THIC MICHIGAN DAILY
TUE~SDAY, MAY 7, 1940
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NIGHT EDITOR: WILLIAM ELMER
The editorials published in The Michigan
Daily are written by members of The Daily
staff and represent the views of the writers
A Scholar . .
T HE FUSION of scientist and philoso-
pher is one which is always difficult
to achieve, and when a man appears in whom
the elements both of scientist and philosopher
are present he is apt to be one of unusual power
and ability. Such a man was Dr. R. D. McKenzie,
whose untimely death interrupts a comprehen-
sive analysis of the field of human ecology (the
study of how people live in terms of the physical,
concrete elements of their environment) which
he was preparing.
Essentially a philosopher in his approach to
scientific problems, Dr. McKenzie was engaged
in a field of research that has broad implica-
tions to our understanding of how men live,
for he viewed the problem of man's existence
in terms of the totality of his environment,
not exclusively in the narrow terms of his
economic relations or his :mental habits.
The University mourns today the loss of one
of its ablest scholars.
Battle Front . ,
HE HEAVY ARTILLERY of the op-
T position will be brought to bear on
Neville Chamberlain in the House of Commons
today and tomorrow and may blast him right
out of No. 10 Downing Street before the full-
dress debate on the Government's inept con-
duct of the Norwegian campaign is ended.
The most severe test of his regime faces the
aging premier as Conservatives, dissatisfied with
the inglorious defeat of the Allied forces in
Norway, have joined with liberals in the House
in attacking the Government's conduct of the
war. In addition, bitter attacks have been
made upon Chamberlain in the Conservative as
well as the liberal press.
CORRESPONDENTS agree that five embar-
bL+rassing questions will have to be answered
by the government. They include:
1. If, as Chamberlain himself has declared,
the Government knew for at least a month
that the Germans were assembling landing
parties in the Baltic, why did it disperse the
expeditionary force it had ready for use in
Finland? Further, why did it disperse the force
it had ready to occupy Trondheim and Stavan-
ger, if, following the dispatch of a force to
Finland, the Germans had violated Norwegian
2. Why was so much emphasis placed on
Narvik at the beginning of the campaign when
it was known that the Germans were racing
for Trondheim and that Allied operations, to
be successful, would have to be carried out
instantly in that sector?
3. Why did not the navy rush Trondheim in
the early days of the campaign before the
Germans had their big guns in place?
4. Is i true, as Leland Stowe reported, that
raw territorials were put up against seasoned
5. Why did the Ministry of Information al-
low Parliament, the Oublic and the press to
gain too optimistic a view of events in Norway
from neutral sources?
IT APPEARS that what the British want more
than anvthinr right now is a vigorous prose-
By YOUNG GULLIVER
(Today's column is penned by Daily night editor
Richard Harmel, who is an expert on circuses,
bright bow ties and European history.)
/HEN Young Gulliver gave the word' for me
to write a column, I twisted and squirmed
with delight and started to figure out a name,
If names were the only thing a columnist had
to worry about, he'd be all set because they
come a dime a dozen,
But if I were to name this particular column,
and every column has to have a name even
if you're writing under another name, I'd
choose three little words that a little kid asks
his friends when he's found out something new.
Yes, I'd choose those three little words that
start one discussion after a particularly exhil-
arating bluebook. Yes sir, I'd call this mass
of slung-together verbiage, "Did You Know?"
DID YOU KNOW that in the days when handle
bar mustaches were the rage and every
Michigan student was a rip snortin', fire breath-
in' monster, circuses rolling into this town of
ours breathed a silent prayer for divine mercy
because Ann Arbor for the "Big Top" folks was
one of the two worst towns in the country?
So runs the story in many of the circus route
books of the last decades of the nineteenth
century. These circus route books, I discovered
after putting a couple of questions to John Ring-
ling North, vice president of the famous Ring-
ling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, were
the circus diaries. Some performer, roustabout
or front door man who had a flair for writing
would compile a record of every place the circus
visited. He would write about the weather, the
crowd, the reception the performers received
and any unusual occurrences.
