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THIRStiY, MaT 11; 193

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Editorial Staff
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Editorial Director . Elliott Maraniss
Associate Editor .' .. Jack~ Canavan
Associ ,te Eiitor Dennis Flanagan
Associate Editor . ' Morton Linder
Associate Editor . . . Norman Schorr
Associate Editor . . . . Ethel Norberg
Sports Editor . Mel Fneberg
Women's Editor . . . . . . Ann' Vicary

TODAY in
WASHINGTON .
-by David Lawrence
WASHINGTON, May 5.-Good news for
business men is sometimes imbedded in the
technical phraseology of official announcements.
That's the case with the action of the Ways and
Means Committee of the House of Representa-
tives, as revealed by Chaiman Doughton. For
the fact is, businesses, large and small, in aboi
eight states and the District of Columbia may
within this year actually be given a cut in pay-
roll taxes.
This does not mean a paper cut, such as was
announced a few weeks ago when Administration
leaders determined not to increase the pay-roll
taxes due next January, but a dollars and cents
cut affecting the payroll taxes which businesses
are now paying. It comes about through the deci-
sion of the Ways and Means Committee, which
doubtless will be translated into law by both
Houses of Congress, to permit the states to reduce
the present three per cent tax which employers
now pay on unemployment insurance. The reduc-
tion, however, may take place only when states
have builtup what are considered by the Federal
Government to be adequate reserves and when
states have met the minimum standards set up
by the Social Security Board here.
Another important change recommended by
the Ways and Means Committee and which is
likely to become law would enable the several
states to set up rating systems for individual
employers, so that businesses with a good em-
ployment record would pay a lower tax than
employers with a poor record. In other words,
a company which has been paying payroll taxes
in sufficient amounts to constitute an adequate
reserve against the usual hazards of unemploy-
ment will not be asked to continue to pay be-
yond that point.
Just what the reduction may amount to is
difficult to estimate, but some of the experts
figure that the unemployment insurance tax
may actually be lowered in some states down to
one per cent, which, compared with the three per
cent now paid on payrolls, is quite a sizeable
saving for a business nowadays, especially the
ones in the red.
All this comes about because the Federal Gov-
ernment and the states really have been collect-
ing more money than was needed to meet social
security requirements. The persons who drafted
the law had no way of knowing exactly what
sums would be derived, but, now that actual ex-
perience has been accumulated, it is apparent
that the reserves are being piled up more rapidly
than they were needed. Thus, the annual collec-
tion on social security taxes is now about $1,300,-
000,000 a year, when the actual requirements are
about $400,000,000. No such extensive cushion is
necessary, and hence the reduction plan out-
lined above.
The imposition of these heavy social security
taxes has been a severe drain on business. In-
deed, some economists have insisted that the
recession in business which started in the summer
of 1937 was the direct consequence of the sudden
jumping of expenses to American business in
the field of payroll taxes. The deflationary effect
of this tax load has been especially noted be-
cause the taxes have not been assessed on a
capacity to pay, but on each and every business,
irrespective of whether the business was ,earn-
ing money.

Business Staff
Business Manager ..
Credits Manager
Women's Business Manager
Women's Advertising Manager.
Publications Manager .

