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SUNDAY, AUGUST -11, 1929



jip &'mnur bade the students play the part -
of free men and to preserve "in its
j t M Un tj integrity your personal life and
never (allow) it to be controlled by
opinions and judgments forced up-
Published every morning except Monday on you from without."
during the University Summer Session by
the Board in Control of Student Publications. Doctor Robbins has here made a
The Associated Press is exclusively en. pronouncement that should receiveJ
titled to the use for republication of al news more attention than it has, a pro-
dispatches credited to it or not otherwise nucmn htsol esros
credited in this paper and the local news pub nouncement that should be serious-
lished herein. - I ly considered not only by the stu-
tntered at the Ann Arbor, Michigan, dent going out into active life but-
postoffic as second class matter. also by every man and woman.
Subscription by carrier. $x.jo; by mall
I2.00 The power of opinion, the fear
Offices: Press Building, Maynard street, of loss of reputation, have con-
Ann Arbor, Michigan.'o losoreuain hvec-
- -spired to make u slaves of custom
EDITORIAL STAFF and thinkers afraid to trust our
Telephone 4925 own judgments. The sublime spirit
of revolution that imbued Shelley
MANAGING EDITOR and Byron with the courage to
LAWRENCE R. KLEIN shake their fists at all the "pow-i
editorial Director.........Howard F. Shout ers that be," the spirit that mo-;
Women's Editor...........Margaret Eckels tivated our ancestors in their de-
City Editor _..........................Charles Askrenfan eo th Br is lo ,te p -
Books Editor...........Lawrence R. Klein fiance of thq British lion, the spir-
Spots Editor..........S. Cadwell Swanson it that makes Upton Sinclair and
Night Editors others of his ilk so gloriously ad-
Howard V. Shout Walter Wilds mirable today, is beyond the com-
S. Cadwell Swanson Harold Warren prehensions and desires of most of;
Charles Askren -
Assistants us. We are content to go easily
Ben Manson Learg Davis on our ways pleased with the ap-
Ross Gustin Margaret Harris rvladbc-lpigo u
Dorothy Magee William Mahey prvladbc-apigoou
Paul Showers Marguerite Henry contemporaries and smugly satis-
Deirdre McMullanRhea Goudy fled with ideas that others have dis-
BUSINESS STAFF covered and established before us.
Telephone 21214 Rather than endure the sneers
and jeers of our neighbors we will
BUSINESS MANAGER go to any lengths to be in fashio:
Lboth materially and spiritually. We
LAWRENCE E. WALKLEY are victims of the social malady of
Assistant Business Manager-.Vernor Davis over-gregariousness-we are re-
publications Manager................ Egert Davis
Circulation Manager............Jeanette Dale specting the group to the suppres-i
Accounts Manager............NoahBryant sion of the individual. The atmos-I
phere of a platitude is eliminated
from this when we consider that
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 1929 the malady is undermining not only
our mental selves but is also re-
Night Editor-HAROLD WARREN tarding our progress in every other
ADI- -way. It is eliminating self-expres-
The time is drawing near when sion from our list of abilities.
summer school students will say What effect this will have is, of
farewell to the Michigan campus. course, problematical. Viewing it
With this issue The Daily is sus- from a philosophical standpoint, it
pending publication for the sea- is certain to limit the extent and
son, and the editors wish to extend I the rapidity of our civilized growth,
a farewell greeting on behalf of for we will lose the leadership of
the staff to those who are leaving minds that hurried on into the
Michigan to take up their work realms of vision and prophecy,
elsewhere. We wish also to thank minds that disdained the earthly
the students in the University for bounds of everyday life, and we will
the support and cooperation which be condemned to suffer our ad-
they have given us. It has been vancement to proceed only as the
our sincere effort to publish a news- slow-moving, blundering giant of
paper which would be truly repre- the masses finds the pathway of
sentative of the interests and hap- progress and follows it.
penings of the campus, and which The present age-whatever else
would carry news of a nature cal-_ it may be-is not one of liberal
culated to be of interest to the thought and independent action.
summer students. If our efforts It is a pseudo-Victorian age with-
have sometimes seemed to fall short out the long skirts, and is singu-
of this, it has been only because of larly without men of the higher
the dearth of hews around the range of vision who can carry on
theneandhbfes afroundrt nee after men of smaller stature have
town, and because of our own rahdterlmt hs e
shortcomings as news gatherers, rahdterhi.Toefw
which we are free to admit. whom it does possess are cast from
The summer has been an event- the society of men, and are dubbed
ful one in many ways. Two pro-_ queer, visionary, and aesthetic." It
jects of major importance were in- is in science only, and this is a
troduced-the Physics symposium manifestation Of material minded-
and the Modern Languages round ness, that the prophet and the the-
table-and both have proved high- orist are tolerated. Elsewhere they
ly successful. The university has are outcasts.
been honored with the presence of
a number of the foremost educa- i Editorial Comment I
tors, scientists, and students, teach-
ing and lecturing in their special MAKING THE HORSE DRINK
fields to the summer students; and
the interest and enthusiasm which (From The Daily Iowan)
they have aroused have shown their Centuries ago a devout monarch
visits to have been worthwhile. The herded hundreds of his subjects
usual excursions have been con- down to the sea for baptisn'i. A
ducted to points of interest in the few centuries later a determined
district and many have found en- government sent out armed forces
joyment and instruction by taking to keep Scotchmen from wearing
them. Several concerts have been kilts. Another government, much
given, including the Hamtramck later, cut all the pigtails off its
High School band concert and the male citizenry.I
Faculty concert series, and the One of the latest evidences of

