TH E MICHIGAN DAILY
SATURDAY, NOV. 27, 1937
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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Board of Editors
MANAGING EDITOR.............JOSEPH S. MATTES
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR ............TUURE TENANDER
CITYEDITOR...................WILLIAM C. SPALLER
NEWS EDITOR..................ROBERT P WEEKS
WOMEN'S EDITOR.................HELEN DOUGLAS
SPORTS EDITOR...................,IRVIN LISAGOR
BUSINESS MANAGER ..............ERNEST A. JONES
CREDIT MANAGER .....................DON WILSHER
ADVERTISING MANAGER ....NORMAN B. STEINBERG
WOMEN'S BUSINESS MANAGER .......BETTY DAVY
WOMEN'S SERVICE MANAGER ..MARGARET FERRIES
NIGHT EDITOR: SAUL R. KLEIMAN
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W HAT IS THE perfect newspaper?
Debated by generations of journal-
ists, that question still remains in the -forefront
of contemporary thought, its importance un-
dimmed by the thousands of opinions which have
been offered in answer in the past. In fact
today, with the nation in both social and eco-
nomic flux, that problem is more in need of
solution than ever before, for the actions and
attitude of the press in chronicling recent events
have laid it open to much well-merited crit-
In the last presidential election the press
became violently partisan. Whether its cause
was right or not is of no import. What is im-
portant is that it editorialized in its news
columns, colored news and in other ways dis-
torted facts. And then, as if to show its inde-
pendence of thought, the nation whole-heartedly
turned down the press-sponsored candidate at the
polls. Irreparable harm to the press' prestige
But then, as if still not content, the press and
along with it the national wire services, reported
the automobile and steel strikes with doubtful
accuracy at times. Certainly in many papers
(although we cannot ethically name them here)
bias was shown in handling the news. Moreover,
in the recent Detroit election for a mayor the
three leading newspapers in that city ran amuck
in backing Reading. Again, it is unimportant
whether they were wrong or right. The fact
remains that they violated the traditional jour-
nalistic code when they used their news pages in
disseminating editorial opinion. A vigorous stand
in the editorial pages would have been acceptable.
In the news columns, no.
If the papers in this country have not, on
the whole, been doing a good job and if many
papers in Michigan have been conspicuous ex-
amples of this slovenly journalism, what can be
done? In answer, we revert back to our original
question, i.e., "What is the perfect newspaper?"
Writing in the New Republic, Franklin Pierce
Adams offers his answer. A former Michigan
student who achieved fame from his "Conning
Tower" column which ran in many papers in-
cluding the New York Herald-Tribune in its 33
years, FPA is well qualified to present what he
considers to be the perfect newspaper.
His paper would be a morning tabloid having
neither comic strips nor syndicated columns. In-
dependent politically, it would cost five cents so
the importance of advertising revenue need not
be overemphasized. Advertisers would have no
influence on the editorial policies. Staff members
would receive excellent minimum salaries with
quarterly adjustments if the paper showed a
profit. It would usually contain one editorial,
sometimes two. The sports page would carry
news of all sports, not just a popular few. Crime
stories would be printed when their importance
demanded it. An exchange editor would be
music and book-review columns. Every member
of the staff would read most of the paper every
day. Familiarity with current events would be
required. Lastly, FPA, as editor and publisher,
would spend at least six or seven hours a day
in his office, know every member of the editorial
and business staffs and be readily accessible to
That is the perfect newspaper as a veteran
newspaperman sees it. And in searching for an
answer to our question it would not be amiss
to read the platform which Joseph Pulitzer, one
of the most famous journalists of all time, wrote
for the paper he founded, the St. Louis Post-
Dispatch. Republished each day, this platform
has guided the Post-Dispatch into a prominent
place among American dailies. It reads:
"I know that my retirement will make no
difference in its (the Post-Dispatch's) card-
inal principles; that it will always fight for
progress and reform, never tolerate injustice
or corruption, always fight demagogues of all
parties, never belong to any party, always
oppose privileged classes and public plun-
derers, never lack sympathy with the poor,
always remain devoted to the public welfare;
never be satisfied with merely printing news;
always be drastically independent; never be
afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory
plutocracy or predatory poverty."
