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SUNDAY, JULY 24, 1932
The Voter Can Limit

welcome novelty and relief from the constant
succession of Hollywood products.
The story of "The Road t Life," happily for the
weak in heart, has little or no Soviet propa-
ganda: in fact, so closely does it keep to its nar-
rative of the wild boys, that the Soviet govern-
ment nearly refused their permission for its ex-
hibition. It was claimed to be too "individualistic"
in Its ideals!
It tells, with appealing simplicity, the manner
in which the bands of thieving children were
turned into useful, happy citizens by the govern-
ment. As in nearly all the Russian pictures, there
are many vividly real and graphic portrayals in
the film, a few of them being given by youngsters
who in other days actually belonged to gangs of
besprizorni. Witnessing the antics-often richly
humorous-of these ragged little thieves recalls
"Oliver Twist," for the young Russians too have
-their Fagin who has organized and directs them.
Ty is scarcely as sinister as Dickens' Jew, and he
is equipped with a fund of the gay songs that
make the picture so colorful. It is he who trains
the boys to snatch suitcases, use razor-blades to
cut off fur from women's coats, and steal any-
thing if a shopkeeper's head is only half-turned.
The government, feels that these young desper-
adoes can be more easily reclaimed by giving them
interesting work to do, such as making shoes,
carpentry and the other trades, or even building
a section of the railroad, than by shutting them
up in reform schools or prisons with guards in
iforms to watch them. Nickolai Sergeyef,
played by Nickolai Batalof of the Moscow Art
Theatre, is the man who offers to take the young
isarps, who have been rounded up from their
dismal hiding places, to the Collective-which,
incidentally, is an abandoned monastery!-and,
single-handed; guide them toy comfort and happi-
The road is anything but easy; for the wild
boys are as tough and hard as one could imagine.
They lapse, with desperate fury, again and again.
Finally, their great project is undertaken-the
building of a branch railroad to their Collective.
The picture closes, after many scenes of comedy,
on a note of pofgnant tragedy as the first train
makes its first trip.
As is the case with practically all Russian pic-
tures "'the Road to Lifec" has proved to be a
vital, vigorous production, technically superb and
enthralling. It *s in a different mould than the
Hollywood brand; instead of boudoir "passion,"
you have a group of ragged boys. You have the
building of a railroad, the comedy and tragedy
and melodrama of real life. It is amazing how
exciting such unadorned adventure proves.

Coi t'ess' Expenditures.


The latest mdve of the citizens of Detroit, in or-
der to restore municipal financing to a more sound
basis, is an amendment to the charter limiting
the city budget to $61,000,000. The movement is
being backed by the taxpayer's association of the
It is, indeed, unfortunate that no similar meas-
ure could be adopted ,for the protection of the
country from Congressional budgets. When the
federal legislation spends money like water, ne-
glecting to keep a hand on the pulse of the nation
from which all the money is to come, and then
in a last minute session flounders around until
it has made use of every available source of rev-
enue to provide for its lavish expenditures, some
action is necessary. Unfortunately, the voters do
not see fit to elect their representatives for their
economy views, but rather on the stands they
take on pseudo-important measures which hap-
pen to be in the public mind, but are not'of tre-
mendous vital necessity to the welfare of the'
The Constitution is, of course, no place for any
such provision. A fundamental document, it
makes ampie provisions for the spending of
money by Congress, with the restriction. that it
shall be for the "general welfare of the nation."
Perhaps Congress has provided too much in re-
cent years for what it interprets as "general wel-
fare." The enactment of an ordinary statute lim-
iting the budget Congress might adopt could
easily be revoked by a legislature wishing to spend
n1 re.
A careful analysis of the stands taken by for-
mer representatives and senators on financial
measures should be tye appropriate step 'by the
citizen towards more economical government. Too
few voters actually know how their elected rep-
resentatives stand on many questions which have
been buried under flowery oratory and very de-
termined stands on unhnportant points. The ser-
ious voter can easily ascertain how much his par.<
ticular Congressman has contributed to large eX-
pendituires, and vote accordingly.

