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THE MICHIGAN DAILY FiRVIJAN

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quirements i much more likely to lead to the
debacle of college football than honest payment
of athletes for services rendered.
-Joseph Gies
Gone Are.
The Days . .
QEVENTY-FIVE YEARS ago today
there died in a charity ward of Belle-
vue Hospital in New York City, a penniless young
man. The man had been picked up in one of the
flop-houses in the lower part of the city. His
head was split by a large gash, the mystery of
which has never been solved. His family ar-
rived from Pittsburgh in time to claim the body
and save it from burial in Potter's Field. The
man died an ignominious death but he had, with-
in his span of 37 years, made a permanent con-
tribution to Americana.
Songs like "Old Black Joe," "Oh Susanna,"
"My Old Kentucky Home," "Way Down Upon the
Suwanee River," "Massa's in de Cold, Cold
Ground," "Old Dog Tray," and many others
came from the pen of Stephen C. Foster.
Born in 1826, he began song writing at the
age of 14. Following a few restless years at Athens
Academy and Jefferson College, he began to
realize enough profit from his better pieces to
make a comfortable living. It is said that his
"Old Dog Tray" alone sold some 125,000 copies
within 18 months of its publication. Altogether
he. produced 175 songstbut most of these are
never heard today. Foster went to New York
where he began drinking up the sums he received
for each song. During this period he used the
so-called "song-factory methods," producing the
most and the worst of his works.
However, the works which remain will be re-
membered when the sordidness of his life is for-
gotten, for in the relatively short period of his
37 years, Foster had found his medium and made
his mark. The greatest tribute that can be paid
to Foster is in these words found in the Dictionary
of American Biography: " . . . his songs are
primitive, limited and uneven but the best ones
gave permanent expression to one phase of
American life-the nostalgic melancholy of the
Negro-and remain a .valuable contribution to
the folk literature of American music."
-Malcolm Long

Board of
Managing Editor
Editorial Director .
City Editor
Associate Editor . .
Associate Editor
Associate Editor
Associate Editor
Associate Editor
Associate Editor
Book Editor .
Women's Editor . .
(ports Editor .

Editors
E Robert D. Mitchell
. . Albert P. May1o
. Horace W. Gilmore
Robert I. Ftzhenry
S. R. Kliman
Robert Perlman
. Earl Gilman
William Elvin
. Joseph Freedman
. Joseph Gies
Dorothea Staebler
* . Bud Benjamin

Ifeems io Me
Heywood Broun
One of the objections which have been raised
against the nomination of Felix Frankfurter as
Justice of the United States Supreme Court
seems very curious to a for-
mer baseball writer. It is
charged that the professor
did look about among the
members of the Harvard
Law School and other insti-
tutions of post graduate in-
struction and, as a result of
his survey, suggested the
names of various promising
young men for employment in governmental
agencies, both federal and local. In other words,
Professor Frankfurter has functioned as a scout
or ivory hunter for the legal profession.
When Dick Kinsella, the greatest trapper of
them all, carried on a similar role for the New
York Giants he was much respected both by his
big league bosses and the little fellows out in
the sticks. Indeed, the various southpaws and
fly hawks who were summoned out of obscurity
through the kindly offices of Kinsella felt grate-
ful that a man with an alpenstock had helped
to guide them up those steep slopes whichhlead
to fame and fortune.
Some did not make an asceit up the sheer face
of the cliff, but were farmed out to Jersey City
or other bush league towns for further seasoning,
but even these young fellows did not feel that
they had been put upon. In the great hierarchy
of organized baseball there are many mansions,
and the hard-hitting second baseman who is
enabled to skip a couple of classifications and leap
from the Sally League to the Southern Assn.
has no cause for complaint.
An Honored Profession
But even outside the baseball industry there
were many who looked upon the labors of Kin-
sella and his fellow-scouts with favor. It was
felt that they paid honor to the American way
and fortified the competitive system by proving
to mute and inglorious Mathewsons that there
is always room at the top for a lad with a good
hop to his fast one.
It is quite true that it was economic necessity
rather than sheer benevolence which inspired
baseball clubs to catch recruits while they were
still young. Legal luminaries improve with age'
even into the twilight of their careers. But if
John W. Davis were a catcher instead of a cor-
poration lawyer he would have earned his un-
conditional release or been relegated to the bench
as a coach or manager several years ago.
I am not in a position to know whether Profes-
sor Frankfurter studied the setup which prevails
in our national game before he went to work
upon his avocation. At any rate, he was a pioneer
in persuading federal agencies that it might be
an excellent idea to give a break to the younger
Blackstones when they were looking for bril-
liant talent which would be willing to work for a
broom and an apple for the sake of prestige and
experience.

