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are the most conservative
folk in the world if any strange
theory in morals or politics be
comes noised abroad, the Amer
ican student opposes to it the
one time-honored weapon of the
undergraduate from Aristophenes
AFTER viewing representative
student writings from fifteen
colleges, Wilbert Snow, associate
professor of English at Connecticut
Wesleyan university and" author of
two books of poetry, has come to
the conclusion that “students still
learn to write by playing the part of
the ‘sedulous ape.’”
This must be a rather disconcert
ing opinion for the budding crea
tive writers in the universities, but
Mr. Snow’s statement, appearing in
the New Student, is well fortified
by 300 pages of college writing con
tained in the book, “Young Peg
His criticism that student-writers
still “dream of a Bplendor far away
from the campus” is aimed at the
undergraduate imagination that
wanders far afield, in strange places,
and deals not at all with matters
within the experience and know
ledge of the authors.
The same criticism was made by
the editors of Harpers last summer
after a literary contest that drew
contributions from more than one
hundred institutions. This was a
far more representative group than
was included in Professor Snow’s
survey, but the conclusions were
very much the same. ,
It is not to be taken that the
young authors are lacking in talent.
This they seem to have in surpris
ing measure. The complaint is
lodged against the use, or rather
misuse, of this ability in construct
ing ambitious and far-fetched plots
that come to the authors second
For instance we read this of Wal
ter D. Edmonds, Jr., whose work
makes up the largest part of tho
Harvard allotment, which in turn
takes up nearly half the book:
“Ho has a headlong energy, un
disciplined as yet, and an astonish
ing versatility, lie goes in for
‘strong’ plots, writing of such
things as the birth of a child to a
tramp's hussy in a hay loft.—a theme
he apparently knows little about.
He will accomplish more when he
aims to do less.”
In general, though, the men turn
ed toward Poe and Oonrad, but tho
The women wero content with
nothing less than the emancipated
daring of the modern realists. To
quote Professor Snow:
“Three illegitimate child stories
almost in a row, all from girls’ col
leges, are impressive, and might be,
to some, alarming wore it not for
tho vogue outside college walls.”
As a sidelight on outside influence,
perhaps, it is mentioned that one of
these stories was Sherwood Ander
son’s “Dark Laughter” lifted al
most bodily and abbreviated for
short story purposes, with an end
ing different from the original in
that it was far more heartless.
Then comes the unchanging Mid
dle West. Here again the spirit of
Tealism has left its mark, but it is
of a tamer variety, tending toward
the work of Ruth Suckow.
The small section devoted to
poetry shows clearly that the under
graduate has substituted as models
Frost, Sandburg, Amy Lowell and
Edna Millay for the once popular
Omar, Longfellow and Tennyson.
Simple lyrics were very few in
So it is with most of the work of
the student-writers. Impressed deep,
ly with the modern spirit in writ
ing, and no less deeply by the works
of modern authors, they are am
t>itiously reaching out far beyond
the college walls in search of—they
know not what.
Perhaps the time will come, and
Professor Snow thinks it will, when
the students will stay at home and
write of things with which they are
acquainted. He assures his readers
that the undergraduate authors are
nearer the campus now than they
were ten years ago. This means
either that the college writers of ten
years ago let their imaginations fly
immeasurable miles from home, or
the life of the colleges is moving
more in the direction of life outside
the walls. Perhaps both theories
So with the university authors
homeward bound, carrying with
them “a saving sense of humor,”
Professor Snow sees the stirring of
an "Elizabethan promise of better
Doubt may justly be expressed
about the saving sense of humor.
That, it seems more likely, belongs
to Mr. Snow, and not to the dis
ciples of Sherwood Anderson et al.
The college writers are in deadly
. Again we may question the desir
ability of confining the budding
authors to their limited world which
allows little free play to the imag
ination. Imaginary realism may
make as good literature, and as true,
as writings based on actual exper
ience. But give these men and
women time. All too soon they will
come to the point where they will
modify their writings in the light
of life as they see it. Let them try
their wings. They may at least
But the change may come and it
may be best that it come soon. Yet
after all, at the present rate of
; emancipation, the undergraduate
| writers may remain stationary where
, they now are and within ten years
i they will probably find themselves
■ quite in style in their own environ.
