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Published every morning except Monday
during the University Summer Session by
the, Board in Control of Student Publications.
The Associated Press is exclusively en-
titled to the use for republication of all new
dispatches credited to it or not otherwise
credited in this paper and the local news pub-
lished herein.
Entered at the Ann Arbor, Michigan,
postoffice as second class matter.
Subscription by carrier. $r.5o; by mail
Offices: Press Building, Maynard Street,
Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Telephone 4925
Editorial Director...... ...Howard 1' Shout
Women's Editor............Margaret Eckels
C'ity Editor. ..................harles Askrea
Music and Drama Editor.. R. Leslie Askren
Books Editor............ Lawrence R. Klein
Sports Editor...........S. Cadwell Swanson
Night Editors

Howard F. Shout
S. Cadwell Swanson
Noah W. Bryant
Edna Henley

Walter Wilds
Harold Warren
Ledru Davis

Telephone 21214
S. Vernor Davis
Assistant Business Managers Veor Davi
(George Spater
Accounts Manager ............. Egbert Davis
Circulation Manager...........Jeanette Dale
Night Editor- HOWARD SHOUT

College students have often been
condemned for what is termed a
lack of patriotism. It has been said
that they are too critical of their
own country, that they think and
act in the English tradition or in
the French tradition, or in the tra-
dition of some other older nation.
- Much of this is true, but one does
not have to look far to find the
reason. In the first place, most of
what is classic and valuable in lit-
erature, in art, and indeed, in all
our thinking existence is a heri-
tage from our parent countries.
The civilized history of America
has been too short to have been
productive of much of true and
lasting worth in these lines. All
this is made apparent when the
student begins to delve into the
mystery of the past, to study liter-
ature, to read the history of sci-
ence, and to attempt to learn all
the religion and philosophy and
truth that have been born of a
thousand generations. This natu-
rally has a tendency to dwarf in
his eyes the institutions and
achievements of his native land,
and he begins to follow the tra-
ditions of countries of wider intel-
lectual horizon.
However, this tendency to criti-
cize and condemn various institu-
tions in his own land and to up-
hold those of another nation is not
such an evil as to deserve the de-
nunciations-of the merely nation-
al-minded critics of our universi-
ties. Indeed, it is beneficial that
our own nation should be continu-
ally contrasted with others, for it
creates an atmosphere conducive
to progress, change, new activities.
There has been entirely too much
talk about nationalism; in this new
day the spirit of intenationalism
must be fostered and developed to
its fullest extent. The fact that
this feeling is being aroused in our
great institutions of learning
means that it will soon permeate
the whole land and that the world-
state which has become the logi-
cal end of political progiss will
soon become an actuality.
But disregarding all this, the
mere fact that students seem to
be giving their intellectual allegi-
ance to another country is but a
passing phenomenon; it means on-
ly that they are finding dissatis-
faction with certain characteris-..
tics of the existing order in Amer-
ica and are attempting, albeit un-
consciously, to supplement its de-
ficiencies by a study of the tradi-
tions of other countries.
The skyscraper problem, as indi-
cated by Dean Lorch in the second
lecture of the summer session, is
not now so much a problem of art
as a problem of law. Its solution
will involve the razing of practical-
ly every tall structure in our large
cities and the the replacing of
them by more humane structures.
The familiar skyscraper con-a
struction of four sheer walls

missible when such buildings stood
alone. When they became cluster-
ed as on lower Manhattan, how-
ever, they became also mutually de-
structive. The lower strata were
made dark and unhealthful. In-
vestigators found that they bred
eye trouble and tuberculosis. Such
exploitation of land values through
solid blocks of office cells is de-
structive to public health. In time
it will become impossible to rent
such prisons. They will of neces-
sity be torn down and replaced.
New York City has already pass-
ed laws to arrest their propagation.
Every city that sees a vision of
vertical expansion should profit by
the painful experience of New
York. Ordinances requiring set-
backs at height intervals, and am-
ple light courts, should be passed
by all communities threatened with
perpendicularity. Such laws will
result not only in improved pub-
lic health, but also in the encour-
agement of more distinctively
American architecture.
Stranger than anything done or
thought by university presidents,
whom the Chicago Tribune seems1
to have a penchant for attacking,
are the opinions which that paper
voices on them as a class. Be-
cause the Tribune has seen fit to
disagree with President Little, in'
the matter of repeal of foreign
debts, it has taken it upon itself
to cast reflections on the mental
activities and some doubt on the
sanity of both President Little and
all other university presidents. Be-
cause the Tribune itself was not
blessed with an opportunity to
study economics, political science,
or international relationships, it
assumes from the start that any-
one who has taken time for these
pursuits and with them as a basis,
voices an opinion, which does not
conform to what the Tribune re-
presents to be the popular attitude
on the question, must be pursuing
wild and unreasonable metho4A of
thinking. What a refreshingly dif-
ferent conception of popular sov-
"The university president has be-
come the voice of unreason in pub-
lic life," we are told., "He has schol-
arship and knowledge and makes
curious uses of them to arrive at
fantastic and unreasonable con-
clusions." We gather from the tone
of the article that "fantastic and
unreasonable conclusions" are all
such as do not find favor in the
eyes of the Tribune and the pop-
ular majority for whom they pre-
tend to speak.
These statements, coming from
the source they do, cannot but oc-
casion some surprise. It has al-
ways been our understanding that
one of the chief purposes of a uni-
versity is to train men to think
independently and to lead others
who were not trained to think so
clearly or with such a background
of knowledge into the paths of
right and reason. President Little
and his colleagues at the head of
other universities have usually been
considered as some of the finest
products of university training, as
men of powerful intellect, great
personality, and clear vision, but,
because their opinions do not con-
form to some of those whih are
said to prevail in the minds of the
great majority, we are told they

