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T 14 E 111 . C I H I I GAN DAILY

TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 1936

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Official Publication of the Summer Session

French life, including French menus, magazine,
novels, and newspapers. The whole experiment
is not unlike the elementary grade school method
employed in which two elephants on one side
of the street and two elephants on the other side
of the street, if brought together in the middle,
of the street will make four elephants. Simple?
Yes. But after all interest in subjects which can
'be boresome is not to be frowned upon.
The German department, following closely in
the steps of the French department has organized
a German club and if this organization meets
with success, a Deutches Haus will be established
here next summer. May we encourage every stu-
dent to support both of these departments in their
efforts to make education vital.


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The Philadelphia
W ITH GENEROSITY surprising in a
political campaign, William Allen
White, famous Kansas editor and staunch Re-
publican, writes that the Roosevelt acceptance
speech may very well become a "classic" if Mr.
Roosevelt wins.
Mr. White makes allowances for the generalities
because the occasion was what it was; he looks
forward to the course of the campaign in which
the President may expand and make more specific
his plans for the future of the country.
We agree that the Roosevelt speech is a model
of simplicity and forcefulness in its sound state-
ment of the fundamental issue in the coming
election. "Necessitous men are not free men," Mr.
Roosevelt quotes an old English judge-this in his
thesis, that political liberty, the kind for which
Republicans are waving flags, cannot exist in a
condition of economic servitude.
We believe that this is true. Our problem must
be to restore our economic liberty anew after
industrial conditions have destroyed them-but
how much political liberty are we willing to
exchange for economic liberty? European coun-
tries have, many of them, surrendered their
personal rights completely for the sake of eco-
nomic security. Russia, even though the new
constitution may restore some measure of civil
liberties to its citizens, has witnessed a period
of suspension of those liberties such as few
of us in this country would be willing to live
Mr. Roosevelt is not oblivious to this. "They
have sold their heritage of freedom for the illu-
sion of a living," he says of them. "They have
yielded their democracy."
Yes, they have, and so too may we, unless we
know precisely how far in the direction of central-
ized regulation of American economy we are will-
ing to move to restore economic liberty to our-
selves as individuals. This is the essential lack
of Mr. Roosevelt's spbech. We sympathize with
his intention of substituting human values for
industrial values; we believe that he is right in
accusing large businessmen of violating moral
principle because of the system under which
they operate. However, before we allow Mr.
Roosevelt to' move in that direction, we want to
know in specific terms how far government reg-
ulation of all or any industries, just what treat-
ment will he give labor unions and to whatI
means he will resort to insure agriculture a fair
We are justified in insisting that Mr. Roosevelt'
state his views in specific terms on this funda-
mental question in the course of his campaign.

_s0*'hr See It
1"ie At Suris
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
A BIT OF NEWS comes out of Boston, by way
of the Transcript, which many will regard as
an answer to righteous prayer. The breakfast
pie has again raised its noble head, spread its
buoyant wings, flashed its bright, Puritan sword.
Somewhere in the land, the Transcript says, a
hotel is serving pie for breakfast, and it asks
why not?
Those hills of Concord, swinging gently away
from Walden's Pond, are now speaking that blue,
alluring invitation which Emerson heard, and
Thoreou and the Brook Farm visitor, Alcott. It is
blue-berry time in Massachusetts, and the song of
the blueberry pie entrances even as the bobo-
link's whistle or the thrush's aria, and is rather
more satisfying. And the apple pie is always there.
Smart-alecky ridicule drove pie from the break-
fast table. The dietitians carried on when the
wisecrackers turned on other targets. But gener-
ations breakfasted on pie and thrived. It was
Vachel Lindsay (wasn't it?) who said, "It is he-
man's food, and I don't mean Felicia Hemans."
That "enraptured Yankee," Emerson, ate pie for
breakfast all his 79 years. So did 'his fellow
Brahmins. But we got sophisticated, and we went
soft, and a godly custom perished. It was as if
ambrosia had been banished from Olympus.
The Boston Transcript might for once crack
the shell of its reticence and tell us all the name
and town of that hotel that is serving pie for
The True Spirit Of Education
(Ohio State Lantern)
r HIS IS an honest-to-goodness story which
doesn't sound true and which, if we hadn't
seen it happen, we wouldn't believe any more than
you. Here's the story:
An English department professor was handing
back some mid-term papers. The guy across the
aisle looked at his bluebook and noticed the word
"Incomplete" written across the face of the paper.
Worried about what that would mean to his grade,
the student approached the professor after class
and the conversation was something like this:
"Professor Blank, I haven't a grade on this
paper and I would like to know what the grade is."
Said Professor Blank, "Oh, yes, I remember your
paper. You left out two of the questions entirely.
Why was that?"
"I wdas unable to read all the material in time
for the examination. Will that mean that I
failed the axam?"
"Not at all," answered the professor. "I'm not;
interested in giving you a grade on something

