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Published every morning except Monday
during the University Summer Session by
the Board in Control of Student Publica-
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lished herein.
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Editorial Director......Paul J. Kern
City Editor.....Joseph E. Brunswick
Feature Editor.....Marian L. Welles
Night Editors
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John E. Davis Orville Dowzer
T. E. Sunderland
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Night Editor-.T. E. SUNDERLAND

through encouraging the correct path;
and while the action of the guards
who held the 1200 New York prisoners
at bay, while three men drowned
scarcely a stone's throw away in the
riven beneath them, may have been
practical and justified, the possible
widows and orphans of these three
men have perhaps a different view to
With the recent completion of three
successful or partially successful
flights across the Atlantic, and the
statement by Lieut.-Commander Rich-
ard E. Byrd that trans-Atlantic com-
mercial lines are practical, there is
brought into the foreground the ques-
tion that has lurked in the background
ever since the Orteig prize was do-
nated; and that is, to what extent, and
how soon, commercial aviation will
alter our present modes of travel.
To be overly optimistic and expect
the establishment of vast trans-At-
lantic air liners plying regular sched-
ules between the Old World and the
New immediately is probably as er-
roneous as stating the air travel will
never be feasible. Certain it is, how-
ever, that transportation by air is
still in its infancy, and that immense
developments will have to take place,
especially in the line of increased
safety, before the general public can
be converted.
It is an ironical commentary on
Commander Byrd's statement antici-
pating air - travel that the day it ap-
pears in the press there appears also
tho announcement that one of the es-
corts of Colonial Charles A. Lindbergh
has been killed in an accident at To-
ronto. It is also a commentary that
Byrd himself failed to reach Paris,
though with him he carried a naviga-

While 1200 prisoners in Sing Sing tor at least as excellent as any wirc
prison at Ossining, New York, looked a commercial air line could afford. Hi
n in horror, a canoe on the Hudson failure, it must be remembered als
iver capsized and three young men, was recorded after waiting severa
apparently unable to swim, drowned months for weather conditions t
before their eyes. A low wall sepa- change, and under auspices tha
rated the prisoners from the wharf should have been most favorable.
and. the river, but guards with riot Some system of landing, facilitie
guns manned the wall and threatened throughout the length of the flight wil
to shoot the first man that crossed it. have to be established if trans-Atlanti
While guns kept the rescuers back, travel is to succeed, and a method
the three men struggled in the river, also, of averting the effects of ic
and one of them finally succumbed storms and fogs must be found. Spee
only fifteen feet from the prison and comfort the air travel no doub
wharf. affords already, but increased safet
It was a ghastly event, this drown- is an indispensable factor to th
ing with hundreds of ablt bodied men growth of commercial aviation. Thre
within calling distance. It involves a of the four attempted trans-Atlanti
complex set of standards, and there flights recently have failed to lan
will no doubt be a long and loud- where they intended, and one ha
voiced criticism of the armed guards been a complete failure. A 25 per
who caused the drowning of three, cent record of safety is not larg
There is the side of the sentimentalist, enough to attract even a considerabl
who would be anxious to give the number of passengers, and whil
prisoners a chance to escape anyway, travel by air is in the offing, and onl
and then there is the side of the stern a matter of a short time, we have no
practicalist, like Warden Lawes, who yet entered the age of the airplane.
said that previous faithlessness of the
sternprisoners made the action of the RESULTS
guards necessary. Last year in Wayne county and De.
The death of three persons is a tre- troit there were two deaths from fire
mendously tragic event-for more works on the Fourth of July, with' 18
tragic than the possible escape of a ijdries. Several of those injure
trio of prisoners. The guards who died later in the month and the resul.
held the hundreds of prisoners in was such a revulsion of public opinio
check took the great responsibility of that Detroit passed a- city ordinanc
being somewhat directly responsible prohibiting the sale of fireworks this
for the death of three men, yet at the year. Monday, consequently, Detroi
same time also they have been directly celebrated its first safe and san
responsible for the enforcement of a Fourth, with the result that there was
code which is a bright spot in the an- not a single death or serious injur
nals of prison management. They recorded from the use of explosives.
held the mass in check while that The results there are plain and ob
mass had every impulse, and perhaps vious. Even the most skeptical coul
even popular sympathy, for the pro- ask for nothing more conclusive tha
Jected break, and the result can not that in favor of the ordinance. Nin
help but be an increased respect for dealers, to be sure, combined an
the discipline at Sing Sing prison, hired an attorney to fight the ruling as
It is entirely possiblt that had three unconstitutional, but their' efforts wen'
or four of the prisoners been allowed for naught, as all efforts in selfish in
to go to the rescue they would have terests should go for naught whe
swum for safety immediately upon be- contrasted with the common good.
ing outside the prison walls. They Last winter at the regular bi-ennia
have all had their opportunity in so- session of the state legislature a simi-
ciety, and instead of doing the heroic lar law was proposed for the whol
they played a disgraceful role, for state. In spite of the vigorous lobb
which they are still paying the pen- of the fireworks interests, the bill
alty. passed the house and would hav
The regrettable part of the whole passed the senate if it hadn't been re-
thing is, of course, that it was neces- ferred to the senate judiciary com-
sary to confine the men in the prison, mittee, which, if it was conscious that
at all, and that they could not be there was a bill before it at all, forgo
trusted. The crimes that they com- to report it out until the last day o
initted have cost more than their own the session, when, in the mad hurri-
confinement, they have cost three cane of last minute legislation the
lives, for the three men could easily measure failed.
have been saved if the prisoners had If any of the selfish commercial in-
been free to do so. terests which would continue to muti-
On the other hand the opportunity late children in order to increase their
to perform a really worthwhile role business need proof of the efficacy of
might have been the salvation of some an anti-fireworks law they need mere-
hardened criminal, and might have re- ly look at the example of Detroit. It
formed him from his path of way- is true, of course, that somewhere
wardness. It is a curious set of stand- someone will lose the profits that are
ards indeed that prevents men from annually made out of the traffic in ex-
performing the heroic, and even the plosives; but then, when the armis-
chance that they might have taken tice was signed there was a gipch
advantage of their opportunity to es- larger loss to the manufacturers of
cape is insignificant when compared to ammunition; and the nation survived
the possible saving of three lives. that crisis quite admirably. It is pos-
The event at Sing Sing constitutes a sible that were we faced another time
queer and unique application of our with the same situation we would
present set of standards. It is the again sign an armistice,
application of a system which confines When state legislatures cease to be
as punishment for crime rather than the tools of the business lobbies, and
attempting to prevent the crime when they learn to consider the inter-.


