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The editorials published in The Michigan
Daily are written by members of the Daily
staff and represent the views of the writers
Judge Lynch, Jim Crow
And Uncle Sam. .
HE LAW DEMANDS the full penalty
for a Negro slapping a white woman
The law demands the full penalty for com-
munistic activity in the land where free speech
is guaranteed to all. The penalty is death.
The law shows its might by the execution of a
man who got in its way while searching for an-
That is the law-lynch law. Since 1885 it has
-without trial-sentenced approximately 3,650
persons to death, sometimes for offenses for
which the statute law of the land demands an
equally stringent punishment, more often for
such things as took place in 1936 and are men-
tioned above. That is the law which socially-
minded Congressmen have attempted to destroy
by federal statute again and again only to meet
defeat when senators from below the Mason-
Dixon line banded together to preserve the "pre-
rogatives" of their constituents.
The bill which is now being filibustered into
oblivion inthe Senate by such public servants as
Ed Smith, the gentleman from South Carolina,
was born o two liberals-Wagner and Van Nuys.
It would fine heavily the county in which a lynch-
ing took place, put in the hands of federal agents
an investigation of those persons supposedly re-
sponsible and make it a felony to take part in
such "events." Opposition from reactionary
southern elements plus a spattering of western
''liberals" such as Borah is occasioned by the
fact that the bill violates "state rights." Tire
South, they say, can well handle the problem
without federal intervention and to suppot their
argument they point to the fact that there were
only eight lynchings in 1937. And so it looks as
if another lynching bill will die as did the Dyer
measure of 1922.
The argument that the South can take care
4f what Theodore Roosevelt called "That vile
form of collective murder" seems fallacious from
the start. Since 1885 Georgia has seen 460
persons lynched within its borders. Alabama is
proud of its 303 deaths, Texas damns the lynch-
ing bill with a toll of 351. The South points
proudly to the fact that only eight were murdered
Ln 1937 but it does not point to the 1935 toll of
63. Even such organs of the Southern aristocracy
es the Birmingham Age-Herald and Birmingham
News along with most of the rest of the liberal
press in that section are in favor of the bill. The

Southern Senators are not.
In his powerful book, You Have Seen Their
Faces, Erskine Caldwell stresses the point that
ihe white share-cropper in the South, degraded
by the system under which he labors, kept eter-
nally in extreme poverty, rationalizes his position
Oy a feeling of race superiority. No matter how
wealthy or hard-working the Negro, he is in-
terior to the poorest white-trash. And if he
steps out of his place there is that most effec-
tive of all weapons-lynch law. Mississippi can
spend $44.31 on each of her white students but
only $5.45 is available for her Negro ones, a study
by the Rosenwald Foundation shows. The Negro
is not encouraged to vote-even prevented from
going so. The poor Southern black suffers un-
believably wide-spread discrimination-theatre,
high class cafe, cabaret and state university are
closed to him. He must ride in the "Jim Crow"
section of street-cars, wait for a bus in a separate
room. All this is responsible for the attitude
of racial superiority which engenders lynchings,
but if there were no more perhaps a Federal sta-
tute would not be necessary. Statistics show that

