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PLAYS then calmly dropped it on the floor, evening was that of Edward T. Gibson ought to be thoroughly entertaining
(Continued from Page Two) and also when he threw another to the as Thorold in the Maesfield play. He and interesting, and if by that time
while she was before us. I still main- ceiling. To me the perfect natural- convinced with his portrayal of the you have recovered from Mr. Nelson's
tain that as long as she preserves her ness of such gestures was an excuse grasping, cowardly Norwegian peas- elabroate interpretation of Percy
impudent swagger, her burning wig, for everything, his supple wrists alone ant. Lillian McEarchen and James Maekaye's "A Thousand Years Ago" I
her Callot gown, her perfect sense of obliterated the rest. Maloney earned an A each. am sure you will find attendance an
good showmanship in other words, she So you can begin to appreciate the While Lionel Ames in Modesty did evening well lost.
may sing any way she pleases and still point of view. These tricks-and they his work well, I think that his other
pull me-and the thousands of others are called tricks only because thep' playing has led us to expect too much THE INTELLECTUAL
-to her worshipful feet. avid press-agent had to label them of him. It is difficult to imagine him . (
Naturally such a statement can be something-enhance rather than de- as anything but a sparkling ingenue, (Ctheutority of the good old book
grotesquely twisted if taken in the tract from a performance; without set in the midst of a chorus of our
wrong light. These externals, of them, a performer seems stiff and un- handsomest men, with an orchestra, your cause. is automatically lost, for
course. are only symbols; are only ointeresting, his program stilted and and pearls, and perfume. the mass assumes the truth of that to
possible, in fact, when a perfect! dull. Indeed, we are told that all art The others who deserve mention are begin with. If you advocate investi-
technique and positive confidence is synthesis, and from this I would !sargaret Bissel and Htarold Fritche, gation or ask embarassing questions
have ieen acquired, and represent the advance the thesis that even as ab- -Donald E. L. Snyder. you have the doubting Thomas story
distinctive individuality of the artist. stract a one as music requires skill- thrown at you. One must not be from
Chaliapin, for instance, does nothing ful tiuion of all the others, with par-ADVEITISEMENT. Missouri. The most effective weapon
b.t walk in circles for an entire act ticular stress laid on Pantaloon s-nd There has recently been formed an of all is the deaf ear and most people
o tMehitotle",'N Mary Carden turns his bag of bables. organization which bears the formid- use it, when their prejudices are as-
on tc footli hts, eginska rfuses to ;able title of the Interchtirch Drama sailed. The literature of revolt is
weasr -tathing but b hitct, DO Pach- PRODUTTION CLASS - League. It merely indicatns a ulnliu making itself heard however. It re-
mann cries, "Beatifu l,beautiful' at APPEARS IN . . . of four denominational dramatic fuses to be squelched. The intellect-
ris gri p ---sitAssimo. And to these Professor Hollisters play prosci- groups. These societies, in their var- ual is not willing to be hedged in by
1ontaieous eesetricite-s there are tin class did soise rather god eswori ioss stages of development, ire worth- a world which is too small for him,
'hvas th t us few who waggle their ;t aesfeld's Locked Chest antichileeiffir no outer reason tiat that n-'occasionally his screams of rage
-c m5 i Ii thi.rror and roIuse to se tis',tt is siodl ty of teau slrerview. Toiler's they furnish ini outlet for the dozens becstfe quite raucous and unrefined,
such trifles weld an art togtheir an Wife wfunfortunately east, how- of theatric asirants wiII the rec- i witness the Sunday Magazine fer-
ii it through the ver fibre of thesever; forIwo of the best people in ogniz ialubs cannot use. hient if last year.
srce.- i::-ti p' ras'atis took the roles rath- To show that even charchles can o- Several years ago a book appeared
- ontinuiin Withi te'acMann.you e lr is :oriatly--aleost any other operate the are each to present a one - vhic rstruc iwhat should have been a
irecall te incident where he play iuld not hsave failed to e a act play in a program to be givenin so pierful blow at the military system.
Iseekda a note from the keyboard vwith i {suces il e s a I tli 0 ans. I.ante tt-a thiWe nesday cvenjin It was called crude and revolting.
<ie hand. placed it in the othe'- andi e crest p, efirsaits- -e fthi t :-i 'it' srviewpoints tle -ts't ttp ts't it hai an undeniable atmosphere

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of troth about it. That book was
- Three Soliters, by John Dos Passos.
sWiether or not it is good literature
is aside from the question. It was a
work which required an answer, and
it has not been answered.. Bit the
?military system is as strong as ever,
and nowsvhere stronger than in the col-
leges, where young university stu-
dents-are enthuisastically training for
mre si-ar. The absurdity of the sys-
tell is apparent to the person who an-
alyzes it and who, like Dos Passos,
reacts against the machine-like inhu-
manity of the army, and the crushing
of individuality and the finer feelings
there. Even the brutality of military
nomenclature is revolting to the per-
son who is sensitive to it. Only such
a person, however, reasons out the
basic folly of the whole scheme upon
which modern life rests and maintains
itself. Alfred Noyes wrote The Wine
. Press but who reads it? Too effective
an antidote is it for war? It is like
casting a snowball into a raging fire
in an attempt to quench it. The great
masa of humanity goes on as it has
always gone, and when the occasion
arises nations will fly at each other's
throats as fiercely as savage ever as-
sailed savage, and just as unreason-
ingly. It is not a reasonable world; it
it a world of prejudices and passions,
and it will prate of its patriotisms in
the future as it has in the past; as if
each political unit had a monopoly on
that virtue. And always he who at-
tempts to be rational, to keep his head
and see the other fellow's viewpoint
will be frowned upon as dangerous to
the common welfare.
So it goes with everything. What
those in control do not want to hear
or to be heard is censored; Graecum
est non legitur. The rebellious ones
bseat their verbhal winsa gainst the
rage of convention. They attract at-
tention but they do not escape. Is it
any wonder that we have a literature
5 t tdespar? swhat goot ds ii to esls-
eate a man if he must still conform to
the opinions and ideals of the mass?
In England some time ago Dr. Tempte,
a clergyman of the Churcs of England,
-plied as follows to a protest from
the Bishop of London against his part
in a certain "Essays and Reviews."
'To tell a moan to study, and yet bid
him under heavy penalties to come ti
th same conclusion with those who
have not studied is to mock him." 1st
vher- s the trobles of the intell ctual
va-esus the world ho lives in.


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