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T. Antonopulos
G. W. Platt

S. S. Berar

Night Editor-JOHN E. DAVIS

FRIDAY, JULY 8, 1927

If a single person were to act with
the open obstinacy and unmasked
stubbornness that nations as a whole
display, he would immediately-be os-
tracised from the society of cultured
people and allowed to mend his ways
or spend the rest of his days in soli-
tude. When nations do it, however, a
sort of halo surrounds the action, and
the national obstinacy that results is
often cloaked under much finer and
more presumptions names, such as
diplomacy and statesmanship.
Children, in their earliest youth, are
taught not to be selfish, and are told
likewise that all the world hates, a
selfish person, but if those same chil-
dre. could read the accounts of a dis-
armament conference they would no-
tice a striking similarity in the ac-
tions of the so-called diplomats and
their own, and they would feel prop-
erly flattered at the sight of the chil-
dren playing the game of national
Right now the world is being edi-
ied with anothir of those unique
spectacles which occur every two o
three years-a disarmament confer-
ence. Immediately after the war
there were some diplomats who re-
membered the terrible cost of the
conflict so well that they were willing
to actually disarm to some degree, but
that kind of thing is not the duty of
diplomats, and it could not go on.
Their principle chance to display
themselves to best advantage comes
in the midst of a war, and conse-
quenoly hostilities can not be too
strenuously discouraged.
So when the disarmament meets,
or, more correctly, the naval confer-
ence, it is not at all surprising that
the grown men with childish outlooks
on international politics should make
of it a woeful mess. Cardinal among
the principals observed by these dip-
lomats is that no one else is to be
trusted and one must not be too hon-
est himself.. The main objective is to
get the other person to accept more of
your views than you have to accept
of his. The question of right and
wrong should never be allowed to
enter an international conference,
they agree, and only in rare instances
should the best interests of the na-
tions they represent be served, in the
mind of the delegates.
Immediately upon meeting at the
present conference the United States;
decided that it was too early to have
the conference, and that everyone
might just as well wait until 1929.
This plan would have given the
American statesmen two more yearst
to play golf, but since the golf courses1
in Japan and England are not as good c
as Long Island the other representa-
tives insisted on the meeting, so the
meeting was held. 1
Then, only a few weeks after thes
conference opened, the principalI
British representative is forced toc
leave because he has promised to ref-7
ese a shooting match back home.I
The shpoting match is a great deala
more important than the internationals
arms parley, but it is not such a ser- c
ots loss, because a British admiral iso
not good for-much more than referee- b
ing a shooting match.a
Then the real difficulties begin to
develop. After a heated discussion of t
submarines, after which it is decided n

that the best way to promote world
peace by limitation is to abolish limi-
tation, the delegates pass to the cru-
cial question of cruisers. Great Bri-
tain, of course, must have dozens of
cruisers, and during the World War,
one of her delegates points out, as
many as 70 of these ships were used
in running down the German raider
Emden. The United States, on the
other hand, does not see the need for
so many cruisers, and prefers to
build large ones that can go 'a long
ways without refueling, rather than
a large number of small ones.
So there we have the essence of a
very excellent disagreement. The
British entered the conference with a
plan calling for limitation of cruisers
at 600,000 tons, and the United States
declared that 300,000 tons of the
things ought to be plenty. Then the
United States, in the generous spirit
of compromise which always charac-
terizes her treatment of the more
backward nations, offered to com-
promise at 400,000 tons, something
after the Hebrew method of bargain-
ing, and there the situation stands,
Iwith neither knowing what to do.
Meantime the idea of limitation has
become completely nullifed, because
both the United States and Great Bri-
tain will have to build tons of cruisers
before they can approach t-he "limit"
of 400,000.
When the disagreement on cruisers
is over and ironed out, the delegates
can proceed to the disagreement on
submarines and this is all without be-
ginning to take into account the po-
tentialities of the Japanese when it
comes to abetting disagreements. If
it comes to the worst, and things look
as thought the delegates must agree,
they con always adjourn and save
themselves the ignominy of accom-
plishing anything.
Meanwhile nothing is being accom-
plished in the cause of international
peace or good will either, for that
matter, and nothing will be as long as
our statesmen take the attitude of
spoiled children towards each other.
After all, what does it matter if we
come out a cruiser more or less? If
England must be supreme on the seas
let her be; we are at least reducing
our war debt, and while the nations of
Europe are spending billions in prep-
aration for the next war we can be
saving our immense national re-
sources to the point where they can
not stage a decent war unless we
finance it, and then we are sure to
command respect.
If the estimates of the geologists are
correct, and they are likely to be at
times, Niagara Falls on the Canadian
side is wearing away at the rate of
four or five feet each year. To the
average person this may not mean
much, but when one remembers that
it will only take the thundering wat-
ers 1,320 years to go a mile at this
rate, and that Buffalo is only about 40
miles up the river, the problem is one
that assumes proportions of gravity
for our grandchildren.
By that time the Republican party
may have decided to build the St. Law-
rence waterway, and then the real dif-
ficulties will arise if the falls extend
into Lake Erie and impede naviga-
tion there. All of the other natural
wonders, also, like the Shredded
Wheat factory and the carborundumn
works will have to move with the
falls, if they are to keep theirrepu-
tation, which will involve considerable
overhead expense.
Nevertheless, though the problem
of checking Niagara is not vital at the
present time, the idea of a University
excursion to investigate the matter is