Michigan students, say most of these nine-
teenth century routebooks, were the terror of
the age. Why the circus managements never
knew whether a show would go on because they
never knew what the students would do.
Favorite device of the dashing, handsome
Michigan male was to spirit the circus girls
away for picnics and the like when they were
supposed to perform, but the school boys pre-
ferred to upset the circus routine with a good
old fashioned fight.
TODAY, I'm afraid, the boys would falter at
the fight but in the girls delight.
In querying North, I discovered that hardly
a performance went by when a group of collegi-
ans wouldn't fight. The circus people hardly
ever interfered, must less resisted. They didn't
know quite what to do. All they ever did was
print dire warnings in their route books about
Ann Arbor-"the terror of the west."
Only one other town ranked with the home
of the Michigan man. That was Shmokin, Pa.;
where miners made circus life miserable.
When a circus rode into Ann Arbor, it was
almost a University holiday devoted to fun
making at the expense of the "Big Top." Today,
a circus in town fast week for a one-night
stand hardly attracted 20 students.
BUT one early June day at the turn of the
century, a new circus rolled into the circus
lot. It had never come to Ann Arbor before.
I'm afraid it had never received its baptism
of fire from the Michigan men.
The first day, the nonplussed and dismayed
circus folk watched their show get a thorough
going over from a zealous group of undergrad-
uates. They were confused at first and finally
were consumed with a deadly anger.
Their council of war that night determined
that the next day a staunch resistance would
be offered: In fact, every man was given a
tent stake with which to defend the show.
The students, on the other hand, had had a
magnificent time and essentially the same group
decided to return to continue the fun.
THE day of days dawned with a hot sun blaz-
ing down. Not so long before show time,
the students descended en masse and, embold-
ened by their success of the day before, de-
manded admission without the formality of
The master of the front gate temporized and,
as the students stormed the gate, shouted for
aid. Wave after wave of brawny circus roust-
abouts appeared from nowhere swinging their
tent stakes and students fell like ten pins.
This "Old Clem" as an all around fracas is
called among the circus people, resulted in a
precipitate retreat on the part of the students.
Brown stains on the grass told how effective
the attack had been.
When this particular circus pulled up its
stakes, it little realized that they had broken
the back of "the terror of the west." Proof
of their success is shown in the route books of
later years where the entries noted Ann Arbor
as good, orderly and the home of nothing un-
Only in one case was there an untoward in-
cident . . . and the students had nothing to
do with it. One of the show's candy butchers'
was bothered by insomnia and sat down on
the railway tracks to enjoy the cool night air.
He dozed, fell asleep and a Chicago flyer
blasted him into the great beyond.
"Stop the War" candidates since the outbreak
TIrLL Chamberlain has a large parliamentary
maiority to trade on. and he will throw
JOHN MALCOLM BRINNIN
Last evening, before an invited audience, the
University Dance Club and its associated groups
presented one of its infrequent recitals. Exper-
ience has perhaps shown that it is unfair to
look for seriousness, either in form or content,
in such performances. Yet this was the element
for which your reviewer looked and for which,
he submits, any observer with half an eye to
the unique accomplishments of the modern
dance as practiced in America, must look.
Unfortunately the rewards of such observa-
tion were at a minimum. Rather, an unaccom-
plished prettiness seemed to set the tone of
the evening. Perhaps this is but to be ex-
pected in places where the dance is but one of
the milder forms of female athleticism com-
bined with a left-handed deference to the
growing importance of the contemporary dancer.
.Rather than enumerate those instances where
the flamboyance of cheese-cloth and pantomine
dominated the stage, it may be better to report
in detail those that showed either promise in
terms of accepted standards or a first premise
grasp of the almost unlimited scope of the
dance as an art form.
