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700 Oummer
Sir I ign ~at
Published every morning except Monday dur-
ing the U'niversity Summer Session by the
Roard in Control of Student Publications,
The Associated Press is exclusivly en-
titled to the use for republication of all news
dispatches credited to it or not otherwise
:;edited in this paper and the local news
published herein.
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office as second class matter.
Subscription by carrier, $1.50; by mail, $1.7s.
Offices: Press Building, Maynard Street,
Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Telephone 4925
Editorial Directors.........George E.Simons
Martin Mol
Citv Editor.............Lawrence R. Klein
Feature Editor....... Eleanor Scribner
Music and Drama Editor.......Stratton Buck
Books Editors....:......Kenneth G, Patrick
Kathryn Sayer.
Telegraph Editor ........Daryl W. Irwin
Night Editors
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Advertising...............Lawrence Walkley!
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Accounts..........Whitney Manning
Circulation..... ......Bessie V. Egeland
Samuel Lukens - Lillian Korvinsky
Janet Logie
TUESDAY, JULY 10, 1928 f
Announcement has been made re-
cently of the establishment of a $500,-
000 foundation, the purpose of whicht
is "to finance efforts contributing to-'
ward the betterment of the human
stock and toward the regulation of the

Dr. James M. Doran, prohibition ad-
ministrator, has issued a statement
calling for extreme caution in the
use of fire-arm by prohibition ad-
ministrators. Although the decree was
not made public, it is said to con-
tain a memorandum calling the at-
tention of enforcement agents to the
paragraph in the manual of instruc-
tions governing the use of fire-arms.
While this order may be a step to-
ward stopping gunplay, there has
been no change in the instructions to
officers under which many American
citizens have been shot down. Of-
ficers are still allowed to shoot
in self defense, and while this is as
I it must be to protect officers dis-
charging their duty, there is still a
veil of federal protection afforded an
officer who happens to, shoot an inno-
cent suspect. And under the law which
provides that "all necessary force in
enforcing its order" may be used,
there is still a broad field in which
promiscuous shooting may be allow-
Unwise and unwarranted use of fire
arms by prohibition enforcement of-'
ficers has resulted in much adverse
criticism and a great deal of unfav-
orable publicity, most of which is
Uustly founded. While an officer should
not be forced to jeopardize his own
! life neither should he jeopardize the'
lives of innocent citizen. Unpopular]
as the Volstead law seems to be, it
must be enforced, but no law is worth
the lives of innocent American citi-
The "dry" forces of the Democratic
party ate beginning to concentrate on
a camnpaign against their own nomin-
ee for president, who, in spite of his
protests is still considered a "moist"
candidate. Regardless of the fact that
he is pledged to prohibition law en-
forcement under the party platform, a
'split in the party because of his for-
mer policies seems inevitable.
Precedent should show the Demo
cratics that a split in the party spells
almost certain defeat at the polls,
and perhaps before the campaign gets
under way, there will be a reunion of
the party. That does not seem prob-
able, nor is it probable that a third
party of "dry Democrats" will sup-
port an independent candidate. The
logical inference is that Hoover wilt
ride into office on a landslide of Re-
publican and Democratic "dry" vote's..