Lo, the Noble
STUDENTS who have just lived
through a campaign that result
ed in the retention of Oregon’s sym
bolic name for its athletic teams,
will probably read with heartfelt
interest the accompanying discus
sion of a similar topic.
This time the problem takes on
the aspect of an international af
fair, and besides it is probably of
special interest to students of pol
itics, economics, biology, and busi
ness administration and allied arts.
We take it, bodily, from the Daily
of McGill university, Montreal.
A small storm of indignation
has been caused among Americans
living in England by the fact
that four American Indian heads
have been placed over the doors
and windows of the new Amer
ican embassy in London. The ob
jection appears to be that the
heads are not symbolic of the
country whose London represen
tatives are to be housed in the
building under criticism.
Our American friends in Eng
land evidently fear that an In
dian over the door of their Em
bassy gives a wrong impression
of their country. The popular
conception of the United States
in Europe, due no doubt to the
industrious propaganda of their
Wild West films, is that of a land
of wild Indians and desperadoes,
and though the architect who is
responsible for the design is an
American, it is even spoken of as
an insult to the United States.
The Indian has never been suf
ticientlv recognized as a national
type. He has been managed, con
trolled, capitalized and exploited,
but the fact that he was at one
time Lord of the country has
been conveniently forgotten. Am
ericans do not like to be reminded
that their country is so new in
culture and importance that less
than fifty years ago much of it
was still inhabited by the Indian
only and the Red Man was a fac
tor to be reckoned with.
It is one matter to carry a fac
simile of an Indian’s head on
coin, but quite a different matter
to have one over the door ol the
nation’s building in a foreign
country. These ultra-American
critics would no doubt prefer to
have an eagle over the door post.
Have not the great nations of all
time been represented by eaglest
Persia, Egypt, Rome, Prussia,
Germany, Austria and the Rus
sian Empire all had an eagle as ;
their symbol. The king of birds
is therefore a much more attrac
tive emblem for these big-Amer
icans than is the savage Indian. !
As a matter of fact Americans |
have no cause to be ashamed of j
their nation’s Indian ancestry.
We h#ve been learning in the past j
few years that thfere is still a
great deal that the Indians can
teach the white man. The noble
Red Man is a much more beau
tiful and romantic symbol of
America than the eagle.
Plato’s American Republic
By DOUGLOS WOODRUFF
A few years ago the author of
this pungent satire was an under
graduate at Oxford University where
he delighted the audiences of the
Union debating society yith his
deft and polished aphorisms. Then
he went forth on a voyage of dis
covery with two debating compan
ions and his peregrinations led him
through the length and breadth of
the land called America, where dwell
a curious people who “pay a most
special and devout worship to a
strange god whom they call Prog
The young Mr. Woodruff found
much to amaze and astound him,
some things that he approved, and
others that he shrank from as piti
fully materialistic. His observa
tions and impressions are woven to
gether in this little volume in an
entertaining Socratic dialogue, in
which are found Lysis and Agathon
and Phaelon, conversing wi'th Soc
rates who has just returned from
a lecturing tour among the “bar
barians.” As the “barbarians,” we
find ourselves ruthlessly stripped of
our coating of respectability with
in which we are4 Social Reformers
and Practical Idealists, and exposed
as a nation of fact-worshippers and
dollar-seekers, bowed down beneath
the energetic combination of manu
facturers and preachers—and worn
We pay homage to the mystic
Sacred Number, expressed in stat
istical studies, percentages, eard-in
souls are twisted and cramped by
an unreasonable tyrant, whose title
is Public Opinion, or the Opinion of
the Majority, and he is the offspring
of Propaganda. All of us can read,
but few of us think, so that we look
to see what our neighbors are think
ing and we hasten to enroll our
selves under the standard of the
majority. We make laws that we
say are a good thing for the coun
try, an despecially the poor (they
are with us always), who are the
workers and must be Efficient, and
deny ourselves publicly the ameni
ties of life which can be purchased
by the rich.