The most finished piece of the evening was
"Dance to a Yiddish Melody," performed by
Bernice Wolfson and Sara Graf. And though
its thesis was simple to the point of bareness,
with its joy-and-sorrow transitions, it offered
a generous opportunity for Miss Wolfson to
display the control of body movement and the
clarity of emotional conception which have
marked many of her performances.
Joseph Gornbein's "Lament for the Loss of
Youth" must be recognized for its high intent.
On a theme suggested by lines from Stephen
Spender, Mr. Gornbein attempted to portray
the annoymous death of a youth under the
heel of militarism. His choreography was sim-
ple and sober, and except for two or three
excess gestures that cluttered up his larger
pattern, well unified. If it did not rise to the
height suggested by the importance of his
theme, neither did it pall the spectator with
useless or obscure movements.
Pleasantly in evidence many times through-
out the evening, and always in the most deli-
cately turned dances, Jeanne Burt demonstrated
a flair for the conventional felicities of dance
story-telling. Perhaps more than any of the
participants, her lighter artistry seemed more
conscious, more precisely drawn. It must be
said of her that her every gesture is a dance-
movement; that, in itself, is a rarity among the
hybrid conceptions of choreography that leave
particular numbers lost between pantomine and
a sort of pseudo-ballet.
In the few numbers in which she participated,
Miss Bloomer again showed the high level of
competence that has always marked her ap-
Robert S.Alen "
tary Perkins is about to lose hera
ablest assistant secretary, Marshalli
E. Dimock-another casualty in theZ
long list of executives who have comet
and gone inside the Labor Depart-o
Dimock has done an excellent jobc
as Second Assistant Secretary of La-n
bor, but Miss Perkins will not bet
sorry to see him go. If anything,'
she has encouraged his departure.f
Reason is that Miss Perkins hasd
some rather definite ideas about
marriage and divorce. And Dimockn
is now in the process of getting a
divorce from his wife, while simul-
taneously his former secretary is
getting a divorce from her husband.a
Dimock's former secretary is Mrs.
Warren Jay Vinton, whose husbandn
is chief economist for the U.S. Hous-
ing Authority. She filed for a divorce
in Reno on April 23, and it is nowe
reported that Dimock and Mrs. Vin-i
ton will be married.
So Miss Perkins has given hern
blessing to the exit of her assistant t
secretary, who will now return tot
teaching at the University of Chi-
One of the big questions which
Mussolini and Hitler discussed at
their famous meeting at the Brenner
Pass was a new deal by which the
Soviet was 'to enter the Axis.
Hitherto, Communist Russia andp
Catholic Italy had wasted no love.
However, Nazi Foreign Minister von
Ribbentrop reported to Mussolini on
his trip to Rome that he would have
no trouble bringing Russia into then
fold. All he had to do, Ribbentropa
intimated, was more or less to snapC
his fingers and Stalin would obey.
Since that time, Ribbentrop may
have snapped his fingers, but he hasc
had no luck with Stalin. So far,
Russia has not come into the Axis,C
and there has been no pact what- u
soever regarding the Balkans. F
In fact, Italy and Russia are just
as far apart as ever. It is more thanF
probable that if Mussolini goes into
the Balkans, Russia will move imme-g
diately to take Rumania and the
coast of the Black Sea.
LEWIS AND GREEN ;
In a city which thrives on feuds,p
probably the bitterest enemies today
remain labor leaders John L. Lewis
and William Green. How bitterlyE
they hate was illustrated when Eu-
gene Casey, head of the local Roose-
velt Memorial Library Committee,
called upon Green to ask for an
AFL contribution toward building
Mr. Green immediately asked:
"How much did John L. Lewis and
the CIO contribute?"
"Mr. Green," replied Casey a little
sadly, "Mr. Lewis wouldn't contributea
Bill Green brightened perceptibly,r
called his secretary and wrote aI
check for $500.
"Sorry we can't do more," he said,
handing the check to Casey. "It's a
very worthy cause."