Paul R. Park
Ganson Taggart
Zenovia Skoratko
Jane Mower
Harriet Levy

NIGHT EDITOR: HOWARD A. GOLDMAN
The editorials published in The Michigan
Daily are written by members of the Daily
staff and represent the views of the writers
only.
Spoilsm en's
Sport . .
P OLITICAL CORRUPTION, usually a
skeleton kept under lock and key in
th closet, has come audaciously out into the
limelight in the past few weeks. A city and two
states have been divided between the give-and-
take, you - do-me - afavorand-I'll-do-you-one
system of patronage and the ideals of progressive
government.
Cincinnati once had the reputation of being
the "nation's worst governed city." That was in
the days of political boss George B. Cox, a gruff,
shrewd figure who was an expert disciple of
Machiavelli. Terrorization, chicanery, graft-
Cincinnati knew them all.
Today, Cincinnati boasts of one of the best
city governments in the country. The Cox-Hy-
nicka machine is gone and, in its place, is an
efficient and progressive managerial system. The
long fight from last to first place has been re-
vealed by Charles P. Taft, one of the leaders of
Cincinnati's resurrection, in "City Management:
The Cincinnati Experiment," which is recom-
mended to those who set out practically and de-
terminedly to crush a political.machine and sub-
stitute in its place a reliable, respectable admin-
istration.
One of the bulwarks in Cincinnati's escape
from machine control has been the proportional
representation system of voting. Believing that
P.R. has been an important factor in elevating
Cincinnati from the muck of boss politics, many
civic groups have become ardent exponents of
the system. Correspondingly, it has been viewed
askance by machine organizations.
Since its downfall in 1924, the Republican
city machine has been considerably chastened.
But it still longs to regain its old stranglehold.
Three years ago it attempted to have P.R. re-
pealed, and failed in a close vote. Now, encour-
aged by a clean sweep of the city for the party's
state and national candidates last fall, the party
organization has decided to try again. Daring
openly to buck the sentiment of the civic groups
and the press, the Republican political machine
will put P.R. on the block May 16. Only a spirited
fight can save it.
Arkansas has already lost out to bread-and-
butter politics. Adoption of the merit system
there in 1937 established Arkansas as the first
southern state to embrace an enlightened system
of personnel administration. But job-hungry
politicians at this year's assembly were so anxious
to get a piece of the spoils that they amended
the rules of procedure in order to outlaw civil
service during the .first week of the session.
Last week the ghost returned to Michigan. Re-
publican opponents of civil service secured the
passage of a measure which will make political
plums of the State's jobs. Governor Dickinson is
now considering the claims of both sides.
These steps to do away with the merit system
have been taken for purely selfish reasons. They
cannot be condoned on any logical, rational
basis; no theory except that of old-fashioned
pork-barreling can justify them. The merit sys-
tem in government, especially in the loosely-
organized state set-up, has proved its worth. In
the short space of time that it has been tried
in Michigan it has definitely shown itself to be
an absolute necessity for clen effiient state

ly Wll LIAM J. LICHTENWANER
Notes On The Third Concert .. .
The children's cantata, traditional highlight
of the Friday afternoon Festival programs, is
replaced this year by a series of five songs: The
Nut Tree of Robert Schumann, and Serenade,
Hedge Roses, Whither?, and Cradle Song by
Franz Schubert. In these degenerate days when
so many concert singers feel they must rely on
a program of operatic arias, roundly spiked with
cowboy songs and comic ditties, to hold the public
ear, it is reassuring to find five lieder in one pro-
gram, with four more by Brahms to be heard
in the evening.
The combination of Schubert and the child
voices is a happy one, for there are certain of
his songs that make their appeal through a sheer
simplicity of melodic charm that is natural to
such voices. In the course of the 600 and more
songs bearing Schubert's name there is not
touched upon, and most of them, though artless
much of human life and emotion that is not
and spontaneous in effect, require the utmost
of maturity and skill in performance. Such
shorter ones as Whither? and Hedge Roses, how-
ever, are lacking in. the complex elements of
drama that require maturity of conception.
They find their beauty in that unadorned flow
of melody, coupled with words of rather wist-
ful, homespun charm, which is perfectly set forth
by the unsophisticated voices of children. The
Nut Tree, springing from a genius less spontan-
eous though more finely polished than that of
Schubert, yet shows the same elements of poetic
imagination and melodic grace.
Vocal melody equally as spontaneous and as
exalted as that of Schubert, but belonging to
opera rather than to song, is supplied on this
program by three arias from Mozart. Two from
The Marriage of Figaro: "Non piu andrai," in
which the jovial ex-barber kids amorous young
Cherubino about the martial affairs which hence-
forth will keep him from billing and cooing with
every young wench he sees; and "Se vuol bal-
lare" ("So you want to dance, do you!"), Figaro's
warning to his m'aster the Count to keep hands
off the future Mrs. Figaro. Two other bass arias,
from Mozart's The Magic Flute and Verdi's
Simon Boccanegra, will also be heard.
The purely orchestral portion of the progra)i
introducestwo entirely unfamiliar compositions
by composers who lived when the modern sym-
phony orchestra was still in its infancy. As a
matter of fact, these pieces really belong to the
class of chamber music, music adapted to inti-
mate, usually informal performance by a group
of soloists in court halls and private music rooms.
This "room music," as Percy Grainger calls it,
was to the world of the Renaissance what sym-
phonic music is to us today. And, as the sym-
phony is the monarch of modern musical forms,
the instrumental part-music of the Renaissance
may be said to have reached its climax in the
English "Fancies" ("Fantasies") for several
string instruments, of the 16th and 17th cen-
turies. Of the examples of this form of composi-
tion that have survived until today, one of the
most interesting is the Fancy for Five Strings
of John Jenkins, whose long life reached from
the closing years of the Elizabethan era (1592)
well into the Restoration (1678).
About the time of Jenkins' death, certain im-
portant changes were taking place in music,
and by the beginning of the 18th century "fan-
cies" and "consorts" had been superceded by
"sonatas," "concertos," and the other instrumen-
tal forms that are still in use today. The seat of
these developments was that center of musical
culture for centuries previous-Italy. One of the
maestri who worked energetically to spread the
Italian gospel all over the musical world wast
Francesco Geminiani, composer, violinist, theo-t
rist, and pedagogue. Evidently the latter quali-
ties surpassed the creative genius in him, forc
his compositions today are more heard of than1
heard. The work on this program, a single move-
ment in song-form, was written for solo violin,
the accompaniment to be filled in by a clave-
cinist from a "figured bass"-musical shorthand.t

