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The Oregon Daily Emerald, official publication of the Asso
ciated Students of the University of Oregon, Eugene, issued
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Men must be at liberty to say in print what
ever they have a mind to say, provided it wrongs
no one.
—Charles Anderson Dana, New York Sun
TTAGUE rumors have emanated from Corvallis
* to the effect that the Zorn-Macpherson school
confiscating measure will be responsored by that
community "as soon as the time is ripe.'*- These
reports are not to be taken seriously. Just when
the time will be ripe for the dead Zorn-Macpherson
bill to be resurrected we hesitate to say. We
thought it was so extinct that it would take noth
ing less than the trumpet of Judgment even to
make it turn over in its grave.
The voters of the state killed the measure by
the most decisive count any bill ever was defeated
in the history of the initiative and referendum in
Oregon. The mandate of the people is not to be
regarded lightly; Mr. Hoover, Mr. Smoot, Mr. Bing
ham and numerous of their associates will bear out
that contention. The backers of the Zorn plan may
be mistaken, but they are not foolhardy. They
know their measure is as dead as a door-nail. It
is not iikely that they will waste precious dollars
trying to resuscitate it. We hope the University
never has more to worry about than the chances
of Hecor Macpherson’s bill being resubmitted to
the electorate.
T Rollins college in Florida, when the problem
of improving students’ use of their leisure
time arose, two committees were appointed to make
studies, reports, and proposals. One represented
the faculty and the other,* students. The student
report contains many points* that might be used
They would have none of the idea of hobby
groups under facvdty leadership on the grounds
that the intervention of faculty members tended to
cramp the freedom of many students — they would
attend for "apple-polishing" purposes or would stay
away for fear that it would be thought they were
practicing that ancient and transparent subterfuge.
Any appearance of cultural value in the recrea
tional activities should be avoided, it was emphati
cally stated. The basis was:
"If the scholar, working eight hours a day in
pursuit of culture, is offered cultural pursuits in
whatever time he has to spare, according to this
view, he is not relieved front his studies nor pro
vided with an atmosphere which leads him to re
turn to his studies the next day rested with a ready
Is not this the weakness of our numerous clubs
and discussion groups? Subjects closely allied with
class work are propounded and expounded by
would-be intellectuals who all too frequently have
only a smattering of knowledge or a one-sided view
of the topic.
To get away from this, the Rollins students sug
gested nine Items that look good and which could
probably be carried out without considerable ex
penditure of time or money. They follow:
1. "The installation of the preceptor plan in
fraternity and sorority houses in order to raise the
tone of conversation, which takes up most of our
spare time in the houses, and to stimulate greater
interest in things intellectual.
II. "The installation of a circulating library, to
be maintained by the college library, for the fra
ternity and sorority houses and the college dormi
III. "More art exhi...ts by the art department
for the benefit of students.
IV. "More recitals by faculty and students of
the conservatoiy of music.
V. "Expansion of the activities of the student
glee clubs.
VI. "More dramatic matinees by the dramatic
arts department.
VII. "Better transportation accommodation:',
for students desiring to hold week-end parties at
near-by Florida beaches.
VIII. "Expansion rf the intercollegiate athletic
program to include soccer and track.
IX. "Expansion of the intramural athletic pro
gram for women stuc nts.”
The University in fortunate in its music, arts,
dramatics and athletics. The library system was
proposed here last year but seems to have been
blotted from the picture. The preceptor plan might
be worth a trial. Most unfortunately, the climatic
conditions discourage week-end parties at the
near-by beaches. Anyway, the water’s too cold.
THE Oregana is an essential campus enterprise.
Without it there would be no complete record
of the year's activities. The Emerald sets forth
the doings and goings-on day by day, but the Ore
gana is the medium by which those activities are
preserved for future years. If you want to see
who was captain of the baseball team in 1923, you
turn to the Oregana. If you want to know who
was president of your sorority 12 years ago, again
you refer to the Oregana.
The year-book should be an integral part of the
school’s extra-curricular activities, but at present
there seems to be some doubt as to the security
of the Oregana’s future. The financial stability
of the enterprise is in danger. The only way in
which it can be bettered is for the subscription
drive now under way to be a complete success.