selves in the peculiar position of having a Federal
government which is not empowered to prevent
lynchings and a number of state governments,
which, despite their denials, cannot or will not.
No matter what the future of the Wagner-Van
Nuys Bill, it seems logically necessary that some-
time federal anti-lynching measures at least
guarantee the Southern Negro that, after a life
in which he suffers continuous discrimination, he
will not die at the hands of an enraged mob by
blow-torch, rope or bullet while John Southern
Sheriff, hands in pockets, stands idly by.
Stan Mitchell Swinton.
The New Deal
Vs. Monopolies..
Saturday night at the Jackson Day
dinner was embroidered with some cliche expres-
sions which seemed as though they had come
out of the scrapbook of his trustbusting cousin,
the great Teddy, relative to price rigging and
monopolistic practices.
The sincerity of that address was manifest,
but whether it signifies anything more than
a shifting of responsibility to a minority of "bus-
iness men, bankers and industrialists," the his-
tory of these next few months will alone show.
Fundamental responsibility for this so-called
recession in which we find ourselves today can-
not be laid to the administration, but the fact
remains that it neglected for too long a time-.
the problem which its leaders have now brought
to the front. It did more than neglect, it abetted
the very evils which the President says he is
going to fight cheerfully but without compro-
mise. The NRA and AAA are two of the best
known examples of this abetting.
The President was warned in 1936 by some of
his advisers to tackle the problem of concentrat-
ed control of industry, but the turning wheels of
increasing business drowned out their counsel.
Now the wheels have slowed down, the President
and the country have a thing called "recession"
in their laps and abuse has not been slow in
coming on the New Deal's policies. To meet
that abuse, Secretary Ickes and Assistant Attor-
ney-General Jackson hurled some choice explo-
sives in the general direction of big business, all
aimed at blaming everything on those who were
be-splotching the fair name of Roosevelt and
It was a natural consequence that big bus-
iness should have been struck at one of its most
vulnerable sides as regards justification of mo-
nopolistic policies in these speeches. But the
presenting of the problem is of little importance.
It is not to be met by a concerted and well-de-
fined program. Though so-called big business
is vulnerable,'it has been so for a long, long time
without anything important being done about it.
Albert P. Mayio.

HieWOs troUe
Heywood Broun
Joe Alsop won the prize. It was a sort of con-
fessional cocktail hour at the National Press Club,
and a little group of newspaper men were swap-
ping stories on the general topic of "The most
tactless thing I ever said." Joe Alsop told of an
argument he had with Sen-
ator Vandenberg, of Mich-
"We were talking about
John L. Lewis," Alsop ex-
plained, "and .Vandenberg
was questioning the sincerity
of Lewis. I said that in my
opinion Lewis was utterly
sincere and the Senator ob-
jected that the CIO leader
was ambitious. 'But,' I answered, 'those things
don't necessarily war with each other. The
personal ambitions of Lewis go along the same
road as the cause to which he is committed.'
"'I think,' said Vandenberg, 'that we do not de-
fine the word "sincerity" in the same way. At
some point in his life every man stands at a
crossroad and he must choose the path which
leads to fame and fortune and to evil or take the
road which leads to self-sacrifice and righteous-
ness. I, too, have stood at the fork in the road
and made my choice.'"
"And it was right there that I made my little
mistake in tact," added Joe Alsop. "I didn't do
it on purpose. It just popped out. I asked, 'Sen-
ator, which road did you choose?''"
A Great Deliberative Body
To me the National Press Club, and particularly
the bar, houses the greatest deliberative body in
the world. Surely the veterans of the working
press know far more about the business of gov-
ernment than the average Senator. And the
House just isn't in the same league.
Congressmen are in Washington today and
back in Pascagoula, Miss., tomorrow. Washing-
ton correspondents are seldom fired, never re-
sign and die infrequently. They constitute a very
tough audience for the flag-wavers. The Cotton
Eds of the upper house are just lint upon the
lapel as far as the newspaper men are concerned.,
Aisde from the little group of commenting col-
umnists, Washington reporters are not particu-
larly politically minded. I mean that few of
them have any passionate personal convictions
about contentious legislation, past or present.
They carry salt, since they seek the little bird
which whispers to a Senator and very rarely pay
much attention to the noble motives which an
orator assigns to himself when on the rostrum.
All political figures are divided roughly into two
groups--real people and phonies. And the chil-
dren of darkness vastly outnumber the children
of light.
In Defense Of A Lady
Some of the judgments are snap ones and
far from fair. Frances Perkins, for instance, is a
woman of great ability and is better informed
about her own field of activity than any Secretary
of Labor in recent years. And yet her effective-
ness has been seriously impaired by a bad press.
She earned a bad press by her tendency at con-
ferences to lecture newspapermen and wome
as if she were a professor talking to a somewhat
backward group of freshmen. That has not
Of course, a Washington notable may get a
very bad press as far as editorials are concerned
and still be very highly regarded by the factual
reporters in the nation's capital. I would cite
John L. Lewis, for instance and also Mr. Justce
Hugo Black. A reporter who specializes on the
court told me last week that in his judgment
the new recruit had already become the leading
liberal on the High Bench and had won a great
respect from his coll'eagues.
Black is certainly popular with newspaper
men, because he recently wrote a dissent in Eng-
lish as plain and simple and clear as a good run-

