallacies if they have a patriotic tinge, and
permit themselves to be led astray by a partial
presentation of the facts." That might have got
Well, we struggled along without G.D.E.'s help
for a couple months, and then the axe fell again.
It was in the days when sex-rejuvenation opera-
tions were being talked about, and in a spirit-
honest!-of scientific inquiry I sent one of my
staff to interview a few physiologists on the effi-
cacy of such operations. Unfortunately, in order
to present his findings properly he had to make
use of a physiological term which is well known
to medical students but was apparently taboo
There were several other articles in that issue
which didn't make a big hit with the authorities,
but this article was seized upon as an excuse for
depriving us of the journalistic freedom we had
hitherto enjoyed, and imposing a censorship upon
every line of copy that went into the Magazine.
The staff met, at my call, and we decided unani-
mously that while censorship might be an afflic-
tion unavoidable in some instances, censorship
by the then managing editor -was not to our
'Student Revolt' Here
We drafted a bill of complaint to accompany
our mass resignation, printed it on the front
page of our last issue, and mailed it to the
managing editor. He didn't get his copy until
after the Magazine was printed, and when he
learned from a sophomore in the pr.oof room
that we had slipped something past the censor,
ordered all copies of the Magazine removed from
The Daily before distribution next morning.
Probably he was only doing his duty as he
saw it, and he did it only after consulting with
a majority of the Board in Control. At any rate,

The Merchant Of Venice
The Merchant of Venice, which
opened Saturday afternoon at the
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, is an-
other in the rapidly lengthening ser-
ies of inadequate Shakespearean pro-
ductions presented during Ann Arbor
dramatic seasons. Seemingly suf-I
fering from uninspiring direction as
well as from an almost complete in-
ability by the cast to read poetry ade-
quately, the production fails utterly
in achieving any real dramatic in-
Especially weak are those scenes
given over to the action of the ro-
mantic subplots. Miss Estelle Win-
wood plays Portia with a forced gig-
gling gayety which is almost em-
barrassing, while Philip Dakin, who
plays Bassanio, reveals the charac-
teristic inability of the cast to catch
the spirit and flavor of some of
Shakespeare's finest poetry. The
other two pairs of lovers, Gratiano
and Nerissa, and Lorenzo and Jessica,
are played on a dead level of unin-
spired and often faulty interpreta-
The almost total failure to catch
the calm romantic beauty of the
opening of the last scene of the play
is symptomatic .of the failure of the
production, all the inadequacies of
direction, all of the inability to handle
poetry, and all of the inability to
rise to the spirit of Shakespeare is
presented in complete force.
This reviewer found his only solace
in the person of Mr. Hughes. His
reading of Shylock was scholarly in
its accuracy and finely drawn in the
action. A slight failure to modulate
his voice to the size of the theatre
was sometimes apparent in the more
tempestuous of his speeches; but a
generally masterful reading of the
poetry was all the more appreciated
for its uniqueness in the production
It is he alone who carries the action
of the play and gives it whateveI
dramatic interest and subtlety o
characterization that it may possess
But the brilliance of Mr. Hughes
results rather badly for the produc-
tion as a whole. The general inade-
quacy of the production is throwr
into brighter relief, for the insuffi-
ciencies of the rest of the cast becom
the more glaring in the light of th
sincerity of his emotion and the re-
strained power of his interpretation
The resulting effect of this situatior
is that Shakespeare's plan of the play
becomes lost in a single brilliani
characterization. Every scene ir
which Mr. Hughes is not present fail
in interest and emotion, to the poin
that the play almost ceases to exist a
a coherent dramatic unity.
It is devoutly to be wished thai
succeeding plays in the current dra-
matic season will atone for this aes-
thetically imperfect and theatricall3
ineffective production of The Mer-
chant of Venice.
Top Of The Town
In this musical comedy an "all-
star" cast follows the well-marke
path of all-star casts in musica
comedy pictures and emerges with a
conventionally indifferent all-sta
film. Hugh Herbert gets the mar-
quee headline, and plays his usua
reliable broad comedy about as wel
as ever. Gregory Ratoff follows suii
with the dialect humour, and man-
ages to be quite amusing in too few