April 10, 1907.
There we have what a newspaper should do
and be through the eyes of two great news-
papermen. And there you have a set of stand-
ards which the American press must live up to
if it is to retain more than a modicum of its
prestige; a set of standards which are not now
close to achievement.
Stan Mitchell Swinton.
fi. The B d . . .
HE ROYALIST PLOT to overthrow
the Popular Front government just
discovered by the French police is an episode of
the greatest significance. It is apparent that the
Duke of Guise, Bourbon pretender who last week
so pompously announced his intention of re-
covering the throne of his fathers is merely a
tool in the hands of the real leaders of the
secret society of "Les Cagoulards," similar in
many respects to the Black Legion and K.K.K.
Who these leaders are is becoming increasingly
clearer with the arrest of Jean Dominique Moreau
de la Meuse, wealthy textile manufacturer and
member of one of the famous "200 families of
France"; retired Naval Commander Joseph Le
Maresquier, retired Sergeant Aviator Cheron and
retired Aviation General Edouard Diseigneur.
The combination of large industrialists and army
officers in a plot against democratic government
is by no means a novel one, and government
leaders are not likely to underestimate either its
importance or its danger with the example of
Spain just across the Pyrenees.
The fascist nature of the intended coup is made
particularly clear by the fact that the first
definite clue to the movement was a wagonload
of machine guns and rifles from Germany de-
tected by Swiss police, which led to the discovery
of several secret arsenals well-stocked with the
latest types of German small arms.
The exact strength of "Les Cagoulards," and
the relation of the society to other fascist groups,
French as well as foreign, are matters for con-
jecture, as is the whole question of the ability
of the Popular Front to defend itself against
The crux of the matter lies in the attitude
of the regular army. In spite of the traditional
conservatism of the military, there are good rea-
sons to believe that if it comes to civil war, the
larger part of the troops at least will remain
loyal to the government. For one thing, the
tradition of republicanism is solidly established in
France, as compared with the situation in Spain;
for another, the democratic, territorial recruit-
ing system of the French army is not conducive to
the development of "esprit de corps," as dis-
tinguished from the broader form of patriotism.
Finally, the rank and file of the army is drawn
largely from the peasant and working classes,
strong adherents of the Popular Front, and more-
over, educated to the meaning of fascism much
more than were the corresponding classes in
Spain, Italy or Germany and consequently not
likely to be easily regimented into a fascist
On Thie Lev-el
With politics and All-American football teams
as the current topics of conversations, "On The
Level" will endeavor to present its versions of the
year's all-star football teams and combine poli-
tics at the same time.
The two teams listed below contain the real
names of actual players from various colleges
throughout the nation. The players listed are in
their regular positions. They are not chosen
especially for their playing ability, but have
been selected because most of their names will
go down in history.
L.E.-Lewis ................. Union College
L.T.-Martin .............. New Hampshire
L.G.-Fish ......................... Maine
C. -Glass .................. Wake Forest
I'/ feems to Me
In the controversy between the President and
the Professor it seems to me that the lady is
right only in theory, while the substance of the
argument lies with Mr. Roosevelt.
The lady who trumped up the charges is Pro-
fessor Janet R. Aiken, of Columbia University.
And in her indictment she asserts that, speaking
\, - ...
from the back of a train at
Cheyenne, Wyo., Franklin
Delano Roosevelt did say,
"Engineers are human just
like I am."
According to press reports
from the nation's capital, the
Chief Executive sought
"smilingly" to pin the blame
upon the reporters who cov-
ered the goodwill tour. But
in this case he was tripped by the official tran-
script. According to the stenographic record, he
was not misquoted.