Like the Jenkins Fancy, it has since been tran-
scribed for string orchestra.
First Festival Concert
It was nearly forty years ago that Jan Sibelius,
the Beethoven of the twentieth century, con-
ceived the invocation to Ann Arbor's Forty-sixth
May Festival, his Second Symphony. Last night
Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orches-
tra gave this Symphony magnificent utterance,
climaxing a concert that began with Beethoven's
Third Leonore Overture and contained the Don
Juan of Richard Strauss, in addition to four
arias by soprano Gladys Swarthout and the
Orchestra: Dido's Lament from Purcell's Dido
and Aeneas, a Recitative and Rondo by Christian
Bach, "Printemps qui commence" from Saint-
Saens' Samson and Delilah, and "Una voce poco
fa" from Rossini's Barber of Seville. To which
was added as an encore an air by Granados and
the Mendelssohn Midsummer's Dream scherzo.
Without question the remarkable thing about
the evening was Sibelius' music. With its wild
trills, its impassioned melodic phrases, its frag-
mentary yet minutely organized structure, its
powerful crescendos that only Sibelius can build
to such heights before yielding the climax, this
Symphony is like one mighty cadenza for great
orchestra, brilliant yet profound. The unseparat-
ed third and fourth movements, especially, under
Ormandy were surpassingly beautiful and over-
whelming in their last great preoration. We have
heard the work, as a whole, performed with
greater smoothness, with a surer, more logical
connection of the many sections, with greater
attention to all the beauty and meaning there'

