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Legal Action by Regents?
Confusion Indeed

NOW THAT the Legislature's role in the Bat-
tle of Semantics is over, and printers of
Michigan State stationery are hurriedly reset-
ting their type, what is to be done?
The Board of Regents considered this ques-
tion at its meeting yesterday, and came up with
nothing more exciting than a promise to study
the legal aspects of the name theft. Whether
the Board will carry through its announced
threat of pressing charges against the new uni-
versity in the State Supreme Court is a ques-
tion they deferred until later.
From the beginning, the University's main
objection to State's titular progress has been
the confusion it would cause. But the only
confusion noticeable from here is that which
the Regents have caused, and which they seem
to be in now.
The University has not objected to State's
being designated a university, but only to the
combining of other words with 'university' so
as to confuse the East Lansing institution with
the pride of Ann Arbor. Since confusion already
existed in this regard in places outside Michi-
gan, the University must have been referring
to the increased confusion that would result.
tIUITHTHIS CHARGE of confusion began
the confusion, and the bickering. Yet, both
schools hastened to emphasize that cool heads
should prevail. They agreed to argue like gen-
tlemen an issue that no gentleman would argue.
A recent editorial in the Detroit Free Press
cautiously advanced the suggestion that legal
action against the name change by the Uni-
versity would be a "serious mistake." What they
no doubt meant to say, but what they did not
say probably because their public relations man
was looking over their shoulder, was that the
Regents are leaning slightly toward foolishness
on the matter.

Similar opinions have come from other sour-
ces, and seem to have made some impression
on the Regents, who have hesitated themselves
into a confused uncertainty as to whether they
should take action in the courts. The name
change has indeed caused confusion. It's con-
fusing the Regents.
The Regents would be wise, as the Free Press
suggests, to let the whole thing blow over and
let the post office take care of the confusion.
And it seems that this is what the Regents are
in fact intending to do. Their study of possible
legal action will probably conclude that none
is possible, or feasible. This would be as it
should be.
MICHIGAN STATE'S full name is now Mich-
igan State University of Agriculture and
Applied Science, or will be as soon as the Gover-
nor takes his pen to the matter. There is not
much to be gained by attempting to change it
back again, or even in actually changing it
The Regents can gain much more by concen-
trating their efforts on continuously raising
University of Michigan standards so that they
cannot possibly be confused with those of any
other. The way to keep the gap open is to keep
moving ahead, not to keep pushing the other
fellow behind. Besides, to admit that the gap
can be closed by a name change is to admit a
shallow and superficial superiority.
Sure, people will confuse the two universi-
ties. They do now. But, as it is now, one quar-
ter at State clears up the confusion. Such will
continue to be the case unless the University
lets its standards slip by arguing the wrong
We would also like to observe that it was
not considerate of Michigan State to cause all
this confusion over a misleading thing like a
-Jim Dygert

New England Spirit Not Seen
In Burning of Comics

rfilE PURITAN SPIRIT lingers yet in the
quaint hamlets of Yankee New England.
The vigilant citizens in two New England
townships have decided to replace the witches
which their ancestors burned at the stake with
comic books.
The comic book, in the minds of these folks
a great contributor to the deterioration of con-
ventional morality, is being eliminated as rap-
idly as possible by the determined American
Legion Auxiliary.
That organization, in an attempt to further
its national "clean" book campaign, has urged
children in Norwich, Conn. to swap ten "bad"
books for one "good" book.
Of course, this raises the basic question of
whether condemnation of certain publications
is a divorce from democratic ideals, formulated
by the ancestors of the very townspeople who
are propagating the "bad" book campaign.
rl'fE AMERICAN Civil Liberties Union has
violently opposed the bookburning, claiming
it "an imitation of totalitarian dictatorships."
Now, certainly the burning of comic books still
supposedly on a voluntary basis, is hardly the
way a vicious dictatorship would begin any
But the fact remains even if the bonfires
would not lead to blazes analogous to the
Reichstag fire of the late Nazi regime, book-
burning and outlaw of publications is a dan-
gerous situation, and has glaring weaknesses as,
a cure for morality.
To begin with, there is no concrete proof that
comic books lead to immoral behavior or that
the April issue of "Bloody Crime" will result
in a plague of petty larcenies. "Tarzan" is
undeniably the bravest of men, but how New
Englanders have been frightened by little mon-
sters instigated by "bad" books, swinging from

