Come to Rescue of Preparedness,
by 12efuting 'Brown Bear 'Letter
Editor, The Michigan Daily: Editor, The Michigan Daily:
"To be prepared for war is one of It is good to see a quotation from
the most effectual means of preserving such a paper as the New York Times
peace. A free people ought not only
to be armed, but disciplined; to which on your editorial page. I hope there
end a uniform and well digested plan will be more from the same source.
is requisite." You are right about the cleverness
General Washington's speech to of the communication signed "Tom P.
both houses of Congress, Jan. Knockafellow," and his second one is
8,1790. even more clever than the first. In
fact, his arguments are logically cor-
"I wish to call Mr John B. Robinson's rect; the only trouble with them is
attention to the above statement made that they are based on false premises;
by one to whom we may be thankful for instance, he alleges that the best
for the liberties and wonderful op- way to avoid war is to be as unpre-
portunities that we enjoy as a result pared as possible, and that the least
of his part in making our nation what prepared nation would fare the best
it is today. Little thought, Mr. Rob- in the event of war in case she were
inson, do you give to the hardships attacked. This is not proved true in
egdured by our ancestors to help make the case of Belgium. Perhaps he
our nation what it is today. They means to imply that an unprepared
gave their lives for liberties which nation would not be attacked. This
they could never enjoy. supposition, however, will hardly hold
I think preparedness has already water in the light of recent events.
been proved to be more efficient than And as for not resenting an attack,
pacifism, by abler men than I. There- that admits of no answer.
fore I do not care to make this article He says, "The experience of ages
a review of material already familiar E has proved war futile," but is this a
to you. If you glance back over his- true statement? There is always the
tory, I doubt if you can find a period question of justice which must be
of more than 10 years during which taken into consideration. Was the
there was not war somewhere in the American revolution a futile war? It
world. If I may quote Mr. Roose- gave us liberty. Was the Civil War
velt's statement, which so ably brings futile? It gave freedom to the slaves.
out the cause for preparedness, Is the present war futile? Not if it
"There can be no better cause for leads to greater freedom for mankind.
which to work than the peace of right- The cost is terrific, of course, but that
eousness. The surest of all ways to is all the more reason that we should
invite disaster is to be opulent, aggres- resolve that it shall not have been in
sive, and unarmed." vain, and that the fruit of all this sac-
As for the good of having military rifice shall be a higher liberty for, all
training in universities, I would like humanity.
to quote a few words of John Andrews, This is the sentiment that is felt in
provost of the University of Pennsyl- the east of our country, and not the
vania from 1810 to 1813. "To be ex- alleged craven fear that somebody is
posed to some hardships is good for coming with bombs and torpedoes to
young men. It overcomes that soft- blow us up.
ness and indolence and that senseless Tom P. Knockafellow asks, "Would
pride which in the course of an indul- peace cost more than war?" Perhaps
gent education they are apt to con- it would. It might be bought at the
tract, and gives them a greater manli- price of honor, and though honor is
ness and energy of character." perhaps an old-fashioned notion, it is
Mr. Robinson, if you answer this a notion that is still in vogue with
communication, I wish that you would some people,-..with the majority of
please make clear to me your analogy Americans, I trust and believe.
of the "brown bear." As I under- E. D. A.
FROM VAN HORN CO.
Director Morgan to Select Attire for
This Year's Opera Person-
Costumes for "Fools' Paradise" will
be made by the Van Horn and Son Co.
of Philadelphia, the largest concern
of this nature in the east. The com-
plete plot, consisting of 153 complete
sets, has been made out under the
supervision of Director Morgan, who
will be in Philadelphia on Feb. 26, to
personally select the various designs
for the cast and chorus parts.
Costumes were sent on by the Van
Horn and Son company last week and
several of the cast had their pictures
taken in them. In the estimation of
the committee in charge they greatly
surpass the costumes of last year's
Already plans are being made by the
Chicago alumni for a mammoth ban-
quet and seat sale to be given by them
in the near future. A special issue of
the Michigan Bulletin, the official or-
gan of the Chicago alumni association,
will be issued soon and will deal ex-
clusively with "Fools' Paradise."
According to the Chicago alumni as-
sociation, a motion picture producer
will be at the performance to judge
the talent of the cast with the idea
of signing a man to work in the films
as a principal in his production.
A general meeting for all those in-
terested in writing the book for next
year's Opera has been called for next
Tuesday, Feb. 27, at which time the
nature of the book and its require-
ments will be explained. This will be
a general meeting and it is hoped that
a goodly number will respond to this
Members of the cast and chorus are
urged to watch the bulletin board at
the Union for announcements of re-
APPARS ERUARY 26
DATE CHANGED TO MONDAY BE-
CAUSE OF CONFLICT WITH
The University Symphony orchestra
will appear in the regular faculty con-
cert series in Hill auditorium at 4:15
o'clock Feb. 26. Mr. Albert Lockwood,
pianist, will be the soloist.
The attention of the public is called
particularly to the fact that this con-
cert will take place on Monday, in-
stead of Wednesday, as is usual, the
change being due to the fact that the
Bauer-Casals concert will be given on
Wednesday evening of that week.
The following program will be of-
Marche Gauloise......... ...Wekerlin
Symphony, B minor (unfinished)-...
Andante Spianato and Polonaise.-..