To lose the Oregana would be a campus tragedy.
It is imperative that we come to its aid by enter
ing our subscriptions.
FROM up in the apple country known as Yakima
comes a news item that is encouraging. The
first person convicted of driving while intoxicated
after the repeal of the prohibition laws was fined
$100 and sentenced to 60 days in jail. And the
judge said he was ready to give the maximum of
$300 and 90 days.
If that judge can convince persons in his juris
diction that they should not drive while under the
influence of liquor, he will undoubtedly save the
community considerable sorrow and expense. That
judge evidently figures drinking and driving is a
community problem and not one for the individual
The Portland papers for the past week-end.
carry several stories of accidents in which alcohol
and gasoline figured prominently. And it is to be
expected that there will be many more until those
who like their beverage find that it will not mix
satisfactorily with gasoline.
It is tt* be hoped that Oregon justices will fol
low the example of the Yakima judge in attempting
to stamp out this menace to the motoring and
pedestrian public. If we are to have liquor, we
must be guarded against its injudicious use.
the nation thinks otherwise
A GREAT many people have asked why a straw
vote conducted on a university campus would
be so divergent from true national sentiment as
was the one conducted at the University of Oregon.
In the face of the greatest Democratic landslide
in history practically every university in the West
declared itself in favor of Mr. Hoover, the Repub
lican candidate. The obvious falsity of figures may
be easily traced with a little study. It is only too
apparent that the students at any higher educa
tional institution are bound to be from families of
comparatively comfortable means.
Granting this, it would seem to indicate that
the wealthier families, the families more firmly
fixed on the social scale are Republican. True.
These families have not felt the true harshness of
the crisis current during the present regime they
have not been bitten by the keen-edged scimitar of
hunger and stark need. They arc more firmly in
favor of a continuance of the present change of
things. They are still optimistic after three years
of whippings.
On the other side of the panorama we see the
lower classes, the classes that constitute the ma
jority of the American voting public. Gloomy and
disheartened by the effect upon their personal com
forts and fortunes of the present party they are
for a change. They cry for “a new deal."
Thus can he seen the two sides of the picture.
It is regrettable, only, that there is no closer con
tact between the two. It is almost unbelievable
that our tigntly bound little collegiate world should
be so blissfully oblivious of the sufferings of the
outside world .is they are.
Let us enter a plea for better understanding.
After all. an election is but a small thing beside
the fate of a people.
Everything in nature has a purpose, but no one
has discovered what is the purpose of the -160
species of fleas. Dr. E. Bardsley.
My pet aversion is tar twisting of history to
meet the requirement of romantic fiction.—Emil
i1 i
Smoking during examinations, and in some lec
ture courses, is allowed at the University of North
It is only the ignorant who despise education.
Publius Syrus.
A Decade Ago
From Daily Fine raid
Novemlier 15, 11122
Flay Bull!
Marquis of Kasphcrry rules will
govern the forthcoming V. M. I'.
A. chess and checker tournaments.
Whistling, hob-nailed shoes, shin
guard., ilium pau . cigarette ,
i ('licwlng tobacco, ami otiija board*
arc banned; plunge* through cen
ter (till be penalized b> halt the
distance to the king row.
C V *
LOST Senior sombrero last
week. Reward.
• if $
See Yourself
The Homecoming bonfire, Hie
Armistice da.\ parade, football
game, and main other campus uml
!.ii„tm urn . Mill bt .hoMii at
tonight's Movie bull at tile armory.
* *
Who is the Scarlet Pimpernel? i
That is the question around which
the mystery play revolves that is
to be given at Guild theatre to
night, Thursday, and Friday.
He Made Pioneer
\. Phlmistcr Proctor, noted
sculptor, creator of Oregon’s Pio
neer. is a guest at Hendricks hall
on tin i.uupu today.
I ♦ 0 © o
Looking Backward
, ° I
CECRET desire . . . that our psy
chology experts would prove
that a student's powers are at low
ebb on Monday’s. That would
make me feel happier when I labor
away on Tuesday's drivel.
