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THE Ii~CxAN I DAILY PDAULi is

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FRIDAY, JULY 1, 1932

organizing Our
reign Service....
ien Senator Vandenberg recently made
ishing discovery that the United States

the
was

aintaining four separate staffs under four
partments in Mexico City, the economy move-
ent towards consolidation received another
iost. Long advocated by President Hoover,
mngress declined to give him the necessary au-
iorization, preferring to take the matter up
rough the cumbersome committee route.
The foreign service of the United States, how-
rer, under the Department of State, should
Dntinue to receive adequate support from Con-
'ess. The Rogers act, passed in 1924, was the
est step towards making the foreign service,
hick, now includes both consular and diploma-
0 positions, a career service. Foreign countries,
uropean ones especially, have managed to make
heir diplomatic services professional ones, with
lrvice and thus constitute another forward
lghly-trained and skilled men in most of the
ssitions. In order to meet the foreign offices
I these countries on an equal footing, the Uni-
d States will soon have to discontinue making
Atred manufacturers or campaign contributors
,nbassadors and ministers.
n .order to do this, salaries will have to be
Oised. The only reason it has been necessary
p give such posts to campaign contributors has
een the large amount of expenditures which
all upon an ambassador, coupled with the rela-
vely inadequate salary. As soon as the compen-
ation equals the expenses an ambassador in-
urs, the United States will be able to build up
real career class of foreign service men. The
onsolidation of the state, agriculture, commerce,
rmy and navy department offices maintaining
epresentatives abroad should place more funds
t the disposal of the state department foreign
ep towards an efficient diplomatic and consular
ervice.
rtificial Enthusiasm
%mong the Democrats.
After the delightful entertainment offered at
iednesday's sessions of the Democratic conven-
on, the artificiality of yesterday's meeting was
iarked in contrast. Surely, even the nomina-
ons could not surpass the previous bill of fare
f Will Rogers and a harmony quartet.
It is surprising, however, that the radio an-
ouncers, who are supposed to be used to con-
ention tactics, should tell of the "marvelous"
emonstration, the "enthusiastic" uproar, as if
ey were entirely spontaneous. With the hun-
reds of people hired to stage parades, the Dem-
eratic rivals even had to share the same organ
hen the "demonstrations" cut loose yesterday.
Perhaps the lack of so-called enthusiasm at
ie Republican convention indicates a little less
rtificial pep and a little more constructive work,
han at the present gathering.
In this respect, the experts who attend the
onventions and give the blow-by-blow decrip-
ons as well as the summaries could do a great
eal to educate the voters as to what really goes
n. But instead they seem to enjoy telling of
ie unimportant superficial occurrences. Yester-
ay each cheerleader, or stage manager, permit-
d his cohorts to cheer for some forty minutes
i order not to be outdone by rival nominees, and
ien let the parades, music and cheering lapse.
All of which leads us to -eiieve that for the
ost penetrating insight into politics, Will
ogers is the best statesman we have today.
After listening to the description of the Shar-
y-Schmelling fight for the first three rounds,
e were afraid the boys were going to freeze to
Bath.
fBy canceling his $100,000 loan to the party's
ational committee, Raskob must figure on sav-
ig $6,000 a year just in uncollectable interest.

