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University of Oregon, Eugene
SOL ABRAMSON, Editor
EARL W. SLOCUM, Manager
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. Contributing Editor
j)AY EDITORS: Beatrice Harden, Genevieve Morgan, Minnie Fisher, Barbara Blythe,
Bill Haggerty. Alternates: Flossie Radabaugh, Grace Fisher.
NIGHT EDITORS: Bob Hall. Supervisor; Wayne Morgan, Jack Coolidge, John Nance,
Henry Lumpee, Herbert Jonas.
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Hoyt Barnett, Dick Jones, Bob Foster.
FEATURE WRITERS: Donald Johnston, Ruth Corey, John Butler, Joe Sweyd,
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Edwards, Walter Coover, Amos Burg. Betty Hagen, Leola Bali, Dan Cheney, Ruth
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Day Editor This issue—Genevieve Morgan
Night Editor This Issue—Herbert Jonas
Unsigned comment in this column is written by the editor. Full responsibility
Is assumed by the editor for all editorial opinion.
IF THE cultivation of the un
derstanding consists in one
thing more than another, it is
surely in learning the grounds
of one’s own opinions.—John
Legalized Murder in
The Name of Justice
A FEW weeks ago Bartolomeo
Vanzetti stood before Judge
Webster Thayer, of Massachusetts,
and heard himself and his compan
ion, Nicola Sacco, sentenced to
death. In these words he spoke to
“I would not wish to a dog or to
a snake, to the most low and mis
fortune creature of the earth—I
would not wish to any of them what
I have had to suffer for things that
I am not guilty of. . . . I am suffer
ing because I am a radical, and in
deed I am a radical; I have suffered
because I am an Italian, and indeed
I am an Italian. . . .”
Unless numerous pleas stir the
governor’s sense of justice, Sacco
and Vanzetti will be electrocuted,
presumably for murder, on July 10.
This case, that has dragged on
for seven years, embodies more than a
simple determination of guilty for
murder. Otherwise laborers in foreign
countries would not have gone on
strike in protest against the decision;
such noted authorities on law ns Fe
lix Frankfurter, Bean Pound, of Har
vard law school, and Bean Hutchins,
of Yale law school, would not be
urgjng a new trial; citizens in all
parts of (lie country would not have
protested tho court’s ruling against
a rehearing; American labor unions
would not be planning a general
protest strike; 10,000 persons would
not have attended a protest meet
ing in New York; and newspapers
on both sides of the Atlantic, even
in Boston, would not be denouncing
the court's decision.
Yet the protests have not con
cerned themselves with the guilt of
Sacco and Vanzetti. That is in
cidental. The question is whether
or not these men have been given a
fair trial and whether the “dig
nity of the court” shall supercede
the administration of justice.
The facts in the case are these:
On May •>, 19“0, Saecrr a shoework
er, and Vanzetti, a fish peddler,
were arrested and qhnr£cd wjffh
participation in a payroll robbery
which resulted in the murder of two
men. After n year’s delay the men
were tried, convicted and sentenced
to death. A motion for retrial was
made, based on glaring inaccuracies
in the evidence—mainly circum
stantial presented to the jury. It
was denied. A few weeks ago, near
ly seven years after the crime was
committed, the supreme court of
Massachusetts denied a rehearing,
and unless Governor Fuller takes
a hand, nothing can save the men
from the electric chair. So much
for the surface facts.
The men were presumably on
trial for murder, but they were con
nected with radical propaganda, and
this element was introduced into
the trial. The defendants were un
der suspicion of the department of
justice at Washington, and evidence
of former agents indicates that this
government agency had a hand in
prosecuting the case. From the con
duct of the case it was at times dif
ficult to tell whether the men were
being tried for murder or for spread
ing radical propaganda. The mur
der issue was buried under accusa
tions ranging from draft dodging
to speaking disrespectfully of Har
Identification of Sacco and Van
zetti as the murderers rested on
flimsy evidence and on the secretly
given, and later proved perjured,
testimony of a gun expert. In ad
dition, another man under sentence
of death confessed that the notor
ious Morelli gang, of which he was
a member, committed the crime,
which was admittedly professional
work. A great amount of evidence
has been collected to substantiate
this confession. But in the face of
all this the court has refused a re
It is clearly evident that the
question is not so much whether
Sacco and Vanzetti are guilty of
murder as whether criminal trials
are to be decided on class and race
prejudice, rather than on evidence.
