Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, October 24, 1928, Image 1

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Student Vote
The daily press is full of the news that an organization in
Eugene, operating under the ambiguous name of “Federated
Church Brotherhoods" has taken a step in the direction of pre
venting students of the University of Oregon and the Eugene
Bible university from voting in the coming election. The word
“brotherhood" has generally been accepted as signifying an
attitude tending toward democracy; yet this organization plans
to eliminate the exercise of a right granted by the United
States constitution.
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It is strange, to use a mild word, that this “Brother
hood" has waited so long to decide that students cannot
legally vote- There seems to be some slight connection
between the sudden interest in the status of student voters
and the fact that the students are almost certain to dis
agree with the “Brotherhood” on the question of Sunday
movies. It is no interest in legal election that has in
spired the “Brotherhood," but a fear that its pet project
will go to the boards in November.
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If the allegations of the legal adviser of the “Brotherhood”
should happen to be right and some of the students have voted
illegally, can city officials feel safe in their positions? Oh,
what, disgrace the fair city of Eugene must feel realizing that
for years past it has been guided in part by illegal votes!
Shades of Chicago!
The purpose of the Emerald today is neither to con
demn nor praise the move afoot in the city to open moving
picture theatres on Sunday.- To the normal man or woman
it would be self-evident that the question of Sunday movies
is one of only comparatively minor importance in the elec
tion. It is dwarfted by the presidential situation, no matter
how clouded the latter may become by meaningless poli
tical harangues in the next couple of weeks.
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One cannot help wondering when regarding one move such
as that attempted by the “Brotherhood" just what motives
prompted the act, Sunday movies, of course, are the physical
reason. But, suppose the measure is voted down, do the
churches expect thereby to swell their attendance?.. If they do
they have a lot to learn about the psychology of the average
young man and woman of 21 years of age. The churches, if
they are, sincere in their desire to fulfill their real mission, will
recognize the mind of the student body and will gracefully
back out, for there is nothing inherently wicked in moving
pictures and if the students want them the churches will gain
absolutely nothing by antagonism. Certainly Eugene will not
go so far as to revert four hundred years to forced church
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Here is the position of the student voter in a nutshell:
For yeai*s his predecessors have been permitted to vote.
Anticipating that he shall be allowed to do likewise, and
exhorted by county and state officials to register, he has
placed his name on the registration lists of Eugene, acting
all the time in good faith. Now at the last moment, when
it is too late for him to vote in any other way, the ‘4 Brother
hood” has attempted to take his right of franchise.
The question is far from settled yet, despite the legal
opinion arrived at by the “Brotherhood’s” attorney. Pro
vided the churches want to prosecute the matter to the
limit, just what can they do?
* • * * *
It should bo remembered that the majority of voters on
the campus are among upper division students. Many of these
men and women are wholly self-supporting and many of them
are qualified under the strictest interpretation of the law to
vote. There can be no blanket ban of student voters and the
only tiling left for the churches to do is to station watchers at
every polling place. These watchers can challenge, one by one,
the voters who come in. If this procedure is followed the com
ing election probably will assume a most unusual complexion;
for the students, if they Wish, may also station watchers at
the polls who can question the right of the voters of the
Under the circumstances the voting could well degenerate
into a mockery of democracy.
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What is proof that a student does not intend to make
Eugene his permanent home? Strange things
If a voter is challenged the next step of procedure is
for the judge at the polling place to administer an oath
and conduct an inquisition to decide whether or not the
ballot should be cast aside. As proof of residence the ques
tions probably will run along this line: 4 4 When you have a
vacation, where do you go?” “Do you receive any money
from your parents?” “If you were suddenly to go blind,
what would you do?”
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Now, if the student in answer to the first question de
clares that he remains in Eugene, and in answer to the second
says that he does not, and in answer to the third that he. would
go to an institution for the blind, there is little that could be
done to prevent him from voting, no matter how illegal his
particular vote might be. Provided the election were close, it
might be contested and the challenged voters checked upon, but
this is improbable.
The best bet of the “Brotherhood” is to pray that it maj
be able to scare a few students away from the polls by its
wide advertisement of its own rather narrow-minded view
point. There is little else that it can do.