$ * *
Collegiate racket No. 468 . . . In
vite a theatre manager up to the
house for Sunday dinner. Ask
over a dozen charming co-eds and
plant the manager in the midst of
them at the dinner table. If he
doesn't stand up and invite the
whole gang down to the show
house after dinner, he’s a piker.
* * *
Credit for this bright idea goes
to the Phi Delts, who worked it
as smoothly as a U. S. C. end run
last Sunday. The words were no
sooner out of Manager Ray Jones’
mouth than the great emigration
began to the McDonald theatre.
Some freshmen got on the phone
and notified 68 town men and oth
er brothers who had not been
present to hear the good tidings.
Everyone that didn't already have
a date rushed over to the Pi Phi
annex and got one.
* * *
One disappointed member re
turned to the house an hour later
and said he wasn’t able to get
within a block of the theatre.
* :!i *
A columnist must use care in
in selecting words. While laboring
on a previous paragraph I asked
Associate Editor Thornton Gale if j
it would be libelous to refer to a j
sorority as a “seraglio."
“To which sorority do you re- 1
fer?" was Gale's comeback.
But we looked up the word in :
the unabridged and decided not to
use it . . . although a law major j
informs us that under the laws of I
Oregon proof of truth is a suf
ficient defense against any libel
* « *
Question of the hour . . . "Will
we have beer by Christmas?" The
obvious answer is that nobody will
have anything this Christmas. But,
getting down to brass bottle-tops, 1
how far would the following se
quence of events be possible?
(1) The state legislature re
peals all prohibition statutes at the
January session.
(21 Congress declares beer and
light wines legal at the lame-duck
(3) The city of Eugene repeals
its anti-liquor ordinances.
(4) The state board of higher
education states that it has no ob
jections to beer being sold on the
six campuses.
(5) Dean Schwering and Dean
Earl declare that
“A little beer now and then,
“Doe3 no harm to the best of
(6) The Affiliated Buyers of fra
ternities and sororities call for bids
on 600 cases of Weinhard’s and
Blitz's best to meet spring-term
* * *
Here's the thing to keep in mind,
you who dream dreams of making
our fair campus a second Heidel
(1) There’s no city, state or na
tional law against young ladies
staying out till 3 a. m. But a col
lege student can be expelled for it.
(2 ) There’s no city, state, or na
tional law against copying another
person’s examination paper. But a
college student can be expelled for
(3) There’s no city, state or na
tional law against saying that
something is rotten with govern
ment. But a college student can be
expelled for it.
SO . . .
(4) If there were no city, state
or national law against drinking
beer or wine . . . (You finish it; I
haven't the nerve!)
* * *
Far be it from me to leave a
wrong unrighted. I am informed
by reliable parties that Chuck
Stryker is NOT writing the synop
ses which the Toastwich shop dis
plays of Money and Banking as
signments and that he has suf
fered much embarrassment in
Dean Gilbert’s class since this col
umn proclaimed an untruth. Pro
found apologies, Charles!
by carol hurlburt
KiW/lth the exception of Peking
’ no other capital in the world
equals Washington for the relent
less brilliancy with which the spot
light of public attention is fixed
upon the comings and goings, the
cocktail parties, and the amours
of the petty people who run the
official and social life of the cap
ital of these United States."
Washington Merry-Go-Round.
* * *
And so we turn to Washington.
» * *
The first business of the capital
is politics. The second and only
other business is social intrigue,
The mad gay whirl of the inner
circle is dominated by half a doz
en middle-aged or aging ladies,
known as "whip-crackers." The
two most outstanding of these are
Eleanor Medill Patterson, former
ly Mrs. Eleanor Schlesinger, for
merly Countess Gizycka. formerly
Eleanor Medill Patterson, and
Mrs. Alice Roosevelt Lungwort h.
Mrs. Patterson is one of the most
gifted women n the capital c
the author of two book, and u
editor of Hearst’s Washington
[ Herald.
