Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, May 06, 1923, Page 2, Image 2

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    Oregon Sunday Emerald
Member of Pacific Intercollegiate Association_
Official publication of the Associated Students of the University of Oregon, issued daily
except Monday, during the college year.
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Kenneth Youel, Editor_Lyle Janz, Manager
ERNEST HAYCOX. Snnday Editor_,_
The Board
Donald Woodward, Managing Editor; Clinton Howard, Assignments; '"aylor
Huston, Night Editor; Catherine Spall, Society; Katherine Watson, Poetry
Writers: Jessie Thompson, Monte Byers, Arthur Rudd, John Anderson,
Rachael Chezem, Margaret Skavlan, Dorothy Kent, Van Voorhees, Marian
Lowry, Nancy Wilson.
Goo’ Bye
Due to different views of campus policies existing between tbe
Daily and Sunday Editors, the latter finds it advisable to resign
from his position.
Very Refreshing
The last word has not yet been said about the Junior Vaudeville.
Here something distinctive and genuine has been accomplished,
something refreshing and, above all, something of local growth. It
was an undoubted success, all the way through; yet certain parts of
it stand out as undeniably the best. It is good to know that the
campus holds people capable of writing and putting on “Mummy
Mine.” It is good to know that there are two persons who can
manipulate comedy in the whole hearted manner that Katherine
Pinneo and Wenona Dyer managed to do it. In some respects their
act was the very finest of the evening. And, lastly, it is good to
know that a college organization can achieve the technical proficiency
of the Midnite Sons.
But perhaps the best thing demonstrated Thursday night was
that collegiate humor could be both clean and funny. This has not
always been the case; but there was only one suggestion at the vaude
ville which was in any way risque, and that particular item was far
from being funny.
There should be but one test of a prospective candidate for office.
Has he got sense enough, and has he got spunk enough?
With the Dean of Music
By John Anderson
DEAN John J. Landsbury, of the
University school of music, in his
music science class one day struck at
random a succession of notes making
quite a disagreeable effect. “Even this”
he said, “could bo used as the motive
of a composition.” He was emphasizing
the point upon which ho was lecturing,
that musical compositions are often
built on apparently impossible combina
tions of tonos.
The class, caused to be somewhat
skeptical by the harshness of the
sounds, challenged him to make good
on his statement. The result was
“Etude on an Impossible Motive,”
which will be one of the numbers on
the program of the recital which Dean
Landsbury expects soon to givo of his
own compositions. Jane Thacher in
cluded it in her recent recital in the
Woman ’» building.
Dean Landsbury told this little story
after being found at a baseball game
and carried away from it, to his studio
somewhat against his will; for he likes
nothing better than to light a cigar
and watch through his horu-rimmed
spectacles a good baseball game.
In his studio in the school of music,
“Doctor John,” as he is known to the
large majority of the students, sat down
and submitted to questioning about his
creative work. Ho did not remain seat
ed long. In a few minutes he was over
at the piano illustrating what he was
tryiug to tell.
"Problem composition is the thing I
am most interested in,” the dean said.
“1 do not care so much for composition
as such. To me it is a more intimate,
personal thing, not to be used as an
advertising stunt.” By problem compo
sition the dean explained, he meant the
solving of some technical difficulty,
often apparently impossible according
to musical rules. The compositions of
ten develop out of class work, us the
“Etude on an Impossible Motive” did.
A large part of his work consists of
etudes written to give practice for
some exceptionally difficulty on the
The dean is very much interested in
voice composition because it involves
more than merely writing music. The
composer must first analyze the poem
and then build the music so that it
will fuse with the words. The music
must bring out the words. “The art
song is iu large part declamation,” he
In the song one of the problems has
been to make the widest possible use of
very limited material. As an example
of what could be done in this line,
Dean Landsbury played a simple little
song called “Slumber Sea,” the tune
of which contained only five tones.
None of the dean's songs have ever
been published. He says he doesn’t
care whether they are ever printed or
not. Several have been written for
concert arts and dedicatd to them, how
ever. When Dean Landsbury acted as
accompanist for Arthur Middleton,
Metropolitan baritone, on his north
western tour two years ago, the singer ^
used several of the dean's songs.
Among these are “The Sea Hath Its 1
1‘earls,” "Your Kiss, Beloved,” and “I j
Dreamed of a Fragrant Garden.” Three I
from a set of six etudes were written :
for Emil Liebling, pianist.