Business Department

Business Manager. .
Credit Manager . .
Advertising Manager
Women's Business Manager
Women's Service Manager .

Philip W. Buchen
Leonard P. Siegelman
William L. Newnan
Helen Jean Dean
Marian A. Baxter

NIGHT EDITOR: DENNIS FLANAGAN
The editorials published in The Michigan
Daily are written by members of the Daily
staff and represent the views of the writers
only.
Professional Football:
Why Not? .. .
T HE BOARD in Control of Athletics
lined up Monday on the side of what
s usually known as "simon-pure" football in a
controversy more sharp than new. "It must be
admitted," the board's statement reads, "that
there are serious evis in the way in which foot-
ball, particularly, is conducted at many institu-
tions. There is little room for difference of opin-
ion, it is believed, (sic) that it is indefensible for
a supposedly educational institution to hire
athletes to represent it on the playing field, and
it is believed to be even worse to hire them under
the guise of students by the award of 'athletic
scholarships' or by such devices as remissions of.
tuitions granted to athletes as such. Most of the
difficulties arise out of an unwillingness on the
part of too many institutions to have their ath-
letic teams sink to the natural levels of accomp-
lishment which man-power of their normal
student bodies would produce.
"Sooner or later there must be a separation of
those institutions which look upon intercollegiate
athletics as mere adjuncts of educational pro-
grams and whose teams are composed of young
men whose presence on the campus is due to a
real desire for a college education from those,
on the other hand, whose teams are made up
of hired performers."
The point to which we should like to draw
attention in the above section of the report is the
distinction made between students who come to
college for an education and only incidentally
play football, and those who are "hired perform-'
ers." The implication is that the men who accept
compensation for playing do not really want or
deserve an education, and that only those men
men shoud be allowed to play college football
whose parents can afford to send them to school.
As has frequently been mentioned in previous
arguments on this topic, college journalists, year-
book editors and other activities men draw sal-
aries for their work, salaries which are ordinar-
ily more or less commensurate with the value
of their activity as a profit-making agency. In
this respect football players undoubtedly far
excel any of the rest of us, as the financial side
of the board's report testifies. There is, it would
appear, something shameful about an athlete ac-
cepting compensation for his services, however;
what is merely normal for others is viewed as
dishonorable for him.
The source of this apparent anomaly lies, in
our opinion, in the clandestine and irregular
methods of payment used by most colleges prac-
ticing subsidization. If standard rates and forms
of compensation were adhered to, there is little
reason to believe that proselytizing would be
considered particularly evil. Of course there is
the obvious difficulty of enforcing fair prac-
tices, but at least the situation problably would
be considerably improved in that respect over
the present. The most important gain would be
the establishment of a system of remuneration
at schools which now are "simon-pure," making
possible at those institutions the athletic scholar-
ships which the Board in Control deplores in
their present form.
The Big Ten would appear to be an ideal place
to try out a system of uniform subsidization. The

Chant Of
The CCC.. .

