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until social forces and public welfare agencies
can be mobilized in a nation-wide fight against
crime. Delinquency, and crime cannot be abol-
ished merely by education; slum clearance proj
ects must be instigated, schools and recreation
facilities must be established; housing must be
improved so that the effect of family disturb-
ances can be lessened. The press can play a
vital part in this campaign.
Our newspapers can dramatize the funda-
mental factors behind our crime; they can make
the people alive to the basic problems which are
involved in a fight against it. If the newspapers
are to assume responsibility of operation for
the public interest, their duty is to see that the
people of this country are informed and edu-
cated upon the sociological aspects of our crime.
UNHOLY PILGRIMAGE, social study by Thomas
L. Harris. 185 pages. Round Table Press. $2.
This clergyman, once an assistant rector of
St. Andrews Episcopal Church here, shed his
robes of the pulpit, donned a brown shirt, a green
tie, and as far as possible an objective attitude,
and went to Russia.
He wanted to find out in the Soviet Republic
how they were getting along without religion. He
was singularly disinterested in the number of new
tractors, but was concerned with what the people
thought about the new tractors.
In a review of a book concerned with a contro-
versial subject, it is difficult for the reporter to
maintain a disinterested point of view. It is too
easy to quote paragraphs and sentences that
present personal beliefs. In an effort to present
an unbiased study of this book, a continuous
attitude of alertness was kept during the reading
in order to search out thoughts against the Soviet
as well as those for it. This was of no avail.
We can find no paragraph that utterly derides
the communistic theory in religion, in industry,
in morals, in culture. And so, this review must
reflect the conclusions of a priest who saw the
experiment and called it good.
A knowledge of the Russian language made a
guide unnecessary, and Harris visited the large
and the small cities to find what 20 years of
vigorous official atheism have done to the people
of the U.S.S.R. "Godless Russia illustrates the
general principle that good character needs
equity more than piety . . . Pietism is a kind of
cowardice; the Church is a society of the rem-
nant who walk the narrow way in but not of the
"I had seen a New Creation and a New Man;
of that I was quite certain. In the U.S.S.R. is
growing a new order, a new civilization, a new
culture producing a new character, a new type,
a new kind of person.
"A domination of life by dogma marries
thought to action, and gives to living a coher-
ence and consistency quite rare with us. After
dealing with the inconsistencies, subterfuges,
hypocrisies and hesitancies of young Americans,
who suffer so acutely from the divorce of thought
from deed, I was glad to meet other young men
and women whose acts spring naturally from
their /ideas, and whose ideas were accessible to
their actions . . . In character the new man of
the U.S.S.R. excels the young men and women of
the U.S.A. Young Russians excel in character,
not because they are naturally more attractive,
naturally finer; tley excel because they have
social advantages . . . To grow up in a society
where man's exploitation of man has virtually
disappeared and is universally condemned, is a
privilege that makes a Groton and a Harvard
graduate seem desperately underprivileged."
However, it wasn't difficult for Mr. Harris to
find churches open, even though many were
closed or put to other uses. Why did the persons
who trickled into these churches come to bow
before a dimly-lit icon? The most common reply
was that there was nothing in secular life that
dealt with man's inescapable solitariness, except
a persistent and fruitless attempt at denying it,
the awareness of the not human, the not social,
the desire to become something more than man.
Militant atheism was hard to find, which he
ascribes to the fact that "a dead fox makes

no hounds bay." In the towns especially, he says,
the battle of the godless seems to have been won.
He visited hospitals, motor plants, open-air
speeches, joined in parades. He traveled in the
places least seen by the Intourist, and his nar-
rative is happily constructed of descriptions,
thoughts, quotations, personal sketches; and all
woven together with threads of wonder. Unholy
Pilgrimage is a book that should be widely read.
It approaches the Russian undertaking from one
of the most important and less exploited angles.
It is on its culture and personal religion that
it will stand or fall. Harris, well equipped to
fathom human feeling, has written an astute and
valuable study of the most important experiment
of this generation.
Closely akin with religion is culture. The
author develops in two chapters the Russian's
concept of this element. He discovered that
Puritan standards exist without the Puritan
conscience, that a major point in Soviet culture
is the possession of things-to use razor and soap
and lipstick, and to use a tractor instead of a
horse-and to appreciate music, art, and liter-
"Culture means to Russians what culture
means to us, plus what we mean by standard of
living plus an ethical, social use of things."
He compares Gorki, motor center, with Dear-
born. He had seen poverty-stricken mountain-
eers enter upon a higher standard of living at
Dearborn, and acquire ice-boxes, radios and
automobiles, gaining little or nothing culturally
through their improvements. This absence of
raised taste or morals is lacking in Gorki, he says,
Swheree nasants hecnme sneialv-minded nnt n-

O-n TheLevel
KING LIM 0, who, despite the regal monicker,
is only another Geology student here from Can-
tin, China, pulled a good one on the recent
Geology field trip. Rising at an early hour, King
went out on a little hike of his own and returned
while his fellow embryo geologists were still fast
in the arms of Morpheus.
Heartlessly, he woke them all up and told them
that he had a breakfast prepared for them.
Then,heven more heartlessly, he stuck a handful
of rather common weeds in front of their hungry
faces. With typical racial cleverness, he had
gathered such weeds as "bread-fruit," "butter
and egg plant," and "milk-weed."


