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This morning Mexico stands alone—her peso
falling, world price on silver declining, and markets
for her “black gold” missing for the twelfth day.
Reason for the lonely position of the southerly
neighbor of the United States, is the confiscation
of American and British oil company holdings on
March 18, accomplished by the Cardenas adminis
trate, active foe of foreign ownership since its
induction in 1932.
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History of the problem of foreign economic
penetration of Mexico dates much farther back
into the history of the Latin republic, however.
Actually, ownership of land and resources by “in
vading” capital have been plaguing Mexicans since
their revolution of 1821.
The fundamental thing behind all Mexican
. policy is a fear of foreign encroachment—a fear
which made necessary discriminatory provisions
against foreigners. In the words of a Brookings
Institute report of 1930, “. . . the Mexicans feel
that they are setting up a defense not merely
against internal dominance by the outside investor,
but that they are at the same time setting up a
defense against their ultimate extinction as a
Motivated by this policy, the Mexicans have
clung tenaciously to legislation in regard to pro
perty rights which makes foreign holdings "rela
tive” property rather than "absolute.” This has
precipitated many a diplomatic roundelay of notes,
climaxing in this latest crisis.
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Action instigated by United States and Great
Britain indicate that the greater powers are going
to do everything in their power, to quell forcefully,
but quietly, this revolt against economic imperial
ism. The U. S. has calmly sent the price of silver
(Mexico is the largest producer of the metal)
skidding. Furthermore they have cancelled orders
for 5,000,000 ounces of silver per month from the'
Other retaliation is the closing down of foreign
buying of Mexican oil. In spite of reduction of
almost 75 per cent in production, the existing
storage spaces are all hut filled. As one observer
opined, Mexico is apt to be “drowned in oil” she
could not sell.
Result of these measures can be but one thing—
economic disorganization of Mexico, with accom
panying problems, unemployment, falling stan
dards, decreas^in production. At present Cardenas
seems able to cope with difficulties. The people
are strong behind him, according to reports of
demonstrations, parades, and general popular ap
proval of the expropriation.
Whether Cardenas can continue in popularity
in the face of increasing or continuing foreign
economic pressure is another matter. It might be
noted in passing that Mexicans are also plagued
with a fascist movement—the golden shirts—who
might profit exceedingly by the continuation of
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The conditions existing today in Mexico show
us for one thing, that imperialism, at least of the
economic stamp, is noe dead. Mexieo has just when
it is recalled that up to 1930 one fifth -of her pri
vate lands were held by foreigners, and that one
half of these were held by the United States.
Despite all indications of good neighbor poli
cies from U. S. and others, Mexico cannot be criti
cized for a suspicious attitude toward foreigners.
She has been once chastized militarily by “neighbor
Uncle Sam.” And relationships with other foreign
ers since then have not sweetened her disposition.
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But economic forces are rather imponderable.
In the United States at least, the possibility of a
great body of public opinion arising with a cry for
justice is remote. Nor in far off England are har
rassed Britishers apt to look kindly at the plight
of lonely Mexico.
The possibility of an interested opinion from
outside the pale of the Anglo-American economic
bloc in the form of fascist Germany or Japan are
also probably remote, but the block might think
In the Mail
A DARK SECRET
To the Editor:
Every day I seem to find
someone else who has never
heard of the Phi Sherman Ben
nett prize essay contest!
Our faculty subcommittee on
awards has been doing its
darndest to get before the stu
dents this chance to win a first
prize of $25 and second prize of
$15 for writing an essay. When
the story was turned over to
the Emerald a month or so ago,
I wove happy visions of an
eight-column banner and two
column run-down on page 1. I
finally found it under a modest
heading on page 3. No one else
appears to have seen it.
Subsequent efforts to crash
your valued columns have re
sulted in what Bob Pollock
calls “no soap.’’
Faculty members have been
asked, through the faculty bul
letin, to ballyhoo this great con
test or, at least, to announce
it to their classes. Still the stu
dents continue unaware of their
opportunity—which for many
of them would be a better
chance at cold cash than even
one of those radio auditions.