Mrs. Longworth, widow of Nick
Long-worth, former speaker of the
house, is brilliant, if not gifted,
and through the prestige of her
position and the vitriol of her
tongue dominates Washington’s
ultra-fashionable .official group
more completely than any other
whip-cracker in the capital.
* * *
Now these two charming wo
men are most essential to our
story. It is around them that the! '
new changes will revolve. Mrs.
Longworth. fifth cousin of the 1
president-elect, came out openly
for Hoover. It is not likely that 1
the new president and his wife «
will soon forget. Mrs. Patterson, j
on the other hand, is the editor of t
a Hearse paper.
* * $ f
The significance of these rela
tionships lies in the fact that ever s
since their debutante days Alice s
and "Cissie.’’ as Eleanor Patter- i
son is called, have carried on a 1
bitter and unremitting feud. , t
It all began, according to Wash- t
ington Merry-Go-Round, one night s
when Cissie monopolized the time t
of a young nobleman, keeping him r
all to herself in an upstairs library
of the Roosevelt home, after he
had sat next to Alice at dinner.
The next day Alice sent Cissie a
thoughtful little note:
“Dear Cissie:
“Upon sweeping up the library
this morning, the maid found sev
eral hairpins which I thought you
night need and which I am return
ing. /
The answer was just as pointed:
“Dear Alice:
“Many thanks for the hair-pins,
if you had looked on the chande
lier you might also have sent back
my shoes and chewing gum.
* * *
While Alice Longworth now has
i battle royal on her hands, she
probably finds some modicum of
satisfaction in the removal of Dol
ly Curtis Gann from her officially
high position. Time was when
these two carried on a rivalry so
intense as to scandalize almost the
entire nation. Dolly Gann held
that she, as half-sister of the vice
president, should take precedence
it dinner parties and official func
tions over Alice Longworth, wife
if the speaker of the house. Dolly
Dolly is a strapping, titian
haired social climber from the
Middle West. She tries to conceal
her origin and her humble begin
nings, but at the psychologically
wrong moment flings her plump
arms out and calls, “Come kiss
me, Charlie.”
* # Sji
Both she and Ettie Garner have
done their own cooking and bent
over their own washtubs, but Et
;ie is a wallflower of a different
ralibre. She has been earning her
$325 a month as her husband’s
secretary and caused a number of
raised eyebrows by installing an
jlectric stove in one of the rooms
on the first floor of the capitol
where she cooked favorite dishes
for Jack. She continues to sort
out his laundry and darn his socks.
* sj:
The vice-president is the chief
diner out of the administration,
but since most of the functions
which he is forced to attend are
stody and uninteresting affairs, it
will make little difference whether
lis wife is a social leader or mere
ly the component of all the vir
4* ♦
Whatever else the Roosevelt re
gime is sure to bring, it will re
place the Hoover formality with
in aimosphere of informality in
which the personality of the First
^ady will be felt as more than a
repetition of that of her husband.
yEW YORK, N'ov. 14 (AP)
-How will the new first lady
eign over the White House?
At a recent party at Hyde aPrk,
Lome of the Franklin Roosevelts,
guest looked on interestedly as
drs. Roosevelt sat on the lawn,
alking with animation.
"A charming family,” said this
riend, "and a charming hostess."
It was a compliment spoken of
woman whose social experience
nd background include residence
i two capitals - Albany, where she
resides over the governor’s man
ion, and Washington, her home
uring the time her husband
erved President Wilson as war
itne assistant secretary of the
fahe t; no stranger to the White ^
House, once home of her uncle, the
late Theodore Roosevelt, and
friends expect her knowledge of
I its social ways to be of value to
| her in directing it during the next
four years. Her reign, they pre
dict, will be one of dignity re
! lieved by the proper measure of
She and Mr. Roosevelt probably
will be the only continuous resi
dent members of the family at the
White House, friends believe, but
often there will be family visitors,
especially on holidays.