places. Outside of Gertrude Niesen's
baritone singing and some fairly gooc
"business" gags by the Three Sailors,
the show has little to offer.
Doris Nolan and George Murphy
supply the romantic appeal, anc
Murphy, at least, might have done
well had he been allowedhevendthe
slightest freedom from the strait-
jacket of Hollywood definition, As it
is, he has little to do save go through
the motions.
The story is about the struggle of
a rich girl, Miss Nolan, to get in the
show business against the will of her
also rich uncles. Murphy tries tc
discourage her at the latter's urging,
on promise of a contract for his banc
in the Moonbeam Room, stage name
for the Rainbow of Radio City. The
ending is of the category mis-namec
It is said that some people enjo3
Ella Logan's singing. This may be
true. --J.G.
Despite all that was said of him,
he was never a radical unless by "rad-
ical" you mean one who goes to the
root of things. He was temperamen-
tally a little conservative, if anything
-saved his money, bought a little
country place in New Jersey, and kept
a level head the greater part of the
time. He liked to think of himself
as a liberal, but he really meant "lib-
ertarian": that is, one who loves and
defends liberty wherever it is in peril.
But I do not think he would have
joined the American Liberty League.
JOHN DRAKIN. by G. T Eatnn . Or-

(Continued from Page 3)
To The Members of The Guard
of Honor: A meeting for the purpose
of instruction and drill of the Guard
of Honor for the Commencement Day
Exercises will be held at Waterman
Gymnasium, Tuesday, May 25, at 4
p.m., under the direction of Dr.
George A. May.
L. M. Gram,
Chief Marshal."
Leaders for Lantern Night: Prac-
tice for the Leaders of the Lantern
Night line of march will be held
Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Palmer Field.
In case of rain go to W.A.A. Building.
Attendance is compulsory.
Academic Notices
Economics 172: Room schedule for
examination Monday, May 24, at 1
A-G-N.S. Aud.r
H-Q-25 A.H.
R-Z-1025 A.H.

To Graduate Students in Educa-
tion: The preliminary examinations
for the doctor's degree in Education
will be held on May 27, 28 and 29.
Anyone desiring to take these exam-
inations should notify my office at
Clifford Woody,
Chairman of Committee on
Graduate Study in School
of Education.
Psychology 34L, 36, 38. Final dis-
cussion on the laboratory experi-i
ments will be given Thursday night,
May 27, at 7:45 p.m. in Room 3126
N.S. All laboratory students are re-
quired to be there.
Carillon Recital: Wilmot F. Pratt,
University Carillonneur, will give a
recital on the Charles Baird Carillon
in the Burton Memorial Tower, Sun-
day afternoon, May 23, at 4:15 p.m.
Graduation Recital: Marguerite
Creighton, mezzo-soprano, St. Johns-
bury, Vt., will appear in graduation
recital Monday, May 24, at 8:15 p.m.'
in the School of Music Auditorium
on Maynard Street. The general
public, with the exception of small
children, is invited.
Chemistry Lecture: Dr. H. I.
Schlesinger of the University of
Chicago will lecture on "New De-
velopments in the Chemistry of the
Hydrides of Boron" at 4:15 p.m. on
Monday, May 24 in Room 303 of the
Chemistry Building. The lecture is
under the auspices of the American
Chemical Society, and is open to the
University Lecture: "Continuity of
Style in Near Eastern Art" by Dr.
M. S. Dimand, Curator of Near East-
ern Art, Metropolitan Museum of
Art, New York. Sponsored by the
Research Seminary in Islami, Art.
Monday, May 24, 4:15 p.m., Natural
Science Auditorium. The public is
cordially invited.
William S. Sadler, M.D., Chief Psy-
chiatrist and Director of the Chicago
Institute of Research and Diagnosis,
and author of "The Mind at Mis-
chief"; "The Physiology of Faith and
Fear," and "Theoryand Pratice of
Psychiatry," will lecture in Natural
Science Auditorium at 4:15 p.m. on
Wednesday, May 26, upon: "Religion
and Mental Health."
Events Today
Varsity Glee Club: All members re-
port in front of the library at 4:15
p.m. today to take part in the swing-
out exercises.
Iota Sigma Pi: Mrs. C. C. Meloche
will be at home in honor of the Ini-
tiates of Iota Sigma Pi, on Sunday,
May 23, from 4 to 6 p.m., 3060 Dover
Scandinavian Club: The picnic is
arranged for Sunday afternoon.
Those going are to meet at 2:15 p.m.
at the East Engineers Arch.
Hillel Foundation: There will be a
dinner Sunday night at 6:30 at the
Union, at which the Hillel award will
be presented to Marshall D. Schul-
man and the reports of the relief
drive committees will be given. Every-
one is invited, and reservations for
the dinner which will cost 50 cents
be made by phoning the Hillel Foun-
dation or S. Leonard Kasle.
Phi Eta Sigma: There will be a
dinner meeting of Phi Eta Sigma at
the Union Sunday, May 23, at 6:30
p.m. Officers will be elected and a
tentative program adopted for the
coming year.