"MR. PIM PASSES BY"b
A Review, By Robert Wetzelt
Play Production opened its Summer SessionP
Vednesday night with a very agreeable revivala
>f A. A. Milne's "Mr. Pim Passes By." Like Mr.t
:enderson's Spring Festival, Mr. Windt's Re-
ertory Players have become something of ann
nstitution; they too have achieved both a publicr
nd a sense of easy intimacy with ih. The first-
lighters were pleasantly receptive; the players
erformed smoothly for the first-nighters.
The play is good diversion fr summertime-
i happy example of Milne's earlier manner, be-t
fore he began to write fantastic cream-puffs
like "The Ivory Door," before the stickiness oft
'Winnie-the-Pooh" and those highly sophisti-
eatecd nursery rhymes which so many people
ook as a true image of childhood. Unlike these,
Mr. Pim" is a tart light comedy in the manner
)f the old Milne contributions to "Punch"-the
tone is approximately that of a short story by
"Saki," with something of the broader drollery
of P. G. Wodehouse. As in "The Truth About
Blayds," the playwright toys 'delicately with thej
theme of conventional people faced with an un-'
copventional situation; he smiles gently at the
conventions, but he has no Shavian contempt
for them.
This sort of urbane impishness is not native
to America; it involves a certain dryness which
our playwrights do not achieve. One has only
to remember Philip Barry's recent "Animal King-
dom" and "Holiday," to realize how bitter the
author is about his smug and pompous fathers.
Milne, on the other hand, takes his smug and
pompous father, George Marden, very easily,
quite without anger; and one wonders if Barry
might not learn something from him. But to get
back to the impishness itself, it is a quality not
native to our actors, either. The attainment of
it is the chief problem in producing Milne.
Mr. Windt's cast was generally satisfactory;
they made their points, and the audience liked
them, But the precarious Milne tone, the urbane
drollery, was, I felt, consistently maintained only
by Miss Scott and Mr. Gilbert as the lively
youngsters. Mr. Milliken's Pim was good, but er-
red on the side of prim seriousness; Dinah tells
him that he inspires confidence, which surely
suggests a Pickwickian kindiness-in fact, a sort
of beaming incompetence whose good intentions
should make his blunders much more amusing.
Mr. Allen's Marden was funny, but not, I think,
in Milne's way. His quality of dowdy bookish-
ness, his eccentric clothes, amusing enough in
themselves, do not fit the author's ultra-conven-
tional, anti-progressive c o u n t r y gentleman.
Milne's George is supposed to be aghast when he
hears that his wife is a bigamist; I can somehow
imagine Mr. Allen's George capping this news
with some droll statistics from Westermarck on
Marriage. Eccentricity has no place in Marden's
cosmos; hence it should have less place in his
dress and carriage.
Miss Kratz looked charming as Olivia, al-
though she moved rather briskly for a woman
old enough to be Dinah's mother. In the first
two acts, she lacked that calm irony so neatly
symbolized in Olivia's returning to the sewing of
the curtains after she hears she's a bigamist. In
the last act, Miss Kratz had more of this edge,
this feeling of seeing completely through her
pompous husband and yet not minding his pom-
posity very much, either. As the Aunt, Miss
Johnson did not keep in command of things as
the awesome Lady Marden should; she dominat-
ed only now and then.
But these are all matters of nuance and shad-
ing; this raising of questions of interpertation and
technique must not be misconstrued by the read-
er. The actors tell their story most pleasantly;
it's a good story, and the reader ought to go to
the Mendelssohn to hear it.
Editorial Comment
ANOTHER GAG
(Daily Illini)

Editor Wilford %ttacks right"y, ill Lr O ili,
the oligarchial tendencies in the Cuban govern-
ment. There seems little excuse for this monar-
chial demonstration of power by one person,
even though his name is Muchado. The Cubans
are intelligent enough to know their rights and
be able to carry out their own government, but
they lack the force necessary to overthrow the
present military oligarchy. It is pitiful to see such
a country rapidly being looted and legally or ex-
tra-leg ally pillaged by a man who chooses tihe
Lime to take advantage ofatemporary govern-
ment to make it a permanent scourge upon a
people.
In Editor Wilford's deportation the Cuban sit-
uation may again calm down to a peaceful rob-
bing of the common people by the all-powerful
military dictator. We sincerely hope that some-
thing will come along that is powerful enough
to combat this influence that is so firmly e-
trenched in that insular country.

1932 ANACHRONISM: COMPULSORY
MILITARY DRILL
(Minnesota Daily)
To Colonel Moorman of the Omaha area today
it is part of the routine of an army officer's life;
to Major Hester it is a test of the efficiency of
his unit of the R.O.T.C., and to an advanced drill
student it is an opportunity to show his mettle
before his superiors and some spectators as well.
These men, however, are only a fraction of those
upon the field. What are the reactions to the
parade of the two thousand who carry the rifles
and obey the commands?
An overwhelming majority of these freshman
and sophomore men are entirely unimpressed by
the white gloves, the war-like sounds. prodduced
by the band, and the Colonel himself. At least
90 per cent of them are unalterably 'opposed to
compulsory drill, with or without music, and a
majority of the student body and faculty is on
their side.
We oppose compulsory military drill simply be-
cause it is completely out of date at the Univer-
sity of Minnesota. Its existence in the curricu-
lum forces the engineering student to learn the
best method of destroying the bridges and build-
ings he hopes to build. Military science, with its
accompanying refinements of chemical warfare
teaches the premedic how to blot out the lives
whose protection he studies.
Even more striking is the incompatibility of
military drill with the course of study of a cadet
in the Arts College. In economics he learns the
terrific cost of warfare as well as the fact that
from an economic standpoint there can never be
any victory in any war. In history he finds out
that the Fourth of July orators didn't bother to
explain everything about the mean and trivial
origins of some of our glorious struggles, and he
begins to understand the folly and futility of -re-
course to arms. In the study of a foreign langu-
age he learns to respect the culture and civiliza-
tion of other nations. But for every five hours
he spends in this broadening curriculum, he must
put in an hour in the Armory training himself
for an occupation which he has come to view as
useless, destructive, and virtually criminal. He
has come to the university seeking culture or
preparation for his chosen profession and he is
required to spend two years learning about 20
standardized movements of the hands and feet.
As the two thousand march past today, there
will be some old-timers and several hundred ur-
chins of the neighborhood full of admiration for
Old Glory, the handsome uniforms, .and the big
battalions. There will be a few serious spectators
talking very earnestly about cannon fodder and
military propaganda. But most of the men who
execute "eyes right" are simply wondering how
much longer this drudgery can last in a Twen-
tieth Century American university.
MORE QUESTIONNAIRES
(The Stanford Daily)
Amusement-Drinking, 71; movies, 45; sleep-
ing, 43 . . . beverage-whiskey, 101; beer, 98;
milk, 65 . . . are you in favor of prohibition?--
yes, 34; no, 440 . . . is your future occupation
decided?-yes, 218; no, 229. .
Take those extracts from the annual senior
questionnaire of Princeton. You take them, one
to you conscientious criticisers of college men.
Take the whole list of several hundred questions
and cluck over it for a while, and what do you
have? Nothing-at least nothing in the way of
an indictment against college men or Princeton
men.
Filling out those questionnaires must have
given the Princeton seniors a lot of fun. Such
an inclusive vote would undoubtedly be fun for
quite a few Stanford seniors, but, fortunately,
nobody has conceived the idea. The results
would probably be about the sarhe as at Prince-
ton anyway. Gin might poll a higher vote, for
what senior knows where to buy good whiskey?