1 There arc four generations of j
the family now living. Mrs. James
Roosevelt is the president-elect’s
: mother. The children a-c James
Roosevelt, who married Betsey
Cushing, daughter of Dr. Harvey
Cushing, Boston brain specialist;
■ Elliott Roosevelt, whose wife is
, the former Betty Donner, daugh
ter of William Donner of Villanova.
i Pa.; Mrs. Curtis E>. Dal!, who was
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt; John, 16:
| and Franklin, Jr., 18, both students
at Groton.
* * *
Mr. and Mrs. James Roosevelt j
have a daughter, Sarah Delano
Roosevelt, aged eight months, and
Mr. and Mrs. Dal!, a daughter, An
na "Sistie” Eleanor, aged 5, and a
son, Curtis “Buz-Buz” Roosevelt,
: aged 2.
“Sistie," who once wanted “to
buy some money” at a shop in or
der to help some poor children, is
| expected to be a regular visitor
at the White House, and the other
| members of the family will be on
the scene frequently.
-The sons may expect advice
when they desire it, no matter how
busy their father, as indicated by
an incident during the convention 1
when Elliott asked his father for I
help on a business problem and
received1 it at length despite the ,
exciting events in Chicago.
* * *
Another indication of the kind
of family .that will soon occupy
the White House is seen by friends
in the marriage of Janies. He and
his fiancee had dined frequently
at a certain hotel. The head
waiter had been attentive. On the
date of their marriage James and
Elliott, the best man, dashed to
the hotel in their car. There they
picked up the head waiter and sat
him between the two of them and
brought him to the wedding. “It
was the happiest day of my life.”
he said.
Mrs. Dali is tall and blond, some
what resembling her mother. She
is active in civic affairs and made
political speeches during the recent
James also was active political
ly, speaking in the east and in
California. Franklin, Jr., and John
are interested in athletics, and
Franklin, Jr„ particularly is cred
ited with political judgment. El
liott is in the advertising business,
James in the insurance business.
* * *
What Mrs. Roosevelt may do as
to furnishings in the White House
her friends do not know. At Al
bany she installed new furniture,
covered chairs with gay chintz
and otherwise livened up the exec
utive mansion.
The Safety Valve
An Outlet for Campus Steam
All communications are to be ad
dressed to the editor, Oregon Daily
Emerald, and should not exceed 200 I
words in length. Letters must be j
signed, but should the writer prefer, j
only initials will be used. The editor
maintains the right to withhold publi
cation should he see fit.
To the Editor of the Emerald:
May I remind you that in spite of
your long editorial of the other
Tuesday you avoided answering
my question—what place has the
R. O. T. C. on the campus? Does
its compulsory nature accord with
the American ideal of personal lib
erty? Is it tolerable in a nation
that initiated the Kellogg-Briand
pact ?
“Backward ever backward’’
seems to epitomize your point of
view. You parade the ghosts of
the past before us to justify your
position. Yet I doubt if you would
be willing to return to the life and
standards of Lincoln's time much
less that of Napoleon or Julius
Caesar. These men lived in a
world far different from ours. War
had not become the paramount
evil that it is today. War, as late
as Lincoln’s time, was chivalrous1
compared to modern warfare. It
did not threaten the continuance
of civilized living.
Are we of the twentieth cen
tury to remain servile to the out- ,
worn customs and standards of
the past ages ? In an age of easy i (
communication, swift transporta- ;
tion. and mass production with
its insistent demand for greater;
markets the traditions bf a dif-1
ferent age must be replaced by j ■
new ones which are in accord with ]
modern conditions. Universities ,
should be ahead of the times in ,
this endeavor to bring our policies j ,
and actions up to date. Universi- ,
ties should train men to manage t
national affairs and foreign rela- \
tions so as to make war a thing j
of the past as soon as possible.
The university should push back [
men’s horizons and make them t
world-wide—provincialism is out c
of date. It should point out the c
greatness (and profitableness) of t
courageous loyalty to the human j
race as a whole rather than a nar- t
row loyalty to one branch and the c
futile attempt to profit perma- o
nentlv Tt others expense n
The K. O. T. C. interference with f
Of the Air
Winfield Atkinson, winner of
the Jewett after-dinner speaking
contest, by virtue of which he will
represent’ the University in the
state contest to be held in Port
land on December 9. will deliver
his winning talk over KORE on
the Emerald-of-the-Air program
at 12:15 today. It’s a WOW, folks,
better get an ear-full!