ning story on the first page. And, naturally,
reporters take to those who speak their own Ian-'
guage. And it is a finer tongue than that in-
vented by M r. Blackstone

Rosten On The Radio
This afternoon, from 3:00 to 3:30
o'clock The Michigan University of
the Air will br oadcast over Station
WJR of Detroit a play by a graduate
student of the University. The stu- 1
dent is Norman Rosten, winner of
the Bureau of New Plays' award last
year andsalso an award in the Max-
well Anderson poetic drama contest.
The play, especially written for radio,
is "Death ofa King."
The radio is slowly but surely com-
ing into use as a stage for verse. It isl
of great wonderment that the radio
has not been exploited to far greater
use in this respect than has been
the case up to the present, when we
consider that only two major dra-
matic poets of America have taken
advantage of this medium. Few pre-
sentations have excited the radio
public more than Archibald Mac-
Leish's "The Fall of the City," and
Maxwell Anderson's "The Feast of
the Ortolans." Why? we may well

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in the Gymnasium during registration
Second Semester 1937-38 Courses in
the College of Architecture: The fol-i
lowing courses given in the College of
Architecture are open to students in
other colleges and schools of the
University without special permission
from this college:
Arch. 11. Domestic Architecture
and Housing. TTh 2, 346 Arch. Pro-
fessor Bennett. Two hours credit. No
prerequisite except not open to fresh-
men or sophomores.
Draw. 33. Modeling. TTh 1-4, 3071
Arch. Mr. Edwards. Two hours cred-
it. No prerequisite.
All courses in Drawing and Paint-
ing, with prerequisites as noted in the
Announcement of the College of
D.D.35, History of Interiors, will
not be given.

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.

Study Group will meet at the home
of Mrs. Henry C. Eckstein, 1553
Broadway, today, at 2 p.m.
Institute of the Aeronautical Sci-
ences: Lieut. H.,R. Nieman, of the
United States Naval Air Corps, will
speak on some of his experiences in
the Navy at the meeting of the
University of Michigan Student
Branch of the I.Ae.S. this evening
at 7:30 p.m., in Room 1042,
East Engineering Building. The time
and place for the taking of the En-
sian picture will also be announced
at this meeting. Everybody welcome.
Association Fireside: Mr. Al Hamil-
ton, former chairman of the National
Council of Methodist Youth and now
an active member of Youth Congress,
will discuss some aspects of the pres-
ent world situation, Thursday, 8:00
p.m., at Lane Hall.