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Military rule has again been used as a gag to
the press. John T. Wilford, editor of the Havana
American, Cuban journal of great importance,
has been ordered immediately deported to United
States. There is always a question of freedom
fof the press that arises in circumstances like
these. If the allegations of Mr. Wilford are in
the slighest degree correct there is no doubt that
he is being unjustly handled and the entire press
will have to make an attempt to fight this gag.
It is remarkable that in peace times or when
a government is relatively above reproach how
much leeway the press is allowed. When the al-
legations come too close to hitting home on the
governmental officials concerned there is always
something done to quiet the affair so that it
does not get out.
In this case Mr. Wilford published an editorial
under the heading "Nothing Less Than Tyran-
ny." In this article he claimed that martial law
was undermining the whole country of Cuba. He
cited the closing of the Cuban university, the
closing of high schools and normal schools, the
imprisonment of citizens without formal charges,
the denial of the right of habeas corpus, the
government by military instead of civil authori-
ties, the suppression of free speech, free press
and the right of peaceful assembly, the creation
of illegal and pernicious bands of vigilantes, the
almost complete stoppage of tourist travel from
the United States, and the creation of an espion-
age system that has forced many respectable Cu-
bans to flee from their country.
Shese things were guaranteed to the Cubans
under their constitution, and have been, accord-
ing to Editor Wilford, completely withheld by
President Muchado. It is against this "suspen-
sion in Cuba of constitutional guarantees," as
Editor Wilford calls it, that the Havana Ameri-
can has been working.
This newspaperman has, like others of his kind
who favored ideas and promulgated principles
that did not agree with those in power, been de-
ported before a similar offense. He was allow-
ed to return last January when he is said to have
promised to let the president and his govern-
ment alone.
Wilford vigorously and almost continuously
has fought against the president for his alleged
use of dictatorship tactics and what the editor
is pleased to call an unconstitutional govern-

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S"CREEN LIFE
In Hollywood

By HUBBARD KEAVY
HOLLYWOOD-W. S. Van Dyke has again
quit Hollywood, to stay away a year or more to
film a picture. This time he is headed for Point
Barrow, Alaska, and from there will go as far
north as possible to put Peter Freuchen's story
"Eskimo" on celluloid.
Two years ago Van Dyke headed an expedition
to South Africa to make "Trader Horn." A year
before that he was in the south seas, where he
directed "The Pagan," a place he had previously
visited to film "White Shadows of the South
Seas."
All were successful pictures, but "Van" is
equally capable of "faking" them on the back
lot. Witness the current "Tarzan," made almost
entirely in a synthetic jungle in Culver City, and
Lawrence Tibbett's "Cuban Love Song," taken
in the same lv. G. M. studio.
Van Dyke's ability to handle men under the
most adverse conditions and in the most trying
circumstances is said to be remarkable. He is
a rare combination of artist and disciplinarian.
To Alaska Van Dyke took a crew of 17, but no
actors (as they will be eskimos recruited in
Point Barrow), 50 tons of food supplies, medical
stores, thousands of pounds of raw filn and
equipment and a carload of artificial snow.
The corn flakes, from which studio snow is
made, are necessary to drape over the actors in
the closeups. The real stuff isn't heavy enough

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