There is reason in tho charge that
two men were convicted not be
cause they committed murder, but
because they woro radicals. The
trial, it should bo remembered, was
held in 1!)20, a time when anti-rad
ical hysteria had hold of the coun
Tho dignity of the Massachusetts
courts must be upheld, it appears,
even at the sacrifice of justice and
decency. Unless the governor in
tervenes, Sacco and Vanzetti will
go to their death, after a mock trial
and an appeal in which tho trial
judge reviewed his own acts. A
genuine appeal has been denied, be
cause a retrial would reflect on the
court, of original jurisdiction.
Tf Sacco and Vanzetti are ex
ecuted the dignity of tho courts
will have been saved at the price
of justice. Wo will have established
a precedent allowing political and
social beliefs to docidje criminal
cases, and wo will have permitted a
court, to judge its own acts, like
Proving That There9s
No Place Like Home
A HOME is “the habitual abode
^-of one’s family,” according to
the inimitable Webster. But, Web
ster to the contrary notwithstand
ing, and despite the fact that its
inhabitants are “brothers,” a fra
ternity house is not a home and the
“brothers” not a family, according
to a ruling of the Nebraska supreme
The fraternity house, the court
decided, is noted for “late hours,
queer noises, and the use and abuse
of vibrant and sonorous musical in
struments.” Therefore it. cannot be
classed as a home. It is a rooming
house, not a residence.
The decision was the outgrowth
of a suit filed by sleepless residents
of an exclusive Omaha residential
district against tho Phi Beta Pi
fraternity of Creighton university.
They objected to the proximity of
the fraternity house, especially the
i noises appertaining thereto, and
asked that, they (house and noise)
be outlawed from the district re
stricted by the city6 zoning law to
But the court could offer only
sympathy, having ruled that the
zoning laws are “unreasonable and
oppressive.” The same description
might have applied to the “broth
' ers,” and no doubt was by the an
I gi'v neighbors, but in this case the
j ruling was unofficial.
The decision, if permitted to
stand as a precedent, should cheer j
the hearts of the users and abusers
• of vibrant and sonorous musical
I instruments.” But don’t cheer, j
i boys, think of the sleepless citizens
i of Omaha.
j the courts of the inquisition.
Reasons to Abolish
Scandal Sheet Given
By F. G. G. Schmidt
“The scandal sheet is too much
like a kindergarten affair and is un
dignified for a university,” said Dr.
F. G. 0. Schmidt, head of the Ger
man department, in an interview on
tho abolishment of the scandal
“It has no educational value. We !
want to get away from the grade !
idea if we are going to be a real
university.- Moreover, it gives the
office more work than necessary, and
costs too much. Instructors are
forced to rush with correction of '
examination papers, and many mis
A news item says that a Rip Van
Winkle club has been organized in
the East. At last the debate goers
• • •
Today’8 candidate for the Old
Jokes Home is the one about the
fellow who told his friend that a
nude woman was coming down the
street, presently, riding a horse. “I
guess I’ll stay around a while,”
said the friend, “it’s been a long
time since I’ve seen a horse.”
No, Gretchen, you can’t buy poet
ic license at the city hall.
Again the spring *
Has brought the
To its beauty!
And again along the
River tracks have
And butter cups with
Eyes like golden
And along the
The angle worms peep
Out at you and say,
‘ ‘ Let’s go fishing! ’ ’
* * *
The professor with the shiny blue
serge suit says it’s a long lane that
has no parked cars on a dark night.
• • •
"How are you coming along with
the costumes for ‘‘Creole Moon,”
‘‘Oh, sew sew, Bill, sew sew,”
and she laughed as though her little
heart would break.