Music And Drama
A Review; By Stratton Buck
When Master Botal turned to the
audience at the conclusion of last
evening's performance and prayed
them to forgive the author all his
faults, he failed for some reason to
ask pardon for those of the players
as well. This was an unfortunate
omission, for there were many of the
latter to forgive. "The Man Who
Married a Dumb Wife" as presented
last evening was a haphazard, maudlin
affair. The zest and finish that mark-
ed the first two productions of the
Rockford troupe was completely gone.
In their stead were found an rather
incongruous assortment of carica-
tures, dances and costumes, some of
which were in keeping with the at-
mosphere of the piece presented, but
many of which decidedly were not.
One would expect a farce of this
nature to be given with some deli-
cacy as to characterization, and some
attention to those details that might
aid in preserving the atmosphere
which the play endeavored to attain.
But last night's audience saw almost
no characterization, and was treated
to much, in the way of dance and
costume that seemed to have no part
in a medieval play. The thing was
done as a rather oppressive sort of
caricature. Each member of the cast
burlesqued his way through the lines,
making no effort to give any touch of
individuality to his role. The re-
suit was a number of buffoons, dis-
tinguishable one from the other only
by their lines and their costumes.
Comment on the individual actors
in a performance of this sort is use-
less. Two only rose far enough above
the mediocrity in which the play was
lost to give their work any person-
ality at all. Lillian Bronson added
so much as she danced, skipped, smil-
ed, and kissed her way through the
part of Alison, the maid, that at mo-
ments one felt that the show would
have completely foundered withoudt
her. Paul Stephenson gave another
etCcellek t performance as the apothe-
cary, bringing nMore to this infinites-
mal role than one would have be-
'lieved possible.
On the other hand Robert Hender-
son's overdone burlesque and vocal
contortions contributed little, while
George Joh.nson's attempt at Adam
Fumee was hardly short of pathetic.
Not only was his conception more

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Editorial Comment




The senior class in: editing at the
University of Oregon School of Jour-
nalism recently devoted some time
and attention to the much discuss-
ed question of crime news. , But in-
stead of theorizing and debating and
criticizing, the members set out to
get some facts. They learned that the
average reader thinks that approxi-
mately 30 per cent of the space in
newspapers is devoted to crime news.
After making a "measuring investi-
gation" of about one hundred repre-
sentative dailies they discovered, how-
ever, that really the modern news-
paper devotes only 1.4 per cent of its
total space and 3.4 per cent of its
news space to crime, divorce and
scandal.aDoubtless some sensational
journals give considerably more room
than that to the topics named, and
some conservative journals give less;
but that is the average. And in view,
of the amount of crime committed in
this country, and taking into consid-
eration the prevalence of divorce and
scandal, the recori is a record of real
It -ts not difficult to understand whyr
the reading public has made a big

fitted to the vaudeville stage than to
a piece of this nature, but in addi-
tion hid mouthed and mumbled his
lines-to such an extent that at times
he could, not be understood from the
fourth 'ow. There was little to dis-
tinguish the work of the rest of the
cast either favorably or unfavorably.
They burleisqued well enough, but i2
seems that more could have been done
with the platy. Only one really hearty
laugh: answered the company's efforts.
This occuredt during the scene in
which' Catherlne talked the whole
group to sleep, which was cleverly
executed by thie entire cast.
Many of the dances and interludes
which were inxi erspersed throughout
the piece were carried off with good
effect. Many on."the other hand hard-
ly fitted the play.. There was no ex-
cuse for the nun iber at the end of
the first act, in wb ich Henderson and
six girls took par. This and many
others smattered of the Union Opera
at its -worst. 'Miss Hogan's work was
well done, bent here too, the relation
of kthe dances to the m,edieval setting
Was slight indeed.
T'he costumes showed ftie same lack
o& harmony. Those worn by Miss
.Belly, Miss: Bronson, Henderson,
Browne, Stej henson, and several
others were at imirable, but what ex-
planation can Ithere be for the comic
strip get ufs in which Bohnen and
Johnson were eclad?
The setting was interesting and in
good ta'ste, th mgh the illusion of the
red frfime wo !k wall was somewhat
spoileid by the frequency with which
the #actors mo ived through it. The
musical numbe wrs were ;2 .chosen,
Sa fuel Bonnel. 's singing of "Aupres
de ma Blonde"1I adding a particular
eII arm to the fi rst interlude. Richard
x* ildner's voice was pleasing. A bet-
t er accompanim; eat would have added
much here. I d ioubt that saxaphones
were in use in tbIe days of Rabelais.
A short time a to this column inti-
mated that the PU1 tyers had bitten off
a large mouthful in attempting this
play. I am now prepared to add
that they had taugg more than they
could properly mass ,ate and digest.
This sort of thing can , %ot be prepareds
In five days. Muc cthst was good was
introduced durin g tiC , ourse of the
production, but the ,fke of harmony
and finishtendelto 10r4 ft saSo-
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