THE SUMMER MICHIGAN DAILY
THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 1929
121ittpxmediate and serious must be met1
with quick and drastic action. The
1r4i ga n v ad'government must intervene.
The trouble arose out of a threat-
ened wage reduction of twelverand
Published every morning except Monday a half percent which the organized
during the University Summer Session by
the Board in Control of Student Publications, workers refused to accept. The em-I
The Associated Press is exclusively i ployers on the other hand, state
titled to the use for republication of all news that unusual depression in their
dispatches creditedrto it or not otherwise business necessitates the reduction.
credited in this paper and the local news pub-
lished herein. i Both sides have their points in the
ntered at the Ann Arbor, Mih iright, and on this account, the de-
postoffice as second class matter. cision will be all the more difficult.
Subscription by carrier. $x.5o; by mail However, if the action taken by
Offices: Press Building, Maynard Street, the new party is as well plannedI
Ann Arbor, Michigan. and constructive as were those
which the party has taken already,
EDITORIALTe eSTAFFithere is little reason to expect any-
Telephone 45 thing but a solution and a wise
MANAGING EDITOR one.
LAWRENCE R. KLEIN
Fditorial Director.........Howard F. Shout UNOFFICIAL ADMINISTRATION
Women's Editor..........Margaret Eckels
CitykEditor.... ............Charles Askren President Hoover has shown him-
Books Editor........... Lawrence R. Klein self to be a progressive adminiis-
Sports Editor..........S. Cadwell Swanson
Night Editors trator in his recent move for the
Howard 2. Shout Walter Wilds investigation and betterment of
S. Cadwell Swanson Harold Warren child welfare in America. The pro-
arsssn ject is to be supported almost ex-
Ben Manson Ldru Davis'
Ross Gustin Margaret Harris
Dorothy Magee William Mahey
Paul Showers Marguerite Henry
Deirdre McMullar Rhea Goudy
clusively by privately donated
funds, and for that reason the in-
tervention of federal authority in-
to the affair makes it an experi-
BUSINESS STAFF ment in social legislation.
Telephone 21214 Not since the time of Roosevelt
has anything in the nature of so-
BUSINESS MANAGER cial legislation been attempted.t
LAWRENCE E. WALKLEY The famous Bull Moose platform of
Assistant Business Manager ........Vernor Davis 1912 was the last advocation of so-
Publications Manager.... .......Egbert Davis cial welfare work by the federal E
Circulation Manager...........Jeanette Dale I government.
Accounts Manager..............Noah Bryant This is undoubtedly one of the
<400- 1most unique steps in recent admin-s
THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 1929 istration, and much good can bep
expected to come of it. America
since the war has been charged1
Night Editor-S. Cadwell Swanson with /scientific concentration on
-- ignoring its social responsibilities.
THE RED AND GREEN However, such activity on the part
Once more the state is closing its of the federal government is op-
books for the fiscal year with a posed by many as being an invasion
number of large red letters on the of state rights. The chief execu-
left side of the ledger. According tive has very adroitly sidestepped
to the auditor's report, the next this question by financing the in-
legislature will again be asked to vestigation from outside sources
pass a deficiency appropriation while at the same time giving it
such as the one two years ago when the background of government au-
Gov. Fred W. Green was given an ,thority,,.
extra $4,660,000 for a deficit in his There can be no disputing th,
administration. - fact that child labor, congestion in
The auditor general said that he cities, and poor health conditions
had no idea where the money would: all over the country have created
be found, and then added, "But we a definite and serious probiera in
will get it somewhere. We always child welfare which could not be
have." The truth of the last state- adequately taken care of by any
ment can be testified to by any individual or private enterprise. An
one of the state's tax-payers, but official status had to be given the
they have no doubt as to the lo- affair and the chief executive wast-
cation of the somewhere. ed no time in furnishing that. The
However, there cannot but be enterprise deserves recognition as
some doubt as to the efficiency of one of the first constructive move-
a state government which for sev- ments on the part of the federal
eral successive periods has been un- ? government purely for the public
h dll the fir of the welfare.
THAT PHANTASM, THOUGHT
THE ART OF THINKING, by Ernest
Dimnet, 1928, Simon and Schus-
ter, New York.-$2.50.
(Courtesy of the Print & Book Shop)
April of this year Simon and
Schuster issued the ninth edition
(10,000 copies) of this panacea for
intellectual ills, thereby bringin
the total number of copies to 76,000
and posing some interesting ques-
tions about the American mind.
Perhaps the most important of
these questions is the reason why
so many Americans bought the
book. 76,000 copies puts a book in
the best-seller class. It would seem
too strange to think that so many
people bought the volume for the
amusement to be found in it. The
alternative remains; that Ameri-
cans are becoming very thought-,
conscious. A cynical mind might
be tempted to add that this con-
sciousness is similar to all the re-
cent advertising fads, like the two-
car idea, of~ the linoleum floor
craze. A little acquaintance with
the best-seller-reading public pre-,
cludes the possibility that America
has suddenly gone intellectual in
earnest. That would, in fact, be
a trifle premature considering that
justification for American foibles
such as gang wars and Zane Grey
has emphasized that this country
is in its budding youth and not
responsible for all its actions.
What seems to be the charm that
sells the book lies in two things.
One of these is psychological. Its
beginning is in these vague cranial
rumblings that the serious minded
pioneer notices soon after supper
when he is at leisure. Further ex-
perience suggests that perhaps he
is on the verge of thought. The
Romanticists have taught that
thought comes spontaneously, out
of a pure life. Its birth becomes a
matter of importance, and M. Dim-
net is hurriedly sought to act in
the capacity of midwife.
