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THE SUMMER MICHIGAN DAILY SATURDAY, JULY 16, 1927

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meaning of "democracy" in the treat-
ment of our own countrymen, who la-
bor to produce the material resources
for the next war; and when offered an
opportunity'to assist in securing world
peace we remain aloof. It is nine
years since we aided in making the
world safe for democracy by strew-
ing the field of Chateau-Thierry with
corpses of fellow human beings.1
Thereby we stamped democracy from
the earth. May America forever1
boast of this achievement - until
someone wipes out the autocracy of
America.
Editorial Comment
(From The Christian Science Monitor)
PREDICTING DISASTER AT,
GENEVA
Many careful readers of the Asso-
ciated Press reports of the three-party
conference on naval armaments, now
in session at Geneva, have deplored'
a certain undercurrent of anti-British
sentiment which- too often appears.
When, as frequently happens, the local
telegraph editors seize upon this phase
of the stories and emphasize it in their
headlines, the impression is given that
the British delegates are endeavoring
by intrigue or chicane to secure same
special advaiJitage over lthe United
States.
Rather a glaring instance of this
mistaken journalistic policy is fur-
nished by these paragraphs in the
American Press dispatch dated July

Mu1sic g Drama
HALF WAY HOUUSE
No matter where the road may go,
there is always a spot that should
have a half way house, and many of
them do. Of course there are so many
many people traveling along the high-
way and they all come from such dif-
ferent places, that to have a half way
house for all of them would be to pop-
ulate the way on both sides with them
--and how different they would be!
Some would fairly burst from the
earth and in their very uprightness
exultantly proclaim to all the world,
"Half way there!" Another might be
a bit more quiet and sore of spread
out among lilac bushes and holly-hock
stalks and very happily and confi-
dently whisper, "Half way along now!"
And the other type might be the de-
cayed ruins of someone else's half
way house and in its decay, mutter,
"Half way-to where, I wonder."
Which digression came upon the
ruminating thought that tie summer
season of plays was half way over now
anO that it would be a good iliea to
stop at the half way house and talk
over the trip so far and find out what
the plans from now on are.. Perhaps
we will have the cup of tea which we
have mentioned before in the cool gar-
den back of the house.
LAUGHS PREDOMINATE
The season opened with a laugh and
has been continuing along the same
road, but from "The Butter and Egg
Man" to "Hayfever" to "Gammer Gur-
ton's Needle" to "Cradle Snatchers"
there have been many variations in
the laughs. The first play witnessed
the incongruity of hopeful and self-
confident youth in the hands of old
timers who knew the ropes of the the-
atre: The lad from Chillicothe was
green, yes, but fortune was kind, and
brought along a clever little secretary
to help. Robert Henderson played the
part of the would be young producer
excellently and Amy Loomis will be
L remembered for a charming interpre-
tation. Elsie Harndon Kearns was
formally introduced to Ann Arbor
audiences in this play and effectively
"talked out of the corner of her
mouth' in the part of the wis'e wife of
the butter-and-egg man producer.
People laughed at the hopeless
naivite of the boy and the pointed
wise-cracks of "the Missus." It was
good fun.
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SATURDAY, JULY 16, 1927 "If a faithful account of the Geneva
negotiations is ever written, the ob-
_- servers expect it will reveal to the
CHATEAU-THIERRY world that a great Anglo-American
America has celebrated again the tragedy has been enacted. The thread
anniversary of that great triumph of of the play, judging from reliable ac-
counts, is that Great Britain, which
American arms in the World War--hshl h atr ftesa o
the battle of Chateau-Thierry. No has held the mastery of the seas for
doubt the chest-of the nation expands centuries, intends to maintain this
somewhat when it thinks of the great iastery and can see neither justice
and memorable victory which its Sol- I nor wsidom of a youthful nation
and emoablevicory hic itssot across the seas, the United States,
diers gained on that field, and expandsat
.nm.wtwishing to lay down a fleet equalling
even more with the realization that i