“A lot of people wonder how com
positions are put togetner anu 1 inougiu.
the recital might be interesting to
them,” said Dr. Landsbury. The pro
gram will be partly voice, solos and
quartets, and partly instrumental. The
dean will give short explanations of
the numbers and play some of his piano
His program will consist of some of
the songs already mentioned, “Lulla
by,” a song with cello obligato, “A
Cannonical Setting of Peter, Peter
Pumpkin Eater,” and Irish quartet ar
rangements, “The Minstrel Boy” and
“Kate Kerny,” and others.
At one time in his life, Dr. Lands
bury thought he was going to lose the
use of one hand and would be unable to
go on with his piano study. As an
alternative he took up the study of
engineering and he told with a show of
pride of the fact that the water system
in his old home town of Indianola,
Iowa, was partly a result of his engin
eering work.
He graduated from Simpson College
in 1900 and took his graduate work in
the University of Berlin. In Berlin
he studied under Dr. Max Bruch, emi
nent composer. He was elected to the
Meisterschule, the graduate school' of
the Hochschule. There were only six
members of the school. Dr. Bruch was
his adviser during all his study there.
He had access to all the rare manu
scripts preserved there.
He came to the University to put
in a department of composition and
to reorganize the piano department.
Shortly after he was made head of
the school. Since coming here he has
been so much interested in the devel
opment of the school of musig and in
getting music established on the cam
pus that he has had no time for either
j recital work or composition.
Oxfordizing the U. of O.
(Continued from page one.)
pleasure which will be a solace to them
in the days to come of fatigue, of an
xiety, and of trouble.”
Colin V. Dyment, dean of the college
of literature, science and the arts, iu
commenting on the plan of self educa
tion, said: *
"It was, to be sure, a bad develop
ment iu education when a University
degree was made to represent the pas
sing of an aggregation of courses.
“A natural outcome was the breaking
down of the relationship between the
courses, and one of the academic poli
cies of the University in the last few
years, has been to build up again the
relationship among the aggregation of
courses that go to make up the mathe
matical sort of degree granted by this
and similar Ameftean institutions. The 1
Princeton idea is just an imitation of!
the higher educational theory iu for- |
eign countries.”
When students leave institutions of
higher learning, the world demands that ;
they assume their places in its affairs
and share the lead of responsibility in
a complex civil; at ion. If these stu-1
dents have beei • spoon-fed” for the
four years or more of their college life,
never being called to assume ahy real
responsibility, they cannot be expected
to step in and make good from the very
Engineers to the Front!
By A1 Trachman
WHAT might this world be now, if
the Carthaginians, and not the
Homans, had won the great naval bat
tle of Ecnomus in the year 256 B. C. ?
Why was it that the Carthaginians
lost to the Homans, for were they not
an immensely superior naval people,
occupying then even a greater compar
ative position than Great Britain holds
today? What was that weight, which
in the- balance of things, threw the
victory to the Romans? It was an in
vention of Roman engineers; the “cor
vus,” a device by which the Romans
might board the enemy’s ships in mid
ocean. But we need go no further, we
can stop with the first part of the
last statement—“It was an invention
of the Roman engineers.”
“The engineer,” says Dr. A. E. Cas
well, head of the department of phy
sics, “has made himself felt in every
walk of human life. He has revolu
tionized war, agriculture, and com
“He has made war entirely a thing
of science; he has made possible,
through great irrigation projects, the
agricultural development of lands which
otherwise would remain barren; and
with the harnessing of steam and el
ectricity and the gasoline engine, he
has erradieated all barriers of dis
Dr. Caswell places engineers in two
classes: technicians, those who are
able to carry on the work as it has
been taught them; and research work
ers, men who have had a thorough train
ing in the fundamental principles of
physics and chemistry so as to have
a broad vision of things.
“Most men simply go into schools
and take just enough of the fundamen
tal sciences to get by,” Dr. Caswell
pointed out. “The man who has vi
sion, is the man who has had a great
deal of training in the fundamental
sciences. I would stress the fundamen
tals, and put less time on the techni
calities. The fundamentals which Jcan
be readily learned in college are learn
ed out of college with difficulty, where
as the reverse is true of the technical
“By this I mean,” continued Dr. Cas
well, “that the true engineer should be
a combination of physicist and the pop
ular notion of an engineer. A physi
cist presents the theory, the idea; the
engineer takes this idea and fashions
it into a realism. The “true” engin
eer is the man who brings forth the
revolutionary inventions; for it would
be difficult to construct without ideas,
and most ideas that are advanced with
out an idea of designing are imprac
“Some philosopher has said that
there are three kinds of liars: plain,
condemned, and statisticians. But
there is something to be said for sta
tistics, even though they are classed as
the worst. It is a matter of statistics
that the chances for an engineer to
appear in ‘ Who’s Who ’ are ten times
as great if he has taken a thorough
ocurse in the fundamental sciences
When questioned as to what the
greatest engineering development of
the future would most likely be, Dr.