And before attempting to do this, it iniglit be wise for
the “Brotherhood” to scan a few figures, to,wit:
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(1) The assessed valuation of fraternity and soror
ity property in the city of Eugene- amounts to approxi
mately one million two hundred thousand dollars. Students
pay taxes on this property.
(2) The estimated amount of money spent in Eugene
every year by the students is more than two million dol
(3) The question has been brought up at Princeton,
and the following news story carried over the wires of the
Associated Press, explains the reaction there:
PRINCETON, N. J., Oct. 18.—(AP)—A boycott of
Princeton merchants was threatened today by 2000 under
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Soph’s Annual
SplurgeTo Be
Biggest Ever
November 3 To Be Bi"
Day for Entire Campus;
Early Dates* Advised
Committee Promises
Big Supply of Punch
McArthur Court or Armory
To Be Scene of Dance
The annual splurge of the Sopho
more class, better designated as the
Sophomore Informal will be a big
ger and more elaborate splurge than
ever according to Stan Brooks, gen
eral chairman, and “Bed” Hill,
president of the class of Ml.
The decoration idea is being kept
a deep secret, but without doubt
it will more than surpass the
fondest expectations of the newest
frosh. Helen Gray Gatens, chair
man of this committee, has worked
up a novel idea which will cause
a good many gasps on November
Dorothy Elierhard, refreshments
chairman promises a goodly supply
of punch. She went to the trouble
of finding out the exact amount
consumed at last year’s Informal
and then added enough to please the
dryest of the dry.
Programs to Be Surprise
The programs, too, will be a
great surprise in keeping with the
general idea. Kenneth Gurry, ('hair
man, lias contributed all his origin
ality to make them as new and
different as possible.
The music will be the snappiest
available and the floor ns slick as
a group of husky sophomore men
can polish it. Jim Dezendorf and
Ford Smith will see to that.
Although there is yet nearly two
weeks to go the co-eds are already
wondering about men and men
about dates. It would be well to
get dated up before the usual elev
enth hour rush.'
The biggest debate of all as to
the location is yet. to be decided.
It will be either one of two places,
McArthur Court or the Armory. The
final decision will be published as
soon as possible.
Admission Is Free
With the best music, the slickest
floors, the most palatable punch and
the newest programs, the Sophomore
Informal has another attraction. Ad
mission will be strictly free.
With such features and a good
live student crowd taking in the
whole campus the sophomore class
may truly look forward to the most
successful and snappiest dance in
campus history.
Appointments of Evelyn Shaner
and Neil Taylor to the publicity
committee for the Sophomore In
formal were announced yesterday
by Harry Tonkon, chairman of the
advertising division of the annual
Frosh Eleven
Start Practice
For Rook Game
First Game To Be Saturday
In Portland; Second To
Be Here in Few Weeks
The freshman football squad open
ed up with a stiffer workout, last
night, beginning the grind to get in
shape for the Aggie Kooks next
The coaches, Billy Reinhart, Spike
Leslie, Beryl Hodgen, and Bill
Spears, seiit their charges through
a practice session (that included
assignment drill, dummy scrim
mage and scrimmage. The first
squad, under the tutelage of Rein
hart and Leslie, wound up their
afternoon with p stiff session
against the super-freshjnen under
Hodgen and Spears.
The O. S. C. yearlings are credit
ed with wins over St. Martin’s
Catholic college in Washington, and
over Southern Oregon Normal
school at Ashland. They beat Asli
land Normal one touchdown to noth
ing,* and St. Martin’s 13 to C. The
University of Washington frosh
won from the Saints by the same
score, one week previous to the
Aggie game.
The Oregon and Oregon Aggi<
first year men are meeting twice
this year, once in Portland this
coming Saturday, and again a feu
weeks Infer in Eugene. Last yea
the game was played in Corvallis oi
_ Bell field. The frosh won the garni
with a last minute touchdown.
Student Receives
Atlantic Air Mail
Graf Zeppelin Carries 2
Postcards for Campus
When the German Graf Zeppelin
last week made tlie first commercial
dirigible flight across the Atlantic
from Friedrichsliafen in Germany to
Lnkohurst, X. J., it carried in its
mail ponchos a consignment of two
post cards addressed to the “Uni
versity of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon;
U. S. America.”
Both post cards were addressed to
Miss Louise 11 uls, of Susan Campbell
hall, a young lady from Berlin who
is this year’s international exchange
student on the campus.