the next door apple tree? If "Frankenstein"
and his friendly ghouls have stirred the imag-
ination of anyone, the Klu Klux Klan would
be the only white-sheeted imitations which
have bothered anyone-and these poor, in-
fested minds were the clear-thinking Ameri-
can adults.
W HO COULD find any serious reason for
sending Mickey Mouse to the stake? The
comic book, as yet, has not been proved a
notorious evil, so until it has been, wouldn't
it be a right fair idea to let them exist, and
request publishers to control their editions, or
to encourage mothers of these book-incited
monsters to confine the reading matter of the
household to the "clean" kind which the Legion
Of course, then we would run into difficulty
discovering which are the "cleanest" books, and
if "Vampire Illustrated" is really a bad influ-
ence, or whether it is just things from outer
space or Jekyll-Hyde writings.
THERE IS certainly no need for establishing
any criteria, for in the process of so ve-
hemently defending the morals of the society
and eliminating threats to its preservation,
these New Englanders are probably establish-
ing a precedent which if followed up, could
destroy an equal amount of freedom. And, lest
we forget, the ancestors of the present-day
Boston book-banners came to this country to
escape a similar, but more severe loss of liberty,
and established therfree press to which the
comic book publishers belong.
Donald Duck, nor "Scarface" can destroy
the ideals of these folks as easily as the re-
sults which mild bookburning festivities might
.--Lew Hamburger

WASHINGTON - Ex-President
Harry Truman has never
said anything about it, but the
first time he came back to Wash-
ington after he retired two years
ago he felt a little hurt that Gen-
eral Eisenhower didn't invite him
to call at the White House.
He himself had invited Herbert
Hoover to the White House as one
of his first acts after becoming
President. Hoover hadn't been
back in Washington for years, had
never been in the White House
from the day he left on March 4,
1933. So Truman asked him to
"I want you to know," Truman
told him, "That any time you are
in Washington this is your home.
I'll feel hurt if you don't come
On top of this, Truman ap-
pointed Hoover to make a food
survey of Europe and also made
him a co-chairman with Dean
Acheson of a committee to reor-
ganize the government, a commit-
tee which he heads today.
Hoover, extremely grateful for
this recognition, paid glowing
tribute to Truman at a Gridiron
Club dinner. Later, in the 1952
campaign, Hoover refused to crit-
icize the Truman Administration,
though urged to do so by GOP
Truman, however, has never
been invited to theWhite House
since he left, and though back in
town, he doesn't expect to be in-
vited today.
Ambassador Truman?
HERE'S a suggestion President
Eisenhower might want to
consider. It's made only because
he's badly in 'need of bipartisan
support for his foreign policy at
home and in even worse need for
friendly support from our allies
in Europe.
The suggestion is: send Harry
Truman to the capitals of west-
ern Europe on a good-will tour.
Send him with Ike's personal
blessing but as an unofficial en-
voy just to visit some of the
places he knew as an artillery
Captain during World War I.
Truman is extremely popular
in Europe. To Europeans he is
the little man who put across the
Marshall Plan, helped build up
Europe after the war, is a symbol
of European-American coopera-
If he went very simply, as a
tourist, to the Vosges Mountains
in Eastern France to look over
the place where he commanded
Battery D of the Field Artillery,
he would be a symbol of unity and
friendship at a time when west-
ern unity needs those reminders.
They need a reminder not only
of past ties with the United
States, but they need reminders
that unity between France and
Germany is all-important.
Harry Truman could be a trav-
eling salesman of American good
will as no other man in the Unit-
ed States today.
A Bombs to Orient
T. SHOULD come as no surprise
after Eisenhower's and Dulles'
public statements regarding the
use of A-bombs that live atomic
bombs have now been shipped to
the Far East in case the Quemoy-
Matsu crisis explodes into war.
They are described as small, tac-
tical bombs that could be used to
break up troop concentrations on