It seems to me that the President chose low
grounds for his defense. He should have entered
a demurrer in the first place. If my legal advice
is competent I understand that when one demurs
he admits the facts but adds as questioning, "So
what?" Certainly it is easy to think of crimes
which transcend that of using "like" as a con
junction in Wyoming.
But if the court of public opinion supported
Professor Aiken, then the President should have
to come forward with a plea for freedom in rear
platform speeches. He should have asked for
license and not liberty. Indeed there is much to
be said of the contention that the rules of gram-
mar end at the maring line of the printed page.
You May Try It Oh Your Dog
Language dwindles and dies unless a com-
fortable gulf is to be set between written and
spoken English. This is no artificial distinction
but an instinct in all living kind. Try it on your
dog. Under oath I am willing to testify that it is
all but impossible to teach a dog to "lie down."
The approach is far easier if at the very begi
ning you use the common "Lay down." The dog
will respect the master who uses the incorrect
form and continue to despise and disobey the
I don't know why, but it seems to be true
that no pedant is a hero to his pet. And in
purely human relationships I trust that the
Blue Stockings have abandoned the attempts
to make the tongue twist itself into the awkward-
ness of "It is L" "It's me" is more euphonious
and gets to the point in shorter time. The energy
uselessly expended in saying, "It is I," would
run the power plant of Montclair, N. J., precisely
twenty-nine minutes every other month. Take
that fine old spiritual, "Standing in- the need
of prayer," and try to transpose the recurrent
"It's me, O Lord," into "It is I. O Lord."
Prexy' And Freshman Beer Night
There used to be a wholly unfounded anecdote
in Cambridge concerning A. Lawrence Lowell and
a freshman, beer night. According to the legend,
the president of the university was walking
through a college dormitory late one night when
he heard a terrific racket in one of the rooms.
Rapping on the door, he cried out, "Desist im-
mediately," and an undergraduate voice re-
sponded, "Says who?"
"It's me-President Lowell," answered the dis-
"Get away from that door, you dope, or I'll
knock you for a row of ashcans," came back a
voice not yet quite set in the Harvard accent.
"You old fool, if you really were President Low-
ell you would have said, 'It is I,' " and, accord-
ing to the anecdote, A. Lawrence Lowell went
away abashed and knocked on no more doors
But, of course, President Roosevelt could have
used the simplest answer of all. He might have
told Professor Aiken the truth-which is simply
this:-"Bad grammar never cost anybody any
votes in Wyoming."
Will the young lady who took such a liking
to our white formal coat about two weeks ago,
so much so that she wore it as a formal wrap
to an informal party, making it quite a thing
indeed, please return same white formal coat.
At last the big day came. And over on State
Street close by North U. the five-and-dime flung
open its doors to all and sundry. Only the hoi
polloi were excepted. Around the curb black at-
tired chauffeurs yawned impatiently as their
masters and mistresses romped unrestrained in
the revelry only for inveterate five-and-dime
goers. In the china department thirteen cups
were smashed as mink coats brushed too hurried-
ly by. High heeled slippers and sheer chiffon
stockings protruding from chinchilla and tweed
coats made the soda fountain seem like the old
days at Harry's New York Bar in Chicago. We
saw an old member of an Ann Arbor first family
glorying over her purchases at the garter counter
as she tucked into her little black bag four pairs
of lavender galoshes-the snappy kind. And
Letters published inthis column should
not be construed as expressing the editorial
opinion of the Daily. Anonymous contribu-
tions 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 let-
ters upon the criteria of general editorial
importance and interest to the campus.
Toys For Fun
To the Editor:
Well, Thanksgiving has gone and
Kresge's is open on State Street.
We certainly have a lot to be thank-
ful for. I should like especially for
the Omnipotent to reward Kreske's
windowdresser for his fine display.