BREAD, NOT BOOKS
Ranking very close to Bill Greens
in the bitter eyes of John L. Lewis,.
however, is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
This also was illustrated by the
aforementioned Eugene Casey when1
he called earlier on Lewis, to ask<
him for funds to build the Hyde1
Mr. Lewis listened graciously,
then growled: "What this country
needs is not libraries but BREAD,"I
Casey retorted: "Mr. Lewis, if it]
had not been for libraries, American
labor would not have the forth,
right, dynamic, fearless leader who
has done more for labor than any-
"Study your own background,"
Casey continued. "You were just a'
poor miner's boy. Where would you'
be today if it had not been for free
books, free education and free li-
Mr. Lewis softeened somewhat, but
still refused to contribute to the
Roosevelt library at Hyde Park.
One of the great problems of Gen-
eral Maxime Weygand's Allied army
in Syria, now being watched by the
world, is cooking.
The cooking has to be done ac-
cording to religion, and there are
three great religious groups within
the -Allied army, plus many sects,
all fanatical over their food.
For instance, the Indian troops
will not permit a cow to be killed
in their presence, would mutiny if
they were offered a. cow or steer as
the singing in two languages and
the mixture of styles and about all
that is left is the smugness of the
Festival directors in presenting an
"opera." 7 that be satisfaction why,
let them take it all. We will take
spinach. How soon will Ann Arbor
have an opportunity to hear the new
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candidates to attend the examina-
tion and to grant permission to others
who might wish to be present.
C. S. Yoakum
Doctoral Examination of Sherman
Anderson Hoslett will be held
at 9:00 a.m. today in 3089 N.S.
Mr. Hoslett's department of speciali-
zation is Zoology. The title of his
thesis is "The Ecological Distribution
of Mammals in Northeastern Iowa."
Dr. L. R. Dice, as chairman of the
committee, will conduct the exami-
nation. By direction of the Execu-
tive Board, the chairman has the
privilege of inviting members of the
faculty and advanced doctoral can-
didates to attend the examination and
to grant permission to others who
mnight wish to be present.
C. S. Yoakum
Directed Teaching, Qualifying Ex-
amination: All students expecting to
elect directed teaching (Educ D100)
next semester are required to pass
a qualifying examination in the sub-
ject which they expect to teach. This
examination will be held on Saturday,
May 18, at 1 o'clock. Students will
meet in the auditorium of the Uni-
versity High School. The examina-
tion will consume about four hours'
time; promptness is therefore essen-
..May Festival: The Schedule of
May Festival concerts is as follows:
Wednesday, May 8, 8:30 p.m.: Al-
exander Kipnis, Bass; The Philadel-
phia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy,
Thursday, May 9, 8:30 p.m.: Doro-
thy Maynor and Rosa Tentoni, sopra-
nos; Robert Weede, Baritone; Rich-
ard Hale, Narrator; The Philadel-
phia Orchestra; The University
Choral Union; Eugene Ormandy and
Thor Johnson, Conductors.
Friday, May 10, 2:30 p.m.: Artur
Schnabel, Pianist; The Philadelphia
Orchestra; The Young People's Chor-
us; Harl McDonald; Juva Higbee and
Eugene Ormandy, Conductor.
Friday, May 10, 8:30 p.m.: Lily
Pons, Soprano; Joseph Szigeti, Violin-
ist; The Philadelphia Orchestra; Eu-
gene Ormandy, Conductor.
Saturday, May 11, 2:30 p.m.: Joseph
Szigeti, Violinist; Emanuel Feuer-
mann, Violoncellist; The Philadel-
phia Orchestra; Eugene Ormandy,
Saturday, May 11, 8:30 p.m.: "Sam-
son and Delilah" by Saint-Saens
Enid Szantho, Contralto; Giovanni
Martinelli, Tenor; Robert Weede,
Baritone; Norman Cordon, Bass;
The Philadelphia Orchestra; The Uni-
versity Choral Union; Thor Johnson,
Exhibition, College of Architecture
and Design: Photographs of recent
architectural work in Florida in the
modern manner, by Architects Igor
B. Polevitzky and T. Trip Russell.
Ground floor corridor cases. Open
daily 9 to 5, through May 22, except
Sunday. The public is invited.