the Chinese mainland.
This is the second time since
World War II that Uncle Sam has
held the atomic bomb up his
sleeve. The first occasion, never
before disclosed, took place dur-
ing the black days of our Korean
General MacArthur c a b l e d
frantically that his troops were
being driven into the sea and
asked whether he should evacuate
or fight to the death. He offered
to join his troops on the battle-
field and go down fighting with
Alarmed, President Truman or-
dered atomic bombs flown to a
secret carrier off the Korean
coast. If the situation became
desperate enough, Truman in-
tended to use the A-bombs to
stop the Red onslaught and save
our troops.
During all the time that A-
bombs were abroad, the ship ra-
dioed her location every half
hour. The operation was kept so
secret, however, that the British
government never knew of Tru-
man's emergency plan.
Now, once again, atomic bombs
are ready for action off the Chi-
nese coast-if they're needed.
Note: A leading Soviet atomic
scientist, accompanied by two
lesser scientists, arrived in Red
China on April 3 to consult with
Chinese Communist leaders, pre-
sumably on the use of atomic

At the Orpheum . . .
THERE'S a lot of fun in an un-
pretentious little Italian com-
edy, "Bread, Love and Dreams,"
that is now at the Orphewhi and
that stars the pretentious Gina
As the prettiest and most excit-
able lirl in a small mountain vil-
lage, Gina plays her part to the
hilt. Shouting, screeming, running,
pouting or just looking beautiful,
the bounteous Gina is really some-
thing to watch, and everyone will
Frisky, as she is nicknamed in
the film, loves a young soldier
who is too shy to openly show his
love for her. On the scene comes
the middle-aged Marshall, Vittorio
De Sica, who finds himself lonely
and, naturally, attracted to the
poor heroine. But true love runs
its course and Frisky gets her man
and the Marshall finds someone
nearer his age.
THE LAUGHS in "Bread" are
many. The villagers comment
on Frisky ("She's not a loose
woman, just independent") as
well as onthe Marshall the min-
ute he talks to a woman ("The
Marshall's madly in love").
Ashthe still-somewhat-dashing
Marshall, De Sico gives an excel-
lent performance. His painful re-
alization that the young Frisky
can prefer someone else is well
portrayed, as is his shock at the
innocence of Frisky's young sol-
As usual with foreign films, a
good deal is not translated, but
this movie's subtitles are among
the best. In a few well-chosen
words, the whole scene and mean-
ing becomes obvious.
Gina is probably Marilyn's Ital-
ian counterpart. The difference is
Gina is beautiful, can act, and is
in a good film.
--Harry Strauss


At the State .. .
UNTAMED is a rootin', tootin'
Hollywood western with the lo-
cale transposed to Africa and Zu-
lus replacing Indians. As such, it
is probably the most ridiculous bit
of corn and nonsense yet seen this
Katya (Susan Hayward) and
Paul (Tyrone Power) meet in Ire-
land but fate intervenes and they
are separated. Paul goes to Africa
to establish a Dutch Free State.
Katya marries, has a baby, follows
Paul to Africa, fights Zulus, loses
her husband, takes Paul as a lover,
has another child, loses Paul, be-
comes poverty stricken, gains
wealth, gets Paul again, loses Paul,
becomes poverty stricken again,
and finally regains Paul once
more,, this time with a wedding
ring. In between these melodra-
matic doings there are acres of
African scenery on view. The
process photography is so poor
that in one sequence the scene,
which takes place iri a single aft-
ernoon, continually switches from
night to morning shots. The Zulus
are quieted in the first 45 minutes,
which leaves an hour for some of
the most melodramatic, trite, and
cliched dialogue on record.
Some of the better scenes:
(1) Paul to Katya while they
are surrounded by Zulus: "You,
Katya, here in Africa, fighting the
Zulus?" Katya: "It's me."
(2) Katya to Paul, bloody hav-
ing fought with whips over her
attentions: "Paul, I'm sorry."
(3) Paul to Katya, after she has
dug fields, sown wheat, been driv-
en from the land by wind storms
and floods, amputated a man's
leg, tricked the natives into giv-
ing her gold and diamonds: "Are
you lonely?" Katya: "Sometimes."
(4) Paul, upon seeing his son
for the first time: "What's your
name?" Son: "Paul." Paul to Kat-
ya: "You didn't tell me."
-Ernest Theodossin

