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may be, are scarcely trained for their work. As a
rule, they are elected in direct vote of the people.
Whoever decides to become a candidate for sheriff,
whatever his occupation, enters the race, and if
his party backing is suffcient, in the course of time,
he becomes the chief police officer of a county
several hundred miles in area.
Contrast this method of selection with that em-
ployed in the selection and training of the state
police. Here, the men are chosen on merit. They
are given a year's intensive training in all forms.
of crime detection, the handling of firearms, the
treatment of criminals, and a brief. course in law.
After this, they are put on probation under the
supervision of an experienced 'officer. They live
in barracks; practically their only companions are


Campus Opinion
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are asked to be brief. confining themselves to less
than 500 words if possible.
To the Editor:

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some tim ago over the admittance
into this country of James Joyce's "Ulysses" re-
minded us forcibly that Puritanism - the right to
make your neighbor do what you think he ought
to do - is still a power in the land. Cleverly ap-
pealed to, this power now latent among the mis-
guided masses, may again yoke the more civilized
about us with irrational prohibitions.
As you recall, U.S. Attorney Martin Conboy filed
an appeal against the decision of Judge John M.
oolsey that ade circulation of the book legal in
this country. The sanctimonious Mr. Conboy based
his protest on the grounds of obscenity.
Although "Ulysses," no doubt, may be dirty
in places, it is also a masterpiece, a great work of
art - perhaps one of the most significant pieces of
literature in our era. Every intelligent person will
realize that no one may say to an artist: "Go
this far and no farther. Beyond this all is ver-
bolen." The artist must feel free in his creation.
4nd the reader should be free to enjoy the artist's
work as created, not as trimmed to the pattern of
this or that censor's conception of morality.
We have Judge Woolsey's word for it that no-
where did he find "dirt for dirt's sake," nowhere
did he detect "the leer of the sensualist." Holding
that "reading 'Ulysses' in its entirety . . . did not
tend to excite sexual impulses or lustful thoughts"
in a normal person, Judge Woolsey declares the
book is not obscene. He remarks that "whilst in
many places the effect on the reader undoubtedly
i; somewhat emetic, nowhere does it tend to be an
To anyone who has read the novel, or parts of it,
it is apparent that it is too difficult to fathom
for those who would read it for smut's sake alone.
As a book it is beyond ordinary minds, though a
page here and. there might shock the average
person -- much as two customs inspectors were so
shocked by the "obscene" copies of the Vatican ceil-
ing paintings last summer that they held up their
entry into a United States port while the nation
laughed in ridicule.
Were it smut suppression and not notoriety
Attorney Conboy is interested in, he might well
turn his attention to the purely pornographic pe-
riodicals such as "Wild Cherries," "Cupid's Capers,"
"Hollywood Squawks," "La Paree," "Gay Pari-
slenne," "Spicy Stories," and "Pep," to cite a few
examples from a list of 59 magazines proscribed
by New York city police recently.
There is also a job for an enterprising attorney
in cleaning up the business in bawdy booklets and
"feelthy peectures" that are standard stock in,
trade of many a poolroom in the country. Suchf