The trouble is that what hap-
pens thereafter is not that thought
is born, but that a phantom takes
its place, a trifle illegitimately. This
obstreperous usurper is the child of
man thinking about thinking; not
of a man thinking. The poor Am-
erican has became conscious now,
both of what Mr. Fleischman's
yeast will do to him and of what
M. Dimnet's book promises-with
the inevitable result that Mr.
Fleischman is more successful than
Mr. Dimnet, for the phantasm is
persistent and crowds out thought
in favor of merely thinking about
"Maybe the audience would be grateful if I stepped
to the footlights some night and voiced the above
protest about the 'coughing chorus' down in front.
"But that wouldn't be kind and it wouldn't be just.
The cougher doesn't cough in public on purpose.
He can't help it. It embarrasses him as much as it
annoys his neighbors.
"What he needs, to avoid that throat tickle; is an
introduction to OLD GOLDS."
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Why not a cough in a carload?
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University of Michigan Plays
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN STUDENTS
With introduction by Prof. Louis A. Strauss and edited by Kenneth Thorpe
Rowe of the University of Michigan,
"Tolks, how can I make Whoope,
up here . . . when down in front
the coughers' are whooping?"
I*__ _ _ _ .'
able to nnaiinn e e a
people withoutsinvolving them in a:
financial tangle. Auditor-General
Fuller blamed the present deficien-
cy and also those of the past fewt
years on the accounting division
system and on the administrative
board. It seems strange that Gov-
ernor Green has not seen fit to
alter the arrangements for super-!
vision of finances at the capitol for
it has been well known that the
state has been "in the red" with
few interruptions since 1921.
Il rnntrom nf. csranditr n t.
Contributors are asked to he brief,
confining themselves to less than 300
words it possible. Anonymous com-
munications will be disregarded. The
names of communicants will, however,
be regarded as confidential, upon re-
quest. Letters published should not be
construed as expressing the editorial
opinion of the Daily.
To the Editor:
It seems to me that in the welter
of discussion regarding the recent,
action of the Board in Control of
A prgra oL x eaitir n ' Student Publications .a fundamen-
state institutions has already been tal fact is being overlooked and
started and is expected to cost $6,- the discussion is taking an unfor-
000,000. While there is nothing on! tunate turn.
the list of proposed repairs and ad- With the publication of Prof.
ditions to the institutions which Rowe's well tempered, letter the is-
seems unnecessary there is certain- sues raised by my resignation seem-
ly some basis for wondering that ed completely dealt with. What
the legislature should make its i1has come up for discussion re-
theregisalatureprcently has merely been that which
original appropriations for state is after all a question for personal
expenses from $6,000,000 to $10,000,- opinion and decision-my compe-
000 less than what was needed. tence as a critic. I fear that this
There must be waste or extrava- question is not one that can be de-
gance somewhere, and, as Auditor cided in the public prints.
General Fuller intimated, the But I am certain that an effort
source of the inefficiency seems to to do so, inevitably recriminating
lie in the accounting division sys- as ittends to be, will work ius-
tern and the administrative board. ? tice to the major. parties involved
o _in the original issue. I believe that
we must not forget that Play Pro-
THEIR FIRST PROBLEM duction, under the guidance of Mr.
Premier MacDonald and his La- Windt, has risen from comparative
bor government have been faced obscurity and very real poverty to
with their first national crisis - Ija position of great respect and con-
half a million cotton-trade workers siderable financial power, and this
ar tancasnire have gone on strike, rise has been honestly won. With
Whether or not the government it has also come a new cooperation
will be able to heal the breach be- between the Speech and Rhetoric
tween the workers and their em- departments, and for the first time
ployers, and the methods which it in years student playwriting has
will take in the attempt are the been coordinated with student pro-
difficulties now confronting the ,ductions.
party in power. Such development will continue
Unquestionably, unemployment regardless of the minor personal
and poor working conditions were problems that arise in its course.
the matters occupying most at- For that reason it seems to me the
tention among the national prob- better part of theatrical enthus.-
lems of the Laborites, but a con- asm to forget partisan tirades and
structive and gradual program had direct the energy toward support-
been expected to remedy the situ- ing the splendid progress Play Pro-
ation. Now all this must be thrown duction has made this year.
The other appeal in the book is
much more legitimate. It is in
the delightfully flexible and rich
style that M. Dimnet has brought
to his volume, and in the rich se-
quence of well chosen incidents he
has collected to make his points onI
the mental activity.
In fact, M. Dimnet is so skillful
in these departments that un-
doubtedly much of the sales-ap-
peal must be -laid to this factor.
His most abstruse paragraphs are
as readable as a novel. And the in-
cidents are chosen from the simple
life, written so unobtrusively, that
they make the simple man feel
himself in communication with a
philosopher who is giving away,
gratis, the secret of his success-!
which has always proven a succes-
ful lure to the aspiring.
It would be unfair to M. Dimnet
to explore the doctrine of psychol-
ogy, and philosophy which he ex-
pounds so helpfully. Essentially it
is Romantic. Thought is a natur-
al function; it comes, God given,
as the result of a pure life, and
can be stimulated by further pur-
ity. Much of this purity can be
attained by going to bed early and
exercising regularly. And so the
pronouncement goes on.
But in fairness. to M. Dimnet it
must be said that there are some
good things brought out in the
coui'se of his dissertion. He makes
some very penetrating analyses of
popular ideas and idea systems.
Education, both in this country
and abroad, comes in for some very
level headed criticism; the popular
attitude toward books is decried for
its unthinking amusement seek-
ing; and the intellectual attitude
is anatomized for its persistent
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