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official publication of the University
of Michigan for which the Michigan
Daily assumes no editorial responsi-
bility. Publication in it is construc-
tive notice to all members of the Uni-
versity. Notices should be sent in
TYPEWRITTEN form to Room 3553
Administration Building before 2 pss.
the day preceding publication (be-
fore 10 a.m. on Saturday.) Notice of
lectures, concerts and organization
meetings cannot be published oftener
than twice.
Vol. LXV, No. 133
Blue Cross Group Hospitalization,
Medical and Surgical Service Programs
for staff members will be open fron
April 11 to April 22 for new applications
and changes in contracts now in effect.
Staff members who wish to enroll, or
change their coverage to include sur-
gical and medical services, should make
such changes at the Personnel Office,
Room 3012 Administration Building.
New applications and changes will be-
come effective June 5, with the first
payroll deduction on May 31.
Resident Directors' Seminar original-
ly scheduled for Tues., April 19 at 2:30
p.m. has been postponed until Wed.,
May 4, at 2:30 p.m. in the Michigan
Late permission fcr women students
who attended the Gilbert and Sullivan
performance of "Iolanthe" either Wed.
April 13, or Thurs., April 14, will be no
later than 11:35 p.m.
The following representatives will not
be at the Bureau of Appointments for
interviews but have the following va-
Owosso, Michigan - Teacher Needs:
Early Elementary; Jr. High Social Sci-
ence; H.S. Coach-wrestling (Math); El-
ementary Supervisor.
Romeo, Michigan - Teacher Needs:
Elementary; Special Education; 7th
Grade; 8th Grade; Home Economics;
English-French; English-Social Stud-
ies; Mathematics; Speech-Social Stud-
ies; Science-Mathematics.
Rose City, Michigan (Cumming Town-
ship School District)-Teacher Needs:
Band Director-History; English-Library.
Saginaw, Michigan (Buena vista
School District No. 1)-Teacher Needs:
Man-Instrumental and vocal Music,
Jr. High; Women-English Social Stud-
ies, Jr. High; Art, Jr. High (some Eng-
lish); Home Economics-English-Social
Studies; Woman-Fifth or Sixth; Wom-
an-Second or Third.
Saint Clair Shores, Michigan (South
Lake Schools)-Teacher Needs: Jr. High
Wood Shop; English-Social Science; Sr.
High-Librarian; General Shop; Art;
Chemistry-Physics; English-Speech.
Saint Ignace, Michigan - Teacher
Needs: Grades 1 and 2; World History-
English; Basketball Coach-other sub-
jects will fit major and minors. Indus-
trial Arts minor would be useful; Com-
mercial - Typewriting - bookkeeping;
Mathematics-General Science; Industri-
al Arts; Home Economics.
Springport, M i c h I g a n (Springport
Rural Agricult'ral Schools) - Teacher
Needs: Coach-Science (would consider a
Social Science and Coaching combina-
Traverse City, Michigan - Teacher
Needs: H.S. Chemistry; Primary; Later
Vulcan, Michigan (Norway Township
School - Teacher Needs: English-
Walled Lake, Michigan - (Walled
Lake Consolidated Schools) - Teacher
Needs: Early and Later Elementary.
White Pigeon, Michigan (White Pig-
eon Community School) - Teacher
Needs: Science-Health-Chemistry; So-
cial Science-possible assist in football
if desired; Woman-6th Grade; Woman
-3rd Grade; Woman-H.S. & Jr. High
Girl's Physical Education - (2) 7th
Grade classes; Art, H.S.; Art-Jr. High-
Elementary, might teach in his or her
For additional information contact
the Bureau of Appointments, 3528 Ad-
ministration Buildin, NO 3-1511, Ext.
Representatives from the following
school systems will be at the Bureau of
Appointments for Interviews:
Tues., April 19
Chicago, Illinois. Teacher Needs: Ele-
mentary; Secondary-all fields.
Dexter, Michigan. Teacher Needs:
Commercial-Shorthand; Industrial Arts;
Librarian (Elementary & Secondary)
with.English-Spish IrEnglish-Spanish.
Dundee, Michigan. Teacher Needs:
H.S. Librarian; Girl's Physical Educa-
tion-Health Physics - Cemistry-Biolo-
gy; Girl's Physical Education-Health
(Elementary); First; Second; Third.
Grand Rapids, Michigan. Teacher
Needs: Elementary; Secondary - all
Van Dyke, Michigan. Teacher Needs:

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Student Publications.
Editorial Staff
Eugene Hartwig .Managing Editor
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Becky Conrad ........Associate Editor
Nan Swinehart .......Associate Editor
David Livingston....... Sports Editor
Hanley Gurwin ...Assoc. Sports Editor
Warren Wertheimer
.......Associate Sports Editor
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Janet Smith Associate Women's Editor
John Hirtzel ..... Chief Photographer
Business Staff
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Phil Brunskill, Assoc. Business Manager
Bill Wise .........Advertising Manager
Mary Jean Monkoski Finance Manager
Telephone NO 23-24-1

Wed., April 20
Flint, Michigan (Atherton Agricultur-
al School). Teacher Needs: First
Grade; Fourth; combination Fifth-
Sixth (man) pd.; Jr. High English-
History (woman); H.S. English (wom-
an); with science, if possible; Driver
Training (man) and coach Assistant;
Physical Education (Woman); Home Ec-
Wayne, Michigan. Teacher Needs: Ele-
Thurs., April 21
Algonac, Michigan. Teacher Needs:
Later Elementary; commercial; Librar-
ian; Asst. Football-Basketball Coach;
Jr. High-7th, 8th & 9th Grade subjects.
Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Teacher
Needs: Elementary; Secondary - all
Thurs., April 21
Jackson, Michigan. Teacher Needs:
English-Social Science; Mathematics-
Science (Core); Early and Later Elemen-
tary; Boy's Physical Education with the
Core position; Girl's Physical Education.
Lincoln Park, Michigan. Teacher
Needs: Elementary; Jr. High Seventh;
Eighth; Mathematics; English; Sr. High
English; Physical Education (Woman);
English (Remedial) possibly; Social
Science; Industrial Arts; Mathematic;
Science (man); Commercial (man); El-
ementary Music (vocal) woman; Sr.
High Music (vocal) man; Visiting
For appointments or additional in-
formation contact the Bureau of Ap-
pointments, 3528 Administration Bldg.,
NO 3-1511, Ext. 489.
Board of U.S. Civil Service Examiners
for the V.A. Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich.
--exam for Kitchen Helper-restricted
by law to persons entitled to veterans
preference as long as such persons are
available, Laundry Worker-men only,
U.S. citizens only.
Upjohn Co., Kalamazoo, Mich., has.
vacancy for a young woman with a
B.S. or M.S. degree, science background
and registered or trained in Medical
Tech., for a position in the Endocrinol-
ogy Dept.
Miniature Precision Bearings, Inc.,
Keene, N.H., needs a man to work from
broad assignments involving applica-
tion of engrg. and statistical quality
control principles. Should hav& engrg.
degree preferably having concentrated
in the electro-mechanical areas. Should
have some experience in the field of
quality control and testing equipment
development and maintenance.