HE exploring reporter sometimes
falls into a legacy of good copy
murely by accident. Thus it was that
David Zeitlin, local correspondent,
searching for his pressbox seat at
the 1entucky Derby last Saturday,
encountered Mr. Thomas Driberg, a
tall, distinguished, if youthful, look-
ing dandy, immaculately groomed
and a seeming misfit among the
baggy-trousered Americanjourney-
m 'en. Mr. Driberg is a product of Lon-
don's Fleet street, being a columnist
of the Daily Express, with a current-
ly impermanent address as he roams
the earth for. material. Last month,
he witnessed the burial rites of the
late Pope; Saturday in Louisville,
Kentucky, where belles and bourbon
provide a twin attraction, he watched
eight horses stom with fire and fury
toward a modest fortune.
David was impressed with the Bri-
ton's freely uttered views on Lind-
bergh, Chamberlain and the Euro-
pean situation, especially with his
remark that the self-exiled colonel
hobnobbed strangely with a pro-Nazi
group while residing in England. Dri-
berg's naive apologia for Lindy was
that he "was still possibly embittered
over his misfortunes here." As for
Chamberlain's policy of a diplomatic
oarrier to thwart further German ad-
vances toward the East, the English
journalist thinks the umbrella man
will not fight over either Danzig or
the Polish corridor. Danzig, accor/
ing to M. W. Fodor, veteran Euro-
pean correspondent, is a dead city
an unhappy experiment of the League
of Nations-an observation which
lends credence to Driberg's opinion.
"Not until the Empire itself is threat-
ened will England fight," Driberg
opined. Chamberlain is hoping that
Germany's Drang Nach Osten will
ultimately lead to war with Russia,
whereupon England will sit idly by,
diplomatically immune from the fas-
cist-communist embroglio.
No wonder David was impressed
with his accidental encounter with
Thomas Driberg.
** *
THE Daily's newly-assigned mis-
sion to seek truth above all else
is no idle boast. In a front-page
notice Tuesday, requesting freshman
nd sophomore women tryouts, the
last sentence reads:
"Try-outs do not have to be good
writers.";
* * *
WITH Winchellesque assurance,
New York World's Fair statisti-
cians report that at least twenty:
babies will be born on the Fair1
Grounds during the exposition. Itt
isn't right. Opening one's eyes to
perispheres and trylons, angular
architectural lines that would recon-
cile an atheist, and a weird melange
of celebrants, is at worst slightly un-
balancing. Twenty more screwballs
in an era predominated by screw-
balls. It's alarming.
OFF THE CUFF: Barbers in the
Union are victims of frustrated
greed today as members of the Phila-
delphia Symphony Orchestra, their
manes nestling snugly on the napes
of their neck, walk about the lobby
. tWhat would your last meal con-
sist of if you were faced with execu-
tion at sunrise? . . . Beatrice Lillie,1
the comedienne, would want only a
seedless watermelon . . . Column
contributor G. Watt Bliss submits:
Did you notice that what Quillent
said about 'Joseph in Egypt' could
all be easily modified to fit Hall
Caine's 1300 pages of 'Life of Christ'?"

The sudden lull in Michigras
proceedings last Saturday night was1
likely due to the announcement of i
the new Union officers . . . Disap-
pointed juniors lost their enthusiasm
in a jiffy, although Don Treadwell,1
newly appointed -Union prexy, was
observed bustling about with unabat-
ing vigor . . . Death to doncentra-'
tion in lecture courses these days
is a seat near the window . . .
IEL Fineberg, The Daily's new
sports editor who got news of his
appointment in Louisville Saturday
night, relays the story of the Ken-'
tuckian he met who proudly boasted
that in his state 98 per cent of the
citizens were American born. "That's
why we have so- few hold-ups or rob-
beries," he crowed. "It's the foreign
element that does that stuff. In Ken-
tucky we don't have it, no sir." Mel
innocently asked, braving death and
destruction thereby, "Well, how'
about the feuds? Aren't the stories
they tell about the shootings and
killings true?" "Sure they're true,"
replied the booster, "but those kind
of killings aren't serious."
and was not far less perfect in re-
spect to the whole ensemble.
Vocally delightful and personally
charming was Miss Swarthout's con-
tribution to the program. Her voice,
full-throated and appealing but some-
what limited in range and variety,
was at its best in the tenuous, seduc-
tive song of Delilah. Her impressively
simple and dramatic rendition of
Dido's affecting death lament also

