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_THE1MICHIGAN DAILY

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AT THE CONCLUSION of part one, the Rev.
Patrick Bronte says "Give me my tea black and
bitter." A black and bitter portion of tea is pre-
cisely the ingredient which serves to make up
"Moor Born," Dan Totlberoh's impressive drama
concerning the illustrious Bronte sisters.
"Moor Born," which opened last night at the
Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, officially ushered in
the 1935 Summer Session theater bill and to a large
audience a thoroughly convincing performance was
presented. The entirety of the play is but one de-_
pressing scene following another, and yet it is so
successfully contrived as to keep the tension con-
stantly drawn taut: As such, it makes the various
characterizations extremely difficult and it is to the
credit of every member of the cast that this tension
was not for a moment relaxed.
"Moor Born" is the tragic tale of the life of Char-
lotte, Emily, and Anne, those grand Victorian spin-
sters. It is the disheartening drama of their love
for the only brother, Branwell, of the depravity of
his life, the pitiful circumstances of his death, and
the confining narrowness of Haworth, Yorkshire,
upon the latent genius of the three sisters.
Branwell Bronte, obviously a psychopathic case,
is more distinctly an object of pity than of ridi-
cule. Charles Harrell, as Branwell, is effective in
the role, probably the most difficult individual por-.
trayal in the entire piece. However, when Mr.
Harrell attempts to emulate Branwell in a drunken
stupor, it is plain that he has been in his cups very
few times himself. All of the sisters handle their
respective roles with credit. Mary Pray, who por-
trays Anne, discharges her duties with the neces-
sary sentiment and tenderness; Claribel Baird, as
Charlotte, continues again this summer to present
herself as the finished actress who appeared a year
ago; Sarah Pierce, well known, to local audiences
for several years, does a fully respectable job in the
role of Emily. It is Emily who, of the three, is
the most a part and parcel of the moor country to
which the Brontes are attached, much as the char-
acters of Hardy, half a century later, came to be-
long to Egdon Heath. Miss Pierce does not fail in
her efforts to make her audience feel this charac-
terization.-
"Moor Born," which is indeed excellent fare, sets
a standard which the Repertory Players will un-
doubtedly find hard to equal in their ensuing plays.
-RS.R.
As OthersSeeI

classified Directory
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Phone 5519. 21 pus. Reasonable. 333 E. Washing-
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WANTED: Two college students for School of Education. Reasonable
work rerhainder of summer. Apply Dial 3851. 12
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6754, 717 Arbor St. 14
ELLERBY RESIGNS POST
LANSING, June 26 - (/P) - Har- ROOM RENT free to student for work
old T. Ellerby, whose administration about yard and garden. Swezey
as chairman of the Michigan Public 509 Thompson. 2-2340. 18
Trust commission has been under in- -
vestigation, resigned today. ATTRACTIVE 2-room suite., Coin
Gov. Frank D. Fitzgerald, announc- fortable beds. Cross venlilatior
ing he had accepted the resignation, Near campus. 327 E. William. Dia
declined to make public Ellerby's let- 2-2203. $6 per week. 15
ter and said he had no further com -
ment to make on it. SOCIAL DANCING
Adult class every Thur.
For 30 years, J. B. England has not " ve.o a pm .i vate
missed a session of Sunday school at TERRACE GARDEN
the First Baptist church in Roanoke, STUDIo
Va. Wuerth Theater Bldg.

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Friday - Saturday -
FRED MCMURRAY
"CAR 99"
plus
GLORIA STUART
"MAYBE IT'S LOVE"

One Obstacle

To Unemployment

ACCORDING to Dr. Burton Morley, professor
of economics at the University of Alabama, the
greatest obstacle in the pathway of the college
graduate as he seeks a job is his own inertia.
"The better half of my graduating class - those
with the better scholastic and extra-curricular rec-
ords - usually have little trouble, for most of
them will be employed within a period of not more
than six months after graduation," Dr. Morley
claims. He goes on to say that those students who
are in the lower half of the scholastic records and
who show no interest in activities of the student
body arethe same ones who fail to find employ-
ment.
Such a state of affairs is easily understandable.
It takes energy and ambition to spend many hours
a day doing something just for the sheer joy of
doing it as one must do to become successful in
any extra-curricular activity. And it is the same
energy and ambition that appeals to the man who
interds to hire someone to help him make a suc-
cess of his life work.
-The Daily Blini.
The Pith Helmet

in
"The Devil Is a Woman"
Selected short Subjects
----- Saturday
A Dramatic Sensation!
"OIL FOR THE LAMPS
OF CHINA"
with PAT O'BRIEN and
JEAN HUTCHINSON,
Matinees 2:00 - 3:30
All Seats 25c
Nights 25c and 35c

"When the Briton rides the natives
Because the simple creatures hope
He will impale his solar topee
On a tree.. ."

hide in glee,

Thus has Mr. Noel Coward but recently im-
mortalized one of the great institutions of imperial
Britain. The pith sun helmet (and only the Brit-
ish genius for unbelievable nomenclature could
have thought of calling it a "solar topee") has
been an object of awe and romantic impulses ever
since Kipling, if not before. It has probably sold
even more tourist tickets to the British tropics
than the cane chairs, the long drinks, the punkahs
and the frangrance of oleander blossoms with
which it is indissolubly associated. It has pre-
served generations of strong, inarticulate and just
young men from the sun which, as every one
knows, never sets upon their dominions; and it is
doubtful whether the producers of "Lives of a Ben-
gal Lancer" could have grossed as many millions
as they did were the British Army in India equipped
with any less picturesque form of headgear.
The pith helmet has exercised a peculiar appeal
over the imagination; and at the same time has
always been peculiarly British. For both reasons,
one canhot read unmoved the news of its tentative
introduction into the American Army. Will it dis-
place the campaign hat? By comparison the cam-
paign hat is an object as unlovely as it is uncom-
fortable. It is airless in the sun and it blows off
in the wind, and during the war was one of the
reasons why our citizen soldiery yearned to get to
France, where it was not used. But it, also, has a
tradition behind it. It is legitimately descended
from the slouch hats of the Civil War and the
Stetsons beneath which the Western plains were
conquered; and there is reason in the contention
that even the sun in India is no hotter than the
climates from which it has sheltered the American
soldier and cow-hand.
In some of our insular possessions, in fact, the
pith helmet was until recently regarded with dis-
dain as an affectation of effete Englishmen and
tourists. But the helmet has been making inroads.
In the Southwest (and one suspects the Holly-
wood influence), an extraordinary contraption
pressed out of papier-mache into the form of a
pith helmet, complete with an imitation pugree,

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