I hope that this will not be
regarded as just another effort
to grab some space in your
bulging columns, but could I
try to remind the students that
the best 5,000-word essay on
“An Armament Policy for the
United States” will bring its
author $25, and the second-best
$15? Copy is to be in the
hands of the undersigned on or
before May 1. Are the under
graduates going to let this
money lie at 5 per cent in the
University vaults for less af
fluent student generations ?
The subject is “live.” Can’t
we have some competition?
Full Life and Full Dinner Pail
(Continued from page six)
necessarily sacrificing his cultural prepara
tion. The University would complete its re
sponsibility ; and the businessman would get
a trained employee more nearly qualified to
meet his requirements.
A University education will never be, and
shouldn't be, a guarantee of a high-paying,
white-collar job. The University should miss
no opportunity, however, to aid the student in
equipping himself for attaining the best pos
sible life after graduation. The fuller life
is only possible when the stomach is at least
comfortably full; and in the past employment
has been considered the best means of sus
taining that condition. To help the student
in preparing for the fulfillment of both, the
University should extend its every effort.
'Peace and War' Is
Topic of Discussion
Three Oregon students were
members of the discussion group
of the McCall’s magazine forum
on “War and Peace’’ at the Wa
verly Country club in Portland
The students attending were:
Jack Enaers, student head of the
ROTC; Bob Recken, junior in law;
and Bill Scott, junior in journal
ism. The group of 26 was selected
in an attempt to get a cross sec
tion of young people’s opinion on
the subject for an article in the
June issue of the magazine.
Jay Allen; former ’University
student and war correspondent in
Spain, was leader of the group.
Otis Weise, editor of the magazine,
also was in Portland for the con
Dr. Cornish Articles
In March Magazine
The March issue of the Oregon
Merchant’s Magazine carries an
article by Dr. N. H. Cornish, pro
fessor of business administration
on “Howr Vendors Aid Oregon Re
tailers in Their Special Sales.”
This is the second1 of a series of
articles written by Dr. Cornish,
with the aid of his research stu
dents, Donald Farr, Astor Loback,
Alvin Overgard, and Charles H.
PE School to Send
District Health Meet
Six representatives cf the Ore
gon school of Physical Education
will leave the latter part of this
week to attend the Northwest Dis
trict meeting of the American
Health and Physical Education
association in Spokane on April
4, 5, and 6.
Those members of the PE staff
who will represent the University
cf Oregon at the meeting will be:
Russ Cutler and E. R. Knollin of
the men’s activities and Misses
Florence Alden, Janet Woodruff,
Pirkko Paasikivi and Warrine
Eastburn of the women’s depart
ment. •' 1
From where I SIT
By CLARE IGOE
Well, kiddies, spring term is here again! Spring term with snow
and sleet, that is, we mean romance, flowers- and soft, warm even
ings. Spring —when lads and lassies buffet rain and hail to wander
happily hand in hand on the campus’ rain-sodden pathways. Spring
•—when gals spend their hard-earned substance on a frilly new
wardrobe, and have to wear their winter snowshoes and ear muffs
Ah, happy season! Happy indeed for ducks and marine life*
Happy for those who haven’t any new spring clothes anyway and!
are pleanty comfortable in their old raincoats. And happy for thesci
wretched souls who never cut classes in the afternoon to go bicycling
or riding or lying in the sun. Happy, happy season!
Well, shucks, we can’t complain. After all, we've waited two
terms for this. And it is the spring!
Quick, Watson, our fur coat!
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The recent visit of Maestro Jack Winston and his orchestra to*
the campus caused quite a bit of trouble to the boys of Phi Sigma
Kappa, it ife told. It seems that the Phi Sigs, hosts of some of the
members of the orchestra, invited the Theta Chis, who entertained
the rest of the band, over the other night for a small, private jam,
session which Winston’s boys planned to present.