This was the first time that regu
lar mail had been carried across the
Atlantic via the air route, and the
German government printed o spe
cial stamp for the occasion. It is
of a light blue color, and depicts a
zeppelin flying above a globe map
of the world.
The post cards were sent to Miss
Hails by relatives in Germany, and
although they were written and
posted several days before the zep
pelin began its flight, they arrived
in Eugene in several days less time
than they would if they had made
the best of connections with boats.
The cards bear large blue and
white stickers with the words “Mit
Luftpost,” meaning “By air mail.”
They also bear the cancellation
stamp of the post office on board
the zeppelin, which reads: “Mit
Luftschiff LZ 127, Befordet,” which
means “By airship LZ 127, on
Delegate Brings
Back Report of
P. I. P. A. Meet
Stanford Named as Place
For 1929 Convention;
Informal Sessions Held
Larry Thielen, business manager
of the Emerald, lias returned from
Berkeley where he represented the
University of Oregon at the 1928
Pacific Intercollegiate Press associa
tion. During the three day conven
tion, in session October 18, 19, and
20, a number of problems were dis
cussed and probable changes con
Under the leadership of James
Wickheis, president of the associa
tion for this year, editors and man
agers from most of the Pacific col
leges met in small discussion'groups.
The possibility of introducing a
rotogravure section in P. I. P. A.
papers was brought before the rep
resentatives, but no definite action*
was taken.
Business managers were coneerned
over the possible increase of na
tional advertising, and a new plan
whereby the central office of the
P. I. P. A. will act as a publisher’s
representative to sell the associa
tion group to national advertisers.
A better system of exchange of
news items between the papers was
also considered.
Following the informal sessions at
a general meeting of about thirty
delegates Stanford was selected as
the 1929 .conference place, and the
president and vice-president of the
group were named. It is customary
for the two main officers to be
elected from the same school since
this system affords a better oppor
tunity for working out convention
Delegates were guests of the Uni
versity of California at the game
Saturday afternoon.
Two-thirds Let Fees Go
Until Lust Few Days
In the few days left until Octo
ber 27, two-thirds of the students
in the university will have to pay
their fees to avoid a fine of $2,
E. I’. Lyon, cashier, said. “It’s
going to take every minute of the
time,” he declared.
The excitement of the game and
of the rally Monday caused every
body to take a holiday from classes,
from paying fees, and from every
thing else, lie thinks. Consequently,
only about a third of the students
had paid up to yesterday noon.
Foreign Student Club
Invites Mew Members
All students interested in joining
the Cosmopolitan club, organization
for students of all nationalities, are
requested to attend the initiation
■ meeting tonight at 7:110 at the Y. \V.
j bungalow. Sam Whong, president
i of the group, is anxious to haye a
I large turnout present.
U-Boat Chief
To Talk Here
November 15
Lecture Series To Feature
Count You Luekner’s
Talk On His Own Life
Richard Halliburton;
Gay MacLaren Listed
‘Doc’ Rolmett Announces
This Year’s Program
Tlio principals of this year's lec
ture series, sponsored by the asso
ciated students, was announced yes
terday bv "Doc” Robnett, assistant
graduate manager.
On Thursday, November 15, Count
Felix von Luckner, a German naval
officer, and an outstanding figure
in the war, will tell the story of
his own life. Wednesday, January
Kith, Richard Halliburton, romantic
literary vagabond and author of
"The Glorious Adventure—In the
Tracks of Ulysses” and “The Royal
Road to Romance,” will tell of the
laughable incidents and incredible
dangers which have made his life
one of superb adventure. Saturday,
March it, Miss Gay MacLaren, dra
matic artist, will give a play in
which she will take all parts.
Count von Luckner, known ns
the “Sea Devil,” has the unique
record of having sunk fourteen Al
lied boats and capturing prisoners
without ever having killed anyone.
It is an interesting fact jthat
Count Luckner is a direct descendant
of Field Marshal Niekalus Luckner
of France, who sent Lafayette to
America to aid General Washington
and the man to whom “The MarSel
laise,” national anthem of France,
was dedicated.
