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Ti-IlE, SUMMER MICHIGAN DAILY

THURSDAY, JULY 19, 1928

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THURS.DAY, JULY 19, 1928
Night Editor---GEORGE E. SIMONS
MEXICO'S LESSON
Mexico, this week, will mourn thej
loss of her president-elect, brutally
murdered by the hand of a single
assassin while seated unsuspectingly!
at a banquet table. The people of
Mexico, in the quick flush of excite-
ment that is so characteristic of Latin;
blood, will mourn him deeply for aj
while, and then, perhaps, forget. But
forget him as they will and as heroes!
are wont tosbe forgotten, the inten-
sive, indulgent love he forever bore
for' his native land will live long after!
eveni his memory has died, and will!
live in the form of benificent results
that mark forward steps in Mexico's;
progress.
The significance of his death is
more deep-seated than the mereI
murder craze of a political fanatic.
The forces that directed the assass-.
ination were not centered in one per-
son but in a body of persons. Re-*
ligious strife has long been an issue
in Mexican politics, and the chief 1
Mexican authorities have every rea-
son to suspect that the murder of the!

service organization. This utterance
centered about the retiring presi-
dent's endorsement of the universal
draft as proposed by the American
Legion. His statement in part reads,
"If Lionism is to live up to its lofty
ideals of patriotism, it must endoxsz
the universal draft law as proposed'
by the American Legion. Let not the
Government take the time, energy
and the lives of the youth alone in
the nexttemergency, but let us de-
mand that each man and woman on
that day give all, freely, whether of
bodily strength, or labor, or talent, or
wealth."
Perhaps Irving Camp, the retiring
president here quoted, is justified in
his stand in view of the fact that the
j an which he endorses would bring
about a more equitable distribution of
the burden of war. But an utter-
ance regarding a measure affecting
a nation's conduct during a war is
inopportune at such a time as this.
No doubt the motives behind Mr.
Camp's advocacy of the universal
draft plan were of the highest order.
In a speech at this time, however, it
seems that a discussion of such a
problem could well be eliminated in
view of the universal desire on the
part of peoples of almost all the na-
tions of the globe for world peace.
From one point of view, the favor-
able recommendation of the adoption
of the universal draft plan might be
considered as a step in the direction
of insuring peace-the underlying
principle being that if the people of
a nation are prepared to assume their
obligations at a time when a war
seems imminent the opposing nation,
knowing the preparation of the peo-
ple of the opposite nation are more
apt to relinquish the pressing of their
cause. This, however, is not a strong
argument, and it is in harmony with
the theory that international peace
can bes~t 'be secured 'and maintained
through tile various nations of the
world being thoroughly prepared for
conflict, which is not now looked upon
as the safest channel for the assur-
ance of continued peace.
Issue is also taken with Mr. Camp
in that he states that if Lionism "is
to live up to its lofty ideals of pa-
triotism" it must endorse this uni-
versal (draft plan. It is obvious to
only a casual observer of the activi-
ties of the Lions organizations
throughout our land that it is not
imperative that they endorse this plan
in order for them to maintain their
lofty patriotic idealism. They can
maintain it without even passing
judgment on the plan. It is doubt-
less true that this organization has a
right to endorse or reject such a
measure. Such a right is guaranteed
them, but the charge of the retiring
president in picturing the organiza-
tion's endorsement of the draft plan

Music And Drama
"MAKING HISTORY IN THE
THEATER"
It was with the blaring of trum-
pets 'and the beating of many drums
that the Rockford Players early in
the week descended upon this 'sleepy
campus, inan effort to startle it
out of Its id-summer lethargy and
to make it understand that a scene
'of theatrical history is to be enact-
ed in Hill auditorium next Monday
'and Tuesday evenings. Pre'sident Lit-
tle paused in his debate with the
Daughters of the Revolution long
enough to give the affair his official
endorsement. Dean Kraus says he
is looking forward "with great eag-
erntess" to the event. Of course we
have reference to the coming produc-
tion of Henrik Ibsen's "The Vikings"
with the Rockford Players, Professor
Earl Moore at the Frieze Memorial
organ, and, directing the entire af-
fair, Mr. Thomas Wilfred, and his
Clavilux.
As has already been stated, this
is the first time in the history of the
theater that music, light, and drama
have been united on one stage. "The
Vikings" was given with the Clavilux
once before, at the Goodman Theater
in Chicago, but the introduction of
the organ is new with this perform-
ance. It is doubtful that another
production of this nature will grace
this part of the country for many
years.
The most interesting part of the
performance will doubtless be the
settings in living light to be project-
ed by Thomas Wilfred, with his re-
cent invention; the Clavilux. This in-
strument is absolutely the last word
in stage lighting, and obtains effects
never before dreamed of in the thea-
ter. Its presentation by Mr. Wilfred
has been one of the most talked of
events of its kind in recent years.
Wilfred i's able from his keyboard to
control, color, and shape more light
than can otherwise be managed on
a fifteen foot switchboard. The Cla-
ilux has been hailed throftout the
world as the beginning of a new era
in the theater.
Mr. Wilfred is now in town to per-
sonally directstheproduction. One
can only imgine how perfectly'a
mythological hero play like "The Vik-
ings' will lend itself to this sort of
lighting. Indeed with the organ to
care for the musical part of tihe
piece, the Clavilux, and the Rockford
Players, who have proven their abil-
ities, nothing should be lacking when
the curtain rises in IDill auditorium.
- ,MADAME X"
A Review, by J. Stewart Hooker
If you don't mind weeping and be-
ing made to like it; if you don't mind
having your emotions stirred up un-
til you find yourself secretly sym-
pathizing with the actors; if you do
want to see a marvelous piece, of act-
ing, then take a little trip one of
these days into the Shubert-Lafay-
ette. "Madame X" and Pauline Fred-
erick (or is it vice-versa?) will do
all that - and more.
"Madame X" of course, is an old
play, and a play as good as it is
old. Little did Alexandre Bisson be-
lieve 'when he painted a picture of
a woman who "found life a little too
serious for her," that it would last
like it has to be revived again in
1928. But such ithe case andit
is just as good as it ever was, per-
haps better, with Pauline Frederick,
as usual, attaining the acme in act-
Ing. It is said to be her greatest