Even as Mr. MacLeish says in the Business Administracion Courses.
preface of his poetic drama, "A radio The following courses which are not1
play consists of words and word listed in the Business Administra-
equivalents and nothing else. There tion catalog are to be offered the sec-
is no visible actor disguised to assume and semester.
a part. There is no stage-set con- "Business Administration 172. Life
trived to resemble a place. There is Insurance. Consideration will be given
only the spoken word-an implement to the economic and social signifi-
which poets have always claimed to cance of life insurance, together with
use with a special authority. There is a study of the structure, management
only the word-excited imagination, and investments of life insurance,
Nothing exists save as the word cre- companies. Cases will be used ex-
ates it. The word dresses the stage. tensively with special attention to the
The word brings on the actors. The optional methods of settlement, single
word supplies their look ,their clothes,' premium contracts and various forms
their gestures." of annuities, trust agreements, per-
If verse is an obstacle on the stage sonal programs, stock purchase agree-
because of its artifice and because the ments and other forms of business in-
physical reality of the scene does not surance, and taxation in relation to
harmonize with it, then this obstacle estate conservation. The course aims
is done away with over the radio. For to prepare the student to make intel-
over the radio, "Verse has no visual ligent use of life insurance in his per-
presence to compete with. Only the sonal and business affairs. Mr. Irwin.
ear is engaged and the ear is already Three hours credit. T.TS. at 11.
half poet. It believes at once: cre- "Business Administration 192. Real
ates and believes. The ear is the Estate Problems. This course deals
poet's perfect audience, his only true with urban real estate values and the
audience. And it is radio and only problems which arise in connection
radio wpich can give him public ac- with fluctuations in values. It con-
cess to this perfect friend." siders some of the forces which af-
The second argument for the radio fect value and price, such as city
as a stage for verse is the technique growth, depreciation and obsoles-
of radio itself. Again Mr. MacLeish cence, costs of construction, space re-
points out its advantages, chief among quirements, and real incomes. The
them being the announcer. He "is the techniques of valuation will be an-
most useful dramatic personage since alyzed and a number of appraisal re-
the Greek Chorus. For years modern ports prepared. Special attention will
poets writing for the stage have felt be given to problems of valuation in
the necessity of contriving some sort connection with real estate financing.
of chorus, some sort of commentator. Prerequisite: Course 191 or equiva-
In radio, the commentator is an in- lent. Assistant Professor Ratcliff.
stegral part of radio technique. His Three hours credit. T.T.S. at 8.
presence is as natural as it is familiar. "If the student has not previously
And his presence, without more, re- taken work in these fields, he should
stores to the poet that obliquity, that consult with the instructor of the
perspective, that three-dimensional course for permission to take it."


A Progressive Speaks
To the Editor:
This is a day and age of conflict. All fair
observers admit that civilization and progress
are at stake in the struggle going on in the world
today. And it is also apparent that there are two
sides in this struggle: on the one hand those
who will stop at no means to entrench reaction
and its consequent demoralizing, anti-rational
results; on the other, those who stand for a world
of progress, peace, security, intellectual and ar-
tistic achievement and greater accessibility of
material and cultural enjoyments to the masses
of people. In short, the contest forces one to
choose sides. One favors extension of democracy
or he favors the enslavement of the masses of
people. One supports means to bring peace,
security, and happiness to the lives of the mil-
lions or he supports measures designed to deny
the people and oppress them.
One side we know is losing no time in consoli-
dating its small but powerful forces and allies.
What about the other side? Progress can be seen.
Popular Fronts have arisen to throw the sup-
port of the many behind a platform of progress.
But neither on the international, the national
nor the local front (where essentially the same
forces exist) has the great popular strength of
those who reject violence and reaction been
tapped. We who are living in Ann Arbor are
isolated, but in a more important sense we are
close to the core of matters. We comprehend
what is going on in the world and we want to do
what we can to support our convictions. What
can be done? We can join an organization which
consolidates progressive forces and focuses at-
tention on the immediate problems. Such an or-
ganization exists on the Michigan campus in the
form of the Progressive Club. Who can join?
Anyone who chooses progress and peace. Na-
turally there is no complete agreement on the
means. But that need have no deterring effect
upon our uniting. There are many of us who
can come together on the basis of common ideals
or purposes. We have not yet recognized our full
strength. Let's not waste precious time!
-A Progressive.
Lights For The Libraries
To the Editor:
Apparently the University is extending its
efforts towards the obscuring of knowledge. Per-
haps that is a symptom of its reticent nature.
"Seek and ye shall find" was never to be said
of the Angell Hall libraries..
The lighting in these rooms is absolutely
atrocious. The sentiments of my friends concur
with me in this matter, and I am beginning to
perceive a mounting crescendo of grumbles from
other circles.
No doubt a climax will be reached with final
examinations, and there is hope that some action
will crystallize. Is it not possible to solicit the