Ann Arbor Friends: The next regu-
lar meeting of the Ann Arbor Friends
group will be held on Sunday, May
23, at the Michigan League, at 5

Publication in the Bulletin is constructive notice to all members of the
iversty. Copy received at the . f the Asitat to the Presid t


wish to be members of the meeting
but who have not yet sent in their
membership blanks are invited to
communicate with Arthur or Esther
S. Dunham (7830) before May 21.
Lutheran Student Club: The An-
nual Senior Banquet of the club will
be held Sunday, May 23, Zion Parish
Hall at 5:30 p.m.
Coming Events
Psychology Journal Club will meet
on Wednesday, May 26, at 7:45 p.m.
in Room 3126 N.S. Mrs. Mary C.
Van Tuyl will speak on "The Life
History Method."
German Table for Faculty Mem-
bers: The regular luncheon meeting
will be held Monday at 12:10 p.m.
in the Founders' Room of the Michi-
gan Union. All faculty members in-
terested in speaking German are
cordially invited. There will be an in-
formal 10-minute talk by Prof. M.
Staff Meeting, Michigan Technic:
There will be an important meeting
of all the staff members of the Mich-
igan Technic Tuesday night, May 25,
at 7:30 p.m. This is the last meeting
of the curent year and it is impera-
tive that everyone be there. Please
sign up in the office.
Senior Women: Senior women and
others who are interested in meeting
Julie Coburn of the School of Fa-
shion Careers come to Miss McCor-
mick's Office any time Monday, May
The Bibliophiles: Faculty Women's
Club will meet, Tuesday, May 25,
with Mrs. Clifford C. Meloche, 2060
Dover Road.
Michigan Dames: The Music Group
of the Michigan Dames will meet
Tuesday night, May 25, at 8 p.m., in
the east wing rear of Hill Auditorium.
Professor McGeoch of the University
Music School will speak on Richard
Wagner. Anyone interested is cor-
dially invited to attend.
Church of Christ (Disciples) Sun-
10:45 a.m., Morning worship, Rev.
Fred Cowin, minister.
3; 30 p.m., Meet at the church for
the trip to Saline Valley Farms. After
a tour of the farm, recreation and
picnic supper, Mr. Harold Gray will
address the group on "The Philosophy
of Cooperatives." Anyone desiring to
go who has not signed up should
phone 5838.
First Church of Christ, Scientist:
409 South Division St.
Morning service, 10:30 a.m.
Subject: "Soul and Body."
Golden Text: Psalms 86:4.
Responsive Reading: Mathew 6:22-
Sunday School, 11:45 a.m., after
the morning service.
Congregational Church: 10:45 a.m.,
'Service of worship, sermon by Rev.
William H. Walker of Detroit.
9:30 a.m., The Adult Group of the
May Forum will meet in Pilgrim Hall.
The discussion on "The Effective
Church" will be continued.
9:30 a.m., Post Parley meeting,
continuing the discussion of ques-
tions which arose in She Spring Par-
ley. This group will meet in the
lower room of the church,
4:30 p.m., The Student Fellowship
will meet at Pilgrim Hall. This meet-
ing will be an outdoor vesper service.
A picnic supper is planned.
5 p.m., The Ariston League will
meet at Pilgrim Hall for its third
meeting of May forum discussions.
Prof. Ernest Barker will be the leader.

First Baptist Church, 10:45 a.m.
Rev. R. Edward Sayles will speak on
"Triumphant Religion." The church
school meets at 9:30 a.m. The High
School group meets at 5:30 p.m.
Roger Williams Guild, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday evening. At Guild House.
Echoes from the Retreat will be
heard. The usual social hour.
First Presbyterian Church, 327 So.
Fourth Ave.
"The End of Quotes' is the topic
upon which Dr. Lemon will preach at
the Morning Worship Service at 10:45,
The Westminster Guild will meet at
5:30 p.m. for a supper and social
hour. At 6:30 a peace movie, en-
titled "From World War to World
Community" will be shown by Dr.
Francis Skillman Onderdonk.
Stalker Hall: 9:45 a.m. Student
Class under the leadership of Prof.
Carrothers on the subject: "Coopera-
6 p.m. Wesleyan Guild Meeting.
Prof. Howard McClusky will speak on
"How to Make Our Lives. Important."
Fellowship Hour and supper follow-
ing the meeting. The Senior mem-
bers of Hi-Alpha Delta will' be our
guests at this meeting.

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