Early Life Uneventful
Count .Luckner led a compara
tively uneventful life up to the age
of thirteen. Realizing then that he
could never learn enough in school
to fulfill his father’s wish that he
become a lieutenant in the German
army, he ran away. Ho shipped
aboard a Russian boat, but was
treated so badly that he deserted in
an Australian port. His experiences
became more and more varied. He
was a bar-boy in San Francisco, a
bell-boy in New York, a kitchen
boy in Chicago.
In Rangoon he was assistant to
a Hindu fakir, in New Zealand he
became a Salvation Army recruit,
and in Queensland a champion prize
fighter by reason of his six foot
heighth and better than 200 pounds
in weight. After eight years sep
aration from his family he returned
to Germany and there won a com
mission as a naval lieutenant. At
that time he had saved the life
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I)r. Hodge Asked
For Oregon Data
On Earthquakes
Underwriters Think Fire
Hazards Are Related to
Seismic Disturbances
What arc the possibilities of hav
ing an earthquake in Oregon? Be
cause groat earthquakes are often
followed by great fires, the Fire
Underwriters association of tlie Pa
cific coast has asked that question
of I)r. E. T. Hodge, professor of
economic geology.
These men have realized in the
last few years that they can better
establish a basis for proper fire in
surance rates with the aid of geolo
gists. Thus a new field in which
geologists play an essential part has
Last year at the request of the
Fire Underwriters association, Pro
fessor Bailey Willis of Stanford
university discussed the possibilities
of earthquakes in Oregon and Wash
During the five years that Dr.
Hodge spent in British Columbia and
Alaska, and the eight years he has
spent in Oregon, he has devoted con
siderable thought to the study of
earthquake phenomena.
Oregon appears to be nearly free
of earthquakes, while to the south
in California, and north in Wash
ington exist strong’ seismic zones.
In the paper to be presented to the
fire underwriters, Dr. Hodge will
atempt to offer a rational explana
tion for this fact. He will also give
some accurate data concerning the
risk from quakes so that fire under
writers may predict reasonable fire
and quake hazards anil establish
equitable insurance rates.
Churches Move
To Curb Voting
Brotherhood Would Prohibit Students
Froiii Casting Ballots on November 6
Whether students of the University of Oregon who have
registered as voters in Lane county arc legally entitled to the
right of f ranch is** is the basis of a battle now being waged be
tween the K'ngene Federated Church Botherhoods on the nega
tive and the students of the University of Oregon on the at'
firmnt ive.
Declaring that many students on Ihe campus are not legally
entitled to vote in regular elections in this precinct, the brother
hoods are organizing a move to place a ban on whom they claim
to be illegal voters. The federation has employed a Eugene
Michigan University
Lures Three Former
English Professors
The University of Michigan has
lured to its fold, this year, throe
faculty members of the University
of Oregon English department, ac
cording to Dr. U. V. Boyer, head of
the department.
Kenneth Rowe, instructor here,
was offered a position at the Uni
versity of Arizona at the first of
the summer, but refused it; then
came an offer from the University
of Michigan ip make him an assis
tant professor, which the University
of Oregon was unable to meet, so
he accepted the position.
Robert Horn, an assistant pro
fessor last year, has a leave of
absence for a year. He earned a
fellowship at Michigan this year,
but will return next year to the
English faculty.
While in London this summer
doing research work on Coleridge,
Earl Griggs, was offered a. place
on the Michigan teaching staff as
assistant professor, which he also
Hempstead To Present
Illustrated, Lecture
An illustrated lecture on impres
sions of Indian, Egyptian, and Euro
pean architecture will be given by
Jack Hempstead on Thursday eve
ning at eight o’clock. The talk
will lie sponsored by the Allied Arts
league of the school of architecture
and allied arts.
“One of the clearest impressions
one gets in travel,” says Hempstead,
who went around the world with
the Oregon debate team last year,
“is an appreciation of the architec
tural splendor and artistic beauty
of old world civilizations.”
He plans to discuss the mosques
of the eastern world, the Kali Tem
ple, Taj Mahal, and other gems of
architecture. The talk will be made
from an architect’s standpoint, but
any one who is interested is invited
to attend. Hempstead will speak in
the lecture room of the arts building.
University Professors
Attend Roseburg Meet
Dr. If. D. Sheldon, dean of the
school of education, and Dr. Dan E.
Clark of the extension division
spoke at the Douglas county teach
ers’ institute at Roseburg Monday.