Exhibition, College of Architecture
and Design: Drawings of candidates
in the recent competition for the
George G. Booth Travelling Fellow-
ship in Architecture. Third floor ex-
hibition room. Open daily 9 to 5
except Sunday, through May 18. The
public is invited.
An exhibition of the H. A. Elsberg
collection of coptic and islamic tex-
tiles of the University of Michigan.
Rackham Building, May 7 to May 18.
University Lecture: Professor E.
Artinrofsthe University of Indiana
will give lectures on Wednesday and
Thursday, May 8 and 9, at 4:15 p.m.,
in Room 3011 A.H., on the subject,
"The Fundamental Theorem of Ga-
Mathematics Lecture: Professor R.
Brauer of the University of Toronto
will give a lecture today at 4:00 p.m.
in 3011 A.H.
Geological Journal Club will meet
in Room 3065 Natural Science Build-
ing at 7:30 tonight.
Program: Mr. Frank Pardee, Min-
ing Engineer of the Department of
Conservation, will lecture on "Mine
Junior Research Club will meet
tonight at 7:30 in the Amphitheatre
of the Rackham Building.
Program: "Chemistry of Natura
and Synthetic Sex Hormones" by Dr
A. L. Wilds, Dept. of Chemistry.
"Vitamins in the Urine-So What!
by Dr. Daniel Melnick, Dept. of Inter-
Business Meeting: Proposed amend.
& Schultes, "Economic Botany of
the Kiowa Indians."
Lynn Zwickey, Review of Never-
mann, ':Kava auf Neuguinea" and
Soderstrom, "Notes on Poi and other
Preserved Vegetables in the Pacific."
Tau Beta Pi meeting for election
of officers will be held at Barton
Hills today. Buses will leave the En-
gineering Arch at 5:45 p.m. Those
wishing to play golf this afternoon,
see Professor Marin.
A.S.M.E. Members: Buses for the
trip to Milford today will leave the
Engineering Arch at 1:30 p.m. sharp.
Membership cards will be necessary
for admittance to the proving
Varsity Glee Club: Meet in the
Glee Club room of the Union tonight
at 6:30 instead of 7:30 as previously
announced. No rehearsal Thursday.
Meet at the Burton Memorial Tower
at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
Glider Club Meeting tonight at
7:30 p.m. in room 311 West Engineer-
ing Building. Groups will be organ-
ized for the remainder of the sem-
Deutscher Verein: Dr. H. W. Nord-
meyer will present the last lecture- in
the current series tonight in the
Michigan League at 7:15. His topic
is "Romantische deutsche Calerei."
(illustrated). Everyone cordially in-
The Slavic Club will meet at the
International Center, tonight. Dr.
J. W. Stanton will give a lecture on
"The Slavic Movement." All mem-
bers of the Club are urged to attend.
The general public is invited.
Al Thaquafa, the Arabian Society,
will hear Dr. Habib turani, Profes-
sor of Comparative Education and
Registrar at the American Univer-
sity of Beirut, speak on "The Arab
Renaissance in the Near East" to-
day at 4:30 in the Rackham Amphi-
theatre. The public is cordially in-
Modern Dance Program: An infor-
mal dance program will be presented
by the Modern Dance Club and the
Department of Physical Education
for Women tonight at 8:15 in Bar-
bour Gymnasium. Tickets of admis-
sion may be obtained free of charge
in Office 15, Barbour Gymnasium.
