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Night Editor-JOS. E. BRUNSWICK
FRIDAY, JULY 29, 1927
When a group of politicians meets
one can almpst be certain that some
stupid idea or other will emanate
from their fertile brains sooner or
later, and observers of the governors'
conference at Mackinac Island this
week were not disappointed; for just
as the conference seemed to be going
along sensibly and smoothly, Governor
Albert C. Ritchie of Maryland dropped
the characteristically stupid sugges-
tion that the governors of the states
organize into a "house of governors,"
to be guardians o state rights and to
have no legal status
Of course the strain of being adver-
tised as a prospective Democratic
presidential nominee was no doubti
too great for the good governor to
bear, but if something foolish had to be
suggested it is rather pitiable that it
couldn't be something a little less
crazzy this this. As Governor Ritchie
says, there would be no regular
means of financing such a gathering;
they would have no legal status; they
could not make their views effective;
and a rational observer might add;
that. the governors would waste valu-
able time which might as well be
spent in a vacation if such an affairr
wer organized.
Then there is something very subtle
about the suggestion "to guarantee'
states rights." Of course Governor1
Ritchie is from the East, and there-
fore wet, or at least moist, and the1
states rights blind has become the7
favorite substerfuge of the wets since
they found themselves slipping as
honest opponents of prohibition. Thet
gentleman who has been mentioned
with a straight face for the Demo-1
cratic nomination proposes such an1
organization for the protection ofl
states rights, then, merely as a means
of guaranteeing respectable opposi-l
tion to law enforcement, and that is1
where the good governor from Mary-l
land is wrong.l
States rights may be all right int
the East, where states are conceited1

and where states elect governors like
Ritchie, but to the honest mind of the
dry Kansan or Nebraskan the pros-f
pect of opposing the federal govern-f
ment with a purely superficial organ-I
ization of governors is likely not to
make such a strong appeal.
The Maryland man loses sight ofI
the fact that all the state governorsc
in the Union are not wets, even
though some of them do look thatI
way on their pictures, and as a conse-
quence he might find some opposition t
right away in his house of governorsa
to his own ideas. That would be aI
serious reflection on the Intelligence t
of the organization, of course.
When conceived in its possibilities t
the proposed new chamber becomes
even more ludicrous than the gov-
ernor of Maryland, for if consum-'
mated we should have the edifyinge
sigh of 48 governors, each supposedly9
an inteligent man, arguing and debat- v
ing until the stars left their orbits t
from exhaustion, and when the heated9
session was ended, what would the t
result be? A resolution! If Governor l
Ritchie had paid any attention to
state and national legislative bodies s
he would have seen that it is hard t
enough to get men interested when i
they can make or break, and have the O
power to defeat or pass; if this is n
difficult, then how many more times q
difficult will it be to arouse interest h

with no corresponding power?
Then, too, there is the purely scien-
tific argument that governors weren't
made to deliberate; and that they are
elected as executives, merely to en-
force the results of other men's delib-
erations. But this discussion is get-
ing much too deep for governors, and
there is no us in needlessly confusing
them further.
All in all, the speech of Governor
Ritchie is rather unworthy of a man
who has been mentioned for nomina-
tion to the highest honor that the
world affords. If he were observing
he would have noticed by now that it
is plainly foolhardy to advocate states
rights in a nation which recognizes
no national rights, and in a common-
wealth that would as soon subjugate
a weaker nation as any of her states.
This subjugation is nice, of course,
because it is a steady trend towards
ocmplete internationalism, 4hich we
have so nobly encouraged by our par-
ticipation in the League of Nations;
thus if Ritchie had reflected he would
have sen that from a purely practical
standpoint his proopsal is scorcely
On the whole the conference
which thd governors held this year
was ideal. Two days of vacation pre-
ceding it then al few harmless resolu-
tions; and a boat trip following. For
the lighter side of the program there
was a speech on purifying politics,
followed by an address given by
Mayor William Thompson of Chicago,
a type of irony an humor which even
the governors ought to appreciate.
Thus, after hearing of the peril of
Britannia from Thompson, the dele-
gates were well prepared for the boat
trip, having a start on the persons
who don't get seasick until they are
two days out. If governors can have
such a dandy conference as this with-
out even organizing, why spoil them
and their fun? They have furnished
endless copy for newspapers; two or
three of the speeches were worthwhile;
and al in all it was a very successful
vacation for them all.
Anonymous communications will be
disregarded, The names of communi..
cants will, however, be regarded as
confidential upon request.
British Negotiations
The tri-partite naval arms limitation
conference at Geneva seems to be in a
state of crisis resulting in a deadlock
by failure of agreement between
American and British proposals.
The British, according to one re-
port, desire 10,000-ton cruisers on the
ratio of 12-12-8 and the treaty speci-
fication that all secondary cruisers
shall carry no larger than six-inch
guns; whereas, the Americans declare
that such an agreement would give
the United States a fleet inferior to
that of Great Britain and desire to
permit unrestricted construction of
ships and the use of eight-inch guns
within a certain total tonnage limita-
Several other proposals have been
made by the British, but in the opin-
ion of ithe Americans any of them
would give the United States an in-
ferior fleet. The British ought to use
discretion in urging such proposals
since our acceptance of one of them
might give us an "inferiority com-
plex" and greatly hinder our develop-
These tactics of the British diplo-
mats at the Geieva conference re-
mind one of some negotiations car-
ried on a goodly number of years ago
by some other Britishers. Their tac-
tics were recorded by that eminent
English novelish George Eliot.
In "Silas Marner" it is related that