Somewhere we have heard that
Knowledge is Power, and we desire
Power, but we think that Knowledge
consists of Information. Vaguely we
believe that when we have acquired
Information, we shall act both wise
ly and well. Always, always, an
other title for Material Prosperity.
Truly, the indictment is severe.
But Mr. Woodruff should not blame
America. America is but the pres
ent and most pronounced embodi
ment of a new era which has follow
ed the industrial revolution. She is
but the symbol, the typical form, of
the age of rampant materialism, su
perstition and garrulity. We are
foundlings in an arid wilderness,
clutching at phantoms, boasting of
small advances and yet (a fact
which Mr. Woodruff ignores), babb
ling and gibbering in loud voices
veeause we are afraid to,examine
into the wretchedness of our plight.
But we also are many of the peoples
of other countries, although we are
still the leaders in industrial Pro
Mr. Woodruff belongs to a differ
ent ga,e probably the eighteenth
century. He is not an optimist. He
fails to see tha tour struggles for
adjustment in the new age may yet
produce a world in which men can
combine “living "with “working.”
We wonder how much of his ma
terial he drew from Oregon.
W. P. M.
At C.ampus Infirmary
One unfortunate Sigma Chi fresh
man, Willard Williams, developed a
case of chicken pox just before
Thanksgiving and so, contrary to
expectations, t! . infirmary was not
vacant during vacation and Willard
did not spend his vacation at home.
Jack Jones and Lillian Povev, ap
pendicitis cases, were transferred
from the hospitals during the week
and made a total of three students
to vacation at the infirmary.
* Tte SEVEN
“I THINK I SHALL HAVE A
VONDERFUL TRIP” SHE RE
MARKED AS HER HEEL
CAUGHT ON THE CURB.
* * *
A Chi O called up last night and
isked who this freshman by the
lame of Ben Dover is that she has
seen hearing so much about.
* * *
“A fireman lost his joh last
“There was an alarm and he
started out for the Sigma Chi
FOLKS WE CAN CONSCIEN
The mbb of twenty who bring the
package from home up <to our room.
“Did you stay over to studs?”
“I stayed over.”
Now somebody is complaining
that our Beauty Contest won’t de
cide which fellow is the Adonis of
the school but who is the one that
rates most with all the women. No
chance for the life-termers!
* * »
Next to the deep sea diver trying
to light a match, the most pathetic
figure we know of is the guy who
gets sick at his stomach in a soror
Prof: “Why are you wandering
about the room, Carter?”
Carter: “I’m a roving center.”
“Puff, Puff;” panted the Coos
Bay Limited as it struggled over
damp and rusty rails with its
j heartbreaking load of one—two—
[three—even four Thetas.on hoard,
j And the eaves dripper learned many
I beauty hints enroute.
“I never eat,” confided Margar
“I eat like a horse, and I don’t
care who knows it,” lisped coy lit
tle Eleanor Flanagan, notorious
vice-prexy of the young innocents.
Which proves that young ladies
talk about their studies even though
they’re leaving them for the week
| "BLUE HAT”—PASSING SHOW.
BY STEVENSON SMITH.
“Are you going to the dogs?”
said the roommate of the man who
had been pigging a girl who had
a shedding fur coat.
WHAT. SOUP AGAIN?
“How about some soup,” said the
Alpha Chi eook as she turned on
the water faucet.
* * *
Oh, yes, folks, this just goes to
show that one never knows what
kind of people you are likely* to
meet on trains. The President of
the Freshman class, mind you, was
found passing the fruit basket up
and down the train as 1* was has
tening him back to his flo6k of
Black Sheep. It didn’t get over
heavy though because the fig bars
cost a quarter and the 15c cookies
were all petrified.
• • •
“Oil* hampburggrowl”—yells Ed
ward Taylor—ami by the time he
runs over from ye hovel of Sic 'em
nu he is able to have his dinneT
already and waiting for him. (News
and not publicity.)
• • *
SAVE THE STUBS PLEASE.
CAM MX/ ! J
m - A 1
Amphibians: Meet as usual to- j
The Lincoln Wirt lecture which j
was to have been held in Villard ■
ball tonight has beeii cancelled due j
to the concert of the Russian Choir, j
Theta Sigma Phi: Meeting at An-'
chorage 12:00 o’clock today.