E ditorial Com mentI
(The Daily Illini)
"He made good during the 1929 depression" is a
label that will be attached to a few of the super-
I men of the future. There will not be so very
rhany who will earn and deserve this compliment,
because most of the world's population is not will-
ing to work hard enough during a period of this
kind. It is much easier to let things slip and
blame it on the depression. The good old depres-
sion comes in handy for passing the buck. During
good times nearly everyone makes good, because it
is easier to do it and because it is expected of one.
It will be the same old story as to the lives of
those men who earn this distinction of conquering
tie economic structure of a nation that is im the
dumps as far as financial possibilities go. A few
of these preceptsamight be worth outlining before-
hand, so that if anyone is contemplating on mak-
ing a name for himself that will last for a long
time, he will not lack for at least our idea of a
working recipe.
First, a candidate for the position of conqueror
extraordinary miust be of the trail blazing type.
Without question he must lead in all cases. What-
ever man follows must emulate his style or fail in
the attempt to scale the same heights. Those who
make ?outstanding succsses are far ahead of the
ideas of their own times in such things. There
will be plenty of room for the ordinary success to
follow along and attain a place of glory and re-
nown, but the trail blazer must at least leave a
dimly outlined path that is perpetual insits exist-
ence for those who come after to follow.
I The proof of his skill in attaining a position of
rank during this period of depression will neces-
sarily be clear cut and u questioned. Any man
who is able, by means ol his own brains and
brawn to cut a niche for himself and his posterity
in the almost impenetrable granite of economic
deflation, must prove his own skill at his chosen
profession. He must be a salesman of his own
wares. Not the long-winded drummer of old, but
the smoother and more capable contact man for
his own stock that is being produced durin'g our
own day and age. The advantage that our super-
man must have over his contemporaries is that he
must really have something to sell. It is really
almost deplorable that most people who are really
good salesmen have nothing to sell, but make the
whole product on their own skill. These salesmen
usually get some experience on a product that is
easy to sell and then when they get good they
take up get-rich-quick products that are harder
tq sell, but make a great deal of profit. The man
of today must have something to sell and possess
the remarkable combination of this faculty plus
the ability to sell himself to the public in question.
His claim to distinction will be based upon ac-
tual facts. No false recommendations, fabricated
histories, or wabbly experience will get him out
of the actualities on top of the heap. The whole
fight will have to b fought fair and square be-
cause nearly every man in the economic world was
stripped clean of his advantage that he may
have built lip before the time when the crash of
1929 came about. With this even start our super-
man will be able to outshine the others around
him and put in a claim. to distinction that cannot
and will not be denied by the world at large.
His first move will be to improve the record of
all thoe who came before him. This task swill
serve as a method of proof for his ability to him-
self. This is and will be necessary to start anyone
on such a long pull 'as he will experience when he
goes out to make a place for himself and his busi-
ness. Only the tireless and capable workmen will
be able4 to gain the toga of those struggling for
fame of accomplishment. It is easy to coast to
fame during a boom time when all things come
easy and money will buy almost anything. Money
will still buy nearly anything, but who has the
money to buy it with? Abundant health will be
necessary in the unsparing use of his energes if
such a man is to keep up the pace necessay to
get his desire. It is here that the colleges and
universities will have an opportunity to prove
their own worth. They have facilities to build up
both the physical prowess and the mental strength
inherent in any man, and the true results of any
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swayed by false testimony and slightly off-color
facts. Attention, to detail as well as to the larger
subjects before him will be absolutely necessary as
any great outstanding success gained at this time
will be based upon- a rise gradually and slowly.
The fly-by-night fame gained during a boom time
can be obtained in a number of different ways,
and with a great deal of slip-shod and botchy
work. The loudest noise and biggest fire seem to
d raw success at such a time, but during competi-
tion such as one will encounter when everything
is tightened to the bursting point, only the man
that can surpass others on the minor details will
be able to survive.
There will be many who may disagree with our
haid picked recipe for a superman who will be
able to conquer the present depression, but we
still maintain that the program here outlined will
guarantee any man an ascendancy over the rank
and file if he has the power and "guts" to stick
to the thing until positive results are obtained,
and then, like a football player who is tackled, is
able to get a great many yards in the fall. Thus,
when our superman goes up and meets the com-
bined opposition of competition and economic
condition set against him he will be able to make
the weight of these two carry him forward instead
of backward to a success greater than dreamed of
before when the going becomes easy.
(Daily Trojan,
With students of the United States affected by
the business depression, it is significant and note-
worthy that the University of Southern California
is announcing the plan to award 35 scholarships
for high school and junior graduates for the co-
ing academic year.
Recognition of- scholastic attainment has been
given by the university and its various depart-
ments for many years, but this latest move is
one worthy of attention. It was conceived by the
board of trustees and admin'istration and will be
financed from a fund built up for the ,purpose
over a period of years.
One of the aims of the competition is to attract
students from all states of the Union. Every high
school with an enrollment' of over 100 is eligible
to enter contestants, although no more than one
can receive a scholarship in any one irstitution.
Tuition for the freshman year, amounting to be-
tween $275 and $285, is awarded to the 25 suc-
cessful men and women. In the past a large part
of the student body has come from California, but
it is expected that the interest in the new scholar-
ships will serve to stimulate interest in the colle-
giate opportunities offered in the metropolitan
area of Los Angeles.
Junior colleges are increasing in importance
with each passing year, and university officials
have recognized their merit by offering 10 awards
to the two-year graduates. A full year of tuition
for the third year at S. C. constitutes the prize.
As an experiment junior colleges have been over-
come and Southern California is taking a leading
step in aiding graduates from the lower schools.
Rigid requirements have been established for
judging the candidates, and the eventual winners
will be outstanding students in every way. Con-
testants mUst have a high scholastic record in all
subjects, be in the highest tenth of the graduat-
ing cass, have the recommendation of the prin-
cipal or president, and meet the entrance re-
quirements to S. C. The scholarships will be
awarded on the basis 'of a careful analysis of
academic record, personality record, school citi-
zenship record, extra-curricular interests, and
educational promise.
More than 15,000 letters are being mailed to
schools carrying information of the new scholar-
ships and a large number of entries are expected
by the deadline in April. Winning students will
be notified by May and will become members of
the student body in September. This should have
a stimulating effect to associate with the high
type of manhood and womanhood certain to be
chosen for the awards.
It is more than probable that the winners will
take an active part in student affairs and con-
tinue the exceptional work which merited their
A Washington
By Kirke Simpson
WASHINGTON, July 23-The first session of
the troubled seventy-second congress sets a good
many records, among them possibly a wordage
record for at least a peace-time session. It took
more than 16,000 pages of the Congressional Rec-
ord to set it all down.
Surveying the last regular issue of that volumi-