are thinking erroneously and fan-
tastically. It would seem th'at the'
true purpose of the university is
to mold the student's mind along
the well-trodden pathways of nar-
row-mindedness, international sus-
picion, and smug satisfaction with
everything as it, exists today.
Editorial Comment




TONIGHT: The Michigan
Repertory Players offer St.
John Hankin's satire on ro-
mantic love, "The Cassilis
Engagement," in Mendels-
sohn Theater beginning at
8:15 o'clock.
Some time ago Photoplay Maga-
zine announced its annual $2000
Amateur Movie Contest. In "Ama-
teur Movies," a special section the
magazine has established under the
editorship of Frederick James
Smith, various notices dealing with
the initial elimination results of
the contest are discussed.
And be it said here and now by
an infrequent reader of "Photo-
play" that the Amateur section was
a surprise.
Frederick James Smith is an old
friend; in some capacity or other,
chiefly as reviewer or editor, he
has been connected for a number
of years with different movie mag-
azines. As I recall his critical re-
views and his feature articles he
emerges, less a profound critic
than a far sighted enthusiast for
the moving picture as an art form.
His editorship of the "Amateur
Movies" section is significant from
that point of view. Of course, there
are many who will quarrel with
Smith at once on the art basis;
they would call the silver screen an
ar-(t)-musement form, if not
something worse. But however
'that may be, in the Smith sec-
tion there are notices that suggest
an extraordinarily widespread in-
terest on the part of amateurs in
expression in the motion picture
The groans that went up locally
when the "squawkies" invaded "The
Michigan" must have seemed like
incense offered to Thespis, at
least to those delicate aesthetes
who find the screen a good nar-
cotic for the working classes. Cer-
tainly the programs offered have
not notably combatted this indict-
ment; unless the box-office re-
ceipts are indication of a need for
some kind of narcotic--this one
more pleasant that others.
Wherefore it will probably seem
like some form of heresy to suggest
that since George Eastman has
done so well by the public in the
matter of the 16mm movie camera,
and Warner Brothers have done
so well by the sound-film, that lo-
cal enthusiasts for the movies, or
any form of dramatic expression
for that matter, take up the min-
iature movie and experiment in
Obviously, too obviously, pro-
ducers have not exhausted the field
of the silent picture, nor have
scenarists over-cultivated the story
end. And now with the "talkies"
ejaculating the spoken word, the
art of pantomime seems definitely
to be deposed from its primary po-
sition in favor of its more sophis-
ticate rival, dialogue.
In his recent review of Helen
Adler's play, "Puppet," which ap-
pears in the collection of "Univer-
sity of Michigan Plays," Professor
Walter suggested its particular
suitability to the moving picture
form of projection. The story is a
phantasy in which puppet charac-
ters and "real" characters inter-
act, first on a realtistic work-shop
background, then on a decorative
puppet stage.
It would be interesting if some
ambitious amateur should unload.
his camera and set out to "shoot"
the story, using friends as actors.

Undoubtedly a showing of the film
could be arranged if it were fin-
But Play Production, still the
embryonic guardian of dramatic
art for the University, has a defi-
nite interest in such an activity.
Acting, primarily based on panto-
mine, could well be improved in the
laboratory in University Hall if
more attention were payed to the
mute interpretation. And with
such a course, or rather, graduated
from such a course, those inter-
ested might profitably take up work
in the motion picture field without
handicapping their legitimate abil-
ities. Dorothy Gish in her recent
9 show, "Young Love" is an example
Of course, it seems almost in-
sulting to such as a University
group to consider a low-brow like
~the movies; it might possibly be
more insulting to suggest hat some-
where among the students there is
intelligence enough to achieve a
clever story, interestingly told in
the picture form.
If that were achieved it might
result that here, and elsewhere, the
Universities become the store-
house of that primitive, pantomine
which the talkies now seem to have

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(From the Daily Iowan)
In Venezuela, high up on the Ca-
raca La Guarira highway a strik-
ingly significant monument has
been erected. On a huge cement'
base is stationed the wreck of what
was once ,an automobile.
To a stranger in the locality, the
monument would be something of'
a puzzle. To a native it is both a'
warning and a memorial.
It was constructed in memory of
many persons whose foot slipped
when they rolled over ' the cliffs
centuries ago in Spanish times and.
those who drove their automobiles
too speedily around the curves in
recent days. One wonders how the;
number who met their death by ac-
cident on foot compares with those
who were fatally injured in auto-
mobile wrecks. -.At any rate it is
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