After all, Christmas is coming, and
we have to start thinking about pres-
ents for the kid brother, the nephew,
the cousin, and the rest of the fam-
ily. The window display at Kresge's
certainly put some good ideas into
my head. You know, those rows of
tin soldiers, doctors with stretchers,
etc. Now I don't want to seem
prejudiced, but my favorite is the
group of toy soldiers, each with a
sling around his right arm. This of
course symbolizes sacrifice. On the
other hand, there's a lot to be said
for those with their arms stretched
dramatically back, ready to fling
hand grenades. And some unknown
artist has certainly captured the fin-
er values inherent in man's essen-
tially warlike spirit with his beau-
tiful statuettes of soldiers plunging
over the front, bayonets fixed. What
vigor! What strength!
Anyway, I don't want to seem im-
pertinent, but I'd like to ask the
manager of Kresge's one question:
were these toys made in Japan? If
so, he may find himself with a large
stock of tin soldiers on his hands
long after the Christmas rush is over.
In that event, I would like to suggest
that he donate bundles of the toys to
the homeless and orphaned Spanish
kids at Madrid, and to the homeless
and orphaned Chinese kids at Nan-
That ought to make the season
much more cheery for them, don't
-Harvey Swados, '40.
The Tennis Court
To the Editor:
The facilities of the Intramural
Sports Building are supposedly open
at all times to the use of those stu-
dents who do not care or are not able
to participate in varsity or fresh-
man squad activities. Yet, it seems
that students who desire to play
tennis this winter will find it im-
possible to do so, because Coach
Johnstone and Assistant Coach Weir
have proclaimed that the courts be-
long to the varsity and freshman
teams every day from one to two-
thirty. After that time, basketball
players are allowed to use the space.
Which boils down to the fact thati
students with morning classes will
have to confine their tennis efforts
to batting a ball around a handball
court or find some other means of
exercising. How about it, Mr. Mit-
chell, Mr. Riskey and Mr. Johnstone,
do we get a chance to play this win-
By JAMES MUDGE
AIR LINES: Winter names on the
NBC staff seem easy to find. There's
Lois January, songstress; Gale Paige,
also a singer of songs; Alice Frost,
heckler on the Town Hall show; and
Joan Winters, dramatic star . .. Ted
Fio Rito, new maestro on the Haley
affair, has a hobby in medicine. Hob-
nobs with does and once in a while
crashes an operation. His most prized
possession is a white piano, auto-
graphed by 2,000 celebs.!
Frank Black, NBC's general musi-
cal director, was abrosin' thru his
music library one day and found
that Mozart could compose only in
the morning, and that Harriet
University Broadcast: 9-9:30" a.m.
. Jack and Joan. Prof. Eich, Class
p.m. "Art in Dentistry," Dr. Richard
H. Kingery, Prof. of Complete Den-
The Graduate Outing Club will
mneet at Lane Hal at 7:30 Saturday
evening and will go to the Intramural
Building for swimming and other
sports. Later in the evening the
group will return 'to Lane Hall for
4:30 p.m. Intermediate young
6:00 p.m. High School group.
Roger Williams Guild, Sunday
noon. Student Class meets with Mr.
Chapman for 40 minutes following
church worship. Meet at Guild
House. 6:00 p.m. The Guild will
hold an evening meeting at the Guild
House. Rev. Howard R. Chapman,
Pastor for students, will speak and
lead a discussion on "The Church's
The usual social hour with refresh-
ments served will be observed.
DAILY OFFICIAL BULLETIN
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
(Continued from Page 2) 10:45 a.m., Morning Worship, Rev.
Fred Cowin, Minister.
chology. The public is cordially in- 12:00 noon, Students' Bible Class,
vited. H. L. Pickerill, Leader.