nous publication, one finds the respective recapit-
ulations of the appropriations aspects of the ses-
sion prepared by those veterans, Senator Jones of
Washington and Rep. - Joe Byrns of Tennesee,
given honor place in the appendix.
The thing about them that impressed The
Bystander was that Messrs. Jones, republican, and
Byrns, democrat, are in hearty -accord about one
As respective chairmen of the appropriations
committees of the two houses, they contend that
pn'gress has done a masterly job of government
expense-cutting. ,
Mr. Byrns places the cut in total appropria-
tions for 1933 as compared to 1932 at $1,139,853,-
618. Senator Jones puts it at $1,007,353,618. And
that is relative agreement considering their party
Now here is where the veterans completely agree.
"I fear there exists in the minds of some of our
citizens some distrust of congress," says Senator
Jones. "I hope every one of our people will weigh
thissmatter carefully and with fairness in their
hearts give due credit to their representatives in
congress for reducing appropriations.
"I am unable to think of a better evidence of
good faith and honest intention than this."
And says Representative Byrns:
"This is a remarkable showing and demon-
strates to the country that congress has responded
to the appeal of the nation for a drastic reduction
in government expenses.
"There can be no doubt but that the record
made by this congress at its first session is un-
equalled by any previous session of congress in
Intra-congress jealousies reveal themselves at
one noint. Mr. Bvrns noints out that of $184.000.-




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And if notling is to keep Congress from being
so lavish with the people's money, perhaps the
suggestion of a noted political writer, to establish
a West Point for congressional aspirants, would
be the most feasible plan in restoring the "gener-
al welfare of the nation."

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ence of our clientele

Since the opening performance of the first
Soviet talking film, "The Road to Life," in New
York city at the Cameo theatre late in February
of this year unprecedented throngs jammed the
theatre for ten consecutive weeks. It came toy
America with rumors of its extraordinary success
on the continent. Maxim Gorki, 'Bernard Shaw,
Reinhardt and John Dewey recommended it as
an outstanding triumph and departure in talking
films. Certainly, however, the American producers
-the R. K. O. Radio Corporation-were scarcely
prepared for the flood of enthusiasm with which
it was greeted by the New York press and public.
It has only recently closed after breaking attend-
ance records for a foreign film. '
The film treats of the redemption of the bes-
prizorni or the "wild boys" of Moscow and other
Russian cities who were left homeless and des-
perate in the wake of' th'e World War and the
Revolution. It was Muidant Uall of the New
York Times who called "The Road to Life" one
of "the truly exciting events of the current sea-
son." "It is filled with l raw beauty," he con,

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