The FLYING
TRAPEZE
By Roy Heath -
Lancelot Rides Again
Dear Roy, Campus "Conowzes
of Wimmen." In re "Nussbaum vs.
Heath."
Sir Lancelot rides again. Your
childish adolescence personified
v by your scurrilous attack on the
powderless Pi Phi, to wit, Jane
Nussbaum, is to be regretted by
those of us who candidly crave
the company of colorless coeds.
If the pov er of free punch were
as broad as the power of free
press no doubt cowardly column-
ists hiding behind the skirts of
constitutional guarantees would
soon be relieved of the urge to
attract attention by foaming at
the mouth. Not wishing to resort
to modes of violence, where eac-
able means are available, the writ-
er wishes to inform the afore-
said "conowzer"bthat adequate
provision is to be found in the
law oflibel for such defama-
tory declarations (see exhaustive
judicial consideration found in
Venable vs. State, '84, Texas
Criminal Rep. 354), interesting
and instructive for those untut-
ored in the law as well as those
learned in its intricacies).
The legal profession in its cus-
tomary chivalrous manner realiz-
ing the necessity for protection in
such cases, has always stood
ready to aid those unjustly ac-
cused by ranting writers. (Miss
Nussbaum, if interested, see Sec-
tion P, Lawyers Club). The writ-
er would not stir himself from his
customary recumbent position to
take issue with literary college
boys had he not in his cloistered
existence come to value highly the
periodic invasion, to wit, morn-i
ing, noon and night, of those
comely creatures; all lawyers
avidly ogling as they "jiggle"
their way across Grismore Park
andrpenetrate the inner sanctity
of the law quad. on their way to
cast their rebuffed charms on
the unappreciative pagans.
With personal regards, I remain,
William Blackstone,
P. 33 Law Club, 4145
"Jiggle," sir, is a horrid word.
From here'n there and there'n here:
. . Michiganites may soon be treat-
ed to the sight of a senior engineer
turning cartwheels down State street
. he bet a fraternity brother that
he woud be unable to acquire, by fair
means, a framed photo of a prominent
campus lovely . . . The brother col-
lected the photo and the engineer will
be paying off any day now . . .
You can't beat Marcia Connell .
like it or not . . . Ruth Ann Oakes
. Burr-Pat representative was put
on the pan for her consistent use of
Michigan coeds . . . notably Connell
. in the company's advertising
booklet . . . consequently the job was
taken out of her hands and placed in
the impartial care of an advertising
man from New York . . . Long and
diligently did he labor to produce a
perfect book . . . without either
Michigan or Connell . . . When the
book was finished and sent to head-
quarters, the beautiful cover-girl was
Connell . . . The expert had chosen
the cover photo from among the hun-
dreds of unnamed honeys in the files
of Underwood & Underwood.
As a none too subtle reminder of his
disastrous fumble at Minnesota . .
Tom Harmon's sister and brother-in-
law gave the sophomore gridder a
football with handles attached for

Christmas. The ever-loving relatives
also gave Harmon a bird cage .
adding that he would, in all prob-
ability, receive the "bird" next year
The wire says that C'unt Basie's
band will be party of the first part
for the J-Hop . . . Kemp and Shaw
are definitely out with Eddie Duchin
a long shot . . . Margaret Bourke
White . . . will in all possibility bring
"Life" to a "party" at Michigan
.sometime in April.