THURSDAY, MAY 11, 1939
VOL. XLIX. No. 159
Notices
University Club: The annual meet-
ing and election of officers which
was scheduled for Friday, May 12, has
been postponed until Friday, May 26.
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
ouildings 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 diagonal 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 dange-
just as much when a person is sitting
in a car as when the car is parked
empty.
University Senate Comumittee on
Parking-
Applications for Proctorships in the
Men's Residence Halls. Students who
expect to have their applications con-
sidered for appointment in the school
year 1939-1940 will please file the
blanks in the Office of the Director
of Residence Halls by 3:00 Thursday,
May 11.
Union Life Membership Button. All
men who have been enrolled in the
University for eight semesters may,
secure their life membership buttonsI
at the business office of the Union1
any week-day from 8 to 12 and 1:30,
to 5. There is no additional chargej
for this button. Students who are
graduating after less than eight se-
mesters of enrollment may make spe-
cial arrangements at the business
office.
Phi Beta Kappa. The keys orderede
by the new members have arrived
and may be obtained at the Secre-
tary's office at the Observatory.
Literary Commencement Announce-
ments. Due to the many requests of
the seniors who have been unable to
place their orders for the Literary
Commencement Announcements, the
sale will be continued until Friday,
May 12.
The sale will be held in Angell Hall
Lobby at the following times:
Thursday, May 11: 9-12 a.m.; 1-4
p.m.
Friday, May 12: 9-12 a.m.; 1-4 p.m.
Camp Davis. Students expecting to
enroll in surveying courses at Camp
Davis this summer, who have not
handed in their names, are asked to
do so immediately.
Assembly: Petitioning for Assembly
positions for next fall will be reopened1
to those interested on Friday, Sat-
urday and Monday, May 12, 13 and
15. All Independent women are urged
to petition.
May Festival Ticket Office. Begin-
ning Wednesday morning, and con-k
tinuing through the Festival, ther
ticket office will be at the box office
in Hill Auditorium.
Girls' Cooperative House would like
to have all girls who are interested in
living there next year fill out appli-
cations in the office of the Dean of
Women immediately. For further in-
formation, call 22218 .between 6 and
7 p.m. or inquire in the Dean's Of-t
fice. -

1939 Dramatic Season: All Season
tickets now on reserve must be picked'
up this week. Season and single
tickets for all five plays on sale at
the Mendelssohn Box Office, phone
6300.
Academic Notices
Final Doctoral Examination of Mr.
Edwin Owen Wicks will be held on
Thursday, May 11 at 2 p.m. in Room
2, Waterman Gymnasium. Mr. Wicks'
field of specialization is Hygiene and
Public Health. The title of his thesis'
is "Standardized Antigen in the Serio-
diagnosis of Syphilis." Dr. Sundwall,?
as chairman of the committee, will.
conduct the examination. By direc-
tion of the Executive Board, the
chairman has the privilege of invit-
ing members of the faculty and ad-,
vanced doctoral candidates to attend
the examination and to grant permis-
State Dental Advertising
Limited By Senate Bill

Concerts
May Festival Concerts: The 46th
Annual May Festival will be held in
Hill Auditorium, May 10, 11, 12 and
13. The Philadelphia Orchestra will
participate in all six concerts. The
general programs are as follows:
Second Concert: Thursday, May
11, 8:30. Selmaa Amansky, soprano;
Jan Peerce, tenor; Rudolf Serkin, pi-
anist, soloists; Palmer Christian, or-
ganist; EarlV. Moore, Har McDon-
ald and Eugene Ormandy, Conduc-
etors.
Third Concert: Friday, May 12,
2:30. Ezio Pinza bass, soloist; Young
Peoples' Festival Chorus; Eugene Or-
mandy and Juva Higbee, conductors.
Fourth Concert: Friday, May 12,
8:30. Marian Anderson, contralto,
soloist; Men's Chorus; Eugene Or-
mandy, Conductor.
Fifth Concert: Saturday, May 13,
2:30. Georges Enesco, violinist, so-
loist; Saul Caston and Georges Enes-
co, Conductors.
Sixth Concert: Saturday, May 13,
8:30. Verdi's "Otello." Helen Jep-
son, Elizabeth Wysor, Giovanni Mar-
tinelli, Giuseppe Cavadore, Arthur
Hackett, Richard Bonelli, and Nor-
man Cordon, soloists. Palmer Chris-
tian, organist; the University Choral
Union; Earl V. Moore, Conductor.
Concerts will begin on time, and
doors will be closed during numbers.
Holders of season tickets are request-
ed to present for admission only the
coupon for each respective concert.
Exhibitions
Exhibition of Six Paintings by
Three Mexican Artists-Rivera, Or-
ozco, and Siqueiros-and water colors
by Alexander. Mastro Valerio, under
the auspices of the Ann Arbor .Art
Association Alumni Memorial Hall,
North and South Galleries; After-
noons from 2 to 5 until May 13.
Museum of Classical Archaeology:
A special exhibit of antiquities from
the Nile Valley, the Province of Fay-
oum, and the Delta of Egypt, from
early Dynastic times to the Late Cop-
tic and Arabic Periods.
Tenth Annual Exhibition of Sculp-
ture, in the concourse of the Michi-
gan League Building.
Lectures
Biological Chemistry Lecture: Sat-
urday, May 13, 10:30 a.m., East Lec-
ture Room (Mezzanine Floor), Hor-
ace H. Rackham School of Graduate
Studies. Dr. Eliot F. Beach of the
Children's Fund of Michigan will lec-
ture to the students of biological
chemistry and to all others interest-
ed on "Studies in the Chemical Com-
position of Proteins with Especial
Reference to the Hemolytic Residues
of Erythrocytes."
Events Today
Ann Arbor Independents: There will
be a rehearsal for Lantern Night to-
day from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Game
Room of the League.
Omega Upsilon: There will be au-
ditions tonight at 7:15, Morris Hall.
All members please attend. Meeting
will beshort.
Athena: Regular meeting will be
held at 7:30 tonight in the Alpha Nu
room.
Archery Club: There will be a meet-
ing of the women's archery club this
afternoon ,at 4:15 p.m. on Palmer
Field. The men's archery club is
shooting with the women's club and
all members are asked to be present.
Avukah will have an important
meeting at the Hillel Foundation to-
night at 7:30 p.m. All members are
urged to be present. New members
are welcome.
Coming Events
Speech 190: Students in Speech 190