a sound one, and it is to be sincerely
hoped that a large number of the
student body will take advantage of
this and of the other excursions, for
they offer a worthwhile part of the
summer curriculum.
D. C. Stephenson, former Klan boss
and political magnate of Indiana,,also
a murderer at times, has decided to
disclose all he knows about corruption
in Indiana politics, according to the
rumors printed. In fact it is claimed
that he has already done, so, but that
the prosecuting attorney who was his
confidant is keeping the matter se-
Such a man as Stephenson is a
great credit to theprofession of public
service. He has been connected with'
Indiana politics for years, and has
only once been convicted of murder.
The incident reminds us of a speech,
presented on this campus a few weeks
ago, in which one of the eminently
successful politicians of the nation de-
clared that young men who were anxi-
ous to do public service could do no
better than entering the "profession"
of politics.
Of course, Stephenson violated even
he code of his profession, for a large
number of politicians never have to


6 1

1927 is a year without a summer.
It may not be generally known, for
those who make asinine predictions
seldom boast about them when they go
wrong, but it is only three years since
a professor of the Smithsonian insti-
tute, in a fit of publicityseeking long
distance forecasting, declared that
"1927 will see another year without a
summer, as in 1816."
For a sunueress year the weather
has done remarkably well, however,
and perhaps hereafter the gentlemen
from the Smithsonian institute will,
confine their efforts to telling condi-
tions three years in the past-it would
be safer.
The mice hunting expedition of the
University of Michigan, under the
leadership of one of the University's
best known personages, is rapidly
nearing the South Sea Islands, where
mice can be found, it is claimed.
If a mouse Is found lie will be
brought back to the United States and
form an interesting part of the col.
lection of prehistoric animals in the
new museum. Before leaving the of-
ficials of the expedition ascertained
that no mice existed any nearer than
the remote islands of the South Seas.
It is understood that a movement is'
on foot among the alumni to purchase
a full grown stuffed mouse as a mas-
cot for the athletic teams of the Uni-
Rolls has learned from an authentic
source that the Men's Educational
club has held a meeting, though all
efforts at secrecy have of course been
made. Rumor has it that the director
of intercollegiate athletics at the Uni-
versity addressed the group, pointing
with particular pride to Michigan's
vast athletic plant and the facilities
offered for playing summer tennis.
"One dollar out of every fourteen is
spent on the women," he said. "This
proves that they have not been neg-
The members of the club registered
widespread disapproval at the vast
sum squandered on the women and on
the intramural program, and a resolu-
tion was adopted requesting the Ath-
letic Association not to reduce the
salaries of the Varsity athletes under
any circumstances. It was pointed
out that already some of them are un-
able to procure free roadsters from lo-
cal auto dealers, and before long we
shall be losing our prominent position
in the eyes of the educational world
if we do not take pains to boster our
intercollegiate athletic system, the
resolution continues.
" * *
It was rumored late yesterlay at
several places on the campus that the
Women's Educational club may also
met at some date in the not far dis-
tant future. In the absence of Presi-
dent Little, the head of the coaching
school refused to affirm or deny the
The University geology department
has found even different occupations
from hunting wind poles in Greenland,
according to latest news. The prepar-
edness bloc of the University has ar-
ranged several excursions, it seems,
the first of which will be to Niagara
Falls and beyond (Niagara Falls, On.

tario) this week-end. One has to hand
it to the staff of that department for
subtlety, however, for instead of of-
fending the more refined by stating
clearly their mission they have cloaked
it in the gentle words that "The party
will cross the river at night to see the
illuipination of the Falls."
Special arrangements have been
made for those who are sober the next
morning to go on a sightseeing tour.
But all in all, its a bargain, for by
sharing a stateroom on the boat with
two others, and taking along only one
toothbrush, the whole trip can be made
for a measly sum of some 20 or 30 dol-
lars. This does not include the ex-
pense of the Canadian trip.
commit murder, and the worst crime
of all is that he was caught doing it.
From all appearances, however, and
the state of pollution into which cer-
tain state political organizations have
sunk, it is about time that some young
men did enter the "profession" of pol-
itics, if only to abolish the politician.

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Oh Henry!
"The loyalty of my Legions was un-
questioned and now for the first time
I'll bare my secret. I paid them, you
see, with bars of Oh Henry!
A Fine Candy
IOc Everywhere
Oh Ner fis ther"gsteOredtrademark of the Williamn-
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