The Texas Co., N.Y., N.Y., offers op-
portunities to technical graduates with
B.S. & M.S. degrees in Civil, Mech.,
Elect,, and Chem. E. for office and field
work, process design, and petroleum re-
finery development and processing.
United Metalcraft Co., Ypsilanti,
Mich., has an opening for a man or
woman with an Engrg.-Math. back-
ground to work with an Ind. Engr. on
a new product.
For details on requirements as to edu-
cation and experience contact the Bu-
reau of Appointments, 3528 Admin.
Bldg., Ext. 371,
The Henry Russel Lecture will be de-
livered by Dean George Granger Brown,
Wed., May 4, at 415 p.m., in the Am-
phitheater of the Rackhar Building.
University Lecture in Journalism.
Walt Kelly, creator of POGO, will
speak on "From Here On Down Is All
Uphill" in Rackham Amphitheatre at
3:00 p.m. Mon., April 18. Public i-
Academic Notices
Biological Chemistry Seminar: "Some
Effects of Dietary Lipids," under the
direction of H. C. Eckstein; Room 319
West Medical Building, Sat., April 16
at 10:00 a.m.
Mathematics 196 will not meet sat.,
April 16.
Doctoral Examination for Forrest
Ralph Pitts, Geography; thesis: "Com-
parative Land Fertility and Potential in
the Inland Sea and Peripheral Areas of
Japan," Sat., April 16, 212 Angell Hall,
at 10:00 a.m. Chairman, R. B. Hall.
Zoology Seminar. Prof. Alexander
Sandow of the Laboratory of Psysiology
and Biophysics, New York University,
will speak on "Effects of Bromide, Ni-
trate and Iodide on Responses of Skel-
etal Muscle" Mon., April 18, at 4:15
p.m., in the Natural Science Auditor-
English 150 (Plywriting) will meet
promptly at 6:55 p.m. Tues., April 19,
and will continue to meet at that time
unless otherwise announced.

Faculty Concert. Robert Courte, vio-
list, and Lydia Courte, pianist, in Au-
ditorium A, Angell Hall, at 8:30 p.m.
Sat., April 16. Telemann's Suite in D,
Brahms' Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op.
120, and Hindemith's Sonate Op. 11,
No. 4. Public invited.
Events Today
Hillel. Sat., Apr. 16, 9:00 a.m. Com-
munity services.
Hawaii Club Splash Party at the
Women's Swimming Pool (by special
permission of Dr. Bell) Sat, April 16
from 7:15-9:15 p.m. Meet in the lobby
of the Women's Swimming Pool to be
admitted as a group.
Square Dance .tonight. Lane Hall.
8:00-12:00 p.m. Free.
"The Sound of a Stone," a 20 minute
movie depicting dangers of guilt by as-
sociation. SRA Saturday Lunch. 12:15
p.m. Lane Hell. Reservations.
Stump Speaker's Society of Sigma
Rho Tau will have its first debate prac-
tice at 10:00 a.m. today in Room 2084
East Engineering in preparation for the
affirmative. "Resolved: The automobile
manuffacturers should adopt a guaran-
teed annual wage." All interested engi-
neers, architects, and technologists in-
Russian dance group will meet in
Room 30 of Michigan Union at 3:00