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Publication in the Bulletin is constructive notice to all members of the
University. Copy received at the office of the Summer Session, Room 1213
A. H. until 3:30; 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.


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AFTER DISCUSSING a poem very thoroughly
in his 11 o'clock class, Prof. Amos R. Morris
broke down and confessed that he had written
the affair himself some seven years ago. But
the story behind the writing of the poem was
the real humor in the situation.
In another class some seven years ago, Morris
and his listeners were discussing Wordsworth's
"Lucy" poems. They came to the one about the
little gal who got lost in a winter snowfall and
fell off a plank into a stream and drowned. One
of the pupils in the class objected to the use of
the word "plank," and said that it was un-
poetic and out of place in the poem. For the
sake of argument, Morris told the class that he
would write a poem containing the word "plank"
several times, and thus prove to the class that
"plank" was poetical and could well be used in
At the next meeting of the class, Morris re-
cited his new poem about a carpenter falling to
his death off a high plank. The word in ques-
tion was used many times throughout the poem.
At the end of the reading, the objetor to the
word "plank" said, "That isn't poetry, Mr. Morris,
that's "plank verse!"
Mathematics is the science of the most com-
plete abstractions to which the human mind
can attain.-Whitehead.
* * * *
DOROTHY CLOUDMAN was fooled by what
was apparently an overpious act on the part of
her roommate, Muriel (But Not On a Golf
Course) Hassard, Saturday. It seems that Dor-
othy had an important exam that morning from
7 a.m. to 9. It was a rather ungodly hour to rise
after Friday night, but D.A. set her alarn for
6:30 or so and hoped she'd hear it.
When the alarm went off as scheauled, Dorothy
slept soundly on, but Muriel heard the thing and
got up to turn it off. Returning to wake h
roomies, Muriel tripped in the dim light of dawn
and fell to her knees beside Dorothy's bed. With-
out getting off her knees, she proceeded to shake
D.A.C. Dorothy finally came to and Muriel trot-
ted back to her mattress. At about 8 o'clock,
Dorothy finally woke up completely and tore out
of bed shouting madly that she was over an hour
late for her exam. Muriel sleepily explained that
she had wakened her at six, but she must have
gone to sleep again. Dorothy said that it was
still night time, and when she saw Muriel on her
knees at the bedside, she though Muriel Jean
was merely saying her prayers. However, Dot
got dressed in time to write the last half-hour or
so of the exam.
WE HAVE TOLD about absent-minded pro-
fessors before, but we believe that Professor
Wood, of the Sociology department, topped all
the previous stories when he backed into a chair
on the platform during a lecture recently, and
turned to it saying, 'Pardon me" very politely.
set me in fear where so much that I had seen
set me in hope."
He found their minds open to argument. In
debate they never attacked him with innuendoes
or emotionalism. The argument was always log-
ical, when he admitted being a priest and entered
a discussion of religion. "Suppose," he muses, "in
my own church an American Communist had
dared to defend his doctrine before ten Chris-
tians. Suppose a visitor with a strong Russian
accent had joined in the debate and admitted
he was a Communist Party official from Moscow
. . . We should not have been content to rest our
case against Communism on the evidence of facts
unmixed with special pleading and a rousing per-
oration on Americanism and Christian-decency."
Mr. Harris bemoans that it is not possible to
give radical views a wide circulation in the
United States. "If it were not for the kindness
of Mr. Hearst, the Communist party would be vir-
tually unknown by the mass of the American
people. The mass of magazines are virtually
closed to revolutionary opinion; radios are re-
stricted in comment, and the effect of radical
propaganda is often greatly weakened by care-
ful quotation and elimination." Still, there
exists here a freedom of the press unique to
America and England, he says, and wonders
whether the new Russian constitution's offer of a
free press is simply a pious hope.
In Moscow, he began feeling a desire to quit