that victory tame in a dark hour of "Great Britain contends that a high
the war, when the allies' were just
emerging from a critical military sit- cruiser strength is essential and vital
uation. Soldiers who took part theme to the needs of her country, especially
can recall with pride how the Ger- to# give assurance that Great Britain
man corpses were strewn not five shall not starve because of the cutting
feet apart along the length of the off of her food supplies at distant
whole battlefield, and how the glori- points."
ous day ended in almost complete de- Reports of this sort-which techni-
feat and retreat for the forces of the cally is not reporting but rather edi-
Centiral Powers. torial writing-affords and illustration'
There is something entirely glorious .1of the type of international corres-
however, about that battle or any bat- I pondence against which the Christian
tle which has ever been won. The Monitor has repeatedly protested. It
Germans who lay dead on 'that bat- is apparently deliberately designed to
tlefield knew as little about wbt ,.arouse suspicion of and antagonism
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they were fighting for as the Ameri
cans who killed them, and the Ameri
cans who killed them accomplished
about as much for the cause of hu-
manity as they would have by shoot-
ing themselves. To the excited sol-
diers, marching in triumph across'that
field, the day seemed glorious indeed
without a doubt, but if those same
soldiers had to cross that same field
today, with thousands of corpses ly-
ing about, it is possible that even
they would be somewhat disgusted.
We have killed thousands, and our
armies have been uniformly victori-
ous. American troops have made
thousands of widows and orphans, and
they have contributed immensely to a
general depression from which man-
kind has not yet recovered. We have
done all this in the name of democ-
racy, and the glorious standard of
universal emancipation. We are
proud of the' hardships we have
caused, and we celebrate the anni-
versary of this great battle with
thanksgiving for the tremendous
losses we were able to inflict. All
this, of course, came about in the
name of democracy and our campaign
against Prussian militarism. At pres-
ent our delegates are debating whether
America should maintain 400,000 tons
of battle cruisers or 600,000 tons. This
is how we managed to eliminate mili-
tarism.
The moment that our troops left the
gory battlefields of Europe we forgot
our noble mission, because we were
too busy spending the profits of war.
We left the cataclysm in which we
played so large a part, and when sin-
cere efforts were made to secure world
peace permanently, through a world
organization based on justice, we,
turned a deaf ear. We have refused
to lend even our prestige to the cause
of universal co-operation in peace
time, and when a pacificist idealist de-
livers lectures in a university town he
is assailed even by men who presume
to be educated.
This is how we have celebrated the
conquest of our arms. This is the sin-
cerity by which the slaughter of mil-
lions was justified. This is the glori-
ous result of ennobled warfare in which
we engaged, for the cause of "democ-
racy"' We have freed Germany, to be
sure, by crushing Germany, and we
have made our own militarism secure
thereby. We have not yet learned the

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- of American readers. If ,not purposely
misleading, it is at least carelessly
- sc. For while it truthfully reports
- that Great Britain feels that "a high
- cruiser strength is essential and vital
t to the needs , of her country," it fails
, to mention the fact that the British
delegates concede to the United States
the right to maintain a cruiser fleet
of exactly parity with that of Great
Britain.
Britain's stand on the cruiser fleet
does not come to the American dele-
gates as a new and shocking discov-
ery. It was clearly anticipated long
before the conference, and was looked
upon as one of the points of diver-
gence which that body would have
to smooth out. As long ago as Feb-
ruary the Monitor pointed out edito-
rially that to apply the Washington
ratio of 5-5-3 to ships of the cruiser
class would mean that Washington'
would have to build and Britain to
scrap cruisers. That is precisely the
situation which confronts the confer-
ence at Geneva today, the one point
at issue being the amount of scrap-
ping and of building-both costly pro-
cesses-which shall be agreed upon.
That agreement will undoubtedly
be reached. No "Anglo-American
a tragedy" is to be feared. The only
way to produce one would be by con-
stant journalistic harping upon points
of difference while systematically ig-
noring the many points of harmony.
In a letter to a representative in
Congress last winter, Frank B. Kel-
logg, United States Secretary of State,
said:
In order to be really effective,
agreements for the reduction and
limitation of armaments must be
founded upon respect for treaty obli-
gations and a belief in the good faith'
in the contracting parties."
Unless international conferences
shall be characterized by belief on the
part of the participants in the good
faith of their associates, they might
better not be held. Certainly, should
either Hugh Gibson or Lord Cecil
publicly predict an "Anglo-American
tragedy" as the inevitable outcome of
the Geneva Conference, he would be
recalled in disgrace. Would it not
be well for eminent international cor-+
respondents to maintain something of1
the guard over their pens that diplo-
matists do over their tongues? I

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In the next play, "Hayfever" they
were inclined to laugh at the situd-
tions: it was funny to imagine what
would happen when the mutually in-
congenial' crowd would get together
that week-end. The humour might be
called "precious"; it was very human
and at times almost bordering on the
pathetic. We could not help smiling
at the light in the eye of Judith Bliss
as she recalled her past successes and
yet there was a touch of pathos about
it, which even the daughter could feel.
"Hayfever" brought both Miss
Kearns and 1Ielen Hughes into the
lime-light in attractive roles and Paul
Faust demonstrated remarkable ver-
satility in a complete change of char-
acter from the blunt and bully type ot
producer to the gentleman "Sandy."
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GAMMER AND HER NEEDLE
In "Gammer Gurton's Needle" the
players had an opportunity to experi-
ment to revive an old University play
-the earliest comedy in the language.
It proved a glorious play-time for the
players and the audiences, smacking
of earthy and primitive fun. It was
an entirely different kind of mirth pro-
voking thing than either of the other
plays. The audience laughed because
it was enjoying itself, the way a child
laughs when it is running a race and
feeling the 'zest of life' in its blood-
an over-flow laugh from the pure joy
of the thing.
And then came "Cradle Snatchers"
S! ! !Laugh! There were un-
doubtedly more laughs in that play
than any of the others-but again of
a different sort. There were sugges-
tions in the lines of things funny be-
cause they might be smutty if taken
the wrong way (or should we say, the
right?)-and everyone caught the sug-
gestions and-roared.
In the preceding play, the exception-
al dancing ability of Mr. Faust was
brought to iight, while in "Cradle
Snatchers," his versatility was again
in evidence.
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PIGS COMES, NEXT

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And now that we have reached the
half way house, we can pause> but a
minute, for while the last performance
of. "Cradle Snatchers" will be given
this afternoon, the Rockford Payers
will start out along the last half of
the journey tonight with "Pigs."

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