"A FURTHER RANGE," by Robert Frost; (Holt).
THE MOMENT Robert Frost's new book of poems
arrived a state of nervousness took hold of this
reader. Had Frost, at last, succumbed to the
demand that artists write sociological treatises
whether fitted to write them or not? Heaven
knows, being adviser to innumerable younger
poets, he must have been urged to often enough.
"A Further Range" proves he has not suc-
rumbed. Some of the poems treat of modern
life, some of them even have a bearing on polit-
ical matters. But always these are sane poems,
concerned at bottom with making real a state
of mind, and with expressing Robert Frost. This
is perhaps bad news for the left, but good news
for the middle and right.
Indeed, Mr. Frost asks, in one place, whether
the tunes have reached a point where the poets
should desert
Or aage-long theme, for the uncertainty
Of judging who is a contemporary liar
Who in partaullar, when all alike
Get called as much in clashes of ambitIon,
And possibly his own answer lies in these lines:
"The last step taken found your heft
Decidedly upon the left.
One more would throw you on the right,
Another still-you see your plight.
You call this thinking, but it's walking;
Not even that, it's only rocking."
Mr. Frost touches on social matters again in one
of the best of the new poems-about the pathetic
roadside stands erected by New England farmers
anxious for "city money." For the most part, how-
ever, the poems are merely putting Mr. Frost and
his mental likeness on paper. They are the voice
of New England, in a way. The emotional inflec-
tions are not extreme, but on the other hand the
point is always made. And we were delighted
with the audacity of the poem about the two shoes,
one wet with Atlantic water, one with Pacific.
It cries to be read. -J.S.
Francis Wallace, sports writer and author of
six novels, seems to have been the only wise guy
when it came to foretelling the results of the
Schmeling-Louis combat. Writing in the New
York "World-Telegram" just before the fight, he
drew an interesting parallel between the careers
of a certain horse named Brevity and a certain
fighter named Louis. Both, he said, "had the
habit of getting out in front from the first leap."
But when Brevity "got what is the equine equiv-
alent of a clip on the chin, he went to his knees
W .. What will Joe Louis do when he gets clipped
and goes to his knees? .. . One of these evenings
he will be clipped on the chin. Not many people
think it will be either Schmeling or Braddock, but
you never can tell ...' .
The "painful" loss of a driver's license was re-
ported to the Texas public safety department by
a motorist who said the license was "eaten up"
when his car overturned, spilling battery acid
into his hip pocket.
you haven't read. I want you to read the material.
Do it as soon as you can. When you have com-
pleted the material, report to my office and I'll
give you an opportunity to answer the questions."
That, in our opinion, is the true spirit of educa-
tion. When Professor Blank reads this he'll know
we are referring to him and we hope he'll accept
this bit as the real tribute that we mean it to be.
To other faculty minds who happen to be listen-
ing in . . . far be it from us to attempt to alter
your classroom policies but just in case you're
interested .

Here's a play that will have the
staidest Liberty League Rotarians
waving the old Red Flag and huzza-
ing the International. For "Squaring
the Circle." the "Abie's Irish Rose"
of the Muscovite masses, takes the ro-
bot dourness out of our conception
of the Soviet character, and makes
the Communist comedy quite crazy
enough to convulse Broadway and
all points west.
Valentine Katayev, the youthful
author, romps through three acts of
mad fun, eliciting the maximum of
comedy out of the minimum of sit-
uation. Vasya and Abram, confirmed
bachelors sharing a garret room, ar-
rive on the same day from the Reg-
istry office with respective brides, one
a bespectacled Marxian bibliophile,
the other a fluttery little blond-brain,
who doesn't know dialectic from idea-
Out of the riotous confusion of
cooperative living and the revelation
of mismatings arises the merriest
of satires. To Carl Nelson one
schooner of vodka for his orchida-
ceous role of Emilian Tonkonogov,
the wild-eyed poet of the new regime.
It'll roll you in the aisles. A dish of
caviar to Charlie Harrell, whose de-
lightful performance of the ever-
starving Abram contributed much to
the light-hearted mood of the play.
The other three leads, Edward Jurist,
Mary Pray and Virginia Frink were
not far behind. The quadruple lead-
sharing succeeded, if the cooperative
living did fail.
Anyhow, it's all good clean fun, and
as the dogmatic leader Novikov says,
"It won't hurt the revolution." The
second Repertory play bodes well for
the summer season; in fact it kind
of takes the Windt out of Hender-
son's sales.
Brazil Takes Place
Of Dixie As 1eich's
Source Of Cotton
(By the Associated Press)
The most striking feature of the re-
orientation of" Germany's foreign
trade in 1935, says a report of the
German Institute for Business Re-
search, was the decline of cotton im-
ports from the United States and the
increase of such imports from Bra-
From the United States, which in
1933 furnished 72 per cent of Ger-1
many's cotton requirements, there
was imported last year only 27 per
From Brazil, which the report says
furnished in 1933 only "an insignifi-
cant amount," the Reich imported
about 20 per cent of its 1935 require-
Cotton imports from Argentina,
Peru, China and Turkey also showed
increases. Imports from India and
Egypt showed little change.
Foreign - exchange complications
are mentioned as the reason for this
reorientation of trade.