the ministry, learn some useful profession, and
earn a place on this crew of 160,000,000 people.
"A still small voice of common sense whispered,
'Don't be a fool,' " but the sense of common pur-
pose intrigued this Episcopal rector. The swollen
faces of the people suggested dentistry as a need-
ed profession, and he thought "Let me see, was
the dental course at Michigan two years or
three? . . ." He could recall the exact position
on his study shelves of the catalogue of the U. of
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'Damine, But It's Good!'
The Michigan Repertory Players in
collaboration with the School of Music
and the University Orchestra present
H. M. S. Pinafore by W. S. Gilbert and
Arthur Sullivan. Directors:mValentine
B. Windt. Mary Pray, Truman Smith.
Musical Director, ,Jack Conklin. Or- ]
chcstra Conductor,Henry Bruinsma.
Scenery by Alexander Wyckoff. Cos-
tumes by Evelyn Cohen. At the Men-
delssohn Theatre.
IT WAS, I suppose, inevitable that
sooner or later, Pinafore would be (
added to the list of musicals produced
on the campus through the combined
efforts of the theatre and musicl
groups. One of the earliest works of
the two great Victorian collaborators,
it shows the line their works will take.;
But it lacks the subtlety they will'
later achieve in The Mikado, Patience
and The Gondoliers.
So persistent is theatrical tradition,
though, that it has always been one
of the most popular of the Savoy
operas in America. For it was orig-
inally produced with great success
by rival organizations, one with the
sanction of its authors, and the other
(and more successful one) pirated.
So from the high Victorian noon on
down to the present it has been held
in special esteem in this country.
And no lack of interest is apparent
in the present production. It started
last night on a whirl ofvexcitement
and continued in that, vein to the
Mildred Olsen has never sung better
than she did last night as Josephine.
Her second act solo, "The hours creep
on apace" was especially lovely. John
Elwell's Ralph Rackstraw was also
beautifully sung. His first solo with
the chorus is one of the most charm-
ing passages in the score and he did
full justice to it. Frederic Shaff-
master's sturdy voice was well suited
to his humorless Captain Corcoran.
Marguerite Creighton was pleasing
and amusing as Buttercup. Vernon
Kellet, however, did not seem to get
the full possibilities out of the part
of Sir Joseph Porter. His comedy
seemed blurred.
The single setting with its Gilbert-
esque detail was entirely suitable.
Especially admirable was the elegant
lacquered metal smokestack. And the
costumes were conceived in exactly
the same spirit.
Whether or not Pinafore is your
favorite G. and S. opera, it is not
to be missed in this production.
bill to regulate the transportation and
sale of natural gas in interstate com-
merce won the approval today of the
Senate Interstate Commerce com-
mittee. The bill already has passed
the House.

Graduate Students taking degrees:i
If you wish to attend the breakfast1
on Sunday morning it will be neces-
sary for you to secure your ticket be-
fore 5 p.m. today. L. A. Hopkins.
Stalker Hall: Supper tonight at 6'
p.m. at Stalker Hall. All Methodist
students ana their friends are cor-
dially invited. For reservations, call
6881 or 5555.E
Baseballgames in the University
League will be played inside Ferry
Field today at 4 p.m. between the
Yankees vs. Cubs (final League
game) and Faculty vs. Members of
other teams present (practice
Cercle Francais: Annual banquet
this evening at 7 p.m., Terrace ball-
room of the Union.
Prof. Ralph W. Hammett will give
an illustrated lecture, "Japanese Re-
ligious Architecture," in Natural Sci-
ence Auditorium at 5 p.m. today.
Lecture: "Techniques in Health
Education," Mabel E. Rugen, asso-
ciate Professor of Physical Education
for Women, at 4:05 p.m. this after-
noon in University High School Au-
Candidates for the degree of M.A.
Ask Labor's Aid To
Fight Electrification
LANSING, Aug. 11.-(/P)-Governor
Murphy today advised a delegation
representing rural electrification co-
operatives to enlist labor organiza-
tions in the fight for enactment of
a rural electrification bill the legis-
lature twice rejected.
The group visited the capitol to
complain that some private utilities
companies were infringting on ter-
ritory that the cooperatives had
planned to serve.
Paul H. -Todd, chairman of the
state public utilities commission, told
the delegation of 50 men and women
that the commission had no jurisdic-
tion over rural electrification lines,
and that this was one of the things
the defeated bill would have c6rrect-
JONESVILLE, Aug. 11.-(P)-Sally
Ann Herendeen, two-year-old daugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Elton C. Heren-
deen, drowned today when she fell
into a rain crock.

in Political Science: The following
have successfully completed the ex-
amination in French:
Maxwell Bauer, Thayer Carmich-
ael. Lewis Gilfoy, Harry L. Kohn,
Elizabeth A. Robertson, Chen Dao
Tung. Lawrence Preuss.
Graduate Students of the School of
Music: An examination to validate
credits in written theory (harmony)
will be given on Saturday, Aug. 14 at
10 a.m. for all students who have
not already taken care of this, in
Room 306, Burton Tower.
Deutscher Verein: There will be a
banquet in the Grand Rapids Room
of the Michigan League, ait 7 p.m.,
Monday, Aug. 16. Please make reser-
vations either at the German Table
or in the office of the German De-
partmen', 204 U.H. (Extension 788).
First Mortgage L o a n s: The
University has a limited amount of
funds to loan on modern well-located
Ann Arbor property. Interest at
current rates. Apply Investment Of-
fice, Room 100, South Wing, Univer-
sity Hall.



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