Dr. Sheldon reported that about lit)
enthusiastic Oregon alumni were
attorney, Donald Husband, a uni
i versify graduate, to direct the legal
aspect of the case.
The current ease is the first of its
kind in the state of Oregon and al
ready is creating considerable com
ment. throughout the state. A simi
lar legal controversy is in progress
now at Princeton university, where
several riots have taken place.
To Present Opinion
The legal opinion as compiled by
Mr. Husband will be presented at a
meeting of the brotherhood Friday
night by a special committee, con
sisting of <_'. I. Collins and F. C.
Reports and articles were printed
Tuesday stating that Dr. A. K. Cas
well, professor of physics at the
University, was a member of the.
special committee of the brother-,
hood, but he emphatically denied,
the report last night.
Dr. George A. Simon, president of
the brotherhood and a candidate for
a position in the city council from
the first ward, the University dis
trict, refused yesterday to take a.
stand and had referred the whole
matter to the special committee.
Laws Are Controversial
Conflicts in the interpretation. of
the law as regards legal voters is
evidenced in the opinions handed
out by various attorneys.
“Persons who take an oatli that
they are qualified to vote, accord
ing to the prbvisions in article 11,
section 2 of the United States Con
stitution and in section 4056 of tlio
Oregon laws, are entitled to regis
ter,” was the statement issued for
the Emerald by W. B. Dillard,
county clerk, last night. The coun
ty clerk stated that so far as he is
concerned the students can vote and
that he has no authority to place a
ban on them.
Attorney Gives Opinion
Sam Wilderman, Eugene attorney,
was not at all in accord with Mr,
Husband. Mr. Wilderman, who at
various times has represented the
associated students, was of the opin
ion that students could vote in Eu
gene if they complied with the let
ter of Iho statute, which is six
months’ residence in the state and
30 days’ residence in the city.
“1 have looked over several au
thorities Mr. Husband cites,” Mr.
Wilderman said, “and find the laws
in those states different from our
own. Wo have had no cases on the
matter in this state, but if some
should come up and the letter of the
law is followed, the students will be
permitted to retain their, vote.
Students Pay Taxes
“The fact, of course, that most of
the students live in sororities and
fraternities and, therefore, indirect
ly are taxpayers, has nothing what
ever to do with the law. Before the
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Dr. Thorstenberg’s Papers Reveal
Lifetime Study of Lapp Literature
Dr. Edward Thorstenberg, late pro
fessor of Scandinavian languages,
devoted a life time of study to Lapp
literature and at the time of Ids
death in April of last year, ho left
a liyge mass of manuscripts concern
ing this subject. During the 11
years that lie was an instructor in
Vale university before he came to
the University of Oregon in IDUi,
he began doing research in that
field. He continued the work dur
ing Ihc 15 years that he was a pro
fessor here.
One manuscript of several hun
dred typewritten pages in length is
a scholarly presentation of the an
cient mythology of the Lapps, a
peoplo who inhabit northern Scan
dinavia and adjacent parts of Itus
sia. Their sacred places, idols, gods
and goddesses, sprites, ghosts, dem
ons, cures, superstitions, and wiz
ardry are treated in great detail. It
is illustrated by many full page
plates. The long bibliography be
speaks extensive and diligent re
Professor Thorstenberg had also
made Knglish translations of many
folk tales of Lapland. Tlioso bear
interesting and (|ueer titles sueli as
“Goodwights,” “Kuoblm, tlm Giant
and the Devil,” “I’elkho and Piru,”
•‘The Bird of Fortune,” “The
Prince, the Peasant Boy, and the
Sister of the Sun,” “Yulo-Stallo,”
“The Giant Who Had His Life Con
cealed in an Kgg.” ,
A Lapp-Knglisli dictionary was
left unfinished by Professor Thor
stenberg’s sudden death.
An endeavor is being made by in
terested professors to find persons
or organizations interested in the
mythological phase of Lapland lit
erature in the hope that the manu
scripts might be finished and a pub
lisher found for them.
Dr. Thorstenberg apparently work
ed alone in this specialized field as
there is no record left of correspond
ence with others engaged in such
Suggestions as to an outlet for
these manuscripts will bo welcomed
by l)r. K. L. Packard, professor of
geology, who now has charge of
Professor Thorstenberg’s papers.