Dunstan Cass took his brother God-
frey's horse "Wildfire" to a hun for
the purpose of selling him, but when
he met his friend Bryce he declared,
"But I shall keep Wildfire now
I've got him, though I'd a bid of a
hundred and fifty for him the other
day," etc., etc., and thus they mutu-
ally understood that Dunstan had a
horse to sell.
George Eliot, evidencing her acute
understanding of the British mind,
adds in parenthesis: ("horse-dealing
is only one of many human transac-
tions carried on in this manner)."
The British are reproducing true to
type in the opinion of Hugh Gibson,
American Ambassador, who is chair-
man of the delegation at Geneva. It
seems to be the natural course of
events for the European diplomat to
go through a certain role of maneu-
vering and bargaining in his negotia-
ions, and therefore since we are ac-
quainted with this fact it would seem,
hat the American people shquld not
ose patience in the delay. A
However, it might be sugge ed to
some English Literature .oWessor
hat her is a poignant and. interest-
ng illustration to be quoted as proof
of the existence of "realism" in the
masterpiece of George Eliot and no
quibbling graduate student could deny
4is logic. B. A.

Music DDrama
"Broadway" has finished its fif-
teenth week in Detroit! And is still
in demand so that "all who run" may
stop and see. The play seems to have
a peculiar fascination for theatre-
goers for hundreds have seen the
play two, three and even four times.
"Broadway" is a night-club clas-
sic: it has in some way caught the
spirit behind the scenes in the metro-
politan cafe. Perhaps it is the dash-
ing in and off of the choruses as they
leave the ante-room to put on their
various "acts". The staging is clever
and detailed, even to the change
jangling in the pocket of the loosely-
jointed bell-boy.
Then there are sharp contrasts| of
low and high scenes: a mourder fol-
lowed by a rehearsal; a suicide fol-
lowed by an essentially humorous
feminine quarrel in which the hard-
ened "Nell" nearly chokes her jealous
opponent. It is dramatic-yes, and
of the day.
The excellence of the company has
often been commented upon. The
leaders include Wallace Ford, who
has made himself a tremendous fa-
vorite in Detroit in his role of Joseph
King, the hoofer, and the best stage
detective in history; Grace Huff, Mar-
shall Bradford, Gustave Rolland, Ed-
ward Ciannelli, Jay Wilson, Allen
Jenkins, Joseph Granby, Harriet Mac-
Gibbon, Catherine Collins, Lee Smith,
Maurine Maye, Julia Knox and Harry
Robert Benchley, veteran dramatic
critic of "Life" gives his semi-official
review of the past dramatic season in
the current issue o fthat magazine.
During the past year 264 openings
took place in New York City. "Of'
these," says Benchley, "it is pretty
safe to say that 250 were terrible!"
During the season there were 39 so-
called "successes". Some of the espe-
cially favoured ones, especially fa-
voured because Mr. Benchley ap-
proved of them, were "The Captive";
"Spread Eagle," in which patriotism
received a jolly outing; "The Silver
Cord," where the great national insti-
tution of motherhood was scientifical-
ly examined; "Chicago," in which
several cherished American virtues
were "kidded into insensibility";
'Saturday's Children"; "The Road to
Rome"; and "The Field God."
"All in all, a rather remarkable
season in some respects, and in some
others, rather dull-but aren't we
all?" concludes the up-standing and
long-suffering Mr. Benchley.
One of the last bits of verse writ-
ten for The Periscope by Keith Pres-
tno, two days before he went to a
hospital fatally ill, was on "The
Frontic Atlantic" by Basil Woon, one
of this week's best-sllers on the Al-
fred A. Knopf list, and was called:
The Rime of the Modern Mariner
The modern tar who sails the sea
Inside a floating hostelry
Will find no better pilot than
This Basil Woon, much-traveled man!
He'll steer you round all ocean bars:
He'll point you out the shining stars

Of stage and screen who cross the
In quest of consorts; or decrees.
He'll tell what millionaires and wits
Are found on every floating Ritz.
(King C1 Gillette, the -razor man,
Embarks on the Leviathan.)
One will not find in a blue moon
A sprightlier buid than Basil Woon:
Of all old salts that sail ithe sea
Much the most effervescent he.
K. IP.
Witter Bynner's play, "Cake,"
published recently by Alfred A.
Knopf, has just been given its pre-
miere at the Pasadena Community
Playhouse, where it will be repeated
during July. Mr. Bynner writes:
"There were many in the audience
who laughed, but others who were
persistently silent; there were even
some who left abruptly during the
last act."
A railway train is the best work-
shop, according to Sigmund Spaeth,
who recently wrote ten thousand
words on the fundamentals of music
while speeding along the tracks from
New Yorl: to Iowa.

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