THEATRE~
By NORMAN KIELL
Rocket To The Moon
If Clifford Qdeus had not packed
his drama, "Rocket to the Moon,"
playing at the Windsor Theatre in
New York, with so much of the trivia
of human. life, his play would be
twice as good as it is now.
The trouble with the play is that
while it tells superbly the lives of
the middle-class people whom Odets
knows so well, while it eats into the
chaos and bewilderment and helpless-
ness that is the heritage of our de-
cade, "Rocket to the Moon" is
weighted down by too much nerve-
probing into human lives, by too
many bitter and unanswered ques-
tions about this half-mad and fan-
tastic twentieth century.
What evolves, basically, from
Odets' drama is the triangle story of
wife, husband and secretary; but
do not think the playwright permits
his drama to become tawdry or small.
Rather, Odets bites into the meat and
bones of his people, strips them to the
marrow and then sucks the gravy.
Yet, for this critic, it was, as pointed
out above, too much to digest in the
course of one evening.
Anguish and unhappiness spins
"Rocket to the Moon" along its un-
even course. Into the office of dentist
Ben Stark, comes Cleo Singer to take
her new job as secretary. Lonely,un-
loved and friendless, she is hungry
for human affection and warmth. Ben
Stark, warped by adomineering wife,
affords the love she needs so badly
and he reciprocates her love for him;
but when his enigmatic father-in-
law asserts his love for Cleo too,
Stark is too weak to leave his wife.
Stark is a sensitive, generous indi-
vidual, too big for the petty common-
places his wife is constantly nagging
him about. The more she nags him
the more he loves Cleo; but he is too
deep in the rut his wife has laid out
for him, and despite the promptings
of his father-in-law and Cleo, he can-
not take the rocket to the moon and
start life on a new basis.
This is the tragedy of Odets' people;
they all live curdled lives, lives that
were once rich in potentialities but
turned sour with the passing of years.
And Odets writes of them with an
electric dialogue, a dialogue that spir-
als and rockets and probes deeply into
the hearts of the people he knows so
well.
he Group Theatre has actors who
know the depth of these people and
they act them with all the anguish
and iner torment they call for. Mor-
ris Carnovsky gives us, in the role
of the shy dentist, a characterization
that is haunting and memorable; His
kindling countenance, his gesticula-
tions, his inflections, conspired to
make these qualities. Luther Adler,
as the father-in-law, possessed a cyn-
icism and wit sharpened by many en-
counters with ladies and sharpies
of the racing track and gambling hall,
and a satanic charm that cloaked his
charact&ization in mystery. As the
waif-life secretary, Eleanor Lynn gave
a glowing and intelligent perform-
ance. Ruth Nelsor< was admirably cast
as the shrewish wife.
Chalk it down as a minor triumph
for Mr. Odets, and a major triumph
for the ensemble Group acting, and
Howard Clurman's directing.
(A parable on the European situation)
Three strong-arm, unscrupulous
fellows linked themselves together for
the purpose of mending their several
and collective fortunes. One, living at
a great distance, chose a rich, fat old
lady as his vitim. The other two de-
cided to threaten and rob two pros-
perous but somewhat overcomfortable
citizens. The two citizens saw the

danger, and decided to defend them.-
selves in common. But one citizen
was a narrow- minded busy-body,
who at the bottom was willing to
F sacrifice any property but his own in

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The Civilian Conservation Corps
will turn this year from olive drab to
spruce green. President Roosevelt
has approved the issuance of a new
and distinctive uniform of that
color.
"The issuance of a new uniform
distinctive from other governmental
services will improve the appear-
ance of the corps," Robert Rechner,
director of the CCC said. "It will
also-aid in building up and main-
taining a high morale in the camps."
-New York Times, Monday, Jan. 9.
Filled with glee
Is the CCC
Their spirits sublimely serene,
Felling a tree
Is a virtual spree
For their uniforms are green,
Oh, out with the nasty olive garb
For it has no earthly use,
Down with the dull and dreary drab
And up with the suits of spruce.
Work is like play
When a uniform's gay
And everyone's heart is glad,
What care they
For a dollar a day
As long as they're brightly clad.
Oh, out with the coats of sombre hue
May they never more be seen
And look to the cause of a high morale-
The uniforms of green.
Never more are they stiff and sore
They never knew distress
For the boys of the Corps
Are sure to adore
Their latest mode of dress
Oh, out with the clothes of olive drab
And sing the joyous day
Hail the resplendent CCC
In their sprightly green array.
--June Harris
Rxoman mHolid-iay
Neville Chamberlain left London today for a
series of conversations with Mussolini. It is re-
ported that the British Prime Minister will en-
deavor to pursue his policy of appeasement in
Rome. Just what that means is not entirely clear.
Judging from past experiences Chamberlain's
policy of appeasement has been outright surrend-
er to the demands of the totalitarian states. Their
greatest triumph, of course, was at Munich. Per-
haps since that time Chamberlain has suffered
a change of heart and will drop a hint in Benito's
ear that the democracies are now rearming and
will bow no more to the dictators. Yet it is doubt-
ful that Chamberlain will be so bold.
Chamberlain's best bet is to appeal to Mussolini
the opportunistic politician and not to Mussolini
the supreme dictator. As a politician Mussolini
knows how to straddle, to keep the world guessing
and then to run off with a few plums while other
nations are fighting. Until his Ethiopian adven-
ture he had followed these tactics with marked
success. The emergence of the Tokio-Berlin-