Cosmopolitan club: All American
representatives meet in the Y. M.!
C. A. hut at five o’clock today.
High School ponference director
ate: Important meeting today, 4
o ’clock at 105 Journalism building.
Orchesus meeting at 7:15 Wed
nesday evening at usual place.
/Continued from page one)
met off to anybody’when it comes to
playing football. Eert has played
three years and more than held his
own every one of them. Yet he is
unmentioned, while a field goal
kicker gets all-American.
Dallas Ward, the O. A. C. left
end, played his position almost per
fectly all fall, but he only weighs
160 pounds, and how can a man
hold his own on an all-star team at
such a puny weight? Parkhill, the
big bruiser who plays end for Wash
ington ’ State, works about as hard
as any end we’ve seen this year,
but he gets nary a mention. Why?
The Pullman newspaper doesn’t cut
much frozen water in the journalistic
Spiedel, the Cougar left tackle, is
another hombre who could make a
lot of ball clubs; Sody Owings, Idaho
captain and fullback, looks just as'
good for all practical purposes as
some of his highly rated brothers;
Billy Kelly scores touchdowns at
randoni for Montana, and so on.
Kelly has forced some recognition,
but it is of a desultory nature,
given in the spirit of “Now you
ought to be satisfied.”
• * *
The Los Angeles all-star teams are
top-heavy with University of South
ern California players; Frisco papers
abound with the names of Stanford
men and Golden Bears; the Seattle
dailies like many of the Huskies
who seem doomed to blossom unseen
in other climes. The Portland papers
like some of Paul J. Sehissler’s
Just the same, the Emerald is
going to pick an all-coast team in
the near future.
The following story appeared re
cently under an O. A. C. date line,
and is too good to go unclipped. Has
the Becret of the Aggies’ grid suc
cess been uncovered at last?
The story*follows, verbatim:
OREGON AGRICULTURAL COL
LEGE, Corvallis, Nov. 25—A kiss
is one of the rewards received by
any of the Oregon Aggie football
players who make a score or in any
way distinguish themselves on the
gridiron. The kiss is given in pub
lic. Yes! In fact it is administered
right on the football field immed
iately after the play which calls for
such a reward.
The donor of such a luscious gift?
No! Not a beautiful co-ed, but none
other than the famous football war
rior, “Ironhorse” Sehulmerich, full
back on the Oregon Aggie eleven.
Whenever a team mate makes a
score, Sehulmerich is the first man
to greet him with outstanding arms,
and there and then plants a muddy
slobber on the cheek of the hero.
The latest “lucky” man was Howard
Maple, Aggie quarter, who is one
of the leading scorers on the Pacific
coast, Maple made two touchdowns
against ‘the University of Oregon in
the traditional game Saturday in
which the Aggies came out victor
ious by the score of 16 to 0.
Sehulmerich, considered by many
critics as the greatest fullback on
the coast this year, is one of the
biggest hearted men in athletics,
according to his team mates and also
from the word of his opponents.
The “Ironhorse” is in the game pure
ly for the love of the sport and
when he knocks a man down, he is
always ready to give him a hand up.
• * •
No further comment is necessary.
Members of the faculty who hold
degrees from Harvard will be in
terested in knowing that there is
an organization, tentatively named
the Harvard club, being contemplat
ed. Professor F. S. Dunn of the
Latin department expects to send
out a call to the following of the
faculty: Donald G. Barnes, John F.
Bovard, Raymond P. Bowen, Merton
K. Cameron, Charles E. Carpenter,
Frederic S. Dunn, Rudolf H. Ernst,
David E. Faville, William G. Hale,
Harry C. Hawkins, J. K. Horner,
William E. Milne, William F. Smith,
A. R, • Sweetser, Samuel Bass War
ner, and Leavitt O. Wright. The
only woman in the list is Mary H.
Perkins who attended Harvard one
There will probably be no strict
organization, according to Professor
Dunn, but simply a general get-to
gether, a smoker or dinner.