Caswell replied:
“I believe it will be the development
of the water-power resources of the
United States. We have easily avail- i
able, 25,000,000 horsepower, which
possibly by the use of storage could be
increased to double the amount. The
United States Geological Survey places
the estimate at 66,000,000 horsepower.
The greater bulk of this power lies in
the west. We have in the Pacific
Northwest about one-third of the water
power of the country. At least two
thirds of the total resources lie west
of the Mississippi.
In conclusion, Dr. Caswell remarked
on the future of the engineer in rela
tion to the water power of Oregon. At
Bonneville, there is waterpower which
could be developed to the extent of
200,000 horsepower. Over 480,000
horsepower lies inert at The Dalles. If
The Dalles project were developed, the
phosphate rocks of eastern Idaho could
be transformed into fertilizer, thus
enabling the United States to compete
with the nitrates of Chile. But all of
this development will be very slow,
Dr. Caswell said.
“The trouble is that we haven’t the
people who would be able to use the
power. It is greatly a matter of pop
ulation. V
“The wisest thing that the state of
Oregon could do, would be to finance
some of these development projects. It •
would cost about $150 per horsepower
to accomplish at present prices.”
start, is the opinion of Dean Dyment.
If the college and university is a train
ing school, why not let it train the stu
dent to do things for himself, to ac
cept responsibility and, with instruc
tors to guide and not to push, to suc
ceed or fail according to his own wil
lingness to “deliver the goods.”
H. D. Sheldon, dean of the school
of education, when interviewed on the
subject of self education brought out
some interesting points. The senior the
sis tried out at the University of Ore
gon years ago was a more or less re
mote approach to the system under dis
cussion, he said. This was discontinued
however, for a number of reasons, not
the least of which, according to Dean
Sheldon, was the fact that a great many
students require considerable assis
tance from their instructors while pre
paring these theses.
If the self education system were
to be put into effect at the University
of Oregon, it would require at least a
third more instructors, was the dean’s
opinion. This increase in personnel
would be the natural outgrowth of indi
vidual attention on the part of the
teaching force toward the student.
“It is a fine idea*and ought to be
pushed,” said Dean Sheldon, “but to be
pushed successfully, it would require
more equipment and a larger personnel.
I believe it would work all right in
the junior and senior classes, provided
the student has had at least one year
in a subject before he is left to pur
sue his course alone, but would not ad
vise permitting a student to attempt
a line of study entirely new to him
without the direct and continuous help
of an instructor. However, I think the
plan a good one and would like to see
it tried.”
Harry Carey takes greater personal
risk in his latest production “Good Men
and True” than he has ever been com
pelled to undergo in the past. Not
only is he flung over a precipice when
an auto hits the horse he is riding but
he has a hand-to-hand conflict with a
band of cowboy-waiters that looks for
the world like a small edition of the
Marne. “Good Men and True” which
was written by Eugene Manlove
Rhodes, will be shown at the Castle
Theatre on Monday and Tuesday.
A tribute to Fred Niblo’s ability is
contained in a letter which he received
from James Forbes, author of “The
Famous Mrs. Fair,” in which the lat
ter waived the right of examination of
the script of his play, and assured Mr.
Nihlo that he could go ahead with the
production, as his name and reputa
tion stood as a guarantee that the pie
turization would do justice to the ori
ginal play. The photoplay comes Mon
day and Tuesday at the Rex Theatre.
Walker Whiteside has won added fame
by virtue of his portrayal of the char
acter of Prince Tamar in “The Hindu,”
in which he will be seen at the Heilig
Theatre on Tuesday evening, May Sth.
Students of the University are aware'
[hat Mr, Whiteside's diction, and enuu- ,i
ciation are well worth emulating and as
an exponent of Shakespeare’s dramas,
he has no superior. There- are scenes
When is a home not a home? “When
everybody scraps,” says Lupino Lane,
whose new five-reel comedy special, “A
Friendly Husband,” will show Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday at the Heilig
Theatre. Plenty of things to scrap
about. In “A Friendly Husband,” Mr.
Lane suggests one way out of scrapping.
Husbands and wives and husbands and
wives-to-be—take notice.
The evening breeze
Sweeps stardust from the., palace of
And polishes the Moon
With bits
Of cloud fluff.
While new,
With points still unblunted
In the wind-swept palace
Until the floor
Is piled
With broken
Star points.
—H. L. S.
Monday and Tuesday
Greatest Vehicle!
Harry Carey
“Good Men and True”
A virile tale of the open
hearted West
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