reform in the line of duty is, of course, less likely.
to make the front pages as often as an attack
on "Ulysses."
. The American audience may not rightly be pen-
alized because of the potential, though highly im-
probable, effect a work of art might have on a,
few morons. Neither should American artists be
hobbled longer, or weighted down with the yoke
of the standards of the ignorant annd subnormal,
which Puritanism would again decree. .
The State
Police Sstem ..
R ABID DEMOCRATS who fear that
Rtthe usurpation of sovereign rights
of the people by the states will result in a complete
centralization of power, have included the corps of.
the state police among their worries. It seems
that these good people would rather spend their
lives, poorly protected and poorly .policed, in order
to satisfy a somewhat illogical ideal.
It is obvious that a well-regulated state police
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other members of the state police; they are a
part of a well-organized system with a uniform'
method of training and procedure. They live, eat,'
and almost literally sleep with their mindson their
It would seem that the mere understanding of
the functions of the state police would preclude the
possibility of a belief in it as an instrument of pos-
sible dictatorship. If there is any question about
economy involved, it is only necessary to refer to a,
certain sheriff in St. Joseph's county, Indiana,
who after two years in office, retired with a suffi-
ciently large nest egg to carry' him comfortably
through to the end of his life.
If there is any question of efficiency, let there
be a fair comparison between the average sham-
bling country constable or the average happy-go-
lucky county sheriff in his rattletrap automobile
and the trim, well-trained, properly equipped state'
police. Then the alarmist may tuck his ideals
comfortably back in his pocket, lean back in his
chair, and proceed to let the state police protect
his property and his life.
Th'.e Th-eatre
TERESA finally departs. The Nuns go to their
prayers. Sister Juana of the Cross, left alone on the
stage, softly sobs. The final curtain slowly descends
on "Cradle Song," and the 1934 Summer Repertory
Season comes to a close.
Patrons are almost unanimous in hailing it as
one of the most successful seasons in the six years'
history of the group. If anything is to be criticized,
it is the choice of plays, two or three of which
were not exactly suited for summer presentation.
BUT TAKEN AS A WHOLE the season's offer-
ings were above the average. The acting, directing,
and technical work were excellent. And we learn
from the box office that the summer was also a
financial success. So it would seem that everyone
has reason to be happy. It's all over now, but we're
looking forward to next year with anticipation.
May we express the hope at this time that more of
next year's plays be chosen from current Broad-
way successes. This year's fare was deficient in this
THE EXODUS of players for all parts north,
east, south and west hasalready begun, and after
tomorrow they'll be scarcer than water in the
drought section. Director Fancis Compton, his wife,
and baby, have already departed for their summer
home in Maine.. Director Frederic Crandall will
leave soon for New York where he's going to have
a fling at Broadway. Fred, an instructor in Ann
Arbor high school in the past, is really serious
about it. He hasn't renewed his teaching contract
And Director Valentine B. Windt will soon leave
for a motoring trip through the east, stopping off
for a visit at his home in New York before return-
ing for school in the fall.
* * * *
elyn Cohen), art director and costume designer re-
spectively, will go to Philadelphia where he has
accepted a position with the Art Museum. Mr.
Wyckoff will teach in the school of Applied Arts.
They will first go to Wisconsin, however, to pick
up their youngster, Peter, who has been at a boys'
camp all summer.
* * * *
TALKING about youngsters, there are many who
will be waiting to see their dramatically-inclined
fathers and mothers. Hattie Belle Ross, for ex-
ample, can now devote more time to her family.
She has two children, five and six years old, who
have just been returned to her. Josh Phillips
Roach will return to the wife and new-born baby
at Hazel Park. And Claribel Baird will head for
Oklahoma and her three-year-old boy, Jerry, whose
dramatic career was outlined in this column July
* * * *
CLARIBEL and Laurine Hager, who gave such
an excellent portrayal of Sister Juana of the Cross
last night, will stop off at the World's Fair in
Chicago on their way back. Sally Pierce and her
sister, Elsie, also plan to take in the Fair later
this month, as do many other players. But enough
for now. There will be more on this subject
tomorrow. -C.A.B.

As Others See It
Last week a Campus Opinion letter asked that
the courthouse grounds be cleaned up. Here's the
answer. Provisions have been made to erect
bleacher seats on the grounds to accommodate lis-
teners of a play-by-play account of the Tiger-
Yankee series.
Some of Hitler's policies contradict themselves.
For instance, he decrees that German women use
less cosmetics and dress more plainly - at the
same time advocating more marriages. What are
the women going to use as weapons?
It's typical of the Ann Arbor weather man to
save all the rain for the last week of school. If he
were really going to keep in character, though,
we'd have 110 degree temperature during exams.
State Street merchants might just as well close
un shnn until the middle of Sentemher Our nmi-