drama has been represented by The making a population do what is
Repertory Players acting in the considered best for it has been,
Lydia Mendelssohn Theater. Those Turkey's edict that printing withj
interested in teaching and school the old Arabic characters shouldl
administration have shown by their be henceforth a criminal offense.
attendjance their appreciation of Straightway and at once all Turksj
the opportunities offered by the had to learn the Latin alphabet
special week end conferences and and characters. This was to be
by the regular afternoon education falling into step with European
lectures. Outside of all this there custom and progress.
has been a diversity of amuse- It has been a source of specula-
ments: dancing, canoeing on the tion to many as to how fervently
river or nearby lakes, swimming, "Christian" were the hundreds
teas, receptions, banquets, not to dipped in the water so many hun-
mention tennis and golf and other i dreds of years ago, and how loyal
sports engaged in at the Intra- to Great Britain were the belli-
mural building and on the athletic gerent and be-trousered Scotch
fields: highlanders. The Chinaman with-
Through the whole summer the out his queue doubtless felt quite'
students have shown themselves to the same after his shearing as he
be serious in the pursuit of their felt before. Symbols may change
studies-the crowded libraries have arbitrarily, but generations of edu-
been witness to that. But at the cation are necessary to make the
same time there has been some- change any thing but outward.
thing of a vacation atmosphere, a So it is with Turkey today. The
spirit of friendliness and freedom government insisted that no books
which, sadly enough, is not to be in the old Turkish be sold. All
found in the regular school year. books, magazines, and newspapers
must be in the new Latin alphabet.
REPUTATION The result was inevitable. Turks

SAbout Books I

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JOURNEY'S END: A Play in three
acts, by R. C. Sherriff. Brenta-
no's. Publishers, New York. 1929


* * *

With publication, the much dis-
cussed Mr. Sheriff has laid himself
open to the criticism of those avid
souls who devour a book for the plot
in it and forget, in the pursuit of
a suspending moment, that there
are characters sketched and at-
mosphere created. When this type
of reader is let loose on a play-
when the objective reality of a cast
and the inescapable atmosphere of
a set are stripped away-some ex-
traordinary opinions and interpre-
tations of the material arise. And
in the case of Sheriff's play the
reader's criticism has taken an un-
fortunate turn.
"Journey's End' is too well known
to require exhaustive synopsizing.
Captain Stanhope's unreality psy-
chosis, adopted as a defense reac-
tion to the horror of his experiences
and his inner struggle to live up to
the idealism his sweetheart main-
tains around him, are too familiar
entities to need elaborating. But
the transmission of these dramatic
entitles to the theater audience,
and the subsequent effort to trans-
mit them to a reading audience byI
publishing the play, has raised a
considerable critical issue. Packed
houses have attested to Sheriff's
dramatiq success. The readers,
however, have raised the question
of means. And George Jean Nath-
an has only recently taken up the
cry for them. The charge is es-
sentially: "triviality."
More particularly, readers have
charged that the play is overcrowd-
ed with utter banalities about tea,
bacon frying, and pepper in the
soup. Such is not the material out
of which wars are made, and the
reader cries his right to authentic
matter in a war story.
In cold blood, the criticism seems
justified. In "What Price Glory?"
there were bugles, French tarts,
men dying, and lots of profanity:
in "Journey's End" there is only tea
and jam, and a very quiet death.
Unless this is a case- of two other
wars, some thing seems wrong. And
that may be true. The Anderson-
Stallings war was one of well worn
materials-heroism, the bugle call
to duty, freely giving women, and
men living and dying passionately
-in other words, effectively done