A continuation of the dramatic
skit, “Mr, Bill and the Stroubles,”
will come to you as usual this
evening at 7:15.
Did you hear Lenny Hoyt and
his Royal Collegians yesterday?
If you didn’t, you missed a red
hot half hour of shin-tickling syn
Get the habit! Turn the dial!
Listen to your Emerald-of-the
this program by fostering narrow
patriotism and a pugnacious and
distrustful attitude toward other
nations. It also tends to mate re
spectable militarism and the
shame of war, and to make gulli
ble young men anxious to try out
the knowledge of warfare which
the R. O. T. C. teaches.
Where is the “revolt of youth" ?
It is sadly lacking in our schools.
American youth accepts compla
cently the traditional dogmas in
the fields of nationalism and econ
omies. We never seem disturbed
by the thought that we may be a
lot of gullible asses.
Chester E. Flory.
ley Callaghan (Scribner’s)
Somewhere some reviewer has
said that Morley Callaghan is a
gifted writer who has never be
come a novelist. The truth or the
falsity of this statement must rest
iargely with the individual reader
in a consideration of this, the au
thor’s latest published novel.
Callaghan, because of his fre
quent appearances in the “Mid
land” and other western maga
zines, is perhaps better known to
many of us in this section of the
country than other younger writ
ers. And though his work is a
cqntinuation and a projection of
the hard-boiled sentimentalized at
titude toward contemporary life,
which has arisen somewhat earlier
in the work of Hemingway, Faulk
ner and other post-war novelists,
he merits your recognition for the
accasional flashes of brilliance and
grace which permeate his best
work. He is a writer with obvious
sincerity and stylish charm. .
But in “A Broken Journey”
:here are glaring inconsistencies
Df plot structure and characteri
zation. They are faults which
may no doubt be attributed in the
main to superficial influences in
herent in the central stream of
contemporary American litera
ture. If one feels admiration for
the positive virtues of the novel
ist (and it is difficult not to),
there is the desire to overlook the
peccadilloes committed by him.
The author's theme is that of
two women, mother and daughter,
in love with the same man. Mrs.
Gibbons, the mother, sex-starved
and sex-obsessed (posterity will
have no difficulty in recognizing
the date of this book), confronts
her daughter, Marion Gibbons,
with her love for the young man
in question, Peter Gould. So the
first climax is reached. It is
hardly timed. But Marion throws
over her claims, and the mother
makes her clumsy advances from
which the bewildered young man
retreats with confusion and some
disgust. He retires to a quiet
back-woods life with a parasitical ^
brothei', while the two women are
left to fight out the issue on the
lome front. But now Mrs. Gib
oons, aware of her dishonesty and
ler broken defences, discloses to
ler daughter that she once lost a
:me young feller because she
waited too long, because she re
fused to love, and after relieving
ler mind she urges the daughter
0 go to the young man. She does
mt finds she is too late, for the
1 °ung man has been seriously in
iuied by a fall. He may never
igain leave his bed. Marion, con
sumed by her mother’s sensuality
s driven finally into the arms of
i young woodman, from which
ihe emerges with loathing and
lisgust. She makes her way
lome and the book ends.
the book should have' been a
>owerful novel of fate, but it falls
hort, perhaps through the amass
ng' of false climaxes which fall
ike wet sponges on the fevered
•nd expectant brain of the reader
for the plot is absorbing and po
entially great i. perhaps through
he fateful element itself which,
hrough a too complete absorption
>’ith modern technique, evolves
ato an inferior quality of irony.
But the book, for the virtues
sted. is recommended. Callaghan
as a clear vision and a compelling
irectness which will undoubtedly
arry him far. Had I not a dis
aste for an argument on the sub
let, I should say that the au
iun s v*sion and uncompromising
irectness is comparable with that
f the earlier D. H. Lawrence nov
!- though the approach is dif