"The American woman has it much harder
than we do," a Hindu student told me recently.
"because she is forced to think constantly and her
whole life is a mass of choices to be made and
decisions to be arrived at, without the rich back-
ground of experience of the East or the hide-bound
conventions of Europe to guide her."
In India, this student maintains, the woman's
path is beaten smooth for her. Out of the past cen-
turies of experiment, she is able to use the surviving
and, therefore, the most practicable method of
meeting any emergency or any situation which
may arise in life.
"For example," she said, "family life as I know
it in India would seem to you to be a prison of
iron bars, perhaps, but you would have to admit
that the Hindu woman has no need of either a
brilliant mind or a psychologist's help."
Of course, this girl points out, the views of Hindu
women in the famous "Mother India" of recent
popularity are gross exaggerations. "If I were to
judge America by the gangster and so-called 'moll'
of Chicago, I should present as true a picture of
normal American life as Miss Mayo has seen fit
to present of India. She has thrown our every
fault into bold relief, and omitted the real part
of our culture entirely."
"Do you have many co-educational universities
in India?" I asked the girl.
"We have a very great many of these," she
replied. "My reasons for coming to America were
largely to learn such points about American psy-
chology, as for example, the type of life lead by
the American woman.
"I can say this much for her- that while she
leads a much more difficult and un-sheltered exist-
ence than any of my Hindu friends enjoy - she
certainly learns to think. Whether or not this is an
advantage to her depends upon the point of view
from which you look at this question.
"Many of my American women friends have
fine minds, but their existence is torn between
the home and their careers, until in the end they
are not so happy or so well off as a low-caste Hin-
du woman. From the other point of view, however,
it can be argued that progress is really being made
by you Americans. Certainly, Europe has nothing to
approach the American woman's sense of freedom.
I rather enjoy it, myself. So I do not pretend to
say which is the better - L will leave that question
out of my view of your country. I am merely here
to study you as you are."
And with this somewhat startling disclosure of a
4Hindu woman's view in mind, it may be well to add
that, whether progress is being made by American
women or not, they certainly are embarking upon
something rather unusual in the other nations of
the earth - namely, economic freedom. Whether
they enjoy real freedom or not, is something to
wonder about. -H.S.H.
Screen Reflectios
Judging from recent film fares, the Michigan
and Majestic theatres are just taking turns fea-
turing navy pictures. The Michigan started it all
with "Let's Talk It Over," then the Majestic showed
"Here Comes the Navy." Now, just to keep the
ball rolling, the Michigan takes up the torch with
"She Learned About Sailors," featuring Alice Faye
and Lew Ayres. Ship ahoy, and anchors aweigh!
This town's gone nautical.
In the picture Lew is the champion heart-breaker
of the U. S. Navy with the proverbial girl or two
(or three) in every port. All goes well until he meets
Alice, a night club entertainer in an Asiatic
port. The light burns bright. They fall in love.
But the fleet leaves port and things look bad
until two of Lew's pals, Frank Mitchell and Jack
Durant, step in and stage an accidental meetini of
the lovers in Los Angeles, and when something goes
wrong they force both lovers into a trumped up
marriage. Then there follows a series of events
that bring the film to a conclusion.
Alice Faye made her film debut in George
White's "Scandals," (remember her singing "Nasty
Man?") and was seen in "Now I'll Tell" by Mrs.
Arnold Rothstein.
George Marshall directed the picture from the
screen play of William Conselman and Henry
Johnson. It's a Fox film.

Widely ballyhooed as "the first bunkless picture
and "the movie without hokum" Warner Bros.
self-styled masterpiece of realism, "As The Earth
Turns," opens at the Majestic today.
Here's how the producers explain it: "From the
first click of scenarist's typewriter to cutting room
the production order for 'As The Earth Turns'
was 'keep it real'. We bought a story of life as is
and we produced a story of life as is . . . no extra
drama, no extra laughs, no extra pathos - NO
The movie is adapted from the first novel by
Gladys Hasty Carroll, a saga of New England rural
life. Ernest Pascal dramatized it.
The characterizations have been drawn from the
lives of the rugged New England pioneer types
and each member of the cast was said to have
been selected because of his or her peculiar fitness
for the part.
Jean Muir, who appeared last week in "A Modern
Hero," was the feminine lead of Jen, a farmer's
daughter who loves the soil. Donald Woods makes
his picture debut as Miss Muir's lover, the city
boy who reverts to the farm.
The story deals with the intimate family life
of the Shaws with David Landau as Mark, whose
one son a nait nrtulaved hb yRue llH,'rdi ta-n.

Greater Movie A o1.itGreater Movie
Season . . . . C i7 . . . . Season
She thought she knew all kinds of men - and then
'She Lea rned About Sailors'
Selected Short Subjects
Matinee & Evening kA ~I~ATTEND
i Balcony 25c . . . . MA ESTIC . . . .COOL MATINEES
Drama Fashioned from the Very Pattern of Life!
JEAN MUIR (the glorious new star)
As The Earth Turns"
Matrne1 WI "IFRT H-_ -Nht 25

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