The Theta Chis, naughty boys, called up several of the other
houses cordially inc ited them to a big jam session o'f Winston’**
band to be held that night at the I’hi Sig house. Imagine the con
tusion of the Phi Sigs, all set for a cozy evening, when swarms of
people rang the doorbell, announced they had come to enjoy thd
With true southern hospitality, the boys invited the mob in,
found chairs and floors and things for them to sit on, and carried
the thing off with the greatest of sang froid. As it turned out,
however, some of the men in the orchestra were a bit indisposed,
and the session sort of petered out. There was some confusion, too,
about the piano player.
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For no good reason that we can sec, Wayne Harbert informn
us we should put in this column that Rhoda Armstrong went outi
Sunday with the Maestro himself. Well, we don’t know—but theno
it is,for whatever it’s worth. Anyway, she did.
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Secret Operative No. 7 reports the following incident:
Two girls were walking down the street, chatting in the way
girls are wont to do, and in the course of the conversation, they took
a crack at Columnist Pollock for mentioning the “red” chairs in the
library, instead of calling the chairs “pink” which they felt was
The conversation degenerated from there to a discussion of the
failings of Emerald columnists, and ended with the scathing re
mark: "Every one of them is trying to be a Water Winchell!”
We’ll bet they’ll l>e surprised when they read this!
All work on the 1938 Oregana
was finished at the end of spring
vacation as scheduled, Editor Har
bert announced today. There is no
work left but occasional checking
of proofs and final indexing. This
name index is a new feature in
recent Oreganas and is being com
piled by Laurita Christofferson.
The names of all students men
tioned or pictured in the book will
be listed in the back of the book
with numbers after them.
The entire book will be at the
bindery in Portland by April 15.
One hundred fifty-two pages are
being lithographed in Portland and
200 more are being letter pressed
in Eugene —a total of 352 pages—
The books will be ready for dis
tribution on May 7, Saturday ol
Junidr Weekend, as jHjaribert
promised last fall. Students want
ing books now can be promised
nothing better than a place on the
waiting list. More than 2000 of
the 2150 copies that are being
printed have been sold, the rest
will go to advertisers and the
Honor Course Error ..
In Bulletin Corrected
It was inadvertently stated -in
the faculty bulletin for March 19
that the new faculty legislation
restricting registration in reading
and conference courses would
take effect at fall term. The re
striction, which will go into effect
at the beginning of the 1938 sum
mer session, provides that only
students eligible to work for hon
ors may enroll in 305 and 405 read
ing and conference courses.
'Man of Hour'
And 'Tick, Took'
To Be Chosen
The latest in campus elective
honors will be “Man of the
Hour” who will be chosen at the
YWCA’s “Time Trip,” Friday,
April 1 from 3 to 5 p.m. Run
ners-up in the contest for Ore
gon’s outstanding man will be
"Tick” and “Took,” minute men
of the campus.
Taking the place of the YW's
usual "Heart Hop,” the annual
afternoon dance will be held at
the Pi Beta Phi, Alpha Chi Ome
ga, and Kappa Kappa Gamma
houses. A boy-date affair, each
twenty-five cent ticket will be
good for each couple’s vote.
Coronation of the Man of the
Hour and his minute men will be
held at the Alpha Chi Omega
house at 4:15. Voting will be
from 3:30 to 4 p.m.
2 Journalists Have
Perfect Scores on
Monthly Time Quiz
Roger Sheppard, sophomore in
journalism, and Charles Green,
frekhman in journalism, made per
fect scores in the monthly Tim©
quiz on current events.
The editing class continued to
lead with a class average of 21,
followed by backgrounds of pub
lishing with an 18.69 mark, in tho
test which is given to all Tuesday
classes in the journalism school.
In third place was the reporting
class with a 17.48 average. Fol
lowing were the three elementary
journalism sections; the 10 o’cloclt
with 16.81; 9 o’clock, 15.39; andjl
o'clock with 14.4. U