"Now If You Could Just Control Your Inventions,




At Dramatic Arts Center . ..,
THE GOLDEN DEER by Donald Harris
THE FIRST presentation of a dance program
'at the Masonic Temple was programmed, it
seems, as most of the dance concerts in Ann
Arbor, with a desire to please. Among a variety
of themes and dance forms there should be
enough to appeal to the audience so that they
might feel that dance is something they can
understand and not alien to their "aesthetic
However, some of the dances did not intend
to entertain, but presented Dance as an Art
Form. Supplication, choreographed by Robin
Squire andL danced against the background of
Handel's music, expressed the irreconciliation
between the individual and a moral-physical
world. I'll Be You, a comment on our schizo-
phrenic age, was danced by Geraldine and Ro-
bin Squire with an intensity of movement which
was not shown in the other dances in the pro-
A glimpse of what Indian dancing is was
shown by two Classical Dances. The perform-
er, Louis I'JcKush, did justice to the precision
which is necessary to the Indian dance form.
Don Harris' music to The Golden Deer caught

ed by the large area in which the dancers had
to move, because the intensity of the composi-
tion was lost. Doris Taylor's movements as the
"deer" were precise and well executed.
-John Kazmiarowski
New Books at the Library
Swados, Harvey-Out Went the Candle: New
York, The Viking Press, 1955
White, T. H.-The Book of the Beasts: Lon-
don, Jonathan Cape, 1955
Anderson, Erica - The World of Albert
Schweitzer. New York, Harper, 1955.
Bemelmans, Ludwig-To the one I love the
best. New York, Viking, 1955.
Fry, Christopher-The dark is light enough.
New York, Oxford University Press, 1954.
Enright, Elizabeth-The moment before the
rain. New York, Harcourt Brace, 1955.
Mauriac, Francois-The unknown sea. New
York, Holt, 1955.
Taylor, Telford-Grand inquest. New York,
Simon & Schuster, 1955.
McCully, Ethel Walbridge--Grandma Rais-
nA Mn Rn. Ma.wr ,..lr hnmac Vrs.mrP

Beknighted .. .
To the Editor:
MAY I BE permitted to correct a
misunderstanding which might
arise from the remarks of your
critic Mr. H. Strauss on the sub-
ject of W. S. Gilbert's failure to
obtain a knighthood from Queen
In the first place, a knighthood
was conferred upon him after her
death. (See McSpaddon, "Operas
and Musical Comedies," New York,
In the second place, it is well
known in England, where all the
operas of Gilbert and Sullivan
have enjoyed phenominal popu-
larity ever since they were written,
that they all poke fun at the Eng-
lish constitutional and social sys-
tem from top to bottom. We are
used to this, both from within and
from without, and claim it as
characteristic of our (perhaps pe-
culiar) British sense of humour.
What gave offence to the Sov-
ereign was not "Iolanthe", which
laughs at the Lord Chancellor's of-
fice, but "The Mikado", which
pokes fun, not at Britain, but at
Japan. Published in 1885 at a
critical moment in the history of
the conferences between various
Western powers and Japan for the
revision of their Treaties, it ser-
iously embarrassed British rela-
tions with an Emperor whose
whole reign had been marked by
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Ungrasped ...
To the Editor:
WE HAVE recently, grovelling
students as we may, by some
aspiring tripe peddlers, be con-
sidered, though we sincerely at-
tempted to avert the inevitable,
experienced a fraud on the con-
stituents of the Big U's student
body, this being, although they
will deny it vociferously, the so-
called campus humor, and this is
questionable, magazine, "Gar-
goyle." Perhaps, although this we,
the uneducated, will deny, we have
failed to grasp the meaning of
the material presented, but more
likely, and this we shall firmly
defend, there was nothing present
to grasp. We say this with tongue
in cheek, to use one of those de-
nounced cliches, and thus forming
and constituting another black,
mark, very black, against us, for
we have missed the point of a
good Greek limerick only because
we, the peons, do not comprehend
either a reading, speaking, or
understanding knowledge of this
classical language. Perhaps it was
not even, though it did seem such
to us, Greek.
We also believe that, and we are
supported we understand by other
members of our low class, a quick
check of other campus humor
magazines, we shall not herein
enumerate, will reveal great vol-
umes of more humorous, or at
least interesting spare time diver-
ai n


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