A swing concert will be given by
Phil Diamond at Hillel Foundation
tonight at 8:00. The proceeds
will be turned over to the United
Jewish Appeal drive, being sponsored
by the Ann Arbor Jewish Committee
from May 1 to May 10. The public
is cordially invited.
Christian Science Organization
will meet tonight at 8:15 in the chapel
of the Michigan League.
The class in Conversational Hebrew
will meet at the Foundation tonight
Tryouts for a skit to be presented
at the Installation Banquet on May
19 by the Hillel Players will be held
at the Hillel Foundation today at
Michigan Dames: Annual Spring
Banquet to be held at the League
today at 6:15 p.m. New officers will
Members may obtain tickets from
Mrs. F. W. Kennon, Mrs. S. J. Tan-
ner or one of the officers.
Seminar in Physical Chemistry will
meet in Room 122 Chemistry Building
at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8.
Mr. W. H. Sullivan will speak on
"Preparation and Properties of Super-
Institute of the Aeronautical Sci-
ences: Members intending to make
the trip to Buffalo, N.Y.,, to visit the
Curtiss-Wright and Bell Aircraft fac-
tories, should list their names on
: the Bulletin Board of the Aeronauti-
cal Engineering Department. De-
tails and expenses for the trip will
be explained there.
La Sociedad Hispanica will meet
Wednesday evening at 7:30 in the
League. Election of officers and pro-
gram. All members are urged to be
International Center: The tea on
Thursday at 4 o'clock is especially
to honor the winning soccer team
for the year. The members of the
Turkish team, which have won the
championship in soccer this year will
be presented with their keys. Any-
. one interested is invited.
Mimes meeting on Wednesday eve-
ning at 7:30 in the Union. Nomina-
tions for officers will be in order.
By JOHN SCHWARZWALDER
SUNDAY NIGHT the Chinese Students Club
brought a very fine artist into our midst
heralded only by a handful of cognoscenti in
the musical and oriental sections of our human
fellowship. The artist was Wei Chung Loh was
played on a variety of Chinese instruments and
proved his title to ranking among that small
group of musicians who by careful artistry and
unobtrusive showmanship accomplish more than
ordinarily would seem possible.
Professor Wei played upon the pi-pa, the
ehr-hu and the hu-ching, three instruments al-
most entirely unknown in the west. The pi-pa
is a virtuoso instrument constructed on the
principle of the guitar but not nearly so limited
in either range or color. The ehr-hu is a violin of
sorts with a hauntingly beautiful timbre that
lingers in the memory. The ching is an involved
arrangement of strings and a sounding board
designed to accentuate certain overtones. Due
to the acoustics of the Pattingill Auditorium
we heard only the basics on this instrument
and could not judge it.
The music was of varied mood, tempi and.
dynamics. It was all alike, however, in the
fact that it was definitely program music. All
of it told a story, sometimes amusing, some-
times poignant. While the scale and harmonic
combinations sounded strange to our ears it
was amusing to note that all the forms, so far
as we could judge on a cursory hearing, were
strictly classical. Classical, that is, in a Western
sense. The sonata-rondo, the rondo, the air
and variations and many others were there
precisely as Haydn might have used them. The
involved codas were even a bit Beethovenish.
Perhaps our oriental friends will not esteem
these words a compliment to their composers'
work. They were meant to be.
Interesting too was the astounding technic
Mr. Wei displayed on all the instruments and
the unusual effects he attained among which
we noticed a drone bass with three counter
melodies and an intentional violin glissando
that would shame Rubinoff himself. An able
presentation of a tender scene from the Chinese
opera The Red-Maned Steed also brought de-
served praise to its protagonists, Ang Tsung Liu
and Helen Zau.
SATURDAY NIGHT the May Festival brings
the beloved Giovanni Martinelli, Enid Szan-
tho, Norman Cordon and Robert Weede here
to sing the solo roles in the Choral Union's
presentation of Camille Saint-Saens' master
work, Samson and Delilah. Under the circum-
stances we supoose the opera was as wise a