University Lecture: Dr. Carl M ayer15:30 p.m., Social hour and tea.
of the Graduate Faculty of the New 6:30 p.m., Professor Howard Y
School for Social Research in New4 McClusky will speak n "Courtship
York City will lecture on the "So-! and Engagement." This is the sec-
ciology of Religion" on Friday, Dec. ond of a series of programs on the
3, at 4:15 p.m. in the Natural general theme "Love, Courtship, Mar-
Science Auditorium under the aus- riage and* Home Building." All in-
pices of the Department of Sociology. terested students are welcome.
The public is cordially invited.
( First Baptist Church, 10:45 Sun-
Coming Lecture: Dr. Edward Scrib-1 day. Rev. R. Edward Sayles, Min-
ner Ames, Professor of the Philosophy ister, will preach on the subject,
of Religion at the University of Chi- "Love That Perfects Life."
cago, will speak on "The Will to Be- 9:30 The Church School meets un-
lieve" at the Natural Science Audi- der the direction of Dr. A. J. Logan,
torium, Thursday, Dec. 2, at 4:15 p.m. superintendent.
entertainment and refresh-
All graduate students are in-
Sophomore Cabaret: Members of
the publicity committee are request-
ed to come to Room 5 of the League
at 1 p.m. today to work on the win-
dow display. Meeting Monday af-
ternoon at 4:30 in Room 5.
The Christian Student Prayer
Group will meet at 8:00 p.m. Satur-
day in the Michigan League. The
name of the room in which the
meeting is to be held will be found
upon the bulletin board All Chris-
tian students are cordially invited
Freshman Round Table: Professor
DeWitt Parker will discuss "Right
and Wrong" at the Freshman Round
Table at the Michigan Union, 9:30
All Freshmen are invited to these
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-
All faculty members interested in
speaking German are cordially in-.
First Congregational Church, cor-
ner of State and William.
10:45 a.m., Service of Worship.
"Nothing Ever Happens Here" will be
the subject of Dr. Leonard A. Parr's
6:00 p.m., Mr. Tsu-ying Hu, prin-
cipal of the largest elementary school
in Shanghai, China, will speak to the
'Student Fellowship after the supper
at 6 o'clock on "The Christian Youth
Movement in China." All students
are cordially invited.
First Church of Christ, Scientist,
409 So. Division St. Sunday morning
service at 10:30, subject, "Ancient
and Modern Necromancy, alias Mes-
merism and Hypnotism, Denounced."
Golden Text: Proverbs 14:22.
Sunday School at 11:45 after the
First Methodist Church: Morning
worship at 10:40 o'clock. Dr. C.
W. Brashares will preach on "Your
Stalker Hall: 9:45 a.m. Student
Class under the leadership of Mrs.
6 p.m. Wesleyan Guild Meeting.
This will be a music program and
Prof. William Doty of the School of
Music will speak on "Music and
Worship." Fellowship hour and
supper following the meeting.
Botanical Seminar meets Wednes- First Presbyterian Church meet-
day, Dec. 1, at 4:30, Room 1139, N.S. ing at the Masonic Temple, 327 S.
Bldg. Paper by W. R. Taylor "Notes Fourth Ave.
on European Botanical Institutions." 10:45 a.m., "The Ideals of God" is
the subject of Dr. W. P. Lemon's
The Romance Club will meet on sermon at, the Morning Worship
Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 4:05 p.m. in Service. Music by the student choir
Room 108, R.L. under the direction of Dr. E. W. Doty.
The program will be as follows: The musical numbers will be as fol-
Professor Rovillain: "Lettres inedites lows: Organ Prelude, "Christ is
de Beaumarchais." Professor Adams: Coming" by Bach; Solo, "Veni Im
"Old French Mathematical Terminol- manuel" Traditional; Anthem, "How
ogy." Graduate students are invited. Can I Fitly Meet Thee' from "The
Christmas Oratorio" by Bach.