DAILY OFFICIAL
BULLETIN

Continued from Page 2)
aking honors in French and who
vish to have a course in modem
rench history during the second
emester should enroll in History 54.
Exhibitions
Exhibition, College of Architec-
ure: A national exhibition of Rep-
esentative Buildings of the Post-
Nar Period, selected by the Commit-
ee on Education of the American In-
titute of Architects and circulated
>y the American Federation of Arts,
s being shown in the third floor ex-
ibition room. Architecture Build-
ng. Open daily, 9 to 5, except $xw-.
lay, through Jan. 18. The public is
nvited
Two Exhibits: Paintings by Sarkis
Sarkisian, and prints from the col-
lection of the Detroit Institute of
Arts, under the auspices of the Ann
Arbor Art Association. Jan. 11 to 25,
afternoons from 2 to 5, North and
South Galleries of Alumni Memorial
Hall.
Textile Exhibition, College of Ar-
chitecture: A showing of modern
extiles consisting of rugs, hangins,
edspreads and pillow cases, e-
signed by Marianne Strengell, now
n the staff of the Cranbrook Aca-
lemy of Art, is on display in the
round floor cases of the Architec-
ture Building. Open daily, 9 to 5, ex-
ept Sunday, through. Jan. 25. The
public is invited.
Exhibition of Chinese Photography:
Exhibition of Chinese photographic
tudies by Cheng Chao-Min will be
presented in the Galleries of the
Rackham Building from Monday,
Jan. 16, to Saturday, Jan. 21. This
showing is sponsored by the Inter-
ational Center and is the last in a
eries presented for this semester.
Events Today
Architects and En'gineers are in-
ited to an illustrated lecture on
Lighting Equipment this afternoon
t 4:10 p.m. in Room 246 West En-
ineering Building by Mr. Allen J.
Martin, one of our graduates broad-
y experienced in illumination en-
ineering and research in lighting.
He will treat the features which
hould be considered in selection of
ighting equipment, with emphasis on
hose which are important to the in-
taller as well as the user. This is a
pecial session of the class in E.E. 74
>ut should be significant and interest-
ng to others, and all interested are
nvited.
Graduate Student Council members
.re urged to attend the informal
Jraduate Coffee Hour to be held to-
lay from 4 to 6 p.m. Each member
is requested to bring at least one
;uest.
The Executive Committee of the
uraduate Student Council will meet
t 3 p.m. today to formulate plans
for the second semester.
Student Book Exchange: Don't for-
et your interviews today, to be held
n Room 325 in the Michigan Union.
Please be punctual and avoid con-
fusion. If you have no interview
time as yet please get in touch with
Union Student offices between 3-5.
The Suomi Club will hold, a meet-
ing tonight at 8 o'clock in Lane Hall.
Dr. Soivio of Helsinki will speak. Re-
freshments will be served. All stu-
dents of Finnish descent are cordially
invited.
University Choir: Rehearsal 7 to 8
o'clock, this evening, Lane Hall. Stu-
dents and members of the Faculty are-
welcome.
Senior Society: Group picture for
the Ensian will betakentoday at

4:15 at Dey's Studio. Please be
prompt.
Independent J-Hop Booths: All in-
dependent students desiring accom-
modation in one of the Congress
booths for the 1939 J-Hop will please
make application at the table pro-
vided in the Union Lobby for that
purpose at the time they purchase
their ticket. Applications will be ac-
cepted from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to-
day.
Westminster Guild: Reservations for
the roller skating party, to be held at
the Ypsi rink today can be made by
calling 2-4466.
The Avukah will meet at 7:30 p~m.
tonight at the Foundation.
The class in elementary Hebrew will
meet at the Foundation this after-
noon at 4:15 p.m.
Coming Events
American Association of University
Professors: There will be a dinner
meeting of the Michigan Chapter of
the American Association of Univer-
sity Professors on Monday, Jan. 16 at
6:30 p.m. at the Michigan Union.