depth without which great poetic
drama cannot exist."
Here we have the whole brief and
case for the need, both by poet and
listeners, for the more frequent pre-
sentation of verse play through the
mechanics of radio. In "Death of a
King," Rosten has written a radio
play in verse that carries on this tra-
ditionp however new-born that tradi-
tion may be. In the presentation this
afternoon at 3 p.m. over WJR we shall
hear therpoet in his rightful setting,
in his perfect medium..
Coward At The Cass
In the day of the three-act presen-
tation on the stage, Noel Coward's
offering of a cycle of short plays is a
refreshing change. The Coward series
of nine plays under the blanket title+
of "Tonight at 8:30" will be presented
at the Cass Theatre, Detroit, for two
weeks, with matinees on Wednesday
and Saturday, beginning this Sunday
evening, Jan. 16th.
The three plays listed for the open-
ing week at the Cass include "Family
Album," "Still Life," and "Hands
Across the Sea." "Ways and Means,"
"We Were Dancing,' and "Fumed
Oak" will be given Jan. 23 to 26 in-,
clusive; "Shadow Play," "Red Pep-
pers" and "The Astonished Heart"
will be presented Jan. 27, 28 and 29.
Sprinkled over the plays are several
musical tunes by Coward, and some
vaudeville hoofing.
To enact these plays, the same cast
who appeared at the Spring Dramatic
Festival here in Ann Arbor last year,
are still participating. They are Es-
telle Winwood, Helen Chandler,
Bramwell Fletcher and Jessie Royce
Through the mail the other day we
were told of four flagrant errors we
had committed in the bits on Wed-
nesday and Friday of last week. These
crimes were, (1) that Bernie Cum-
mins did not play at the Drake last
summer but at the Edgewater Beach;
(2) that his vocalist, Connie Barlowe,
spells her name that way and not
B-e-r-l-e-a-u; (3) that Bernie has
not had three different bands-there
have been merely several changes
in the personnel; and (4) that, hor-
ror of horrors, (this one is terrible)

Graduation Recital: Mary Porter,
pianist, of Minot, North Dakota, will
give a recital in partial fulfillment
of the requirements for the Bachelor
of Music degree, Thursday evening,
Jan. 13, at 8:15 o'clock, at the School
of Music Auditorium on Maynard
St. The public is invited without
admission charge.
Etchings, Aquatints and Mezzotints
by Professor Alexander Mastro-Va-
lerio of the College of Architecture,
in the South Gallery, Alumni Mem-
orial Hall; and Etchings, Lithographs
and Woodcuts by the Chicago Artists
Group in the North Gallery, Alumni
'Memorial Hall; daily 2 to 5 p.m. in-
cluding Sundays, Jan. 12 through 26,
under the auspices of the Ann Arbor
Art Association.
University Lecture: Dr. Norman L.
Bowen, Charles L. Hutchinson Dis-
tinguished Service Professor in the
University of Chicago, will give a
public lecture on "Silicate equilibria
and their significance in rocks and
industrial products," in the Natural
Science Auditorium, Thursday, Jan.
13, at 4:15 p.m. The public is cor-
dially invited.
German Lecture: Prof. Hereward T.
Price will give the second lecture on
the program of the Deutscher
Verein: "Die Bachsteingothik in
Norddeutschland" on Thursday, Jan.
13 at 4:15 p.m. in Room 2003 Angell
Events Today
University Broadcast: 3-3:30 p.m.
Amateur Theatre Series. Demonstra-
tion of a Play by Play Production
Class, "Death of a King," by Norman
Political Science Club Members are
notified that the third meeting will be
held today at 7:30 p.m. in the Michi-
gan League. The subject for discus-
sion will be "New Horizons of Ameri-
can Foreign Policy."
Attention all Ann Arbor Indepen-
dent Girls: There will be an import-
ant meeting Thursday at 5:00 at the
League. Attendance is compulsory.