will meet at the Speech Clinic, 1007
East Huron Street, Friday, May 12, at
9 o'clock; and Monday, May 15, at 9
o'clock in Room 302 Mason Hall.
Student Senate luncheon will be
on Saturday, May 13, 12:15 p.m., at
the Michigan Union. The room will
be posted on the bulletin board in the
Union. All Senators are requested to
call Dworkis, 3779, or Schafrann,
4929, for reservations. The luncheon
is open also to interested students
and faculty members. All reserva-
tions must be in by Saturday at 11
a.m.
Congregational Fellowship: Those
wishing to go on a picnic Sunday,
meet at Pilgrim Hall promptly at 4
p.m. Stop at Pilgrim Hall or call
2-1679 at noon for reservations.
Institute of the Aeronautical Sci-
ences: There will be a meeting of
the Student Branch of the Institute

DAILY OFFICIAL BULLETIN
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Copy received at the office of the Assistant to the President 'until 3:;0 P.M.;
11:00 A.M. on Saturday.

sion to others who might
present.

wish to be

C. S. Yoakum.

TH EATR-E
By NORMAN IEL
Barrymore' s Ni ht
Last night, the Michigan Theatre omitted its
usual run of celluloid showings and opened its
stage to the filh's more satisfying legitimate
brother. The occasion was the appearance of
Miss Ethel Barrymore starring in Mazo de la
Roche's "Whiteoaks."
Were it a movie, "Whiteoaks" would be a
Class "B," guaranteed to wow the neighborhoods,
if not so good for the "downtown" trade. Miss
Barrymore was so good that it is too bad she
hasn't "A" stuff to work on.
She appears as a centenarian whose relatives
are chiefly concerned as to who will inherit her
money. Around this simple plot, Miss de la
Roche has woven her story and she has only
herself to blame if she did not make a good
play out of the novel, "Whiteoaks of Jalna," for
it was she who adapted her own book for the
stage.
Miss Barrymore does not act the 101-year-old
matriarch with her voice alone. Her walk is
different, her facial expression, her very hands
are different. In the hands of a less competent
actress, the role would have descended to mere
characterization. In the artful hands of -Miss
Barrymore, she actually seems to live the part.
When the great eighteenth century actor.
David Garrick died, Dr. Johnson is reported to
have said, "He eclipsed the gaiety of nations."
If we ,can draw some sort of an analogy, when
Miss Barrymore dies at the end of the second
act, she eclipses whatever little of the plot that
is left. One of the characters in the last act re-
marks that he seems to feel her presence still
with him in the room. And he was absolutely cor-
rect. The vitality of the play was terminated by
her absence.
The near-capacity house gave Miss Barrymore
the ovation she deserved. It was with little
regret that we missed The Philadelphia Sym-
phony and Miss Swarthout at Hill Auditorium,
fr. ,, anrill arm am.o

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