The Psychological Journal Club will 5:30 p.m., Westminster Guild, stu-
meet Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m. in dent group, supper and fellowship
Room 1121 Natural Science Bldg. hour. At the meeting which f01-
Professor Christian A. Ruckmick lows at 6:30 there will be a student
of the University of Iowa will hold an symposium on the subject "The Ap-
informal discussion on the topic "The: peal of Hinduism to America."
Facial Expression of Emotions." His
talk will be accompanied by slides.
All those interested are cordially
invited to attend.
Chinese Students Club: Dr. To-
sheng Chien of Peysung University,
well-known educator, will speak on
the Far Eastern Situation at 2:00
p.m., Saturday at the Michigan
-Union, Room 319.
Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church:
Services of worship Sunday are: 8:00
a.m. Holy Communion, 9:30 a.m.
Church School, 11:00 a.m. Kinder-
garten, 11:00 a.m., Morning Prayer
and Sermon by The Reverend Henry
Harris Hall: There will be Open
House at the Student Fellowship
Meeting on Sunday at 7 o'clock at
Beecher Stowe crooned to herself Sunday Forum: Professor Lawrence Harris Hall. Refreshments will be
when writing. Preuss will speak on "Germany and served. All Episcopal students and
Walter Winchell has been Coast- National Socialism" at 4:15 Sunday, their friends are cordially invited.
way for quite a spell now and should Nov. 28, in the small ballroom of
know all the "names" in that section. the Michigan Union. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Lib-
He says that New York is still the There will be discussion and coffee erty at Third. .The morning worship
number one magnet for great person- service. The public is cordially in- begins at 10:45. Pastor Brauer has
alities of the world. vited. chosen for his Advent Sunday theme:
BAND BITS: Tommy Dorsey and "Behold Your King."
Bob Crosby are running a dead heat Attention, Students from Roches- The Student Club will hear Mr.
for second place in a national poll ter, N.Y.: All members of the Genesee Elmer Krause of Detroit speak on
of swing bands. Benny the Good- Club, and women and new students his recent trip to the southwest sec-
man is leading by 200 votes. In the from Rochester, N.Y. are urgently re- tion of our country and Mexico. Mr.
"sweet" band side of the ledger, Hal quested to attend a meeting Tuesday Krause is a graduate of the college
Kemp is leading the field with Casa night, Nov. 30 at 8:00 in Room 304 of Architecture of this University in
Loma in second. Lombardo is third Arrangements are to be made for the class of 1931. Several of his
and that is encouraging-at least, he the Michigan-Rochester basketball drawings have won first prize. The
isn't first! game in Rochester, and reorganiza- talk will be illustrated. All interest-
I tion plans for the Genesee Club will 1 ed are welcome. Supper and felow-
No Accidents Here be discussed. Please attend. ship at 6 o'clock.
Th k D Lutheran Student Choir will meet Trinity Lutheran Church corner of
k sgiv ng ~ ay LSunday at 4:00 p.m. in Zion Parish! Fifth Ave. and Williams St. Services
Hall. at 10:30 a.m. Sermon by the pastor
Not a single traffic accident was on "The Call of Advent."
reported in Ann Arbor Thanksgiving Badminton: Mixed badminton club
Mai hifffhven nfvif-znnn ni i_. -- 4 - - ~trnrFcx-il , .,1tnn ,C *r r l /lbf ilVl TYPt
iDay, but three motorists were in-
jured, none seriously, in an accident
involving three cars on Whitmore
Those injured were W. Harrison'
miicl ,,91 rr-, g,1dR n.ng s,.C'itrr
for men and women students will -
start on Wednesday evening, Dec. 1j
at 7:15 to 9:15.1
The club for women students will
start on Friday, Dec. 3 at 4:15.
Unhmiu, 'Tv2-r,,1,no -n n-f.t ra.
Lutheran; Studen C iu wi meeu
Sunday evening at Zion Parish Hall
at 5:30 p.m. Rev. Norman Mentor of
Salem Lutheran Church, Detroit will
be the speaker. Rev. Menter has
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