Recently, to be exact Monday, most
of the people of the United States cele-
brated the Fourth of July as the 151st
anniversary of the day they declared
their independence from a tyrant, and
asured themselves of personal free-
dom. Not so with the Student of the
University of Michigan, those who
though of it morned the loss of this
liberty and their automobiles.
Just to inform the .yarious school
teachers in attendance this summer
of the true facts, and to display our
knowledge of American history we
wish to state here that the Declara-
tion of Independence was lfot signed
on the Fourth of July nor was it de-
clared on that day.
* * *
It is now time that the students
arise and take arms against the im-
position on their personal liberties.
Rolls offers the following declara-
When in the course of student'
affairs it becomes necessary for one
people to serve the bonds of oppres-
sion which hold them to another it is
altogether fitting and proper that we
should do this. There is not much
malice in what we say. His majesty,
King Little has influenced his Parli-
ament, the Board of Regents, to pass
such acts of repression that a free
student body can no longer bear such
acts. He has caused the following to
be enacted:
1. The under-class men were de-
nied the use of the most necessary
2. Not satisfied with destroying the
pleasure of these all students have
been denied the use of automobiles.
All men are born and created equal
and it is their inherent right that
they be entitled to life, liberty and
the pursuit of happiness or anything
else they may wish to pursue.
We appeal to the reason of all who
may read this. How can students
pursue happiness of anything else
without the use of their automobiles?
We appeal to the sene of justice of
the Regents, abolish your laws. We
appeal to the voters of the great
State of Michigan, go to the polls with
a vengeance and vote for new Regents.
Your children may some day or may
at the present time by students at
the University and they must have
automobiles to pursue happiness and
everything else. We rest our case.
* * *
John Hancock is not present in our
office at the time of going to press
but we expect his signature within
the next month.
* * *
YPSILANTI, July 5-(Special)-
Paul Revere IV rode through here
early this afternoon on his way to
Detroit to warn students of the latest
restriction. Paul lost his motor ear
in Ann Arbor, the seat of oppression.
He left there on June 28.
In accordance with out promise of
the other day Rolls has secured an in-
terview with one of the school teach-
ers enrolled in the University for the
summer. The first lucky teacher was
Miss Matilda Smythe of Mt. Calm high
school. She talked so fast that the
reporter had difficulty in keeping up
and missed part of her story but it
is funny anyway.
When asked the reason she had

come to Ann Arbor, Miss Smythe
stated that she thought she could
learn something. She said, "I am
teaching senior English and the stu-
dents think too fast and ask too many
questions so that I can not answer
them so I came to Ann Arbor to take
a few courses so that" (here the re-
porter was lost in the flow of words.
He picked up the trail again.) The
funny thing about it is the fact that
the course I like best is not in my
field but is beginning sociology which
I take from Robert Angell; it has
given me a whole new outlook on life
and on my work (lost again.) Yes,
I read The Daily r igiously and es-
pecially Rolls. You see I am trying
to keep my youth and Rolls helps.
You see when I was young I used to
laugh at funny things and now I
think that laughing at Rolls keeps me
young." (Here the reporter was
drowned in the flow of words.)
ests ,of the general public on a parity
with those of the fireworks dealers,
then, perhaps, Michigan and other
states may have anti-fireworks legis-
lation that will make the Fourth an
even more glorious holiday, and
which will have statewide results as
the ordinance of Detroit has had re-

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