* * *
Scientists would have us believe
that vitamines postpone the limit
of a person’s maturity. Just tell
your banker that, however, and see
what he’ll tell you about science.
ALWAYS I had believed
THAT our janitors and
GARDNERS woro on the
WHOLE quite sensible
LOT and not given to
PICKING up the fads
AND fancies that strike.
COLLEGIATES over night
BUT ALAS! yesterday I
DID a small favor for
ONE of these men and he
RESPONDED with the
OLD favorite of so
MANY co-eds, THANKS AWFUL
* • •
“The speaker thrust both hands
into his pockets and left the room
gesticulating wildly.”—San Fran
cisco Examiner. Just try this on
* « *
Why worry about the lack of wa
ter in the race, Socof It always
rains enough while the fete is go
ing on to fill the banks to overflow
• • •
takes are made in the scandal sheet.
In spite of the Missouri system each
man has his own way of grading,”
“The argument has been sot for- .
ward that the student would not j
know whether ho could return, but
tlunkers have always been informed
beforehand anyway,” ho concluded.
Theta Chi announces the pledging
of Glen Gardner of Los Angeles,
CAMPUS’ ! ,
Meeting of all sophomores taking
nilitary today at 4:45 at the* bar
racks. Everybody come.
POT AND QUILL meeting Thurs
lay night instead of tonight, as
ireviously announced. Place: Mrs.
llara Pitch’s home.
Thespian meeting at 7:15 in the
Woman’s building this evening.
Mortor board meeting today at
> o’clock in Villard hall. All junior
vomen to be present. *
A meeting of the International
delations club will be held tonight
By ELINOR GLYN
If you miss it—you will
regret it—so, hurry 1
at 7:30 in the Woman’s building.
Dr. Warren D. Smith will be the
speaker. All members urged to at
Begular military begins tomorrow
again. “Regimental review and es
cort v to colors ’ ’ May 4 and 11, at
May 18 Presidential review.
May 25 Governor’s review.
Regular meeting of Orchesis to
night at 7:30 in Woman’s building.
on it. This shirt has
the long point collar..
It is made of a genu
ine imported English
in collars and in shirts
that you can buy.
Ask Your Dealer
Mother’s Own Day
Of course she prefers candy . . . We are now taking
orders for Whitman’s Chocolates in special Mother’s
Day wrappers—fresh from the Whitman Branch at
San Francisco. We mail to all parts of the United
States. Come in and look over our assortment.
TOILET GOODS SPECIALIST
Formerly with Owl Drug Co., Portland
Added to Our Staff
Miss Helen Presby has been permanently added to
our staff and will take over the Toilet Goods De
partment beginning tomorrow morning, May 2. Miss
Presby is an experienced toilet goods saleslady. She
was with the Owl Drug Co. of Portland for three
JAMES H. BAKER, ’24, Prop.
Miner Bldg. Call 146
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“Ah, that's the point. It’s an Erskine Six and economy is its secret passion.
Don't *udgt its cost by its appearance.”
SPEAKING frankly, who cares a fig for bore and stroke,
cubic displacement and all of that. The car of today
is the one that slips through traffic like an All-American
halfback wriggles through a broken field; turns on a
dime with nine cents change and pops into a parking
space with a hair’s breadth clearance front and rear.
To match the spirit of American youth a motor car must
have “It.” “It” is the ability to chase the horizon all
day without panting; smart good looks that do credit
to the intelligence of its owner and riding comfort that
wins a sigh of complete ease.
That’s why the Erskine Six Custom Coupe is taking
America’s youth by storm. Style conceived in Paris—
design by Dietrich, the master designer—speed that lets
you decide whether or not the car behind will pass. And,
will it stand up? Studebaker builds it—Q. E. D.
Take possession of an Erskine Six today. Drive it over
roads other cars fear. Forget the gearshift lever. Revise
all your notions of motoring. You’re riding in a car
that has set a new pace for others to try and follow.
The Erskine Six Custom Coupe, as illustrated, sells forfpfjf. o. b. factory,
complete with front and rear bumpers and sc If-energising 4-uhxel brakes.
/^THE LITTLE ARISTOCRAT