McDonald: Second day: Mary
Roberts Rinehart’s spine-chilling,
areath taking, rib tickling mystery
Earce, “The Bat,” with all star cast;
Bharky Moore and the Merry-Macks
in “Hula Knights,” a south sea ser
enade, with Hariett Miller, world’s
smallest Charleston stepper, on the
stage, tonight rft nine; special scenic,
‘Menace of the Alps,” and Interna
tional news events.
Coming—Gilda Gray in “Aloma
of the South Seas,” an alluring ro
mance of the tropical isles of love;
Saturday football matinee; Notre
Dame-TT. S. C. football classic play
for play on the gridgraph in con
junction with feature pieture and'
Rex—Inimitable Johnny Hines in j
“The Early Bird,” a fast and fur-j
ious fun test, with Johnny at his;
best; comedy and news events;
Clifton Emmel at the organ.
Coming Marshall Neilan’s “Dip-,
lomaey,” a compelling drama of
love and international intrigue,
with Blanche Sweet. Neil Hamilton
and Matt Moore; Nellie Revell’s
Heilig:Today only: Legitimate at
traction: Pauline Frederick, herself,
in “Lady Frederick.” Miss Fred
erick is one of the outstanding act
resses of both the movie and legit
imate realm. Box office will open
Starting Wednesday, running Fri
day and' Saturday—John Gilbert in
““Bardelys the Magnificent,” the out
standing pieture of the year for
Gilbert. It is historical as well as
Thursday only—Association vau
deville with five big acts and a spe
cial musical program by the new
Heilig concert orchestra under di
rection of Charles M. Runyan.
Coming attractions—“Three Bad
Men, a production equal to “The
Iron Horse” and many others of
Four Bouts Curtain
Raiser Yesterday on
Three falls and a decision mark"
ed yesterday’s matches in donut
George Lienkaemper, Friendly
hall, threw Burton, Alpha Beta
Chi. McGee, Kappa Sigma, won a
judges-’ decision over Corbett,
friendly hall. Sherman Smith
flouted Alpha Tau Omega ’s colors
by defeating Floyd Van Atta of
Friendly hall with one fall.
Friendly’s fourth loyal son,
George Simerville, was unable to
keep his back off the mat and
Raleigh Green, Alpha Tau Omega
won. The rest of yesterday’s en
tertainment consisted of forfeits.
There were enough of these to make
any parlor game wilder than all git
Some of the boys ccjuldn’t lay
off the Thanksgiving gorge and
found themselves too heavy or else
they got cold feet and failed to
Tomorrow’s matches will be: Van
Dervlygt vs Harold Bateman;
Schaefer vs Aubrey Walker; Lien
kaemper vs Guide; Alan Christen
sen vs McGee; Corbett vs Grey; R.
Green vs Robberson; Sherm Smith
vs Breese; Ricks vs Ankeny; Sim
erville vs Averhill.
Word has .been received by Dean
George Rebec, of the graduate
school, and head of the philosophy
department, that Dr. Ernest S.
Bates, formerly in the philosophy
department here, has been appoint
ed a member of the permanent edit
orial group of the “Saturday Re
view.” The “Review” is regarded,
according to Dr. Rebec, as one of
the foremost critical American mag
The Emerald recently carried a
story of the appointment of Dr.
Bates as a member of the editorial
staff of the New Dictionary of Na
tional Biography. He is at present
in Europe, where he feels that his
work can be carried on almost as
effectively as though he were in
this country; but he will doubtless
return to New York in the not re
Word was also had by Dr. Rebec
that Kerby S. Miller, who left the
University of Oregon philosophy de
partment at the same time as did
Dr. Bates, that he has been reap
pointed for another year’s service
in the Harvard University philos
ophy department. Mr. Miller has
been teaching at Harvard only two
months, but a favorable offer from
the University of California is said
to have hastened the Harvard action
in the reappointment at so early a
You want the best but you don’t want to pay more
than the best is worth.
And neither do you expect to get the best for less
than it is worth.
Buying glasses here is insurance against getting less
than the best at more than the best is worth.
Why not be sure—Save Your Eyes.
<Dt. Sermon WHloodu
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What does that mean to you?
Off to a dreary room, elamy and un
A pleasant room, with a friendly
warmth to if that seems to invite
thought and study.
And find how to keep your rooms
friendly with slabwood.