Phi Epsilon Kappa Meeting: There
will be a meeting of the National
Physical EducationHonorary Fra-
ternity, at the Intramural Sports
Building tonight (Thursday), at 9:30.
All members are expected to attend.
Mr. J. Cole will speak on "Our Mid-
Western Convention."
Hillel Foundation: Professor Sam-
uel Goudsmit of the physics depart-
ment will lead an informal fireside
discussion at 8:30 p.m. tonight.
Women's Fencing Club: Regular
meeting Thursday at 4:15 sharp in
Barbour Gymnasium. Place of meet-
ing will be posted at matron's desk.
Please bring 25 cent equipment fee.
Congress: There will be a meeting
of the Administration Committee to-
night at 7:45 p.m. in Room 306 of the
Congress: There will be a meeting
of the Activities Committee tonight at
8:00 p.m. in Room 306 of the Union.
Congress: There will be a meeting
of the Publicity Committee today at
4:00 p.m. in Room 306 of the Union.
The Progressive Club will hold its
General Membership meeting in the
Michigan Union at 8 p.m. tonight.
This will be the last meeting of this
semester; it is necessary that all
members turn out for it since im-
portant plans will be drawn up.
Junior Girls Play: Dancing class
will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today
at the W.A.A. building.
Congress: Publicity Committee of-
fice hours every Tuesday from 3:30-
4:30 p.m. in Room 306 of the Union.
Congress: Activities Committee of-
fice hours every Thursday from 3:30
p.m:-4:30 p.m. in Room 306 of the
Coming Events
Geology Journal Club: Meets Mon-
day ,Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. in 3065 N.S.
"The Piggot Deep-Sea Cores" re-
viewed by Mr. David H. Swann, and
"Cycle of Weathering" by B. B. Poly-
nov, reviewed by Dr. M. W. Senstius.
Light refreshments at 8:00.
Michigan Dames: The next meet-
ing of the Book Group which was to
be held Thursday will be held instead
on Jan. 27.
Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lambda
Delta will hold a joint meeting at the
Union on Saturday, Jan. 15 from
3:00 to 5:00 p.m. There will be danc-
ing and refreshments.
Miss Eleanor Hutzel, Chief of the
Woman's Division, Detroit Police De-
partment, will speak at the Women's
League Building on Thursday eve-
ning, Jan. 13 at 8:00 p.m.
English Journal Club will meet at
the Union Friday afternoon, Jan. 14,
with business preliminaries beginning
at 4:00.
Mr. Calver will discuss "A. N.
Whitehead: A Contemporary Platon-
ist." The public is invited.
Slide Rule: Slide rule session on the
log-log scales, conducted by A. D.
Moore, Room 348, W. Eng. Bldg., Fri-
day 5 to 6. Open to anyone interest-
ed. All who attend should bring log-
log rules.
Stalker Hall. A sleighride is being
planned for Friday evening if the
weather permits. For reservations
call 6881 before Friday noon. If we
cannot go for the ride, there will be
skating at the Coliseum. Meet at
Stalker Hall at 8:30 p.m.
Women's Badminton: The singles
tournament will start Wednesday,
Jan. 12, and the first round must be
played by Saturday, Jan. 22.

Baptist Guild: Don't forget the
Roger Williams Guild sleighride to
be held at 8 p.m. tomorrow. The
group will meet atf the guild-house.
Members and their friends are in-

Excerpt from an editorial: "It is to be hoped
that President Roosevelt does not appoint an-
other puppet to the Supreme Court." This is the
first time that he has been mentioned, but there
could be worse choices than Charlie McCarthy.
Prof. Sellars told his Philosophy class yes-
terday about posters all over Germany show-
ing a huge crowd of children with the cap-
tion, "We are Hitler's children." It begins to
clear up now-he is their father, and they
are his fodder.
Best definition of the week comes from a U.C.-
L.A. prof. who says, "Education is like limburger
cheese. At first it has offensive characteristics,
but when digested, it serves its purposes."
Best gag of the week: lovesick S.A.E., "Ah!
What would this country be without wom-
en?" Carl Viehe thought a moment and came
back with, "It wouldn't be a country-it
would be a stag-nation."

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