Tailor-made skirts this fall show
a real tendency to extend high
above the waist; the back of the
skirt is usually straight and un-
adorned while the front is so cir-
cular that flares crowd together
and are quite a contrast to the
straight cut at the back. Some
skirts are trimmed with horizontal,
vertical and even slanting machine
stitches which give an unusual
Collars and high cuffs are fre-
quently seen on simple sports
dresses. They are made of silk
when worn on wool dresses, and
are of a contrasting shade, Chinese
prints, XVIth century prints, and
Roumanian, Spanish and Norweg-
Lan embroidery are used to decorate

Alligator, snake, and other rep-
tile leathers are being used to
make two identical belts to be worn
on one dress. The belts close in
opposite directions one buckle on
the left hip and one on the right,
or else one buckles one in front}
and the other in back. Very wide
belts, laced up with a round cord
and finished at the ends with bright
metal edgings are also used.
The fashion arbiters are now rec-
ommending three-quarters length
coats instead of jackets. In order
that such a coat should be chic it,'y ~ ' y.
must not be narrow in any way. Its
allure consists in the fact that it is
loose and flowing. These coats are
trimmed with a long narrow fur
collar running into two bands down
to the bottom of the coat without -AND-
button or fastening. These coats Clark and McCullough in Holland
have to be closed and held in place. ,___


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ans dijamatized itnemseives into
cold shivers of memory.
Mr. Sherriff's war is an English
war, fought- by men who did not
lust gloriously for blood, and who
had even forgotten what it was
they were fighting for. They were
there, mostly, becaule they had
been sent there, and their crying
need was to carry on in as much
the way they had lived at home as
possible; otherwise, their exper-
iences might have torn them apart
and exposed them to a reality that
was too shocking for human en-
I durance.
j If the American dramatized him-
self into what he'-would like to be,
the Englishman, less imaginative
perhaps, was compelled to main-
tain himself as he was before the
war. And there would seem to be
the distinction between the Glory
of Anderson-Stallings and the
Journey of Sherriff.
If Sherriff, in an effort to con-
vey the subtle truth of this 'pos-
sum-like mentality of the English
soldier, is led to the suggestive
agency of utterly trivial dialogue it
would seem a denial of his whole
effort to condemn it on that basis.
Undoubtedly the dialogue is trivial.
In fact, it is so utterly trivial that
a man in his right senses would
never speak it. But admittedly the
war was not a sane exercise. And
Sherriff must be credited with an
ulterior and apparently defensible,
motive, to judge by theatrical au-
diences, in presuming to write it.
So, ultimately, the problem must
come home to the reader, and the
criticism he makes must be tem-
pered by the realization that he is
not dealing with novel technique.
Rather, the material demands im-
aginative insight and sensitivity to
suggestion that is impossible in
plot-hunting reading. It demands
reading twice, or perhaps three
times; and to Mr. Sherriff's credit
be it said that "Journey's End" re-

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Dr. Howard Chandler, Robbins,'
former dean of the Cathedral of
St. John the Divine, denounced the
power of opinions and of reputa-
tion to sway the minds of men
from the paths of clear and in-

stopped using books, magazines,
and newspapers. At present the
only printed matter having appre-
ciable sales is textbook material-1
compulsory. Booksellers in despair
are asking the government to sub- .


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