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Unto The Least
The notion that this scouting work of his be-
gan only with the coming of the New Deal is,
of course. fallacious. The Harvard ivory hunter
placed dozens of his bright young men with
Hoover long before Roosevelt loomed up on the
horizon, and it is my impression that he sent
others even before the days of the great engi-
neer.
Nor is there any evidence that he was particu-
larly concerned with the political or economic
beliefs of the budding lawyers whom he recom-
mended to fulfill certain assigned tasks. It rS-
quite possible that some of the "hot dogs" may
burn with a revolutionary fervor far out of line
with the comparatively mild liberalism of their
sponsor. I assume that Professor Frankfurter
never stopped to inquire about their inner con-
victions. He thought it was enough to send along
young men who were capable of performing the
job.
That was the system of Dick Kinsella. When
he .found a youngster who could throw and hit,
run bases and go to his right or left for ground-
ers he promptly signed him without bothering
to say, "May I ask what is your religion?"
And I believe that ought to remain the Ameri-
can way concerning big leaguers of either or-
ganized government or organized baseball.

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died. While the two strong-arm fel-
lows made no bones of their intentions
r and did not allow themselves to be
divided on any subject, the busy-
body publicly declared-that he saw no
reason why the gangsters and the

The Editor
Gets Told

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Study Hall.

Lighting

January 12, 1939
To the Editor:
Having spent manyhours during the last two
and one-half years of my college career in the
first floor study hall of the Main Library, I am
at last voicing an appeal for better lighting. One
finds it impossible to study there for more than
one and a half hours without suffering from the
faulty illumination. As an institution of higher
learning, the University of Michigan should do
everything possible to promote better study
habits among its students. It can not do this with-
out first improving the conditions in the study
halls. I am sure that I am in accordance with all
students who use this study hall, and I sincerely

WPA Funds;
The first decisive skirmish between
the President and Congress on the;
economy issue is scheduled to come on
the amount of supplemental appro-
priation for the Works Progress Ad-
ministration. Funds appropriated by
the last Congress are sufficient to
serve only through the remainder of'
this month, and for the five remain-
ing months of the fiscal year, Mr.
Roosevelt is asking Congress for a
special appropriation of $875,000,000.
Since the President, in his budget
message, spoke of a "supplemental"
item for recovery and relief of $750,-
000,000, it may be assumed that his
increase of the proposal to $875,000,-
000 is for bargaining purposes, to off-
set the demands of the economy bloc
that the amount be held to-$500,000,-
000.
It is up to Congress to make up its
mind as to what it will do. It can
proceed to put into effect the econ-
omy mandate which it apparently re-

honst citizens could not quite well
co-exist peacefully in the same world.
When one gangster raised claims to
the property of the busybody's friend,
the busybody, instead of reaching for
his gun, decided to go see the threat-
ening gangster and try to persuade
him to be nice.
Meanwhile, through an intermedi-
ary, the busybody let it be known that,
after all, his friend, the other citizen,
ought to be willing to make certain
sacrifices "wherever there are legiti-
mate grievances." On the way to the
gangster's house he stopped off to
visit his friend, who was still alarmed
at the busybody's well-known gener-
osity with others' property.
-Chicago Daily News
dustry are sufficiently recovered to
go forward under their own steam.
On the, problem of protecting re-
lief politics, Mr. Roosevelt has this.
to say:
It is my belief that improper
political practices can be eliminat-
ed only by the imposition of rigid
statutory regulations and penal-
tip b he fl-'t, rPCj.-_vadthis achnnild

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