dramatic triumph, and anyone who
was able to look !around as the final
curtain 'was logwered, could scarcely
deny it.
The play proceeds rather smooth-
ly and interestingly until it reaches
the final courtroom scene, where it
takes a pluinge from wahich the aud-
ience emerges damp, limp at the' cur-
tain. Without any doubt it is one
of the most dramatic scenes as will
be found in any modern play, and it
is carried out to perfection by Miss
Frederick and every single one of
her excellent supporting cast.
Right here, it should be said that
Charles McCarthy, Jr., as the law-
yer-son does a good piece of acting
-until his courtroom speech. Some-
how, he did not get into his part
there, although he was not so much
famiss as to detract from the final ef-
fect. Perhaps his efforts would have
been! appreciated more if the satirical
court room scene of "Chicago" had
not still been fresh in mind. At any
rate, I am quite sure that Mr. Mc-
Carthy would never make a good
lawyer. Thomas Holding as Louis
Floriot was excellent; Louis Morrell
ias Laroque wap equally as good;
Tina Marshal as Marie was coy; the
performance of J. Morry Foster as
N'oel wad far above the average; and,
as was intimated before, Pauline
Frederick walks off with the show.

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Tuesday is not the first attack that on the merits and demerits, if such
has been made upon General Obregon. aediernedand emers rfs
The ata assultwas he nly uc-are discerned, of the universal draft
The fatal assault was the only sue- plan. The objection raised to the
cessful one of several other attempts. prsnt discussion of the
Church and state have never met present discussion of the project is
I made in view of the possible inhibi-
on compatible grounds in Mexico, ofthrpblm of oen
even when under Spanish control. tion of other problems of moment
having a greater effffect on world
The pages of the nationiys history
page ofthenatori's istryleace if war measures like the draft
have, since the inception of govern-
ment, been marred by the excres- plan become the subject of popular
discussion.
cences of revolution and violence,
usually over religious principle and' WEST WINDS
supremacy. Not long ago a young lad from the
It is a tragic state of affairs in ;'corn fifields of Iowa was found wan-
Mexico. And until the Protestant dering around the streets of New
and, Catholic sects can meet on com- York. He was questioned as to his
mon ground, and meet peacefully, reasons for being there and shortly
there can be no brighter outlook for was given a return ticket to his home.
Mexico's future.-I When asked why he left home he
Too bitter censure must not be told his questioners that he had want-
thrust ruthlessly upon Mexico, how- ed to go on the sea and related a
ever, for her struggle is nothing more beautiful little story of the circum-
than a repetition of the religious j stances which prompted him to go.
wars and movements that swept over When he got up early and went to
England and Spain and France its i1do his work around the farm he was
succession after the Renaissance. The up with the dawn, and every morn-
bitter portion to swallow in connec- I ing there came a fresh, cool breeze
tion with Mexico's case is that it is ifrom the west. Always it seemed to
occurring In the present.. It is a be going to the sea and as he thought
simple enough affair! to read of the of it he was fascinated by the idea
inquisitions of centuries past, but an of follow-ing its c-urse eastward and
entirely different point of view must out onto the sea which has such ro-
naturally be taken when affairs are iiumantic glamour.
realities in the present. It was an impulse, and he tried to
So the present strikes home, hard follow it. Perhaps he has seen the
and relentlessly. Mexico, because it sea for the last time, but he has
has not yet learned to adjust its state learned that such desires are not al-
and church affairs in a civilized fash- ways to be fulfilled. They give color
ion, has lost a hero and a leader. to life even though they do not lead
Perhaps costly lessons, such as the to immediate fulfillment. More often
untimely one that took the life of the than not, such impulses are only for
man who was to be the highest ofi- I mental pleasure-they, become part
cial in the land, will awake Mexico of the dream world. We may derive
to the realization that marked and 'pleasure from brooding over our
immediate change in political and wishes and picturing them so clearly
religious relationship must be made. to ourselves that the thrill enjoyed
in that way is sometimes even more
WRY DRAFT TALKI exciting than that of actually doing
At a time when most of the world them.
Is talking about means of bringing We must go on living a part of our
about more peaceful relationships be- lives in the world of imagination,
tween nations, a rather untimely ut- realizing that our unsatisfied impulses'
terance is made by the retiring presi- serve to relieve the monotony of ,an
dent of Lions International at the everyday world, giving color and
Des Moines convention of that great spice to life.

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