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L 3Foyer
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department and especially Mr.
Charles E. Koella are to be congratulated for the
establishment of the LeFoyer Francais-a new ed-
ucational experiment at this University.
The relative merits of classroom work as corn-
pared to actual experience and association in the
field have long been argued by educators, espe-
cially in the Romance Languages. Many of the
old guard believe that experiment ssuch as the
French House are not feasible because they do
not make for a pure French vocabulary. They
claim the atmosphere too congenial and too social
for an intellectual study of the language. The
more progressive language scholars, however, will
argue that the structure and quality of the lan-
guage can well be learned in the classroom, while
the actual "feeling" for the language must be
obtained from actual association with the customs


The following is a reprint of the speech made by
Sen. Arthur H. Vandenberg of Michigan in the Sen-
ate on Friday, June 19, in protest against the recently
passed tax bill.
MR. PRESIDENT, inasmuch as the new tax bill
has how apparently been agreed upon, and
we are generally informed respecting its terms,
I wish to make a very brief statement respecting
my opinion of it.
I desire to register in a few brief sentences my
reasons for opposing this tax atrocity: I consider
it to be a climax in the unsound, wishful, dis-
ruptive economics which have become the national
curse. It races toward the further destruction
of every real impulse which woul encourage re-
covery, reemployment, and recaptured security.
It is at war with the public welfare and will fall
like a plague upon many of its victims. It will
deserve the thundering rebuke which the Amer-
ican people will register against it when they
understand what has been done to them.
In the first place, the conference report brings'
us essentially a new bill which never has been put
to the probe of congressional debate. It is the
makeshift product of a star-chamber House and
Senate conference, which in- sheer desperation
has subordinated principle to expediency. It, as
is our weary action on it, is precipitated more by
an anxiety to adjourn than by any such adequate
consideration as ought to precede a new levy of
some $700,000,000 upon the already breakingI
backs of American taxpayers. To pretend that
we proceed deliberatively would be the sum total
of political hypocrisy, because we do not. This
is a blind and sinister speculation in the rights
and resources of 125,000,000 people. Irrespon-
sibility will not soon register a greater conquest.
In the second place, this bill reaches for more
and ever more revenue without any semblance
of corollary effort to economize - to economize
even just a little -in Government expenditures.
We still linger in the blighting era' of the great
pay off. Every penny which this new and deadly

brium. The amazing idea that "rainy-day" pre-
cautions have come to be a vice, to be discouraged
by law, is no less wanton and suicidal, in my
view, than the earlier but kindred spectacle of a
government that deliberately destroyed food in
the presence of a hungry people.
In the fourth place, this tax on surplus encour-
ages big business and monopoly. It crucifies little
business and denies it growth. Those who are
already fat can keep their fat. Those who are
lean must stay lean or pay the heavy penalty
fo rthe temerity of their aspirations. Thus it
bluntly curtails American opportunity; and thus
it blindly circumscribes tomorrow's employment
opporunities. As a result it is a blow to those
who toil, a blow to labor even as it is a blow to
capital. Through tax pressure we substitute the
judgments of Federal bureaucrats for the judg-
ments of private ownership in the management of
private business; and thus we approach more
candidly the Fascist state.
These are but a few of the burning reasons why
this legislative crime should not occur. But they
Oh, yes; we need more revenues; and I am
prepared to help you get them whenever the
formula is rational, and whenever it includes an
honest, conservation effort to bring the Budget
within sight of balance. But this is not a rational
formula. It seeks revenue at the expense of
recovery when recovery is our best assurance of
revenue; and it attempts, once more, desperately
to hide from the mass of our citizenship that
they, and they alone, finally must pay these
enormous bills which we contemptouously charge
to the next generation. Nor does it encourage
hopes of Budget balance when our contemplated
expenditures next year, untouched by any sem-
blance of retrenchment, will exceed even those
of the present prodigal year by an amount fully
equal to the new revenues now being contem-
plated. We are merely financing our latest spree.


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