The Todtentanz, which will be
played by Mr. Lockwood together with
the orchestra, is an extraordinarily
effective composition and very dra-
matic in character. The Eight. Sym-
phony in B minor is the best known
of Schubert's orchestral works, and
one of the best loved in the realm of
symphonic music. Why the composer
should have abandoned a work so full;
of beauty in content and form is a,
mystery; but the two movements that
we have are the spontaneous expres-
sion of a great genius.
Ships Detroit Autos Under Own Power
Detroit, Mich., Feb. 19. -- Hedged
about by embargoes, Detroit automo-
bile manufacturers have devised new
means for combating the railroad con-
gestion which has threatened serious-
ly to curtail local industries.
Nearly 5,000 automombiles, it is es-
timated, have been shipped from De-
troit during the last week under their
own power. Daily caravans of high
and low priced cars leave the city for
points all over the central west and
in New York and Pennsylvania.
MOVE SUB-STATION TO
NICKELS ARCADE MAR. I
NEW POSTOFFICE BRANCH WILL
PROVIDE BETTER EQUIP-
The sub-station of the local post-
office now located at the Andres shoe
repair shop on State street will be
moved March 1 to a more modern lo-
cation in the west end of Nickels
The need for such a move is evident
when it is known that this sub-station
did $14,760 worth of business last year
and handled 193,000 packages. This
amount of business makes this sub-
station equivalent to a first class post-
office. During the past year this sta-
tion has done over 37 per cent of the
business done by the entire postoffice
at Ann Arbor.
E. C. Beal and Karl Kern, who are
in charge of the present station, will
be in the new office and anottier clerk
will be added. There will be two men
at the parcel post window as soon as
the third man is added, and this will
prevent much of the present delay.
Several necessary fixtures have not
yet arrived, but will be here before the
end of the month. These fixtures con-
sist of a large fireproof safe with a
money chest, a bag rack, and a large
desk built especially to fit in one cor-
ner of the lobby.
All the fixtures are of pressed steel
and of fireproof construction. The in-
terior of the counter and all the fur-
niture behind it will be finished in an
olive green, while the exterior and
the lobby desks will be finished in an
imitation mahogany. The room is ex-
ceptionally well lighted. The men
have been forced at the present loca-
tion to work entirely by artificial light
of poor quality.
The civil branen of the Engineering
society will hold a meeting tonight in
room 311 of the engineering building
at 7:30 o'clock. At this time Dr. H.
W. Emerson will talk on "Bacteriology
and the Public Health."
The lists of seniors whose pictures
are not yet at the Michiganensian of-
fice have been posted on the bulletin
boards of , the engineering building.
All whose names appear are requested
to attend to the matter at once.
Mr. W. H. Boston of the Westing-
house Machine company of East Pitts-
burg, Pa., will be in room 223 of the
engineering building at 2 o'clock to-
day and would like to see any gradu-
ating engineers who would be inter-
ested in the technical apprentice
course offered by his company.
The "Wheel and Axle Ball" of the
junior engineering class will be held
tomorrow evening at Barbour gym-
asium. The music will start at 8
o'clock and last till midnight. The
tickets sell for $1.00 and the commit-
tee promises a good time to all who
The Engineering society is making
elaborate plans for its Washington's
birthday party to be given Friday
night at the Union. The tickets will
cost members of the society 60 cents
and outsiders 75 cents. They may be
obtained at the Technic desk.
The sophomore engineering class
president has appointed the following
committee for the class directory:
C. W. Porter, P. E. Carrick, and D. G.
Bovee. The directory is to be made
up on the order of the senior and
The next assembly of the sophomore
class will be held. March 1, and it is
required that all members be present.
The Technic will move the first part
of next week into its new quarters,
rooms 269-271, engineering building.
The present location is not adequate
for both the engineering society and
Carpets Arrive for New "Y" Building
The new carpets for Lane hall, the
new "Y" building, are now in place.
Carpets for the main floor are brown,
those for the lower floor which will
be used for social purposes are red in
color. A number of new davenports
and double chairs haAie arrived, and
the auditorium is completely finished.
giggling of Katie. If an efficiency ex-
pert can show Katie where she can
put one more little squeak of laughter
into her act, he is an efficiency ex-
Cooper and Smith in "Hotel Gossip"
have quite an original little offering,
utilizing several good coon songs in
recounting of the ordinary scandal
that hangs about the hotel lobby.
AT THE GARRICK
Richard Walton Tully's spectacular
drama, "The Flame," will commence
a week's4engagement at the Garrick
theater, Detroit, next Monday. The
play is said to be superiod to Tully's
other successes, "Omar, the Tent-
maker" and "The Bird of Paradise."
The scene is Mexico and concerns the
fortunes of a group of sturdy Ameri-
The interest focuses on Wayne Put-
nam, a young college graduate, and
Pamela Cabot, the Boston society girl
who leaves her life of ease to marry
him and help him in his work. The
final climax revolves around the stead-
fastness of their love in the maelstrom
of Mexican uprisings and revolutions.
The stage effects are unusually spec-
tacular and the music is rendered by
a special orchestra of Cubans.
Alarm clocks, $1.00 up. Chapman,
Jeweler, 113 South Main St. tues-eod
Featuring hot soda for zero weather.'
Bloomfields. N. University.
At Armory, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1917
DANCING 9 to 1
Fischer's First Nine-Piece Orchestra
Matron in Attendance
Tickets for Sale at Busy Bee